Blog Heap o'Links for April 2015

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Wars and Rumors

Earlier this week, I wrote on reports that the Nigerian military had managed to rescue hundreds of women and girls from now-defunct Boko Haram camps in northeastern Nigeria. Good news like that doesn’t come along every day—but maybe today is just a good week for hope, because almost 200 more women and children have been rescued in the Sambisa Forest area.

The 200 “Chibok” girls of #BringBackOurGirls fame do not appear to be among those rescued, but reports have not yet confirmed that. …

5:43pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 30 :MW

Theory of Education

Biohazard

…served to students in some Hawkins County, Tennessee schools last week. … 6-year-old meat had been frozen and then was thawed for meal preparation… at Joseph Rogers Primary School… the staff decided not to serve the meat. However, it was served at other schools. …the meat smelled so bad they made gravy to put over it…

5:34pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 30 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Geezer

Vic puts the world in a bag… then shakes it.

"…On this day in 1789 on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.…"

5:39pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 30 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

Israel Flag

The Israelis will destroy several Iranian nuclear facilities and my educated guess is that they will do so before the end of this year. Israel has no margin of error when it comes to nuclear reactors in nations that threaten its existence.…

8:12pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Minneapolis-St Paul Intl Airport… As the officers were walking on the second level of the parking ramp, a vehicle deliberately drove at them. A press release states that police shot at the vehicle. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition is not known. Authorities identified the suspect Sunday as 36-year-old Abdulkadir Sheikh Mahmoud. Once he’s out of the hospital, he’ll be facing aggravated assault charges.

1:07pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW
Israel Flag

Mortar Rounds on Golan Heights Were Fired by ISIS … 'Spillover' from Syria fired by ISIS group, after it conquers closest post to Israeli border yet just 1.5 miles away. …ISIS-linked Jaish al-Jihad has captured the border town of Qahtaniya in southern Quneitra province on the Syrian Golan, thereby taking up its closest position to Israel yet at a distance of just 2.5 to 3 kilometers (1.5-1.8 miles)…

10:42am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

The Nigerian army says that it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women in the Sambisa Forest, but it could not confirm if any of those freed are the schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago. … now screening and profiling the girls and women.… [AP]

9:51am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Viet Nam War - still with us

The American Stars and Stripes and the yellow-and-red flag of the Republic of South Vietnam will fly across California this week as many of the 2.7 million Vietnam War veterans join 1.7 million Vietnamese-Americans in remembering the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, which took place on April 30, 1975….

8:01pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

Geert Wilders… will be speaking about the dangers of Islamization to members of Congress at the invitation of Rep. Louie Gohmert …What I find entertaining about this Foreign Policy article is the following assertion made by the author of the article, rather than some anonymous source quoted by him: “…foreign-policy hands on Capitol Hill widely view Wilders as an obscene bloviator”. Now, that’s what I call objective reporting!…

10:45am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Hang Those Who Betray Public Trust

Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country’s state-run media. …

12:52pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW
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1960s - less with us

When he stood on his toes, leaned his head back and began to incoherently shout "Louie Louie" into a microphone 52 years ago, Jack Ely had no idea he was creating a rock 'n' roll classic.… Ely, who died Tuesday at age 71, had simply walked into a tiny Portland recording studio with his band one day in 1963 to cut an instrumental version of a song that had been a hit on Pacific Northwest jukeboxes — one that kids could dance to.…

8:18am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Dinosaurs - still with us

Chilesaurus Diegosuarezi

Fossil hunters in Chile have unearthed the remains of a bizarre Jurassic dinosaur that combined a curious mixture of features from different prehistoric animals. The evolutionary muddle of a beast grew to the size of a small horse and was the most abundant animal to be found 145 million years ago, in what is now the Aysén region of Patagonia. … one of the most remarkable dinosaur finds of the past 20 years, and promises to cause plenty of headaches for paleontologists hoping to place the animal in the dinosaur family tree. … “I don’t know how the evolution of dinosaurs produced this kind of animal, what kind of ecological pressures must have been at work…” a horny beak, flatter teeth for chomping plants, a small head and slender neck. “It’s a therapod that turned vegetarian….”

10:33am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright

…After being clinically dead for 45 minutes, Stoneking’s heart started to beat. The paramedics – and the doctors who treated him afterwards - were amazed at his recovery. One doctor even told him that his DNA had been altered to strip heart disease from his genetic makeup. …

Then Stoneking told the U.N. General Assembly what he thought could be done to end the violence around the world. “The answer, your excellencies, to the violence of our day and to the human atrocities of our day is Jesus,” he said. “He is the prince of peace,” Stoneking said. “I give you Jesus. …

8:08pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Policing Ourselves

Citizens lining up to protect police in Baltimore [photo]

1:53pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

People Live

Earthquake

Incredible images have emerged of the moment a four-month old baby was rescued from the rubble of a building devastated by the Nepal earthquake, 22 hours after the disaster struck. …reportedly in a stable condition in hospital… condition and whereabouts of his parents are unknown.

7:36pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Earth Science

…planet Earth is in the process of forming one monumental supercontinent… [land masses imaged from 150M years ago to 175M years from now]

10:37am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW
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Family Patterns

Wedding rings interlocked

…Why was government invited to regulate marriages but not other interpersonal relationships, like friendships? Why does every religion hold marriage to be a sacred and divine institution? … When a heterosexual couple has sex, a biological reaction can occur that results in a new human life. Government got into the marriage business to ensure that these new lives are created in a responsible manner. This capacity for creating new life is what makes marriage special. No matter how much we try, same-sex couples will never be able to create a new life.…

7:19pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Defending Ourselves

…"Newsflash to CAIR: Because of years of death threats against me by muslims, I have been under the watchful eyes of federal law enforcement authorities for a long time… LONG BEFORE I EVER OWNED A GUN RANGE.

"Due to those threats, I live my daily life under a federal microscope. I have nothing to hide. I have no secrets from the federal government.

"Agents with the counter-terrorism unit of the FBI call me on my cell phone about my public activities and islamic militants who might want to kill me.

"So, do you really think the idea of 'more monitoring' of my daily life is somehow a threat to me in any way?…"

—Jan Morgan, owner of Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas

8:04pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

…Neither severe weather nor a shattered wrist suffered in a fall just a few days prior to this spring’s show has stopped Wanenmacher from hosting his event. Roughly 35,000 people attend the show during its two-day run — a far cry from the days of a show that actually lost/cost money from 1955 through the early 1970s. But he said he never expected to have his name on the world’s largest gun show. “Not in my wildest dreams!” he said, laughing, and explained that watching the faces of visitors is like seeing wide-eyed kids in a candy store for the first time…

7:14pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

…the man was shot after he and group of men approached a couple as they were returning home. The group of men was allegedly armed. … husband then fired one shot at a group of men, hitting one in the nose. His injuries are non-life threatening.…

3:51pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

…“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him…. Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.” … Turner remembered that earlier that very day she felt the need to bring her small pistol along with her…. “I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened.”…

3:44pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Breitbart is Here

International Froglegs Strikes Again… or Back… or something.

"…This episode is a salute to those of you kind enough to support the show—including that elite group known as The Producers Club! Thank you.…"

3:55pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW
Gates of Vienna

A Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel with an American crew was intercepted today by Iranian warships in the Straits of Hormuz. The warships surrounded the vessel, fired warning shots, and then escorted it into an Iranian port. U.S. officials said they are monitoring the situation.

In other news, after a night of violence and mayhem, the city of Baltimore was relatively calm today, although a state of emergency and a 10pm curfew remain in place.

[News links]

12:57pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW
Geezer

The Return of Vic, Master of the News

"…On this day in 1992 we had riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were destroyed. This occurred because…"

8:12am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW

Sportsmanship

Fishy

Lake Texoma, Okla. … Paul Easley caught an 8-foot long alligator gar. …254 lbs …44 inches around …largest fish ever caught in Oklahoma waters. The fish was not hurt and was released back into the water. [Sounds like a big fish story to me!]

7:24pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 29 :MW
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WW2 - still with us

WRIGHTSTOWN, New Jersey – The ground shook near a New Jersey military base as an explosives team detonated a 500-pound (225-kilogram) World War II-era bomb… had been discovered Thursday during excavation for a new building at Middlesex County College, which is on the site of the former Raritan Arsenal.…

10:36am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 27 :MW

Impeach Obama

GW Bush

…According to the attendee's transcription… Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term… Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” …

10:13am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 27 :MW
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Animal Companions

Dog

Lt. Dan might have met a different fate in other circumstances.

But his owner, Karen Riddle, knew the white German shepherd puppy born with just one front paw was meant for something special.

And on Monday, the nine-week-old found a new home with Sapphyre Johnson, a toddler who lost both feet.…

[Warning: Autoplay Video]

8:33am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 27 :MW
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Israel Stands Alone

Israel Flag

We live here, own houses we cannot sell, (who would buy?) have jobs we cannot leave, debts we cannot pay and friends we cannot bear to lose, right here. We either don’t want to leave, or we cannot leave. We live here with a black cloud hovering in the sky just outside the city. On the day that we celebrate the triumph of our grandparents over the genocidal desires of our neighbours, their children and grandchildren fire rockets from populated areas into civilian areas, and this is not news. … Why is this not news?

Why is an act of war not news?

10:16am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 27 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pistol Pete

Pete's collection of the latest spew from the web.

