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  • Iran nuke deal and Ted Cruz eligibility have something in common

    03/28/2015 6:06:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    On March 27, 2015, I appeared in studio on Washington’s Drive at Five hosted by Larry O’Connor on WMAL 630 in D.C. We touched on two completely unrelated, but interesting, subjects: Obama’s plan to make an end run around Congress to the U.N. Security Council to sign a nuke deal with Iran, and claims that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President because he was born in Canada. For background on why Cruz is eligible, you can read my September 3, 2013 post, natural born Citizens: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz. But it’s 11,102 words, so it might...
  • Spectre - Trailer (Bond 24)

    03/27/2015 7:13:54 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 03.27.15
    Spectre trailer
  • Fed Now Sees Only 0.2% GDP Growth In Q1

    03/25/2015 5:01:52 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    From almost 2.5% GDP growth expectations in February, The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model has now collapsed its estimates of Q1 GDP growth to just 0.2% - plunging from +1.4% just 2 weeks ago. The reality of plunging capex and no decoupling is starting to rear its ugly head in the hard data and as the sun warms things up, weather will start to lose its ability to sway sentiment. While sell-side consensus has dropped (Goldman, Morgan Stanley, and Barclays all cut today following Durable goods), it remains unable to quite accept the reality of massively weaker than expected macro data...
  • Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer

    03/24/2015 4:54:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Mar 23, 2015
    Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer
  • Are Low-Salt Diets Necessary (or Healthy) for Most People?

    03/24/2015 4:45:48 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03.22.15
    As Americans have become more aware over the years of nutrition-related health issues, salt has emerged as a major villain in many people’s minds. So much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes reducing the U.S. population’s consumption of sodium as “a national priority.” The CDC warns that too much salt can raise people’s blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke, among other evils. But some skeptics believe the threat posed by salt is overblown. Indeed, some say too broad a drive against salt poses its own health risks. Arguing in favor...
  • Could saccharin be used to treat aggressive cancers?

    03/24/2015 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Artificial sweeteners are typically used by people who want to enjoy the sweetness of sugar without the calories that come with it. However, new research suggests that a popular sugar substitute could be used to fight cancer as well as expanding waistlines.
  • John Williams to Record Star Wars: The Force Awakens Score in Los Angeles

    03/21/2015 6:44:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    Force Awakens Score in Los Angeles John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he’s recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film’s editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast. While previous films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road with the celebrated London Symphony Orchestra, this will be the...
  • Is Ted Cruz about to announce for president(Monday)?

    03/21/2015 7:14:31 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 88 replies
    According to a Friday story in the Texas Tribune, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas has informed the media that he intends to make a “major speech” at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Monday. The announcement has spurred speculation that Cruz intends to either announce his intention to run for president of the United States or, at the very least, form an exploratory committee in advance of doing so. It is an open secret that Cruz, who was elected to the Senate in 2012, is interested in moving up to the Oval Office.
  • Chuck Bednarik, Hall-of-Fame Linebacker, Dies at 89

    03/21/2015 7:01:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, has died. He was 89. A star linebacker and center, Bednarik helped the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, tackling Green Bay’s Jim Taylor on the final play to seal the victory. The top overall pick in the 1949 draft out of Penn, he spent 14 seasons as one of the toughest and most feared players in the game.
  • Petraeus: Iran, Shiite Militias Bigger Threat To Iraq Than ISIS

    03/20/2015 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 03.20.15
    Gen. David Petraeus, who commanded the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, says the "foremost threat to Iraq's long-term stability" is not the self-described Islamic State but Shiite militias backed, and sometimes guided, by Iran. Petraeus' comments, which were made to The Washington Post in an interview published Friday, came at a conference in Sulaimaniya, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Petraeus oversaw the "surge" of troops into Iraq in 2007 and 2008, which succeeded in quelling the bloody Sunni rebellion after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • Classical music and cats-still a good thing

    03/16/2015 4:34:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    examiner ^ | March 13, 2015
    Classical music with its soothing melodic tones and harmonies is now more readily accepted in pet care as being a positive for the animals who get to listen but is it really? The answer may be “yes”, “no” and “it depends on what kind.” In addition to being able to observe a positive impact, it makes sense that the right sort of classical music needs to be played from the animal perspective to be effective. Soothing music may have a universal component for all species. Factors such as lower pitch and regular tempo are typically associated with more pleasant music...
  • Judge Orders State Dept. to Release Records From Clinton Trips

