Articles Posted by Past Your Eyes

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Karl Rove implies Sarah Palin the political equivalent of Miley Cyrus

    11/07/2013 5:19:06 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 228 replies
    The O'Reilly Factor | 11/7/2013 | Self
    Am I the only one who caught it? Some of you clever techies post that for us please.
  • The old and the new (vanity)

    10/02/2013 10:56:19 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes
    craigslist ^ | 10/1/13 | craigslist ad
    In the background is your old health care plan. Foreground is your new, more expensive Obamacare plan purchased through an exchange.
  • The Upside of Trauma

    07/04/2013 8:25:35 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | June 27, 2013 | Mark Obbie
    Worries about post-traumatic stress have become a stock part of the media narrative surrounding tragedies like Boston and Newtown. And resilience is supposedly the best we can hope for in the face of adversity. But what if there’s a third option? The story of one mass shooting, and the surprising tug of post-traumatic growth.
  • Homebuilders scrap 'master bedroom' because of racist, gender-biased connotations

    04/18/2013 5:57:19 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 49 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | April 16, 2013 | Michael Neibauer
    The “master suite” is being phased out — not from our homes, but from our lexicon. A survey of 10 major Washington, D.C.-area homebuilders found that six no longer use the term “master” in their floor plans to describe the largest bedroom in the house. They have replaced it with “owner’s suite” or “owner’s bedroom” or, in one case, “mastre bedroom.” Why? In large part for exactly the reason you would think: “Master” has connotation problems, in gender (it skews toward male) and race (the slave-master).
  • Massachusetts lawmaker 'took pictures of his genitals...'

    03/23/2013 11:02:51 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 48 replies
    Mail online ^ | March 22, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A state representative in Massachussetts is being investigated after allegedly sending pictures of his genitals to a government computer. The investigation is ongoing and the committee has not formally reprimanded the individual in charge, but it is being widely reported that Democratic State Representative John Fresolo is the one behind the scandal. He allegedly sent 'lascivious photos of his privates' to a computer at the State House, and an aide complained to the Ethics Committee to start the investigation. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2297618/Massachusetts-lawmaker-took-pictures-genitals-female-coworkers-computer.html#ixzz2OO43f4D7 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Caption Clinton at the inauguration

    01/21/2013 2:20:11 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 38 replies
    ? | 1/21/13 | Moi
  • NH's first openly transgender lawmaker won't take office

    11/28/2012 6:47:35 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 95 replies
    Union Leader ^ | November 28, 2012 | Simon Rios
    NASHUA — Following a storm of controversy in light of her criminal background, the first openly transgendered person elected to the New Hampshire House will resign her post. “I didn't want to have to do this,” Rep.-elect Stacie Marie Laughton, D-Nashua, said. “There's been a lot of people that have said, 'Stay strong, keep your head up, stay in it.'” “I'm super disappointed because I was looking forward to this more than anything. It's my lifelong dream to serve my community, and what better place to do it than the city that I was born and raised in.”
  • Safety chief has long list of driving violations (Mass)

    11/19/2012 9:28:16 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 21 replies
    Boston Glob ^ | November 18, 2012 | Sean P. Murphy
    Her driving record includes seven ­accidents, four speeding violations, two failures to stop for a police officer, one failure to stay in her lane, one driving without registration or license in possession, and one driving without wearing a seat belt. When she was nabbed for speeding in New Hampshire in 1999, she failed to show up at her hearing, records show. Until Nov. 1, her license was on nonrenewal status for failure to pay local excise taxes. There are 34 entries on her driving record, dating back to 1982. Yet Sheila Burgess is director of the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division.
  • Name a recent president whose second term was more successful than his first.

