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Watch: Painfully Stupid ‘Overpasses for Impeachment’ Attendees Caught on Tape!

Fate truly smiled on us today. As luck would have it, Overpasses for the Impeachment of Obama was out at one of their “gargantuan” gatherings as we were driving by.

No, this isn’t satire and yes, they really are this stupid. These people and their incredible ignorance are the reason we do what we do everyday here at Americans Against the Tea Party.

Two of our favorite moments from the “rally”:

Rhea Thinks Syria is All About The Benghazi

INTERVIEWER: Could you tell me some of the things that you think should be impeached for?

RHEA: Well, the lying about The Benghazi. That’s what this big cover-up for Syria’s all about. They don’t want the truth to be out there about Benghazi and how they let our force — you know, Americans — die.

more

http://aattp.org/watch-painfully-stupid-overpasses-for-impeachment-attendees-caught-on-tape/

Szechuan pepper sensation 'same as a vibrator'

Y TOM MENDELSOHN – 12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Scientists from a prestigious university in London claim that the sensation caused by eating the unique Chinese peppercorn feels exactly the same as pressing a vibrator to your lips.

In fact, recent experiments showed that when they tried to rub pepper extract on the lips of volunteers, almost none of them could tell whether they were eating peppers or undergoing mechanical stimulation.



It sounds far-fetched perhaps, but the scientists, researchers at UCL, one of the UK's top universities, hope it might lead to new ways of reducing chronic pain in sufferers of conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or even paralysis.



Szechuan peppercorn is unique among all other ingredients in producing the sensation of vibration on the lips, but the study reveals that stimuli caused by chemicals in the pepper have the same effect on the human brain as actual touch does.

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/szechuan-pepper-sensation-same-as-a-vibrator-29574903.html

Bloomberg Gets Zuccotti-Parked as Dem Voters Back Anti-1% NYC Mayoral Candidate

Oh to be a fly on the wall as the Big Apple's "Mayor 1%" -- Michael Bloomberg -- gobbled down antiacids as he learned that the next mayor of NYC is likely to be a hard-left-soak-the-rich advocate for the middle class, poor and jobless. Actually, that man who is the odds on favorite to occupy Gracie Mansion is literally the Public Advocate for the city of New York, a citywide elected position that literally speaks out on behalf of its citizens.

Not largely known outside of the NYC region, the Public Advocate is in essence the person who would replace a sitting mayor if he or she resigned or could not perform the duties of mayor. That man is Bill de Blasio, and he is on the verge of winning yesterday's NYC Democratic primary, possibly with the necessary 40% of the vote to avoid a run-off. (If there is a run-off, he is already the widely favored candidate to face a weak Republican opponent in the general election).

As CBS News just reported Wednesday morning:

After running as a hard-left populist who vowed to raise taxes on the rich in order to boost public education funding, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio easily topped a field of competitors in the Democratic primary to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.2 percent of the vote with former Comptroller Bill Thompson in second place at 26.2 percent. If de Blasio's share of the vote holds at 40 percent or more, he will avoid a mandatory Oct. 1 runoff with Thompson.


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http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18188-bloomberg-gets-zuccotti-parked-as-dem-voters-back-anti-1-nyc-mayoral-candidate

Kristof and the “Mere Flexing” of Military Power

By DANIEL LARISON


Nick Kristof thinks that the threat of attacking Syria “worked”:

In short, the mere flexing of military power worked — initially and tentatively. And while it seems that neither Congress nor the public has any appetite for cruise missile strikes on Syria, it will be critical to keep the military option alive in the coming weeks or Russia and Syria will play us like a yo-yo.


Kristof fails to explain how “the threat worked” when it seemed more than likely that at least one house of Congress was on track to refuse authorizing the use of force. If Obama was on the verge of having his policy repudiated in Congress and the “mere flexing” of military power was soon to be nothing more than that, why would Russia and Syria jump at the chance to offer up all of Syria’s chemical weapons? I can understand why administration officials feel compelled to pretend that “the threat worked,” because it could make Obama’s decision to make the threat look less risible than it did a few days ago. That doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to take this for granted. Obama’s position before Monday was increasingly untenable, and if the votes in Congress had gone ahead as planned the threat of military action would have very likely evaporated. Considering how few supporters military action had, it is hard to see how the threat could have “worked” when the threat was daily being revealed as an empty one. Many Syria hawks have been terrified all month that Congress’ rejection of the AUMF resolution would make attacking Syria politically impossible, but we’re supposed to think that no one in other governments noticed what was happening?

