Blog Heap of Links for the day 15 October 2012

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Smoky O

Obama … 1981 … Do you notice that Obama’s thumb and pointer finger have unusually long nails, while the other nails on his left hand are cropped close? … The ‘coke nail’ is grown longer than the other nails for cocaine addicts to scoop drugs quickly instead of racking up lines, and is considered to be for addicts or ‘fiends on the go’.

6:03pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Animals can be Dangerous

“The pig bucked, and the rifle went backwards, and it went off again a second time,” said Officer Chris Trim. The second shot would hit the younger brother directly in the face. “I heard it’s real bad,” the family member said.

7:09pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Fun can be Dangerous

“One of the young men cut the lights to the house, then a few of the other guys snuck back inside, wanting their friends to believe there was an intruder,” May said. The teens were in the process of using flashlights to find the switch box, when Rainey jumped out of a closet. His rattled friend immediately dropped a video game and fired a shot into Rainey’s head with a .38 caliber hand gun.

7:17pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW


"We cannot, I don't believe, be energy independent, totally, in the United States. But what I've proposed and I've worked on the Romney plan—they have a good energy plan. Obama has no plan, he has only conversation," Pickens said.

4:38pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Policing Ourselves

After a two-minute beatdown, another eight police officers arrive and handcuff Halevi, who appears to be unbloodied, the video shows. "I regret making the call. I should have let him sleep. It spiraled out of control," said Trappler.

7:15pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

People Die

Melena told Fujii he wanted his father to be remembered more for the way he lived — rather than the tragic way he died. “He was just grateful he had a job,” said Antonio, “that he could pay his bills and provide food for his family.”

7:11pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Man and Woman

“Although the news stories alone did not increase stress levels, they did make the women more reactive, affecting their physiological responses to later stressful situations,” lead author Marie-France Marin was quoted as saying in a press release by HealthDay. “Moreover, the women were able to remember more of the details of the negative stories. It is interesting to note that we did not observe this phenomenon amongst [sic] the male participants.”

7:07pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

US Military

The official Twitter account of the United States Army sent out a message to its more than 186,000 followers recognizing the 47th anniversary of the "first public burning of a draft card." … Also today in military history, it was 148 years ago today that the 400 Union soldiers and 50 Confederate soldiers were killed at the Battle of Glasgow in Missouri. The battle was a Confederate victory.

7:31pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

US Election 2012

[New Yorker "empty chair" cover]

7:53pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

After moderator Martha Raddatz asked Biden to give his closing statements, the former senator stared down at his prepared statement for several moments before setting it aside, standing on top of the table in front of him, and sharing a series of frank, poignant personal reflections as a surprised and reverent hush fell across the auditorium. “I know people expect me to embarrass myself right now, or to do something reckless or silly, but I’m not going to do that—not tonight,” said Biden, his voice suddenly tinged with what observers described as a degree of warmth and tender regret never before heard from the veteran politician.

7:38pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Joe Biden? I knew Lloyd Benson. Lloyd Benson was a friend of mine. And, you Mr. Vice President, are no Lloyd Benson.

7:01pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW

Over 60 million now expect little at all from their president in the debate, so Obama will benefit from dismal expectations by just showing up as the incumbent and being addressed as “Mr. President.”

6:52pm CDT Mon 2012 Oct 15 :MW