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Sit down, shut up and fill in the blanks on these Gov. Christie quotes

I stumbled across this at NJ.com. It's basically a top 10 list of the rude outburst Christi has made publicly where you pick the missing insult.

I only got 8/10 correct. He's actually a ruder potty mouth than I realized.

Link to quiz here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/10/sit_down_shut_up_and_take_this_quiz_on_gov_christies_famous_remarks.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Second border militia member arrested on weapons charges

For those following these events, this is the man who pulled the gun on the Border Patrol agent on August 29th.

Authorities have arrested the second member of a border militia group on federal weapons charges.

U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) agents arrested John Frederick Foerster on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old Brownsville man is facing a felon in possession of a firearm charge.

Foerster appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan at Brownsville's federal courthouse on Wednesday morning.

Information about the proceedings were not immediately available but federal court records show that Foerster is a member of Camp Lonestar.


Article on the previous arrest from yesterday: Member of border paramilitary group arrested on weapons charges

Anchorage Homeowner: The Palins Show Up, 'And Now We've Got A S**t Show'

A sentiment John McCain can totally relate to.

A homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska spoke to police on Sept. 6, not long after a house party he threw that night turned into a bloody brawl, and an audio recording of the conversation that became public on Tuesday made it clear just how angry he was at former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family for ruining his fun.

"These Palins running up here on my property acting like they own it is not gonna fly with me," homeowner Korey Klingenmeyer told police. "I don’t give a fuck if their name’s Palin or fucking Obama, cause they don’t mean shit to me."


"I don't need this," Klingenmeyer said. "I'm here to have a good time, and this fucking drama Palin show shows up, and now we've got a shit show. Now we're gonna fucking take the legal fucking side, because I know what's coming tomorrow morning. And you and I both know what I'm talking about. So let's get the paperwork fucking rolling right now. I want to press charges against Bristol fucking Palin."

Despite his original comments, Klingenmeyer seemingly never pressed charges against Bristol or any of the Palins.


Interesting to know the Palin's are so well liked in their community. Even someone as classless as this Klingenmeyer person can't stand their company.

Texas Sixth Graders Being Taught About Beheadings

In a state that shelters students from sex, in a state that rigidly believes that creationism is a valid scientific study, 11-year-olds are being confronted with one of the most brutal truths of our modern world and many parents have no problem with it whatsoever. At Alvin Jr. High in Alvin, TX, where Fox News most is most likely the news of choice, six grade children are being taught to fear, with lessons of ISIS beheadings.

Here are copies of the lesson from ABC 13.

At first glance, this lesson may seem politically neutral, as it should be, but it’s not. The “Who is Funding Them” section is particularly misleading. ISIS is not stealing their funding as much as being handed it by America’s allies, like Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. And, they haven’t stolen our military equipment as much as picked it up off the ground after Americans left the unjustified war in Iraq.

More significantly, the lesson teaches that an attack inside the United States is almost inevitable. While this may or may not be a legitimate risk, the odds of an American child being killed by a terrorist attack are almost nil. An 11-year-old child is infinitely more likely to be killed in their parent’s own car than at the hands of a terrorist, but let’s teach them fear of brown people at an early age, right?


Howard Dean Slams Rick Perry As Know Nothing 'Ignoramus' On Ebola

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean didn't mince any words when asked about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's continued insistence that we need a travel ban on flights from West Africa to stop Ebola from spreading to the United States on Chris Hayes' show this Friday evening while discussing the appointment of the new "Ebola czar" Ron Klain.

Howard Dean on Ebola: "I Discount Everything Republicans Say;" Rick Perry "An Ignoramus":

HOWARD DEAN: I think it's fine. He's a manager. He's not a doctor. Look, the Republicans just slay me. They are just so ridiculous. So they had an Ebola czar. His name is Vivek Murthy. He's President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General which the Republicans have been stalling at the request of the National Rifle Association since February. So, the Republican's idea of how to practice medicine is to listen to the National Rifle Association. I discount everything they say, they know nothing. They're not interested in health; they're interested in politics. We've got to manage this thing. I think Klaine is a good manager...

The travel ban doesn't at add a whole lot. However, when we know -- Rick Perry, of course, is his usual ignoramus self. He knows nothing. The travel ban, first of all, there's no direct flights from West Africa from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to the United States... As we say in New York, this stuff is all bupkis, this is nonsense. He's clearly into this for the politics and the press. Which is going to be a little tough for him when people find out he doesn't know anything, although they may know that already.

Video at link: http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/howard-dean-slams-rick-perry-know-nothing

New Texas nurse with Ebola had fever on airliner

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Dallas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, health officials said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about U.S. efforts to control the disease.

Chances that other passengers on the plane were infected were very low, but the nurse should not have been traveling on the flight, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters.

