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  • House Lawmaker Wants to Require Personal Information To Buy A Burner Phone

    03/27/2016 12:10:22 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 47 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 3/27/16 | Andrew Liptak
    House Representative Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has put forward a bill that will require retailers to require identification when purchasing a prepaid cellphone. The bill, called Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016, is designed to “close one of the most significant gaps in our ability to track and prevent acts of terror, drug trafficking, and modern-day slavery,” according to Speier. The bill will require anyone purchasing a “pre-paid mobile device or SIM card” to provide 1. The full name of the purchaser. 2. The complete home address of the purchaser. 3. The date of birth...
  • Why does Sweden have more boys than girls? (Captain Obvious provides answer)

    01/30/2016 6:34:33 AM PST · by Drew68 · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 01/30/16 | Magazine
    There is something odd going on with the ratio between boys and girls in Sweden. The latest estimates suggest there are 123 boys for every 100 girls among 16 and 17-year-olds. That's an even greater imbalance than in the same age group in China. The natural "sex ratio at birth" is 105 boys for every 100 girls, according to the World Health Organization - and official statistics show that in 2014, there were 108 boys for every 100 girls among Sweden's 16 and 17-year-olds. But the country now has 123 boys for every 100 girls in this age group, according...
  • Police: Suspected theater shooter brought gun to movie fearing mass shooting

    01/23/2016 11:09:08 AM PST · by Drew68 · 26 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 01/22/2016 | Staff
    RENTON, Wash. (KOMO) -- A 29-year-old man suspected of shooting a woman inside a Renton theater Thursday night told detectives he brought the gun to the movie fearing a mass shooting. The incident happened at The Landing in Renton during a showing of the film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." It is the action-packed movie of the terrorist raid on the U.S. Embassy. About 15 minutes into the movie, a gun went off and a 40-year-old Michelle Mallari had been shot through the back of her chair. "I believe the lady in front of us that got shot...
  • Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run

    01/23/2016 6:54:19 AM PST · by Drew68 · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/23/16 | Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman
    Galled by Donald J. Trump's dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton's stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side, Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for an independent campaign in this year's presidential race. Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations. Mr. Bloomberg, 73,...
  • Penthouse Magazine Discontinues Print Edition

    01/19/2016 8:11:20 AM PST · by Drew68 · 75 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Jan 2016 | Lukas I. Alpert
    The glory days of gentlemen's magazines are fading fast. Penthouse Magazine, the long-running and raunchier rival of Playboy, said Friday that it is ending its print edition after 50 years on the newsstand and will now only be offered in digital format. "Reimagined for the preferred consumption of content today by consumers, the digital version of Penthouse Magazine will combine and convert everything readers know and love about the print magazine experience to the power of a digital experience," publisher FriendFinder Network said in a statement. The move comes just months after Playboy announced that it would no longer publish...
  • When a Racist Restaurant Opens on the Edge of Campus, What Is a University's Responsibility?

    11/19/2015 1:18:30 PM PST · by Drew68 · 55 replies
    truth out.com, some whimpering lefty blog. ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Roberto Cintli Rodriguez
    A white-owned Mexican restaurant called "Illegal Pete's" will open in December at the doorstep of the University of Arizona. A growing debate surrounds the restaurant's opening - a debate that could ultimately touch every university in the country. In this case, the proposed restaurant is just one block from the main entrance to the university, and it is precisely where the campus pep rallies take place before the big games. Because of the restaurant's location, its opening has ramifications that go beyond legal or real estate questions. Yet, at the moment, the university is remaining neutral on this matter. But...
  • Gun porn: Magazines found in easy access to kids

    11/07/2015 5:16:31 PM PST · by Drew68 · 140 replies
    CBS46 News ^ | 03 Nov 15
    ATLANTA (CBS46) - The next time you are in a grocery or convenience store, check out the magazine aisle. As CBS46 investigative reporter Karyn Greer found out, gun porn appears to be more popular than travel and cooking magazines and in plain sight of impressionable children. Sexually explicit and tabloid magazines are kept on the top shelves of stores to keep them out of sight of precious young children, but gun magazines are in plain sight and easy reach for anyone to grab and take a peek. "It just proliferates the spread of guns and glamourizes guns and everything that...
  • In the Zombie World, Only the Conservative Survive

