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  • Put me in Charge

    07/14/2014 5:16:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.theveteransvoice.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alfred W. Evans
    Put me in charge ... Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job. Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Monday, July 14, 2014

    07/14/2014 2:42:47 AM PDT · by sneakers · 10 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) 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!
  • CCW allowed in National Parks (with some exceptions)

    FIREARMS IN PARKS As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.
  • Review: 'Snowpiercer'

    07/13/2014 11:31:20 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-2-2014 | Betsy Sharkey
    The movie takes place in a new ice age brought on by global environmental abuse. Only a few hundred souls remain, and survival is very much at stake. Still, humans bring along the same old emotional baggage. Social class, economic disparity, power, loyalty and petty jealousies play out with a fury that comes from being imprisoned by circumstance. This is year 17 on the train. A generation has never lived anywhere else. Lest that sound too dismal, buried inside the action is a story of hope hard won. It rests with one rebel, Curtis (Evans), a resident of the slums...
  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    07/13/2014 11:13:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    wtop ^ | 7-14-2014 | LINDSEY TANNER
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday's Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob,...
  • Medical marijuana delivery services are on a roll

    07/13/2014 10:34:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    la times ^ | 7-13-2014 | DAVID PIERSON
    Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster. Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis, 10 joints and a handful of pot-infused candies and cookies. "They come to my house, and they're in and out," said Reichle, 39, a comedian who spends about $100 a week on medical marijuana. "I shouldn't have to go to a store." Once a small, word-of-mouth phenomenon, mobile marijuana businesses now number in the hundreds across Southern California....
  • After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs

    07/13/2014 10:14:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-13-2014 | RICHARD FAUSSET and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria. But just as he was sitting down for a late-afternoon lunch at his Washington, D.C., office, an urgent call came in. There had been another accident, this one just as disturbing, if not more so — and no one in the agency’s top leadership had been informed about...
  • Pittsburgh FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman

    07/13/2014 10:07:18 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    trib live ^ | 7-13-2014
    “I was in private industry beforehand. But I've kind of always liked computers,” Mularski said during a recent interview. All 56 FBI field offices have cyber squads. Mularski chose Pittsburgh largely because of family considerations — he grew up in suburban White Oak, the son of a steelworker. “It kind of looked like cyber was the wave of the future,” Mularski said. “The majority of all my computer training was just on-the-job training at the bureau.” It has proved remarkably effective. Even before the Chinese and Russian cases made worldwide headlines, Mularski was making cyber waves. He infiltrated Dark Market...
  • Global Warming summer "must read" propaganda for third graders

    07/13/2014 8:08:54 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 11 replies
    I am just livid that my 3rd grade daughter has a choice between a book she already read and this piece of propaganda to read this summer. I am having her read the book she already read...again. But I am thinking this requires a letter to the principal. It is just ridiculous that they are pushing this crap on little kids- trying to scare them at such a young age! I don't want to get her in trouble, but I would like her to read something countering this crapola instead. -------------------------------------- The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David...
  • Western Pennsylvania thrift shops accept many items — but not guns, skulls

    07/13/2014 7:39:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    triblive.com ^ | 7-13-2014 | Tory N. Parrish
    Sex toys, drug paraphernalia, loaded guns and animal skeletal remains are items Western Pennsylvania thrift stores have found among donations, store officials say. “Well, we're not allowed to sell them, so we throw them away because this is a Christian organization. And people that donate to us should realize that, and they don't,” Donna Pinazza, production supervisor at a Salvation Army store in North Huntingdon, said of the sex- and drug-related donations they receive. They give guns to police. Most items donated to thrift stores are sold in the stores or to recyclers — even tattered clothing goes to recyclers,...
  • Clarence Page: Impeachment: Palin's crusade, GOP's headache

    07/13/2014 7:33:16 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 19 replies
    HPE.com (High Point Enterprise) ^ | 7/13/2014 | Clarence Page
    Sarah Palin has joined a rising drumbeat of Republicans who call for President Barack Obama's impeachment. Democrats can barely conceal their glee. It's hard to think of anything that would give a bigger boost to the Democrats' currently gloomy prospects in November's mid-term elections. (please see link for full article)
  • What Is Power Consumption Telling Us About The US Economy?

