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  • ENVIRONMENTALISTS SUE OVER CRUDE-BY-RAIL

    09/15/2014 8:45:16 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-15-2014 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    The environmental group Earthjustice, funded by George Soros and joined by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics, is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to prevent crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation to be moved to California. The suit is reportedly in reaction the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ approval last Tuesday of Alon USA Energy's plan to expand the rail terminal at its Bakersfield, CA refinery. The expansion of the terminal would create the state’s largest crude-by-rail facility and allow the terminal to import five times as much crude oil by train as it already does, Earthjustice is also claiming...
  • Arming Syrian rebels, key part of Obama's war strategy, gets crucial support from House GOP

    09/15/2014 7:55:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Newser ^ | 9-15-2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group. The authorization under consideration will likely be included as an amendment to a spending bill Congress must pass to keep the government open until mid-December. That would give lawmakers the opportunity to hold a separate debate and vote on the matter — something members of both parties want. The measure doesn't authorize U.S. combat troops in Iraq or Syria...
  • Abortion ‘doula’: I was trained to ‘support’ women choosing gendercide

    09/15/2014 7:02:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    life news ^ | Ben Johnson
    A young woman who volunteers as an assistant in the abortion industry says she was trained to be “supportive” of women who chose to have sex-selective abortions and 11-year-olds who opted to remain in a sexual relationship with their much older rapist. Alex Ronan also describes the conscious decision to lie to patients and the graphic, bloody details of her first year as an abortion doula in an article published Sunday in New York Magazine. An abortion “doula” – a Greek word that literally means “female slave” – is supposed to comfort women during the abortion procedure. The 23-year-old received...
  • Why are pro-abortion protesters always taking their clothes off?

    09/15/2014 6:42:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Jonathon van Maren
    I’ve seen a lot of bizarre responses to pro-life activism. There’s the crude picket signs, the illiterate chants, the flashes of violence, the incoherent threats that so often seem to involve used tampons, and even activists dressed up like giant genitalia. But there is one phenomenon that never ceases to stagger me with its counterproductive stupidity and moral blindness: The increasing prevalence of “feminist” protestors, almost exclusively women, stripping down to “protest” something—usually protection for the pre-born or some other dissent from the totalitarian death cult of the Sexual Revolution. When people ask me what the weirdest response to pro-life...
  • The 'heart of evil' where hostages are hidden in tunnels

    09/15/2014 4:20:49 PM PDT · by traumer · 4 replies
    The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is at the centre of an intelligence gathering operation to find Jihadi John. Dubbed the ‘heart of evil’ by Special Forces, it is effectively capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Raqqa, on the north bank of the Euphrates, is the headquarters of IS and base to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It is also where most of the 20 international hostages are being held – probably in a network of underground tunnels. US drones and satellites are focused on the city. Every detail from surveillance images, electronic monitoring and human intelligence from within Raqqa is...
  • Newly-Crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev Worked at Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    09/15/2014 3:26:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    You probably know her best as the newly-crowned Miss America or the contestant who belted out the infectious pop tune “happy” as she gleefully tapped on a red solo cup. But here’s something you probably didn’t know about the new Miss America. Kira Kazantsev, who represented New York state as Miss New York, worked at the Planned Parenthood abortion business — the nation’s biggest abortion company. According to her Linked-In profile, Kazantsev interned at Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York. Her job duties at the company that snuffs out of the lives of young baby girls? “Assisted delivery of programs...
  • Vanity ?? Does Yankee magazine a liberal slant

    07/28/2014 8:25:15 AM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 30 replies
    I don't read it and friend said she read in Yankee about gas pipe lines and landowners and can now see why none want them.
  • Grandpa's Guns — Safe Handling and Transport?

