‘He Just Proved Physics Are Fake’: Video Shows Bicyclist Become Parallel to Ground During Sharp TurnPosted May 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm by Oliver Darcy
A bicycle company wanted to showcase the durability and strength of their bikes — and it’s safe to say they did with this new video.
The Specialized Bicycles ad, featuring mountain biker Matt Hunter, shows the veteran bicyclist take a turn so sharp he actually is parallel with the ground for a few moments.
At the time of publication, the ad had amassed nearly 700,000 views on YouTube and stunned individuals.
“Don’t mind him, just breaking physics is all,” one individual commented.
“FAKE! I mean physics. He just proved physics are fake,” another echoed.
Watch the Video:
(H/T: Viral Viral Videos)
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What Nancy Pelosi Claims Two Families of Benghazi Victims Have Told Democratic LawmakersPosted May 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm by Oliver Darcy
Families of the Benghazi victims have reached out to Democratic lawmakers and asked them not to launch another investigation into the 2012 attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Friday.
“Two of their families have called us and said, ‘Please don’t take us down this path again,’” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “It’s really hard for them. It’s very sad.”
The San Francisco congresswoman then took a swing at Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), while skewering the new committee headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to investigate Benghazi.
“This is a stunt,” Pelosi said. “Issa is damaged goods. They had to move to another venue with another chairman.”
Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-N.Y.) also told The Huffington Post that a family member from Tyone Woods’ family called on Thursday to express support for her position. Woods was one of the CIA contractors killed in the 2012 attack.
(H/T: IJ Review)
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Need Help Solving 14 + 4? How-to-Add Guide Is Your Ticket to Mathematics SalvationPosted May 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm by Dave Urbanski
Okay, you’re the parent of a first-grader, and the problem of the day is…14 + 4.
Looks easy enough, right?
Well, not so much for one parent whose kid was tasked with adding single-digit numbers to double-digit numbers.
Medley told TheBlaze that her son’s school district is using Math in Focus. And it may not be surprising — after gandering at the six steps noted below — that Math in Focus ”supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.” (It’s also an “authentic Singapore math curriculum — highlighting problem solving as the focus of mathematical learning.”)
All you have to do is “Find a Ten.”
Step 1: Find the greatest number.
Step 2: Look at the greatest number.
Step 2, Sub-step 1: How many tens in the number?
Step 2, Sub-step 2: How many ones?
Step 2 Sub-step 3: Write the tens and the ones in a number bond.
Step 3: Check your number bond.
Step 3, Sub-step 1: Is it true?
Step 3, Sub-step 2: Will the two parts make the whole greatest number?
No worries. Only three more steps to go…
Step 4: Join the ones together.
Step 4, Sub-step 1: How many ones are there now?
Step 4, Sub-step 2: Write the equation to add the ones.
Step 5: Write your new equation. 10 + _ = _ .
Step 5, Sub-step 1: The second number will be the ones from step 4 (“part” that is left from the number bond).
Step 6: Answer the original equation.
Step 6, Sub-step 1: It should be understood that the two equations are equal.
Then they let you in on a little secret:
14 + 4 is the same as 10 + 8.
Anyone for some subtraction?
Is Religious Ritual Behind Piles of Decapitated Birds Showing Up on Las Vegas Streets?Posted May 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm by Dave Urbanski
Piles of beheaded chickens and pigeons and other birds have been found dumped on some Las Vegas streets lately, and it has people in the area concerned.
“The first time I saw it, it was a large rooster,” Ryan Roskins, a street cleaner who’s seen many other headless birds piles, told KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.
“Everything else is there, feet, feathers,” he told the station. “It’s just decapitated.”
Roskins has a theory regarding the source of the decapitated birds.
“I actually think it must be voodoo,” he told KLAS.
But a West African priest of the Ifa religion told the station that practitioners of Santeria or Ifa use animal sacrifices — e.g., chickens, pigeons or goats — to protect themselves or cleanse their bodies.
“They might be wiping themselves with the bird, letting the blood and then having to discard the body,” Ifa priest Duane Reece told KLAS.
He added that where the bird’s body is dumped depends on what the spirit or deity is calling out for.
“Just like a first communion, just like a baptism, all of these ways are ways humans use to communicate,” Reece added.
For Helen Arciaga, a thrift shop owner who cleans up the piles in the alley behind her store twice a month, enough is enough.
“Oh my good Lord it stinks,” she told KLAS. ”I’m sorry for what we saw today.”
(H/T: Drudge Report)
Nigeria’s President Refused Help for Weeks in Search for Kidnapped Girls — Infiltration by Islamic Extremists May Be ReasonPosted May 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Dave Urbanski
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government.
The British Foreign Office says the United Kingdom offered help the day after the mass abduction. And the U.S. has said its embassy and staff agencies offered help “from day one” of the crisis, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Yet it was only this week that Nigeria accepted help from the U.S., Britain, France and China.
The delay underlines an apparent lack of urgency from the government and military to find the girls, for reasons that include a reluctance to bring in outsiders as well as possible infiltration by the extremists.
On Heels of Team’s Hazing Scandal, Dolphins Lineman Jokes About Hazing First-Round Pick — Brass Isn’t LaughingPosted May 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm by Dave Urbanski
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — After the Miami Dolphins took Tennessee tackle Ja’Wuan James with the 19th overall choice in the NFL draft Thursday, center Mike Pouncey thought he’d post a lighthearted reaction online.
