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The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 15:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


It began with a walk-in. In August 2010 a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer approached Jonathan Bank, then the CIA’s station chief at the US embassy in Islamabad. He offered to tell the CIA where to find bin Laden in return for the reward that Washington had offered in 2001. Walk-ins are assumed by the CIA to be unreliable, and the response from the agency’s headquarters was to fly in a polygraph team. The walk-in passed the test. ‘So now we’ve got a lead on bin Laden living in a compound in Abbottabad, but how do we really know who it is?’ was the CIA’s worry at the time, the retired senior US intelligence official told me.


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  1. No real surprises there. The administration lied about it? Who’da thunk it?! Made for good macho swaggering for a little while.

Georgia Principal Blames ‘Devil’ For Racist Remarks

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


A Georgia principal catching hell over racist comments she made at a graduation ceremony offered one explanation: The devil made her do it.


“Look who’s leaving—all the black people.”



This is where “Biblical Morality” falls flat on its face. It allows believers who do wrong to point the finger at an Imaginary Enemy, which leaves them with nothing on their conscience except for “being weak” and “giving Satan a foothold” in their lives at that moment. After that, it’s a hop, skip, and a jump to praying for forgiveness, saying “Amen,” and then declaring to the world that nobody else can judge them since God has forgiven them.

It’s the Ultimate Weasel, and it gets used – and excused – all of the time. Believers never question such behavior, and those who do are accused of being divisive sheep in the fold. It’s why every single disgraced televangelist who has skulked out of the limelight has returned to “the ministry” at some point. Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Bob Larson, Mike Warnke, and even old Ted Haggard have all returned like dogs to their own vomit, to quote a particularly colorful Bible verse.

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  1. Honest your honor, I didn’t rob that jewelery shop – the Devil did it. He was just using me!

    Want a nice latte? That will be $5+ thanks!

  2. @Spaceman: Latte? The devil’s tipple!

Picture Perfect

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Last great regions of pristine wilderness from Asia to Amazon under threat from massive road-building projects, scientist warns

Posted on May 10th, 2015 at 18:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


“The example I often cite is the first road to be built in the Amazon, which originally linked the city of Belem with Brasilia , the national capital,” he said. “It began as a razor-thin cut through the forest, but today has grown into a 400km-wide slash of forest destruction across the eastern Amazon.“Because of such realities, the only real solution for limiting road impacts is to ‘avoid the first cut’ – keep roads out of wilderness areas, protected areas, and the remnants of rare ecosystems,” he added.


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NFL Teams Paid To Thank Troops at Games

Posted on May 10th, 2015 at 8:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


Those salutes to American servicemen and women we all watch on the Jumbotron during halftime of NFL games? Turns out they are paid promotions costing taxpayers millions of dollars.


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I wonder how many times he had to reload..

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


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The Trans-Pacific Partnership suggests Obama has no sense of irony

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 11:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Obama administration has been taking the heat, but it’s okay, because they have a plan. In order to convince a sceptical public that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not a secret corporate power grab that will send US jobs overseas and lead to internet censorship, President Obama will be giving a speech today at the headquarters of Nike, a company associated with offshoring American jobs.

Nike’s CEO, Phil Knight, who’s now worth a cool $23 billion, says his company has been “working closely with the US government” to get the TPP deal passed.

Today, when President Obama speaks at Nike HQ, there will be a protest outside. The protesters on the security perimeter won’t have access to the TPP text, or to the millions of dollars that companies are spending to lobby for Fast Tracking the global deal, but at least they’ll have an intact sense of irony, which is more than I can say for our nation’s president.


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  1. And how does Hillary stand on this issue? Let me guess, she’s for it! We are so screwed!

Mothers Day

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 11:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Election 2015

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 11:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

In the UK you’re voting for a representative of your constituency, so being the second or third party is a lot of constituencies will give you a lot of votes, but not get you the representation. As a result, it’s perfectly normal when UKIP gets 12.6 percent of the votes and only one seat, and the Scottish National Party with 4.7 percent of the votes get 56.

[the results:]

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  1. Yes, that is true.

