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Idaho fundamentalists attempt to get abortion declared First Degree Murder


"What we're asking Idaho to do is make abortion illegal by its statute and disregard the federal court's opinion (in Roe v. Wade in 1973 that established a nationwide right to abortion)," said Scott Herndon, a homebuilder from Sagle who said he's among about 25 people who organized the proposal.


"In circulating the petition, we get to declare that the value of human life is from conception to natural death and it is because we are created by an almighty and loving God who made us in His own image," Herndon wrote in a letter to churches. "It is also our hope that we truly do abolish abortion here in Idaho and finally establish justice for the preborn.

"If a woman faces the very real consequences of a first-degree murder penalty, we are confident it will act as a deterrent to abortion."

I know these people, and when they want abortion banned, they want it banned in ALL circumstances. Pregnant woman gets in a car crash and won't survive unless the fetus is removed? Sorry dude, if that happens the doctor, all the attending medical staff, and the woman will all be tried for first-degree murder.

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If your kid plays football, have him watch this video

This is the Seahawks' tackling video. That team is big on tackling with their shoulders, and they update this every couple of years.


The note I sent to the National Archives and Records Administration about Trump tweets

In http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028403414 I pointed out that Trump's tweets will be Public Records that'll need to be retained. This is the letter I sent this morning to the NARA asking that it be done:

Many government officials communicate with the public, and probably with other government officials, via Internet-based social media accounts. The president-elect, Donald Trump, is famous for his heavy use of Twitter. If tweets, Facebook posts and other social media contacts made in the course of an official's public duties are not currently considered "public records" subject to records retention law, they should be.

The easiest way to stifle the mangled apricot hellbeast

Simply get the National Archivist to declare social media posts - specifically, tweets - made by Members of Congress and Administration officials to include the president as public records subject to retention requirements.

This will be the musical lineup for Trump's inauguration

The Bob Jones University Choir

Wayne Newton

Third Day


Newsong (PLEASE don't click this one!)

They have nothing to lose: Anyone who would boycott a band because they played at Trump's inauguration wouldn't listen to any of these guys anyway.

And no, they are NOT going to pick Ted Nugent. They figured out what "Cat Scratch Fever" is actually about, and there's too much of a chance he'll break out in a rousing rendition of "Kiss My Ass."

(Today's war story: when I was at Fort Drum I bought a really sweet black kitten. Two weeks later there was a lump in my groin, so I went to TMC to get it looked at.
"You have cat scratch fever."
'Hang on for a second. That's an actual disease?')

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a doctor with quick reflexes

Or, Never attempt to rob a clinic that's fifty feet from the sheriff's office.

No link because the paper this came from invented the paywall, but anyway...

According to one of the papers I work on, Travis James Harpole, 45, resident of St. Maries, ID, made an appointment for the town's medical clinic that absolutely HAD to be with a specific doctor. Come his appointment time, Harpole was taken into a treatment room. When the doctor arrived, Harpole told him: you are going to fill all my prescriptions and give me an injection of Dilaudid right now or there will be consequences for all the doctors here." The clinic in St. Maries has no Dilaudid. The doctor told him, no prescriptions and no shot.

Harpole pulled a loaded .40-caliber pistol out and tried to aim it. Before he could, the doctor grabbed his wrist, stepped behind Harpole, pulled Harpole's gun to his body so he couldn't aim it, and got another nurse to help restrain him until he dropped the gun and the cops showed up. Harpole told the doctor that when he got out of jail, he was going straight to the doctor's house to "take him to hell with him and burn the home down." Don't worry, that won't be for a while: Harpole was charged with aggravated battery, attempted robbery with a firearms enhancement, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He faces 40 years in the state pen.

I just realized who the inaugural singer will have to be

Please don't click this:

Eric Schmitt-Matzen is hard-core

Mr. Schmitt-Matzen is (1) a Professional Santa who looks just like the one Clement Moore carved out as the archetype and (2) a veteran of the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment so he's seen things most people would not believe.

A few weeks ago, something happened to him that nearly pushed him over the edge.

Read about it here:


Here's the helicopter Trump wants to use for his dramatic entrance

This specimen of the Soviet-made Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter belongs to the Hungarian Air Force Recruiting Command.

War on Christmas: I attack and defile America's most sacred holiday tradition!

This is a recipe you will only see here. I invented this on Tuesday night, made it Wednesday and saw it consumed in seconds on Thursday.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
(Makes a variable number - how big are your cookie cutters?)

1/2 pound of softened butter - accept no substitutes!
1-1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons of flavoring extracts in any combination you like - 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond is a good start
2 cups all purpose flour - NOT self-rising!
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
Granulated sugar
Decorating materials suitable for gingerbread cookies

Two hours before: Put the butter in a bowl at room temperature.

Cream butter to smooth, silky consistency. (This works best if you have a stand mixer.) Add confectioner's sugar 1/4 cup at a time, blending completely into the butter at every addition.

Mix the egg and extracts together. Set your mixer to its lowest speed and gently beat the egg mixture into it. When it's blended in well enough it SHOULD look like yellow frosting.

Mix the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together in a big bowl. Add to the buttercream base 1/2 cup at a time, blending in thoroughly after each addition. When all the dry ingredients are mixed in, STOP BEATING! Put it in the fridge for at least two hours. Overnight is better.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thick on a lightly floured board. Cut out cookies. Weed away the excess dough, then sprinkle the dough with powdered sugar. Put the raw cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to sit for a minute to firm up, then cool on a wire rack. Do NOT attempt to use the "bake till light brown on the edges" method of baking - this is at least as dark as gingerbread dough, so if you see it turn brown you're screwed.

Finally, make another batch right away. These went REAL fast when I fed them to my coworkers.
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