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  • AMTRAK Sucks

    07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 8 replies
    7-22-14 | Me
    On 21July2014 Amtrak Wolverine was due to arrive in New Buffalo Michigan at 8:10pm from Chicago. But it was over 2 hours late. When my wife FINALLY talked with a REAL person she was told that AMTRAK's own dispatch center could NOTcontact the train and to call back in 10 min for update!!!!!!!!
  • If you want to prove you don’t hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet

    07/22/2014 10:57:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    I have never in my life encountered a religion as oppressive, cold, and stiff as Progressivism. I’ve never known a faith more eager to burn heretics at the stake. Even a fundamentalist Iranian Muslim would flinch if he came face to face with a western liberal’s rigid dogmatism. I imagine that even a Saudi Arabian Islamic cleric would take one look at how American left wingers react when anyone deviates ever so slightly from their established orthodoxy, and say to himself, “man, these people REALLY need to chill.” The Cult of Leftism has many tenets, and it demands full compliance...
  • Bill Clinton accused of having a busty blonde mistress code-named 'Energizer'

    07/22/2014 10:36:39 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 07/21/2014 | Zoe Szathmary
    Bill Clinton's mistress has been nicknamed 'Energizer' by his security staff, a new book alleges. Ronald Kessler's 'The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,' excerpts of which were obtained by the New York Post's Richard Johnson, makes the claim. One excerpt includes a quote from a source that revealed 'Energizer' has no problem getting inside the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York home.
  • Apple to suppliers: Gear up for the next iPhone [Larger Screens!]

    07/22/2014 10:22:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.marketwatch.com ^ | July 21, 2014, 8:51 p.m. EDT | By Lorraine Luk
    Apple Inc. is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones, betting that larger-screen models will lure consumers now attracted to similar phones from Samsung Electronics Co. and others. The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C--which had...
  • Witchcraft, white supremacists, meth labs or a family grudge?

    07/22/2014 10:09:43 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Will Payne
    Five years ago Bobby Jamison, Sherilyn Jamison and their six-year-old daughter Madyson mysteriously vanished. It wasn't until more than four years later that their decimated, skeletal remains were found on a remote Oklahoma mountainside, lying side-by-side, face down in the dirt, three miles from their abandoned truck. On Saturday their loved ones held a memorial for the family. The modest but emotional ceremony may have given their family and friends a scrap of comfort - but it did little to end their torment. They still have no real idea what happened to their loved ones in a case that has...
  • Here's The Insane Russian Theory That MH17 And MH370 Are The Same Plane

    07/22/2014 9:45:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | ELLEN KILLORAN, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
    One of the more outrageous conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 surfaced in the days following the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week. The theory, which originated in Russia, holds that MH17 and MH370 are actually the same plane and that the U.S. military arranged for the second flight, filled with corpses, to be blown up over eastern Ukraine. This theory was described in a widely read account in the New Republic on Sunday by Russian-American Jessica Ioffe, which argued that Russian civilians were being fed a uniformly skewed interpretation of the events that brought...
  • George Harrison memorial tree killed by... beetles

    07/22/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    USA Today ^ | 7/22/14 | USA Today/LA Times
    USA Today. No excerpts. Just title and link. http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/07/22/george-harrison-memorial-tree-killed-by-beetles/12985001/
  • Global warming 'pause' was a natural fluctuation, scientists say

    07/22/2014 9:37:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brooks Hays
    Climate change skeptics have suggested a recent slowdown in the warming of the Earth is evidence that global warming is a farce and that climate models can't be trusted, but new research suggests the slowdown, or "pause," was not a significant disruption of larger trends. The planet has been slowly warming over the last century or more. But in the last 15 years, that rate of warming has slowed. Temperatures are still high by historical standards; but between 1998 and 2013 they were slightly below what climate models had predicted. A small number of scientists and policy makers have pointed...
  • It's My Birthday!!!

    07/22/2014 8:51:58 AM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 34 replies
    The Wayback Machine ^ | 7/22/2014 | FP
    Signed up July 22, 1999. Please help me celebrate and take look at the linked postAt the time, it was the second longest thread on FR. The longest was Arthur McGowan's "Please Don't Ping Me." It had 1100 replies. So click the link to see some old friends, many are still here. Unfortunately some have passed on or passed out.
  • Is We're the Millers perhaps the funniest film ever made?

