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  • Teacher who was late 111 times says he was eating breakfast (and keeps job)

    08/29/2015 6:06:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 28, 2015 | Shawn Marsh
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. "I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time," 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press. In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.
  • Donald Trump rips into ‘sleazebag perv’ Anthony Weiner

    08/29/2015 5:45:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Bob Fredericks
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump on Friday ripped longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her hubby Anthony Weiner, calling the ex-Congressman a “perv” and a “sleazebag” during a speech in Boston. Trump said that Abedin — whose first name he repeatedly mispronounced “Ooma” — worked closely with the former first lady and has access to classified information. “And who is Huma married to?” Trump asked, according to The Hill. “One of the great sleazebags of our time, Anthony Weiner.”
  • Democrats Launch Attack on Crisis Pregnancy Centers

    08/28/2015 3:07:12 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jeryl Bier
    In apparent retaliation for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's statements critical of Planned Parenthood, the Democratic party has launched an attack on crisis pregnancy centers. A blog post on Democrats.org said that crisis pregnancy centers "have zero understanding of what women’s health care is." The criticism of the centers was not simply incidental to the attack on Bush; the Democrats devote an entire paragraph to undermining the credibility of pro-life groups that seek to offer pregnant women alternatives to abortion
  • Black Activists Call for Lynching and Hanging of White People and Cops

    08/28/2015 2:54:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 26, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    <p>Members of the ##### or ##### and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to “turn the tide” and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.</p>
  • Obama: I Understand ‘Cruelty Of Man’ Because I’m An African-American

    08/28/2015 2:09:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 109 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 28, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    During a live webcast, President Obama sympathized with the persecution of the Jewish people, suggesting he was able to understand their plight because he was an African-American.
  • White House concedes new gun laws wouldn’t have stopped Va. gunman

    08/28/2015 1:58:18 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    The White House conceded Friday that new gun regulations probably wouldn’t have prevented the gunman who murdered two television journalists in southwestern Virginia this week. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said it appears that a proposal championed by President Obama to require background checks on purchases at gun shows “would not have applied in this particular case.”
  • Source: FBI ‘A-team’ leading ‘serious’ Clinton server probe, focusing on defense info

    08/28/2015 1:24:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2015 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News. The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.
  • Vester Lee Flanagan: Inside the home of gunman Bryce Williams where he prepared for murder

    08/27/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2015 | Ruth Sherlock
    The Telegraph is given exclusive video and pictures showing the Virginia gunman's home, with cat urine all over the kitchen floor and the discovery of sex toys ... revealing details of the gunman’s life in the days before he murdered Alison Palmer and Adam Ward. [Snip] He left behind an apartment filled with his personal effects, including photographs of himself during his days as a television journalist and posters that appear to be of male pin-ups. In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag. They also found "many" sex toys, which may have...
  • Report: Bill Clinton ‘Incensed,’ ‘Very Agitated’ by Hype Around Biden Candidacy

    08/26/2015 1:41:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 26, 2015 | Daniel Bassali
    The potential first First Gentleman is reportedly “very agitated” by the possibility Vice President Joe Biden may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. [Snip] President Obama reportedly gave his blessing to Biden run for president during a private lunch Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest lauded Joe Biden as the best political decision the president ever made, even over choosing Hillary Clinton to be secretary of state.
  • White House says Virginia TV shooting points to need for gun control

    08/26/2015 12:22:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    MSN ^ | August 26, 2015
    The White House said on Wednesday that the shooting of two television journalists in Virginia is another example of gun violence that is "becoming all too common." White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Congress can pass legislation that would have a "tangible impact of reducing gun violence in this country."
  • Twitter account @barackobama had followed Rentboy.com (gay prostitute website)

    08/26/2015 9:56:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 26, 2015 | John Marzulli
    The Twitter account @barackobama, which is run by staff of the pro-Obama group Organizing for Action, had been following the account for an alleged online brothel busted Tuesday by the feds for promoting male prostitution.
  • UPDATE: VA Shooter identified as former employee of WDBJ (black - says racism made him do it)

