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  • 'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney for charity

    05/16/2015 7:26:42 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 5/16/2015
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds Friday before Romney ran away from the boxer and threw in the towel, giving up a round early in the lighthearted fight that came amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction. The two barely threw any punches and largely just danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other in...
  • Major Blizzard to Shut Down Boston, NYC Area

    01/25/2015 6:06:13 AM PST · by dirtboy · 41 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 1/25/2015 | Brian Lada
    major winter storm will unfold across the Northeast early this week, eventually becoming an all-out blizzard over parts of New England and the New York City area. Those in the Northeast should prepare for the storm now rather than wait until the snow starts to fall, especially for those across eastern New England. "While the storm from Saturday may have been a mere nuisance to travelers and a delight to skiers, the storm Monday night into Tuesday could be far more disruptive in terms of travel and daily activities," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. The greatest impacts are expected...
  • Yikes! (Models going bonkers for Mid-Atlantic/NorthEast)

    01/24/2015 2:29:57 PM PST · by dirtboy · 81 replies
    12Z run of Euro:
  • Dresden crowds tell a chilling tale of Europe’s fear of migrants

    01/04/2015 5:05:35 AM PST · by dirtboy · 49 replies
    msn.com ^ | 1/4/2015 | Kate Connolly
    [snip] Pegida participants feel buoyed by the fact they are part of a growing movement across Europe of voters who feel that mainstream politicians are far too lenient on immigration. At a typical Pegida rally, supporters talk of their anger that Germany is being overrun by Muslim immigrants; they say many are criminals who need to be deported immediately and they call for an obligatory integration programme. Banner slogans read: “We want our homeland back” and “Send the criminal asylum seekers packing”. Fears among chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance were already rife that it is losing considerable support to the...
  • GMA does the Zimmerman dance

    11/15/2014 5:06:58 AM PST · by dirtboy · 18 replies
    Normally I do not watch Good Morning America, but I just happened to have it on this morning and they are running a blurry black and white video showing officer Darren Wilson leaving the police station hours after the Michael Brown incident claiming it shows no injuries. Of course they are berating the unarmed black teen meme as well.Shades of the video treatment George Zimmerman got from the MSM as well.I guess it's asking too much for these nimrods to realize bruising can take over a day to set in, especially at the level where grainy black-and-white survelliance video can...
  • No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

    09/01/2014 1:10:59 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 21 replies
    msn.com ^ | 9/1/2014 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: "Darren Wilson is a Murderer." There was no overlap in the facts as seen by Jones and Stephens at the demonstrations staged...
  • ‘Longmire’ Cancelled By A&E, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere

    08/28/2014 5:47:31 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 28 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 8/28/2014 | Nellie Andreeva
    Longmire, A&E Network’s most-watched original drama series of all time, will be ending its run on the cable network after three seasons. In a surprising move, the network has opted not to renew the series for a fourth season. I hear Warner Horizon, the studio behind Longmire, will be shopping it immediately. “We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling,” A&E said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”
  • PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Tornado Watch - Arkanasas

    04/27/2014 2:08:00 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 117 replies
    URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 100 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 335 PM CDT SUN APR 27 2014 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL ARKANSAS EXTREME SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA * EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 335 PM UNTIL 1100 PM CDT. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... NUMEROUS TORNADOES EXPECTED WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER LIKELY SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO...
  • Exclusive: Dashcam video clears NJ man

    02/22/2014 8:57:26 AM PST · by dirtboy · 70 replies
    WABC ^ | 2/21/2014 | Sarah Wallace
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ (WABC) -- The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault. Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace obtained the dashcam tapes, and has spoken exclusively with the 30-year old DJ who was looking at years in prison. It was quite a turnabout, all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter have been dismissed, and two Bloomfield police officers have been indicted for falsifying reports, and one of them, for assault. A third pleaded guilty early on to tampering. It's all thanks to...
  • Cops: Man robbed of rock salt at gunpoint

