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  • Here are six things you need to know about Miss America Kira Kazantsev

    09/15/2014 2:11:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 14, 2014
    She's brainy! She's a beauty! And she plays a mean plastic cup! Meet the Manhattanite who is now Miss America. Manhattanite Kira Kazantsev is only 23-years-old but the blond bombshell is a scholar who speaks fluent Russian, advocates for domestic violence, plans on attending law school and can sing a mean cover of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”
  • New Jersey prosecutor who let Ray Rice off the hook is throwing the book at a young mother of two

    09/14/2014 6:59:30 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Following the release of new footage that seems to show now former-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face, it’s important to remember that the prosecutor who let Rice off with a slap on the wrist is now trying to throw the book at a young mother of two who tried to protect herself and her family from violence. Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain approved an application for admitting Rice into New Jersey’s Pre-Trial Intervention program that allowed the NFL star to avoid jail time. Instead, Rice has to undergo counseling and will be immediately incarcerated...
  • San Francisco Feminism: Go Ahead, Abort Girls

    09/14/2014 6:39:39 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Debra Saunders
    Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so. Journalist Mara Hvistendahl, author of "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men," estimates that sex-selective abortions have "claimed over 160 million potential women and girls -- in Asia alone." Thus, it is rather disturbing to watch one of the most liberal politicians in liberal San Francisco grandstand in defense of a practice that devalues -- destroys, actually...
  • The Insiders: Is there a mutiny brewing around Obama?

    09/14/2014 5:49:28 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 54 replies
    The Washigton Post ^ | September 13, 2014 | Ed Rogers
    Is a mutiny happening around President Obama? It appears possible that the president may not have made two of his most recent decisions with complete free will. The announcement that he would delay his immigration initiative until after the election and his formal announcement that the United States would take military action against the Islamic State could have been coerced. Maybe Democratic leaders in Congress and a few members of the Obama team have had it. Could it be that, after President Obama briefed Democrats in Congress on the immigration plan, they balked? Maybe the president was told that, if...
  • Uniformed DPS Trooper Asked to Leave Waffle House Because He Was Armed

    09/13/2014 12:15:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 92 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/13/2014 | Bob Price
    A uniformed Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper was asked to leave a Waffle House restaurant in Grapevine this week because he was armed. The trooper was wearing a Texas DPS helicopter pilot “field uniform” that consists of a DPS polo shirt, tan slacks and his badge and gun were on his belt. Trooper was asked to leave and not to return because he was wearing a gun. The reaction against the manager and Waffle House on Facebook was predictably angry that a uniformed police officer would be thrown out of a restaurant. CBS DFW’s Bud Gillett reported that...
  • Obama’s ship is sinking

    09/14/2014 10:15:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army. They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency. He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point...
  • UKIP Death Threat MEP: Labour Should Rebrand Itself the 'Paedophile Protection Party'

    09/14/2014 8:10:31 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 09/14/2014 | Breitbart London
    Ms. Collins – who is now on the receiving end of police protection for speaking out against the mass rape and child abuse of thousands of young girls at the hands of Pakistani men – said on the BBC's Sunday Politics programme that Labour should rename itself the ‘PPP – The Paedophile Protection Party’. "Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman and Labour grandee Patricia Hewitt were heavily linked with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), a group that wanted to drop the age of consent to 10, so they could carry out their sick attacks legally. This is also a group that...
  • Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

    09/14/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2014 7:37 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system. Getting those who signed up this year enrolled again for 2015 won’t be as easy as it might seem. And the law’s interaction between insurance and taxes looks like a sure-fire formula for confusion. …
  • City uses meters to raise change for homeless (Pasadena CA)

    09/14/2014 5:31:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 9:33 PM EDT
    The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Pasadena’s housing director, Bill Huang, says the hope is that people who might be reluctant to hand spare change to a panhandler will be more open to putting it in a meter. […] Some homeless advocates complain the meters aren’t a serious enough effort to help the homeless. They also say that in some cities meters have been used to push panhandlers out...
  • Labour MP: Beat gridlock with a ban on owning a car and force motorists to share vehicles (UK)

    09/13/2014 6:40:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:46 EST, 13 September 2014 | (MailOnline Reporter)
    Owning a car should be “outlawed” to force people on to public transport, a senior Labour MP has suggested. Motorists who want to drive should instead be forced to join communal “car clubs” where the cars are shared by drivers and used only when needed. Dr. Alan Whitehead, a Labour MP for Southampton Test and a member of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, said the increase in car ownership would lead to “something approaching a national traffic jam before 2040”. He claimed that radical action would be needed to avoid national gridlock. …
  • "Support the Player and Be Quiet": What It's Like to Be an NFL Wife

