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Roger Staubach, Americas Quarterback

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The former quarterback on the Cowboys, his famed pass and his success in the real-estate game

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From this weekend’s WSJ, a profile of one of my heroes:

“This year is our year,” says former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. The legendary football player turned real-estate mogul is sitting far from the field in a glass-enclosed conference room overlooking the Dallas skyline. He’s a few feet from his corner office at real-estate company Jones Lang LaSalle, where he is executive chairman of the Americas region. Although he’s hopeful about the Cowboys’ prospects, he adds, “I said that last year.”

“A reporter later asked what he was thinking, and he replied, ‘I just closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.’ The next day, headlines read, ‘Hail Mary Pass Wins Game’.”

Whether they win or lose, to Mr. Staubach, the Cowboys will always be “America’s Team.” And at age 72, he says he sometimes still gets called “America’s Quarterback.” The Cowboys earned their nickname in 1978, when the National Football League released a film of the same name about the team. The previous year, the Cowboys had earned the highest television ratings and sold the most merchandise of any team in the NFL. Mr. Staubach, who played from 1969 to 1979, still remembers a Philadelphia Eagles player knocking the wind out of him and saying, “Take that, America’s quarterback!”

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More From the Interview

What happened after you threw your famous Hail Mary pass?

“One of the fans threw a whisky bottle on the field hit the ref in the head and knocked him out. He was bleeding. I got hit as soon as I threw the ball, so I didn’t really see…I’m laying there and the crowd is silent and I said, ‘Oh,’then I jumped up because I figure if they’re silent maybe he caught the ball. And sure enough there are already some oranges out on the field because the Super Bowl was going to be at the Orange Bowl and the Vikings fans were counting on being in the Super Bowl. They were shocked.”

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Messaging: Biden Uses ‘Take Back America’ Phrase Obama And Holder Think is Racist

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From The CornerJoel Gehrke: Vice President Joe Biden staked his claim to the labor vote by declaring that “it’s time to take back America” in order to ensure that the middle class gets an “equal share” of prosperity in the country.

“It’s time to take back America. If we don’t, America’s in trouble.”

Biden said in Detroit Monday.

“You know, people talking about taking their country back…There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

– Attorney General Eric Holder

Biden’s comments come in the 6th year of his vice presidency, shortly after Attorney General Eric Holder said that such language is racist,

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC last month, per The Hill. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

And Obama agrees, or did in 2011, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Ken Walsh…(read more)

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The Morning After: Crews Tear Down Stages Built for Made In America Music Festival


Islamic State Reportedly Bans Uploading Beheadings to Social Media

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 reports: The jihadist terror group Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, has become a particularly dangerous threat to the West through its guerrilla-style war tactics and decentralized organization, making targeting leaders more difficult for Western militaries.

“The ban on beheading videos appears to be a response to an increase in Islamic State beheading footage circulating on the Internet since the execution of James Wright Foley.” 

ISIS leaders are now cracking down on social media, however, according to reports that leaders are calling for a ban on uploading beheading footage to the Internet.

“A complete switch from videos of children singing the Islamic State’s official song to videos of violent beheadings threatens to scare away Westerners who may have a soft spot for the concept of jihad; thus, the crackdown on beheading videos.”

A report first appearing in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, and later in Israel’s i24 News and Iran’s Ahlul Bayt News Agency, claims that Islamic State leaders are calling for jihadi commanders to order their underlings to stop uploading beheading videos online “without explicit permission.” Reports from i24 state that it is believed that these leaders are cracking down on the graphic footage because of fear that a deluge of violent social media coverage will damage the jihadist organization’s reputation. Read the rest of this entry »


The CELEBRIGEDDON of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Requests Nude Pics Investigation

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of the Oscar winner online, a publicist for the actress said.

 Enetertainment Weekly‘s Kyle Ryan has this:

Various reports say nearly 60 photos of Lawrence in various stages of undress circulated after a hacker posted them to 4chan, the Internet’s screaming id, alongside similarly racy leaked photos of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, and allegedly many others—all of them women. 

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Kirsten Dunst photos were also swept into the controversy, though no statement has been issued

Winstead confirmed in dispiriting tweets that her pics were real, but Justice and Grande have denied it. (TMZ quotes a Grande tweet, “My petite ass is much cuter than that,” though it’s not on her Twitter page anymore.)

Meanwhile, the presumed stockpile of penis photos taken by Hollywood actors remains curiously untouched.

Intimate images of the actress, who stars in “The Hunger Games” film franchise and won an Academy Award for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” began appearing online on Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many of the images could not be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.

 “Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private.”

