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  • Oprah loses millions in ad sales for 'O' magazine

    04/14/2012 7:46:36 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 56 replies
    The Grio ^ | April 13, 2012 | Chris Witherspoon
    Just when we thought things were beginning to look up for Oprah Winfrey, her highly successful magazine takes a fall. According to a new report, O, The Oprah Magazine is down millions of dollars in advertising sales in comparison to last year. The Association of Magazine Media reports that ad sale revenue for O, The Oprah Magazine was $48.8 million in 2011. However, this year ad sales are at a low of $34.2 million, which translates to a decrease of 24.1 percent. The magazine's newsstand sales have also been declining as of late. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations,...
  • The Short-Lived Joy of Indoor Exercise Equipment

    04/14/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 13 replies
    Time definitely goes by slower in a dentist’s chair. I visit the dentist only about once every six months but the time seems to fly in between so it seems like I’m always having to go to the dentist. Yet once I’m there and getting my teeth scraped and cleaned by the dental hygienist, it seems like hours go by before I’m finally out of there. Yet when I look at the clock on my way out, only about a half hour has gone by. I’m thinking that if I get a dentist chair for my living room, I’ll probably...

    04/14/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/14/42 | Robert P. Post, David Anderson C.P. Trussell, Byron Darnton, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Staff Sgt. Eisenhauer thought he was shooting at Afghan insurgents during standoff with police

    04/14/2012 6:58:03 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 22 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | 4/14/2012 | Greg Barnes
    The father of a Fort Bragg soldier charged with shooting at Fayetteville police and firefighters from his apartment in January says his son suffered from war-induced mental problems and thought he was firing at Afghan insurgents. Staff Sgt. Joshua "Ike" Eisenhauer, 30, was wounded by police, who returned fire in the four-hour standoff at Austin Creek apartments. His father, Mark Eisenhauer, says that although he and his wife are uncertain of the events of Jan. 13, their son told them he was alone in his apartment about 10 p.m. when he awoke to the sound of people running up the...
  • Conservative Hypocrisy - Romney's candidacy could destroy Conservative movement

    04/14/2012 6:26:09 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 39 replies
    April 14, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    One by one, conservatives have endorsed Romney over Santorum and now Gingrich. This has exposed a dangerous hypocrisy. Whereas liberals thrive on hypocrisy, conservatives thrive on principle and ideas. When today's conservatives ignore principle and ideas and continue to do small talk about stay at home moms and GSA convention waste, instead of talking about Gingrich's big ideas of American Energy Independence and how to get there, they risk losing to the incumbent, Obama.
  • Insane Motor Race

    04/14/2012 6:09:08 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 30 replies
    The Isle of Man TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world. Between 1907 and 2009 there have been 237 deaths during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course.
  • Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works

    04/14/2012 5:52:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/2012 | Paul Casciato
    The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online. The libraries said the digitized collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields... The initiative has been made possible by a 2 million pound ($3.17 million) award from the Polonsky Foundation. "The service...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (April 14, 2012)

    04/14/2012 4:12:40 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 46 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | April 14, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 19th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or seven- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Steamboats cruise the Mississippi again

    04/14/2012 4:05:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    WWL Radio, New Orleans ^ | 04/13/2012 | Don Ames
    Steamboat cruises are back on the Mississippi River as of today. The Great American Steamboat Co. heads out of New Orleans today. "They'll be offering three-, to seven- to fourteen-day cruises all up and down the Mississippi River," says Robert Jumonville, director of cruise and tourism at the Port of New Orleans. They're steaming on the American Queen, which has been totally refurbished since it last sailed out of New Orleans in 2008. "It's about 420 passengers and top-of-the line. They've done a really nice job of reconditioning it after it's been laid up for a couple of years," says...
  • Baltimore police arrest suspect in man's beating, stripping

