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  • TSA pilot screening? (vanity)

    03/27/2015 4:34:00 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 10 replies
    March 27, 2015 | me
    Do pilots go through TSA screening just like everyone else, standing in line just like everybody else? Or do they have their own TSA line? Or are they exempt from the whole process?
  • Smear Here: The Official Ted Cruz Denouncement Thread

    03/27/2015 4:30:52 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 3/26/2015, 6:22 pm | Commissarka Pinkie
    Welcome to the People’s Official Ted Cruz Denouncement Thread™, where comrades are cordially invited to smear, trash, bash, revile, excoriate, and otherwise assassinate the character of GOP Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz. We want you to have fun, and all we ask is that you do not say anything nice about him, mainly because there is nothing nice to say. Bad. Dangerous. Evil. Stupid. Liar. Bloodthirsty. Vile. Hypocrite. Villain. Scum. Monster. Traitor. Tyrant. Just totally, utterly, absolutely WRONG!
  • 'Game Change' is well-worth seeing (article title, this appears to be a new film about Sarah Palin?)

    03/27/2015 4:09:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 4 replies ^ | March 26, 2015
    Quoting from the article: “Game Change” is an insightful film. Even viewers who were unsympathetic with Palin during the campaign may find themselves sympathizing with some aspects of her situation. end-quote
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! March 27, 2015

    03/27/2015 3:07:20 AM PDT · by sneakers · 14 replies
    Jim Quinn returns to the air on April 1st! He will be live on WYSL in Rochester, NY and streaming online from The Warroom. Join us Monday thru Friday for discussion of the issues as only Quinn can present them!
  • Machete Man, Make Me a Taco: Danny Trejo To Open Restaurant

    03/26/2015 10:24:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Los Angeles residents can now dine from the hands of the "Machete" man himself. Our friends at Flama report that Danny Trejo, the actor known for his hard persona and movie roles as a villain, will open up Trejo's Tacos , a Mexican restaurant. Expected to open sometime in the Spring, the restaurant promises to bring, "the best tacos and craft beer," according to their Facebook page. Formally a Taco Bell, the newly designed location will give a real Southwestern feel, with blackened steel and blacked leather upholstery, according to LA Eater. Trejo took to his Twitter to announce the...
  • Pentagon envisions up to 7 more Guantánamo trials

    03/26/2015 7:16:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 3-26-2015 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    Pentagon officials envision prosecuting at most seven more Guantánamo captives, the most notorious among them an Indonesian man known as Hambali who was once considered the CIA’s most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia, according to just released documents. That means that, of the 122 captives currently at Guantánamo, at most 17 could be accused of war crimes. The long-range vision for trials through 2019 was included in a 362-page release of internal discussions surrounding a since abandoned plan to base judges permanently at the remote U.S. Navy base. War court prosecutors had argued that the documents were privileged, but a...
  • Inflatable colon draws attention to cancer in EKY (Video)

    03/26/2015 4:11:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    wkyt ^ | 3-26-2015 | Morgan Lentes
    WHITESBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Health officials in Letcher County are taking their efforts to raise awareness about colon cancer to new heights. They set up a 20-foot-long inflatable colon at the rec center in Whitesburg. It is all in an effort to teach people the importance of getting screened for the cancer. Ashley Teague, with the Kentucky Cancer Program, said the health fair included several booths on how to live a healthier life. "What we really recommend is eating healthy. That is one big thing that we do not do around here. We need diets high in fruit and vegetables...
  • Report: Mix of cat litter, salts caused nuclear-dump mishap

    03/26/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    nj herald ^ | 3-26-2015 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, AP
    <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country.</p>
  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of U.S. Congress

    03/26/2015 3:19:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-26-2015 | Patricia Zengerle
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen restraints on Japan's pacifist postwar constitution. In announcing the invitation to the Japanese leader, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Abe's speech would be an opportunity for Americans to hear from a close ally about ways to expand cooperation on economic and security...
  • Downton and out: 6th series will be last as cast gather to read through the new script