    03/13/2015 7:18:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6:31 pm ET | By Amy Chozick
    A federal judge on Friday ruled on behalf of Citizens United, a conservative advocacy group, in its lawsuit against the State Department for documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure there. Judge Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the State Department to produce passenger manifests from 47 overseas trips that Mrs. Clinton made as secretary of state. Citizens United requested the manifests last July through a Freedom of Information Act Request.
  • Blurred lines and copyright infringement

    03/12/2015 7:49:13 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy - Washington Post ^ | By David Post March 12 at 12:56 PM
    There are many awful and embarrassing — even idiotic — features of our copyright law, and I’ve written about a lot of them here on the VC. I hesitate to add yet another voice to all of the noise that has surrounded the announcement of the jury verdict (and the award of $7.4 million in damages) to the heirs of the Marvin Gaye estate, based on their claim that the Robin Thicke-Pharrell Williams megahit “Blurred Lines” infringes the copyright in Gaye’s 1977 disco classic, “Got to Give it Up,” so I’ll content myself with just a few observations.
  • After "Blurred Lines" victory, Gaye family takes another listen to "Happy"

    03/11/2015 7:24:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    After winning a major victory in court over the song "Blurred Lines," Marvin Gaye's family sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner to talk about what the court decision means to them. On Tuesday, a jury ruled in favor of the Gayes following claims that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.'s 2013 hit song was too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." The family was awarded more than $7 million for using key elements of the original R&B record without permission. (Only Thicke and Williams, the two songwriters, will have to pay damages.)
  • Eerily similar - Hillary and Bill denials mashed up

    03/11/2015 6:43:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Chris Plante Show ^ | 03.11.2015 | Chris Plante
    Eerily similar - Hillary and Bill denials mashed up
  • Vanity - Caption this photo of Hillary and Huma

    03/11/2015 4:17:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 57 replies
  • ‘Blurred Lines’ Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules

    03/10/2015 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 103 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03.10.2015
    For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin Gaye, or had crossed the line into plagiarism.
  • No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech

    03/10/2015 3:21:42 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    Washington Post -Volokh Conspiracy ^ | By Eugene Volokh March 10 at 11:29 AM
    Some University of Oklahoma students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell),
  • Foles era over, Bradford coming, but is Chip done dealing? (big trade day in the NFL)

    03/10/2015 3:09:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 03.10.15
    The Eagles settled the long-running debate over whether Nick Foles is their quarterback of the future, as they neared completion Tuesday on a trade that will send him to St. Louis for QB Sam Bradford and what would seem to be a swap of second-round draft picks, a league source said, confirming a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bradford, 27, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, has missed the past two seasons with ACL tears and would seem just as poor a fit as Foles for the read-option part of Chip Kelly's offense.
  • Two Kittens Rescued and Raised By a Garbage Man, Their Journey in Videos

    03/08/2015 8:14:45 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    A garbage man found two tiny orphan day-old kittens in a brush pile. “I couldn’t leave them there,” he said. “Simon has needed the most love and attention (he got sick and weak a couple times – but he’s fine now), if he were left in the alley where we collected the brush pile that day, I know in my heart he would not be alive right now.
  • Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins: Twitter Reacts to Reported Contract

    03/08/2015 1:14:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    NFL ^ | 03.08.15
    The Miami Dolphins have reportedly agreed to a massive contract that will land them the most prized free agent of the NFL offseason: former Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh.
  • Israeli intelligence chief (Aman) to visit United States amid tensions over Iran

    03/08/2015 7:12:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03.08.2015 | 17 Adar, 5775
    Israel's top intelligence officer will visit the United States this week, sources with knowledge of the itinerary said; a sign that security cooperation continues despite disputes between the countries' leaders over strategy over Iran. Major-General Herzi Halevy, commander of Israeli military intelligence, is scheduled to meet US defense officials and attend a pro-Israel fundraising event, the sources said. It is his first US trip since being appointed in September.
  • Overnight snowfall brings teeth-rattling taste of winter to Hobart (Aus - Global Warming Alert)

    03/05/2015 6:47:15 PM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    HOBARTIANS could be excused for thinking winter had come early today, waking up to a snow-capped Mt Wellington. At 8am, the temperature at the summit was a chilly minus 1.8 degrees, with the apparent temperature a teeth-rattling minus 13.2.
  • Speculation over successor after Iran's Khamenei reportedly hospitalized in serious condition

    03/05/2015 10:01:11 AM PST · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is currently hospitalized in serious condition at a hospital in Tehran, according to unofficial reports. Khamenei is suffering from prostate cancer that has reportedly spread to the rest of his body. Earlier this week, the French newspaper Le Figaro quoted Western intelligence officials as saying that the cancer was discovered about ten years ago. "The cancer is in stage four, in other words has spread." Doctors estimate "he has two years left to live."
  • First Time Unemployment claims 320k - 295k Exp

