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  • Today's Toons 5/11/12

    05/11/2012 1:22:14 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 11 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 5/11/12 | pookie18
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  • Cuba mulls legalizing gay marriage

    05/10/2012 11:43:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:56AM BST 11 May 2012 | (agencies)
    Cuba could pass legislation allowing same-sex marriage later this year, according to the daughter of President Raúl Castro. Mariela Castro, the country’s premier sexologist, made the remarks one day after US President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, but said Cuba still needs to be "more revolutionary" in its treatment of gays. Ms. Castro said she "has the hope that this year" parliament will pass legislation to legalize gay marriage in Cuba, although the bill under debate by lawmakers here "sad to say is not everything that we would have hoped for." Castro looked to another of its neighbors, Argentina,...
  • David’s Brisket House

    05/10/2012 9:02:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2012 | BETSY ANDREWS
    533 Nostrand Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer Street), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; (718) 789-1155.“Pastrami, baby!” whooped a dreadlocked diner recently at David’s Brisket House. “As salaam alaikum, pastrami!” This Bedford-Stuyvesant institution inspires vocal exuberance, the subtext of which seems to be: Thank goodness for Brooklyn, where Yemeni Muslim guys serve exemplary Jewish deli sandwiches to a predominantly African-American crowd. The cultural mashup of David’s only adds to the charm of its pastrami. Such personality! So hot and sweet and sassy. It’s irresistible piled on rye with spicy brown mustard, or even with mayonnaise, as some here prefer (all beef sandwiches are...
  • Time Cover Shows 3-Year-Old Breast-Feeding

    05/10/2012 8:57:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 59 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 10, 2012
    May 10, 2012 11:24am Time Cover Shows 3-Year-Old Breast-Feeding This week's cover of Time Magazine shows a mother nursing her 3-year-old son. Should a mom continue nursing her child even after he’s too big to be held in her arms? For mothers who practice what’s known as “attachment parenting,” the answer is an emphatic “yes” — and some are more than happy to demonstrate. This week’s cover of Time Magazine shows Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet nursing her 3-year-old son, who reaches her breast with the help of a chair. “When you think of breast-feeding, you think of mothers...
  • 2weeks rations equals 1days smokes

    05/10/2012 8:48:47 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 88 replies
    They had a sale on elbow pasta, aka macaroni. 75cents/ I ran to the store with a pocket full of quarters and bought 8 pounds worth. I figure if I only ate macaroni it would last me 2 weeks. I might go back tomorrow and buy another 16 pounds of it. Or more. In front of me at the checkout was a guy counting out nickels dimes and pennies for a pack of smokes. About 6 bucks...about the same amount I spent. I couldn't help but notice the irony. Here it is the day before payday and he's down nearly...
  • 'Will & Grace' Co-Creator Says Joe Biden Mentioned Show Prior to Gay Marriage Endorsement

    05/10/2012 8:41:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies ^ | May 10, 2012 | Aaron Couch
    When Vice President Joe Biden spoke out in support of gay marriage Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, he touted the network’s former hit Will & Grace as having done much to educate people on the subject. It apparently wasn't the first time Biden had spoken similar words. The show’s co-creator Max Mutchnick said Biden had mentioned Will & Grace in a similar context several weeks before his endorsement. “My husband and I were at a private function two weeks prior to the Meet the Press airing,” Mutchnick said Thursday on CBS This Morning. “Vice President Biden was talking to...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Lusty Lady needs investment bigger than 1s and 5s

    05/10/2012 8:11:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/12 | C.W. Nevius
    The Lusty Lady has been serving the nude dancer and peep show needs of North Beach for nearly 30 years. But now that it is facing financial problems, San Franciscans should remember the club's place in the city's colorful history.A case can be made that the Lady is the most pro-feminist strip club in the city - and maybe in history. In 1996, the dancers at the Lusty Lady created a national sensation when they became the first nude club to create an "exotic dancers union." Seven years later, they had another landmark moment when the dancers banded together to...
  • 8 Most Impractical Handguns in History

