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4-Inch Fork Stuck In Penis

4-Inch Fork Stuck In Penis | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Men of the world, here's a piece of advice: There are many ways to bring happiness to your Johnson, but sticking a fork into it isn't one of them.
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Million to one shot, Doc

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Former NC lawmaker and Maddow discuss Republican ‘warp speed’ assault on voting rights | The Raw Story

Former NC lawmaker and Maddow discuss Republican ‘warp speed’ assault on voting rights | The Raw Story | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

A former North Carolina state lawmaker defended her decision to resign her position in order to fight the state’s new voter suppression measures in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Monday night, calling it the best avenue.

“I can’t accomplish anything in this next session,” former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird (D) told Maddow on Monday, explaining that the Republican-dominated state legislature would primarily focus on tweaking Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) budget. “For my situation, I can’t do anything because I’m one of only 17 Democrats out of 50 (senators).”

Kinnaird, who resigned on Monday in the midst of her eighth term in office, told Maddow she planned to work at the grassroots level to make sure more voters had the state-issued photo identifications required under the new law, which even McCrory admitted he didn’t totally know.

Kinnaird also backed up Maddow’s account of various local elections boards, each stacked with conservatives, aiming to curtail voting and early voting rights at universities — and particularly at historically black institutions — across the state, in apparent defiance of the Supreme Court’s decision affirming them in 1979.

“So, shut them down at Appalachian State. Shut them down at Elizabeth City. Shut them down at Winston Salem State,” Maddow recounted. “This has all happened within the past week. Voting rights under assault at warp speed in North Carolina.”

 

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U.S. Challenges Proposed Huge Airline Merger

U.S. Challenges Proposed Huge Airline Merger | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — The federal government is challenging the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

The U.S. Justice Department, joined by the attorneys general of six states, filed a lawsuit to block the merger Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

The airlines said the government's conclusions were wrong, and they vowed to use "all legal options" to fight back.

The government's challenge threatens to quash a deal that would create the world's largest airline by passenger miles. The airlines could challenge the government in court, or possibly agree to concessions that would convince regulators to approve the merger.

The lawsuit caught many observers by surprise. In the last five years, antitrust regulators had allowed three other major airline mergers to go ahead, leaving five airlines in control of about 80 percent of domestic market. But the government argued that this merger would hurt consumers around the country by eliminating a competitor on more than 1,000 routes.

Last year, business and leisure travelers spent more than $70 billion on airfare in the United States. Consumer advocates cheered the lawsuit.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

DOJ blocks the US Airways/American Airlines merger.

 

With only 5 Airlines controlling 80% of the US market, the DOJ finally decided ariline competition is a good thing. 

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LeBron passes Kobe as NBA's most popular

Two world championships seem to have healed some wounds for fans of LeBron James.

 For the first time in four years, the Miami Heat forward is the most popular player in the NBA, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll. Nearly 13 percent (12.9) of NBA fans said James was their favorite player this season, allowing him to best Kobe Bryant (12.5) for the first time since the 2008-09 season. That was the only other season when James passed the Los Angeles Lakers star, the top pick by fans for five of six years from 2006-07 to 2011-12.

After "The Decision," James' approval rating slipped drastically. For his final season in Cleveland, 15.6 percent of fans called him their favorite, according to the ESPN Sports Poll taken after the 2009-10 season. But for his first two years with the Heat, James was called fans' favorite player by 10.2 and 9.4 percent, respectively. 

But James became easier to love, thanks in part to his play on the court, which led to two titles and two Finals MVP awards. While casual fans of the league still didn't like him as much as they did at the height of his Cleveland days, the most recent ESPN Sports Poll shows that more avid NBA fans (18.9 percent) call James their favorite today than at any other point in his career. 

The numbers show that James separated himself from Bryant thanks to greater support of the African-American population. Twenty-four percent of African-Americans said James was their favorite player this season compared to only 16 percent mentioning Bryant. James also skewed younger, as 18 percent of kids 12-17 said they preferred him while only 15 percent preferred Bryant. 

Rounding out the top five are Kevin Durant (3.6 percent), Derrick Rose (2.8) and Dwyane Wade (2.6).


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Death Toll In Syria Rises To 100,000

Death Toll In Syria Rises To 100,000 | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday raised the death toll in Syria's civil war to more than 100,000, up from nearly 93,000 just over a month ago.

Ban called on the Syrian government and opposition to halt the violence in the 2 ½ year civil war, saying it is "imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible."

