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Monday, May 23, 2016

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Today in History

Burgundians capture Joan of Arc and sell her to the English.
Henry VIII‘s marriage to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
The Thirty Years War begins.
Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames.
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
Pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces clash in western Virginia.
Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia.
Union General Ulysses Grant attempts to outflank Confederate Robert E. Lee in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia.
Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.
Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are killed by Texas Rangers.
Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, commits suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
The Federal Republic of West Germany is proclaimed.
Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

Runner Breaks Achilles Tendon, Finishes 400 Meter Hurdles Anyway

The Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships took place last Saturday. Shelby Erdahl represented Idaho State University in the 400 meter hurdles.
At the beginning of the race, Erdahl's achilles tendon broke. It didn't just strain or pull, but broke all the way through.
A lesser person might decide to call it a day. But that's not who Shelby Erdahl is. Though she was crying in agony from the pain, she finished the full race, limping along the track and carefully stepping over the hurdles.
Though badly injured, Erdahl completed the course without disqualification, thus scoring a point for her team. CBS Sports (auto-start video) quotes her:
"I never really thought of stopping," she said. "To me that would have let myself, my team, and my coaches down."

Relationship satisfaction depends on the mating pool

Relationship satisfaction depends on the mating pool, study finds
Relationship satisfaction depends on the mating pool, study finds
Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University...

Having More Friends Increases Your Resistance to Pain

Depression more physical than psychological?

Depression more physical than psychological?
Depression more physical than psychological?
New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease and brings together two hypotheses for the cause of depression. The research, led by Bernhard Lüscher, professor of biology and of biochemistry and molecular...

Wingnut writer proposes US ‘weed out ignorant voters’ ...

Black man voting in 1945 - Wikipedia/public domain
“You’ll Never Guess What Your Skull Shape Should Say About Your Right to Vote!”

Military Women Who Speak out About Sexual Assault Are Being Branded With 'Personality Disorder' and Pushed Out

Lesbian couple awarded $80,000 after Honolulu cop assaulted them for kissing in supermarket

Courtney Wilson,  Taylor Guerrero via Facebook
Lesbian couple awarded $80,000 after Honolulu cop assaulted them for kissing in supermarket

This Attack Ad Reveals What’s Really Behind The Bathroom Laws

If you’ve ever wondered why suddenly, now, 'christian' religio-wingnuts are making a huge stink over where people go to the bathroom, grab a match and...

Bigots outnumbered 5-to-1

Anti-Muslim protesters in Texas carry "white lives matter" sign (Screenshot/CW39)‘White power’- screaming anti-Muslim racists outnumbered 5-to-1 by Texas counter-protesters

The most popular book of all-time is not the bible

Children reading book -- Shutterstock
Sorry, bible. It wasn't even close. Maybe next time.
FYI: 'bible' is just Greek for book - there is absolutely nothing 'special' about the word.

10 ways religious cabals take from the public purse

Religion is big business -- especially with the help of your tax dollars.

Pizza fan spotted towing flaming wood-fired oven down highway

A driver has been spotted towing a lit wood-fired pizza oven while hurtling down a highway in Australia.
Dash camera footage filmed the wood-fired pizza oven being towed on a trailer by a pick-up as it drove along the Westlink M7 in New South Wales.
"One wonders if this is very safe," Kerri Lacey, the driver of the vehicle filming the incident can be heard saying. "A fire, in a pizza oven, on the freeway, with a car." It is believed the driver was not breaking the law.
"It is legal in Australia to have the fire going in the oven. I have three of these and it took me a long time to get an answer. The police didn't know, I asked the head guy at the CFA and they said it's okay as long as you have a front door. It's no different to a steam train," Adrian Cross said.

Mother punched teenage son in the face after he ordered wrong toppings on burrito

A West Virginia mother has been charged with child abuse after she allegedly punched her 15-year-old son in the face during an argument over a burrito. Loretta Lynn Armstrong, 48, was arrested on May 13th after police responded to her home in Milton on a domestic disturbance call.
Officers spotted Armstrong punching her son over what both parties described as an argument over a burrito. The teenager had apparently ordered the wrong toppings on his mother’s burrito when he went to a Taco Bell earlier in the day. “The mother was hitting her child in the face,” Cpl. Dean Bishop said.
Armstrong then threw herself to the ground and complained of chest pains when officers tried to handcuff her, according to the Dispatch. “She screamed and cussed and yelled and claimed she was having a heart attack,” Bishop added. Emergency crews performed an EKG and determined she was not having a heart attack before she was eventually taken into custody.
It took officers nearly three hours from the time they arrived at the scene to get Armstrong into custody. “There’s a difference between spanking your kid and punching your child in the face,” Bishop said. “There’s no sense in ever getting into an argument like that over a burrito —-just let it go.” Armstrong was charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor counts of obstruction, intimidating a public official and disorderly conduct.

