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  • War Inside Saudi Arabia : US Withdraws Military Advisors, Cancels Arms Shipments.

    08/21/2016 9:19:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 40 replies
    Oilpro ^ | Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Farizah Asker
    I think the Saudi goose is getting cooked. Folks, the following has been going on in Saudi Arabia. The ground war has now come inside Saudi Arabia. Yemeni forces are poised around Najran. Since June this year the US has steadily been cutting off arms, bombs, weapons and support to the Saudi aggression on Yemen. The US has cancelled a tank deal to replace Abrams tanks destroyed by the Yemenis. Resupply of cluster bombs have also been cancelled. Now military advisors have been withdrawn from Saudi Arabia. Here is the news :
  • God might not want a woman to be president, some religious conservatives say

    07/20/2016 8:37:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM | Julie Zauzmer
    Four years before Hillary Clinton became the first woman to mathematically capture a major U.S. political party’s presidential nomination, a staff member on Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign posed a question in an email that shocked many people: “Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?” God’s will or not, in 2016, it’s all that much closer to coming to fruition. Clinton is poised to be nominated for president by the Democratic Party next week. And so religious hard-liners of all...
  • Cops: Naked Missouri Couple Rode Stolen Lawn Mower In Broad Daylight

    07/20/2016 5:09:04 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 70 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | JULY 20, 2016
    A couple is facing felony charges after they were spotted riding a stolen lawn mower in the nude at 8:30 AM on a Missouri road, records show. According to a police report, Tanya Hopper, 40, and Larry Webster, 55, were busted last Tuesday following the bizarre incident near the city of Joplin.
  • Danny Glover and Leaders Of Major Groups Renew Reparations Push in Atlanta Summit

    07/09/2016 12:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Black Star News ^ | June 15, 2016
    Members of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) were enthusiastically received in Atlanta June 10th and 11th for two days of meetings, designed to intensify the movement to win reparations for African Americans for centuries of enslavement and generations of damaging discriminatory policies. The primary purpose for the gathering was to give people from the Atlanta area and region an opportunity to hear and make recommendations on the Commission’s Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Program -which was presented at a Community Hearing and Town Hall Meeting at the historic Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). “People of African descent have no reason...
  • The Hat Making Trump Supporters See Red ("Make Racists Afraid Again")

    07/08/2016 3:39:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | July 8, 2016 | B. Dolan, Rapper, Activist, Screenwriter
    It started as an idea for my live show; something I’d like to wear onstage. I had just finished reading about the clash between Antifa Protesters and Neo-Nazis in Sacramento this June, and was thinking about the common goals of Antifa groups and more traditional organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center. Between Britain’s ‘Leave’ Campaign and Donald Trump’s Presidential bid, it’s safe to say racists and White Nationalists around the world are being emboldened and given a voice like no other time in recent memory. What used to be said behind closed doors is now being said to millions...
  • Robert: But Really, #BlackLivesMatter

    07/08/2016 12:34:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Patch ^ | July 8, 2016 | Tony Schinella
    NH Public Health Association board president says validated research shows that white privilege and oppression manifests itself everywhere. CONCORD, NH - #BlackLivesMatter. Yes, all lives matter, but really, #BlackLivesMatter. Because white Americans have not been subject to the institutional racism that was mixed into the mortar that holds together the bricks of our country’s foundation. Because being white means we have the luxury of avoiding long-term health effects of the toxic stress caused by institutional racism. Submitted by Katie Robert for the New Hampshire Public Health Association. By saying #AllLivesMatter, we diminish our neighbors of colors’ lived experience. This experience...
  • FBI: Yes, Queen Hillary Broke The Law. No, She Won't Be Prosecuted.

