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  • Democratic Senator Mikulski says will support Iran nuclear agreement, giving Obama votes needed [tr]

    09/02/2015 7:21:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 2, 2015 | Staff
    BREAKING: Democratic Senator Mikulski says will support Iran nuclear agreement, giving Obama votes needed to protect deal in Congress.
  • Texas A&M's redone Kyle Field is now largest in SEC, full of new amenities

    08/28/2015 10:11:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    SI ^ | August 28, 2015 | Tim Newcomb
    Some Texas A&M officials felt 92,000 was enough. Not for Chancellor John Sharp. This Aggie knew that he needed to unify Kyle Field by making it symmetrical. And doing that bumped capacity to 102,512, the largest football stadium in the SEC and fourth largest in the nation. “When this thing started it was the most nervous time in my life,” Sharp tells SI.com. “Folks didn’t think we could fill up a 102,000-seat stadium. We sold all 102,000 tickets in 18 minutes.” And those 102,000 folks will filter into the completely overhauled Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, for the first...
  • Reports of (NYC) subway assaults soar in the last year

    08/27/2015 11:13:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Danielle Furfaro, Sarah Trefethen and Jamie Schram
    Subway assaults are soaring — with complaints up 24 percent this year — and the worst two stations are Union Square and Prospect Park, according to crime data obtained by The Post. Reports of felony assaults rose to 151 through Aug. 16 compared with 122 over the same period last year. There were 101 subway assault ­arrests year to date, up from 85 during the same period last year.
  • Frustrated college graduate tries to sell her college diploma on eBay for $50,000 - [tr]

    08/27/2015 10:53:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2015 | Carly Stern
    One recent college graduate is so frustrated with her lack of job prospects that she's attempting to sell off her college degree - for $50,000. Stephanie Ritter, a 26-year-old Florida State University alum, has listed her diploma on eBay for the staggering sum to cover the 'actual cost' of attending the school. Now $40,000 in debt and living in Southern California, Stephanie is fed up with being unable to find a job in her field, despite having a Bachelor's degree - so she's come up with a drastic solution to pay off her loans and 'validate my use of time...
  • White House pushes for Iran filibuster

    08/27/2015 8:49:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | August 27, 2015 | Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett
    President Barack Obama’s almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal — but whether he gets there by filibuster or sustained veto could make all the difference. A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasn’t enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to even get to a final vote.
  • How ‘Star Wars’ Will Blow Up The Record Books With A $615M+ Global Opening

    08/27/2015 6:21:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 26, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Nancy Tartaglione
    When Disney revives the long slumbering Star Wars franchise on December 18, The Force Awakens will take the global tentpole opening to a history-making high. How high? Many are already predicting a record $615M worldwide opening, and they have plenty of reason to be confident in that number. The first Star Wars in 1977 gave birth to the blockbuster era of filmmaking — and grosses.
  • Frank Luntz: Trump Is First Person To Reach 100 In A Focus Group

    08/26/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 25, 2015 | Staff
    On Tuesday's broadcast of FOX News' Hannity, pollster Frank Luntz revealed presidential candidate Donald Trump was the first person to ever score a perfect 100 during one of his focus groups.
  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours (DC Metro #1)

    08/26/2015 9:32:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | August 26, 2015 | Staff
    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. The following are urban areas ranked by the average annual extra hours commuters spend in their cars due to delay, together with the cost in lost time and fuel. 1. Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, 82 hours, $1,834
  • How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts

    08/25/2015 11:30:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | William J. Broad
    In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters. Around the lush isles of the Dutch East Indies — modern-day Indonesia — the eruption of Mount Tambora killed tens of thousands of people. They were burned alive or killed by flying rocks, or they died later of starvation because the heavy ash smothered crops.
  • A Maserati, a Ferrari, - the VERY one per cent turn out to raise funds for Hillary Clinton's [tr ed]

