Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Show Notes 07/24/2014

Thursday Show 7/24/14

New Jersey ends hunt for possible 16-foot Anaconda in state lake
A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry. The state has stopped looking for the reptile after scientists failed to find any evidence of it in Lake Hopatcong and traps baited with chicken were left untouched.
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U.S. Navy admiral says he’s open to idea of giving Chinese Navy tour of carrier
A top U.S. Navy official said he is "receptive" to idea of letting his Chinese crewmen tour a U.S. aircraft carrier based in Japan, but experts warn such access could be a risky intelligence giveaway. Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, told The Wall Street Journal that his Chinese counterpart mentioned the idea of a U.S. carrier crew touring its lone Liaoning carrier and a Chinese crew touring the USS George Washington.
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Veteran says he was forgotten in VA clinic
A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration. Jeffrey Duck told WKMG he arrived as a "walk in" patient at the clinic around 1 p.m. Monday and sat in a consultation room for more than three hours before realizing he was alone in the building.
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Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children
The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits.
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Watchdog: $34M taxpayer-backed soybean program not sprouting in Afghanistan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forking over millions of dollars for a soybean program in Afghanistan that's running into major problems, with Afghan farmers slow to embrace a product that few Afghans ate before.
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How Government Uses “Efficiency” as an Excuse to Steal
Scarcity makes efficiency — getting the most value from given resources —important. The more efficient individuals are, the more they benefit from their actions. That’s why economists are always talking about efficiency.
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A Brief History of Progressivism
Progressives have a way with words that is truly impressive. Perhaps it started when they stole the word liberal from libertarians and since has snowballed out of control. From “social justice” to “pro-choice” (except with light bulbs) to various “isms” to describe their opponents, progressives are experts at such linguistic feats.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Show Notes 07/20/2014

Sunday Show 7/20/14

Army Vet Raising Therapy Ducks to Cope With PTSD Gets Bad News From the City
An Army veteran who was wounded during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker, of West Lafayette, was cited with a minor misdemeanor June 23 for having the ducks in his yard.
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New York gun range in business for 73 years forced to close
A New York gun range has been forced to close its doors after more than 70 years in business, following a bitter dispute with its neighbors over noise and safety issues.
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Cops: Dad beats man found raping son
Daytona Beach police are saying a father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son was “acting like a dad’ when he severely beat the molester and won’t be charged with a crime.
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'ONE GIANT LEAP' Apollo 11's historic trip to the moon marks its 45th anniversary
The year was 1969. The turbulent time in America saw troops fighting in Vietnam, and a nation dealing with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, killed in 1963, and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both murdered in 1968. Then came that one small step.
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Legendary Film And TV Actor James Garner Dead At 86
Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.
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Atheist Delivers ‘Invocation’ to Open City Council Meeting
Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Town of Greece v. Galloway that a New York State city council was not violating the Constitution by opening meetings with an invocation, an atheist offered a “prayer” on Tuesday.
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Cardinal George: Religious Freedom Is Being 'Traded Off' for Sexual Liberation
The Archbishop of Chicago is warning Americans that their religious freedom is “being traded off in favor of freedom of sexual expression” via birth control and gay marriage.
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SCIENTISTS: ATHEISTS MIGHT NOT EXIST
For Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, author of “God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists,” the idea that everyone at some core level has a cognizance of a higher power isn’t new.
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New Jersey reptile expert reportedly told to 'keep mouth shut' about anaconda on loose
A reptile expert said Friday that he wants to go "on the record" and confirm that New Jersey authorities are searching for an anaconda, not a boa constrictor, in the state's largest lake.
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Hamas attacks Israeli troops with bomb-covered ass
This suicide bomber is a real ass. Hamas militants sent a donkey strapped with explosives on a suicide mission toward Israeli troops in Gaza over the weekend — forcing the soldiers to open fire and blow up the rigged beast.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Show Notes 07/17/2014

