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‘Rational thought’: Nancy Pelosi says GOP a threat to civilization, but here are things #PelosiEndangers
WHO’S the real threat?…
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“One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”…
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It’s only the first week of the 2014 legislative session, but things are beginning to heat up in Atlanta in the battle for your Second Amendment rights….
Being chosen to compete for big money and prizes on the long-running game show “The Price Is Right” can be quite a hair-raising experience. At least it was for one recent contestant.
A Sacramento, California, woman named Aliaya won the chance to join host Drew Carey onstage and play one of the bigger games. As she ran up the steps, Aliaya ripped off her wig, surprising both Carey and the audience. She quickly put the wig back in place and went on to score $ 10,000.
Watch the segment that the “Price Is Right” people are calling, “one of the funniest things we’ve seen happen on The Price Is Right Stage!
“We are wigging out!”
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Perish the thought, but it’s being reported that in 2009, Al Gore made an attempt to purchase Twitter:
SHOPPING: Al Gore Tried To Buy TWITTER…—
DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) October 09, 2013
Why didn’t Gore end up owning Twitter? Here’s one theory.
Users speculated how Al Gore owning Twitter might have changed their Twitter experience:
It seems Al Gore tried to buy Twitter. That's one way to shut us up.—
Dick (@DicksTrash) October 09, 2013
What if Gore had merged Twitter with Current?
Would Al Jazeera have bought something called “Critter”?
In an interview with CNN this week, Prince William proves he’s just like other parents – only too happy to show off his new son, George.
I felt this part of the interview (full transcript) was his best commentary:
“I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again it’s only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.
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LifeNews.com Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.
Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — The day I was told that my unborn son had Down syndrome was the day my entire world changed. In some ways, it was shattered. Everything I thought I knew about what I could expect from my life, my ideas about the kind of mother I was and could be, the hopes and dreams I had for my children…with one phone call, they were all erased. I was a mess, crying on the phone to my mom and my best friend, trying to understand why this had happened, or how, and what I was supposed to do now.
I found out about Wyatt’s extra chromosome when I was about 15 weeks pregnant. I never considered aborting my son. And knowing before he was born gave me the blessing of time: time to accept his diagnosis, to prepare myself for it, and to learn everything I needed to know.
I look back on those weeks after receiving that earth-shattering phone call and feel such a mix of different emotions. I didn’t know then that while my world may have been shattered, it was rebuilt again to be so much bigger, and stronger, and better. It’s as if, before knowing about Wyatt, my world was small and narrow and closed. Now, it’s bright and open and endless, and I wish I could go back and tell myself what it was going to be like.
With the rise of more and more advanced prenatal testing, fears about abortion rates of babies with Down syndrome rising have become louder and louder. Everyone seems to want to blame the testing, when the reality is that it is our attitudes that need to change. Whether a mother finds out prenatally or at birth, the diagnosis is overwhelmingly given as a negative, with worst-case scenarios, grim views of what to expect of her child’s life, and outdated, stereotypical medical information. Medical advances for people with Down syndrome have made their life expectancy rates soar, and the opportunities they have are almost endless.
But parents aren’t told that. They’re given the doom-and-gloom, and we wonder why so many are afraid that their lives will be ruined if they keep their baby. Many women who receive a prenatal diagnosis are given immense pressure to have an abortion. If we want to know whom or what to blame for the high abortion rate of babies with Down syndrome, all we need to do is look in the mirror (and this is especially true for many of the doctors out there).
A new parent of a baby with Down syndrome is going to be scared, confused, worried, and grieving. The last thing he or she needs is to have someone falsely reinforcing those fears and worries. So whether you’re a doctor or someone whose friend just received a diagnosis, these are the things that this new parent needs to hear.
1. You will be happy again.
I know right now this seems like the end of the world. And there will be challenges along the way (just like with any child). But the good news is, almost all families who have a member with Down syndrome report being happier and more positive than they were without him or her. People with Down syndrome themselves are overwhelmingly happy with themselves, their lives, and how they look. It doesn’t feel like it, but you will be happy again.
