To the GOP – What a difference a gay makes

From the Desk of NickiLeaks   “Look, I happen to know, ladies and gentlemen, that this band of miscreants here, this very evening, interfered with a lynch mob in the performance of its duty. Well, it’s true. See, I belong to a certain secret society — I don’t believe I gotta mention its name — and these boys, here, they trampled all over our venerated observances and rituals.” — O Brother, Where Art Thou?   It seems that Hell hath no fury like an official sworn. Especially if that is a GOP official from Michigan. Which, apparently, is not just the home of carmakers and The Tigers, but is the home of Satan and gays as well. While there is no information available for Satan’s party affiliation, with his past track record, many speculate that he is an independent. While that is no surprise to many, it seems that...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

Sorry for the brevity of my Sunday funnies and factoids this week.  I’m in the middle of the site rebuild and I have a cold, so I am only partially functional today.  Good news, I jumped on this ailment as soon as it surfaced and I think (touch wood) I may have headed it off at the pass.  That being said, please enjoy this weeks installment od TSF&Fs.    1) The Caesar Salad was not invented by the Italians, but by a restaurant owner in Tijuana, Mexico. 2) William Faulkner once refused a dinner invitation from President Kennedy’s White House. “Why that’s a hundred miles away,” Faulkner explained. “That’s a long way to go just to eat.” 3) Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine‘s Man of the Year for 1938. 4) Above the Supreme Court is a basketball court known as the “Highest Court in the Land.” Clarence Thomas tore...

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Native American Activists Vow ‘Direct Action’ to Stop The Keystone Pipeline By Any Means Necessary

By PBSpot Admin February 9, 2014 President Obama has declared that 2014 should be a “year of action,” but the recent pledge by Native American activists might not be the sort of action he was hoping for. Indigenous groups all over the United States and Canada have vowed to take part in a “direct action” campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline project if the President does not.  President Obama has said that he will continue to study the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline plan, which has come across as indecision, delay and even “studying the matter to death” according to some critics. The Oglala Sioux nation and its allies have pledged that they will stop the  construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by any means necessary if it encroaches on their territory. Now, members of the Sioux Nation have begun touring the United States and Canada to rally...

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Televangelist Pat Robertson Says Evolution Is Right, Creationism ‘Makes A Joke’ Of Christians

By PBSpot Admin February 7, 2014 Many of you might have watched the controversial debate between Ken Ham of the Creation Museum and Answers In Genesis, and Bill Nye “The Science Guy”. Seats were packed at the museum in Kentucky, and many hundreds of thousands more watched the debate live.  Now, equally controversial televangelist Pat Robertson has weighed in on Tuesday’s debate by asking the Answers in Genesis president and CEO to stop making a “making a joke” of Christians by promoting what even he is calling unscientific dogma. “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves,” Robertson said on, “The 700 Club.”   According to Robertson, Ken Ham is leaning on bad data from Bishop Ussher, an Irish Christian, living in the 16th and 17th centuries. Ussher calculated a proposed date of creation, basing it on his knowledge of the Bible, the ancient Persian, Greek and Roman...

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LAPD Cops Who Shot Up Innocent Drivers Last Year Get Their Guns Back, Return To Jobs

Officers in Southern California say that last year was a very stressful time for the Los Angeles Police Department. The manhunt for the fugitive ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner had the police on edge and on a hair-trigger. Now, eight LAPD officers who were determined to have violated department policy when they sprayed innocent drivers with bullets, are back on the job. LAPD Chief of Police, Charlie Beck said in an interdepartmental message Wednesday that the officers in question are back on the jobs, armed and on the street.   Chief Beck did say in the message that he does not approve of the actions of the seven officers and one sergeant.  “While I understand supervisors and officers were required to make split-second decisions regarding the perceived threat presented before them I found it to be very concerning that officers fired before adequately identifying a threat; fired without adequately identifying a...

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Hillary Clinton Called the ‘Anti-Christ’ by Republican Candidate

By PBSpot Admin February 3, 2014 Ryan Zinke is a former Navy SEAL and state senator who is running for Congress in Montana. During a campaign stop last week he said that Hillary Clinton is the “real threat” to the nation.  “We need to focus on the real enemy,” Zinke said last Monday. According to the Bigfork Eagle, Zinke also said that Hillary is the “anti-Christ.” Zinke is running to fill the seat of Representative Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who himself is trying to fill the seat of Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.).   As a former Navy SEAL, while still serving in the Legislature, Zinke launched a super PAC called Special Operations for America which was created for the purposes of opposing President Barack Obama.  “Navy SEALs, Special Operations Personnel and Veterans across America have been outraged since Barack Obama conveniently took credit for killing Osama Bin Laden for political gain,” the group announced, after...

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Abortion – The revenge of the cookie monster!

