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  • A pervert and a coward

    01/30/2015 9:16:07 PM PST · by Kevin in California
    01-30-2015 | Me
    Is it me or do these two slobs have similarities? Of course, the coward is Michael Moore. The other slob is the ex Bay Area lib talk show host. He was convicted of online child porn distribution and just finished serving a 6-yr sentence. Is it me or can these 2 lowlifes pass for brothers?
  • Chris Christie Falls Off Chair on his Butt in Embarrassing Video (trunc)

    01/30/2015 8:22:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 01/30/15 | Tammy Medina's youtube
    VIDEO - Chris Christie Falls Off Chair on his Butt in Embarrassing Video Released by Radio Station
  • Tiger Woods Shoots Career-Worst 82 At Phoenix Open

    01/30/2015 6:00:43 PM PST · by zeestephen · 41 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 30 January 2015 | Mike Tulumello
    Tiger Woods, his game sliding from bad to worse, shot a 11-over-par 82 Friday and failed to make the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 82 was his worst score as a professional.
  • The Past Six Years Have Been Really, Really Hard For This Country." Caption this Pic!

    01/30/2015 4:23:33 PM PST · by SgtBob · 47 replies
    CNN, Weekly Standard ^ | 1/30/2015 | Daniel Halper
    Have at it FReepers!
  • Michelle Obama gives 'American Sniper' two thumbs up

    01/30/2015 4:05:20 PM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    usatoday | Jan. 30, 2015 | Ann Oldenburg
    Linky only.
  • Chicago: A Great City?

    01/30/2015 3:05:53 PM PST · by yetidog · 68 replies
    January 30,2014 | Vanity
    Is Chicago a great city? What makes it different?
  • Pair of Ice Climbers Are First to Ascend Frozen Niagara Falls

    01/30/2015 2:29:28 PM PST · by windcliff · 32 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 1-29-15 | Mark Synnott
    Nine daredevils have gone over Niagara Falls in barrels and lived to tell the tale. This week, ice climbers Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken became the first to reverse the trip. The pair became the first to ascend the world-famous falls on Tuesday, following a 30-foot-wide (9-meter) strip of rotten spray ice that formed along the left edge of Horseshoe Falls, which rises up 150 feet (46 meters) as it straddles the border between the United States and Canada. Horseshoe Falls is the largest of Niagara's three major sections, or cataracts, and is considered the most powerful waterfall in the...
  • 1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine - Jay Leno's Garage

    01/30/2015 1:44:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Sep 13, 2013 | Jay Leno's Garage
    1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine. Lovingly restored by Jay's friend Orman Rawlings, this 104-year-old steam-powered vehicle weighs 13 tons and clocks about 4 mph. If you need traction for your more rugged outdoor projects, this engine recently hauled a 55,000-pound sled!
  • How well do you know the fake presidents?

    01/30/2015 10:47:39 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 1-30-15 | Clint Davis
    Match the fictional POTUS with their movie/TV show
  • MRI Mishap Said to Cause Woman's Suicide

    01/30/2015 10:39:40 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 1-30-2015 | DAN MCCUE 
    A Georgia woman's suicide was the direct result of permanent and painful injuries she sustained after being thrown against an MRI machine in a medical diagnostic center, a wrongful death lawsuit claims.      In a complaint filed in the Fulton County Superior Court, Whitney Reid says his wife Laurie was referred to defendant OMI Diagnostics of Georgia by her doctor in relation to an orthopedic condition that was causing her considerable pain.      On the day of her visit to the facility's Lake Hearn, Ga. office, Laurie Reid was very tired and had considerable trouble walking and even moving about due to...
  • Citing Gender Discrimination, University Bans ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ Salutations

    01/30/2015 10:21:31 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1-30-2015
    The City University of New York wants employees at its graduate center to stop using the salutations “Mr.,” “Mrs.” and “Ms.,” sparking a heated debate about gender discrimination and political correctness. This morning on “Fox and Friends,” Campus Reform reporter Gabriella Morrongiello, a contributor to The Daily Signal and graduate of The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, shared the latest details on the saga.
  • Selling A Stamp Collection