The secretary-general spoke before talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who stood nearby.

"There is no military solution to Syria," Kerry then told reporters. "There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table."

The United States and Russia are trying to convene an international conference in Geneva, along with the United Nations, to try to agree on a transitional government based on a plan adopted in that city a year ago.

Kerry said he talked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday and that both countries remained committed to bringing the warring parties together to further peace efforts.

"We will try our hardest to make that happen as soon as is possible," Kerry said.

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New Hampshire Becomes 19th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

New Hampshire Becomes 19th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a bill on Tuesday making New Hampshire the 19th state -- and the final in New England -- to legalize medical marijuana.

The new law, which received final approval from state lawmakers in June, establishes a process to set up alternative treatment centers, which will dispense marijuana for qualified patients with "chronic or terminal diseases" or "debilitating medical conditions."

"Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse," Hassan said in a statement.

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the new law doesn't allow allow patients to grow marijuana plants in their homes, and contains language that could create potential legal problems for would-be patients who turn to cannabis for treatment before state ID cards become available.

Still, the move marks a long-awaited turnaround for medical marijuana advocates in New Hampshire, who had noted that the state was subject to some of the nation's strictest laws on the substance. Lawmakers had approved of measures to back away from the harsh restrictions multiple times in years past, only to have their efforts stalled by veto or other legislative roadblocks.

With New Hampshire's move, all New England states have now legalized medical marijuana, comprising six of the 19 states -- and the District of Columbia -- that have such laws on the books.

 

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Anthony Weiner, or ‘Carlos Danger,’ Admits to More Cybersex — But Was It After the Scandal? [Updated]

Anthony Weiner, or ‘Carlos Danger,’ Admits to More Cybersex — But Was It After the Scandal? [Updated] | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

It was bound to happen sooner or later: An anonymous woman has claimed to the Arizona-based gossip and nudies site The Dirty that she carried on an explicit online affair with mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner — after he was busted and forced to resign from Congress for the exact same thing. "She was lured by Anthony Weiner post scandal via Facebook," wrote the site's editor Nik Ritchie yesterday. "They had a relationship for 6 months and she believed they were in love ... The relationship consisted of Anthony Weiner and Anonymous sending sexually explicit pictures of each other and having sexual conversations via phone. The best part was Anthony used an alias this time thinking this would protect him. Anthony Weiner used the name 'Carlos Danger' when he would email pictures of his penis via Yahoo."

Ben Smith of Buzzfeed asked the Weiner campaign about the story early this morning, but after more than five hours, has not received a comment. Daily Intelligencer did not immediately hear back from Team Weiner.

"Even post scandal, I thought he was misunderstood," said the woman, who claims she was 22 years old at the time. "Until I got to know him. I thought I loved him. Pretty pathetic."

In follow-up posts, The Dirty printed alleged chats both filthy — as we've seen before — and mundane, including the man alleged to be Weiner offering the woman a chance to be featured on a panel hosted by Politico. "but do me a solid," he wrote. "can you hard delete all our chats here."

"He promised her many things including a condo in Chicago (1235 S. Prairie Ave) where they were planning to meet up to have sex," claims The Dirty. "Anthony Weiner has a shoe fetish, particularly heels."

In a subsequent message...

 

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Having a hard time deciding which pseudonym is more amazing: Carlos Danger or Ron Mexico. Both are so moronically awesome. 

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Batman And Superman Movie: Everything We Know So Far - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com

Batman And Superman Movie: Everything We Know So Far - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Summer 2015 is years away, but some clues are already out there about the superhero meet-up.

 

dream of a fanboy trapped in the heat outside Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, but Superman and Batman will share the screen in a follow-up to "Man of Steel" set for release during the summer of 2015.

Director Zack Snyder took the stage during the Warner Bros panel to announce that there would be another Superman movie directed by him and co-written with David S. Goyer, but that when the last son of Krypton returned, he'd bring DC Comic's other biggest hero with him. The audience was then treated to a logo that combined two of the most iconic symbols in pop culture.

Snyder and a subsequent press release didn't offer much info beyond that, but we do know a fair amount about the meet-up based on some previous reports. So as we start our countdown clock to 2015, let's review what we already know about the Batman and Superman movie.