    07/05/2016 12:21:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | July 5, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    On July 4, 1776, the United States announced its independence from Great Britain based on the key principle of rule of law. On July 5, 2016, the United States said, “F*** it. I’m With Hillary!” Just days after the Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch held a secret meeting aboard a plane with former President Bill Clinton – whose wife was under FBI investigation; just the day after Hillary leaked that she’d want Lynch for her own administration; just hours after the President of the United States Barack Obama flew Hillary – still under FBI investigation – down...
  • "Your Wedding Cake or Your Life"

    06/14/2016 11:37:00 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 5 replies
    Self | 6/14/2016 | Pearls Before Swine (vanity)
    This is just a smoky backroom vanity. Gays have been courted by the Democratic Party for years, with rhetoric, rainbow flags, celebrities, and special rights. But what is the most valuable right? Their right to life. It is here that the Democratic Party, led by Obama and Hillary, have let them down the most. Special rights... such as calling a gay union marriage, or persecuting bakers or photographers to force them to serve gays in ways they find wrong... are big carrots the Democratic Party has held in front of them. But, when the chips are down, and a bunch...
  • Teen Burnt Alive by Mother for Choosing Own Husband

    06/08/2016 5:57:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    It was the third such ‘honour killing’ in as many monthsA teenager was burnt alive by her mother on Wednesday after marrying a man of her own choice, Pakistani police said. Zeenat Bibi, 16, was set on fire by her mother Perveen Bibi in the eastern city of Lahore a little more than a week after the wedding, police said. "Perveen Bibi killed her daughter Zeenat Bibi by burning her alive around 9:00 am on Wednesday," Haidar Ashraf, a senior police official told AFP, adding the teen had married a man named Hasan on May 29.
  • Vox editor: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot

    06/03/2016 8:49:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 3, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Golly, mightn’t this play hob with the accusation that Donald Trump is the one inciting riots? Vox’s “deputy first person editor” Emmet Rensin took to Twitter last night to declare that, since Trump is a racist and a fascist (in Rensin’s opinion, at least), then all forms of violence short of murder have become completely legitimate. I wonder whether the mayor of San Diego might rethink his blame-throwing for yesterday’s violence from a leftist mob after this:(TWEET-AT-LINK)So …. who exactly is the fascist in this scenario? The Week’s Michael Dougherty seemed to wonder that himself, asking Rensin what exactly he...
  • A bar as a national monument? New York's LGBT landmark vies for honor

    06/01/2016 5:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2016 | Gina Cherelus
    The New York bar known as the birthplace of the gay pride movement could become the country's first national monument honoring LGBT rights under a plan to be considered by President Barack Obama. The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the site of a 1969 police raid that touched off riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the mainstream and guarantee their rights. A year after the Stonewall riots, activists staged the country's first gay rights parade. The event has evolved into LGBT Pride Month, which begins Wednesday, with parades and...
  • Dear GOP, Trans People Aren’t Sick. You Are.

    06/01/2016 12:31:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 31, 2016 | Samantha Allen
    Transgender people are not mentally ill. Being transgender is not a mental disorder. And anyone who argues otherwise is directly contradicting current medical consensus. These lines of anti-transgender argumentation were already common before the March passage of North Carolina’s HB 2, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms matching their birth certificates. For instance, when Caitlyn Jenner came out last year, conservative blogger Matt Walsh called her a “mentally ill cross-dresser” on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. A long list of right-wing media outlets and pundits have echoed the “mental illness” language: The Federalist, Breitbart, TownHall, Rush Limbaugh, the list...
  • This Election is About The Evolution of The Human Race (Beyond crazy)

    05/30/2016 4:03:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Bients ^ | May 30, 2016
    It’s About Us I turn 56 in a few weeks and I’ve never even bothered to register to vote before because I’ve always suspected something that so many people are finding out to be true this year; that we do not live in an authentic democracy and haven’t for a very long time. Don’t judge me for this, I’ve been disenfranchised as long as I can remember. We assassinated our own president in 1963, I lost friends from my high school in Vietnam, Nixon was a blatant crook and I’ve never felt there was ever a candidate that represented me...
  • Stein Says US Owes Japan an Apology for Nuke Attack, More Important is Commitment to Disarm

