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White House Finalizes Proposal To Expand Background Checks On Gun Sales


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review "in short order." She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks.

Jarrett spoke Wednesday night at a vigil for the victims of the Newtown shooting, according to a summary provided by the White House.

After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Obama said his team was looking for ways to tighten gun laws without a vote in Congress. White House officials have said they're exploring closing the so-called "gun show loophole" that allows people to buy weapons at gun shows and online without a background check.
Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 03:22 PM (2 replies)

Climate Deniers Hold Event In Paris, Quietly Flops

A climate change denial event in Paris, organized jointly by two U.S groups, the coal-funded Heartland Institute and The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), held to coincide with the UN climate COP21 talks, quietly flopped Monday when hardly anyone turned up to listen to what actual experts consider to be Heartland's counter-factual nonsense.

Billed as the "Day of Examining the Data," the event was held at the Hotel California, across town from where the actual UN negotiations are taking place, Paris. Only about 30 people were in attendance, which is all the more embarrassing since the agenda featured roughly half this number as speakers. The turnout was only slightly better on the live stream, with only about another 100 people watching online.

Despite the abundance of available seating space, two reporters from DeSmog UK were ordered to leave the event which had been described as being "open to the public."


Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Mon Dec 7, 2015, 04:58 PM (2 replies)

The 'Concussion' Scientist Has A Radical Proposition For Football

Treat it like we treat alcohol, voting, cigarettes and sex.


In an op-ed for The New York Times published Monday, a forensic pathologist by the name of Bennet Omalu argued for a unique approach to football’s concussion crisis: Require children to reach the legal age of consent before they can play the sport.
“We have a legal age for drinking alcohol; for joining the military; for voting; for smoking; for driving; and for consenting to have sex,” he wrote. “We must have the same when it comes to protecting the organ that defines who we are as human beings.”

You might not know Omalu’s name off the bat, but if you’ve turned on the TV in the last month, you likely know some version of his story. Omalu is the basis of Will Smith’s character in the upcoming film “Concussion,” which depicts Omalu's fight to prove that NFL players develop the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a direct result of football -- a link the league famously tried to discredit.

Because CTE can only be detected in the dead, it is difficult to say exactly how dangerous it is to play football at a young age compared to later in life. But there are a growing number of signs that it may be not worth the risk. Two studies this year have provided evidence that NFL players who played tackle football before age 12 had an increased risk of cognitive issues later in life, compared to peers who started later. A study recently published by the Mayo Clinic found evidence of CTE in amateur athletes across a variety of sports, football included.
Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Mon Dec 7, 2015, 04:48 PM (30 replies)

Ancient Etruscan Tomb Found 'Undisturbed' In Italy


An intact 2,300-year-old Etruscan tomb recently discovered in Italy may help shed light on an ancient civilization that flourished centuries before the rise of the Roman Empire. The tomb, found in a field near Città della Pieve, about 30 miles southwest of Perugia, had been partially buried in a landslide, according to local news outlet Perugia Today. Inside, archaeologists have found a number of artifacts including urns and a marble head, as well as two sarcophagi.

A worker had been plowing the field above the tomb in October when the machine jammed, leading to the spectacular find, according to Italian news outlet Umbria24, which says the tomb is at the end of a corridor 40 feet deep.

"It was a totally unexpected discovery," Clarita Natalini of the archaeological superintendency of Umbria told Discovery News. "The area is away from the sites visited by tomb robbers and indeed the burial is undisturbed." She said one of the sarcophagi has the name "Laris" on it.
Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Mon Dec 7, 2015, 04:38 PM (3 replies)

Loser Diaper Dave Vitter will not seek reelection

Just announced on New Orleans news station WDSU. After losing LA Governor's race to Democrat John Bel Edwards, Vitter has announced he will not seek reelection to the Senate.
Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Sun Nov 22, 2015, 07:45 AM (5 replies)

Phuc Dat Bich Wants Facebook To Know That, Yes, It's His Real Name


"Phuc Dat Bich" is not a 12-year-old's poorly spelled insult.

