The House Republican leadership would really like it if no other Todd Akin-like characters crashed their party in 2014. House leadership is running a program on how to relate to women voters and run against women without looking like bullies. John Boehner said that in the past, some of their people could be “more sensitive.” Will being more touchy-feeling help the GOP?
Barbara Walters wanted to name Edward Snowden her “Most Fascinating Person” of 2013 but ABC said no. Is there any single person who has had a bigger impact on the Big American Conversation than Edward Snowden?
Covered California wants folks to give the young people in their lives an e-card for Christmas reminding them to sign up for Obamacare. a) I hope that no one spends their Christmas discussing health insurance. b) They think that there are people who haven’t heard about Obamacare and need an e-card to inform them?
A man in Minneapolis was charged with a $115 misdemeanor for spitting on the sidewalk. It turns out that’s illegal. He’s taking it in stride, saying that you have to obey the law. First step to making a better community for all or the beginnings of a fascist police state?
Three teens in Connecticut were arrested for allowing a friend to drive drunk. The girl was ultimately killed when she hit a tree. You can easily say that they were bad friends and/or terrible people for allowing her to drive drunk, but are they criminals? Remember the high school student athlete who was suspended for picking up a friend who was drunk so they wouldn’t drive? You just can’t win.
The White House is now admitting that President Obama lived with his Kenyan uncle while he was a Harvard Law student. The White House had previously claimed that he had not even met the uncle.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died on Thursday at the age of 95. He had been battling a recurring lung infection for quite some time.
It breaks my heart to see a young entrepreneur under attack by Big Government. An 11-year-old Oregon girl wanted to help her dad pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, but security kicked her out of the downtown market for selling without a permit. They told her that she could sell outside of the market or she could ask for donations. She said that she didn’t want to beg for donations, she wanted to earn her money.
Your mistletoe is no match for his Tow Missile. NORAD is taking some heat for releasing a video promoting their “Santa Tracker” that shows Santa with a fighter escort. Some children’s rights groups say that they are “militarizing” Santa.
That anti-snoring billboard, showing an American soldier embracing a Muslim woman has arrived in River North. The company says reaction to the billboard has been mixed. Some love it and others don’t approve of the image. Most people seem to be confused about what the soldier hugging a Muslim woman has do with snoring.
You’d better hope that your Amazon delivery drone doesn’t wander into the airspace over Deer Trail, Colo.. Phillip Steel says that he’ll shoot down any drone that he sees, whether it’s Uncle Sam stealing his thoughts or Amazon dropping off a package.
War on Christmas? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sent an email to supporters asking them to donate to his campaign instead of buying Christmas gifts for their kids. They said that while Christmas gifts are fleeting, re-electing Scott Walker lasts four years.
Congress has passed fewer than 60 new laws since January, a record for futility. ABC News has compiled a list of the six weirdest laws that Congress has managed to agree on.
This is getting out of hand America. Time has a poll on their website allowing people to vote on their Person of the Year, and Miley Cyrus is currently leading. People can vote on Twitter using the hashtag “#TIMEPOY”. Has there ever been a more clear sign that we are in the End Times?
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get worse for Ventra, now it may be leading to identity theft. Anyone standing near a card reader with an RFID reader could get ahold of your account information. Experts say it would be difficult, but it is possible.
President Obama may or may not be planning to take a trip to Tehran next year. The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that he is, but the White House is denying it. Would that be the 21st century equivalent of Nixon going to China?
Patrons at a Florida movie theater were expecting to see the new Disney movie “Frozen” instead ended up seeing two minutes of a “graphic sex scene.” The movie is aimed at youngsters, so obviously there were many kids who viewed it. It sounds like it was an obvious mistake and the theater apologized and offered free tickets to the outraged crowd. Some are accepting the apology and tickets, while others say they won’t be pleased until the theater takes steps to make sure this can never happen.
War on Christmas? Someone at the NRCC decided it was a good idea to sell a t-shirt reading “Happy Holidays is what liberals say” on the website store. As you might imagine, non-Christian Republicans weren’t too pleased with the idea. It has since been taking down and in its place is a version that simply reads “I’m not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’”
A new poll says that only 1/3 of Americans believe that they can trust their fellow citizens. Back in 1972 a similar survey found that it was about 50/50. America, I think it’s time for some trust exercises. All of you fall back, and I’ll catch you.