    05/28/2016 7:33:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Jill2016 ^ | May 27, 2016 | David Doonan
    Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, said that President Obama should apologize during his trip to Hiroshima for the use of nuclear weapons against Japan by pledging nuclear disarmament. Dr. Stein also urged Obama to listen to the testimony of the survivors of the nuclear attack, who have dedicated their lives to the elimination of nuclear weapons so that no one else should ever experience the hell on earth they survived. "The existence of nuclear weapons threatens the survival of humanity. I pledge to eliminate all such weapons as an urgent priority," stated Stein. Despite...
  • Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles

    05/27/2016 8:00:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | May 24, 2016 | Clifford Atiyeh and Rusty Blackwell
    Initially, only six makes were exposed 2013. When Takata claimed to have "little clue" as to which cars used the frags in you'r faces safety feature, or even it's "root cause" ? The fix: Toyota has advised its dealers to disable the airbags and affix “Do Not Sit Here” messages to the dashboard. Pontiac may follow suit...
  • Donald Trump Reveals "America First Energy Plan"

    05/27/2016 6:43:35 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Oilpro ^ | 5/27/16 | Jeff Reed posted
    Trump's plan presents a stark contrast between the visions of Democrat candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Trump said, American energy dominance will be a strategic, economic, and foreign policy goal of the United States... "We will become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests...At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy."
  • KING: The more I think about it, the more I want to buy a ‘America Was Never Great’ hat

    05/22/2016 3:30:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 19, 2016 | Shaun King
    Last Sunday, Krystal Lake, a 22-year-old Home Depot employee on Staten Island, was photographed wearing a hat that says, “America Was Never Great.” It's in the same font and style of Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again." Of course, death threats and hate mail targeting her have come pouring in — which, if you think about it, lends itself to her feeling like she was right to wear the hat in the first place. About two months ago, I wrote a column about the word "again" in Trump's slogan. I think it's a racist dog whistle and it...
  • George Zimmerman takes a victory lap over Trayvon Martin’s grave

    05/18/2016 10:23:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 17, 2016 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    Selling the gun that killed Trayvon Martin adds to the travesty over his unpunished homicide Marketing the gun is more than bad taste — it’s a national shame The murder has been ‘commodified,’ turned into a trophy for display It was not enough just to kill Sam Hose. No, they had to make souvenirs out of him. Hose was an African-American man lynched by a mob of some 2,000 white women and men in 1899 near the town of Newnan, Ga. They did all the usual things. They stabbed him, castrated him, skinned his face, mutilated him, burned him alive....
  • Auction for gun that killed Trayvon Martin possibly hijacked

    05/13/2016 9:02:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 7:36 AM EDT | Frieda Frisaro
    Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin appeared to have been hijacked by fake accounts posting astronomically high bids. At one point early Friday, the bidding surpassed $65 million with the leading bidder using the screen name “Racist McShootFace.” The site later showed that account had been deleted. Other screen names of bidders on the site included “Donald Trump,” “shaniqua bonifa” and “Tamir Rice,” the name of a black 12-year-old who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a pellet gun. The website...
  • Clinton aide Cheryl Mills leaves FBI interview briefly after being asked about emails

    05/10/2016 10:56:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10 | Matt Zapotosky
    Investigators have not classified Mills, as hostile — Mills was chief of staff for Clinton as secretary of state. Questions that were "off limits" dealt with the procedure used to produce (archived) email. Tension surrounding the criminal probe into records of purposefully gross mishandling of power and critical American intelligence information. FBI, will depose Sec. Clinton concerning years of well orchestrated malfeasance, with a benevolent effort to separate "criminal intent" from "malicious intent" and side step "massive criminal collusion".
  • Ted Cruz’s Dangerous Ideologies