    Every election people remark on how disproportionate the balance of the parties is, compared to the total vote. The UK now has a government voted for by a third of actual voters, since only 66% of those eligible to vote bothered to vote it’s closer to 25% of the electorate as a whole. Democracy in action. Registering to vote puts you in the firing line for local taxes, hence poorer people don’t register.

    You will find little appetite for reform of the system. The referendum on the UK voting system failed to garner much support. I’m guessing that’s because the first past the post system favours the two main parties and they have little motive to promote such reform. The media barons in control of the press (or their hired lackeys) present electoral reform as subversive to effective government, so it was no surprise that the referendum chose the least favourable option of all the alternative proportional systems, presumably to confuse the voters. That’s why the UK is stuck in the 19th century, electorally speaking.

  2. Same in Canada. The only good thing is mostly it produces majority governments that don’t need to pander to small extremist parties (e.g. Israel).

    However those same majority governments have almost unchecked total power to do whatever they like. (e.g. Tony Blair, Stephen Harper).

    No-one with the power to do so has much interest in changing these systems, for obvious reasons. And not voting is not an option either:


  3. God save the Queen. Everyone gets a royal screwing.

Texas House votes to keep daylight savings

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 10:37 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


A Texas House push to exclude the state from observing daylight saving time has collapsed amid concerns that doing so would make residents choose between going to church and watching the Dallas Cowboys.


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Congress literally doesn’t care what you think

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Combine this with the wealth distribution in the US (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vttbhl_kDoo), and you know where this is going.

The Corninthian Scam: Education For Suckers

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 23:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


You can read a long way into this saga before encountering the word “education.” Which I guess is the basic point. Well, that and the poor college kids who fell for the scam and who now find themselves slammed with debt-slavery for the privilege of having been defrauded. But it is a window into a dynamic that is growing into some terrifying power. The American corporate business model is fundamentally, grotesquely corrupt. It has been that way for long enough for the corrupt philosophy to leach into the political system, which was quickly followed by the same corrupt practices, ensconced and enobled now in Founders marble. And that is how everything in our politics came to rest in a fetid footlocker in the abandoned Enron company gym. The idea of a commons, or the idea of a self-governing political commonwealth dedicated to controlling all forms of corruption in the name of a greater good, is simply converted in all of its elements into commodities to be bought and sold, and based on the fundamentally grotesquely corrupt principle we have allowed to flourish in our financial and economic systems.

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  1. Corporate America at it’s finest. Why were indictments handed down on the corrupt Baltimore cops? Was it because justice prevailed (and it hasn’t yet), or is it because Baltimore was burning the banks and insurance companies’ property.

  2. Blimey! Mr. P. is so vexed he can hardly type straight! Corinthian as in Ancient Greek temple of larnin’

    There is a related company in Canada recently closed down by the Ontario Government who is having to pay to get the victims back into other for-profit “business academies”.


Why NASA Called The Northwest Indian College Space Center

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 20:04 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


The joke was funny because this was just a tiny, two-year college, with no engineering program. Getting into space was the last thing on the minds of these students; they were just trying to escape poverty. Next thing they knew, NASA was calling them up.


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Relying on Product Reviews? Knowing How a Company Treats Its Customers Is Just as Valuable

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 19:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


Product reviews are broken. They are great at telling you about the speed of a computer or the brightness of a screen. But there’s a big gaping hole in evaluations of most products, from phones to computers to televisions.

The product evaluations neglect to mention the quality of a company’s customer service, which becomes the most important factor of all when problems or questions related to the product come up.

I learned this lesson from a bizarre experience with a Samsung oven that I bought last year.


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The War on Drugs Is Over (If You Want It)

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 19:02 by John Sinteur in category: News


Want to end the war on drugs? Lobby your local police department. They’ve quietly had the power to end the whole thing this entire time—and some are doing just that.


“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”

– John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

“[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks” Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, “The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”

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Bosch Fawstin, Muhammad art contest winner, to be added to Southern Poverty Law Center hate list

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 12:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim who won the Muhammad cartoon contest at the Texas free speech event attacked by two gunmen Sunday, will soon be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups.


This is the cartoon:




In order for that cartoon to be anti-Muslim, you have tacitly accept that violence is intrinsic to Islam while simultaneously saying it’s off-limits to criticism.