    01/30/2015 9:47:40 AM PST · by kjam22 · 101 replies
    VANITY | 1-30-2015 | kjam22
    I've inherited this good size stamp collection, and I'm trying to figure out what its worth and how to sell it without getting taken to the cleaners. Do any freepers have any experience with this sort of stuff?
  • Pentagon Officials Opened Back-Channels with Qaddafi Regime to Slow Clinton Push into War

    01/30/2015 6:38:42 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    town hall ^ | 1-29-2015
    Pentagon officials were so concerned with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's push in 2011 to back Libyan rebels against Muammar Qaddafi that they opened their own back-channels with Qaddafi to try and prevent the U.S. from entering the civil war, according to a report that cited newly uncovered audio tapes.
  • Dozens Recovering from Mexico City Hospital Blast

    01/30/2015 6:28:16 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    cbn ^ | 1-30-2015
    More than 70 victims are recovering from their injuries after a massive explosion destroyed most of a maternity hospital in Mexico City Thursday. At least one adult and two babies were killed, and several more victims were left in critical condition due to the disaster caused by a powerful gas explosion. The blast collapsed about three-fourths of the hospital, and firefighters and emergency crews raced through rubble as nurses and moms carried crying infants from the wreckage. Operation Blessing was on the scene of the tragedy within moments to offer aid. An Operation Blessing worker lives in the neighborhood, and...
  • Ultrasounds Are Rape Now, Declares Women’s Studies Professor [VIDEO]

    01/30/2015 6:16:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 01/29/2015 | Eric Owens
    A University of South Florida professor has declared that the practice of using imaging technology to show a fetus in a mother’s womb is rape. The professor, Diane Price Herndl, made the proclamation at a pro-abortion rally event on Saturday in Tampa, Campus Reform reports. Herndl, the chairwoman of the women’s and gender studies department at USF, was the headline speaker at the event, which was called “Roe on the Rocks: Celebrate Choices.” “We require in various states to do trans-vaginal ultrasounds before abortion, which by every state law, the involuntary introduction of an object into a woman’s vagina is...
  • Boy Scouts settle sex abuse case, sealing years of ‘perversion’ files

    01/30/2015 5:58:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public. The announcement of the settlement in the Santa Barbara case came after three days of trial. The terms were confidential at the Boy Scouts’ request, said Tim Hale, the plaintiff’s attorney. “I can’t go into details about the number, but it was a great result,” Hale said. Hale had won the right to use the “perversion”...
  • Gas Stations Urged To Secure Internet-Exposed Fuel Tank Devices

    01/30/2015 1:18:58 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Dark Reading ^ | 1-26-2015 | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    Some 5,800 automated tank gauges, which monitor for fuel leaks and other problems with the tanks as well as fuel levels, recently were found sitting wide open on the Internet without password protection, leaving more than 5,000 gas stations in the US vulnerable to attackers who could remotely alter the alarm thresholds to simulate a leak, disrupt the fuel tank operations, and worst-case, wreak havoc by shutting down the gas stations altogether, researchers say. Rapid 7 chief research officer HD Moore says his team scanned for the vulnerable devices after getting a heads up from Jack Chadowitz, president and CEO...
  • Students told to lower pants for poop inspection, parents outraged

    01/30/2015 12:28:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    myfox.com ^ | January 28, 2015, | staff
    GUSTINE, Texas — A group of students at an elementary school in Texas were apparently asked to lower their pants for a poop inspection on Monday. School educators told two dozen students they were regularly finding feces on the gym floor. The students were then separated into groups of boys and girls and ordered to “pull down their pants” so administrators could “check if they could find anything.” Maria Medina, whose 11-year-old daughter was searched, said her daughter’s privacy was violated. She told WFAA the teachers involved should be fired.
  • Pro-choice book to teens: keeping your abortion secret may be a positive experience