    10/18/2015 3:12:32 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 73 replies
    National Review ^ | October 3, 2015 | David French
    The Obama era is the era of the zombie. It is a strange irony that the politician of “hope and change” has presided over a pop-culture world dominated by shuffling, moaning, undead cannibals who mindlessly rule a post-government apocalyptic landscape. In theaters, we’ve seen zombie blockbusters, zombie comedies, and even sweet zombie romances. But the zombie colossus, the rotting king of this macabre world, is AMC’s The Walking Dead franchise. The Walking Dead (TWD to fans) is rewriting the rules of television. Shows aren’t supposed to keep getting more popular every year, year after year. TWD does. Basic cable isn’t...
  • Congress set to make the H-1B visa less costly for India

    09/23/2015 6:39:34 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 44 replies
    Computer World ^ | 9/23/15 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Congress is set to drop a $2,000 H-1B visa fee mostly paid by India-based IT services providers. It's a move being met with incredulity by H-1B critics, but relief by the Indian offshore industry. The fee, adopted in 2010, was sought by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who chaired the Senate immigration subcommittee when Democrats were in power. Schumer described the overseas firms as "multinational temp agencies" that undercut U.S. wages. The fee expires on Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year and there's is no immediate effort in Congress to extend it. The fee raises between $70...
  • Gary Richrath has passed away (Founding member of rock band REO Speedwagon)

    09/13/2015 10:20:10 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 94 replies
    "Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time...kc"
  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 8:09:08 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 110 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/11/15 | Greg Sargent
    So you think Donald Trump’s demagoguery on immigration has created problems for the other GOP candidates? Well, another very ripe opportunity for Trump to make his GOP rivals even more miserable may be lurking right around the corner, and it could expose the same sort of schism between GOP elites and GOP voters that Trump’s forays into immigration policy have. I’m talking about the massive global trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Some time in the next six months — in late 2015 or in early 2016 — the participating nations may finally reach a deal on the TPP. That...
  • Trump’s Campaign Hat Becomes an Ironic Summer Accessory

    09/13/2015 6:35:38 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 75 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/11/15 | Ashley Parker
    An old-school, wide-brimmed rope hat — some in white and navy, others in red and white — has seemingly become the ironic must-have fashion accessory of the summer. It is the “Make America Great Again” campaign hat first worn in July by Donald J. Trump in Laredo, Tex., and since spotted on hipsters from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in the football locker of Tom Brady, not to mention on the heads of the hundreds of Trump loyalists at his rallies. “I was certainly surprised to the extent it caught on,” Mr. Trump said...
  • Fear the Walking Dead is the biggest cable series premiere ever

    08/25/2015 8:06:38 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 74 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 24 Aug 15 | James Hibberd
    AMC has absolutely nothing to fear from Sunday night’s ratings. The network’s The Walking Dead companion series got off to a huge start. The 90-minute series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead delivered 10.1 million viewers and an incredible 6.3 rating among adults 18-49. That makes Fear the biggest series premiere in cable TV history in both total viewers and key demos. “Thank you and congratulations to Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson, the brilliant executive producers and the entire cast and crew of Fear the Walking Dead,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. “It is increasingly difficult to evaluate a show’s...
  • Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny (Rolling Stone)

    08/21/2015 2:22:07 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 88 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 21 Aug 15 | Matt Taibbi
    Win or lose, Trump's campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid So two yahoos from Southie in my hometown of Boston severely beat up a Hispanic homeless guy earlier this week. While being arrested, one of the brothers reportedly told police that "Donald Trump was right, all of these illegals need to be deported." When reporters confronted Trump, he hadn't yet heard about the incident. At first, he said, "That would be a shame." But right after, he went on: "I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this...
  • Presidential Sensation Deez Nuts Is a 15-Year-Old Iowa Farm Boy