    04/17/2016 7:33:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Highbrow Magazine ^ | April 17, 2016 | Louis E.V. Nevaer
    Whenever Ted Cruz appears on television, I cringe as unpleasant memories of distant relatives cross my mind, reminding me of things best forgotten. And what is best forgotten is simply the Hispanic political tradition of severity. Think Francisco Franco. Think Fidel Castro. Think Ted Cruz? Yes, Ted Cruz is a would-be autocrat. My paternal grandmother, a Galician matron who despised sexism in all its forms, called it “la maldición gallega,” or “the Galician curse.” By that she meant the dreadful and familiar anti-democratic tendency in the political lives of the Hispanic world where dictators, strongmen, caudillos, and caciques have ruled...
  • On Slavery, Colonialism and Reparations

    04/09/2016 10:20:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The White race has over many centuries unleashed untold mayhem on black people; but these crimes against humanity are glossed over while the world champions the causes of myriad peoples from the Jews to the Armenians. What reason could be advanced for such gross injustice other than the very racism that led to the perpetration of these crimes in the first place. The world and her jaundiced multilateral organisations can try as they might to divert the world’s attention from these ugly historical facts; but like a cork being pushed deep into the water, these truths will continue to float...
  • Cruz’s terrifying reinvention: How the most detestable senator is repackaging himself for November

    04/08/2016 11:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Salon ^ | April 8, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Cruz's odds of winning the nomination are steadily increasing, and we should bey very, very afraid On the occasion of longshot presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign launch back in March, The Onion published a satirical piece about subscribers to TIME magazine bracing themselves for the awful, “inevitable” day when they would open their mailboxes to find themselves staring at a picture of Cruz on the cover under a headline like “The Game Changer” or “The Firebrand.” It was an absurd joke that went so meta that this week when TIME actually put Cruz on the cover, they also ran a...
  • German comedian could face jail for insulting Erdogan

    04/06/2016 10:47:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Apr 2016 12:17 GMT+02:00
    Germany’s hippest young comedian faces a jail sentence of up to five years if Turkey decides to press charges over a poem he wrote insulting its head of state. Jan Böhmermann knew what he was doing when he read out a self-penned poem insulting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan live on his late night show on Thursday evening. He introduced the piece by speaking directly to the Turkish president. “What I’m about to read is not allowed. If it were to be read in public — that would be forbidden in Germany,” Böhmermann said, before proceeding to perform his “smear...
  • Blacks Have Always Had to Fight to Make Their Lives Matter in America

    03/20/2016 7:14:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Black Agenda Report ^ | March 15, 2016 | Bryan K. Bullock
    "In America, the issue is, as it always has been, anti-black racism and white supremacy." When Black Lives Matter activists crashed a Donald Trump rally, Trump deepened his connection with white supremacy by responding with "All lives matter." This response is wholly predictable given his "angry white man" campaign strategy. But it is a response that far too many liberal whites and blacks repeat as well, which is why, unfortunately, it deserves yet more discussion. What is clear, is that the reactions to African Americans asserting that Black Lives Matters, such as "All Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter," are...
  • Honour Killing? Boy Hacked to Death in India His Wife Critically Hurt)

    03/15/2016 10:54:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    An Indian student from the lowest Dalit caste was hacked to death and his wife critically injured in southern India in a suspected "honour killing" by relatives angered by their marriage, police said Monday. Three men armed with sickles and sharp weapons attacked the 22-year-old student and his wife, who is from a higher caste, on a crowded street in Tamil Nadu state on Sunday. Local police commissioner N Manjunatha said the 19-year-old woman's relatives were angered by the couple's marriage.
  • White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison

    03/15/2016 2:51:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 14, 2016 | Dominic Holden, National LGBT Reporter
    President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House's primary LGBT liaison, making her the first transgender person in the role, White House officials told BuzzFeed News on Monday. LGBT leaders applauded the announcement. "Raffi is a great choice," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. "President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffi's skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job." Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender staffer appointed to the White House in...
  • Thomas Dimassimo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    03/13/2016 10:31:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Heavy ^ | March 12, 2016 | Tom Cleary
    A protester has been arrested after he tried to rush the stage while Donald Trump was speaking during a rally Saturday morning in Dayton, Ohio, authorities say. Thomas Dimassimo was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic, according to Montgomery County Jail records. Dimassimo was released from custody and is due in court on Monday. His age is listed as 32, but it is not clear if that is correct. His social media pages and public records indicate he was born in 1993, not 1983. Video, which you can watch above, show a man being taken down by Secret Service...
  • Jury deliberates in trial of alleged mastermind in Texas anti-Islam cartoon attack