They should probably add the security guard to that list as well for preventing the attackers from murdering all the contestants.

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  1. I do like the wee Hitler mustache!

Surprisingly, Lawsuit Against ‘All Homosexuals’ Summarily Dismissed

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 11:03 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Here, the plaintiff does not set forth any factual or legal basis for a federal claim under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States. Even construing the complaint liberally, it does not contain allegations reasonably suggesting federal question jurisdiction exists in this matter. Nor can the plaintiff plausibly allege that her citizenship is different from the citizenship of each defendant. And she has not asked for any money damages, much less enough to satisfy the amount-in-controversy requirement of 28 U.S.C. § 1332. Therefore, the Court finds subject-matter jurisdiction is not proper in this action pursuant to either 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 or 1332.

[..]The Court will not give the plaintiff an opportunity to amend her complaint in this matter because it is obvious that amendment would be futile. Even liberally construed, the plaintiff does not set forth any discernible claim for relief over which this Court has jurisdiction. This Court is not the place to seek opinions regarding theological matters; this particular forum is closed and the case will be dismissed.


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  1. Well that’s saved us all a lot of time.

  2. So, basically the judge (bless his heart) told this person “You are an idiot. Stop wasting the court’s time and the people’s money!”. Yeah, I go for that!

Florida congressman flipped shares in IPO despite US law

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 9:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


A multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public offering, despite a federal law that generally prohibits members of Congress from participating in IPOs.Republican Rep. Curt Clawson, who gave the tea party’s response to the president’s State of the Union address earlier this year, earned less than $700 profit on the sale of less than $15,000 in shares of SolarEdge Technologies Inc. of Fremont, California, according to financial records and Clawson’s spokesman, David James.And James says the trade on March 26 was lawful. “We feel like every requirement of the law was met,” he said Thursday.Despite the small stakes, however, the trade may test a provision of a 2012 law, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. Known as the Stock Act, it was intended to prevent members of Congress and legislative employees from using inside information or profiting in unseemly ways. One provision bans lawmakers and staff members from buying stock during initial offerings unless the same opportunity is “available to members of the public generally.”


In a little-noticed brief filed last summer, lawyers for the House of Representatives claimed that an SEC investigation of congressional insider trading should be blocked on principle, because lawmakers and their staff are constitutionally protected from such inquiries given the nature of their work. The legal team led by Kerry W. Kircher, who was appointed House General Counsel by Speaker John Boehner in 2011, claimed that the insider trading probe violated the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch.

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  1. Isn’t that convenient?

  2. The Boner (I meant Boehner) Gang of crooks at work – ripping off the American people at every opportunity!

Poetry by Google

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 9:04 by John Sinteur in category: Google


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  1. Nice!

  2. There, there, Google.
    It’s not like you to be down.
    People like you, really.

Moldova seeks to solve riddle of missing $1 billion | Reuters

Posted on May 7th, 2015 at 8:55 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Moldova will step up an investigation into the disappearance of more than $1 billion from three banks, the head of the central bank told Reuters on Tuesday, after around 10,000 people protested over the scandal at the weekend.

Last year Moldova placed Banca de Economii, Banca Sociala and Unibank under central bank administration after a series of non-performing loans bankrupted the lenders, which together account for up to 20 percent of the tiny former Soviet republic’s banking system in terms of assets.

Central bank head Dorin Dragutanu said foreign investigators would be appointed by the end of May in the second phase of a probe into the loss of the money, which is equivalent to around an eighth of Moldova’s gross domestic product.


“There appears to have been a deliberate plan to gain control of each of the banks and subsequently manipulate transactions to gain access to credit, whilst giving the appearance to the contrary,” the report said.



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  1. Who would have thought the Soviets would adapt so quickly to capitalism?

Nice Super Star Destroyer, it would be a shame if anything happened to it.

Posted on May 6th, 2015 at 20:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nebraska Woman Sues All Homosexuals

Posted on May 6th, 2015 at 13:58 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Because Jesus:

An Auburn woman calling herself an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, filed a federal lawsuit Friday against all homosexuals.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, said in the suit that she is petitioning the U.S. District Court of Omaha to be heard “in the matter of homosexuality. Is homosexuality a sin, or not a sin?”

