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Survey Says: America’s Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho

Home - by - September 17, 2014 - 08:45 America/New_York - 23 Comments

via Wired

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Idaho. The funny-shaped northwestern state is usually associated only with potatoes and… well, potatoes, I guess, but now we have a new stereotype: ungentlemanly drivers.

survey by Insure.com asked two thousand motorists which states they felt had the rudest drivers. To be sure, their answers were influenced by geography: New Hampshire drivers hate Massholes and New Yorkers aren’t fond of New Jerseyans, for example. Looking at common causes for complaints—drivers talking on the phone, tailgating, not signaling, weaving through lanes, and speeding—it’s clear “rude” is a polite synonym for “crappy,” or at least “obnoxious.”

Blue states on the East Coast are heavily represented in the rudest driver rankings, with Washington D.C., New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Vermont, and New Jersey all in the top 10. North Dakota, Maine, and New Hampshire are listed as the nicest states for drivers. Maybe there’s something in that chilly, rural air that makes people kinder behind the wheel.

As for the Idahoans? One driver quoted in the survey said the state’s drivers “feel just fine taking their time, driving 5 to 10 miles an hour under the limit,” which would surely enrage the leadfoots in Arizona, where the Idahoans are most hated. { MORE }

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Feel free to take to the comments to discuss the survey’s results.

 

 

Ooooooh! History Geek Alert!!!

Home - by - September 16, 2014 - 07:00 America/New_York - 10 Comments

“Sons of Liberty” coming to the History channel sometime in December.

(please don’t be on auto play-please don’t be on auto play- auto play auto play….)

Taxes Costco Too Much-

Home - by - September 15, 2014 - 20:04 America/New_York - 8 Comments

-Liquor fee fight pushes Costco to Washington State GOP

SEATTLE (AP) – Executives at Costco Wholesale have long been big supporters of Democratic causes and candidates, but an obscure liquor tax fight is prompting the company to support Washington state Republicans.

In the key battle for control of the state Senate this year, top Costco brass have essentially switched sides, backing the Republican Party’s efforts to maintain and expand its majority coalition, The Seattle Times reported, citing data from the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Employees and executives of the Issaquah-based retailer have donated more than $48,000 to Republicans and $17,000 to Democrats so far this year in state contests – a big turnaround from 2012, when they gave $93,000 to Democrats and $21,000 to Republicans in state races.

“We’ve had support from certain Republicans in the Legislature, and we thought it was appropriate. It’s as simple as that,” said company co-founder Jim Sinegal, who described the change as “kinda conspicuous.”

“I’ve been supportive of Democrats in the past, and on a national basis continue to be,” he said.

The switch comes after many Senate Democrats opposed legislation sought by Costco that would eliminate a 17 percent fee that retailers must charge on liquor they sell to restaurants and bars. Liquor-distribution wholesalers pay a 5 percent fee on sales to restaurants and bars, and Costco and its allies in the grocery and restaurant industries say the 17-percent fee they’re subject to makes it too expensive for restaurants to buy from Costco or other retailers if they run out of booze between deliveries. [MORE]

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Did they learn anything from this? Likely, no.

 

WWII vet & preschooler reunite for play date

Home - by - September 13, 2014 - 09:00 America/New_York - 13 Comments

Link to Video

-reaches for Kleenex box. *sniff*

TGIF: Cabin Living

Home - by - September 12, 2014 - 06:30 America/New_York - 8 Comments

Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness.

While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead in the Ventana Wilderness was being put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.

JACK from Grace Jackson on Vimeo.