    03/13/2016 12:56:40 AM PST · by Rabin · 21 replies
    http://www.upi.com ^ | March 12, 2016 | Daniel Uria
    <p>Semi-Sune, Decorous Thomas, aka Kareem, (alone Butt for Stefan Verdugo) supported, (trained and motivated?) local homomuz, Simpson, and Soofi for a considerable period , according to friends, relatives, neighbors, and under the watchful eye of almost everyone in govcop. Finally May 3, Simpson, and Soofi, "opened fire" outside at an exhibit of Prophet Muhammad "images". Simpson, and Soofi got dead, "mastermind" DT Kareem and semi-suni rads got worried. Worst of all, the feds lost a multi million long term revenue source.</p>
  • Cindy Sheehan: Hugo Chavez's Legacy Will Continue to Inspire

    03/12/2016 3:38:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    teleSUR ^ | March 5, 2016 | Cindy Sheehan
    Three years ago today, I wept for my friend Chavez and myself, for the people of Venezuela and the world.In 2006, shortly after my first peace camp in Crawford, Texas to confront the person who I felt murdered my son Casey: George Bush, I was invited to Caracas, Venezuela to attend the World Social Forum. Amazingly, at the time I really had no idea that the World Social Forum was about socialism, and I really didn't know much more about President Hugo Chavez other than that he was a very vocal opponent of my opponents: George Bush and the U.S....
  • Chris Brown Responds to Sucker-Punched Black Donald Trump Protester: '--- Trump & --- the Pigs'

    03/11/2016 12:58:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Billboard ^ | March 10, 2016 | Colin Stutz
    After a black protestor was sucker-punched by a white Donald Trump supporter while leaving a rally on Thursday (March 10), Chris Brown took to Instagram to vent his frustration with the scene publicly. "(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) THE PIGS," he wrote with a selfie video, speaking into the camera, saying that if this is the way things are going to proceed at rallies, black people should attend the rallies in groups of 40 or 50. "See what they do then," he said. "Keep touching us." In his comment, Brown called seeing people act this way is "evil" and said God...
  • Abortion Procedures: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters

    03/07/2016 7:52:25 PM PST · by Morgana
    Live Action Youtube ^ | Published on Feb 24, 2016 | Live Action
    Abortion Procedures: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters Dr. Anthony Levatino describes four abortion procedures, covering the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. For more information, visit AbortionProcedures.com (Animated but Graphic view at your own risk)
  • Turkish president criticizes release of journalists

    02/28/2016 8:18:52 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    aa.com.tr/en/turkey ^ | 28.02.2016 14:09:36 | Staff
    “I keep silent [on] the decision of the Constitutional Court but do not abide by the decision,” Erdogan said. “In my opinion, [the] media should not have unlimited freedom. There is no absolute freedom anywhere in the world media as well.” They were arrested in November... allegations of espionage, attempting to overthrow the government and supporting terrorism.
  • SPEAKER RYAN's POLITICO Playbook

    02/26/2016 8:46:03 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    linkedin ^ | Feb 26, 2016 | Mike Allen
    Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd annual Congressional Dinner: "As great as it is being Speaker, there is a lot of stake this November. And I think the best thing for me to do right now is to confirm that those rumors out there are actually true. People (many) have approached me about seeking a higher office. It's not a job that I ever sought. (but) This is a very dire moment, and if there's a way I can be a unifying figure, bring some needed stability and protect an institution that means so much to our country, then I am...
  • A vote for Trump is a vote for bigotry