    08/20/2015 9:48:17 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 19 Aug 15
    The candidate polling at 9 percent in North Carolina against Trump and Clinton isn’t a real person. But Brady Olson, who gamed the FEC filing system, certainly is. Deez Nuts, the Independent candidate from Iowa, is polling at 9 percent in North Carolina for President of the United States. Sadly, Deez Nuts does not appear to exist. But Brady Olson does. “When I heard about the Limberbutt McCubbins story, I realized I could,” Olson tells The Daily Beast. Brady Olson is 15 years old. He filed to run for the President of the United States with the FEC on July...
  • Caitlyn Jenner’s television show loses half its audience

    08/05/2015 11:09:25 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 74 replies
    Is the public fascination with Caitlyn Jenner wearing off? Ratings for E!’s groundbreaking reality series I Am Cait plummeted for the show’s second episode. Sunday’s hour had only 1.3 million viewers, a drop of more than 50% from the show’s premiere. I Am Cait premiered somewhat modestly too, especially considering the usual Kardashian clan drawing power on E! and the amount of media buzz surrounding Jenner in recent months. The series debut had 2.7 million viewers, then grew to 3.9 million with DVR playback. While time-shifted viewing is important, a big change in same-night viewership — like what happened on...
  • HitchBOT Was A Literal Pile Of Trash And Got What It Deserved

    08/03/2015 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 63 replies
    The Concourse ^ | 03 Aug 15 | Albert Burneko
    <p>First things first. “HitchBOT,” for all practical purposes, was a garbage can with an iPhone in it.</p>
  • Fundraising site set up for woman who killed potential serial killer

    07/30/2015 9:24:44 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 3 replies
    Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | 29 July 15 | Erin Beck
    A group of people have established a fundraising website for the woman who earlier this month killed an attacker who might have been a serial killer. Supporters thought the woman — who has been publicly identified only by her first name, Heather — might need funds for public relations and legal assistance if any companies want to buy the rights to her story, to stop placing ads on Backpage and to get away from the location of the attack and find a new apartment, according to one of the organizers of the fundraiser, Charleston resident Laura Gandee. “She’s a feminist...
  • Nate Silver: Donald Trump Is The World’s Greatest Troll

    07/21/2015 9:01:40 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 42 replies
    fivethirtyeight.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Nate Silver
    “A troll,” according to one definition, “is a person who sows discord … by starting arguments or upsetting people … with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.” The goal of the troll is to provoke a reaction by any means necessary. Trolls thrive in communities that are open and democratic (they wouldn’t be invited into a discussion otherwise) and which operate in presumed good faith (there need to be some standards of decorum to offend). Presidential nomination contests are highly susceptible to trolling, therefore. Access is fairly open: There’s...
  • San Francisco killing sparks national outrage, likely political fallout

    07/05/2015 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 94 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 05 July 2015 | Carla Marinucci
    The barrage of outraged tweets from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump decrying the shocking San Francisco slaying of 32-year old Kathryn Steinle signals the start of what may be an intense immigration debate with potential fallout in California, home to the nation’s largest undocumented population. Social media blazed with anger and frustration at the news that the man arrested in connection with the shooting death at San Francisco’s Pier 14 Wednesday has a rap sheet with seven felonies, was in the U.S. illegally and has been deported to his native Mexico five times — and in April was released from...
  • How Republicans pulled a fast one with the Confederate flag

    06/25/2015 7:15:39 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 24 June 15 | Charles D. Ellison
    It's the capture-the-flag you never saw coming. In a shrewdly mapped play, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's (R) call to remove the flapping Confederate rebel jack from state capitol grounds suddenly prompted an entire party to reverse course on the issue. And after years of happily whistling political Dixie as part of its mad racial plan for Southern domination, the Republican Party backed away from this in an unprecedentedly humble about face. If presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was calling it a non-issue on Sunday, there's now a good chance he might find a convenient backtrack moment...
  • Everything You Need To Know About Transracial Hero Rachel Dolezal