    08/26/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 116 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ali Stewart
    <p>According to a former WDBJ employee, Vester L. Flanagan — the man authorities say they’re seeking in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two journliasts — worked at WDBJ as a reporter about a year using the on-air name Bryce Williams.</p>
  • GM's Ignition Switch Findings: 124 Deaths, 275 Injuries

    08/26/2015 6:28:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Car Connection ^ | August 25, 2015 | Richard Read
    For more than a year, Ken Feinberg and his team have had the grim task of sorting through thousands of claims against General Motors, all of which allege that the company's faulty ignition switches led to injury or death. The last claims were filed on January 31, and now, nearly seven months later, Feinberg has finished assessing them all. [Snip] 399 claims were approved. Of that number: 124 were approved for death 17 were approved for serious injury 258 were approved for other injuries Though GM had put no cap on the Fund, the automaker estimated that it would make...
  • WaPo Editorial: Republicans should stop wasting time attacking Planned Parenthood

    08/26/2015 3:56:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2015
    THE ANTIABORTION movement seems to have gained new momentum. Thousands of protesters rallied outside Planned Parenthood clinics over the weekend. Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail are demanding a crackdown on the organization. Several Republican governors have moved to cut off funds, including Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a state with just two Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t even perform abortions. Energizing the fight, which threatens to complicate this fall’s federal budget negotiations and could lead to a government shutdown, are notorious sting videos from the so-called Center for Medical Progress targeting Planned Parenthood officials. [Snip] The...
  • Inspector General Slams Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s Embassy as Amateur Hour

    08/25/2015 2:53:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 25, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    Having a celebrity socialite run the huge embassy was as foolish as it looked. [Caroline] Kennedy came to her ambassador’s post with no foreign policy experience, no particular background in Japan or Asia generally, and apparently not much skill at running the $93.6 million-per-year operation that is the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. [Snip] [A]lmost two years into Kennedy’s ambassadorship, the U.S. Embassy in Japan is a mess.
  • CEO of Largest Online Male Escort Service (Rentboy.com) Arrested on Prostitution Charges

    08/25/2015 2:34:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tanya Basu
    Authorities arrested the CEO of Rentboy.com, which prosecutors called the largest online male escort service, on Tuesday on prostitution charges. [Snip] Subscriptions to Rentboy start at $59.95 per month and advertisements can cost hundreds of dollars. In total, Rentboy.com was able to generate more than $10 million in revenue between 2010 and 2015.
  • Harry Reid: Global Warming Killed 30% Of Moose, Is Preventing Bears From Hibernating?

    08/25/2015 2:15:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 24, 2015
    Dirty Harry got a little carried away at the recent National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. You should try not to laugh too loudly as the loony libtard makes this passionate plea to protect wildlife, stop melting tundra and reduce the number of hurricanes while necessarily raising taxes and increasing regulations.
  • Sigma Nu frat at Old Dominion suspended for offensive banners

    08/25/2015 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2015 | Mariano Castillo
    Just before the new semester kicked off at Old Dominion University, some un-"welcome" signs have resulted in a fraternity's suspension. Parents bringing their freshmen students to move-in at the Norfolk, Virginia, campus and community last week might have glimpsed these banners hanging from the balcony of a private home. "Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," read one of the signs, which was spray-painted on a sheet. "Freshman daughter drop off," and "Go ahead and drop off mom too," were messages displayed on two other sheets, CNN affiliate WTKR reported. Members of the Sigma...
  • Will Gays Abandon Hillary Clinton if Joe Biden Jumps Into the Presidential Race?

