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  • Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly (Darwin Award)

    07/06/2015 1:29:14 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue
    AP ^ | 7/5 | AP
    A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday. Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid. He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh," he said.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION -- JULY 2015 FORUM

    07/06/2015 12:00:21 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 7 replies
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  • Bernie’s Big Advantage Over Hillary

    07/05/2015 6:58:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 40 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | 7/5/2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    A while back, when Bernie Sanders was still being compared to the nutty uncle you hide in the basement, I wrote a column that began with this: “I have a hunch, a hunch that Bernie Sanders is going to do a lot better than the smart money thinks.” If I weren’t immodest, I’d shamelessly tell you how brilliant I am. I won’t do that. But I am. Bernie’s poll numbers have been going up almost daily, and so have the number of fans who show up at his rallies. The other day, Bernie drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 in...
  • Paul McCartney Reignites Decades Old Feud with Yoko Ono, Recalls Lennon Resentments

    07/05/2015 5:48:58 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 146 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | July 5, 2015 | Roger Friedman
    The other big quote from the interview which will live on: “When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John’s a martyr. A JFK. So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, “Well, he was The Beatles.” And me, George and Ringo would go, “Er, hang on. It’s only a year ago we were all equal-ish.” Yeah, John was the witty one, sure. John did a lot of great work, yeah. And post-Beatles he did more great work, but he also did a lot...
  • Huckabee takes softer tone on immigrants

    07/05/2015 9:28:00 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/5/2015 | Jake Tapper
    Mike Huckabee sidestepped direct confrontation with Donald Trump, but says he wouldn't "beshmerch" anyone wanting to come to America for a better life, implying Trump did.
  • Fourth of July reveller is killed during attempt to launch a firework off his HEAD

    07/05/2015 9:06:48 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/05/15
    Devon Staples, 22, died on Saturday night after he tried to launch a firework from his head in the backyard of a friends home Police say Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring his head and killing him instantly Staples and his friends had been drinking prior to the accident
  • Outrage as Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner says Funny Women usually aren't Beautiful

    07/05/2015 6:15:04 AM PDT · by Cecily · 83 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 4, 2015 | Mia de Graaf
    Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner believes women are rarely both funny and beautiful. Speaking with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, he said: 'The hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman.' He prophetically added: 'Boy I'm going to get in trouble, I know this goes online. But usually, unbelievably beautiful women - you being an exception - are not funny.' Accordingly, his words have have prompted outrage on Twitter, with thousands of people name-checking comedians such as Tina Fey, Mindy Kalig and Kristen Wiig as examples of the supposedly unattainable formula.
  • Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe 'Murdered 23 More Victims'

    07/04/2015 9:40:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Mirror ^ | Andy Lines
    The Yorkshire Ripper killed a further 22 women and one MAN, according to explosive new evidence. One of the “new” victims was a famous Playboy bunny girl. Peter Sutcliffe was only ever convicted of 13 murders. But now a former police officer and an investigative journalist have written a book which insists this figure is just the tip of the iceberg. The Yorkshire Ripper killed a further 22 women and one MAN, according to explosive new evidence. One of the “new” victims was a famous Playboy bunny girl. Peter Sutcliffe was only ever convicted of 13 murders. But now a...
  • John Wayne 1970 Variety Show Celebrating America's History

    07/04/2015 1:54:27 PM PDT · by Fay · 21 replies
    Big Geek Daddy ^ | July 4, 2015 | Big Geek Daddy
    Legendary actor John Wayne in a clip from 1970 on the TV variety show he hosted celebrating America’s history. Many famous actors and actresses are featured in this video singing God Bless America including Ann Margaret, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, George Burns, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Lorne Greene, Bob Hope, Forrest Lewis, Dean Martin, William Shatner, Tom Smothers, and many more. What a classic video this is. If you enjoyed this video and want to see the entire show it is available on DVD: John Wayne’s Tribute To America. https://youtu.be/UFv-fqQ9D_Y
  • The most patriotic rock song ever.