    07/13/2014 5:55:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-13-2014 | Tyler Durden
    US power consumption peaked in 2006, approximately in line with the peak in the US housing market, and the trend line has flatlined since. Consumption peaks normally come in late July/early August, so it is still a bit early to gauge how 2014 is shaping up. However, in the grand scheme of things and despite the limitations of this indicator, historical kilowatt consumption suggests that the US economy at best continues to muddle along, despite an unprecedented amount of policy stimulus – some of which may even be curtailed before the end of the year.
  • Satire: GermanyAbdicates World Cup Championship; Argentina To Assume Title

    07/13/2014 3:39:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | 7/13/2014
    BRAZIL––The German National Team today stunned soccer fans across the globe with their announcement that they would abdicate the World Cup title, effective today. UEFA, the administrative body for association football in Europe and part of Asia, said today it has voted the largely unknown Argentinian National Team to assume the title of champions of the soccer world. In a statement issued today, the German National Team wrote: “…in today’s game, subject to so many rapid changes on the pitch and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the beautiful game, in order to govern the bark of the World...
  • 'Yellow Fever' Fetish: Why Do So Many White Men Want To Date A Chinese Woman?

    07/13/2014 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 160 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 1, 2014
    Chinese writer Yuan Ren lifts the lid on so-called 'yellow fever': a well-peddled myth that Asian women make better sexual lovers than other women, while at the same time, having no meaningful presence in politics and popular culture By Yuan Ren 01 Jul 2014 Ever heard of yellow fever? No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries. I'm talking about when Caucasian men develop an acute sexual preference for East Asian women – even becoming a fetish, for some. Naturally, there are dating websites aplenty dedicated to 'serving' those men who have yellow fever, where...
  • First lady: I don’t have a ‘Blood Feud’ with the Clintons

    07/13/2014 3:36:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Post's Page Six ^ | July 12, 2014 | Ian Mohr
    <p>Michelle Obama privately denied any ­alleged “Blood Feud” with Bill and Hillary Clinton as described in the current best-seller at a private Park Avenue meeting with Democratic ­donors on Thursday.</p> <p>At the event to raise funds for the DNC at the home of Evercore Partners’ Charles Myers, the first lady addressed major issues from the midterm elections to education as well as her clothing collection, recent trip to China and whether she might run for office.</p>
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 7/13 7-11pm est

    07/13/2014 2:40:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 34 replies
    WAMU ^ | 7/13/14 | Ed Walker
    Friends it's Sunday night again, and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another four hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo*tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.
  • Space station shipment launched from Virginia

    07/13/2014 2:18:56 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    The Sentinel ^ | 7-13-2014
    A commercial cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying food, science samples and new odor-resistant gym clothes for the resident crew. Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its Cygnus capsule from the Virginia coast, its third space station delivery for NASA. "It's like Christmas in July," said Frank Culbertson, an executive vice president at Orbital Sciences and former astronaut. Daylight and clouds limited visibility, but observers from North Carolina to New Jersey still had a shot at seeing the rising Antares rocket. It resembled a bright light in the early afternoon sky. Its destination, the space station, was...
  • Kids in Honduras explain why they're seeking refuge in US

    07/13/2014 1:37:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 37 replies
    kens5 ^ | 7-13-2014
    Carlos Lopez works for tips washing windshields during red lights. "I'm on the streets because I'm on my own," said the baby-faced 13-year-old. But Carlos wants to do more than survive; he's trying to save money to join his parents in the United States. Carlos' parents departed for Texas last year to work. The plan: Send money back to Honduras for Carlos and his three younger siblings, who were left with their grandmother. But that's not enough to support the whole family, so Carlos said he set off on his own. Now, he's living on the streets.
  • A Two-Page Form Spawns a Contraceptive Showdown

    07/13/2014 1:17:44 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-12-2014 | ROBERT PEAR
    A two-page federal form has provoked a titanic clash between the government and many religious organizations. The form allows some religious organizations to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage, which many insurers and group health plans are required to provide under the Affordable Care Act and related rules. The opt-out sounds like a way to accommodate religious beliefs. But many religious employers like Wheaton College and the Little Sisters of the Poor are unwilling to sign the form. By signing it, they say, they would authorize their insurers or plan administrators to pay for contraceptives, including some that they believe...
  • UK Investigators: Crocodile Responsible for Plane Crash in the Congo

    07/13/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 | David Harding
    Crocodile might be responsible for plane crash in the Congo: UK investigators • Only one person survived the crash — as did the toothy reptile, though it was killed with machetes by rescuers sifting through the plane's wreckage. A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo that left 18 people dead may have been caused by a crocodile. The animal is thought to have climbed out of a hold midflight and spooked the crew and passengers. They all panicked and ran towards the cockpit, and the forward shift in weight may have caused the plane to plummet to the...
  • Sun, sea and hailstones the size of golf balls hit the beach in Siberia (Video).

