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  • More than 10,000 websites 'blackout' Congress in protest of NSA surveillance laws

    05/29/2015 3:49:49 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 May 2015 12.31 EDT | Alan Yuhas
    More than 10,000 websites blocked users from computers in Congress on Friday, in a demonstration against any possible re-authorization of NSA surveillance powers. “This is a blackout,” read the site to which computers from congressional IP addresses were redirected. “We are blocking your access until you end mass surveillance laws.” “Right now the code affects only visitors from Congress, we’re willing to keep it up,” said Holmes Wilson, a co-founder of Fight for the Future, the group which wrote the code and is leading the online protest. The redirect site also includes semi-nude, sometimes explicit photos submitted by people, under...
  • 16-Year-Old Boy Arrested Over Murder of Woman in Burka and Young Father Stabbed More Than 100 Times

    05/29/2015 10:35:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mirror ^ | Friday 29 May 2015 | Amy Willis
    A 16-year-old boy has been arrested over the murder of a woman in a Burka and a young father. The unnamed teenager was apprehended on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester – the same trail where Saudi student Nahid Almanea was stabbed to death last June – at about 11am on Tuesday on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. Today, Essex Police said he had now been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Ms Almanea and that of James Attfield, who died after being stabbed more than 100 times in a park in the town in March last...
  • Local USGS, LA Times ‘Quakebot’ Mistakenly Report Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Near Redding

    REDDING (CBS SF) – An earthquake with magnitude of 5.1 was reported but never hit the Redding area overnight. The United States Geological Survey reported the quake just after midnight, seven miles outside of Lewiston, just under Buckeye Ridge at Clair Engle Lake. But the Associated Press confirmed Friday morning that this was a “…erroneous alert based off an earthquake that struck in Alaska.” The event record of the California quake has since vanished from the USGS seismic activity map. As of 9 a.m., the computer algorithm used to automatically “write” earthquake stories for the Los Angeles Times continued to...
  • 'Love Is Strange' music (2:56)

    05/29/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    .youtube.com ^ | .November 1956 | Mickey & Sylvia
    "Love is Strange" was a crossover hit by Mickey & Sylvia, which was released in late November 1956. The song was based on a guitar riff by Jody Williams. The song was written by Bo Diddley under the name of his wife at the time, Ethel Smith, and was recorded by Bo and Buddy Holly, among others.".....
  • PURE VANITY: IF you could put an end to one specific thing, what would it be and why?

    05/29/2015 4:12:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 87 replies
    Some times I get real bored.. Or I'm losing at online poker and wondering why it is worthwhile to tap away on a keyboard trying to advance the cause of sanity and its return to the common man's mind in an uncommon time. Or I figure what better way to let a few here vent.. As Rome burns. Plus I haven't had a thread in the Smoky BarrenLand room in ages..
  • This has been a month of extreme weather around the world

    05/29/2015 3:38:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    AP ^ | May 29, 2015 | SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even for a world getting used to wild weather, May seems stuck on strange. Torrential downpours in Texas that have whiplashed the region from drought to flooding. A heat wave that has killed more than 1,800 people in India. Record 91-degree readings in Alaska, of all places. A pair of top-of-the-scale typhoons in the Northwest Pacific. And a drought taking hold in the East.
  • Clinton Foundation shook down supermodel’s charity

    05/29/2015 12:50:14 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 35 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 5/29/15 | Aaron Short
    Clinton Foundation shook down supermodel’s charity By Aaron Short The Clinton Foundation shook down a charity run by supermodel Petra Nemcova for a $500,000 donation before Bill Clinton would agree to speak at its annual gala last year in Manhattan, according to a report today. The former president received a “lifetime achievement award” at the June 2014 Happy Hearts fundraiser at Cipriani 42nd Street. The charity’s former director told The New York Times that Clinton appearance was a result of a “quid pro quo” — meaning the $500,000 payment. “The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more...
  • Bystanders lift double-decker bus off unicyclist (Video)