"…The annual DC get-together for democrat politicians and their water-carriers in the sham media…"

5:22pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 27 :MW
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Impeach Obama

Smug O

…President Obama’s brother Malik… has some very strong views about his half-brother – including his own doubts as to Obama’s parentage. …says, he feels “Disappointed, disappointed, used, used and also betrayed. In the beginning, I didn’t think that he was a schemer. His real character, his real personality, the real him, is coming out now.” …

[Video, 12:33, Joel Gilbert, YouTube]

7:27pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW
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People Live

…He stumbled and fell off of a subway platform onto the tracks below in a Philadelphia station.
Horrified, witnesses ran for help; but Charles Collins didn’t wait, and leapt into action, rescuing the elderly man. The two were lifted to safety by bystanders.… [Video]

7:20pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW

CRISP POINT, Mich. – Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska who were missing for nearly two weeks in Michigan were found Friday near Lake Superior in a remote part of the Upper Peninsula where their car got stuck. …

7:11pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Political Hat

Obama Scandals • Gun Rights • Hide the Decline • Obamacare • War & Terror • National News • Economy & Taxes • International News • Opinion

9:20pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW

Disrespecting vets, the Gitmo shuffle, war on Christians, class warfare, marriage, and genocide. This week's video collection.

7:31pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW
Gates of Vienna

A major earthquake struck Nepal today, killing at least 1,300 people and reducing much of Kathmandu to rubble. The same quake caused an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least ten climbers at a base camp.

In other news, three suicide bombers for the Islamic State struck a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, killing at least four Iraqi border guards.

4:23pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW

A grab-bag of graphics, hitting on Hillary, dinging the Democrats.

4:21pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW

US Election 2016

A group of zealous supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-TX) 2016 presidential run is planning to launch a ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’ (TCAF) in the coming months prior to the Republican primaries that begin in less than a year. … its most prominent air feature will be the “Ted Cruz Blimp,” but it also plans on recruiting “antique aircraft, towed aerial banners, light sport aircraft … [and] parachutes.” …

7:41pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW
Hillary


“When women of any age, whether on college campuses or military bases or even in their homes, face sexual assault, then no woman is secure. Every woman deserves to have the safety and security they need. That means we have to guarantee that our institutions respond to the continuing scourge of sexual assault.”

The continuing scourge of sexual assaults?

Is she talking about a Saturday night with Bill?

Seriously, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. …

7:16pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 26 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

Police in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia have arrested eleven members of a jihadist cell that was planning to behead a random person in Barcelona. …was actively recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State … also accused of planning to bomb public and private buildings in Catalonia, including a Jewish bookstore in Barcelona.…

1:53pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

The al Qaeda captors of now-slain hostage Warren Weinstein pocketed $250,000 in ransom money from his family in 2012, before reneging on the secret deal… captors even continued to negotiate with the intermediary for weeks after the 73-year-old American aid worker was accidentally killed in a US drone strike in January… [and the Obama administration knew but did not tell them]

1:47pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW

Justice?

After calls for an investigation from at least two advocacy groups, the Justice Department’s civil rights division will “monitor” an Arkansas gun range that declared itself a “Muslim-free zone” last fall.…

["Monitor." Synonym in the Justice Dept for "harass."]

7:32am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW
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Spiritual Matters

…Carson, who will likely run for president, had been scheduled to appear in June at the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in Columbus, Ohio. But a group of young ministers, known as Baptist21, raised concerns… mostly Calvinist preachers objected to the beliefs of Carson’s booming Seventh-day Adventist Church - including the claim that worshiping on Sunday is sin and the idea that sinners who are barred from heaven will be annihilated rather than sent to hell. They also objected to a statement made on Easter by Carson that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all God’s children.…

1:43pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW

Earth Shakes

Earthquake

At least 876 people are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara… Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.…

9:04am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW

Only Natural

Volcano

A giant reservoir of magma and hot rock beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano has been found and imaged. The newly found reservoir lies 12-28 miles below the surface, and is four-and-a-half times larger than the shallower, hot melted rock zone that powers current Yellowstone geysers and caused the caldera's last eruption some 70,000 years ago.…

7:53am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW
Brain

Surgeons have found and removed an embryonic twin, complete with hair bone and teeth, from deep in the brain of a PhD computer science student.

Yamini Karanam 26, had been experiencing health problems for some time, including trouble with concentrating and reading, and eventually walking.

7:40am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Editorial graphics and news links for today.

8:25am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW
Geezer

Vic decides what's worth addressing and what's not, starting here today.

"…On this day in 1898 the US declared war on Spain beginning the Spanish-American war.…"

6:38am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 25 :MW
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Theory of Education

…“My son said thanks Mrs. Obama for screwing us out of a good meal. He comes home starving,” parent Kristina Souders responded.

“My kids rarely want to eat anything the school serves because ‘it’s gross,'” according to parent Stacey Toth.

Carl Daub told the paper, “My daughter is in 3rd grade. Her lunches cost $2.40 a day. She complains that the portions are too small.”…

[Pictures of disgusting lunches at link]

9:02pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

SEATTLE -- Not a single 11th grade students showed up to take the SBAC test at Nathan Hale High School this week, a Seattle Public Schools spokesperson confirmed. … Earlier this year, teachers at Nathan Hale passed a resolution against the Common Core Standards test, but SPS Superintendent Larry Nyland threatened teachers with the loss of their teaching licenses if they didn't administer the test

8:32pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

Big Brother

U.S. Apartment Construction Soars While Home Ownership Tanks to 20-Yr Low
Covert scheme to cram us all into socialist cities and 'compact' America along Euro lines moving along briskly… [What ever happened to getting back to the land??]

9:04am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

Constitutional Threat

…The U.S. Congress no longer passes most federal laws, rules, and regulations. Instead, about 99 percent of the rules we must live by issue from an army of unelected federal bureaucrats. Using a classic duck-and-dodge strategy, Congress routinely enacts legislation that purports to solve a genuine problem, but then delegates to these executive-branch bureaucrats the power to make the legally binding rules that determine the law’s real-world impact. It’s a brilliant plan; Congress gets all the credit for the popular goal and none of the blame for a regulation’s controversial—and expensive—particulars. …

8:24am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW
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Oh! The Irony!

An English grandmother who had refused to go outside more than a couple of times in the past decade due to ‘Agoraphobia’, an anxiety disorder often triggered by fear of the outdoors, has had her fears spectacularly confirmed after she fell down a manhole shortly after going outside.…

8:26am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

Modern Family Life

A protective dad has devised a creative way to keep the boys away from his young daughter - by printing his muscly torso on a t-shirt and making her wear it. …

8:30am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

Business Culture

…“He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again…” offered her previous position, along with $2,000 in back pay, but she has mixed feelings about returning. “I do need a way to support my kids,” she said. “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”

4:51pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

People Live

Airplane

A young woman most likely saved the lives of a plane full of people when she suspected a malfunction with the aircraft just moments before takeoff. Despite being mocked and ridiculed…

4:59pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

In our genes

…mosquitoes. Scientists have discovered the chances of being bitten are down to genetic factors… could be several years until a pill is discovered which could finally ease the summer torment of those with ‘tasty blood’… comes down to a gene variant which controls body odour. Some people have genes which provide a natural defence against the insects while others are not so lucky.…

8:43pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW
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US Military

…But out of the blue, Sgt. Duckwall received an invitation from a non-profit organization to go on a fishing trip. “It absolutely turned my life around. It is impossible to describe the healing powers of water and nature but they are real if not describable.…"

4:54pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

…What is apparent is that HUMINT intelligence assets were not used to validate imagery. Then again, why would anyone want to support U.S. intelligence gathering in Pakistan after how this administration has treated Dr. Shakil Afridi who assisted in the identification of Osama bin Laden’s hideout? The preeminent question must be, who granted approval? …

4:52pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

US Congress

…All Boehner has to do is squint and say that there’s a quorum present and he may hold a voice vote.

As long as no one requests a recorded vote, Boehner is free to do this.

That’s where Massie’s 500-yard sprint comes in.

Massie says he’s discovered that "it’s about a 500-yard dash between my office and the floor of the House." So, when Boehner starts to do voice votes, Massie sprints to the House floor and demands a recorded vote. That means there has to be a real quorum: 218 live people on the record with their votes. Several unpopular bills have died as a result of Massie’s dash.…

9:20pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pete stands up for truth, justice, and the good old American Way.

"…As promised.her is the official police mugshot of the OFG(Old Fart’s Gang).If you see any of them,do not attempt to apprehend(or comprehend,as the case may be)…just walk away slowly or risk being assaulted with rants about a byegone era when families ate meals together,dad had a job and mom took care of the kids and the house.…"

8:46pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

Like fingernails on a blackboard, cartoons and graphics that make you laugh as you cringe.

9:08am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW
Geezer

Vic won't let his boundless optimism affect his news reporting!

"…On this day in 1967 American General William Westmoreland said in a news conference that the enemy had gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.…"

7:08am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW

US Election 2016

Hillary Tense

…“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed."

8:36pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 24 :MW
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Impeach Obama

By a vote of 56-43, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as Eric Holder’s replacement today…. Ten Republicans voted to confirm…

• Kelly Ayotte
• Mark Kirk
• Susan Collins
• Mitch McConnell
• Orrin Hatch
• Rob Portman
• Lindsey Graham
• Jeff Flake
• Thad Cochran
• Ron Johnson

 

• Ted Cruz did not vote at all.
6:22pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 23 :MW
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Healing Ourselves

…In a recent study, scientists explored the breathing disorder… Their work highlighted the body’s calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) as the main culprit in triggering asthma symptoms… research models showed CaSR went into overdrive when asthmatic tissue was irritated by external stimuli. …research also demonstrated the impressive effectiveness of a class of drugs known as calcilytics, which manipulate CaSR and in lab experiments reversed asthma symptoms….

6:20pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 23 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pete's list of links and lunkheads for today.

"…We’re old….we don’t have time to worry about political correctness…."

