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Name: Steven Leser
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Hometown: New York, NY
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Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
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When you have kids, you can never tell what they will come up with...

... and in this case it's not the kid's fault. Whoever designed that question was asking for it...

Breaking: District Judge throws out 4 game suspension for Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady's 4 game suspension thrown out by District Court Judge Richard Berman.

Reporters went to his home for further comments and took this photo of Judge Berman in his living room...

(yes the photo is a joke, that is not a picture of the judge)

Link to article about the ruling here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/deflategate-ruling-nfl-roger-goodell-tom-brady_55e5c370e4b0aec9f35484cf

I fully expect to get hides from here on out for no reason other than I annoyed Bernie supporters

The latest hide hrmJustin got had several jurors (obviously Bernie supporters) saying they were voting to hide because his posts annoyed them.

That's what we all face from now on for the sin of advocating for and arguing for Hillary.

It needed to be said.

You gotta give this to the Repugs. They know how to manufacture outrage.

This kerfuffle over renaming a mountain in Alaska from McKinley to Denali.

99% of the Repugs outraged about this didn't even know who McKinley was and had to go look him up after their favorite Conservative pundits told them they should be angry about it.

What's the GOP dream administration? Someone jokingly sent me this pic (Projectile vomit alert)...

Don't gag (or at least try not to)...

And I jokingly tweeted it to some of my conservative pundit friends with the caption "You would like this, wouldn't you". They responded yes and retweeted it to their fans. The response was an almost universal enthusiastic "Yes".

Just FYI

Malala graduates from High School with Straight A's, Taliban apoplectic


For many teenagers, winning a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 16 might offer some license to coast through the rest of school—but most teenagers are not the young Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai. For her, being the youngest person ever to win the world’s most prestigious award didn’t overshadow the importance of studying for her school-leaving exams.

In recent months, Malala, now 18, has put aside some of her busy agenda of appearances and international talks, and focused exclusively on her studies at Edgbaston High School, the private girls’ school in Birmingham she has been attending since she relocated from Pakistan in 2013. She came to the UK for treatment after surviving being shot in the head at the age of 15 on her way home from school in Pakistan by a Taliban gunman, who targeted her because of her advocacy for girls’ education.

Today her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, proudly announced her academic success on Twitter. She received her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) with straight As—including six scored at the top of the scale as A*.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan’s Taliban group, also reacted to the news, albeit less enthusiastically, according to the Pakistani publication Khabaristan Times. “You can get as many As in the worldly, Zionist, CIA-sponsored education system but the only A that matters is for Allah,” read the press release.

The TTP’s press release closes with a renewed threat to the activist: “Malala, no matter how much the Pakistani armed forces spank us, you’ll always be our number one enemy.”

Number of uninsured drops below 10% for first time in 50 year history of CDC Study of Uninsured

Yeah, really horrible that Obamacare.


For the first time in more than 50 years of surveys, the CDC on Wednesday reported that more than 90% of Americans — 90.8% of us, to be specific — have health insurance.

Until now, no major survey had ever found that the uninsured rate in America has hit single digits.

The data comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which the CDC has been conducting for more than 50 years. The questions have sometimes changed, but until this year, the answers haven’t: More than 10% of respondents, and sometimes as many as 18% of Americans, have reported that they’ve been uninsured.

FYI, my post about the Farrakhan march (updated)


Updated to include full text:

I agree with this OP. This is unfortunately not a new problem. If you are Jewish in this day and age

as I am, Farrakhan is hardly the only issue you have to deal with. For instance, I am in favor of the Iran deal. But it is also hard to escape the fact that key members of the Iranian leadership have uttered some harshly anti-Semitic stuff. Not just anti-Israeli stuff, anti-Semitic. So do we Jews say, don't deal with those antisemitic assholes and watch the situation devolve into yet another war? Or a situation in which Iran goes nuclear?

As far as Farrakhan is concerned, being a mixed race person in addition to being Jewish makes Farrakhan's status as a leader in the AA community particularly painful for me. The only solace I take is that outside of these occasional spates of activism, he doesn't seem to have much effect on the country.

But there are many other examples of situations like this that we Jews simply seem to have to deal with. We deal with a torrent of antisemitism all the time all over the place.

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Russia, in midst of exploding HIV epidemic, plans to ban importation of condoms

Another brilliant move brought to you by the administration of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin


Russia has unveiled plans to ban state procurement of imported condoms, prompting a wave of risque jokes in the country’s media. But for anyone following the alarming rise in HIV infections in Russia the proposal was hardly a laughing matter.

Russia is one of the few places in the world where the HIV virus is still rapidly spreading, driven mainly by intravenous drug use and unprotected sex.

Within five years at least two million people are expected to be officially registered as HIV-positive, while three million – or 2 per cent of the total population – will be carrying the virus, according to Dr Vadim Pokrovsky, the head of the Russian Federal Aids Centre.

In most cases infection is an avoidable tragedy. However at “an adult level there are hardly any information campaigns to warn the public to take steps to protect themselves against the virus. We need to attend to these problems very urgently,” Dr Pokrovsky told The Irish Times.
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