A Superman We Know
The press release from Warner Bros following the panel confirmed that Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane would all be back for the follow-up, erasing any doubt that this will very much be a sequel to "Man of Steel." That film has already cleared $635 million at the global box office and renewed the public's interest in seeing the character on the big screen, thanks to a reboot style largely cribbed from Christopher Nolan and his "Dark Knight Trilogy." The similarity of those two properties might make one think that a meeting would only be natural, but we already know that such a team-up almost certainly will not take place.

Not Nolan's Batman
As Goyer explained to MTV News at the "Man of Steel" premiere, Christian Bale's take on Batman does not exist in the world that Cavill's Superman inhabits. "'The 'Dark Knight' films do not exist in the same universe. Zack [Snyder] has gone on record," he said. "The fact that we have Wayne Industries on the satellite, Bruce Wayne exists in this universe."

And while the combined logo from the panel confirmed as much by using a bat-symbol entirely different from the sharp Nolan design, it also provided our first look at the "Man of Steel" world version of the Caped Crusader, who will be played by an actor who has yet to be cast. The symbol resembled the one worn by an older Bruce Wayne in Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," a tale that factored into the Comic-Con panel in more than one way.

Hero Versus Hero
Snyder welcomed "Man of Steel" actor Harry Lennix to read a passage from the Miller book. "I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come," he read. "In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you." While Snyder clarified afterward that the movie would not be an adaptation of "The Dark Knight Returns," the Miller run would inform their story.

Translation: We will see Batman and Superman at odds.

Some of the best stories featuring the two legendary heroes sharing the same space put their perspectives on justice and morality in direct conflict. Pitting Batman and Superman against each other has been a mechanism for character development that comic writers have returned to over and over again for good reason, and Snyder looks to be doing the same thing here.

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BREAKING! HOUSE VOTES TO KILL OBAMACARE! HISTORIC MOVE PORTENDS FUTURE VOTES TO KILL OBAMACARE!

BREAKING! HOUSE VOTES TO KILL OBAMACARE! HISTORIC MOVE PORTENDS FUTURE VOTES TO KILL OBAMACARE! | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

So the House voted — for the 38th and 39th times, since there’s two different bills — to strangle Obamacare in its cradle, which pretty much means it was Wednesday. But this time it is Historic, because Newt Gingrich said it is. Elsewhere, in reality, the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing a report showing that in 11 states where insurance exchanges have been set up, rates for insurance plans will actually be lower than Congressional Budget Office projections. But they would say that, wouldn’t they?

This time around, the House didn’t quite vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act altogether; instead, it passed two cute little “delays” to the legislation, in response to the administration’s dumb decision to delay the employer mandate on businesses with more than 50 employees:

Republicans seized upon this delay, seeing it as yet another weakness in Obamacare. Representatives introduced two bills that will be voted upon on Wednesday evening: One calls for a one-year delay for employers, the action that the Obama administration has already taken despite Republicans stating that the executive branch does not have the power “to write or rewrite law at whim.” The second bill calls for a one-year delay on the requirement that nearly all Americans buy health insurance.

The White House said in a statement that the first bill is “unnecessary” and the second would increase health insurance premiums and the number of uninsured people.

So yeah, death knell for Obamacare, totally. Chalk up another infallible prediction for Newt Gingrich.


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At some point Republicans will realize that trying to harm the country so the President looks unfavorable is not governing. 

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Issa's Own IRS Witnesses Deny 'Political Motives' Against Tea Party

Issa's Own IRS Witnesses Deny 'Political Motives' Against Tea Party | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was told by his own witnesses on Thursday that there was no political motivation behind the scrutiny of tea party groups applying for tax exempt status.

In a USA Today op-ed on Wednesday, the California Republican sought to revive the so-called scandal by suggesting that the targeting of tea party groups could have been "directed from the White House or somewhere else outside the IRS."

And clearly conservatives were expecting fireworks at Thursday's hearing because Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft titled a Wednesday evening blog post, "BOOM!… Rep. Darrell Issa Has Information That Will Link IRS Scandal ‘Into the White House’."

Hoft had apparently become excited after Issa told Fox News' Carl Cameron that Thursday's hearing would implicate the Obama administration.

"What he said to me today was make sure to watch tomorrow’s hearing because he’s going to present the evidence to prove it," Cameron explained to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday. "That he can get it right up all the way into the White House before it was all revealed."

But those allegations seemed to quickly fizzle before Issa finished the first round of questions to D.C.-based IRS tax law specialist named Carter Hull and Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre.

"Ms. Hofacre, to your knowledge, do you know of anyone that you would say had political motives in the role of treating tea party groups?" the chairman asked.