    05/29/2015 11:30:48 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Airdrieecho.com ^ | 5-29-2015
    About 100 people in London swarmed a double-decker bus to lift it off a unicyclist who'd been run down during rush hour Thursday evening. Police said the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Witness Kyra Sam told the U.K. Standard she was walking to the Walthamstow market when she heard screams. "I'm really amazed at the strength of Walthamstow. No one hesitated to push the bus off, I was in shock. "Everyone really came together to help. It was really nice to see that in the face of something so awful." A witness posted a video of the...
  • Latest on Dennis Hastert: Statue to honor ex-speaker on hold

    05/29/2015 10:50:29 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    ktar news ^ | 5-29-2015 | ap
    <p>Plans to honor former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert with a $500,000 statue at the Illinois Capitol were put on hold earlier this month after he asked that they be shelved because of the state's budget crisis.</p> <p>Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan filed legislation on May 5 to set aside the money to honor Hastert, a former Republican Illinois congressman.</p>
  • Snapchat Now Valued At $16B, Up From $70M In Just 2 Years

    05/29/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 5-29-2015 | Fergal Gallagher
    Snapchat is at it again, raising even more funding, $650 million in equity, which values the social network at a staggering $16 billion. It's the latest funding round which has seen the company grow more than 200 times in value since February 2013 when Snapchat was worth only $70 million. When CEO Evan Spiegel turned down a $3 billion bid from Facebook for his company later that year, many considered it foolish, but now just 18 months later his company is worth more than four times that, according to CNBC. As well as the $650 million raised, Snapchat has reportedly earmarked...
  • Anheuser-Busch Stops Making Beer To Can Water To Help Flood Victims

    05/29/2015 9:55:00 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 5-29-2015
    Cartersville, GA (CBS HOUSTON) – The Anheuser-Busch plant in Georgia is stopping production of beer to help flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma. The plant will can water instead of beer starting this week to give to Red Cross to distribute to flood victims. The plant normally does “water runs” like this three times a year, according to 11Alive News, but decided to do it now to help the Red Cross assist people impacted by major flooding. Water should reach afflicted areas within 48 hours.
  • Shameless Vanity. Vote in USA Today contest for my nephew

    05/29/2015 9:16:46 AM PDT · by Fizzie · 11 replies
    5/29/20`5 | me
    St. Margaret's Tartans are in the USA Today final round for best HS boys lacrosse team in the country! St. Margaret's won the Southern California title recently, which is as high as HS teams can progress. (There is no state or national championship.) Thanks to friends like you voting in the 1st two rounds, St. Margaret's finished #3 in the country in Round 2 voting, and 1st in bracket. (Bracket and popular vote weren't necessarily in synch, depending on bracket) . In the final vote, it's all popular vote, which is serious business. (Dopey way of determining the best boy's...
  • U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

    05/29/2015 9:15:59 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    kunm ^ | 5-29-2015 | SCOTT NEUMAN, npr
    The U.S. State Department announced today that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. "The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement. "While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba's policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation." The move follows last month's historic meeting in Panama between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. Reuters notes:...
  • VANITY--Question About Refridgerators

    05/29/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by PennsylvaniaMom · 49 replies
    Vanity | 5/29/15 | PaMom
    Need some expert FReeper advice on Refridgerators... Here is my problem. Several weeks ago our whole house, central air unit broke. It's 23 years old, and had a major repair two years ago. We knew we were in borrowed time the last two summers. It's been fairly warm in SW PA, but finances don't permit us to buy a new HVAC system (and I won't finance a new system unless the furnace goes in the Fall and it is an absolute necessity). We are getting by using fans and open windows upstairs windows overnight. Now here is my Refridgerator issue,...
  • Territorial goose takes down a drone in the Netherlands

    05/29/2015 6:24:20 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies
    upi ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    ALKMAAR, Netherlands, - A Netherlands public broadcaster shared a clip of its video drone being smacked out of the sky by an aggressive goose. RTV Noord-Holland, which shared the clip on YouTube, said the Egyptian goose apparently saw the drone as a rival when it was flying over the Oudorperpolder area of Alkmaar. The bird came in low to knock the device out of the sky. The drone did not appear to be seriously damaged and was able to make a relatively smooth landing.
  • Flag-Stomping Protester Wrestled by Playboy Model Threatens to Kill All Whites

