Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ted Cruz on Stand Your Ground Laws

Published on Oct 29, 2013
10/29/13 - Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in early 2012, appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing regarding the controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. When it came time for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to speak at the hearing, he informed the still-grieving mother that Stand Your Ground laws actually benefit African-Americans as much as, if not more than, they do whites.

Cruz began by offering his condolences for Fulton's loss, but quickly moved on to defend the trial by jury process that found Zimmerman not guilty of murder. He also noted, correctly, that the "subject of this hearing, the Stand Your Ground laws, was not a defense that Mr. Zimmerman raised. So this entire hearing--the topic of this hearing--is not the issue on which that trial turned." Though Zimmerman's defense team did not end up using Stand Your Ground, it did come out during the trial that Zimmerman was likely aware of the law's protections when he shot Martin.

"We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life," Cruz continued. "We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury and, more broadly, to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad and irresponsible."

Then, Cruz got to one of his primary points, which concerned that effect of Stand Your Ground laws on African-American communities. He rejected the notion, put forward earlier in the hearing that "no one could reasonably believe that Stand Your Ground laws protect those in the African-American communities who are victims of violent crimes." He found that idea particularly remarkable since "a great many African-Americans find themselves victims of violent crime and have asserted this defense to defend themselves, defend their families, defend their children."

Cruz also cited the fact that "in 2004 a state senator in Illinois by the name of Barack Obama co-sponsored an expansion of Illinois' law providing civil immunity for those who use justifiable force to defend themselves" as evidence that similar laws could not possibly be racially biased. "The notion that stand your ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack," he said, "but it is not borne out by the facts remotely."



How to Cut the Poverty Rate in Half (It's Easy)

By sending every adult and child $3,000 a year, the government could achieve historic poverty reductions. Think of it as Social Security for all, not just the elderly. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


October 30 2013

9 Subtle Lies We All Tell Ourselves

Mark Manson

When I was at university, I was convinced that I wanted to be an investment banker and work on Wall Street. A year later, it took all of about three hours in the cubicle miasma known as State Street for that dream to evaporate. In hindsight, I didn’t want to be a banker as much as I wanted to feel powerful and important. Fortunately, I found other ways to meet those needs.
There was also a period of time when I was convinced that my ex-girlfriend left me because I wasn’t good enough for her and so I had to prove myself to every woman I ever met. But after a lot of over-compensation around other women, I eventually realized that I was fine and much better off without her.
Then there was the idea that every bad emotion I ever experienced was a result of some underlying trauma and that by “working through it,” I was precipitating some sort of transformation in myself. Boy, was that one delusional (Spoiler alert: Sometimes you feel bad just because you feel bad.)
What I’m getting at is that we’re often poor arbiters of our own emotions and desires. We lie to ourselves. And we do it for one obvious reason: to feel better.
We may not know exactly what we’re lying to ourselves about, but it’s safe to assume that some chunk of what we consider “truth” today, is likely nothing more than a defense against some deeper meaning which is painful to accept.
By lying to ourselves we mortgage our long-term needs in order to fulfill our short-term desires. Therefore, one could say personal growth is merely the process of learning to lie to oneself less.




Published on Oct 29, 2013
CNN: Obama Admin Trying To Silence Insurance Companies From Discussing ObamaCare Problems


Everyone thought the economy would disappear in 2009.
Everyone thought the Gulf of Mexico would be ruined. Or nuclear waste from Japan would hit San Francisco or if that you went to college you would be guaranteed a job or if you get a home then you “own” something.
In the 1970s everyone wrote books on how the world would have no food by 1980.
Most people when they get married think it will last forever.
Most people think their children can do no wrong.
Many people think they own their homes despite monthly payments to the bank and the government or else their house will be taken from them.
Many people think their representatives in government fight for them.
Family thinks you should show up at every wedding and every family occasion.
Everyone is wrong almost all of the time and it makes zero sense to argue with them. They are happy being wrong . It fulfills needs they have.
Have you ever changed anyone’s mind in an argument?
When I met Claudia I was sure I would never go out with a girl who spoke English as a Second Language.
Too hard to understand. I’d have to keep repeating myself. I’d have to keep saying “What?”
After the first date i was talking to a friend of mine. I told him Spanish was Claudia’s first language. He said, “I guess that one is over.”
Now I’m married to Claudia. I like her accent.




Monday, October 28, 2013







Toni Townes-Whitley has what it takes to get the job.
What do you get when you mix cronyism and corruption with Affirmative Action? Whatever it is, you don’t want it running your government — or your healthcare system.

