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  • Girl, 12, killed on first date after her 'drunk' father's SUV dragged her 50ft into a tree...

    04/07/2014 7:07:14 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 49 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 03/12/2014 | Louise Boyle
    A 12-year-old girl has been killed on her first date after she was dragged by her father's SUV as she tried to get out of the vehicle to pose for a photo with the boy.
  • Top 10 Ridiculous Infomercial Products

    11/13/2013 7:37:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    WatchMojo.com· ^ | 11/13/13 | WatchMojo.com·
    Rough day bunky? Obamacare got you down? WELL.... there is ALWAYS time for an INFOMERCIAL. My absolute favorite: "The Tiddy Bear". I am NOT going to explain it. You'll have to watch.
  • Forget her bloody reputation, Mary I was loved in her lifetime

    11/01/2013 7:41:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 10/31/2013 | LEANDA DE LISLE
    There will be no ‘Mary I and her People’ exhibitions to match that of Elizabeth I currently showing at the National Gallery. While Elizabeth I is regularly voted our most popular ever monarch her Catholic elder half sister remains associated with her late seventeenth century sobriquet, ‘Bloody Mary’. It is assumed she was hated in her lifetime. In fact she was a popular queen, and one from whom Elizabeth learned much. Mary’s accession to the throne in 1553 was not a smooth one. Her half brother, Edward VI, was a passionate Protestant, and when, aged fifteen, he fell gravely ill...
  • 21 surprising effects of the government shutdown you haven’t heard about(And...Then?)

    10/02/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT · by Vendome · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/02/13 | Caitlin Dewey
    The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else.....
  • Local Entrepreneurs Celebrate Kinky, Curly Hair in Baltimore

    09/19/2013 5:22:31 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 14 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/18/13 | Krishana Davis
    A stream of women, along with a sprinkling of men, all adorned with afros of all shapes, sizes, textures and colors shuffled into Oyin Handmade, a natural hair product shop, on Sept. 16 for a celebration of natural hair. The crowd creating an audible buzz outside the Charles Village storefront was for a book signing celebrating the publishing of The Coiffure Project,” a portfolio of photos of natural hair by 26-year-old local photographer Glenford Nunez. Jamyla Bennu, owner of Oyin Handmade, said Nunez was the perfect person to partner with because he was local and working to highlight the beauty...
  • The Least Dangerous Podcast presents the The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Political Comments ever…

    08/29/2013 8:16:06 AM PDT · by LesDowrey · 11 replies
    Least Dangerous Podcast ^ | 8/29/2013 | Les Dowrey
    The Least Dangerous Podcast goes Political and Counts Down the The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Political Comments ever… #5) “Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City. We fight through tough things. We are a tough city.” – Anthony Weiner after his second political sexting scandal. You’re telling us! You couldn’t even quit sending out pictures of your privates on the internet. Trust us Anthony Weiner- if there’s one thing we know it’s that you have a problem quitting. #4) “I am not a witch…I’m you.”- Christie O’Donnell Campaign Commercial No matter what you think of Christine O’Donnell...
  • The Laughingly Preposterous Link of the Day-Iran: Hezbollah Needed to Stabilise Region

    08/29/2013 6:53:13 AM PDT · by lbryce
    English Pravda.nu ^ | August 15, 2013 | Staff
    The Islamic Republic of Iran considers "significant" the role of the Islamic Resistance Movement and the Lebanese political party Hezbollah, to safeguard stability in the Middle East, according to the chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy of the Iranian Parliament (Mayles) Alaedin Boruyerdi, in remarks published last Sunday by HispanTV. "Hezbollah is one of the most important factors in maintaining lasting peace and security in the region," said Boruyerdi. The President of the Commission also referred "in view of the strategic geographical position of Lebanon's enemies seeking to change the security in this country, and that is why...
  • WH sends ridiculous immigration tweet, responses hilarious

