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  • Oh those whacky Kurds!
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    So the Kurds have a new weapon in their fight against the Islamic State. Humor. Well, we think it’s humor, but it’s kind of difficult to tell. You decide.

    The fun begins at the 23:20-mark:

  • ‘For the Record’ live blog: ‘Boston Blueprint’
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    While you watch tonight’s new episode of For the Record, “Boston Blueprint,” about a mosque with potential connections to terrorism, join the conversation here with producers and reporters at TheBlaze. We’ll have behind-the-scenes pictures and details, related links, polls and much more. The live blog begins at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Congressional pockets get at least $150 million deeper
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Elizabeth Kreft

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    Congress is at least $150 million richer, according to a new report.

    For the Record aired “Beltway Nation” earlier this month highlighting the lucrative culture of waste, corruption and abuse of power in Washington, D.C. New numbers released this week illustrating the increasing wealth of members of Congress further demonstrate the opportunities for self-enrichment available to insiders of America’s political culture.

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    The total financial gain averages between $300,000 to $3.9 million per lawmaker, to a new report. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

    Roll Call reported Tuesday that the combined minimum net worth of Congress jumped up to $2.1 billion dollars, an increase of more than $150 million since 2013. The numbers come from a Congressional Quarterly Roll Call analysis based on the financial disclosures filed last year by each member of Congress or delegate. The total financial gain averages out between $300,000 to $3.9 million per lawmaker, but as Roll Call points out, not unlike the average wealth spread across the rest of America, the deepest pockets are “concentrated at the top.”

    “The top five lawmakers on the list had more than 37 percent of the combined minimum net worth reported of all 538 members and delegates,” Roll Call reported. “The minimum net worth of the 50 Richest was $1.7 billion, or more than 80 percent of the total for the entire Congress.”

    The real sticker shock comes with this realization: this analysis is based on wide-ranging estimates. Congressional members aren’t required to get specific with their total wealth numbers; they can simple list ranges such as “between $1 and $5 million” or “more than $50 million.”

    “The actual reported wealth of Congress would be significantly higher if Congress required members to disclose all of their assets and to disclose them with precision … disclosure rules also require lawmakers to list mortgages, which count against net worth, but not home values, which would be one of the biggest assets of many members,” Roll Call noted.

    This sharp upward trend has continued since 2012 when – for the first time in its history – Congress had a majority of millionaires on the payroll, according to, which tracks money in U.S. politics.

    “It’s no surprise that the wealth of Congress continues to increase in this way,” Vivica Novak, editorial director for Open Secrets, told TheBlaze. “It’s a trajectory that has been going on for quite some time.”

    Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, told For the Record that the growing wealth in Congress breeds a dangerous disconnect with the constituents the members are supposed to represent.

    “It’s not sustainable, this level of revulsion for this capital and this level of self-satisfaction that has grown up here,” he said. “This level of wealth here [and] the relative lack of wealth in the rest of the country. I mean, I think at some point disconnect, you know, takes a toll and, and the comfortable are afflicted.”

    Follow Elizabeth Kreft (@elizabethakreft) on Twitter

  • Heritage study implies only 2.5 million uninsured people, at most, signed up for Obamacare
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A study released by the Heritage Foundation indicates that as few as 2.5 million previously uninsured people signed up for Obamacare in 2014, far less than the 8 million enrollments the Obama administration has touted this year.

    The study noted that through the first half of 2014, insurance companies reported an increase of 6.25 million new individual health plans, a total that includes people who bought plans on an Obamacare exchange, and those who bought outside the exchanges.


  • Obama administration instructs schools on how to handle bullying against kids with food allergies
    Posted October 22, 2014 at 11:32 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Department of Education on Tuesday sent out detailed guidance to schools across the country outlining how schools should react to kids who bully people with disabilities, including ADHD and food allergies.

    The 13-page letter was offered to remind schools that “bullying is wrong,” and that schools that federal laws require them to ensure bullying does not get in the way of kids’ education. It also offers examples of the correct way schools should act to avoid violations of these.

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has released new guidance for how schools are required to deal with bullying against kids with food allergies and other disabilities. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation/AP Images)


  • Who is the most trusted source for news?
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Today on Pat & Stu we discussed an interesting new poll on who is trusted more as a source for news. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with where TheBlaze ranked! And thank you!