"No, I do not," she replied.

Hull was asked the same question and responded with the same answer.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee's ranking Democrat, blasted Issa for continuing to suggest that the White House was involved in targeting tea party groups even after months of investigations produced nothing to back up those claims.

"I have never said that it was the president," Issa interrupted. "I have never said that he directed it. And certainly my questions in an op-ed were posed questions, not as conclusions."

The Ryno's insight:

Once again, Issa promised his witnesses would expose IRS links to the White House, but then his own witnesses clearly said there was no White House involvement.

 

Issa has mastered the game of screaming his wild conclusions from the rooftops without knowing what witnesses will say, then crying that the fact the witnesses say there is no link proves there must be a link out there. His entire game is trying to find facts to fit HIS conclusions, while ignoring the conclusions the actual facts prove. 

 

Issa will continue these partisan witchhunts as long as he is in office, abusing the checks and balances system to help his political party. 

 

FIRE THIS LIAR ALREADY 

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Tom Hauck's curator insight, July 19, 2013 2:16 AM

Apparently...Leftists are practicing the old Communist Russian press reporting. Scream theres nothing to see here...while the building collapses. Then say there was never a building there... Us "conspiracy theorists" will stick with our "fear mongering"...we have a better track record of truth...

Tom Hauck's comment, July 19, 2013 2:49 AM
Republicans also pointed out that while Democrats claim progressive groups may have been targeted, they have not come forward to complain about their treatment at the hands of the IRS like Tea Party groups have.

Earlier Thursday, a veteran IRS worker testified that officials from a Washington office led by a political appointee intervened in the screening of Tea Party applications, saying publicly for the first time the IRS chief counsel's office was involved in the controversial program.

Carter Hull, a recently retired tax law specialist, had earlier come under scrutiny after an employee in the Cincinnati IRS office told congressional investigators that he had been micro-managing her review of Tea Party groups' applications for tax-exempt status. But Hull revealed that he, too, was taking orders from up the chain of command.

Hull specifically said he was told to forward documents to an adviser for embattled IRS official Lois Lerner -- who first revealed the targeting of Tea Party groups and has since refused to answer lawmakers' questions. But Hull said he was then told to send documents to the Office of Chief Counsel for their review -- which is led by political appointee William Wilkins.

At an August 2011 meeting, Hull said, someone from the chief counsel's office said additional information was needed from Tea Party applicants that Hull was dealing with, and that a second letter should be sent out requesting more information.

These letters have since been cited by Tea Party groups as part of a drawn-out process that in some cases left them without any resolution for years.

Hull said during his testimony that the multi-level layer of review was "unusual." And he said the Cincinnati office was stuck on applications because he, too, was waiting for guidance from the chief counsel's office.

"I was waiting for word from chief counsel as to how to proceed," Hull said.

Hull repeatedly said that he was not told specifically to hold up applications. But he confirmed that after meeting with the chief counsel's office, applications were eventually taken out of his control and forwarded on for "further review," which he said was "rare."
(Now this was after testimony from the Inspector General AFTER these Democrat psychos accused him of ignoring the Liberals who were "targeted". The Inspector testified this NEW PACKET did not surface until last week...well AFTER the investigation. That these groups never came forward before and still have not and do not have a complaint on their treatment. So...sounds like the screamers are the Leftists who had to pull a packet out of their ass at the latest possible moment and try to say it was there all the time, but was ignored. And yes...the testimony does track the strings being pulled all the way to Obama appointee Wilkins...H SHOULD be fired for sure. So maybe be careful how you shoot off that word "liar"....liar...
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ACLU Questions 'Dragnet Surveillance Systems'

ACLU Questions 'Dragnet Surveillance Systems' | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.

Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.

As the technology becomes cheaper and more ubiquitous, and federal grants focus on aiding local terrorist detection, even small police agencies are able to deploy more sophisticated surveillance systems. While the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a judge's approval is needed to track a car with GPS, networks of plate scanners allow police effectively to track a driver's location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal restrictions. The ACLU says the scanners assemble what it calls a "single, high-resolution image of our lives."

"There's just a fundamental question of whether we're going to live in a society where these dragnet surveillance systems become routine," said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU. The civil rights group is proposing that police departments immediately delete any records of cars not linked to a crime.

 

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The Party That Campaigns on This Policy Will Sweep the '14 Elections

The Party That Campaigns on This Policy Will Sweep the '14 Elections | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Consider, if you will, the power (both political and economic) of pegging congressional salaries to the unemployment rate.