    05/10/2012 7:20:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    gun & ammo ^ | 5-3-12 | dylan polk
    Practicality may not be something shooters think about all the time; if that was the case, .50-cal rifles would be a lot less popular on the civilian market . However, while we may look at some guns and think, “Now why would anyone need THAT?” chances are the Herculean handgun that looks like it was hauled in by a flatbed trailer doesn’t hold a candle to some of the most impractical handguns in history. Whether they were too costly to make or just plain ineffective, here are eight of the most impractical handguns in history.
  • Naked unicyclist charged for distracting drivers

    05/10/2012 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2012
    KEMAH, Texas (AP) - Police say a man arrested in a Southeast Texas city for riding his unicycle in the nude was distracting drivers and creating a hazard. Kemah (KEE'-muh) police Chief Greg Rikard (RY'-kurd) says 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley was not intoxicated or impaired when he was arrested Wednesday on a bridge in the city 20 miles southeast of Houston.
  • 2 NY sites recall Benedict Arnold's early heroics

    05/10/2012 6:54:38 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 41 replies
    AP via ^ | 5-10-12 | Chris Carola
    This undated sketch portrait of Gen. Benedict Arnold by an unknown artist was provided by the Library of Congress. While most Americans know Arnold as the man who betrayed his nation by trying to turn over the American fortifications at West Point to the British, then joining the redcoats when the plot was uncovered, his heroic actions at the Revolutionary War's Battles of Saratoga are detailed in a new exhibit opening Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Saratoga National Historical Park. ALBANY, N.Y.—Benedict Arnold is a hero again, at least temporarily, at two upstate New York historic sites where his...
  • Two reasons why Obama screwed up on Gay Marriage (vanity)

    05/10/2012 5:43:37 PM PDT · by Signalman · 39 replies
    Self | 5/10/2012 | Sefl
    1. I was listening to the Hugh Hewitt show a few hours ago and a guy called in, a medical employee at a hospital. He said that he happened to be checking out two Black patients in different rooms who had no connection to each other. Both of them had family members visiting them. In both situations, the subject of Obama approving gay marriage came up and in both cases, the family members were irate and said they were going to "stay home" on election day. Sure, it's anecdotal but it could be significant. Blacks have a higher rate of...
  • Love of a kid..

    I notice it takes one shot to have 120 replies of unnecessary outcome, but when this lovely kid walk to his father, responses are so slow, while on tube is more then 25000, looking at that beloved kid breaks my heart of true love, people, please look at it. Love speaks of its self. Now I won’t bother you, but I think it shows LOVE, as it is.
  • Nevermind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found

    05/10/2012 5:09:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05/10/2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    The oldest-known version of the ancient Maya calendar has been discovered adorning a lavishly painted wall in the ruins of a city deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. The hieroglyphs, painted in black and red, along with a colorful mural of a king and his mysterious attendants, seem to have been a sort of handy reference chart for court scribes in A.D. 800 — the astronomers and mathematicians of their day. Contrary to popular myth, this calendar isn't a countdown to the end of the world in December 2012, the study researchers said.

    05/10/2012 5:01:49 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 26 replies
    ANYBODY'S COMPUTER EVER... given you this message before, without warning: "shutting down to install updates 1 of 3" AND no option to opt out or postpone or to save what you are currently working on? Mine recently did that. I think we've all seen those funny vids of really angry people smashing their computer in their cubicle. I have never done that but when a stupid piece of * vista machine did this to me, I was VERY close to smashing it to pieces.
  • World's Scariest Trail Ride

    These guys have some serious skill's to tackle this trail.
  • The "Democrat War On" List As Of May 2012.The List Grows Each Week.

    05/10/2012 4:53:46 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 4 replies
    The Democrat Wars just keep on coming.Every week it's a new addition to their "Chit-List".The list just keeps growing as each week they find a new target to blame the Republicans on,when in reality,it's the Dem's who are bashing these groups.These are most of them.The War On Women,Men,Gays,Bisexuals,Dogs,1/32 Native Americans,Seniors,The Average Working American,Anyone who doesn't support The Black Panthers&Eric Holder,Whites,Catholics,Jews,White Latinos,Little Girls Lemon-Ade Stands,Girl Scout Cookies,Gibson Guitars,Small Business,Millionaires and Efforts To Prevent Voter Fraud! These are only a few examples of "Democrat Wars". There's probably 100 more,so please feel free to add to the list. And don't forget, the Michelle...
  • Obama’s gay marriage dispute a blatant political spectacle

    05/10/2012 4:32:20 PM PDT · by conservativeforpalin · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10th | Henry D'Andrea
    Well it is official. President Barack Obama “personally” supports gay marriage, yet he still hasn’t stated whether gay Americans have the right to actually legally marry. The issue of gay marriage careened into the spotlight when Catholic Vice President, Joe Biden, affirmed on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that he is “absolutely comfortable” with “men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying.” Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, followed Biden’s comments by saying, "Yes, I do," when asked whether gay couples should be able to legally marry. After days of media speculation and fiasco, the president finally...
  • Can a mandate that says that marriage shall be between one man and one woman be federalized?