    05/29/2015 6:21:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    I J Review.com ^ | 5/28/2015 | KYLE BECKER
    At Valdosta State University last month, activist Eric Sheppard led a protest of flag-stomping participants and was promptly met by veteran and former Playboy model Michelle Manhart in a skirmish that captured headlines. The defacing of the American flag by stomping on it caught on and became known as the “Eric Sheppard challenge.” Now, the wanted activist Sheppard has been arrested for possessing a handgun in his backpack on the Valdosta State University campus. WCTV reports: Valdosta police have confirmed that Eric Sheppard was arrested in Tampa, Florida Thursday morning without incident. Sheppard is widely known for stomping and walking...
  • Donald Trump: I Will Make Mexico Pay for the Border Fence I'm Going to Build

    05/29/2015 4:13:07 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 57 replies
    Fox News / Fox Nation ^ | Published May 28, 2015
    http://therightscoop.com/donald-trump-i-will-make-mexico-pay-for-the-border-fence-im-going-to-build/ (original article, which is linked to Fox News channel above) Donald Trump did an interview with CBN News where he made his usual ‘bigger than life’ statements, even saying that he will make Mexico pay for the border fence that he will build. I’d love to believe that but I’d need to hear how he’d make that happen, because it sound pretty unbelievable. Read more: http://therightscoop.com/donald-trump-i-will-make-mexico-pay-for-the-border-fence-im-going-to-build/#ixzz3bWc3dnMQ
  • Marilyn Mosby to Perform in Baltimore Circus (Not Satire)

    05/28/2015 7:47:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    pjmedia ^ | May 28, 2015 | Debra Heine
    Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s high-profile prosecution against the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray may have devolved into what could arguably be described as a three-ring circus, but she and her husband, city councilman Nick Mosby, are literally going to be guest ringmasters in a traveling black circus that is visiting Baltimore this weekend. Via The Root: This comes on the heels of Marilyn Mosby’s appearance onstage with music legend Prince for his #Rally4Peace concert, which drew criticism a few weeks ago. She is also being accused of bias by pro-law-enforcement critics for her close ties to the...
  • Atheists worship pork at the self-proclaimed Church of Bacon

    05/28/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2015 | Matt Finn
    For some eating bacon is a religious experience. But in Las Vegas, there’s a group dedicated to the worship of the cured pork.Founded in 2010, the United Church of Bacon now claims nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is based on beliefs that include its followers must love the smell of bacon. "...we say bacon is real therefore it’s our god." “Bacon is a way to bring people together, even if you are religious, there’s no discrimination. You can have a god before bacon,” said church founder and ex-Marine John Whiteside. “I like pigs in a blanket, that’s great, I like...
  • VANITY QUESTION - Need Recommendation for Bluetooth Hands Free for Using iPhone in Car

    05/28/2015 6:51:28 PM PDT · by scouter · 21 replies
    Self | 5/28/15 | Scouter
    I need some advice. I want to get "hands free" use of my iPhone in my 2003 Honda Accord. It's a 32 GB iPhone 4, NOT 4s. The car has a "cigarette lighter" power source, but DOES NOT HAVE Aux In. I'd like to hear the phone over the car's speakers (AM/FM/CD) with NO Aux In. I don't care about playing music from my iPhone. If it comes with whatever I buy, that's fine, but I really only care about using the phone hands free. I would strongly prefer a solution that does not require anyone to install anything, beyond...
  • Joe Biden Celebrates Gay Marriage Victory In Ireland

    05/28/2015 4:09:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    In an op-ed for The Advocate, Vice President Joe Biden is praising Ireland for voting to recognize gay marriage, and encouraged the United States to do the same. “In 22 years, Ireland has gone from a nation where simply being LGBT was against the law to a nation where the people resoundingly stand for equal rights,” he said glowingly. Biden also pointed out that the United States now recognized gay marriage in 37 states, up from just six states six years ago.
  • Trump stokes 2016 talk; schedules 'major announcement' (June 16th)