    09/15/2014 2:10:37 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 50 replies
    Helping my girlfriend clean out her grandparent's home, we found a couple long guns (a Winchester Model 840 IIRC, and some hunting rifle, I assume, because it has a scope—I didn't catch the branding) and there should be a few handguns as well (haven't found them yet.) I don't know the first thing about guns, except to assume they're loaded. Is there any generic instruction to be given for these types of guns to ensure they're properly unloaded and safe for transport and [temporary] storage? I'll try to compile more detail later this evening. The plan is to sell them...
  • Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change

    09/15/2014 1:11:37 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 20 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 9/14/14 | By Tom Harris and Bob Carter
    Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change By Tom Harris and Bob Carter In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the “climate crisis.” The first is “Carbon,” which tells us the world is threatened by a “carbon monster.” Coal, oil, natural gas and other carbon-based forms of energy are causing dangerous climate change and must be turned off as soon as possible, DiCaprio says. But he has identified the wrong monster. It is the climate scare itself that is the real threat to civilization....
  • Looking for CrowdFunding Advice

    09/15/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by lafroste · 37 replies
    9/15/14 | lafroste
    Does anyone here have any experience with crowd funding? In order to finish the development of my new product, I need to raise approximately $65,000 to finish, prototype, and produce an initial product run of 100 units. I have already built the entire machine, minus the magnetics necessary to power it. I would like to try crowdfunding since I cannot find any other venues for funding. Does anyone have suggestions or experiences with this strategy? Thanks for any advice received!
  • The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

    09/15/2014 12:19:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2013 | Tom Stafford
    Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all. You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
  • Study warns of sudden climate change woes

    09/15/2014 11:00:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Agri News / AP ^ | 9-11-2014
    That slowdown is a scenario that would oddly lead to dramatic coastal cooling and was featured in the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow. Study co-author Richard Alley of Pennsylvania State University compared the threat of abrupt climate change effects to the random danger of drunken drivers. “You can’t see it coming, so you can’t prepare for it. The faster it is, the less you see it coming, the more it costs,” Alley told The Associated Press. “If you see the drunk driver coming, you can get out of the way.” The scientists said the issue of sudden changes is...
  • Parents' house seized after son's drug bust

    09/15/2014 8:48:59 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/8/14 | cnn
    Parents' House Seized Over Son's $40 In Drugs The rare moments Christos Sourovelis can take a break from running his own painting business, he can be found toiling away on his family's dream house in the suburbs of Philadelphia. "I'm a working guy. I work every day, six days a week, even seven if I have to," Sourovelis says. One day this past March, without warning, the government took his house away, even though he and his wife, Markella, have never been charged with a crime or accused of any wrongdoing...
  • Isis Action: French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins

    09/15/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    IBT/Yahoo ^ | 2 hours 11 minutes ago | Umberto Bacchi
    France fighter jets have flown over Iraq in a reconnaissance mission against Isis jihadists, as in Paris President Francois Hollande hosted an International summit to agree a common strategy to fight the Islamist militants. Two Rafale jets and a refuelling aircraft took off from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates to gather intelligence in support of US air strikes targeting the group now known as Islamic State (IS). "We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation [to fly over Iraq]," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. "The cost of inaction would be to...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - September 15, 2014

    09/15/2014 3:15:46 AM PDT · by sneakers · 23 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning to the airwaves - and the speculation and rumors are still flying - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, so stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise to Boldly Go Back to the Workshop

    09/15/2014 2:53:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 9/11/2014 | Christopher Klimek
    Paramount Pictures didn’t know what they were giving up 40 years ago when they donated the 135-inch studio model of the U.S.S. Enterprise—the fictional, 23rd century starship at the center of the groundbreaking science fiction series Star Trek—to the Smithsonian. Star Trek had been canceled after three seasons five years earlier; the first of the now 12 Trek motion pictures was still five years away. Though the first Star Trek convention had taken place in 1972, there was little reason to suspect the beloved but low-rated TV show—unique for its optimistic vision of a future where men and women of...
  • Lemon Fighter (Cat v a slice of lemon)-

    09/14/2014 2:35:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Lemon Fighter (Cat v a slice of lemon)
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/14 7-11pm est

    09/14/2014 1:34:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 31 replies
    WAMU ^ | 9/14/14 | Ed Walker
    Friends it's Sunday night again, and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another four hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo*tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.
  • Uniformed DPS Trooper Asked to Leave Waffle House Because He Was Armed