    03/26/2015 2:16:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-26-15 | Katherine Rushton & Hannah Flint
    The doors to Downton Abbey are finally closing. Carnival Films and ITV have announced that there will be no return to the famous home of the Crawley family after the sixth season airs, as they want to end on a high. Downton Abbey has been a huge international success, selling to broadcasters around the world, but its ratings in Britain had started flagging. NBC Universal, which owns the production company behind the show, said in an internal note to staff that the long-running drama was ‘approaching its natural conclusion’. The internal note, seen by the Daily Mail, said: ‘Whilst we...
  • Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes on Houthi Rebels in Yemen

    03/26/2015 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/25/2015 | FELICIA SCHWARTZ in Washington and HAKIM ALMASMARI in Yemen
    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched airstrikes against rebel forces in Yemen’s capital and across the country in defense of what Riyadh called the nation’s legitimate government. The attacks began Thursday morning, hours after Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, fled the southern port city of Aden by boat when Iranian-backed Houthi militants closed in. The decision by Saudi Arabia and the region’s Sunni monarchies to intervene on Mr. Hadi’s behalf raises the stakes in their rivalry with predominantly Shiite Iran, which has raged in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. The raids also risked further inflaming sectarian...
  • Russia: 'Harmful' child classics removed from library

    03/26/2015 10:49:45 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    bbc ^ | 3-26-2015
    Titles including Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, have been taken off the shelves in the village of Kharbatovo, in the southern Irkutsk Region, after a request from the local education council, the Meduza news website reports. It seems the decision is based on a law aimed at "protecting children from information that harms their health and development", the site says. The law came into force in September 2012, and introduced age restrictions for books, films and theatre productions, among other measures. The council fears that Twain's book may encourage children to become...
  • IN Governor Mike Pence declares HIV state of emergency in Scott County

    03/26/2015 10:49:42 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 15 replies
    Canajun Yahoo ^ | 03.26.2015 | Steve Bittenbender
    Since December, Scott County has had 72 confirmed HIV cases and seven preliminary ones. Officials fear potentially up to 100 cases could be identified. In past years, Scott County reported less than five new HIV cases each year and had just 21 residents with HIV in 2014, according to state statistics.
  • SSL/TLS Suffers 'Bar Mitzvah Attack'

    03/26/2015 10:43:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Dark Reading ^ | 3-26-2015 | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    SSL/TLS encryption once again is being haunted by an outdated and weak feature long past its prime:  a newly discovered attack exploits a weakness in the older, less secure RC4 encryption algorithm option in SSL/TLS that's still supported in many browsers and servers. Itsik Mantin, director of security research with Imperva, at Black Hat Asia in Singapore today will detail how an attacker could sniff credentials and other information during an SSL session in an attack he named the "Bar Mitzvah Attack" after 13-year-old weaknesses in the algorithm it abuses. The attack is a glaring reminder that the RC4 algorithm,...
  • Once again Comrade de Blasio reminds us of why Democrats must never be allowed to rule us

    03/26/2015 8:34:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In the bad old days of New York City, the mob would decide the price of erecting a building regardless of who was planning to do it. Years after the construction of One Police Plaza, the City’s Police Headquarters, when the ceiling of the main floor started to fall down an investigation found that the mob had sold the city substandard concrete. They didn’t care who they ripped off. Hard work led by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani broke the grip of the mob on New York’s construction industry and for years afterward construction boomed because of the reduced costs of...
  • Imperial Star Destroyer drone patrols the skies above France

    03/26/2015 8:29:05 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    CNET ^ | 3/25/15 | Anthony Domanico
    A French maker who creates incredible "Star Wars" drones is back with another. This time, he flies a modded Imperial Star Destroyer sure to strike fear into the heart of any Rebel in its path.
  • Business dealings of Hillary Clinton's brother raise new questions