    01/30/2015 12:07:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 28, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    K Kaufmann wrote a book called The Abortion Resource Handbook, which is meant to guide women through their abortion decisions. It is aimed specifically toward women considering abortion. To put it mildly, the book takes a pro-choice position. In one passage, the author encourages teens not to tell their parents: However sad or angry you feel right now, keep in mind that not involving a parent is often a sign of maturity – that you are able to make and take responsibility for your own decisions. Keeping the pregnancy and abortion a secret may even turn out to be a...
  • ALERT: “Communist Party USA” Leader Drops Bombshell About the Democrat Party

    01/29/2015 8:18:42 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Sunday, January 25th, 2015
    Remember those Thanksgiving dinners when your slightly unhinged uncle would have one too many glasses of wine and start loudly declaring that the Democratic Party was the tool of the communists, until even the dyed-in-the-wool Republicans were walking out of the dining room? Well, as it turns out, your uncle wasn’t all that far off. At least not according to the chairman of the Communist Party USA, who claims that the Democratic Party is just another tool for the struggle of the proletariat and their Macbook-clad supporters. Che! In an article titled, “A radical third party? I agree!” CPUSA chairman...
  • Abortion proponents in uproar over pro-life handcuff mailer

    01/29/2015 7:40:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jan.29, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    The abortion lobby has taken note of Pro-Life Action League’s mailer project and doesn’t like it. On January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, the League sent a mailer to every abortion clinic in the U.S. Inside was a pair of plastic handcuffs, a photo of Oklahoma City abortionist Naresh Patel being arrested last month, and a note asking, “Could you be next?” The note encouraged abortion workers to get out of the business for their own good and included PLAL’s Eric Scheidler’s personal cell phone number. The list of abortionists and workers who...
  • Morning With the Q&R Gang! January 30, 2015

    01/29/2015 6:13:51 PM PST · by GregB · 10 replies
    Formerly the "Fans of Quinn and Rose Discussion" thread. We still hold out hope that our favorite talk show hosts will come back on the air - and all indications are that they will be, very soon! As we wait, our friendly group will still meet to start the day. So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Hillary Going Into Hiding.What If Come May/June She Is Fifteen Points Behind Walker & Cruz?

    01/29/2015 4:05:37 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 44 replies
    So Hillary Clinton needs a vacation from being asked tough and embarrassing questions from the press. And she is in no hurry to make her announcement, maybe not till July. But in the meantime the heavyweights in the GOP race are already in full swing drawing record crowds in Ohio,Wisconsin,Florida,Colorado,etc. The states they need to take victory in 2016. Plenty of time to expose the truths about Bill & Hillary right thru July.Then during this time, all polls have both Cruz and Walker ahead in all crucial purple states by ten to fifteen points. "Then What Will Hillary Do ?"...
  • Canada lottery 'winner' missed jackpot by seven seconds

    01/29/2015 1:56:05 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 29 January 2015 | bbc.
    Canada's Supreme Court has said it will not hear the appeal of a Quebec man who missed a C$27m (£18m) lottery jackpot by seven seconds. Joel Ifergan bought two tickets for the weekly lottery draw in 2008, but the second ticket with the winning numbers printed just after the deadline.
  • Is Yahoo really worth less than zero dollars?

    01/29/2015 12:34:00 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-29-2015
    Here's how the math works: On Tuesday night, Yahoo's stake in Yahoo Japan was worth about $7 per share, its net cash was worth about $6 per share and the Alibaba stake was worth about $41.50 per share. With the stock trading at $51, the core business was worth negative $3.50 per share. Applying updated share prices for Yahoo and Alibaba, core Yahoo has swung to a valuation of negative $6.30 per share. (Core Yahoo's value looks slightly higher if you assume a discount on the value of the Alibaba and Yahoo Japan stakes to account for how they might...
  • Sociologists: 'Christianophobia,' Anti-Christian Hostility Infects Powerful Elite Subculture

    01/29/2015 11:58:21 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | january 29, 2015 | napp nazworth
    A small, but elite group of Americans demonstrate signs of anti-Christian hostility, sociologists David Williamson and George Yancey claim in their new book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? In an email interview with The Christian Post, Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, explained that Christians are fortunate in one sense, because those with anti-Christian hostility are small in number; but in another sense, they should be concerned, because those with "Christianophobia" tend to be powerful elites with influence in certain important areas, such as higher education. The data for...
  • Icebergs 'have sound signature'