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website


“The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge”

(Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)

1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

Signed_______________________________________ Dated____________________



Published on Oct 25, 2013
RT's Anastasia Churkina explores a new online dating app that has users offering each other bribes from chocolates to a full tank of gas, to spa days, to plastic surgery. Is this a new form of prostitution, or a new open-minded way of getting what you want?




Why Pets Hate Halloween.........

 Why Pets Hate Halloween........







“60 Minutes”: Hillary Clinton Deliberately Lied About Benghazi

“60 Minutes” reported tonight that Ambassador Stevens HIMSELF told the State Department that Al Qaeda was taking over buildings… before he was tortured and murdered.
This means that Hillary KNEW it was a terrorist attack, and yet she lied to the world in front of the coffins of the victims. Then she lied to congress — a deliberate FELONY for political gain. Please SHARE this.
We know the truth. Hillary committed a felony and should be PROSECUTED. Over the next few weeks, expect more and more truth to come out about Benghazi… make sure to spread this. Justice WILL be served. READ MORE HERE



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Prior to the attack, Amb Stevens approved a cable to DC that said: “The al Qaeda flag has been spotted…flying over govt bldgs”

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Police seek trio for beating, robbery of 76-year-old man

Published: October 21, 2013 
Anchorage attorney Joe Palmier didn't think twice when he saw three young men walking past his home on Edinburgh Drive on Friday.
What happened next left the 76-year-old Anchorage trial lawyer with five staples in his head, a mangled face and a bristle of stitches in his lips.
One of the young men said something but Palmier's leaf blower drowned out the words. The trio kept going. Palmier returned to his quick afternoon chore, still wearing his leather jacket and work clothes.
The next thing Palmier knew, the three young men stood in the driveway, which was strange. People don't just walk up the Palmier driveway leading to the Tudor-style home 25 or 30 feet above the road.
They asked him to contribute to a West High School fundraiser.
Palmier said no. He and his wife give to United Way every year.
"They turned to go back down the driveway and I turned in the opposite direction," Palmier said by phone Monday afternoon, home from the hospital and recovering from his injuries. "That's the last thing I remember. I woke up in a pool of blood."
Police are still looking for the three men who attacked Palmier and took his wallet, keys and an eight-diamond pinkie ring.
They were described as "three young light-skinned black males" in a police press release from police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro on Monday. Palmier said one of the three was taller than the others, at least 6 feet. He estimated their ages at anywhere from 17 or 18 to 25 or 26.
Palmier struggled back to consciousness on Friday trying to figure out where all the blood was coming from, he said. His hat was full of it. He couldn't move. His head hurt something awful.
"I put my hand back there and it literally felt like a cantaloupe that had been split open," he said. "I thought, have I been shot?"
Palmier's wife heard his screams for help. She made an urgent call to 911 just after 5:30 p.m., Castro said.
Palmier got in the ambulance and reached for his wallet to show ID and realized it was gone. Pain in his hand made him look down to see the ring was missing too.
A story materialized: One or more of the guys in the driveway bashed Palmier on the back of the head with something. He lost consciousness before he hit the ground face first. His upper and lower teeth sliced through his lips.

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Uploaded on Jan 25, 2011 The people of Kangiqsujuaq in Canada go to great lengths to add variety to their diet of seal meat, venturing under the sea ice during the extreme low tides of the spring equinox to gather mussels.

It's a race against time. They have less than half an hour to search these temporary caverns before the tide rushes back in. A look-out keeps watch for the returning tide, but warning shouts can't be too loud in case the echoes bring down the ice.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Everything I Learned in College Was a Lie

TV actress Leah Remini renounced Scientology last week. I assume she’s looking back on the past decade and wondering what she was thinking. I know how she feels. I was also a member of a cult. It’s called liberal arts.
Getting a BA in English lit and taking all the insane lefty electives that surround it is a great way to spend tons of money getting brainwashed. Before I went to college, I had common sense. I believed women are fundamentally different than men and I didn’t think everything is racist. It took them four years to convince me otherwise and about twice that long to recover. (This was in the early 90s before LGBT persecution took over the lexicon.)
Liberal-arts programs don’t point out why angry young men are being irrational. They tell us we’re not angry enough. Professors believe the customer is always right, so they provide kids courses on Sticking it to the Man. We wanted to blow minds with radical ideas, but our professors outdid us every time. I was sorta pro-choice as a teen, but my professor went a step farther by telling us it was OK to have an abortion up until a year after the baby was born. All you needed to do to be outrageous in college was quote your teachers. By the time you get your diploma, you are convinced the Western world is run by rapists from the KKK. We learned to be offended on behalf of others, and how they felt about the matter wasn’t even important. If they didn’t agree with our crusade, they needed more “education.” That’s the same cure for people who resist Scientology: more Scientology.

