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Nevada Homeowner Assoc. Tells Vet to Stop Building Furniture for Needy Military Familes

Jul 26, 2014 10:37 AM PT

Nevada veteran Dennis Kocher is being told by his homeowner's association to cease and desist building furniture for needy veterans in his home despite the fact that he does so as a non-profit and even enjoys the support of his neighbors.

A homeowners association is telling Dennis Kocher he needs to close up shop after years of doing business, or he could be fined between $100 and $1,000. “I may not paint, sand, cut wood or screw on the property at anytime,” he said.

The new mandate cuts deep, as he’s been building cabinets and dressers for a decade, donating most to military families. “Everyone who received my furniture or responsible for dispersing it gave me this gift and it’s something I’ll treasure forever,” he said holding a photo. 

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Swastika Banner Flown Over NYC Causes Stir

Jul 13, 2014 1:36 PM PT

The International Raelian Movement, a group that "tries annually to remind people that before Adolf Hitler's rise, the swastika was an ancient symbol of well-being to Hindus and Buddhists"

The group also believes that "human beings were created by extraterrestrials. Many beachgoers, whether invented by ET, or not, were not amused at the banner. 

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Salt Lake Police Under Fire Over Dog Shooting

Jun 29, 2014 3:21 PM PT

Several Salt Lake citizens are irate after a police officer entered a fenced yard in search of a missing child then shot a 110-pound Weimaraner  named “Geist” when he felt the dog presented a threat to him. The child was later found asleep at home.

“In this particular circumstance, evidence shows that the dog was extremely close, in fact, within feet of the officer. “After 23 years in law enforcement, I haven’t seen this type of public outcry when certain human beings have lost their lives,” Burbank said.

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MI GOP Candidate Seeks Forgiveness For Criminal Car Masturbatory Fetish Past

Jun 29, 2014 12:21 PM PT

Saginaw, Michigan parolee Jordan D. Haskins is campaigning for the 95th District House seat despite a past that includes jail-time in two states. His early record dates back to when he was just fifteen years old.

"His earliest offenses -- related to vehicle break-ins, ... date back to when he was 15 years old. ("I was just a lonely, angry kid at the time," he told MLive. "If anything, I could be put on 'World's Dumbest Criminals.'") Between April 2010 and January 2011, the Republican hopeful was arrested four times on charges related to trespassing and vehicle break-ins.

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Father Takes Baseball Bat to Teacher over Controversial Texts to His Teenage Daughter

Jun 5, 2014 7:00 PM PT

While an initial determination by police claims no laws were broken, they did see enough in a series of texts from a 42 year-old male teacher to a 15 year-old female student to turn matters over to the Crimes Against Children Unit for further investigation. 

However, in the meantime, the teacher reportedly went to the home of the student to talk with her father, who asked him to leave. When he didn't comply, reports indicate the father took matters and a baseball bat into his own hands.

Thursday morning, the teacher went to the girl’s home in the 4600 block of Vicky Road to speak with the girl’s father. The teacher did so without permission, police said.

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SC Associate Professor Fired Over Beer Can Image

Jun 2, 2014 7:27 PM PT
Former Associate Professor Paul Root claims he was fired from Charleston Southern University, a Christian University affiliated with the SC Baptist convention because his likeness was featured on a beer can.

Root's photo was taken by a photographer at a beard and mustache competition and he insists he only found out that it would be featured on the beer can after the cans were already in production. 

"My image and likeness, which I do not own, that I've never received compensation for and it was a surprise for me that it was put on a beer can by Holy City Brewing."

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Experts Say TN Man Didn't Write Racial Slur On Red Lobster Receipt

May 24, 2014 2:26 PM PT

Tennessean Devin Barnes, 21, was accused of writing a racial slur on a Red Lobster restaurant receipt last year, now he's suing after a handwriting expert has concluded it wasn't his hand writing.

The waitress also posted the receipt on the Internet at the time.

Devin Barnes, 21, claims he never wrote the racial slur on the receipt, and that the negative attention he received as a result of the way Toni Christina Jenkins - the waitress who claims to have received the slur - publicized the incident is slanderous. 

In Barnes' suit, filed in Williamson County Circuit Court, he claims Jenkins slandered him by misusing his personal information, and that Red Lobster's 'willful and malicious ... omissions to act' by failing to prevent Jenkins from using his name and information 'to gain publicity and money' has caused lasting damage to his reputation.

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Quakers Desecrate Maine Child's Grave Over Decorations?

May 8, 2014 7:51 PM PT

Six-year-old Avery Lane of Maine died of Influenza and was buried in a local cemetery aligned with the Quaker faith. Now, the young girl's grave has been vandalized, with her family worried that it was the result of decorations not in keeping with the religious views linked to the cemetery.