    05/10/2013 1:07:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    BizPac ^ | 5/10/13 | Janeen Capizola
    The White House has been pushing its immigration reform desires around via Twitter this week, sending one doozy of a tweet that sparked hilarious responses. If the Obama administration had a sense of humor, one could think this was almost a setup designed to elicit reaction and interaction on Twitter. But, alas. This administration believes its own babble-speak, which makes the comments even funnier.
  • Now John McCain goes to the floor and slams Rand Paul’s filibuster as ‘not helpful’, ‘ridiculous’

    03/07/2013 9:25:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 109 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/7/13 | The Right Scoop
    Why don’t John McCain and Lindsey Graham just get a room or something. As soon as I heard that Lindsey Graham didn’t like filibuster, I knew that McCain would be soon to follow with the same garbage. Just like clockwork:
  • Obamas Mark 20th Anniversary With Online Messages of Love, Presidential Debate

    10/05/2012 4:48:51 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 17 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/4/2012
    America’s first couple celebrated 20 years of marriage on Oct. 3, and took to Twitter to express their love. “Happy 20th anniversary, Barack. Thank you for being an incredible partner, friend, and father every day. I love you! –mo,” tweeted Michelle Obama. President Obama’s campaign posted a wedding photo of the couple on his Twitter feed earlier in the day. Later, the president followed up with a personal message. “Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Happy anniversary, Michelle. –bo,” Obama posted. The Obamas have become one of America’s favorite romantic couples...
  • Georgia high school choruses reportedly not diverse enough to perform with Atlanta orchestra

    08/17/2012 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 92 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Two high school choruses will reportedly not perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this year because their groups are not racially-diverse enough. WSBTV.com reports that the Walton and Lassiter High School choruses in Cobb County will not get a chance to perform with Atlanta’s professional this fall as a result of the determination. "This year, the schools were informed by symphony officials that their choruses are not diverse enough, and that the symphony would be inviting a third, more diverse chorus," Cobb County Schools spokesman Jay Dillon told the website.
  • Indigestion for ‘les Riches’ in a Plan for Higher Taxes

    08/07/2012 7:40:04 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/7/2012 | LIZ ALDERMAN
    PARIS — The call to Vincent Grandil’s Paris law firm began like many others that have rolled in recently. On the line was the well-paid chief executive of one of France’s most profitable companies, and he was feeling nervous. President François Hollande is vowing to impose a 75 percent tax on the portion of anyone’s income above a million euros ($1.24 million) a year. “Should I be preparing to leave the country?” the executive asked Mr. Grandil. The lawyer’s counsel: Wait and see. For now, at least. “We’re getting a lot of calls from high earners who are asking whether...
  • The Ridiculous Obamacare Debate

    03/29/2012 6:47:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 3/28/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to try to make some sense out of what's going on here at the Supreme Court 'cause there's so much of this punditry. The predictions are just all over the ballpark. I keep falling back to one crystal-clear reality to me. Even yesterday I found myself getting caught up in this whole game. The whole game. Look at what we're doing here. I know a number of you people agree with me here. I've talked to a number of you, and, my friends, we're losing this country. I mean, it's dangling over the precipice here,...
  • Boy, 6, accused of sexual assault on classmate during playground game of tag

    01/28/2012 9:21:06 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2012 | Katie Silver
    In a move that has attracted outrage from many local parents, an overzealous principal has accused a six-year-old of sexual assault. Levina Subrata’s son was playing tag in his Californian school playground when he was accused of touching his best friend’s upper thigh and groin.
  • Three Denver Muslims lead cheers for Tebow

    12/23/2011 10:36:31 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 23 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — This is the story of three sports-loving Muslim brothers and how they boosted the career of the NFL’s most famous Christian. The Suleimans - Tariq, Ali and Mohammad - are responsible for “the Sign,” the towering electronic billboard that captured national attention when it began running messages in September urging the Denver Broncos to start Tim Tebow as quarterback. It worked. “It just goes to show you,” said Mohammad, “when Muslims and Christians get together, miracles can happen.” Now the talk of professional football and a pop-culture phenomenon for his unorthodox style, onfield heroics and highly visible Christian...
  • Gloria Allred Holding Press Conference With Witness In Herman Cain Sex Scandal

