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  • what were Obama's SAT scores

    04/23/2014 7:17:23 PM PDT · by Understand the stimulus · 31 replies
    march 23 2014 | understand the stimulus
    Valerie Jarret said Obama the smartest man in the room...sat's plaease
  • Deli clerk burned in gruesome Molotov attack

    04/23/2014 6:09:30 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Kirstan Conley
    <p>Stunning video shows a deranged firebug throwing a Molotov cocktail into a Brooklyn deli — and setting the clerk on fire, police said. The suspect walked into the 24-hour MiniMart on Fort Hamilton Parkway, near 39th street around 1 a.m. and fought with the clerk about store credit before returning an hour later, cops added.</p>
  • New Ban on Ivory

    04/23/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies
    Kovels ^ | 4/23/14 | Kovels
    Beware! You may not be able to buy or sell anything of any age that is made totally or partially of ivory. Everything from a piano to a button. AAll import, export, resale or donation of items that contain ivory less than 100 years old from African elephants was banned by Executive Order from President Obama on Feb. 11, 2014. The ban will be carried out by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This means that almost everything made from ivory after 1914 can no longer legally be sold or donated in the United States after May 31, 2014. To...
  • The Joys Of Fostering Rescued Cats & Kittens

    04/23/2014 3:27:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    The Joys Of Fostering Rescued Cats & Kittens
  • Governor Palin: ‘Keep Your Eyes Open’

    04/23/2014 2:43:18 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 14 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 4-23-2014 | Steve Flesher
    A couple of interesting issues to consider today: First, kudos to the Louisiana GOP for filing a federal ethics complaint against Sen. Harry Reid for illegally using our tax dollars to play his “politics of personal destruction” including trying to humiliate and ruin reputations of good Americans for his radically liberal partisan purposes (including his ongoing jihad against private citizens David and Charles Koch, whom Reid hypocritically benefits from by having accepted their campaign donations through Koch-connected PACs). He unethically spends other people’s money (his addiction to O.P.M. is renown) to enrich family and friends. Reid gets away with his...
  • Married lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting first child

    04/23/2014 1:55:23 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | By David K. Li
    Married lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting first child By David K. Li Here come the brides! Three Massachusetts lesbians got hitched and are now expecting their first child. The nuptials of Doll, Kitten and Brynn Young were held this past August, with all three brides wearing white and traditional wedding veils. Brynn and Kitten were married 2 ˝ years ago in the Bay State, before adding Doll to their household mix. “I cried watching Doll and Kitten walk down the aisle towards me with their dads,” Brynn, a computer programmer, told The Sun
  • Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

    04/23/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Dave Collins
    An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer’s parent company told the shop’s 46 workers this week. One former factory worker called it “the end of an iconic American brand.” Fender Musical Instruments Corp., based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and maker of the iconic Stratocaster electric guitar, said in an announcement Tuesday that it was ceasing domestic production of Ovation guitars and closing...
  • Cops Say Road Rage Incident Was Prompted By Suspect's "Impeach Obama" Bumper Sticker

    04/23/2014 11:38:14 AM PDT · by kyperman · 73 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 2/4/2013 | Unknown
    Paul Guaschino was driving Friday when a fellow motorist spotted an “Impeach Obama” bumper sticker on the 62-year-old Connecticut resident’s vehicle. According to cops, the other driver apparently did not appreciate the bumper sticker and “displayed his dislike by showing his middle finger.”
  • (New York) City public school kids may get free lunch in proposed budget

    04/23/2014 11:25:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:30 AM | Erin Durkin
    The City Council’s proposed budget to be unveiled Wednesday will push for two big priorities: free lunch for all public school kids and 1,000 new cops. The Council is asking for $24 million to provide lunches regardless of how much money kids’ families make. They’re also seeking $94 million to boost the police force to more than 36,400 cops, among other changes proposed to Mayor de Blasio’s budget. …
  • The Hidden Rebellion: Coming Soon on Film