    08/25/2015 8:52:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | August 25, 2015 | Michelangelo Signorile
    There are few politicians who've been more outspoken on LGBT rights in a gut-level, passionate way than Vice President Joe Biden. Nor has there been any politician so public in his or her opinions and so close to a president who catapulted LGBT rights during his two terms, profoundly making history. Political strategists still debate whether Biden forced President Obama to move more quickly on marriage equality -- something Biden surely would like us to believe -- or if he was part of a trial balloon days before the president finally announced support in the spring of 2012 (most reports...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Hillary is lonely, has trouble expressing her feelings and yearns for an intimate ...

    08/25/2015 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 117 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2015 | Caroline Howe
    Complete Headline: EXCLUSIVE: 'Hillary is lonely, has trouble expressing her feelings and yearns for an intimate relationship with a powerful woman,' claims noted shrink who puts the presidential hopeful on the couch Hillary Clinton is a lonely woman who has trouble expressing her feelings. [Snip] [Hillary's father] was disappointed in life and lied about winning a college football scholarship to Penn State. 'He was a 'bullsh*** artist', a family member once said, but that skill made him a good salesman when hawking the drapes and lace curtains that he manufactured for hotels and offices. Hugh was a bruiser at home...
  • Michigan Medicaid Comes with a Wal-Mart Gift Card

    08/24/2015 4:34:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Uncover Obamacare ^ | August 24, 2015 | Kristina Ribal
    Yes, you read the headline correctly. Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program includes $50 Wal-Mart gift cards for Medicaid enrollees that “follow the doctor’s orders.” It seems that although, “the state doesn’t itself purchase or give out any Wal-Mart gift cards, their cost is baked into the Medicaid managed care contracts.” In essence, the taxpayers of Michigan are paying for $50 Wal-Mart gift cards for people on Medicaid whether they know it or not. And getting one of these gift cards is pretty easy.
  • Top Democratic fundraisers invited to meet with Joe Biden at Naval Observatory

    08/24/2015 3:54:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2015 | Matea Gold
    Major Democratic fundraisers have been invited to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at his residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory after Labor Day, part of a series of conversations he is having with senior party players as he contemplates jumping into the 2016 race. Among the guests invited to the gathering are top bundlers who raised large sums for the Obama-Biden campaigns in 2008 and 2012, according to people familiar with the outreach. The sitdown is scheduled to take place during the week following Labor Day.
  • Calif. Gov. (Moonbeam) Brown: Hillary's emails have a 'dark energy' like 'a vampire'

    08/24/2015 2:25:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2015 | Barbara Boland
    California Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., said Hillary Clinton's emails seem to have a "dark energy" which he compared to that of "a vampire." [Snip] Hillary's emails are a "big deal," admitted Brown, and they have "a certain buzz that keeps buzzing."
  • Why salad is so overrated (It causes environmental disaster alert)

    08/24/2015 6:49:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 23, 2015 | Tamar Haspel
    As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse gases. In each of those cases, there’s some truth in the finger-pointing, but none of them is a clear-cut villain. There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing...
  • Friends of RFK Jr. think Cheryl Hines was ‘crazy’ to marry him

    08/23/2015 5:38:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 22, 2015 | Mara Siegler
    Even close friends of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a notorious cheater who had numerous affairs while with past wives Emily Black and Mary Richardson, think his new wife, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines, was crazy to marry him and think he’d be faithful. [Snip] “Any woman who gets involved with Bobby does so with her eyes open, or their brains lopped off,” said the so-called friend. “Any woman who thinks they’re going to change Bobby is misguided and purposefully ignorant. Women have to understand what they’re getting into when they’re with him.”
  • Email timeline suggests second server may exist (Hillary may be in a lot more trouble alert)

    08/22/2015 4:51:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 97 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 22, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Conflicting accounts of when data was removed from Hillary Clinton's private server indicate copies of emails known to contain classified information may reside on a device other than the one presently in FBI custody. She may have printed 55,000 pages of emails for submission to the State Department from a different device than the one presently in FBI custody.
  • Ex-Ravens cheerleader sentenced to 48 weekends in jail for rape of minor

    08/21/2015 9:50:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 92 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 21, 2015 | Jared Dubin
    A Delaware judge on Friday ordered Molly Shattuck, an ex-Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, to serve every other weekend in jail for the next two years. Shattuck was facing up to 15 years in prison after she pled guilty to one count of fourth degree rape back in June. Just over a year prior, Shattuck began a physical relationship with a 15-year old boy (reportedly a classmate of her son) she met over Instagram. She was ordered to pay the victim's family $10,500 as well. [Snip] "I will spend the rest of my life making this right," Shattuck said.
  • Who are the late-arriving Hillary Clinton challengers? We (Wa-Post) ranked them.