    11/14/2011 8:23:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 183 replies
    radar Online ^ | 11/14/2011 | Jen Heger
    A new witness in the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal has hired powerhouse attorney, Gloria Allred, and will be holding a press conference on Monday afternoon in Shreveport, Louisiana, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. As Radaronline.com first reported, Sharon Bialek claimed in a news conference last Monday in New York that when she came to Cain for professional help in 1997, he "suddenly reached over and he put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals." Bialek is also repped by Allred, and she was the first woman to go public in the scandal that could...
  • We Are The 10.3 Earthquake "Run Sarah Run" [petition]

    10/27/2011 9:37:02 AM PDT · by Windflier · 112 replies · 2+ views
    iPetitions.com ^ | 26 October 2011 | Sarah's Earthquake
    Dear Governor Palin, In the long sweep of human events, beginning rightly with the ministry of Christ, men and women have been asking the eternal question: Lord, what do you want of me? From Saul on the road to Damascus, to Martin Luther, at the dawn of the Reformation, to Soldiers who carry their nation’s best hopes and dreams in defense of liberty, this question has been repeated. In farm and factory, in churches across the globe and in the corridors of power as leaders have knelt in prayer, that question resonates. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln… these two of our...
  • TEA Party <i>vs</i> Flea Party

    10/18/2011 3:59:18 PM PDT · by Gargantua · 7 replies
    The Party Tribune ^ | Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | Anthony James
    If ever there was a “case in point” example of the unspeakably fraudulent media bias in favor of everything and anything liberal, this is it. Especially when viewed through the lens of fairness and objectivity, which for centuries had been a hallmark of honest and honorable reportage, the current fawning and drooling over the miscreants befouling our city streets by the Lamestream Misledia is the most concrete proof possible that our once vaunted fourth estate is totally bankrupt. Morally and ethically bankrupt. Hundreds of thousands of tea partiers on a number of occasions have marched on DC and congregated on...
  • Cain's "Brainwashed" Remark Was "Racist, Bigoted"

    09/30/2011 7:47:03 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 82 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 30, 2011 | Real Clear Politics video
    Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher says there is a media "double-standard" over Herman Cain saying blacks have been "brainwashed." Belcher calls Mr. Cain a bigot and a racist and says this incident is a "teachable moment." (h/t TRS) CORNELL BELCHER, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: First of all, do you think you're going to invite me on the show and then I'm not going to talk about the ridiculousness of that statement? Two things. One is a great way to sort of get people on your side and win voters is to attack their intelligence. So great job there. Really sensible, Herman Cain. The...
  • Oh no “She-ila” didn’t!

    02/23/2011 4:39:49 PM PST · by dont_tread_on_malik · 15 replies
    “Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) claimed that there was no financial penalty for not having health insurance under the new health care law, saying that it was in fact an “incentive” to get people to do the right thing. This from a woman who claimed Rush is a racist when he called MSNBC host Ed Schultz, “Sergeant Schultz.”’
  • "Ridiculous Speed Sign"

    02/07/2011 8:26:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/7/11 | AndreHickmanCreative
    A Video Message to my County Commissioners about speed signs that are an apparent waste of taxpayers money...
  • Forget Eminem’s Purple Pills – Gold Pills, Anyone?

    12/21/2010 8:11:53 AM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies · 1+ views
    MetalMiner ^ | December 17, 2010 | tberezowsky
    In these days of uncertainty, with investors diving into the gold market to hedge against the fluctuations of the currency market – and especially the recent devaluations of the dollar – how about taking it just one step further? Instead of simply buying and holding a physical amount of gold (if you’re lucky), how about swallowing it in pill form – yes, you read that right – so that you can “turn your innermost parts into chambers of wealth”?
  • Candidates Undergo Hunger Strike