    07/04/2015 11:06:50 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 39 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 4, 2015 | fREEX
    The most patriotic rock song ever? Happy Independence Day! http://youtu.be/7DxiluEqB7U By freexband.com
  • Help Save Revolutionary War Vet Grave Site

    07/04/2015 9:32:59 AM PDT · by DirtyPigpen · 18 replies
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    My 5th great grandfather's grave site is being threatened by development in the Barefoot Landing area of Myrtle Beach. Jeremiah Vereen served under Francis Marion and was a true patriot. Please help by signing the petition to find the grave and preserve it. https://www.change.org/p/roger-grigg-city-of-north-myrtle-beach-south-carolina-governor-allow-the-horry-county-government-and-coastal-carolina-university-to-use-ground-penetrating-radar-and-modern-archaeological-methods-to-identify-and-preserve-the-historic-vereen-cemetery-a
  • A pet peeve of mine on today

    07/04/2015 9:27:41 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 33 replies
    My crazy brain | 7/4/2015 | Me
    Okay My pet peeve of mine on this day is everybody I know on Facebook, including those that are Conservative (very few of them), say "Happy 4th of July." To me, in the simple sense, 'July 4th' is merely another day on the calender: the fourth day of the month of July. It is what happened on this day 239 years ago that I celebrate. Some very brave men drafted an article declaring their independence from the largest military power in the world in 1776. The Founders of this nation had the idea that a government should be comprised of...
  • These places have the slowest Internet in the country

    h2>Do you think your Internet is slow? That's nothing compared to what these folks are going through. If you live in Chicago, and try to connect via AT&T (T, Tech30) from 4 p.m to 11 p.m., speeds for certain websites and Internet services are basically like dial-up in the 1990s. There are a handful of other examples from researchers at M-Lab, which provides tools to assess Internet performance. In some cases, Internet speeds can be as slow as 0.5 Megabits per second. Take Seattle, where CenturyLink (CTL) customers trying to access particular sites from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. will...
  • Did threat level change July 4 plans?

    07/04/2015 8:52:31 AM PDT · by Wheelman81 · 22 replies
    self | 7/4/15 | Wheelman81
    Happy 4th! Hugh Hewitt posed a question to his listeners this past week, after interviewing Mike Pompeo (sp.?) about terrorism concerns over the holiday. Pompeo said that there was heightened concern that attacks could occur in the US over the July 4 holiday. Hugh's question was: Does this change your plans for the holiday weekend? One would think that the most common answer is: 'I'm concerned and plan to avoid public celebrations.' It had the opposite effect on me. My wife was mildly surprised when I said we should go to a local fireworks display last night. (I'm not usually...
  • What the Declaration of Independence Really Claimed

    07/04/2015 8:16:42 AM PDT · by unlearner · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/4/2015 | Randy Barnett
    Today, while all Americans have heard of the Declaration of Independence, all too few have read more than its second sentence. Yet the Declaration shows the natural rights foundation of the American Revolution and provides important information about what the founders believed makes a constitution or government legitimate. It also raises the question of how these fundamental rights are reconciled with the idea of “the consent of the governed,” another idea for which the Declaration is famous. When reading the Declaration, it is worth keeping in mind two very important facts. The Declaration constituted high treason against the Crown. Every...
  • Police detain soldier walking around NC mall with rifle, ammunition

    07/03/2015 8:50:02 PM PDT · by rikkir · 45 replies
    Fox News / Associated Press ^ | 7/3/2015 | Associated Press
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Authorities say a Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. Fayetteville police say Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was arrested and charged with "going armed to the terror of the public" in connection with Thursday's incident at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville. A statement from the Fayetteville Police Department says Wolfinger was preparing to have photographs taken with the military equipment and rifle when 911 calls were received of an armed male at the mall.
  • Robber killed by former CNN journalist in attempted robbery reportedly identified

