Archive for January 20th, 2015

January 20th, 2015 - 11:21 pm § in Misc.

Woman wins $134,000 settlement from DEA identity thieves

A New York woman whose identity was stolen from her cellphone by DEA agents and used to set up a fake Facebook page to catch drug dealers has reached a $134,000 settlement with the federal government, CBS News reports.[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 7:38 pm § in Misc.

Jane Fonda repents again

Jane Fonda is in the news again, for the old reasons. Whenever she makes a public appearance, angry protesters remind anyone willing to listen that in their eyes she’s a traitor. And she reissues what has become a familiar mea culpa.[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 5:58 pm § in Misc., Science

Radical Republicans: Rubio is not a scinewtist so he heads Science Ctee.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was appointed chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard last week, a subsidiary to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that will be headed by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). Rubio is among many Republicans who have deferred t[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 3:20 pm § in Misc.

Would you work for $2.13 an hour?

I certainly wouldn’t. But that’s still the federal minimum wage for food servers. The restaurant industry’s argument for such a low wage is that waitstaff make their money from tips. The problem is, tipping is voluntary; whereas getting paid for your work shouldn’t be. When t[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 2:53 pm § in Uncategorized

El Salvador woman gets 30 years in prison for miscarriage

In El Salvador, a young woman who suffered a miscarriage is serving a 30-year prison sentence under a strict anti-abortion law. In the United States, Republicans are trying to enact similar “fetal homicide” laws in many states.[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 2:38 pm § in Misc.

In Pennsylvania, ‘No Trespassing’ means ‘cops may enter’

When I read this story, I couldn’t believe my eyes, and you won’t either. A guy is at home, typing on his computer, when a state trooper strolls in uninvited. “He began peppering me with questions, asking if I lived there, for example, and for me to identify myself.” Huh? &#[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 1:06 pm § in Uncategorized

Populist Romney decries policies favoring the rich

“Under President Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in American than ever before.” — Mitt Romney Without a doubt, Obama’s policies favor the rich. He bailed out the banks. No bankers went to jail. Corpora[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 10:31 am § in Politics

What Obama Will (And Won’t) Say Tonight

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union (SOTU) speech to Congress tonight. Unlike previous presidents, he and his aides have leaked what he’ll propose. Thus, we won’t be surprised by what we hear, just stuff that has zero chance of passing this GOP-controlled Congress. Wha[...]

January 20th, 2015 - 4:18 am § in Misc.

The AVE Challenge: Who or what was Smenkhkare?

A. Ghengis Kahn’s first wife. B. A fish dish popular among the Inuit C. Name Nefertiti used when she dressed in drag D. Hungarian ritual of female circumcision E. Secret pass word used by Yale’s Skull and Bones fraternity..  [...]

January 20th, 2015 - 1:38 am § in America, Politics, The Ave Scene

26 Years Since Our Last Great White President

You remember him .. the guy that brought al Qaeda into Afghanistan to fight the Ruskies! We won![...]