Monthly Archives: May 2016

Boom! Judge Napolitano schools Juan Williams on Constitution [video]

http://twitter.com/#!/emgtay/status/403310949932601344

During a discussion on Bret Baier’s Fox News program, Juan Williams claimed Judge Andrew Napolitano has “abandoned conservatism” after Napolitano spoke out on the necessity to adhere strictly to what the Constitution says (or doesn’t say) when it comes to the federal government’s involvement in health care and entitlements.

Here’s a clip followed by a partial transcript:

Partial transcript:

Williams: Did you hear what Bret Baier said about the politics. You think you could do away with Social Security and Medicare in this country?

Napolitano: I don’t think it could be done with the stroke of a pen and I don’t think there’s a consensus for it, but in my world, where government lives within the confines of the Constitution, people are responsible for themselves. It’s not the Beltway world where you live. People don’t look to the federal government to take care of them.

Williams: I think the voters would go crazy. The two of you [Napolitano and Tucker Carlson] have abandoned the whole notion of conservatism tonight.

Napolitano: You have abandoned the notion that the Constitution means what it says.
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An appreciation for Napolitano’s defense of constitutional principles ensued:

http://twitter.com/#!/gmail_gus/status/403311617208643584
http://twitter.com/#!/Flower_Power_Us/status/403311085081481216

Amen, Judge.

A Man Was Out In The Wild, Enjoying Nature When All Of A Sudden… OMG. This Showed Up.

Are you a nature lover? Me too. I love to go into the wild and watch the animals in their native environment. Although by animals I don’t mean anything that could eat me. 😉 So when Alaskan bear enthusiast Drew Hamilton recently set up camp near the McNeil River to watch the area’s numerous brown bears fish, you can imagine the shock he got when a certain visitor came a little too close for comfort. Here’s a hint. He could eat you!

Watch the full video below:

How scary is that?! One minute you think you’re being careful, staying out of the fray, and observing from a distance. And then… suddenly… OMG. Awesome. Source: Twenty Words via YouTube

This Video From 2013 Might Just Be Conclusive Evidence Of The So-Called Skunk Ape

In the world of cryptozoology, there is perhaps no bigger mystery than the one surrounding the Skunk Ape.

The Skunk Ape is Florida’s answer to Bigfoot. Those who have seen it say that the creature is a humanoid ape with a strong, repulsive smell akin to, as one witness pointed out, “a dog that hasn’t been bathed in a year and suddenly gets rained on.”

Sightings of the Skunk Ape were first reported during the 1970s and have persisted with some regularity. The only problem is that people rarely document these encounters. That’s why this video is so interesting. In it, you can see a group of drivers pulled over to watch something large chase a smaller creature across a field.

Could this be footage of the real Skunk Ape?

(via Unexplained Mysteries)

I think the idea of such a beast on its own is scary enough without the horrible smell. Even though I live for all things creepy, I don’t think I’d want to come within a mile of this elusive monster.

This Baby Owl And Pretty Cat Have The Cutest Odd Couple Friendship Ever.

Brazillian biologist André Costa sometimes brings his work home with him (when you see what that work is, you’ll understand why). The animal lover brought together two animals who we usually assume to be natural enemies and instead discovered an unlikely friendship.

Cleo and Forbi, a cat and owl, are nothing like their Sylvester and Tweety Bird predecessors. 

It’s been love at first sight since the two first met years ago…

And is still going strong today.

Costa explained on his Facebook that he hopes their friendship inspires others to be kind to animals.

Who wouldn’t be inspired by this much adorable??

Check out all the cuteness in this clip:

(H/T: 22 Words.)

They may seem like an odd couple to us, but that just goes to prove how love is so much more than skin deep.

These 9 Abandoned Places Have Been Reclaimed By Nature. It’s Beautiful And Scary.

It’s crazy to think that nature can, given time, almost take over and start to erase traces of civilization. But that’s exactly what happened in these nine places across the globe. These specific examples of nature in action are beautiful in a strange way. It’s s like looking into a possible future without humans. Kind of freaky to think about. 1.) Abandoned Shopping Mall, Bangkok Thailand

The New World Shopping Mall has been abandoned since 1999. It shut its doors after being condemned by local regulators. A few years later a massive fire destroyed the structure’s roof. Not long after that monsoon rains flooded the lower floors. As a way to combat the spread of mosquitos and other insects breeding in the stagnant water, locals introduced koi and catfish to the former mall. Not only did the fish take care of the pest problem, they’ve thrived. It is now one of the world’s largest urban ponds. 2.) Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Formerly the most populated island the Chesapeake Bay, Holland Island is now abandoned and rapidly eroding away. Before that though, the island was home to about 360 residents. Suddenly in 1914 the wind and tide began to erode the western side of the island. Most of the population lived on that side, and were forced to leave. Pictured above is the last remaining house from Holland Island. It collapsed in 2010. 3.) Abandoned homes in rural Finland.