    09/13/2014 5:40:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 9-12-2014 | Tracy Treu, as told to Ian Gordon
    A former Oakland Raiders spouse on the Rice scandal and the league’s culture of secrecy. Tracy Treu worked at Mother Jones from 1998 to 2006 and is married to former Oakland Raiders center Adam Treu, who played 10 seasons in the NFL. I'm so fed up by people blaming Janay Rice. We're asking for incredible bravery, and we're giving little compassion to this woman. Because it's so easy to say: "Well, she's the fool who married him. Why doesn't she just leave?" There are just so many components to it that people aren't aware of. The NFL is a culture...
  • College: Students must agree ‘why’ they had sex to avoid sexual assault charges

    09/13/2014 5:13:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | 09/13/2014 | By Hans Bader
    At Ohio State University, to avoid being guilty of “sexual assault” or “sexual violence,” you and your partner now apparently have to agree on the reason WHY you are making out or having sex. It’s not enough to agree to DO it, you have to agree on WHY: there has to be agreement “regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place.”There used to be a joke that women need a reason to have sex, while men only need a place. Does this policy reflect that juvenile mindset? Such a requirement baffles some women...
  • The Last Thing Missouri Needs Is More Guns, but That's Exactly What It's Getting

    09/13/2014 4:20:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 51 replies
    news.vice.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Alice Speri
    Following some of the most significant protests in recent American history, you'd think Missouri's priorities would be rebuilding frayed ties within its communities and addressing its policing problem. Instead, the overwhelmingly Republican state legislature thinks that, SWAT teams aside, there aren't enough guns out there. On Thursday, Missouri lawmakers addressed this concern by overriding an earlier veto from Governor Jay Nixon and voting into place a law that massively expands gun rights in the state: it lowers the legal age to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19, allows residents with such a permit to openly carry guns,...
  • Guest column: We need groceries, not guns at Michigan Kroger stores

    09/13/2014 4:09:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 65 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 9-11-2014 | Linda Brundage
    Don’t skateboard at Kroger – it’s against the rules. Bringing food from outside the store is also strictly prohibited. And please don’t think about grocery shopping at one of the 50 or so Kroger grocery stores in Michigan without a shirt: you run the risk of being asked to leave. But, if you’d like to peruse the produce aisles with a semi-automatic rifle slung across your shoulder, go right ahead. Kroger thinks that’s just fine in states where it is legal to openly carry guns, like Michigan. In fact, the grocery store chain has publicly stated that it doesn’t want...
  • Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court

    09/13/2014 4:05:00 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received. The Panzer IV tank was part of a fleet of military vehicles amassed by Stanford University-trained engineer Jacques Littlefield, who kept them on his family estate up a winding, forested road above Silicon Valley. After his death, his family turned them over to the Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation, which put some of them up for auction in Portola Valley in July
  • 'David Cameron, I hold you entirely responsible for my execution': British hostage forced to condemn

    09/13/2014 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | September 13, 2014 | STEPH COCKROFT
    'David Cameron, I hold you entirely responsible for my execution': British hostage forced to condemn UK government before beheading by Jihadi John who threatens to kill another Briton next Father-of-two from Perth, Scotland, abducted by militants in Syria last year He was shown on knees in jihadi video of US journalist being beheaded In the footage, the extremists also threaten to execute another Briton Militants previously beheaded journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley By STEPH COCKROFT 13 September 2014 The Islamic State has released a video claiming to show the beheading of British captive David Haines. The father-of-two, an aid...
  • Jennifer Lawrence Deserves Justice not Sympathy

    09/13/2014 11:13:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/13/2014 | John Nantz
    Storing indiscreet photos in the “Cloud”is stupid. Jennifer Lawrence and a long list of other Hollywood starlets, models, and personalities must certainly now agree. The dust has settled somewhat surrounding the criminal hacking of Apple’s iCloud and the subsequent theft of nude photos stored there by a naive group of female celebrities. It’s easy to see that a crime has been committed and any rational person must agree that the perpetrator ought to be brought to justice, on this point there really is no debate. However, this incident is pregnant with irony. In monotonous unity and with the tempo of...
  • What the Numbers Show About N.F.L. Player Arrests

    09/13/2014 7:11:44 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/13/2014 | Neil Irwin
    Off-the-field violence by professional football players is coming under new focus this week after the release of a video involving the star Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, followed by a bungled response by the National Football League. But what do the numbers show about N.F.L. players’ tangles with the law more broadly? Are some teams’ players more likely to get into legal trouble? Are arrests rising or falling? What are the most common offenses? USA Today maintains a database of arrests, charges, and citations of N.F.L. players for anything more serious than a traffic citation. Maintained by Brent Schrotenboer,...
  • "ISIS is not Islamic..." A THOROUGH video debunking of the president's lies!