    04/14/2012 3:40:17 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14/12 | CNN Wire Staff
    Baltimore (CNN) -- Baltimore police say they made an arrest in a violent robbery in March that left a man battered and stripped of his clothes on a street while onlookers laughed and did nothing to help. Police arrested Aaron Parsons, 20, Friday evening for his alleged involvement in the March 18 incident captured by cell phone videos that went viral nationwide. He faces multiple counts of robbery, theft and reckless endangerment, police said. The victim was headed to his hotel from a downtown Baltimore club when he was attacked, according to a police report. The man, who had been...
  • Life on Mars found... and we’ve, er, killed it

    04/14/2012 2:44:07 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 14, 2012 | GARY O’SHEA
    BUNGLING Nasa chiefs are believed to have found tiny Martians — but KILLED them by boiling them alive. Two spacecraft that landed on the Red Planet in 1976 are now thought to have detected live microbes in Martian soil. Scientists at the time failed to spot the signs of life — and COOKED the bugs at 160°C during experiments. Now an international team has used modern techniques to re-examine data collected by the two unmanned Viking probes. And biologist Joseph Miller, of the University of Southern California, said: “I’m 99 per cent sure there’s life there. “To paraphrase an old...
  • Astronauts condemn NASA’s global warming endorsement

    04/14/2012 12:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    In an unprecedented slap at NASA’s endorsement of global warming science, nearly 50 former astronauts and scientists—including the ex-boss of the Johnson Space Center—claim the agency is on the wrong side of science and must change course or ruin the reputation of the world’s top space agency. Challenging statements from NASA that man is causing climate change, the former NASA executives demanded in a letter to Administrator Charles Bolden that he and the agency “refrain from including unproven remarks” supporting global warming in the media. “We feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of...
  • Microsoft sets end of Windows XP support (for 2014)

    04/14/2012 12:00:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    United Press International ^ | April 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM
    Microsoft says Windows XP users have two years to remain with the older operating system before it ends all support and updates for the software. While users can continue to use Windows XP after the end of Microsoft support, the lack of such support and updates, especially security patches, will make the operating system less and less secure as time passes, Microsoft's Stella Chernyak wrote in a blog post. "Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted," she wrote. Support for Office 2003 will end at the same time as...
  • Wife's last words: 'Why don't you just shoot me?'

    04/13/2012 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 68 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Apr 13, 2012
    LAKE CUSHMAN, Wash. - A woman who was shot dead in her Lake Cushman home on Thursday told her husband, "Why don't you just shoot me?" before he opened fire at her with a shotgun, according to the Mason County Sheriff's Office.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Six Moons of Saturn

    04/13/2012 10:46:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | April 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How many moons does Saturn have? So far 62 have been discovered, the smallest only a fraction of a kilometer across. Six of its largest satellites can be seen here, though, in a sharp Saturnian family portrait taken on March 9. Larger than Earth's Moon and even slightly larger than Mercury, Titan has a diameter of 5,150 kilometers and starts the line-up at the lower left. Continuing to the right across the frame are Mimas, Tethys, [Saturn], Enceladus, Dione, and Rhea at far right. Saturn's first known natural satellite, Titan was discovered in 1655 by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens,...
  • Have I been banned!

    04/13/2012 8:44:13 PM PDT · by goodtomato · 106 replies
    4/13/12 | Good Tomato
    Have I been banned?
  • At Sharpton Event, Girls Grill Hip-Hop Radio CEO: You ‘Play Music That Degrades Us’…

    04/13/2012 8:39:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News ^ | April 13, 2012 | Penny Star
    Two young ladies who are leaders in youth groups for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) grilled a radio executive about his lucrative hip hop music programming, asking whether it was any different than drug dealers making money and why would the executive promote material that “degrades us and dumbs our African American people down just to make money?” At the NAN convention in Washington, D.C., a panel discussion was held entitled “Media Race” that was led by MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton, who founded NAN, and included Alfred C. Liggins III, the CEO of Radio One, the seventh largest...
  • Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

    04/13/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | April 13, 2012 | Ulf Hanke
    The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium's 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt. Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney...
  • African Queen Reigns Again in Key Largo