    The discussion began at the 24:20 mark:

    Click here to read the story.

  • Government blowing money on zombie musicals, rabbit massages, watching grass grow
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday offered a glimpse of his annual report on government waste, which this year will reveal how the government is subsidizing everything from studies on monkeys playing video games, to laughing classes for college students.

    Coburn’s office released a video teaser of his latest Wastebook report that outlines several key elements of this year’s findings:


  • Government holds conference on the dangers of driving while tired
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday held an all-day conference on the importance of staying fully awake while driving on public roadways — an event that flirted with the irony of putting viewers to sleep and at greater risk of getting in an accident while driving home.

    The conference — “Awake, Alert, Alive: Overcoming the Dangers of Drowsy Driving” — was held at the NTSB boardroom, and used up most of the day hammering home the seemingly obvious point that driving while sleepy is dangerous.

    It also attracted a very sparse audience. Pictures of the NTSB’s boardroom showed that attendees appeared to be comprised of panelists and maybe one or two others. When the second panel ended by mid-morning, the board room looked like this:



  • Power grid expert: New federal ‘reliability’ standard lulls nation into false sense of security
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Elizabeth Kreft

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    A federal agency charged with protecting the reliability of the United States’ power grid last week rejected an appeal by industry experts who say a new “hollow” reliability standard leaves the country wide open to widespread blackouts.

    In April, For the Record revealed the gaps in security for the U.S. infrastructure in “Unguarded.” Dr. Peter Pry, a U.S. energy grid expert, says Thursday’s decision to uphold the North American Electric Reliability Corporation standard will plague the overall protection of the grid.

    CBS San Francisco Transformer Substation Attacked

    Experts argue extra-high voltage transformers need additional protection from manmade attacks and natural events, such as solar flares and other geomagnetic disturbances. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shot down a “last-stop” appeal from some grid experts to prevent a “junk science” reliability standard from being implemented. (Image source: CBS San Francisco)

    “On Oct. 16, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Geomagnetic Disturbance Standard proposed by the [NERC], despite the gross inadequacy of the standard,” Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told TheBlaze.

    Pry explained this was a “last-stop” effort to keep the federal agency from implementing “junk science.”

    “This is a big set back for those of us trying to protect our nation …  it is better to have no GMD standard than a fake GMD standard that will lull policymakers and the public into complacency about an existential threat to our civilization,” he said.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is tasked with safeguarding the grid from both manmade attacks and natural events so high voltage transmissions can still function between states in the event of an incident. But Pry said two big issues with the FERC-approved standard would actually made the grid more vulnerable.

    “In this standard it does not require the electric power industry to place [geomagnetically induced current] monitors at the transformer substations,” Pry explained. “The idea here is that if you had these monitors at transformer substations, you’d actually be collecting real data over the years on the geomagnetic fields.”

    Pry asked, “So, why would anybody who’s serious about protecting transformers … object to having monitors installed to measure what the real stress is?”

    He said this question uncovers the second “glaring” problem with the standard.

    “They want to stick with their fictional computer models … that underestimate the threat to the electric grid from natural EMP from the sun by a factor of at least two and probably five,” he said.

    The problem with the reliability standard is much like building the wrong kind of house in a hurricane zone, Pry explained.

    “For example, it’s as if this document says the winds for a hurricane would never go above 100 miles per hour, but we know the data says otherwise and they can go twice as high,” he said. “You wouldn’t build a house that could only withstand half the winds expected … and these geomagnetic threats can actually go five times higher than NERC claims.”

    The former chair of the Congressional EMP Commission said the lack of national security protection offered to critical U.S.’ infrastructure continues to be a problem, but the states have the authority to implement solutions.  He said the fix lies with the Public Utilities Commissions in each state, which can direct how their grid systems should be protected.

    “Over the last year FERC has been lobbying and bringing pressure to bear and trying to muzzle the good guys,” he said, emphasizing that the states should not trust the “bureaucrats in Washington and the electric power industry” to protect the grid at the federal level.

