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By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 1:23 EDT   TweetTaiwan’s TransAsia Airways said Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather. Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on the Penghu island chain, TransAsia said, clarifying conflicting death tolls given by officials previously. Two French medical studen...
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Gay conservative Republicans like Aaron Schock (R-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Miss McConnell (R-KY), and Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC) have traditionally locked themselves in closets and voted against LGBT equality in the hope they would fool someone. Gay conservative Democrats have usually been less hypocritical. Maine Blue Dog Mike Michaud stayed in the closet until he came out when Paul LePage started the GOP rumor machine whirling in time for the gubernatorial election. His LGBT record has been so-so, better than most conservatives but not great. Most gay conservative Democrats just come out of the closet these days-- Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ) and Sean Patrick Maloney (New Dem-NY) are good examples. They are two of the worst Democrats in Congress-- they both tend to...
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Sen John Walsh via Facebook
By David FergusonWednesday, July 23, 2014 22:54 EDT   TweetA U.S. senator blames his alleged academic plagiarism on treatments he was undergoing for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to the Associated Press, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) claims he was under treatment for PTSD from his term of service in Iraq when he wrote his master’s thesis, in which he used the work of other authors without proper attribution. Walsh told the AP that his mind “was not in a place very conducive to a classro...
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By David FergusonWednesday, July 23, 2014 21:13 EDT   TweetA woman in Rutherford County, Tennessee was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly brandished a gun at a man who told her to stop speeding through a Walmart parking lot. Murfreesboro’s WGNS radio reported that 37-year-old Angela Scruggs was charged with aggravated assault for reportedly pointing the weapon and telling Jason Hill that she was going to shoot. Hill told police that Scruggs nearly struck his son when she went speeding by in her N...
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Sonny (James Garner) and Rocky (Noah Beery Jr.): In the history of fiction -- in stories and books and plays and on screens large or small -- has anyone ever done a father-son relationship more powerful and cherishable, not to mention funny, than that of Joseph A. and James Scott Rockford (at least I'm remembering that Rocky's middle initial was "A"; I haven't been able to verify it)?"At a time when the networks were awash with hard-eyed, traditional Western heroes, Bret Maverick provided a breath of fresh air. With his sardonic tone and his eagerness to talk his way out of a squabble rather than pull out his six-shooter, the con-artist Westerner seemed to scoff at the genre's values." by KenThis is going to be a little easier than I feared, in part because the AP's Frazier Moore has gotte...
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By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 20:33 EDT   TweetA federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but temporarily stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of a lawsuit challenging the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Moore’s ruling is the latest in a series of decisions by state and federal judges who have kno...
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Chair used for lethal injection executions [AFP]
By David FergusonWednesday, July 23, 2014 19:31 EDT   TweetUPDATE: The Daily Mail reported that Joseph Wood died at 3:49 p.m. local time, one hour and 57 minutes after his execution began. In Arizona, the execution of a death row inmate by means of lethal injection went wrong Wednesday evening, prompting the prisoner’s attorneys to call for a halt to the procedure. According to NBC News, attorneys for Joseph Wood, 55, said that their client was still alive an hour after he was injected with the ch...
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CREDIT: AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File Using an unusual concoction of drugs this afternoon, Arizona attempted to execute a man on death row. One hour after he was supposed to have been lethally injected, however, Joseph Rudolph Wood was still alive, “gasping and snoring.” Wood’s lawyers filed an emergency request to stay the execution and give the man life-saving help, but it was too late: After two hours, he died. Wood’s execution almost didn’t occur today. Just three days ago, a federal appeals court put the lethal injection plans on pause, requiring the state to disclose “the name and provenance of the drugs to be used in the execution” and “the qualifications of the medical personnel” performing the execution. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme court reversed tha...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock/marekuliasz On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore, an Obama appointee, issued a ruling declaring that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Moore stayed the decision, but only temporarily until August 25. State Attorney General John Suthers (R), who has been defending Colorado’s ban, made a strange tactical decision in this particular case. Though he argued that he believes the ban is constitutional, he still asked Moore to overturn it and then stay that decision. This, Suthers seemed to hope, would force Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Since last month, when the 10th Circuit agreed with a lower court that Utah’s same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Hall has been issui...
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Rep David Simpson via campaign website
By David FergusonWednesday, July 23, 2014 18:47 EDT   TweetA town hall meeting held by Texas Tea Party state Rep. David Simpson (R) on Wednesday got heated as Simpson’s constituents railed at him for not doing more to stop the influx of unaccompanied, undocumented minors coming to the United States from Central and South America. The Longview, Texas News-Journal reported that the conservative attendees expressed health concerns, religious fears and doubts about Simpson’s commitment to putting his ...