5:28pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 23 :MW
Geezer

Vic's been up, gathering the news for you while you slept.

"…On this day in 1985 Coca Cola released New Coke. It was pulled three months later. …"

7:13am CDT Thu 2015 Apr 23 :MW
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Police Riot

Alabama …staff at the shelter, rather than simply accepting the cat, proceeded to demand that Lawrence show government issued identification.… shelter employees refused to accept his form of ID and called the police. Immediately upon arrival, the police began to force Lawrence to show his ID, eventually attempting to arrest him. In an apparent struggle, Lawrence was fatally shot by the officer… [Police] attempted to portray the victim in a negative light. They highlighted past run-ins with the law and labeled him a “Sovereign Citizen,” a claim which his family disputes.…

8:32pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW

Big Whoops Cascade

Pregnant mother-of-three FIRED from Popeyes because she couldn't afford to pay back the $400 stolen during her shift by an armed gunman …

7:13pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW

Untied States

Okla Flag

A bill that would nullify in practice certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent terminally ill patients from accessing treatments was signed into law by Gov. Fallin today. Oklahoma is now the 15th state to pass such a bill into law.…

8:00pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW

AmerIndian Wars - Still With Us

Cherokee Seal

Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed by a single vote in 1830. …signed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson… carried out by Democrat President Martin Van Buren. … Over 12,000 Cherokees signed a petition in protest of the Indian Removal Act.

Condemning the federal government’s mandate were members of the National Republican and Whig Parties, including Congressman Abraham Lincoln (IL); Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen (NJ), Senator Daniel Webster (MA); and Senator Henry Clay (KY). Tennessee Congressmen Davy Crockett gave an impassioned speech in defense of the Indians. Christian missionaries, such as Jeremiah Evarts, led resistance to the government’s removal of the Indians, with many being arrested by the State of Georgia and sentenced to years of hard labor.…

7:00pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW
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Cosmology

Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies. … Although the Big Bang theory allows for areas that are cooler and hotter, the size of the void does not fit with predicted models. Simply put, it is too big to exist.

8:27pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW

WW2 - less with us

Rosie the Riveter

Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92. …in Simsbury, Connecticut, after a brief illness, …not to be confused with a poster by a Pittsburgh artist [shown here] depicting a woman flexing her arm under the words "We Can Do It" — would later be used in a nationwide effort to sell war bonds.

[Here is the Norman Rockwell image, c/o BlazingCatFur]

9:50pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW
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US Constitution

Okla Flag

The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation calling for a convention to consider amending the U.S. Constitution. … The measure’s House author, Republican Rep. Jon Echols of Oklahoma City, held the measure over for possible reconsideration of the vote.…

6:36pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pistol Pete

Today's collection of Pistol Pete vs the Tyrants. Pete's ahead, by a mile.

"…Once you understand how the game is played you can nearly always predict the outcome of any situation.…

7:58pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 22 :MW
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Know the Enemy

The murderous blueprint which plotted the rise of ISIS: Terror group followed strategy laid out by Saddam Hussein henchman known as Lord of the Shadows
• German magazine uncover 'blueprints for Islamic State' in Syria
• Handwritten by former member of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Army
• Details 'Stasi-like' system of Islamic State leaders spying on each other
• Outlines how ISIS would infiltrate villages through recruiting spies …

8:40am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 21 :MW
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Policing Ourselves

…Excited delirium patients have racing heart beats and rapidly overheating bodies. Taking the precaution of staging paramedics nearby dramatically sped up this man getting the medical treatment he needed. Once they were able to get him into custody, some of the neighbors clapped and thanked the police for their work.…

9:27am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 21 :MW
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US Military

On April 27, 2011, Afghan Air Force Colonel Ahmad Gul gunned down eight U.S. Air Force personnel and a civilian contractor inside the Afghan Air Force headquarters, including investigators who had just arrived in the country to examine rampant corruption in the Afghan military. … Multiple Air Force and CENTCOM investigations claimed to find no motive for the attack, leaving the families of those killed with no answers. … Now, a senior U.S. official has gone on the record claiming that a United Nations team tracked substantial payments to the killer and his family made days just prior to the incident. …

Breitbart is Here

Pistol Pete

Pete's on top of the latest, early today.

"Normally this isn’t posted until after I’ve had my morning nap… I’m still awake because I had three cups of coffee that was strong enough to strip paint.…"

8:12am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 21 :MW

US Election 2016

Ted Cruz

This memo amounts to an intervention. It serves to warn all other Republican presidential campaigns of a perfect storm looming on the horizon. Not only does the storm favor Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but your combined failures/refusals to recognize it are only helping him. If that environment persists, Mr. Cruz will not only win Iowa next year, but win it convincingly. …

8:23am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 21 :MW
Hillary Faced

Scooby hits the road at 92 MPH! Secret Service zooms Hillary to dinner through driving rain following secret afternoon house party&hellip

7:33am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 21 :MW
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OKC Bombing -- still with us

[Various local and state folks recall the aftermath]

“I was one of about 20 police and firefighters from Bartlesville that worked the Murrah Building explosion site. I was assigned to work outside the church where relatives of the victims waited for notification that their loved one had been found. On two separate occasions as folks were leaving the church, they came over to us and thanked us for being there. These folks had just been notified their loved ones had been found, yet they took the time to come and thank us. That is a memory I will never forget.…"

6:43pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW

…He wasn't a firefighter at the time. Hrivak was a nursing student and fresh out of the Air Force. He had extensive mountaineering and rope rescue experience, which first responders thought would be useful at the site of the bombing. He learned everything on the job during the six weeks he was there, searching for survivors, sifting through debris, and trying to help heal a broken city. And years later, those experiences turned out to be invaluable, when Hrivnak's team got the call to respond to the Oso [Washington] mudslide….

6:40pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW
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US Military

…I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi.

“The city itself is not symbolic in any way”? Oh, really? Are you willing to meet with me and with the families who have lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, aunt, uncle, grandson, or teammate?

My son Marc Lee was the first Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in Ramadi Iraq Aug 2, 2006. His blood is still in that soil and forever will be. …

I’ve traveled to Ramadi and visited Camp Marc Lee in 2007. I brought back soil from that city where Marc breathed his last. I interviewed Iraqi General Anwer in 2010 when I returned. I asked him “If you could say one thing to the American people what would you tell them? He paused and with deep emotion said “We will tell our children, our grandchildren, for generations to come we will tell them what Americans have done. There is American blood poured out on our soil.” It seems the Iraqis understand the importance more than you do sir. …

7:03pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It” [more]

6:34pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW

Defending Ourselves

…An Alabama woman survived both a home invasion by her armed estranged husband, only to be shot by a police officer responding to her mother’s 911 call.…

7:19pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Newsfeed

The Islamic State has released another video that purports to show the massacre of thirty people on the seashore in Libya. The victims, who were beheaded or shot, appear to be Ethiopian Christians.

In other news, Norway’s Labour Party has voted to recognize “Palestine”.

[more]

7:30pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW

The Guardian: Two more migrant boats issue distress calls in Mediterranean…
[Headline links]

6:32pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW

Yesterday's funnies are still funny today.

9:55am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW
Geezer

Vic drags the news together and sets it alight for your edutainment.

"…On this day in 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 21 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. …"

6:40am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 20 :MW
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OKC Bombing -- still with us

…Almon had her first and only birthday the day before she was killed.

Her mother, then 23-year-old Aren Almon-Kok, was desperately searching for her daughter for nearly 24 hours. The search came to an end when she saw that photo on the front page of a local paper.

Then it was everywhere, on every news station and newspaper in the world.

Almon-Kok, who still throws a birthday party for her late daughter each year, spoke to The Daily Mail about what that horrible day was like, and what it felt like to see that photo of Baylee everywhere she looked. …

9:02pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW
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Theory of Sex Education

…about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles. … “We were absolutely flabbergasted,” one father told me. “It was graphic and pornographic. From a parent’s perspective I cannot think of anywhere this should be an acceptable conversation.” …

7:13am CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW

Iran

Star Bright

…He has not seen his family in three years. The Obama administration has seemingly made little to no effort to free him – even while they sit across from his captors, attempting to negotiate a deal. Now reports are surfacing that Abedini is facing new and more horrible forms of torture in Iranian prison. … "They continually threaten Saeed that the only key to his freedom is denying Christ and returning to Islam. Saeed refuses to deny Christ and continues to be a light and witness in that dark prison…."

8:26pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW

Transport Law

…Surveillance cameras are catalyzing this conversation about "privacy in public," but the root of the problem is the lowly license plate. It's an administrative tool from a bygone technological era that has new consequences in the digital age — new, strongly negative consequences for privacy.…

6:54pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW
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United States of America

At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. …

8:30pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Political Hat

Obama Scandals
Gun Rights
Hide the Decline
Obamacare
War & Terror
National News
Economy & Taxes
International News
Opinion

9:08pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW

A young “American” named Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (Mohammed Coefficient: 100%) left for Syria last year to join the jihad in Syria. He returned “home” earlier this year and planned to commit workplace violence at a military base or a prison. Fortunately, he was arrested before he could carry out his plans. Even more fortunately, the incident had nothing to do with Islam.

In other news, a Swedish shipping line has sent its vessels to the Mediterranean to rescue migrants who might otherwise die during the crossing from North Africa to Italy.

[More]

4:06pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW
Geezer

The triumphant return of the Vic, newslinks and acerbic wit intact.

"…On this day in 1971 Charles Manson was sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit murder in the murder of Sharon Tate and Rosemary LaBianca. The sentence was later reduced to life after a judge decided he didn't like the CA death penalty which was then later reinstated."

