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  • Caption Obama and Big Bird

    10/10/2012 12:50:41 PM PDT · by red-dawg · 31 replies
    Caption opportunity.
  • Merry Christmas, from Mitt

    10/10/2012 11:53:33 AM PDT · by Dogbert41 · 15 replies ^ | 10-10-12 | akethan
    Funny to me.
  • Saudi Men Take to Twitter to Complain About Bridal Dowry

    10/10/2012 11:29:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Trending on the social media site, the hashtag takes a cheeky turn on wedding bluesMarital bliss is a tough cookie to crack for several Saudi men who have taken to Twitter to boycott women in general unless bridal dowry isn’t revised to make it easier on their wallets. The Arabic hashtag, which was soon trending on the micro blogging site yesterday, roughly translates to ‘Campaign to boycott girls until bride price is reduced’. The war of the roses took a cheeky turn within minutes, with battle lines being drawn and both sexes swearing of marriage until a lasting solution was...
  • Yes, this is URGENT (Cranky, Hilarious Zero-Biden 2012 Email)

    10/10/2012 11:15:56 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    0bama for America | 10/10/2012 | Rufus Gifford
    Friend -- If you want to wake up on November 7th to four more years of President Obama, and not the alternative, then chip in $5 or more today -- that's just $1.25 for each week we have left. The bottom line is that we're running out of time to get our organization where it needs to be for the final push -- and make-or-break budget decisions are coming up at the end of this week. And, according to our records associated with this email address, you haven't donated to this campaign yet, so, if you've been waiting for the...
  • Man's Death After Eating Roaches Raises Questions (Contest to Win a Snake)

    10/10/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    10News ^ | 10/10/12
    As a Florida medical examiner tries to determine how 32-year-old Edward Archbold died after eating insects during a contest to win a snake, people around the country are asking: Why? Authorities said Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store where the contest was held. The store is in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. Archbold was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python. Why would anyone eat a live cockroach? Why did he die Friday when...
  • Energy Department protects trade secrets of bankrupt solar company

    10/10/2012 10:56:36 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 1 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 10, 2012 | Michael Bastasch
    Abound Solar filed for bankruptcy in June 2012, but the Department of Energy is still protecting their trade secrets, reports the Colorado Watchdog. The Colorado Watchdog filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Energy in early August — about six weeks after Abound’s bankruptcy — asking for all testing data on solar modules produced by the company. The response Colorado Watchdog got was a bunch of test pages with all the relevant data redacted. “Abound Solar has substantial commercial interest in protecting the release of the redacted confidential module test data within the responsive records, since...
  • Alex Karras, Former NFL Star And Actor, Dies

    10/10/2012 10:49:04 AM PDT · by iowamark · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/10/12 | Mark Memmott
    Alex Karras, who was a star defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s and went on to gain other fame for his acting in Hollywood's Blazing Saddles and TV's Webster, has died, according to multiple reports.He was 77 and had been suffering from kidney failure, as People magazine earlier reported. His death has been reported to The Associated Press by Karras' attorney, Craig Mitnick, and to USA Today by the Lions.The Associated Press reminds us that: "Karras became a bit of a celebrity through George Plimpton's behind-the-scenes book about what it was like to be an NFL player...
  • SAISD releases video from inside school bus plunge

    10/10/2012 10:39:29 AM PDT · by shadeaud · 3 replies
    KENS 5 San Antonio ^ | 10/10/12 | staff
    The San Antonio Independent School District has released video footage from inside a special-needs bus that plummeted off an I-37 overpass last week.
  • Signs and traits of narcissists, crazymakers, emotional manipulators, unsafe people

    10/10/2012 10:27:54 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 3 replies
    Think like a blackbelt ^ | JUNE 6, 2009 | LORI HOECK
    SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT Narcissists easily shift blame ✦ A sense of superiority places them above others ✦ Must be the center of attention, constantly seeking approval, acknowledgment, kudos, accolades, praise ✦ Act like they are the lead character in all things in life ✦ Dominate conversations because they believe they have the only worthwhile things to say ✦ Want others to give into their demands, request for favors, and put their needs first ✦ Have inflated egos, inflated sense of entitlement, inflated sense of importance, inflated need to be center stage ✦ Envious of other people’s accomplishments and will steal,...
  • Thieves Steal Goat From Zoo,Return it After Painting Its Nails

    10/10/2012 10:27:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012 | MEENA HART DUERSON
    A woman and her accomplice were caught on tape taking a 6-month-old goat named Billy from a California petting zoo in the middle of the night. They later returned him with his nails painted pink.Call her the pedicure bandit. A woman was caught on tape stealing a goat from a California petting zoo on Sunday, which she later returned — after painting its nails. Billy the goat was taken from his enclosure at the PB Pumpkin Patch in San Diego’s Pacific Beach around 2 a.m. Sunday, and the whole heist was captured on surveillance cameras. In the video, a ponytailed...
  • Why Obama’s Foreign Policy Free Ride Is Over