Avery Lane's parents adorned her final resting place in Fairfield, Maine, with a colorful pinwheel, wind chimes and other small tributes to the child they lost in December 2012. A small bench also sits beside her headstone, where her family can sit and visit the grave site.

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Buried Woman Survives Thanks To Air trapped In Hard Hat

May 2, 2014 6:04 PM PT

A Chinese woman buried under a mountain of sand reportedly survived because her hard hat had trapped enough air for her to breathe until rescuers dug her out.

"The accident happened in the county of Jinjiang in southeast China's Fujian province when Mingmei Xiong, 34, fell into the sandpit nearly 80 feet deep on the construction site, and had a wall of sand fall on top of her," according to a report.

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Running on Empty To Wichita

Apr 27, 2014 11:42 PM PT

I took a trip from Kansas City to Wichita Sunday afternoon to cover the Tea Party Express rally with Senate candidate Milton Wolf for Breitbart.com. 

While I'm importing pictures, and uploading videos, I thought I'd tell you about my bizarre travails on the road - because that is a story in and of itself, let me tell you.

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Candidate Says Iraq War Veteran Opponent Not Up for a 'Real Job’

Apr 22, 2014 5:12 AM PT

Maryland's Attorney General Douglas Gansler accused his opponent, Iraqi war vet and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, of not being capable of a 'real job'. Gansler and Brown are both fighting over the democrat nomination for Governor in Maryland, so this is a case of democrat on democrat violence. 

Gansler was speaking at a Tech Council of Maryland event when he unloaded the following comments about Brown: 

"I'm running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything, his ads are about how he’s a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good but this is a real job."

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Gawker: Hey, How About an Inquisition for Climate Change Skeptics?

Mar 28, 2014 6:49 PM PT

In an insufferable bit of trolling, Gawker has decided to pick up on the nonsense being spouted by Lawrence Torcello, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Torcello reasons, badly, that organized groups or efforts espousing a view on climate change with which he disagrees are committing a crime somewhat akin to murder.

Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It's going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people's deaths. It's time to punish the climate-change liars.

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More Secret Service shenanigans

Mar 26, 2014 7:33 AM PT

Fox News reports on the latest black eye for the Secret Service, as agents on the President's security detail are once again in hot water:

Three Secret Service agents on President Obama's detail were sent home from the Netherlands after apparently spending a night out drinking in Amsterdam ahead of the president's arrival Monday.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told Fox News that the agents had been sent home "for disciplinary reasons" and had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. 

Fox News is told top officials are furious this happened in the wake of the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia. In the latest incident, Fox News is told one agent was so intoxicated he couldn't get his key to work to enter his hotel room -- so he passed out on the floor in the hallway. 

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Massachusetts Bill Would Outlaw In Home Sex Between Divorcing Parents

Mar 24, 2014 8:58 PM PT

Massachusetts is considering outlawing sex in the home for divorcing couples until their divorces are finalized.

The bill was proposed by Sen. Richard J. Ross of Wrentham on behalf of constituent "Robert LeClair, who wrote it himself...." Ross' staff claims he doesn't support the bill and is introducing it as "citizen legislation," which is allowed by Massachusetts law.

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Alternative Flight 370 explanation: the pilot was a hero trying to save a crippled plane

Mar 17, 2014 1:52 PM PT

In response to Jihadi Pilot At Center of Missing Plane Mystery?:

I'm right alongside you and the rest of the world trying to figure this thing out, Javier, and I've heard stories at various levels of confidence about peculiar details in the background of pilot and/or copilot.  We're all still a bit stunned at the idea that a plane could just disappear, but as more details about the area emerge - spotty civilian radar coverage, military systems that don't run all the time out of budgetary concerns - it seems less incredible.  We've also got to factor in the confused performance of the Maylaysian government, which makes the whole situation seem even more bizarre and inexplicable by sitting on key information, or putting out conflicting stories.

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ACLU Files Suit Against Florida, Wants State to Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages

Mar 13, 2014 5:52 PM PT

The ACLU is now stepping in to help same-sex marriage couple have their marriages recognized by the state of Florida. Yup, you knew this would happen once the DOMA was gutted.

A lawsuit has been filed by the ACLU against the state of Florida, in an effort to strong-arm Floridians into acknowledging the gay marriages from other states. Something tells me that this case will eventually make it to the U.S. Supreme Court. This won't fly here in Florida.