    04/13/2012 8:30:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Apr 13, 2012 | Fiorella Alvarez
    Iconic vessel is back on the waterThe historic vessel from the 1951 classic film "The African Queen" is back on the waters of Key Largo after some major restoration work. The vessel received almost $70,000 in restorations, including cosmetic and mechanical repairs to make sure the boat will be able to carry passengers, according to the Florida Keys News Bureau. The African Queen was built in 1912 at England's Lytham shipbuilding yard and was originally named the Livingstone. It served the British East Africa Rail Company shuttling cargo in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo until 1968. The vessel was...
  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    04/13/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/13/2012 | John Hawkins
    Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal. Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don't lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give...
  • Islamic ‘Adult Breastfeeding’ Fatwas Return

    04/13/2012 8:15:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company. According to the BBC:He said that if a woman fed a male colleague “directly from her breast” at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work. “Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting, and does not ban marriage,” he ruled. “A woman at...
  • Flood of foreclosures to hit the housing market (squatters will have to move out-free ride is over)

    04/13/2012 7:38:35 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 4/13/2012 | Les Christie
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The golden age for foreclosure squatters may soon be coming to an end now that the $26 billion mortgage settlement has been approved. The settlement, agreed to by the nation's five largest mortgage lenders, is expected to speed up the foreclosure process by providing stricter guidelines for the banks to follow when repossessing homes. The banks involved include Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Citibank (C, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500) and Ally Financial. Many foreclosures have been in limbo since fall 2010 following the so-called robo-signing scandal, when...
  • Sarah on Fox

    04/13/2012 7:36:29 PM PDT · by Aria · 31 replies
    Fox News | 4/13/2012 | Vanity
    Sarah is on FOX right now for a special about gas prices. Didn't see a thread on this. Oh how I love this woman - no teleprompter in sight - facts - love of country- optimism - practical solutions. She has it all.
  • going to be staying in a nursing home (prayer requested)

    04/13/2012 7:14:20 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 159 replies
    I have not been posting as much on FR lately. I have been dealing with a lot of health issues in recent months. A lot of it is personal and some of my friends don't even know about about everything im dealing with. I have not wanted to be seen as whining or overwelming someone with my own problems. I initially rejected the idea. But I have decided that spening 6 to 12 months in a nursing home is the best thing for me right now. I can focus on outpaitent therapy and get the care I need. I am...
  • San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

    04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012
    An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.
  • Prison program pairs felons and felines

    04/13/2012 6:36:14 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/10/2012 | Sarah D. Bunting
    A new foster-cat program at the Larch Corrections Center is improving life for inmates and felines alike. Larch, a minimum-security facility near Yacolt, WA, launched the Cuddly Catz program two weeks ago; Cuddly Cats pairs pound-bound cats with inmates who meet certain requirements (did not commit a violent crime against animals or humans; free of prison demerits for at least six months; set to remain at Larch for at least a year after receiving a program cat; and passing an extensive screening process). The program definitely benefits the inmates. Joey Contreras and Joseph Walter share a ten-by-twelve-foot cell – and...
  • Bobby Petrino Nude Photos: Former Coach Reportedly Sent Jessica Dorrell Naked Pictures

    04/13/2012 5:58:02 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    t doesn't seem things can get any worse for Bobby Petrino, but reports say the most shocking details of the University of Arkansas football coach's scandal are still to come. Last week, it was revealed that he was cheating on his wife with an Arkansas employee. A few days later, he was fired as the Razorbacks' head football coach
  • US cable channel launches with dramatic stunt in quiet Belgium town (video) (lol)

    04/13/2012 5:47:46 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4-12-12
    To publicise their new channel in Belgium, TNT placed a red button in the middle of a quiet town square with a sign reading "push to add drama" and waited... When a curious passer-by in the small town of Aarschot, in the province of Flanders, pressed the button, it set off a series of dramatic events. Bemused onlookers watched as a passing ambulance crew accidentally drop a patient. A man on a bicycle then ran into the emergency vehicle starting a street fight started between him and one of the paramedics. A woman rides by on a motorcylce wearing only...
  • Firefighters use forklifts to rescue the obese