    02/18/2014 11:48:14 AM PST · by dirtboy · 15 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 2/18/2014
    This sure seems like one of those "only in Philly" moments, when a man finds himself in between some rock salt and a hard place. According to police, last Thursday Daron Stinson, 21, robbed a 52-year-old man who was shoveling his sidewalk on Diamond Street near Sedgley Avenue in North Philadelphia around 3 p.m. He didn't hold him up for his wallet or his watch, he held him up for his rock salt, police said. Stinson allegedly approached his victim while in a pick-up truck with another man. He repeatedly asked the victim how much he wanted for his rock...
  • The Golden Egg / Column: The Hillary Papers and the Death of the Mainstream Media

    02/15/2014 1:03:43 PM PST · by dirtboy · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/14/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    The school of literary criticism known as reception theory holds that a text should be studied in light of its effect on its contemporaries, that a reader should be aware of the “horizon of expectations” in which a text is produced. I was reminded of this the other day as I observed, in amusement, fascination, and occasional pity, the reaction of the so-called mainstream media to Alana Goodman’s lengthy and rock-solid report on “The Hillary Papers.” This trove of previously unexamined transcriptions of conversations between Hillary Clinton and her best friend Diane Blair had been collecting dust at the University...
  • Racist, graphic graffiti shakes up Mount Airy (Philadelphia)

    02/01/2014 6:01:30 AM PST · by dirtboy · 30 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 2/1/2014 | Julie Xie
    PHILADELPHIA A quiet neighborhood in Mount Airy was shaken up Thursday by racist, anti-Semitic, and sexually graphic graffiti on garage doors and a church. In purple paint, the perpetrators drew swastikas and penises, and wrote derogatory terms for African Americans, along with the names of gangs, on three houses on the 600 block of East Durham Street and at Germantown Christian Assembly on Mount Pleasant Avenue. Graffiti was also found on the 400 block of East Durham, although the messages were not as offensive. The neighborhood has been lauded for its economic, ethnic and religious diversity, so residents were baffled...
  • Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island

    01/14/2014 11:48:26 AM PST · by dirtboy · 46 replies
    Skeptoid.com ^ | 1/14/2014 | Brian Dunning
    In March of 2011, an undersea earthquake sent tsunamis thundering across Japan, killing nearly 20,000 people and creating the most expensive natural disaster in history. Among the casualities was the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was almost completely submerged by the tsunamis; an unprecedented event. Power was lost (obviously), cooling systems stopped, and the net result was a complete meltdown of three of the plant's reactor cores. It was a perfect storm of worst case scenarios. And now, even years afterward, some are calling it a worldwide radiation disaster, worse than even Chernobyl, that will produce a staggering death...
  • Amish school shooter's kin: Horror, then healing

    12/27/2013 11:41:14 AM PST · by dirtboy · 4 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/9/2013 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    STRASBURG, Pa. (AP) - Once a week, Terri Roberts spends time with a 13-year-old Amish girl named Rosanna who sits in a wheelchair and eats through a tube. Roberts bathes her, sings to her, reads stories. She can only guess what's going on inside Rosanna's mind because the girl can't talk. Roberts' son did this to her. Seven years ago, Charles Carl Roberts IV barricaded himself inside an Amish schoolhouse near Lancaster, tied up 10 girls and opened fire, killing five and injuring five others before committing suicide as police closed in. The Amish responded by offering immediate forgiveness to...
  • How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views

    12/10/2013 3:03:33 PM PST · by dirtboy · 20 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 29, 2013
    Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with. The term “filter bubble” entered the public domain back in 2011when the internet activist Eli Pariser coined it to refer to the way recommendation engines shield people from certain aspects of the real world. Pariser used the example of two people who googled the term “BP”. One received links to investment news about BP while the other received links to...
  • High-Speed Photos Of Wet Dogs Shaking Their Heads Published In Book