    08/18/2010 5:48:01 AM PDT · by RetroSexual · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/18/10 | Kasie Hunt
    ....two congressional hopefuls have gone on hunger strike to demand a debate with Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). "The hunger has almost disappeared except when there's food around and TV ads and stuff. The Hometown Buffet commercial is one of the worst. They are an all-you-can-eat buffet," said Mike Benoit, the libertarian candidate in the three-way race. The strike started with Democrat Ray Lutz, who said he got the idea from former California Rep. Jim Bates. Benoit immediately joined in. The pair are on their fifth day of a hunger strike they started at sundown on Aug. 12. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41193.html#ixzz0wxccdx3P
  • Former RNC rival takes shot at Steele: Race claims 'ridiculous,' 'disturbing' (Kenneth Blackwell)

    04/06/2010 7:40:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 611+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/6/10 | Eric Zimmermann
    One of Steele's rivals for the RNC chairmanship took Steele to task Monday for attributing his problems to race. Kenneth Blackwell, a former Ohio secretary of state who ran against Michael Steele for RNC chairman, said Steele's argument that he has a "smaller margin of error" beacuse he's black is "ridiculous." "This notion that this disturbing pattern of gaffes and missteps is now being criticized solely because he is black, and that Barack Obama is being criticized for his big-government power grab solely because he is black — that is nonsense," Blackwell told Fox News's Neil Cavuto. "And here's a...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: (RINO) Brown to campaign for (RINO) McCain (will be followed by Sarah)

    02/07/2010 5:09:07 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 91 replies · 1,788+ views
    (CNN) - The newest member of the Senate will soon hit the 2010 campaign trail for Arizona Sen. John McCain. A McCain source confirms Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, will campaign with the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in early March. McCain is facing a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. (snip) Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will also hit the campaign trail for McCain at the end of March.
  • The Lesser of Two Evils is Really the Greater Evil

    02/02/2010 4:41:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 495+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-02-01 | Adam de Angeli
    I recently read a member post that argued that one must sometimes support the lesser of two evils. The author explained it with a metaphor, by saying that, on the one hand, if offered two unhealthful foods, one could refuse to eat either of them, but if being forced to choose between an unhealthful food and poison, one would have to take the unhealthful food to avoid the poison. Likewise, he argued, having no choice but John McCain or Barack Obama, he should have voted for John McCain rather than the third-party candidate. It is a popular, understandable belief; an...
  • Anger counselor charged with pulling gun in parking flap

    02/05/2010 6:10:50 AM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 698+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | Tom Jackman
    A respected domestic violence and anger management counselor in Fairfax County was arraigned in federal court Thursday after he allegedly pulled a gun on two men who he believed were blocking his car on an Annandale street last week. The two men were federal marshals. Jose L. Avila, 57, was ordered held without bond pending a detention hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. He has been held in the Fairfax jail since Jan. 25, when he apparently picked the wrong place and time to complain about thoughtless parking. Avila's attorney said Avila had worked for many years at...
  • $52 Million for NC Road That's Still Going Nowhere

    02/04/2010 6:37:45 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 21 replies · 600+ views
    WRAL TV Website ^ | Feb 2, 2010 | Mike Baker, AP writer
    RALEIGH, N.C. — The federal government has agreed to pay a $52 million settlement so it will not have to complete the so-called "road-to-nowhere" through North Carolina's mountain wilderness, officials said Tuesday, ending a dispute that began during World War II. The payments destined for Swain County will be a boon for the area: The full settlement is four times the county's annual budget, and officials plan to only draw from the annual interest payments, with the remainder staying in a state account that can be used only if the voters agree to access it. North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler...
  • Mysterious Bush-Bush-Obama meeting at the Oval Office this morning

    01/30/2010 9:25:26 AM PST · by advance_copy · 113 replies · 3,803+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/30/10 | Todd Gilman
    <p>President Barack Obama hosted a pair of Bushes this morning in the Oval Office: former President George H.W. Bush and his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, Jeb's brother, former President George W. Bush, was at the White House talking about Haiti relief with Obama and ex-President Bill Clinton.</p>
  • 3 Cheers for Obama’s defeat-no cheer from the RINO victory - ALAN KEYES