    07/13/2014 1:01:46 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    metro.uk ^ | 7-13-2014 | Matt Payton
    Children are screaming, debris is flying through the air and thunderous grey clouds are firing hailstones the size of golf balls murderously down upon bare-skinned crowds as they run, shrieking, for cover.
  • The fuel tax maverick

    07/13/2014 12:20:59 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    the city wire ^ | 7-13-2014 | Maylon Rice
    ...Williams is talking about a federal tax on diesel fuel, which has been unchanged since 1993 – 21 years ago. At a recent Beltway conference with transportation executives, Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, and Vice President Joe Biden and other White House staffers met with Williams and several dozen trucking CEOs. The event was hosted by Business Forward, an advocacy group, headquartered in Washington D.C. The crux of the meeting was an ambitious $302 billion Grow America Act, a piece of legislation which would increase funding to Highway and Trust Fund. Suddenly governor’s and local legislators in Arkansas have...
  • Loss of trust: Obama’s Germany syndrome

    07/13/2014 12:02:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 7-13-2014 | Edward Luce
    What did the president know, and when did he know it? Such was demanded of Richard Nixon, who resigned 40 years ago next month. In no sense can President Barack Obama be morally compared with the man who brought us Watergate. He is neither a crook nor a liar. But Mr Obama shares one problem that could cripple what remains of his presidency – most people no longer trust him. The sentiment spans foreign allies as well as domestic critics. When trust goes, respect is seldom far behind. The most surprising example is Germany. It was in Berlin in 2008...
  • Latino population, wealth expected to rise in U.S.

    07/13/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 07/11/2014 | LEWIS DIUGUID
    It is unfortunate, but perhaps predictable, that Latinos in the United States are targeted and being scapegoated in the political uproar over immigration. First of all, their numbers are growing at a phenomenal rate. According to a Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project, the Latino population in the United States since 1970 has grown sixfold, rising from 9.1 million to 53 million by 2012. At 17 percent of the U.S. population now, Hispanics surpass African Americans as the country’s largest minority group. Generally when a minority group’s numbers hit and surpass the 10 percent threshold, the majority in the U.S. becomes...
  • Dead Body Falls Out of Coroner's Van Along Busy Road

    07/13/2014 11:13:10 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/ ^ | july 13, 2014 | Alison Burdo
    Drivers traveling on a busy Bucks County, Pennsylvania, road on Friday had to navigate an unusual obstruction -- a gurney carrying a corpse. A Bucks County Coroner's Office van was traveling down the 100 block of E. Street Road in Lower Southampton, Pennsylvania, around noon when the vehicle's rear door malfunctioned, the coroner's office confirms. The body then rolled out of the van and onto the road near the Bucks Crossing Shopping Center.
  • Heroes and zeroes and Zots

    07/12/2014 7:49:29 PM PDT · by burgereater · 266 replies
    The heroes and zeroes of the presidential elections I've voted in. Heroes: Reagan, Bush Sr, Dole, Bush Jr, McCain, Romney Zeroes: Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama The pattern is obvious! Hoping and praying that it goes republican in 2016. I've not just voted for but campaigned for every hero on the entire list!
  • Eric Holder Blasts Sarah Palin, Says Some Obama Critics are Racists

    07/13/2014 9:35:21 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Newsmax, do not see an actual Author
    Attorney General Eric Holder slammed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Sunday, saying she is neither a very good legal scholar nor an effective vice presidential candidate. He also said he believed that some critics of the president attack him because he is the nation's first black president. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/eric-holder-palin-obama/2014/07/13/id/582335#ixzz37Mo2GJX3 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • How a Raid in Benghazi Helped Shape Citigroup’s $7 Billion Settlement

    07/13/2014 9:09:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-13-2014 | BEN PROTESS, JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and MICHAEL CORKERY
    But an event a world away that day in June unexpectedly changed the Justice Department’s plans. The capture of a suspect in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, led federal prosecutors to conclude that those headlines would overshadow the Citigroup case. The prosecutors, knowing that the Citigroup case represented one of their last chances to send a public message that the government was holding Wall Street accountable for the crisis, were loath to squander that opportunity.
  • How Obama has used executive powers compared to his predecessors

    07/13/2014 8:56:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-10-2014 | Sebastian Payne
    Is President Obama abusing his executive powers? His opponents are having fun by constantly reinforcing the notion that he’s out of control – and obviously, needs to be sued/impeached. But as we’ve explained on The Fix before, the number of executive orders signed by Obama isn't huge. In fact out of the last 10 presidents, he’s signed the least amount of executive orders on average per year: But how far-reaching have Obama’s orders and actions been and how do they compare to what other presidents have done? On immigration, the president has signed orders to halt the deportation of those who...
  • Red Sea Region Parting in Massive Split