    05/10/2012 4:27:36 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies
    5/10/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If this mandate can be federalized, via a federal constitutional amendment that says that marriage shall only be between one man and one woman, then why did RNC head Reince Priebus say on Andrea Mitchell Reports the following: "Governor Romney and the Republican Party have been pretty clear, marriage is between one man and one woman. We believe ultimately that you can't federalize that kind of mandate, which is why we believe that individual states can make that decision on their own." If Romney had not signed the pledge some time back that called for a federal constitutional amendment that...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Green Flash and Super Moon

    05/10/2012 4:23:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | May 10, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It was really not about superheroes as on May 6 the much touted Super Moon, the largest Full Moon of 2012, rose over this otherwise peaceful harbor. And no supervillains were present either as boats gently rocked at their moorings near the checkerboard La Perdrix lighthouse on the coast of Brittany, France. But the rise of the Super Moon was preceded by a Green Flash, captured in the first frame of this timelapse video recorded that night. The cropped image of the frame, a two second long exposure, shows the strongly colored flash left of the lighted buoy near...
  • 2012 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - Live Thread

    05/10/2012 4:01:07 PM PDT · by Chode · 6 replies
    Chode ^ | 5/10/2012 | Chode
    SPANISH GRAND PRIX Venue: Circuit de Catalunya, MontmeloDate: Sunday 13 MayLap length: 2.892 milesRace laps: 662010 winner: Mark Webber (Red Bull)First grand prix: 1991 Lap Record: 1:21.670 - K Raikkonen (2008) Fri Sunny 26c Sat Sunny 25c Sun Cloudy 21c
  • WWII Fighter Plane Hailed the 'Aviation Equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' Found Preserved (Sahara)

    05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara A Second World War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert before the British pilot walked to his death has been found almost perfectly preserved 70 years later. Most of its cockpit instruments are intact and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military. There are also signs of the makeshift camp the pilot made alongside the fuselage. No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot may lie within a 20 mile radius...
  • Time Magazine's Breastfeeding Cover: Moms React

    05/10/2012 2:56:15 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 115 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/10/2012 | Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting
    Does this cover go too far? (Photo: headline reads, "Are You Mom enough?" But if that wasn't enough to fan the flames of the Mommy Wars, there's the photo that goes with it: A pretty young woman wearing skinny jeans and a tank top, nursing her nearly 4-year-old son. It's meant to illustrate a story about Dr. William Sears and attachment parenting but, given that there's more to that movement than extended breastfeeding, it seems as if Time magazine was going for sensationalism and shock value. It's working. >>Warning: pic at the link<<
  • HETEROS R US Site (vanity)

    05/10/2012 2:21:35 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 7 replies
    VetsCoR ^ | May, 10, 2012 | A Navy Vet
    After Obambi coming out for gay marriage, and Pelosi saying her Catholic Faith allows her to "not discriminate" against the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community, I'm done. Along with TV, movies, print, education institutions, parades, et al, that promote the GLBT life styles, I am fed up. We are way beyond them wanting tolerance. Now we are being indoctrinated to accept such as a normal lifestyle and possibly change our desires to their perverted proclivities.
  • Harry Reid Hints at Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

    05/10/2012 2:03:48 PM PDT · by Why So Serious · 6 replies
    You have to be kidding me? Harry has not been able to pass a budget in nearly three years.
  • Man catches fish with duck beak from Hau River[Vietnam]

    05/10/2012 1:20:21 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    Tuoi Tre ^ | 05 May 2012 | Tuoi Tre
    Nguyen Thanh Nhan in Binh Minh district, the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long last Friday caught a 2 kilo fish that has a jaw looking like a duck beak. According to Nhan, he was sitting on a boat on Hau River when he saw two strange fish rising up from the water. He used a net to catch one. Hearing about Nhan with the strange fish, locals throng his house to watch but no one could tell what kind of fish it is. Although having a body of a fresh water fish, it has a head looking like an...
  • What else is "evolving" in Zero's policy ideas...