    04/13/2012 5:40:51 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4-13-12
    Firefighters are using forklift trucks to rescue obese people after crews injured their backs trying to move them. Five firemen from a single Yorkshire town have injured their backs and muscles while trying to manoeuvre overweight people in the past two years, a report found. It resulted in a total of 13 working days being lost as the injured officers recovered. Now crews in Rotherham, one of Britain's fattest towns, are using forklift trucks and hydrolic platforms to rescue fat people from fires and falls and to help the ambulance service move bariatric patients to hospital. A report commissioned by...
  • Man Who Can Swim With A Polar Bear

    Grizzly man Mark Dumas, 60, is the only man in the world who can touch a polar bear. And as these incredible pictures show the fearless bear handler from Abbotsford, British Columbia, even goes for dip in his swimming pool where he and 16-year-old polar bear Agee enjoy a watery cuddle together.
  • Flood of foreclosures to hit the housing market

    04/13/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT · by RC one · 10 replies
    CNNmoney ^ | April 13, 2012: 5:33 AM ET | Les Christie
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The golden age for foreclosure squatters may soon be coming to an end now that the $26 billion mortgage settlement has been approved. The settlement, agreed to by the nation's five largest mortgage lenders, is expected to speed up the foreclosure process by providing stricter guidelines for the banks to follow when repossessing homes. The banks involved include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Ally Financial.Many foreclosures have been in limbo since fall 2010 following the so-called robo-signing scandal, when banks allowed employees to sign off on thousands of foreclosure documents a month...
  • Willie D, Scarface release 'Hoodies: The Trayvon Martin Justice Song' (it's barftastic!)

    04/13/2012 4:30:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    NewsFix ^ | April 13, 2012
    HOUSTON, TX — Houston hip-hop legend Willie D, along with his Geto Boys partner Scarface and rappers Propain and D. Boi, has released 'Hoodies: The Trayvon Martin Justice Song.’ But don’t expect it to be a factual account of what happened. It’s art, okay? 'I just felt obligated to do something about it, to take it a step further,' Willie D said. 'I never had any intention on making a song or making a video, but when I saw (the faces of my family at a Houston rally), you know, it just weighed so heavy on my heart, I just...
  • CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves' 2011 Compensation Jumps 21 Percent to $69.9 Million

    04/13/2012 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/13/2012 | Georg Szalai
    UPDATED: Executive chairman Sumner Redstone made an unchanged $20.3 million last year, while his CEO overtook Viacom's Philippe Dauman to become the highest-paid Hollywood CEO so far this reporting season. CBS Corp. said late Friday that president and CEO Leslie Moonves received higher compensation worth $69.9 million last year, driven by option awards. The total pay package, details of which were disclosed in a regulatory filing, was up 21 percent from the $57.7 million the media mogul had made in 2010 and makes him the highest-paid Hollywood CEO so far this reporting season. In 2010, the highest-paid CEO in the...
  • WATCH! Liberals HATE this..Fantastic Eugenics Video, expecially regarding African-Americans.

    04/13/2012 3:29:50 PM PDT · by bigjoesaddle · 9 replies
    Worth it, Liberals HATE this video because it connects Eugenics to PLANNED PARENTHOOD! Post on your facebook page. I just found this and found it incredibly informative. Sorry if this has been posted before, but it's new to me, may be new to you. VIDEO HERE! Maafa 21 The History of Eugenics In America
  • vanity - topical joke

    04/13/2012 3:18:58 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 28 replies
    4 13 12
    Why did the North Korean missile fail to launch?
  • Do You Support Euthanasia? (FReep this poll!)