    01/29/2015 9:56:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/29/15 | Rebecca Morelle
    Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, scientists report. Researchers in Poland, the UK and US have found different types of icebergs have their own acoustic signature as they calve away from the ice. Monitoring this could help to determine how much ice is being lost and the effect this could have on global sea level rise. The findings are reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Oskar Glowacki, from the Institute of Geophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences, said: "Using acoustics, we can get very accurate data and we can collect this data...
  • Dog diagnosed with cancer and put down - just one month after being saved from dead owner's plan...

    01/29/2015 6:00:43 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 23 replies
    AP/Daily Mail ^ | 11/27/15 | Associated Press and MailOnline Reporter
    (title continued)....to bury the animal with her" Connie Ley of Aurora, Indiana stipulated in her will that Bela either go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or die along with her Bela was rescued by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary of southern Utah after staff drove 1,700 miles to pick him up He was euthanized after vets discovered a fat-growing cancer in his lungs
  • Florida (The state of)

    01/29/2015 3:30:14 AM PST · by kelly4c · 78 replies
    vanity
    I was just over looking at the DailyMail website and noticed that so many of the stories are out of Florida. A disproportionate amount it seems. Any Floridians here? Just what's going on in your state, do you feel anything's off-kilter?
  • Morning With the Q&R Gang! January 29, 2015

    01/29/2015 2:46:49 AM PST · by GregB · 8 replies
    Formerly the "Fans of Quinn and Rose Discussion" thread. We still hold out hope that our favorite talk show hosts will come back on the air - and all indications are that they will be, very soon! As we wait, our friendly group will still meet to start the day. So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • [Four years old article about Russia again Nov. 2, 2011] Meet the spies who lived next door. How Rus

    01/29/2015 1:52:01 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 2, 2011 | John M. Guilfoil Globe Staff
    Their neighbors thought they were a sales consultant and a real estate agent. He had a degree from Harvard. They had two children. They were a typical American family, except they were not. Documents released by the FBI paint a picture of the lives and the extensive training in spycraft given to a group of Russian spies sent to live in American society, including one couple found in Cambridge.
  • KFC Philippines' chicken fillet-swaddled hot dog goes viral (Video)

    01/29/2015 1:58:58 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    The Star Online ^ | 1-28-2015
    KFC has done it again, snatching headlines around the world for its latest extreme sandwich a hot dog wrapped snugly in a deep-fried chicken patty. They’re calling it the KFC Double Down Dog, a riff off their Double Down, which replaced bread buns with deep-fried chicken fillets. Only instead of sandwiching bacon and cheese, the Double Down Dog consists of a chicken patty, cradling a chicken-based hot dog that’s topped with cheese and honey mustard relish dressing. The latest monster creation was released in the Philippines over the last two days, in limited quantities – just 50 hot dogs a...
  • HOW MUCH IS THAT PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE WORTH?

    01/29/2015 1:32:12 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 9 replies
    anncoulter.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    HOW MUCH IS THAT PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE WORTH? January 28, 2015 The Republican leadership in Congress still hasn't held hearings on why college is so expensive, although I proposed the idea two weeks ago. Of course, it's been a month since the GOP took control of Congress, and they also haven't voided Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty, passed e-Verify, a fence bill or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act. Democrats are on offense all the time, even when they've just had their legs cut off. They announce absurd agenda items and then indignantly demand to know why Republicans are refusing to deal with...
  • Global Girl & Girlfriend of Sex Offender Epstein Same Person Flight School Says

    01/29/2015 1:18:12 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1-26-2015 | Christine Negroni
    The owner of the flight school where popular online aviatrix Nadia Marcinko received her private and commercial pilots licenses says Marcinko also used the name Nada Marcinkova while attending the school in Palm Beach, Florida, linking the Gulfstream Girl / Global Girl to the Epstein sex scandal. Palm Beach police claim that the NY billionaire and convicted sex-offender identified Marcinkova as his friend to some of the teenagers he paid to have sex with him at his Palm Beach mansion in 2005 - 2006. After a long investigation, the Palm Beach police presented a shocking account of how Epstein lured high school-aged girls...
  • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: We would like to take this opportunity to separate fact from fiction:

