Year: 2009

VOTE NOW: HOURS TO GO TO THE CLOSING OF THE ABA POLLS!

The final day is here in the galactic struggle for blog dominance. This afternoon, voting will end and, while the vote count has now been hidden by the ABA, we cannot give up our righteous battle.
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Bad Bet: Vultures Face Extinction in South Africa As Gamblers Smoke Their Brains

Vultures are disappearing in South Africa. This is not because of pollution or global warming or development. Vultures are disappearing because gamblers are literally smoking their brains. That’s right. Smoking their brains.

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Fighting For Pork: Obama Breaks Promise on Wasteful Spending in Defense Bill

In August, President Obama proclaimed that he would not tolerate pork in the defense budget by declaring “If a project doesn’t support our troops, we will not fund it.” He is being accused again of a substantial gap between his rhetoric and the reality of his politics. He just signed the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill with an estimated $4.2 billion in pork contained in 1,720 earmarks.
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California Man Kills Woman’s Dog and Then Runs Naked Through San Clemente

First the story. Bayron Reyes Lopez, 26, ran up to a woman, grabbed her mini shnauzer and beat it and choked it to death. He then ran naked to a tennis court and poured hot water on himself. Here what is fascinating. The story barely made the Los Angeles Times — just another random dog-killing, naked crazed man in the City of Angels.
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Separate But Unequal: Ahmadinejad Moves for Segregation of Sexes Throughout Iranian Society

As his security forces continue to beat and kill pro-democracy protesters in the streets, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stepped up a plan to strictly segregate the sexes throughout Iranian society in business and public buildings. It is part of his continued radical Muslim agenda with the hard-right religious leaders that support his regime.

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Honor Killing: Father and Brother in Germany Kill Woman After Learning That She Is Not a Virgin

We have yet another “honor killing.” In Germany, a Kurdish man, 50, was sentenced to ordering the murder of his own daughter after learning that the 20-year-old woman named Gulsum Semin was no longer a virgin. He reportedly preferred a dead daughter and convinced his son to murder his own sister.
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Bad Bunny: Former Playboy Model of the Year Convicted of Beating Fellow Hostess with Toilet and Then Has Meltdown in Courtroom

Louise Glover, a former Playboy Model of the Year, has added a novel category for assault: AWT (assault with a toilet). She has been convicted of assaulting DJ Maxine Hardcastle in a restroom of a club where they both work.

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Stimulus Backhand: Public Gets Served After City Spends Stimulus Money on New Tennis Courts

Critics have long maintained that much of the stimulus package in Congress was a thinly veiled opportunity for members to spend wildly on pet projects in their states without fear of debt ceilings or backlash. Montana appears almost eager to prove the critics right. Bozeman City, Montana spent a chunk of its stimulus money to install new tennis courts in a park. They did not even use local contractors but went out of state for the work.

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