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  • Numerous fights break out Friday night inside Monroeville Mall [Pittsburgh, PA]

    12/28/2014 6:58:21 PM PST · by grundle · 52 replies
    YouTube - WTAE TV ^ | December 26, 2014
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PafsIomt7Q
  • Fox News Chief Correspondent: Thankful to be naturalized American citizen

    12/28/2014 2:50:21 PM PST · by workerbee · 9 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/19/14 | Jonathan Hunt
    Editor's note: Fox News Chief Correspondent Jonathan Hunt became a naturalized U.S. citizen on November 21, 2014. It was October 1995, and I'd been in the U.S. for little more than a month. I sat back in my seat on a flight from Los Angeles to Washington (which was my new home), and thought about what I'd just witnessed: my first major assignment as U.S. correspondent for Sky News was to cover the end of O.J. Simpson's murder trial. And this country I now found myself exploring, dissecting and trying to understand and interpret for my British audience appeared to...
  • Cowboys Dominate Redskins 44-17 In Regular Season Finale

    12/28/2014 2:01:10 PM PST · by central_va · 44 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | 12/28/14 | cbs dallas tx
    DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant broke franchise records Sunday as the Dallas Cowboys prepped for the playoffs with a 44-17 win over the Washington Redskins.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/28/2014 11:07:47 AM PST · by Faith · 11 replies
    December 28, 2014 | Faith
    The Lord liveth; and blessed be my Rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. Psalm 18:46
  • Armenians in Iran preparing for Christmas [Jan 6]

    12/28/2014 12:54:22 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    Public Radio of Armenia ^ | 26 Dec 2014 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    Iran’s Christian Armenian minority is storming the gift shops in Tehran, buying them out of all their ornaments, Santa figures and pine trees to hang in their stores and homes, the Jerusalem Post reports. As Christians all over the world geared up for Christmas this week, so too were Iranians preparing to celebrate the festive holiday in all its glory. Iran’s Christian Armenian minority in particular ...
  • Man [burglar] Fatally Shot After Trying To Take [female] Police Officer's Baton In Coachella

    12/27/2014 7:22:18 PM PST · by grundle · 31 replies
    The Coachella Police Department reports the shooting occurred shortly before noon Thursday as the officer was investigating a report that someone had broken into a home and assaulted its owner. Sgt. Mike Manning says a man outside the home immediately confronted the officer, assuming a "fighting stance." When he advanced on the officer, she pulled her baton, Manning says, and when he attempted to take it away he was shot.
  • Republican ****tardery for 2016 Presidential Nominations [10 minute video - contains profanity]

    12/27/2014 6:52:27 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 27, 2014 | Aaron Clarey
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Wm8V9XCCg
  • No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

    12/26/2014 4:19:40 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 24, 2014 | No Attribution
    The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction. So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities have officially claimed, the cyber attack on Sony really was the work of an elite group of North Korean government hackers. All the evidence leads me to believe that the...
  • In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants and Men

    12/26/2014 1:50:04 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    These Stone Walls ^ | June 20, 2012 | Fr. Gordon J. MacRae
    Are committed fathers an endangered species in our culture? Fr. Gordon MacRae draws a troubling corollary between absent fathers and burgeoning prisons.Wade Horn, Ph.D., President of the National Fatherhood Initiative, had an intriguing article entitled “Of Elephants and Men” in a recent issue of Fatherhood Today magazine. I found Dr. Horn’s story about young elephants to be simply fascinating, and you will too. It was sent to me by a TSW reader who wanted to know if there is any connection between the absence of fathers and the shocking growth of the American prison population. Some years ago, officials at...
  • Letter to the editor (Interview)

    12/25/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by rey · 5 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 24 Dec, 2014
    Provoking unstable Kim EDITOR: Of all the remarks about North Korea’s reaction to “The Interview,” I’ve heard none about how provocative, goading, taunting, death-threatening this film must be to an unstable, possibly crazed leader of an enemy country. In our elementary and high schools, this is called bullying and we know too well the tragic consequences. When we throw our kingly weight around other countries, flaunting our free speech, daring them to respond negatively, then get righteously punishing, I don’t get it. JOAN PANARO Santa Rosa
  • Outrage After Rush Limbaugh Says This About Race

    12/25/2014 8:54:25 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 392 replies
    http://mrconservative.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Andrew Spalding
    Liberals everywhere were outraged this week after Rush Limbaugh said a black man playing James Bond would be “ridiculous.” The comments were made on Tuesday in regard to leaked Sony emails that revealed that CEO Amy Paschal wanted the black actor Idris Elba to play James Bond. Rush, however, wasn’t having any of it. “James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was,” the conservative radio show host said. “But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black...
  • Protesters set off explosives, throw bricks after police officer shoots, kills...