    11/14/2012 4:05:25 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 29 replies
    My fertile mind | 11/14/12 | self
    I've been around since Harry Truman's first term and have been trying to see how someone could make a case that any president during that time had better success in his second term than he had in the first one. Truman? Nope Eisenhower? Possibly Johnson? Nyet Nixon? Nix Reagan? Show me Clinton? HAH! Bush? Hardly
  • Atheists for Obama (Great news for Democrats)

    10/19/2012 11:20:59 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | October 18, 2012 | Vince Beiser
    Americans are losing their religion, and that’s good news for Democrats. So says Pitzer College prof Phil Zuckerman in a fascinating breakdown in Bloomberg Businessweek. Americans have long been more religious than almost all other Western societies, but that’s changing fast, reports Pitzer: Which is good news for Democrats, because “63 percent of nonreligious Americans support the Democratic Party, with only 26 percent supporting Republicans.”
  • For some reason, the city of Detroit still employs a horseshoer

    08/21/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 21, 2012 | Unkown
    Here's a riddle for you: What do you call a horseshoer that doesn't shoe any horses? An employee of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. No, you're not supposed to laugh, but the perpetually cash-strapped city somehow still employs a horseshoer, even though the department does not own horses, nor does the former employee of the Police Department work with any of the city's four-legged equines. The horseshoer's position was revealed as part of an independent report that concluded that the DWSD could "trim more than 80% of its workforce," a suggestion that union leaders say isn't possible. In case...
  • Man goes to jail for collecting rainwater on his own property (OR)

    08/11/2012 10:34:06 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 50 replies
    mensnewsdaily.com ^ | 8/9/12 | Amy Alkon
    Kendra Alleyne writes at CNSNews.com about Gary Harrington, an Oregon man who was convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property who's just begun serving a 30-day jail sentence for it: "I'm sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty," Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.
  • English Language Learners frustrated by Manchester system (NH)

    07/16/2012 5:59:27 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 9 replies
    Union Leader ^ | July 16, 2012 | Mark Hayward
    MANCHESTER — Flor D'Liz Gomez arrived in Manchester when she was in the eighth grade. And although she attended regular classes at Hillside Middle School, she was flagged as an English Language Learner and placed in ELL study hall by the time she got to Central High School, she recounted in a recent interview. She told her guidance counselor she didn't need the ELL study hall, but she ended up alongside students struggling with English. “It made me feel like, 'Is there something wrong with me?'” Gomez said. Her country? America. Her place of birth? Cambridge, Mass.
  • And then we told them it's not a tax.

    07/04/2012 4:07:05 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
    email | unk | unk
  • Air Force General George Babbitt

    06/18/2012 7:06:23 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies
    youtube ^ | ? | ?
    I used to play this in a band in high school(early/mid '60s). Our drummer told me not long ago that he was the worst drummer ever. He wasn't any worse than I was as a guitar player! Three of the four of us served in the military, Vietnam era. I also served later. Fun stuff. Innocent days.
  • Nebraska man changes name to Tyrannorsaurus Rex

    05/08/2012 6:19:33 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2012 | ?
    A 23-year-old Nebraska man walked into a court room in York County Monday afternoon as Tyler Gold -- and walked out as Tyrannosaurus Rex, the York News-Times reported. Gold said he wanted to change his name “because the (T-Rex designation) is cooler,” according to an official filing he made with court. “Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable.” Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/08/nebraska-man-changes-name-to-tyrannosaurus-rex/?test=latestnews#ixzz1uKaMm6fn
  • Military Academy holds "Queer Prom", Gay Olympics (Norwich)

    03/27/2012 7:36:00 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 40 replies
    radio.foxnews.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    Military cadets are celebrating gay pride week at the nation’s oldest private military academy by holding a “Queer Prom” and a “Condom Olympics” — an event that includes a game where participants smear lubicrant on condoms until they tear. Norwich University’s celebration of homosexuality will culminate Saturday with a “Free Love Dance” at the school’s armory. The university said the events are meant to have an “open dialogue on diverse opinions in a safe place.”
  • Woman flips the bird on Fox news (Vanity)

    03/18/2012 2:42:46 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 19 replies
    FNC | 3/18/12 | Self
    I was just watching the Fox News Channel. There was a panel with Doug Schoen, Pat Caddell and former congressman Leboutillier. There is a window behind the panel that must look out onto the street...people and traffic go by all the time. A young woman walked by, backed up and flipped the bird, waved, flipped the bird again and walked on. Real class there. Probably friend of Sandra Fluke. This would have been at approximately 5:28 PM Eastern time. Did anyone capture it?
  • Obama's Approval Rate Plunges Due To Gas Prices

