6 votes

The never-ending wars make us cannibals!

"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them." - Samuel Butler

Every day I hear from the talking heads
Life is so precious
Sparks of lies
Pastors of the flocks
The politicians
The crooks
Their divine lips

Every day I hear from the talking heads
Beneficial wars
The jobs

Then I remember Vietnam's fields
The very same lies same stories

20 votes

Wrong Convenience Store Glock Commercial - Awesome!

Wrong Convenience Store Glock Commercial - Awesome!

14 votes

Today Feds Surprised 6 NFL Teams With Postgame Drug Shakedowns

Deadspin: Federal drug agents executed unannounced searches of NFL teams after at least two of Sunday's games. According to the Washington Post, DEA agents targeted team doctors from the traveling Buccaneers and 49ers. Those might not be the only teams investigated, though the law enforcement official who spoke with the Post declined to elaborate if there were any others. Update (6:38 p.m.): The Post now says six teams were investigated.

The DEA was looking for any unmarked prescription bottles or team employees in possession of drugs that they did not have the authority to prescribe. Under the Controlled Substances Act, only licensed physicians and nurse practitioners are allowed to dispense prescription drugs, and they can only do so in their "geographic area," which is why the federal agents targeted traveling NFL teams. From the report:

The DEA also has reason to believe visiting team physicians may not be keeping "readily retrievable documents," that spell out which prescription drugs are administered and to whom, the federal law enforcement source said.

15 votes

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 11/17/14: Internet Gambling Ban: A Winner for Sheldon Adelson, A Losing Bet for the Rest of Us


Written by Ron Paul
Sunday November 16, 2014

Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose “crony capitalism” or “cronyism.” Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests.

For example, Congress may soon vote on legislation outlawing Internet gambling. It is an open secret, at least inside the Beltway, that this legislation is being considered as a favor to billionaire casino owner, Sheldon Adelson. Mr. Adelson, who is perhaps best known for using his enormous wealth to advance a pro-war foreign policy, is now using his political influence to turn his online competitors into criminals.

Supporters of an Internet gambling ban publicly deny they are motivated by a desire to curry favor with a wealthy donor. Instead, they give a number of high-minded reasons for wanting to ban this activity. Some claim that legalizing online gambling will enrich criminals and even terrorists! But criminalizing online casinos will not eliminate the demand for online casinos. Instead, passage of this legislation will likely guarantee that the online gambling market is controlled by criminals. Thus, it is those who support outlawing online gambling who may be aiding criminals and terrorists.

15 votes

Postcard from Taiwan #2 - Hospitals and Home Runs

There is nothing quite like being in a city with a team in the playoffs. There is a unique energy that comes along with it. The team and the game are the talk of the town and the people are festive, united and friendly. It is a fun place to be.

When we left Boston for Taiwan in late October of 2013, the Red Sox were trailing the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, two games to one. I was resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to be there for rest of the games, and I was a little bummed because of it. Then I felt a little guilty for being bummed because we were going to Taiwan to aid in the recovery of Samantha’s sister M who was fighting cancer, and that is a fight for life itself. A baseball game really pales in comparison.

Our hotel in Taipei was a 15 minute walk from the hospital, where M was to begin her first round of chemotherapy.

Hospitals are miserable places, cold and white and sterile factories, lit with fluorescent lights and full of miserable people. I urge everyone to do everything possible to avoid ever becoming prisoner in a hospital.* There was really nothing for me to do, so I wandered miserably over to the waiting room.

6 votes

Rare, ‘lost’ John Steinbeck story to be published this week

Rare, ‘lost’ John Steinbeck story to be published this week
David Ferguson | 06 Nov 2014

A short story by John Steinbeck is finally seeing the light of day after being read once on the radio 70 years ago and then all but disappearing.

According to the Associated Press, the story “With Your Wings,” about an African-American World War II pilot, will be released in Birmingham, Michigan-based literary magazine The Strand.

Steinbeck read the story on the air at the conclusion of one of Orson Welles’ World War II radio broadcasts in July of 1944. However, the story was never published in any of Steinbeck’s collected works or by any literary magazine or journal. Some scholars told the AP they’d never even heard of it.

8 votes

Gary Johnson on ISIS

On the Tony Stiles Show


6 votes

User Comment From NY Post Article "Modern moms looking for perfection in all the wrong places"

People are waking up...



We’re overthinking child-raising, perhaps to make up for past generations who underthought it.

Much of what our kids will remember will have nothing to do with whether their mac’n’cheese was organic and served on personalized plates made of glass you blew yourself.


SB Mom of 2 1 day ago

10 votes

Organic Cosmetics

So my wife has recently joined NYR Organic, a cosmetic company that uses GMO-free, organic ingredients in their beauty products. The FDA doesn't regulate cosmetics so a lot of horrible stuff goes into their making. You can see what goes into certain products here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Not only does your skin absorb these chemicals, but when washed off, guess where it goes? If you guessed "ecosystem", you are correct. Take a look at their products and tell me what you think:


18 votes

Putin: Press Statement & Replies To Questions Following G20 Summit

Transcript just released in case someone was looking for it.

17 votes

Hillary Clinton is a "soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones,"

It’s easy to strike a pose of cynicism when contemplating Hillary Clinton’s inevitable (and terribly imminent) presidential campaign. As a drearily soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones, she’s about as banal of an American politician as it gets. One of the few unique aspects to her, perhaps the only one, is how the genuinely inspiring gender milestone of her election will (following the Obama model) be exploited to obscure her primary role as guardian of the status quo.

17 votes

They're lying to us


Syria ‘Hero Boy’ Video Revealed to be Government Propaganda

Daniel McAdams

A dramatic video clip showing a young boy heroically rescuing a young girl amid a hail of gunfire in Syria has racked up millions of YouTube viewings and has been trending heavily on other social media platforms.

60 votes

"I'm leaving are you coming with me?"

That is the final statement in Lana Del Ray's "Teenage Wasteland" song. What an immersive wall of sound it is.

The ark is not closing. I've been ruminating out loud about it. Sometimes it gets overwhelming.

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