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Damn skippy, she is!

Breitbart editor and radio show host Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn Beck today on his program, and she took American Idiot Jason Biggs straight to the woodshed over his disgusting tweets. Nickelodeon, who has yet to straight-up disavow anything employee Biggs has said and has in fact been promoting his Twitter account, didn’t escape Loesch’s wrath, either.

@DLoesch Knew you'd be on today-just turn'd on radio-great explaining of @JasonBiggs insanity-enough of him and @NickelodeonTV !!!

— NOT Jimi Hendrix (@jimithoughts) September 3, 2012

@bangbiskit @JasonBiggs @DLoesch I would not want to be in the line of Dana's fire. LOL. @NickelodeonTV #tcot #resist44 #LNYHBT

— ConsrvaGirl (@ConsrvaGirl) September 3, 2012

Thank you Dana Lash for informing me on Jason Biggs and Nickelodeon. Those two are pathetic.

— Dennis V (@ChromeJaguar) September 3, 2012

Ditto. Thank you, Dana, for continuing to spread the word about Jason Biggs’ vile, vicious tweets. Parents need to be aware of the man Nickelodeon has chosen to be the voice of a children’s show. With any luck, Nickelodeon and Viacom will reverse course, stand up, and give Biggs the boot. Biggs’ brand of filth has no place on a kids’ network, and Nickelodeon should know better.

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American Idiot: Pig-Maher-in-training Jason Biggs sends out sick tweets about Paul and Janna Ryan; Update: Deletes tweets

American Idiot 2: Jason Biggs knocks Christians; targets Ann Romney and Janna Ryan with vile tweets

Pressure mounting for Nickelodeon to throw the pie at American idiot Jason Biggs

Jason Biggs’ wife laments death of free speech

Jason Biggs dismisses his anti-Christian and misogynist filth with ‘I put my dick in a pie’

American Weasel: Jason Biggs quietly deletes vile tweets about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan

Hey Nickelodeon, how’s that anti-bullying campaign going?

Parents put pressure on Nickelodeon’s advertisers

Jason Biggs’ wife: You people criticizing my husband are scary, humorless bullies

Sears and Kmart disavow Jason Biggs’ filthy tweets; ‘We do not condone this behavior’

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/03/dana-loesch-takes-to-the-airwaves-to-smack-down-jason-biggs-nickelodeon/

OMG. Its happening. The latest Carter babies are finally (reportedly) here! POP THE CHAMPAGNE!

Beyonc has apparently given birth to twin babies, according to a new report from .

Elite Daily reached out for reps for both Bey and Jay, but did not hear back at the time of publication.

Everything Beyonc does in generalis legendary. Remember her epic pregnancy Instagram announcement on the first day of Black History Month?

Her caption read:

We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. The Carters

And who could forget that time she slayed her performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards while pregnant?

But now,Queen B hastaken it to the next level. Beyonc apparently gave birth this week, according to ,which would make her babies Geminis. The word Gemini is actually Latin for twins.

Gemini is an air sign, and Geminisareknown to be adaptable, curious, and affectionate. However, they can suddenly get serious and their weaknesses include indecisiveness, nervousness, and the inability to be alone.

Other famousGeminis include North and Kanye West, President Donald Trump, Johnny Depp, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Fans were quick to point out that with two Gemini babies and those ~ serious~traits, Beyonc and Jay Z are in for some double trouble.


Other fans were happy at the idea the twins could be Geminis. Maybe this will end the Geminihate?!

Either way, we cant wait to hear from B herself about her latest additions to the Carter family. We. Need. DETAILS. Do I smell a Fathers Day Instagram post?

Congratulations to Beyonc, Jay Z, big sister Blue Ivy, and the rest of the Carter family.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/beyonce-twins-gemini/1995388/

It’s been over two years since Breaking Bad wrapped up, and we’ve yet to see another TV show become such a stunning cultural phenomenon.