Hotel guest shot door after locking himself out of room

A tourist from West Virginia spent part of his vacation a Florida in jail after deputies say he used a handgun to shoot the lock on his hotel room door when he locked himself out of the room.
Charles William Richardson, 35, of Dunbar, was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with two felony counts of shooting a deadly missile within an occupied building. Deputies responded to reports of a man shooting a firearm at the Beachcomber Hotel on St. Pete Beach at 7:58am on Thursday.
According to deputies, when they arrived at the hotel, they found Richardson sitting in the lobby unarmed. Deputies determined that Richardson, who was a guest at the hotel, used a handgun to shoot the lock on his hotel room door because he had locked himself out of his room.
Richardson then proceeded to shoot a window at the hotel for no apparent reason. No one was injured at the hotel as a result of the shooting. Deputies say they recovered the handgun near Richardson’s hotel room. Richardson was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

'Vibrator Bandits' arrested during drug bust

Springfield Narcotics Detectives arrested three suspects on Thursday night they believe to be the “Vibrator Bandits” from West Springfield, Massachusetts.
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, at around 7:00pm, Narcotics Detectives watching for drug deals recognized the three suspects from surveillance photos. The three are believed to have stolen lubricant and four vibrators, one big one and three small ones, from a CVS in West Springfield.
On Thursday, Sgt. Delaney said they were allegedly seen on surveillance near the Family Dollar parking lot conducting a drug deal. Detectives arrested all three suspects; 27-year-old Kristy Beck of Ware, 27-year-old Anthony Caputo of Ludlow, and 25-year-old Charles Paine of Palmer.

Sgt. Delaney said two rocks of crack cocaine and three suboxone strips were seized, but no vibrators. All three were charged with possession of crack cocaine. Beck was also charged with possession of Suboxone. West Springfield police were notified of the arrest by Springfield police and are expected to seek complaints pertaining to the alleged vibrator heist against the trio in District Court.

Drunk barking and growling man arrested for punching paramedic

A Michigan man is facing charges for allegedly punching a paramedic while extremely drunk and barking and growling like a dog. 51-year-old Tim Saling of Farmington Hills, faces charges of felony battery to an emergency rescue worker and disorderly conduct.
According to a criminal complaint, EMS and police were called to the American Club at around 11:30pm on Monday for a medical call. When police arrived, they found Saling laying down and screaming on the front patio of the Club. Officers on scene tried to ask Saling about how badly he was hurt, but they say he kept screaming and started growling and barking like a dog.
Police say they were able to smell alcohol on his breath. When Orange Cross EMS arrived, the paramedics helped Saling back towards his room in the Club because he was unable to get up the stairs himself. He then allegedly started punching one of the paramedics in the head and went back to growling and barking like a dog.
Officers and EMS brought him back downstairs and out to the ambulance to take him into custody. Saling was transported to St. Nicolaus Hospital and held for observation Police say a blood draw put his blood alcohol level at .253. When Saling sobered up, police interviewed him again, and he told them he has no memory of the events of that night. He did apologize, and police say he said he had consumed brandy and whisky, but was unsure how much.

Dog Rescued After Living On Freeway Median For Over A Month

We hear horror stories about abandoned animals saved from the jaws of death far too often these days, but the really odd cases stay with us to remind us how not to care for a pet.
A German shepherd was recently saved from a freeway median in Los Angeles where she'd been living for at least five weeks after jumping out of the bed of her owner's truck.
The dog, dubbed Freeway Frida by the Galt police officer Sylvia Coelho who rescued her, was first spotted by drivers on Highway 99 near Simmerhorn Road back in April, but she evaded capture so the police were unable to nab her until around May 18th.
Frida was treated for a broken leg and is said to be doing well, and since she's not microchipped and her owner isn't coming forward (for obvious reasons) officer Cuelho says she might have to adopt her.
Read more about Freeway Frida here

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