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Masculinity Has Changed Over The Years

This Country Was Not Built by Beta Males

October 25, 2013

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You know the pendulum has swung too far to the left when you say, “There’s nothing wrong with normal” and everyone goes crazy. I was on Huffington Post Live on Monday to discuss “How Masculinity Has Changed Over The Years.” I’ve done this before and it usually goes well. I did a segment for Father’s Day where I introduced the whimsical notion that you’re not a man until you’ve had your heart broken, broken a heart, had the shit beaten out of you, and beaten the shit out of someone.
But when I brought that up on this episode, it was met with sneers and harumphs like I was saying the best way to get a date is to club her over the head and drag her back to your cave. I was told this attitude has led to our culture of mass shootings, and the discussion quickly went from masculinity to femininity.

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Christians, Tea Party, Terrorists

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness….” -Isaiah 5:20
On the very base that was the site of mass murder carried out by a radicalized Muslim soldier, it is astonishing that it is evangelical groups that are being identified as a ‘threat.’”- Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president

Democrat Congressman compares the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in a fund-raising campaign email

  • Republican Alan Grayson claims people are sick of the Tea Party's tactics
  • He shares his anti-Tea Party talk show comments in a re-election campaign email titled: 'The Tea Party: No more popular than the Klan'
  • Includes a burning crucifix spelling out Tea Party, watched by KKK members
By Helen Collis



La Cucarachas

Thursday, October 24, 2013


A textbook company contracted to produce materials under the Common Core State Standards is trying to teach students as young as second grade about economic fairness by praising unions, protests and labor leader Cesar Chavez, according to an education watchdog group.

As part of the plan, students spend a week reading “Harvesting Hope,” a book about Chavez written by children’s author Kathleen Krull, and then discuss what the lesson plan calls “scales of fairness,” which compare the living conditions of farm workers to that of land owners.

“Fairness and equality exist when the scales are balanced,” teachers are prompted to instruct the students. They are then supposed to ask the students whether both sides, as presented in the plan, are equal, providing a correct answer of “no” in the teachers’ guides.

DHS preparing for possible EBT Riots

The government is spending 80M for riot prevention bcs they want to save 34M?

Outstanding Historical Pix

Miss America 1924
Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin
Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford's Theater on the night of his assassination. Blood stains are visible at the cuffs.
Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old, she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II's cigarette at his invitation. When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married. They remained married the rest of their lives.
Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930
This is one of five known X-rays of Hitler's head, part of his medical records compiled by American military intelligence after the German's surrendered and declassified in 1958. The records also include doctor's reports, diagrams of his teeth and nose and electrocardiograms. He had bad teeth, lots of fillings and crowns.
Two Victorian sideshow performers boxing - the fat man and the thin man.
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiialry Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.
Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical "Chicago."
Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900s.
Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole. At approximately 3pm on December 14, 1911, Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and named the spot Polheim — "Pole Home."
The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd, outed as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the prime minister's wife.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Caroline Otero, courtesan, the most sought after woman in all of Europe. She associated herself with the likes of Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia, and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster and writer Gabriele D'Annunzio. Six men reportedly committed suicide after their love affairs with Otero ended. Two men fought a duel over her. She was famed for her voluptuous breasts.
Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.
Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
Filming the MGM Logo
Amelia Earhart
Mae Questel ca. 1930's, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu, Little Audrey and Casper, the Friendly Ghost
Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC. Best remembered for her title role in the TV series "Maude" and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".
In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel. Fourteen years later, in New Zealand, he slipped on an orange peel and died.
Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm, a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers. Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty
Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.
Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.
All-American Girls Baseball, 1940s
c. 1943 : Breast Protectors for War Workers
Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.
Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.
Zelda Boden, circus performer, ca. 1910.
A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913. Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous Rosie the Riveter poster.
Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.
Black physicians treating in the ER a member of the Ku Kux Klan
Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.
Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).
Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2. They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, they'd climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London, 1956 Both women are 30 years old.
Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays "Going Home" as FDR's body is borne past in Warm Springs, GA, where the President was scheduled to attend a barbecue on the day he died. April, 1945.