    07/22/2014 8:27:28 AM PDT · by mylife · 100 replies
    youtube ^ | 7/22/14 | youtube
    I know this is a movie about bad behavior but it seems to redeem bad actors. I heehawed my but off. What do you all think of the film?
  • California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

    07/22/2014 8:03:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:07 AM EDT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure. …
  • 97-year-old ukulele player evicted from retirement home

    07/22/2014 7:42:43 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 24 replies
    ktvu.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rob Roth
    97-year-old ukulele player evicted from retirement home By Rob Roth KTVU.com NAPA, Calif. — Ninety-seven-year-old Jim Farrell likes to sing and play his ukulele. He says he's a veteran of three wars. But most recently he’s found himself homeless. He had been living independently at the Redwood Retirement Residence in Napa, until eleven days ago, when he was ordered to leave. He says he was told he wasn't keeping his room clean enough. So when the residence charged him a $1500 cleaning bill, Farrell says he couldn't afford the next month's rent. He had to go. "Absolutely devastating. Devastating. Horrible,"...
  • Brits vote Las Vegas the 'overspend' capital of the world ..

    07/22/2014 7:05:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    Las Vegas has been voted the ‘overspend’ capital of the year and the destination most likely to encourage tourists to become too flash with their cash, according to a survey. Two thirds of Brits ranked the glitzy US city number one, followed by Paris, then New York. Venice and Ibiza make up the top five destinations where holidaymakers are most likely to part with too much cash.
  • Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

    07/22/2014 7:01:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 22, 2014 2:09 AM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away. Already, the new results provide the first hard genetic evidence to bolster a theory connecting the immune system to the disease. […] The study included the genetic codes of more than 150,000 people—nearly 37,000 of them diagnosed with the disease. Researchers found 108 genetic markers for risk of getting the disease, 83 of them not previously reported. And scientists...
  • Ben Carson Wins Western Conservative Straw Poll (Cruz, Palin, #2 and #3)

    07/22/2014 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/21/2014 | Melissa Clyne
    Ben Carson was the top vote-getter in a 2016 presidential straw poll at the weekend’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver, The Denver Post reported. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Carson-2016-straw-poll/2014/07/21/id/583821#ixzz38CmSgI00 Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • World’s 2nd Richest Man Calls for 3-Day Work Week, Longer Hours

    07/22/2014 6:49:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 21, 2014 6:23PM
    Would a three-day work week improve your quality of life? Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, says it would. During a press conference, Slim called for a “radical overhaul” in workers’ lives. He said people should work three days a week, but longer hours. He also said people should work more years, until they’re 70 or 75. …
  • Book Review: 'West of the Revolution' by Claudio Saunt

    07/22/2014 6:29:49 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 3 replies
    The Wall St Journal ^ | July 22, 2014 | GERARD HELFERICH
    As tea was being dumped in Boston Harbor, momentous changes were taking place across the continent, defining America's future. The year 1776 stands as the most celebrated date on the American calendar, and for good reason. Embraced by those scant 12 months is not only the signing of the Declaration of Independence but also the Redcoats' retreat from Boston, the Continentals' narrow escape from New York, and George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River to snatch a desperately needed victory at Trenton. Those storied episodes unfolded within 50 miles of the Atlantic Coast. In his perceptive and original "West of...
  • Cruz: Rich Do Fine with Big Govt, GOP Must Help the Working Poor

    07/22/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 20 2014 | Todd Beamon and Elliot Jager
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said that to resurrect America's greatness it was necessary to revive the economy, defend the Constitution, and restore America's place in the world arena. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ted-cruz-poor-gop-western-conservative/2014/07/20/id/583716#ixzz38Cbu8mbS Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
  • Is Reed Breaking The Hatch Act when he rails against the Koch's?

    07/22/2014 5:55:01 AM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 11 replies
    http://hatchact.uslegal.com/ ^ | 7/22/14 | b.b.e.b.
    No one can argue that Harry Reed is attacking wealthy political donors the Kock brothers but not a peep about; (via thesunlightfoundation.com ")Thomas Steyer, A long-time donor to Democratic causes, Thomas Steyer's contributions to federal and state elections have topped $40 million over the years, according to Influence Explorer. He contributed a whopping $32 million to California's Proposition 39, a tax initiative that won approval from voters in 2012, The Californian is a billionaire hedge fund maestro turned environmentalist who poured some $11.1 million into Super PACs in 2013." Since Harry Reed is standing on the senate floor only going...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 22, 2014

    07/22/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 22, 2014 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". cunctation [kuhngk-tey-shuhn] -n delay; tardiness.[1575–85; < Latin cunctātiōn- (stem of cunctātiō ) delay, equivalent to cunctāt ( us ) (past participle of cunctārī to delay) + -iōn- -ion] la pesadilla [pehs-ah-DEE-yah ] -n nightmare El tráfico de las 5:00 es habitualmente una pesadilla. The traffic at 5:00 is usually a nightmare.
  • Why Aren't There More Gay People?