    12/24/2014 2:26:24 PM PST · by grundle · 58 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Michael Walsh
    Full title: Protesters set off explosives, throw bricks after police officer shoots, kills 18-year-old in Missouri Hundreds of people gathered at a suburban St. Louis gas station early Wednesday morning after a police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old man who had been pointing a 9 mm handgun at the officer, authorities said. Some protesters among the angry crowd of between 200 and 300 turned violent early Wednesday morning, setting off explosive devices and throwing bricks and rocks, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a press conference. More than 50 police officers, some in riot gear, responded,...
  • Why was all-A Grosse Pointe teen killed on Detroit street?

    12/24/2014 1:09:43 PM PST · by Hot Tabasco · 52 replies
    Detroit Free Press ^ | December 24, 2014 | Tresa Baldas, Robert Allen and Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press
    Can't excerpt since it's the Detroit Free Press.
  • 'Monumentally Stupid' Anti-Gun PSA Urges Kids to Steal Parents’ Firearms [and take them to school]

    12/24/2014 10:50:04 AM PST · by grundle · 52 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jennifer O'Neill
    The controversial Dec. 13 clip from Sleeper 13 Productions in San Francisco, titled “Stop Gun Violence - PSA,” shows a teenage boy take a handgun from his mother’s dresser drawer, stash it in his backpack, and bring it to class. Walking up to his teacher after the period ends, the student slaps the gun on her desk. “Can you take this away?” the child actor asks the shocked teacher. “I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house.” Then the messages “Our children deserve a safe world” and “Stop gun violence now” are plastered onscreen before production credits run,...
  • Our heroes: Is there one in us all?

    12/24/2014 7:18:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-24-14 | Richard Chin
    Do the right thing. Help others. Can heroism be as simple as that? Leo Thorsness swore an oath when he became a Boy Scout in Walnut Grove, Minn., eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. He took another oath when he joined the Air Force, eventually becoming a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He received the Medal of Honor for a mission in which he risked himself to help downed crewmen from another aircraft. But the only living Medal of Honor recipient from Minnesota said he later came to realize he could boil down those service oaths to a simple code: Do the...
  • ONE SOLITARY LIFE (centerpiece of the human race; leader of the column of progress)

    12/24/2014 5:38:44 AM PST · by Liz · 38 replies
    liberalslikechrist.org/about/onesolitarylife. ^ | 1926 | Dr James Allan Francis
    "Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He...
  • 2014: You Are History!

    12/24/2014 1:00:51 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 4 replies
    JibJab.com ^ | 12/21/2014 | Evan and Gregg Spiridellis
    JibJab, the digital entertainment studio based in Venice, CA, released on the internet their animated video,"2014, You Are History!", spoofing the events of year 2014 set to the last classical music movement, “Ode to Joy”, in Ludwig von Beethoven’s 1824 “Ninth Symphony.”
  • Police: Teen shot at Dayton Mall tried to rob man for shoes

    12/23/2014 4:25:27 PM PST · by digger48 · 178 replies
    fox19.com ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Nathan Vicar
    DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - The Middletown teen who was shot and killed at the Dayton Mall over the weekend was trying to steal shoes from a man with a concealed carry license, police say. Officials say the investigation shows that three male juveniles approached two men outside of the hhgregg store just after 10 a.m.. According to police, 16-year-old Jawaad Jabbar got out a gun and demanded merchandise from the men. One of the men, who police say had a valid concealed carry license, produced his gun and shot Jabbar. Jabbar died from injuries sustained from the gunshot. "This was...
  • My most recent update on my Bone Cancer condition

    12/23/2014 12:26:27 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 67 replies
    JEFFHEAD.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jeff Head
    42nd Entry: December 23rd, 2014- Report on AUG radiation therapy and 5 years since diagnosis Well, I am very late entering this information and making this entry. In early August we traveled to MD Anderson in Houston for our annual pilgrimage and to accomplish three things. To conduct our annual check-up on my Chorodoma with Dr. Rhines and Gisella, his chief nurse practioner. To attend the Annually Brain and Spine Tumor conference held each year at MD Anderson, hear the presentations, and especially to see all of our friends there. To conduct the stereo-tactic radiation treatment that Dr. Rhines had...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 911 operators made 'anti-police' remarks, causing quarrel with FDNY dispatchers