    “Few arguments are better than NERC’s own hollow GMD standard for geomagnetic storms to prove that the states should not wait for Washington, but should act now to protect their grids and the lives of their peoples,” Pry said.

    Check out a clip from “Unguarded” here, or find the entire episode on the For the Record show page.

    Follow Elizabeth Kreft (@elizabethakreft) on Twitter

  • George W. Bush’s former health secretary supports ‘very aggressive’ Ebola travel restrictions
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 11:37 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Michael Leavitt, who served as Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush, on Tuesday recommended “serious” travel restrictions on anyone trying to enter the United States from a country experiencing an Ebola outbreak, until the situation in West Africa is under better control.

    “I don’t know that blanket travel bans have worked,” he said on CSPAN Tuesday morning. “But I think having very serious travel restrictions, even to the point of saying if you come from an area where Ebola is prevalent, that we’re going to restrict your travel, I think that’s a reasonable approach.”

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  • Blaze poll: Will Monica Lewinsky’s return to the spotlight help or hurt Hillary?
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:53 am by Mike Opelka

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    She’s baaaaack.

    Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on Monday, accumulating 50,000 followers in less than a day.

     She also made a very public appearance, speaking to a crowd of 1,000 attendees of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Summit” in Philadelphia. For the first time, Lewinsky spoke publicly about her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.

    The world’s most famous intern also declared herself “patient zero” and the first victim of online bullying. She said her new mission is to eliminate online bullying.

    Lewinsky’s speech has drawn considerable media attention, with many asking if her return to public life will cause any problems for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run.

    We would love to know what you think.

    Take TheBlaze’s poll and share your comments below:

  • Report says hundreds federal workers have been on paid leave for anywhere from 1 to 3 years
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that 263 federal workers have taken anywhere from one to three years of paid administrative leave between 2011 and 2013, and that taxpayers shelled out $31 million for all that paid time away from work.

    The report also found that while 48 percent of federal workers took less than five days of paid leave from 2011 to 2013, 52 percent took six or more days of paid leave. GAO said 53,055 federal workers took one to three months of paid time off.

    Taxpayers are paying millions for federal workers to take paid time off, and have paid $3.1 billion for all the time off taken from 2011 to 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB


  • Nancy Pelosi wants to change federal regulations to let transgender people serve openly in the military
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 9:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for a change to a decades-old military regulation so transgender people can serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

    “Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the Washington Blade last week.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi supports a change to federal regulations to allow transgender people serve in the military. Mark Wilson/Getty Images


  • A Blaze Books exclusive excerpt from Dana Loesch’s new ‘Hands off My Gun’
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 9:00 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch has a new book out today that is sure to make gun control activists apoplectic.

    Loesch’s provocative new “Hands Off My Gun” provides the intellectual firepower to stifle even the most ardent Second Amendment opponents, drawing on Loesch’s personal experiences with anti-gun trolls and a vast amount of substantive research.

    Dana Loesch and Ted Nugent shooting. (Image Source: TheBlaze TV).

    Dana Loesch and Ted Nugent shooting. (Image Source: TheBlaze TV).

    Below is a Blaze Exclusive excerpt from Loesch’s new book. Be sure to look for more coverage on TheBlaze Books including an in-depth interview on Dana’s new book coming shortly.

    Introduction – Hands Off My Gun

    When I was a little girl, my grandpa took me out in his backyard. He showed me how to shoot food cans with a BB gun, then he graduated me to playing with my male cousin’s little green army men. He was obviously the kind of person who Barack Obama had in mind when he famously and derisively mocked gun owners and other rural Americans as “bitter” “clingers.” Talking about visiting small-town Americans as if he were on some kind of safari, the elitist Harvard-trained community organizer, believing he was talking to donors in a private setting, confided his total contempt. “It’s not surprising then they get bitter,” he said. “They cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”