    12/03/2013 5:05:15 PM PST · by dirtboy · 47 replies
    Demilked ^ | Oct 25, 2013
    Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and most people really do love them – no matter how much mud they might track into the house or how much they might droll on our floors. U.S. Photographer Carli Davidson has created a brilliant photo series called “Shake” picturing dogs doing what they do best – making a huge mess. She gets the dogs into a good mood by playing around with them and then shoots their portraits with a high-speed camera and strobe lights while they shake water off of their heads. Davidson has published a book of these photographs...
  • Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watches - IL, IN, OH, MI, WI, MO

    11/17/2013 9:14:54 AM PST · by dirtboy · 144 replies
    NOAA ^ | 11/17/2013
  • A Home Renovation by Frank Lloyd Wrong

    10/25/2013 10:02:30 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/24/2013 | P.J. O'ROURKE
    A satirist embraces his drafty, creaky New Hampshire home—mainly because no one else (maybe the kids?) would want to buy itWe love our 18th-century New England house the way we love our children. Love can never be fully explained. But the kids are cute and do what they're supposed to do most of the time. The house is completely inexplicable. It's roomy and has a magnificent view. "Roomy," when describing an 18th-century house, means there are all sorts of rooms nobody uses because they're freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer, too far away up creepy old staircases and...
  • Hispanic outreach: Mitt Romney’s largest error from 2012

    09/30/2013 8:43:19 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/27/2013 | Bryan Koenig
    CNN) – Mitt Romney has had some time to reflect on what went wrong last November. His main conclusion: the Hispanic community didn’t understand his immigration stance well enough. "The largest strategic error was not investing sufficiently, particularly in Hispanic TV and Hispanic outreach to help Hispanic voters understand that ours is the party of opportunity," Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper of the lesson to be learned for GOP presidential campaigns of the future. Romney lost the Hispanic vote by 40%, a loss seen to be in large part spurred by the perception of the Republican Party as antithetical to...
  • Pa. voter ID law on hold for November election

    08/17/2013 6:37:43 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 15 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 8/16/2013 | Amy Worden
    HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania voters will not be required to produce identification to cast ballots in November. A Commonwealth Court judge has barred enforcement of the state's 2012 voter ID law until he makes a final determination in the case challenging the legislation. In his ruling Friday, Judge Bernard McGinley said while poll workers asking for ID was not itself disenfranchisement, a hardship was created for voters by the state's misleading or nonexistent information on the new law's requirements. "The court cannot (in good conscience) ignore the fact that the information conveys to electors, if relayed at all, in the last...
  • Man says 'stand your ground' law saved his life (Jury acquitted in 3 minutes)

    07/28/2013 8:00:11 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 44 replies
    Fox 30 Jacksonville ^ | 7/26/2013 | Leslie Coursey
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just about 24 hours ago, a local man didn't know if he would be leaving the Duval County Courthouse a free man. He faced three years in prison on an aggravated assault charge. His attorney said he simply stood his ground. And Thursday, a jury agreed. The charge stemmed from a May 2011 confrontation in the parking lot of the Jacksonville Beach Pier. A local man was left beaten and bloody after a fist fight. He pulled his gun and was arrested. But his attorney, Lee Lockett, says that should have never happened. "My client was simply...
  • The path Treyvon was on is the real issue, if we really want to have an honest discussion

    07/22/2013 8:04:51 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 24 replies
    I picked up a copy of the local tabloid rag the Philly Daily News on the train tonight (would never buy one any more), and the number of pages are a shadow of its former self. It was a full-court press on Trayvon and the endless murders of young black men in our cities. And of course, since the Daily News is a hard-core liberal paper, all of the liberal talking points were observed. According to moronic Daily News blogger Will Bunch, Zimmerman was 'punk-whogot-away' and Stand Your Ground laws are 'lethal'. Never mind that in Florida, more blacks than...
  • A tale of two profiles of black men caught in the rain