    12/23/2014 9:19:35 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 23, 2014 | John Marzulli and Ginger Adams Otis
    A war of words erupted in the city’s 911 call center Saturday over allegations two operators made “anti-police” remarks after the assassinations of two cops, the Daily News has learned. The fracas occurred when news broke that Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been shot execution-style by a deranged gunman, sources said. The remarks were allegedly made by a couple of the 911 operators who handle NYPD calls — and two Fire Department dispatchers in earshot got heated in response, sources said.
  • Christmas 1944: Battle of the Bulge

    12/23/2014 7:00:50 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    In 1944, seventy years ago, at Christmas the American and German armies were fighting it out in the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of the War.
  • Viewers Report Getting Goosebumps After Seeing Five Commercial Jets Execute ‘Very Unusual’ Ma

    12/23/2014 5:53:46 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 12/22/2014 | Oliver Darcy
    A promotional video created by Airbus showcases five of their newest commercial jets take to the skies to execute a stunning formation flight — and video of the “very unusual” event has taken the Internet by storm.
  • Student Leader Resigns After Stating She Has 'No Sympathy' for Murdered Cops

    12/23/2014 4:24:22 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 62 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/22/14 | Daniel Mael
    The Brandeis University student leader who publicly stated that she had "no sympathy" for the executed New York Police Department officers resigned her position on Sunday after TruthRevolt and other outlets drew attention to her statements. Khadijah Lynch, who was an Undergraduate Department Representative for the African and Afro-American Studies Department, tweeted, "i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today" and "lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist f---ing country" among other insensitive remarks shortly after the officers were shot execution-style by a Baltimore-based gangster....
  • Video Taken by NYPD Shooter of Him Arguing With Police Last Year

    12/23/2014 1:31:18 AM PST · by barmag25 · 7 replies
    Live leak ^ | 12/21/14 | Muhnews
    Pulled off of Ismaaiyl Brinsley's Facebook page, this shows an interaction taken exactly a year and a week ago where he refused to have his bag searched by police after they claimed the dogs signaled them to his bag. - See more at: http://m.liveleak.com/view?i=d35_1419127560#sthash.0swXg6Ci.dpuf
  • 5-year-old Michigan girls donate hair for children with cancer

    12/22/2014 2:13:08 PM PST · by workerbee · 27 replies
    Fox ^ | 12/22/14
    A trio of 5-year-olds in Michigan is teaming up to help children with cancer this holiday season by donating their hair. Ava, Sari and Jenna, all friends who live in the Keego Harbor, Mich. area, went to get their locks chopped for charity without any coaxing from their parents.
  • Al Sharpton: The Next NYPD Police Commissioner?

    12/22/2014 2:06:46 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    The Root ^ | December 22, 2014 | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.
    A fake New York Police Department ID has been making the rounds on social media—and reportedly among NYPD officers—showing the Rev. Al Sharpton as the police commissioner.
  • Actually, Raising [grass fed] Beef Is Good for the Planet

    12/22/2014 10:26:23 AM PST · by grundle · 41 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | December 19, 2014 | Nicolette Hahn Niman
    Despite environmentalists’ worries, cattle don’t guzzle water or cause hunger—and can help fight climate change People who advocate eating less beef often argue that producing it hurts the environment. Cattle, we are told, have an outsize ecological footprint: They guzzle water, trample plants and soils, and consume precious grains that should be nourishing hungry humans. Lately, critics have blamed bovine burps, flatulence and even breath for climate change. As a longtime vegetarian and environmental lawyer, I once bought into these claims. But now, after more than a decade of living and working in the business—my husband, Bill, founded Niman Ranch...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/21/2014 9:54:09 AM PST · by Faith · 18 replies
    December 21, 2014 | Faith
    Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill be made low; .and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.Isaiah 40: 4-5
  • For de Blasio, Attack Comes Amid Tension Over Police

    12/21/2014 3:18:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 65 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Dec 14 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER
    Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke in sober terms at a news conference on Saturday at Woodhull Hospital after two police officers were shot and killed in Brooklyn. It is the sequence that every mayor dreads: the ominous report, the scramble to the hospital and the confirmation that, yes, an attack against the police has proved fatal. But for Mayor Bill de Blasio, the tragedy on Saturday — when two police officers were shot and killed in an ambush in Brooklyn, according to the authorities — arrived at a particularly trying moment, amid an already fractious relationship with the police. Police...
  • Reports: Emanuel’s Son Robbed Outside Family’s Lakeview Home