7:09am CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW

US Election 2016

Breitbart News caused a stink when it reported on presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s alleged comments on Obama’s unilateral executive immigration programs. The headline inaccurately suggested that Rubio supported President Obama’s executive immigration overreach. As we will discuss, this was only one of numerous mistranslations. …

8:32pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 19 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

…With Wal-Marts in several Jade Helm 15 states mysteriously closing for at least 6 months and the mystery now deeper as we learn of an underground Wal-Mart tunnel system project launched along with the Department of Homeland Security and NSA involving hundreds of stores and the creation of a system of underground tunnels throughout the country which they say were designed to 'further protect the homeland and ensure the safety of its' citizens in case of nuclear, biological or chemical attacks.'

We also learn here that the joint-venture tunnels will serve as conduits for national defense to rapidly move troops, supplies and armor throughout the nation between strategic locations in the southern portions of America. We can also imagine that if and when gun confiscations take place, human cattle will likely be moved through these tunnels.

1:34pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Police in Australia say they have foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out an attack at a World War One centenary event. Police arrested five suspects, including two 18-year-olds…

8:35am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Sharia Sucks

…Islamic extremists have developed a sophisticated network of interconnected organizations across America. The following are profiles of these organizations and the people behind them. The common thread among these organizations is their ideology of Political Islam which aspires to implement sharia governance and to establish a global Islamic caliphate. Search by state or scroll through to find your state.…

3:25pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

It’s been 20 years since Timothy McVeigh blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City, the worst domestic terrorist attack in US history. The right-wing extremist threat remains today, experts warn.… [says Christian Science Monitor, once a great paper.]

3:34pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

OKC Bombing -- still with us

…the woman whose leg was amputated in the midst of the crumbled Murrah building… After hearing that Daina’s prosthetic is out-dated and ill-fitted, someone decided that Daina could still use a little help. A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise funds for a new leg for Daina.…

8:25pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

…Florence Rogers remembers April 19, 1995 like it was yesterday.

She worked in the credit union inside the federal building and watched the floor in front of her fall six stories.

“I was the only one that got out of that room. All of the other eight that were in there perished,” said Florence Rogers.

Rogers was thrown back from the blast onto an 18 inch ledge. Her coworkers’ desks collapsed with the floor when the bomb exploded.…

4:02pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

…After taking care of pediatric patients who came in right after the bombing, ambulances stopped coming to the hospital, so Dr. Tuggle and his colleague, Dr. Andy Sullivan, decided to go straight to the blast zone. Police led them to Daina Bradley, a 20-year-old mother of two, was trapped under a collapsed column. Her right leg was pinned under a beam. The doctors had to make a quick decision to safe Bradley’s life.

“Could we cut through the pillar? Could we raise it with the jaws of life? And there was no way. It was just going to bring the building down. So, Andy talked about the options and said, ‘it looks like we are going to have to amputate….'”

4:00pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

…“It was smoky. Hard to breath. And you knew you had no choice. And water from busted pipes was coming down. I would actually take a shower to get the soot and concrete dust off me and clean my glasses so I could go back in and do it again,” Avera remembered.

Then, Avera heard something.

“All of a sudden, I hear this baby crying. So we turn around. And I went over to where I hear it and we started digging around the rock. And we found two babies…."

In those first frantic minutes after the bombing, Avera was too busy to notice the photographer.

He never knew the photo was being transmitted around the world. …

3:53pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

…When I drove back to Norman to head to the newsroom, the radio alerted me that children had perished at the daycare, and I began to weep as I drove. The adrenaline started to fade, and I began to grasp the reality and scope of what had happened.

In the days that followed, I tried to convey the emotions and the feel of the recovery in my stories. But ... there really were no words. So many people were terribly injured. So many people had died. So many people were emotionally broken. Including me. …

3:39pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

…Jannie Coverdale, the boys’ grandmother, refused to give up hope.

“I’m almost positive that Aaron and Elijah will be found alive,” she said in the days following the bombing.

Fate would not allow it. The boys, inseparable in life, would share the same casket.

“I kept saying I believe in miracles,” says Jannie. “When they came and told me they had identified their bodies, I started screaming at God and I told him I would never serve him again. And I meant it.” … "I had a journey. A very long journey. And my anger really didn’t go away until I started writing Terry Nichols. And he asked me to forgive him.” …

3:31pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Scary Science

Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion.…

8:28pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Liberal Politics

[Students protest showing of American Sniper] …The other week I went on something of a rant on Twitter about how I'm sick of these lily-livered little campus snowflakes using the English language to call something violent which is not violence. This bullshit statement has just exploded my rage meter.…

8:21pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Banality of Evil

…David Horowitz reportedly said during a recent speech at the University of North Carolina that members of Muslim students associations have been linked with terrorism, prompting a massive backlash among Muslim students, who say his assertion is not only false but made them feel unsafe. [Imagine that!] …throughout the week the hashtag #NotSafeUNC gained ground and a “Not Safe UNC” Tumblr page was created to chronicle alleged bias against Muslims at UNC and the region. The UNC College Republicans are also taking heat for inviting Horowitz to speak. In an email, College Republican Chairman Frank Pray said he is receiving a lot of hate mail. …

8:31am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW
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Pareidolia

Blank Face

[bob sees faces everywhere. The amazing thing is how, with some of these, you might not notice, but thanks to the context, you can't help but notice.]

12:03pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Animal Companions

Dog

Researchers in Japan said on Thursday oxytocin, a hormone that among other things helps reinforce bonds between parents and their babies, increases in humans and their dogs when they interact, particularly when looking into one another's eyes.…

8:13am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Lost and Found

Twisting Twister

…"Part of tornado debris," a woman named Alyssa Murray wrote above the photo. "Please pass along and let me know if you know who these people are!"

"That's my dad and Geri," Frazier wrote after it was posted to the "Found Items from the Fairdale Illinois Tornado" page. "Unbelievable."…

8:19am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Prehistory - still with us

Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house in Alaska suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Columbus. …

8:05am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW
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US Military

US Flag

…tens of thousands of veterans are being called mentally defective and banned from gun ownership? …if you need financial assistance to manage your benefits, you’re mentally defective? You mean, like calling an accountant is a sign of mental illness? This is outrageous!…

11:44am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Hillary Trying to Copy Obama’s Successful 2008 Media Strategy [Videos]

5:10pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW
Gates of Vienna

• According to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the most dangerous leaders of the Islamic State are “Swedes”. Meanwhile, the UN reports that increasing numbers of food vouchers issued by the World Food Program are being diverted and sold on the black market by Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

• In other news, the European Commission has ordered Spain to allow migrants to submit asylum requests without their being required to first scale the border fences at the North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

4:55pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW

US Election 2016

Hillary Faced

A socialist by any other name… [Graphic]

8:33pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW
Tense Hill

Take a look at the bodies mysteriously left in Clinton's wake!

8:03pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 18 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pistol Pete presents the world, shaken, not stirred.

"…Mixing up some regular stuff with some Friday silliness.…"

[Retro-added]

11:55pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 17 :MW

[News links from World News Updates (retro-added)]

Iraqi security forces fought Islamic State militants at the gates of the western city of Ramadi on Friday, and local authorities warned it was in danger of falling unless reinforcements arrived soon.

Police sources and provincial council members said the militants were no more than half a kilometer from the center of the capital of Anbar province, and many residents were rushing to leave, waving white flags. …

11:36pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 17 :MW

Collected humorous and political graphics. [Retro-added]

11:03pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 17 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

…Publicly, U.S. and Mexico have denied that Islamic terrorists are operating in the southern border region, but the rapid deployment of FBI brass in the aftermath of JW’s report seems to indicate otherwise. A Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector were among the sources that confirmed to JW that ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas. The base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.…

11:22pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard -- killing them -- because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday. Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea…

10:30pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
Crazyface

…Photos of the black-clad, extremist ghouls smashing headstones in cemeteries in the key northern city of Mosul were posted Thursday online under the title "Leveling Graves and Erasing Pagan Symbols."…

10:27pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

An Ohio man who left the US a year ago to train with Islamic State jihadists was nabbed by the feds Thursday for allegedly plotting to unleash terror in the country… Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, left in April 2014 — two months after becoming a naturalized citizen — to train and fight with the extremists in Syria…

10:25pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
Israel Flag

Police suspect Palestinian man deliberately rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians… resulted in the death of a 26-year-old Israeli man and the severe injury of an Israeli woman… took place at the same intersection of another act of terrorism…

10:22pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

WW2 - still with us

Capt. Jerry Yellin, from Fairfield, Iowa, flew the final combat mission in World War II. World War II veterans visit Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary Mar. 21 in commemoration of the end of World War II.

11:25pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

OKC Bombing -- still with us

…By the time the group was in the sentencing phase of the trial, Leeper says the jurors had a rapport and a mutual respect.

“Of course it was a heavy burden for us to come to a decision,” he said. “There was a major concern on my part that whatever we walked out of there with would be questioned by the public. We didn’t know whether Mr. McVeigh was a leader or part of a conspiracy against the government. We didn’t know if there was a feeling out there in the public as to pro or con for the death penalty.” …

10:52pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

Know the Enemy

…it is clear that Jade Helm is an open declaration of war against the American people. There is not one valid reason for this administration to use taxpayer money in order to prepare to go to war against the American people. And how dare they declare Texas and Utah to be "hostile states"? The following will not happen, but it should: The country needs to rise as one and say no more. Every politician needs to be recalled from office. Every officer who gives orders to carry out Jade Helm needs to be purged from the military. The only thing that is missing from Jade Helm are the Swastika armbands.