    03/12/2012 3:57:31 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 179 replies · 7+ views
    Asia One News ^ | March 12, 2012 | AFP
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama's job approval rating, weighed down by soaring gas prices, has plunged below 50 per cent, giving his political opponents what appears to be an opening in the November election, a new opinion poll showed. The survey by ABC News and The Washington Post indicated that only 46 per cent of Americans now approved of the way Obama is handling his job and 50 per cent disapproved. The situation was a reversal from early February when 50 per cent approved of the president's performance and 46 per cent disapproved. According to the survey, the drop...
  • Obama wants Diplomats to survive because they're not Soldiers

    12/14/2011 6:14:51 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 8 replies
    FirstPost.com ^ | 12/13/11 | BO
    President Obama plans to maintain a significant number of employees in the US embassy in Baghdad in order to protect US diplomats who could be targeted after the US military departs from Iraq. The President elaborated further on this issue during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday_ "With respect to the embassy, the actual size of our embassy with respect to diplomats..., there are still some special security needs inside of Iraq
  • U.S. to aid Gay Rights Abroad, Obama and Clinton say (Using YOUR MONEY)

    12/07/2011 4:23:42 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 20 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 12/7/11 | Steven Lee Myers and Helene Cooper
    GENEVA — The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world. On Tuesday, she also announced a $3 million program to finance gay-rights organizations to combat discrimination, violence and other abuses.
  • Parents forced to pay union dues

    11/16/2011 5:52:37 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/9/11 | Jack Spencer
    Robert Haynes and his wife, Patricia, take care of their cerebral palsy-stricken son and daughter in their Macomb Township home. Taxpayers help out with monthly checks to the Haynes family. The checks, which are sent by the state, allow them to keep their son and daughter at home instead of having them institutionalized. But some of the taxpayer dollars that are supposed to go to the Haynes family are being siphoned off. The state takes a $30 monthly deduction from the checks and sends it to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This deduction is the result of the forced...
  • Rick Perry Hates to Lose

    10/24/2011 4:52:22 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 15 replies
    Parade magazine ^ | October 23, 2011 | Lynn Sherr (interview)
    In 1988, you supported Al Gore’s presidential campaign. Why? In that group, he was by far the most conservative Democrat. But between Ronald Reagan and seeing what the Democrat Party was becoming, I came to the conclusion in 1989 that I needed to become a Republican. Have you seen the film An Inconvenient Truth? No, ma’am. Have you read the book? No. I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction.
  • House Passes Bill To Expand Deadly Force

    09/14/2011 6:32:28 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 23 replies · 1+ views
    WMUR.com ^ | September 14, 2011 | Unknown
    CONCORD, N.H. -- Despite objections from law enforcement and a governor's veto, the New Hampshire House has passed a bill into law that allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves any place they have a right to be. The 251-111 vote Wednesday comes a week after the Senate voted to override Gov. John Lynch's veto. The deadly force bill is based on the Castle Doctrine, which says a person does not have to retreat from intruders at home before using deadly force. The bill expands that principle to public places, anywhere a person has a right to be....
  • Labor Day and the Union Tax: How Unions Kill Jobs

    09/05/2011 4:30:29 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | September 5, 2011 | LaborUnionReport
    Later this week, President Obama will be speaking on the state of the economy and the heretofore less-than-stellar performance of his efforts to create jobs. He will, undoubtedly, engage in more class warfare, Bush and GOP bashing and anti-Wall St. demagoguery before he calls for more spending, higher taxes and “shared sacrifice” (aka, his vision of W.T.F.). The one thing he will likely not be talking about is how his union appointees National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor are helping unions destroy the very job creators they so desperately need.
  • Obama at the bat

    http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/obama_at_bat.html
  • "Wigger Wednesday": Black student sues school district alleging racism