    09/12/2014 5:57:17 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 24 replies
    youtube.com/stevencrowder ^ | 09/12/14 | Steven Crowder
    When Barack Obama says that "ISIS is not Islamic," does he have any clue? Is he lying or just wrong? Video lays it out simply.
  • Professors are feeling hopeless. Good.

    09/12/2014 2:13:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 39 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lauren Squires, a sociolinguistic professor at OSU, is distressed by the success of the "Word Crimes" parody from Weird Al Yankovic. Professor Squires tut-tutted, “Many linguists are shaking their heads and feeling a little hopeless about what the public enthusiasm about it represents: a society where largely trivial, largely arbitrary standards of linguistic correctness are heavily privileged, and people feel justified in attacking those who don’t do things the ‘correct’ way.” In his highly entertaining video, Weird Al does not hesitate to insult people who use bad grammar. The professor thinks that Weird Al’s attitude “raises deep and long-standing questions...
  • 'Pokémon' fan jumps White House fence with Pikachu hat and doll

    09/12/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Michael Walsh
    U.S. Secret Service agents apprehended a "Pokémon" nut who scaled the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and walked onto the North Lawn Thursday evening, witnesses said. The electrifying trespasser was wearing a bright yellow Pikachu hat and carrying a plush doll of the Nintendo franchise's adorable mascot, as seen in pictures posted to Twitter.
  • Is Your Firearms Training Realistic?

    09/12/2014 12:09:36 PM PDT · by RC one · 67 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Sep 09, 2014 | Bob Owens
    Assailants rarely stand still and announce themselves as a “threat.” In the September issue of Townhall Magazine, where this article originally appeared, BearingArms.com's Bob Owens asks if your firearms training is realistic.I’ve been to a number of different self-defense courses in the past 20 years, almost all of them focused on drawing and shooting at a stationary paper target at a known distance on a static firing line after the lead instructor has shouted “threat!”I’m now supremely confident that if I am ever attacked by a stationary paper target, I will survive.Unfortunately, criminals rarely shout “threat!” as they attack, they...
  • A Few Words About Reclining Airline Seats

    09/12/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 68 replies
    Reason ^ | Steve Chapman | September 8, 2014
    Face it, people: You've made it clear you want a low price more than you want comfort, so this airline has provided it. Good morning. This is your captain. We'll be cruising today at an altitude of 30,000 feet, and we expect to arrive at our destination on time. Then we'll spend 45 minutes on the tarmac waiting for a gate to open up, because apparently, the airport folks had no idea we were coming. Our flight crew will be coming through the cabin shortly to offer you a choice of lukewarm beverages along with a tiny chemical-infused snack that...
  • Running government like a business.

    09/12/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by ugafan · 12 replies
    I'm trying to answer a simple question. If the government was run by mostly business people rather than mostly lawyers and career politicians what would be the result? Would business experts improve things overall? Or would business experts just acclimate to business as usual in Washington or even be worse than lawyers and career politicians?
  • (Video Link) Automated Conveyor Belt Sushi, Or, Why $15 Minimum Wage Will Doom Fast Food Workers

    09/11/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Chonday ^ | Peter Barakan
    Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan A dining concept that lets you pick from a wide range of one of Japan's best-known foods. NOTE: Click on the referenced link to watch the video. P.S. This technology will doom the SEIU/$15.00 minimum wage movement.
  • Man, 35, killed in domestic dispute, Lauderdale police say

    09/11/2014 5:15:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 11, 2014 | Erika Pesantes
    FORT LAUDERDALE— A man is accused of killing his former domestic partner and keeping the body in his bloodied bedroom, police said. Friends of Otis Blue, 35, became concerned for his well-being and reported him missing to Fort Lauderdale police on Wednesday. Authorities learned that Maurice Goodman, Blue's former partner, was the last known person in contact with him, according to a police release.
  • The College Football Czar: Week 3

    09/11/2014 4:15:29 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 3 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | September 11, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar: Week 3 Week two in review: The Delta House defense has won, as the NCAA has ended the Penn State bowl ban after two seasons. So it’s official, then. A four-year postseason ban is too severe a punishment for knowingly allowing a child-rapist to operate on campus for a decade after his acts are made known to campus police. A good argument can be made that because all parties involved in the scandal have departed, it makes no sense to continue to punish those who are there today. In hindsight, the program really should have been...
  • Andrew Klavan: The Newest Threat on College Campuses: Microaggression (video)

    09/11/2014 11:43:30 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | 9-11-2014 | Andrew Klavan
    I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Well, it’s back to school time and all across our country, college students are suffering from an insidious form of oppression called microaggressions. These are defined as commonplace verbal or, behavioral indignities... that communicate racist or sexist slights or insults...” Microaggressions take place when, for instance, a woman sees a black male and clutches her purse more tightly making it too damn hard for him to snatch the thing away from her... or when two men hear a woman speaking and look at one another like this [makes a face] the...
  • Last American jurisdiction with a total handgun ban?

    09/11/2014 10:02:38 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 5 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is part of U.S. sovereign territory. It also (1) totally bans handguns, (2) bans carrying all guns, even in the home, (3) requires licenses for long guns, which are allegedly not granted for months on end, though theoretically they are supposed to be granted within 60 days, and (4) bans all ammunition except .22 cartridges, .223 cartridges, and .410 shotgun shells. Radich v. Guerrero (D.N.M.I. Sept. 5, 2014) argues this violates the Second Amendment, and surely that must be so; and before you go all Insular Cases on me, note that § 501...
  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 47 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Stephen Losey (Air Force Times) reports (see also the American Humanist Association’s letter to the Air Force Inspector General): An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing “so help me God,” the American Humanist Association said Thursday…. Air Force Instruction 36-2606 spells out the active-duty oath of enlistment, which all airmen must take when they enlist or reenlist and ends with “so help me God.” The old version of that AFI included an exception: “Note: Airmen may omit the words ‘so help me God,’ if...
  • This Site Says It Will Tell If Your Gmail Password Was Hacked [But is it legit?]

    09/11/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/11/2014 | Julie Bort
    As you may have heard, Russian hackers have published the passwords for roughly five million Gmail accounts. This follows the publication of millions of passwords for two of Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru.Chances are, your account is not one of the hacked Gmail accounts, because that figure of five million represents only a fraction of the number of Gmail accounts that are active in the world. For instance, the Gmail app has been downloaded one billion times to Android devices. Even back in 2012, Gmail had 350 million users.But a group of programmers have decided to help you check...
  • How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to "Cure" Death [-220°F?]

    09/11/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 10:00 AM PST 09/10/2014 | by Seth Abramovitch
    It's not just about anti-aging. "Longevity" is the new buzzword as Hollywood embraces all sorts of technology, from an altitude machine favored by tennis star Novak Djokovic to L.A.'s hot new treatment: the very deep freeze. This story first appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "I have no intention of dying," Sumner Redstone told THR in January. Redstone, now 91, has made no secret of his longevity regime. It begins with a breakfast of goji berries, "Green Machine" smoothies and tomato juice — followed by a fish dinner and a shot of vodka for its...
  • For 90% Of Americans: There Has Been No Recovery

    09/11/2014 7:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Street Talk Live ^ | 09/11/2014 | Lance Roberts
    Every three years the Federal Reserve releases a survey of consumer finances that is a stockpile of data on everything from household net worth to incomes. The 2013 survey confirms statements I have made previously regarding the Fed's monetary interventions leaving the majority of Americans behind: "While the ongoing interventions by the Federal Reserve have certainly boosted asset prices higher, the only real accomplishment has been a widening of the wealth gap between the top 10% of individuals that have dollars invested in the financial markets and everyone else. What monetary interventions have failed to accomplish is an increase in production...
  • In Berlin, a Memorial to German Euthanasia Victims

    09/11/2014 6:03:43 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 10, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    In Berlin, a Memorial to German Euthanasia Victims Wesley J. Smith September 10, 2014 4:46 PM | Permalink The Associated Press reports: Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a memorial to more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities killed by the Nazis after their lives were deemed "worthless."The transparent 24-meter (79-foot) blue glass wall outside the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall is near memorials to the Jewish Holocaust victims and the Nazis' gay and Gypsy, or Roma, victims, opened over the past decade.It stands on the site of a villa where the murder of patients at hospitals and mental institutes was...
  • Textbooks or Tablets? Some students say they learn better w/ physical text books.