10:19pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
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Healing Ourselves

If you have Adrenal Insufficiency and also suffer from Lyme Disease and/or other tick borne illnesses, you should know that Rifampin can be dangerous to you and can make you VERY VERY SICK and maybe even kill you if you are not careful and you may still feel freaking horrible weeks after stopping it. … you will feel worse than you can imagine it was possible to feel even if your life had previously been filled daily with physical weakness and chronic relentless soul crushing pain. … I just thought you should know. I sure wish I had known in advance.

11:19pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

Brain

April 16 is the anniversary of the discovery of LSD. Which prompts the sober reflection that sometimes in history, while the character of an era seems to depend on a particular person, idea or thing, that person, idea or thing needed the era to become significant too. [Video] …

11:57pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

Lost and Found

"A hoard of silver coins worth £34million that was sunk by the Nazis on board a steamship has been salvaged by a British-led team at a record depth of 5,150m (17,000ft). The SS City of Cairo was travelling from Bombay to England in 1942 when it was torpedoed by a U-boat…

11:31am CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
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US Military

Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has directed the United States Army to provide all possible benefits to victims of a 2009 attack at Fort Hood who were recently awarded the Purple Heart medal.…

10:16pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Joe Dan's latest video blast is here.

"Instead of beating up fellow conservatives—save it for the Rinos and insane liberals. And just step back a second and look— conservatism is making a comeback. …"

11:43pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
Pete

Pete starts his daily work-out with a punching bag named Hillary Campaign.

"…Given the ameteurish rollout and the absurdity of the media chasing after the lying tramp like a bunch of redbone hounds after a raccoon it occurred to me this could be the best thing to happen.People will be so sick of her in awhile that most people will just turn off.…"

10:08pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
Geezer

The Morning Thread was too late for Vic, so his news links start in the OverNight Thread today.

"On this day in 1457 BC the first recorded battle in history was fought between Pharaoh Thutmost III and the Canaanites under the King of Kadesh at Megiddo.…"

8:40am CDT Thu 2015 Apr 16 :MW
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Taxes Suck

Dollar Burning

The bluebird of bitterness collects some cartoons for IRS pay day.

12:38pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

OKC Bombing -- still with us

The Oklahoma National Guard Office of Public Affairs produced a mini-documentary titled, “Remembering the 168”. The video contains past and recent interviews from Guardsmen and civil authorities who answered the call on April 19, 1995, and the days following the Alfred P. Murrah building bombing. …

7:51pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

On April 19, 1995, Susan Walton walked into the Credit Union in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Those would be the last steps she would take on her own for more than five years. … The triage doctor never expected Susan to live. … “After 20 years, things are starting to fall apart again. So, they’re having to start rebuilding me all over again,” Susan said. …

5:27pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

Out of the rubble, they emerged: six minimiracles. Rescuers pulled out their tiny bodies — bloodied, battered and some gashed beyond recognition… Some grappled with debilitating injuries that persist today. Others battled deep emotional traumas that have long since been overcome. …

5:23pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

…Joe Wallace is an EMSA paramedic. …he'd only been on the job two years. On April 19, 1995, Wallace happened to be sitting inside an ambulance near the Murrah Building. …he felt a "thunderous boom", and the truck shook. And when he looked around the corner, he saw a large cloud of black smoke. …

5:14pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

Impeach Obama

…A very persuasive case was made against the Castro brothers by Armando Valladares in the early 1980s, when he published his prison memoirs, “Against All Hope.” In that book he chronicled almost unbelievable cruelty during 22 years of imprisonment for philosophically opposing communism. He was arrested at 23 and suffered through torture, solitary confinement and witnessing friends dragged before firing squads. He ate putrid food, suffered squalid conditions, illness and forced labor until the protests of world leaders such as Franois Mitterrand led to his release. Through it all, I can find no hint of our Hollywoodians or of the members of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee speaking up on behalf of Mr. Valladares or any other imprisoned Cuban.…

9:16pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW
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Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

Hemp

…Many on the political right solidly oppose federal mandates applied to a wide variety of issues, including education, the environment, the economy, monetary policy, and so on. However, when it comes to drugs, their logic flips on its head. Suddenly, conservatives become the strongest advocates of heavy-handed, unconstitutional federal power. What is going on here? … The drug war is undeniably rooted in a collectivist mindset. It is progressive to the core and follows the same reasoning as other big-government policies, from federal health care to gun control. …

5:35pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn

T Rex

…Would it really be possible to bring back mammoths, or at least creatures resembling and behaving as them, using the synthetic life technology of molecular genetics and cloning? …

12:44pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW
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Oklahoma Law

Okla Flag

Liquor stores could sell refrigerated, high-point beer under legislation approved Wednesday by the Oklahoma House… House members voted 68-21 for the Senate-passed measure, which now goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee where it may undergo major changes before lawmakers seek final passage, said its author, Rep. Glen Mulready, a Tulsa Republican. "There's great demands coming for changes in our liquor laws," Mulready said. He said lawmakers should engage the consumer-driven appetite for convenient access to beer and wine.

9:19pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

Israel Stands Alone

Israel Flag

When they criticized the Rolling Stones for playing in Israel… [graphic]

7:53pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

Being Human

Three concentric circles

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it.
—Vincent van Gogh, painter (30 Mar 1853-1890)

Many noble human impulses die because there is no one to hear their expression. Truly, it is not good for man to be alone. Some degree of recognition and a certain amount of appreciation are essential to the development of human character.
Urantia Paper 160:2.6

8:06pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Newsboy

The Italian coast guard rescued almost 8,500 migrants off the coast of Italy between Friday April 10 and Monday April 13. Most of the would-be refugees were from Syria or sub-Saharan Africa.

In other news, Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province in Iraq, is currently besieged by the Islamic State and may soon fall. …

[Added a day late]

11:35pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW
Pete

Pete puts the pedal to the metal as events in the world race on.

"…As has been the case all week,and probably for some time to come the news is being smothered by She Who Will Not Be Denied.…"

5:58pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW
Geezer

Gather 'round, children, and let ol' Vic tell you about the state of the world today… and days past:

"…On this day in 1912 HMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk 2 hours later. 710 passengers out of 2,227 were saved. …"

8:52am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW

US Election 2016

Hillary Clinton ogles Christina Aguilera

…So this idiotic video [Hillary's campaign] released Sunday used a carefully check-boxed group of people under the pretense she’s got support from all ethnic/gender/sex groups, but somehow along the way they didn’t get around to telling people they were appearing in a campaign ad until it was released. …

12:52pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 15 :MW
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Political Theater

CJ Pearson

CJ Pearson video: Al Sharpton, You are the problem! …you are a twisted… individual… [Video, 2:32]

6:21pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 14 :MW

Nature can be Deadly

Okla Flag

80 years ago today in the heart of the Dust Bowl a major dust storm pushed its way across the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. …dubbed “Black Sunday”… April 14, 1935… one of the worst dust storms in American history… caused immense economic and agricultural damage… estimated to have displaced 300 million tons of topsoil from the prairie area in the United States.…

5:51pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 14 :MW

Untied States

Ariz Flag

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill into law that creates significant roadblocks for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the federal program without an enforcement mechanism in the state.

6:03pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 14 :MW
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Art of

Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of "When a Man Loves a Woman," died at his home in Louisiana at age 74 after battling liver cancer… dubbed "The King of Slow Soul," recorded the song for Atlantic Records in 1966. It was his first single and is considered one of the greatest of all soul songs. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. …

[Audio-only Video, 2:50, dumpster0101's channel, YouTube]

6:11pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 14 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna

The Immigration Commissioner for the European Union says that Italy is under pressure from the increasing number of migrants, and needs more help from the EU. Meanwhile, another 400 would-be migrants died when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. In possibly unrelated news, Italy’s public debt has risen to a record €2.17 trillion.

In other news, according to a recent poll, 42% of Canadian Muslims think Islam and the West are “irreconcilable”. …

[Added a day late]

11:18pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 14 :MW
Geezer

Vic's top o' the News report starts here today.

9:14am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 14 :MW
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Political Theater

Doonesbury's Megaphone Mark

Satirists always need to "punch up"… [?? A great Grunt of Monte Cristo graphic]

10:38pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW
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Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

Phillips 66

…An 87-year-old structure symbolizing the community’s rich oil heritage has found a perfect second home just inside the entrance of Woolaroc. The cottage-style station, covered with a multi-colored roof, was donated by Phillips 66…

10:45pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Pig

…Officials at the Islamic Society of Edmond [Oklahoma] say pieces of pork were left in the parking lot and at the entrance of the mosque on Sunday. … CAIR-OK wants authorities to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime….

5:01pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW

Policing Ourselves

…A crowd of 43,947 fans stood and cheered when the images of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shown on the scoreboard before the game, a 2-0 Mets victory over Philly. … Ramos’ two sons, Justin and Jaden, and their mother, Maritza, joined Liu’s widow, Sanny Chen, and parents to throw out ceremonial first pitches to Mets stars David Wright, Matt Harvey and Curtis Granderson. Moments earlier, more than 150 NYPD officers unfurled a giant American flag in the outfield as Aviation Unit helicopters did a flyover. …

10:41pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna

In the Peterborough grooming trial, a “British” businessman named Mohammed Khubaib (Mohammed Coefficient: 100%) has been convicted of rape for forcing a 14-year-old girl to commit sexual acts with him. He will be sentenced next month.

In other news, almost 6,000 illegal migrants were rescued by the Italian coast guard over the weekend. However, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed concern over the deaths of nine of those migrants, and says that Italy must do more to protect the lives of migrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean.

[more...] [Retro-added, a day late]

5:56pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW
Pete

Pistol Pete's got the world covered — run for help. [Added to this date a day late.]