    02/24/2016 7:22:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | February 24, 2016 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comic
    Let's take a page from Donald Trump's book and ignore political correctness for a moment: If you support Trump, you support his sexist, bigoted and racist views. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. And this is especially true for GOP party leaders, elected officials and even community leaders. Some have said things such as, "I don't like Trump's history of demeaning women, but I think he will be good for the economy." Sorry, you don't get a pass because you like one of his policy proposals. It's akin to saying, "I supported Hitler for his tax plan."...
  • America, you’re stupid: Trump’s political triumph makes it official—we’re a nation of idiots

    02/24/2016 4:18:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Salon ^ | February 24, 2016 | Sean Illing
    Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people -- and he's a mirror of them "I love the poorly educated." -- Donald Trump Before any votes were cast, when Donald Trump was the theoretical front-runner, the optimists preached patience. Just wait, they said. This will blow over. He's a clown, a huckster, a TV personality. There's no way he can win. It's just not possible. Well, it's not only possible - it's likely. Trump won again in Nevada on Tuesday night, by a massive margin, and he may well sweep the Super Tuesday states. If that happens,...
  • The Black Panthers are back -- and never really went away

    02/21/2016 1:05:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2016 | John Blake
    Beyoncé didn't bring back the Black Panthers when she and an Afro-frizzed dance team donned black leather jackets and berets during Super Bowl 50's halftime show. That's because the Black Panthers never actually left. The Panthers were more than militants; they were pioneers in American pop and political culture. The Black Lives Matter movement, the rise of social media, music and sports, even Donald Trump -- all were shaped by the Panthers in some way, historians and ex-Panthers say. On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, people are taking a second look at the group....
  • 20 Tips for Your First Abortion (Mega Barf Alert)

    02/18/2016 1:42:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    paperdarts.org ^ | February 1, 2016 | Madeleine Roe
    1. It does not matter if you were on birth control, if you forgot just this once, or if you didn’t think at all. It does not matter if it was your husband, your boyfriend, or someone who was really working those olive corduroy pants. You are pregnant. And you are the one that is freaking the f*** out. 2. Tell someone else who will support you. Tell a friend, a family member, post it on Reddit, or whisper it to your cat, Miss Poke. Know you are not alone in this. 3. Google is your best friend and worst...
  • BeyoncĂ© is putting Red Lobster back on the map (via lewdness)

    02/16/2016 4:22:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/16/2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Red Lobster's turnaround just got a major boost from Beyonce. [...] Red Lobster's sales soared 33% on February 7, one day after Beyonce released a new song that included a reference to the seafood chain. "We had no idea Beyonce was going to give us that amazing shoutout," Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup told Business Insider in a phone interview. "We were completely surprised and delighted. It has been an incredible weekend following the release of Beyonce's new song." In the song, called Formation, Beyonce refers to Red Lobster as a reward for sex. ...
  • Prisoners Outraged at Mouse Poo Served in Breakfast Rolls

    02/15/2016 2:36:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Feb 2016
    Prisoners were outraged at the discovery of mouse droppings in their breakfast forcing officers to change the menu. Unions representing prison workers reported on Monday that mouse excrement had been discovered on breakfast rolls served to inmates over the weekend at the Albolote penitentiary in the province of Granada. One union, CCOO, said that prison workers decided to take the rolls off the menu "in order to avoid health problems that may arise from consuming them and because protests from inmates will result in regimental incidents." CCOO added that the finding of rodent droppings signaled that the prison did not...
  • Conscious Party: Condom Couture

    02/14/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Mountain Xpress ^ | Kat McReynolds | February 14, 2016
    WHAT: Condom Couture, a fashion show to benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic of Asheville WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. WHERE: New Mountain WHY: Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is touting the benefits of wearing one condom by dressing models in hundreds of them. “It’s a runway show,” says Nikki Harris, the nonprofit’s director of philanthropy for Western North Carolina. “The idea is fashionable, wearable art.” Thirteen designers are participating in Asheville’s 2016 Condom Couture, and each of their garments must employ at least 500 of the popular contraceptives. “They can use other fabrics and modes, but it has to be...
  • Noxious ideas of Trump, Cruz

