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22 Mar 13:13

Turkey splits up fight between roosters

by Rob Beschizza

Police department! Ha!

Dennis Coon was unable to stop two roosters kicking off in the yard, but Officer Gobbles was having none of it.

21 Mar 21:50

Apartment For Scale

by admin

This took me a second...

21 Mar 13:48

DHS bans laptops in the cabins of flights from 10 airports

by Cory Doctorow

THIS MAKES NO SENSE. Well, other than to shame brown people. Muslim ban by a thousand cuts indeed.

The DHS has advised some airlines that flights originating from some overseas airports will only be allowed to land in the USA if passengers are required to check any electronic device bigger than a phone (excepting medical devices) in the hold. (more…)

18 Mar 18:06

Salty Punishment

by admin

Salting the sidewalk...HA!!

17 Mar 13:47

Trump Holds Court at BLT Prime

by Warren Rojas

“The President ordered a well-done steak. An aged New York strip. He ate it with catsup as he always does.” So he is a white trash devil. Okay.

POTUS kicks back with family, friends and foreign dignitaries

Trump Wire

President Donald Trump has been in office for over a month now, yet he’s hardly been seen around town.

POTUS remedied that lack of visibility February 25 by making a very public appearance at BLT Prime, the posh steakhouse embedded within his eponymous hotel.

 [Peter Y./Yelp]
President Donald Trump on his way to dinner at BLT Prime.

Unlike the pool reporter Trump left stranded in a waiting van, intrepid reporter Benny Johnson of Independent Journal Review provided a first-hand account of Trump’s big night out — having learned of the anticipated trek down Pennsylvania Avenue NW from a tipster (yet another leak to plug, Mr. Spicer).

According to Johnson, Trump initially broke bread with British politician Nigel Farage, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his wife, Renda, who were also dining at the restaurant, albeit at a separate table, later joined Trump and his other guests.

Here are five takeaways from the presidential party:

  • Someone at the table is a fan of crustaceans. “Three jumbo shrimp cocktails were delivered before the meal.”
  • He may toss supporters red meat, but Trump only ingests fully fired proteins. “The President ordered a well-done steak. An aged New York strip. He ate it with catsup as he always does.”
  • Although he’s hosted the show (twice) and tweets about it obsessively, Trump evidently has no idea how “Saturday Night Live” actually works. “At one point, the President looked at his watch and remarked, ‘They are filming 'Saturday Night Live' right now. Can't wait to see what they are gonna do to me this week.’”
  • Stand down, ethics watchdogs: Trump paid for everything. “I am told by restaurant staff that Trump picked up their tab for dinner.”
  • Trump tips bigly. “Discretely, Trump can be seen handing cash to one of the latino busboys for his table. The president handed the young man a $100 bill.”
14 Mar 17:30

Watch Your Grammar

by admin


13 Mar 13:47

Ads to Promote Reading by the Milwaukee Public Library


I did teach a 7yr old this weekend that smelling books is a glorious activity. True story.

10 Mar 22:50

Fix It

by admin


09 Mar 22:24

In The Face

by admin

This is the book Snow. It is my favorite. It might just be ruined now.

04 Mar 10:56

The Trojan

by admin

01 Mar 02:46

Milo Yiannopoulos was taken down by a 16 year old Canadian woman

by Cory Doctorow

Woooooooah. This is cool.

"Julia" is a 16-year-old Canadian high school student who "leans right" on economics and foreign policy, and is generally disgusted with the conservative movement's pivot to reactionaries like Milo Yiannopoulos who trade in "anti-Muslim, anti-feminism, and general bigotry." (more…)

28 Feb 22:13

The Internet Imagines Barack Obama and Joe Biden as Best Buds and Their "Conversations" Are Hilarious


God I miss them so much. I like breaking up with a first love. Hurts so bad.

bros,list,Memes,barack obama,joe biden

Anyone who's seen their friendship bracelets knows that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are best friends. The internet took that a step further with imagined conversations that are at times adorable and always hilarious.

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27 Feb 19:08

Permanent Vacation

by admin

18 Feb 16:52

‘Trash Raccoon’ Rides Garbage Truck From Rosslyn to Falls Church

by Tim Regan

I should write a children's book about his adventure.

(Updated at 1:36 p.m.) A raccoon apparently took a wild ride through Arlington today.