    03/26/2015 7:36:23 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/25/2015
    The latest baggage threatening to dog Hillary Clinton’s expected bid for the White House comes in the form of her brother, who allegedly got help from the Department of Homeland Security in smoothing a business deal. The department’s inspector general found that Tony Rodham was given special treatment by DHS’ No. 2 in securing visas for foreigners connected to a deal. Rodham was CEO of an electric car company owned by another longtime Clinton pal, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, when he got help from DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas securing the visas for investors in the firm. It is not clear...
  • Congresswoman's (Eleanor Holmes Norton) poor parking job caught on tape

    03/26/2015 7:10:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies ^ | 03/26/2015 | ABC News
    VIDEO: Congresswoman's poor parking job ABC News obtained video of a Congresswoman's poor parking job Wednesday morning and it is causing quite a stir.
  • [Satire Vanity]: New Policies at Barrack Hussein Obama International Airport

    03/26/2015 6:26:55 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 25 replies
    self | March 26, 2015 | self
    If Rahm Emmanuel gets his wish and O'hare or Midway airports are renamed in honor of President Obama, what will be the policies of the new airport?
  • How the door on the Germanwings plane may have been locked.

    03/26/2015 3:19:18 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 31 replies
    3/26/2015 | Nikos1121
    What we are hearing this morning is that one of the pilots left the cockpit and was unable to reopen the cockpit door. The voice recorder records the pilot outside the door at first tapping then banging on the door. The plane apparently begins it's decent FOR 18 MINUTES, so I assume during this horrific time, the passengers and other crew are witnessing this. Perhaps passengers are also recording this. We shall see. The door locks are activated or unactivated in the cockpit. The pilot can have the door unlocked, normal (which means access can be obtained by a passcode...
  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! March 26, 2015

    03/26/2015 2:57:39 AM PDT · by sneakers · 19 replies
    Formerly the "Quinn and Rose Morning Show" thread our friendly group continues to meet to start the day as we await the return of our favorite morning talk show - ON APRIL FIRST!! So look for the new "Quinn in the Morning" thread, as our favorite talk show FINALLY returns to the airwaves, and via streaming media!
  • Former President Jimmy Carter meets Saudi crown prince

    03/25/2015 11:35:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | 3-25-2015 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter has met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muqrin during a visit to the kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency says the two met in a palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Wednesday. The report says they discussed a number of topics but gave no details.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry's Meeting with Moaz al-Khatib

    03/25/2015 9:27:03 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    State Department Press Release ^ | 3-25-2015 | Jen Psaki
    Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson met today with Moaz al Khatib, former President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. Mr. Khatib shared his views on ways to advance a political solution to the crisis in Syria. Secretary Kerry emphasized that Bashar al-Asad is a brutal dictator with no legitimacy to lead Syria. The Secretary reaffirmed our commitment to pursuing all diplomatic avenues to help bring about a political transition based on the Geneva Principles that leads to an inclusive government and a future of freedom, dignity, and security for the...
  • Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen who just plundered US intelligence files

    03/25/2015 9:15:56 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-25-2015 | ARMIN ROSEN
    Yemen's crisis is getting worse and then some. Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside Yemen, and said the Sunni Kingdom will do "anything necessary" to deter the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who are taking over its neighbor. Meanwhile, the rebel Houthi fighters looted American intelligence files, which contained details of US operations in the country, Brian Bennett and Zaid Al-Alayaa of the LA Times report. Some of the files were reportedly "handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militia," which has successfully dismantled Yemen's government since marching into Sana, the capital, in September....
  • Jury Convicts Michigan Woman For "Bacon Rage"

    03/25/2015 9:07:18 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 42 replies
    thesmokinggun ^ | 3-15-2015 | gun
    A jury today found a Michigan woman guilty of firing a shot into a McDonald’s drive-thru window after employees failed to put bacon on a cheeseburger she ordered.
  • Arab League to discuss Yemen intervention plea on Thursday