    05/28/2015 4:08:45 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 19 replies
    MSN News "The Hill" ^ | Today | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” on June 16 at New York City’s Trump Tower before heading to New Hampshire the next day, according to WMUR-9 in New Hampshire.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/28/2015 3:40:05 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 84 replies
    Many years ago, we invited a bunch of people for lunch two days after Christmas, to use up the leftovers from an enormous holiday dinner party. We had just found a great soup recipe that we thought would be a perfect addition to the leftover casserole. We added a crisp salad with a light dressing, and it was a great meal. The casserole comes from an old edition of 'The Joy of Cooking', and uses leftover turkey. This was also a 'food memory' from a visit with a friend who invited me to lunch after a Thanksgiving. The soup is...
  • 84% of Women Worldwide Dealt With Catcalls Before Age 17: Study

    05/28/2015 3:25:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | ERICA PEARSON
    Women the world over have to deal with “hey, baby” and worse from catcallers while walking on the sidewalk or riding the train — and most say the harassment started when they were girls. Street harassment is so common around the globe that 84% of women say they experienced it before turning 17, a new study found. More than half told researchers they have been fondled orgroped, according to the global online survey of more than 16,600 women, by anti-harassment group Hollaback! and Cornell University. “This is a global problem. This really points to the fact that it is a...
  • Anti-Islamic State Cartoon Contest Launched in Iran

    05/28/2015 12:36:40 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 3 replies
    vice.com/ ^ | 5/28/15 | Vice news
    Anti-Islamic State Cartoon Contest Launched in Iran January's deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the Copenhagen shooting earlier this year that took place at a debate attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, known for depictions of the prophet Muhammad, seem to have not deterred Iranian officials from taunting terrorists and Islamic extremism. In fact, some in the country seem intent on escalating the situation with the launch of an anti-terrorist cartoon competition to lampoon the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group.
  • Angel Stadium food guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson offers what to eat (or not), how long it takes ...

    05/28/2015 11:42:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Brad A. Johnson
    Full title: Angel Stadium food guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson offers what to eat (or not), how long it takes and more I dined at every single food concession at Angel Stadium so that everyone else doesn’t have to. I found a great cheeseburger, some wretched barbecue and county-fair-worthy hand-dipped corn dogs. I learned that a fancy gourmet sausage topped with grilled onions is not better than the most basic, unadorned Angel Dog. I also realized that just because a concession carries the name of a famous chain, the product might bear little resemblance to the real deal. Here are...
  • Police and Society in America

    05/28/2015 10:51:26 AM PDT · by zeugma · 15 replies
    Self ^ | 5/28/2015 | Zeugma
    I apologise in advance for vanity and that this not being as organized as it could be. For the past several days I've been adding things to this, starting with a comment I made on another thread so it's a little disjointed. We've all seen a lot of noise in the news about 'police brutality'. Some of it is legitmate, some of it is just rabble-rousing by professional agitators and racists. Many discussions have been held here on FR about the validity and lack of same on each of the various situations. I've been trying to think about what is...
  • Face it, George Clooney sucks

    05/28/2015 8:51:21 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/28/15 | Kyle Smith
    Face it, George Clooney sucks By Kyle Smith It’s time for Hollywood to face facts: George Clooney is not a star. If you matched them up head-to-head, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson would crush him — and I don’t just mean literally. Clooney’s latest is the gargantuan flop “Tomorrowland” — a $190 million bomb (not including $100 million or so in worldwide marketing costs) that looks like it’s going to gross a little more than half of that at the North American box office. It’s delicately being referred to as an underperformer because no one in Hollywood wants to hurt the...
  • After 20 Years, A SEAL Deploys To Civilian Life

    05/28/2015 8:46:27 AM PDT · by PROCON · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 28, 2015 | Karl Rove
    Sent into combat zones 11 times, Brian O’Rourke now will be battling for veterans’ well-being.A week that Americans started by remembering those who gave all in our country’s service is a fitting time for Special Operations Chief Brian O’Rourke to retire from the Navy. He has been a SEAL for two decades, the last nine years with the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group—“DevGru,” commonly called SEAL Team Six. It has been a remarkable journey for Mr. O’Rourke, who entered the Naval Academy in 1990, bent on becoming a SEAL. Counselors suggested he switch to a less demanding major than...
  • Should Hacker Guccifer Be Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize?