After the property owner died in a fire, these cottages were left abandoned. Not one to wait on ceremony, nature rapidly began reclaiming the land. 4.) Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine

In the years since the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant, the surrounding area has been completely abandoned by humans. A 1,000 mile zone around the plant is closed to human activity for the next 20,000 years because of the residual radiation from the meltdown. With a lack of human activity the surrounding forests of Chernobyl have turned begun to consume the abandoned city. It’s sort of like a nuclear wildlife sanctuary. Check out these before and after pictures of the area.

The area as seen in the 1990’s.

Aerial photograph from 2013. See how the forest is closing in on the city?

5.) Old poison gas factory in Japan.

During World War II the island of Okunoshima housed a major poison gas manufacturing plants. After the war, the plant was destroyed and abandoned. The rabbits held there for testing were released into the wild around the plant. As you can tell from these photos, they have thrived. Check out this cute video from one tourist’s visit to the island.

6.) Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop was once a prosperous diamond mining community. After the mines were exhausted, the village was abandoned in 1954. Now the desert is taking over and returning the former village to nature. 7.) Aral Desert, Khazakstan/Uzbekistan

Why are these boats in the desert? Well because this all didn’t used to be a desert. The fourth largest body of water in the world used to be here. However because of overfishing and irrigation, the sea was reduced to 10 percent of its former volume. What’s left are three small lakes with lots of desert in between them. And camels. Lots of camels. 8.) Fukushima, Japan

When thousands were forced to flee following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, most of them left their pets behind. An estimated 10,000 of them. There is a foundation in Japan that brings food to the city for the abandoned animals. 9.) Año Nuevo Island, California

Off the coast of Northern California is this little nine acre island. It’s been abandoned since the early 19th century, which probably has to do with the island being a major breeding ground for sea lions and sea birds. Nature at its finest. Of course these aren’t the only places where nature is reclaiming abandoned areas. Here are a few more beatiful examples:

Amusement park in Berlin.

Bennett College, abandoned in 1978.

House being reclaimed by the surrounding forest.

Goodbye railroad tracks. Nature is back in town.

Road in rural Pennsylvania being taken over by nature.

When nature calls, right?

North Border Island in New York City.

Another shot of nature reclaiming North Border Island.

(H/T Distractify) Nature. You are amazing. (And scary.) Spread the awe and fear by clicking below to share this post.

CDC director denies then admits Ebola can be spread by casual contact

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Watching CDC director on @cnn discuss U.S. ebola case. Doesn't inspire confidence. Kudos @drsanjaygupta for great probing interview.

— Shannon Belew (@ShannonBelew) October 1, 2014

How bad was CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden’s appearance on CNN this morning?

This bad:

Partial transcript:

Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director [standing right next to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta]: Well actually, Sanjay and I, if one of us had Ebola, the other would not be a contact right now. Because we’re not in contact. Just talking to someone is not a way to get infected. It’s not like the flu, not like the common cold. It requires direct physical contact.

CNN host Michaela Pereira: But if he sneezes on you, it’s a different story.

Sanjay Gupta: I think there’s a utility here because we’re having this conversation but I am within 3 feet of you. Wouldn’t I be considered a higher risk? My understanding reading your guidelines, sir, is that within 3 feet or direct contact — if I were to shake your hand, for example — would both qualify as being contact.

Frieden: We look at each situation individually and we assess it based on how sick the individual is and what the nature of the contact is. And certainly if you’re within 3 feet, that’s a situation we’d want to be concerned about. But in this case, where we haven’t hugged — we haven’t shaken hands — we have not had any contact that would allow either of our body fluids to be in contact with the other person.

Gupta: So, to Michaela’s point, the reason we talk about coughing and sneezing not being a concern — if you were to have coughed on me — you’re saying that would not be of concern?

Frieden: We would look at that situation very closely…

So Ebola is far less contagious than the flu or the cold and there is no reason to worry unless you are in “direct physical contact” with someone who has it. On the other hand, “if you’re within 3 feet” of someone who has it, “that’s a situation we’d want to be concerned about.”