Telling the story of a mild-mannered chemistry teacher “breaking bad” and – over the course of five seasons – becoming a stony-faced, pretty ruthlesskiller, Vince Gilligan’s show has its fair share of dedicated fans, and it seems that Aaron Paul (aka Jesse Pinkman) is one of them.

In an interview intended to promote his two new movies (Triple 9 and Eye in the Sky) and his latest TV role (in Hulu’s powerful cult drama, The Path) the conversation quickly turned to Paul’s most iconic role:

“I absolutely feel like I said goodbye to Jesse, and it might sound a little cheesy, but I think Jesse will always live somewhere within me.

Im the only person on the planet that lived and breathed every moment of Jesses existence, and then some. Every moment that we saw, I created in my crazy head. I loved Jesse. I feel so connected to him.

Unprompted, he then hinted that Jesse Pinkman might one day be back:

“I absolutely feel like I said goodbye to him, for now. Because he could always come back in one way or another.

Maybe this is just wishful thinking (on our part as well as on Aaron’s), but there have been a few hints that Pinkman could be back. Rumours are flying that he’ll cameo in Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, and Vince Gilligan has also entertained the possibility that another spin-off – this time focused on Jesse – could one day be on the cards…

We’ll have to wait andsee. In the meantime, remind yourself of Jesse’s best bits with this incredible fan video, dedicated to the relationship between him and Walt:

Image Credits: Patheos, Schmoes Know

Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2016/02/aaron-paul-has-spoken-about-the-possibility-of-jesse-pinkman-returning-82134/

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Brennan, center, with former CIA director George Tenet and former Bush advisor Fran Townsend.

Here’s the White House case for Brennan, who is expected to be less controversial than would-be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:

• John Brennan’s career of service and extraordinary record has prepared him to be an outstanding director of the CIA. Brennan served for decades at the Agency. Since 9/11, he has been on the front lines in the fight against al Qaeda. Over the past four years, he has been involved in virtually all major national security issues and will be able to hit the ground running at CIA

• POTUS: Brennan has the full trust and confidence of the President. For four years, he has seen the President every day, and been by his side for some of his toughest decisions – including the decision to launch the bin Laden raid. Brennan is as close to President Obama as any member of his national security team.

• Record: Brennan has excelled as the President’s top advisor on counter-terrorism. During his four years on the job, al Qaeda’s leadership has been devastated and Osama bin Laden has been taken out. He has also led the effort to take the fight to al Qaeda’s affiliates in places like Somalia. He’s helped navigate the challenges of this Arab Spring, including the transition in Yemen. And he’s bolstered our homeland security, improving aviation screening and terrorist watch-lists, and helping to guide our response to countless challenges, from tornadoes to cyber threats to Hurricane Sandy.

• CIA: Brennan has a deep understanding of CIA’s collection, covert action, and analytic missions. He worked for decades at CIA, serving in the field and at headquarters – including service as Deputy Executive Director, station chief in Saudi Arabia, and PDB briefer at the White House. He has enormous appreciation for the men and women of CIA, and the work they do – often in the shadows – to keep us safe.

• Intelligence community: Brennan has worked closely with other intelligence agencies. He is committed to investing in the range of intelligence capabilities we need—technical and human. And when it comes to sharing and integrating information across the Intelligence Community, he’s been a pioneer. After 9/11, he built—and then led—the National Counterterrorism Center to ensure better coordination

• Rule of law: Brennan has been an advocate for greater transparency in our counter-terrorism policy, and adherence to the rule of law. He has spoken out repeatedly about the need for strong oversight and review of our counter-terrorism actions, and has led efforts within the government to ensure that we put those ideals into practice.

• Bipartisan: Brennan has held senior positions in Democratic and Republican Administrations. He has worked closely with members of Congress, as well as Republican Governors like Chris Christie through his disaster relief efforts. He has no party affiliation, and has worked around the clock to protect our country.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/the-white-house-case-for-john-brennan

1. Modern Art

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“This piece really captures the essence of…sharks.”

2. Bitcoins

 

“These two things are basically the same, right?”

3. New Yorker Cartoons

William Hamilton / Via condenaststore.com

“Uh…it’s funny because they’re rich?”