    09/11/2014 12:49:14 AM PDT · by lee martell · 38 replies
    Sept. 11, 2014 | lee martell
    The matter remains unsettled, and probably will for quite a while. Many schools have gone with the flow of offering students a tablet or laptop computer that will contain all their most essential lessons. Many schools consider it a given, that within five to ten years, there will be no physical books at all. Every piece of study matter will be found on a computer owned or rented by the student. But wait, there is subtle pushback. Not so fast, say many of the students themselves. Most students, from elementary through grad school, have grown up surrounded with digital inventions,...
  • 13 Years Since September 11: If You Don't Take Time To Remember, You Forget

    09/10/2014 8:52:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | Todd Essig
    Thirteen is often said to be unlucky. There are all those elevator buttons jumping from “12” right to “14” to eliminate the possibility of an ill-starred choice. And fear of the number even has its own fancy sounding phobia, triskaidekaphobia. But this year, in downtown New York as well as elsewhere I am sure, thirteen is a special number because it is the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. And for those of us still around who can note the day, we must consider ourselves lucky.
  • Selfishness and Preparedness: Why Prepare?

    09/10/2014 8:48:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/10/14 | Jim Roberts
    Recently, a small firestorm was ignited by Valerie Lucus-McEwen, a government Emergency Management employee, who had the temerity to accuse preparedness types of “selfishness.” While your immediate reaction may be – as mine certainly was – “Are people really and truly this thoughtless?” – this question does deserve a proper answer, particularly as those who are easily influenced by the leftist media, or who believe the state really and actually is the omniscient, omnipotent savior of our personal and corporate lives, are actually asking this question. So, let’s examine the issue: First, many preparedness types have, as part of their...
  • 49ers suspend radio announcer Ted Robinson for Ray Rice comments

    09/10/2014 8:47:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 10, 2014 | John Breech
    The San Francisco 49ers have suspended team radio broadcaster Ted Robinson two games for remarks he made about Ray Rice and domestic violence this week. While talking about Rice during a segment on KNBR-AM on Monday, Robinson had this to say about Rice's wife Janay, "How does she marry him after that? How does she go in front of Goodell? That's pathetic to me," Robinson said.
  • D.C. is the Wild West when enforcing tickets for traffic violators, audit finds

    09/10/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | September 8 | Ashley Halsey III
    In Washington, D.C., where issuing traffic citations is a $179 million-a-year business, drivers get speeding tickets for violations they donÂ’t commit and for vehicles theyÂ’ve never owned. Those are among the findings in a 115-page audit of the three city agencies that issued nearly 2.5 million parking and traffic tickets in fiscal 2013, according to a withering report issued Monday by the D.C. inspector general. The report portrays the District as the Wild West of traffic enforcement when compared with neighboring jurisdictions and the states, with a shortage of regulations, a legion of ticket writers often confused about the rules,...
  • Former Mets exec claims in suit she was fired for having baby out of wedlock

    09/10/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Newsday ^ | September 10, 2014 | JOHN RILEY
    A former senior executive for the New York Mets charged that she was "humiliated" and eventually fired by chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon for having a baby out of wedlock in a new lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday. Leigh Castergine, who earned a six-figure salary as head of Mets Ticket Sales and Service Operations from 2010 to 2014, said that in one executive meeting she attended Wilpon brought up her pregnancy in a discussion of e-cigarette ads.
  • Underground map reveals mysteries of Stonehenge (+video)

    09/10/2014 2:54:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 50 replies
    http://www.csmonitor.com/A.P. ^ | September 10, 2014
    Using ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech devices, archaeologists at Stonehenge have discovered a complex of monuments buried beneath Britain's iconic paleolithic shrine.
  • Why is everyone so mad at Ray Rice for punching his fiancee?