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Senate Candidate Marco Rubio Attends Election Night Event
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) accused advocates of same-sex marriage of intolerance during a speech at Catholic University on Wednesday afternoon and reiterated his support for marriage between one man and one woman. While recognizing that “our history is marred by discrimination against gays and lesbians,” Rubio argued that “traditional marriage has such an extraordinary record of success at raising children” and must be perpetuated to the exclusion of same-sex unions. “[T]oday, there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance towards those who continue to support traditional marriage,” Rubio observed, citing the firing of the CEO of Mozilla, following revelations that he supported California’s campaign to ban same-sex marriage, and other inst...
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If you read DWT much, you know how much we distrust identity politics around here. Voting for someone because they are the same religion or ethnicity of gender, etc seems kind of primitive and politically immature. I always thought it should be about character and policy. I was very happy last week when People for the American Way endorsed Stanley Chang for the Honolulu-based congressional seat that Hanabusa gave up and I had been very happy a couple months before that to see the Congressional Progressive Caucus endorse him. Stanley is, hands down, the most progressive of the 7 Democratic candidates in the race. Stanley is a Chinese-American. I don't recall anyone being of Chinese ancestry on the PFAW Board and I'm willing to bet that he wasn't endorsed by the CPC because of his ethnicity ...
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By TBoggWednesday, July 23, 2014 16:54 EDT   TweetFom  the Department of Good News That Really Makes Us Happy and Promises Lots of Hours of Childish Glee and Clapping of Hands, America’s Favorite Crazy Girlfriend, Michele Bachmann, is saying that she kinda sorta might be considering thinking conceivably about possibly perhaps who knows running for president again, if someone were to ask her real nicely, hint hint, bats her eyes, undoes top button of her blouse, licks lips lasciviously in a way that...
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Bob Eschliman via Facebook
By David FergusonWednesday, July 23, 2014 16:52 EDT   TweetAn Iowa newspaper editor who was fired after posting an anti-LGBT blog post is irate over the firing and claims that his religious freedom was violated. Media critic Jim Romenesko reported on his blog Wednesday that Bob Eschliman, former editor of Newton Daily News, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that he was fired for being a Christian. Eschliman — who refers to himself on his Facebook page...
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An open carry gun activist in Texas named Rudy
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 23, 2014 16:44 EDT   TweetSupporters of open carry gun laws rallied over the weekend by bringing assault-style rifles and other types of firearms to Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. In a video posted to YouTube, activists explain that they return to Dealey Plaza in Dallas each month to exercise their right to openly carry firearms. Documents displayed by the demonstrators include information about New York Pastor James David Manni...
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Healthcare workers from Doctors Without Borders prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola operations in Guinea
Healthcare workers from Doctors Without Borders prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola operations in Guinea CREDIT: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF The world is in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, as the deadly virus has claimed more than 600 lives in three African countries and continues to overwhelm the medical staff tasked with containing its spread. This week, there’s yet another concerning update to the unfolding public health crisis: the top doctor fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself been infected with the disease. Sheik Umar Khan, a virologist who has treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been on the front lines of the outbreak for the past several months. The Health Ministry in his home country of Sierra Leone hailed him as a natio...
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The Nanny State
CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Oregonians will vote on a ballot initiative this fall on whether to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. The Secretary of State certified the initiative Wednesday, finding that the campaign turned in enough valid signatures. More than 88,000 people signed the petition. Oregon’s law would be similar to the regulate and tax models adopted in Washington and Colorado, which include systems for legalized sale and distribution with the intent of driving out black market cartels and violence. A 2012 ballot initiative failed in Oregon, but organizers say this year’s initiative includes more robust regulation, and is expected to ride on the success of Washington and Colorado’s initiatives thus far. Oregon’s initiative would allow ...
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An aerial view of a mining site for Canadian tar sands in Alberta, Canada.
An aerial view of a mining site for Canadian tar sands in Alberta, Canada. CREDIT: Josh Burstein/NextGen Climate Action Twenty-one activists in Utah were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to fences and equipment at a site planned to become the first to mine tar sands in the United States. The activists, who were released on bail after spending Monday night in jail, are facing possible charges of trespassing, conspiracy to escape, and interfering with arrest, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The 21 arrested were part of a group of about 80 protesters with the Utah Tar Sands Resistance group, who set up a blockade at the PR Spring mine site. The activists say one protester was injured while he was being arrested and was targeted by sheriff’s deputies because he was filmi...
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By Amanda MarcotteWednesday, July 23, 2014 16:07 EDT   TweetFrom the Dallas Observer and Talking Points Memo it appears that some of the “open carry” extremists are little worried we don’t get the implication when they scream about how the Democratic President is illegitimate and all their lip-flapping about how they need guns for some fantasized-about revolution. So, just in case we aren’t getting the hint, this group called Come and Take It Dallas went to Dealey Plaza to have an open carry demons...
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) CREDIT: AP Photo/Molly Riley The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday for the second day in a row warned airlines against flying into Israel’s only international airport due to security concerns. This has one Republican senator demanding answers and promoting a fact-free conspiracy theory that says the Obama administration is using the FAA to launch a unilateral economic boycott of Israel. A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday landed perilously close to Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. This incident prompted a slew of airlines to announce that they were cancelling flights to Israel until the situation had calmed down some. The FAA soon thereafter announced that it was issuing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to U.S.-based airlines, info...