    08/25/2015 6:23:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 24, 2015 | Laura Collins
    She has announced her intention to ‘shuffle the pack’ to help the beleaguered middle classes but when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s own fundraising efforts the deck seems pretty firmly stacked in favor of the rich and powerful. These exclusive pictures taken by Daily Mail Online show guests arriving at the Water Mill, Long Island home of Selma and Artie Rabin who hosted a fundraiser for Mrs Clinton on Saturday evening. Rabin is an apparel company magnate and the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. Mrs Clinton arrived first with her entourage in a blacked out SUV that turned...
  • Puerto Ricans Seeking New Lives Put Stamp on Central Florida

    08/25/2015 6:05:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lizette Alvarez
    When Manuel Hernandez, a teacher in Puerto Rico, looked at the reasons to stay home or to take a chance on joining the ever-growing Puerto Rican diaspora in Central Florida, it was not a hard call. “I was fed up,” Mr. Hernandez said of his life in San Juan, “and my wife was fed up; frustrations were building.” So last October, Mr. Hernandez got off a plane and arrived here, a place best known for hosting Mickey Mouse and rodeos, but also increasingly seen as a faraway suburb of Puerto Rico, a trend that has quickened with the island’s deepening...
  • Islamic State release pictures after 'destroying ancient temple' at Palmyra

    08/25/2015 6:02:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | August 25, 2015 | Louisa Loveluck
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have destroyed one of Palmyra’s most well-known ancient temples, according to Syria’s antiquities chief. Carefully stage-managed photographs by Isil show the moment the terrorist group destroyed one of the best known temples at Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra. The images, released by Isil’s media wing in the central province of Homs, revealed the Temple of Baalshamin was littered with explosives before it exploded into a mushroom cloud on Sunday.
  • Wall Street in free-fall as traders ditch stocks amid global rout (Dow Down 921/6%)

    08/24/2015 6:36:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | August 24, 2015 | Adam Samson
    Wall Street plummeted early Monday as traders aggressively sold stocks and bid-up only the safest asset classes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 577 points, or 3.5%, to 15843, the S&P 500 plunged 77.5 points, or 3.9%, to 1884, and the Nasdaq Composite dived 412 points, or 8.7%, to 4295
  • John Kasich On Roe v. Wade: “We Live With The Law Of The Land”

    08/20/2015 12:22:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 20, 2015 | Staff
    During a town hall event yesterday in Salem, New Hampshire, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took a question from an attendee about Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that created a constitutional right to abortion. Kasich’s answer, which appeared to affirm the court ruling, will likely complicate his bid to woo pro-life voters who are already skeptical of his anti-abortion bona fides.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Rooting for Jeb Bush

    08/18/2015 8:24:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | August 17, 2015 | Matt Latimer
    There is an obvious subtext to the panicked effort to purge the GOP of Donald Trump: to allow the party’s true hero to emerge to vanquish Hillary Clinton and restore peace and justice throughout the land. To most GOP elites, of course, the savior is Jeb Bush, complete with the Clark Kent glasses and aw-shucks good guy demeanor. The Chamber of Commerce crowd is so convinced that Jeb is the man that it (so far) has placed a bet of more than $100 million on that proposition. There’s just one problem—the Clintons want Jeb Bush to be the GOP nominee,...
  • Sen. Bob Corker: Congress should reject the bad Iran deal (Kabuki Theater)

    08/18/2015 6:45:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
    By passing the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act with enough votes to overcome a veto, Congress ensured that it would have the opportunity to review and vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran. Now that the Obama administration has reached what it believes to be an acceptable agreement, it is Congress’s responsibility to determine whether this agreement will be in our national interest, will make the United States safer and will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons program. I do not believe that it will.
  • Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon [tr]

    08/17/2015 1:38:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series on unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run through terrain. The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright - but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.
  • Bush super-PAC plans $10M in TV ads