Driskell will be representing herself in the case of (I’m not making this up) Driskell v. Homosexuals.

Because no attorney’s touching this one with a ten-foot pole.

No word yet on who’s representing every gay person ever. Or how they’re all gonna fit inside the courtroom.

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  1. It almost makes me ashamed to admit I grew up in Nebraska!

  2. I can’t be the only one who wants to see how far this actually makes it within the system. I suspect that it’ll be laugh-filled the whole way.

  3. Apparently this will be in the system for a long time. An order will be issued “approximately 30 days after the last defendant has answered”.

    If you are a homosexual get on and answer. I want to see the discovery order.


Chlamydia outbreaks hits nearly 10 percent of small Texas school in district with no sex-ed policy

Posted on May 4th, 2015 at 22:18 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious


According to the Crane Independent School District Student Handbook for 2014-2015, the district “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality.” In 2012, the district’s School Health Advisory Committee had recommended Scott & White’s “Worth the Wait” Abstinence Plus curriculum if a sexual education policy was adopted.

In fact, Texas state law requires any sex-ed course to devote more attention to abstinence than any other behavior. And students must be taught that abstinence until marriage is the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.


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  1. Instead of invading Texass, it should be quarantined for infectious diseases – both mental and physical.

Two shot dead after they open fire at Mohammed cartoon event in Texas

Posted on May 4th, 2015 at 13:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


Two men opened fire outside an event holding a cartoon contest of the Prophet Mohammed before they were shot dead by police in suburban Dallas Sunday night.

While details about the gunmen, including their religion or their motive, weren’t immediately known, the shooting — as was the case in France in January and Denmark in February — targeted a facility where depictions of the revered Muslim prophet was being caricatured.

And it quickly reignited the debate on free speech versus provocation.

The keynote speaker at the event in Garland was right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was placed on an al Qaeda hit list. And it was organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative — considered an anti-Muslim group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

Geert was there not because of the cartoons, but because most of his political funding comes from a few wealthy US wing-nuts. He must be very happy with the event, since he was a total unknown in the US until today. This will no doubt get him more funding.


To the security guards at the event: well done!

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  1. I just hope the Christians don’t find out about the Sistine Chapel.

  2. If I was armed and wanted to run in to a conventionroom full of people, Texas wouldn’t be my first choice. Ah well it shows again how stupid these religious nuts are.

  3. Why don’t they just advertise these events as “target practice”? I think most people would avoid them like the plague.

  4. And what would be gained by that? That people can’t attend a congress in all freedom?

The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

Posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 19:12 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Privacy


Vigneri and co began by downloading over 2,000 free apps from all 25 categories on the Google Play store. They then launched each app on a Samsung Galaxy SIII running Android version 4.1.2 that was set up to channel all traffic through the team’s server. This recorded all the urls that each app attempted to contact. Next they compared the urls against a list of known ad-related sites from a database called EasyList and a database of user tracking sites called EasyPrivacy, both compiled for the open source AdBlock Plus project. Finally, they counted the number of matches on each list for every appThe results make for interesting reading. In total, the apps connect to a mind-boggling 250,000 different urls across almost 2,000 top level domains. And while most attempt to connect to just a handful of ad and tracking sites, some are much more prolific.Vigneri and co give as an example “Music Volume Eq,” an app designed to control volume, a task that does not require a connection to any external urls. And yet the app makes many connections. “We find the app Music Volume EQ connects to almost 2,000 distinct URLs,” they say.And it is not alone in its excesses. The team say about 10 percent of the apps they tested connect to more than 500 different urls. And nine out of 10 of the most frequently contact ad-related domains are run by Google.


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  1. The free market at work…

  2. I guess if you set your volume too high you will see hearing aid ads. If you turn it up to 11 you’ll get ads for metal concerts.

  3. Oudated information. The Android version 4.1.2 still runs on only 15% of the devices now. In later versions of Android it is possible to set exactly what information an App can get access to (Privacy Protection setting).
    Nice to know although what happened in those previous versions.

