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Fresno man runs back into burning building to save ... a rack of ribs

With his family safe, Robert Wright’s attention turned to his grumbling stomach, and then back to the burning apartment — what about the ribs, man?

“First thing, I got my kids, and I thought about my ribs. Like, I didn’t want my ribs to burn and stuff because I take pride in what I do, man” Wright told KMPH, hoisting a long rack of ribs in his right hand like a giant, meaty scroll.

In a video that has quickly gone viral, the Fresno resident gave an adrenaline-filled interview about his harrowing effort to rescue his tender late-night snack while his neighbor’s apartment burned and residents were forced to flee.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 04:40 PM (7 replies)

Freeperland response to KY clerk arrest: it's their "Rosa Parks" moment

Someone called this our Rosa Parks moment. I think it may well turn out to be just that.



A Christian has been jailed in America for being a Christian!

Time to march!

Vigil for Religious Freedom!

They are now jailing us!


Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s

And unto God the things that are God’s.

This lady believes marriage belongs to God.


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 04:25 PM (19 replies)

parents tried to block 48 year olds gender surgery (Pennsylvania)

A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent.

Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a clear understanding of the three-hour procedure and its risks, Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. said. He dismissed her parents' demand that he appoint a legal guardian and subject her to an independent medical exam.
"I'm so happy," Kitzler whispered when the judge ruled.

Kitzler's lawyers and Philadelphia-area surgeon were trying to schedule the operation for this week. The surgeon, Dr. Christine McGinn, said she would cover the cost. The operation had been set for Tuesday before Klaus and Ingrid Kitzler won a temporary injunction.

Christine Kitzler said having her body match the gender she has identified with since growing up outside Cleveland, Ohio, would save her from backsliding into alcohol and drug addiction.

Her parents argued that a childhood learning disorder and depression had compromised her judgment and that her HIV and hepatitis C diagnoses would make the surgery far riskier.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Sep 2, 2015, 09:10 PM (0 replies)

Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

Source: associated press

Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," has died of Parkinson's disease. He was 84.

He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones' publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday.

Jones' long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show "Ensign O'Toole," noting it had "some good closing sequences." Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.

Jones puzzled over Disney's remark until it occurred to him that "Ensign O'Toole" preceded Disney's own Sunday night show on NBC, and he realized Disney probably only watched each episode's ending.

Two years later, Jones heard from Disney again, calling this time to offer him a role in "That Darn Cat!" opposite ingénue Hayley Mills. His FBI agent Zeke Kelso follows a crime-solving cat that leads him to a pair of bank robbers.

Released in 1965, it would the first of 10 Disney films Jones would make, most of them in the supernatural vein.

Read more: http://www.netzero-news.net/news/read/article/the_associated_press-dean_jones_boyish_disney_star_dies_at_84-ap
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Sep 2, 2015, 07:52 PM (2 replies)

5 polar bears have surrounded a team of unarmed researchers at remote outpost, won't leave

Five hungry polar bears have surrounded a team of unarmed researchers at a remote outpost in northern Russia.

The bears have settled in the fields outside a weather station on the island of Vaygach in the Arctic Sea, preventing researchers from leaving the building to conduct their work, the World Wide Fund for Nature in Russia said in a statement.

The team, which consists of two meteorologists and an engineer, tried to scare them off with flares, but the bears were undeterred -- and the Russian WWF says the team has no other weapons at its disposal.

The bears sleep near the station and have been seen fighting with one another outside the building in recent days, one of the researchers at the station told Viktor Nikiforov, the head of the WWF Polar Bear Patrol project.

The presence of the bears means that the researchers have been unable to make their twice daily trip, several hundred meters from the weather station, to measure water temperatures in the sea.

"People living in the Arctic must be prepared to face with a polar bear," Nikiforov said in the statement. "However, the station staff have no weapons."