    07/22/2014 4:41:56 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 78 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 21, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    I have a sensitive, inconvenient, and undoubtedly politically incorrect question: Why aren’t there more gay people? I ask because there’s something confusing about our “culture war.” Given the prominence of the issue, you would expect homosexuality to be rampant in America. When asked to estimate how many gay people there are, most people guess that it’s on the order of 20% to 25% of the population. But yet another study has been released by the CDC giving a more scientific estimate, and it finds that almost 97 percent of Americans describe themselves as straight — the actual number who describes...
  • Why The Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17

    07/22/2014 4:41:54 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tom Nichols
    The one emotion most of us who study Russia never associate with the men of the Kremlin is panic. They’re not the type. They’re more like mobsters, prone to say “we have a problem” rather than to freak out. They think everything has a solution, although sometimes that solution might mean someone has to take nine grams of lead behind the ear. They do not raise their voices—my experience is that most Russian tough-guys are mumblers, not yellers—and they get things done, even if the final outcome might lack a certain, say, elegance. That’s why it’s unusual to see the...
  • SilencerCo Announces First Commercially Available Shotgun Suppressor

    07/22/2014 4:27:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 7-21-2014 | Yehuda Remer
    Today, the gun world is buzzing with news of a "revolution in silencers." SilencerCo has announced today they will be producing the Salvo 12, the first ever commercially produced shotgun sound suppressor. The official press release reads: “Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.” Active content removed Active content removed “The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” said Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    07/22/2014 2:55:37 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!
  • Today's Toons 7/22/14

    07/22/2014 1:30:40 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 9 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 7/22/14 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Frustrated husband creates spreadsheet detailing reasons why his wife would not have sex

    07/21/2014 9:55:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 July 2014 | Richard Spillett
    A spreadsheet that a man emailed his wife detailing her reasons for turning him down for sex has been shared by thousands of people online. For a whole month, the 26-year-old sexually-frustrated husband jotted down every response from his other half when he asked her for intimacy. He then collated the information and put it into an Excel document before cruelly emailing her as she arrived at an airport ahead of a ten-day business trip.
  • Harvard Students Invent Cake From a Spray Can

    07/21/2014 9:41:00 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 48 replies
    Newser ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    For two Harvard University undergrads, what began as "an excuse to eat a lot of cake" may turn into the invention of a lifetime. John McCallum, a 20-year-old from Louisiana, was daydreaming about cake his freshman year during his “Science of Cooking” class when he happened to see someone spraying whipped cream and thought to himself, why not spray cake? Is that possible? He and his girlfriend and fellow student Brooke Nowakowski went on to prove that it is, winning first place and $10,000 in the 2014 Harvard Innovation challenge, reports ABC News. Their "Spray Cake" involves spraying cake batter...
  • Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives (All White Males-Must See)

    07/21/2014 8:53:31 PM PDT · by equalator · 47 replies
    I find it interesting that all of Texas' Most Wanted criminals are categorized as "White." Gotta boost those crime numbers!
  • New 'Walking Dead' Season 5 Art ... [title redacted to remove minor SPOILERS]

    07/21/2014 8:27:41 PM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 33 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dalton Ross
    AMC has released new The Walking Dead art for season five (which premieres in October) just in time for the show’s Comic-Con panel this Friday afternoon in San Diego. ... http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/21/the-walking-dead-season-5-art-handcuffs/
  • J.J. Abrams Reveals New X-Wing for "Star Wars: Episode VII"

    07/21/2014 7:17:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 | Brett Malec
    In an on-set video promoting Omaze's Star Wars: Force for Change campaign to raise money for UNICEF innovation labs and programs, "Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams reveals the brand new X-Wing starfighter ship that will appear in the upcoming film. In the clip, Abrams stands in front of the war-torn ship while talking about their fundraising efforts. "We cannot tell you how grateful we are for your support," he says. "People from over 119 countries have already participated and that's incredible and we're so grateful. But we're still going, we have one week left. So for this final...
  • Woman, 105, Makes History at Petco Park, San Diego Padres First Pitch