    07/13/2014 8:17:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7-19-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    In a new study, scientists have determined that a recent tear in Earth's continental crust near the sea is the largest single rip seen since satellite monitoring began. For the past 30 million years the Arabian tectonic plate has been moving away from the African (Nubian) plate at the Red Sea. But the rift, in which Earth's crust is being stretched and thinned, is not happening smoothly. Most of the time the plates are stuck together. But in September of last year they split apart along a 37-mile (60-kilometer) section in Afar, Ethiopia (Ethiopia map), near the southern end of...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama Getting ‘Buzzed On Suds’ While Country Drowns

    07/13/2014 8:07:30 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 9 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | July 12 2014 | (unsigned that I can see)
    Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama probably won’t be getting together for a beer anytime soon. Palin joined the chorus of those assailing the president for taking the time to drink beer and play pool during an interlude in his recent big-ticket campaign fundraising trips to Colorado and Texas, yet refusing to schedule a visit the southern border for a first-hand look at the ongoing illegal immigration surge. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1348369/sarah-palin-obama-getting-buzzed-on-suds-while-country-drowns/#ee7VBoasVzk1rJKW.99
  • Woman turns gun on carjacker, shoots him (Couldn't drive Stick-Put gun down)

    07/13/2014 8:04:38 AM PDT · by equalator · 31 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | 7-11-2014
    Chafee said the woman let him in and Fontana told her, "We're going to have some fun." The woman also described Fontana as having a weird laugh. Police said Fontana got frustrated because he didn't know how to drive a manual transmission. He put the gun down in his lap and the woman grabbed it and tried to get out of the car. “The suspect grabbed her, bit her several times and attempted to pull her back in the vehicle,” Chafee said. Investigators said Fontana bit her on the arm, leaving visible marks, and at some point she used his...
  • FIFA World Cup Championship: Germany V Argentina 3pm EDT ABC TV; Univison - Thread

    07/13/2014 7:50:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 169 replies
    FIFA World Cup Championship: Germany V Argentina 3pm EDT ABC TV; Univison - Thread
  • Wanted: True Conservative Mettle (starts off mentioning Sarah Palin, though more general)

    07/13/2014 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 19 replies
    The Ledger.com ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:47 p.m. | By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON POST
    WASHINGTON | A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama on the theory that his border policies are "the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.' " (excerpt)
  • THE WORST PRESIDENT?

    07/13/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/12/2014 | David M. Shribman
    Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely. These startling poll results set loose the predictable reaction: A flurry of told-you-so nods on the right and a fusillade of this-tells-us-nothing assertions on the left. For once, they're both right. Obama is...
  • Desmond Tutu: I support assisted dying

    07/13/2014 3:06:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:06AM BST 13 Jul 2014 | Miranda Prynne
    Desmond Tutu has supported calls for a rethink on the Church of England’s stance on assisted dying claiming life should not be preserved “at any cost”. The retired Anglican archbishop said laws to stop people being allowed help to end their lives removed their “human right to dignity”. Tutu branded the treatment of Nelson Mandela, who was kept alive through a long and painful illness which saw him wheeled in and out of hospital and forced to take part in PR-driven photo shoots, an “affront to Madiba’s dignity”. He claimed he did not want his own life to be “prolonged...
  • Proforce Equipment Snugpak Jungle Blanket (VANITY - goin' camping, have you bought one?)

    07/13/2014 12:02:15 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 23 replies
    VANITY | 7/13/2014 | VANITY
    I am reading that this is a decent woobi replacement. Has anyone purchased this Proforce Equipment Snugpak Jungle Blanket http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTHREMK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A36ZAOEPX7I0P8
  • Financing still a mystery as Nicaragua plans giant canal

    07/12/2014 11:48:44 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 7-9-2014 | Lucy Westcott
    The Chinese tycoon behind a plan to build a mammoth interoceanic waterway to compete with the Panama Canal whisked into Nicaragua last week and, in several appearances, including one with President Daniel Ortega, affirmed that “the biggest construction project in the history of mankind” has a green light. In a lengthy appearance on state television Tuesday night, Ortega sat next to Wang Jing, the Chinese telecommunications magnate who has been pushing the plan, and pledged that the proposed canal “will permit the country to eradicate poverty and misery.”
  • ‘Vile stuff out there’: Jake Tapper notes pathetic #HitlerWasRight trend