    12/20/2014 11:34:17 AM PST · by W. · 71 replies
    CBS Chicago via Drudgereport ^ | 20 Dec 2014 | Mike Krauser
    (CBS) – The teenage son of Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of a robbery outside the mayor’s Lakeview home Friday night, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Police were called to the 4200 block of North Hermitage at 10:05 p.m. Friday for a report of a robbery on the street where there would normally already be a police presence.
  • LISTEN to Marco Rubio’s fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 12.19.14
    Marco Rubio was on with Mark Levin tonight to talk Cuba and gave the best interview I’ve heard yet on Cuba from anyone. One of my favorite parts was where he listed four of five reasons why Obama’s new policy toward Cuba won’t help the Cuban people, one being based on how Cuba’s economy is set up so that 90% of all money in Cuba gets taken by the military because nothing is privately owned. Rubio is really quite impressive in his knowledge of Cuba.
  • Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway...

    12/20/2014 2:57:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | By Mail Online Reporter
    Full Title: Why do you MANSPREAD? Woman with her tape measure confronts splay-legged men on the subway about the space they consume It is a gripe that frustrates subway riders daily: men with their legs splayed. So one woman decided to confront male commuters about the amount of space they consume. The investigation comes a month before New York City's MTA launches a campaign targeting 'manspreaders'.
  • Sony ignored security evaluation before GOP [Guardians of Peace] hack, more data coming

    12/20/2014 1:18:13 AM PST · by Spktyr · 43 replies
    Electronista ^ | Sun December 14, 2014 | Electronista Staff
    'Christmas dump' incoming with more 'interesting' Sony Pictures data Months before the hacker intrusion on Sony Pictures' network, analyst firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) performed an analysis on the company's security, and found it lacking. More than 100 devices were found to be unmonitored by corporate security following an incomplete transition from a private security firm to an in-house team. As a result, any Sony response to network intrusion would be, in the words of the auditors, "slow, fragmented, and incomplete, if it would even happen at all." However, corrective actions proposed by PWC seemingly went undone, which left the doors to...
  • Government Check Dad [one minute video]

    12/19/2014 4:25:17 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 20, 2013 | Aaron Clarey
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEUvdREeSmE
  • Prayers requested for Sheila Robinson [Updte #201, 255, 287, 319, 348]

    12/19/2014 11:17:29 AM PST · by JustAmy · 391 replies
    12-19-2014 | JustAmy
    Graphic by MamaBear
  • State Dept: U.S. Nukes Down 85%, From 31,255 to 4,804

    12/19/2014 8:18:55 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 100 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 19, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    'We Still Have More Work To Do'' The State Department's Rose Gottemoeller, under secretary for arms control and international security, spoke at the Brookings Institution Thursday where she reaffirmed the United States' "unassailable" commitment to putting the nuclear weapons genie back in the bottle. Gottemoeller told the attendees at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative-sponsored event that "the U.S. commitment to achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons is unassailable." She went on to note that the nation's stockpile of active weapons is down 85 percent from maximum cold war levels, falling to 4,804 in 2013...
  • First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead

    12/19/2014 5:41:58 AM PST · by Scoutmaster · 134 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A Fish and Wildlife official near Paris, Kentucky responded to the call about a young male mountain lion in a tree and though it best to 'dispatch it.' Once native to the state, cougars have not been spotted there since before the Civil War. An agency spokesman said, 'it seemed to be in very healthy condition' and that shooting it was the proper course of action An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy.[CLIP]
  • Ex-'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden indicted on rape charges

    12/18/2014 6:57:53 PM PST · by South40 · 63 replies
    FoxNews (MSN) ^ | 18 DEC 2014
    Former “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden was indicted on Wednesday in East Baton Rouge Parish on three counts of rape, according to The Times-Picayune. The 49-year-old former reality star was memorably charged with aggravated rape and forcible rape back in September after he was accused of raping his daughter almost daily beginning when she was 11 years old.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 19 December 2014

    12/18/2014 5:57:25 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 102 replies
    December 18, 2014 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. and even cocoa.Got that shopping done?Got presents wrapped?Decorations done? No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a drink and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay....
  • US announces protections for transgender workers

    12/18/2014 4:25:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 6:20 PM EST
    The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder. That means the Justice Department will be able to bring legal claims on behalf of people who say they’ve been discriminated against by state and local public employers based on sex identity. In defending lawsuits, the federal government also will no longer take the position that Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, which bans sex discrimination, does not protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of gender status. …
  • TEAM COSBY’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