 From the Desk of NickiLeaks      Across Texas, frantic mayors were calling their local police chiefs, shouting as the horror of the situation seemed insurmountable. They were surrounded by Girl Scouts waving cookies! The horror! It was their worst nightmare come true. Especially since some of the Girl Scouts were black! And had an option on their homepage to read things in Spanish! Funded reports that said things like “while there is promising news for girls in areas such as their educational attainment, many girls are being left behind, and not all girls are faring the same. In particular, black/African-American and Hispanic/Latina girls face significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood.” And then they tried to do something about it! The little girls tried to make the world better! “Uh huh,” said the police chiefs while reaching into their bottom drawers for the bottle, knowing there was...

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Some celebrated answers.

A friend of mine sent me an email with this attachment and I just had to share this with you.  Thanks, Ross, it made my day.  So tell me folks, why DID the chicken cross the road? SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick! BARACK OBAMA: Let me be clear, the chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change! Real change! Change he could believe in! HILLARY CLINTON: When I was Secretary of State, I travelled that road thousands of times and I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road each time. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure, right from Day One, that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me. GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed...

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History won’t let you hide your Ryan eyes

From the Desk of NickiLeaks      “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that is assault, not leadership.”   Dwight D. Eisenhower    Well, the man who cleans clean dishes is back throwing mud. And for some reason, even though Paul Ryan is much better at dirtying things up than he is at cleaning up a real mess, it made the news. What really should make the news is if Paul Ryan learned some history. American history would be a very nice choice. That, or considering it’s Paul Ryan, the history of putting your foot in your mouth might work, too. And instead of reading Ayn Rand – which I, also, did – maybe Ryan should have read Mark Twain, a famous American who did know his history. Then Paul Ryan could have followed Twain’s advice instead. Because Mark Twain did know his history and unlike Ryan,...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Good morning, one and all.  Happy Super Bowl Sunday.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??????  Broncos by 9 points,  and yes, you heard it here first.  Manning will put on a clinic and Seattle’s Legion of Boom will go out with a fizzle rather than a bang. 1) About 39,000 gallons of water are used to produce the average car.  2) In 1965, a Senate subcommittee predicted that by 2000, Americans would be working 20 hours a week and taking over seven weeks of vacation each year.  WOW!!!!!!  Washington got one wrong……amazing. 3) Skin contains pain and temperature receptors, which are only sensitive to extreme hot or cold. The brain experiences both these sensations in the same way. Therefore, very cold and hot temperatures cause the same kind of pain, and the brain has trouble distinguishing between the two.  4) A report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1995 indicated...

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School Confiscates and Throws Away Lunches From Kids Whose Families Owe Money

By PBSpot Admin January 31, 2014 A Salt Lake City, Utah Elementary school is in hot water after confiscating lunches from students whose families owed money. Around 40 students at the Uintah Elementary school watched as their lunches were taken by school officials and dumped in the trash right before their eyes.  Even worse was the public display that the school made of the confiscation, making it clear that the goal was first and foremost to humiliate the children in front of their classmates. “It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes. Her 11-year-old daughter was one of the nearly four dozen Uintah students who had her lunch taken.   To add insult to injury, Lukes insists that she was not behind on any lunch payments whatsoever.  “I think it’s despicable,” she continued. “These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need...

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On This Day, Feb, 28, 1854, Republican Party Born Out of Gridlock

1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.  1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group. “Resolved: That, with our Republican fathers, we hold it to be a self-evident truth, that all men are endowed with the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that the primary object and ulterior design of our Federal Government were to secure these rights to all persons under its exclusive jurisdiction; that, as our Republican fathers, when they had abolished Slavery in all our National Territory, ordained that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, it becomes our duty to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it for the purpose of establishing Slavery in the...

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On This Day, Feb. 26 – Napoleaon gives France its deux

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.  Off on the picturesque landmass home to just 12,000 people, Napoleon made himself busy in his role as a ghost of his former self: he organized and trained a small navy, instructed work crews on the manufacture of mines and created a small regiment of loyal troops. Still Emperor, if in name only, he treated Elba as his own kingdom with a watchful eye on events back in France. Some 600 miles to the northeast in Vienna, Coalition representatives were looking for a more remote island to send Napoleon to, hopefully further out in the Atlantic Ocean. Determined to avoid isolation and sensing an opportunity amidst the social unrest in France, the little general gathered approximately 1,000 men and slipped away from his palace on Elba during the night of February...

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On This Day, Feb. 25, 1570, Church Puts Hex on Elizabeth Rex

1570 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V. Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth of England on this day. He issued a Papal Bull called Regnans in Excelsis (‘ruling from on high’) that absolved all her subjects from any obligations of allegiance to her. In response she increased anti-Catholic persecution and set out to eliminate the presence of the Jesuits from her Realms. The position of the ‘New English’ Protestants in Ireland was made even more precarious as the Catholics here saw that the Pope himself was now openly opposed to their rule. The English Monarch did not have a high opinion of those Irish who looked to the Catholic King Philip II of Spain for support, as she expressed in a Letter to Sir Francis Walsingham in that month of February 1570: We have heard and knowne it to be true, that certain savage...

