Republicans confront own worst enemy on immigration

Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, party leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of GOP governance.

The moves announced Thursday night by Obama — which will protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation — have sparked an immediate and widening rebellion among tea party lawmakers that top ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 12:18pm to the Politics forum.

Kansas agencies not recognizing gay marriages yet

"All the happiness and everything from getting married, which every woman dreams about, pretty much got stomped. It was horrible," Merrie Rouse told 6NewsLawrence.

Rouse and her spouse, Alyssa Johnson, said they had no trouble getting an electronic copy of a new Social Security card, but had a much different experience when they went to the driver's license bureau.

"He threw my paperwork at me and said 'we don't accept that. We don't acknowledge that. You can't have that done here,'" Rouse ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:38am to the Politics forum.

Study: Many straight people back legal rights for gay couples but reject PDA

A new study led by a researcher at Indiana University suggests that heterosexuals are generally supportive of legal benefits for same-sex couples, but don't want to see those couples display affection in public.

The study, which appears in the December issue of the American Sociological Review, came out of a national survey of more than 1,000 straight, gay and lesbian people.

Respondents were given one of three scenarios involving either a straight, gay or lesbian couple. In each scenario, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:51am to the Science forum.

Terry Bean, Cofounder of HRC, Arrested on Charges of Sex Abuse of a Minor

The arrest comes after a five-month investigation that began with WW's reporting about allegations of secret video recordings of men having sex in Bean's bedroom. As WW reported in June, Bean went to the police soon after WW began asking questions, telling them that he was a victim of an extortion plot by a former lover, Kiah Lawson. WW's story revealed, among other things, that months before, Bean sought to keep the allegations about the video recordings quiet and tried to reach a $40,000 ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:49am to the Crime forum.

Of Course Scandal's Winter Finale Sends "Bitchbaby" Trending Worldwide

On the other hand, Rhimes' penchant for having characters dance out their inner turmoil (a cornerstone of Grey's Meredith & Christina friendship) looks a bit odd on Olivia Pope, who is far more at home calling the White House Chief of Staff a "bitchbaby" for not wanting to enter a sham marriage.
Submitted by nocash at 2014-11-21 9:40am to the Television forum.

Clerk opts out of issuing same-sex marriage license

As same-sex couples celebrate their new rights, some Yellowstone County employees are also asserting their rights.

A few clerks in Yellowstone County have decided not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs.

The county anticipated the ruling and the human resources department had told Clerk of District Court Kristie Boelter that employees can choose not to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons.

The County cited Title VII of the 1964 Civil ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:42am to the Politics forum.

Entire county board arrested following citizens arrest by 2 military veterans

Clark County, Illinois — Sometimes citizens can be so frustrated with county board members they wish someone could just place them under arrest. Well, that is exactly what citizens in Clark County, Illinois did .
Submitted by owl at 2014-11-21 12:41pm to the Crime forum.

House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Health Law

House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.

The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.

The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 12:17pm to the Politics forum.

Map: The wealthiest member of Congress in each state

Millionaires make up only a small percentage of Americans, but their ranks are much thicker on Capitol Hill, where 35 percent of Congress' members have a disclosed net worth of at least — at least! — $1 million. (Perhaps this is one reason Congress is more sensitive to the concerns of the affluent?)

But the range of congressional riches is vast.

The very richest are Rep. Darrell Issa of California (who started a company that made car alarms), Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas (whose wife is ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:40am to the The Economy forum.

Michael Sandy’s Killers Sentenced. November 21, 2008.

On October, 5, 2006, Michael Sandy, 29, was lured to a secluded beach in the New York area by three others who he met in an online chat room. When he arrived, he was pulled from his car and beaten. In trying to escape, he was chased onto a busy freeway where he was struck by an SUV. One of his attackers pulled him to the side of the road and went through his pockets before fleeing. Sandy was taken to the hospital, where he remained on life support for five days without regaining consciousness. ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:44am to the Crime forum.

Taco emoji accepted as a candidate for Unicode 8.0

The Unicode Consortium has accepted 37 new emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 8.0, scheduled for mid-2015. These are candidates—not yet finalized—so some may not appear in the release.

There are many possible emoji that could be added, but releases need to be restricted to a manageable number. Many other emoji characters, such as other food items and symbols of religious significance, are still being assessed, and could appear in a future release of the Unicode Standard. Feedback ...
Submitted by gauchomarx at 2014-11-21 12:24pm to the Food forum.

There’s a Creationist Vending Machine in a Massachusetts Mall

Reader Brian was visiting the Holyoke Mall in Massachusetts when he came across the strangest vending machine you’ll ever see…

It was selling books about Creationism written by Ken Ham.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 12:04pm to the Books forum.

Bocephus Army to commit White Genocide agrees Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

Claiming that immigrant rights groups are “calling for the return of the Spanish territory, which could be almost half of the United States,” the caller warned, “When one race or culture overwhelms another culture, they run them out or they kill them. And it’s a bigger issue than just being Democrats. And they know in numbers, once the numbers are so bad, they can pretty much do whatever they want to do.”
Submitted by phalsebob at 2014-11-21 11:11am to the Politics forum.

Kirk Cameron is begging fans to help boost his movie’s putrid rating on Rotten Tomatoes

irk Cameron is asking his fans to help boost the putrid reviews his new “Saving Christmas” movie has gotten on the website Rotten Tomatoes.

The conservative Christian and former child actor took to Facebook after professional and amateur critics savaged the movie, which opened last week.

“Send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see!” Cameron posted. “If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate Saving ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2014-11-21 11:37am to the Movies forum.

Are Some Professions Less Honest Than Others? Bank On It, Researchers Find

As banking scandals have mounted over the past decade, some critics have suggested that the industry simply harbors a dishonest culture. Now, three economists from the University of Zurich have tested the idea.

They found that bankers were about as honest as anyone else — until they were reminded that they were bankers.
Submitted by Forensic at 2014-11-21 10:47am to the Science forum.

This Kid Just Died [VIDEO]: Grief Porn Enters the Facebook Era

Last week, there is a good chance that Facebook served up to you a Buzzfeed post entitled "A Father Sings To His Dying Newborn Son After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth." Below the site's iconic yellow buttons—"LOL," "win," "omg," "cute"—sits, indeed, a video of a father singing to his dying newborn son after his wife died following childbirth. As the incubator hums and clicks, you can, if you want, watch a man in anguish sing for the end of his small family. In a tab next to Gmail, you ...
Submitted by nocash at 2014-11-21 10:28am to the Off Topic News forum.

McDonald's worker charged for spiking cop's burger with glass case wins $437K

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.
Submitted by Triggerbaby is a spooooooooky name at 2014-11-21 10:05am to the Crime forum.

What It’s Like to Date a Horse

Bestiality, the act of having sex with an animal, tends to conjure images of a mucky, socially inadequate, desperate farmer sneaking into the barn after dark, or depraved groups of thrill-seekers forcing sex with drugged, abused, or otherwise mistreated animals (like the case of Douglas Spink and the animal-sex-tourism farm in Washington State).
Submitted by nocash at 2014-11-21 7:11am to the Horseshit! forum.

There's More To Asking Than Just Art

Amanda Palmer's well-intentioned, slightly clueless new book, The Art of Asking, is a little bit diary, a little bit TED talk, and a little bit how-to guide. Palmer, Neil Gaiman's wife and one-half of the band the Dresden Dolls, had a well-publicized break from her record label and asked her fans to front the money for her next venture via Kickstarter. She asked for $100,000 — and received $1.2 million. From this successful experiment in asking for help, she has produced a hazy philosophy of ...
Submitted by nocash at 2014-11-21 7:11am to the Books forum.

Muzzled bear hired by Russian footballer for son's birthday party

A Russian footballer has been criticised for hiring a bear to perform at his son’s second birthday party earlier this week.
Submitted by raith at 2014-11-21 5:56am to the Sports forum.