It’s true that Russia didn’t and still doesn’t want the U.S. to attack Syria, so it may have occurred to Moscow to find some other way to ensure that an attack would be indefinitely delayed. If preventing an attack on Syria is Russia’s reason for making the proposal, it hardly seems likely that Russia is going to accept either “a binding Security Council resolution confirming the deal” or “a reference in the resolution to “serious consequences” for noncompliance.” Russia would assume that Western governments would interpret this as an authorization for some future military intervention, and after Libya there is no chance that Russia is ever going to allow the passage of another resolution that in any way authorizes the U.S. and other Western governments to intervene. In exchange for Russian support, Putin has said that he wants the U.S. to “renounce the use of force” against Syria, and this is the one thing that Syria hawks absolutely won’t renounce.

So it may not be true that “the threat worked,” and saying that it did will encourage many Americans to draw the wrong conclusions from this experience. Instead of learning that it is foolish to threaten unnecessary military action when U.S. and allied security are not at risk, many will conclude that it is the best way to “get results.” U.S. foreign policy is already far too militarized, and learning the wrong lesson from this episode will just reinforce that.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/kristof-and-the-mere-flexing-of-military-power/

One time I actually agree with something from that site.

Republican Jesus strikes again

HOUSE GOP: EVIL, INSENSITIVE, HEARTLESS...AND EVIDENTLY BUILT TO STAY THAT WAY



http://whatwouldjackdo.net/2013/09/house-gop-evil-insensitive-heartlessand-built-to-stay-that-way.html

Oh FFS: First lady's push to drink more water draws criticism

A sign of our divided times: Even a first lady project encouraging people to drink more water is drawing criticism.

Michelle Obama travels Thursday to Watertown, Wis. — naturally — to promote a new program by her Partnership for a Healthier America to encourage people to drink more water.

"Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel," Obama said in a statement. "So Drink Up and see for yourself."

Yet Politico reports several public health experts as saying that the White House is overselling the benefits of water.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/09/12/obama-michelle-drink-water-project-politico/2803417/

She could ask people to take deep breaths and the righties would respond by holding their breath until they passed out. Hey, maybe that's an idea....

Bay Area McDonald's manager accused of robbing his own restaurant

By Robert J. Lopez
September 10, 2013, 10:28 p.m.
A McDonald's manager in the Bay Area was arrested on suspicion of using a gun to rob his own restaurant and another one and ordering workers into the freezer in both incidents, police said Tuesday.

Felix Becerra, 42, manages a McDonald's in Pleasanton and is accused of donning a white mask and using what was described as a small-caliber handgun to rob the restaurant Aug. 28, according to police.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and told ordered workers into a freezer, the Pleasanton Police Department said.

Police said Becerra allegedly robbed another McDonalds in San Mateo on Aug. 2.

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mcdonalds-manager-robbed-own-restaurant-police-say-20130910,0,2735759.story

One step closer to teleportation

A team of University of Queensland physicists has transmitted an atom from one location to another inside an electronic chip.

The team, which includes Dr Arkady Fedorov and Dr Matthias Baur from UQ's ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and the School of Mathematics and Physics, published its findings in Nature.

Dr Fedorov said the team had achieved quantum teleportation for the first time, which could lead to larger electronic networks and more functional electronic chips.

“This is a process by which quantum information can be transmitted from one place to another without sending a physical carrier of information,” Dr Fedorov said.

“In this process the information just appears at the destination, almost like teleportation used in the famous science fiction series Star Trek.”

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http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20131209-24789.html

In fiery speech, Warren calls for limiting size of banks

WASHINGTON – Senator Elizabeth Warren said Thursday morning that “we have to pick up the slingshots again” in the David versus Goliath battle with big banks.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who entered politics as a critic of big banks, used a fiery speech at George Washington University Law School marking five years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers to renew her call to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, aimed at limiting the size and scope of banks, which are federally insured.

“It would reduce ‘too big’ by dismantling the behemoths,” she said. “Big banks would still be big – but not too big to fail or, for that matter, too big to manage, too big to regulate, too big for trial, or too big for jail.”

The act was repealed during the Clinton administration. Her bill to reinstate it is cosponsored by senators John McCain, an Arizona Republican, Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, and Angus King, a Maine Independent who often sides with Democrats.

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http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/09/12/elizabeth-warren-says-pick-slingshots-again-fight-with-big-banks/sdwk02ULbsRqMLWfj10n7K/story.html
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