    06/13/2015 7:43:52 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 June 15 | Ben Shapiro
    On Friday, after a long news week, the story of Rachel Dolezal hit the press, proving once again that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Just last week the President of the United States congratulated Bruce Jenner on his courageous decision to pretend to be a woman, and the entire left bursting into spasms of ecstasy over a collectively insane decision to ratify the notion that men can magically become women. Today, the entire left is struggling to explain how a white woman who identifies herself as black is not, in fact, black.Here’s the basic story: Rachel...
  • NGD!!! (Followup to my "best rifle for the Zombie Apocalypse" thread)

    06/05/2015 3:24:30 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 51 replies
    Vanity | 05 June 15 | Me
    A couple of weeks ago I posted a query asking what would be the best rifle for the Zombie Apocalypse.OK FReepers, it's the zombie apocalypse. What battle rifle should I buy?I promised a followup.After careful consideration, I wound up dismissing the idea of a .308 battle rifle, settling instead on the tried and true Kalashnikov.A little web research led me to a company out of Bulgaria, Arsenal Firearms.After sleeping a few nights on the issue, I pulled the trigger on an Arsenal 107-34 in 7.62x39, 6 mags and 1000 rounds of Wolf ammo.Bring on the zombies! I'm ready!
  • Rick Perry has the best story to tell of any GOP contender

    06/04/2015 3:38:51 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 25 replies
    Vox (via MSN) ^ | 04 June 15 | Matthew Yglesias
    Nobody seems to be taking Rick Perry very seriously in 2016 because he proved to be such a poor candidate during the 2012 Republican primary debates. Those inclined to write him off may well be right. But he does have at least one big thing going for him — far and away the best and most coherent story of any candidate in the field about why his record in office should make you think he could deliver the kind of prosperity the voters crave. When liberals want to make conservative governance look bad, they'll point to Mississippi or, these days,...
  • Rashida Jones exposes amateur porn industry with 'Hot Girls Wanted'

    05/31/2015 12:32:53 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 27 May 15 | Michael Walsh
    Actress Rashida Jones is best known for her work in “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” But her latest project, a documentary called “Hot Girls Wanted,” explores the amateur porn industry, which she says rakes in gobs of cash by exploiting the gullibility of young women who thirst for fame and fortune. “So much stands in the way of them and that dream,” she tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “And the things that stand in the way are not being fully explained to them. “Their naiveté is really important as an engine for the porn industry, or at...
  • ‘Point Break': The enduring appeal of Zen garbage (Hollywood remake alert)

    05/27/2015 1:50:17 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 27 May 15 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    In 1991, what appeared to be a serious movie was released by 20th Century Fox, a serious movie studio. The movie, “Point Break,” featured two serious movie stars, Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. It was helmed by serious talent Kathryn Bigelow, who would become the first female director to win an Academy Award (for “The Hurt Locker,” in 2008). It cost serious money — $24 million — and made very serious money, grossing more than $80 million dollars. And now, it’s getting a 100 percent serious $100 million remake, the trailer for which was released Tuesday (here). Yet, “Point Break”...
  • OK FReepers, it's the zombie apocalypse. What battle rifle should I buy?

    05/23/2015 9:08:42 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 142 replies
    Me | 24 May 2014 | Me
    There's probably a few threads already but I've been here 14 years and rarely post vanities. So indulge me.I've got about $1600 +/-$200 to spend. I certainly don't need to spend it all.I want a good semi-auto rifle.What to get?Currently, I have a Maverick 88 12 gauge shotgun. I have a .45 1911. I have some Smith and Wesson Glock copy in .40 cal that a buddy needed money for. I have a Ruger 10-22. I have a Winchester 30-30.I'm missing something. A semi-auto rifle.Lately, I've been a strong proponent of something in .308/7.62 NATO and leaning towards a DS...
  • Top Democratic Senator (Barbara Boxer) Blasts Obama's TPP Secrecy