Despite economic recovery from the Bush Recession, joblessness remains high. Boomers who were near retirement have lost jobs that were supposed to provide them a little nest-egg. Millennials have not been able to gain entry-level jobs in their 20s to build their CVs for a career ladder, to purchase homes and to start families.

It is no mystery what needs to be done to get the unemployment rate down to pre-Bush Recession levels. Right-wing Republicans will not let it happen, in part because they areworried that success will show the bankruptcy of their ideas, so that even rather tepid measures such as the president's American Jobs Act go nowhere.

Although Democrats' proposals would indeed create jobs (e.g., the stimulus saved or created 3 million), and Republicons' policies would destroy them, both parties utter the word "jobs" with similar frequency so that with nothing happening, the public does not give the Democrats' much more credibility as in, "I-had-better-register-and-get-out-and-vote-for-these-people-so-that-they-will-actually-do-something-about-jobs."

 

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I dont think linking Congress' pay to actual accomplishments is a perfect idea, but it's this type of outside-the-box thinking that's needed to bring our government into the 21st century

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6 Mind-Blowing Stats on How 1 Percent of the 1 Percent Now Dominate Our Elections

6 Mind-Blowing Stats on How 1 Percent of the 1 Percent Now Dominate Our Elections | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Every House or Senate member who won an election in 2012 took money from the 1 percent of the 1 percent.

 

Here's a statistic that should jolt you awake like black coffee with three shots of espresso dropped in: In the 2012 election cycle, 28 percent of all disclosed donations—that's $1.68 billion—came from just 31,385 people. Think of them as the 1 percenters of the 1 percent, the elite of the elite, the wealthiest of the wealthy.

That's the blockbuster finding in an eye-popping new report by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan transparency advocate. The report's author, Lee Drutman, calls the 1 percent of the 1 percent "an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States." This rarefied club of donors, Drutman found, worked in high-ranking corporate positions (often in finance or law). They're clustered in New York City and Washington, DC. Most are men. You might've heard of some of them: casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Texas waste tycoon Harold Simmons, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

Those are a few of the takeaways from Sunlight's report. Here are six more statistics (including charts) giving you what you need to know about the wealthy donors who dominate the political money game—and the lawmakers who rely on them.

 

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Just 1% of the top 1% made up 28% of all disclosed donations.

 

That's not even including UNDISCLOSED donations, which they likely gave 99% of. 

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Newly Released IRS Docs Complicate 'Scandal' Narrative

Newly Released IRS Docs Complicate 'Scandal' Narrative | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Officials at the Internal Revenue Service were encouraged to flag groups with the word "emerge" in their names as well as potential successors to the anti-poverty organization ACORN, according to documents released by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

The documents add another complicated layer to the ongoing (albeit diminished) controversy surrounding the IRS screening of Tea Party groups in 2010 and 2011. They also take additional steam out of the Republican Party's insistence that the tax agency was politically motivated against conservative groups when it considered whether or not to grant tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) status.

Groups with the word "emerge" in the name tend to lean more Democratic. As The New York Times previously reported, three such organizations -- Emerge Nevada, Emerge Maine and Emerge Massachusetts -- all were denied tax-exempt status because the IRS determined that they existed strictly to benefit Democratic candidates.

"Once again it is clear that the Inspector General's report left out critical information that skewed the audit's findings and set the stage for Republicans to make completely baseless accusations in an effort to tarnish the White House," said House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) in a prepared statement. "These new documents make it clear the IRS scrutiny of the political activity of 501(c)(4) organizations covered a broad spectrum of political ideology and was not politically motivated."

The documents suggest that IRS screeners had cross-ideological guidelines when asked to determine whether or not to grant 501(c)(4) status. For example, in a Screening Workshop document released on July 28, 2010, the IRS listed "emerge" right under the words "Patriot" and "9/12 Project" as activities to screen. The concern, the document added, was that these groups "may be more than 50% political" and possibly a political action committee in disguise.

 

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Just more proof that the liar Darrell Issa needs to be removed from his post as House Oversight Chair. Abuse of power doesn't even begin to cover what this man has done. 

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Binge Drinking Costs The U.S. $171 Billion Every Year

Binge Drinking Costs The U.S. $171 Billion Every Year | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The CDC report finds that alcohol-related accidents, diseases and health care costs amount to about $223.5 billion per year. A full 70 percent of those costs — or $171 billion — can be traced to binge drinking, which is defined as having more than four or five drinks in two hours.