As Gupta noted, CDC itself states that being within approximately 3 feet of an Ebola patient or shaking his or her hand entails “some risk.”

Feel better now?

Related:

Lethal experimental infections of rhesus monkeys by aerosolized Ebola virus.

They Gave Grandma An Awesome Surprise…It Just Took Her A Minute To Notice

When it comes to big announcements these days, they get more elaborate by the second. Whether people are announcing engagements, kids, or jobs, social media makes people want to go above and beyond the call of shocking duty.

Take what these people did, for example. They wanted to surprise Grandma with a huge announcement, but it took her a few minutes to figure it out.

Hey, we’ve all been there! Surprises are sometimes so amazing that it takes our brains a few minutes to process everything.

When Dad Does His Little Girl’s Hair, He Does It With Style

Now that moms work outside the home just as much as dads do, gender roles are totally changing…especially when it comes to parenting. There’s one job that dads used to be able to avoid back in the day, but now, they’re being put to the test. When dad’s in charge of getting his little girl ready for school, it means that he has to help her pull off a great hairstyle just like mom would.

Just ask this guy. He’s become the master of creating adorable buns in his daughter’s hair. Sure, his methods may be unusual, but he gets the job done!

Luckily, this girl isn’t affected by motion sickness. She’s a little trooper! She’ll spin forever as long as her hair is on point for school. Good job, dad!

Profile of Mohammed Merah

http://twitter.com/#!/WSJ/status/183031701784637440

From the Wall Street Journal:

On Thursday, a more-complete picture emerged of Mr. Merah, who police say conducted seven point-blank killings in and around Toulouse over the previous 11 days.

Over recent years, according to the emerging accounts, the French citizen of Algerian descent appeared to be looking for a place to belong—–seeking twice, without success, to join the French armed services.

Investigators have recovered what they say are “explicit” videos of the attacks that they say Mr. Merah made using a camera strapped to his body. In a film police say is from the shooting of a soldier March 11, the gunman is heard to say: “You kill my brothers, now I’m killing you.”

In his alleged attacks, Mr. Merah appeared to follow al Qaeda’s founding cause of killing “Jews and crusaders.” He is suspected of having shot dead three soldiers from regiments that had dispatched troops to Afghanistan, and of having opened fire on a Jewish school in Toulouse, leaving four dead, including three children.

On Wednesday, police say he told his interlocutor that he had “brought France down on its knees,” expressing regret that he had failed to kill more people

More tweets:

French police investigate whether Toulouse gunman was 'lone wolf' http://t.co/uN5zQqHS

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 23, 2012

France investigates terror suspect's alleged al Qaeda connections: French authorities are investigating whether … http://t.co/6mNYr7MC

— DW | Germany (@dw_germany) March 23, 2012

The boy next door who ‘brought France to its knees’ http://t.co/YtmmrJU9 #toulouse #merah

— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) March 23, 2012

#Toulouse Killer Said He Posted Murder Videos on Web – Prosecutor http://t.co/Efj1UZfJ

— RIA Novosti (@ria_novosti) March 23, 2012

What This Man Did With A Child’s Heart Before He Passed Away Is Truly Unforgettable.

No parent should ever have to experience the loss of a child. Tragically, families have to go through just that all over the world.

When a parent is grieving over the loss of a child, their heart is broken. But one man named Brian Schreck found a way to help ease their pain.

The Bennett family lost their 14 year-old son Dylan in February at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Brian, a music therapist at the hospital, tried something to help them cope with the tragedy.

He wasn’t sure if it would work, but he needed to try.

Before Dylan passed away, Brian used a microphone attached to a stethoscope to record his heartbeat. Then, he took the recording of the heartbeat and incorporated the sound into Dylan’s favorite music.

Now, Dylan’s parents listen to that music to help cope with this loss of their little boy.

Since helping the Bennett family, Brian has recorded the heartbeats of over 20 children and incorporated their life into their favorite music. Nothing could make a parent’s pain go away, but being able to listen to their children’s heartbeats at any point in the day is an amazing gift.

To learn more about Brian’s work, watch this video about his heartbeat music therapy:

Brian was inspired by what some doctors were doing with their pregnant patients. “I had heard of other music therapists in the medical field adding recordings of in utero heartbeats to lullabies created with high-risk pregnant mothers to increase bonding between the mother and baby.”

Source: Cincinnati Children’s Blog

He gives these parents a chance to feel love, to feel at ease, during a tumultuous time. It’s an amazing gift to give.