"…the slimiest, greediest, most immoral, power-hungry couple in the history of American politics are back to help themselves to more of our money and freedom.…"

5:45pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW

(CNN) Pope Francis risked Turkish anger on Sunday by using the word "genocide" to refer to the mass killings of Armenians a century ago under the Ottoman Empire….

4:59pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW
Geezer

Vic almost slept through it, but awoke in time to bring it to us.

"…On this day in 1976 the United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration. …"

7:21am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW

US Election 2016

On Monday, Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a brief statement concerning Marco Rubio (R-FL) entering the 2016 presidential race. … [A classy statement.]

5:17pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW
Hillary Tense

Here are a few quotes from days gone by attributed to Hillary, so you can judge her likeability for yourself.

5:13pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 13 :MW
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Bad Parents

…abandoned under a blanket in the woods… Bible lay on his chest… for five days… 21-year-old man… quadriplegic… has cerebral palsy… found Friday… when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him [unfortunate verb choice]… disabled man's mother had dumped him there… when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend…

[BFH's headline: The Bible was a nice touch…]

6:24pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW
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US Military

Allen West

…the A-10 Thunderbolt, aka the “Warthog” …no greater sound to a ground combat soldier than the high pitched whine and the “blurp” sound of the Gatling Gun cannon in its nose. … Let me make one thing clear, no senior officer should impart such undue command influence against any member of our Armed Services. The A-10 is a potent aircraft and should not be retired and should undergo a service life extension program. I would recommend that the Secretary of Defense… transfer the A-10 from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Army and here’s why….

6:37pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW

Breitbart is Here

LI

Big government, middle class struggles, food stamps, culture war, Hillary edits, Cold War over?

6:27pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW
Hat
Obama Scandals • Gun Rights • Hide the Decline • Obamacare • War & Terror • National News • Economy & Taxes • International News • Opinion
6:13pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW

Posters and graphics galore.

8:05am CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW
Geezer

Vic's can't-miss collection of what's really going on in the world.

"On this day in 1945 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died while in office; Vice President Harry Truman, became President upon Roosevelt's death.…"

7:08am CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW

US Election 2016

Hillary Guzzling

Dianny unleashes several classic posters for the Anointed Madame President-to-Be.

6:11pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 12 :MW
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Under Tyranny

Scary O

President Barack Obama… is warning Christian parents that the federal government wants their kids. This is not how the story is being reported, however. …

8:03pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW
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Art of

New research indicates that William Shakespeare wrote a "lost" play, "Double Falsehood," that had been attributed to Lewis Theobald. Here's a look at the poet and playwright's vast influence, which lives on almost 400 years after his death.…

9:42pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Oklahoma

Elephant

The Oklahoma Republican Party ousted its chairman on Saturday despite the party's November election success in increasing its majority control of both chambers of the state Legislature, winning every statewide elected office, all five U.S. House and both U.S. Senate seats.

The party elected former state Sen. Randy Brogdon as its new chairman, replacing Dave Weston. Party spokeswoman Courtney Blossey said Brogdon defeated long-time GOP activist Pam Pollard in a runoff after Weston was earlier eliminated from the race. …

Brogdon thanked Weston for his leadership, and said he does not think the vote was a repudiation of Weston.

"It's not necessarily someone doing a bad job, just people wanted a change," Brogdon said. "I've always been a grass-roots campaigner ... we just had more of our people there."

Brogdon said he wants the party to become more conservative, supporting limited government and individual freedom.

"I want to move the party in the 'right' direction," Brogdon said, meaning that he wants to move it politically to the right, not that it's been going in the wrong direction. …

9:49pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Digital Business

…The decision makes it a lot harder for producers to be hit with aggressive infringement lawsuits. The company that owns the patent in question, Personal Audio, says it invented podcasting. In 2013, it began going around to podcast-makers, threatening to take them to court unless they paid a licensing fee. … "We’re glad the Patent Office recognized what we all knew: ‘podcasting’ had been around for many years and this company does not own it," said Daniel Nazer, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which called for the patent's invalidation. …

11:26am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Theory of Justice

When identity politics intersect with liberal judicial activism, expect bizarre results.… Punishing criminals is a basic state function, and deciding how (and at what expense) to run prisons is a quintessential legislative judgment. As long as prisoners are adequately fed and housed and are not arbitrarily abused, it should be of no concern to a judge—and especially a federal judge—whether prisoners have access to color TV, air-conditioning, recreational facilities, or elective medical procedures. Serving a prison sentence is a punishment; it is not supposed to be enjoyable.

It is nonsensical to grant imprisoned convicted felons health-care “entitlements” that many law-abiding, hardworking taxpayers don’t enjoy. One hopes that the state appeals Judge Tigar’s unprecedented ruling. Unless resisted, jurismania will destroy popular sovereignty. …

10:45am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Pop Culture

…So Charlie Hebdo's nationally beloved cartoonists were massacred and yet, [Doonesbury creator Garry] Trudeau thinks its helpful to contextualize their deaths by characterizing them as hate-spewing fanatics. …

9:55am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW
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Liberty Works

US Flag

…Historians say that visit to Randall's [grocery] shattered his belief in communism once-and-for-all... two years later, he was the reform-minded president of a non-communist Russia.

9:58am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Citizenship

…“Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you’re a victim. Just because you’re white doesn’t mean you’re a racist. Just because you’re a cop doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. This world really needs to stop putting labels on people and things and see them as who they are. People. Doing Jobs. Doing things. Ignorance has no color. God doesn’t see color. Why should we?”…

[This is great, a total non-news story. "Nothing happened." Life as it ought to be, unremarkably. Video, 2:10, Caleb Rechten, YouTube]

9:47pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Post-Racist World

On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed a gathering at the White House that focused on the topic of creating opportunity for Native American youth… "Folks in Indian Country didn’t just wake up one day with addiction problems. Poverty and violence didn’t just randomly happen to this community. These issues are the result of a long history of systematic discrimination and abuse. … we literally made their culture illegal. … I could continue on like this for hours. …"

10:59am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Whittle, Krauthammer, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Klavan, Washington Free Beacon, C Steven Tucker, Trifecta, School Choice Rally, WAKE UP! says Sheriff, and the Life and Death of Severus Snape.

7:55pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW
Gates of Vienna

A planned discussion in the Finnish parliament featuring Lars Vilks has been cancelled. The appearance by the Modoggie Man was taken off the calendar after a threat assessment by the Finnish security police (Supo).

In other news, the leader of the largest jihad group in Libya has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Meanwhile, a Tunisian group calling itself “Soldiers of the Caliphate” is threatening jihad within Tunisia, using ISIS’ Twitter feed to send messages and pictures.

On the home front, a would-be mujahid named John T. Booker, a.k.a. Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was arrested by the FBI for planning a suicide bomb attack on Fort Riley in Kansas. …

5:13pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW
Geezer

Vic sets everyone on the right track first thing in the morning. Or later, if you please.

"…On this day in 1951 Democrat Harry Truman relieved Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea.…"

10:12am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

The hilarious and the dopey.

9:29am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW

US Election 2016

Ted

Join me in Texas for an afternoon of shooting! Donate $25 or more here for your chance to win: http://www.tedcruz.org/donationlandin

7:58pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 11 :MW
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Criminally Stupid

An 83-year-old Tulsa woman is desperate for answers after vandals struck her home near 121st and Yale. … Her late husband built the home with cement and steel in the 1960s…

10:03pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW

Untied States

Today, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill into law that not only restricts the state from seizing property without due process, but throws a wrench into federal efforts to do the same.…

9:37pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW
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Anthropology

Most of us think of Europe as the ancestral home of white people. But a new study shows that pale skin, as well as other traits such as tallness and the ability to digest milk as adults, arrived in most of the continent relatively recently. The work, presented here last week at the 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, offers dramatic evidence of recent evolution in Europe and shows that most modern Europeans don’t look much like those of 8000 years ago.…

10:04pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW

Headline of the Day

Hillary

Unable to Face a Live Audience or Questions, Confused Grandmother to Announce Presidential Campaign on Twitter

12:03pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW
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US Military

Victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack finally received their long-delayed honor on Friday at a Purple Heart ceremony in Texas — though they may have to keep fighting to get military benefits. …

9:44pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW

Defending Ourselves

…With the backing of the National Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association, Roberts filed a federal lawsuit in May 2014, over the $15,500 worth of firearms. In the end he got the money, but not the guns. The police had had them destroyed.

Second Amendment lawyers say his case is not rare.…

9:03am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Daily Mail: Obama and Castro to have a substantive 'discussion' tomorrow at Panama summit - the first in more than 50 years between U.S. and Cuban leaders…

9:40pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW

Reuters: Obama, Castro to share stage at summit as detente takes hold…

9:39pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW
Pete

Pete pulls together the best and the worst.

"…Rauner is having a news conference as I type this promising disaster aid for the area that was left with 2 dead,6 seriously injured and millions in losses.Just a reminder how helpless man is against God’s power.…"

9:34pm CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW
Geezer

Vic's Early News is so early, it's on the Overnight Thread.

"…On this day in 1963 the submarine USS Thresher was lost at sea with 129 seamen aboard.…"

8:55am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 10 :MW
1

Know the Enemy

Two pastors have come forward and blown the whistle on a nationwide attempt by FEMA to train religious leaders as secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in event of martial law… Local FEMA’s (‘across the US’ according to a spokesman at our local meeting) are gathering Ministers (Pastors) to help in the event of a “declaration of Martial Law or like police action following a declared emergency or quarantine. …

According to our spokesman, Ministers will be especially helpful because “you guys and gals can use Romans 13″.

