Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Latest: Turkey raises death toll in club attack to 39

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub. (all times local):7:55 a.m.Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has…

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Don Lemon’s Drunken Near Striptease Ear Piercing CNN Segment Makes Sense as an End to 2016 [VIDEO]

I really don’t know what else to say. The only better end to 2016 would be a complete disaster of a performance that seems neverending by someone like, I don’t know, Mariah Carey. But what are the odds of that, right? Dude. Put down the tequila. THIS … is CNN.

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Welcome Back To The Legislative Badass Of The Year Podium, Elijah Cummings!

Here’s a man who knows good Oversight is no oversight.

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Westbrook leads Thunder past Clippers 114-88

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City bounced back nicely from an ugly loss at Memphis.Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and…

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Final open thread of 2016: It was a very tough year. But here are a dozen good things that happened

It’s mighty tempting to say good riddance, 2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out of here. But the past 366 days weren’t a total loss. Some great things happened and we shouldn’t forget them. Here are a dozen.

• 4.4 million minimum wage-earning Americans are or soon will be making more money in 20 states and the District of Columbia. There will be a phased-in raise to $15 by 2019 in New York City, with the rest of the state on a path to that level in the future. The state’s fast-food wage board set the minimum for workers in that industry at $12 an hour for 2017. Washington state raised its minimum as of January 1 by $1.53 to $11 an hour. On the same day in Arizona, the minimum goes up by $1.95 to $10 an hour. California is raising its minimum by 50 cents in 2017 and again in 2018, and then a dollar a year through 2022 to reach $15 an hour, a rate some California cities have already set. Here are the states (plus D.C.) that are raising their minimum in 2017: D.C., Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawai’i, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York,  Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington.

 • In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of reproductive rights in the case of Whole Women’s Health v. HellerstedtA Texas law required doctors at clinics providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles and that the clinics have facilities equal to a mini-hospital.  Writing for the Court majority, Justice Stephen Breyer said that “both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.”

• Thanks to activist efforts, the Treasury will be replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. 

• For the first time in a century, the number of tigers in the wild increased. The count is now 3,820 compared with 3,200 in 2010. Nations pledged that year to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022.

• Sri Lanka’s bold 2009 plan to wipe out malaria worked. The country is now malaria free. At the end of the nation’s devastating civil war, it was decided to try something no other country had ever done—track down every malaria case and treat the people who had it, test members of their families, and wreak havoc on the mosquitoes that carry the killer disease.

• U.S unemployment fell to 4.6 percent, the lowest level in nine years. Some of the acute problems of the Great Recession and most of the chronic problems of the economy are still with us. But seven years ago, the unemployment rate was 10 percent.

• The Cubs won the World Series.

• After 50 years of civil war, the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas signed a peace agreement.

• The Paris climate agreement came into force. It took 25 years to get a solid agreement, but in October, 55 countries representing 58.85 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions ratified the Paris pact with the goal of cutting those emissions quick enough and deep enough to keep the world’s average temperature from rising more than 3.6° Fahrenheit by the turn of the century. 55 nations generating at least 55 percent of emissions was what was needed to bring the agreement into effect. Hard work with many obstacles lie ahead, but Paris was a major hurdle overcome.

• Researchers developed a vaccine against ebola that is 100 percent effective.

• 300 West African communities pledged to end female genital mutilation. The communities are in the four countries that have the highest levels of the practice: Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania. 

• U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian won a record nine Olympic medals among them.

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— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) December 31, 2016

 BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2005Know Your Creationists: Kent Hovind:

Kent Hovind is an old fashioned fire and brimstone operator who tours the nation tirelessly giving Young Earth Creationism pep talks and offering to debate scientists who support evolution, in a manner disturbingly similar to traveling evangelical revival-n-heal’n schemes. His distortions of science and his underhanded tactics are legendary, even among his fellow Young Earthers.

Ken Ham of the Young Earth Creationist organization Answers in Genesis (AiG) has published a point-by-point critique of Hovind, where Ham goes on to conclude that fellow creationists should avoid using Hovind’s arguments as they’re riddled with errors and/or dishonesty. Allow me to put that into proper context: AiG is building a museum which depicts men and women living side by side in harmony with dinosaurs “Flintstones style” 6000 years ago, and has built several large dioramas of the Ark at considerable cost as part of their research into how Noah got all them critters on one boat … So if Ken Ham is advising people that Hovind’s claims are of dubious scientific value, can you imagine how far beyond the pale Hovind must be?

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Congratulations, Mitch McConnell, You’re Wonkette’s Legislative Sh*tmuffin For 2016!

The award nobody wants goes to a man nobody likes.

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Linda’s soul food cornbread dressing with a touch of Panamá

I like cooking when I get a chance to do so. I started making videos of some of the dishes we make in my country of origin, Panamá. I kinda cajoled my wife into doing one.

I woke up Thanksgiving morning to a smell in the house to die for. My wife was making her bi-yearly cornbread dressing. She makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve been trying to get her to do some cooking on camera for some time. She always had an excuse. “The kitchen is too messy now.” “I don’t have any makeup on.” “I don’t have the right clothes on.”

Anyone who’s seen my cooking videos knows I don’t particularly concern myself with the aesthetics. I am an engineer. Functionality, applicability, and taste is the only thing that matters. Right? Anyway, I ran to my office, got the HD camera and started recording. She finally gave in, no makeup, no tidy kitchen, no designer clothes. I finally won one. BTW, I generally never win anything.

Linda does not cook cornbread dressing with recipes at all. The picture at the beginning of the video contains all the seasoning she threw in the pot when she boiled the livers and gizzards. She also baked the turkey wings with them along with fresh onions, cilantro, garlic, parsley, and celery.

If you need any specifics, drop us a line. I am sure Linda will be happy to respond.

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