    08/17/2015 11:09:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 17, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    The super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential bid will spend $10 million on television advertisements in the first three primary states, the group’s first major ad buy with its gigantic war chest. Super-PAC officials told The Associated Press that the ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will run from September through the remainder of the calendar year. Iowa kicks off the presidential nominating season on Feb. 1, with the other states following close behind.
  • ‘This is pathetic!’ So, Hillary Clinton’s Twitter feed just became even more embarrassing …

    08/17/2015 10:10:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 17, 2015 | Staff
    Boy, is it! Hillary Clinton didn’t learn from her emoji campaign crash and burn last week, evidently, and is continuing her quest for the most pitiful Twitter feed ever. Here’s her latest mind-boggling reason why you should vote for her:
  • The RPG-7 Is a One-Man Dealer of Death

    08/17/2015 7:13:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 17, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    The RPG-7–the fin-stabilized, rocket-propelled anti-tank launcher–changed the face of warfare when introduced in 1961, captured the imagination of game studios and became a go-to Hollywood prop. The classic 1980s film Red Dawn portrayed ordinary American high school students blowing up Soviet tanks with captured RPGs as they shouted “Eat me!” You can hardly make it through a lot of video games games without tripping over the weapon.
  • Revolt over Times Square's topless ladies: Parents' anger over 'inappropriate' behavior [tr]

    08/17/2015 7:00:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Staff
    Complaints have been made over the influx of topless women prancing around Times Square and charging tourists to be in photos, deeming it inappropriate and offensive. The women, who cover their bodies in paint and and typically wear nothing but a thong, are not in trouble for being topless - which is legal in New York City - but for posing with underage children. The number of women at the tourist mecca have doubled in the last year, with about 40 walking around Times Square on the weekends, according to The New York Daily News.
  • Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants

    08/17/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Lydia DePillis
    Crowded. That’s how Ed Rensi remembers what life was like working at McDonald’s in 1966. There were about double the number of people working in the store — 70 or 80, as opposed to the 30 or 40 there today — because preparing the food just took a lot more doing. “When I first started at McDonald’s making 85 cents an hour, everything we made was by hand,” Rensi said — from cutting the shortcakes to stirring syrups into the milk for shakes. Over the years, though, ingredients started to arrive packaged and pre-mixed, ready to be heated up, bagged...
  • ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Sexually Abused American Hostage Kayla Mueller, Officials Say

    08/14/2015 12:02:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 14, 2015 | James Gordon Meek
    Before her death earlier this year, American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by the top leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to counter-terrorism officials. Mueller's family confirmed to ABC News that government officials have told them that their daughter, who would have turned 27 on Friday, was the victim of repeated sexual assaults by al-Baghdadi. "We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi. We were told that in June by the government," Kayla's parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, told ABC News.
  • F'd: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World's Worst New Warplane

    08/14/2015 11:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | August 14, 2015 | David Axe
    From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production of dozens of the planes a year for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps is getting easier. Daily flight tests increasingly are hitting all the right marks. Or so proponents would have you believe.
  • The agony and the agony of being a New York Jets fan

    08/14/2015 6:50:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | August 14, 2015 | Anthony L. Fisher
    There is no reason I should be a fan of the New York Jets, but I am, and have no one to blame but myself. For the past few days, howls of laughter and scorn have emanated from social media and sports radio yak shows around the country, after the Jets' nominal starting quarterback, Geno Smith, fell victim to a broken jaw, courtesy of a locker room "sucker-punch" from teammate IK Enemkpali. Smith will be out of action for six to 10 weeks, and Enemkpali was immediately released from the team.
  • Barack Obama’s quiet war on oil