    08/21/2015 9:25:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Hillary Clinton's ongoing struggles to effectively deal with questions surrounding her use of a private e-mail server while at the State Department have stirred talk that it's still not too late for a candidate to swoop in and take the nomination from her. [Snip] 5. Al Gore: Um, no ... 4. John Kerry: ... I don't get the sense the Democratic Party is clamoring for another Kerry candidacy ... 3. Joe Biden: ... hard to see how he differentiates himself from Clinton enough to beat her ... 2. Billionaire outsider: ... The remarkable success of Donald Trump on the Republican...
  • Feds to Stop Calling Midget Raisins ‘Midget’ (after complaints from activist group)

    08/20/2015 1:51:38 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a regulation on Thursday to stop referring to midget raisins as “midget” after an activist group called the term offensive. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued the proposed rule, announcing the U.S. “Standards for Grades of Processed Raisins” would eliminate all five times the word midget is used. Midget has long been used to describe the differences in sizes of California raisins.
  • 10 States and Washington, D.C., Issue Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    08/20/2015 1:38:14 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    Ten states and the District of Columbia now issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants as of the summer of 2015, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C,, issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The states are estimated to have an illegal immigrant population of 4,120,000 combined. The report says that nearly 37 percent of illegal immigrants live in an area where they may obtain a license.
  • NY Times: Discussing Immigration, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Use an Offensive Term

    08/20/2015 6:38:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 20, 2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Donald J. Trump continues to overheat the Republican Party’s speech on immigration. What is his latest protest against political correctness? “Anchor babies.” [Snip] The phrase is as offensive as the word “illegals” for many immigrants who come to America.
  • Breaking News: First picture released of Hillary's e-mail server that she turned over to the FBI

    08/19/2015 1:40:15 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Strange Politics ^ | August 19, 2015
    Now, maybe Trey Gowdy and that darned old Federal judge will shut their pie holes!
  • Wildfires blamed on climate change: More flames, higher costs

    08/19/2015 10:50:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | Mariano Castillo
    The Forest Service report cites climate change for the increased wildfires. Other government reports have concluded the same. "Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970," according to the Forest Service report. "The U.S. burns twice as many acres as three decades ago and Forest Service scientists believe the acreage burned may double again by midcentury." The U.S. Global Change Research Program predicted that wildfires will increase, especially in the Southwest. "These changes are often driven by multiple factors, including changes in temperature and drought patterns, wildfire, invasive species and...
  • 5 mistakes Hillary Clinton made in her latest e-mail press conference

    08/19/2015 8:41:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Hillary Clinton held a press availability in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon. It did not go well. ... Clinton, who seems to have a blind spot as to why the e-mail server story is such a big deal, made a bunch of mistakes in that brief interaction with the media that you would assume someone of her deep experience would have been able to avoid. Here's a list of what she did wrong. 1. She sounds like a lawyer. ... 2. She casts the whole thing as normal and everyday. ... 3. She's dismissive. ... 4. She's sarcastic. ... 5. She's...
  • (Rasmussen Poll) Voters Want to Build A Wall, Deport Felon Illegal Immigrants

    08/19/2015 7:33:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 19, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    As far as voters are concerned – and not just Republicans - Donald Trump has a winning formula for fighting illegal immigration. [Snip] Among all likely voters, 51% favor building a wall on the border; 37% disagree, and 12% are not sure. Eighty percent (80%) support the deportation of all illegal immigrants convicted of a felony; only 11% are opposed. [Snip] Just 34% favor President Obama’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Most voters continue to think instead that the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally.
  • Planned Parenthood Clinic Cut Through Dead Baby’s Face to Get His Intact Brain