    09/13/2014 12:15:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 92 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/13/2014 | Bob Price
    A uniformed Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper was asked to leave a Waffle House restaurant in Grapevine this week because he was armed. The trooper was wearing a Texas DPS helicopter pilot “field uniform” that consists of a DPS polo shirt, tan slacks and his badge and gun were on his belt. Trooper was asked to leave and not to return because he was wearing a gun. The reaction against the manager and Waffle House on Facebook was predictably angry that a uniformed police officer would be thrown out of a restaurant. CBS DFW’s Bud Gillett reported that...
  • Peshmerga Forces Recruit Christian Fighters, says Local Official

    09/14/2014 10:43:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 1 hour ago | RUDAW
    Men between the ages of 18-30 can now sign up for training with the Peshmerga forces, according to local officials. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces have opened doors to the region’s Christian population and recruit them to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS), an official told Rudaw. “Representatives of the ministry of Peshmerga visited Ainkawa to recruit Christians,” said Jalal Habib Aziz, the mayor of Ainkawa, a predominately Christian neighborhood in Erbil. According to Aziz, the Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry has answered a call by Christian leaders to recruit members of the community to “protect themselves and their...
  • Obama: Assad Protected Christians In Syria

    09/14/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    US President Barack Obama surprised his visitors, the delegation of Eastern Christians patriarchs, on Thursday when he told them that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "protected the Christians in Syria." Obama met with the delegation in the White House for 35 minutes, during which the patriarchs presented a paper in which they exposed the situation of Christians in the Middle East and the threats and challenges they are facing, due in part to the expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. Sources told Al-Akhbar that the highlight of the meeting was when Obama said the following...
  • Facebook requires drag queens to use their real names

    09/14/2014 7:50:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 51 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | 9-14-2014 | Craig Manning
    Earlier this year, Facebook approved a new policy that allowed a broader range of gender identifications to be used on social profiles. The policy change, instead of just asking users to choose from “male” and “female,” offered 50 other options, including “other” and specific transgender identifications. The move was a resounding sign of acceptance from Facebook, but according to a report from Tech Times, the company may have just taken a step back. This week, on September 10, many performers were automatically logged out of their Facebook profiles and had their accounts suspended. Facebook said that the move was made...
  • Germany Starts Training Kurdish Peshmerga Forces

    09/14/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Mewan Dolamari
    Peshmerga force in Mosul dam in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan Germany Starts Training Kurdish Peshmerga Forces 14.09.2014 Mewan Dolamari BasNews, Erbil    Germany has announced the deployment of 40 military advisors to the Kurdistan Region in order to train Peshmerga forces on recently sent German weapons.   In a statement, the German Defense Ministry confirmed that the German government has sent 40 military experts and consultants to the Kurdistan Region to train Peshmerga forces in their ongoing conflict with IS insurgents.   The statement also mentions that the military advisors have extensive experience of training and exercising troops....
  • Pope breaks taboo by marrying couples who lived 'in sin'

    09/14/2014 6:46:50 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    Business Insider / AFP ^ | 9-14-2014 | LJUBOMIR MILASIN
    A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.  In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples. Marriage "is not an easy road, it's sometimes a contentious trip, but that's life", the pope told the couples, both young and old, as their families gathered for the solemn two-hour ceremony.
  • Another Side Of The Story Emerges For The Sarah Palin Family Brawl (pretty good)

    09/14/2014 5:52:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 9/14/14 | images via People.com, Business Insider, Barracuda Brigade, and My Veteran
    According to the source close to the Palins, that is not what happened. He said that the problem began with Cleary engaging in some unnamed “questionable behavior,” after which he tried to get into the Hummer. Four men “piled on” top of Track. Seeing his son involved in a one-against-four battle, Todd Palin joined in, presumably to get the guys off of his kid. That was how he ended up being bloodied up. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1473833/another-side-of-the-story-emerges-for-the-sarah-palin-family-brawl/#cvKSyq26Y5DRwM4Q.99
  • A.J. Guyton to Bob Knight: Return to Indiana, help heal old wounds

    09/13/2014 11:34:18 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 15 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Sept. 13 | Jeff Eisenberg
    In the 14 years since Indiana controversially fired Bob Knight, the iconic former Hoosiers coach has never returned to the school he led to five Final Fours and three national championships. One of Knight's most famous former players hopes he sets aside his grudge soon. Former Big Ten player of the year A.J. Guyton, one of five new members of Indiana's athletic hall of fame, wrote an open letter on his Facebook page appealing to Knight to come back to Bloomington for the Nov. 7 induction dinner
  • Peshmerga and PKK Recapture 6 Villages [Video Report]

    09/13/2014 10:49:26 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 16 hours ago | Ranja Jamal
    Peshmerga and PKK fighters to join forces in the Qaraj area ………VIDEO REPORT
  • Iraq plans a new force to counter Islamic State. Here’s why some say it’s doomed.