    07/03/2015 3:40:36 PM PDT · by rikkir · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/3/2015 | No author listed
    The man shot and killed by a former CNN journalist at an Albuquerque motel was reportedly identified by police Thursday night. Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said Tomorio Walton, 27, was involved in the shooting, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Walton was on parole in Memphis, Tennessee before fleeing police. Officials are unsure how long Walton was in the city for. Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell said her husband Chuck de Caro, and Walton exchanged gunfire after the man entered their room at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque’s western edge and demanded jewelry.
  • NFL Lineman and Math Genius vs. Average 23-Year-Old

    07/03/2015 10:58:55 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 15 replies
    youtube | 7-1-15 | John Urschel
    John Urschel plays football for the Baltimore Ravens. He's also a published mathematician. How does he stack up against the average millennial?
  • We Need A New Flag

    07/03/2015 10:38:16 AM PDT · by Pajamajan · 33 replies
    Since our flag is considered offensive and represents oppression and unfairness to some in our country- I propose we remove it and put up a new flag to represent our nation. Here are design ideas for our new flag.
  • Random thoughts on July 3, 2015 (Vanity)

    07/03/2015 9:25:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    vanity | 7-3-15 | self
    Vanity: Random thoughts on July 3, 2015 What has happened to our society when a tiny minority of outspoken folks can mess with our language and redefine words at will? Furthermore, what will happen to the word of law? 1) First, there was the definition of "is”. Remember that? Depends upon what the meaning of is is. A convoluted excuse, if I ever heard one. 2) Even before that, there was the word “gay”, which (over a generation) morphed from a happy word with pleasant, cheerful connotations to one that means homosexual, with all the negatives associated. Gay used to...
  • Stairway to heaven: Artist creates stunning 1,650ft ladder in the sky with FIREWORKS

    07/03/2015 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Daily ^ | 06/17/15 | Edward Chow
    A Chinese artist has found a unique way to express his love to his grandmother: a gigantic staircase in the air. These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, which was made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China, on Monday. This is the work of Cai Guoqiang, an artist who is originally from the city and now based in New York, reported the People's Daily Online.
  • Trump: Obama calls some immigrants "gang-bangers" -- where's the outcry?

    07/02/2015 5:37:33 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    The Rebel ^ | July 2, 2015 | The Rebel Staff
    Donald Trump is not the most cautious speaker in the Republican presidential primary field. The Donald speaks his mind -- and it is this personality trait that often lands the red-topped billionaire in political, and often legal, hot water. The outspoken real estate mogul, whose net worth is currently valued at US$4.1 billion, has most recently been on the receiving end of a torrent of criticism over comments suggesting Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and drug dealers. Speaking at the New York launch of his presidential run on June 16, Mr. Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending...
  • Ted Cruz on Glenn Beck Show Now.

    07/02/2015 2:40:15 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 21 replies
    Ted Cruz on Glenn Beck show now.
  • Lie of the Year winner cautions: Candidates ‘are going to be making a lot of stuff up’

    President Obama traveled to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse today to deliver a speech on the nation’s economy and to troll his host, Gov. Scott Walker, but as CBS News’ Mark Knoller notes, the Campaigner-in-Chief treated the speech like just another campaign stop.
  • Vanity: BURN a Rainbow?

    07/02/2015 11:02:01 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 30 replies
    SCOTUS Decision ^ | 02JUL2015 | Vanity (YEP, ANOTHER)
    Calling all Americans celebrating this Saturday [07/04/2015]: I am calling for those who support the concept of human liberty; the concept of the "American melting pot"; and those who see the Constitution as an enduring definition of real freedom established via The United States of America... PLEASE take a page from the Marxist/Alinsky-ites and BURN A RAINBOW FLAG this Saturday in protest of the SCOTUS decision. Invite the press if you like but, for me, I will find and burn a rainbow flag and try my best to upload the video and broadcast the same to my contacts (I avoid...
  • Teenage girls, 13 and 14, took selfies as they battered woman to death [tr]