    05/10/2012 1:10:23 PM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 6 replies
    today | self
    1. Socialism 2. Christianity 3. Personal Transportation freedom 4. Bill of Rights 5. Declaration of Independence 6. Meat eating. Any more ideas Americans need to "evolve their thinking about" to be more advanced as a society?
  • Pelosi: Her Catholic Faith 'Compels' Her to Support Same-Sex Marriage

    05/10/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT · by THE_RAIDER · 43 replies ^ | May 10, 2012 | Christopher Goins ( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that her Catholic faith "compels" her to "be against discrimination of any kind" and thus for same-sex marriage. A reporter asked Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they're opposed. You're a Catholic that supports gay marriage. Do you believe that religion and the idea that you can support gay marriage can be separated? And how do you grapple with the idea that you support gay marriage as a Catholic?”
  • Connecticut Jewish Woman Suing over Burial of Gentile in her Congregation’s Cemetery

    05/10/2012 12:22:39 PM PDT · by olcurmudgeon · 14 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | May 5, 2012 | Jewish Press News Briefs
    The AP reports that a trial is set to begin in the case of a Connecticut Jewish woman who sued her congregation because a black woman had been buried in the interfaith section of their cemetery. Maria Balaban’s lawsuit will go to trial Tuesday in New London Superior Court. She is demanding that the remains of Jamaica-born Juliet Steer be exhumed and removed from Congregation Ahavath Achim’s cemetery in Colchester. The 73-year-old Balaban argues that the congregation broke the rule against burying gentiles in a Jewish cemetery when it allowed Steer’s burial in an interfaith section of the cemetery in...
  • Seattle firefighters free pizza maker from dough machine

    05/10/2012 12:10:20 PM PDT · by illiac · 7 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 5/10/12 | Levi Pillinene
    A worker at a Capitol Hill pizzeria caught in a dough machine Tuesday was rescued by Seattle firefighters. At 2:54 p.m., firefighters were called Toscana Pizzeria in the 600 block of Summit Avenue East after a man in his 30s got his hand caught in a dough-making machine there. Firefighters worked for 15 minutes to disassemble the machine and free the man, a Fire Department spokesman said in a statement. The man suffered serious injuries to his hand and fingers. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
  • Congress: TSA is Wasting Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

    05/10/2012 11:59:54 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 14 replies
    TechDirt ^ | May 9, 2012 | techdirt
    Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars from the oversight-indeed dept The House Oversight Committee has come out with a report slamming the TSA for tremendous amounts of waste, specifically in the "deployment and storage" of its scanning equipment. Basically, it sounds like the TSA likes to go on giant spending sprees, buying up security equipment and then never, ever using it. A few data points As of February 15, 2012, the total value of TSA’s equipment in storage was, according to TSA officials, estimated at $184 million. However, when questioned by Committee staff, TSA’s warehouse...
  • Illegal Immigrants Receive Billions of Dollars More from the IRS than They Pay in

    05/10/2012 11:42:24 AM PDT · by mtnwmn · 3 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | September 2011 | Peter A. Schulkin
    Peter A. Schulkin received his PhD in economics from Harvard and is former Director of Research for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and former Senior Vice President of a real estate arm of Wells Fargo & Co. He has taught at several universities, including UCLA. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Summary: The July 7, 2011, report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration provides summary data from IRS tax returns that show illegal immigrants collected far more in dollars from the IRS than they paid in federal income taxes for each year in the period of 2005-2010, the total six-year...
  • Bristol Palin's gay marriage rant: Obama girls watch too much 'Glee'

    05/10/2012 11:17:00 AM PDT · by Bill Buckner · 117 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/10/2012 | By CAITLIN MCDEVITT
    Bristol Palin thinks it’s laughable that President Barack Obama’s children influenced his decision to support same-sex marriage. “While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” Bristol, the eldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, wrote in a blog post titled “Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama” on Thursday. Obama said on Wednesday that his daughers' acceptance of friends with same-sex parents helped prompt his "change in perspective." In response, Palin writes: In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia...
  • The Yamal deception ( Dataused for the Global Warming Hoax