    10/10/2012 10:23:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Fred Thompson ^ | 10.10.2012 | Fred Thompson
    n a forceful and succinct speech on Monday at the Virginia Military Academy, Mitt Romney laid out the clear differences between his foreign policy views and those of President Obama. In actuality, he did much more than that. He demonstrated that between the two of them, only he understands the nature of the world we live in. Obama, starting with his apologetic speech in Cairo in 2009, has been guided by the notion that the force of his own personality and his Muslim ties, along with the pulling back of U.S. leadership from the international community would pacify radical Islamists...
  • Soldier Songs; Using Music to Heal Veterans

    10/10/2012 9:49:52 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 6 replies
    NBC 11 News ^ | 7/11/11
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Coming home from war can be one of the most difficult experiences any person goes through. But one local group says music has the power to heal even the darkest of hearts -- which is why they're on a new mission to connect soldiers to songs. Jared Midgley spent seven years of his life serving in the U.S. Army, during which he was deployed to Iraq. He says the transition to civilian life has gone well, but admits it hasn't always been easy. "You build a wall and you're kind of hard-headed," said Midgley. "Military...
  • Angst grows among President Obama's supporters

    10/10/2012 9:06:53 AM PDT · by Signalman · 26 replies ^ | 10/10/2012 | Glen Thrush
    First came the nausea. Then came the anxiety. After months of watching Mitt Romney twist in the media glare, a growing number of President Barack Obama’s supporters — though confined for now to a noisy minority of liberals — are peering into the Obama-might-actually-lose abyss for the first time after last week’s disastrous first debate. Some progressives seem to be going into primal panic mode — to the profound annoyance of the Democratic professional political class and an Obama campaign predicting a rebound at next Tuesday’s debate in Long Island. “That’s my party: Irrational overconfidence followed by irrational despair,” quipped...
  • Chip price war likely (PC space )

    10/10/2012 9:05:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:06 | Nick Farrell
    Trinity takes on Chipzilla It is starting to look like there will be a chip price war as AMD drops prices on Trinity. Word on the street is that Chipzilla is getting to ready to drop its prices too. AMD has priced the Trinity chips starting at $53 in quantities of 1,000. Its new new dual-core A4-5300 desktop processors are priced at $53, which is the lowest of all Trinity desktop chips. It is much lower than the Intel Core i3 processors, which are based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture and start at $117. AMD also shipped the new...
  • The Feeling November 7th If Obama Is Reelected

    10/10/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 14 replies
    10-9-12 | trailhkr1
    The gif below sums it up best.
  • Google News Searches For "Jewish" Search Terms Yields Apology From Google

    10/10/2012 8:33:04 AM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    I heard recently that there were Jewish people living in Libya. I decided to search for stories using a google news search "libya jewish". At the bottom of the search results Google linked to the following apology. Kinda tells you how awful internet news can be... An explanation of our search results: If you recently used Google to search for the word “Jew,” you may have seen results that were very disturbing. We assure you that the views expressed by the sites in your results are not in any way endorsed by Google. We’d like to explain why you’re seeing...
  • Obama’s October Surprise – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!

    10/10/2012 8:25:34 AM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 10/10/2012 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how Obama has an October surprise up his sleeve. Here it is! Tune in!
  • Tortured WWII British Soldier Tracks Down Japanese Tormentor And Forgives Him

    10/10/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-9-12 | Robert Hardman
    Beaten to a pile of broken bones, caged, starved and tortured, Eric Lomax was convinced he would never see Britain ever again. He had already experienced the lottery of death among the chain gangs on the Burma-Siam Railway. Now things were even worse. Accused of being a spy, he had been left to the mercies of the Japanese army’s secret police. Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning. It was surely only a matter of time before he would be put out of his misery.
  • Walmart --- Can They Be Stopped? (vanity)

    10/10/2012 8:09:47 AM PDT · by Beowulf · 181 replies
    October 10, 2012 | me
    Does any one have any experience or insight into fighting Walmart expansion that they would be willing to share?
  • Coal fireplace vs. space heaters vs. steam --tenant question

    10/10/2012 7:17:05 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 38 replies
    Hey Freepers, Once again I come to you with questions. This time it's about heating my apartment. I'm the tenant. State is SC. I am renting an apartment that is part of a divided house. I live on the top floor. My apartment has 2 coal fireplaces that have obviously not been used for a long time. They are back to back in 2 different rooms, so they share a chimney. The apartment downstairs had fireplaces in the same spots (same chimney), but a previous tenant removed the mantel on one and closed up the hole (not sure about materials...