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  • Australian charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with Thai surrogate

    09/02/2014 11:37:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    ABC.NET.AU ^ | Samantha Hawley
    An Australian who fathered surrogate twins with a Thai woman has been charged with sexually abusing the children. The man, who cannot be identified, has been charged with indecent dealings of a sexual nature with the children while they were under 10. Court documents reveal he has also been charged with possessing child abuse material which was found after a raid on his home. The man involved denies the allegations, which will come before court later this year. The Thai surrogate mother, Siriwan Nitichad, also known as Aon, lives in the Petchabun province 400 kilometres north of Bangkok.
  • Statutory rape victim reportedly forced to pay child support

    09/02/2014 10:08:47 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 73 replies
    PHOENIX — A man who slept with a 20-year-old woman when he was 14 — and didn’t learn he was a father until eight years later — is now being forced to pay child support, the Arizona Republic reports. Olivas, who said he was confused and going through a rough patch at that time of his life time, said the two went their separate ways after the encounter. Arizona law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent to sexual relations with an adult under any circumstance. All of it was put behind him, he thought, until two years ago...
  • Nascar SCS Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Intn'l Rcwy Sat September 6 on ABC at 7:30 PM ET

    09/02/2014 8:54:35 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 6 replies
  • Joran Van der Sloot, Films Self in Jail: ‘I am Making This Video For My Own Security’

    09/02/2014 4:46:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    Joran Van der Sloot, suspect in Natalee Holloway disappearance, films self in jail: ‘I am making this video for my own security’ The 27-year-old convicted killer was transferred to a maximum security prison last month and quickly went on a hunger strike to protest the jail's conditions. The Dutch citizen is serving 28 years in prison for killing a Peruvian business student in 2010 and is the prime suspect in Holloway's 2005 disappearance. New video shows Dutch convicted murderer Joran Van der Sloot — the prime suspect in Natalee Holloway's disappearance — behind bars in Peru. Recorded in a maximum...
  • Cee Lo Green: ‘People Who Have Really Been Raped Remember’

    09/02/2014 12:04:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    Cee Lo Green, who on Friday pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman before returning to her hotel room, doesn’t seem to know what constitutes rape.
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    09/02/2014 8:35:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future. Sheriff Phillips told the newspaper that,...
  • Vanity question: Forum back to the top

    09/02/2014 7:08:43 AM PDT · by JimRed · 8 replies
    Self | 09/02/2014 | Self
    When I close a thread I have been reading and/or responding to, the display jumps back to the top of the page instead of closing in place so I can go on to the next titles.
  • 'I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas': (Shortened)

    09/02/2014 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 50 replies
    KLBJ news blog ^ | Sep 1, 2014 | Matt Pearce
    A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power. The tweet was later deleted, followed by another from Perry's account that disavowed the post. The earlier tweet posted an unflattering mock image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was convicted of drunken driving in April 2013. Perry vetoed funds to her office when she refused to resign, which led to a grand jury in Austin this month indicting Perry —...
  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - September 2, 2014

    09/02/2014 3:20:32 AM PDT · by sneakers · 17 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - negotiations continue - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot 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!
  • Advice on growing a beard

    09/01/2014 10:23:13 PM PDT · by An American in Turkiye · 37 replies
    1Sep 2014 | An American In Turkiye
    So today my 24 years of active duty service comes to an end. My retirement ceremony was the 25th of July. I've been on terminal leave since then. I went to the local barber shop on the 29th of July for a straight razor shave. Been growing a beard since then. So far, so good. I'm past the itchy stage, and my beard is a bit wirey, with, for some reason, the few gray hairs growing much more rapidly than my others. I shampoo and condition it every morning, and lotion it up and comb it down with a brush...
  • What the United Nations Doesn’t Want You to Know

    09/01/2014 6:58:19 PM PDT · by wtd · 16 replies
    TrevorLoudon.com ^ | Sept 1, 2014 | Trevor Loudon's
    Not too long ago I posted a video produced in the mid-nineties concerning a U.S. Army soldier, SPC Michael New, who refused to wear the UN insignia and uniform, or accept orders from a foreign commander under the auspices of the United Nations. New’s reasoning was simple: he pledged an oath to defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution, not the United Nations and its Charter. The Michael New case received very little press coverage at the time. New was threatened with court-martial, but he decided to fight the charges. Unfortunately, Michael New lost the case and eventually received...
  • Dickinson jokes he’s only a part-time singer