4. The Actual Meaning of the Word “Irony”

“I’m just gonna keep using it as a synonym for ‘funny.’”

5. Fine Wines

“Ah, yes, I believe I’m getting an oaky hint of…alcohol.”

6. Fantasy Sports

“You mean that thing where you control these little imaginary players and use them to fight against your friends every week? Yes, I’ve heard of it.”

7. Artsy Movies

“It’s like, um…a metaphor…for our modern society…”

8. Investing

“Let’s see, I need some stocks, some bonds, a 401(k), and…a pool of gold coins?”

9. Buddhism

“It’s basically a religion based on chillaxing.”

10. Obamacare

“Yay! We all get free health care now…maybe?”

11. Trendy New Music Genres

“Nu gaze? Yeah, totally! Witch house? Sure, awesome! Seapunk? OK…that one sounds made-up.”

12. Computer Viruses

“Pretty sure I got this virus because of a chain mail I didn’t forward to 10 of my friends.”

13. Super PACs

“It’s an organization, right? Or a person? Or…a law?”

14. How Cars Work

Universal / Via instructables.com

“The carburetor is connected to the accelerator, which is connected to the…flux capacitor?”

15. Doing Taxes

“I’ll let TurboTax worry about it.”

16. Beer

“If I keep talking about hops and barley maybe no one will realize how drunk I am.”

17. Fracking

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“I’m not sure what it is, but I know it sucks.”

18. Monsanto

“Pretty sure this also sucks.”

19. BioShock Infinite

“It’s like Super Mario Bros. but…bigger.”

20. Sigmund Freud

“You are feeling all these feelings because sex.”

21. Higgs Boson

“I’ll just nod and say ‘I mean, it’s the God particle…’ over and over and over.”

22. CrossFit

“Oh, that’s that cult where everyone jumps around and throws medicine balls at each other, right?”

23. The Economy

“The economy would be fine if those clowns in Washington would just make some more jobs and we balanced our supply and demand and…freakonomics…”

24. How the Internet Works

“To be fair, I don’t know if my answer would’ve been any better.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/moerder/things-we-all-pretend-to-understand-but-dont

Some people are smarter than others intelligence, scientists believe, is the result of a combination of complex factors, including everything from our genetics to the environments in which we grow up.

But that doesn’t mean anyone can’t appear to look more intelligent than they actually may be.

In fact, there are plenty of science-backed ways to convince others that you’re a modern-day Einstein as soon as you meet them.

We rounded up 15 of them so you can impress your boss and buddies with your seeming brainpower.

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1. Walk at the same speed as everybody else

A study led by Boston University marketing professor Carey Morewedge found that if you walk faster or slower than the people around you, they might think you’re stupid.

For the study, 49 undergrads watched films of three different people walking at either slower-than-average, average, or faster-than-average speed. Then they indicated how competent and intelligent that person appeared.

Results showed that people were perceived as smarter and more competent when they moved at the same speed as everyone else.

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2. Put on thick glasses

Research suggests that if you’re wearing glasses, you’ll appear less attractivebut more intelligent.

In one small study, researchers at the University of Vienna had 76 participants look at 78 images of faces some without glasses, some with full-rim glasses, and some with rimless glasses and rate them on a number of traits, including intelligence and attractiveness.

According to the researchers’ findings, people wearing glasses rimless or with rims were rated as more intelligent than people without glasses. Yet those without glasses were seen as more attractive than those with full-rim spectacles.

Go hipster, look smart.

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3. If you’re going to hold something, make it something other than a beer

People often do idiotic things after they’ve had too many drinks.

No wonder that evenholding a beer can makeyou look less intelligent, according to a joint study by the Universities of Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“People who hold an alcoholic beverage are perceived to be less intelligent than those who do not, a mistake we term the imbibing idiot bias,” write authors Scott Rick and Maurice Schweitzer.

In one of five experiments the researchers conducted, 300 managers saw photographs and read transcripts from a hypothetical dinner interview. Results showed that the managers perceived the candidates who ordered wine instead of soda as significantly less intelligent and less hirable.