    01/28/2015 9:13:21 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 18 replies
    We would like to take this opportunity to separate fact from fiction: There was never a Muslim prayer – or a prayer of any specific religion at the Stock Show this year. Because the Stock Show is an annual community event that attracts many visitors from around the world, country and state each year, last spring, we established a faith-based committee consisting of a wide range of local clergy. We based our decision on and selected our participants from the Mayor’s Faith Cabinet Directory. We invited each participant to provide a one-minute prayer to include the safety of the contestants,...
  • Huis Ten Bosch theme park to get hotel staffed by robots

    01/28/2015 9:42:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 28, 2015
    NAGASAKI – A hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this summer in Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture, the operator of the theme park said Tuesday. The two-story Henn na Hotel is scheduled to open July 17. It will be promoted with the slogan “A Commitment for Evolution,” Huis Ten Bosch Co. said. The name reflects how the hotel will “change with cutting-edge technology,” a company official said. This is a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. Robots will provide porter service, room cleaning, front desk...
  • 66 Unvaccinated Students Barred From Returning To Palm Desert High For 2 Weeks

    Parents of the students being barred from campus will get a phone call from the district’s nursing staff and a letter and phone call from the county health department, district officials said. Parents also were advised to watch for symptoms in their children, including fevers or rashes.
  • NASA, Boeing and SpaceX to Launch 1st Commercial Crew Ships to Space Station in 2017

    After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Two years from now, crews will start flying to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships, launching atop US rockets from US soil, said officials from Boeing, SpaceX and NASA at a joint news conference on Monday, Jan. 26. The human rated spaceships – also known as ‘space...
  • Cost Of Victoza

    01/28/2015 9:57:47 AM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 15 replies
    I hope this question is not too personal. Does anybody have Medicare Part D and take Victoza and if so how much does Medicare Part D cover????
  • Zombie Cat in Tampa Rises from the Grave

    01/28/2015 10:23:25 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 30 replies
    CBS News - local ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | CBS Miami
    Bart the cat should be renamed zombie cat after he was hit by a car, buried and then crawled out of his grave five days later. According to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, they’ve seen many cases at their clinic but “this situation may take the cake!” They are now caring for a 2-3 year old black and white cat named Bart who was found by his owner after being hit by a car. The cat appeared to be lifeless and his owner, Ellis Hutson, buried him in a shallow grave. Five days later, the cat showed up in...
  • Loretta Lynch, in Confirmation Hearing, Defends Legality of Obama Immigration Action

    01/28/2015 8:55:22 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    ny times ^ | 1-28-2015 | CARL HULSE and MATT APUZZO
    Loretta E. Lynch, the nominee to become attorney general, on Wednesday defended the legality of President Obama’s immigration policy at the start of a confirmation hearing in which the new Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee promised tough questions. Republicans have been particularly critical of the president’s decision last year to unilaterally ease the threat of deportation for millions of unauthorized immigrants. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. approved the legal justification for that action. Some Republicans have said Ms. Lynch’s views on the subject will determine their votes, and Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the new Republican chairman of the committee,...
  • Jewish leader implores politicians to prevent another Auschwitz...

    01/28/2015 8:39:53 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 19 replies
    NY Dail news ^ | 1/28/15 | AP
    Jewish leader implores politicians to prevent another Auschwitz during 70th anniversary commemoration Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, stood next to the gate of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau as he warned against the rise of anti-Semitism. BRZEZINKA, Poland — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz. Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, warned of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe. He made his...
  • Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

