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Monday, November 24, 2014

The opening skit featured SNL cast member Kenan Thompson playing an immigration bill that is repeatedly pushed down the capitol steps by President Obama after educating a young man on the constitutional process of turning a bill into law.

Cast member Bobby Moynihan appeared dressed as an executive order smoking a cigarette.

"I'm an executive order and I pretty much just happen," Moynihan said.

"Wait a second, don't you have to go through congress first at some point?" the young man asked.

"Awe, that's adorable, you still think that's how government works," Moynihan replied.

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A Lane County grand jury indicted both terry beans and his xboyfriend on two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.

And the story doesn't get less gross after that.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AlterNet has learned that an amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was kept out of the final bill by the Republican-led House Rules Committee. Introduced by Democratic Representative John Conyers, the amendment was intended to help tamp down on violent confrontations between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists.

If passed, Conyers' amendment would have explicitly barred those found to have offered "praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators, including through the use of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, or other similar symbols" from receiving any form of support from the US Department of Defense.

"Fr decades, humans have built rovers to visit places we can't easily reach, including the moon and Mars. Now scientists have built a rover to explore another challenging target: colonies of adorable penguins.

A team led by scientists from the University of Strasbourg in France has built a rover that looks like a fluffy penguin chick, allowing it to sneak around Antarctic colonies and get close to individual birds without ruffling too many feathers along the way." Read more

"In Northeast Los Angeles, 1,000 people huddled in the evening chill last Thanksgiving as they waited outside a Target store for the chance to snap up Black Friday deals.

Across town at the Grove, the mostly upscale stores such as Barneys and Nordstrom were closed that night. Holiday shoppers didn't start massing until well into the next morning.

This year's annual ritual of conspicuous consumption promises an even greater contrast.

Discounters and mid-priced chains, eager to gain an edge on competitors for limited gift budgets, have again moved their opening times earlier into Turkey Day, with Kmart leading the pack by launching specials at 6 a.m. Higher-end retailers, however, are keeping their doors firmly shut until Friday." Read more

It's Cops 101.

The principal of East Side Community HS invited the New York Civil Liberties Union to give a two-day training session last week on interacting with police.

The 450 kids were coached on staying calm during NYPD encounters and given a "What To Do If You're Stopped By The Police" pamphlet.

Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown said Sunday that the secret grand jury process deciding the fate of police officer Darren Wilson is unfair. Read more

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday refused to accept that the new House Benghazi report cleared the Obama administration of any wrongdoing in its response to the Benghazi attack.

"I think the report is full of crap," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The senator insisted that members of the administration altered the Benghazi talking points after the attack.

"I'm saying that anybody who has followed Benghazi at all knows that the CIA deputy director did not come forward to tell Congress what role he played in changing the talking points," he said. "And the only way we knew he was involved is when he told a representative at the White House, I'm going to do a hard review of this, a hard rewrite."

CNN host Gloria Borger then told Graham that the House report concludes that the administration received bad information at first and did not lie.

"That's a bunch of garbage," Graham shot back. "That's a complete bunch of garbage."

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

I must say the men in the video are attractive to look at and I enjoyed the video to that extent. But, let's talk about this video more in depth and what is going on and the dynamics of the characters.

This is certainly a piece of politically correct propaganda trying to make a point. So what point is it trying to make? You can come on to your buddy and he won't punch your lights out? Read more

(CNN) -- Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry is dead, a Washington hospital spokeswoman said early Sunday. He was 78.

Barry was elected four times as the city's chief executive and was a council member in the District of Columbia for 15 years. The one-time leader of the city's old Board of Education, Barry was, at one time, revered nationally as a symbol of African-American political leadership and beloved for his prowess at local politics. But his professional accomplishments were often overshadowed by bad behavior in his personal life that made for startling headlines. Read more

Two millennia after sword-wielding gladiators fought to the death on the blood-soaked sands of the Colosseum, Italy's culture minister has given the green light to cultural events once again being held within the arena.

Dario Franceschini has thrown his weight behind a proposal to rebuild the wooden floor that once covered the arena and provided the setting for wild animal hunts and gladiatorial combat.

Currently only a small portion of the arena is covered by wooden boards, with the rest exposed to the elements – visitors are able to peer into the labyrinth of narrow tunnels and cramped stone cells that once housed caged animals and gladiators before they emerged into the arena via a network of lifts operated by slaves.

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His nearest rival in the championship, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, fell out of contention after failing to recover from a bad start in the final grand prix of the season.

With three laps to go, Hamilton was almost a lap clear of his German rival.

After taking the chequered flag, Hamilton shouted: "Woooooaaahh world champion, oh my God, can't believe it, thanks everyone".

He was soon congratulated by girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, along with his father Anthony, step-mum Linda and brother Nicolas.

Also watching the race was Prince Harry, who was heard congratulating the driver on team radio: "You are an absolute legend. Well done mate."

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President Barack Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year. Obama's order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Obama's move on immigration may reflect some worrisome trends in the expansion of executive power.

The former head of the local Republican Party in Hampton, Virginia was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly searching a local couple under the pretense of being a police officer, the Newport News Daily Press reported.

Authorities charged 27-year-old Kyle P. Adams with two counts apiece of abduction, impersonating a police officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the incident on Tuesday night. He allegedly "detained" a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman in Norfolk before leaving the scene in a black SUV. No one was injured, but Adams reportedly had a firearm at the time of his illegal search.

WTKR-TV reported that Adams, a former aide to Hampton City Council member Chris Stuart now working as a lobbyist, has posted pictures of himself online with Republican figures like 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

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