“Great pick! I can’t wait for our gifts he’s getting us lol,” Pouncey tweeted.
Pouncey was implicated in the Dolphins’ 2013 bullying scandal, in which he followed guard Richie Incognito’s lead in harassing Jonathan Martin, who left the team during the season, investigations found. Pressure on Martin to give other linemen gifts was part of an alleged pattern of harassment.
Pouncey is only offensive line starter from last season still with the team.
So you might say Dolphins execs didn’t chuckle at Pouncey’s jab. In fact, less than 24 hours after his tweet was posted, Pouncey’s Twitter account was deactivated.
General manager Dennis Hickey said he cleared the air with Pouncey regarding the tweet on Friday.
“Mike understands that sometimes things can be taken out of context, and what’s meant as a lighthearted comment can be taken out of context,” Hickey said. “He was good with that, and understands that social media is a great tool to reach our fans for the positive, but you just have to make good choices with that. So we’re all good.”
James said he had no problem with Pouncey’s tweet.
“He’s probably just playing and just saying things,” James said. “It’s all part of the process being a rookie. I’m just looking forward to coming in and working.”
Alleged Carjackers Run Away from Victim After He Fights Back. Then He Pulls His Own Gun.Posted May 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Dave Urbanski
A 30-year-old driver of a Mercedes-Benz SUV was approached about 4:40 a.m. Friday by Jermaine Johnson and Kaiison Lewis on a Bronx, New York street, police said.
Johnson and Lewis tried to steal the SUV at gunpoint, investigators believe, the New York Daily News reported.
After the driver fought back, the pair ran to Johnson’s car parked nearby.
But the driver wasn’t done. He chased them down, pulled his own gun, and shot up Johnson’s green Acura TL, police said.
Johnson, 28, who was in the driver’s seat, was shot in the midsection and died at the scene, officials said. Described as “a loving, caring, brother,” Johnson became the father of a boy last month, said his sister, Yanique Johnson.
Lewis, 23, was shot in the head and midsection and died at a hospital.
The unidentified driver was taken into custody and has been uncooperative, police sources told the Daily News.
Featured image: WPIX-TV
Sen. Tim Scott’s Success Has Writer Asking, ‘Do Republicans Lower the Bar for Blacks?’Posted May 10, 2014 at 11:16 am by Dave Urbanski
Bloomberg View’s Francis Wilkinson noticed that Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), a Tea Party favorite, hasn’t had to endure any serious primary challengers, unlike others (e.g., Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Lindsey Graham) within the GOP ranks.
Wilkinson has a theory regarding why Scott has enjoyed success and popularity. And it’s captured in the headline of his recent treatise: “Do Republicans Lower the Bar for Blacks?”
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In effect, South Carolina Republicans treat Scott like the national party previously treated the ham-handed presidential candidate Herman Cain and the party’s not-quite-competent chairman during Obama’s first term, Michael Steele: They are members of an endangered political species for whom the bar is effectively lowered.
Affirmative action based on race has taken quite a beating at the Supreme Court, in state legislatures and at the ballot box. In the Republican Party, however, affirmative action can punch your ticket like nobody’s business.
Twitchy pointed out, “Good thing Scott is a black Republican. Otherwise Wilkinson might be in serious trouble.”
Wilkinson received some pointed reactions on his Twitter page:
‘Ludicrous’: Former NFL Player and Gay-Rights Activist Rips Reported ‘Distraction’ Concerns Over Drafting Openly Gay PlayerPosted May 10, 2014 at 10:24 am by Dave Urbanski
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL draft will conclude with Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, and when and if Michael Sam is selected is sure to be the most significant development.
The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. He told all his teammates and coaches before the season. Sam would become the NFL’s first openly gay player.
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken gay-rights activist who’s claimed he was cut because of his views, characterized as “ludicrous” team executives’ reported anonymous concerns that Sam could be a locker-room distraction.
“I think they have their own insecurities, and they’re projecting that onto Michael. They think they can hide behind the word ‘distraction.’ It’s kind of a code word,” Kluwe told NFL.com. “…the NFL survived Mike Vick, the NFL has survived Tim Tebow, the NFL has survived Aaron Hernandez, the NFL has survived Riley Cooper. Why is it all of a sudden that an openly gay player is going to be this huge distraction that brings the NFL to its knees? That’s ludicrous.”
Sam was thought to be a middle-to-late round draft pick after the season and his stock dropped after a poor combine workout. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Texan is considered a tweener — too small to play defensive line in the pros and not fast enough to be an every down outside linebacker.
“Projectable guys who have to change positions are generally drafted in rounds three through five,” Kluwe said. “A bad combine shouldn’t send him out of the draft. If that’s the precedent and that precedent is not met, then why not?”
Sam is one of a few male athletes who have made headlines by coming out over the last year. NBA veteran Jason Collins was the first. The 35-year-old center came out after the 2012-13 season, but didn’t sign until more than halfway through this season when he latched on with the Brooklyn Nets.
Last month, University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon also came out as gay. He has at least one more season left at UMass.
Sam has kept a relatively low-profile leading up to the draft, doing almost no media interviews. He planned to watch Saturday’s selections — there are 156 picks set to be made by the 32 teams — with friends, family and his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes, in San Diego.