Thursday Show 7/17/14

Supreme Court limits EPA global warming rules
The Supreme Court delivered a setback to the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, placing limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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Jack in the box robbed again
Police agencies in two states launched investigations Monday into armed robberies at local outlets of chains that have declared their properties are gun-free zones.
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“Beyond BS”: Attorney erupts over mom's shooting
Eric Sanders has been extraordinarily patient while waiting more than nine long months for investigators to release the official police report into the shooting death of the unarmed suburban mother, after she apparently made a wrong turn into a White House entrance on Oct. 3, 2013.
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Armed Homeland Security Agents in ‘Community Outreach’ to “Let People Know They’re in the Area”
News channel WNCT 9 received calls from alarmed residents in response to reports of numerous DHS vehicles parked outside a bankruptcy court in Greenville, North Carolina. However, the “heavy presence” was not because of any specific threat associated with the building.
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Boehner: House Has No Plans to Defund Unconstitutional Acts by Obama
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated today that if President Barack Obama takes actions that exceed his constitutional authority, the House of Representatives has no plans to use its own constitutional authority to withhold funding from those actions.
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Bipartisan Bill Would Promote Commercial Mining--of Asteroids
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week would ensure that U.S. companies are able to mine resources from asteroids free from “harmful interference.”
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Show Notes 07/13/2014


Sunday Show 7/13/14

15 year old whose 6 family members were killed is recovering
A 15-year-old girl who survived being shot by her uncle in an attack that left her parents and four younger siblings dead said Saturday that she was on the road to recovery.
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An identity theft ring in Washington was running a real Mickey Mouse operation
Police in Bellevue, Wash., were investigating stolen construction signs last week when they stumbled upon an identity theft operation, KIRO-TV reported.
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Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration Of Independence
On this day in 1776, a 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the “Liberty Bell” rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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Arkansas family and school district spar over cost of service dog for epileptic boy
Majesty, a two-year-old Golden retriever and service dog, is essential to 7-year-old Zachary Sorrells' life, accompanying the Arkansas boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy at his public elementary school and preventing life-threatening seizures by signaling an alert in advance, his family says.
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Army to replace pistol MM pistol with more reliable gun packing better knock down
The Army wants to retire its supply of 9mm handguns and replace it with a more accurate and user-friendly model that also will provide soldiers with more “knock-down” power.
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Pentagon gives pink slips to hundreds of soldiers including active duty officers
The Pentagon is laying off thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan. Defense Department officials said the reductions are the result of mandatory spending cuts imposed by sequestration and are part of their larger plan to reduce the number of U.S. soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000.
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Are these natrual sweeteners good for you?
With regular sugar taking a nutritional beating and artificial sweeteners unable to shake their sketchy made-in-the-lab connotations and unpleasant aftertaste, it's no wonder newcomers like stevia and agave are conquering our morning coffee (and the world of packaged foods).
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Virginia County takes on Federal government that refuses to do its job
This week, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to file a request under the Freedom of Information Act demanding to know the whereabouts of the roughly 7,000 illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, been arrested by county police and been placed in the hands of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement since 2008.
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Workers told to pay back salary raise by Florida County
County government officials in Florida are taking back pay raises from 25 government workers, saying the recent salary boosts were a mistake. Officials in Manatee County tell My Fox Orlando that it wouldn’t be fair to ask taxpayers to pay for their goof, which totals some $12,000.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Show Notes 07/10/2014

Thursday Show 7/10/14

OPERATION WETBACK
Operation Wetback was a repatriation project of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to remove illegal Mexican immigrants ("wetbacks") from the Southwest. During the first decades of the twentieth century, the majority of migrant workers who crossed the border illegally did not have adequate protection against exploitation by American farmers.
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Obama administration tracking Muslim candidates for military, Pentagon positions
The administration of President Barack Obama has been identifying Muslims in the military in an effort to encourage their presence. Officials said the Defense Department has been keeping records and tracking Muslims. They said the administration sought to attract Muslims both to the military and to the Pentagon.
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Agenda 21
Have you heard about Agenda 21 in the News? Not sure what to think? Here are some Myths and Facts: Myth: Agenda 21 seeks to promote “world government” through the creation of “a centralized planning agency [that] would be responsible for oversight into all areas of our lives.”
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Screaming pig threatens children walking through Maine woods
Capt. Rick Stubbert tells the Morning Sentinel that the children were walking along a trail in the wooded area between the local middle school and the high school at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when the pig confronted them "screaming at the kids and chasing them."
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Paralyzed dog gets homemake wheelchair from stor employees
Pierce had dropped Wally off at her vet's kennel service late last month, as she left for a quick trip out of town. But when she returned to pick him up, she was whisked into an examination room.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Show Notes 07/06/2014

Sunday Show 7/6/14

Transformers wins lackluster box office weekend
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” topped a Fourth of July holiday whimper at thewhimper at the box office instead of a bang reports Variety. Overall, this holiday weekend topped out at approximately $122 million total, a roughly 45% drop from last year’s Independence Day, which brought in $230 million overall.

