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Willie Nelson's Texas ranch heavily damaged

SAN ANTONIO - Several buildings at Texas legend Willie Nelson's ranch near Austin, known as "Luck, Texas" were heavily damaged in severe storms last week.

Photos of the damage were posted to The Red Headed Stranger's Facebook page Monday, including a church, an opera house, Willie's World Headquarters and other buildings that were either damaged or completely destroyed.

A spokesperson for Nelson said the monetary value of damages is still unclear, but that he plans to rebuild the damaged structures. A tornado watch was issued for the region last Thursday, which included winds up to 70 mph and hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter and small tornadoes in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

"Our beautiful Luck wasn't so Lucky recently," Nelson's Facebook post reads. "Last week's tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office, and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter. We are happy to report no one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out. Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren't complaining."



Aussie in trouble for colander in licence photo

A South Australian atheist who successfully had his gun licence printed with a photo of him wearing a colander on his head has been forced to undertake a psychological test to prove he is fit to own firearms.

Guy Albon, a 30-year-old disability support worker in Adelaide, told ninemsn he had his four guns and his licence confiscated after police became suspicious of his strange photo.

When he had his licence renewed last year, Mr Albon said he decided to "have a bit of fun" when asked about his religion, and declared himself a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical movement set up in the US with the intention of opposing religion.

Following the lead of a fellow Pastafarian in Europe, Mr Albion successfully argued he should be allowed to wear the colander in his licence photo because it was a religious head piece.

Read more at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/19/16/36/pastafarian-guy-albon-wears-colander-in-gun-licence-photo

Conclusion of Atlas Shrugged trilogy pulls out the big guns, casts Ron Paul

By Todd VanDerWerff Jun 19, 2014 12:10 PM

After the first installment made a world-beating $4.6 million and the second an even better $3 million, the producers of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy knew they needed to pull out all the stops to make the third installment, Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?, a stone-cold guarantee to once again make only 65 percent of the prior installment’s take at the box office. To do that, they’ve lured all-American superhero Ron Paul out of the acting retirement he probably would have been in had he pursued the box office superstardom we all know he had in him instead of pursuing politics. The Congressman, frequent presidential candidate, and passionate love of random drive-by Internet commenters will be joined in the film by Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Kris Polaha, who is probably wishing Life UneXpected had just run for seven seasons already, because he wanted an acting career, but not like this. Not like this!

Sadly, Paul will not be playing John Galt, even though his name is in the title. (That honor goes to Polaha, who is probably consoling himself that Taylor Schilling was in one of these, and everything turned out okay for her, and oh Jesus, here come the tears again.) The Hollywood Reporter article reporting Paul’s role in the film says that he and Beck will be giving their “honest responses” to John Galt’s speech in the film, but we’re pretty sure that’s beneath a thespian of Paul’s talents. Instead, we’re betting Paul will be playing John Galt’s childhood best friend and later sidekick, Lil’ Ronnie, who grew into old age while Galt was frozen, deathless, in the Arctic, returning only when America most needed him, and let’s stop this joke before we get to talking about the role of Barbarossa in Little, Big.

“Atlas Shrugged is a fantastic book, but it’s much more than a story—it’s a philosophy,” Paul said to the Reporter. “It’s influenced millions of people already and because of its greatness it’s going to continue to influence a lot of people.”

Also, Beck said, “I love Atlas Shrugged—Fountainhead I love more—but who could say no?” Don’t worry, Glenn. Your dreams of an Avengers-style team-up movie set in the Ayn Randiverse could still come true!



T-Mobile's CEO Went Off Last Night And Said AT&T And Verizon Are 'F------' That Are 'Raping You'

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere has a reputation for profanity-laced off-the-cuff remarks, but he may have pushed it a bit too far Wednesday night at the company's press event.

Everyone expected some f-bombs from Legere, but the following quote is extreme.

Speaking about AT&T and Verizon, the two largest carriers in the U.S. by a wide margin, Legere said:

"These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have ... the fuckers hate you."

In an interview with Business Insider a few weeks ago, Legere acknowledged he speaks like that as a way to connect with his employees and customers. He sees himself as a man of the people, someone who can speak on the level of the average joe instead of coming off as a stiff executive.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/john-legere-profanity-2014-6

Bullied Teen Stabs and kills tormentor

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed outside of a school in the Bronx on Wednesday, and a boy of the same age has been taken into custody and charged with murder.

The suspect, Noel Estevez of the Bronx, was charged as an adult with second-degree murder and manslaughter late Wednesday night, police said.

But as CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, neighbors and family friends said the alleged assailant had been the victim of bullying, and one even argued that the teen who was arrested was in the right.

“It was for self-defense!” said family friend Marisol Perez. “It was self-defense what he did!”


Harvard Has 3.3 Million Facebook Fans And 'About Three Million Of These Are Fakes'

Harvard University is the most popular higher education institution on Facebook. It has 3.3 million "likes." This isn't surprising, it's one of the most famous universities worldwide and it's widely regarded as one of the best, perhaps the best.

But according to Lenny Teytelman, founder of ZappyLab, a company that makes apps for research scientists, about 3 million of those likes are probably fakes, or likes generated by fake Facebook users who are trying to make their Facebook accounts look legit by populating them with bogus interests.

We contacted Harvard and Facebook for comment. Harvard did not respond; Facebook declined comment.
Of course, Harvard is an international name and it is not unexpected that Harvard would attract likes globally. It's not improbable that those likes could be real. Notably, Teytelman doesn't offer proof that the likes are fake — so let's take this with a pinch of salt.

Teytelman's claim is based on the fact many of the people who say they like Harvard live nowhere near Harvard. In fact, the most engaged Harvard fans on Facebook are from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Dhaka is the notorious home of many click farms who sell fake likes for money.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/fake-likes-on-harvards-facebook-page-2014-6#ixzz355T6MV2u

Thursday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest


The Issue





Thursday Toon Roundup 1- GOP

State Department wastes $52,000 on a painting of war criminal Condi Rice

Seems like they could have had Shrub paint one for free.

Toles Toon- Focus on Benghazi!!!!

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