Those costs add up for Americans, employers, and state governments alike. About 40 percent of all alcohol-related costs are paid for by the government, according to the report. There is also a wide disparity in alcohol’s public health costs throughout the states. For instance, Iowa spends about $622 per person because of excess drinking, whereas the District of Columbia has the highest associated costs at $1,662 per person — and those are just conservative estimates.

 

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It's nice to feel like you're a part of something big. 

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Big Marijuana lobby fights legalization efforts - Byron Tau

Big Marijuana lobby fights legalization efforts - Byron Tau | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Talk about a buzz kill. Pot legalization activists are running into an unexpected and ironic opponent in their efforts to make cannabis legal: Big Marijuana.
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The Medical Marijuana lobby doesn't want weed to be legal - would hurt its profits. 

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JFK Second Shooter Named? New Documentary Makes A Radical Claim

JFK Second Shooter Named? New Documentary Makes A Radical Claim | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

A new documentary alleges that a Secret Service agent was the second (and accidental) shooter in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

At the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Sunday, producers and investigators behind Reelz Channel's new documentary "JFK: The Smoking Gun" made the claim that George Hickey, a Secret Service agent riding in the car behind Kennedy, accidentally shot the president on Nov. 22, 1963. The film follows veteran police detective Colin McLaren in his four-year investigation of the assassination and points at Hickey, who died two years ago.

..."It was his first time in the follow car, his first time holding the assault weapon he was using," McLaren said. Producers said the film's theory is that shots rang out, and Hickey grabbed his weapon to return fire. When his car stopped suddenly, Hickey accidentally discharged his weapon -- making him the second shooter, the film's investigators and producers alleged.

McLaren said he believes that Hickey's weapon had hollow-point rounds -- different from the ammunition for the weapon used by Lee Harvey Oswald, whom the Warren Commission declared in 1964 was the lone gunman in the case. Menninger and McLaren said that based on their review of the forensics in the case, they believe that Kennedy was also struck by a hollow-point round.

Oswald was killed before he could stand trial, but the case has continued to inspire various theories around just how the tragedy occurred. Books and films have advanced different ideas -- including a second shooter theory.

"We're not saying this was intentional," Menninger said Sunday. "This was a tragic accident in the heat of the moment."

"We don't suggest he was in any way involved in a conspiracy," Menninger added.

 

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Michael B. Jordan to Reteam with FRUITVALE Director Ryan Coogler for ROCKY Spinoff CREED | Collider

Michael B. Jordan to Reteam with FRUITVALE Director Ryan Coogler for ROCKY Spinoff CREED | Collider | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Director Ryan Coogler’s feature film debut Fruitvale Station took the Sundance Film Festival by storm earlier this year, picking up a handful of awards and becoming one of the most talked-about films of the fest...it appears that Coogler is ready to team up with his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan sooner rather than later, as the two are in early talks to make a Rocky spinoff film focusing on the grandson of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed. 


Deadline reports that MGM has tapped Coogler to direct Creed, with Jordan in early talks to topline the film as the grandson of Apollo Creed, the fighter who defeated Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in Rocky and also appeared in next three pics.  Stallone is apparently poised to reprise his role as Rocky in this new spinoff, but the main focus will be on the younger Creed.  While this may seem like one of many high-profile projects that Coogler was offered in the wake ofFruitvale’s success, this whole thing was apparently Coogler’s idea to begin with....


Creed will follow the timeline of the previous Rocky films pretty closely, as the story revolves around Creed’s grandson being raised “in an upper-crust home” where he doesn’t have to box thanks to the monetary benefits of his grandfather.  However, he possesses a natural instinct and seeks out a mentor to help him train, which is where Stallone’s Balboa comes in.

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A ROCKY spinoff? Yes, please. 

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The Average American Bra Size Is Now a 34 DD

The Average American Bra Size Is Now a 34 DD | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The average bra size in America is growing at a nearly exponential rate. According to sales data and customer surveys collected by national lingerie retailer Intimacy, the average American cup size has gone from 34 B in 1983 to a whopping 34 DD in 2013.

The inflation of the American breast has not gone unnoticed: Florence Williams authored an entire book on the subject in 2012, in which she said that the the average bra size has grown from a 34B to a 36C in the last 15 years. But Intimacy's statistics are especially dramatic (34DD? Really?) We checked in with some other retailers to see if they had noticed a similarly busty trend.