Sam has said he wants to be evaluated solely on his athletic ability and NFL executives and coaches, all the way up to Commissioner Roger Goodell, have said publicly that will be the case.
“He’ll get you coverage sacks,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “He’ll play in the first quarter just like he does in the fourth quarter. 100 percent.”
Sam could end up as an undrafted free agent, which isn’t necessarily a bad way to make it to the NFL.
According to STATS, there were 530 undrafted free agents on NFL rosters during week 17 of last season. There was a total of 404 players on rosters who had been drafted in rounds five through seven, though the pool of undrafted players from year to year is much larger than those drafted in those three rounds.
One Body Found, Two Still Missing After Hot Air Balloon Fire, Crash in Virginia (UPDATE: Second Body Found)Posted May 10, 2014 at 9:21 am by Dave Urbanski
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: A second body has been recovered Saturday in the fiery crash of a hot air balloon in Virginia, according to the Associated Press.
More than 100 continued to search for a third victim, Virginia State Police said. None of the victims has been identified, and the balloon and basket holding the pilot also have yet to be located, the AP added.
Original story below
One body was found Saturday after a hot air balloon crash in Virginia on Friday evening, officials said.
There were three occupants in the balloon, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said, CNN reported.
The balloon hit power lines, burst into flames, and then crashed into an area 25 miles north of Richmond
Carrie Hager-Bradley told WWBT-TV in Richmond she could hear the balloon occupants.
“They were just screaming for anybody to help them. ‘Help me, help me, sweet Jesus, help, I’m going to die! Oh my God, I’m going to die!’” she told the station.
Hager-Bradley’s daughter told her she saw one person falling from the balloon basket — then Hager-Bradley also saw an individual falling.
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Balloon and gondola detached after the flames burst out, witnesses told police, so rescuers are fanning out over two areas in hopes of finding them.
State troopers want to send up aircraft to scour the rural area from above, but stormy weather on the horizons saw them grounded early Saturday, Geller said.
Inclement weather was not a factor during the balloon’s flight, Geller said.
The balloon was taking part in the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival and in the air with two other balloons. The first two balloons landed safely in a designated zone, Geller said, but the third hit an electric wire and caught fire.
Event organizers said 20 balloon flying teams were expected to participate in the festival, but after the accident all events were cancelled.
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The pilot fought the blaze and opened the top of the balloon to let hot air out to prevent it from climbing farther, Geller said.
Two explosions rang out from the balloon, witnesses told police, then gondola and the balloon separated, and the inflatable soared skyward.
David Griffith looked on in disbelief from below. “There was no way these people were coming out of that,” he told WWBT.
He, too, said he saw two people plunge from the basket.
This story has been updated with new video.
‘Give Them Respect So 3,000 Souls Can Rest in Peace!’: Controversy Surrounds Return of 9/11 Remains to World Trade Center SitePosted May 10, 2014 at 8:24 am by Dave Urbanski
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
NEW YORK (AP) — As the unidentified remains of those killed on September 11, 2001 were returned to the World Trade Center site on a foggy Saturday morning, a group of protesters made their voices heard during the solemn procession.
“Don’t put them in the basement!” Rosemary Cain, who lost her firefighter son at the trade center, said Thursday. “Give them respect so 3,000 souls can rest in peace!”
The group of victims’ family members say their loved ones’ remains should be stored in an above-ground monument separate from the museum. About a dozen wore black bands over their mouths at the site.
Other family members support the plans, which have been in the works for years.
The remains were moved from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Manhattan’s East Side at dawn Saturday, accompanied by police and fire department vehicles with lights flashing but no sirens.
The remains will be transferred to an underground repository in the same building as the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
The repository will be available for family visits but will be overseen by the medical examiner. Officials hope that improvements in technology will eventually lead to the identification of the 7,930 fragmentary remains.
Here’s a report on the issue that aired previous to Saturday’s protest:
Michelle Obama: Abduction of Nigerian Schoolgirls an ‘Unconscionable Act’ by ‘Terrorist Group’Posted May 10, 2014 at 7:45 am by Dave Urbanski
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday criticized the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls as an “unconscionable act” carried out by a “terrorist group” she said is determined to keep them from getting an education — “or grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.”
Taking over the president’s weekly radio and Internet address on the eve of the American holiday for honoring mothers, the first lady said that, like millions of people around the world, she and President Barack Obama are “outraged and heartbroken” over the April 15 abduction of the girls from their dormitory.
“In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,” Mrs. Obama said, referring to Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12. “We see their hopes, their dreams and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.”
What happened in Nigeria is not an isolated incident, the first lady said, but is “a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”
Mrs. Obama added her voice this week to the calls for the girls’ safe return by tweeting a photo of herself in the White House. She appears sad and holds a white sign with the message “(hashtag) Bring Back Our Girls.” The tweet was signed “-mo,” indicating that she sent it herself.
Mrs. Obama mentioned the case of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot in the head as she traveled to school in 2012. Malala has become an outspoken advocate for the rights of all girls to get an education, the same message Mrs. Obama delivered in her first solo address to the nation.
Mrs. Obama noted that more than 65 million girls worldwide do not attend school even though educated women earn more money and have healthier families.
