The Problem With The Battle of Five Armies

It sounds like a nightmare. But I never even watched the third movie. I actually thought the first was pretty good but then threw in the towel after the 2nd movie. The Hobbit should have been made into one or two movies tops. Making it into a trilogy just made it too bloated.

Man Uses Reverse Dog Psychology to Give His Pet Medicine


Gunmen Take 170 Hostage at Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali

From NBC News:

Gunmen stormed a hotel packed with foreigners Friday in the former French colony of Mali, taking 170 guests and workers hostage, U.S. Embassy officials and a hotel spokeswoman told NBC News.

Shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, the attackers opened fire on the guards and quickly took dozens of captives, Mali army commander Modibo Nama Traore told The Associated Press.

Three people were killed, but many — including six Americans — managed to escape the upscale hotel in the capital Bamako, military officials told the AP.

An al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group claimed credit for the bloody attack, Reuters reported. NBC News could not immediately confirm that.

The attack came just days after the Iyad Ag Ghaly, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group Ansar Dine, called for attacks on France and its interests in Mali.

Colbert on the Syrian Refugees

Trump Wants Muslims to Sign up into Tracking Databases


By Thursday a religious test for refugees had become a religious test for all Americans for one Republican candidate, with Trump telling reporters he would “absolutely” implement a database of American Muslims and unspecified other measures.

“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump told NBC between town hall appearances in Iowa. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it.”

Asked whether there would be a sign-up at mosques, Trump said: “Different places.”

“You sign them up at different places. It’s all about management.”

Asked how the practice of registering Muslims would be different from registering Jews in Nazi Germany, Trump said: “You tell me.”

Dr. StabsALot Carson chimed in saying that the refugees should be screened like dogs:

Ben Carson on Thursday compared safeguarding Americans from Islamic terrorists who may sneak into the country as refugees to parents protecting their children from rabid dogs.

“If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” Carson said during a campaign stop in Alabama. “And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs.”

He added, “But you’re going to put your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, ‘How do I protect my children at the same time? … I’m going to call the humane society and hopefully they can come and take this dog away and create a safe environment once again.'”

Remember that Company That Increased an AIDS Drug by 5,000%?


The drug costs less than $1 per tablet to make, and is used to treat conditions including AIDS-related toxoplasmosis.

However, Shkreli last month attempted to dramatically increaser the price of the drug from $13.50 per tablet to $750 – an increase of 5500%.

Now Turing Pharmaceuticals has reported a quarterly loss of $14.6 million (£9.6 million).

The loss was made between July and the end of September.

Second Democratic Debate Debateless

Cruz to Obama- Insult Me to My Face

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers: Reject refugees like U.S. interned Japanese

The amount of stupidity coming from the right in the wake of the Paris attacks is just mindboggling. For example:

The small, southwestern Virginia city of Roanoke should refuse to help settle Syrian refugees in the U.S. just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans in America during World War II.

That’s the argument being made by Roanoke’s Democratic mayor, David Bowers. In a statement Wednesday, he said he was requesting that all government and non-government organizations in the city of 99,000 suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees “until these serious hostilities and atrocities end.”

As justification, he compared the situation to World War II.

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” he said, “and it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

George Takei, who is an American who was imprisoned with his entire family in an American internment camp when he was a boy because his ancestors were Japanese, responds wonderfully:

Earlier today, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, Mr. David A. Bowers, in the attached letter, joined several state governors in ordering that Syrian refugees not receive any government assistance, or be relocated to their jurisdiction. Apart from the lack of legal authority to do so (under the Refugee Act of 1980, only the President has authority to accept or deny refugees), his resort to fear-based tactics, and his galling lack of compassion for people fleeing these same terrorists, Mayor Bowers made the following startling statement:

“I’m reminded that Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

Mayor Bowers, there are a few key points of history you seem to have missed:

1) The internment (not a “sequester”) was not of Japanese “foreign nationals,” but of Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. I was one of them, and my family and I spent 4 years in prison camps because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. It is my life’s mission to never let such a thing happen again in America.

2) There never was any proven incident of espionage or sabotage from the suspected “enemies” then, just as there has been no act of terrorism from any of the 1,854 Syrian refugees the U.S. already has accepted. We were judged based on who we looked like, and that is about as un-American as it gets.

3) If you are attempting to compare the actual threat of harm from the 120,000 of us who were interned then to the Syrian situation now, the simple answer is this: There was no threat. We loved America. We were decent, honest, hard-working folks. Tens of thousands of lives were ruined, over nothing.

Mayor Bowers, one of the reasons I am telling our story on Broadway eight times a week in Allegiance is because of people like you. You who hold a position of authority and power, but you demonstrably have failed to learn the most basic of American civics or history lessons. So Mayor Bowers, I am officially inviting you to come see our show, as my personal guest. Perhaps you, too, will come away with more compassion and understanding.

— George Takei

A Bookstore Named Isis Gets Vandalized


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – A Denver-area store called Isis Books & Gifts wants the world to know its name comes from the Egyptian goddess of healing and motherhood and it isn’t run by terrorists.

Co-owner Jeff Harrison said today that the suburban Denver shop has been vandalized five times in the past year or so, probably by people who mistake the name for ISIS, one of the acronyms for the Islamic State terrorist group.

The latest vandalism came last weekend when a store sign was smashed after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.

The store sells books and gifts related to spirituality, religion and healing.

“Isis is the name of an Egyptian goddess, 3,500 years old at least, the goddess of women and healing and childbirth – basically the antithesis of everything the terrorists are about,” he said.

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