The Obamacare website is completely fixed by the end of November deadline. Except when it isn’t. The website continues to experience unscheduled outages at least 5 percent of the time. Do you feel lucky?
A teacher at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’ Some parents say that it was insensitive and out of line, others say it needed to be said. Over the top or a necessary salvo in the culture wars? How would you react if someone said that to your little snowflake?
End of the World Update: For nearly two decades during the height of the Cold War, the launch codes in the US missiles silos were set to “00000000″ They were trying to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, if they needed to.
Ron Burgandy anchored the newscast for KXMB in Bismarck, ND on Saturday night. Anchorman 2 opens in theaters on December 18th.
Katie and I blab about the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, “Batkid” invading San Francisco, the Hawaiian state rep’s plan to deal with the homeless with a sledgehammer, Keith Olbermann’s war on the Chicago Blackhawks and of course another edition of Conrad’s Tales of the Unknown.
Remember, you can catch the show live on AM 560 The Answer Saturday mornings at 3am (MORNING DRIVE BABY!)
The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes. Passengers would be able to make calls above 10,000 feet. This is absolutely the worst news in human history. Now everyone is accessible everywhere they go. Airplanes were the last place where no one could reach you. We’re now officially slaves to technology.
Very interesting statistic given today’s anniversary: Only 1/3 of Americans alive today were alive when President Kennedy was assassinated.
Thursday morning the Senate voted to strike down long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations. The “nuclear option,” if you will. Republicans said that it broke with 225 years of precedent. Democrats said the vote was nothing but a reaction to Republican “obstructionism” in regards to President Obama‘s nominees. Interestingly, back in 2005 the junior Senator from Illinois said that using the “nuclear option” would just increase gridlock.
We’ve been hearing about the “knockout game” for a while now, where thugs randomly target people and punch the unsuspecting victims in public. In Lansing, MI a teen tried to step it up by adding a taser but the victim was able to protect himself with his concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol.
The city of Vancouver is banning the doorknob, because there are more senior citizens who have a hard time opening doorknobs. The ultimate story of Big Brother or is the government just updating infrastructure to keep up with demographic shifts?
End of the World Update: Scientists discovered the most massive Gamma Ray Burst in history last spring. Luckily it was 3.7 billion light-years away, because if not it would be a bad day. It’s a massive burst of radiation from a star collapsing in on itself and becoming a Black Hole. A planet caught in one of these bursts would lose its atmosphere instantly and would be left a burnt cinder.
You couldn’t turn on a TV or look at the Internets over the past week or so without seeing “Batkid.” Miles a 5-year-old battling leukemia had the dream of being “Batkid” for the day and the wonderful folks at Make-A-Wish and the city of San Francisco made it happen. They staged a couple of elaborate ways for “Batkid” to save the day, and at the end gave him the key to the city. It was obviously a heartwarming story, but now the bill has come in. It cost the city of San Francisco $105,000. They paid for it out of the same pile of money they use for things like their 4th of July fireworks. Was it worth $105,000 for a warm fuzzy moment?
A restaurant in Israel is offering customers a 50% discount if they turn off their cell phones. The owners says that smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He hopes the generous discount will bring back a more innocent time when going to a restaurant was about companionship, conversation and appreciating the food, rather than surfing, texting or talking to the office. Would you take that deal?
Ernie Banks and Oprah Winfrey were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday. It’s the highest civilian honor in the United States. Congrats Mr. Cub! Let’s give him two!
The hatred of Congress has reached a staggering new level, now it’s degenerated into self-loathing. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has ruled out any member of Congress running for President in 2016. He says that they should be Governor of a state before running for the Big Chair. Should that be a job requirement?
Sign of the Apocalypse: It turns out that “Selfie” being Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2013 isn’t the biggest way the English language is being mangled in 2013. They’ve also decided to make the word “Because” a preposition in addition to a subordinating conjunction. Why? “Because reasons.”
Keith Olbermann named the Blackhawks his worst person in the sports world on Tuesday. He is upset about the fact that the Blackhawks are selling vials of water from melted ice from the United Center. That doesn’t strike me as an over the top collectible. People to after buy dirt from Wrigley Field and other ballparks.