    12/18/2014 3:51:04 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12/18/14 | Lloyd Grove
    “I’ve been in contact with Cosby’s team for about three and a half weeks and I got the feeling that there was a lot of internal turmoil,” said Stacy Brown, the freelancer who got the brief exclusive interview with the comedian, simply by dialing his home number in Massachusetts, and wrote it for the New York Post. “When you talk to them, you get the distinct impression that there are some who really wanted him to talk and other people who were adamantly opposed to him talking to the media. It just seems like there’s this huge war going on...
  • Bill Cosby is under full-scale police investigation after series of women tell detectives

    12/18/2014 3:06:52 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/18/14
    Several more women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by comedy legend Bill Cosby have come forward sparking a ‘definitive open investigation’ by Los Angeles Police Department, a lawyer for one of the victims has told Daily Mail online. The new victims claim to have been subjected to sex attacks by Cosby but have asked to remain anonymous. Significantly, in another blow for the star, it is believed a number of the latest raft of allegations fall within the statute of limitations meaning he can be prosecuted if enough evidence is found.
  • Artificial Intelligence Isn’t a Threat—Yet

    12/18/2014 2:38:44 PM PST · by presidio9 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Gary Marcus
    “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” —Stephen Hawking, Dec. 2 Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested? Is the development of AI like “summoning the demon,” as tech pioneer Elon Musk told an audience at MIT in October? Will smart machines supersede or even annihilate humankind? As a cognitive scientist and founder of a new startup that focuses on “machine learning,” I think about these questions nearly every day. But let’s not panic. “Superintelligent” machines won’t be arriving soon. Computers today are good at narrow tasks...
  • Famous Today, Forgotten Tomorrow (We've forgotten Hope & Crosby. Will we forget the Beatles?)

    12/18/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 127 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Jim Fusilli
    Tributes to two of the most famous American entertainers of the 20th century serve as a reminder of how fame flees. The entertainers are Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the reminders are the documentary “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” which had its premiere last week (and will run again on Dec. 26 ) on PBS, and “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” a new biography by Richard Zoglin. Neither Crosby nor Hope have much cachet with contemporary consumers of art and culture, but the accounts of their careers make convincing cases that their contributions still influence their respective fields, even if...
  • Misspelled sign may have cost high school principal her job

    12/18/2014 1:51:48 PM PST · by grundle · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    A principal has been reassigned after a misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside a New Jersey public high school. The message on the sign above the entryway to Paterson’s Public School Number 20 included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards. After the gaffe was picked up by several local news outlets, Antoinette Young, the school's principal, was reassigned as a vice principal at a different school.
  • FCC Rejects Station Challenge Over Redskins Name

    12/18/2014 1:05:57 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 6 replies
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | Broadcasting and Cable
    Story at link. FCC won't hold Daniel Snyder radio station liable for profanity for use of the name Redskins.
  • Texas theater to show “Team America” in place of canceled “Interview”

    12/18/2014 7:44:13 AM PST · by mylife · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/14 | Mary Katherine Hamm
    Sometimes, you just need Texas. As the rest of the entertainment industry was being brought to its knees by the threat of more hacking and terrorism, a theater in Texas decided to both capitalize on this story and stand up for freedom of speech. The only bummer is they’re holding a free screening, as I’d hoped they’d rake in a bunch of cash for filling a gap in the market, which would be as appropriately American as the statement they’re making about our values. They should be rewarded, and they will be, at least with brand recognition and good will:
  • FREEP This Poll - is Normalizing Relations with Cuba a good thing?

    12/17/2014 9:20:17 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 35 replies
    Is normalizing relations with Cuba a good idea? Yes. No. Not sure. We'll see how it plays out.
  • Salt Lake [non-white] cop cleared in shooting of unarmed white man [no looting or arson]

    12/17/2014 7:18:33 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    wreg.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | George Brown
    The decision of a St. Louis grand jury to not indict a police officer there of shooting and killing an unarmed man has raised new interest in an officer involved fatal shooting in Salt Lake City. Dillon Taylor, a white male, was shot and killed in August. Officer Bron Cruz, who was described as non-white, shot Taylor once in the chest and once in the stomach after he refused to obey police.
  • Single Mom Takes On McDonald’s in Wage Fight [instead of getting better job skills and a husband]

    12/17/2014 2:53:48 PM PST · by grundle · 105 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Elise Solé
    She’s a mom on a mission. A single mother-of-two from the Los Angeles neighborhood of South Central recently went on strike against her employer McDonald’s. Maribel makes $9.35 per hour working as a server but that’s not enough to support her family (she shares a home with 10 other people including her children, grandmother, and niece). “I need fifteen to buy my babies diapers, their wipies, their clothes,” she explains. “Its hard with nine dollars per hour — you can’t do that. It’s really hard to pay rent.” On December 4, Maribel, along with a large group seeking $15 per...