    Well, I guess you could say my grandpa was an OBC, an Original Bitter Clinger. The man thought bankers were crooks, doctors were quacks, and that the only things you could count on in life were God, family, and a shotgun. He probably wouldn’t care much for Barack Obama—not, as Obama apparently assumed, because anyone who disagreed with him was a racist. Instead, it was because the president lacks what my grandpa had in abundance: common sense. Obama organized communities—whatever that means. My grandpa actually lived in a community, and my visits there really changed my life. Their little bolthole in the Ozarks was a sanctuary for a kid like me. The nearest supermarket was forty-five minutes away. If you needed beer or cheese in a pinch, the Mini Mart had you mostly covered; otherwise you killed it, milked it, caught it yourself, or distilled it in a bathtub. My grandparents ate everything they killed—raccoon, squirrel, fish, deer, turkey—and were grateful for nature’s bounty. They kept goats and harvested fresh eggs from their chickens most mornings. Grandpa would take his grandsons hunting with him and bring back whatever they killed, then let us granddaughters watch him skin and clean it in the backyard. One time he made me hold a squirrel’s legs while he pulled the fur off.


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    When I stayed with my grandparents during the falls and winters, I loved to curl up with blankets by their wood-heated stove. That often meant I’d wake up with whatever Grandpa killed last night carefully laid out as a joke beside me, their life- less eyes staring straight into mine.

    Nothing my grandpa killed ever went to waste. That’s how bitter clingers work in a community: They live in harmony with nature because they rely on nature to provide and sustain them. Hunting out of season or thinning a herd too much meant destabilization. Bitter clingers are conservationists, not environmentalists. They don’t need bureaucrats in plush offices in Washington lecturing them about how to protect the land; the land is essential to their way of life.

    My grandparents always had some of us grandkids staying with them. Bless them, they were never left to their own devices, and I’m not sure they would have known what to do if they ever were alone. They had a few bedrooms in their tiny house, but it didn’t matter: The youngest grandkids would all somehow find their way into Grandma and Grandpa’s bed and they slept there, much like a little kid crowds their bed with stuffed animals. As a result, Grandpa was always falling out of his own bed or some kid was falling and getting stuck between the mattress and the wall.

    One summer night I slept in their bed with my younger cousin as the cool valley breeze blew through the window, rustling through the curtains. The chorus of frogs and crickets outside was broken by the sound of someone sobbing and running up my grandparents’ gravel drive. The storm door slammed and there was commotion. I learned at a young age that you hear more if you pretend to be asleep, so I did just that when Grandma rushed down the hall to check on us before hurrying back down the dark hall toward the light of the living room. The late-night visitor was their daughter, my aunt, clad in nothing but nightclothes. She had been assaulted by her estranged husband. In between sobs, she told them that she had escaped after her husband tried to take a knife to her throat. When he had gone for his gun, she managed to flee. As she sat in her parents’ house, shaking, she was terrified that he’d come for her. Grandma called “the law,” but in a rural county such as these parts, “the law” could be miles and miles away. While Grandma dialed it in, Grandpa silently strode into their bedroom. His every step rang simultaneously with anger and with careful purpose. He quietly opened his glass-and-wood gun case, removed his shotgun, and strode back through the living room. From there he went right out to the front porch, sat on the swing, and cocked it.


  • After lying to members of Congress, VA caught hiding the truth from American Legion
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A report late last week said the Department of Veterans Affairs purposefully withheld information from the country’s largest veterans’ group about how many veterans were still waiting for a decision about their eligibility for VA health care.

    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the American Legion — which has 2.4 million members — asked the VA’s national Health Eligibility Center in 2013 how many veterans were waiting on the VA for an eligibility decision. But in response, deputy chief business officer Lynne Harbin prepared slides that purposefully did not answer the question.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has yet to fire anyone from the VA despite a seemingly constant flow of information about corruption and mismanagement in his agency. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, James Borchuck)


  • Obama’s Labor secretary says adding more foreign workers would boost U.S. wages, not depress them
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Labor Secretary Tom Perez asserted Monday that allowing more foreign workers into the United States would have the effect of increasing U.S. wages, contrary to the findings of several studies, and the law of supply and demand, which say more workers would mean reduced wages.

    Perez delivered a speech in Washington in which he cited a Congressional Budget Office study that said the Senate’s immigration reform bill would increase U.S. economic activity by 5.4 percentage points over the next two years.

    Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday that adding more foreign workers to the U.S. labor pool would somehow boost wages. Andrew Burton/Getty Images


  • A transexual sounds off on politically correct madness
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Religious liberties are under assault in Houston as the city subpoenaed sermons and private correspondence from pastors.