  4. And these things are so simple and clear to every user they will happily click yes when installing that calculator app that asks for access to everything in your phone.

    So are you going to curate everything installed in your mothers phone for her with these Privacy Protection setting, or do you tell her to go to a curated environment where a calculator app that wants access to your location doesn’t even make it into the app store?

  5. @John – Curated environment – does this exist? If not, want to set one up?

‘Inequality Is a Choice’

Posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 14:37 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


“I overheard one billionaire — who had gotten his start in life by inheriting a fortune — discuss with another the problem of lazy Americans who were trying to free ride on the rest,” Stiglitz writes. “Soon thereafter, they seamlessly transitioned into a discussion of tax shelters.”

Say what?

We as a nation have chosen to prioritize tax shelters over minimum wages, subsidies for private jets over robust services for children to break the cycle of poverty. And the political conversation is often not about free rides by corporations, but about free rides by the impoverished.

Those poor billionaires!

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Texas Governor Deploys National Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 9:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


Let’s walk over by the fence where nobody can hear us, and I’ll tell you the story.

You see, there are these Wal-Marts in West Texas that supposedly closed for six months for “renovation.” That’s what they want you to believe. The truth is these Wal-Marts are going to be military guerrilla-warfare staging areas and FEMA processing camps for political prisoners. The prisoners are going to be transported by train cars that have already been equipped with shackles.

Don’t take my word for it. That comes directly from a Texas Ranger, who seems pretty plugged in, if you ask me. You and I both know President Obama has been waiting a long time for this, and now it’s happening. It’s a classic false flag operation. Don’t pay any attention the mainstream media; all they’re going to do is lie and attack everyone who’s trying to tell you the truth.

Did I mention the ISIS terrorists? They’ve come across the border and are going to hit soft targets all across the Southwest. They’ve set up camp a few miles outside of El Paso.

That includes a Mexican army officer and Mexican federal police inspector. Not sure what they’re doing there, but probably nothing good. That’s why the Special Forces guys are here, get it? To wipe out ISIS and impose martial law. So now you know, whaddya say we get back to the party and grab another beer?

It’s true that the paranoid world-view of right-wing militia types has remarkable stamina. But that’s not news.

What is news is that there seem to be enough of them in Texas to influence the governor of the state to react — some might use the word pander — to them.

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  1. Can you spell paranoid delusion?

  2. Someone took over Texas, but it’s not Obama. What’s even more interesting is who’s taken over the GOP, and it ain’t the Tea Party. It’s fascists!

Judge: Feds owe trucking company nothing over DEA informant murder

Posted on May 2nd, 2015 at 20:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


A federally deputized corporal from the Houston Police Department decides to pay your small company’s driver to drive your truck to the Mexican border, load it up with illegal drugs, and try to catch some bad guys.   He knows that the driver is lying to “the owner” – although he doesn’t know your name or identity and doesn’t bother to find out.   The bad guys outwit the cops.   Your company’s driver is killed.   Your truck is riddled with bullet holes.

 Query:   is our federal government liable to pay for the damages to you and your property?

 Answer:   Nope. 


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  1. Basically, they are saying that they can steal your gear, murder an employee, and you can’t do squat about it! This is just so wrong on so many levels! I hope he can appeal…

GOP Congressman: Since We Can’t Impeach Obama, We’re Not Going To Confirm Anyone

Posted on May 2nd, 2015 at 13:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar last week said even though Republicans cannot impeach President Obama, they can refuse to confirm any of his appointments.

Speaking in Parker, Arizona, Gosar, a Republican serving in Congress since 2011, said that all people appointed by Obama should be blocked, no matter “how good of a person you are.”

“You may not be able to impeach a president,” he said. “But boy I tell you what: remember, we have the right of advise and confer. Nobody gets confirmed. Nada. Nobody. None. I don’t care how good of a person you are. You’re not gonna get it.”

The House of Representatives does not confirm presidential appointments. That power rests solely with the Senate.


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Samsung design copy

Posted on May 2nd, 2015 at 13:25 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

The thing I find most striking is how hard it is to do a good Jony Ive impression. Here, compare with this:

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