    05/28/2015 7:43:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    Self | May 28, 2015 | PJ-Comix
    He is currently sitting in a jail cell in Romania but shouldn't Hacker Guccifer be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize? Think about it, his hacking of Sidney Blumenthal's email revealed that Hillary was using a private server. On top of that we found out via those hacked emails that Sid Vicious (who was paid $10,000 per month by the Clinton Foundation) was feeding Hillary some really bad information about Libya. As a result, Hillary worked to overthrow Qaaddafi who at the time posed NO threat to us. As a result we now have a Libya in chaos with terrorists...
  • Trump: I Know How to Defeat ISIS, but I'm Not Telling Yet

    05/28/2015 4:11:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 63 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:58 PM | By Greg Richter
    "He said Gens. Douglas MacArthur and George Patton are "spinning in their grave" over how the United States gives all the details of its military operations upfront." "If I run and if I win, I don't want the enemy to know what I'm going to do," Trump said." Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Donald-Trump-knows-defeat-ISIS/2015/05/27/id/647139/#ixzz3bQkqm5Ww
  • After 50 years, Pussy Galore returns in latest Bond novel..

    05/28/2015 3:02:55 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 68 replies
    Daily mail UK ^ | 05.28.2015
    After 50 years, Pussy Galore returns in latest Bond novel: New Anthony Horowitz book begins two weeks after end of Goldfinger mission Anthony Horowitz writing novel about James Bond temptress Pussy Galore. The story, called Trigger Mortis, is latest instalment in series based on 007 New book will begin in 1957 – just two weeks after the end of Goldfinger
  • Donald Trump Calls Michelle Malkin A ‘Dummy,’ Malkin Fires Back By Calling Him A Fake Conservative

    05/28/2015 2:17:30 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 43 replies
    Medialite ^ | 9:29 pm, October 25th, 2012 | by Josh Feldman
    Whoa. Sorry to say this, but I have a negative article to post about Donald Trump today. Donald apparently had a dust-up with Michelle Malkin recently. Michelle Malkin. Worse it appears Donald started the dust-up. Although it appears both got involved. Very bad move, Donald. I'm going with Michelle Malkin, 100%, on this. If you had any sense Donald, you would apologize to the lady, and admit you were clearly out of bounds. On this, and her. Just my opinion. Donald, apologize to the lady! She's right, and you're wrong. I'm serious. You messed up this time.
  • Pit Bull Plays Hero in Antioch Hostage Situation

    05/27/2015 8:11:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/27 | Kim Yokenaka
    An unlikely hero emerged during Wednesday’s hostage situation in Antioch: Two witnesses tell NBC Bay Area, if it wasn't for their dog, Cash, things may have turned out differently. The two women said they came face to face with the suspect. They say he tried to carjack them, but their 7-year-old pit bull scared him away. “It was surreal,” Tammy Jones said. ”We were on our knees, praying, crying and saying 'this is really happening right now.'" Jones said she and a friend were at the ARCO gas station on Contra Loma Boulevard about noon, when they saw a car...
  • I have a question for all of you...

    05/27/2015 7:17:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 65 replies
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  • Danish radio station defends killing baby rabbit live on air

    05/27/2015 4:25:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-26-2015 | Reporting by Annabella Pultz Nielsen; Writing by Sabina Zawadzki; Editing by Larry King
    A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers. The host, Asger Juhl, killed the baby rabbit, called Allan, "according to careful instructions by a professional animal caretaker from a Danish zoo", station 24/7 said on Tuesday. He later took the rabbit home, skinned it and cooked it. Monday's show caused a storm on social media, with many Danes outraged. "They are sick. Euw! THEY should have a bicycle pump in...