    08/14/2015 6:34:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | August 14, 2015 | Elana Schor
    President Barack Obama’s enemies have long accused him of waging a “war on coal.” But a very different war on oil and gas is coming next. The newest phase of Obama’s environmental agenda has the oil and natural gas industry in its crosshairs, with plans to curb greenhouse gas pollution from rigs and refineries, tighten oversight of drilling on public lands and impose a strict ozone limit that industry lobbyists slam as “the most expensive regulation ever.”
  • Jeb Bush: “I’ll tell you, taking out Saddam Hussein turned out to be a pretty good deal”

    08/14/2015 6:14:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lefty media (both overt and covert), which has been back on its heels lately thanks to Hillary’s impending arrest and prosecution, is already buzzing about the line quoted above, uttered today by Bush in Iowa. Skip to 9:40 of the clip below for the question and his answer in full. On the one hand, I’m reluctant to clobber a guy for a poorly worded soundbite when, as here, it’s in service to a sound point, that Obama and Hillary wasted the security improvements in Iraq circa 2009 by bringing everyone home and then standing around while Maliki fostered sectarian war....
  • Five Reasons Why Kasich-Rubio Is the Right 2016 Ticket

    08/14/2015 6:06:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    National Review ^ | August 14, 2015 | Myra Adams
    Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual conservative RedState Gathering, where nine Republican presidential candidates gave fiery speeches. Although all were very impressive speakers, I kept applying the “Buckley rule” — these days, generally thought of as “nominate the most conservative candidate who is electable” — and did not feel confident that any of them could actually win the White House in 2016.
  • Al Gore Insiders “Figuring Out If There’s A Path” For Him To Run

    08/13/2015 2:06:24 PM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | August 13, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Ben Smith, and Evan McMorris-Santoro
    Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing. Gore, 67, won the popular vote in the 2000 election, and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in every contested Democratic primary since then. He instead spent much of the 2000s focused on environmental campaigning and business ventures. He has largely slipped out of public view more recent years. But in recent days, “they’re getting the old gang...
  • FOOD BANKS STRUGGLE TO MEET SURPRISING DEMAND

    08/13/2015 12:07:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    AP ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott McFetridge
    Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family. U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year, more than double the amount provided a decade ago, according to Feeding America, the nation's primary food bank network. The group gave away 3.8 billion in 2013.
  • Emirates announces world's longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City ... an 8,700 mile [tr]

    08/13/2015 11:40:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Katie Amey
    Emirates has announced the launch of the world's longest non-stop flight - an 8,700mile journey lasting an incredible 17 hours 35 minutes. Starting on February 1, 2016, the service from Dubai to Panama City is exciting news for those who love Central America, but it will be a stern endurance test for anyone in economy class. Panama City is Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America.
  • Polyamory: taboo for religious Americans but not for the rest

    08/13/2015 8:47:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    YouGov ^ | August 12, 2015 | Peter Moore
    The recent Supreme Court decision which asserted that the right to marry is a constitutional right, including for same sex couples, has raised prompted some commentators to question whether the same could be said of polygamy. Polygamy has long been prohibited and rarely practised in the United States, but at least the practise is quite common in many parts of the Islamic world and sub-Saharan Africa. What is increasingly common in the United States, however, are various forms of 'polyamory', where people have multiple sexual and romantic partners with the full knowledge of their partners. YouGov's research shows that most...
  • Fossils reveal felines drove 40 species of canines to extinction after arriving in North [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:14:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Jack Millner
    You may think your dog has an irrational hatred of cats, but their instinct to chase felines out of their territory might be more reasonable than you think. Fossils have revealed the two species have a rocky past after the introduction of cats to the Americas had a devastating effect on the continent's species of wild dogs. In fact, it is thought that competition from cats caused up to 40 species of dog to become extinct in the region millions of years ago.
  • Moment that desperate whale approached boat full of fishermen for help after getting a plastic [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:10:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Martha Azzi
    A group of young fishermen have captured an incredible selfie with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help removing plastic bags caught in its mouth. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help and pulled out rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth. Michael Riggio,17, took selfie snaps while his friend, Ivan Iskenderian, stretched over the boat to help the whale.
  • KLINTONERDAMMERUNG (New "Downfall" Meme) [Video at Link]