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4. Use a middle initial

It’ll make you seem intellectual.

“People’s middle initials have a particular and powerful effect on how people are perceived by others,” say psychologists Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of the University of Southampton andEric R. Igouof the University of Limerick.

“The display of middle initials increases the perceived social status of these people,” they write in theEuropean Journal of Social Psychology, and it “positively biases inferences about their intellectual capacity and performance.”

The researchers reached these conclusions by combining seven studies on middle initials. In one study, 85 students were asked to read an essay about Einstein’s theory of relativity and rate it on quality.The author of the essay was presented with a range of names:“David Clark,” “David F. Clark,” “David F.P. Clark,” and “David F.P.R. Clark.”

As it turns out, “David F. Clark” outdid “David Clark,” while”David F.P.R. Clark” received the most rave reviews.

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5. Write simply

Showing off your vocabulary has long been a go-to tactic for looking smart.

But verbosity can backfire.

A 2012 Princeton study with the fitting title “Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity: problems with using long words needlessly” found that clumsily using big words often causes people to think you’re less intelligent.

In one of a series of experiments, researchers selected a sociology dissertation abstract with lots of long words and created a “simplified” version by replacing every word of nine or more letters with its second shortest entry in the Microsoft Word 2000 thesaurus. Then they asked 35 Stanford undergrads to read the dissertation and rate both the author’s intelligence and how difficult the writing was to understand.

Results showed that the simplified version was perceived as less complex and its author was judged as more intelligent.

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6. Use graphs

A 2014 study by Cornell researchersAner Tal and Brian Wansink suggests that people are more likely to believe a claim if it “looks and smells” scientific, such as if it’s accompanied by a graph.

In one experiment featured in the study, two groups of about 30 participants each read information about a new medication designed to fight the common cold. One group saw a bar graph to illustrate some experimental findings, while the other group didn’t.

Results showed that 68% of the group who didn’t see the graph thought that the medication would reduce illness, while a whopping 97% of people who saw the graph thought that the medication would do the same.

“The prestige of science appears to grant persuasive power even to such trivial science-related elements as graphs,”Tal and Wansinkwrite.

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7. Speak expressively

Monotone sounds dull.

“If two speakers utter exactly the same words, but one speaks a little faster and louder and with fewer pauses and greater variation in volume, that speaker will be judged to be more energetic, knowledgeable, and intelligent,” writesLeonard Mlodinow, author of “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.”

He continues: “Expressive speech, with modulation in pitch and volume, and a minimum of noticeable pauses, boosts credibility and enhances the impression of intelligence.”

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8. Look people in the eye

A 2007 study led byLoyola Marymount University professorNora A. Murphy found that looking your conversation partner in the eye can behuge for your perceived smartness.

In one experiment, 182 undergrads were divided into pairs. One partner in each pair was instructed to try to look smart and competent; the other wasn’t given any instructions.

Then the researchers filmed the pairs discussing a preassigned topic for five minutes. Each partner rated the other on perceived intelligence.

When a panel of judges reviewed the recordings, they found that the students told to look smart employed a number of behaviors but among the only behaviors that worked was looking your partner in the eye while speaking.

“Looking while speaking was a key behavior,” Murphy wrote. “It significantly correlated with IQ, was successfully manipulated by impression-managing targets, and contributed to higher perceived intelligence ratings.”

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9. Act confident

That same 2007 study led by Murphy found that wearing a self-assured expression, as opposed to a serious one, was also a predictor of perceived high intelligence.

Other research suggests that even overconfidence can make you seem more knowledgeable. In one study, participants estimated their own knowledge of geography and then worked in pairs on a geography task. Then they rated each other on how competent they seemed.

Sure enough, students who had overestimated their own abilities were rated more competent by their partners.

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10. Dress smartly

Studies have found that the clothes we wear shape the perceptions other people have about our capability.

For example, teaching assistants who wear formal clothes are perceived by students as more intelligent but less interesting than their casually dressed peers.

Plus, a2012 Northwestern study found that people wearing white lab coats as scientists and doctors are known to do score higher on tests requiring lots of concentration.

“The clothes we wear have power not only over others,” write authors Hajo Adam and Adam Galinsky,”but also over ourselves.”

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11. Smile

Want people to think you’re smart? Stop scowling.

In a 2014 study, researchers at Charles University in Prague recruited 160 participants to look at headshots of 80 students and rate them on traits, including intelligence.

According to their findings:

There … seems to be a correlation between semblances of emotions of joy or anger in perceptions of high or low intelligence in faces, respectively. The “high intelligence” faces appear to be smiling more than the “low intelligence” faces.

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12. Remove your facial jewelry

Piercing your face may show how brave you are, but it won’t do you any favors when you’re trying to flaunt your IQ.

That’s according to 2012 research led by Viren Swami, a professor at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

The researchers had 440 participants view photos of a man and a woman with different amounts of facial piercings and rate them on intelligence and attractiveness. Results showed that those with piercings were rated lower on both traits, and that those with multiple piercings were given the most negative ratings.

Flickr / Craig Cochrane

13. Be funny

A solid sense of humor can be a sign of smarts.

In one small study, a psychologist asked three men to tell a joke to their friends at a bar while a woman sat at a nearby table. Then those men were instructed to approach the woman and ask for her number. After the man left, an experimenter approached the woman and asked her to rate the man on attractiveness and intelligence.

Results showed that the guys who told jokes were rated as more intelligent and attractive. Bonus: They were also three times as likely to get the woman’s number as the men who didn’t crack jokes.

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14. Be a leader

A 2002 study found that people who were perceived as leaders were more likely to come across as highly intelligent.

About 350 undergrads were told that they were managers in a hypothetical computer company and were asked to attend a budget meeting with other students.

At the end of the meeting, students rated each group member on how intelligent they seemed. They also indicated whether anyone in the group acted as a leader.

The researchers also measured students’ intelligence using a scientific measure.

As it turns out, there was a strong correlation between how smart students seemed and whether they were perceived as group leaders. Butthere was only a moderate correlation between leadership and actual intelligence, suggesting that leaders only seem more intelligent than everyone else.

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15. Admit what you don’t know

Yes, we just advised you to pretend you’re more knowledgeable than you really are.

But some situations call for more modesty.

In 1999, two psychologists coined what’s now widely known as the “Dunning-Kruger effect”: The least competent individuals overestimate their ability, while the most competent underestimate theirs. So if you’re trying to impress someone who knows a thing or two about human behavior, it’s probably best to stay humble.

Playing down your cognitive ability might help you at work in particular. “Freakonomics” authors Stephen Dubner and Stephen Levitt say that admitting when you don’t know something can make you seem morecompetent as long as you promise to find out.

Read the original article on Tech Insider. Copyright 2016.

Read next: 11 tips for calming your nerves before a big presentation

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/15-science-backed-tricks-to-instantly-seem-smart/

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Oppo research is part of the political game. But Team Obama is pulling on the latex gloves and waders to pick through the lives of private citizens whose greatest transgression is donating to the Mitt Romney campaign.

Here’s what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent.

Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney.

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

Think that’s bad? It gets much worse. Be sure to read the full article to get the rest of the appalling story. Friendly advice: you might want to remove all sharp objects from your immediate vicinity; this will make your blood boil.

Obama says "donate money to my opposition and I'll do everything I can to destroy you." #forward http://t.co/IU29uhCw

— eyedoc11 (@EyeDoc11) May 11, 2012

My president is a bully. RT “@jpodhoretz: Good Lord. http://t.co/5SRCszGG

— Todd Lowman (@tclowman) May 11, 2012

@davidaxelrod is the guy in this story working for you? Through a 3rd party cutout? http://t.co/N7oBRHIC @nytimes @dcexaminer

— Gene Cronin (@EJCII) May 11, 2012

How to become an enemy of the state: http://t.co/I3cBVzh6

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 11, 2012

Pretty scary when private citizens are investigated solely for donating to the opposition. http://t.co/reDggSV3

— Allison™ (@allidoe) May 11, 2012

#ObamaForgot that Americans despise Nixonian tactics http://t.co/B5g6eQsB

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) May 11, 2012

Blogger and ace Twitterer Melissa Clouthier took Obama’s minions to the woodshed over this:

You lefties trying to ruin people: You should be ashamed. Worse, President Obama is worse than Nixon with his vicious tactics.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

Obama is a Chicago thug through and through.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

So, we've had #AttachWatch #Fishy which both were just ways for people to inform on other Americans. Does that not bother you leftists?