    09/01/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 38 replies
    classicrock.com ^ | 9/1/2014 | Martin Kielty
    Maiden frontman wishes he’d been born in 19th century - as he confirms another outing in WWI fighter plane
  • The Last Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct 100 Years Ago

    08/31/2014 8:50:42 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    Tomorrow marks exactly 100 years since the last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. At their peak, millions — some argue billions — of passenger pigeons flew together, creating such a ruckus as to make normal conversation a challenge. Yet their numbers diminished rapidly, plunging perilously close to extinction within just a few decades thanks to our voracious appetite for the birds. Then they flamed out completely, the last wild one shot in 1900 and Martha dying 14 years later. “The bird was hunted out of existence,” wrote journalist Barry Yeoman in Audubon...
  • Will Self Attacks 'Literary Mediocrity' George Orwell

    08/31/2014 4:33:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2014
    Prize-winning novelist Will Self has launched a stinging attack on George OrwellThe novelist Will Self has denounced George Orwell as the "Supreme Mediocrity" of postwar literary Britain, in a piece written for the BBC Radio 4 programme A Point of View which aired on August 29. The thrust of Self's argument is that Orwell's famous 1946 essay, 'Politics and the English Language', in which he argues for simplicity and clarity in written English, is fundamentally flawed. In the essay, Orwell encourages the use of short words and everyday English, and the avoidance of cliché. But, according to Self, who is...
  • Arresting Photo of Sultry Lady Dutch Cop Sweeps the Internet

    08/31/2014 10:47:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 107 replies
    Nw York Daily News ^ | Agust 27, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Internet users begging for arrest after photo of hot Dutch cop flares passions The sultry officer, armed with a pistol on her waist as she investigates a burglary, has gone viral again more than two years after the photo was originally snapped. The head-turning law enforcer's outfit of tight white pants and cowboy boots prompted users on Reddit to exclaim love at first sight. Her looks alone are arresting. A smokin’ hot female Dutch cop has the Internet swooning as a two-year-old photograph of the sexy officer has once again swept the web. The stunning law enforcement officer was snapped...
  • Grover Norquist — yes, that Grover Norquist — makes ‘new friends’ at Burning Man

    08/30/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The GOP just keeps getting weirder.
  • ‘What Were You Thinking?’: Little Boy’s Priceless Reaction to the News That His Mom Is Pregnant

    08/30/2014 11:02:50 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 35 replies
    BLAZE ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mike Opelka
    A mom telling her two children she was pregnant drew an unexpected reaction: rather than being excited about being a big brother again, the little boy burst out, “What were you thinking?” and “You just had two! This is exasperating.”
  • tudents Safely Cross Street Without Crossing Guard Thanks to Retired Marine

    08/30/2014 7:12:30 AM PDT · by MD Expat in PA · 55 replies
    News10 ABC ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | By ALEXA VALIENTE via GOOD MORNING AMERICA
    When retired Cpl. Lewis Alston, who was wounded during the Vietnam War, drove by Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Lancaster last year, he was shocked. “I saw -- when I was coming down the street -- a student that ran in between the cars,” Alston, 63, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, told ABC News. “The traffic will not stop for the children at all.” -Snip So when the school year started on Monday, Alston, who is a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, headed to the school and saw that they didn’t have a crossing guard at one...
  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    08/30/2014 7:01:44 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    CNS Bews ^ | 08/29/2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections. Addressing Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Rhode Island and another in New York, Obama said Republicans had realized that blocking all progress led Americans to become cynical about government. Republicans consider that "a pretty good thing" because they don't believe in government to begin with, Obama said. "It doesn't have to be that way," Obama said during a barbecue in Purchase, New York. "There...
  • Freeper fantasy football - 1 opening

    08/30/2014 2:09:39 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32
    me | 8/30/14 | georgiadawg32
    One opening left. live online draft today at 3. if you want to play, freepmail me your e-mail address.
  • 40 Of The Most Bad-As*, ... Quotes Of All Time