“When more girls attend secondary school, that boosts their country’s entire economy,” she said. “So education is truly a girl’s best chance for a bright future, not just for herself, but for her family and her nation.”
That is also true in the U.S., the first lady said. She expressed hope that what happened in Nigeria will inspire boys and girls across the U.S. to be serious about getting an education.
“I hope that any young people in America who take school for granted, any young people who are slacking off or thinking of dropping out, I hope they will learn the story of these girls and recommit themselves to their education,” she said.
Mrs. Obama recently launched a domestic initiative called “Reach Higher” to encourage young people to pursue education beyond high school, whether they enroll in a professional training program or attend a community college or a four-year institution.
In Saturday’s address, the first lady asked the nation to pray for the Nigerian girls’ safe return.
“This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education — grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls,” she said. “Let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult time, and let us show just a fraction of their courage in fighting to give every girl on this planet the education that is her birthright.”
The Nigerian government’s inability to rescue the girls nearly a month after they were abducted by the Boko Haram organization has sparked worldwide outrage, including protests and a social media campaign. The U.S. and other countries have sent teams of technical experts to assist the Nigerian government’s search effort.
Authorities have said more than 300 girls were abducted from their school in the country’s remote northeast. Fifty-three escaped and 276 remain captive.
President Obama said this week that the U.S. will do everything to help Nigeria find them.
Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful.” The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has claimed responsibility for the abduction and has threatened to sell the girls.
Featured image: YouTube
A Brutal Beating Changed How This Man Sees the World — LiterallyPosted May 10, 2014 at 7:00 am by Liz Klimas
Jason Padgett went to a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington, to pick up a couple of friends who had tipped back a few too many to drive home.
Padgett got himself a Coke, sang a song and left the bar with the couple.
Then, without warning, he was hit in the back of the head. It was the kind of blow that made it look like someone had flashed a camera in his face. He saw the light and was knocked him out momentarily. When Padgett came to, he was on his knees, disoriented and thought he was being attacked by a gang.
“I remember getting a feeling of absolute dread,” Padgett told TheBlaze.
He thought, “‘I’m going to die right now.’” But not without fighting back first.
He pulled down the man closest to him and bit him in the leg, chipping two of his teeth in the process. All the while, the other men involved continued to kick and punch him.
At two points, Padgett said he looked up and called his friends for help. The man he had come to pick up put up his hands in a surrender-like motion and walked away. The woman, Padgett said, is an image burned in his brain. He described her as looking like she was ready to run, knees bent and arms out, her mouth open in shock. When she gained the courage, she ran back to the bar to get help, but none came.
“The guy kicking me, said ‘give me your goddamn jacket,” which Padgett described as a cheap $99 leather jacket. His wallet was in his pants and wasn’t stolen.
When the men took off, Padgett and his remaining friend called the cops and retrieved the contact information for the suspects from the karaoke bar where they had been only minutes before as well. The whole attack lasted about 30 to 45 seconds, but to Padgett it felt much longer.
Within a week, Padgett went with police to the suspects’ homes — men he described as not looking like criminals, who cried and apologized and said they’d been drunk — and justice was served.
All the while, Padgett was seeing things differently.
‘I Thought It Was the Meds at First’
The attack was in 2002.
After the incident, Padgett went to the hospital where doctors said he suffered a severe concussion and a bleeding kidney. They sent him home with painkillers.
“I thought it was the meds doing it at first,” Padgett said. “Everything looked chunky, like hitting pause on your TV, and you can see picture frames.”
That’s what Padgett said his vision is still like: pixelated.
But it’s actually so much more than that. What Padgett sees are geometric patterns that help him understand complex mathematical problems, something he explained in his new book, “Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel.”
Padgett was no math genius before the attack. He says he was a college dropout and adrenaline junkie, who went to bars with friends nearly every day of the week and loved skiing.
Instead of being disturbed by his new vision Padgett, he said he was “so fascinated by it.”
“[It's like] you’re being forced to see how calculus works. By seeing things that way, it forces you to start thinking that way,” Padgett said.
After getting an MRI, Padgett said that doctors saw brain activity in an area that’s rarely used by most people.
“Things looked so different. Everything looked like it was related to triangles,” he said.
To better picture how Padgett sees the world now, consider this circle. Instead of having smooth edges, if you looked much closer — we mean much closer — it would have a jagged zig-zag edge.
This is actually how all circles and spheres in nature are made up. The reason most of us see them as smooth is because the triangles making up the edges are very close together.
“I was so fascinated by it. I was literally engrossed in pi, completely,” he said. “All I would do was think about geometry.”
Padgett said this gift doesn’t make him a mathematical genius though; it only helps him better understand the principles because he can see it visually. Those who are advanced in mathematics, he said, are less impressed with his gift because they already understand these ideas.
Padgett went back to community college to learn the fundamentals and equations, and said he still has a long way to go.
This type of vision doesn’t impede him from driving a car or anything like that, but Padgett did say that he wishes he could turn it off and take a break sometimes.
“Some people think it’s much more pixelated than it really is,” he added.
Watch Padgett talk about his experience with KOMO-TV:
This newfound gift isn’t all that resulted from Padgett’s blows to the head, though. In the first three years afterward, he barely left his house after developing post-traumatic stress, not trusting anyone after he wasn’t helped during the attack. He also developed a severe obsessive compulsive disorder, which he later helped mitigate with the help of a therapist, and muscle tremors.