    09/13/2014 10:00:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-13-2014 | Loveday Morris
    Watban al-Jabbouri is the kind of man that the Iraqi and U.S. governments are depending on to turn the tide against the Islamic State fighters who have seized a huge swath of territory in this country. “We’ve begged other tribes in our areas to join, but they either sit aside and do nothing or they are with them,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. While details on the new national guard are being finalized, current discussions center on creating Sunni and Shiite units to serve in their respective areas of influence. But the Shiite-led government faces huge challenges in...
  • War Horses -- The KFPS Royal Friesian Horses

    09/13/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-13-14
    These horses were originally bred as "war horses" in the days of knights and armour. As armour got heavier, bigger horses were needed and the Friesian almost became extinct. They are back and are one of the most beautiful horses in stature as well as gait. What gorgeous animals. Just watching them becomes an emotional experience. Can you imagine what it would be like to ride one? Their manes and tails are the longest that I have seen and I noticed that when performing on grass, their hoofs do not kick up a divot, as they land flat footed. Creatures...
  • Americans express ambivalence over a new Mideast military plunge

    09/13/2014 7:56:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-13-2014 | ALANA SEMUELS, MARK Z. BARABAK
    Americans are in more danger of being killed as a result of drug cartel violence, drunk drivers or defective GM parts than by an ISIS attack. The fight against the terrorist group Islamic State evinces little of the righteous anger that followed the Sept. 11 attacks, much less the gung-ho fervor that swept the nation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Rather, there is wariness and the weary sense of approaching a task with little choice and no sense it will turn out well, whatever assurances President Obama gave as he announced stepped-up military action against the terrorists who have...
  • After years of wrangling, package of Nevada land bills set for US House vote

    09/13/2014 6:25:44 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Trib Town ^ | 9-13-2014 | AP
    <p>RENO, Nevada — After years of wrangling, a package of northern Nevada land bills is finally scheduled for a vote Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p>
  • "Support the Player and Be Quiet": What It's Like to Be an NFL Wife

    09/13/2014 5:40:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 9-12-2014 | Tracy Treu, as told to Ian Gordon
    A former Oakland Raiders spouse on the Rice scandal and the league’s culture of secrecy. Tracy Treu worked at Mother Jones from 1998 to 2006 and is married to former Oakland Raiders center Adam Treu, who played 10 seasons in the NFL. I'm so fed up by people blaming Janay Rice. We're asking for incredible bravery, and we're giving little compassion to this woman. Because it's so easy to say: "Well, she's the fool who married him. Why doesn't she just leave?" There are just so many components to it that people aren't aware of. The NFL is a culture...
  • Lord of the Rings voted 'best movie soundtrack'

    09/13/2014 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    BBC ^ | 08.26.14
    The soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been deemed the best of all time, beating John Williams' 1977 Star Wars score into second place.Composer Howard Shore's accompaniment won the Classic FM listeners' accolade for the fifth consecutive year.Hans Zimmer's music to Gladiator, Schindler's List by John Williams and John Barry's soaring Out of Africa score made the top five.
  • Guest column: We need groceries, not guns at Michigan Kroger stores

    09/13/2014 4:09:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 65 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 9-11-2014 | Linda Brundage
    Don’t skateboard at Kroger – it’s against the rules. Bringing food from outside the store is also strictly prohibited. And please don’t think about grocery shopping at one of the 50 or so Kroger grocery stores in Michigan without a shirt: you run the risk of being asked to leave. But, if you’d like to peruse the produce aisles with a semi-automatic rifle slung across your shoulder, go right ahead. Kroger thinks that’s just fine in states where it is legal to openly carry guns, like Michigan. In fact, the grocery store chain has publicly stated that it doesn’t want...
  • 'David Cameron, I hold you entirely responsible for my execution': British hostage forced to condemn