    03/25/2015 8:26:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-26-2015 | Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Michael Georgy and John Stonestreet
    The Arab League will discuss the crisis in Yemen on Thursday, the regional body's deputy secretary general said, after the country's foreign minister called on Arab states to intervene militarily to halt an advance by the Shi'ite Houthi militia. "Yemen's foreign minister proposed the idea today ... in a meeting with the Arab League Secretary General," Ahmed Ben Hilli, told Al Arabiya Al Hadath television channel, on Wednesday. "The issue will be presented tomorrow at foreign minister level." Arab heads of state are due to meet in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 28-29 to discuss a...
  • US House approves balanced budget with Obamacare repeal, $20 billion military hike

    03/25/2015 8:00:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    The House of Representatives approved a US budget Wednesday that shaves $5.5 trillion in spending over a decade, repeals the Obamacare health law and eliminates the federal deficit in nine years without raising taxes. The Republican blueprint for fiscal year 2016 is seen as a compromise between the party's fiscal conservatives, who want to slash the debt by virtually any means possible, and defense hawks calling for increased military spending amid rising extremism and unrest worldwide. The House debated several budget proposals Wednesday, including a few Democratic alternatives and one favored by deficit hawks, but they were voted down. The...
  • My Encounter with a Democrat about Ted Cruz and The Tea Party

    03/25/2015 7:07:07 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 56 replies
    Me | 03-25-2015 | Me
    I work in a major department store west of the Pittsburgh area and I sold some jewelry to a lady who was buying it foe her grandaughter's tea party. Just to make conversation, I referenced the Tea Party political group. She said how bad they were and Ted Cruz is "too Christian." I asked, "what do you mean by that?" She said, "I'm Catholic and liberal," and I replied, "hopefully if him or someone like him was elected, we can start to fix the damage of the last 7 years." She didn't like it. People like that drive me nuts....
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/25/2015 6:45:38 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 77 replies
    This week's thread is dessert - starting with: Carrot Cake! I first tasted Carrot Cake in the 1970's. I'm sure it was a standard recipe before then, but it seemed to gain a great popularity in the 'hip' 70's. This recipe, which comes from an old friend's mother ca. 1975, is still the very best I've ever eaten, and is very easy to make. Again: Grate The Carrots By Hand, on a box grater! Doing it in a food processor will probably release too much liquid, and the cake won't be the same. The only difficulty you may have is...
  • Chelsea Handler: Bill Cosby ‘tried to Cosby’ me

    03/25/2015 6:00:30 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fox News
    Chelsea Handler says she has no doubt in her mind that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted numerous women. Handler revealed to Esquire that she had a strange experience with Cosby about 10 years ago, and she believes “he’s guilty.” “He tried to Cosby me,” she told the magazine.
  • All The Bands That Bill Murray Saw At SXSW 2015

    03/25/2015 3:33:38 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    New Music Express ^ | 23 Mar 15 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Bill Murray is a man of great taste, that's well known by now. He's appeared in a film with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and GZA, shared a stage with Eric Clapton and even hung out with Leeds punks Eagulls (who got a tattoo especially to mark the occasion). The celebrated actor also likes to mix it with the general public - and these moments, as well as urban legends regarding his prank antics, are becoming even more well known in this increasingly digitalised age. Now, just like Danny DeVito before him at last year's Coachella, Murray has has been checking out...
  • Is it just me, or has there been a resurgence at FreeRepublic.

    03/25/2015 2:59:35 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 181 replies
    Me | 03/25/2015 | Zeneta
    I have noticed that there seems to be more and more posters on FR that have accounts from the 1990's or early 2000's, that are posting a lot more frequently. I can't be the only one that has noticed this. Maybe it was Ted Cruz, I don't know, but I'd like to know that I'm not alone here.
  • Bankrupt RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Bid

    03/25/2015 2:43:11 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    RTT News ^ | 3-25-2015
    Bankrupt consumer electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. (RSHC), has listed personal data of millions of its customers for sale. The RadioShack assets listed for sale includes more than 65 million customer names and physical addresses and 13 million email addresses. Hilco Streambank is the advisory firm that is taking care of disposition of RadioShack's assets in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction. According to reports, the auction for the personal data of customers has been concluded with hedge fund Standard General winning the auction. However, the deal still requires approval from a bankruptcy court and it looks like RadioShack will also face...
  • Things that will happen if Venezuela implodes