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Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica
Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica CREDIT: Eva Nowatzki, distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu A new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one coauthor put it. The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return for irreversible collapse. Only immediate action to sharply reverse CO2 emissions could stop or significantly slow that. And that really matters since 90 percent of Earth’s ice is in the Antarctic ice sheet, and even its partial collapse could raise sea levels tens of feet (over a period of centuries) and force coastal cities to be abandoned. So ...
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Volounteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) hold a position at a checkpoint in the city of Diyala (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:35 EDT   TweetWashington is still weighing Iraq’s request to launch air strikes against Islamic militants, but is working to boost the Iraqi army as it battles the extremists, a top US diplomat said Wednesday. After spending billions of dollars on building up and training the Iraq military, the United States was shocked when the Iraqi army melted away in face of a sweeping offensive in June by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) and allied Sunni groups...
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Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, co-chair of the, Bipartisan Policy Center's Homeland Security Project (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:34 EDT   TweetThe United States has failed to sufficiently adapt to new cyber-security threats, exposing itself to potential terror strikes as devastating as September 11, authors of the report on the 2001 attacks warned Wednesday. In July 2004, the independent 9/11 commission issued a comprehensive, nearly 600-page report with numerous recommendations for upgrading the US security apparatus to avoid a new catastrophe. A decade later the commission...
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This undated photo, courtesy of the Manhattan US Attorney's office, shows a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus bataar dinosaur skeleton looted from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. (AFP)
By Ian Sample, The GuardianWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:30 EDT   TweetThe collective noun is a terror of tyrannosaurs: a pack of the prehistoric predators, moving and hunting in numbers, for prey that faced the fight of its life. That tyrannosaurs might have hunted in groups has long been debated by dinosaur experts, but with so little to go on, the prospect has remained firmly in the realm of speculation. But researchers in Canada now claim to have the strongest evidence yet that the ancient beasts...
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A thunderstorm with heavy rains approaches downtown Chicago, Monday, June 24, 2013.
A thunderstorm with heavy rains approaches downtown Chicago, Monday, June 24, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo / Scott Eisen Add sewage in homes and maggot infestations to the list of what climate change can bring to American life. A big report in the Washington Post on Wednesday laid out how Chicago’s aging infrastructure is intersecting with climate change’s tendency to drive heavier bursts of precipitation in some parts of the country, with some exceedingly unpleasant results. As in other older cities like Boston, the design of Chicago’s waste water system is 120 years old, and as a result handles both storm water and sewage. The city’s system was constructed for a much smaller population, on the assumption the biggest storms would hit once each decade. So when more than ...
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Officer N. Counts arrests man for filming on public sidewalk
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:21 EDT   TweetA California man said that police in Covina arrested him for standing on a public sidewalk and filming what they called “private cars.” YouTube user “Damon Enz” explains in a video posted on Tuesday that he was “harassed by the Covina police department for filming on a public sidewalk.” The video, which was reportedly recorded on June 30, begins with an officer walking toward Enz, and asking him what he was videotaping. “I’m on a public sid...
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REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:14 EDT   TweetBy John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said. The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015. Beretta said on Tuesday it was concerned that ...
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Sarah Palin speaks to NRA convention
By Tom BoggioniWednesday, July 23, 2014 15:07 EDT   TweetAlthough not mentioned by name on a recent episode of HBO‘s True Blood, which featured two lead characters attending a GOP fundraiser for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, media personality Sarah Palin inserted herself into the discussion by criticizing the show for being part of the “real war on women.” In the episode, characters Eric Northman and Pam De Beaufort dress up to attend the  Cruz fundraiser in Dallas at the George W. Bush Library.  Admiring h...
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An injector pen that contains approximately a week's worth of HGH doses
An injector pen that contains approximately a week’s worth of HGH doses CREDIT: AP Photo/M. Spencer Green Use of human growth hormones (HGH) among U.S. teens has doubled in the past year, according to a study released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on Wednesday, raising questions about the lack of effective regulation of the substance among parents, coaches, and school administrators. “It’s what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target — kids who want a quick fix and don’t care about health risk,” Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, told the Associated Press. “It’s a very easy sell, unfortunately.” HGH is a hormone that stimulates growth and cell reproducti...
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Palestinians inspect the home of Ziad Awad after its destruction
Palestinians inspect the home of Ziad Awad after its destruction CREDIT: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed Amid its latest bid to end the threat that Hamas and its affiliates pose to Israeli civilians, Israel has resumed a long-dormant policy of demolishing the homes of militants’ family members as a method of deterrence, one that has drawn widespread international condemnation in the past. Nine years ago, the Israeli Defense Forces pushed to end the practice of bulldozing houses where family members related to members of Hamas and other Palestinian groups. There was no evidence that the destruction, the IDF said, had been having the desired effect. The Defense Ministry commission that recommended the shift in policy also noted that the destruction was “borderline” in terms of in...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

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