8:39pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 9 :MW
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Pop Culture

"…says she didn’t do the show because Andrew Dice Clay — the character — was an abuser of women and a homophobe.…" [Just like she's always said.]

7:08pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 9 :MW
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US Military

Marine Shield

…Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, will be presented with the Navy Cross Thursday during a ceremony at his unit's headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California.

Jacklin earned the award for actions carried out June 14, 2012, while serving as an assistant leader of a team conducting village stability operations in the Upper Gereshk valley in Afghanistan's Helmand province, according to his medal citation.…

[Read for the whole incredible citation.]

9:27am CDT Thu 2015 Apr 9 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pete's collection for today of choice posters, and blood-pressure-raising headlines and links.

"It's a chilly,gray,blustery,rainy day here in the upper midwest.But neither inclement weather nor road construction could stop the regular Thursday meeting of the OFC… (old farts club). …"

8:35pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 9 :MW
Geezer

Vic starts the day right, with his pummeling of the newsworthy.

"…On this day in 1940 Vidkun Quisling seized power in Norway with the backing of the Nazis so that he could effectively turn Norway over to the Nazis. His name thereafter became a pseudonym for traitor."

8:51am CDT Thu 2015 Apr 9 :MW
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End of the World As We Know It

John Kerry Salute

India assists Americans evacuating Yemen in wake of weak State Department response… One has to ask, what exactly is going on at the US State Department? We have been following the deterioration of Yemen for months. Despite the obvious dangers to American citizens within this country, I guess our bureaucrats decided they really didn’t need an evacuation plan. Fortunately, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government seem to be more on top of the situation.…

6:24pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW
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Art of

I just put the last stitch into this "congratulations on your graduation quilt for my daughter. …

[Lovely work]

9:03pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Congregation Toras Chaim is a tiny Orthodox Jewish Synagogue which meets in a home in north Dallas. The City of Dallas is attempting to shut the synagogue down because they are meeting in a private home without the correct Certificate of Occupation (CO). However, the Synagogue's attorney says the city’s ordinance requiring the CO is invalid under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.…

6:32pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW

Modern Family Life

…Because fertility declines significantly for women in their 40s… demographers carefully watch these women to get a sense of how many children Americans are having, or not. … With more women having their first child in their mid 30s, late 30s and early 40s, American families may be shrinking: The number of women aged 40 to 44 who had only one child roughly doubled between 1976 and 2014…

9:07pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW
DWS

In a press release, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that she did not support any government restrictions on abortion: “period. [citing Daily Caller]

8:52pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW
Okla Flag

Oklahoma lawmakers have approved a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. …now goes to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin… Under the bill, doctors cannot use forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces… would ban the procedure except when necessary to save a woman's life or a serious health risk to the mother…

6:21pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

The Guardian: Houthi rebels fight street battles with militias in Yemeni city of Aden…

[Headline links]

9:00pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW

Yemen's Houthis battle over central Aden, first medical aid arrives…

[Headlines, links]

8:59pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW
Reagan

Funny and political panels - fireworks underwater!

1:15pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW

US Election 2016

Hillary

Hillary Clinton's private email server was a spy magnet for the Russian, Chinese, Iranian and other intelligence services, say current and former intelligence officials. … "In all, this is a counterintelligence disaster of truly epic proportions…" Some experts are concerned that foreign spies could have penetrated the server as a gateway to breaking into other government systems, including classified communications. …

6:30pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 8 :MW
1

Wars and Rumors

…Boko Haram terrorist group slaughtered at least 24 Christians over offensive church hymns. The terrorists disguised as preachers and gathered residents at a mosque before shooting them dead….

11:40am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW

Know the Enemy

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres: “We can definitely change [population] numbers and really should make every effort to change those numbers because we are already, today, already exceeding the planet’s planetary carrying capacity, today. To say nothing of adding more population that is really going to overextend our capacity. So yes we should do everything possible.”

[Emphasis added.]

11:05am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW

Banality of Evil

Whacky O

Barack Obama, at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast:

“On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love. And, I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day. (laughter) Where there is injustice, I was about to veer off.”

11:37am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW
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Art of

The word "genius" gets tossed around a lot in the entertainment world, applied at times to anyone who has been anywhere near a success. One of the few people I've met who truly earned it was Stan Freberg. …

7:48pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW

People Die

Gertrude Weaver, the world's oldest person for just five days, died Monday in Arkansas. She was 116. …enjoyed manicures, Bible study and "wheelchair dancing" …credited her longevity in great part to kindness. "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you…."

10:46am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW

People Live

…Michigan's Jeralean Talley is now the reigning centenarian of the world, followed closely by Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York City and Emma Morano of Italy. All three are 115….

10:48am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW
3

Jesus - still with us

[Whoever wrote this has a magnificent gift for understatement:]

The lost tomb of Jesus? Scientist claims he has 'virtually unequivocal evidence' that could help explain the whereabouts of Christ's remains … Evidence also points to Jesus having married and had a son, geologist says – but his findings are likely to prove controversial…

[I also like "virtually unequivocal evidence" — a sure sign it's anything but.]

11:24am CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pete scrounges up the news even when the harvest is difficult.

"Rand Paul declared for president
Obama still hates Christians and Jews
The First Brood Mare is still a classless tramp.…"

7:01pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW

US Election 2016

Rand Paul Ponders

Do we really need a candidate who is so flippant (or so poorly advised) that he is forced to reverse field on a regular basis? And, more importantly, what do his constant backflips say about his principles? …

8:02pm CDT Tue 2015 Apr 7 :MW
1

Know the Enemy

ChiCom Flag

…In “honor” of his meeting with China Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has posted the Chinese flag between the American flag and the state flag at the capitol building in Olympia. …A small group of people arrived at the capitol in the morning and removed the Communist flag.…

12:57pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW

Untied States

Twisting Twister Scary O

The White House has denied the state’s request for assistance to aid individuals and businesses in the tornado stricken areas in Oklahoma, according to Governor Mary Fallin.…

7:09pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW

Mass Media is Dead

Rolling Stone Magazine beclowned themselves royally, didn’t they?

I’m not sure if we can blame it entirely on the fact that a music industry magazine attempted to pass itself off as a hard-hitting news source. Truth is, all of investigative journalism has been corrupted. So, really? Is Rolling Stone to blame or the entire state of Tabloid Journalism in the Age of Obama? …

[Must-see Rolling Stone parody cover by Dianny]

11:04pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW

Impeach Obama

Bee Cutiepie O

…During the reading, some of the kids got scared of a bee and started freaking out (understandable - I would do the same thing. I hate bees) and President Mom Jeans channeled his inner "Total Indifference" and tried to diffuse the situation…

11:08pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW
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Art of

…I would have to be some sort of multilimbed Hindu goddess to perform a facepalm of magnitude appropriate to this utter stupidity. …

[Just had to blog that classic line. Context is at link, but the line transcends the context.]

7:59am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW
3

Breitbart is Here

Hat

Headlines by Hat * Obama Scandals * Gun Rights * Hide the Decline * Obamacare * War & Terror * National News * Economy & Taxes * International News * Opinion

8:39pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW
Pistol Pete

Pete looks at politics; politics blinks.

[Retro'd late from next day]

"I saw Peter Cottontail hoppin’ down a bunny trail.…"

5:29pm CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW
Geezer

Vic whips together Monday's news starting here.

"On this day in 1917 Congress voted to declare war on Germany at the urging of Woodrow Wilson. This occurred for two reasons…"

7:12am CDT Mon 2015 Apr 6 :MW
1

Infrastructure Threat

…These undersea cables are easy to forget, since they are well out of sight and mind. But without them, the world as we know it would cease to exist… 99 percent of all transoceanic data traffic goes through undersea cables, and that includes Internet usage, phone calls and text messages. This route is also faster than satellite transmissions, by up to eight-fold. …

4:23pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW

Political Theater

t

…approx almost $29,000.00?????? …

12:05am CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW
2

Art of

The Most Famous 6-Second Drum Loop & How It Spawned a Sampling Revolution

5:15pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Reagan

…This is his Easter message from 1983. Easter’s a celebration of our faith and a reminder about the reality of hope. And without hope, what’s the point?…

[Video, 6:29, ReaganFoundation, YouTube]

5:35pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW

People Live

Star Bright

…According to the Daily Mail, a routine scan showed Davis’ baby had a cyst on her brain, but Davis refused to terminate the pregnancy. After giving birth, Davis discovered her daughter had Anophthalmia. She was born with no eyes.…

[It's a Beautiful Day - Girl With No Eyes 1969 Remastered, 3:49, iraklisv1, YouTube]

5:42pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW
3

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says that the attackers in the Garissa College massacre were embedded in the Muslim community. … a group called Reclaim Australia staged anti-Islamization demonstrations all across the country today. “Anti-racist” counter-demonstrators attacked the marchers, and had to be restrained by police …

5:28pm CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW
Geezer

Vic has risen... in time to deliver the Easter news.

