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  • Wait, You Can Have Ebola and Still Board a Plane?

    10/01/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/01/2014 | Olga Khazan
    A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas has become the first Ebola case to be diagnosed within the U.S., the CDC reported Tuesday, and he is currently in isolation at Dallas's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Americans have been warned not to travel to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone, but they obviously can—and do. So how are countries keeping suspected Ebola patients (well, most of them, anyway) contained within their borders? Thermometers, mostly. People are screened for elevated temperatures before they're allowed to board planes departing from the countries where Ebola is raging. Fever is one of the earliest symptoms...
  • Five kids linked to Texas Ebola patient are held in isolation

    10/01/2014 1:38:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Chris Perez
    The Texas Ebola patient who was misdiagnosed Friday came in contact with five children over the weekend — who are now being isolated at their homes amid escalating fears of an outbreak. Thomas Eric Duncan has been identified by his sister as the first confirmed case of the deadly disease on US soil — and she says her brother warned health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Friday that he had been visiting the US from Liberia, the Associated Press reports. Duncan — who had a layover in Brussels on his way home — may have...
  • MOM FOLLOWS DAUGHTER WITH CAMERA AFTER DAUGHTER DITCHES CLASS

    10/01/2014 1:19:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://abc13.com ^ | october 1, 2014
    A teenage girl in Wyoming learned a harsh lesson on why you shouldn't play hooky. Jeannie Crutchfield did the unthinkable when she got word of her daughter ditching class: She followed her through her school with a camera in hand, recording her every move to make sure she attended class - and then posted the video to Facebook. "It was kind of just spur of moment. It was yeah know. I debated whether I was going to do it or not and I was like I'm just going to do it," Crutchfield told ABC affiliate KTWO. Crutchfield says she wanted to...
  • UPDATE: Morales receives 29-month sentence (she killed her baby)

    10/01/2014 11:29:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    record eagle ^ | MATT TROUTMAN
    TRAVERSE CITY — Alyce Morales' sobs hung in a Benzie County courtroom as she told a judge that panic gripped her after she secretly gave birth to a daughter in a tent. Morales, 19, of Cicero, Illinois, said she felt sorry every day since July 22, 2013, for what happened next. She closed her fist and struck herself before hitting her daughter, Marie, with a blow that fractured the infant's skull. "I was in a really bad situation. I was alone and scared. I didn't think anything was going to happen, so I panicked," she said Tuesday. "I know that's...
  • Rick Ector of Legally Armed in Detroit talks legal gun ownership

    10/01/2014 9:50:58 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 2 replies
    Metrotimes.com ^ | 10/01/2014 | Michael Jackman
    Almost a decade ago, Rick Ector was considering buying a firearm for self-defense. And when he was robbed in the driveway of his home in Detroit's Rosedale Park, he wound up kicking himself for not doing so. He has since armed himself and become vocal about legal gun ownership, participating in gun-control debates in "Let It Rip" segments on FOX2 television, and founding his own group, Legally Armed in Detroit, through which he teaches classes about firearms. He says he doesn't necessarily identify with either major political party, and he skews libertarian. The main throughline in his politics is defending...
  • EDITORIAL: The inhumane society

    10/01/2014 5:50:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Editorial
    A prominent animal-rights charity is not a friend of the furry kingdom. Americans love animals, even cats. Eight million stray dogs and cats find their way into animal shelters every year, and the lucky ones are adopted into a warm home with a loving family. Shelters are operated by small charities usually called “humane societies,” whose good deeds are funded by private generosity. The Humane Society of the United States trades on the good of others to finance a radical agenda. In May, the Humane Society and a handful of other radical animal-rights groups had to write a $15.8 million...
  • Talking Back to Goliath: Some Advice for Students in the Evolutionary Biology Classroom

    10/01/2014 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Nelson
    Talking Back to Goliath: Some Advice for Students in the Evolutionary Biology Classroom Paul Nelson September 30, 2014 2:18 PM | Permalink A student in David Barash's animal-behavior class at the University of Washington might feel a bit like David facing Goliath -- even though Goliath, in this case, happens to be named David. Goliath occupies the podium at the front of the class, holds the professorship, and has the authority of the scientific community (apparently, anyway) on his side. And, like the biblical Goliath, he is confidently outspoken when he delivers what Barash in this past Sunday's NY Times...
  • Dissidents Planning Boehner Coup Face Long Odds

    09/30/2014 5:10:28 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 17 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Sept. 30 | Matt Fuller
    ...There has also been discussion, first reported in May by Politico, and expanded upon recently by National Journal, of punishing anyone bucking the party line. But a senior GOP leadership aide told CQ Roll Call the idea of formally stripping rebels of their committee assignments is “not currently under consideration.” As long as Republicans manage to navigate the lame duck, it seems Boehner’s speakership isn’t in any real danger. Of course, the lame-duck session will be tricky, as Congress battles over whether — and when — to debate and vote on an Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq...
  • Student Loan Debt: The Only Debt You Can’t Discharge in Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    San Diego Free Press ^ | 09/30/2014 | John Lawrence
    Today’s students are being crushed with John Bunyan’s proverbial burden on their backs – student loan debt. Until relatively recently this debt could have been discharged in bankruptcy. Then all that changed when Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, was privatized in 2004. Albert Lord, the new CEO, and his lobbyists went to work to change the laws so that student loans could not be discharged in bankruptcy. Today the cumulative student loan debt is more than $1 trillion. While a generation ago a high school diploma was considered sufficient for a decent middle class entry level job, today...
  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    09/30/2014 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 1:00 PM EDT | Josh Boak
    Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. […] Wealthier parents have been stepping up education spending so aggressively that they’re widening the nation’s wealth gap. When the Great Recession struck in late 2007 and squeezed most family budgets, the top 10 percent of earners—with incomes averaging $253,146—went in a different direction: They doubled down on their kids’ futures. Their average education spending per child jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year during the recession compared with the two preceding years—and they sustained that faster pace through the recovery. For the remaining 90...
  • Oklahoma district court rejects IRS tax credit rule

    09/30/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 30, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    Today, in Pruitt v. Burwell, another federal court concluded that the IRS rule authorizing tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for the purchase of health insurance in federal exchanges violates the text of the PPACA. In reaching this result, Judge White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma concurred with the initial panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell and rejected the conclusions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in King v. Burwell. A fourth case against the IRS rule remains pending in federal...
  • 1954: Should Wiretapping Be Legalized? (Video)

    09/30/2014 12:04:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1954 | Washington Spotlight
    American television show, "Washington Spotlight", debating the topic of private telephone wiretapping. Guests are two United States Congressmen: Senator Wayne Morse (Independent, formerly both Republican and Democrat) of Oregon, and Representative Kenneth Keating (Republican) from New York. The ideas of national security and communist infiltration are brought up, of course. This during the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the debate continues today with President Barack Obama, especially after the revelations from Edward Snowden & Glenn Greenwald. Video Link
  • Why Isn't The Media Outraged About The Kansas City Chiefs?

    09/30/2014 11:55:12 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 57 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ben Domenech
    Last night on Monday Night Football, the ESPN crew couldn’t stop praising the loud, engaged home crowd at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. They opened the game with a ceremony where running back Christian Okoye, “The Nigerian Nightmare”, pounded on a giant drum as tens of thousands of Chiefs fans cheered on. The crowd, many of whom wore feathers and American Indian-themed garb, chanted and did the Tomahawk Chop. They were so loud that, if you believe these measures, they set the new Guinness World record for loudest crowd roar, surpassing the Seahawks. It was a pretty awesome (in...
  • UK: KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) bans hand-wipes to avoid offending Muslims

    09/30/2014 11:37:25 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 60 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 09/30/2014 | Pemela Geller
    Yes, let’s all be filthy and disgusting so as not to offend Muslims. Finger lickin’ submission. A customer at a Leicester branch of KFC has said he was “shocked” when he was refused a hand-wipe as it might offend other restaurant-goers. Graham Noakes, 41, said he was astonished when staff at the fast food chain’s outlet in St George’s retail park refused to give him a hand-wipe because it was against its Halal policy. (more here) Staff said this was because the wipes are soaked in an alcohol-infused liquid. Alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim Holy book, the Quran. This...
  • How Not to Be Poor [What the schools are NOT teaching our kids]

    09/30/2014 11:31:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/30/2014 | Helen Smith
    I read over Kathy Shaidle’s piece on the ways in which one can stay out of poverty. While a lot of the poor lifestyle decisions she points out make sense for avoiding poverty, such as finishing high school or not having numerous kids while a teenager, or even avoiding smoking, my experience as a therapist has taught me that education on how not to be poor is an important component for helping people to avoid poverty. Let me explain.Most books like Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future tell one how to get...
  • The growth of “partyism” and the decline of the antiwar movement

    09/30/2014 10:48:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 29, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    In a recent op ed, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein points out that “partyism” – prejudice against supporters of the opposing political party – is on the rise in America: If you are a Democrat, would you marry a Republican? Would you be upset if your sister did? Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. At the same time, party prejudice in the U.S. has jumped, infecting not only politics but also decisions about dating, marriage and hiring. By some measures, “partyism” now exceeds racial prejudice — which...
  • Is Incoming “ABC World News” Anchor David Muir Gay?

    09/30/2014 10:40:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.newnownext.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | by Dan Avery
    Ever since David Muir was tapped to replace Diane Sawyer when she leaves ABC World News in September, gossip about his sexual orientation has gone into overdrive. Kenneth in the 212 reports Muir is allegedly “openly gay in his day-to-day life.” Another juicy rumor claims that he and field reporter Gio Benitez are an item. Neither of these men are openly gay, but have been linked together after a series of coincidental appearances on ABC World News. Eagle-eyed viewers claim that Gio usually files his reports to Diane Sawyer from the field. But when Muir fills in as anchor, Benitez...
  • 'Marriage feels pretty damn great!' Smitten George Clooney opens up on tying the knot with ....

    09/30/2014 10:16:29 AM PDT · by Cecily · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 30, 2014 | Colette Fahy
    They married in front of family and a host of celebrity pals in Venice, Italy on Saturday and now the first pictures from George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding have been revealed. The stunning 36-year-old bride wore a custom-made off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta French lace wedding dress with a veil while George, 53, chose his favourite designer, Giorgio Armani, to create his tuxedo. In pictures, which were sold exclusively to HELLO! and People for charity, all of the secrets of the wedding are revealed including the outfits, the cake and the famous guests and George told People that 'marriage...
  • Hong Kong Protesters Are Communicating Via A Mobile App That Doesn't Actually Use The Internet

    09/30/2014 7:29:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2014 | James Cook
    Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are taking to the streets of Hong Kong ahead of a national holiday on Wednesday, and they're using a messaging app to keep in touch and defy censorship. FireChat is a messaging app built by the San Francisco-based company Open Garden, which creates products facilitating a more open, decentralized internet. What makes the app fascinating is that it doesn't require the internet for local chat, instead allowing people to connect via Bluetooth. When you first download FireChat, the app doesn't let on that it has become a hub for pro-democracy protesters around the world. Instead, the...
  • Cruise ship worker pleads guilty to rape

    09/30/2014 6:23:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tonya Alanez
    An ex-cruise ship worker admitted to a federal judge Monday that he brutally beat, raped and tried to throw a passenger overboard because he believed she insulted his mother. With no plea bargain offered, Ketut Pujayasa, 29, in a Miami federal courtroom changed his plea to guilty on charges of attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault.
  • Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue

    09/30/2014 2:27:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-30-2014 | John Hawkins
    If someone came to a doctor and asked him to cut off a perfectly healthy arm because it just felt "wrong" for the arm to be there, should the doctor do it? This isn't an idle question because this does happen with a mental illness called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). People who have it feel as if they're not supposed to have a certain body part, like an arm or leg. As a general rule, doctors won't remove a healthy body part; so some of these poor deluded people crush, mangle, burn, or otherwise deliberately destroy their own arms...
  • Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

    09/29/2014 9:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2014 3:39 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in their early 20s in 2008—early in the so-called “Great Recession”—about 151,000 will forgo having any children as a result, at least by age 40. …
  • Men charged with assaulting 'pirate' neighbor