    04/23/2014 10:40:19 AM PDT · by topher · 6 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:04 | by Joseph Pronechen
    This factual film under way details the suppressed story of valiant Catholics during the French Revolution. The Hidden Rebellion: Untold Story Behind the French Revolution is a movie in the making. Filming itself is complete, and only the final editing and musical score needs to be added, as anticipation runs high for this true story.
  • TCM Classic Movie Alert 4/23/14

    04/23/2014 9:49:51 AM PDT · by Vision · 15 replies
    TCM ^ | 4/23/14 | Vision
    This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert! Tonight...They Were Expendable (1945)), 8pm est "A Navy commander fights to prove the battle-worthiness of the PT boat at the start of World War II." Overview & Cast
  • Man Apprehended Who Raped 13-Year-Old, Abortion Covered His Crime

    04/23/2014 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Monica Kelsey
    UPDATE: The headline in this story has been updated to reflect that Latham did not take the girl for the abortion. It appears her mother took her for the abortion. In September, Allen County Right to Life filed a consumer complaint with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board against the abortionist, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, in Fort Wayne, because Klopfer performed an abortions on a 13-year-old girl and didn’t report the abuse as required by Indiana Law. The statute is clear that all abortions being done on individuals under 14 years old must be reported to Indiana Child Protective Services and the...
  • Feline fans flock to London's first cat cafe

    04/23/2014 7:24:03 AM PDT · by wbill · 11 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>LONDON — Would you like some kitten with your coffee?</p> <p>Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering — and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up.</p> <p>"People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can't," said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium last month in an area east of the city's financial district.</p>
  • Driver calls 911 from car as girlfriend hits him in the groin

    04/23/2014 6:25:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Palm Coast Observer ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan Simmons
    Deputies arrested a 28-year-old woman April 18 after dispatchers got a frantic 911 call from a man who said he was in his SUV on northbound I-95, and his girlfriend was attacking his genitalia. His son, in the car with several other children, filmed at least part of the attack on his cell phone as deputies found the victim’s car on I-95. Deputies followed it as dispatchers told the victim to pull off on State Road 100, and then stopped the car at a Kangaroo gas station, according to an arrest report. Two deputies spoke separately to the man and...
  • Bear walks down streets in Canadian town with jar stuck on its head

    04/23/2014 6:08:42 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    upi ^ | April 22, 2014 | Aileen Graef
    SUDBURY, Ontario,Canadian police were called after people saw a bear blindly walking down a Sudbury, Ontario street with a large white jar stuck to its head. The bear walked down the street blindly and even stumbled into a police cruiser. The police called the Ministry of Natural Resources who sent officials to sedate the bear and cut the jar so the bear's head could be released. The bear had apparently attempted to get the last bit of bird seed out of the jar, got stuck and was not able to pry it off.
  • EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

    04/23/2014 3:45:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 5:48 PM EDT | Dina Cappiello
    The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.The EPA on Tuesday said it was basing its 2013 standard on the 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons produced with nonfood plants last year. …
  • UK Childcare Worker Fired After Explaining Biblical Position on Homosexuality to Co-Worker

    04/23/2014 3:32:16 AM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    http://christiannews.net/ ^ | 04/23/2014 | Heather Clark
    LONDON – A childcare worker has been fired for ‘gross misconduct’ after she explained the biblical position on homosexuality to her co-worker. According to reports, Sarah Mbuyi, 30, was repeatedly asked about her beliefs over a period of several months at Newpark Childcare in Highbury after her lesbian co-worker discovered that she is a Christian. The latest discussion occurred in January, when her co-worker remarked that she was unhappy that she could not ‘marry’ her partner because of the Church’s beliefs, and stated that she thought God had nothing against homosexual behavior. When Mbuyi replied by explaining the biblical position...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    04/23/2014 2:48:57 AM PDT · by sneakers · 19 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, (temporarily, I hope!) Gone, but DEFINITELY not forgotten! Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - 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, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Decline of the traditional family doctor revealed