    05/10/2012 11:02:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | May 9, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    As many readers are probably aware, there has been an important new posting at Climate Audit about the Yamal affair. This posting is an attempt to set out the whole story of Yamal. It reworks an article I did in 2009 and incorporates new developments since that time. I hope readers find it useful. I have also prepared a Kindle version of the post, for which there is a small charge - click here:Please also consider hitting the tip jar.The story of Michael Mann's Hockey Stick reconstruction, its statistical bias and the influence of the bristlecone pines is well known....
  • Free-floating planets in the Milky Way outnumber stars by factors of thousands

    05/10/2012 10:10:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 103 replies
    Springer ^ | 5/10/12
    Researchers say life-bearing planets may exist in vast numbers in the space between stars in the Milky WayA few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way. So argues an international team of scientists led by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, UK. Their findings are published online in the Springer journal Astrophysics and Space Science. The scientists have proposed that these life-bearing planets originated in the early Universe within a few million years of the Big Bang, and that...
  • Obama vows to cut huge deficit in half (2/22/2009. Blast to the past)

    05/10/2012 9:40:51 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/22/2009 | By MIKE ALLEN
    President Obama will announce Monday that he plans to cut the nation’s projected annual deficit in half by the end of his first term, a senior administration official said Saturday. The plan will make explicit what Obama officials have been suggesting for months: Contrary to his campaign promise, Obama will allow the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans expire as scheduled at the end of 2010 instead of seeking their repeal sooner. Officials determined that seeking to raise the taxes earlier during a recession was a bad idea, advisers said. Obama, who will speak Monday to a Fiscal Responsibility...
  • Microsoft returning Windows to 'the digital dark ages'? (Mozilla argues Windows 8 bans Firefox)

    05/10/2012 9:29:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/10/2012
    The biggest lawsuit in Microsoft’s history dominated the 90s, when the company battled accusations that it was stifling browser competition. Rival Netscape couldn't survive, but the Windows giant was ultimately forced to strip Internet Explorer from its operating system in a landmark ruling. That conflict may be brewing up again. Mozilla, the developer group behind the popular Firefox browser, argued Wednesday night that Firefox is being banned from certain versions of Windows 8, the forthcoming tablet-centric OS from Microsoft -- returning Windows users to the dark ages before competition. “The upcoming release of Windows … and Microsoft’s browser practices regarding...
  • Secrets of the First Practical Artificial Leaf (limitless energy!)

    05/10/2012 9:02:02 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    ScienceDaily (May 9, 2012) — A detailed description of development of the first practical artificial leaf -- a milestone in the drive for sustainable energy that mimics the process, photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert water and sunlight into energy -- appears in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research. The article notes that unlike earlier devices, which used costly ingredients, the new device is made from inexpensive materials and employs low-cost engineering and manufacturing processes.Daniel G. Nocera points out that the artificial leaf responds to the vision of a famous Italian chemist who, in 1912, predicted that scientists...
  • Extremely rare calico-colored lobster found at Massachusetts restaurant

    An extremely rare lobster was saved Monday by an alert employee at a Massachusetts restaurant. The unusually colored “calico” lobster is marked by bright orange and yellow spots. But the extraordinary find could have easily ended up in someone's belly at Jasper White's Summer Shack restaurant in Cambridge. “We happened to be cleaning the tank and I happened to be there," White told the Boston Globe. "One of my guys said, 'Chef, look at this lobster,' and from across the room I knew it was special."
  • Apple releases OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 and Security Update 2012-002 for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

    05/10/2012 8:58:06 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Apple through ^ | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 · 5:07 pm
    Apple today released OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 which is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac including fixes that: • Resolve an issue where the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to a server • Improve the reliability of copying files to an SMB server For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: For information on the security content of...
  • Nik Wallenda nearly slips off wire during Baltimore tightrope stunt

    05/10/2012 8:48:19 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies
    NYDN ^ | May 9, 2012 | Erik Ortiz
    Shrieks rung out as a member of the legendary Wallenda family lost his footing while tightrope walking high above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Wednesday. But Nik Wallenda, 33, kept his cool, managing to maneuver across the 300-foot-long tightrope without wearing safety gear — and eventually earning the applause of onlookers.
  • Lawyer: Feds digging up mobster’s yard in hunt for Gardner paintings