    07/19/2013 7:06:35 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 77 replies
    7/19/2013 | dirtboy
    Years ago, I lived and worked in a suburban township adjacent to Philadelphia. I had a black co-worker who was a systems professional. I’ll call him Mike. Around the corner from our office was a deli/pizza joint that sold slices and we would often go there for lunch or a snack. One day, Mike had gotten a slice and was just leaving the deli when it started to rain. Being a rational man, Mike broke into a run and got back to the office before he and his slice got soaked. Right behind him were two cops who barged into...
  • The Bill of Grievances

    07/18/2013 8:05:21 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 5 replies
    7/19/2013 | dirtboy
    The Bill of Rights is an obsolete piece of paper written by dead white cracka slaveholders. It needs to be replaced with a Bill of Grievances. 1) Free speech is OK as long as no one criticizes urban black culture or justifies profiling by referencing the high rate of crime by young black males. Anyone who does is a racist guilty of a hate crime, just ask Richard Cohen. 2) The right to bear arms? Furgedaboutit for law-abiding persons, their having weapons to defend themselves just makes it too dangerous for criminals going about their business. Besides, if Trayvon had...
  • You Are Not Trayvon Martin

    07/16/2013 12:05:02 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/15/2013 | William Saletan
    His death wasn’t about race, guns, or your pet issue. It was about misjudgment and overreaction—exactly what we’re doing now to the verdict. Trayvon Martin is dead, George Zimmerman has been acquitted, and millions of people are outraged. Some politicians are demanding a second prosecution of Zimmerman, this time for hate crimes. Others are blaming the tragedy on “Stand Your Ground” laws, which they insist must be repealed. Many who saw the case as proof of racism in the criminal justice system see the verdict as further confirmation. Everywhere you look, people feel vindicated in their bitter assumptions. They want...
  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 12 replies
    Wash ComPost ^ | June 22, 2013 | Peter Wallsten, Carol D. Leonnig and Alice Crites
    Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators earlier this month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss the inner workings of the United States’ clandestine terrorism surveillance tribunal, which Bates oversaw from 2006 until earlier this year. FISA court papers show NSA warrantless surveillance rules Classified documents spell out procedures for targeting foreigners and minimizing the collection of data from U.S. persons. Bates had rarely spoken of his sensitive work. He...
  • A Major Severe Weather Outbreak is Forecast Today and/or Tonight (Parts of Midwest)

    06/12/2013 10:57:54 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 34 replies
    NOAA ^ | 6/12/2013
    THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS AND A FEW STRONG TORNADOES OVER PARTS OF THE PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY EAST TO THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY AND LOWER GREAT LAKES THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.
  • Congressman says Russians believe Boston bombings were preventable

    06/02/2013 8:23:49 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/2/13
    Russian intelligence officials believe that if U.S. authorities had acted on warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombings could have been prevented, U.S. Rep. William Keating said Saturday after returning from a congressional delegation trip to Russia. The Massachusetts Democrat, who met with Russian intelligence officials Thursday, said he was provided with details on how U.S. intelligence agents were warned in 2010 that Tsarnaev was preparing to join a terrorist cell in the southern Russian region of Dagestan, the Boston Globe reported. Keating told reporters at Boston's Logan International Airport that a top Russian counterintelligence official told the delegation...
  • Oklahoma - Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch

    05/31/2013 2:27:54 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 584 replies
    NOAA ^ | 5/31/13
    URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 262 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 330 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA * EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON FROM 330 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY NUMEROUS VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER LIKELY NUMEROUS DAMAGING WIND GUSTS LIKELY WITH SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 80 MPH POSSIBLE THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE MILES...
  • Severe Weather Outbreak in Plains, Day 3 (OK, TX, AR)