Politico reporter Helena B. Evich first spotted an adventurous animal hitching a ride on the back of an American Disposal Services trash truck in Rosslyn a little after 11 a.m. this morning.

Naturally, she tweeted about it:

Evich also called American Disposal Services to report the creature she dubbed the “trash raccoon.” Eventually, that report made its way to Anna Wilkinson, the company’s communications director.

“As soon as we found out that the raccoon was on the truck, the driver pulled over because we didn’t want the raccoon to get injured,” Wilkinson said.

By the time the driver pulled over, the truck had traveled all the way from Rosslyn to Falls Church. Wilkinson said she then called the Falls Church Police Department’s animal control team, who came to retrieve the skittish stowaway and make sure it was out of harm’s way.

“He looked like he was hanging on pretty tightly,” Wilkinson said. “The picture is adorable.”

Wilkinson later confirmed the raccoon was removed safely and without harm.

This isn’t the first time a local raccoon has gotten into a strange situation. In fact, one found itself stuck in a drain at Wakefield High School earlier this week.

17 Feb 19:27

Ready Arlington: A Storm on the Horizon Called HERricane Arlington

by Sponsor

Don't know if this is something that would interest Thea, but if so she could stay with me for the week.

Ready Arlington banner

This biweekly column is sponsored by the Arlington Office of Emergency Management. The author of this post, Lauren Stienstra, is the Senior Manager for Research and Policy Development in the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management.

I took my first CPR class when I was 12. I was preparing to be a babysitter. I had taken classes, watched my neighbor’s kids, and was ready to finish my “résumé” and make some spending money. I loved it. In class, I liked learning how the body worked (and failed) and loved the idea that I could help save lives.

My stint in babysitting was brief — not because I was bored or particularly bad at it — but because it evolved into a summer job as a lifeguard, then a college job as an EMT, and eventually a career as an emergency manager here in Arlington. “Emergency Manager” was not my dream job as a 12-year-old, but the early exposure to the ideas and skills around emergencies started me down a path that would lead me to an incredibly fulfilling role and career in this community.

Website SliderThis was part of the motivation for launching a career development program that we’re calling “HERricane Arlington.” Not many women consider careers in public safety and we’re hoping to close some of those gaps. HERricane Arlington provides young women (ages 13-17) a chance to explore emergency management and allied fields through exciting activities and exercises. We’re trying to grow and support tomorrow’s public health nurses, meteorologists, and journalists to ensure that the future has a team that can handle hurricanes, derechos, and outbreaks.

So, if you know a girl who has ever wanted to learn how to use a fire extinguisher, wondered what to do after a tornado, or dreamed of being the journalist who reports the next big disaster, this could be the program they remember for the rest of their lives!

herricane-stats_924_904961afdd6caf019bbb24173061103f604c20c6Why HERricane Arlington?

  • Representation: Women are underrepresented in leadership positions in emergency management across the nation. They occupy 34% of staff-level positions and even fewer director-level ones.
  • Employment: Public safety jobs in Virginia grew 15% over the past decade and are expected to keep growing (13% by 2020!) making this a great career choice for many young women.
  • Empowerment: According to the United Nations Development Programme women are more likely to be victims of disaster, especially in regards to death, sexual violence, and loss of income. Equipping girls with disaster response skills will empower them to be able to help themselves and their communities after major incidents.

What is it, exactly?

HERricane Arlington is more than a weeklong camp, it’s a community. Graduates will be encouraged to continue to develop their skills through post-camp programming and mentoring throughout the following year.

Summer Camp: A jam-packed, week-long program exploring disaster response and leadership skills, including.

  • CPR
  • Storm spotting
  • Fire extinguisher training

The Aftermath: A series of monthly activities so graduates can continue to develop in the field of emergency management. Attend our activities, earn points, win prizes! Activities include:

  • Ropes course
  • Movie watch parties
  • 24 hours of community service alongside EM professionals

Mentorship and Early Career Support: Graduates of HERricane Arlington will be offered mentorship as well as internship and volunteer opportunities to launch them into meaningful careers.

Join the Storm!

For more information and to apply, go to:

HERricane Arlington SponsorsPartnerships

This program is supported by a number of partners, including the American Red Cross as well as Arlington Public Schools. We’re also fortunate to be funded by many community donors.

17 Feb 14:37

Baby Roller

by admin

This is better than Beyonce and that is saying A LOT.

14 Feb 20:45

J.K. Rowling and Piers Morgan Are Engaged In Spellbinding Twitter Duel, and Morgan's Son Made It Exponentially More Awkward


Two people you don't want to get into a twitter war with: Patton Oswalt and JK Rowling. Ever. You will lose. But seriously, the junior Morgan for the win!

Piers Morgan,twitter,Harry Potter,jk rowling,triggered

J.K. Rowling's back at it again with the barrage of well-articulated rage Tweets, and her latest victim is the Piers Morgan. Poor Piers is having a particularly bad case of the Mondays. Might be time for someone to up and drink his lunch to numb some of the pain. Oh, and a word of friendly advice to our recent Rowling-roasted dude of the hour, Piers Morgan: don't go to the Twitter killing floor against a world-acclaimed wordsmith who has a notorious reputation for methodically, publicly, destroying Twitter aggressors that failed to fly under her radar. The odds are ever not in your favor when you're Rowling In the Deep, man. At least Morgan's son, Spencer pulled through at the end with a silencing, entirely unexpected slice of comedic relief.

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14 Feb 06:21

80-year-old lady surprised when TSA finds sword inside her walking cane

by Rob Beschizza

Those are worth a frigging fortune.

The AP reports that an 80-year-old South Carolina woman had no idea her cane contained a sword until she attempted to board a plane and it was inspected by TSA staff.

News outlets report that Transportation Security Administration regional spokesman Mark Howell recounted the incident Thursday at Myrtle Beach International Airport as part of an effort to highlight examples of dangerous items recently carried by passengers departing the airport.

Howell told reporters secret swords are not actually that uncommon a discovery for TSA screeners since people sometimes buy the canes at thrift stores without realizing there's a sword inside.

13 Feb 21:11

US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone

by Mark Frauenfelder

What the fuck?

Sidd Bikkannavar, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), still doesn't know why he was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol and compelled under duress to give agent's the access PIN to his NASA-owned mobile phone.

From The Verge:

Seemingly, Bikkannavar’s reentry into the country should not have raised any flags. Not only is he a natural-born US citizen, but he’s also enrolled in Global Entry — a program through CBP that allows individuals who have undergone background checks to have expedited entry into the country. He hasn’t visited the countries listed in the immigration ban and he has worked at JPL — a major center at a US federal agency — for 10 years. There, he works on “wavefront sensing and control,” a type of optics technology that will be used on the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.


The officer also presented Bikkannavar with a document titled “Inspection of Electronic Devices” and explained that CBP had authority to search his phone. Bikkannavar did not want to hand over the device, because it was given to him by JPL and is technically NASA property. He even showed the officer the JPL barcode on the back of phone. Nonetheless, CBP asked for the phone and the access PIN. “I was cautiously telling him I wasn’t allowed to give it out, because I didn’t want to seem like I was not cooperating,” says Bikkannavar. “I told him I’m not really allowed to give the passcode; I have to protect access. But he insisted they had the authority to search it.”

See also: How to legally cross a US (or other) border without surrendering your data and passwords

Image: YouTube

10 Feb 23:38

Sweet & Sour Nickels

by admin

I like how one is hella more realistic than the other, or, do not mess around with Bri.

10 Feb 23:33

Man Gets 58 Years in Prison for Lyon Park Sexual Assault

by Tim Regan

1. This is why DNA databases are CRITICALLY important. They do exactly what they were created for--linking crimes, old and new.
2. Proves how MO changes to achieve "result" and escalation of crime.
3. In Virginia, they've "caught" perps already incarcerated by running current DNA profiles against older crimes DNA.

Justin Wingate Poe (photo courtesy ACPD)A Woodbridge man arrested for the sexual assault of a woman in Lyon Park was today sentenced to 58 years in prison for that and two other crimes.

Justin Wingate Poe, 35, was nabbed last May on suspicions that he broke into a home on the 700 block of N. Edgewood Street and sexually assaulted a sleeping woman.

The sexual assault was linked to two attempted abductions in Arlington that occurred in 2007. A renewed investigation into those cold cases was what led to Wingate Poe’s arrest, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

“Upon receiving the link between the 2007 and 2016 cases, Arlington County Police Department detectives began an intensive investigation including the review of cold case files, crime scene evidence and laboratory results,” ACPD said in a release. “The review resulted in additional information that led detectives to identify Justin Wingate Poe as a suspect. Wingate Poe was arrested and charged in June 2016.”