    07/21/2014 7:14:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 | R. Stickney
    San Diego Padres and Petco Park welcomed Agnes McKee to celebrate her 105th birthday in a very special wayAgnes McKee's birthday celebration wasn't just a first for her. It was also a first for Major League Baseball. At 105, McKee threw out the first pitch before Sunday’s San Diego Padres game and became the oldest person ever to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. “I haven’t thrown a ball in years,” she said before the game. “I do Wii Bowling which we do like this,” she said gesturing. “So it’s the same thing.” “Other than that, nothing on this scale...
  • Bill’s secret mistress, the ‘Energizer’

    07/21/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | 7/21/2014 | Richard Johnson
    Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum. Kessler is no stranger to the controversies surrounding the Secret Service. He broke the story that Secret Service agents protecting President Obama in Cartagena, Colombia, hired prostitutes, and put the president in jeopardy.
  • Americans Protest Illegals as High-Profile Conservatives Pander

    07/21/2014 6:48:54 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2014 | M. Catherine Evans
    While we regular, cash-strapped taxpayers concerned about the well-being of our country stood on the overpasses Saturday protesting the total breakdown of our borders, where were a few of our stalwart conservative spokespeople and politicians? Were they holding anti-illegal immigration signs with ‘we the people’ on the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Border Surge?
  • Belton (SC) man died in wreck while going to fish (Truck vs. Mobile Home)

    07/21/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    The Belton man who died when a pickup he was driving struck a mobile home died during the wreck, not during a resulting fire, said Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore after an autopsy was performed Sunday. Adam Colby Payton, 23, died of blunt force trauma to his chest and abdomen, Shore said Sunday. He was on his way to go fishing with a friend when the wreck occurred, said his mother, Lisa Payton. The 2006 pickup Payton was driving swerved off Due West Road about three miles west of Honea Path early Saturday afternoon, said Lance Cpl. Tony Keller with...
  • Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

    07/21/2014 4:55:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 52 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 21 July 2014 | Julia Angwin
    A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build profiles of users based on the websites...
  • Husband and wife get DUIs on same night

    07/21/2014 4:23:45 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    A husband and wife in Sonoma County were each arrested for suspected drunken driving this weekend after he crashed a truck and she went out looking for him, authorities said.
  • Crocodile Wedding: Mexican Town Mayor ‘Marries’ Reptile

    07/21/2014 4:19:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Joel Vasquez Rojas, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, married the reptile – dressed in a white gown – at the city hall and then shared a dance in front of packed party of local residents. According to local tradition, the crocodile is a princess whose marriage to the town mayor will bring in an abundance of seafood for fisherman on the Pacific coast. ‘As young people, this means a lot,’ said local resident Eduardo Zarate 'It’s the greatest treasure our ancestors have left us.’ For safety, the crocodile’s jaw was wired shut for the day. ‘It is my wish...
  • The Reality of Survival: “Forget Good Guys and Bad Guys… The Prepared Guys Win”

    07/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/21/14 | Selco
    TV news and internet are covered with headlines like “shocking, captured Iraqis beheaded” or “they are killing everyone on their way” and “prisoners executed” and similar. And folks who watch and comment on the news and videos who still live in a “normal” world without this kind of crazyiness going on, are shocked of course. First comments are that those people and groups who are doing that are animals and they need to be “bombed to stone age”, or “they are not deserving better anyway” and then goes “they are all same there, let them kill each other” and similar....
  • Saudi Farmer Kills Two Wolves, Hangs Them in Public

    07/21/2014 4:02:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014
    A Saudi farmer seeking revenge for the loss of his sheep chased two wolves for most of the day and killed them before hanging their bodies on a sign board in the area. Qayed Al Mutairi said he was determined to kill the two wolves after they devoured 18 of his sheep over the past few weeks. He told Sabq daily that he chased the two predators to the mountains by his four-wheel vehicle most of the day and shot them. “Mutairi then hanged the two animals at a signboard so other farmers and people will see them. This is...
  • Man’s Dream of Fourth Wife Soiled by Pakistan Army Assaults

    07/21/2014 3:53:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18 July 17, 2014
    Pakistan’s ongoing military operation may be making headway in clearing militant hideouts, but it has shattered the dream of one father of 36 children — to take a fourth wife. Gulzar Khan is one of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the North Waziristan tribal area since the army moved in to clear longstanding bases of Taliban and other militants. Escaping the military advance meant leaving the 35-room house he shares in the North Waziristan village of Shawa with around 100 family members, including wives, children and grandchildren. The 54-year-old grumbled that paying to transport his brood used...
  • James Garner’s mother died of a botched abortion, like too many other women