    04/23/2014 1:19:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 21 Apr 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    England could lose the traditional family doctor, medics have warned, as new figures lay bare the steep decline in small GP practices. Patients, particularly in rural areas, are traveling further and receiving a less personal service after the disappearance of hundreds of small GP practices over the past decade. Under the last government, polyclinics—or super GP surgeries—with specialist doctors working on one site were seen as the future of the NHS. Single-doctor clinics have becoming increasingly rare as GPs try to save money on premises and administrative staff. …
  • Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS (UK)

    04/23/2014 1:13:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | Padraic Flanagan and Laura Donnelly
    At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to a NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA. The report comes less than a year after the NHS watchdog NICE was forced to issue guidelines on giving...
  • Brain implants could boost work—and pay

    04/22/2014 11:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:38AM BST 22 Apr 2014 | (Telegraph Staff)
    Humans who opt to have technological implants will become society’s biggest earners and the average working week could rise by a third to 50.5 hours, according to futurologists. Thirty years from now it may be necessary for human workers to receive implants providing “additional processing power for our brains”, they claimed. …
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    04/22/2014 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 1:24 AM EDT
    … Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million. The Japanese automaker’s first quarter sales rose by more than 6 percent from the same period the previous year. GM’s sales grew 2 percent, while Volkswagen’s added nearly 6 percent. …
  • Minnesota Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home

    04/22/2014 6:21:59 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 111 replies
    yahoo.com/ ^ | 4/22/14 | By GIO BENITEZ
    Minnesota Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home By GIO BENITEZ The trial against a 65-year-old man accused of murdering two teens who entered his home is underway in Minnesota, stirring debate about how far people can go in defending their homes. Byron Smith, a retired security engineer for the U.S. Department of State, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of cousins Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 16, on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The killings rocked the small city of Little Falls. Prosecutors say Smith was sitting in his basement when he heard a window...
  • Homosexual Director of Camp Modeled After BoyScouts Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Multiple Boys

    04/22/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 33 replies
    Times-Herald ^ | 4/22/2014
    RICHMOND — The arrest of a middle school teacher on suspicion of child sexual abuse this week has raised questions about the West Contra Costa Unified School District's hiring practices, because the teacher was hired while police were investigating him. Ron Guinto, 32, of Vallejo, was arrested about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Mira Vista Elementary School. The seventh-grade English and science teacher is expected to be charged with 11 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of assault with intent to commit sodomy,...
  • A man spent years taking photos of one small town, when you look closer, you’ll see why

    04/22/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 80 replies
    http://topinfopost.com ^ | march 22, 2014
    Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past. The town he photographs is quaint and beautiful. It’s like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States. There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.
  • Crook for Congress: Edwin Edwards - The Mafia's Choice

    04/22/2014 9:33:08 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    Crook for Congress Flyer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Vanity
    I made the following flyer which has information accurate about the former Governor and convicted FELON Edwin Edwards run for Congress. Apparently, you can be a convicted felon and run for a Congressional seat! Edwin Edwards stated one of his reasons for running for Congress is that he is prevented by law from running for a Louisiana State Office. Edwin Edwards is running as a Democrat, and apparently the Democratic does not have any problem with his running for Congress... Image of my flyer:
  • How many stars are in the solar system?

    04/22/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 117 replies
    Vanity | 4/22/2014 | Self
    I got this email from a relative. Scary how uneducated some "educated" people are. These are middle class 30s people with good jobs, a mix of high school and college graduates. I was at my friend’s house last night and there were a bunch of people over. It was really nice out so we stayed outside most of the time. When the stars started to appear I used an app on my phone that lets you look up in the sky and it identifies what stars/planets/constellations you’re aiming the phone at. One thing lead to another and a person made...
  • Dah dil ut, dah dil ut dah dil ut .. UPDATE, BURNT HOUSE !