    08/19/2015 6:37:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    In the latest video produced by the Center for Medical Progress, Holly O’Donnell describes a medical technician using scissors to cut through the face of a newly aborted but nearly fully developed baby boy at a Planned Parenthood facility so that his intact brain could be extracted. O’Donnell says that the technician could also make the boy’s heart beat.
  • Trump’s in the lead — but these polls are junk

    08/19/2015 2:42:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | John Podhoretz
    <p>The political story of the summer is Donald Trump’s polling. But the political story of the year is the disastrous condition of polling in the age of the Internet and the cellphone, not just here but worldwide.</p> <p>How can we reconcile the two? We can’t.</p>
  • JEB BUSH: NSA NEEDS BROADER POWERS TO COMBAT 'EVILDOERS'

    08/18/2015 4:35:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    AP ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bill Barrow
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." [Snip] Bush also opposed Trump's idea of a fence or wall along the border. "It's not realistic to create a fence in places where fences can't be built. You'd have people, American citizens, on the south side of the fence in some places. Or they're on the wrong side of the fence," Bush said.
  • For Mexicans, Trump’s bid is getting scarier (He's a nightmare alert)

    08/18/2015 10:03:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | Joshua Partlow
    If Donald Trump were president, he would have Mexico pay to build a wall along its 2,000-mile border to keep itself out. He’d block the billions of dollars that Mexicans illegally in the United States send home to their families. And prevent their children born in America from automatically becoming U.S. citizens. There wouldn’t be many of these children, however, because Trump would be deporting millions of undocumented Mexicans — all of them, if he had his way. How does that sound, Mexico? “We don’t know if we should laugh or if we should cry,” said Guadalupe Loaeza, a prominent...
  • (Obama) Calling in the God squad (Sharpton) to save the Iran deal

    08/18/2015 5:51:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | August 17, 2015 | Nahal Toosi
    The White House campaign to save the Iran nuclear deal is getting a boost from the God squad. Faith-based groups, many of them increasingly nervous about the well-funded push by opponents of the deal, are intensifying their lobbying of lawmakers ahead of an important congressional vote on the agreement. Over the weekend, the Rev. Al Sharpton called on black churches to mobilize in support of the nuclear deal. On Monday, a group of 340 rabbis from multiple strands of Judaism released a letter, urging lawmakers to vote for the agreement. And plans are in the works for a coordinated rollout...
  • Among those advising Obama on his future plans: Eva Longoria, report says (Freeper advice needed)

    08/18/2015 3:33:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2015
    Actress Eva Longoria is offering her advice to President Barack Obama on what he should do after leaving office in January 2017. According to the New York Times, the Mexican-American actress is part of a select group of high-profile people who are advising the president during midnight meetings at the White House.
  • Venezuela's currency is now so worthless that people are using it as napkins

    08/18/2015 3:22:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 18, 2015 | Mike Bird
    There’s an image going round that sums up just how ridiculous Venezuela’s economy has become. A Reddit user uploaded a picture on Monday of a man using a 2 bolivar note to hold an empanada. According to Venezuela’s official bolivar-dollar exchange rate, the man using his money as a napkin is wasting about $US0.31 (£0.20). But on the black market, the reality is completely different. You can get 676.88 bolivars to the dollar, according to dolartoday.com. That means holding food with a 2 bolivar note costs the holder less than a third of one US cent.
  • Supplement that makes cows less flatulent could help fight climate change ...