    03/25/2015 2:33:39 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    cnbc ^ | 3-25-2015
    An economic implosion is becoming increasingly likely in Venezuela , and the country's debtholders, trade partners and neighbors are bracing for the fallout. The country's energy-dependent economy requires oil prices above $100 per barrel in order to sustain itself. Oil accounts for 95 percent of the country's export earnings, and combined with gas, it's 25 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Internationally traded Brent crude prices have fallen more than 48 percent in the past year. Meanwhile, a combination of inflation and currency controls have generated scarcity of basic needs such as flour, toilet paper and medicine. Venezuelans stand...
  • Ford cars slow when they see speed-limit signs

    03/25/2015 1:48:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/25/15 | BBC
    Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast. The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid fines and could reduce the number of accidents. However, one expert said the innovation might only serve as a "stopgap". "There's a plan for speed restrictions to be beamed to your car's computer systems and controlled from there, rather than requiring street sign visual recognition systems,"...
  • Accused B.C. terrorist wanted someone to care for her cat after attack, trial hears

    03/25/2015 1:45:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 3-25-2015 | Canadian Press
    As her husband writes out a list of supplies needed to stage a terrorist attack in Victoria, Amanda Korody presses an undercover officer to find someone to look after the couple's cat after they are gone. "(She's) a beautiful cat, wonderful personality, but obviously under the circumstances we need to find someone who will care for her," says the accused B.C. terrorist in a covert police recording made in early May 2013 and played before a B.C. Supreme Court jury on Wednesday. "Preferably a Muslim," adds Korody's partner and co-accused, John Nuttall, prompting the undercover officer to promise he will...
  • Someday your new iPhone could contain metals mined from poo

    03/25/2015 1:17:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    cnet ^ | 3-25-2015 | Eric Mack
    In the years to come, some of the metals that go into making our phones and computers could be mined, not just from the Earth, but also from our poop. Sorry to ruin your lunch, but that's not a typo. This isn't a satirical article and CNET has not been hacked. Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey are looking at ways to recover the surprising abundance of valuable metals that can be found in wastewater and sewage. "There are metals everywhere," Kathleen Smith of the USGS says in a release. "In your hair care products, detergents, even nanoparticles that are...
  • In White House, Obamas hang painting suggestive of airplane prop cutting thru US flag (vanity)

    03/25/2015 12:43:43 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 85 replies
    me | 3-25-15 | me
    Interesting choice of symbolism. See attached picture, painting at left.
  • Christie says tax revenue from pot sales is 'blood money'

    03/25/2015 12:36:20 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    my 9 nj ^ | 3-25-2015 | AP
    <p>Gov. Chris Christie is reiterating his opposition to legalizing marijuana for recreational use and says tax revenue from sales of the drug amount to "blood money.</p>
  • Mitt Romney: 'Hell hath no fury like Obama scorned'

    03/25/2015 11:56:26 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2015 | Neil Cavuto
    Here is a really great interview by Neil Cavuto with Mitt Romney. Definitely worth the listen. Mitt Romney: 'Hell hath no fury like Obama scorned'
  • Understanding Obama's Perverse View Of The World

    03/25/2015 12:16:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3-25-2015 | Steve Forbes
    Want to get a good fix on Barack Obama’s strange, obsequious and increasingly dangerous policy toward Iran? There’s a book that–intentionally or not–explains it. Who knows if Obama ever took a gander at it? But it sure reads like the way in which our deluded President sees the Middle East. Back in 2008 Robert Baer, an ex-CIA agent turned journalist, wrote The Devil We Know (Crown). Its thesis: Iran is an impressively rising regional and global power, and the U.S. ought to recognize this fact and cease futilely resisting the inevitable course of history. What should U.S. policy toward Arab...
  • Iran expands regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