More from the ACPD press release:

Justin Wingate Poe, 35, of Woodbridge, VA was sentenced on Friday, February 10, 2017 in the Arlington County Circuit Court to fifty-eight years in prison for his role in multiple attacks in Arlington County. Judge DiMatteo imposed a sentence of fifty years for the charge of rape and twenty years, with all but fifteen years suspended, for the charge of burglary related to a 2016 sexual assault. These sentences will run concurrently. Additionally, Wingate Poe was charged with two counts of attempted abduction for incidents occurring in 2007. On each charge, Wingate Poe was sentenced to five years with one year suspended.

Theophani K. Stamos, Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney and M. Jay Farr, Arlington County’s Chief of Police made the announcement following the court appearance.

At approximately 4:56 a.m. on May 15, 2016 a female victim awoke in her residence in the 700 block of N. Edgewood Street to an unknown male sexually assaulting her. Following the attack, the male suspect fled the scene and the victim was able to contact 911. DNA evidence recovered from this assault was submitted to the state lab for analysis. The DNA results linked this case with an unsolved 2007 attempted abduction.

At approximately 2:27 a.m. on May 28, 2007 a female victim was walking in the 1100 block of N. Vernon Street when an unknown male suspect confronted her from behind and attempted to cover her face with a plastic bag. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the area on foot. An additional attack occurred on June 7, 2007 at approximately 1:20 a.m. when a female victim inside her residence in the 2600 block of Lee Highway heard a knock on her door. When she opened the door, an unknown male subject attempted to place a plastic bag over the victim’s head. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the scene on foot.

Upon receiving the link between the 2007 and 2016 cases, Arlington County Police Department detectives began an intensive investigation including the review of cold case files, crime scene evidence and laboratory results. The review resulted in additional information that led detectives to identify Justin Wingate Poe as a suspect. Wingate Poe was arrested and charged in June 2016.

Following today’s sentencing, Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani K. Stamos said, “Judge DiMatteo sent a powerful message today that our community will be protected from sexual predators. While nothing can restore the victims’ sense of safety and security, our community is safer today because of the significant sentences imposed by the court.”

Arlington County Deputy Chief Daniel J. Murray, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division said, “The residents of Arlington County are significantly safer now that a predator has been removed from our streets. These horrible offenses and attacks on our community will be relentlessly pursued by our detectives.”

10 Feb 15:36

FOX News Uses Massively Unfortunate Infographic to Illustrate Differences Between ISIS and Steve Bannon


The ole defense of a serial [killer|rapist|arsonist] argument: "But he has a mother, a job, friends!" Yeah, so do we all. So Fox is saying Bannon has managed to not do things we all have somehow managed not to do.

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06 Feb 22:32

They Go Hand In Hand

by admin

It's how we all cope.

05 Feb 05:36

Too Close For Comfort

by admin

Real terror.

03 Feb 18:57

Perfect Steve Bannon Description

by admin

03 Feb 12:09

Arnold Tells Trump, Let's Trade Jobs (VIDEO)

by TMZ Staff

DAMN ARNOLD! Hahaha, he is no dummy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger just fired back at Donald Trump, telling the president if he's so obsessed with ratings, why not just do a switcheroo and go back to what appears to be his true passion? Arnold just blasted Trump for blasting him at the…

03 Feb 01:02

Chair made out of gold-plated AK-47s

by Cory Doctorow

Odd on this being in the White House? Anyone?

Rainier Weber pays tribute to Rainier Weber with this chair, "upholstered in luxurious hand woven fabric from London and Venice" and matching lamp. The 22k-plate set is $127,000. (via Crazy Abalone) (more…)

02 Feb 19:28

Half In The Bag

by admin

Ha! I've wondered why we can't get reliable hand held/purse sized devices. I'd use it. Perhaps it's just to keep people 100% sober. Gonna google this again...

31 Jan 21:27

News Recently

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26 Jan 13:00

Drew Carey's Son Was That Mini-Bonfire Kid at Trump Protest (VIDEOS + PHOTO)

by TMZ Staff

I saw that video! That kid was awesome. Figures he knows how to be on camera.

Drew Carey's son is the mystery kid from the Trump protest who claimed he started a bonfire and yelled, "Screw our president" ... TMZ has learned. News footage of the boy went viral after the inauguration eve protest in Washington D.C. -- and we've…