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strange jury decision

they voted 2-4 to leave this:

Ney and Murat, if alive, would tell you how devastating a "dancing" horse ridden by a skilled rider could be.

And why do you neglect the charge of the Heavy Brigade?

You don't like Romney - got it. That is still not sufficient reason to make a fool of yourself. Did it ever cross your mind to take the 10 minutes necessary to Google the history of dressage?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1040491
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jul 29, 2012, 12:16 PM (49 replies)

spoiler alert: shooting

American Rhode takes Olympic gold in women's skeet competition. China and Slovakia take silver and bronze.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-oly-shoo-shwske-medals-day2-update-1l6e8it2dh-20120729,0,7225998.story

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jul 29, 2012, 10:53 AM (6 replies)

No one vetted Mitt

How did the Republican Party miss so many of Mitt's problems? You can thank his weak primary opponents.

Remember that Romneyís most visible opponents during most of the nomination process were either dramatically underfunded or were otherwise unable to run a normal campaign with a fully staffed opposition research operation and the ability to effectively challenge Romney with what they learned. Rick Santorumís campaign was almost comically understaffed; Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich werenít much better. Gingrich did benefit from outside attacks, but apparently didnít have the staff necessary (or perhaps the interest in deploying staff) to really know what in the ads was accurate and what wasnít, making it fairly easy for Romney to dismiss the whole thing once some questionable assertions were found. At any rate, most Republican opinion leaders didnít really want to hear that sort of attack in the first place, and so even a lot of anti-Romney Republicans didnít follow up on it.

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/29/mitt_romneys_unexamined_past/


Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jul 29, 2012, 09:44 AM (5 replies)

lazy, stupid msm

so the ABC This week show plays two clips. One shows the completely out of context Obama quote about business and infrastructure. Then a clip of the totally in context Romney quote about the Olympics. Then they ask: why are the candidates their own worst enemies? More when we return.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Jul 29, 2012, 09:21 AM (7 replies)

Bush Clothing Line Fails to Find Market

"43"line for men is a flopo

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/28/bush_clothing_line_fails_to_find_market/
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jul 28, 2012, 09:49 PM (6 replies)

Presidential debates (please, no live blogging.)

I may not be able to watch them live and if someone is posting what is said it will spoil it for me.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jul 28, 2012, 04:38 PM (38 replies)

Too funny

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jul 28, 2012, 03:31 PM (0 replies)

mitt romney (austin public access days)

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:30 PM (1 replies)

Going Postal, Pre-Pistol

How did people commit mass murder before the advent of automatic weapons? Often with fire.

Often with fire. Revolutionary War veteran Barnett Davenport is widely considered the first mass murderer in U.S. history. On the evening of Feb. 3, 1780, Davenport burst into the bedroom of his employer, Caleb Mallory, and began to bludgeon Mallory and his wife with a club. When the club broke in two, Davenport beat the couple to death with Malloryís gun. If Davenport had stopped there, he would be remembered as just an ordinary killer; most criminologists define mass murder as the killing of at least three people in a single incident. After beating the Mallorys to death, however, Davenport burned the house down, killing their three grandchildren.

Hundreds of other mass murderers have perpetrated their crimes without automatic firearms. Frenchman Pierre Riviere killed his mother, sister, and brother with a bill hook in 1835. In 1932, Julian Marcelino, a Filipino immigrant of relatively small stature, managed to kill six and wound 15 on a Seattle street using only a pair of blades. In 1915, Monroe Phillips shot seven dead and wounded 32 with a shotgun in Georgia

Guns arenít even the most lethal mass murder weapon. According to data compiled by Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, guns killed an average of 4.92 victims per mass murder in the United States during the 20th century, just edging out knives, blunt objects, and bare hands, which killed 4.52 people per incident. Fire killed 6.82 people per mass murder, while explosives far outpaced the other options at 20.82. Of the 25 deadliest mass murders in the 20th century, only 52 percent involved guns.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/07/aurora_shooting_how_did_people_commit_mass_murder_before_automatic_weapons_.html
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:11 PM (0 replies)

Cleveland man pleads guilty in bridge-bombing plot

AKRON, Ohio ó One of five men accused of attempting to blow up the Ohio 82 bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of his four former co-defendants...
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The five men, described by federal prosecutors as domestic terrorists, are accused of planting what they believed to be actual bombs at the Ohio 82 bridge that spans the national park between Brecksville and Sagamore Hills Township.

FBI agents reported that they foiled the plot with the help of an informant by supplying the men with fake plastic explosives and arresting the five on April 30 as they tried to detonate the explosives with a cellphone.
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The defense attorneys for the remaining four defendants said they will attempt to prove at trial that the FBI and a paid informant entrapped the men in the bridge-bombing plot. The lawyers have asked the judge to order prosecutors to turn over internal FBI emails and other evidence in an attempt to attack the credibility of the informant and the techniques that the FBI used.

"We believe the FBI agents violated their internal rules regarding their handling of the informant and what they instructed him to do," said John Pyle, defense attorney for Baxter. "This is information we need to have."

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/07/cleveland_man_pleads_guilty_in.html
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jul 26, 2012, 01:38 PM (3 replies)
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