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I don't usually post cat videos, but...

Cat Attacks Mailman Through Mail Slot LOL!

"You called for an exterminator?"

OMG actual conversation Ben Carson just had with an anchor on CNN:


Dennis Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least 4, sources say

Source: Chicago Tribune

For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach.

But now, a Tribune investigation has uncovered new details of the case — at least four people have made what law enforcement sources say are credible allegations of sexual abuse against Hastert.

The Tribune has determined the identities of three of them, all men, whose allegations stretch over a decade when they were teenagers and Hastert was their coach. One is dead. The Tribune has approached the other two — described in federal court records as Individuals A and D — and confirmed their roles in the case.

The man who received $1.7 million from Hastert and is at the center of the federal indictment — Individual A — declined to be interviewed by the Tribune. Behind the government's carefully worded court documents, reporters discovered a sometimes-pained narrative of his life since his days as a standout wrestler in the 1970s and how his interactions with Hastert might have affected him.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-dennis-hastert-investigation-met-20160406-story.html

Going to print this out and pin it to my shirt when I'm traveling abroad.


...when you bump into your ex with his new bae


Merle Haggard - It's Almost 'Criminal' What They Do To President Obama

Exclusive: Merle Haggard on His Kennedy Center Honor, Meeting Obama and Oprah and More
The singer, who received a lifetime achievement award, takes us behind the scenes of Tuesday's broadcast
BY PATRICK DOYLE December 28, 2010

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-merle-haggard-on-his-kennedy-center-honor-meeting-obama-and-oprah-and-more-20101228#ixzz459Nw1SJS
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Merle Haggard:
"It's really almost criminal what they do with our President. There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he's doing certain things that he's not. It's just a big old political game that I don't want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down. I'm sure some of it's true and some of it's not. I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be."


Ellen Absolutely DESTROYS Mississippi, Their Governor, And Ridiculous New Anti-Gay Law

Ellen said of the law:

“It’s the very definition of discrimination. It’s also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone, everyone.”

Then jokingly added:

“They’re Supreme. I mean, that’s the best you can get. Like the Nacho Supreme from Taco Bell.”

However, she took a very serious tone talking about her own experiences being discriminated against, but coming out on top in the end.

“If you’re in Mississippi or North Carolina or anywhere and you’re saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don’t lose hope. I was fired for being gay, and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now.”

The crowd then erupts into cheers, with Ellen perfectly adding:

“I could buy that governor’s mansion, flip it, and make a $7 million dollar profit.”

But really driving home the point that what we really, truly need in this world is “less hate and more love.”


Everyone wins! Well, not you.

We have entered another phase of journalists, raised in affluence and currently enjoying at least middle class incomes — who are thus, according to their own moral calculus, very economically privileged — telling Americans devastated by the collapse of the uneducated labor market that their poverty, marginalization, and hopelessness is Actually Good, because people in Bangladesh can now move from absolutely abject poverty to slightly-less-abject poverty. Provided the sweatshop where they work doesn’t collapse on them. And provided they are willing to endure a nightmare of nonexistent labor power, terrible health and safety standards, total impunity from their bosses, and for the women, an atmosphere of near-constant sexual threat and exploitation.

But suppose you’re a journo, writer, or academic who really does think that outsourcing is the only way to help the world’s poorest. Isn’t your own moral path then clear? Shouldn’t you be outsourcing your own job to people from the poorest parts of the earth? There are many talented and ambitious writers and scholars in China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria…. If you make, say, $80K a year as a pundit, isn’t your moral duty to work with your employee to outsource your work to a poorer country? Punditry, after all, is very easy to conduct via telecommunications, unlike being a waiter, an orchard worker, or a yoga instructor. And isn’t it very possible that you could get at least a large majority of the value of your work from a team of people in India at a fraction of the cost, while providing all of them with wages far higher than the median income of their home country? You could have your employer pay five Indian writers $10K/year to replicate what you provide for the company. The Indian writers would make better than six times the Indian median annual income. And your employer gets to pocket that extra $30K — which, after all, is why outsourcing actually exists, to improve the profits of our corporate overlords. Everyone wins! Well, not you. But this is precisely the bargain that you think America’s uneducated labor force should make. It is, in fact, a condition that you have loudly argued is morally necessary.

A different view of Trump's ceiling:

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