    08/07/2011 10:54:03 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 37 replies
    City Pages ^ | 8/3/2011 | Jessica Lussenhop
    A local high school is being sued by a black student over a longstanding student tradition known as "Wigger Wednesday." Quera Pruitt, a former Red Wing High School student, says seeing her white classmates don do-rags and saggy jeans while throwing gang signs on "Wigger Wednesday" is a form of racial discrimination. "To her, and frankly to me, 'Wigger Day' is the same thing as 'Nigger Day,'" says her attorney, Joshua Williams.
  • A letter to Joe Biden

    08/06/2011 7:52:49 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies
    Internet/vanity | August 6, 2011 | Texas grandmother
    Dear Mr. Vice-President: I am a 68-year old grandmother and small business owner who identifies strongly with the values of the tea party. I am in favor of smaller government, lower taxes and the federal government getting its debt under control and spending no more than it takes in. I have spent my life working hard for the money you and the rest of the government spend. May I remind you- YOU work for me, and the money you spend was once mine, that I earned, sometimes standing on my feet many hours a day in some pain. To ask...
  • Hybrids trump handicapped at liquor store

    08/06/2011 6:54:00 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 45 replies
    Union Leader ^ | August 6, 2011 | Kimberly Houghton
    NASHUA — Three reserved parking spaces for hybrid and low-emission cars at the new $3.3 million state liquor store are located closer to the store’s main entrance than the handicapped parking spots, causing at least one lawmaker to call the design a slap in the face to the disabled.
  • CUPE staff vote 87 per cent in favour of strike action

    08/02/2011 8:11:51 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
    CTV News (Canada) ^ | August 2, 2011 | Unk
    OTTAWA — Members of a union within Canada's largest union have delivered a strong vote in favour of strike action. The Canadian Staff Union (CSU) represents more than 400 people who work for the CUPE -- the Canadian Union of Public Employees. They voted 87 per cent in favour of job action in support of their bargaining committee in contract talks with the larger union.
  • Body of Celina Cass recovered from river near West Stewartstown home

    08/01/2011 8:19:47 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 44 replies
    Union Leader ^ | August 1, 2011 | Lorna Colquhoun
    STEWARTSTOWN — One week after an 11-year-old seemingly vanished from the home she shared with her mother and stepfather, the body of Celina Cass was recovered Monday from the Connecticut River, about a half-mile from where she lived. “We brought Celina home,” said New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, her voice cracking at times during a media briefing Monday night, “obviously not the way we wanted to bring her home.” Young said Cass' death is being treated as suspicious and a criminal investigation is under way, “based on what we have seen visually.”
  • Concord Rep's Email Causes National Firestorm

    07/24/2011 12:59:08 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Condord Patch ^ | July 22, 2011 | Tony Schinella
    A Concord state representative's email to Republican colleagues at the State House about her Army training is causing national controversy this morning. In the email July 21, State Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker, R-Concord, the city's only GOP rep., described some of the training she was getting at Fort Dix, before she ships off to Afghanistan later this year. Blankenbeker, who is a Naval Reservist nurse, said she was learning how to drive a hum vee for convoys, both day and night, as well as weapons training. Blankenbeker wrote: "Today I got to be the gunner which was fun. The .50cal is...
  • Man Takes Viagra, Wears Sweatpants for TSA Pat Down

    07/18/2011 5:53:46 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 44 replies
    The Washington Fancy ^ | 7/13/11 | Garret Baldwin
    NASHVILLE INT’L AIRPORT — A Wyoming man walked through a TSA checkpoint with a raging erection on Tuesday, daring TSA officers and even fellow passengers to give him an invasive pat down. “I’m next,” Warren Kelvin, 34, screamed as he pushed to the front of the security line. According to TSA officials, Kelvin had ingested two Viagra and wore sweatpants without boxers for his Southwest flight from Nashville to Phoenix.
  • America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta

    07/08/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 36 replies
    Christian Science Monitor/Yahoo ^ | July 5, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson
    .Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history. This appears to be the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country. The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.
  • Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-in-China Label

    06/29/2011 5:49:01 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 18 replies
    NYT/Yahoo ^ | June 26, 2011 | David Barboza
    At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about half the size of a football field — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge. The project is part of China’s continual move up the global economic value chain — from cheap toys to Apple iPads to commercial...
  • How many FReepers?