    09/13/2014 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | September 13, 2014 | STEPH COCKROFT
    'David Cameron, I hold you entirely responsible for my execution': British hostage forced to condemn UK government before beheading by Jihadi John who threatens to kill another Briton next Father-of-two from Perth, Scotland, abducted by militants in Syria last year He was shown on knees in jihadi video of US journalist being beheaded In the footage, the extremists also threaten to execute another Briton Militants previously beheaded journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley By STEPH COCKROFT 13 September 2014 The Islamic State has released a video claiming to show the beheading of British captive David Haines. The father-of-two, an aid...
  • Did Hillary Clinton really say this? (vanity)

    09/13/2014 11:07:40 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 32 replies
    email | 9/13/2014 | unknown
    Quote of the day, no, of the week, make that a month. Yet it probably is quote of the year! No. DECADE. Wait a minute. It's the greatest quote ever! “My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would say...
  • ‘The Roosevelts’: Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go

    09/13/2014 8:10:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 100 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-12-14 | Hank Stuever
    Let’s start with the end. When it’s over — when you make it through the marathon that is Ken Burns’s beautiful, seven-part documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which begins Sunday night on PBS — you may find yourself with a lingering, nebulous grief. You’re sorry it’s over. You’re sorry they’re over. You’re sorry a certain expression of American ideals is, or often appears to be, completely over. My study habits haven’t improved since college; like an idiot, I put off watching all 14 hours of “The Roosevelts” until I absolutely had to watch them on a deadline binge this...
  • Iraq PM says halting air strikes on IS-held civilian areas

    09/13/2014 7:53:44 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-13-2014
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, addressing a condition set by Sunni Muslim tribal figures to support his campaign against Islamic State fighters. Rights groups say Iraqi government attacks this year, many of them in areas held by the Islamic State which controls one third of the country, have indiscriminately targeted civilians. "I have ordered the Iraqi Air Force to halt shelling of civilian areas even in those towns controlled by ISIS," Abadi said on his official Twitter account, using the...
  • Minnesota’s largest high school ditches Michelle O’s lunch rules

    09/13/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 17 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 9/12/14 | Victor Skinner
    Another reason the school is ditching the federal lunch rules is because much of the “healthy” food – such as the mandatory fruit or vegetables – ended up in the trash, anyway.
  • Syrian troops pound central village amid offensive

    09/13/2014 7:41:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Daily Mail / AP ^ | 9-13-2014
    Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships struck targets in a central village on Saturday in what appears to be preparations for a ground offensive on the rebel stronghold, activists said. The air raids on Kfar Zeita, which has been under rebel control for nearly two years, came amid a major government offensive in the religiously mixed central province of Hama. Saturday's air raids came two days after troops captured the strategic town of Halfaya, better positioning government forces to defend nearby Christian and Alawite communities that support President Bashar Assad. Central Syria is a communal patchwork home to large groups of...
  • What the Numbers Show About N.F.L. Player Arrests

    09/13/2014 7:11:44 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/13/2014 | Neil Irwin
    Off-the-field violence by professional football players is coming under new focus this week after the release of a video involving the star Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, followed by a bungled response by the National Football League. But what do the numbers show about N.F.L. players’ tangles with the law more broadly? Are some teams’ players more likely to get into legal trouble? Are arrests rising or falling? What are the most common offenses? USA Today maintains a database of arrests, charges, and citations of N.F.L. players for anything more serious than a traffic citation. Maintained by Brent Schrotenboer,...
  • ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ House Modernized and Back on the Market

    09/13/2014 12:07:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    zillow ^ | september 11, 2014 | emily heffter
    Rehabbed from top to bottom, this house will always be remembered as the home of Ozzie and Harriet, America’s first real television family between 1952 and 1966. It also served as Ari Gold’s home on “Entourage.” When it last changed hands in 2013 for $3.025 million,the home still had the same kitchen layout as it did on television, and Ozzie’s wood-paneled “pub room” stood frozen in time, complete with Ozzie’s model train. As Yahoo! reported, previous owners said the train would sometimes start on its own. And other owners since Ozzie’s death said they would sometimes find a kitchen drawer open beside the sink, presumably because his ghost...
  • Meet The Future Mrs Navratilova, The Beauty Queen With a VERY Ugly Past