    Today on Pat & Stu, a self-described transexual named Misty called up to offer an opinion on Houston’s attempt to squelch speech and where we can find common ground in the fight against dangerous political correctness.

    The conversation on today’s Pat & Stu Show begins at 58:15 below:

    Here’s the story for some background: ‘Just Tell Them Your Hard Drive Crashed’: Blaze Readers React to Texas City Demanding Five Pastors Turn Over Their Sermons on Homosexuality

  • We all make mstakes mistakes
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Corey Trice

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    In this day and age of autocorrect, spellcheck and grammar check, we should see fewer errors when typing on our computers and phones. But those phones have tiny screens that make it hard to type accurately, and autocorrect often misses the point of the sentence entirely. Spellcheckers work when the word is typed incorrectly, but their there they’re incapable of telling you when you’ve used the wrong word. That’s where grammar check steps in and attempts to understand the meaning of a sentence, proposing words or punctuation it “thinks” should be used. These marvels of technology work — sometimes.

    There are entire websites dedicated to autocorrect fails, and even more that attempt to teach us proper spelling and grammar. We appreciate the laughter afforded by these sites at the expense of another person’s misfortune when texting their mom or typing a letter to their teacher. However, we dread being the unfortunate soul with the embarrassing message that gets emailed to, or pops up on, the screen of that new acquaintance we just met, our boss or the pastor of our church. We both love and hate these programs that have become a natural part of our daily living.

    In today’s culture, we love being social and sharing our opinions online, so when we make a mistake and notice it, we appreciate the ability to fix the issue. We love the tools that allow us to correct an issue and help us avoid being pulled over on the side of the information superhighway by that ever-present law enforcement agency, the grammar police. Those interactions are always so much fun, and usually go a little something like this:

    Random Internet commenter: “i’m board”

    Grammar police: “You’re wood?”

    Random Internet commenter: “what?”

    Grammar police: “You said you were a piece of milled lumber, also known as a board.”

    Random Internet commenter: “no i said i didn’t have anything to do”

    Grammar police: “Oh, you must have meant that you were bored.”

    Random Internet commenter: “thanks grammar nazi…”

    Grammar police: “I think you meant to type Nazi.”

    Most of us have experienced this tragic fate at one time or another out in the wilds of our online world. I want you to know that we at do listen to what you, our users, have to say. We read your comments, suggestions, and yes, even your complaints. (I know you probably thought that we archived complaints in the circular file, but we don’t.) You have been telling us, for quite some time now, that you want an edit button for your comments allowing you — as one eloquent user put it — “to edit out the stupid.” (That cracks me up every time I read it.)

    We have done just that! We have created a brand-new tool that allows you to edit or delete a comment for three minutes after it has been posted to the site.

    Some may ask, why three minutes? We felt that this limit gives everyone enough time to fix any mistakes they may have missed when posting the comment, without providing an avenue for our favorite Internet creature, the troll, to take advantage of a constantly editable comment. We want to encourage a community of respectful discussion and discourse, so we have placed a time limit on the ability to edit or delete a new comment.

    As I said earlier, we do listen to you even though we can’t always respond to every question, comment or concern. We really do appreciate the constructive feedback and awesome suggestions that you all provide. Keep them coming, and we will continue to work towards making a better place for all of us!

    Corey Trice is a web developer for TheBlaze. Before joining TheBlaze in early 2014, he worked for a Dallas-area music startup as a developer. Corey has a degree in Web design and development and his M.S. in Internet marketing from Full Sail University. He lives in Lewisville, Texas, with his wife, daughter and son.

  • Which TV character is No. 1 on your Bada** Scale?
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    Episode four of “Homeland” ended with a…surprise, but the action before it got us thinking: Who would be #1 on your TV character Badass Scale?

    On TheBlaze’s Homeland Recap Podcast, we explored this question. Spoiler alert: Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the fourth episode of season four:

    Yes, there was Carrie once again going the distance to keep an asset close, but setting that aside, we also got some great moments of Peter Quinn in Jason Bourne mode. As far as TV badasses go, we agreed that Jack Bauer from “24″ was a perfect 10 on the scale. Where would Quinn fall? We went with 8.5.