– Security researcher Ken Westin

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Mahoney declined to provide further details, including which authorities were contacted. Lawrence, 24, is a three-time Oscar nominee. Read the rest of this entry »


Protesters Seize Pakistan’s State TV

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Pakistani opposition protesters run toward police during clashes near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad on Monday. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Clashes Continue Between Antigovernment Crowds and Police

ISLAMABAD—Antigovernment protesters on Monday briefly occupied the headquarters of the country’s state television, causing its broadcast to go blank, in a further escalation of the political crisis that is threatening to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistani policemen wearing riot gear standby in case of violence near the protest venue of Pakistan’s fiery Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri near the parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug 30, 2014. ANJUM NAVEED — AP  Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/08/30/3650276/pakistan-protesters-march-on-pms.html#storylink=cpy

Pakistani policemen wearing riot gear standby in case of violence near the protest venue of Pakistan’s fiery Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri near the parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan . Anjum Naveed — AP

“The government claims that we are only 5,000 people. So we decided to show them what ‘5,000’ people can do, we chased the police from here.”

– Amir Shahzad, one of the protesters

Armed soldiers and paramilitary Rangers forces arrived at the scene by noon local time, prompting the protesters leave the building. The soldiers surrounded the compound. Read the rest of this entry »


LONDON: Thousands Gather In Massive Demonstration Against UK Anti-Semitism

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For Breitbart London reports: Over 4,500 people thronged the streets of London outside the Royal Courts of Justice today to protest about the rise of anti-Semitism on the streets. The attendees carried banners reading “zero tolerance for antisemitism” and “prosecute hate before it’s too late” as they listened to speakers including Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Maajid Nawaz from the Quilliam Foundation, and Douglas Murray.

“Yes, there is a rising tide of antisemitism and yes, it is terrifying, but it will only get worse unless we stand up for ourselves.”

It was organised by the group Campaign Against Antisemitism UK, who describe themselves as “a network of activists committed to countering the rising tide of antisemitism spreading throughout the UK and Europe.” Advertising the event on their Facebook page, the campaigners explained the need for the rally:

“We must stand together to turn the tide.”

“We have all been having dinner table conversations about “the situation”. We worry together about the rise in antisemitism and commiserate: “It’s terrifying, isn’t it?” People are even wondering aloud whether the UK, our country, where we are rooted, is a safe place for Jews to bring up children. Read the rest of this entry »


China complains that American education is undermining Communist ideology amongst Chinese students

Originally posted on China Daily Mail:

Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette teaches students from China and other countries how to identify herbs by smell as part of an English immersion summer program in Deerfield, Mass.

Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette teaches students from China and other countries how to identify herbs by smell as part of an English immersion summer program in Deerfield, Mass.

Chinese students have shown an insatiable appetite for attending U.S. colleges — last year alone, more than 235,000 were enrolled at American institutions of higher education. But now, some in China are grousing that the SAT may impose American values on its best and brightest, who in preparation for the exam might be studying the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights instead of “The Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung.”

“Including content from America’s founding documents in a revised U.S. college entry exam has drawn attention in China, with worries the materials may impose the American values system on students,” China’s official New China News Agency said last week.

The U.S. College Board in March announced plans to redesign the SAT…

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Social Media Goes Cuckoo Bananas Over Massive Celebrity Nude Photo Leak

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Mashable (and everyone else on earth at the same time) reporting:

A massive leak of what appears to be celebrities in compromising positions has seen the Internet go into overdrive.

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On Sunday evening, a hacker posted photographs to 4Chan purporting to show dozens of stars naked or partially exposed. The images spread quickly across Twitter and other social media platforms.

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The ‘master list’ released by the hacker includes some of the biggest names in the world such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and many more. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Hey, it Still Might Work’

95 Percent of BBC Viewers Think Multiculturalism Has Failed

A whopping 95 percent of respondents to a BBC straw poll have said that they think multiculturalism in Britain is a failure. The poll was taken yesterday morning during the BBC’s Saturday Morning Live show, and asked “Is multiculturalism working?” Just 5 percent said “Yes”; 95 percent said “No”.Screen Shot 20140831 at 144923

“fortunately the actually scientific polling suggests that’s quite a pessimistic answer.”

Breitbart LondonJames Delingpole was a guest on the show. During the discussion of the results, he said: “I think the thwacking great majority in that poll says it all. The multicultural experiment in Britain has failed totally and people have finally realised how much it has failed. Rotherham was just one example; we’re seeing cases all around the country. It has been a disaster. I think that this is going to be the turning point.”

Also on the show was the left-wing journalist Owen Jones, who extolled the virtues of interracial sex and claimed: “fortunately the actually scientific polling suggests that’s quite a pessimistic answer. Yes there are always tensions which we need to work on. We need to bring our communities together. But Britain has one of the highest levels of interracial relationships in the whole world.”