    02/14/2016 3:07:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Kingston Whig-Standard ^ | February 14, 2016 | Louis A. Delvoie
    American presidential politics are often hugely entertaining. They can at times be equally demoralizing. This year's primary contests are certainly no exception. Speaking of this primary season, The Economist opined that "it has rarely been so ugly, uncertain or strange." What makes it so is the relative success enjoyed by candidates on the far right or far left of their parties -- Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for the Republicans and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats. This seems to belie the old nostrum that the presidency is won from the centre. It also seems to ignore a couple of important...
  • Missing Alameda man owes $113 million in federal judgment

    02/13/2016 1:40:22 AM PST · by This_far · 10 replies
    SFGATE ^ | Friday, February 12, 2016 | Rachel Swan
    A 73-year-old man who mysteriously vanished Tuesday is facing a $113 million judgment from the Federal Trade Commission over a get-rich-quick infomercial scam. John Nelson Beck of Alameda was the man behind John Beck Amazing Profits LLC, which put out infomercials marketing “John Beck’s Free & Clear Real Estate System.” According to court filings, the infomercials falsely told consumers that they could easily make massive amounts of money by buying homes at government tax sale auctions and immediately flipping or renting them.
  • The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

    02/08/2016 4:08:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 8, 2016 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty--and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism. There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, "An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him." Johnson's essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson's rendition, racism, in and of itself, holds limited...
  • Porn Actress Drops Suit Against TV's Josh Duggar

    02/08/2016 11:13:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A San Diego porn actress has dropped her $500,000 assault lawsuit against reality TV personality Josh Duggar amid evidence that her claims were fabricated. Duggar's lawyer calls the accusations in Ashley Stamm-Northup's lawsuit "entirely fictitious." SNIP Evidence shows Duggar wasn't in Philadelphia at the time. SNIP
  • Change of venue sought in Twin Peaks biker’s case

    02/06/2016 5:52:34 AM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney representing a biker arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to move his client's felony case from McLennan County. Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen, filed a change of venue motion Friday that seeks to try the case in another county because of what he describes as "pervasive, prejudicial and inflammatory" publicity about the unique case. The motion asks 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to move the trial to Travis, Dallas or Harris counties. Broden's motion cites quotes attributed in the local media to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna,...
  • Andy Lopez’ family can proceed with lawsuit against Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy, judge rules

    02/04/2016 8:30:15 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | January 20, 2016 | PAUL PAYNE
    The family of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, can take their wrongful death lawsuit to trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The child was shot as he turned, shot as he fell and shot as he lay face down. Andy was penetrated by seven of the nine shots fired by one of the terrified deputy. He died ripped on the sidewalk. Full Coroners report and Dash cam data remain un available in recognition and respect of officer protections.
  • Ron Jeremy Is Supporting Hillary Clinton

    02/04/2016 12:03:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Jan. 29, 2016 | Christopher Massie
    The famous porn star also likes TrumpFamous porn star Ron Jeremy told BuzzFeed News in an interview on Friday that he is supporting Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, in large part because he admires her husband, former president Bill Clinton. "I got to shake hands with her husband," Jeremy said, noting his admiration for former president Bill Clinton's role in the Norther Irish peace process and his attempts to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. "A lot of it's because of him. When he was in office, she gave him a lot of advice. When she's in office, he'll give...
  • Politician Tell a Reporter She's a B**ch on Camera

    02/02/2016 7:49:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    ktrh.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | Michael Berry
    Politician Tell a Reporter She's a B**ch on Camera VIDEO ONLY ON LINK warning language.
  • Emails Conversations Contained The Names Of CIA Operatives

    02/01/2016 8:17:00 PM PST · by Rabin · 28 replies
    http://www.hannity.com/a ^ | Monday, February 1st 2016 | staff
    Clinton’s email included Holy Grail items of American espionage, true names of Agency intelligence officers serving overseas under non-official cover. At the business end if the business.