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On This Day, Feb. 24, Supreme Court rules in favor of itself

                                                          “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. . . . If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each. . . . This is of the very essence of judicial duty.”                                  — John Marshall (1755 – 1835)   1803 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.    Marbury v. Madison, arguably the most important case in Supreme Court history, was the first U.S. Supreme Court case to apply the principle of “judicial review” — the power of federal courts to void acts of Congress in conflict with the Constitution. Written in 1803 by Chief Justice John Marshall, the decision played a key role in making the Supreme Court a separate branch of government on par with Congress and the...

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On This Day, Feb. 22, 1942, President Roosevelt to MacArthur: Get Out of the Philippines

On this day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines, as the American defense of the islands collapses. The Philippines had been part of the American commonwealth since it was ceded by Spain at the close of the Spanish-American War. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937 and signed the Tripartite Pact with fascist nations Germany and Italy in 1940, the United States responded by, among other things, strengthening the defense of the Philippines. General MacArthur was called out of retirement to command 10,000 American Army troops, 12,000 Filipino enlisted men who fought as part of the U.S. Army, and 100,000 Filipino army soldiers, who were poorly trained and ill prepared. MacArthur radically overestimated his troops’ strength and underestimated Japan’s determination. The Rainbow War Plan, a defensive strategy for U.S. interests in the Pacific that was drawn up in the late 1930s and later...

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On This Day, Feb. 21, 1972, Nixon Arrives in China For Talks

In an amazing turn of events, President Richard Nixon takes a dramatic first step toward normalizing relations with the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) by traveling to Beijing for a week of talks.  Nixon’s historic visit began the slow process of the re-establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and communist China. Still mired in the unpopular and frustrating Vietnam War in 1971, Nixon surprised the American people by announcing a planned trip to the PRC in 1972.  The United States had never stopped formally recognizing the PRC after Mao Zedong’s successful communist revolution of 1949. In fact, the two nations had been bitter enemies.  PRC and U.S. troops fought in Korea during the early-1950s, and Chinese aid and advisors supported North Vietnam in its war against the United States. Nixon seemed an unlikely candidate to thaw those chilly relations.  During the 1940s and 1950s, he had been...

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On This Day, Feb. 15, 1933, Capital Punishment Law Revisited

Giuseppe Zangara shoots Anton Cermak, the mayor of Chicago, in Miami, Florida on Feb. 15, 1933. Zangara’s shots missed President-elect Franklin Roosevelt, who was with Cermak at the time. Cermak was seriously wounded and died on March 6. Immediately after Mayor Cermak died from the gunshot wounds, Zangara was indicted and arraigned for murder. He pled guilty and died in the electric chair on March 20, only two weeks after Cermak died. Today such a swift outcome would be practically unheard of, particularly where the death penalty is concerned.               Changes began in the 1950s. In the most notable case, Caryl Chessman spent almost 12 years on California‘s death row before going to the gas chamber in 1960 for kidnapping. His appeals kept him alive while he wrote three published books and caught the attention of Hollywood and the international community, who lobbied publicly...

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On This Day, Feb. 13, 1998, The Hermann Maier Crash

Austrian ski racer Hermann Maier makes one of the most dramatic crashes in skiing history when he catapults 30 feet in the air, lands on his helmet and rams through two safety fences at an estimated 80 miles per hour on February 13, 1998. Amazingly, Maier suffered just minor injuries and walked away from the crash. Several days later, he won gold medals in the giant slalom and super-G events. Maier was born December 7, 1972, in Atlenmarkt, Austria. As a boy, he was trained by his father, a ski racer and ski school owner. As a teen, Maier was recruited to attend the Austrian national ski academy; however, he was sent home after a year and told he had no future as a professional skier because of his small size. Maier later became a bricklayer and taught skiing at his father’s school in Flachau, Austria. He competed in...

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On This Day, Feb. 12, 2008, G.M. Offers Workers Wholesale Buyout

On this day in 2008, in an attempt to cut costs, struggling auto giant General Motors (GM) offers buyouts to all 74,000 of its hourly employees in the U.S. represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The move came after GM lost $38.7 billion in 2007, which at the time was the largest loss ever experienced by any car maker. (Two weeks later, on February 26, the loss was adjusted by $4.6 billion, to $43.3 billion.) GM offered its employees a range of buyout options, including a $140,000 lump payment to those who worked at the company for at least 10 years and agreed to give up their health benefits and pension. GM’s goal was to replace the employees who accepted buyouts with new workers brought in at a lower pay scale. At the time, a veteran GM worker (who belonged to the UAW) had an average base...

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