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“I’m investigating that other 5%, but so far we haven’t found anyone willing to go on the record.'”

“We need to break down segregation like faith schools. We concentrate poor people in particular areas because of the lack of social housing, and that disproportionately affects people from black and minority ethnic communities.” Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] Fong Flashback: Extra-Golden, Puckered, Crunchy-Topped Paradise

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…Another iconic HK treat is the slyly named ‘pineapple bun’, containing no pineapple (false advertising alert!) but reflecting just the pineapple-like appearance of that extra-golden, puckered, crunchy top that never fails to crumble into a delightful mess. In case you seek a cholesterol boost (beyond the lard that is part of the crunchy top – good luck wiping that from your memory!), most cha chaan tengs serving these local treats can’t leave well enough alone – but instead insert a slab (not a sliver) of butter to melt inside…(read more)


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A Sea of Phones Illuminating Tamar Park, Connecting the Executive and Legislative Hearts of Hong Kong


UPDATED [VIDEO] Perks: Islamists Throw Pool Party at US Embassy Compound in Libya


[PHOTOS] Actors John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, Diane Keaton and Al Pacino

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John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands

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Diane Keaton and Al Pacino


Illustrata Publica Virtus: Millions and Millions of Public Domain Images Being Put Online

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From Techdirt‘s Mike Masnick:

Here’s some nice news. Kalev Leetaru has been liberating a ton of public domain images from books and putting them all on Flickr. He’s been going through Internet Archive scans of old, public domain books, isolating the images, and turning them into individual images. Because, while the books and images are all public domain, very few of the images have been separated from the books and released in a digital format.

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To achieve his goal, Mr Leetaru wrote his own software to work around the way the books had originally been digitised. 

The Internet Archive had used an optical character recognition (OCR) program to analyse each of its 600 million scanned pages in order to convert the image of each word into searchable text. 

As part of the process, the software recognised which parts of a page were pictures in order to discard them.  Read the rest of this entry »


Paperback Thriller: Obamacare

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Nautilus Live Explorers Discover a Deep Sea Creature They Can Hardly Believe Is Real

Deep Sea News writer R.R. Helm calls it a “shocking shade”, remarking that this footage truly stands out.

“I can’t believe that’s a living thing.”

While there’s no shortage of weird and wacky ideas in science fiction about what creatures from other planets might look like, few are quite as remarkable as those that can actually be found right here on Earth.

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“To me, the best part of science is stuff like this: seeing something that completely takes my breath away.”

Recently, a team from the Nautilus Live expedition piloting a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) happened upon one of the most fascinating-looking lifeforms in the world — this rare, purple siphonophore roving through the ocean’s depths. Even the experienced deep sea explorers, well-acquainted with the marine animals, had a hard time accepting that what they were seeing was really real.

” Even after studying animals like this for the last five years, this video has me in awe. The animal captured in this footage, simply put, is stunning.”

“Wow. Okay, that’s awesome,” says one ROV operator. “I can’t believe that’s a living thing.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] NSFW: A Tribute to Bacon

NSFW = Not Safe for Wimps - August 30 is International Bacon Day!

The holiday, which was started by a bunch of graduate students, doesn’t have the most legitimate of origins. However, does on bacon-bookreally need a reason to celebrate the glorious food that is bacon?

[Check out the book Bacon: A Love Story at Amazon.com]

In honor of this holiday, here are several ways in which you can celebrate all things bacon. As you will note, many of these ideas come from our Bacontine’s Day celebrations. Again, could any non-vegetarian say having two days devoted to bacon is a bad thing?

1. Make bacon roses. Tell your loved ones “Happy National Bacon Day!” with a bouquet of the best-smelling flowers possible. Instructions are in the video below.

2. Go to the Keystone Regional Chili Cook OffMore than 50 cooks will be competing to have their chili named the best on Aug. 30 at City Island. It’s all part of Kipona and bacon definitely has a part to play here. In fact, there will be a Kunzler Best Use of Bacon Contest. Sounds like a tasty way to celebrate National Bacon Day.

3. Eat pork belly. Specifically the kind served at Smoke BBQ in Lower Paxton Twp., which was featured on our list of 65 things to eat and drink in the midstate. The pork belly there has a jalapeño bacon glaze, which makes it Bacon Day appropriate. Read the rest of this entry »


Urban Ingenuity: Man Turns Unused Basement Room into a Log Cabin Replica for $107

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MAKE Magazine has this gem: For most of us, having a log cabin is only a place we can rent from time to time to get away from the madness in the city. Owning one is out of our reach, however building one is a different matter altogether and doesn’t require a fortune to do so, provided you have an extra room and some basic carpentry skills. Read the rest of this entry »


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