    05/27/2015 3:35:36 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 27 replies
    .anncoulter.com/ ^ | 5/27/15 | Ann coulter
    RAMOS CAN STAY, BUT MATT LAUER HAS TO GO May 27, 2015 I finally found a Mexican willing to do a job no American will do! I have an explosive book on the No. 1 issue in the country coming out next week, I've already written 10 New York Times best-sellers -- I'd be on a postage stamp if I were a liberal -- but can't get an interview on ABC, NBC or CBS. Only Mexican-born Jorge Ramos would interview me on his Fusion network. Yay, Jorge! After a spellbinding interview, Ramos ended by asking this excellent question -- which...
  • Mike Rowe of 'Dirty Jobs' stars in videos for Michigan skilled trades initiative

    05/27/2015 2:46:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Emily Lawler
    MACKINAC ISLAND, MI -- Mike Rowe made dirty jobs look cool. Can he do the same for the tool and die industry? The state today at the Mackinac Policy Conference annouced a partnership with Rowe and his foundation, mikeroweWorks, to produce videos that show students skilled trades are sustainable, good career paths. Rowe's videos, targeted to middle and high school students, will highlight industries like tool and die, health care, construction and welding. "Closing the skills gap is not about creating opportunity. It's about making sure that people understand all of the opportunities that currently exist," Rowe said Wednesday. "Michigan...
  • Hillary Brings Back Southern Twang for South Carolina Visit

    05/27/2015 2:01:27 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 44 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 5/27/15 | BY DANIEL HALPER
    Hillary Brings Back Southern Twang for South Carolina Visit BY DANIEL HALPER Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was born in Illinois and represented New York in the U.S. Senate, has brought back her Southern accent for her speech today in South Carolina:
  • Taco Bell, KFC may try home delivery

    05/27/2015 12:41:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    fortune ^ | 5-27-2015 | John Kell
    Yum Brands operates three fast-food restaurant giants: KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Of those, only Pizza Hut has a well-established delivery business. Taco Bell and KFC could soon be next. Yum ( YUM ) Chief Executive Greg Creed told analysts on Wednesday that there is potential for food delivery across all three of its chains, saying Taco Bell delivery in particular could be “a massive sales driver for the brand.” “What we want to do is get into a test, probably a couple of stores near a couple of college campuses,” Creed said. At-home delivery makes up a tiny...
  • Cape Coral, Florida, man in kayak reels in 552-pound Goliath Grouper

    05/27/2015 7:49:36 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    wptv ^ | May 27, 2015
    A man in Southwest Florida has quite a fish story to tell! Jon Black from the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral caught what he says is "the largest bottom fish ever from a kayak" in Sanibel, Fla. The YouTube post says the fish measured at 83 inches long and more than 73 inches in girth. They estimate it weighed 552 pounds. Not a bad haul from a kayak with a small fishing pole!
  • Fore! Ivanka Trump's sundress gets caught in a breeze as she shows off her impressive swing ...

    05/27/2015 5:12:27 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 21:45 EST, 26 May 2015 | Updated: 03:17 EST, 27 May 2015 | By Heather Waugh for MailOnline
    OK I didn't see any interesting Donald Trump articles today, but there's a good one on his daugher: "Fore! Ivanka Trump's sundress gets caught in a breeze as she shows off her impressive swing at New York golf course opening" (had to shorten the title, to fit) Actually she's got an adorable family: 7 photos down Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3098533/Ivanka-Trump-s-sundress-caught-breeze-shows-impressive-swing-New-York-golf-course-opening.html#ixzz3bL9GZYWL Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • President Obama’s legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy

    05/26/2015 10:00:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/27/2015 | Amber Phillips
    President Obama's second-term agenda, it seems, is in the hands of the courts. Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Climate change. And now immigration. And in many cases, there is significant doubt about whether his signature initiatives will stand legal scrutiny. The latest blow to Obama's second-term plans came Tuesday when a federal appeals court in New Orleans denied the administration's request to move forward with implementing his expanded executive action on immigration to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Texas and 25 other states have sued to have it shelved. The drama is sure to ensue for months, writes the Post's...
  • Remember when Jim Bob Duggar said incest should be punishable by death?