Girl 9 years old walks into police station and turns parents in for growing pot
A nine-year-old girl has walked in to a police station and turned in her parents for growing and selling marijuana. The child calmly entered the station in Barnesville, Minnesota on June 6 and told officers that her parents were growing marijuana plants almost as tall as her in the crawl space beneath their home.

British reporter embarrasses Hillary: During your tenure, America’s approval ratings tanked
Trying to justify her tenure as a successful Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton met stiff opposition in a pointed question by Guardian reporter Phoebe Greenwood. In a TV interview Friday, Clinton was asked to explain why America’s approval ratings overseas plummeted when her mission was to restore U.S. standing.

Federal government sues Wisconsin company The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.”

Audi announces composite springs to save weight
You might not often think about them, but the springs in your car’s suspension are a key piece of technology—and one that has been largely unchanged for decades. The simple steel coil spring has served in effective anonymity—but its days may be numbered. Audi is planning to put a lightweight composite spring into production by fall 2014.

Even Jesus wouln't buy rapture
HBO has just launched a new TV series based on a novel by Tom Perrotta called "The Leftovers," which in turn is based on the fundamentalist Christian idea of the rapture. Apart from the title, which suggests a refrigerator full of stale food, the series looks promising.

State department spends $450K to Teach Afghan Women to Play Cricket
“On an individual level, participating in sports helps women feel empowered and teaches them the value of teamwork. It also gives them increased confidence, strength, and strategic thinking abilities they can use in all aspects of their lives,” it said.

Global warming latest: Amount of antarctic sea ice hits new record high
The levels of Antarctic sea-ice last week hit an all-time high – confounding climate change computer models which say it should be in decline. America’s National Snow And Ice Data Center, which is funded by Nasa, revealed that ice around the southern continent covers about 16million sq km, more than 2.1 million more than is usual for the time of year.

This Is A Unique Way To Deal With Street Violence In Chicago
With their brightly colored mats spread along a sidewalk, Tameka Lawson's yoga students try to follow her instructions: concentrate on their breathing and focus on the beauty of their surroundings.




Monday, July 07, 2014

Show Notes 07/03/2014

Thursday Show 7/3/14

9 things you may not know about the Declaration of Independence
1. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776.
On July 1, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and on the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence.

NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’
For more than a century, the Lucero family has grazed livestock in the majestic landscape near Fenton Lake in the Santa Fe National Forest. They started with sheep and, in the 1920s, switched to cattle.

Josh Earnest has immigration slip
With a slip of the tongue in his July 3 news conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest stumbled, saying President Barack Obama plans to use the Fourth of July to naturalize "illegal" immigrants.

NY Times Jackie Calmes cheers Democratic quest to hold Senate through single women
Jackie Calmes, New York Times reporter (and reliable water-carrier for Democrats), made Thursday's front page with a story on the competitive Senate race in North Carolina, a seat the Democrats desperately need to keep in order to maintain their hold on the U.S. Senate.

CBS has no time for latest Obamacare scandal, hypes Malia's birthday instead
On Thursday, all three broadcast news networks continued to ignore the latest outrage over ObamaCare and the Veterans Affairs scandal. Instead, CBS This Morning chose to file a 3 minute and 26 seconds report on what Malia Obama’s plans were for her 16th birthday on Friday.

NRA changes stance on guns for abusers
Last week, the Governor of Vermont signed a law allowing police to confiscate guns from anyone under a judicial order for domestic abuse. This means that men and women accused of domestic crimes in Vermont could lose their Second Amendment rights before ever seeing a jury.

Open carry celebration set for July 4th
For the second year, members and supporters of Open Carry Tyler are taking to the streets of downtown for Independence Day to practice their Second Amendment rights.

How Disco Clams Put on Undersea Light Shows
Tiny "disco clams" create rippling light shows on the ocean floor, thanks to reflective mirrors that coat their lips, new research shows. Scientists previously believed the 2-inch (5 centimeters) clams (Ctenoides ales) were bioluminescent. But new high-speed video reveals that the clams' lips are actually covered with tiny silica spheres that reflect natural light.

Pelty Is a “Magic” Bluetooth Speaker Powered by the Element of Fire
Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip.