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Friday, September 05, 2014

A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT, the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet in size. CBC reports on the close flyby. "Stargazers will need telescopes to see Sunday's flyby. Or they can watch the asteroid approach streamed live online by Slooh, an online observatory that broadcasts telescope feeds of celestial events on the internet." read more

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at age 81, her daughter announced. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends." Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest Aug. 28 during surgery. She had been performing stand-up comedy since the 1960s, first appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965, later becoming his permanent guest host. "When I started out, a pretty girl did not go into comedy. If you saw a pretty girl walk into a nightclub, she was automatically a singer. Comedy was all white, older men," Rivers wrote in 2012. "I didn't even want to be a comedian. Nobody wanted to be a comedian!" read more

Friday, August 29, 2014

John Walker, a former U.S. Navy officer convicted of spying decades ago for the Soviet Union, has died in federal prison, according to the U.S. government. Walker, 77, passed away Thursday at a federal correctional facility in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. The agency's website indicated Walker was scheduled to be released on parole within the year.

Monday, August 18, 2014

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- A prominent member of an Ohio church recently picketed by strippers is now calling for a ban on all public nudity in the state.

Sunday, dancers from an Ohio gentlemen's club protested at a church in Warsaw. Reportedly, this was because the church members had been protesting them for years.

Dr. Patrick Johnston is a member of that Warsaw church. After the protest by the dancers, Johnston posted this message on his Facebook page: "I am sick that women can legally bare their breasts to children and to married men against their will in Ohio." read more

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Republican state senator in Colorado justified the practice of hydraulic fracturing -- commonly known as "fracking" -- by saying that the presence of burnable amounts of methane gas in drinking water is a perfectly natural phenomenon. "They talk about methane in the water and this, that, and the other," state Sen. Randy Baumgardner said, "but if you go back in history and look at how the Indians traveled, they traveled to the 'burning waters.' And that was methane in the waters and that was for warmth in the wintertime."


Here's a link from yesterday:


that tells of her being moved out of the ICU.

No additional word on her passing that was announced just a few minutes ago.

"#17 | POSTED BY ABH AT 2014-08-20 11:58 AM:
Rcade, do you seriously think instigating a violent confrontation with the police officer trying to arrest you provides any form of "incentive to reform" on the party of the officer? If your do, you are seriously mistaken."

No one is saying to not state your case when stopped by an officer. Vociferously, if necessary. Just be polite about it so you don't aggravate the situation. Once the handcuffs come out, the discussion is over and yoy have two choices: get your butt kicked good and hard and go to jail anyway, or go to jail in one piece and sort it out later."

Let see a show of hands of all those who think a vociferously stated case (politely, of course) would NOT have aggravated this particular police officer. No doubt it would have initiated a thoughtful discussion regarding the merits of the police officer's actions and it would not involve batons, tasers, guns, etc. [SERIOUSLY???]

Meanwhile, no one was saying it was a good idea to instigate a violent confrontation. What IS being pointed out that this particular police officer has crossed the line between wanting to protect the public and wanting to intimidate the public. We all get that it's a lousy, dangerous job which can (and likely does) change some (most?) that elect to do this job. The point is: if this is a police officer's attitude, he is unfit for duty. Period.

"I am teaching my children to avoid getting their butt kicked good and hard and stool ending up in jail. Everyone would be wise to do the same."

If your point is that it's not a good idea to instigate violence in a woefully uneven matchup with armed individuals, that probably goes without saying. What parent would counsel their children to be reckless or stupid? I confess (as a parent), I advise my child to not be reckless or stupid. So what? I also teach them to be good citizens. That includes having the courage of their convictions, even when it's "unpopular" or dangerous. Yes, that does put them at some risk sometimes. However, if we really are to be good citizens of the USA ("land of the free; home of the brave", remember?), it is imperative to maintain in ourselves that belief and to instill it in our children.

'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'
- Edmund Burke

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