    05/21/2013 9:56:04 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 34 replies
    Tornado Watch issued in North Central Texas:Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Southern Oklahoma:
  • Severe Weather Outbreak, Day 2 (OK TX KS MO MI for starters) - Moore, OK devastation

    05/20/2013 12:46:11 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 749 replies
    Tornado warnings up in Oklahoma. Watches in TX, OK, KS, MO, far NW Arkansas.
  • Tornado Outbreak - OK, KS, NE, IA, MO, MN, WI

    05/19/2013 1:47:32 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 246 replies
    Live coverage: http://www.ksn.com/weather/live-radar-and-storm-coverage/ Large tornado confirmed on the ground. Weather service has issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation warning.
  • Toomey is open to reviving background-check bill

    05/19/2013 6:52:57 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 41 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 5/17/2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hasn't given up on his bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, he said Thursday, signaling more willingness to return to the plan than he had publicly shown before. "If we could find a way to bring some more folks on board, then of course it would be worth bringing it up again," Toomey said in an interview. While he has largely returned his focus to the fiscal issues he has long been associated with, he said he still occasionally talked privately with fellow senators about the background-check bill that was defeated...
  • IRS Rationale for Tea Party Scandal Is Debunked by Data

    05/16/2013 9:36:52 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 5 replies
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy ^ | 5/15/2013 | Doug Donovan
    Applications for tax exemption from advocacy nonprofits had not yet spiked when the Internal Revenue Service began using what it admits was inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups in 2010. In fact, applications were declining, data show. Top IRS officials have been saying that a “significant increase” in applications from advocacy groups seeking tax-exempt status spurred its Cincinnati office in 2010 to filter those requests by using such politically loaded phrases as “Tea Party,” “patriots,” and “9/12.” Both Steven Miller, the agency’s acting commissioner until he stepped down Wednesday, and Lois Lerner, director of the agency’s exempt-organization division, have said over...
  • Homage to Orwell

    05/12/2013 8:53:59 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 1 replies
    Spiked Review of Books ^ | 3 May 2013 | Mike Hume
    George Orwell could have been killed twice in the Spanish Civil War. Once when he was shot in the throat by General Franco’s fascist forces; then when he was hunted by official Communist agents who, with the backing of Stalin’s Soviet Union, stabbed the revolution in the back and imprisoned, tortured and killed leading leftists and anarchists who were ostensibly on the same Republican side. Orwell learned the hardest way that the war against fascism in Spain was also a civil war against Stalinism. Homage to Catalonia, Orwell’s famous account of his time in Spain from his arrival in Barcelona...
  • Inside a mile-deep open-pit copper mine after a catastrophic landslide

    04/22/2013 12:52:47 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 54 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 4/22/2013 | Tim Heffernan
    For the past few months I’ve been reporting a big story on the copper industry for Pacific Standard. It takes a broad look at how the global economic boom of the past decade, led by China and India, is pushing copper mining into new regions and new enormities of investment and excavation. (It’ll be out in June.) But a few days ago a very local event shook the copper industry, and I thought it would be neat to look at how a crisis at a single mine can ripple through space and time, ultimately affecting just about everyone around...
  • SNOWBOARD INDUSTRY REPS AMONG DEAD IN AVALANCHE [killed in safety promotion event]

    04/21/2013 5:28:12 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 14 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/21/2013 | Colin Bane
    Colorado authorities have identified the victims of a backcountry avalanche on Saturday as five experienced snowboarders and skiers who were participating in a community event promoting backcountry safety and gear. The Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering's organizer, Joe Timlin, who worked as the Rocky Mountain sales manager for various snowboard brands, was among the deceased, according to the Clear Creek County Coroner's office. "I lost a very dear friend today," said Adam Schmidt, editor of Snowboard Colorado Magazine, one of the event's sponsors. "I helped Joe put this community event together. Everybody in the snowboard community here knew him, and...
  • Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch 123 (IN, IL, MI, far NW OH), also AR, MO