Going forward, Padgett is taking more math classes and said he hopes to teach or help teachers learn techniques to better educate children.
“Getting pi, relativity and a few other things into the curriculum at fourth or fifth grade, it makes it a lot more interesting and makes it easier to make connections between a lot of things.”
Bill Maher Delivers Blistering Takedown of Radical Islam During Tense Battle With Liberal Panel on TerrorismPosted May 10, 2014 at 5:15 am by Jason Howerton
HBO’s Bill Maher battled the liberals on his “Real Time” panel Friday night, arguing that the Islamic religion tends to influence horrific acts of violence and has become the “elephant in the room.” The panel landed on the topic while discussing the radical Islamic group Boko Haram and its decision to enter the business of kidnapping young girls.
“There’s no mention here of connecting this to the religion, which is always what I am seeking to do because I think that’s the elephant in the room,” Maher said. “And that in the religion at large, women are seen as property, second-class at best, often as property.”
Reason’s Matt Welch claimed the kidnappers’ ties to Islam are being highlighted in the media, but also agreed that the religion “is providing a disproportionate share of radical nut bags killing people.”
Huffington Post President Arianna Huffington and comedian Baratunde Thurston both warned Maher against condemning the entire religion because of the behavior of radicals. Thurston also claimed that Islam doesn’t have a “monopoly” on extremism.
“Kind of they do,” Maher said. “Not a monopoly, but perspective is important. … It’s the Titanic hitting the iceberg compared to Whitney Houston dying in her bathtub.”
When Thurston reminded the panel that Christians also commit acts of violence, Maher again brought up the importance of context and perspective.
“If this was the 14th century, I would be coming down on the Christians because that’s when they were too violent,” Maher said. “Religions and cultures change.”
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza chimed in, claiming that most modern day terrorist attacks have some ties to Islam. He joked that you don’t see a lot of “Buddhist suicide bombers.”
Maher also noted that one poll indicated that “something like 80 or 90 percent” of Muslims in Egypt agree that death is the appropriate penalty for leaving the religion of Islam.
“If 84 percent of Brazilians thought that death was the proper penalty for leaving Catholicism, wouldn’t that be a bigger story?” Maher asked.
Responding to Maher’s points, Huffington said it is “dangerous” when people try to stereotype all Muslims as terrorists, even though neither Maher or D’Souza made that claim.
“Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism. Liberalism means, one, mostly, equality of women,” Maher replied.
Later in the segment, it was actually D’Souza and Maher battling Huffington and Thurston — which is not an alliance anyone could have ever predicted.
Watch the entire tense segment below:
State Department: CIA Officer and Lieutenant Colonel Killed Two Armed Yemenis During Attempted Abduction Last MonthPosted May 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two officers at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen shot and killed a pair of armed Yemeni civilians during an attempted abduction of the Americans at a Sanaa business last month, the State Department said Friday.
The officers have left Yemen, Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said in a statement. No other details were provided.
Citing unidentified U.S. officials, The New York Times reported that the Americans were a CIA officer and a lieutenant colonel with the elite Joint Special Operations Command who were visiting a barber shop in an upscale district in Yemen’s capital.
Within days of the shooting both Americans left Yemen with the approval of the Yemeni government, the newspaper reported. It said the shooting occurred on April 24.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa closed temporarily because of attacks on Westerners. A day before Tuesday’s closure, gunmen opened fire on three French security guards working with the European Union mission in the Yemeni capital, killing one and wounding another.
The U.S. has waged a heavy campaign of drone strikes in Yemen against the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. This month the Yemeni government has been waging an offensive against the militant group, and violence around the country has been on an upswing.
On Friday, gunmen believed to be al-Qaida militants ambushed the motorcade of Yemen’s defense minister in the Mahfad region, officials said. The assassination attempt failed.
Later in the day, a security checkpoint near the presidential palace in Sanaa came under attack and at least two policemen died. A night earlier in Sanaa, two al-Qaida militants from Marib province were killed in clashes with security men, the Interior Ministry said.
Far-Left State Named Best State in U.S. to Do Business… Just Kidding, It’s TexasPosted May 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm by Jason Howerton
The state of Texas has now retained its title as the best state in the U.S. to do business for an entire decade. Chief Executive magazine’s 2014 annual survey awarded the Lone Star State with the honor once again this week.
“Texas is the best state for business and I don’t see anything [slowing] it down,” one CEO who participated in the survey said. “The education￼ and quality of eligible employees is excellent right now. Business is booming and growing quicker and more rapidly in 2014 than any other year. It’s an exciting time in Texas.”
Chief Executive magazine notes that states like Texas, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina and Indiana “have figured out that economic freedom works.”
“We’ve learned from Texas how to tell our story better and it helps that we’ve cut taxes 25 times—about $400 million,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott told Chief Executive.
Here’s the top nine of the magazine’s list:
4. North Carolina
5. South Carolina
Wisconsin made a “meteoric thrust” from 41st five years ago to 14th in 2014. Chief Executive Magazine credits Gov. Scott Walker’s conservative policies for the turnaround.
Progressive states California, New York and Illinois continue to rank among the worth three states in 2014.