    08/12/2015 10:38:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 12, 2015 | Steven Hayward
    It’s finally happened. Someone has started a new Downfall meme from a different scene, and just in time. I’ve had something like this in mind for quite a while, but haven’t had time to get it together. (I’ve also got scenes from two other film clips in mind; some day.)
  • Liam Neeson In Talks To Play General MacArthur In Korea’s ‘Operation Chromite’

    08/12/2015 8:27:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 12, 2015 | Ali Jaafar
    Liam Neeson is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in South Korean war pic Operation Chromite from Taewon Entertainment. A Taewon rep confirmed the news Wednesday to Deadline. John H. Lee is on-board to direct the project, which looks at the Battle of Incheon, a major turning point in 1950 in the Korean War in which United Nations forces launched a surprise attack against communist North Korean forces. Operation Chromite was the codename for the operation. The Korean War was fought between 1950-1953 and ended in a stalemate that exists today, with simmering hostilities between the...
  • North Korea executes vice premier for discontent with leader: Yonhap

    08/12/2015 7:08:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2015 | Ju-min Park
    North Korea's vice premier was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with the policies of the country's leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean media report said on Wednesday. Yonhap News Agency cited an unnamed source as saying that the 63-year-old Choe Yong Gon, a former delegate for North-South cooperation, was executed, marking another death of a senior official in a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took charge in late 2011.
  • How I Helped Todd Akin Win — So I Could Beat Him Later

    08/12/2015 6:04:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | August 11, 2015 | Sen. Claire McCaskill
    It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life. I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off. Running for reelection to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Missouri, I had successfully manipulated the Republican primary so that in the general election I would face the candidate I was most likely to beat. And this is how I had promised my daughters we would celebrate. But first let me go back...
  • A.I. Thee Wed: Humans should be able to marry robots.

    08/11/2015 9:11:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Slate ^ | August 10, 2015 | Gary Marchant
    The Supreme Court’s recent 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States has already spawned speculation about “what will be next” in expanding marital rights. As the Supreme Court noted, “[t]he history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution … has evolved over time.” Interracial marriage, equality between husband and wife, and same-sex marriage were all excluded for long periods of time under our Constitution but now have been sanctioned and protected by the courts. While these changes have come slowly, and courts are unlikely to take the next step in...
  • The Federal Government Says Being Homeless Should Not Be A Crime (Right to Sleep in Public Places)

    08/07/2015 1:49:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | August 6, 2015 | Ryan J. Reilly
    Laws that make it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places even when there isn't enough room for them at a shelter unconstitutionally punish the homeless, lawyers for the Obama administration said in a court filing on Thursday. The federal government took this position against so-called anti-camping laws in an ongoing case against the city of Boise, Idaho, which has enforced ordinances banning sleeping in public spaces and ended up convicting homeless plaintiffs.
  • The Fantastic Bore! A dull plot, dreadful dialogue - and Billy Elliot as a walking pile of [tr]

    08/07/2015 6:43:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 7, 2015 | Toby Young
    Fantastic Four begins quite promisingly, with a schoolboy standing up in front of his classmates and telling them about the science experiment he's conducting in his garage. He's trying to build a teleporter that will beam human beings from one location to another, like in Star Trek. As you'd expect, his schoolmates laugh and his teacher tells him to stop fibbing, but one boy's curiosity is piqued. This is Ben Grimm and the science nerd turns out to be Reed Richards, a brainiac to rival Albert Einstein.
  • Fiasco: U.S.-trained rebels in Syria are unaccounted for, may have been killed or deserted

    08/07/2015 6:12:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Late-breaking news this afternoon from the tip of the smart-power spear: CNN JUST IN: Remaining U.S. trained rebels in Syria are unaccounted for. May have fled, or been killed; whereabouts unknown.
  • John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder

    08/07/2015 6:02:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 7, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    At the inaugural GOP presidential debate, a swing-state governor with a record of reforms and a message of economic mobility made his mark. Entering the debate stage to loud applause, the experienced GOP executive touted his brand of compassionate conservatism. He disarmed skeptics of his free-wheeling speaking style, coming prepared with crisp talking points advocating his governing record. That governor wasn't former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It was current Ohio Gov. John Kasich. "Kasich is killing it. Hopeful. Uplifting. Optimistic. And he has an appeal to those who think the GOP doesn't care," tweeted Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for George...
  • Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets

    08/06/2015 11:38:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 6, 2015 | Diego Ore
    Venezuelan supermarkets are increasingly being targeted by looters as swollen lines and prolonged food shortages spark frustration in the OPEC nation struggling with an economic crisis. Shoppers routinely spend hours in lines to buy consumer staples ranging from corn flour to laundry soap, turning lines into venues for shoving matches and now more frequent attempts to plunder shops.
  • Republican Committee Quietly Rejects Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

    08/06/2015 9:33:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Time ^ | August 5, 2015 | Zeke J Miller
    The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee quietly rejected a pair of resolutions critical of homosexuality Wednesday. The controversial resolutions dealing with sex education and same-sex marriage threatened to cast a shadow on the first GOP presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland, as the party looks toward expanding its base in the key swing state. According to a member of the committee, both failed to gain support to be recommended to the full 168-member party governing body on Friday.
  • Books by British historians that focus on Red Army atrocities are stripped from Russian [tr]

    08/06/2015 9:10:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2015 | Tom Wyke
    Russian officials have ordered to inspect and remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor from libraries, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes. The move is among a raft of measures to streamline historical narrative by limiting alternative viewpoints, as well as ending the perceived foreign influence from fields such as education. The regional education ministry in Sverdlovsk, near the Ural Mountains, issued a decree telling school and university libraries to 'check the availability of books' by the historians and 'take measures to remove them from access by students and teaching staff'.
  • N.H. poll: Trump still 1st, but Kasich jumps into 2nd place

    08/05/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 5, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich's meteoric rise in New Hampshire continues, as a new poll from Gravis Marketing shows the governor has moved into second place behind Donald Trump. Kasich began moving up in New Hampshire even before he formally launched his presidential campaign and his climb in the polls has yet to slow down.
  • Why is Marco Rubio sliding in the polls?

    08/05/2015 6:15:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 4, 2015 | Byron York
    The verdict was clear when Marco Rubio announced his presidential run with a well-received speech in Miami last April: There was a new member of the top tier in the Republican race. "The official 2016 GOP field gets its first real contender," wrote fivethirtyeight. "Marco Rubio is now a first-tier candidate," said Bloomberg's Mark Halperin. Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson placed Rubio, along with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, in "the first tier of plausibility." It got even better from there. In June, the Washington Post declared, "Marco Rubio is now at the top of the Republican presidential field."
  • Controversial Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary is charged with terrorism offence after [tr]

    08/05/2015 6:10:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2015 | Gemma Mullin
    Controversial Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary has been charged under the Terrorism Act for 'inviting support for ISIS', Scotland Yard has said. The 48-year-old extremist from Ilford, north east London, is being held in police custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court at 2pm this afternoon. He has been accused of supporting the organisation in lectures published online along with another man, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 32, from east London.
  • Why Is American Beer So Bland?

    08/04/2015 10:46:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 140 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 4, 2015 | Joe Pinsker
    Today’s discerning beer drinkers might be convinced that America’s watery, bland lagers are a recent corporate invention. But the existence of American beers that are, as one industry executive once put it, “less challenging,” has a much longer history. In fact, Thomas Jefferson, himself an accomplished homebrewer, complained that some of his country’s beers were “meagre and often vapid” nearly 200 years ago.