    04/18/2013 7:14:45 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 23 replies
    NOAA ^ | 4/18/13
    URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 123 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 935 AM EDT THU APR 18 2013 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN ILLINOIS CENTRAL AND EASTERN INDIANA SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN NORTHWEST OHIO OHIO LAKE MICHIGAN * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 935 AM UNTIL 500 PM EDT. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH POSSIBLE A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE THE...
  • MILLER: Democratic front group hyped as hunters by media in gun control fight

    04/06/2013 12:08:59 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 24 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 4/5/2013 | Emily Miller
    The liberal media will do anything to pressure lawmakers to support President Obama’s gun-control agenda. Politico published a story Wednesday with this headline: “Hunting Group Wants Background Checks.” The story gave the false impression that the millions of hunters in the U.S. support Mr. Obama’s push for “universal background checks.” That is way off target. In fact, 31 well-known hunting and conservation groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill Thursday expressing opposition to intrusion by the federal government into private firearm transfers. Politico only cites one small group in its story, Bull Moose Sportsmen, which claims 5,000 members. The story...
  • Toomey could be key to a deal on guns [time to hit the phones, faxes and emails]

    04/06/2013 4:44:53 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 42 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4/6/2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    WASHINGTON - Could Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey be a Republican bridge who helps secure a deal on background checks on guns? His office confirmed Friday that Toomey, a strong Second Amendment advocate, was in discussions on pending gun bills that have struggled to gain traction with Republicans and many pro-gun Democrats in the Senate. "Sen. Toomey and his staff are talking to a lot of folks - both in Pennsylvania and in the Capitol - on the issue of guns in the hopes that we get to an approach that works," his spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail. There was no...
  • Quantitative confiscation: What’s happening in Cyprus already is happening here

    04/04/2013 6:35:55 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 29 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 3/30/13 | Thomas Sowell
    The decision of the government in Cyprus to simply take money out of people's bank accounts there sent shock waves around the world. People far removed from that small island nation had to wonder: “Can this happen here?” The economic repercussions of having people feel that their money is not safe in banks can be catastrophic. Banks are not just warehouses where money can be stored. They are crucial institutions for gathering individually modest amounts of money from millions of people and transferring that money to strangers whom those people would not directly trust... [snip] One of the big differences...
  • Sandy-hit Shore homeowners ask: "Where is the money?"

    04/02/2013 6:22:05 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 91 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4/1/2013 | Amy S. Rosenberg
    Underwater doesn't even begin to get at the heart of Maurice Corkery's predicament. "This was my summer home," the Delaware County plant manager said of his little rancher on Third Street in Ocean City, N.J., flooded with its foundation cracked - totalled, really - by Sandy. "I was trying to think of a time line," he said. "It's been so long. I'm so screwed up. I haven't seen any money. Where is the money? All they do is talk about it." [snip] "It seems like people who are responsible and have paid for coverage are the losers," he said. "The...
  • Stung by Criticism of Vacation Costs, Obama Lays out Proposals to Reduce Vacation Travel

    04/01/2013 9:09:23 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 22 replies
    db news international | dirtboy
    During the ongoing sesquestration, taxpayers were confronted with the cancellation of White House tours, military cutbacks and the heartbreak of congressional staffers having to brown-bag lunches twice a week – while President Obama resumed golfing and his daughters went to the Bahamas and an Idaho Ski area in the same week. Confronted with plummeting poll numbers in response to such, President Obama today unveiled proposals to significantly reduce the vacation travel costs for him and his family. “In hindsight, it does use up Secret Service time and fuel for me to travel to go golfing” President Obama said. "So I...
  • A proposal to study how violent video games may be affecting the minds of youngsters has stalled

    03/24/2013 9:57:43 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/24/13 | Dan Friedman
    WASHINGTON — The gun lobby isn’t the only group throwing its weight around trying to thwart President Obama’s plans to combat gun violence. Even a modest proposal to study how violent video games might be affecting young minds has quietly run aground, the victim, sources say, of opposition by the burgeoning video game industry — a $67 billion colossus with increasing clout in Washington.
  • Killing the messenger - The delivery mode matters when it comes to talking about race.

