Archive for December 16th, 2014

December 16th, 2014 - 11:42 pm § in America

Is This a Mare?

Mississippi Man Dresses Horse In Wedding Gown To Protest Gay Marriage   ByBrendan James at Talking Points Memo …”A Mississippi pastor decided to stomp around outside a federal courthouse on Friday with a horse dressed in a wedding gown, to protest legalization of gay marriage in his st[...]

December 16th, 2014 - 11:37 pm § in The Ave Scene

CRAVE Blog .. recognizes PI.COM as major site for photojournalism

Seattle showcases its ‘pictures of the year’ Dec 14, 2014 at 13:10 Seattle, formerly the Seattle Post Intelligencer, was the first major metropolitan newspaper in the USA to go online-only. Since then, the website has gained a reputation for high-quality photojournalism, co[...]

December 16th, 2014 - 8:40 pm § in Misc.

Police chief apologizes to elderly man brutalized by thug cop

The police chief of Victoria, Texas, has personally apologized to Pete Vasquez, 76, after a rookie cop threw Vasquez to the ground, handcuffed him, and tased him for disputing the cop’s attempt to cite him for an expired inspection sticker. Last Thursday, Vasquez was driving a car with dealer [...]

December 16th, 2014 - 6:39 pm § in Misc.

Why should an NFL player apologize for wearing a ‘Justice for Tamir Rice’ t-shirt when police won’t apologize for killing Tamir Rice?

“The head of the Cleveland Police Union is demanding an apology after Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt before Sunday’s game that read, ‘Justice for Tamir Rice – John Crawford.'”[...]

December 16th, 2014 - 1:37 pm § in America

Will anything change now?

I’m cautiously optimistic. The racist culture of St. Louis County is under siege, and St. Louis County isn’t going to be the same. The old festering sore of police brutality, a nationwide problem, is receiving renewed scrutiny. The changes may not be as extensive or immediate as we’d like [...]

December 16th, 2014 - 11:48 am § in Misc.

Washington’s lobbyist-designed license plate system rips you off

Decisions to replace plates more frequently — here and in other states — have largely been based on dubious safety claims. But legislators ignore that fact, because everyone benefits from a state law requiring car owners to replace their license plates every few years. Everyone, that is, except [...]

December 16th, 2014 - 11:10 am § in The Ave Scene

A Mitzvah in The Spirit of Christmas

Geov’s birthday wish (from his blog) Today I turn 55! These round-numbered birthdays don’t come around very often, and I’m never sure whether I’m going to get another one. A lot has changed since my last one five years ago, when some dear friends used the occasion to organize a roast tha[...]

December 16th, 2014 - 10:48 am § in Misc.

Taliban slaughter 132 children at Peshawar school

Taliban militants killed at least 132 children and wounded over 100 more at a Pakistani school today. They also killed 9 staffers, one of whom reportedly was burned alive. All 7 attackers were cornered and killed by Pakistani Army troops. The attack likely was retaliation for recent Army operations [...]

December 16th, 2014 - 10:05 am § in Misc., Russia

Putin Plays Bad Chess

Russian ruble suffers steepest drop in 16 years Although Russia’s public finances are much healthier compared to the 1998 crisis, analysts say the country is on the brink of a full-blown currency crunch. 11…[...]

December 16th, 2014 - 8:22 am § in America

Get PAID for Airline FUs at Holiday Season

In 2013, nearly 467,000 passengers were bumped from overbooked U.S. flights, according to U.S. Department of Transportation records.  These folks are eligible for penalty payment BUT eligibility for a cash payment may be lost if you accept a voucher.  Most people take the voucher when offered R[...]