Joke of the Day

There was this little guy sitting in a bar, drinking his beer, minding his own business when all of a sudden this great big dude comes in and — WHACK!! — knocks him off the bar stool and onto the floor.

The big dude says, “That was a karate chop from Korea.”

The little guy thinks “GEEZ,” but he gets back up on the stool and starts drinking again when all of a sudden — WHACK!! — the big dude knocks him down AGAIN and says, “That was a judo chop from Japan.” read more

Standards Must Be Maintained – Especially in the Military

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A couple of days ago an article was posted by Aaron MacLean entitled “Pressure Grows for Marines to Lower Standards for Women“.

Naturally I was intrigued and concerned. Heck, anyone who understands the job of our military should be concerned by that headline. One doesn’t have to have served to get that the military has high standards for a reason.

The article has to do with the Marine IOC (Infantry Officer Course) and its initial CET (Combat Endurance Test). Actually the article has more to do with military being increasingly run as a social experiment rather than a fighting force.

MacLean reports the 24 women had attempted the CET and none made it all the way through.

The Marines, as are the other branches, are being pushed to introduce women into combat roles, so when three women (not part of the original 24) made it through the initial stage, the news was widely reported and heralded. Yet when all three of the women were dropped for not meeting later physical requirements, MacLean found but one report – the Christian Science Monitor.

The three women, as well as three men, failed on a 9 mile hike. They had, according to the Monitor report, three hours to move 9 miles caring 124 pound packs. After falling behind for a second time, they were out. read more

Be Still My Beating Heart

from Sky News:

In a world-first operation, doctors in Australia have managed to transplant a heart that had stopped beating.

The breakthrough technique was carried out by surgeons at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, who say the technique will increase the number of hearts available for transplant and save up to 30% more lives.

For the procedure, the donor heart was not beating for up to 20 minutes before it was resuscitated and successfully transplanted.

The heart was brought back to life, placed on a machine and then injected with a ground-breaking preservation solution. read more

If We Can Save Just One Vote

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

With the midterms less than a week away, we are being bombarded with campaign ads. The radio, TV, Internet – they’re everywhere.

We are also being deluged with stories of campaign fraud. Yesterday I wrote of Colorado’s new all mail balloting and the potential for massive fraud in that state.

But in fact the fraud doesn’t need to be widespread or massive for Democrat hacks to claim victory. The Wall Street Journal reported that, “In 2014, 16 local races in Ohio were decided by one vote or through breaking a tie. In 2013, 35 local races in Ohio were that close,” and the Obama rubberstamp, Al Franken, won his Senate seat by 312 votes.

Many local, state and even national races are often decided by 500 votes were less. Various types of Democrat fraud could more than tip the scales.

The Journal also reported that, “A Mississippi grand jury indicted seven individuals for voter fraud in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral contest, which featured voting by ineligible felons and impersonation fraud. A woman in Polk County Tennessee was indicted on a charge of vote buying – a practice that the local district attorney said had too long ‘been accepted as part of life’ there.” read more

Baby Selfies?

With the demographic of social media users getting younger and younger, it should come as no surprise that one entrepreneur has tapped into an altogether untouched market – babies.

The New Born Fame, created by Laura Cornet, a student at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, looks like a mobile dangling over a baby’s crib.

The toys attached, however, are actually cameras and GPS trackers that post online when triggered by motions made by the baby.

Starting them young: The New Born Fame, created by design student Laura Cornet, looks like a mobile dangling over a baby's crib - but it lets the newborn post pictures and videos online

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Colorado Vying for Election Fraud Champion

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Evidently Colorado has been working hard to obtain the crown of biggest election cheaters in the nation. They have some stiff competition, but with Governor John Hickenlooper’s 2013 signing of a new election law, I’m sure they feel confident.

The 2013 law has effectively nullified Election Day in Colorado. All ballots are now mailed to voters far in advance. Of course one can’t just mail back the ballot. According to the Jefferson County election website, “You must seal your ballot in the official return envelope”, and then one can mail it in.

But is there another option if you choose not to mail in your ballot? Why yes… yes there is. You may drop off your ballot at any one of many 24-hour, undoubtedly unmanned drop-off sites.

Colorado Common Cause thinks this is a great idea, saying that, “Under the new law, every registered voter will receive a mail ballot and it will be their decision on how to cast their vote. Voters can mail back their ballot, drop it off, or vote at a voting service center during early voting or on Election Day.”

“The goal was to assure maximum access to the ballot and integrity in elections,” said Carol Tone of the Colorado League of (liberal) Women Voters. read more

Walls That Sweat

 

Air conditioning hasn’t changed much over the past century – most options are energy hungry and many are noisy and pretty unsightly.

But one company has taken inspiration from nature to create an innovative alternative that doesn’t require electricity and in theory isn’t even visible.

Using a substance called hydrogel, experts have created walls that absorb moisture to ‘sweat’ – like human skin – and cool the interior of a building.

Architects in Barcelona have invented a new type of air conditioning. A substance called hydrogel that could be used in walls (shown) and can absorb water and then 'sweat'

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