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Florida courts continue to show a bass-akward way of dispensing justice -- 31-year-old Marissa Alexander has been sentenced to a 20-year bid for firing "a warning shot" to her husband, who was attacking her during a 2010 incident. Rep. Corrine Brown said the failure of the Stand Your Ground act is based on race:

How many times have they accepted Stand Your Ground if the person that was asking for it was black? You tell me.

Alexander next will appeal the court's decision, with Brown's aid.

[floridatimesunion]

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Canadian toddler, Anthony Popa Urria, isn't even three years old and yet he holds a nice little record as being the world's youngest Mensa member. The high-IQ society accepted Urria who rocks an IQ score of 154, mere points shy of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Eat it, Doogie Howser.

[uniquedaily]

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Former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson, is rocking his way to the White House on the Libertarian ticket. Johnson announced his intention to run under the GOP banner last December, but has been crushed under the infighting between Romney, Gingrich, and Rick Perry. This weekend, during the Libertarian National Convention in Las Vegas, Johnson made his debut as the party's nominee. Johnson has yet to comment on whether he'll bring on the world's most famous Libertarian as his running mate, Ron Swanson.

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In his first two official rallies yesterday, President Obama stopped in Columbus, OH and Richmond, VA to discuss what he hopes to accomplish if he's reelected for a second term, as well as highlighting his accomplishments in revitalizing the American auto industry and ending the war in Iraq. Unlike Romney's comments about "borrowing money from your parents," Obama continued to discuss the realities of a crumbling middle class: "This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and we can't turn back now."

[politicalticker]

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Connecticut is now the seventeenth state in the Union to allow medicinal marijuana for its citizens, as the state senate passed a bill today legalizing the drug. There are still questions to answer, particularly when the law will be enacted, but in the meantime, UCONN students with Bob Marley posters in their dorms are looking up new pastries to make with legal weed.

[gawker]

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Junior Seau's suicide has sparked an incredible amount of debate about the mental health ramifications of being a long term football player. Gary Plummer, Seau's former teammate, had this to say on the matter:

They said a Grade 3 concussion meant you were knocked out, and a Grade 1 meant you were seeing stars after a hit, which made me burst out in laughter. As a middle linebacker in the NFL, if you don't have five of these [Grade 1 effects] each game, you were inactive the next game. Junior played for 20 years. That's five concussions a game, easily. How many in his career then? That's over 1,500 concussions. I know that's startling, but I know it's true. I had over 1,000 in my 15 years. I felt the effects of it. I felt depression going on throughout my divorce. Junior went through it with his divorce.

As noted the other day, Seau's family has agreed to allow his brain to be studied to a find link between repetitive brain injuries and depression.

[shortformblogr]

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Utah resident, Cindy Davidson, was just trying to take care of some feminine hygiene business when she purchased a box of tampons. Much to her surprise, Davidson found some cocaine wrapped in cellophane in the box. Instead of using it to transport coke to a prisoner (like in the movies), Davidson, instead, notified authorities, who are currently looking into the matter. Whether or note Davidson has tried vodka-soaked tampons remains unclear.

[digitaljournal]

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A 77-year-old Holocaust survivor is claiming that a New York City officer punched him in the face for running a red light. Miklos Muller, the survivor, is filing a lawsuit for this attack that stems from a November 2011 incident.

[dailyintel]