A Half Hour Before the Big Speech-

Home - by - September 10, 2014 - 20:29 America/New_York - 31 Comments

- food for thought found on Twitter via @iowahawkblog playing the current hashtag game #

When “I’d Rather Be Kitesurfing” meets “I’d Rather Be Golfing”-

Home - by - September 10, 2014 - 18:14 America/New_York - 12 Comments

-It’s OH so Sad. (more snark at Twitchy)

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A post for the iOTWer Gamer Geeks

Home - by - September 5, 2014 - 18:57 America/New_York - 6 Comments

from Game Spot

Buy This Epic-Looking George Washington Xbox 360 Theme to Support Call of Duty Veterans’ Charity

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The Call of Duty Endowment and Microsoft have partnered to create an epic-looking George Washington Xbox 360 theme that you can buy to help military veterans find jobs.

The Xbox 360 theme (above) was designed by artist Jason Heuser (see more of his amazing work here) and features a gun-wielding, bald eagle-holding George Washington with an American flag backdrop. The theme can be yours through a donation to the Call of Duty Endowment for $1, $5, $10, or $20. You can buy the theme today through the Xbox Marketplace. (This promo was for Labor Day but it is still active now)

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization created by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and dedicated to helping military veterans find high quality jobs. It was established in 2009 and to date, has helped find jobs for over 5,400 veterans.

“Thanks to Microsoft and Xbox, we have an incredible opportunity to not only raise money for the Endowment, but also to engage millions of gamers in the cause of giving veterans access to high quality careers,” Call of Duty Endowment executive director Dan Goldenberg said in a statement. “This campaign is going to help put veterans to work.”

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Not a gamer? Go to the artist’s web page and download Reagan “The Liberator” for your desktop…

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Snackpocalypse

Home - by - September 3, 2014 - 15:28 America/New_York - 11 Comments

via Reason

Michelle Obama Does Funny or Die, Because Junk Food is Killing Us All

Funny or Die released a new video today featuring a very special cameo from Michelle Obama. It’s a parody of The Hunger Games, Divergent, et al, crossed with a healthy eating PSA.

The resulting video, “Snackpocalypse,” is not remotely funny.

Yeah, yeah, kids are not eating healthy enough, whatever. The joke falls flat, though—it’s too generic. The creators could have replaced junk food with any other perceived social problem and made pretty much the same video. Snack food-shaming fits here only because it’s what Michelle Obama is best known for.

This isn’t the first time an Obama has appeared in a Funny or Die video; President Obama sat down for a scripted interview with Zach Galifianakis on his awkwardly hilarious “Between Two Ferns.” The video was a plug for Healthcare.gov and did earn some laughs, despite being propaganda. “Snackpocalypse,” on the other hand, is unfunny propaganda. [ MORE ]

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Sorry if you watched this and then lost your lunch…

If He’s Lost Western Washington state-

Home - by - August 21, 2014 - 18:43 America/New_York - 18 Comments

-Obama must really be in the crapper. I practically wrecked my car when I saw this yesterday. I was out running errands and drove by it too fast to stop with traffic stacked up behind me. I vowed to swing by there again today and snap a pic to share if it was still up. Amazingly enough, no libtard bicyclist has stopped on the bike path in front of the honey bucket to remove the sign.

It reads: Obama Library-Full Of Crap.

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I Know Where Your Cat Lives

Home - by - July 31, 2014 - 20:33 America/New_York - 28 Comments

50% Fun-50% Creepy.

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Click to see random cats from around the world.

He’s here-

Home - by - July 22, 2014 - 18:36 America/New_York - 18 Comments

-and making a mess of things.

Utopia

Home - by - July 21, 2014 - 07:00 America/New_York - 19 Comments

via TVLine
Fox’s upcoming reality series Utopia remains a bit of a mystery, but at least one mission statement has now been made clear: It aims to prove that “a Christian jarhead can get along with a liberal, leftist lesbian.”
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What do you think Utopia will be? The conservatives do all the work and the leftists make accusations of unfairness, whine about everything and then take everyone’s stuff?