(H/T: Daily Caller)
‘We Already Do That!’: MRCTV’s Dan Joseph Demolishes the Left’s ‘Gun Show Loophole’ MythPosted May 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm by Jason Howerton
MRCTV’s Dan Joseph recently traveled to a gun show to “see how their safety and sales operate.” What he found is antithetical to the left’s claims about the so-called “gun show loophole.”
So what’s the process of buying a gun from a vendor at a gun show?
“You have to fill out a form 4473 for the federal government, and then the state police are on site here — but we also do a criminal and mental background check through our state police website,” one gun vendor explained.
For those who don’t pass those background checks, they will “more than likely” be arrested, he added. Gun dealers are also well within their rights to simply deny a sale if they feel it’s necessary.
Another vendor told Joseph that gun dealers tend to be “ultra professional and very concerned” about who they are selling guns to — perhaps even more than they are legally required to be.
“We already do that!” a vendor said when asked about gun control advocates calling for background checks at gun shows. “They want to take your guns.”
It should be noted that federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks. As the Washington Times notes, a “2001 Justice Department survey found 0.7 percent of state and federal prison inmates bought their weapons at a gun show.”
Watch the clip via MRCTV here:
Here’s Who Is Replacing Stephen Colbert on Comedy CentralPosted May 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Larry Wilmore of the “Daily Show” has earned Stephen Colbert’s coveted Comedy Central timeslot following Jon Stewart each night.
Comedy Central said Friday that Wilmore will host “The Minority Report” at 11:30 each week night. An African-American, Wilmore will add a different perspective to a late-night landscape dominated by white males.
Colbert is ending his Comedy Central show at the end of this year and will take over for David Letterman at CBS’ “Late Show” next year.
Wilmore has written for three shows, “The Bernie Mac Show,” “In Living Color” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
Excessive? Hospitals Might Be Giving Too Many Risky C-Sections, Report FindsPosted May 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Liz Klimas
There are many benefits for both the mother and baby when it comes to a traditional, vaginal delivery, but a new report found that the number of Cesarean sections being performed is up, to the point where it might be excessive.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends vaginal deliveries over elective C-sections, which it says comes with risks and longer hospital stays. Risks include bladder and bowel injuries and complications with future pregnancies. While vaginal births usually have a quicker recovery periods and babies are at a lower risk for respiratory problems.
An investigation by Consumer Reports of 1,500 hospitals in 22 states found hospitals might be performing C-sections when they are not necessary. Of these hospitals, it found that the rate for C-sections in deliveries considered low-risk was about 18 percent, which is above the national average of 12.6 percent reported in 2000.
What’s more, Consumer Reports said 66 percent of the hospitals it rated were within its two lowest scoring options. Twelve percent received its top score.
Dr. Elliot Main, the director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, reviewed Consumer Reports’ data and said that the reasons some doctors are citing for C-sections are “completely bogus.”
“[The mothers] must be older, fatter, sicker or they must be requesting C-sections, but that’s completely bogus,” Main told Consumer Reports. “As a doctor, I can convince almost any woman in labor to have a C-section.”
It cited a survey of mothers that found two-thirds had C-sections at the recommendation of their doctor and one-quarter felt pressured into this form of delivery.
Here’s one woman’s experience with such a situation:
Melek Speros of Austin, Texas, says her doctor warned her late in her first pregnancy that her pelvis might be too small to allow for a vaginal delivery. “I was really surprised because I’m 5’8″ tall with a large frame,” Speros said. Reluctantly, her doctor agreed to allow her to “try” a vaginal birth by inducing labor eight days before her due date at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center (which earned low marks in our Ratings.) When the induction didn’t quickly work, he recommended a C-section. “He said that a vaginal birth would be unsafe, that my baby could get stuck and suffer serious harm,” Speros said.
Speros’ experience—feeling pressured into a C-section without being informed about her birthing options—prompted her to change career plans, switching from lawyer to childbirth educator. And indeed getting reliable information about how hospitals approach childbirth can be difficult. For example, while hospitals often target expectant mothers with ads featuring cherubic infants and cozy birthing rooms, they seldom publicize their rates for surgical deliveries.
Aside from a high-risk delivery that could not be done safely vaginally, some reasons for a C-section include convenience on the part of the patient or doctor. For example, Consumer Reports noted that some doctors might take this stance when they think a labor is going to slowly. Plus, health insurance and Medicaid pay more for C-sections than vaginal deliveries.
Watch Consumer Report’s video about its findings:
As for why some hospitals had higher rates of C-sections than others, Consumer Reports said it “found no simple answers” to this question.
“What it boils down to is culture,” Main said. “Culture of the hospital, the nursing staff, even the patients.”
Check out Consumer Reports full investigation for more information, including its tips to help women avoid unwanted C-sections.
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What Exactly Your Handshake Can Reveal About YouPosted May 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Liz Klimas
How your handshake comes across to another person can say so much about you that some people will go so far as to practice their handshakes before a big job interview.
But what exactly does your gripping greeting reveal about you? According to a new study, it goes well beyond just a show of your confidence or other personality traits.
Research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria found that hand-strength can be a predictor of age and future health. More specifically, it can be used to analyze mortality, disability, cognitive decline, a person’s ability to recover from a hospital stay and even can be correlated with the educational level a person attained, according to a news release from the institute.