    08/29/2014 8:22:37 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 168 replies
    rightwingnews ^ | John Hawkins
    "You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas....You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me....Come on, you sons of b*tches! Do you want to live forever?.... Before we’re through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.....I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man......" .....;
  • Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows

    08/29/2014 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Robwin · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which is National Roasted Marshmallow Day. As one might expect, the article is riddled with safety tips that might make you think twice about even carrying matches into the forest at all, let alone actually igniting a marshmallow and putting your family’s life at risk. “First, let’s talk safety,” the article says. “Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place. The restrictions are put in place for your safety and for the safety of others.”...
  • The Four Lawsuits

    08/29/2014 6:48:48 PM PDT · by Linda Frances · 2 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | 8-26-2014 | Scott Lively
    There has been a lot of interest in the current “Crimes Against Humanity” lawsuit against me by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the so-called Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), but this is not the first time the LGBT movement has tried to silence me by use of the courts. In fact, the SMUG lawsuit is the 5th such attack I have suffered in my career. Following is an excerpt from my privately published book of testimonial stories about the Miracles that God has done in my life, titled My Life in His Hands. This excerpt is from Chapter 8, “The...
  • The Middle East Problem (Dennis Prager video)

    08/29/2014 6:32:15 PM PDT · by Signalman · 2 replies
    Prager University ^ | unk. | Dennis Prager
    The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it's very simple. Israelis want to live in peace and are willing to accept a neighboring Palestinian state. And most Palestinians do not want Israel to exist. As Dennis Prager explains, this is really all you need to know. In 5 minutes, understand how Israel was founded, and how, since that auspicious day in 1948, its neighbors have tried to destroy it, again and again.
  • Amateur Hour: State Dept. has resorted to ‘crowdsourcing foreign policy’

    08/29/2014 3:57:26 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 08/29/2014 | Twitchy
    In case you had any remaining doubts about the Obama administrationÂ’s foreign policy chops, this should put those to rest: Department of State âś” @StateDept Follow How can we do a better job of serving the American people & improving the world? Learn how to submit your thoughts: http://go.usa.gov/ycDR 2:29 PM - 29 Aug 2014 Wait Â… what? Welcome to Amateur Hour! You know itÂ’s coming. But on the other hand, maybe this is the only way to get things done. ItÂ’s not as if the State Department is remotely competent.
  • Does ISIS have the missing WMDs

    08/29/2014 2:06:38 PM PDT · by castlegreyskull · 26 replies
    I haven't heard anyone discuss the possibility that ISIS possesses chemical and biological weapons. I was wondering what anyone's concerns were about them.
  • Rubio Flips Again on Immigration

    08/29/2014 12:58:24 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 22 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | August 29, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Sen. Marco Rubio says that if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the immigration reform bill that Rubio sponsored last year to the floor for a vote now, he would vote against it. Rubio explained that passing his immigration bill wouldn’t be productive, and thus the vote would only be for show. But if “unproductive” and “show votes” automatically deserved a “no,” our solons would rarely vote “yes.” If his bill was meritorious last year, as Rubio believed, it is meritorious now, and should be treated accordingly. Rubio also claims that he doesn’t regret his support for his immigration reform...
  • Lower Tax Rates vs. Targeted Tax Credits

    08/29/2014 12:13:25 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 29, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal last week about the policy debate over whether it’s better to lower tax rates or to provide targeted tax cuts for parents. Since this meant I was wading into a fight between so-called reform conservatives (or “reformicons”) and traditional conservatives (or “supply-siders”), I wasn’t surprised to learn that not everyone agreed with my analysis. James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute, for instance, doesn’t approve of what I wrote. …why are some folks on the right against giving middle-class families a big tax cut and letting them keep more of what...
  • Small-business group urges people to speak up on coming gas price increase (video)