    07/02/2015 9:08:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/2/15 | Crossley
    Teenage girls took selfies and posted them on Snapchat while they battered a woman to death with a television set, computer printer and a kettle, a court heard today. Angela Wrightson, 39, was subjected to a 'sustained and brutal' assault before her half-naked body was found at her home in Hartlepool, in December, Teesside Crown Court heard. Two teenage girls, who were aged 13 and 14 at the time of the killing, are accused of carrying out the attack, while the younger girl is said to have published a selfie taken at Ms Wrightson's home after the violence began on...
  • Wrestler Matt Brown Named Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year

    07/02/2015 9:35:57 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    gopsusports.com ^ | 7-2-15 | n/a
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nittany Lion wrestling national champion Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) has been named as the 2014-15 Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brown is the second Penn State student-athlete to be selected as an Academic All-America® of the Year and joins former Nittany Lion wrestler, Dr. Jim Martin, who received the honor in 1988-89. Dr. Martin won a national title in 1988 and was a four-time All-American at Penn State A criminology and international politics major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Brown...
  • The Vatican Wants the Temple Mount Taken From the Jews [Revelation 11]

    07/02/2015 9:30:01 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 42 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 6/30/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    In 2000, speaking in a mosque in Palestinian-held Ramallah, Yasser Arafat declared, “No one will succeed in removing us from our land, including Jerusalem, and the Palestinian flag will fly from the Temple Mount and from the churches in Jerusalem.” Arafat could say that because he had won the Vatican's support for his terroristic strategy. On June 26th, 2015, the Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine”. It is the logical conclusion of a long path. When the pontiff John Paul II ascended to the Temple Mount in 2000, Judaism’s most holy site, he wasn’t welcomed by...
  • Democrats Flew The Confederate Battle Flag, Not Republicans ZoNation

    07/02/2015 8:41:34 AM PDT · by Falcon4.0 · 7 replies
    Excellent Video. Watch and click on the like and maybe we can bump it up to "What's Trending."
  • Pin the Tale on the Donkey Democrats' Horrible Racist Past |

    07/02/2015 6:29:02 AM PDT · by Falcon4.0 · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 7/2/2015 | Bill Whittle
    Excellent Video from Bill Whittle.
  • This One Eye Color Is aAsociated with Higher Rates of Alcohol Dependence

    07/02/2015 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Oratam · 54 replies
    MSN.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Svati Kirsten Narula
    Geneticists at the University of Vermont have revealed links between eye color and alcohol dependency, suggesting it occurs more frequently among people with blue eyes and less frequently among those with dark brown eyes. The study, which offers another piece of evidence that alcohol dependency has a genetic component, involved a sample of 1,263 individual genetic profiles. They were pulled from a database that only contains genetic profiles of people diagnosed with at least one psychiatric illness, which includes an addiction to, or dependence on, drugs or alcohol. For this study, the geneticists filtered the database for patients with alcohol...
  • Google apologises for Photos app's racist blunder

    07/02/2015 2:08:41 AM PDT · by W. · 29 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 7/1/2015 | BBC Technology
    Google says it is "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being "gorillas". Its product automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software. The error was brought to its attention by a New York-based software developer who was one of the people pictured in the photos involved. Google was later criticised on social media because of the label's racist connotations. "This is 100% not OK," acknowledged Google executive Yonatan Zunger after being contacted by Jacky Alcine via Twitter. "[It was] high on my list of bugs you 'never' want to see happen."
  • AFRICAN ELEPHANTS ARE FACING A GRAVE CRISIS

    Introduction : It is extremely distressing to know what is happening in Africa these days specially since 2012 namely the mindless slaughter on an unprecedented scale of African Forest Elephants and Savannah Elephants from Kenya in East Africa to Gabon in Central Africa and from Gabon in Central Africa to Mozambique in South-East Africa. Most African Countries seem to be quite indifferent about the plight of Elephants in their respective countries. Facts regarding the mass slaughter of Elephants : In countries like Kenya and Tanzania, African Savannah Elephants are slaughtered for their ivory by poachers on foot and from the...
  • Rep. candidate: They're raping us! Dem. candidate: Pretend you like it so they vote Democrat!