“We found that based on this survey, a 65-year-old white women who had not completed secondary education has the same hand-grip strength as a 69-year-old white women who had completed secondary education,” study author Serguei Scherbov said in a statement. “This suggests that according to a hand-grip strength characteristic their ages are equivalent and 65-year-old women ages four years faster due to lower education attainment.”
According to the study abstract, the hand-grip strength of 65-year-old white males with less education was the equivalent to that of nearly 70-year-old white men with more education. Low hand-grip strength was associated with poorer health outcomes overall.
The ultimate goal of using hand-grip strength to measure these factors, the researchers said, is to compare how fast different groups in a society age.
“If some group is getting older faster than another, we can ask why that might be and see whether there are any policies that could help the faster aging group,” Scherbov said.
The research was published in the journal PLOS One this week.
A previous study from the University of Illinois, found handshakes are powerful enough to increase the effect of a positive interaction and even diminish the effect of a negative first impression.
“In a business setting this is what people are expecting, and those who know these things use them,” researcher Florin Dolcos said at the time. “Not a very long time ago you could get a loan based on a handshake. So it conveys something very important, very basic. Yet the science underlying this is so far behind. We knew these things intuitively but now we also have the scientific support.”
(H/T: Discovery News)
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Video: Dem Candidate’s Plan to Mock Republicans’ ‘Racist Record’ Unravels When He’s Confronted by Black GOP DelegatePosted May 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm by Jason Howerton
Rather than pass out Ku Klux Klan hoods as originally promised, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Brett Hulsey instead dressed in a homemade Confederate uniform and outlined Gov. Scott Walker’s “racist record” outside the state’s Republican convention last weekend.
However, Hulsey’s stunt came screeching to a halt when Pam Stevens, a black GOP delegate, confronted him over his misleading and offensive rhetoric.
“My question to you is if you give them hoods, what would you give me?” Stevens asked.
Looking slightly uncomfortable, Hulsey replied, “I just hope you would vote against secession.”
In video of the exchange captured by the MacIver Institute, Stevens then tells the candidate that she was offended by his plan to hand out KKK hoods “based on the fact that the history of the Klan comes from the Democrat Party.”
Hulsey explained that Republicans have now adopted the racist policies of the KKK. He directed her attention to the handwritten sign he was holding and asked, “You know racial profiling?”
“You don’t have to ask me if I know racial profiling,” Stevens shot back.
Hulsey likely would like to forget what happened next.
“The Democratic Party is the party that’s constantly trying to put people on labels and in blocs and things like that,” Stevens lectured. “Your party is the party that’s trying to tell black families that they don’t know how to make choices to educate their children and that they have to stay in public education.”
The Democrat eventually ended the exchange so he could continue his gimmicky stunt.
In an email to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Hulsey attempted to dismiss Stevens with an offensive analogy about blacks and the GOP.
“A minority in the GOP is like a chicken at Colonel Sanders’ house,” Hulsey reportedly said. “They may feed you and let you crow a bit, but it does not end well.”
Stevens, who has reportedly been a GOP state delegate for four years, told the DCNF that Hulsey “believes he owns black people and we should all be on his plantation and like being repressed by him.”
This Study Might Have Found Why You Don’t Remember Being a BabyPosted May 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm by Liz Klimas
Have you ever wondered why you can’t remember being born, riding in a stroller, having your diaper changed or really any thing about your existence before those few snippets of memories you have from your toddler years? OK, maybe you don’t want to remember, but in case you’re wondering the reason why you have no recollection of these events, it is likely thanks to your brain cells.
According to a new study, your new brain cells are erasing some old memories.
“The finding was very surprising to us initially,” Sheena Josselyn, who led the study with her husband Paul Frankland, said, according to Nature. “Most people think new neurons mean better memory.”
Conducting their research in newborn and adult mice, the scientists trained the animals to fear a certain environment. While animals of all ages learned to fear being electrically shocked, the infant mice only remembered for a day. Adult mice, however, would remember the fear of being shocked for weeks, Nature reported.
When the researchers stopped the growth of new neurons in infant mice, they remembered to fear the environment longer and vice versa. In adult mice, if they promoted more brain cell growth, then the older mice would forget the fear faster than they usually would.
“More neurons increase the capacity to learn new memories in the future,” Josselyn said. “But memory is based on a circuit, so if you add to this circuit, it makes sense that it would disrupt it.”
Here’s the technical explanation of what’s going on from the study’s abstract published in the journal Science.:
Throughout life, new neurons are continuously added to the dentate gyrus. As this continuous addition remodels hippocampal circuits, computational models predict that neurogenesis leads to degradation or forgetting of established memories. Consistent with this, increasing neurogenesis after the formation of a memory was sufficient to induce forgetting in adult mice. By contrast, during infancy, when hippocampal neurogenesis levels are high and freshly generated memories tend to be rapidly forgotten (infantile amnesia), decreasing neurogenesis after memory formation mitigated forgetting. In precocial species, including guinea pigs and degus, most granule cells are generated prenatally. Consistent with reduced levels of postnatal hippocampal neurogenesis, infant guinea pigs and degus did not exhibit forgetting. However, increasing neurogenesis after memory formation induced infantile amnesia in these species.
Stanford University neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, who was not involved with this study, called the findings “incredibly impressive,” according to Nature.