    03/05/2015 5:35:23 AM PST · by Perdogg · 1 replies
    Claims 320K, Expected 295K, Last 313K. It's starting to turn— zerohedge (@zerohedge) March 5, 2015
  • Chelsea Clinton's secret identity: 'Diane Reynolds'

    03/05/2015 5:27:17 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 03.05.2015
    Chelsea Clinton also had an account on the homemade website domain that Hillary Clinton used exclusively for emails during her time as secretary of state, The New York Times reports. The domain name had a server linked to the family’s Chappaqua, New York, residence. But her real name is absent from the email address.
  • Vanity - HDR 2007 speech claims dead bodies were floating down the streets of New Orleans

    03/05/2015 3:58:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    This video is treasury trove of hypocrisy
  • ADP Employment Drops, Misses; Zandi Admits "Jobs Growth Slowing"

    03/04/2015 4:31:06 PM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 03.04.2015
    Another day, another missed data point. ADP Employment data shows 212k jobs added in February, which modestly missed expectations of 219k and is the weakest monthly gain in 6 months. This despite a strong prior revision, pushing the January number up from 213K to 250K to catch up to the BLS runrate. Despite the miss, that showed large businesses adding by far the fewest jobs, Mark Zandi as usual remains optimistic: "jobs growth is strong but slowing," and expects the economy "will return to full employment by mid-2016."
  • Eagles, Bills to swap LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso

    03/04/2015 4:29:38 AM PST · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    he Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills agreed to a rare blockbuster challenge trade on Tuesday, sending shockwaves through the NFL. The Eagles are flipping two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reports, via a source involved in the deal. The swap will not become official until the new league year starts on March 10.
  • Here Are the 75 House Republicans Who Conceded the Immigration Fight

    03/03/2015 3:46:36 PM PST · by Perdogg · 84 replies
    the blaze ^ | 03.03.2015
    The House on Tuesday admitted defeat after a month-long effort to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, and passed a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves Obama’s plan intact.
  • GDP Shocker: Atlanta Fed Calculates Q1 Growth Of Only 1.2%

    03/03/2015 3:03:35 PM PST · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 03.03.2015
    While every other word from talking-heads and policy-makers relates various anecdotes (or simple lies) about US economic growth, The Atlanta Fed appears to have taken a 'data-dependent' perspective on the real economy (as opposed to smoke and mirrors). Based on their GDPNow "nowcasting" model, The Atlanta Fed projects Q1 2015 GDP growth os just 1.2% (less than half current sell-side economist consensus) and getting weaker...
  • Vanity - Former US Atty Joe DiGenova: Net Neutrality will not survive court challenge

    03/02/2015 9:15:42 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Speaking on WMAL this morning former US Atty and high powered DC lawyer Joe DiGenova said the FCC Net Neutrality rules will never come to be since they will never survive a court challenge. He added that "standing will never be an issue." He also believes that Gowdy's committe has damaging emails on HRC over Benghazi.
  • Vanity - How are the new GOP Senators and Congressman voting

    According to Conservative Review here are the grades for the New GOP: Senator: all new Senators elected with the exception Sen. Jim Risch has a score of 100. Risch has a score of 82. 29 of the all of the GOP senators have Ds or less. The two "tea party" female Senators - Ayotte and Fischer both have grades of F. House: Brat(VA-7) has a score of 100 Comstock (VA-10) score of 67 (D) Loudermilk (GA-11) score of 67 (D) Walker (NC-6) score of 67 (D) Stefanik (NY-21) score of 67 (D) McSally (AZ-2) score of 67 (D) Love (UT-4)...
  • Vanity - Anthony Horowitz Yet to be Titled Bond Novel to published September 8th

    02/25/2015 6:48:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    02.25.2015
    Anthony Horowitz Authorized Bond novel is to be published on September 8th. The book is supposed incorporate unpublished Ian Fleming material. My guess is the material from Fleming's scrapbook. The Hardcopy and the Trade LP Paperback is already for sale on Amazon.
  • Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

    02/24/2015 8:27:23 PM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes. “We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens,” said Cristoph Graf. At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss Guard are willing to lay down their lives to protect the Holy Father. In an interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale, published on Feb. 18,...
  • Judge delays Feds’ Immigration Emergency Stay Motion to next week