He's a 23-year-old Vietnamese-Australian who asserts he had his Facebook profile shut down multiple times over accusations he was using a fake name.

To prove his namesake to the world, he shared an image of his passport online.

Originally posted in January, the photo surged in popularity online this week, with more than 128,000 likes and 68,000 shares on Facebook as of Friday.
Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Fri Nov 20, 2015, 04:39 PM (13 replies)

Here is how Syrian refugees get resettled in Louisiana


While last week's terrorist attacks in Paris have abruptly focused a spotlight on resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, hundreds of refugees come to Louisiana every year. They often leave behind violence and persecution in their native countries to form new lives here.

In Louisiana, refugees are resettled by Catholic Charities in three cities: New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The agency's New Orleans area office, located in Metairie, would not comment Monday on Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order to prevent Syrian refugees from coming to Louisiana. But in interviews in September and October, officials with Catholic Charities in New Orleans and Baton Rouge described how the program works:

About 150 people moved to the New Orleans area as refugees or through other resettlement programs during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. About 200 others moved to Baton Rouge. Some are formally classified as refugees, while others fall under different programs. For example, one program provides special immigrant visas for Iraq or Afghanistan residents who helped the U.S. military.

This year, both New Orleans and Baton Rouge expected their programs to grow somewhat in light of the civil war in Syria and the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe. The State Department said Sunday that 14 Syrian refugees have settled in Louisiana this year. As of October, the New Orleans office of Catholic Charities expected the number of people served by its program to grow by about 25 people this fiscal year, many of them likely Syrians.

More at link . . .
Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 04:58 PM (1 replies)

Need help naming a BLIND FERAL KITTEN I adopted

The kitten was born with a condition called Microphthalmia, which apparently is Latin for ‘small eyes’. She has abnormally small eye sockets and is completely blind. A friend of mine feeds the feral cats in her neighborhood. The little blind kitten, along with her sister and Mother, showed up a few months ago. Blind kitty was starting to run around on her own and getting dangerously close to the road. So my friend trapped the blind one, followed by the mother and sister about a week later. My friend was looking for a permanent home for at least the blind kitten, but I thought it would be best if she had her sister with her. All three (mother, who is about a year old, and the two female kittens, now about 3 months old) are living in my house, along with my cranky old man cat. I’ve had the 3 girls for about a month and the kittens have adjusted well to domesticated life; the mother, not so much.

Anyone have a good idea for names for the kittens? My family has suggested ‘Keller’ for the blind one (Helen is too conservative for such a cute kitten). My daughter wants to name the blind one ‘Stevie’, as in Wonder. I need names for both kittens actually. The mother will probably be returned to my friend’s neighborhood after the winter has passed. Several of her siblings are still there and my friend feeds them daily. I don’t think the mother will ever adjust to living inside.


Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 01:22 PM (39 replies)

When her time comes, my lovely mother wants me to write a 'funny' obit for her

She is in her 80's and in very good health, but she recently told me to start preparing a humorous obit for her, for when her time comes, hopefully in a couple of decades.

But here's the thing: She is very sweet, kind, considerate and loving, and she has a good sense of humor. But she doesn't really have any characteristics that one could make fun of, even in jest. We laugh together all the time, but how can one make jokes about someone who is so kind and thoughtful?

I suppose I could write some jokes about other family members and their follies, and believe me, there are many, but I can't think of a single, solitary, funny thing to write about my mom. She is just one of those lovely people who never has a mean thing to say about another being. And let's face it, most jokes are about the follies of humans. What to do?

My inclination is, when she passes, to host a block party with lots of good southern food and alcohol, and let everyone tell their own stories about my mom. I have no doubt that they will all be fond memories of a kind, wonderful woman.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks! - Fleur

Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 10:31 PM (15 replies)

I'm watching 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief' . . .

on HBO. I was aware of the basic premise of Scientology, some of the history, and the controversy surrounding it, before watching this flick, but WTF?!?

The lengths to which these nutjobs will go to stop any negative publicity is astounding!

Thank DOG I am an atheist!!!

Posted by fleur-de-lisa | Sat Apr 11, 2015, 04:51 PM (24 replies)
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