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House Speaker John Boehner’s tan aglow on social media

USTIN (KXAN) – First Lady Michelle Obama’s “The Good Wife” dress got plenty of people buzzing amid the State of the Union on Tuesday night, but someone else from across the aisle also stole a bit of the spotlight on Twitter — particularly because of how much light his skin has seemingly absorbed.
There was a certain kind of glow about U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner. Twitter user Jared Padalecki asked if Boehner’s office was on the surface of the sun or if he just had somebody on-call to spray-tan him — a comment that was massively favorited. Boehner’s “tan” got people saying that “SOTU is the new orange.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 03:29 PM (4 replies)

Giant Breed Rescue. 100 to 200 lb dogs too big for shelters. 75 lbs dog food per day

I hope this article scores them some donations

Giant Breed Dog Rescue wins court case, can continue operating


or 13 years, dogs have traveled many paths to end up with the Kohls at their nonprofit Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Dog Rescue. About 40 to 50 dogs are adopted out into new homes each year.

The Newfie’s owner didn’t want him anymore because “he got too big.” The mastiff became homeless when his owner was arrested and hauled off to jail. The St. Bernard lost his home when his owners ran into financial difficulties and lost their house. Other dogs had been physically abused or neglected.

The Kohls were thrilled to learn that the organization they run for no pay at all can continue operating thanks to a favorable ruling handed down by Commonwealth Court on Wednesday.

ntle Ben’s takes in large and “giant” breeds of dogs that weigh 100 to 200 pounds, including Great Danes and Great Pyrenees. Many animal shelters and rescue organizations would euthanize those breeds because they don’t have kennels, cages and exercise areas large enough to handle them.

There are no kennels at Gentle Ben’s. Dogs sleep in the house with the Kohls, and are inside during the day when the couple are at work — he as a sheet metal worker and she as a manager in a medical office at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville.

Operating expenses are about $50,000 a year, including bills for veterinarians and 75 pounds of dog food per day.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 11:52 PM (47 replies)

Skymall files for bankruptcy - that airplane magazine of expensive odd thingies

kitschy in-flight catalogs, files for bankruptcy protection
SkyMall's financial and operational difficulties are a result of the evolving retail industry, as well as technology and business changes, Scott Wiley, acting SkyMall CEO, said in the bankruptcy filing.

"With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog," Wiley said in the documents.

SkyMall generated $33.7 million in revenue in 2013, but just $15.8 million for the first nine months of 2014. On Jan. 16, the company shut down its catalog business and laid off 47 of its 150 employees, according to the documents.

Late last year, Delta Air Lines terminated its contract with SkyMall and Southwest Airlines notified the company it would no longer carry the catalog starting in April. Delta Airlines, American Airlines and U.S. Airways are included in the company's list of creditors holding the 20 largest unsecured claims.

In the petition, the company estimated its assets range from $1 million to $10 million. Debtors said they are owed $12 million.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 08:15 PM (5 replies)

Ebola outbreak subsiding in Africa

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress
Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:07am IST

FREETOWN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday removed Ebola district quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of the disease, declaring "victory is in sight" after a sharp drop in transmission.

Since the worst outbreak on record began in West Africa over a year ago, Sierra Leone has recorded more than 10,340 cases, making it the country that has been hardest hit. But signs are growing that the tide is turning against the disease.

"We are now entering a transition phase. Given the progress being made against the disease, we must take action to enable economic and social recovery," Koroma said in a televised address to the nation late on Thursday.

In the latest health report on Jan. 21, Sierra Leone reported just 9 new confirmed cases versus 60 cases daily in late 2014. Neighbouring Liberia has also reported significant progress in rolling back Ebola, thanks partly to U.S. military assistance, and it is now confined to just two counties.

But in a setback on Thursday, the mayor of Paynesville in the capital Monrovia said that 25 people had been placed under quarantine following a new confirmed case.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 12:29 AM (0 replies)

He pulled down 10 women’s pants in public; now he faces year in prison & lifetime as registered sex

He pulled down 10 women’s pants in public; now he faces year in prison

A man who pleaded guilty to pulling down the pants of 10 women in Santa Ana and Tustin over a three-month period faces up to a year in jail and lifetime registration as a sex offender, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Gary Dalton Derusha, in accepting a plea deal from prosecutors on Wednesday, admitted two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, felony stalking and misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 6.

In all of the cases, Derusha encountered the victims in public places and pulled down their pants and grabbed their buttocks, Mestman said. In one case, a victim was targeted twice, prompting the stalking charge, Mestman said.

The groping happened in May through July of 2013.


A woman in her 20s was outside her Santa Ana home in the 1600 block of East 17th Street on May 21, when a young man came up from behind, pulled down her pants and grabbed a handful of ass.