    07/12/2014 11:31:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7-12-2014
    CNN’s Jake Tapper has taken notice of two disturbing hashtags that have recently surfaced, apparently in response to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge: #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong. And as he notes, Adolf Hitler was no friend to the Arabs. That hasn’t stopped the hashtags from spreading, though.
  • President Obama: "Are You Gay?" Guy: “Only When I’m Having Sex!” *bumps fist*

    07/12/2014 11:26:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Buzzfeed Politics ^ | July 12, 2014 | Anita Badejo
    Webb, who is also a comedian and retired musician, wasn’t about to miss his opportunity to say whatever he wanted to a sitting president. So, after he had introduced himself and the president was signing a reportedly $300 bill, he slammed his hand on the counter. “Equal rights for gay people!” he exclaimed. Obama reacted without missing a beat. “Are you gay?” Taken aback by the directness of the question, he said, Webb responded, “Only when I’m having sex!” The president laughed, then, realizing there was a group of children near the two, said, “Not in front of the kids!”...
  • They’re Dropping Like Middle Initials

    07/12/2014 10:53:55 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 30 replies
    In 1991, I was preparing to publish my first book, about a year I spent teaching junior high school in Japan. Stephen Birmingham, the author of “Our Crowd” and an acquaintance of my parents, offered to give me a blurb but recommended one change: that I drop the middle initial from my name on the cover. As a 26-year-old, baby-faced writer, I was eager to appear older and more sophisticated, so I ignored him. I’ve regretted it ever since. I thought of that incident this spring when the actress Ann B. Davis from “The Brady Bunch” died at 88. Her...
  • What movie should have had a sequel?

    07/12/2014 8:29:26 PM PDT · by MNDude · 243 replies
    Most of the times, it is better off if the sequel to a movie was not made. There are probably a few movies that would have been nice to have one. Which movie(s) do you think should have had a sequel?
  • Black conservative joins Palin's impeachment rallying cry

    07/12/2014 5:09:41 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 16 replies
    Renew America ^ | July 12 2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Sarah Palin. Governor Palin has come out strongly calling for the impeachment of President Obama. I say, "Way to go sister!"
  • U.S. is Obama's 'battered wife,' says Sarah Palin

    07/12/2014 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 9 replies
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | July 12 2014 | Mitch Potter
    WASHINGTON The fever-swamp fantasy coursing through conservative America — that Barack Obama one day soon will be frog-marched out of office for "high crimes and misdemeanours" — is proving astonishingly resilient. (see link for full Article)
  • Home made ice cream! Who has the best recipes?

    07/12/2014 1:13:10 PM PDT · by Wingy · 38 replies
    Vanity | 07/12/2014 | Myself
    Okay, the Russians have invaded Ukraine, Obama is probably playing golf, another few hundred "uninvited guests" have arrived at our Southern border, and Germany and Argentina are gearing up for The World Cup Final. My big concern, however, is finding the BEST recipe for my new 1.5 quart ice cream maker.
  • IndyCar: Ganassi locks out front row in Iowa

    07/12/2014 11:33:29 AM PDT · by gymbeau · 10 replies
    racer.com ^ | Friday, 11 July 2014 | Marshall Pruett
    The bullring Iowa short oval is the perfect track for Target Chip Ganassi Racing to get its season in order, and after a day filled with rain delays, defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon led an all-Target front row for Saturday night's 300-lap race. The Kiwi's record-breaking 186.256mph average was set after his No. 9 Dallara-Chevrolet engineers used information from earlier qualifying runs made by Ganassi teammates to make a few quick tweaks before heading out, and it made all the difference. Tony Kanaan will start second in the sister car (185.891). "We missed a bit on balance in...
  • As Israel Hits Mosque and Clinic, Air Campaign’s Risks Come Home

    07/12/2014 9:47:41 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-12-2014 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    As Israel’s air war against Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza entered its sixth day on Saturday, a pair of bombings threw the difficulties of the campaign into painful relief: Israel bombed a mosque, which its aerial photos indicated was harboring a weapons cache, and a center for the handicapped, killing two handicapped patients and wounding three, as well as a caretaker. The bombing of the center, the Mabaret Palestine Society here in northern Gaza, occurred just before dawn, when a missile crashed through the roof and exploded. Because it was the weekend, only five of the 19 severely...
  • Republican governors’ words shift on gay marriage

    07/12/2014 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 12:18 PM EDT | Steve Peoples and Erik Schelzig
    Deep in the nation’s Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America’s families and politics for years. While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition- in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is a dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by...
  • A ‘new Cold War’: China’s top paper warns of ‘slippery slope’ towards conflict with U.S.

    07/12/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12 2014 | Kellan Howell
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