    07/01/2015 8:22:43 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 3 replies
    1-7-2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    A Republican candidate: They're raping us! A Democrat candidate: Pretend you like it so they vote Democrat!
  • Ex-CNNer Lynne Russell's husband kills robber in wild motel shootout

    07/01/2015 7:50:32 PM PDT · by rikkir · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/1/2015 | Shawn Cohen
    A road trip down old Route 66 led to a Wild West-style motel shootout for a pioneering CNN anchor and her former-soldier hubby. Lynne Russell — the first woman to ever solo-anchor a primetime network news show — and Chuck de Caro, 65, had stopped at a Motel 6 for the night in Albuquerque when an intruder slipped into their room as Russell went to grab something from the car around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. “I opened the door and he materialized out of nowhere; he was inside,” she told The Post. “And he pushed me into the room and onto...
  • FAIL - Americans Don't Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July!

    07/01/2015 7:06:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/01/15 | Mark Dice
    Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America's 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.
  • You Commit Three Felonies a Day

    07/01/2015 6:02:51 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 27, 2009 | L. Gordon Crovitz
    Laws have become too vague and the concept of intent has disappeared. When we think about the pace of change in technology, it's usually to marvel at how computing power has become cheaper and faster or how many new digital ways we have to communicate. Unfortunately, this pace of change is increasingly clashing with some of the slower-moving parts of our culture. Technology moves so quickly we can barely keep up, and our legal system moves so slowly it can't keep up with itself. By design, the law is built up over time by court decisions, statutes and regulations. Sometimes...
  • Athens On The Potomac - It Could Never Happen Here, Right?

    07/01/2015 2:58:16 PM PDT · by freddy005 · 6 replies
    With all the chaos unravelling in Greece, Congress would be wise to do what it takes to avoid reaching Greek debt levels. But it’s not a matter of sticking to the status quo and avoiding bad decisions that would put the budget on a Greek-like path, because the budget is on that path already. A quarter-century ago, Greek debt levels were roughly 75 percent of Greece’s economy — about equal to what the U.S. has now. As of 2014, Greek debt levels are about 177 percent of national GDP. Now, the country is considering defaulting on its loans and uncertainty...
  • Survey says: 35 percent of Americans would expatriate

    07/01/2015 1:51:31 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 07/01/2015 | Sarah Whitten
    As the Fourth of July weekend looms and Americans prep their grills and ready their fireworks, some citizens are packing their bags. A recent online poll of more than 2,000 adults by TransferWise, a peer-to-peer money transfer service based in the United Kingdom, revealed that 35 percent of American-born residents and emigrants would consider leaving the United States to live in another country. This percentage greatly increases for those age 18 to 34. More than half of millennials, a whopping 55 percent, said that they would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. Among them, 43 percent of men and...
  • Iran Repatriates 13 Tons of Gold Under Sanctions Relief

    07/01/2015 1:28:45 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/01/2015 | Adam Kredo
    The gold appears to have been released as part of a sanctions relief package that will have awarded Iran nearly $12 billion in unfrozen cash assets by the time negotiations wrap up next week. The State Department calculates that Iran will have received a total of $11.9 billion in cash assets. The governor of Iran’s Central Bank announced to the country’s state-controlled media that the South Africans have finally returned the 13 tons of gold. “A sum of 13 tons of gold that had been purchased before and was deposited in South Africa in the past two years and could...
  • Gleichschaltung

    07/01/2015 10:51:36 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    history on the web ^ | July 1, 2015 | knarf
    As a totalitarian regime the Third Reich developed its own language, a perversion of the German language. The control of hearts and minds, to which totalitarian political systems aspire, necessitates such a perversion of the normal use of language. Meaning is twisted and distorted in such a way that the citizens of a totalitarian state can no longer distinguish truth from falsehood. They are reduced to such a state of confusion and impotence that they can be fully manipulated by the dictatorial government.
  • Vanity: Church Burnings, False Flags, Disinformation and Russia