    05/10/2012 8:46:32 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/10/12 | Matt Stout
    FBI agents, bloodhounds, beagles and a ferret are swarming the backyard of a reputed Connecticut mobster hunting for the long-lost Gardner Museum masterworks, the alleged gangster’s lawyer told the Herald this morning. Agents are executing a search-and-seizure warrant to look for guns at the Manchester, Conn., home and property of 75-year-old Robert Gentile, but “they’re looking for paintings,” said defense attorney Ryan McGuigan. “We all know what they’re really looking for.
  • Naked unicyclist arrested on Kemah (Texas) bridge (Yes, there is a picture)

    05/10/2012 8:20:22 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | 05/10/2012 | Chris Paschenko
    KEMAH — Police headquarters became flooded with calls Wednesday reporting a naked man riding a unicycle across the state Highway 146 bridge from Kemah into Seabrook, authorities said. A passer-by snapped a photograph of the man, who was shown sporting only a tan line, as he cycled north across the bridge that spans the Clear Lake channel, Kemah police Chief Greg Rikard said. Police arrested the man at 1:32 p.m. before he made it to the top of the bridge, Rikard said. Bond for Joseph Glynn Farley, 45, of Clear Lake, was set at $1,500 on the Class B misdemeanor...
  • Small firms give California an "F" grade

    05/10/2012 6:23:36 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 13 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5-10-12 | Jan
    Owners of small service businesses give California an F grade for business friendliness, according to an online survey by, a website for service companies. It is the second survey in a week that gives the Golden State black marks by business owners. Chief Executive magazine recently released its annual survey of Best and Worst States for business, which ranked California 50th for the eighth straight year.
  • First Job. First Financial Responsibility. Now What?

    05/10/2012 6:06:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 10, 2012 | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie: I'm about to graduate from college and have landed my first job. It doesn't pay a lot, but it's in my field. From a financial perspective, what are my first moves? --A Reader Dear Reader: Congratulations on what sounds like a promising start to your career. And congratulations, too, on wanting to use your money wisely. Your first moves -- both in your career and in your finances -- can be crucial down the road. It doesn't matter how much money you make to begin with, but it can matter tremendously how you use it. Managing your money...
  • NFL plans for replacement officials

    05/10/2012 5:41:30 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 2 replies ^ | May 10, 20 | Alex Marvez
    <p>The NFL used replacement players in the past because of labor strife.</p>
  • 6-Year-Old Boy Walks to His U.S. Marine Father for the First Time

    05/10/2012 5:29:12 AM PDT · by Doogle · 22 replies
    YT ^ | 05/09/12 | TheBobjohnson1984
    Marine dad gets the surprise when he comes home...a reversal of sorts. He sees his son walk for the first time
  • The gun is civilization

    05/10/2012 5:25:23 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 14 replies
    Beaufort Observer ^ | December 29, 2011 | Marko Kloos
    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical...
  • 6th graders made porn video at Mexican school

    05/10/2012 5:20:15 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 5-9-2012 | Mark Stevenson
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Campeche said Wednesday they are investigating how a porn video was made by sixth-graders inside their school. ~~~snip~~~ The incident occurred in late April at a grade school in the town of Calkini, which is in a relatively conservative and heavily Indian area. Three boys are seen on the video engaging in oral and anal sex recorded on a cellphone by a fourth person, apparently another student....

    05/10/2012 4:49:50 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 17 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/10/42 | Daniel T. Brigham, Hanson W. Baldwin, Frank L. Kluckhohn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 THE NEWS OF THE WEEK IN REVIEW11 12 13 14 15
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 10, 2012 - obtest

    05/10/2012 4:31:18 AM PDT · by secret garden · 72 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 10 May 2012 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". obtest \ob-TEST\ , verb1. To supplicate earnestly; beseech.2. To invoke as witness.3. To protest.4. To make supplication; beseech. Example sentences:I constrain, adjure, obtest and strongly command you.-- Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering And whosoever she be, even with the form of words which to miserable wretches is granted most exaudible, I pray, and do with those prayers most heartily obtest, which are in the ears of the hearers of them most effectual, that...