According to the retailers we talked to, sizes appear to be on the upswing throughout the industry. The current bestselling bra size size at online lingerie emporium Figleaves.com is a 34 E. Figleaves.com's private label brand Just Peachy has also seen a high demand in larger sizing—up to 38 G. The retailer also has plans to roll out a new collection offering selections up to 38 H to continue to meet demand.

 

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Sounds like a Ryno's Horn survey might be in order...

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John Boehner: Congress ‘Ought To Be Judged On How Many Laws We Repeal’

John Boehner: Congress ‘Ought To Be Judged On How Many Laws We Repeal’ | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

In an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that Congress passes too many laws and should actually be working to undo existing measures.

When asked about the lack of legislative activity in the current Congress, Boehner told host Bob Schieffer that the lawmaking body “ought to be judged” on how many laws it repeals:

BOEHNER: Well, Bob, we should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce. And so we don’t do commemorative bills on the floor. We don’t do all that nonsense. We deal with what the American people want us to deal with. Unpopular? Yes. Why? We’re in a divided government. We’re fighting for what we believe in. Sometimes, you know, the American people don’t like this mess.

 

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Boehner: We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.


Somebody remind this moron that their numerous votes to repeal haven't actually resulted in a single law repealed yet. 

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This is How Much Marijuana Prohibition Costs You, the Taxpayer

This is How Much Marijuana Prohibition Costs You, the Taxpayer | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Like it or not, your tax dollars support marijuana prohibition and massive incarceration. But, just how much is it?

 

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So why is marijuana STILL illegal?

 

1. You can thank the alcohol lobby for not wanting other means of relaxing made available to cut into their profits.

2. You can thank the Pharmaceutical lobby that doesn't want a cheap medication made available to cut into their profits.

3. You can thank the Prison lobby that wants to keep prison cells filled to keep profits up. 

4. You can thank the Law Enforcement lobby that doesn't want to lose the boatloads of War on Drugs money.

5. Idiots. 

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Republican Black Thursday: Stocks Are Up 110% Under Obama, Closing in On Reagan’s 116%

As Darrell Issa tries to bring down Obama again today, Obama’s actual, real record is speaking volumes on its own, and it’s not saying scandal or failure. It’s saying resounding success. 

On this Republican black Thursday, we’ve gotten news that stocks hit record highs and ObamaCare is cutting costs by more than 50% for individuals who are buying their own insurance. Not a good day to be a Republican.

Buoyant stocks, drops in jobless claims – and all of this without the help of Republicans. All of this, actually, in spite of Republicans best efforts to bring down the country as punishment for electing the Democrat.

It was just seven days ago that the Obama economy shattered records with a huge budget surplus in June. So what we have here is a Democratic president whose economic and financial record is that of a fiscally responsible President, what some might label a “fiscal conservative”, only a real one- one who pays for programs he enacts and doesn’t just borrow like a drunken frat boy from the taxpayers — not a stingy, greedy, selfish, irresponsible “fiscal conservative”.

See, when you’re careful with your money, and you pay for things instead of playing shell games with “credit” and “debt” you pretend doesn’t exist, that same sense of responsibility not only allows but informs compassionate policies.

Obama knows when to use our gains for the betterment of those more vulnerable than us. Obama knows that we have a moral responsibility to care for the vulnerable in society and that when we look out after one another, we are a stronger and better country. When we try to live up to our promises to our veterans and our children and care for our elderly, we are a better country. Not only because that’s democracy, but because that is what a truly successful country looks like.

And this is why Republicans only want to talk about the fictional monster under their beds instead of the real record of the actual President. Benghazi! IRS! This is why Darrell Issa is wasting taxpayer money again today, trying to scare up an anti-Obama drama from the dusty confines of his single basket of goodies.

 

 

The Ryno's insight:

Corporate America is doing better than ever under this horrible business killing socialist we have as President. And all of this success despite the best efforts of Republicans to sabotage our nation for their own political gain. 

Amazing how well off we'd be as a country if BOTH parties worked together to govern. 

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John Boehner Insists It's 'Nonsense' 112th Congress Was Least Productive, Even Though It Was

John Boehner Insists It's 'Nonsense' 112th Congress Was Least Productive, Even Though It Was | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bristled at a suggestion on Thursday that Congress has been "historically unproductive."