    07/01/2015 9:10:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 8 replies
    Ion Mihai Pacepa, born 28 October 1928 in Bucharest, Romania) is a former three-star general in the Securitate, the secret police of Communist Romania, who defected to the United States in July 1978 following President Jimmy Carter's approval of his request for political asylum. He is the highest-ranking defector from the former Eastern Bloc, and has written several books and news articles on the inner workings of the communist intelligence services. In 2013, Lt. Gen. Pacepa published "Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism" co-authored with law professor Ronald Rychlak, a prominent...
  • I’m a gun-owning American but I hate the NRA

    07/01/2015 9:02:57 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 73 replies
    National Post ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Fellerath
    Some time after I bought my first gun, I got a robocall from the National Rifle Association, asking me to join. After the customary “Please stay on the line. . .” from a pleasant but earnest voice, I recoiled from the barkings of an angry-sounding man: “Did I know that Barack Hussein Obama and European leaders are meeting on American soil right now, at this very moment, to plot the confiscation of my guns?” The caller continued with his insinuations of an imminent United Nations plot against America, but before I could be handed off to a live operator, I...
  • First same-sex divorce in New Orleans comes before first marriage

    07/01/2015 8:39:12 AM PDT · by massmike · 8 replies
    nola.com ^ | 07/01/2015 | Andy Grimm
    The first same-sex divorce in Louisiana was granted about two hours before the first legally sanctioned same-sex wedding took place. Two New Orleans women, Anna Wellman and Stephanie Baus, who married in Massachusetts in 2009, made bittersweet history by filing for divorce in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Friday (June 26) -- something they couldn't have done before the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week because Louisiana law did not recognize same-sex weddings performed out of state. The divorce was made official Monday in a proceeding that lasted just minutes and concluded before 11 a.m., without the fanfare and...
  • Iron Age warrior lived with arrowhead in spine

    07/01/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Laura Geggel
    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds. "This found individual was extremely lucky to survive," said study researcher Svetlana Svyatko, a research fellow in the school of geography, archaeology and paleoecology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. "It's hard to get a vertebral wound without damaging the main blood vessels, which would have resulted in an immediate death."
  • Lost woman gives birth in remote area, starts wildfire for rescue

    07/01/2015 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Dartman · 18 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | June 30/15 | Reuters
    A woman who gave birth alone and was stranded for days in a remote area of Northern California survived the ordeal by starting a fire that roared out of control and drew firefighters to her rescue, local media reported. Officials with the Plumas National Forest confirmed on Tuesday that a fire broke out on Saturday at the park and that firefighters rescued a woman and a newborn baby from the burn area. They declined to discuss the cause of the fire, saying it was under investigation. Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California, told television station KCRA that after realizing she might...
  • Nascar SCS Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway Sun., July 5 on NBC at 7:45 PM ET

    07/01/2015 6:12:38 AM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 105 replies
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... July, August and September, 2015

    06/30/2015 10:02:02 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 100 replies
    7-1-2015 | JustAmy; Meg33, The Mayor; Trisham; St.Louie1, Friends, MamaBear
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • Mexican activists target Catholic cardinal with criminal complaints for opposing gay ‘marriage’

    06/30/2015 8:55:11 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 06/30/2015 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, the retired archbishop of Guadalajara, has been made the subject of multiple criminal complaints by homosexual activists following a televised speech in which he denounced the Mexican Supreme Court’s recent declaration nullifying state laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman, according to Mexican media sources. “Anything outside of this divine institution [of marriage] is an attack against it and is an aberration, and cannot be acceptable to a Catholic,” said Sandoval. In response, a coalition of at least twelve homosexual organizations has filed criminal complaints with two government agencies claiming that the cardinal’s words...
  • Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

    06/30/2015 10:47:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 27, 2015 | Joan Lowy
    The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads. Build more public transit. Rely on new technology. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. A few ways to ease the nation's gridlock: ——— PUBLIC TRANSIT RENAISSANCE Ridership on public buses, trains and subways has reached its highest level nationally since the 1950s, and transit boosters cite this as evidence that expanded service and routes is a good investment. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment...