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  • Elena Kagan emails show she was 'excited' about Obamacare passage

    11/15/2011 7:11:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/15/2011 | Rick Moran
    div class="article_body"> The case for Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan recusing herself from voting on the upcoming decision regarding Obamacare would seem to be an open and shut one. Emails show that she harbored definite opinions about the law while serving as Obama's solicitor general.The Examiner: At her confirmation hearing in 2010, now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan that she "was not" asked at any time to give her opinion on the merits of the Obamacare legislaton. Newly released emails suggest that whether or not she was asked, Kagan was not shy about her enthusiasm for the bill that eventually...
  • Andrew Breitbart Targets Michael Moore In New Attack

    11/12/2011 4:36:35 PM PST · by Publius804 · 43 replies
    The Hollywod Reporter ^ | 11/11/2011 | Paul Bond
    Andrew Breitbart, famous for using the Internet to take down former Congressman Anthony Weiner and liberal organizations like ACORN, has Michael Moore in his crosshairs, metaphorically speaking. Breitbart, seizing on Moore’s embrace of Occupy Wall Street and his denial that he’s among the richest 1 percent of Americans, has posted five photos of Moore’s lavish vacation home on Lake Torch in Michigan. he blogger-provocateur also included a copy of the Antrim County property tax assessment, though with the address redacted, and apparently Moore’s “summer tax amount” owed on the property is $15,849. “No one begrudges Moore his wealth, but it...
  • Yout Tax Dollars NOT at Work: or, There's A Half a Million Dollars Saved!

    04/21/2011 8:34:01 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 04-21-11 | Stoutcat
    Apparently the U.S. Army finally came to its senses. The project of erecting a horrendously eyeball-maiming statue of a 10-foot fairy riding on a giant gurgling toad at a bus depot at a military facility has been scrapped. Thankfully. Not only is this a piece of “art” that likely would likely induce screaming nightmares in small children, but the $600,000 pricetag should have told the Army it was a very bad idea in the first place. As announced yesterday by U.S. New and World Reports, The Army, under public and congressional attack for a $600,000 plan to dress up a...
  • Feds say protecting endangered toad could cost $789 million over 25 years

    07/10/2010 5:45:55 AM PDT · by goron · 26 replies
    press enterprise ^ | July 8, 2010 | JANET ZIMMERMAN
    Habitat protection for the endangered arroyo toad, which lives along slow-moving pools and sandy streams in Southern California, would cost $789 million over 25 years, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of the costs are expected to occur in new development, primarily in San Diego County, the study shows. The analysis also considered losses from grazing, mining, road construction and utility projects, and possible prices increases for water customers. The financial study was required as part of the agency's proposed designation of 112,765 acres as critical habitat for the small, buff-colored toad with...
  • Toad Day Out : 'War' on poisonous Australia toad

    03/29/2009 1:18:36 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 40,947+ views
    news.bbc ^ | Sunday, 29 March 2009
    People in the Australian state of Queensland have taken part in a mass capture of poisonous cane toads as part of a collective effort at pest control. The celebratory cull is known as Toad Day Out and was advocated by a Queensland politician, Shane Knuth. The toads have to be captured alive and unharmed, examined by experts, and then killed humanely under the event rules.
  • Scientists Find Remains of 'Devil Toad'

    02/19/2008 4:16:43 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 238+ views
    AOL News | AP ^ | 2/18/08 | Lauran Neergaard
    WASHINGTON (Feb. 18) - A frog the size of a bowling ball, with heavy armor and teeth, lived among dinosaurs millions of years ago - intimidating enough that scientists who unearthed its fossils dubbed the beast Beelzebufo, or Devil Toad. But its size - 10 pounds and 16 inches long - isn't the only curiosity. Researchers discovered the creature's bones in Madagascar. Yet it seems to be a close relative of normal-sized frogs who today live half a world away in South America, challenging assumptions about ancient geography. The discovery, led by paleontologist David Krause at New York's Stony Brook...
  • 'Toad Smoking' Uses Venom From Angry Amphibian to Get High

    12/03/2007 12:55:42 PM PST · by Squidpup · 66 replies · 849+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 03, 2007 | AP
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Law enforcement authorities have discovered that people are willing to go to great lengths to get high, including a troubling new method that features a frightened toad. "Toad smoking," which is a substitute for "toad licking," is done by extracting venom from the Sonoran Desert toad of the Colorado River. The toad's venom — which is secreted when the toad gets angry or scared — contains a hallucinogen called bufotenine that can be dried and smoked to produce a buzz. In October, a Kansas City man was charged with possessing a controlled substance after Clay County...
  • Man, Toad Arrested in Drug Bust

    11/15/2007 10:15:34 AM PST · by Ancient Drive · 26 replies · 171+ views
    Kansas City News ^ | November 13, 2007
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man has been accused of using a toad to get high. Clay County sheriff's deputies said David Theiss, of Kansas City, possessed a Colorado River toad with the intention of using it as a hallucinogenic. Experts said it's possible to lick the toad's venom glands to achieve psychedelic effects. Most pet stores don't sell the Colorado River toad because the venom can sicken humans and kill household animals. "People used to do it all the time, but it got faded out awhile, but came back as a fad. Not a smart one," animal expert...
  • Toad found deep down in Loch Ness

    05/06/2007 1:01:35 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 9 replies · 442+ views
    BBC ^ | May 3
    Toad found deep down in Loch Ness US researchers carrying out a sonar survey of Loch Ness have been amazed to find a common toad crawling in the mud 324ft (98m) down. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been attempting to unravel the mysteries of the loch. However, MIT said it did not expect to come across the amphibian so far down. Bob Rines, a lecturer at MIT, will tell the Oceans 07 engineering conference in Aberdeen about the toad and the survey next month. Conference chairman Professor John Watson, of the University of Aberdeen, said: "They were surprised...
  • Monster cane toad found in Australia

    03/26/2007 8:58:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 2,225+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/07 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A huge cane toad the size of a small dog has been captured in the Australian tropical city of Darwin, startling environmentalists who are fighting to stop the poisonous reptiles from spread across the country. "It's a monster toad," said Paul Cowdy from FrogWatch which captured the cane toad on Monday night. "We've never seen a cane toad this big," he said on Tuesday. "It's a male and normally females are bigger." The cane toad, regarded as a major pest in Australia, was one of 39 caught by a group from FrogWatch near Lee Point in Darwin....
  • Snake Bites the Toxic Toad That Feeds It--and Spreads Its Poison

    01/29/2007 9:04:17 PM PST · by WFTR · 4 replies · 306+ views
    ScientificAmerican.com ^ | January 29, 2007 | JR Minkel
    It sounds like something straight out of a video game: A snake collects toxin by biting a poisonous toad and uses that venom as a defense against hawks and other predators. But that is exactly what researchers say the Asian snake Rhabdophis tigrinus does, based on studies of glandular fluid from hatchlings and adult snakes on two Japanese islands. Some R. tigrinus snakes carry toxins called bufadienolides in their nuchal glands, sacks located under a ridge of skin along their upper necks. When threatened, they arch their necks, exposing the poisonous ridge to an antagonist. The clawing and biting of...
  • AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE: CLINTON ANGER UNLEASHED

    09/22/2006 5:09:49 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 977 replies · 50,024+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | sept., 22, 2006 | drudge
    <p>FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON ON NOT CAPTURING BIN LADEN: 'At least I tried. That's the difference between me and some, including all the right wingers. They ridicule me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed'...</p>
  • Theory that U.S. orchestrated Sept. 11 attacks 'not absurd': Venezuela

    09/12/2006 1:11:49 PM PDT · by tomnbeverly · 62 replies · 1,133+ views
    via drudge ^ | 9/12/06
    Theory that U.S. orchestrated Sept. 11 attacks 'not absurd': Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that it's at least plausible that the U.S. government was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Chavez did not specifically accuse the U.S. government of having a hand in the Sept. 11 attacks, but rather suggested that theories of U.S. involvement bear examination. The Venezuelan leader, an outspoken critic of U.S. President George W. Bush, was reacting to a television report investigating a theory that the Twin Towers were brought down with explosives after hijacked airplanes crashed into them in 2001....
  • We're not laughing now (Sure we are, at you: “eloquence of a second greater.”)

    07/18/2006 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Liberty Toad · 154 replies · 3,763+ views
    Remember back in 200 when George W. Bush was running for President? Even if you didn't support him, you were somewhat anticipating a Presidency with this amusing guy who didn't know the names of foreign leaders and who spoke with the eloquence of a second greater. Remember how after he was elected,Comedy Central even saw his Presidency as being whimsical enough to create a show, "That's my Bush." It was a laugh a minute back in those Bush salad days. Now we have quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, a budding world war centered around Israel, $3 a gallon gas, $85...
  • Army called to fight toad invasion in Australia (Bufo Marinus - Toxic Cane Toads Alert!)

    06/18/2006 3:26:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,154+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/18/06 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian state government called for the army to be deployed against an invasion of toxic toads. Battalions of imported cane toads are marching relentlessly across northern Australia and the West Australian government wants soldiers to intercept the environmental barbarians. State Environment Minister Mark McGowan has written to Defence Minister Brendan Nelson asking permission to use soldiers based in the neighbouring Northern Territory to kill the toads. "The army in the Northern Territory is greater than any other part of Australia," McGowan told national radio. "We'd seek the Commonwealth (federal government) to help us in fighting this...
  • Darwin's Nightmare: Toxic Toad Evolves To Secure Supremacy

    02/15/2006 1:27:20 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 364+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-15-2006
    Darwin's nightmare: Toxic toad evolves to secure supremacy Wednesday February 15, 07:13 PM PARIS (AFP) - He's fat, ugly and poisonous -- and he's mutating. He's the cane toad (Bufo marinus), a species which was introduced into the Australian state of Queensland 70 years ago to tackle insect pests in canefields and has since become an ecological catastrophe. Weighing in at to up two kilos (4.4 pounds), the unwanted anuran has extended its range to more than a million square kilometers (386,000 square miles) in tropical and sub-tropical Australia, crushing native species in its relentless A team of University of...
  • Exploding toads baffle experts

    04/23/2005 8:45:05 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 135 replies · 6,463+ views
    Australian Broadcasting ^ | 2005-04-24 | AFP
    Hundreds of toads have met an unexplained, explosive demise in Germany in recent days, it was reported on Saturday. According to reports from animal welfare workers and veterinarians as many as a thousand of the amphibians have perished after their bodies swelled to bursting point and their entrails were propelled for up to a metre. It is like "a science fiction film", according to Werner Smolnik of a nature protection society in the northern city of Hamburg, where the phenomenon of the exploding toad has been observed. "You see the animals crawling on the ground, swelling and then exploding," he...
  • Maryland school to be built around rare toad -

    07/18/2004 11:24:16 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 15 replies · 502+ views
    Beaufort Gazette ^ | July 16, 2004
    Maryland school to be built around rare toad - MAPLE RUN, Md. (AP) - It has a green snout, bleats like a sheep and is rarely seen in St. Mary's County. Despite its elusiveness, county planners have agreed to build an elementary school in a way that will accommodate the mating habits of the eastern narrow-mouthed toad that state naturalists say lives in the surrounding marshes. Minimal blacktop will be used for the school and its construction will revolve around a strict time frame set by the toad's amorous needs. "We want to have a time period on it because...
  • Rare toad finds unlikely ally in (R) preacher -"gun-toting, redneck, Texas Republican preacher"

    06/02/2003 8:02:27 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 15 replies · 382+ views
    Rare toad finds unlikely ally in Republican preacher BASTROP, Texas (AP) - Bob Long describes himself as a "gun-toting, redneck, Texas Republican preacher." So it came as a surprise to some when Long, the local GOP chairman for two decades, emerged as a savior for the endangered Houston toad, a rare resident of Bastrop County that has disappeared from much of its native range in southeast and Central Texas. "I couldn't spell environmentalist," Long said in Sunday editions of the Houston Chronicle. "Now I am one." Long, working with Austin-based Environmental Defense, has volunteered to make his 550-acre ranch...