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

And now, private investigators are digging up crap on private citizens so President Obama can destroy them?

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

It is evil. Blackmail is the tool of dictators and potentates.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

So, getting rid of President Obama will come down to the courage of Americans.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

Americans will have to risk having their personal lives excavated if they donate to Romney.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

@sallykohn That's not opposition research on a politician. That's oppo research on a citizen.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

@sallykohn Political donors shouldn't have to worry about their businesses being destroyed by their president b/c they dare give.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

@sallykohn I'd be equally appalled if a GOP President did that. It's frightening.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

@sallykohn No, not all parties do it. That's the fallacy. I'd like evidence of it being done by Bush so I can write about it.

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 11, 2012

Melissa is absolutely right: this is governmental blackmail. And it has no place in a free society.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/11/serial-bullier-barack-obama-now-going-after-private-citizens/

At noon on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, the U.S. Senate will vote on President Donald Trump’s secretary of Education nominee.

This is normal. What’s happening in the 24 hours leading up to the vote, on the other hand, is not normal at all.

In an effort to win over one of their Republican colleagues, Senate Democrats are pulling an all-night filibuster as they take turns making the case against Betsy DeVos, Trump’s choice to head the Department of Education. For 24 hours, Democrats plan to hold the floor in the run-up to a vote that may very well determine the future of America’s public education system.

Two Republicans have already indicated plans to vote against DeVos. It’ll take at least one more vote to tip the scales.

Last week, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) came forward to announce that they would not vote to confirm DeVos. With the 46 Democrats, two Independents, and now two Republicans lining up against DeVos, it looks like there are 50 votes for confirmation and 50 votes against.

Should the vote end up being a tie, Vice President Mike Pence has indicated that he will cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos as the next Education secretary.

There are a number of reasons to oppose DeVos’ nomination that should have people on both sides of the aisle feeling a bit nervous.

For one, DeVos has never attended or worked in a public school, her children have all gone to private schools, and she has no experience working in government or education. There’s also the fact that she’s a proponent of shifting tax dollars from public schools to charter programs in an effort to “advance God’s kingdom” through the education system.

And finally, there’s the simple matter of her nomination being “pay-to-play” politics at its absolute worst. DeVos and her family have donated more than $200 million to Republicans through the years. In 1997, she even wrote, “I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. … We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment.”

Additionally, DeVos had a pretty disastrous confirmation hearing in which she suggested that guns in schools might be a good idea because of bears, showed ignorance about a federal disability law, dodged questions about protecting LGBTQ students and victims of sexual assault, and made it abundantly clear why her confirmation appears to be the one cabinet nomination that may not meet the required 51-vote threshold.

So far, the filibuster is off to a strong start, as Democratic senators implore their colleagues to prioritize the welfare of America’s students over party lines.

No matter how this vote goes, it’s good to see the Senate living up to its potential as one of the world’s great deliberative bodies.

If there’s a case to be made against (or for) DeVos, it will most certainly be made between now and tomorrow’s vote. The exchange of ideas and action that follows is democracy in action.

It’s even better to know that elected officials take into account what constituents think. Sen. Murkowski indicated that her decision to vote “no” was influenced by “thousands of Alaskans who have shared their concerns about Mrs. DeVos as Secretary of Education, by phone, in person, by email and through petition.”

Between now and when the Senate votes on DeVos, there’s still time for constituents to take action whether it’s calling their senators to thank them for their vote against DeVos or trying to convince them to change their minds.