    08/29/2014 8:21:06 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/28/2014 | John Ellis
    Opponents of a greenhouse-gas reducing proposal that could significantly increase gas prices next year are asking the public to weigh in after being handed a political defeat in the state Legislature. The National Federation of Independent Business came to Fresno on Thursday, where it urged voters to exert political pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown, other elected officials and the state Air Resources Control Board to either stop or delay a new cap-and-trade mandate that starting Jan. 1 will cover transportation fuels. "This is a hidden gas tax that, make no mistake, is coming to your local gas station come Jan....
  • Katie Couric accused Diane Sawyer of trading sex for interviews, new book claims

    08/29/2014 5:02:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8-29-14 | Don Kaplan , Corky Siemaszko
    Sheila Weller’s forthcoming tell-all ‘The News Sorority’ claims to offer up details on the scandalous and sometimes catty escapades of noteworthy newswomen, including how some apparently hold strong disdain for each other. Katie Couric cultivated an “American Girl identity” but she was also a bully with a “chip on her shoulder.” Diane Sawyer strived to be “America’s Aunt” but she rode her staff hard and used “staged humility” to disarm critics. Christiane Amanpour was fearless in the field and would remind her bosses, “Do you know that I’m the world’s best-known foreign correspondent?” And, when feeling threatened, these pioneering, primetime...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 29, 2014

    08/29/2014 3:14:17 AM PDT · by sneakers · 19 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot 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!
  • ndian girl, 7, survives being buried alive

    08/29/2014 1:12:44 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 6 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 27 August 2014
    A seven-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly buried alive by relatives in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been rescued by a villager. Police say relatives first tried to strangle her and then left her to die in a shallow grave. It is unclear why.
  • New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety

    08/28/2014 7:03:58 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28/08/2014 | James Stafford
    Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust -- Russia has, too.
  • Obama's tan suit: Stop freaking out, Internet, it's actually stylish

    08/28/2014 5:51:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 64 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-28-14 | Jenn Harris
    President Barack Obama held a news conference Thursday to reveal important information regarding Russia financing and arming separatists in Ukraine, migrant children in the U.S. and his strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Syria, but all eyes seemed to focus on his suit. The president addressed the press in a pale, khaki-colored suit, and the Internet exploded. . The suit prompted a slew of headlines criticizing the president for his fashion decision.
  • Immigrants Can Now Obtain Asylum for Spousal Abuse

    08/28/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/28/2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Foreign individuals may now seek asylum in the U.S. due to domestic abuse in their home countries. On Tuesday a federal immigration board ruled that a married Guatemalan woman, fleeing a violent husband back home, could obtain political asylum. The ruling is significant, as the Board of Immigration Appeals oversees the immigration courts of President Obama's Department of Justice. The board reportedly acknowledged a culture of violence in Guatemala, which cases its domestic abuse victims to be in a "particular social group." Such jargon implies "a crucial qualification for asylum eligibility," according to the Gate. It is...
  • Are we all Useful Idiots?

    08/28/2014 6:40:11 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.sodahead.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | MillerMedia
    A must read for all of us Americans! Reading the rules laid out below, we have to be concerned where we are headed. Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today. Hillary has her writings sealed, but recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books. Obama's records are sealed as well! Saul David Alinsky, a writer, was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of the modern community organizing movement. He is...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 27, 2014

    08/28/2014 3:15:07 AM PDT · by sneakers · 24 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot 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!
  • Nascar SCS Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday August 31 on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET

    08/27/2014 8:14:24 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 123 replies
  • Politics: Oh good: ObamaCare now providing relief to those getting 'gender reassignment surgery'

    08/27/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Herman cain ^ | Herman Cain
    Use the correct term, friends. Don't be like Shaney B. and call it "The Forbidden Snip." That would be wrong. Who comes up with these terms? You and I think of it (well, if we think of it at all, which I'd rather not) as sex-change surgery. But no! We have to be politically correct with everything now, so it's "gender reassignment" surgery. My highly insensitive producer, Shaney B., wants to call it "The Forbidden Snip," but of course that is extremely insensitive and wrong and should not be said, so I will not say "The Forbidden Snip" and you...
  • Angela Merkel announces plans to deport EU welfare cheats

