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  • Ninth Circuit Court Rules Border Wall Must Be 'Short Enough That A Pregnant Woman Carrying..(satire)

    12/18/2018 10:16:54 PM PST · by bitt · 8 replies
    babylonbee.com ^ | 12/13/2018 | ADMIN
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Amid heated debate in Washington over President Trump's border wall, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in, ruling that construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall can proceed, so long as it is "short enough that a pregnant woman carrying a child in each arm could be expected to scale it without difficulty." While that definition may seem vague to some, the Ninth Circuit's judges further clarified in their decision that "two or three feet high ought to suffice." Contractors working on the wall have been ordered to have a pregnant woman and several children on hand....
  • "Conservative" Opposition to Ending Obamacare Makes Me Sick

    12/18/2018 4:09:00 PM PST · by rebuildus · 18 replies
    PRRooney.com ^ | 12/18/18 | Patrick Rooney
    “CONSERVATIVE” OPPOSITION TO ENDING OBAMACARE MAKES ME SICK A Howard Kurtz article on Fox News this morning, Why Some Conservatives Don’t Like the Ruling Against Obamacare,” is mis-titled. There should have been quote marks around the word “conservative.” No self-respecting conservative would ever oppose a ruling striking down Obamacare, as has just happened when a federal judge in Texas ruled the law unconstitutional. Think about it—how is it possible for a law MANDATING that you buy a product be Constitutional? Medicine is a product. The practice of medicine is a commercial service. That’s free enterprise. If you force a doctor...
  • Making U.S. Fire Departments More Diverse and Inclusive

    12/18/2018 3:08:22 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 45 replies
    Picture a typical firefighter. Who comes to mind? If you imagined a white man, that’s understandable: 96% of U.S. career firefighters are men, and 82% are white. This homogeneity is striking, especially when you compare it to the U.S. military, which is 85% men and 60% white, and local police forces, which are 88% men and 73% white. Many fire departments recognize that their lack of diversity as a problem and say they’re committed to increasing racial and gender diversity. “We have to diversify, because it actually improves our organization. It helps us address the needs of the public better,”...
  • Iconic Swiss chocolate becomes Halal to conform with Islamic purity law

    12/18/2018 2:41:09 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 48 replies
    Toblerone, the iconic triangular shaped chocolate bars have been made halal to meet the demands of the Islamic market. The change, that silently took place in April this year, has now been revealed to Swiss newspaper Blick. Owned by the American food company Mondelez, all Toblerone bars are being produced in the Swiss city of Bern. A spokeswoman of the company explains to Blick that since April the sweets comply with the Islamic purity law and ingredients and production now meet halal standards. She says the “Toblerone’s original recipe remained unchanged”. She justifies the change with Toblerone’s status as export...
  • A chat about student loans for Freepers with secondary education.

    12/18/2018 10:35:06 AM PST · by Baynative · 69 replies
    Curiosity ^ | 12/18/18 | Baynative
    I am curious about the growing conversation over the repayment or forgiveness of the $1.3 TRILLION (and growing) student loan debt. Like everyone I knew who didn't have full scholarship, I worked my way through college and I don't remember ever meeting anyone who had a student loan.
  • Prosecutors Announce Largest Ever International Sex Trafficking Bust in the US

    12/18/2018 7:21:31 AM PST · by Steve1999 · 16 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-12-17 21:00 | Jay Greenberg
    A federal jury has convicted 36 people for their roles in an international sex trafficking ring, making the case the largest of its kind in the United States, prosecutors have announced. U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald revealed that the final five defendants were found guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota late last week.
  • Michigan man, 90, dresses like Santa to bring Christmas to wife in nursing home

    12/18/2018 12:32:53 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    ctvnews ^ | December 17, 2018
    A 90-year-old Michigan man dressed up as Santa and brought Christmas to a local nursing home so his wife of six decades could celebrate the holidays. Don West was at his wife's bedside as a guitarist strummed along during a holiday party at Golden Days II Adult Foster Care in Charlotte. His 86-year-old wife, Jackie, has been living at the home since she suffered her first stroke last year.
  • This guy built a ‘glitter bomb’ and filmed Amazon thieves getting their just deserts.

    12/18/2018 12:05:39 AM PST · by lowbridge · 80 replies
    upworthy.com ^ | December 18, 2018 | Leo Shvedsky
    You really shouldn’t steal from Mark Rober. I mean, you shouldn’t steal from anyone, but you REALLY shouldn’t steal Mark Rober’s mail. The engineer and YouTube star really knows his stuff - he literally helped design the Mars Rover. But when Rober realized people were stealing his packages (he caught the thieves on his home video) he was stumped. In a video that has immediately gone viral, Rober says he reported the crime to the local police who said they simply didn’t have time investigate the incident, even though Rober had done much of the heavy lifting by capturing the...
  • Prince George's Co. school board members ask Redskins' leaders to sign Colin Kaepernick

    12/17/2018 8:54:45 PM PST · by KevinB · 32 replies
    WJLA ^ | December 13, 2018 | Anna-Lysa Gayle
    PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — David Murray is one of seven school board members in Prince George’s County now calling for Colin Kaepernick to sign with the team. This week, they sent out an open letter to owner Daniel Snyder and other leaders. “Knowing that we have the most dire need for him, we want him signed right now,” said Murray. “He can do a lot of great work to support our schools and our county if he comes here.” “Signing Kaepernick would send an even more powerful message today; that a person can peacefully protest for causes that...
  • Type "Trump" to See What He's Up Against