    06/12/2011 7:22:15 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 66 replies
    self | 6/12/11 | Vanity
    How many FReepers does it take to change a light bulb? My apology if this has been done before.
  • GOP Leaders Propose Lifting Ban On State House Guns

    12/30/2010 8:31:11 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 5 replies · 6+ views
    WMUR New Hampshire ^ | 12/29/2010 | WMUR
    CONCORD, N.H. -- House Republican leaders want to lift a ban on guns and other dangerous weapons in the New Hampshire State House complex put in place last year by Democrats. House Speaker William O'Brien raised the issue Wednesday at a meeting of the Joint Legislative Facilities Committee, which is in charge of the State House facilities.
  • Family, friends say to 'Free Ward Bird'

    11/19/2010 3:48:48 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 8 replies
    Union Leader ^ | November 19, 2010 | Roger Amsden
    MEREDITH – Nearly 100 friends and family members gathered at Picnic Rock Farm on Route 3 Thursday to protest the three-year prison sentence now being served by the farm's manager, Ward Bird, on a criminal threatening conviction. "Free Ward Bird'' signs were held up to passing motorists and yellow ribbons were passed out as a petition circulated among those who had gathered to show their support for Bird, a father of four and Boy Scout leader in his hometown of Moultonborough. As darkness settled in, dozens of signs were held up, some of them by Boy Scouts. Bird reported to...
  • Food Safety Bills in Congress (Burdensome government overreach alert)

    09/21/2010 2:03:05 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 20 replies
    Although it has been delayed many times, the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) continues to be a threat to both farmers and consumers who care about local foods. This bill greatly expands FDA’s authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, and would give FDA authority to impose extensive, burdensome requirements on even the smallest processing facilities and farms who sell to local consumers. While the latest version of the bill included some provisions for flexibility and scale-sensitivity, the provisions do not go far enough to protect the small-scale local food businesses that could be destroyed by the...
  • Mass. bans novelty lighters

    08/31/2010 5:29:28 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/30/2010 | AP
    BOSTON - Massachusetts has banned cigarette lighters that look like guns, pens, lobster claws and other objects in an effort to cut down on accidental fires started by children. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said the lighters are attractive to children because they look like toys. The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Geraldo Alicea. The Charlton Democrat tells The Boston Globe he was urged by fire chiefs in his district to raise the issue.
  • How I (Almost) Saved the Earth

    08/23/2010 3:11:14 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | August 21, 2010 | Scott Adams
    Let's say you love the Earth. You see an article in a magazine about a guy who built a "green" house using mostly twigs, pinecones and abandoned bird nests. You want to build a green home, too. So you find an architect, show him the magazine and say, "Give me one just like this." Good luck with that. Your architect only knows how to design homes using materials that his local planning commission is likely to approve. But he wants the job, so he tries hard to talk you out of using twigs, pinecones and abandoned bird nests. He tells...
  • Court says lying about Medal of Honor no crime

    08/18/2010 4:58:01 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 44 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate ^ | 8/17/10 | unk
    Although a Southern California water board member convicted of violating the Stolen Valor Act made "deliberate and despicable" claims that he had received the Medal of Honor, the Constitution prohibits the government from prosecuting someone for merely lying, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a 2-1 ruling. "The right to speak and write whatever one chooses - including, to some degree, worthless, offensive and demonstrable untruths - without cowering in fear of a powerful government is, in our view, an essential component of the protection afforded by the First Amendment," Judge Milan Smith said...
  • To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets

    07/19/2010 8:03:20 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 16 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | July 16, 2010 | Jannifer Levitz
    WASHINGTON—Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, is looking for work. Fortunately for him, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor. "For a lot of our members, it's really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else," explains Vincente Garcia, a union representative who is supervising the picketing. So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines....
  • With school out, families feeding more mouths at home