    03/25/2015 12:04:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 3-25-2015 | Reuters
    Beirut: With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear programme in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen. The man behind what some see as an attempt to create a new Persian “empire” on Arab land is Major General Qasem Sulaimani, commander of the Quds brigade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Since he emerged from the shadows last autumn, Sulaimani seems to be omnipresent...
  • IG Report: Reid More Involved in Visa Controversy Than Previously Known

    03/25/2015 11:39:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3-25-2015 | Lachlan Markay
    The Senate’s top Democrat was more deeply involved than previously known in an effort to secure U.S. visas for Chinese investors in a Las Vegas casino despite the concerns of career federal officials, according to an inspector general report released on Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and his staff received weekly updates from top officials at U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the status of visas for investors in the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the report reveals. Executives at the casino’s parent company, a client of Reid’s son Rory, donated thousands of dollars to...
  • Report: FBI still outgunned by terror threat

    03/25/2015 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-25-2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A blue-ribbon panel that reviewed the FBI’s response to challenges after the September 11 attacks has concluded that the premier federal law enforcement agency isn’t moving fast enough to transform itself into an intelligence operation that can predict future terrorist attacks and gather information overseas about threats to Americans. The three-member board tempered its criticism of the FBI with plaudits for its progress since 2001, but the commission said more change is “urgently” needed — a critique that seems particularly pointed in light of the more than 13 years that have passed since the Al Qaeda-directed attacks on the World...
  • BBC drop the big one. Clarkson out from Top Gear!

    03/25/2015 11:09:12 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 56 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/25/15 | BBC
    The BBC's director general Tony Hall has confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson will not have his Top Gear contract renewed, after a physical assault on one of his colleagues.
  • Loyola-Chicago climate conference discusses 'nuts and bolts' of fossil fuel divestment

    03/25/2015 10:16:57 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3-25-2015 | James Hug
    The second day of the three-day Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference began with a panel discussion on divestment from fossil fuels. The Friday morning panel, titled “The Risks, Nuts, and Bolts of Divestment,” was chaired by Bruce Boyd, principal and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, a company that works with foundations to improve planetary health and is now measuring global commitment to divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in alternative, clean energy sources.  In his opening remarks, Boyd noted that divestments are currently at $50 billion and are expected to reach $150 billion by the start of the...
  • Golfing With Ida

    03/25/2015 9:51:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 3-25-14 | Dustin Cohen This is the story of an amazing lady who lives life to the fullest at age 102.
  • Cardboard 'Most Interesting Man' fails as carpool-lane ruse

    03/25/2015 9:40:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    A Washington State Patrol trooper says it's by far the best carpool scam he's seen, but it didn't work.
  • Toddler Idolizes the Garbage Men

    03/25/2015 9:31:45 AM PDT · by apoliticalone · 30 replies
    AOL-Huffington ^ | 3-24-2015 | Cameron Keady
    Some things in life are just too good to handle. Quincy Kroner had that exact feeling on March 13 when he met his local heroes -- the neighborhood garbage men, Mark Davis and Eddie Washington. The Cincinnati 2-year-old has been fascinated by the garbage truck “since about the age he could walk,” the toddler’s father, Ollie Kroner, told The Huffington Post in an email. But this was the first time he met the garbage men in person, and it was all too much for him -- resulting in the adorably priceless photo above. “He was all smiles as the garbage...
  • Crews Demolish Home Where Newtown School Shooter Lived

    03/25/2015 8:57:26 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 48 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | 3-23-2015 | AP
    The Newtown home of the man who killed 20 first graders and six staff members in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 has been demolished. All that now remains at 36 Yogananda Street, where Adam Lanza lived with his mother Nancy, is a lot of land, which is expected to remain as open space. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot his mother before heading to Sandy Hook, where he carried out the massacre and then committed suicide, according to police. The demolition began on Monday and was completed the same day, officials from Newtown...