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  • Fans file $5M class action suit against Manny Pacquiao over non-disclosure of injury

    05/06/2015 2:51:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | 05/06/2015 | Larry Brown
    Two fans filed a class action lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao and his team for failing to disclose a serious shoulder injury prior to the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend. After losing to Mayweather by unanimous decision, Pacquiao’s camp said the fighter was trying to compete despite a severe shoulder injury. They blamed the Nevada Athletic Commission for denying him a painkilling injection prior to the fight. The severity of Pacquiao’s injury seemed to be confirmed when it was reported Monday he would undergo surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder. But what doesn’t add up is that...
  • Chick-fil-a Unknowingly Comps Meal for Woman in Need of Kindness

    05/06/2015 12:58:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    GMA via Yahho ^ | 5/5/15 | STEFANIE TUDER
    Carrie Chisholm had had a really bad day. The final thing to go wrong? She found herself without her purse when she drove up to pay for her now five-year-old son Hughes’ dinner at Chick-fil-a. Instead of turning her away, though, the cashier spoke to her manager, who told Chisholm the meal was on the house.
  • The dangers of de-policing — will cops just stand down?

    05/06/2015 12:21:25 PM PDT · by LucyT · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | Randy Sutton
    The death of yet another NYPD officer, killed in the line of duty after an incident this weekend, offers more proof that police officers across America are under siege. Our nation stands at a crossroads. De-policing would deal a win to thugs, vigilantes and criminal opportunism. The public must stand against the conditions that force cops to consider such a radical move. Our belief in “justice for all” is what prevents tyranny and anarchy. Acknowledging that cops deserve justice and respect, no less than criminals do, will preserve a system that, while imperfect, keeps Americans safe. It’s time we defended...
  • This Connecticut man earns more money working at a grocery store than as a college professor

    05/06/2015 10:36:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/06/2015 | Libby Kane
    In January, Matt Debenham got a job at the grocery story in his Connecticut town. There's nothing unusual about that, except for the fact that 44-year-old Debenham, married father of two, earns more stocking shelves and bagging groceries than he does working his other job as an adjunct college professor. "Adjunct" is industry speak for "part-time," an arrangement that's increasingly common at colleges and universities. Huffington Post reports that while the majority of college professors are now adjuncts, 60% of them admit to having at least one other job. In the 2015 edition of its annual report, the American Association...
  • Thank You Facebook

    05/06/2015 8:49:28 AM PDT · by MNDude · 99 replies
    I am in the process of hiring some candidates for some job positions. It's incredible what a wonderful resource FaceBook has been in helping me screen candidates and not waste my time interviewing (God forbid hiring) many candidates. Ms. Smith: a cover letter showing enthusiasm. Resume shows relevant experience. I check out FaceBook. She has neon blue hair and a nose ring. NOPE! Ms. Dow: A perfectly written cover letter highlighting how she's a fit for the job. The resume reinforces this. A trip to Facebook shows "B****es will F**** your man!" is the first statement she has posted on...
  • Was Pamela Geller wrong? (vanity)

    05/06/2015 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 67 replies
    May 6, 2015 | me
    I've been reading the various criticisms of Pamela Geller's "Draw the Prophet" event in Garland Texas. Many are saying that it was provocative, and insulting. And Geller had to have known a violent response was possible. So it would have been so much better not to have held the event at all. Then I thought abou the civil rights protestors from back in the early 1960's.
  • 'Fightin' Tom Hanks,' 'Black Mambas' rejected from U. of North Dakota nickname contention

    05/06/2015 6:17:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 5-5-15 | Brett Smiley
    The University of North Dakota has unveiled the complete list of suggestions it received for a new team nickname to replace the "Fighting Sioux," which was retired in 2012. And boy, were some of the names ridiculous. You can check here for the list of 1,172 names still in contention, but let's pay tribute to some of the more amusing monikers suggested -- with shoutouts to Kobe Bryant, "Game of Thrones" and "South Park" -- and promptly missed the cut. And as you can see below, many people who submitted names (UND had to whittle down the 628-page list of...
  • CDC: Nearly 1 In 4 People In U.S. Will Be Hispanic By 2035

    05/05/2015 7:12:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/05/2015 | by Caroline May
    In a report issued Tuesday the CDC looked at the health issues of the Hispanic population in the U.S. noting that currently 1 in 6 people in the U.S. are Hispanic but by 2035 that proportion is likely to be almost 1 in 4. According to the report, the Hispanic death rate is 24 percent lower than whites and Hispanics live on average two years longer than whites. The CDC explains that while Hispanics are more likely to be living in poverty, lack a high school degree and not have health insurance they are less likely to be affected by...
  • Sorry, "Left Behind" Fans, "The Rapture" Is Not in the Bible

    05/05/2015 6:10:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 95 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 5, 2015 | John Martignoni
    Question: A friend of mine has been reading the Left Behind books that have all of this stuff about the “Rapture” in them. Is there really going to be a “Rapture” like these books talk about?   Answer: No.The “Rapture” refers to a passage in First Thessalonians 4, where Christians are “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” Many Christians believe, and the Left Behind books promote, that this being “caught up” to meet the Lord will occur before the Great Tribulation sometime in the near future. Christians will simply vanish, meet Jesus somewhere in the...
  • *WARNING OFFENSIVE VIDEO* Avengers: Age of Political Correctness (Parody Video)

    05/05/2015 5:24:35 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 26 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 05/05/2015 | Steven Crowder
    There's been outrage over everything lately. Over cartoons, over the Avengers... well how about an Avengers cartoon? Better yet, how about the most politically incorrect cartoon you'll watch this week? What would the world look like if our superheroes had to tow today's lines of political correctness? Oh yes, we went there...
  • The Washington Post's correction problem

    05/05/2015 2:17:10 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo
    Politico ^ | 5/5/15 | DYLAN BYERS
    UPDATE: Shortly after the publication of this item, The Washington Post changed the story in question from "Prisoner in van thought Gray was ‘trying to injure himself'" to "Prisoner in van heard 'banging against walls.'” The Post also added a correction regarding Donta Allen's age and updated the article to include his comments disputing the police report. We welcome those changes. Our original item follows:
  • Dear Millenial: You’ve Graduated! Welcome to Reality 101

    05/05/2015 1:29:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 05/05/2015 | By Gail Buckner
    Though he is among the earliest of those in the Millennial generation- individuals born from 1982 through 1997- and is now older than 30- David Weliver is the creator and editor of the website MoneyUnder30.com. He speaks from first-hand experience when he says that finding a source of income, i.e. work, has got to be Priority #1 once you graduate. “If you don’t have a job lined up right out of college, you need to focus on your career search.” In addition, he says you should take time to “project what your life is going to look like in 6...
  • A "Gift" That Keeps On Taking

    05/05/2015 1:05:16 PM PDT · by Ohioan · 9 replies
    http://www.truthbasedlogic.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | William Flax
    Almost everyone has heard the phrase, "a gift that keeps on giving"; a reference to a charitable undertaking that encourages beneficiaries in the direction of self-reliance & personal responsibility. Such a gift is likely to involve recognition of important aspects of human nature--a concept or concepts that encourage individuals to identify & employ actual talents--that inspire beneficiaries to solve real problems, rather than look to others to solve those problems for them.
  • Reading to children at bedtime: ABC questions value of time-honoured practice (Australia)

    05/05/2015 11:00:34 AM PDT · by wtd · 55 replies
    Sydney Daily Telegraph ^ | May 5, 2015 12:00AM | Tim Blair
    Reading to children at bedtime: ABC questions value of time-honoured practiceTHE ABC has questioned whether parents should read to their children before bedtime, claiming it could give your kids an “unfair advantage” over less fortunate children. “Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?” asks a story on the ABC’s website. “Should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?” The story was followed by a broadcast on the ABC’s Radio National that also tackled the apparently divisive issue of bedtime reading. “Evidence shows that the...
  • MSM: CBS Reporter Provoked Rape in Cairo (Satire)

    05/05/2015 10:00:35 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 6 replies
    People's Cube ^ | 5-5-2015 | Konservative_Punk
    MSM: CBS Reporter Provoked Rape in Cairo We are now in an environment where it is no longer safe to openly blame the perpetrators of violent acts committed by religious extremists. The official party narrative, as postulated by the state-sponsored media, is that the victims of these heinous acts are responsible for provoking their attackers. Viewed in this light, it is time to rethink whether we should allow our women to venture out into public alone, especially those without a head-covering. Remember Lara Logan, the female CBS reporter who was raped in Tahrir Square during the Cairo protests? She was...
  • East to West Wussification

    05/05/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 4 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 5, 2015 | Soo Kim
    Sign me up for a crying room if we get Obama-redux in 2016. Japan is already bracing for Progressive Doomsday. Sure we got campus Safe Zones but nothing like the comfy cozy niches that Japan offers the weak-kneed, faint of heart, reality-averse denizens of the new millennium. I might even need a cuddle cafe to calm my nerves. There are even exciting extra cost optionals allowing you to lock eyes with and hair-stroke your lady cuddlemate. Or I can wander into the Owl Cafe where I can be soothed by fluttering birds or go to Maidreamin where pretty girls dressed...
  • Robots About to Take Away 18 Million German Jobs, 59 Percent of Germany's Work Force?

    05/05/2015 9:40:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/05/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    I have seen many grim predictions regarding robots taking away human jobs, but one of the most dire predictions comes from a study commissioned by ING-Diba. The study claims that 59 percent of Germany's work force could be replaced by machines and software in the coming decades. The Local asks Robots About to Take Away 18 Million Jobs? The results of the [ING-Diba] study paint an almost doomsday-esque scenario for Germany. Almost two thirds of its workforce will be unemployed. Of the 30.9 million people currently in full or part-time employment in Germany, 18 million will be made redundant...
  • NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll: Republican Presidential Primary

    Bush 23, Rubio 18, Walker 14, Paul 11, Cruz 11, Carson 7, Huckabee 5, Christie 5, Perry 2, Fiorina 1, Santorum, Kasich, Graham, Jindal
  • Pro-life Activist: In 35 Years of China’s One-Child Policy, 360 to 400 Million Babies Aborted

    05/04/2015 8:49:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 3:16 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    A Chinese attorney who escaped house arrest in his home country for his efforts to protect women from forced abortion for violating the government’s one-child policy said on Thursday that in the 35 years since the practice hundreds of millions of babies have been killed. “Over the past 35 years, China has killed a total of 360 to 400 million young lives as a result of its inhumane and violent birth control policies,” Chen Guangcheng, now senior fellow at Catholic University of America said at a hearing of the Congressional Executive Commission on China. “During a six-month period of 2005,...
  • Write Your Own Academic Sentence

    05/04/2015 7:05:32 PM PDT · by Hawthorn · 19 replies
    Need a sentence for your latest article? Write one here! Just select a word or phrase from each drop-down list and click "Write It." http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/toys/randomsentence/write-sentence.htm
  • Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from his wife

    05/04/2015 3:58:49 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man's wife. Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners. After the April 20 race, her daughter took to social media to try to find the man, who clearly left an impression on her mom. Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, passed on a letter addressed to...
  • Kate and William's princess gets a royal name

    05/04/2015 2:46:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/04/2015
    After days of speculation and wagers by royal watchers all over the world, Kate Middleton and Prince William have named their new baby daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The littlest royal will carry the title Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, a Kensington Palace said in a statement Monday. Princess Charlotte -- who was born Saturday at London’s St. Mary’s hospital -- is now home with her royal parents at Kensington Palace. She met her grandparents and other family members at the couple's palace home in London Sunday, Reuters reported. Top bets for the baby's name had included Alice and...
  • As The Smoke Clears In Baltimore, It’s Time To Revive Compassionate Conservatism

    05/04/2015 12:06:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5-4-2015 | DAVID COHEN
    After a week of unrest in Baltimore, chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby calmed the waters Friday by indicting six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I have heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace,’” Mosby declared. When justice is not deaf, one wonders whether it can be blind. But I’ll leave others to ponder that. Because the Baltimore riots exposed something with much farther-reaching implications than the Freddie Gray tragedy: More than five decades into the War on Poverty, our inner cities remain wastelands of dysfunction and despair....
  • If Libs were consistent, they'd FORCE Muslims to celebrate pics of Mohammed...

    05/04/2015 5:46:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    5/4/15
    Somehow this just struck me.....the government is attempting to FORCE believers in Jesus to celebrate a perversion of their DEEPLY HELD religious beliefs. Why aren't Muslims being forced to celebrate and/or create depictions of their prophet? I wouldn't want the government to do that, just like I don't want it inflicting anti-Christian beliefs upon Christians.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Space Ventures Will Spawn First Trillionaire

    05/03/2015 10:43:23 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/3/2015 | Neil deGrasse Tyson
    A passion for exploration is the fuel to an innovative economy, says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In an interview with CNBC's On the Money, the host of the new National Geographic Channel show StarTalk — based on Tyson's podcast and Sirius XM radio show of the same name — described the dynamic implications of scientific discovery. ....
  • LOOSE LABOR MARKETS DRIVE DOWN WAGES

    05/03/2015 1:53:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | Jan. 2011 | Roy Beck
    Rising immigration from the 1820s to the Civil War drove down wages for free black Americans and immigrants alike. Jeffrey Williamson and Peter Lindert's macroeconomic history shows that between 1816 and 1856, the American Northeast was transformed from the "Jeffersonian ideal" to a society more typical of developing economies with marked income inequality and very low wages for laborers. As badly as new immigrants often were treated by established Americans, even worse treatment was meted out to black Americans by the immigrants. Organizing themselves into trade unions, immigrant laborers helped set the terms of hiring at many urban workplaces. Not...
  • Elderly Black Woman Shreds Democrats on C-Span.

    05/03/2015 1:25:51 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 42 replies
    Start the video at 28:29. This woman blames Baltimore riots entirely on decades of rats and the fatherless homes they caused.
  • Should you surrender to police? Black Man Has a Message: “Surrender to the Police”

    05/03/2015 1:07:59 PM PDT · by free_life · 30 replies
    Emeka Mbadiwe is a youth director with a much-needed message for young black males. After spending a substantial amount of time wondering how many people would still be alive today if they had not been killed while resisting arrest, he issued this polarizing message:
  • Warning: Barf Alert Riots are caused by rich people

    05/03/2015 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Uhhh · 43 replies
    5/2/2015 | Jon Cole
    If you read anything tonight, read this. Some protestors in Baltimore are receiving a lot of criticism from conservatives for the way that they are expressing themselves. I find it interesting that one of the most conservative & most vocal groups, the Tea Party libertarians, are named after an event where colonists destroyed property in Boston in order to make a point about their rights. I find it very interesting that these same conservatives celebrate our violent succession from the motherland, & throw elaborate celebrations on the 4th of July to mark the day of our independence. I've not once...
  • Question:Freddie Gray Case.Who Selects The 12 Jurors?"The Powers That Be",Or The Attorneys.

    05/03/2015 11:27:08 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    So is this going to be another O.J. Trial? Where in the early stages half of the jurors didn't care for the evidence and had O.J. already declared innocent while the jurors in behalf of the Goldman were leaning for a guilty verdict and in the end set O.J.free? What will happen this time around? Will we have six black and six white jurors winding up with no decision,aka,"Hung Jury"?,Hopefully this will take place in the winter, last thing Baltimore needs are riots in the summer.
  • A Renaissance of Liberty Is Coming

    America is reaching a critical mass of people who support liberty “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.”
  • Even Small Businesses Are Jumping on the Robot Bandwagon

    05/03/2015 7:52:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Elaine Pofeldt
    Report: Robots replacing human workers at faster pace Robots aren't just for corporate Goliaths -- now even the little guy on Main Street is adopting them. The goal: to boost sales and productivity. But at what cost? Take Sam Kraus, a Hungarian immigrant who founded what became Skyline Windows in 1921. In the early days, the tinsmith traveled around with a small cart to do his roofing and waterproofing work by hand. Fast-forward to today, and the fourth-generation business based in New York City's South Bronx has left the pushcart era far behind. Skyline, which has evolved into a custom...
  • High School Thug Bullies Classmate for ‘Talking White,’ Teacher Does Nothing As Thug Gets Pummeled

    05/02/2015 9:24:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 66 replies
    www.inquisitr.com ^ | may 2, 2015
    Bullying, at any age, is horrific in and of itself. However, when the bullying is initiated simply because someone does something in a manner that the bully does not agree with, and for no other reason, and the bully refuses to back down and leave things as they are, the bully becomes a much bigger threat. This was the case in a high school where a bully, described as a “thug,” would not back down and followed a student back and forth between two classrooms while students looked onward, refusing to step in and help the bullied boy out. The cause of...
  • The Future of Guns: Political Battle Will Focus on States

    05/02/2015 7:39:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-27-15 | Jennifer Carlson
    Sociologist Jennifer Carlson says Americans will become more bitterly divided over the place of guns in society. The most significant development won’t be a nationwide swing toward gun rights or gun control—but a widening and entrenched gulf that will divide Americans politically, socially and even technologically. Gun-control initiatives will follow the approach blazed by the gun lobby, shifting away from the national stage and focusing increasingly on state-level efforts in places like California, Colorado, Connecticut and Washington. With the gun debate focused on state-level politics, high-profile shootings will exacerbate the division between these two Americas: in restrictive states, a demand...
  • Frank Olivo, 66, substitute Santa hit with snowballs at Eagles game dies.

    05/02/2015 2:54:20 PM PDT · by Coronal · 12 replies
    philly.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Martha Woodall
    Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January.
  • Judge makes rare decision to set aside jury verdict in criminal sexual conduct case

    05/02/2015 3:45:20 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 39 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 02, 2015 | Danielle Salisbury
    JACKSON, MI – Concerned he would have to send an innocent man to prison, a Jackson County judge on Friday set aside a jury's guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case. The rare decision, a first in Circuit Judge John McBain's 13 years on the bench, means Gregory Patterson, 50, is not guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, felonies that would have sent him to prison for a minimum of 25 years. A jury convicted Patterson of the offenses at the close of a March trial, but McBain granted a motion made by defense lawyer George...
  • Baby Boom Among New York’s Affluent

    05/02/2015 3:00:40 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | Ginia Bellafante
    Over the past decade or so as $10 million apartments have prevailed in New York and more and more neighborhoods have been given over to the kind of luxury shopping required to fill them, it has been common to say that the city has turned into a “playground for the rich.” At the same time, of course, New York has turned into a playground of the more literal kind, with a child-centric ethos bearing well-established variants of urban nuisance: stroller gridlock in gentrifying areas, car services that cater to 5-year-olds, sidewalk whining that in some cases becomes its own source...
  • Education: "The saddest thing in life is wasted talent." (from A Bronx Tale)

    05/02/2015 2:43:14 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies
    TheEdAdvocate.org ^ | March 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When you talk about wasted talent, people immediately think of an individual wasting his or her talent. It’s always a sad story but an individual story. A person makes bad decisions. Little by little that person is on a road where he will not be able to develop his talents to the fullest. But what about a society where children have their talents wasted for them? Not by a lobotomy or by drugs. No, their talents are squandered by systematic planning and careful effort. The technical name for this is social engineering. A more popular name is “deliberate dumbing down.”...
  • Obama While Trying to Kill School Choice in D.C.: We Need to Make Sure ‘All Children’ Get…

    05/02/2015 12:23:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 2, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    After having presented a budget to Congress that would phase out a school-choice program that allows a limited number of children to escape Washington, D.C.’s public schools, President Barack Obama delivered a weekly address today that said all Americans have a responsibility to make sure all children—not just their own—get a great education. Obama’s two daughters go to Sidwell Friends, one of the most expensive private schools in Washington, D.C. […] Obama’s address was titled: “Ensuring Every Child Gets a Great Education.” In 2003, Congress enacted a program for “opportunity scholarships” in Washington, D.C. These allowed some students in public...
  • Lil Boosie Says We’re The Worst Race In The World And We Feel Disrespected

    05/02/2015 11:21:03 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 9 replies
    Urban Daily ^ | Oct 2, 2014 | Michael Arceneaux
    I care about Lil’ Boosie only in select locations: the club, the gym, or a drunken state. He’s had a few political musings here and there that I find interesting – i.e. speaking against the Iraqi invasion in “Do The Ratchet – but for the most part, I give not a single damn about his political musings because they’re probably about as valuable as a peso in a Chinese take out spot in the hood. Unfortunately, that is the not the case for everyone else. So, it was with great sadness that I tackle Lil’ Boosie’s audition for #NewBlack currently...
  • Baltimore families (vanity)

    05/02/2015 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 32 replies
    5/2/15 | Republicanprofessor
    What really bothers me about Baltimore is the despair in that city, the devaluation of young men and the destruction of the family. Young men who father children are disenfranchised and encouraged not to become a part of their lover's family. They thus miss the love, joy and responsibility of raising their own children. Then those young boys and girls are raised without their father and miss that essential element of their families. Young men may turn to gangs as their only source of respect and survival. How can we encourage the formation of families rather than their generational disintegration...
  • The Legislatively-Induced Violence of the Drug War

    The story of Robert Bates has covered the news wire for the past two weeks. A sting gone bad, with a "pay for play" volunteer reserve officer fatally shooting the subdued suspect. These facts have been known for some time, along with the details of the sting: a set-up gun buy to catch Eric Harris in the act, and then apprehend him. He gave chase, he was pursued, he was captured, he was killed. The focus has been almost exclusively directed at the shooter, Robert Bates, who appears to have bought his way into the good graces of the Tulsa...
  • 1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs

    05/02/2015 7:18:57 AM PDT · by BJ1 · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05/01/2015 | JOSH BOAK
    More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That's the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to 11.25 million since 2007. Since the end of 2010, rental prices have surged at nearly twice the pace of average hourly wages, according to data from the real estate firm Zillow and the Labor Department.
  • Lenin's Body Improves with Age

    05/02/2015 1:08:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 4-22-2015 | Jeremy Hsu
    Russian scientists have developed experimental embalming methods to maintain the look, feel and flexibility of the Soviet Union's founderÂ’s body, which is 145 years old today. For thousands of years humans have used embalming methods to preserve dead bodies. But nothing compares with Russia's 90-year-old experiment to preserve the body of Vladimir Lenin, communist revolutionary and founder of the Soviet Union. Generations of Russian scientists have spent almost a century fine-tuning preservation techniques that have maintained the look, feel and flexibility of Lenin's body. This year Russian officials closed the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square so that scientists could...
  • Online comments prove some drivers say the dumbest things

    05/01/2015 4:25:15 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 4 replies
    driving.ca ^ | May 1, 2015 | Lorraine Sommerfeld
    Driving is a team sport. You’re sharing the road with a lot of other people you know little about, and yet, your fate could lie in their hands. As someone who reads a lot of what other drivers have to say online and elsewhere, I have become more afraid: The following are pulled straight from several horses’ mouths. “…just another stupid law made by the canadian government to get more more out of tax payers. it goes the same for seat belts in my eyes. who’s really at risk? are you indangering anyones life? no… its a choise you make...
  • Navy Secretary: ‘We Don’t Have Enough Women in Navy or Marine Corps’

    05/01/2015 2:20:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 1, 2015 | 7:19 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, and we’ve got to do a better job of recruiting and we’ve got to do a better job of retaining those women,” Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus Jr. said on Thursday. He told a gathering at the National Press Club that he’s in the process of changing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps uniforms—“so that when you look out, you see American sailors and Marines, not particularly female sailors or male sailors…And this is symbolic in terms of not segregating women, of making sure that they are substantively...
  • A Nation of Sharecroppers, the "Rental Society" ~ Vanity

    05/01/2015 12:43:00 PM PDT · by GraceG · 24 replies
    Is it just me or does it seem to me that inthe last 10 years maybe longer that the overwhelming pressure in society is to become a "rental" based economy vs. an "ownership" economy? We see this everywhere, from local businessees offering leasing options for people wanting to buy items like TV's, Furniture, and Appliances, to propsals being made in government to collect "taxes" on miles drven on cars. Over a hundred years ago, Property taxes were the first step to establishing the idea that one doesn't even truly own the land under thier own feet that they may have...
  • Belgistan? Sharia showdown in Brussels?

    05/01/2015 11:25:58 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 7 replies
    The Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | circa 2015 | Dale Hurd
    The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: "Welcome to 'Belgistan." In fact, some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.
  • Dear Al Sharpton: You Lying, Race-baiting, Hobbling Bag of Human Feces…

    05/01/2015 10:27:17 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 14 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 05/01/15 | Steven Crowder
    An open letter to Al Sharpton. "Hey Al! Looks like you’ve finally made your way down to Baltimore. I don’t blame you. Gotta make them dollar, dollar bills! All those unpaid back-taxes really add up. So I want to make it clear that I don’t begrudge you one bit for trying to make a living. Heck, I don’t even mind your show at MSNBC. The mere blooper-reel has gotten more play in the Crowder household than anything else on Cablenews in the last decade. For that, I have to thank you. Matter of fact, I actually use your reel to...
  • Codpieces seen on hit BBC drama Wolf Hall were twice as small as they should have been so [tr]

    05/01/2015 7:10:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 1, 2015 | Sam Matthew
    The codpieces used in the hit BBC drama Wolf Hall were too small and should have been double the size, according to an expert. This is one of a number of inaccuracy spotted in the big budget adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books and was said to have been done so as not to offend and baffle the shows American audience. Victoria Miller, who has researched the codpiece for her PHD, said those used in the show would have been far too modest for Henry VIII's court.