'Human Barbie' Valeria Lukyanova Hopes to Exist on Air, Sunlight Alone

Mar 2, 2014 11:56 AM PT

Valeria Lukyanova has been in the news for wanting to make herself into the living embodiment of "Barbie. It's said that the 28-year-old practices Breatharianism, an attempt to subsist on air and sunlight alone.

‘In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all; I’m hoping it’s the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone,’ Ms Lukyanova told the International Business Times.

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Do You Wonder What Women Need for Valentine's Day? Let Renowned Romance Expert Nancy Pelosi Tell You What Women Need for Valentine's Day

Feb 11, 2014 12:52 AM PT

Fellas, just face it: if you're reading this, you're going to be alone on Valentine's Day. Don't feel down; it's good practice for when you die alone.

What's that? You'd rather not be alone? You've let society turn you into an insecure, outcome-dependent wuss? Well, if I can't dissuade you, let me do the next-best thing: pass along advice from politicians that's guaranteed to keep you unlucky in love.

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Frog Costs Family Business $36 million

Dec 11, 2013 10:02 AM PT

The FreeEnterprise.com blog is "celebrating" 12 Days of Regulatory Christmas.  Each year there are $1.8 trillion in regulatory costs for businesses.  Today's story is pretty outrageous.

It’s not easy being green, especially if you’re a dusky gopher frog, an endangered species only 100 members strong. The frog, commonly known as the Mississippi gopher frog, lives exclusively in the Magnolia State—but that didn’t stop regulators from designating 1,500 acres of Louisiana as part of the animal’s habitat.

That designation threatens to destroy the Poitevent family’s lumber business, located in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish.  Family spokesman Edward Poitevent estimates that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s land grab will cost the family $36 million. That puts your holiday shopping bills in perspective, doesn’t it?

Even worse, the dusky gopher frog hasn’t been seen in Louisiana in 50 years, and the Poitevent land doesn’t have the longleaf pine tree the frog needs to survive. The species would be starting from zero and would have almost no chance of survival. As Poitevent questioned, “Half of nothing is still nothing, isn’t it?”

Another Alleged Bigoted Message Left On A Waitress's Receipt: But Are These Stories Credible?

Nov 15, 2013 7:48 AM PT

Another day, another news story about a waitress being left an angry, bigoted note instead of a tip.

Back in September, an African-American waitress at a Red Lobster in Tennessee claimed she received a receipt with the word "none" scribbled in the 'TIP' line and the "N" slur scribbled underneath. She posted the receipt on her Facebook page (in defiance of company policy) and an outpouring of compassion rolled in, to the tune of $10,000. 

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McCain: People Want Me to Run Again

Nov 12, 2013 6:18 AM PT

This weekend, Sen. John McCain said that people are pressuring him to run for President again.  Fortunately, he explained that a Presidential run was "not on his radar."

"Particularly since the shutdown, I've had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, 'Run for president again,'" McCain told The Arizona Republic. "As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, 'The people have spoken — the bastards.'"

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Throwing a confederate flag on the veterans' play

Oct 13, 2013 4:55 PM PT

In response to So about that 'Confederate Flag':

It's a wonder they haven't digitally edited the Confederate flag right off the roof of the General Lee in "Dukes of Hazzard" reruns.  Imagine that: a generation ago, one of the most popular shows on TV had its heroes tooling around in a car named after Lee, with a Confederate flag on the roof.  Somewhere between then and now, it seems to have been reprogrammed into a universal, non-negotiable symbol of racism.

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Postal Service Heroically Destroys Dangerous Stamps Showing Kids Having Unprotected Fun

Oct 10, 2013 9:00 PM PT

Big Government is always presented to us as a wise and intelligent guardian, better able to handle our affairs than we could manage through voluntary action.  In reality, Big Government is a $4 trillion neurotic hot mess.  It falls to pieces and turns into a foaming-at-the-mouth rabid animal when 17 percent of it gets temporarily "shut down."  Uncle Sam's huge belly prevents him from seeing his toes; one of the major causes of wasteful government spending is the widespread duplication of functions and services, often by departments unaware of each others' existence.  Different agencies often act at cross-purposes with each other.  

For a relatively minor but remarkably revealing example of the latter, look at the story of the U.S. Postal Service destroying an entire run of stamps  "after receiving concerns from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition over alleged “unsafe” acts depicted on three of the stamps."  

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Kuwait Has Developed Gaydar to Keep Gays Out of the Country

Oct 8, 2013 5:34 AM PT

The director of public helath in Kuwait has announced the country has the technology to "detect" gays and keep them from crossing the borders into Kuwait.  Yousuf Mindkar and his gay detecting technololgy will be debated next month at the Gulf Cooperation Countries meeting. Mindkar said

"Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries. However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states."

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