It sounds silly, but it’s better than arming teachers and would meet the recommended daily allowance for fiber.
A middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last defense. In a letter Friday, Priscella Holley, principal at W. F. Burns Middle School in Valley, Chambers County, asked parents to have each student bring an eight-ounce canned item. The can “could stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive,” Ms. Holley wrote. “The canned food item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure.” The school superintendent said the request had brought few complaints.
The police report will read “The suspect was detained by repeated blows from the jolly Green Giant.”
Well, Kirby Delauter, I certainly don’t want to get sued, but I am wondering, Kirby Delauter, where there’s a law that says that a reporter is forbidden from printing the name of an elected official in an article. So, Kirby Delauter, can you show us where it is?
I don’t think I’ve seen any of the Austin Powers movies since the first one (and only that under duress), but the news that North Korea has put the kibosh on the release of The Interview by threatening world domination sounds like a rejected treatment for a sequel.
Seriously; the “hermit kingdom” can tell America what movies it can watch? And since when did a country that can barely make soap come up with the capability to hack like a college kid from Cornell?
Remember when some folks got all worried that somehow someway the secret Muslims would impose Sharia law on us all and make us live up to the strict moral codes of Islamic law? They were sure that we would be told what to wear and how to act and be forbidden to do lots of other things that would destroy our very way of life. Laws had to be enacted to protect us against such a terrible fate.
A man who allegedly fired a rifle at his neighbor who was hanging Christmas lights, blockaded himself inside his home and kept police in Munhall, Penn., at bay for several hours, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.
Police said they charged 53-year-old Richard Carter with attempted homicide for shooting at his neighbor on Saturday afternoon.
I can’t get married to a man in Florida (yet) because it would destroy the sanctity of marriage and because two men getting married is just wrong.
But serial murderer Charles Manson can get married to a woman even though he’s in prison for the rest of his life because marriage is a holy institution created by God to preserve the family and protect children.
In fairness, if Charles Manson wanted to marry a man, he’s allowed to in California.
The Democrats who control these things in the Senate don’t have the time to confirm Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General but they want to vote on the Keystone XL pipelineright now because it might help Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) survive her run-off in December.
Speaker John Boehner is outraged that a White House official used a barnyard epithet to describe Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said that profanity-laced attacks on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from senior Obama administration officials were an implicit reflection of President Obama’s views, adding that the official who called Netanyahu “chickens—” should be fired.
Boehner said that the administration officials should be dismissed. “The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not,” Boehner said.
And Mr. Boehner should know because he’s an expert at setting the tone and calling people “chickenshit.” According to Steve Benen, the Speaker used the term to describe candidate Barack Obama in 2008. Oh, and now he wants the president to go on an apology tour to Israel.
“[That’s] an interesting observation by the Speaker of the House, who has a penchant for using salty language himself,” [Press Secretary Josh] Earnest said. “It’s a little rich to have a lecture about profanity from the Speaker of the House.”
Good to hear from you, Mr. Boehner. Keep in touch.
Even when he’s demonstrably wrong, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) cannot admit it or even show a tad of humility. TPM watched him try to extricate himself from his Ebola quarantine fiasco yesterday:
It’s not surprising that he tries to claim he didn’t change the policy. That’s standard for polls, particularly ones like Christie. But he actually claims that the nurse was symptomatic for Ebola (not true) and had a temperature (not true). They held on to her for 24 hours and now that she apparently doesn’t or no longer has Ebola they’re letting her go. Its a tour de force of projectile nonsense, with a high viral load of derp.
Not only that, but he refused to apologize for keeping her in a tent without running water. (A tent? WTF? Don’t they have hospitals in New Jersey?)
Nurse Kaci Hickox is planning to sue. Good luck; no amount of legal action or medical help will alter the fact that Chris Christie is a sphincter.
The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds — often through the alarm boxes posted around the property — they must immediately lock the front door.
After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.
Gonzalez was tackled by a counterassault agent at the far southern end of the East Room. The intruder reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Yikes. I know there have been cutbacks at the Secret Service, but WTF? This follows the revelation that the Secret Service didn’t know that someone had fired seven shots with an assault rifle at the White House and hit the windows in the family quarters until a housekeeper found broken glass.
And it’s not like this particular president hasn’t faced more threats than previous occupants.
The phoenix is a mythological bird that bursts into flames, dies, and is reborn from the ashes. It looks like they have two-thirds of that equation going on at a solar energy plant in California.
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
The deaths are “alarming. It’s hard to say whether that’s the location or the technology,” said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society. “There needs to be some caution.”
If they could get chickens to fly by, Col. Sanders would be out of business.
A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.
The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life.
I have a couple of questions. First, how is it not committing the same felony for the cops to take a picture of a 17-year-old kid’s erection? Second, how many of the adults involved in this case have been guilty of doing exactly what this kid is accused of?
On Tuesday, Timothy Ray Murray (pictured) challenged longtime incumbent Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional district. Murray lost, but he did manage to pull in 3,442 votes, good for 5.2 percent of the total. Now Murray says he will contest the outcome of the election. Because, he says, Lucas is dead and has been replaced by a “look alike.”
“The election for U.S. House for Oklahoma’s 3rd District will be contested by the Candidate, Timothy Ray Murray,” Murray wrote in a press release posted on his campaign website. “I will be stating that his votes are switched with Rep. Lucas votes, because it is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike.”
On the website, Murray claims that Lucas and “a few other Oklahoma and other States’ Congressional Members,” were executed “on or about” Jan. 11, 2011 in southern Ukraine.
The bizarre charge was first reported by KFOR TV in Oklahoma City. The station reported that while Oklahoma election board officials had also received Murray’s press release, Murray had yet to file a formal petition to contest the election. The station also sought comment from Lucas, who said that he had never been to Ukraine.
“Many things have been said about me, said to me during course of my campaigns,” Lucas told KFOR. “This is the first time I’ve ever been accused of being a body double or a robot.”