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  • Howie Carr thread week of July 15, 2012

    07/15/2012 4:02:42 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 7/15/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • Moving Syrian tank gets hit by an RPG

    07/14/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 13 July 2012
    He just keeps going.
  • Faith & Beliefs | How’s your Sanskrit today?

    07/14/2012 7:48:30 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 10, 2012 | Vern Barnet
    You may know more Sanskrit than you realize. In fact, the word know comes from the same Indo-European root for the Sanskrit jnana. A Greek form of the root inflected by Latin gives us the English term gnostic, referring to knowledge of spiritual mysteries. You, faithful reader, know what agnostic means. Have you ever watched or created a video? Again, an IE root is the source of the term. Some scholars think the Sanskrit vidya, another word for knowledge, arose from a lexeme for seeing. With the twists and turns of consonants and vowels as language developed, we have an...
  • Family says accused soldier needs PTSD treatment, not punishment

    07/14/2012 2:05:16 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    star-telegram ^ | July 13, 2012 | Chris Vaughn
    Here is the link to http://youtu.be/Pvr8SBu0dLg Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer is a two-tour veteran of combat in Afghanistan and an airborne trooper with the distinctive red beret of the 82nd Airborne Division. The 1999 graduate of Fossil Ridge High School is also a criminal defendant, housed in a maximum-security prison in Raleigh, N.C., facing a raft of serious felonies and, according to the Army and his family, suffering from severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress. What happened Jan. 13 in Eisenhauer's apartment outside the gates of Fort Bragg seems inexplicable to those who know him. Authorities say Eisenhauer opened fire...
  • Aerographite takes title of world's lightest material

    07/14/2012 9:22:48 AM PDT · by null and void · 30 replies
    Manufacturing Digital ^ | 13 Jul 2012 | Jonny Williamson
    Collaboration between the Technical University of Hamburg and the University of Kiel in Germany has resulted in the world's lightest solid material being created, aerographite It wasn’t so long ago that a metallic micro-lattice developed by HRL Laboratories, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California held the honour of being the world’s lightest material. Formed from a multitude of hollow tubes, each 1,000 times thinner than a human hair, researchers claimed the material could be utilised in battery electrodes or as way of dampening acoustics, shock and vibration. The micro-lattice was not only strong, but incredibly light,...
  • Fun in the sun (with a gun) for Israeli soldier

    07/14/2012 8:48:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    The Sun ^ | July 12,2012 | MATT QUINTON
    THIS girl has everything you need for a day at the beach: her bikini, a pal — and an assault rifle. The shocking picture, which claims to show an Israeli soldier relaxing on the sand, became an internet phenomenon after being posted on the web. The tanned, brown-haired soldier is said to be a member of the highly-trained Israeli Defence Forces. And some web users have pointed out the practical reasons for the soldier taking her weapon on her beach break. Members of the Israeli military are required to accompany their weapons at all times if they are taken outside...
  • Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out

    In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys. Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines of what would become a giant scandal had been published in a local newspaper. That same month, Mr. Paterno, the football coach at Penn State, began negotiating with his superiors to amend his contract, with the timing something of a surprise because the contract was not set to expire until the end of 2012, according to university documents and people with knowledge of the discussions. By August,...
  • Obama LOVES the Jews So Much He Misspells Israel on Campaign Invitations

    07/14/2012 6:41:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    And to prove his love for the Jews he’s holding a big event in a Philadelphia-area synagogue Monday on behalf of the Obama for America campaign. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) is scheduled to appear at the Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
  • Oops! Obama tells supporters to get medical help from ‘paralegals’

    07/14/2012 5:47:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Words are tricky things, especially when the smartest president EVAH butchers them. We doubt, however, that Barack Obama would say he acted stupidly when he made his latest gaffe during a campaign stop today in Virginia. After all, he was probably weary from trying to visit the 57 states again on his whirlwind poorhouse tour, so he can match the overflowing contents of Mitt Romney’s coffers.
  • Bikini-clad, gun-toting Israeli woman becomes an Internet sensation (Beach blanket BANG!)

    07/13/2012 9:26:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    NYDN ^ | Friday the 13th, July 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    Bikini-clad, gun-toting Israeli woman becomes an Internet sensation A photo of a gun-wielding, bikini-clad woman standing on a crowded Tel Aviv beach has become an Internet sensation, with thousands of viewers curious about whether the brunette beauty is part of Israel's military and why she wasn't in uniform with her weapon in tow. The newspaper Haaretz notes that 'To an Israeli, the photo makes perfectly practical sense. When soldiers take their weapon off military premises, they must guard it closely and keep it on their person, at all times. Having one's weapon stolen is harshly punished with time in military...
  • Kennedy daughter arrested after crash

