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Alabama Democratic Congressional Candidate: Republicans in Congress are ‘Worse Than ISIL’

Meet the Other New Democrat Todd Akin 

The Democratic Party’s New Standard Bearer has Officially Arrived on the National Scene

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This is the only video the Alabama Congressional candidate has on his campaign account:

Source: BuzzFeed

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Disney Declined Stan Lee’s Original ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Dismissing it as ‘Too Vulgar’

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Despite appearing on screen flirting with young woman so aggressively a talking raccoon calls him a “prevert,” Stan Lee‘s original cameo in Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was dubbed so racy by Disney it was completely cut.Stan_Lee_1975_cropped

“One of the losing battles regarded Stan Lee’s original cameo in the film. Originally, Gunn had planned to have Lee in one of the Collector’s exhibits.”

Appearing on a panel at science fiction and fantasy convention Dragon Con in Atlanta, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn discussed the future of the surprise hit franchise that recently passed Captain America: Winter Soldier as 2014’s top grossing film.

“[Gunn] couldn’t believe he was able to get the line referencing Jackson Pollock into the film.”

– Evan Valentine

While telling antidotes about the film’s laundry list of cameo’s, Easter eggs and in-jokes, Gunn recounted the original plan for former Marvel chairman Stan Lee’s brief appearance. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] GOP Candidate Cory Gardner’s New Ad Backs Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Washington Examiner reports: Colorado Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner is calling for birth-control pills to be sold without a prescription in a new TV ad, putting campaign cash behind a conservative argument that’s been picking up steam in recent months.

“I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, round the clock, without a prescription — cheaper and easier, for you.”

In a 30-second ad released Tuesday, Gardner argues for cheaper, over-the-counter access to birth-control pills, an argument he previously made in a June op-ed in the Denver Post.

[In an op-ed in 2012, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal argued that adult women should be allowed to buy birth-control pills without a prescription.]

[In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a leading group of women's physicians, endorsed over-the-counter birth-control pills.]

[Here's how it's reported in backward, behind-the-times New York City - Bobby Jindal Offers "Unexpected" Endorsement of Over the Counter Birth Control Pills - nymag.com]

Gardner is running a highly competitive race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, but he’s not the first one to call for over-the-counter birth control. Read the rest of this entry »


Joe Frazier Statue Rising in Philadelphia


New York Post Front Page for September 2, 2014: ‘Maria’s Secret Lover’ & ‘Drunk Yard’

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Detroit: Not a Monster, Just Ahead of the Curve

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Detroit’s Historic Bankruptcy Trial to Begin

Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.

After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit doomed-detroitbecame the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.

[Don't miss Kevin D. Williamson's "What Doomed Detroit", available at Amazon]

Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is “more manageable,” according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr. Read the rest of this entry »


Portland, Oregon, Police Shoot Man Suspected of Trying to Carjack Motorists on I-84 Offramp

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Riots, looting, and TV satellite trucks from all over the globe expected in Portland at any moment

PORTLAND, Ore. –  Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp Monday.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street. Read the rest of this entry »


SMIDGEN REPORT: Email Reveals Lerner Ignored Union Political Expenditures

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Connor D. Wolf reports: The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.smdg-tv2

“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS.”

In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.

At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS. Read the rest of this entry »


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


The CELEBRAGEDDON 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.

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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 »


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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[Also see: The CELEBRAGEDDON of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Requests Nude Pics Investigation]

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 »


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 »


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 »


BREAKING: President Obama Jets to New Rochelle to Attend Wedding of his Personal Chef Sam Kass to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner

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Saturday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the wedding of MSNBC’s Alex Wagner to his personal White House Chef Sam Kass.

The wedding will be held at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a Westchester County farm-to-table restaurant in New Rochelle, New York.

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UPDATE: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest clarified Obama’s schedule Friday afternoon, noting that he would return to the White House tonight after his fundraisers in New York. He is expected to travel back to New York on Saturday for the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner.

[Related: Secret Service: Possible Threat To President Obama During Westchester Visit]

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According to Earnest, Obama decided to “sleep in his own bed,” do a little work tomorrow, and spend some time with his family before going to the wedding. Read the rest of this entry »


New York Post Cover for Aug 30, 2014: ‘Greek Tragedy: Bittersweet Suit Hits Whole Foods’

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Government Publishes Detailed Instructions on How to Safely Roast Marshmallows

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And if a whole marshmallow is a little too much for your overweight kids, the article suggests scrapping the whole idea of roasting marshmallows, and instead using marshmallow creme out of a jar

“Put a piece of fruit on a roasting stick, dip quickly in the crème and roast over indirect heat until a delicious golden brown.”  gpoa-stamp

The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which is National Roasted Marshmallow Day.

“You’re still having campfire fun, but the focus is on a healthier evening snack.”

As one might expect, the article is riddled with safety tips that might make you think twice about even carrying matches into the forest at all, let alone actually igniting a marshmallow and putting your family’s life at risk.

"It's all about risk management."

“It’s all about risk management.”

“First, let’s talk safety,” the article says. “Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place. The restrictions are put in place for your safety and for the safety of others.”

It also warns that children should be given a stern talking-to before any of the “fun” begins. Read the rest of this entry »


Secret Service: Possible Threat To President Obama During Westchester Visit

Originally posted on CBS New York:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities were searching late Friday for a possible suspicious person and vehicle in connection with a potential threat to President Barack Obama, who was in Westchester County for two events.

The Secret Service released a statement reporting that a “potentially suspicious person and vehicle” were being sought.

“Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided,” the statement said.

CBS Connecticut reported the person was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta with Connecticut plates. No other information has been released.

CBS affiliate WFSB-TV reported that Connecticut State Police had also been told to watch for the suspicious person and car.

Further details were not released late Friday.

The president flew into Westchester County Airport in White Plains on Friday afternoon.

He was to attend…

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