    12/17/2018 8:24:30 AM PST · by rebuildus · 28 replies
    PRRooney.com ^ | 12/17/18 | Patrick Rooney
    TYPE “TRUMP” TO SEE WHAT HE’S UP AGAINST I saw an article over the weekend that listed the various legal ways President Trump, family, businesses, and associates are being attacked. It’s mind boggling. If they didn’t find something on him, that should be the story, because with the mountains of laws in our modern society, you can find something on anyone—particularly, I’m sure, on the those who are going after Trump the hardest. So I searched for the article this morning, to include its link in this post. I couldn’t remember the title, or even any keywords in it, so...
  • Germany to ‘Re-Educate’ Children from Conservative ‘Right Wing’ Families

    12/17/2018 7:37:32 AM PST · by McQ444 · 45 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-12-16 21:00 | Pippa Crerar
    When the government starts deciding how your children will think even before they have left pre-school, you can safely say you're locked inside an Orwellian system controlled by oppressive bureaucrats. But George Orwell may not have foreseen the sheer magnitude of how far the government will go to control our children's minds.
  • Health insurers tumble on Wall Street after Obamacare ruling

    12/17/2018 7:34:40 AM PST · by McQ444 · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2018-12-16 21:00 | Joe Williams
    Top insurers began the trading day on Monday with losses on Wall Street after a federal judge ruled Friday afternoon that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Anthem's stock was down 2.62 percent to $268.37 per share in trading in New York. UnitedHealth Group was down 1.6 percent to $260.78, while Centene was down 7.94 percent to $117.40.
  • Clint Eastwood's The Mule (No Spoiler Alert)

    12/17/2018 7:24:46 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 61 replies
    Rottton Tomatoes ^ | 12/17/2018 | Nikos1121
    So, like many here, I'm waiting for the opening of Clint's new movie, The Mule. Why? Hmmm. Let me counts the ways. 1. His movies are 95% of the time entertaining, esp if he's in them. 2. I like watching him. 3. His movies cut thru the crap, and make you think while at the same time have you glued to the seat, I'm thinking of the 2 two Iwo Jima movies, or Gran Torino, Unforgiven, etc 4. HIs movies can be funny, like Bronco Billy. Ok? So, I'm eagerly awaiting this one, The Mule, as I've seen the previews....
  • Christmas in Poland is how Christmas in Europe should be

    12/16/2018 5:05:02 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    It becomes a familiar recipe in Europe: If you want to see a traditional Christmas, head East. While you can barely see the Christmas trees through barricades and road blocks in Germany, in Poland it’s a completely different story. This is Poland: This is the UK, Germany, Sweden, and France:
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven Happy 248th Birthday

    12/16/2018 2:16:42 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 34 replies
    https://www.onthisday.com/ ^ | December 16, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
  • Schools Ordered to Teach Eight-Year-Olds That ‘Boys Can Have Periods Too’

    12/16/2018 11:16:11 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 16, 2018 | Virginia Hale
    Schools in Brighton have been ordered to teach children as young as eight that people “of all genders” can have periods, as well as to install sanitary waste disposal units in every toilet room. The instructions were included in guidelines published by the local council earlier this month on ‘Taking a Period Positive Approach in Brighton & Hove Schools’, which assert there is “more work to do across all settings to prevent and reduce stigma related to periods and talking about periods”. Under the subheading ‘key messages’, teachers are told to stress to pupils that “trans boys and men and...
  • Every Man Should Have a Roll-Top Desk

    12/16/2018 4:04:18 AM PST · by vannrox · 107 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 16DEC18 | Editorial staff
    Here I would like to discuss a long standing dream that I have had since I was a small boy; the possession of a large roll-top desk complete with a multitude of tiny drawers, chubby-holes, and spaces for all my personal junk and treasures. I have had this dream for a long… long… long time. With that in mind, let’s discuss this work of art; this magnificent idea and concept of the roll-top desk. During the last century, the idea of a Roll-Top desk was appealing and very popular all over America. Many American homes had these styles of desks...
  • My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley

    12/16/2018 1:23:00 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 28 replies
    WBUR ^ | December 14,2018 | Shirley Wang
    "And the next thing I know, he shows up. Everybody’s like, 'Who’s the Asian dude over there?' I just started laughing. I said, 'That’s my boy, Lin.' They’re, like, 'How do you know him?' I said, 'It’s a long story.' "
  • Woman punches bear, gets help from dog to survive attack

    12/15/2018 6:45:19 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Fri, Dec 14 2:20 PM | MARK SCOLFORO
    A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the attacker. Melinda LeBarron has broken bones, cuts and bruises and multiple bites after the attack outside her home in rural Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening, her son said. She remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday. Her dog — fittingly named Bear — was also bitten several times and has a broken sternum and separated ribs. "I'll just put it this way — she's very, very lucky to be alive," said her son, Trent LeBarron, who described her as...
  • Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is Out (A Tale of Two Movie Reviews)

    12/15/2018 6:11:22 PM PST · by rebuildus · 73 replies
    PRRooney.com ^ | 12/15/18 | Patrick Rooney
    Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is Out (A Tale of Two Movie Reviews)I’ve always loved movies. The first movies I remember were when my older sister—for some reason—would take me along when she went to the Drive In. She was probably baby sitting and wanted to get out of the house! Drive Ins were big in Southern California in the late 60s, early 70s. The first movie I remember was Paint Your Wagon, but I remember nothing about it, except I didn’t like it or understand it. The second was Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. It was raw and masculine....