A man described as being 18-20 did the same thing to females between June and August in Tustin--although he did not always pull their pants down and in some instances he apologized before fleeing.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Jan 22, 2015, 08:21 PM (8 replies)

Australian Shepherd found these adorable puppies abandoned in plastic bag

Good Samaritans, who weren’t fully identified, were walking their dog in Paso Nogal Park in Pleasant Hill when the Australian shepherd took an interest in a plastic bag in a box near a trash can, said Rick Golphin, deputy director of Contra Costa County Animal Services.
The couple went to investigate and opened the bag, which had been tied at the top, and found three terrier puppies inside. After taking the pups home, and washing and feeding them, the couple brought the dogs to animal services, Golphin said.
“We see a lot of animal abandonment, but seeing cruelty of this type is pretty rare,” he said. “The big takeaway from this is to get your animals spayed or neutered.”
Anyone who has information about the puppies’ former owners, or how the dogs ended up in the park, is urged to contact Contra Costa Animal Services at (925) 335-8300.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Jan 22, 2015, 03:38 PM (3 replies)

meekrats huddle under heatlamp

Normally they are found either in the Kalahiri Desert or on advertisements offering a cheaper deal on motor insurance, but these meerkats have discovered a comfortable way of surviving the recent cold snap.

The four intrepid mammals stand close together underneath a specially installed heat lamp at the West Midland Safari Park near Bewdley, outside Birmingham.

Staff at the facility installed the special lights after temperatures plummeted leaving the inquisitive animals feeling the chill.

However, it did not take long for the four meerkats to learn that the light was also providing warmth - as well as a good show for visitors to the park.

After warming thoroughly, the meerkats resumed their search for food, scratching the surface of their enclosure in the hunt for grubs and other insects, before returning to the heat lamp.

Normally meerkats live in extended family groups in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa in groups of up to 50 animals.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Jan 22, 2015, 03:08 PM (12 replies)

subprime billionaireflew priv jet 2 Davos w 2 nannies to tell rest of us to live smaller, have less

2:27 PM, JANUARY 21 2015
Billionaire Davos Attendee Thinks Your “Lifestyle Expectations” Are Too High
by Kia Makarechi

Davos, Switzerland, where the rich take vacations from skiing.
Jeff Greene is a man who accrued billions by betting against subprime mortgages. He’s also an attendee of the World Economic Forum, a Davos event during which the ultra-rich seemingly get together to take a vacation from skiing and tell everyone else what to do.

In Switzerland, Greene spoke to Bloomberg, and offered some depressing advice for the 99 percent. “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” he said. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”

Having fewer things? A “smaller” existence? You’d be forgiven for thinking Greene was channeling Matthieu Ricard, a French Buddhist monk (who is also at Davos, and attended a panel on mindfulness with Arianna Huffington).

Greene, however, doesn’t seem to live by his own advice. Here’s Bloomberg’s Matthew G. Miller:

Greene, who flew his wife, children and two nannies on a private jet plane to Davos for the week, said he’s planning a conference in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Tideline Hotel called “Closing the Gap.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Jan 21, 2015, 11:30 PM (9 replies)

crazy pope talk - "irresponsibility = 7 C sections but no to artificial birth control

He said 'responsible parenthood' requires that couples regulate the births of their children, as church teaching allows. He cited the case of a woman he met who was pregnant with her eighth child after seven Cesarean sections.

'That is an irresponsibility!' he said. The woman might argue that she should trust in God. 'But God gives you methods to be responsible,' he said.

He said there are many 'licit' ways of regulating births that are approved by the church, an apparent reference to the Natural Family Planning method of monitoring a woman's cycle to avoid intercourse when she is ovulating.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2917146/Pope-Catholics-dont-like-rabbits.html#ixzz3POm6auKH
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Jan 20, 2015, 04:18 PM (1 replies)

racist cop back on the job after slap on the wrist

Blasky reported in The Sunday last week, Metro Police Detective Bobby Kinch wrote inflammatory posts on Facebook, and police brass have done little to nothing about it. Among his posts:

“Let’s just get this over! Race war, Civil, Revolution? Bring it! I’m about as fed up as a man (American, Christian, White, Heterosexual) can get!”

“It’s obviously coming to a boiling point! I say “F*** IT”! I’m ready now! Sooner or later, I would say sooner than later!” He spelled out the profanity in the post.

“Thought I could make a difference, thought it would get better! See the morale fabric of this Country get so trampled I wanna call it! GAME ON! I think we need a cleansing! Just me? What say you?”

The comments infuriated colleagues, who reported them. Metro brass also received a picture of Kinch pointing a gun at a picture of President Barack Obama, which caught the Secret Service’s attention.

But as for Metro’s leadership, this wasn’t cause for serious alarm. Despite one lieutenant calling for Kinch’s dismissal, Metro leaders closed a long investigation by giving Kinch a slap on the wrist, a written reprimand. And Kinch now is back on the job, investigating crimes allegedly committed by minorities.

Kinch told Blasky his comments were taken out of context by people who wanted to hurt him. Kinch said it was “retarded” to think his posts were racist.

He believes that black gangs killed his mom with no proof of that. Details in the link
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Jan 19, 2015, 08:16 PM (0 replies)
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