    01/20/2010 9:50:36 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 506 replies · 5,593+ views
    Loyal to Liberty ^ | January 20, 2010 | Alan Keyes
    Loyal to Liberty Wednesday, January 20, 2010Alan Keyes  I can't help but look at Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts in the context of the larger strategy clearly being implemented by the RINO (Republican-In-Name-Only) clique that currently controls the GOP. Sean Hannity is the clique's bellwether media tool. It was no coincidence that he featured Mitt Romney on his program last night to revel in the Scott Brown victory. Scott Brown in Massachusetts is the advance guard for Mitt Romney in the White House (or vice-versa). He becomes the poster child for the RINO clique's archetypal GOP candidate who: Has no...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain stands up for Palin (and says she will campaign for him this year) (!!!)

    01/17/2010 10:27:33 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 130 replies · 3,088+ views
    The Arizona Republic | 2010-01-17 | Dan Nowicki
    Link only, per FR copyright rules
  • MA-Sen. 2010: (Scott) Brown defends Romneycare (ROMNEYBOT ALERT)

    01/15/2010 10:13:00 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 1,522+ views
    Oliver Willis notices Scott Brown defending the Massachusetts health care plan -- which he supported -- and trying to make the case that it's really quite different from the federal plan with which it shares key features. "They're two different programs. What we have here is a free-market enterprise where we're providing insurance in various levels to people in Massachusetts. The plans in Washington are a one-size-fits-all plan," he said.
  • MA-Sen. 2010: The Lesson Of Brown? (a RINO who supported Romneycare, Sotomayor, abortion)

    01/15/2010 9:51:31 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 174 replies · 3,004+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 2010-01-15
    Frum sees him as an antidote to the Tea Party madness: Strong on defense and school choice, opposed to the Obama administration’s signature initiatives, Brown voted in favor of Mitt Romney’s health plan in Massachusetts. He describes himself as pro-choice (subject to reasonable limitations), accepts gay marriage in Massachusetts as a settled fact, and told the Boston Herald editorial board he would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor.
  • ‘HOPE – The Obama Musical Story’ Debuts in Germany on January 17th (video barf)

    01/10/2010 11:01:07 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 321+ views
    YouTube ^ | Jan. 10, 2010
    "The people are given new hope by the new spirit of the age."
  • Anti Palin comments are counter-productive and should not be tolerated among us. (Vanity)

    11/14/2009 10:57:36 AM PST · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 220 replies · 6,378+ views
    myself
    Those of you. You know who you are. I don't care who you are or what your reasoning is. Your siding with the maistream media against Palin is doing nothing to help Republicans or Conservatism in general. You are hurting your own cause. Unless you are a DU troll. Or a liberal Republican who has no idea what the heck you are even talking about. Ani Palin comments (such as "shes not fit to be President") should be seen as trolling and should not be tolerated on Free Republic, any conservative web site or any conservative setting. While I am...
  • Michael Jackson's Father Seeks Allowance From Son's Estate

    11/06/2009 6:50:47 PM PST · by Gordon Greene · 4 replies · 584+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | November 06, 2009 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's father is seeking an allowance from his son's estate to help cover expenses that exceed $15,000 a month, according to court documents filed Friday.</p> <p>The request seeking an unspecified amount for Joe Jackson was filed by lawyer Brian Oxman, who said there was no apparent reason for the administrators of the estate to not seek an allowance for the 81-year-old Jackson family patriarch.</p>
  • Boobs can be too big

    10/11/2009 1:05:44 PM PDT · by llevrok · 163 replies · 20,948+ views
    BRITISH women’s obsession with having large breasts is putting their looks and health at risk, experts have warned. Surgeons say “going too big” can create an unnatural look as well as breast tissue damage, drooping and over-stretched skin. But the desire to copy the enhanced bosoms of stars like Katie Price and Pamela Anderson is strong. Cosmetic surgeon Roy Ng said: “Seven years ago most women wanted to go up one cup size. Today the average is one and a half to two cup sizes. This is an average increase of 15 to 25 per cent.” His colleague Patrick Mallucci...
  • Are you watching "Breaking News" in the sidebar? Go Mods!

    10/09/2009 9:42:21 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 65 replies · 2,202+ views
    Vanity
    Breaking News (News/Activism) FLASH: Barack Obama wins Top Chef Las Vegas, awarded FOUR Michelin Stars (out of 3) BREAKING:Obama wins the Cy Young Award Breaking: NHL cancels season, awards Stanley Cup to Barack Obama (And other news) BREAKING: Obama wins "Survivor" reality show! BREAKING! obama wins "American Idol" BREAKING: Obama Wins All Events at 2012 Olympics! Obama Named Miss Hooters 2010 Barack Obama inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! Barack Obama becomes New Santa Clause BREAKING: OBAMA WINS THE AMAZING RACE!!! Barack Obama Wins Indianapolis 500! BREAKING: Obama Wins Dancing with the Stars Trophy - Rest of Season...
  • Do some conservatives secretly wish for the assassination of Barack Obama?

    08/10/2009 12:19:24 PM PDT · by pissant · 248 replies · 5,798+ views
    The Daily Voice ^ | 8/10/09 | Tutu Orlarunda
    This is no time for jokes or trivial banter. The stakes are getting higher by the nanosecond. As tensions are inflamed at health care town hall meetings across the country, a dangerous trend of Hitler comparisons, Stalin comparisons, and all-around dictator comparisons to President Barack Obama is taking shape. The most probing question at this juncture might be uncomfortable to some, but it must be asked: Do conservative, hard-right demagogues, whose hatred for President Obama has hardly ever been subdued, secretly hope for--and are hard at work toward--the assassination of the nation's first Black president. The sheer thought that a...
  • Obama to announce auto mileage, emissions standards

    05/19/2009 9:04:32 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 29 replies · 923+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 5/19/2009 | Ken Thomas / Phil Elliot
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's new fuel and emission standards for cars and trucks will save billions of barrels of oil but are expected to cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016. Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for vehicles, as well as require an overall or industry average fuel efficiency standard at 35.5 miles per gallon. Carol Browner, the White House energy and climate director, publicly confirmed the new initiative in appearances on morning network news shows, calling it a "truly historic" occasion and saying...
  • Does Bo Know He’s Top Dog?

    04/16/2009 6:29:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 479+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2009 | Douglas Quenqua
    SOONER or later, someone is going to ask Bo, the 6-month-old Portuguese water dog who moved into the White House this week, if he knows the answer to a simple question: Who’s a good boy? The question will of course be rhetorical, since Bo, whose raison d’être is to be furry and sweet, has significantly fewer performance expectations than his master. But it will by no means be idle, at least not to the psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and kissy-face dog owners who for centuries have pondered the mysteries of canine consciousness. What, they ask, does a creature that lives to...
  • Borger: Republicans Twittering away credibility

    04/14/2009 7:22:55 PM PDT · by Is2C · 19 replies · 985+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/14/09 | Gloria Borger
    When presidents are new, first impressions really count: Your demeanor (shirtsleeves, not jackets, in the Oval Office), your stature (move over, Mr. Sarkozy). Since President Obama's presidential bid was a very long affair-and since his predecessor left with a 28 percent approval rating-he came into office with an advantage. Americans surely liked him better than the previous guy. the underdog who beat the once-presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. And, by the way, he also gave great speeches. But new presidents are always tested, as Joe Biden famously predicted. And Obama has had more than his share-an economic crisis that threatened to...
  • Worm's "Biological Emissions" (Burps) Contributing to Climate Shift (Rolling Eyes)

    03/11/2009 7:25:00 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 20 replies · 681+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 03 11 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    Thursday, March 05, 2009 By Andrea Thompson Aquatic animals that feed on lake and stream bottom sediments burp out small amounts of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, a new study finds.While the biological emissions from these critters pales in comparison to the nitrous oxide emitted by fossil fuel burning, their contribution could increase as more and more nitrogen-rich fertilizer runs off into lakes, streams and seas, the authors of the study said.Nitrous oxide (N2O) is more commonly known to anyone who has sat in the dentist's chair as laughing gas.In the atmosphere it is a powerful greenhouse gas, packing...
  • Markets on the Brink of New Lows; Banks Dive

    03/05/2009 1:06:50 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 57 replies · 2,200+ views
    Fox news ^ | 3/4/2009 | Fox news
    The Dow plummeted 250 points Thursday afternoon as a series of negative headlines about Citigroup, General Motors and China threatened to send the markets to new 12-year lows.
  • Edwin Salpeter and the Gasbags of Jupiter

    02/25/2009 10:05:48 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 1,528+ views
    « Edwin Salpeter and the Gasbags of Jupiter By Larry Klaes‘The Gasbags of Jupiter’ sounds for all the world like the title of an early 1930s novel that would have run in a venue like Science Wonder Stories. In fact, as Larry Klaes tells us below, the idea grew out of Carl Sagan’s speculations about free-floating life-forms that might populate the atmospheres of gas giant planets like Jupiter. Cornell physicist Edwin Salpeter had much to do with the evolution of that concept, helping Sagan produce a paper that was a classic of informed imagination (and one that led to...
  • Lightfoot v Bowen: DENIED

    01/26/2009 7:59:40 AM PST · by freepersup · 103 replies · 7,560+ views
    SCOTUS: Orders ^ | 26 Jan., 2009 | self
    08A524 LIGHTFOOT, GAIL, ET AL. V. BOWEN, CA SEC. OF STATE The application for stay addressed to The Chief Justice and referred to the Court is denied.
  • When the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse Look a Lot Like You

    12/11/2008 2:27:31 PM PST · by MrLegalReform · 19 replies · 1,011+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 12/11/2008 | Lisa Rickard
    Howard’s small business was the target of an enormous lawsuit that could have forced him to close his doors. His offense? A wild Canada goose nesting outside his store startled a passerby, causing her to fall. Two years later, Howard was served with papers announcing that the woman was suing Contemporary Watercrafters for $750,000, alleging that the goose was the store’s responsibility. Ironically, Howard had wanted to remove the goose from his property long before the accident, but, because it was protected under the Migratory Species Act, the bird could not be disturbed.
  • 'Ridiculous'

    09/10/2008 6:57:43 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 201+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We now know the official Obama talking point on Lipstick-gate. In the course of her Morning Joe appearance today, Obama spokeswoman Linda Douglass used the word "ridiculous" no fewer than six times to dismiss the controversy that has arisen since Obama said yesterday that you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. View edited clip here.
  • Congress protecting us from loud commercials…seriously

    07/27/2008 10:59:10 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 48 replies · 174+ views
    Monro Rising ^ | 7-26-2008 | Monroe Rising
    California Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo has introduced legislation to regulate the loudness of TV commercials. The bill, which I promise you is real, is called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM. Read more about it here. This is the kind of thing where you expect Ashton Kutcher to run onto the house floor in his mesh trucker hat, jumping around and wildly hugging all of the representatives who have been sitting there with their mouths agape since Eshoo introduced this bill and declaring into the CSPAN cameras that we have all been Punk’d.
  • Mystery of the meat-eaters' molecule [inability to produce a chemical linked to chronic disease]

    07/08/2008 6:58:14 PM PDT · by GraniteStateConservative · 61 replies · 161+ views
    The Telegraph (London, UK) ^ | 8-7-08 | Roger Highfield
    Our inability to produce a chemical present in every other primate may be linked to a series of chronic diseases. Roger Highfield explains more What does it mean to be human? For most people, it all comes down to that extraordinary object between our ears, and how it blesses us with language, laughter and logic. But not for Ajit Varki, a doctor-cum-scientist who works in California. Not so rare: a molecule absorbed by eating red meat has been linked to inflammation and auto-immune illnesses Not so rare: a molecule absorbed by eating red meat has been linked to inflammation and...