    08/27/2014 4:13:09 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/27/2014 | Justin Huggler
    Major new crackdown on "benefits tourism" also to include bans on re-entering Germany for five years and direct funding to impoverished Germany has announced plans to deport welfare cheats from other European Union countries as part of a major new crackdown on "benefits tourism". Angela Merkel's government wants to expel immigrants from other EU countries who lie or use fraudulent means to claim benefits in Germany, and block the worst offenders from re-entering the country for up to five years. "Freedom of movement is a vital part of European integration, to which we are fully committed," the German Interior Minister,...
  • 'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

    08/27/2014 7:23:57 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 36 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Foxnews
    “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter. During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents. According to police...
  • Classics radio still has a home on Western Pennsylvania dials

    08/27/2014 5:03:55 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Pitt Trib Review ^ | 8/26/14 | Patrick Cloonan
    Some oldies fans get their fix from XM radio stations or internet streaming music like Pandora. But since WJAS (1320 AM) was sold and switched from “nostalgia” programming to talk earlier this month, fans have been searching for a new radio station to hear their favorite music. “It was a shock for them to shift to talk shows from music that a lot of people liked,” said Anne Zuza, 70, of Ross. As another ex-WJAS listener emailed: “Is there any other station that plays the classic hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s?” That depends on your interpretation of “classic...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - August 27, 2014

    08/27/2014 3:14:11 AM PDT · by sneakers · 16 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning soon, - and it looks like something is in the works - our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot 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!
  • GMA Kicks Off College Football Season [video w/ 15 sec ad]

    08/26/2014 2:14:19 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    abc news ^ | 8-26-14 | abc gma
    Herby was in NY today w/ GMA folks. Watch Lara Spencer kick a FG barefoot.
  • A Crime Between Races Happened in West Point, Mississippi

    08/26/2014 1:33:54 PM PDT · by Hotmetal · 10 replies
    Water Cooler Talk ^ | 08/26/14 | Joseph B. St. John
    A crime between races happened in West Point, Mississippi this weekend and no one stole other people’s stuff. No one showed their grief by stealing a television for their personal use. No one stole alcohol to show that they wanted justice. No one destroyed anyone else’s property to prove they want equality. No, in West Point, Mississippi, people acted civilized. In West Point, Mississippi a group of African Americans attacked two white guys and CNN, FOX and MSNBC will not be there. No special interest groups will be marching in the street and celebrity do-gooders, who protest for profit, will...
  • N.C. State students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

    08/26/2014 12:31:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-25-14 | Jessica Chasmer
    Four male students at North Carolina State University have developed a prototype for a new nail polish line that changes color when it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, and Stephan Gray founded Undercover Colors, coined as “the first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault,” The Mary Sue reported. A woman paints her nails with the polish, and when her nails come into contact with a liquid, the color will change if drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB are present. “In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in...
  • Too good to be true? USC vetting Josh Shaw’s heroic story

    08/26/2014 11:05:06 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    nbc sports ^ | 8-26-14 | Kevin McGuire
    Sometimes a story is too good to be true. Could this be the latest example of that adage at work? USC is opening an internal investigation into the story of senior cornerback John Shaw saving his nephew from drowning. The story shared by USC’s athletics website was inspirational and a touching one. Shaw reportedly suffered a pair of high ankle sprains while allegedly leaping from a second floor balcony into a pool below to save his nephew, who cannot swim. A day later, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian says there may be conflicting information regarding how the injury to Shaw’s...
  • How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

    08/26/2014 9:52:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | August 18, 2014 5:21 PM ET | Laura Sydell
    Many institutions have their archives stored on CDs — but the discs aren't as stable as once thought. There is no average life span for a CD, says preservationist Michele Youket, "because there is no average disc." --- Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc. Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs...
  • Attorney and Cop Scuffle after Traffic Stop (video)

    08/26/2014 8:41:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 6-29-2014 | YouTube.com
    ST. ALBANS (VT) — Police video and documents provided to the St. Albans Messenger show how an ordinary traffic stop last week degenerated into a physical altercation, which further disintegrated into the use of ethnic and homophobic slurs. Local attorney Peter J.R. Martin, 74, was stopped by Officer Mike Malinowski of the St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) Thursday, June 12, at 5:30 p.m. for having tinted windows, which are not legal in Vermont. The incident occurred on Lake Road near Cherry Street at St. Albans Bay. Martin was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He has pleaded not...