2. They’re still just babies.
I was so scared and confused when I found out that Wyatt had Down syndrome. I had never even met someone with Down syndrome – how the heck was I supposed to raise a baby with it? But the good news is that having a baby with Down syndrome is nearly identical to having a baby without it. Having a baby with Down syndrome means that you’ll have lots of sleepless nights, crying, poopy diapers, and maybe the occasional spit-up. You’ll also have snuggles, cute little gummy smiles, and that great feeling when they hold your hand. Down syndrome doesn’t mean you’ve somehow given birth to a three-headed space alien which needs some kind of insane level of care. He’s still just a baby. Feed him, love him, and snuggle him. That’s all you have to do. And that’s not that difficult, is it?
3. You can still do regular things.
Not long after I had given birth to Wyatt, I remember seeing somewhere a woman saying she could never have a baby with Down syndrome, because she wanted to be able to do things like go to the beach, and take her kids to Disney World. Huh? I don’t know what misconceptions of Down syndrome would lead someone to think they’ll suddenly be house-ridden, but you can still do regular things with your family. You can go to the beach, or to theme parks, or anything else you decide you want to do. We take Wyatt everywhere — to the aquarium, out to eat, to the beach. Babies with Down syndrome are just babies, and when they become kids, they’re still just kids. They’ll love seeing Mickey Mouse at Disney World as much as any other kid will, and they’ll love making a mess at the beach, too. You won’t suddenly become limited because your kid has an extra chromosome.
4. There will be virtually no limits to what they can accomplish.
When you picture an adult with Down syndrome, it’s easy to imagine someone working in a grocery store, living with his parents forever, and never having any kind of meaningful life. But people with Down syndrome today can do almost anything. There’s a man named Tim Harris in New Mexico who has Down syndrome – he graduated from college and now owns his own restaurant. A teenager with Down syndrome was recently inducted into his high school’s National Honor Society. Karen Gaffney is an adult with Down syndrome, and a swimmer who has swum the English Channel, across Lake Tahoe, the Boston Harbor, and the San Francisco Bay. She also completed the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. Another teenager with Down syndrome has climbed Mount Everest. There are also children with Down syndrome being featured as models (for companies like Target and Care.com), and adults who are actors (the most notable example being Lauren Potter, who stars on Glee). It may seem hopeless, but there will be no limits to what your child with Down syndrome can accomplish.
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5. They will be loved.
It may seem obvious, because of course you’re going to love him – he’s your baby, after all. But what may surprise you is how many other people will love him, too. And he will change so many people’s lives. Wyatt is loved by just about everyone who meets him – probably because he is the biggest people person I’ve ever met, and has a big smile for anyone who smiles at him. Your child will be changing perceptions every day, winning over people’s hearts, and finding love everywhere he goes. Of course you’ll love him, because he’s your child. But he’s going to be loved by everyone else he meets, too.
LifeNews Note: Cassy Fiano is a twenty-something Florida native now living in Jacksonville, North Carolina who writes at a number of conservative web sites. She got her start in journalism at the Florida Times-Union. She is the mother of two sons, one of whom was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This originally appeared at Live Action News.
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three during the Boston Marathon. If guilty, the accused terrorist could face the death penalty.
Law enforcement officials also released the full criminal complaint against Tsarnaev. Here are three of the most interesting things we learned from our first read of the legal complaint:
6. What about the MIT officer?
Missing from the affidavit is any mention of the MIT shootout. On the night of the hijacking, an MIT police officer was shot and killed in his car allegedly by one of the Tsarnaev brothers, according to initial reports.
It’s curious that this part of the Boston terror ordeal has been left out of the affidavit. Why do you suppose that is?
5. Injury count higher than expected?
Authorities estimate that the injury count from the bombings to have passed 200, higher than all earlier estimates, according to the criminal complaint against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
4) Building a case
Following the capture of Dzhokhar on Friday, police say they found a jacket and hat during a search of his room that match the ones he wore at the Boston Marathon.