If you’re interested in calling but aren’t sure what to say? No worries. 5 Calls is a great resource for calling your elected officials on any topic.

Watch the 24-hour action from the Senate floor filibuster here:

LIVE: Senate Dems protest Betsy DeVos

WATCH LIVE: Democrats in the Senate will hold the floor all night to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos to secretary of Education.

Posted by The Hill on Monday, February 6, 2017

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/happening-now-senate-democrats-host-a-24-hour-marathon-to-stop-betsy-devos

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Murdered Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was the target of a rash of hateful tweets after news of his shooting death spread, and as Twitchy reported, former Rep. Ron Paul was among the most high-profile of the lowest-class responders, tweeting that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense

— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) February 4, 2013

“Into the Fire” author Dakota Meyer, who holds both a Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor, wasn’t about to let Paul’s insensitive tweet go unanswered.

Let me remind you @ronpaul Chris Kyle is an American hero to not only myself but to America #RIPCK

— Dakota Meyer (@Dakota_Meyer) February 4, 2013

@dakota_meyer well said Marine! @ronpaul for shame Ron Paul!

— Stephanie M. Janicze (@SMJanicze2) February 4, 2013

Paul received plenty of well-deserved condemnation for his tweet. The United States saw fit to honor Meyer with its highest military honor; though we’re not expecting an apology from Paul any time soon, we’d hope Meyer’s tweets help him put things into perspective.

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Related:

Yes, Ron Paul, some veterans with PTSD go to the gun range for therapy

Ghoulish Ron Paul doubles down on Chris Kyle, invokes Jesus

Editor’s note:

We removed an update about Ron Paul’s most recent Chris Kyle comments. We covered those remarks earlier here.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/04/medal-of-honor-recipient-dakota-meyer-to-ron-paul-have-you-lost-your-mind/

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Oh, dear. This is beyond delusional and out of touch. Reminiscent of his absurd “doing just fine” and “headwinds!” comments, President Obama today said that the economy is totally “poised to take off,” during an interview with Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.

Obama tells Julianna Goldman US economy”poised to take off” after fiscal cliff deal,but no deal “without taxes on the rich” @bloombergtv

— Sara Eisen (@saraeisenFX) December 4, 2012

Also, metaphors are hard.

Obama, mixing metaphors: “America is poised to take off, and the question is let’s make sure we don’t have a self-inflicted wound”

— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) December 4, 2012

What actually is poised to take off? Hilarious mockery. It was swift and sure, natch.

Light at the end of the tunnel! RT @jimpethokoukis “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 4, 2012

Any day now! #hehassaidforfouryearsnow RT @zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Cindy Cooper (@CindyCoops) December 4, 2012

like the space shuttle Challenger. RT @zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— DRC (@QueenGorgo_79) December 4, 2012

Laughable. RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) December 4, 2012

Recovery Summer 2013? RT @melissatweets: Laughable. RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Bill Murphy (@billmurphy) December 4, 2012

Didn’t he say that back in 2009 when the recession ended? RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Rschrim (@Rschrim) December 4, 2012

On a sled downhill? RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) December 4, 2012

Can he explain how economy can take off with a tax hike now but couldnt in 2010? MT @zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) December 4, 2012

On a sled downhill? RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) December 4, 2012

He must be resigning then RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Joshua Horner, MBA (@WarEagleMBA) December 4, 2012

Interesting..What was it doing for the past four years then? rt@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— S.M (@redsteeze) December 4, 2012

And, an out?

He didn’t say which direction. RT @melissatweets: Laughable. RT @jimpethokoukis: “@zekejmiller: Obama says economy is “poised to takeoff”

— Natasha (@mooseandskwerl) December 4, 2012

Heh. Keep it coming, Twitter. Mockery is the best medicine! So, there’s that.

Update:

Delusional Obama: Economy is ‘Poised to Take Off’ jammiewf.com/?p=21243

— JWF (@JammieWF) December 4, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/04/doing-just-fine-obama-says-economy-is-poised-to-take-off-mockery-does-take-off/