The woman, Amber Vinson, 29, was isolated immediately after reporting a fever on Tuesday, Texas Department of State Health Services officials said. She had treated Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola and was the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/15/us-health-ebola-usa-idUSKCN0I40UE20141015

Records: Presbyterian workers treated Ebola patient without hazmat gear

Records: Presbyterian workers treated Ebola patient without hazmat gear

Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn’t wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola — a delay that potentially exposed perhaps dozens of hospital workers to the virus, according to medical records.

The 3-day window of Sept. 28-30 is now being targeted by investigators for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the key time during which health care workers may have been exposed to the deadly virus by Duncan, who died Oct. 8 from the disease.

Duncan was suspected of having Ebola when he was admitted to a hospital isolation unit Sept. 28, and he developed projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea later that day, according to medical records his family turned over to The Associated Press.

But workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas did not abandon their gowns and scrubs for hazmat suits until tests came back positive for Ebola about 2 p.m. on Sept. 30, according to details of the records released by AP.


While I can't reason out why or how the hospital thought this was acceptable practice, it does remove some of the mystery about why the healthcare workers are getting sick. I won't be surprised if there ends up being even more such shocking details exposed.

Greg Abbott: Texas gay marriage ban reduces out-of-wedlock births

AUSTIN – Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas’ same-sex marriage ban should remain in place because legalizing it would do little or nothing to encourage heterosexual couples to get married and have children.

Writing in a brief filed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Abbott said the state was not obligated to prove why gay marriage might be detrimental to the economic or social well-being of Texans. It was only required to show how opposite-sex marriage would be more beneficial for its citizens.

“The State is not required to show that recognizing same-sex marriage will undermine heterosexual marriage,” the brief read. “It is enough if one could rationally speculate that opposite-sex marriages will advance some state interest to a greater extent than same-sex marriages will.”


He added, “Second, Texas’s marriage laws are rationally related to the State’s interest in reducing unplanned out-of-wedlock births. By channeling procreative heterosexual intercourse into marriage, Texas’s marriage laws reduce unplanned out-of-wedlock births and the costs that those births impose on society. Recognizing same-sex marriage does not advance this interest because same-sex unions do not result in pregnancy.”

In the brief, Abbott concedes that same-sex marriage might have some positive effects for society, like increasing household wealth and adoptions or providing a more stable environment for children raised by gay couples. While there might be benefits, however, he said it’s for the Legislature, not the courts, to decide whether to expand the right to marry.

I am floored by the level of ignorance and misogyny in this statement. If out of wedlock births are so feared by the Texas AG they they need to address poverty in their state which is a cause, or maybe try providing access to birthcontrol for the impoverish in the state, not limiting it even further. Medicaid expansion in the state would have a direct effect on decreasing the number of unwed couples making babies down there, but gay marriage is what they want to blame the problem on?

On a brighter note, If you're a gay person in Texas wanting to get married in the near future, I don't see how even the conservative stuffed fifth circuit court is going to be able to rule in favor of this lame argument.

Details About 'Party Boy' George W. Bush's Drunken Driving Incident Revealed

Australian tennis legend John Newcombe has lifted the lid on "party boy" George W. Bush and the drunken-driving revelation that clouded his 2000 US presidential election campaign.


"George was a bit of a party boy in those days," Newcombe said of George W.

"I noticed that George was sort of eyeing me off," he added as they began drinking "reasonable-sized mugs of beer."

"I put on a bit of pace, and he'd keep pace with me. A little silent game was going on.

"After about four of these, I picked the glass up in my teeth without my hands and skulled it straight down and I said, 'What are you made of, George?' And so he had to do that."

Newcombe said he then drank another beer from the wrong side of the glass: "I looked at him and go, 'Have you got any guts, George, or what's your story?' So he did that."

The pair staggered back to their car, and Newcombe's wife, Angie, offered to drive, but Bush insisted he was fine.

"We had about three miles to drive down this road along the sea, and after about a mile he got pulled over," Newcombe recalled.

"The cop got out of the car and made him walk the line and back and he kind of did it all right, but he was a bit cheeky when he was doing it," he said.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-newcombe-lifts-lid-on-party-boy-george-w.-bush-2014-10#ixzz3Fmtz6nKt

Thousands of venomous spiders force family from upscale Missouri home

WELDON SPRING, Mo. -- A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.

Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007 and soon afterward started seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Once when showering, Susan Trost dodged a spider as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain.

An expert on brown recluse spiders told CBS affiliate KMOV-TV that the creature's bite can be very serious depending on how much venom is injected.


At a civil trial in St. Charles County in October 2011, University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge - considered one of the nation's leading brown recluse researchers - estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home. Making matters worse, he said, those calculations were made in the winter when the spiders are least active.


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