    09/12/2014 10:55:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | September 12, 2014 | TOM LEONARD
    Meet The Future Mrs Navratilova, The Beauty Queen With a VERY Ugly Past: Her millionaire boyfriend was shot dead by a prostitute and her baby's tragic death is still unexplained By TOM LEONARD 12 September 2014 Not since she sank to the ground on Centre Court and savoured her historic ninth Wimbledon singles victory title did Martina Navratilova look so happy. This time the sporting legend was on her knees again — or one at least — as she proposed to her long-time girlfriend Julia Lemigova last weekend, a moment that was flashed over the big screen at the U.S....
  • Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

    09/12/2014 8:47:56 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 51 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/12/14 | By Jacque Wilson
    Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York By Jacque Wilson or more on Enterovirus D68, watch "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. (CNN) -- More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials. "EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness ... sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma," the NYS Department of Health said in a statement Friday. Enteroviruses are quite common in September; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 15...
  • Obama's fight with the Islamic State

    09/12/2014 8:47:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-12-2014 | Clarence Page
    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page discusses President Obama's lackluster delivery of his remarks addressing the ISIS threat and how he can't escape involvement with Iraq and Syria As he offered to the nation his prescription for the Islamic State crisis, President Barack Obama reminded me of Michael Corleone in "The Godfather: Part III." "Just when I thought I was out," sighed the young mob boss about his efforts to leave the family business, "they pull me back in." Obama's reluctance similarly showed in his televised speech Wednesday to outline his strategy to beat the jihadis known as the Islamic State,...
  • Spy court renews NSA metadata program

    09/12/2014 6:41:56 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    the hill ^ | 9-12-2014 | Julian Hattem
    With a surveillance reform bill stuck in the Senate, the federal court overseeing spy agencies on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of Americans' phone records. Reauthorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allows the NSA to continue to warrantlessly collect “metadata” in bulk about people’s phone calls. The records contain information about which numbers people called, when and how long they talked, but not the actual content of their conversations. “Given that legislation has not yet been enacted, and given the importance of maintaining the capabilities of the Section 215 telephony metadata program, the government has...
  • Cecile Richards complains about over-the-counter birth control plan

    09/12/2014 5:52:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Live action ^ | Cassy Fiano
    Abortion advocates have long been pushing for birth control and emergency contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter. According to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, some politicians are trying to make the birth control pill available without health insurance and over-the-counter. But rather than being excited about this, Richards has written an op-ed for CNN explaining about how bad this will be for women. So when politicians who have otherwise embraced policies that would drag women back to the 1950s suggest making birth control available over the counter instead of covering it in insurance plans, they’re not experiencing a change of heart....
  • Doomsday plane. Yes, it’s a thing. In fact, the USA has four of them

    09/12/2014 5:51:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 9-13-2014 | ANTHONY SHARWOOD
    AMERICA has a doomsday plane. Actually it has four of them. But the US government does not — repeat, DOES NOT — talk openly about its doomsday planes. The doomsday plane is like a mirror to Air Force One — a great big flying working office for the president and his or her staff. But while Air Force One is your everyday, garden variety kind of presidential flying office, the doomsday plane is built and equipped to keep the US government running in the event of a nuclear war or other disaster. It’s a converted 747 called an E-4B, also...
  • Check Out These Clydesdales' Tribute to 9/11

    09/12/2014 3:54:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9-11-14 | Katherine Rodriguez
    If you're looking for a heartwarming advertisement about 9/11, look no further than this throwback ad from Budweiser in 2002. The ad shows several Clydesdale horses crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and other scenes before the horses kneel down before a scene of New York City. The ad was only shown once during the 2002 Super Bowl, but boy did it make an impact. Here's a little more background on the ad from the St. Louis-based company AB Global Creative: “We filmed in New York City. We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Guiliani let us into the...
  • WJR Radio, Alan Mulally is considering a run for POTUS

    09/12/2014 2:15:28 PM PDT · by taildragger · 37 replies
    WJR | 9/12/2016 | WJR
    WJR Radio at the top of the Hr noted Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is considering or looking into a run for POTUS