    What do you think, and who is your ultimate TV badass?

    Also in the podcast: Where we think this whole Ayaan-Carrie situation is going (as well as his now undead uncle), and a look at what episode titles in the future will mean for the upcoming events.

    Listen to all episodes of TheBlaze’s Homeland Recap Podcast on TheBlaze Radio On Demand here.

  • A college professor is pushing to shut down a Virginia radio station for using the word ‘Redskins’ on air
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A radio station is in the middle of a fight at the Federal Communications Commission over its right to broadcast, as a college professor has petitioned the FCC to shut it down because it uses the word “Redskins.”

    WWXX in Buckland, Virginia, is owned by Dan Snyder, who also owns the Washington Redskins. The name of his football team has been under attack all year from Democrats who say the word “Redskins” is racist and is a slur against American Indians.

    The Washington Redskins are facing new pressure against the use of their team name, which some say is racist and offensive. The team is also struggling on the field as well, and has posted a 2-5 record so far this year. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)


  • Can you spot the unfortunate typo on the New York Times’ front page?
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    The New York Times came out with an unfortunate typo on its front page ebola story Monday. Can you spot it?

    Source: New York Times via HuffPo

    Source: New York Times via HuffPo

    Still stumped? Check out the second word in the ebola headline.

    The Huffington Post notes this is the second time in two weeks the Times has had a front-page typo.

  • House Dem writing bill to stop Nazis from getting Social Security benefits
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 11:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday she’s preparing to write a bill to make sure Nazi war criminals aren’t given U.S. Social Security benefits.

    Her comment was a reaction to an Associated Press investigation that found some Nazis and Schutzstaffel, or SS guards, have collected millions worth of Social Security benefits. The AP found that at least 38 suspects kept their benefits after being forced out of the United States since 1979.

    This 1943 file photo shows Nazi officers talking with citizens of the Warsaw ghetto in Poland. An Associated Press investigation found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. (AP Photo, File)


  • USDA says you don’t always need to feed your preschooler
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 9:17 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday said people should make one meal for the whole family, and not make separate, smaller meals for picky preschoolers.

    And if a kid doesn’t like the meal being served, USDA said it’s fine if the kid eats nothing.

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  • Watch: CNN contributor’s 45-second, spot-on assessment of ‘Fan-Gate’ from Florida debate
    Posted October 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Last week’s bizarre opening debate between the two major gubernatorial candidates in Florida made national news and inspired a host of late-night talk show jokes.

    The controversy started when former governor Charlie Crist violated the predetermined rules of the debate by having a fan placed under his podium onstage. Several media outlets reported that the presence of Crist’s fan caused Governor Rick Scott to delay his appearance.

    Democratic challenger Charlie Crist waits for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to start their second debate, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Davie, Fla. Scott delayed the start of the debate because of an electric fan below Crist's podium. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

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    Many in the political news world as well as comedians dubbed the incident “Fan-Gate.”

    On Sunday’s edition of CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” panelist and CNN political contributor Ana Navarro humorously encapsulated the entire “Fan-Gate” story in under a minute.

    Navarro was responding to Crowley’s question about the fan incident, “Who does it hurt more?”

    Watch Navarro break it all down in just 45 seconds:

    Here’s the entire segment from CNN:


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  • Need proof of how misleading movie trailers can be? Watch a Mel Brooks classic become unrecognizably serious
    Posted October 19, 2014 at 11:28 am by Zach Noble

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    We’ve all been there: You watch a trailer that makes a movie look great, but when you go to see the actual film, it’s a piece of garbage.

    Trailers can be powerfully misleading.

    YouTube user TheUnusualSuspect (Ross Thompson) has dedicated himself to humorously exposing just how deceptive movie trailers can be, and his latest project, Mel Brooks’ classic “Spaceballs,” done in the style of the upcoming Christopher Nolan epic “Interstellar,” reveals how a campy comedy can be made to look serious and dark.

    Thompson has produced many other videos that make a similar point, including one that sets the “Star Wars” prequels in the lighthearted style of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and another (containing rough language) that sets “Saving Private Ryan” as an “Expendables”-style action flick.

    Follow Zach Noble (@thezachnoble) on Twitter