    09/10/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    This week, the entire country erupted with outrage after watching the video of (former) Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in a casino elevator. I won’t link to it here. I’m sure you’ve already seen it. If you’ve watched ESPN for any five minute span in the last 48 hours, you’ve likely been treated to the footage 17 times or so. As you’re probably aware, when the incident happened several months ago, the league, the Ravens, and the New Jersey criminal justice system initially determined that it was minor enough to warrant either a light punishment or...
  • A Blind Man, His Guide Dog and Lessons Learned On 9/11

    09/10/2014 6:44:36 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 5 replies
    Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was working at my desk on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I stood up to grab some letterhead from the supply cabinet when I heard a tremendous BOOM! It was 8:46 a.m. I was one of many thousands of people in the World Trade Center that day. I had a good job that allowed me and my wife Karen to pay the bills and have a good life. But unlike almost everyone else in the building that day, I am blind and use a guide...
  • Here are the latest numbers on porn: you’d better sit down

    09/09/2014 8:56:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | John Stonestreet
    In the spring of 2000, Zogby International asked more than a thousand U.S. adults whether they had ever visited a sexually-oriented web site. Only one in five had done so. Among born-again Christians, 18 percent had gone to such sites, just three percentage points less than the general public. Well, fast forward to today. A group called Proven Men Ministries commissioned the Barna Group to examine current pornography use. You might want to sit down for this—Barna found that 64 percent of American men and 20 percent of women view pornography at least monthly. And for Christian men, that number...
  • Who's ashamed of the Confederate Flag?

    09/09/2014 8:46:43 PM PDT · by 3boysdad · 65 replies
    I'm just curious who is ashamed of the Stars and Bars. I was born and raised in the south and this flag always gave me comfort and identity. I slept with it over my bed during my youth. What about you? Today if you even mention it, it's like a fart in church. I say, where are the true southern men?!
  • 83-year-old man who crashed through Jersey City mall 'unsure what happened,' police say

    09/09/2014 6:18:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | September 9, 2014
    The man who drove his SUV through the front entrance of a mall in Jersey City and crashed it into a vacant store Sunday night told police he "was unsure what happened," according to the accident report. The 83-year-old from Jersey City was taken to Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health after the accident and was placed under observation for a short time and then released, hospital spokesman Mark Rabson said yesterday. The crash occurred at 5:47 p.m. Sunday at the Hudson Mall on Route 440. A video of the crash does not show the initial impact at the entrance, but...
  • Journal of Public Health publishes study linking autism to vaccines made with aborted fetal cells

    09/09/2014 4:49:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    I’ve written previously (here and here) about the possible connection between autism and vaccines made with aborted fetal cells. Now, the September issue of the prestigious Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology has published a study conducted by scientists at Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute that shows an spike in autism in country after country where vaccines using fetal cells from aborted babies have been introduced. The implicated vaccines are MMR (measles/mumps/rubella), Varicella (chickenpox), and Hepatitis A. Using data from the U.S. government, United Kingdom, Denmark, and Western Australia, researchers found a spike in autism around the world after vaccines using...
  • LeSean McCoy called 'verbally abusive' by owner of restaurant where running back left 20-cent tip

    09/09/2014 4:41:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 09, 2014 | By Eliot Shorr-Parks
    On Monday, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was accused by a local Philadelphia restaurant of leaving a 20-cent tip on a $60 bill. Although the running back has yet to comment on the incident, the owner kept pressing the issue on Tuesday. In a statement posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, PYT owner Tommy Up accused the running back of being "verbally abusive to our staff in the most insulting ways" and making "derogatory statements" about women.
  • This Is What Would Happen If The Yellowstone Supervolcano Erupted

    09/09/2014 3:29:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 9, 2014 | Ajai Raj
    Recently, rumors have been swelling of a danger at Yellowstone National Park. That danger? A brewing supervolcano eruption. The fear of a Yellowstone supereruption, which ultimately went viral, may have begun back in February when a seismometer called B944 began sending senseless data to a public viewer at the University of Utah's seismographic station, as George Black reports in The New Yorker. Luckily for most of the U.S., the likelihood this eruption would happen is pretty low: about one in 100,000 any given year. If it did happen, it would be pretty devastating, though.
  • Hands On With the New Apple Watch

    09/09/2014 2:24:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Time ^ | September 9, 2014 | Matt Vella
    There’s a lot we don’t know about Apple Watch, the technology giant’s all-new wearable gadget announced Tuesday to great fanfare in Cupertino, Calif. How long will its battery last? How much will the toniest version cost? How exactly will it interface with the iPhone? But, having gotten to wear and play with the device, one thing is for certain: The Apple Watch is a beautifully designed piece of technology with enormous potential. In fact, I’d say it’s the most exciting gadget since the iPad, from Apple or any other company. The watch will come in two sizes, 1.5 inches (38...