    03/24/2013 9:03:13 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 16 replies
    Philly,com ^ | 3/24/13 | Clark DeLeon
    [snip] I think one of the featured panelists at last week's discussion identified the key reason for the depth and scale of the negative reaction to the article. "When you talk about race, you have to keep two things in mind: the messenger and the message," said Farah Jimenez, who runs the People's Emergency Shelter, a social-service agency in West Philadelphia. "And I think for Philly Mag, the challenge was that it is viewed as an inappropriate messenger for this conversation." In other words, imagine the reaction if Ebony or Jet magazine chose to publish a harsh, class-conscious critique of...
  • A Darwinist Mob Goes After a Serious Philosopher

    03/24/2013 8:51:28 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 66 replies
    New Republic ^ | 3/8/13 | LEON WIESELTIER
    s there a greater gesture of intellectual contempt than the notion that a tweet constitutes an adequate intervention in a serious discussion? But when Thomas Nagel’s formidable book Mind and Cosmos recently appeared, in which he has the impudence to suggest that “the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false,” and to offer thoughtful reasons to believe that the non-material dimensions of life—consciousness, reason, moral value, subjective experience—cannot be reduced to, or explained as having evolved tidily from, its material dimensions, Steven Pinker took to Twitter and haughtily ruled that it was “the shoddy reasoning of a once-great...
  • Forbidden City - The left-wing stranglehold on academia.

    03/24/2013 8:42:30 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/25/13 | MARK BAUERLEIN
    Neil Gross is a sociologist at the University of British Columbia who previously held posts at the University of Southern California and Harvard, has a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, and received undergraduate training at Berkeley. He edits Sociological Theory and has written a book on the liberal philosopher Richard Rorty. He has all the markers of an academic on the left, and Gross confesses in his introduction to this study of faculty politics that he has “very liberal social attitudes” and that his views on the economy and law are center-left. Nevertheless, he registers clearly the overwhelming ideological...
  • U.S. beats Costa Rica amid heavy snow

    03/23/2013 12:53:40 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | 3/22/2013
    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Soft snow started falling, and then kept getting heavier as the night progressed. From the start of Friday's World Cup qualifier, the lines on the field were covered. As the game wore on, even the Americans in their white home uniforms became hard to see. And then in the 55th minute, with the U.S. leading Costa Rica 1-0 on Clint Dempsey's early goal, the referee and match commissioner stopped it. Would it continue? For a moment, it was as unclear as the view. But then, after some heated discussions, play went on. On a snowy night...
  • NYC Seaport a 'Ghost Town' Months After Sandy

    02/25/2013 6:27:52 AM PST · by dirtboy · 8 replies
    AP via Wunderground.com ^ | 2/25/2013 | Meghan Barr
    NEW YORK -- The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water's edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy. Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still crisscrossed with masking tape left by their owners before the storm. Store interiors are stripped down to plywood and wiring. Restaurants are chained shut, frozen in time, saddled with electrical systems that were ruined by several feet of salt water that raced up from the East River and through their front doors....
  • Byron York: GOP aims to ease bloodshed in 2016 primary debates

    02/08/2013 9:28:48 AM PST · by dirtboy · 37 replies
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 2/7/13 | Byron York
    “While we were playing footsie debating each other 22 times, they were spending $100 million on technology,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said recently, referring to his party’s rigorous debate schedule in the 2012 GOP presidential primary season. The last campaign, many Republican insiders said during a recent RNC meeting, had too many debates, the result of which was a GOP arguing with itself while Democrats prepared the way for Barack Obama’s victory. There’s no doubt the Republican debates produced many damaging moments for the party. There was Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet offer, which helped cement his image as...