"That's just total nonsense," he told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "Now listen, we made clear when we took over, that we weren't going to be doing commemorative legislation on the floor. A lot of changes. In addition to that, most Americans think we have too many laws. And what they want us to do is repeal more of those. So I reject the premise to the question."

If the measurement of productivity is passing as few bills as possible, then yes, the last Congress was indeed the most productive ever.

But under the more traditional measurement of how many bills Congress passed and how many were signed into law by the president, it actually was the least productive since at least the 1940s.

And even repealing laws, which is what Boehner says the American public wants, would require Congress to pass new bills.

In the 112th session, Boehner's chamber passed 561 bills, which was the lowest number since record-keeping began in the 1940s. The Senate passed 364, which was the second-lowest number on record. Taken together, however, they amounted to the least productive record in modern history.

The number of bills that then became law was also the lowest. The 112th Congress even did less than the 80th Congress (1947-1948), which President Harry Trumaninfamously dubbed the "Do-Nothing Congress."

At least 40 bills concerned the renaming of post offices or other public buildings. Another six dealt with commemorative coins.

The current Congress is shaping up to have a similar track record. As of July 8, it had passed just 15 bills, the fewest in recent history by this point in the year.

The Ryno's insight:

This Congress has done nothing but destroy our country with the sequester, kill Jobs bills, waste almost 40 votes on repealing Obamacare (while never once making a suggestion to fix it) and drum up non-existent scandals...all with one goal in mind: to take down or embarass the President.

 

That's not governing, that's obstruction and a danger to our country. 

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A Terrified NCAA Bails On Its Video Game License

A Terrified NCAA Bails On Its Video Game License | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The NCAA announced today that it will no longer license its trademarks to EA Sports for use in the popular NCAA Football video game series. 2014's will be the last edition to feature the NCAA name and logos. (Individual schools and conferences have their own contracts.)

We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.

"We aren't afraid of the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit, yet we're getting the hell out of the highly profitable video game market." Makes sense.

The class-action suit led by O'Bannon, you'll remember, charges the NCAA with profiting off the images of current and former student-athletes without sharing a dime. The NCAA has always maintained, and continues to do so in this statement, that the players in the games are not meant to represent actual unpaid laborers. (This despite common sense, and former EA employees saying of course they're meant to be the specific athletes.)

This move will have no effect on the standing of O'Bannon's suit—that genie's not fitting back in that bottle. But it does provide a glimpse of how fucking terrified the NCAA clearly is about the wave of pending litigation. And it gives a preview of the NCAA's possible strategy for mitigation.

The suit's about video game money, yes, but it's more about the fraud of amateurism—the idea that college sports is somehow above money, even as the NCAA and its member institutions pull in millions by licensing off facsimiles of uncompensated players. All those athletes want is a slice of that pie. Rather than give it to them, the NCAA is declaring that no one can have any pie. Or, a more appropriate metaphor: the NCAA is that kid who, when losing at a game, hurriedly turns off his console.

The NCAA announced today that it will no longer license its trademarks to EA Sports for use in the popular NCAA Football video game series. 2014's will be the last edition to feature the NCAA name and logos.

The Ryno's insight:

NCAA ends relationship with EA Sports because it doesn't want to share profits with the student-athletes. 

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What's the definition of 'terrorism'?

What's the definition of 'terrorism'? | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

By a two-to-one margin, Americans have consistently expressed concerns about new terrorist attacks at home. But there’s a whole lot less agreement on how to define the word "terrorism." Ask 1,000 people, you’ll probably get 1,000 answers.

"Ordinary citizens, the media, and politicians throw around the term ‘terrorism’ so loosely that in ordinary conversation it has lost all but the most vague meanings," said Lance Janda, a military historian at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. "Some folks use it as a catch-all term to describe attacks or events that they don't like rather than being more precise."

It's ironic -- the word "terrorism" appears constantly in newscasts, congressional debates and speeches by world leaders, often as a way of securing public support for one security measure or another. But for such a widely used word, there's actually no single definition of what "terrorism" means. There are many, and often, they're incompatible.

Not only is the public confused about what to call "terrorism" -- the U.S. government is as conflicted as anyone. When Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, published the second edition of his book Inside Terrorism in 2006, he found considerable differences in how federal agencies defined terrorism.

 

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Given the extremely open-ended laws for what the government is allowed to get away - and what civil rights they're allowed to trample on - with prosecuting and investigating Terrorism, it's important to know exactly how they define it. 

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