    05/13/2015 2:18:50 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 30 replies
    firstlook.org ^ | 12 May 15 | Sam Knight
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., today blasted the secrecy shrouding the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. “They said, well, it’s very transparent. Go down and look at it,” said Boxer on the floor of the Senate. “Let me tell you what you have to do to read this agreement. Follow this: you can only take a few of your staffers who happen to have a security clearance — because, God knows why, this is secure, this is classified. It has nothing to do with defense. It has nothing to do with going after ISIS.” Boxer, who has served in the House and...
  • Mila Kunis being sued for allegedly 'stealing' a chicken as a child

    04/22/2015 7:41:31 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 Apr 15
    Chalk this up as one of the most ridiculous lawsuits of all time. Mila Kunis is being sued for allegedly stealing a chicken from a childhood friend, reports TMZ. Kristina Karo who claims she grew up with Kunis in the Ukraine, alleges that when they were around five they would play with her beloved chicken named Doggie. According to the lawsuit, Karo adored the chicken, as did Kunis, who would come over to play with the it. But when the chicken suddenly disappeared Karo says that Kunis ‘fessed up to the chicken theft telling her, “Kristina, you can have any...
  • U.S. Marshals in South Gate Attack Cop Watcher Destroys her cellphone (NSFW Video)

    Here’s a video that’s causing an uproar among those who care about photographers’ rights. It’s a 53-second clip recorded on on April 19th that shows an encounter one woman had with police officers on a residential sidewalk in South Gate, California. While shooting photos or footage of the assault rifle-equipped officers with her smartphone, one of the men charges her, snatches the camera from her hands, smashes it on the ground, kicks it back at her, and then walks away. Details are sparse at the moment, and we’ll update you when more info on this emerges.
  • Democrat Jim Webb hires aide for Iowa 2016 work

    04/17/2015 8:02:02 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    Des Moines Register | 18 Apr 15 | Jennifer Jacobs
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/democrat-jim-webb-hires-aide-rania-batrice/24890241/Gannet publication. Link only.
  • You Deserve Hillary’s Bloodless, Condescending Campaign

    04/16/2015 7:01:19 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 16 Apr 15 | Liz Mair
    An increasingly shallow and risk-averse America gets the most shallow and risk-averse candidate imaginable. The Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign part deux is less than a week old, and already reporters and opinionators across America are complaining. She announced via a video, the ultimate way to control a message and avoid any engagement with real people or the press. She is undertaking a trip by van; nothing novel, simply a redux from her 2000 Senate campaign in New York. For now, at least, she is passing on talking policy in any real detail. For the foreseeable future, she appears interested...
  • Mistrial Declared For St. Clair Shores Police Officer In Robbery Case ("stole back" stolen iPhone)

    02/22/2015 10:31:35 AM PST · by Drew68 · 15 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 21 Feb 2015
    <p>DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the case of an off-duty suburban police sergeant accused of robbing three men suspected in the theft of a cellphone belonging to his daughter.</p> <p>Wayne County Circuit Judge Tim Kenny declared a mistrial Friday for Michael Notoriano. The suspended St. Clair Shores officer was charged with armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment stemming from the July 2013 incident.</p>
  • Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine

    02/10/2015 8:02:01 PM PST · by Drew68 · 25 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 09 Feb 15 | Robert Parry
    A basic rule of journalism is that there are almost always two sides to a story and that journalists should try to reflect that reality, a principle that is especially important when lives are at stake amid war fevers. Yet, American journalism has failed miserably in this regard during the Ukraine crisis. With very few exceptions, the mainstream U.S. media has simply regurgitated the propaganda from the U.S. State Department and other entities favoring western Ukrainians. There has been little effort to view the worsening crisis through the eyes of ethnic Russian Ukrainians living in the east or the Russians...
  • Astronomical discovery: 'Super Saturn' with rings 200 times as large