"…On this date in 1933 FDR issued executive order (yeah he had a pen and a phone too) forbidding the hoarding of gold. In actuality there was no 'hoarding' to it. What it was is he forbid US citizens from owning gold bullion and he did it via 'I said'. …"

9:07am CDT Sun 2015 Apr 5 :MW
1

Disturbing Family Patterns

"…Larry’s appearance at the AA meeting was memorable, as references to fighting, bloody clothes and so on are extraordinary in that group. Easton Elliott didn’t think much more about Larry until, several weeks later, he saw a newspaper story about Larry Reid, Harry Reid’s brother, being arrested for DUI and assaulting a highway patrolman. …"

11:24am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW

Big Whoops Cascade

…Two years ago in a less turbulent time, Mike Premeau and Kathy Danke launched a small business, Memories Gourmet Pizza Co., in their Wisconsin town. … The two were successful… They grew a base of loyal customers. … But all that was threatened this week when people began mistaking them for Memories Pizza of Walkerton, Indiana…

5:03pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW
2

Spiritual Matters

[Naming the animals cartoon]

4:59pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW

…a letter sent out from the Keller Independent School District in Keller, Texas. …they had a speaker who, while discussing ways to alleviate stress had the horrifying audacity to “use overt language asserting his own personal Christian beliefs.” …principal Michael Nasra sent out a letter of apology about this horror. …

4:46pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

Hemp

Police in Edmond, Oklahoma on Friday busted what they claimed the biggest marijuana growing operation they had ever come across, local media reported. Police said the operation, hidden inside a well-maintained and unremarkable home, contained about 500 plants. …

5:40pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW

Political World

…graph of over 20 years of Employment-Population ratio data (January 1995 – March 2015), correlated with Majority Party… the WORST month under George W. Bush was better than the BEST month under Barack H. Obama…

4:44pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW
3

Defending Ourselves

Bat

[Retired teacher turned writer in Montana has panic attack seeing someone openly carrying in the furniture department.] …How was I to know that the person carrying that gun was someone I could trust? Would he, at any moment, misread a stranger’s comment or movement, pull his gun and blast him/her away? … The absurdity of “protecting” us from some government which will take our guns away makes me question the sanity of these proponents. … Others packing guns do not make me feel safe; they make me feel as if we’re living in some kind of kill-or-be-killed, Mad Max post-apocalyptic horror film. We’re not. [(Emphasis added.) Sure, it's a perfect world until you get held up, honey. You're living in irrational fear. Let's take it further. "I saw a man with bare hands… Would he, at any moment, misread a stranger’s comment or movement, and try to strangle me?" What about the driver in the oncoming car? People walking behind you. Better never leave the house! Sheesh!]

8:07pm CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Geezer

Vic News Network morning report begins here today.

"…On this day in 1975 Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They moved the company to Washington State in 1979."

9:21am CDT Sat 2015 Apr 4 :MW
2

Lost and Found

… he told his family he was "going into the open water to sail and do some fishing," said his mother… more than two months alone in a sailboat at sea, living on fish and rainwater…

7:28am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 3 :MW
3

Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pete tosses the dough, slathers on the sauce, and adds the cheese to the latest world round-up. [Belatedly, retroactively added to Friday]

"It’s pretty commonly known to those of us with more than a spoonful of functioning brain cells that the left is populated by nuts. Not a little nuts, but full-goose, frothing at the mouth, veins bulging from the neck, spittle-flying madness. …"

10:55am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 3 :MW
Geezer Vic

Vic brings the world down to a few choice karate chops, starting here today.

"On this day in 1882 Jessie James was shot in the back of the head by Robert Ford. Ford himself was later killed by a man named Edward O'Kelly who called his name while his back was turned in a saloon and then fired both barrels of a shotgun into him."

7:22am CDT Fri 2015 Apr 3 :MW
1

Wars and Rumors

The group raided the Garissa University campus shortly after 5am local time, overwhelming guards and murdering people they suspected of being a Christian.

The death toll rose to 147 tonight and the siege ended, according to the country's disaster response agency. A total of 79 were injured and 587 were led to safety. …

Mr Wetangula said he could hear the gunmen interrogating fellow students hiding inside their rooms about their religion.

He said: 'If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die.' …

3:56pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW

Untied States

PHOENIX (Apr. 2, 2015) – Today, new Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a bill that would have allowed gold and silver to be used as “legal tender” in the state, as required by the Constitution. …

3:57pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW
2

Modern Family Life

…Kayli Rene’ Photography posted the photo on Wednesday. Sierra asked Kayli to help capture her 6-month-old’s first family photos by photoshopping in the baby’s father.

Sierra wrote on the page that she and Lane found out they were having a baby at the beginning of 2014. When she was 8 months pregnant, there was an accident and Lane tragically died.…

3:58pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW

People Die

Japanese daughter of a kimono maker, who once declared that life seemed too short, died peacefully as if she had fallen asleep… a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. … Asked for the secret of her longevity, Okawa responded nonchalantly: “I wonder about that too.” …

4:18pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW
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Breitbart is Here

Pete

Pete's collection of news, pix, posters, and vids is must-read.

"…Excuse me? Who the hell serves PIZZA at a wedding reception? It didn't matter. It was all the excuse they needed to vent their wrath on a simple business couple. They got so much hate directed at them,they were forced to close and perhaps never reopen. Ah,but never underestimate pissed-off Christians. …"

3:51pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW
Geezer

Vic kick-starts the day with his latest list of headlines and headaches.

"…On this day in 1972 actor Charlie Chaplin returned to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s. Liberals do like to call that the "Red Scare" to hide the fact that the communists did in fact permeate Hollywood and the Department of State. Charlie Chaplin may not have actually been a member of the Communist Party but he certainly sympathized with them and hung out with them as friends and confidants."

8:09am CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW

US Election 2016

Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that if he’s elected President, one of his first actions will be to undo all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

“Absolutely,” Cruz replied…

3:13pm CDT Thu 2015 Apr 2 :MW
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Wars and Rumors

…Having simmered and spat for over a decade now, Sunni-Shia hostilities seem to be rushing to the surface in every country in the Dar es Salaam. Despite the likely cost of a such civil war, no Western policy seems capable of arresting it, and the process has an energy detached from all economic or political consideration.

[Shias, Sunnis, and where we should stand]
Before looking at where we, in the West, should stand on all this, let us first look at the military, or civilizational balance between the two sides. …

2:02pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW
Crazyface

A Coptic church being built to commemorate local victims of Isis in the southern Minya Province has been attacked by scores of young Muslims, some throwing petrol bombs. At least seven people were wounded, three of them seriously, the church and grounds damaged and a car burnt out.

The church was being built in the village of al-Our, where 13 of the 21 victims beheaded by Isis in Libya originated. Coptic citizens had bought suitable land, but the construction of the church was controversial, with some local Muslims objecting to its being built at the entrance to the village. …

1:58pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW

Humans can be Dangerous

Moore OK - …They said the man yanked Lucy off her nest, and then broke her neck, killing her over the very eggs she watched. … “(I) tried to tell the guy to stop. … He picked her up and threw her in the back of the truck and drove off.” … [Male Goose] “was standing right out there for about an hour just looking down that road waiting for her to come back….” another female knew to step in, as impromptu step mom. …

4:58pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW

Know the Enemy

The frightening plot to kill 150 National Guard members that unraveled last week when FBI agents nabbed two Chicago-area cousins was the 64th case since 9/11 of Islamist terrorists plotting to strike on American soil, according to a new report that warns the radicalizing influence of ISIS must be dealt with in the U.S. and abroad. …

[Emphasis added]

7:03pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW
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April Foolishness

Hillary Faced

A copy of the private email server that was operated by Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State has turned up at a thrift shop in New York City. …

5:07pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW

[I'm only halfway through reading the list, but there's so many great ones, I rush to post this. Here's a great one, considering today's "outrage industry":]

#42: Viewers Take Offense
In early 1960, a TV viewer complained to a network about seeing a black man kiss a white woman on one of their shows. The network, eager not to offend, flew an account executive down to meet with the viewer and explain to him that the actor was actually white, but that the local station had accidentally broadcast the show at a high contrast ratio, making him appear dark-skinned. When Paul Krassner (editor of the satirical underground magazine The Realist) heard about this he was outraged that a TV network would be so afraid of offending a racist. So he designed a prank to serve as payback. He asked his readers to write to the network after the April 1st airing of the celebrity panel show Masquerade Party (a completely unexceptionable show), and to complain that they had been offended by something on it, but not to specify what it was that had offended them. Hundreds of his readers obliged. The result was panic at the network. Reportedly the TV executives watched the tape of the show repeatedly, desperately trying to figure out what could have offended so many people.

4:26pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW

Pop Culture

Gary Dahl who in 1975 invented the Pet Rock died last week at age 78. From the New York Times:

…The bar talk turned to pets, and to the onus of feeding, walking and cleaning up after them.

His pet, Mr. Dahl announced in a flash of bibulous inspiration, caused him no such trouble. The reason?

“I have a pet rock….”

7:38pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW
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Post-Racist World

Okla Flag

BARTLESVILLE – The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and the African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation will co-host the Fourth Treaty Celebration banquet on Friday, April 17, in Bartlesville [OK]. … The freedmen and their descendants – former slaves of Indians or free mixed African Indians – received tribal citizenship rights through 1866 treaties signed by tribal leaders and the U.S. government. …

2:06pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Cube in Hand

On this day, 1 April 2015, the People's Cube is celebrating ten glorious years of unstoppable revolutions. Jubilant masses of correctly educated workers, peasants, and unwashed toiling intelligentsia are coming together in towns and villages around the world, carrying People's Cube posters, peacefully hurling red cubes at the capitalist classes, and spontaneously chanting Party-approved slogans….

[Congratulations, Comrades!]

8:41pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW

For ridiculous reasons, show was renamed from “An atheist, a hillbilly & God” [Joe Dan Gorman's latest entry in the contest to get shipped first to the happy adult camps]

[Video, 20:09, on Vimeo]
[on YouTube]

5:04pm CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW
Geezer

Morning thread starts right off with Vic's Views and News today.

"…The big news last year on this date was that the Michigan Legislature passed a resolution calling for an Art V convention for a balanced budget. There was some question on whether or not it was binding because some of the States who had called for the convention had voted to recall their vote. I guess that question was answered because there has been none called. The idea scares the crap out of Congress."

9:53am CDT Wed 2015 Apr 1 :MW