    07/21/2014 3:44:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Ben Jonson
    Two obituaries published this weekend show how little progress America has made on abortion in the last several decades. The death of actor James Garner saddened fans across the country. Born James Scott Bumgarner, the 86-year-old Rockford Files star overcame mental and physical abuse from his stepmother – who would regularly beat him with whatever was handy and force him to wear dresses as a form of emasculation – to become one of the most beloved stars of his day. In his autobiography, The Garner Files, he revealed that he had no memory of his birth mother, who died when...
  • The Cornish Beaches Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

    07/21/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 20 July 2014 | Mario Cacciottolo
    A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides. "Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick. She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17...
  • 200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

    07/21/2014 2:28:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 07-21-2014 | Staff
  • Why Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam

    07/21/2014 2:27:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    SI ^ | July 21, 2014 | Doug Farrar
    "I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ That's what former NFL defensive back and head coach Tony Dungy told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune when asked about the prospects for rookie defensive end Michael Sam. Of course, Sam is the league's first openly gay player, and though many league executives and players may feel exactly that way, Dungy may feel the courage to speak to his own...
  • Kanye West Says Kim Kardashian is His “Dinosaur” (read note in reply #1)

    07/21/2014 1:46:55 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Celebrity ^ | 7/21/2014 | By Vanity Fair
    Kanye West's interview with GQ's Zach Baron is riveting and delightful from beginning to end, and is really worth reading the whole way through. SNIP "Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur." (The "dinosaur," if it wasn't clear, is Kim.)
  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 49 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reuters
    McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they’ll stop using the supplier. The report, which focused on McDonald’s and Yum,...
  • Joe Bastardi: Media Just "Want to Be Popular" on Climate Change

    07/21/2014 1:01:30 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    Business and Media Institute ^ | July 21, 2014 | Sean Long
    Climate alarmists sometimes like to claim skeptical scientists don’t exist, but they do, and one meteorologist had a lot to say on the subject. In an interview with the MRC’s Business and Media Institute, well-known meteorologist Joe Bastardi dissected and criticized major aspects of the climate change alarmism movement. Drawing on his knowledge of weather and climate history, Bastardi said that “extreme weather” events the media talk about so much are commonplace and the result of normal variability. He also attacked basic arguments about CO2, scientific consensus and alarmist media bias. Bastardi contended that climate alarmism is “ludicrous” and “not...
  • Report: University of Wisconsin-Madison mulls ‘diversity-based grading’(on DRUDGE)

    07/21/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 45 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kevin Binversie
    SNIP Lee Hansen, a professor emeritus of economics at UW-Madison wrote in an op-ed piece for the John William Hope Pope Center for Higher Education, a North Carolina-based think tank, about the latest “diversity” plan for the UW-System’s flagship school. The plan, completed in May, is your typical left-wing platitudes about commitments to “compositional diversity,” “equity mindedness” “representational equity” and other things for what has become a sacred cow to liberal academia. But when you dig deeper into the definitions of these platitudes according to Hansen, you suddenly see that “representational equity” is being applied to levels never before seen....
  • MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

    07/21/2014 12:44:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | By Brid-Aine Parnell,
    Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge ... “We know that many planets are completely uninhabitable because they are either too close or too far from their sun. A planet’s habitable zone is based on its distance from the sun and temperatures at which it is possible for the planet to have liquid water,” said David Stevens, from the university's school of mathematics. “But until now, most habitability models have neglected the impact of oceans on climate. Oceans have an immense capacity to control climate. They are beneficial because they cause the...
  • Insta-Mars: Crew Wraps Up Mock Mission With Pictures Of Their Hawaiian Adventure

    07/21/2014 12:26:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    It’s the final countdown for a hardy group of people who have been on “Mars” for the past four months. On Friday (July 25), the HI-SEAS crew will make their return after simulating Red Planet exploration in Hawaii. And you can bet there are certain things they are missing about the outside world, or “Earth”. “I haven’t seen a tree, smelled the rain, heard a bird, or felt wind on my skin in four months,” said Casey Stedman, the commander of the latest Hawai’i-Space Exploration and Analog Simulation, said in a statement on Instagram’s blog yesterday (July 20). Added chief...