    07/13/2012 7:39:14 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    The Australian ^ | 07/14/2012 | AAP
    GOVERNOR Andrew Cuomo's ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, has been arrested for driving while impaired by drugs after she accidentally struck a tractor-trailer and fled, police say. Kennedy is the seventh of 11 children of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. State police said she was found on Friday morning behind the wheel of her disabled vehicle on the side of a road in Westchester, just north of New York City. Authorities say emergency services callers reported the car was driving erratically on Interstate 684 and collided with a tractor-trailer in the town of North Castle. The car was damaged and had...
  • Senator Toomey opposes LOST

    07/13/2012 2:29:25 PM PDT · by finnsheep · 9 replies
    Senator Toomey
    July 13, 2012 Dear Ms. ****, Thank you for contacting me about Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). I appreciate hearing from you. As you may know, UNCLOS is the international agreement that resulted from the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea (1973-1982). The treaty would establish territorial sea limits, navigational rights, rules to govern commercial and military use of the sea, and a system for settling disputes between nations. It would also include environmental provisions. I share your concerns about the possible impact of this proposed treaty and oppose...
  • Obama campaign worker collapses at Chicago campaign HQ and later dies

    07/13/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | July 13, 2012 5:58PM | Lynn Sweet
    Alex Okrent, a staffer in the Obama for America campaign who has worked with Barack Obama’s political team since 2004, died Friday after collapsing in the Chicago headquarters. President Barack Obama called his family to offer his condolences. Obama later consoled campaign staffers in a dial-in conference call on Friday afternoon. Okrent worked in the campaign’s paid media department, which handled advertising for Obama’s re-election bid. He was a staffer for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and worked on his 2004 race for an Illinois Senate seat. Okrent also worked in a variety of other campaigns. After he collapsed, Chicago paramedics...
  • Honoring 'Wojtek' the Bear Who Fought the Nazis

    07/13/2012 3:13:03 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 3 replies
    It's a story worthy of a Hollywood adaptation. A cuddly bear cub, orphaned in the mountains of northern Iran, grows up to become a soldier in the Polish army and helps fight the Nazis during World War II. "Wojtek" the bear, Polish for "The Smiling Warrior" or "He Who Enjoys War," continues to be honored today, German news magazine Der Spiegel reports. According to legend, the bear was rescued by a young boy in the mountains of northern Iran after hunters had shot the cub's mother, and was later sold to the Polish army. The soldiers were part of the...
  • Teen killed after illegal immigrant loses control of SUV

    07/13/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT · by Doogle · 27 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Megyn Kelly
    Prior convictions, deported once already, illegal bails SUV after crash.... http://video.foxnews.com/v/1733816446001/
  • Could Debbie Wasserman Schultz be Florida's next governor?

    07/13/2012 1:28:25 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 69 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | July 13, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    In an article published Friday by the Buzz, the idea of Debbie Wasserman Schultz running for Florida governor is said to be the subject of “intriguing chatter around some political circles in Washington DC.” The very thought of it strikes fear into many Florida conservatives.
  • 'Green Mile' star Michael Clarke Duncan saved by girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth...

    07/13/2012 12:32:36 PM PDT · by 989 replies · 69 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 07/13/2012 | FoxNews.com
    Actor Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a heart attack early Friday morning and was rushed to intensive care, his rep confirmed to FOX411. "He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery," his rep said. Duncan may have died were it not for the efforts of his girlfriend, Omarosa Stallworth, TMZ reports. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/13/green-mile-star-michael-clarke-duncan-saved-by-girlfriend-omarosa-stallworth/#ixzz20WvknxDo
  • Solar flare could wreak havoc on Earth

    07/12/2012 9:25:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 7/12/12 | Kris Sims
    "It's one of the biggest natural disaster threats to the developed world," said John Kappenman, an electrical engineer who specializes in solar storms and the impact they would have on the Earth. "We've been doing nothing in regards to understanding the true severity of these storms, in fact, we are just building bigger and bigger antennae that makes us more closely coupled with severe space weather events." Space weather emanating from the Sun affects humans all of the time, we just don't notice it unless it disrupts our smartphones or puts on a pretty northern lights show. Experts warn though...
  • Romney-Rice?

    07/12/2012 7:54:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 11:10 AM, Jul 6, 2012 | By WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Erin McPike's "close examination of the [Romney] campaign's activity" at RealClearPolitics suggests four leading contenders for Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick—former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio senator Rob Portman, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. McPike's article is an intelligent explanation of why these men seem to be leading the pack, with New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, and Florida senator Marco Rubio as long shots.
  • White House Schedule

    Did anyone else catch the typo in today's schedule? 10:30 AM The Vice President delivers remarks at the NAACP 2012 Annual Convention Local Event Time: 9:30 AM CDT Huston, Texas Open Press It's Houston, right?