    01/28/2015 2:55:55 PM PST · by Drew68 · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 Jan 15 | Ben Brumfield
    (CNN)In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous Saturn's gigantic rings. More than 400 years later, astronomers have in a sense dwarfed that discovery with a similar first. Using powerful optics, they have found a much larger planet-like body, J1407b, with rings 200 times the size of Saturn's, U.S. and Dutch astronomers said. It lies some 400 light-years away from Earth. For decades, scientists have believed that many moons around large planets formed out of such ring systems. But this is the first one astronomers have observed aside from Saturn's, they said. It was discovered in...
  • Caution! 'American Sniper' Is a Dangerous Movie (Lefty "Indigenous Person" is concerned)

    01/26/2015 5:07:08 PM PST · by Drew68 · 104 replies
    Indian Country ^ | 1/25/15 | Mateo Romero
    I was looking forward to seeing American Sniper. I took my brown Native high school-aged son to see it. I’m a fan of Clint Eastwood’s acting and directing, and his Sniper is a beautifully shot and directed action packed flick. But after his film, I spent the hour’s drive home explaining to my son why I thought the movie was dangerous and corrosive to the American people. This is a tense war movie that looks great. But just underneath the film’s sexy veneer is a shockingly racist ideology of hate and death that is advanced by the white male sniper...
  • Yet Another Image to Haunt Sarah Palin if She Ever Does Run for Office?

    01/23/2015 6:42:15 PM PST · by Drew68 · 238 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 23 Jan 15 | Andrew Kirell
  • Employee killed in shooting at Mesa (AZ) QuikTrip

    01/23/2015 2:26:13 PM PST · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    AZ Family ^ | 22 Jan 15 | Karen Brown
    MESA, Ariz. -- An employee at a QuikTrip convenience store was shot and killed early Thursday morning, according to police. The QT is located at Stapley Drive and Broadway Road. The shooting was followed by a high-speed chase for about 25 miles from Mesa to southwest Phoenix as police tried to capture the shooting suspect. They said a witness had flagged them down at the QT. Apolinar Altamirano, 29, of Mesa, was taken into custody at 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road. He faces charges including first-degree murder, armed robbery, burglary, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor and unlawful...
  • Democrats lose the ‘torture’ debate

    01/06/2015 12:09:21 PM PST · by Drew68 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05 Jan 15 | Marc Thiessen
    As we begin 2015, we can take solace that the “torture” debate is finally behind us. But before we close the book on six sordid years of Democratic demagoguery and investigations, let the record show that the opponents of the CIA interrogation program were completely and utterly defeated. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, launched a six-year, 6,000-page, $40 million investigation into the CIA interrogation program, with the goal of convincing Americans that a) the program did not work and that b) enhanced interrogations were wrong and should never again be permitted. She failed on all...
  • Africans urged to back continent’s first moon mission

    01/05/2015 2:32:46 PM PST · by Drew68 · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05 January 2015 | David Smith
    "The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena,” wrote the astronomer Carl Sagan. “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.” Africa has had its fair share of self-important generals and emperors who failed to comprehend the bigger picture. Now the continent is being asked to gaze upward and unite for a common goal: its first mission to the moon. Organisers of Africa2Moon hope to inspire and educate a new generation of engineers...
  • Xmas or Bust: The Untold Story of 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

    12/22/2014 5:37:59 PM PST · by Drew68 · 50 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 22 dec 14 | Rob Ledonne
    It started as a continuation of the misadventures of the Griswold family; it ended up becoming one of the most surprisingly popular and oft-quoted holiday movies of all time. This month marks the 25th anniversary of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, in which beleaguered patriarch Clark Griswold — played by the inimitable Chevy Chase — tries to engineer the picture-perfect seasonal festivities: the best naturally procured tree, the biggest and brightest (literally) Christmas-light display on the block, the end-of-the-year bonus from his Scrooge-like boss. It's the only comedy to appeal to those who live for that deck-the-halls spirit, viewers who are...
  • Orlando police pepper spray hundreds of women mobbing store having a one cent weave sale