    02/24/2015 3:33:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 52 replies
    Yesterday the U.S. government filed an Emergency motion to stay the U.S. District Court’s temporary injunction putting Obama’s immigration executive action on hold. In its Emergency Motion, the Feds threatened that if U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen did not grant the stay by the close of business on Wednesday, February 25, the Feds would seek an emergency stay from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • After DHS Secretary Hyped Mall Threat, White House Repeatedly Downplays It

    02/24/2015 4:22:33 AM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Seven times on Monday, the Obama White House assured Americans that there is no "specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center here in the United States." In response to multiple questions, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was just reminding Americans to "remain vigilant," when Johnson told the Sunday news shows that an al Qaeda-linked terror group, Al-Shabaab, is publicly calling for attacks on shopping malls in the United States, specifically the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
  • Ex-NBC Bureau Chief Backs Up O’Reilly’s Account of Falklands War Riot (Sorry David Corn fans)

    Two former CBS reporters have strongly disputed Bill O’Reilly‘s accounts of what happened one night when they covered a riot in Buenos Aires, but on The Factor tonight, O’Reilly brought on a former NBC News bureau chief who backed up his story. Don Browne was the NBC News Miami bureau chief at the time, and he oversaw the network’s Falklands coverage. And Browne told O’Reilly his account was accurate. As opposed to some of the other accounts, which have to some extent downplayed the danger, Browne said the situation “got progressively more intense” and there were demonstrations in Buenos Aires...
  • New information surfaces in Lyon Sisters case

    02/21/2015 4:50:17 PM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    wdbj7 ^ | 02.21.2015
    Multiple reports say the main person of interest in the case, Lloyd Welch, told authorities he did in fact leave a Montgomery County Maryland mall with Katherine and Sheila Lyon in 1975. He also said he saw his uncle Richard Welch sexually assaulting one of the girls.
  • James O'Keefe Twitter: We have a new story..fear for my life.

    02/21/2015 10:22:17 AM PST · by Perdogg · 247 replies
    We have a story we’re going to release this coming week and I've never thought about this before but I am afraid for my life on this one.
  • Vanity - Advice on which handgun to buy

    02/19/2015 4:29:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 115 replies
    I am looking to buy a handgun this weekend. Right now I am leaning towards a HK-VP9 or a Glock 26 or a Hammerless. I have never owned a handgun before and I will sign up for lessons once I purchase the weapon. Any good advice?
  • Pentagon Spokesman Resigns After New SecDef’s First Day on Job

    02/18/2015 3:50:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, the press secretary of the Pentagon and they guy you always see explaining American military action on television, announced his sudden resignation today, one day after the new Secretary of Defense was sworn into office.
  • Yale's Canine Cognition Center Studying The Minds of Man's best friend

    02/17/2015 5:33:10 PM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?Researchers at Yale University are determined to find out. They’ve enrolled hundreds of dogs into an unusual testing program.
  • Cat knows how to make an entrance (H/T AOSHQ)

    02/17/2015 3:07:56 PM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Cat knows how to make an entrance (H/T AOSHQ)
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E - Official Trailer (2015) Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill Movie [HD]

    02/16/2015 2:44:44 PM PST · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E - Official Trailer (2015) Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill Movie
  • Ennio Morricone 'My Life In Music'

    02/15/2015 9:02:49 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    The name Ennio Morricone has become synonymous with film, having provided the backdrop to countless classic movies. The Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player is credited with writing the music for over 500 film and TV series and at 86 years old he still towers like a monolith above all others. It was for these reasons that I made my way to the O2 Arena for what must be one of his last UK performances.
  • Arnaud de Borchgrave, former Washington Times editor in chief, dies at 88

    02/15/2015 1:54:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    Arnaud de Borchgrave, former editor in chief of The Washington Times and a celebrated foreign correspondent who covered 17 wars and became the confidant of dozens of world leaders, died Sunday at a hospice in Washington after a lengthy illness with cancer. He was 88.
  • Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

    02/15/2015 1:43:56 PM PST · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.
  • Our fluffy snow-loving creature - Nala compilation

    02/14/2015 7:19:09 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Nala is our 5 year old Norwegian Forest Cat / Maine Coon mix living in Norway
  • NYT Columnist Blames Scott Walker for Teacher Layoffs That Occurred Before He Was Governor

    02/14/2015 1:59:24 PM PST · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    There are two problems in this section of Collins's column: First, she accuses Walker of dishonesty, but she's just quibbling over semantics. Is it really inaccurate to describe someone named an "outstanding first-year teacher" by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English as a "teacher of the year" for short? I've never seen much of a difference: In the headline of this 2011 piece, I described Sampson as a "teacher of the year," but in the body of the piece I precisely described her award. Walker has been telling this story for four years, and no one thought his description...