    04/13/2012 2:09:50 PM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies
    Dr. Phil Show ^ | 13 April 2012 | Dr Phil
    RESULTS - Mercy Killings 1) Do you support euthanasia? 62% Yes, I think it should be legal everywhere 25% No, I think it's murder 13% I'm not sure 2) Do you think Annette should be able to decide when her children die? 53% Yes 28% No 19% I'm not sure
  • Stocks: Worst week of the year, S&P 500 sinks 2%

    04/13/2012 2:00:51 PM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 4/13/2012 | Hibah Yousuf
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. stocks stumbled Friday, following a two-day rally, closing lower for a second straight week with worst declines of the year. The Dow tumbled 1.6%, while the S&P 500 sank 2% and the Nasdaq lost 2.3%. At the start of the week,stocks were driven sharply lower by the ugly March jobs report and fresh worries about Europe's debt crisis. They rebounded a bit toward the middle of the week, but fell sharply again Friday as a slowdown in China's economy overshadowed a batch of better-than-expected earnings results. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) dropped 137 points,...
  • Chu: We don’t understand the “bumps and wiggles” of climate change, but oh yes, it’s happening

    04/13/2012 1:27:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:46 pm on April 12, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration was more vocal about the supposedly dire need to combat climate change toward the beginning of their oh-so-eminent reign, with President Obama out championing the cause at such august events as the U.N. climate conference in 2009. There’s been a bit of a lull in their alarmist-enthusiasm rhetoric in the past year or so (maybe they’ve figured out that concern for climate change is a luxury good during times of economic recession), but it looks like they may be thinking about bringing back the meme to help sell their horrendous energy polices in the run-up to November....
  • Divorcing Death Cab, Taking up with Cutie (Jurnalism is Fun)

    04/13/2012 1:13:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Forrest Wickman
    In what could only have been a failure in reading comprehension, or the work of an overactive copy editor, Yahoo has just posted an article suggesting that actress Zooey Deschanel left her husband “Death Cab” for “Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.” While there’s no word on whether Deschanel had been cheating on Mr. Cab, the article goes on to note that “Deschanel and Cab were married for a little more than three years.”
  • 'Mafia' Sells Fake Cocaine

    04/13/2012 12:53:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Daily Mercury ^ | 14th April 2012
    A MACKAY-BASED business has been producing a synthetic substitute to cocaine and distributing it across the country. The group, called Our Baked Mafia, have been selling the drug 'Shaman's Dust' and a number of other substances via their website and Facebook sites. Users from as far away as Albury-Wodonga have reported purchasing the drug, which is sold through the region's adult shops. Queensland police said it was difficult to determine the drug's legality, as the active ingredient in Shaman's Dust was unknown. However, Curtin University drug and alcohol researcher Stephen Bright said reported chemical tests had suggested the active ingredient...
  • NFL Team's 'Marriage Test' For Free Agents

    04/13/2012 12:49:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Post Game ^ | Friday, April 13, 2012 | Ben Maller
    One NFL team really believes the saying that behind every successful man is a great woman. The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to employ a new strategy when it comes to evaluating free agents. Forget the bad boys. Above all else they want players with outstanding wives. Executives in the Jaguars' front office believe good football players have happy and healthy marriages. Shahid Khan, the Jaguars' brand new owner, took the concept he'd used to make his riches in the auto-parts business. Khan said he attempts to meet all of the spouses of his employees, even going as far as to...
  • Mafia to Pothead: ‘Kill or Be Killed Next’

    04/13/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New Post ^ | April 12, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX and LEONARD GREENE
    They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. A self-described pothead said he was drafted into a mob war against his will when a Mafia associate took him out for what he thought would be a night of club hopping — but he was instead given a gun and told to participate in a gangland hit. Robert Ventriglia — who wasn’t even in the mob — yesterday told jurors in the trial of two Colombo Mafia members, that he was taken to a street in North Massapequa, Long Island, and told to “shoot at the people” who get into a...
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are engaged, reports say