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Obama: Climate Change Deniers Are ‘Wasting Everybody’s Time’Posted May 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm by Fred Lucas
President Barack Obama again lashed out at climate change deniers on Friday, saying they’re “wasting everybody’s time.”
“Here in California you know what’s happening and more and more Americans do, including many Republicans outside of Washington,” Obama said speaking at a Walmart in Moutain View, California, where he was promoting the solar industry. “Inside Washington we still have climate deniers who shout loud but they are wasting everybody’s time. Climate change is a fact.”
The Obama administration has faced scrutiny over the years for pushing federal subsidies to politically connected green energy companies, most notably Solyndra, a California company that folded despite a $500 billion from the Department of Energy.
During the president’s first term, the administration spent $9 billion on solar and wind subsidies to 19 different green companies that resulted in 910 direct jobs, according to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Nevertheless, Obama announced new executive actions that will lead to $2 billion in energy efficiency spending for federal buildings. He is also supporting a public-private partnership to promote more private and local spending on green energy.
The Walmart Obama spoke at gets 25 percent of its energy from solar power.
“We’re becoming a global leader in solar, thanks in part to the investments we’ve made in the recovery act over the past few years, the cost of solar panels have fallen by 60 percent,” Obama said. “Solar installations increased by 500 percent.”
The speech came the week that the White House released the National Climate Assessment that warned of severe floods, draughts and disease if the federal government did not take drastic action to stop global warming. He said the assessment “found unequivocally it is not a far off problem in the future. It’s happening now and causing hardship now.”
“Rising sea levels and more severe storms, those are bad for the economy,” Obama said. “So we can’t afford to wait and there’s no reason why we can’t even go further than we are so far by working with states and utilities and other organizations to change the way we power our economy. climate change is real and we have to act now.”
‘That Never Happens’: Big Development in Controversial Shooting of Texas Farmer’s DogPosted May 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Jason Howerton
A former Rains County (Texas) deputy has been indicted by a grand jury on a felony animal cruelty charge over the controversial shooting of a Texas farmer’s dog last month. He faces up to two years behind bars.
Jerrod Dooley, 32, ignited a public firestorm after he shot Cole Middleton’s cattle dog, Candy, after claiming the animal “charged” him as he was responding to a report of a burglary at the residence. Middleton refused to let it go and did interviews with news stations and spread his story on social media.
He also had an autopsy done on Candy, which apparently showed the animal may have been shot while retreating as the bullet went in through the back of her head and came out towards her nose. Further, after reviewing the dash cam video of the incident, Middleton said he was more convinced than ever that the shooting was unjustified.
Middleton said he had to do the “unimaginable” and drown his dog in a bucket of water to put her out of her misery after the bullet failed to kill her.
Dooley was quickly fired over the incident.
Dooley’s attorney, Pete Schulte, called the indictment a “political knee jerk reaction by the DA in Rains County.” He says there’s “no way this case will stand up in court.”
“They indicted him within two weeks,” the attorney said. “That never happens.”
The dash cam video shows Candy barking and then jumping out of the bed of Middleton’s truck. The actual shooting, however, was not captured on video.
Dooley expressed remorse in a tearful interview with WFAA-TV last month. He said he is a dog lover and used to work for the SPCA.
“I hear her yelp every night before I go to bed. There’s probably not a minute that goes by that I don’t think about it,” he said. “I’d give anything to walk up to him, hug his neck, try to make his pain go away. I know I’ll never get that chance.”
Dooley also claims he has been receiving death threats and is unable to go to the grocery store without being “recognized, pointed at, laughed at.”
‘The Longer You Are in the Tea Party, the More Racist You Become’: What Educators Learned at Alarming ‘White Privilege’ ConferencePosted May 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Erica Ritz
Would it surprise you to learn that educators were recently taught at the fifteenth annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, that “racism is central to America;” “the longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become;” and “this country was built on white principles for white people”?
Those are just some of the sound bytes captured by Progressives Today — a joint collaboration between Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft and EAG News’ Kyle Olson, who also co-wrote Glenn Beck’s most recent book, “Conform.”
Hoft and Olson teamed up with documentary filmmaker Andrew Marcus to investigate the conference, and aired some of the controversial footage on TheBlaze TV’s “Dana” Friday.
“A lot of teachers that we interviewed … said that their schools were paying them to come,” Hoft remarked. “Teachers from around the country were getting paid to attend this event so that they could go back and spread their ‘wealth of information’ – just garbage – back in the classroom and back in the teacher’s conference room.”
The conference’s website adds that teachers are eligible for continuing education credits if they attend. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are also eligible for academic credit if they participate.
Hoft, Olson, and Marcus said the conference had roughly 2,400 attendees, and many were students or educators. One individual from the Department of Education told the group there were at least 45 staff members from just one school district at the conference.
The trio said the speakers repeatedly emphasized how important it is to start teaching students about “white privilege” when they are as young as four and five years old, and that they also conflated racism with capitalism.
Olson said one of the main messages was, “in order to deal with racism … we need to attack capitalism and [change] our very economic structure and economic system.”
Hoft added: “It’s not about moving the country, moving society, in a positive direction … It’s very clear that they’re just pushing Marxism.”
Watch video from the conference and part of Loesch’s interview with Hoft, Olson, and Marcus, below:
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