    04/22/2014 6:46:06 AM PDT · by knarf · 17 replies
    self | April 22, 2014 | knarf
    Busier'n a blind, one armed paper hanger balancing on one foot, stretched out 12 feet in the air hanging from the top rung of a ladder, precariously perched and thanking God for the opportunity
  • District Attorney Drops Charges Against Bullied Teen Who Recorded His Tormentors

    04/22/2014 3:58:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 4-18-2014 | Tim Cushing
    Full Title: "Finally, Someone Acts Like An Adult: District Attorney Drops Charges Against Bullied Teen Who Recorded His Tormentors" South Fayette School in Pennsylvania, along with a complicit criminal justice system, recently made headlines with its groundbreaking anti-bullying program, which apparently deters bullying by punishing bullied students. Here's a short recap: A bullied student used an iPad to make an audio recording of other students abusing him. He brought this to school administration who a) called in a police officer (after being advised by its legal team that this might be a violation of the state's wiretapping law) and b)...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    04/22/2014 2:49:10 AM PDT · by sneakers · 12 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, (temporarily, I hope!) Gone, but DEFINITELY not forgotten! Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - 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, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • USDA establishes rural business investment program

    04/22/2014 12:00:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 5:57 PM EDT | David Pitt
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand. […] The USDA traditionally has offered guaranteed loans or direct loans for rural businesses. The creation of the Rural Business Investment Company is a new way for USDA to establish a licensing procedure that makes Farm Credit bank funds available as investment capital. The banks cannot directly hold ownership stakes in companies through capital investment. Under the new program the government has created a new business entity, the Rural Business...
  • EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – the complete texts [FYI]

    04/21/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    European Union ^ | 2013 | Staff
    ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY AND THEIR MEMBER STATES, OF THE ONE PART, AND UKRAINE, OF THE OTHER PART EU/UA/en 1 PREAMBLE ... EU/UA/en 3 Contracting Parties to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, hereinafter referred to as the 'Member States', THE EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter referred to as 'the Union' or 'the EU' and THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY, hereinafter referred to as 'the EURATOM' on the one part, and UKRAINE on the other part, Hereafter jointly referred to as 'the Parties', EU/UA/en 4...
  • Man seeks green card after American husband dies

    04/21/2014 6:58:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 7:38 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    An Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades made a renewed pitch Monday for a green card after the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage. Anthony Sullivan, 72, asked federal immigration authorities in Los Angeles to reopen a 1975 petition filed by his late husband Richard Adams so Sullivan can be awarded residency as the surviving spouse of a U.S. citizen, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway said. The request came decades after the couple sued and lost an early effort to win immigration benefits for same-sex married couples, and less than a year after the...
  • Justina Pelletier’s Father Says Her Health is Failing: “She Doesn’t Have Much Longer”

    04/21/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Good Friday, the Pelletier family delivered over 700 “Get Well” cards for Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The Pelletier family was not allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Today, pro-life attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel told LifeNews that Justina’s health continues to deteriorate. justinapelletier3“On Good Friday, Justina Pelletier received cards adorned with encouraging scripture and powerful messages of hope from concerned Americans across...
  • Waiting for the end of the World.

    04/21/2014 6:45:24 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 41 replies
    me | 04/21/14 | Zeneta
    I, like most conservative thinking people reject any and virtually all attempts to "Tell Me" what to think. We tend to have a need to find out things in a different way. Experience, and a deeper understanding of human nature then that what the "books" have to say. Those that trust the books of the elitist class have sold themselves into its slavery. The slavery of being told, the slavery of authority. They have bought into the uncertainty contained in what it means to be alive. Lost is an understatement. The lost souls of indifference are exploited by every and...
  • Defiance of Congressional Subpenas

    04/21/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    Vanity | 21 April, 2014 | LucianOfSamasota
    Early in Obama's first term, Attorney General Eric Holder submitted a formal, written response to Congressional inquiry into Fast & Furious. This official DOJ testimony attempted to absolve the DOJ of responsibility for F & F by fraudulently covering up information concerning who knew what and when. When information came to light which conclusively proved the Eric J Holder perjured himself, and the DOJ under his direction with malice and forethought attempted to deceive Congress, Holder simply "withdrew" this sworn, official testimony. Since this time, Holder's DOJ has stopped trying to lie its way out of compliance. Now, the DOJ...
  • "M-omerta"Code of silence between two moms re:anything said to each other about their kids

    04/21/2014 4:52:16 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 22 replies
    4/21/14 | self
    Never betray your friend when she tells you anything about her child. Not good.
  • “I Love Abortion:” Their Words, Not Ours