    01/28/2015 7:02:32 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 1-26-2015 | Yossef Bodansky
    Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan and Yemen are not far behind. In their place there have emerged entities based on ethnic, tribal, and religious self-identities: the Sunni Arab Islamic Caliphate of the al-Jazira heartland, the predominantly ‘Alawite-Druze entity of western Syria, the Shi’ite Hizbullah land, the Maronite-Druze bloc, the Shi’ite Arab entity of southeastern Iraq, and the Kurdish land. Yemen is being torn apart between the Houthis, Hadhramautis, and smaller groups. Two major recent events — Israel’s target killing of Iranian and Hizbullah senior officers on the Golan Heights on Jan. 18, and the death...
  • The Surprising History of American Sniper’s “Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs” Speech

    01/28/2015 6:45:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    slate ^ | 1-21-2015 | Michael Cummings and Eric Cummings
    This past weekend, American Sniper sold millions of tickets, and introduced millions of Americans to a novel turn of phrase. In an early scene set at the dinner table, Chris Kyle’s father tells him that there are three kinds of people in the world: “wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs.” The scene is a canny invention by screenwriter Jason Hall, but he didn’t come up with that analogy. The origins of this sheepdog analogy help explain why the film has resonated with audiences. The sheepdog speech comes from Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman’s book On Combat, published in 2004. (It doesn’t appear in...
  • Saudis concerned about ISIS, Iran: Sen. McCain

    01/28/2015 6:22:19 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-28-2015
    The Arizona Republican, who opposed President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, joined the president and other bipartisan U.S. dignitaries in Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and meet the new leader of the oil-rich nation, King Salman. Meanwhile, McCain said he's holding a hearing in the Armed Services Committee Wednesday morning to shine light on the negative impact of the sequestration spending cuts on the U.S. military. "We need to repeal sequestration," he said—adding that this budget mechanism puts the military at risk of not being able to properly defend the nation.
  • Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

    01/28/2015 6:12:05 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Possible charges and possible punishments: ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE This would be one of the least serious offenses. Tens of thousands of soldiers have walked away from their posts over the last decade, some for a few hours, others for a weekend or even weeks. Usually if service members are charged with being AWOL, the assumption is that they intended to return to duty. Often they get some type of administrative punishment. In more serious cases they are discharged. DESERTION WITH INTENT TO AVOID HAZARDOUS DUTY OR TO SHIRK IMPORTANT SERVICE This is one of the more likely charges. It is...
  • Positioning Recent Layoffs Announcements in Bigger Economic Picture

    01/28/2015 5:53:42 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    fox business ^ | 1-26-2015 | Chris Versace
    • Schlumberger (SLB) said it would cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7% of its workforce in response to falling oil prices. Soon thereafter, oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) said it expects to lay off about 7,000 employees. • American Express (AXP) has shared that it plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs over the coming year. • Online auction site eBay (EBAY) announced it will lay off more than 2,000 workers, about 7% of its global workforce, and may split off its enterprise unit in addition to PayPal. • United Airlines has shared it is assessing whether to...
  • Morning With the Q&R Gang! January 28, 2015

    01/28/2015 2:48:40 AM PST · by GregB · 15 replies
    Formerly the "Fans of Quinn and Rose Discussion" thread. We still hold out hope that our favorite talk show hosts will come back on the air - and all indications are that they will be, very soon! As we wait, our friendly group will still meet to start the day. So if you are preparing to go to work, are getting home from work - or happily retired - stop in and say mornin' and share the latest news, discuss the weather, share a recipe, or whatever!
  • Winklevoss Twins Look To Legitimize Bitcoin With A Regulated US Exchange

    01/27/2015 11:01:02 PM PST · by zeestephen · 9 replies
    TheVerge.com ^ | 23 January 2015 | Chris Welch
    Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss think they have the answer to Bitcoin's rocky 2014 and tumbling value: a "fully regulated" Bitcoin exchange based in the United States..."A growing number of US investors, traders, financial institutions and businesses wanted to get involved with bitcoin directly, but had no options other than to trade overseas or sit on the sidelines."
  • Pro-choice doctor explains why she doesn’t do abortions

    01/27/2015 10:46:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice author Lori Freedman quotes Dr. Vivian Costa who, despite being pro-choice, decided not to do abortions in her practice. She explains why: “It is an end of life, and while I feel the patient should have an option, I didn’t feel comfortable being a provider.” Lori Freedman Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010) 40