"The part-time teacher is a farmer who raises rabbits and other livestock for food and was asked to provide a lesson on animal slaughter and processing by students in a 10th-grade biology class he taught at a high school in the Nampa School District near Boise, said district spokeswoman Allison Westfall."
"‘Since the post-2007 real estate bust, which hit many parts of the region severely, eroding subdivision roads now slice through farmland and open space, and 'spec' houses stand alone amid many rural and suburban landscapes,’ author Jim Holway wrote in a Lincoln Institute report about zombie subdivisions. "
"‘Whatever this object is, it did not ask to be found or scrutinised.’"
“It was Dempsey's first trip to Iraq since US President Barack Obama, alarmed by ISIL advances, ordered non-combatant American forces back into the country this summer, less than three years after withdrawing US troops from Iraq. The United States began carrying out air strikes in August."
Well, not exactly Shock and Awe. More like Kennedy in Vietnam, but still.
"A weather observer in Gile, Wisconsin, technically part of the town of Montreal, measured 50.1 inches of snow from the morning of November 10 through early morning on November 14.…
"The massive snow accumulation was due to a combination of widespread snowfall from Winter Storm Astro earlier in the week, followed by several days of lake-effect snow as cold air poured over the relatively warm and still unfrozen waters of Lake Superior"
Montreal, I mean. Snow, apparently, it is.
"‘Beyond that, I just ask the basic question: Why is more people on Medicaid a good thing?’ he said."
“[There is] a sharp disparity in the way men and women view marriages: most men are eager to marry a second time, while most women say one time was enough."
"‘I think Senator Warren — as much, if not more, than any other senator – drives Wall Street crazy,’ Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said Thursday."
We’re here to help!
"Ambassador Prystaiko says it’s obvious why Canada and other coalition countries are willing to take on ISIS but not help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists in the country's east.
"'Everybody is afraid of Russia,' he says."
"Around 89 percent of poppy production comes from provinces with large Taliban representation, according to the report from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime. Since losing power in 2001, the Taliban has waged war against the US-backed Afghan government. Now foreign combat troops are pulling out, leaving behind a training mission under NATO. "
"A few days ago the conservative group American Commitment posted a video clip of Gruber addressing a conference at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. It shows Gruber saying ‘lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.’ He added that ‘the stupidity of the American voter . . . was really critical for the [ACA] to pass.’"
"Wizards based in Germany landed a rocket on a comet some 317 million miles away from Times Square. Traveling nonstop from here to there at the new New York City speed limit would take 528,000 days — or nearly 1,500 years. But Philae, the 220-pound robot probe that could, made it after just 10 years of travel (and another 15 years of planning)."
"Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, specifically noted the Pentagon’s 21-day isolation for personnel returning from West Africa."
"Just to give you an illustration of how doomed and futile this whole exercise is, consider that the Democrats in the Senate, who still hold a damn majority, are going to try and bull-rush this incipient environmental catastrophe through the process during the lame-duck session, but they're going to hold over the president's nomination for Attorney General for the new, Joni Ernst model United States Senate. I am in no way a Naderite, but these dim bastards make it awfully tempting."
"The Yankees legend, clearly heartbroken by the movie star's TV announcement that she was filing for divorce in 1954, pleads with 'Mrs. Joe DiMaggio' to let him 'restore your confidence in me' after nine months of marriage. The letters go on the block in December."
"This strategy is similar to the one that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) persuaded Republicans to adopt in 2013 in a quest to defund Obamacare. It did not work: Obama held firm, the government shut down, and 16 days later Republicans backed down and agreed to fund Obamacare along with the rest of the federal government.
"'Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defence systems and Russian combat troops' were sighted, US Gen Philip Breedlove said."
"'They don't make 'em like this anymore,' reads the store's product description. 'This deadstock collector's item is only available in a limited supply.'"
"Amazon’s newest product, the Echo personal assistant and speaker, is just the latest in a long line of tech that aims to make our lives easier by responding to voice instead of touch."
"The heaviest snows from the storm will likely fall in North Central Wisconsin, with 8 - 16', and in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where lake effect enhancement by Lake Superior will bring widespread snows over 12', with some areas seeing up to 24'."
"COAL CITY – It didn’t take long for Coal City’s Jack Dibble to introduce himself to the Mendota Trojan players and fans. The highly-touted running back barely let the last note come out of the Coal City band’s instruments after the National Anthem before he went to work."
"Conservative news site Breitbart on Saturday criticized President Obama's nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, over her supposed involvement in the Whitewater corruption investigation.
"There's just one hitch: the Loretta Lynch Obama nominated to his cabinet and the Loretta Lynch who served as one of Bill Clinton's defense attorneys during the Whitewater probe are two entirely different people, as Media Matters pointed out on Sunday."
"But this is where the Bears are. They’re stuck with a quarterback who is very, very average, a coach with all the motivational skills of a goalpost, a general manager who doesn’t see what the problem is and a family of owners that doesn’t have the foggiest idea about anything, including fogs."
"The National Weather Service is warning that a ribbon of wet, frigid weather that pelted parts of Montana and the Dakotas with up to 3 inches of snow on Sunday will also crawl into Minnesota and Wisconsin early Monday. And keep your coats handy: the plunging temperatures are expected to linger, in some places dropping by as much as 40 degrees in a single day."
We’re not weather experts but we’re pretty sure that high-pressure symbol hovering over Manhattan is helping to keep some nasty, cold, wet weather away from us and over Wisconsin, where it belongs.
"WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. global development agency is preparing internal rules that would effectively end risky undercover work in hostile countries, such as the once-secret 'Cuban Twitter' program it orchestrated, The Associated Press has learned."
"An Associated Press report this week finds that federal cybersecurity officials also face another challenge: Too often, government employees and contractors are undermining cyberdefenses by clicking malicious links, losing devices and data, or sharing information and passwords.
"Last year, security officials responded to a total of 228,700 cyberincidents involving federal agencies and contract partners."
“There may be 8 million stories in the Big Apple, but one of them - that New York City is home to 8 million rats, or one for every human resident - is probably a tall tale, according to research by a Columbia University statistician."
Give my regards to Broadway.
"Silver is much smarter than I when it comes to numbers; I'm happy to presume he has the basic math right. But he seems to have a blind spot in his presumption that the pre-election polls were wrong and the election results were right."
"Its strongest winds had diminished considerably and were recorded at just 45 mph in Adak and Shemya Island, Kochevar said."
"As Clay ran into the end zone he began his celebration prematurely…”
This one, I’m sorry I missed.