    08/16/2015 11:43:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Complete Headline: Supplement that makes cows less flatulent could help fight climate change: Drug cuts methane gas by 30 per cent, say scientists Cows have a huge flatulence problem that is damaging the planet. They produce methane - a greenhouse gas which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere Last year, the Obama administration said that it would make a multi-pronged attack on cow flatulence in an attempt to cut emissions. Now, one group of scientists believes it has come up with a solution; adding a special supplement to cows' feed to cut...
  • De Blasio is padding City Hall with jobs for all of his friends

    08/16/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Aaron Short, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent
    Mayor de Blasio’s patronage mill is churning out junk jobs funded with taxpayer money for longtime pals, campaign grunts and acolytes. In addition to creating a $150,000 post for Stephanie Yazgi — the longtime girlfriend of his top strategist, Emma Wolfe — de Blasio has created positions to amp up his progressive agenda and national profile and spread propaganda touting his “transcendent” accomplishments. The city’s television station — led by de Blasio buddy Janet Choi — devotes much of its taxpayer-funded $5.7 million budget to broadcasting his ribbon-cuttings, announcements and features about his friends, including his wedding singer. His $105,000...
  • Donald Trump: It Would Be a 'Miracle' if Hillary Continues Run

    08/16/2015 7:36:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 16, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Donald Trump said it would be a "miracle" if Hillary Clinton is able to continue her run for president in the wake of the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server to conduct official business as Secretary of State — but if she does, he'll beat her. "I think [Clinton] may not be able to run, to be honest, because this whole email thing is a horrible thing," he said in an interview conducted by NBC's Chuck Todd.
  • Sanctuary City: S.F. Sheriff’s Driver’s License Suspended

    08/11/2015 3:40:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 11, 2015 | Michelle Moons
    San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s driver license has been suspended for failing to report a traffic accident that he was involved in last October. Mirkarimi has been at the center of a debate over sanctuary city policies after a five-time deported, seven-time convicted felon illegal alien allegedly shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle at San Francisco’s Pier 14 last month.
  • Another huge crowd (in LA) for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders

    08/11/2015 5:19:57 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe and John Wagner
    Dante Harris, the leader of a local flight attendants union, had a question for the 17,500 people inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena. “Did all of you make the trip out here on a Monday night because everything is going well for you and your family?” “No!” they shouted in unison. Harris nodded in agreement and shouted back: “Workers’ lives matter! ... Black lives matter! ... The truth matters!” Deafening cheers nearly drowned out Harris as he said: “We can build a movement with Bernie!” [Snip] Roughly 28,000 showed up to see Sanders Sunday in Portland, Ore., the largest crowd...
  • EPA spill: 'We looked at the river and we cried'

    08/11/2015 3:19:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2015 | Dana Ford and Ed Payne
    From his backyard in Durango, Colorado, Tom Bartles can see the Animas River, which was stained an unnatural orange. The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released millions of gallons of pollutants into the water last week, turning the typically blue water to the color of mustard. "Everybody in town knew it was coming. It was hard to wake up in the morning and see an orange river," Bartles, 52, told CNN. "Many of the locals in this region are probably going to experience a certain level of mourning." [Snip] Officials said they believe the spill carried metals, mainly iron, zinc and...
  • Indianapolis Police Kill (Black) 15-Year-Old Carjacking Suspect

    08/11/2015 3:06:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 10, 2015 | Rick Callahan
    Indianapolis police fatally shot a "troubled" 15-year-old boy who evaded officers at a traffic stop and accelerated toward them in a car that matched the description of one that had been reported carjacked, the city's assistant police chief said Monday. Three officers opened fire Sunday night on the carjacking suspect, identified by the local coroner's office as Andre Green, because they felt threatened as he accelerated the car toward them, said Assistant Police Chief Lloyd Crowe. [Snip] Green pleaded guilty in May to juvenile charges of auto theft and criminal mischief, court records show. According to Marion County juvenile court...
  • Medical Researchers Say Fetal Tissue Remains Essential

    08/11/2015 1:36:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 11, 2015 | Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson
    The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS. Anti-abortion activists set off the uproar by releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials that raised questions of whether the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied making any profit and said it charges fees solely to cover its costs....