    09/29/2014 8:42:07 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 31 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 09/29/14 | Linda Trischitta
    Larry Harcar was swaggering down his street last week in full "Pirates of the Caribbean" regalia: Bearded, in black and with a toy gun and sword. It's what he likes doing this time of year — for entertainment, he told authorities. The fun ended when Harcar, 49, found himself face down on the ground with two loaded pistols pointed at his head. The guns were in the hands of two startled neighbors from three doors away, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, who were fearful of the "pirate's" appearance. The costume drama began Wednesday afternoon, when Harcar was spotted by Ahmed...
  • A rare Second Amendment exemption from federal ban on felons possessing guns

    09/29/2014 5:59:16 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 27, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    In D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court stated that (emphasis added, citations omitted, as usual), Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. For example, the majority of the 19th-century courts to consider the question held that prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons were lawful under the Second Amendment or state analogues. Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of...
  • S.N.A.P Benefits to Increase In October

    09/29/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 21 replies
    It's about a 4 per cent increase between the benefit increase and the increased expense deduction. Heard about this increase and searched 'Bing News' and Google News' and found nothing. Finally found this Pa. state welfare site that mentions it.
  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 11:33:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/29/2014 | Dave Levinthal
    In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller. Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman—even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after...
  • Restaurant Serves Up Discount To Gun Carriers

    09/29/2014 11:33:08 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    sky.com ^ | 29 September 2014 | Sky News US Team
    If you're going to Bergeron's Restaurant in Louisiana bring your appetite - and your gun. Customers at the Port Allen outlet who carry a weapon are given a 10% discount on their meal. According to US news reports, restaurant owner Kevin Cox said he came up with the idea as a way to thank law enforcement officers who go to the restaurant.
  • American Doctor Exposed to Ebola in US for Observation

    09/29/2014 11:07:34 AM PDT · by LucyT · 16 replies
    VOA News ^ | September 28, 2014 7:28 PM | Staff
    An American doctor exposed to Ebola while in Sierra Leone has been flown to the United States. The doctor was flown to a regional airport in the eastern state of Maryland Sunday and walked off the plane wearing a white protective suit. The infectious disease chief at the NIH near Washington would not discuss details about the patient, but said that in general, an exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick.
  • Darwinist Denies Human Exceptionalism in NYT

    09/29/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 28, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Darwinist Denies Human Exceptionalism in NYT The New York Times is consistently anti-human exceptionalism, never missing an opportunity to publish articles that seek to reduce humans to just another animal in the forest.Today, the Sunday Review section has University of Washington biology professor, David P. Barash, bragging that he works to destroy faith in his classes (“The Talk”), insisting to his students that science and religion are incompatible.That kind of ideological indoctrination is par for the disturbing course in universities, but not the one of the areas with which I grapple. However, I would be remiss not to point out...
  • The stars align for baby Charlotte (Humungous Barf Alert)

    09/29/2014 9:58:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    Leading astrologers say that Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is destined for a future working on social justice and will enjoy a strong relationship with her proud grandparents, Hillary and Bill. After Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky’s daughter was born at 7:03 pm at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday, POLITICO asked astrologers to weigh in on what is written in the stars for the former first daughter’s first daughter.
  • Police test gunfire detection system in Detroit

    09/29/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    Associated Press via foxnews ^ | September 29, 2014 | unidentified reporter
    DETROIT – A Detroit police pilot project is using a gunfire detection system to help officers pinpoint where shots are being fired in the city. Police Chief James Craig tells The Detroit News that since the program began Sept. 22 the ShotSpotter system detected what appeared to be 24 shootings. Craig says testing is being done on the system and "tweaking" needs to be done. Craig didn't specify where the system is being tested, how many sensors are employed or how long the pilot program will last.
  • Married female teacher, 32, is jailed less than two years for having sex with students and flashing

    09/29/2014 6:30:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 90 replies
    UK Daily MAIL ^ | September 28, 2014 | Paul Thompson
    A Pennsylvania teacher who had sex with two students an flashed her breasts at another teen has been jailed for up to 23 months. Lauren Harrington-Cooper enticed the students into sexual affairs by telling them: 'All the candy you need is right here.'
  • America’s Singleness Problem

    09/28/2014 7:11:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    ACCULTURATED ^ | 09/26/2014 | R. J. Moeller
    The anecdotal evidence that Americans are remaining single longer into their lives has more and more data backing it up. No longer is it merely the musings of worried relatives hoping to see that young man or woman in their life find a spouse. According to a recent story over at Bloomberg—Is Everybody Single?—we’ve reached a statistical, verifiable relationship tipping point as a society; one with far-reaching implications. Single Americans make up more than half of the adult population for the first time since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976.Some 124.6 million Americans were single in August, 50.2...
  • Liberal BBC Asks, “Is Sport Sexist?” While Promoting Inequality

    09/28/2014 2:15:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 22Sept14 | Selwyn Duke
    It long ago became clear to me that, despite all the pretense, protesting and politicking, no one who has ever seriously thought about equality actually believes in it. When making this case, one could point to how Eric Holder’s DOJ is currently suing the Pennsylvania State Police for treating women equally (how dare they!), but there’s perhaps no better example than a recent BBC writer who asks, “Is sport sexist?” The author, Aimee Lewis, poses the question because there are still sports where the women’s categories don’t precisely correspond to the men’s; for example, she mentions how women gymnasts and...
  • The World's First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    09/28/2014 1:27:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90's for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school.
  • Friend: Andy Kaufman Is Still Alive

    09/28/2014 10:09:08 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Larry Getlen
    Friend: Andy Kaufman is still alive Could faking his own death be Andy Kaufman's biggest joke yet? In 1980, legendary comedian Andy Kaufman and his writing partner, Bob Zmuda, wrote a script for a film called “The Tony Clifton Story,” based on a character of Kaufman’s. On Page 124, there is a block of dialogue intended for Kaufman to speak as himself, informing viewers of Clifton’s demise. Among the lines: “On June 12, 1980 . . . Tony Clifton, at the age of 45, died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Hollywood, California.” Four years later, at age 35, Kaufman himself would,...
  • Couples who met online three times more likely to divorce

    09/27/2014 11:08:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:47PM BST 26 Sep 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Married couples who met online are three times more likely to divorce than those who met face-to-face, a study has found. Online daters are also 28 percent more likely to split from their partners within the first year, new figures from Michigan State University in the US suggest. A study of more than 4,000 couples found that relationships were far more stable if couples met in traditional ways such as introductions by friends or through work, hobbies or socializing. Couples who meet online are also less likely to get married and generally have a poorer relationship quality that those who...
  • Not kosher: Ultra-Orthodox Jews delay JFK flight to Israel because they can’t sit next to women

    09/27/2014 6:57:51 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 58 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | September 26, 2014, | Corinne Lestch
    A group of ultra-Orthodox passengers heading to Israel to celebrate the Jewish new year delayed an El Al flight out of JFK Airport, kvetching that they couldn’t sit next to women because of religious reasons.(snip) The Haredi travelers wouldn’t sit unless they could trade their seats with other passengers, rankling the secular Jews on board the Tuesday night flight, according to Shalom Life. “I ended up sitting next to a … man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the aisle.” Other passengers recalled that the black-clad rabblerousers stood...
  • Islam's war on the West (Ye olde Vanity)

    09/27/2014 4:50:53 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    It should be apparent to American citizens that our government will not, cannot, defend us from the forces of Islam (who have declared war on us). There are many in the armed forces that understand the nature of this war, but they are also ham-strung when fighting and even naming our enemy. To defend against this enemy, more than just asymmetrical warfare will be required. Our own government at present is with the enemy and against the Country.We must formulate our strategy here at FR (where else might we do it?).A majority of the country supports us, but the electorate...
  • Fired Muslim who beheaded female colleague after losing his job in argument over stoning women

    09/27/2014 2:34:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Lydia Warren et al
    The Muslim convert who allegedly beheaded a female co-worker was arguing with his colleagues about whether it is acceptable to stone women to death the day he launched his attack, it has been claimed. Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was trying to convince workers that Islam teaches that the punishment is acceptable on Thursday, shortly before he was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, according to local media.
  • I do, I do, I do! Joyous George Clooney and Amul Alamuddin tie the knot in front of his Armada ....

    09/27/2014 1:34:11 PM PDT · by Cecily · 87 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K. ^ | September 27, 2014 | Hannah Flint, Frances Kindon, Simon Cable
    The deed is done - George Clooney is a bachelor no more, having married stunning Amal Alamuddin in Venice. 'George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were married today in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy,' a rep for the silver fox confirmed. And the news comes as all eyes have been trained on the glamorous Grande Canal, which was flanked by a cavalcade of police boats and photographers as he travelled to his lavish wedding reception.
  • Mom irate when 2nd grade teacher refuses vagina cookies

    09/27/2014 1:12:12 PM PDT · by tje · 80 replies
    SF Gate ^ | September 24 at 10:03am | Amy Graff
    A mother who’s being called Autumn Lily Speaker on Reddit was supposedly outraged when her daughter’s second-grade teacher refused to serve students a tray of vagina cookies. Reddit user JPStudly is friend’s with the teacher and shared her first-person account in a post published two days ago. With only a screen shot of an email and no real names or locations, the story seems far-fetched but it’s exploding on Reddit with over 4,000 comments. “Angry Feminist Vagina Cookie Mom” is quickly becoming the latest viral sensation. behaved well that week.
  • Curses, Fooled Again!

    09/27/2014 9:42:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9-26-14 | Peter Funt
    I SPENT the summer producing new “Candid Camera” shows, and among the many things I observed after a 10-year hiatus was that people are more easily fooled than ever. That may seem counterintuitive, but I’m certain it’s true. Much has to do with multitasking. When my dad, Allen Funt, introduced the show over six decades ago, he had to work at distracting people. Nowadays they do it to themselves. Many people we now encounter are fiddling with cellphones and other devices, tackling routine activities with less-than-full focus. That makes them easier targets for our little experiments, but also more vulnerable...
  • Sandy Hook commission blames homeschooling

    09/27/2014 4:54:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    ... According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal. The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said. ...
  • Yahoo Directory -- once the firm's cornerstone -- to shut down

    09/26/2014 11:48:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/26/14 | Richard Nieva
    The service will shut down on December 31 -- just one of more than 60 products that the company has discontinued over the past two years. But the real significance, if only sentimentally, is the shutting down of Yahoo's Directory -- once the cornerstone of the company.
  • The consequences of anti-vaccine activism

    09/26/2014 10:06:45 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 25, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    Despite a lack of any credible scientific support, the anti-vaccination movement continues apace. Boosted by celebrity “experts” Jenny McCarthy, RFK Jr., and Dr. Oz, the campaign to discredit vaccination has encouraged many parents to refrain from vaccinating their children, and now we are beginning to see the results. Dr. Paul Offit writes in the Wall Street Journal: Almost 8,000 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have been reported to California’s Public Health Department so far this year. More than 250 patients have been hospitalized, nearly all of them infants and young children, and 58 have required intensive care....
  • Police Kill a Bear Cornered at Urban New Jersey Home

    09/26/2014 6:04:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 31 replies
    ny times ^ | May 11, 2006 | TINA KELLEY & RONALD SMOTHERS
    — To Alexis Simms, a custodian at Augusta Elementary School, it was "just a cub, the cutest thing you had ever seen." But to animal control officers and the local police who had tracked it for more than an hour through the closely packed backyards of this Essex County town, it was an addled and frightened black bear that had reared up as if to charge. Taking no chances, the police shot and killed the 218-pound bear about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was the second bear in five days to be killed after wandering into an urban area where a...
  • A Wearable Camera That Turns Into a Drone and Flies Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Digitalwack ^ | 9/26/2014 | Digitalwack
    Meet Nixie, a wearable camera that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now we kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the wrist,...
  • Is this the opening salvo in the trip to martial law

    09/26/2014 5:24:58 PM PDT · by Ouderkirk · 32 replies
    Vanity | 9/26/2014 | Me
    It seems like this is the opening salvo to enact martial law before the November elections. It has reached a point, where I am becoming increasingly suspicious of the co-incidental nature of these acts of "terrorism" and the assaults on seemingly innocent people. The country of laws is now over-run by lawlessness, Lawlessness from Obama, Holder, and every fringe retard with an ax to grind. We have the makings of a complete breakdown of order. The muslims are goading the poeple into acts of retaliation against them, so that they can proclaim victim status. We have literally millions of illegal...
  • Black Lady Describes How Speaking Properly Shouldn't Be Viewed As "Talking White"

    09/26/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Sep-26-2014 | Live Leak
    Video Link Here