    04/13/2012 12:42:06 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies ^ | 4/13/12 |
    After years of endless speculation, it appears that Hollywood’s Golden Couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are finally engaged. According to the several reports, it was the couple’s jeweler who spilled the beans that he designed a ring for Jolie, 36, in conjunction with Pitt, 48. “She is wearing the ring,”
  • Bidens Donate 1.5 Percent of Income to Charity in 2011

    04/13/2012 12:41:38 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/13/2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama and Vice President Biden released their tax returns today, ahead of Tax Day, which is on April 16 this year (since April 15 falls on a Sunday). According to the White House, "Together, [the Bidens] reported adjusted gross income of $379,035. The Bidens paid $87,900 in total federal tax for 2011. They paid $13,843 in Delaware income tax and $3,614 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $5,540 to charity in 2011." In other words, the Bidens donated less than 1.5 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity. The president and his family were more charitable, giving...
  • How I Lost a Giant Pizza Challenge.

    04/13/2012 12:37:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    A CALZONE measuring 65cm wide and weighing more than two kilos is on the plate in front of me at Amici Pizza Restaurant in Holloway Road. For 15 months the supersize feast has been taunting diners, and now I have taken up the calzone challenge. Anyone who can finish the giant folded pizza receives a free dessert and coffee. Simple. Despite the restaurant taking, on average, 50 orders a week only one person has completed the challenge. The traditional Italian calzone dough is hand-made on the premises and filled with tomato, mozzarella, goat’s cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, ham and olives. The...
  • In need of Freeper help with changing my accounting software.

    04/13/2012 12:12:12 PM PDT · by w4women · 15 replies
    vanity | 4/13/12 | me
    I use Quickbooks (Intuit) in my business. After learning about their decision to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, I must change my software provider and was looking for some recommendations from the smartest people in the world. Thanks in advance.
  • Nest officially answers patent lawsuit: 'Honeywell is worse than a troll'

    04/13/2012 12:08:16 PM PDT · by dickmc · 6 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 12, 2012 | Nilay Patel
    Upstart smart thermostat maker Nest has received almost-universally glowing praise for its Learning Thermostat since it launched last year — and it also received a major patent complaint from Honeywell, which claims Nest is walking all over its intellectual property. Not so, says Nest: the company just filed its official answer to Honeywell's complaint today, and in addition to arguing that it isn't infringing Honeywell's patents, it also stridently argues that most of those patents are "hopelessly invalid." What's more, Nest also claims that Honeywell is misusing its patents to stifle innovation — a strategy Nest claims Honeywell has used...
  • Five survivors of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders recall daring sortie (70TH ANNIVERSARY)

    04/13/2012 11:17:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Edward Saylor still vividly remembers the Chinese boy who helped save his life. In the days after his plane crashed into the waters just off China’s coast, Mr. Saylor, now 92, and four other Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were desperate and hungry — but they had survived a daring mission that was America’s first military strike against the Imperial Japanese homeland, four months after the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. “The thought hits you, where you’re at, what you’ve got to do. … We don’t speak the language, what do we do now? That’s what was going through our heads,”...
  • Injured bobcat on US 301 in Hillsborough County [FL] bites woman trying to come to its aid

    04/13/2012 10:40:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 70 replies
    WPTV ^ | April 13, 2012 | Brad Davis,
    RIVERVIEW, Fla. - An adult bobcat caused quite a scene around 8:30 Thursday morning on US 301 just south of Symmes Rd. in Riverview. A 911 took a call from a motorist. "People are trying to catch a bobcat in the median. A bobcat? Yea, there's a bobcat and everybody's getting out of their cars and they're trying to catch this cat," said the unidentified female driver.
  • TCM Classic Movie Alert 4/14/12

    04/13/2012 10:35:16 AM PDT · by Vision · 9 replies
    TCM ^ | 4/14/12 | Vision
    This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert! Saturday night at 10:40pm est 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. During this time TCM will be showing A Night to Remember in memoriam. Saturday...A Night to Remember (1958), 10pm est "The crew and passengers of the Titanic fight to survive when the legendary ship strikes an iceberg."