George Lucas and Chicago NIMBYism

Home - by - July 19, 2014 - 08:00 America/New_York - 6 Comments

via SFist

(A follow up to this original post)

Ha!: Now George Lucas Might Be Sued In Chicago Over New Museum Plan

If George Lucas thought he was free of NIMBYism and aesthetic snobbery when he decided to relocate his planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to Chicago last month, he was wrong. Open-space advocates in the Windy City are promising to sue over the Lucas museum plan, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting, because the land that Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up, adjacent to Soldier Field along the lakefront is supposed to be preserved as open space according to a city ordinance.

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They say the plan for the 95,000-square-foot museum, which would house Lucas’s growing collection of movie posters, memorabilia, and graphic art by the likes of Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell, violates “city ordinances that were designed to preserve space adjacent to Lake Michigan for public use.” Also, Bears fans are potentially impacted because the surface parking lots in questions are vital for NFL tailgating.

This is, of course, hilarious, because Lucas decided to snub San Francisco in June after the Presidio Trust snubbed him — deciding not to accept his proposal for the Sports Basement property next to Crissy Field — and after Mayor Lee offered up the waterfront property at Piers 30-32, originally slated for the Warriors Arena. Lucas chose Chicago’s offer after spending considerable time in the city in recent years with his new wife, Mellody Hobson, who resides there.

Looks like there are NIMBYs and anti-development people in every city, George. And they don’t want your $1 billion museum either. More ]

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For totally selfish reasons, I hope he moves it back to San Francisco.

 

The “Anti-Rosie”?

Home - by - July 15, 2014 - 19:46 America/New_York - 18 Comments

Would you watch The View if Tammy Bruce was one of the co-hosts?

via NikkiFinke.com

Sarah Palin Helps Cast The View – Tammy Bruce As ‘Anti-Rosie’?

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The best way on TV to shut up a loudmouth is with another loudmouth.  I’ve learned that Tea Party advocate Tammy Bruce – the outspoken nationally syndicated radio show host, author, and Fox News talking head – is being considered for a hosting slot on The View as the so-called “anti-Rosie”. What makes this especially interesting is that Bruce reportedly was suggested to the show by Sarah Palin. “I don’t think Sarah Palin is being considered to be a panelist on the show. I think she’s working behind the scenes to help them cast the conservative,” an insider tells me. “Tammy and Palin are close friends, and I think they are hot on Tammy because of Palin. They want the show to be politically combative, and Tammy would certainly be the anti-Rosie in every possible way.”  [ MORE ]

Imperious Leader

Home - by - July 10, 2014 - 14:00 America/New_York - 8 Comments

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Prius Repellent

Home - by - July 9, 2014 - 22:05 America/New_York - 11 Comments

via C. Steven Tucker on Twitter

Just a nice story…

Home - by - July 8, 2014 - 20:34 America/New_York - 18 Comments

via ChicksOnTheRight

The Sweetest Friendship Ever

FARMINGTON, Minn. – For nearly a decade Bryan and Anika Rychner had little interaction with the elderly man next door.

At best, they’d flash a wave or say hello in passing.

That changed last year when their son Emmett, just 2-years-old at the time, decided to pay Erling Kindem a visit.

“They kind of bonded over the tomatoes in his garden,” said Ankia, “because Emmett loves tomatoes.”

Now seeds planted in a garden have bloomed into an unlikely friendship between 3-year-old Emmett and 89-year-old Erling — a World War II veteran who flew combat missions in Europe.

“Every time he saw me out there he would come running over,” laughs Erling, remembering those early visits from the boy next door who would ask, ‘Erling, got any ‘matoes?’”

Soon Erling and Emmett were racing lawn mowers, Erling on his John Deere garden tractor and Emmet on his battery operated toy riding tractor.

Emmet wasn’t quite able to pronounce his R’s yet, but his mother remembers hearing him in pursuit of his friend .”Eh-ling, want to wace?” he would ask.

The friendship deepened during daily visits over the months to come. [ MORE ]

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Watch the video here (I would post but it’s auto play). Have Kleenex handy.