    04/21/2014 4:37:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | John Jansen
    I came across this today: (CLICK ON THE LINK...OOOHH THE IRONY!)
  • Stairs and Maru&Hana (funny cats from Japan)

    04/21/2014 4:09:19 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Hana is a female Mau cat and Maru is a male Scottish Straight. Maru is very dominant but loves his adoptive sibling Hana.
  • Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights

    04/21/2014 1:37:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles TImes ^ | 4/19/2014 | Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or someone's political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer. Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor...
  • As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

    04/21/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave. […] Already down to about 522,000, the Army must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to get down to 420,000—a...
  • Controversial British model plans abortion so she can star on 'Big Brother'

    04/21/2014 11:34:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    NY daily news ^ | David Harding
    23-year-old Josie Cunningham said producers of the UK version ‘suddenly turned cold’ when they found out she was pregnant — either by a soccer player or one of her clients, as she works as a call girl. Figuring that was preventing her from becoming famous, the 18-weeks-pregnant Cunningham plans to have an abortion this week before once again trying to get on the show. A wannabe celebrity plans to have an abortion just so she can appear on a reality television program. Josie Cunningham, who got pregnant either working as a prostitute or through having sex with a soccer player,...
  • Ok I have a question; How many here have watched PBSs "Bletchley Circle",...

    04/21/2014 8:26:59 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 91 replies
    21 April 2014 | US Navy Vet
    ..."Downton Abby", "Call the Midwife"?
  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are ‘too girly’ for them, says…

    04/21/2014 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:32 EST, 20 April 2014 | Andrew Levy
    Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 percent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details about spaceships, and so are driven to more action-packed video games instead. …
  • Computer Security Software Opinion

    04/21/2014 7:05:52 AM PDT · by GYPSY286 · 31 replies
    None | April 21, 2014 | Gypsy286
    Favored Computer Security Software-What's the best and most economical?
  • Loch Ness Monster caught on Apple maps?

    04/21/2014 6:43:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    philly ^ | April 19, 2014, | Alex Wigglesworth,
    An Apple maps image of what appears to be a large figure swimming in Scotland’s Loch Ness has reenergized fans of the mythical monster. Two amateur “Nessie” hunters came across the image last year as they scanned smart phone photos from Apple’s satellite map app, according to a report from the Daily Mail. The photo appears to show a shadowy, finned shape, estimated to be 100 feet long, swimming in the waters of the Scottish Highlands. The eagle-eyed enthusiasts alerted the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, whose members have been consulting with experts in a bid to figure out...
  • FR Contest: Guess the name of Chelsea's baby?

    04/21/2014 5:37:43 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 82 replies
    one man's opinion...
    OK. Chelsea's preggers. Congratulations to her and Mark.(And BTW..depending on how long they waited to be sure, before making the announcement, there's a chance that the kid could be born on Election Day. The math works) OK..but now to the challenge at hand. Guessing the name of the Clintonian rug-rat? As with all things Clinton, it ain't easy..there are complications....heck, there are ALWAYS complications.
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Monday, April 21, 2014

    04/21/2014 3:15:08 AM PDT · by sneakers · 12 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, (temporarily, I hope!) Gone, but DEFINITELY not forgotten! Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - 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, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

    04/21/2014 2:52:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:42 AM EDT | Seth Borenstein and Jennifer Agiesta
    Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago. Rather than quizzing scientific knowledge, the survey asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine. […] About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright...
  • Four correctional officers and four other inmates indicted in a plot to kill another inmate

    04/20/2014 9:31:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    WOWK ^ | Patti Nieto
    WV State Regional Jail Authority Director, Joe DeLong, confirms that four correctional officers and four other inmates are now charged after they plotted to kill another inmate. DeLong, who is currently Boston attending the marathon, says the information surrounding the investigation came out Friday when the indictment was unsealed in Cabell County, WV. DeLong adds the correctional officers involved in the incident which occurred in October of 2013 are no longer with the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority. Steven D. Adkins of Milton, WV is one of the correctional officers charged. He has been charged with accessory before the fact...