    07/01/2010 5:03:54 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 71 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | July 1, 2010 | GRETYL MACALASTER
    As the state continues to feel the effects of the recession, more and more families are turning to local food pantries for assistance. The advent of summer can be an even more challenging time for families in need, particularly those relying on free or reduced-price lunches to help feed their children.
  • GOP Lawmaker Apologizes for Apologizing

    06/17/2010 7:56:42 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 46 replies · 893+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | June 17, 2010 | Laurie Kellman
    WASHINGTON – Who's sorry now? Rep. Joe Barton, that's who. The Texas Republican, the House's top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions since 1990, apologized Thursday for apologizing to the chief of the British company that befouled the Gulf of Mexico with a massive oil spill. His double mea culpa plus a retraction, executed under pressure from fuming GOP leaders, succeeded in shifting attention from the tragedy, BP's many missteps and the stoic British oil chief at the witness table, to his own party's close connection to the oil industry. Barton started the ruckus at midmorning when he took aim...
  • Why We'll Never Run Out Of Oil

    06/17/2010 4:30:46 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 23 replies · 1,011+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | June 1, 1999 | Curtis Rist
    American civilization as we know it appeared to be in grave peril a quarter century ago. When Arab nations cut off oil shipments to the United States during the 1973 war in the Middle East, gasoline prices abruptly rose 40 percent and panic ensued. Motorists idled in long lines at gas stations, where creeping tensions led to fights and even occasional shootings. Automakers scrambled to retool their assembly lines to manufacture miserly compacts rather than gas-guzzling behemoths. Entrepreneurs poured millions into upstart solar-energy and wind-power companies. Politicians pontificated about the need for collective belt-tightening and offered income tax credits to...
  • Second Amendment Poll

    06/10/2010 6:13:26 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies · 84+ views
    USAToday link below | 6/10/10 | USA TOday
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/quickquestion/2007/november/popup5895.htm Last count: 97 - 2 - 1.
  • Thieves Among Honor

    05/31/2010 6:51:22 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 14 replies · 854+ views
    The Free Library ^ | January 13, 2010 | William McMichael
    In 1997 Wes S. Cooley, a sitting first-term eastern Oregon congressman, was convicted on charges he'd lied about his military service in official state voter guides. Cooley had claimed Korean War service with Army Special Forces. An Oregon newspaper learned that Cooley hadn't finished training until nearly a month after the signing of the 1953 armistice. A judge sentenced Cooley to two years' probation, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Well-known actor Brian Dennehy often shared stories of his service with the Marines in Vietnam. Burkett verified that the movie tough guy was indeed a former Marine...
  • Teacher accused of hitting student arrested

    05/10/2010 10:55:39 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 43 replies · 1,328+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | May 7, 2010 | Carol Robidoux
    CHESTER – A Chester Academy teacher was charged last week with simple assault after months of investigation by police into allegations that she struck a sixth-grade student in the head. As a result, Raspuzzi was suspended for three days, with pay, back in November. However, the boy's mother, Deb Shaw, is not satisfied. She has persisted in pressing the matter since day one, asking that the district remove the teacher until her son felt "safe enough" to be in class with her. If not for her vigilance, said Shaw, the school might not even have contacted her to let her...
  • The Cost of Criminalized Intelligence

    04/29/2010 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 6 replies · 641+ views
    American Legion Magazine ^ | Iliario Pantano
    A man who once parachuted into Nazi-occupied France for Operation Jedburgh, former Office of Strategic Services (OSS) officer John K. Singlaub is eminently qualified to answer questions about the historical precedent of prosecuting intelligence officers during a time of war. Now a retired Army major general, Singlaub's career in intelligence began before the CIA or many of its officers were even born. Recently questioned about the idea of prosecuting agents during wartime, he paused and said, "If we prosecute anyone, we need to go after Jimmy Carter and his appointee to head (the) CIA, Adm. Stansfield Turner. (No one) has...