    05/26/2015 7:39:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 86 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 26 May 2015 | Scott Sutton
    After last week’s shocking admission that he’d molested his sisters as a teenager, former “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar has put his parents in quite a pickle. While Josh has (deservedly) received plenty of backlash from his admission, his parents have also come under heavy scrutiny for how they have handled the situation. ..... However, it’s worth noting where Jim Bob, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002, actually stands on the issue of incest and rape — or at least what he told the public while he was running for office. According to Gawker, who...
  • The GOP's Donald Trump problem (slightly biased article, but a good read)

    05/26/2015 5:52:55 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2015 | 5:00 am | By Daniel Allott
    It only takes the author until the first sentence of the third paragraph to clearly state what this article is about: "Whether or not Trump ultimately runs, he is likely to play a prominent role in 2016. That's bad news for Republicans." I know there are those right here on this site who agree with that, but there are those on this site, who do not agree with that. Let Trump state his case. It is a strong one, in my opinion. Quoting here: (further down in the article) "There are three main reasons why so many conservatives revere Trump....
  • American Pharoah to go for Triple Crown in June 6 Belmont Stakes

    05/26/2015 3:48:13 PM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    belmontstakes.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Jenny Kellner
    For the third time in four years, Belmont Park will play host to a Triple Crown hopeful when American Pharoah attempts to add the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 6, the final and most demanding leg of the series, to his victories in the Kentucky Derby and in yesterday's rain-drenched Preakness. It will mark the 14th time since Affirmed swept all three races in 1978 that a horse has had a chance to join the 11 Triple Crown champions; none have succeeded. Three of those attempts have been by American Pharoah's Hall of...
  • McConnell says he expects to maintain but not grow the Senate's Republican majority next year

    05/26/2015 2:11:59 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | 5-26-2015 | AP
    <p>Mitch McConnell says he expects to maintain but not grow the U.S. Senate's Republican majority next year.</p> <p>The Senate majority leader said Tuesday the GOP's chances of gaining seats are "pretty slim" because Republicans must defend 24 seats compared to the Democrats' 10. Plus, Republicans will field candidates in several states dominated by the presidential election, including New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois. He said Republicans "regretfully" have an open seat in Florida because Marco Rubio is running for president and not re-election at the same time, as McConnell's fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul plans to do.</p>
  • Swimmer carrying rock drowns on (his 21st) birthday

    05/26/2015 1:25:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/26/15 | Mike Moffitt
    A swimmer trying cross a wildlife-area pond while holding a large rock drowned Monday in Oroville. California Highway Patrol officers said Austin Harr of Gridley was celebrating his 21st birthday with a swim at the dredger ponds when he sank below the surface about 5 p.m.
  • Chinese beekeeper breaks record for being covered in bees (Video)

    05/26/2015 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5-26-2015 | Charlotte Krol, video source ITN
    A Chinese man set a new world record on Monday for the amount of bees covering a human. An astounding 109.05 kg of bees clung onto Gao Bingguo, who has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years. The brave record-holder from China's Shandong province asked his colleagues to pour the bees over him. They attached a dozen queen bees to help attract even more buzzy beings. Another Chinese man had set the previous world record of 83.5 kg. It's estimated Mr Goa was covered in 1.1 million bees.
  • Why I started Australia's 'tampon tax' campaign

    05/26/2015 1:03:48 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    bbc ^ | 5-26-2015
    The Australian treasurer Joe Hockey is to ask state and territory governments to remove the consumption tax on tampons and other sanitary products. The move was prompted after an online petition asking the government to stop taxing a "bodily function" attracted about 90,000 signatures. Student Subeta Vimalarajah explains why she has taken on the government. I was born in Sri Lanka and came to Australia with my parents when I was one. I was interested in politics from a young age, but it wasn't until I got to Sydney University and started living in Newtown that I actualised my passion...