    10/13/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 89 replies
    Police had to use pepper spray to control hundreds of women who had stormed a store offering hair weaves for a knockdown price of one cent. More than 400 women had tried to be among the first to get into the Orlando store to take up the offer. Despite the presence of eight police officers and two security guards they were unable to control the surge of women trying to grab a bargain. Surveillance video captures two officers using pepper spray to try and make the crowd back up. The officers sprayed over the heads of the women rather than...
  • Man killed by cops after car thief alleges meth find

    10/05/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 173 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03 Oct 14 | George Mathis
    A Georgia man was killed by police executing a search warrant obtained after a car thief told police he stole methamphetamine from the dead man’s vehicle, media reports say. ...snip... The homeowner, David Hooks, a 59-year-old grandfather and businessman, reported the missing SUV....snip... An hour after getting the search warrant, Shook said David Hooks’ wife saw camouflaged men in her yard with guns and told her husband. David Hooks’ final act was to arm himself with a shotgun....snip... Police searched the home for 44 hours and found no drugs.
  • Boy hit with gun during South Toledo robbery (6-month old pistol-whipped)

    09/15/2014 5:00:22 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 12 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 9/15/2014 | Staff
    A 6-month-old boy remains in critical condition today after being hit on the head with a gun during a robbery in South Toledo. The infant, and his parents, were taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. The parents, Phillip Darrington and Cheyenne Peters, were treated and released. The name of the child was not provided.
  • Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

    08/23/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 119 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 20 AUG 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents). Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communities—we have lost all touch with reality. "I doubt there has...
  • Why Great Husbands Are Being Abandoned

    08/15/2014 3:47:26 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 76 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 13 August 2014 | Randi Gunther, Ph.D
    Not so many years ago, married men had the freedom to live by one set of rules away from home, and a different set at the hearth. Because they held the power to distribute resources however they wished, they could decide what and when to share them. As women have become legitimate wage earners with more powerful voices, they have challenged their chosen partners to participate in a whole new kind of connection that does not accept automatic hierarchy. In the last few decades women have slowly driven their point home. The millennial men, who are their current counterparts, are...
  • 8 Reasons Children of the 1970s Should All Be Dead

    08/15/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 332 replies
    Feedly.com ^ | 09 June 14 | Yeoman Lowbrow
    The way things are going, every kid is going to go to school wearing bubble wrap and a helmet. Back in the 1970s (and earlier), parents didn’t stress about our health and safety as much as they do today. It’s not that they cared less – they just didn’t worry compulsively about it. Parents of 2014 need to be reminded of how less restricted, less supervised, less obsessively safety-conscious things were… and it was just fine. 1. JARTS: IMPALING ARROWS OF DEATH Can your mind comprehend a more deadly toy than a weighted spear that kids hurl through the air...
  • Senator Rand Paul Introduces the FAIR Act (asset forfeiture reform)

    07/25/2014 7:44:33 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 34 replies
    Senator Rand Paul ^ | 24 July 14
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property. The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that...
  • Friends and family remember Isiah Haggins Jr. (16-year old killed while robbing store)

    07/13/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 156 replies
    WDTN Dayton ^ | 12 July 14 | Beairshelle Edmé
    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Family and friends gathered outside of a Dayton shopping plaza to remember a teen shot in an apparent robbery attempt. Isiah Haggins Jr., 16, was shot multiple times by the owner of the Step-N-Style clothing store in the Northwest Shopping Plaza on West Siebenthaler Avenue on June 30. Police said Haggins, along with another suspect, walked into the store armed with guns in a reported robbery attempt. Since Haggins’ death was declared a homicide, the Sisters of the Precious Blood held a vigil for him Saturday afternoon. People gathered Saturday outside of the store to pray...
  • Triple shooting at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado

    06/20/2014 3:33:53 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | 20 June 14
    Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado was locked down Thursday night after a triple shooting, authorities said. The shooting took place shortly after a concert that featured Nas and Schoolboy Q. Witnesses said over social media that SWAT members were moving into the venue and police helicopters were buzzing overhead....snip...The concert was a benefit for a gang-rescue effort sponsored by Metro Denver Partners.