3. A confession
Dzhokhar and his now-deceased brother Tamerlane, 26, allegedly hijacked a car on April, 18, according to the affidavit. This is what the victim of the hijacking told law enforcement agents when asked about the ordeal [emphasis added]:
The victim states that while he was sitting in his car on a road in Cambridge, a man approached and tapped on his passenger-side window. When the victim rolled down the window, the man reached in, opened the door, and entered the victim’s vehicle. The man pointed a firearm at the victim and stated, “Did you hear about the Boston explosion?” and “I did that.” The man removed the magazine from his gun and showed the victim that it had a bullet in, and then re-inserted the magazine. The man then stated, “I am serious.”
2. What the hijacking victim went through
The hijacking victim, according to the complaint, had quite an ordeal that Thursday night:
One of the men compelled the victim to hand over his ATM card and password. They then drove to an ATM machine and attempted to withdraw money from the victim’s account. The two men and the victim then drove to a gas station/convenience store … the two men got out of the car, at which point the victim managed to escape.
1) Did the suspected bombers trigger the explosions with use cell phones?
Moments before the first explosion, “Bomber Two” (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) was captured on security cameras fidgeting with his phone, according to the affidavit:
… video shows that Bomber Two remained in the same spot for approximately four minutes, occasionally looking at his cell phone and once appearing to take a picture with it. At some point he appears to look at his phone, which is held at approximately waist level, and may be manipulating the phone. Approximately 30 seconds before the first explosion, he lifts his phone to his ear as if he is speaking on his cell phone, and keeps it there for approximately 18 seconds. A few seconds after he finishes the call, the large crowd of people around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion. Virtually every head turns to the east (towards the finish line) and stares in that direction in apparent bewilderment.
Were the bombs triggered by cell phones or was Bomber Two simply talking to a friend or an associate? If the surviving brother is found guilty, and it turns out cell phones were used to trigger the explosions, will this set a precedent for authorities to kill cell service during the fog of future attacks?
Here’s the full complaint:
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‘Call him, maybe’: Dennis Rodman continues bromance with Kim Jong Un on ‘This Week’; ‘We do the same things here’
Amanda Carpenter was not alone. “This Week” featured noted diplomat Dennis Rodman, who is back on American soil after an oppression tour in North Korea.
Back in the USA today! Mon in NYC I will tell what is true and not true of what you have heard and read. Love you all.—
Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) March 01, 2013
Huh. Truth is hard, though. You see, Rodman appeared on “This Week” to continue his reprehensible bromance with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Twitter users were baffled. The Fourth Estate continues to be in its death throes.
Thankfully, we have Dennis Rodman to help with our diplomatic and foreign relation issues.—
(@SconnieRob) March 03, 2013
Dennis Rodman is going to be on "This Week" today. World explode.—
The Fix (@TheFix) March 03, 2013
George Stephanopoulos demeans excellent & historic political program by having Dennis Rodman on this morning. Washington is so, so broken.—
Brian Gass (@RBrianGass) March 03, 2013
Dennis Rodman on This Week discussing North Korea and diplomacy? What is happening?—
J.K. Simms (@jksimms) March 03, 2013
Just watched Dennis Rodman on This Week interviewed by Stephanopolis. Jaw dropping.—
Bob Garrett (@BobGarrettRadio) March 03, 2013
When I think diplomacy, I don't automatically think Dennis Rodman.—
Ryan Duffy (@ryanpduffy) March 03, 2013
Wolf Blitzer does! He called it a “diplomatic triumph.” No, seriously, you guys.
Dennis Rodman's N. Korea interview with George Stephanopoulos was what I expected: A bumbling, nonsensical mess from a fame-addicted jock.—
Matt Taliaferro (@MattTaliaferro) March 03, 2013
Don’t hate him just because he loves him some oppressive tyrant who tortures and kills political prisoners.
Yes, he did.
Same things like starvation, torture and execution of political prisoners. But, hey, Kim Jong Un just wants President Obama to call him, maybe.
Unreal. This Twitter user tries to look on the bright side with a movie pitch for the useful idiot.
Wishing Rodman was on some kind of secret CIA mission and not just a dupe. I'm calling the movie pitch Zero Points 30 Rebounds.—
Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) March 03, 2013