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Sep 2, 2015, 04:42 PM (67 replies)

Video Shows Officers Ignoring Man in Diabetic Distress, He Dies in Jail 15 Hours After Arrest

In 2013, 45-year-old Carlos Mercado walked into Rikers Island jail — 15 hours later he would be dead.

According to the Times,

On June 22, 2013, Mr. Mercado was arrested in Brooklyn after allegedly trying to sell a small amount of heroin to an undercover police officer. He was taken to Rikers and, within 15 hours, died of complications of diabetes.

In this jail surveillance video obtained by The New York Times, he is seen walking unsteadily and carrying his vomit in a plastic bag. At one point he collapses on the floor and is left lying there for three minutes while correction officers step over him. Rankin & Taylor, a law firm representing Mr. Mercado’s family, is in settlement negotiations with the city.

Upon entering the jail, it is a matter of record that Mercado told them that he suffers from diabetes. Guards allegedly took no action on this claim and only hours later, Mercado would begin to experience fainting spells, dizziness, and vomiting. All of this is seen on prison surveillance cameras.

At one point in the video, officers can be seen callously walking around the dying man’s lifeless body as he lay on the floor. Instead of taking his claims seriously for diabetes, guards told him that his loss of consciousness and sickness was due to heroin withdrawal.

Hours later, at 9:06 am, after being ignored by prison staff, Mercado died. Contrary to the claims of heroin withdrawal, the autopsy report that Mercado died from exactly what he warned guards about upon entering the jail — complications from diabetes.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Sep 2, 2015, 04:33 PM (12 replies)

The 1-star Yelp reviews of Yosemite

For some Yelp reviewers, Yosemite is a huge letdown. Read their 1-star assessments of California's most popular national park

Granted, they are in the minority. Most reviews are five stars or at least four. And even among the one-stars, there are a few that are obviously tongue-in-cheek.

Tree M.
Yosemite Village, CA
1.0 star rating 6/11/2014

THIS year it was a disaster. Very crowded, trash everywhere, RUDE store clerks. Smoking bus drivers who give you wrong directions. No animals, except a few sad, looking deer. I don't even want to know what happened to the bucks so that they wouldn't frighten the "paying customers."

If the National Park Association is so concerned about conservation, why are they selling Chinese products, when there is such a pollution problem in Beijing?

I'm canceling my NPA membership. We need to close the National Parks to the public, and give them back to the animals.

------Vern S.
San Carlos, CA
1.0 star rating 5/22/2013

Utterly horrible place. No McDonalds on every corner, no casinos or pawn shops anywhere in sight. Trees block views and too many grey rocks. No concierge or valet parking. Just forget about this place...

----Melissa R.
Ukiah, CA
1.0 star rating 8/15/2015

Terrible experience. We drove into the park and were unable to find parking ANYWHERE. After two hours of searching for a parking space, we ended up leaving the park without using our $150 tram tickets. It is completely overcrowded and shame on park officials for taking $30 per vehicle with no concern as to whether you will have a place to park the vehicle or not. How about you cut down the surrounding burned trees and make another parking lot or five.

Bill G.
Sunnyvale, CA
1.0 star rating 5/6/2011

One time, at Yosemite, I had to go to the bathroom, and it was gross. The line was crazy long, there was no paper inside, and the whole area stank to high heaven.

BTW, the park shuts off some of the waterfalls after midsummer.

Kevin K.
Woodland Hills, CA
1.0 star rating 2/6/2015

We decided to go on a hike up a mountain which was a very long walk and incredibly stupid because there's nothing to talk about the entire way up. For what feels LITERALLY like miles. And when you finally get to the top of the mountain, you'd think there'd be something rewarding to do. Think again. When you get to the top - oh look. More mountains that I don't want to climb in silence. The one good thing about the mountain top is you can see a lot of plants and point to them. But if you expect your one true love to hold your hand and experience a plant inspired euphoria, I have some disappointing news for you. Not only will she not hold your hand, she'll go sit by herself on the other side of the mountain top. That wasn't in the brochure, Yosemite.

When night finally came, it was really cold. There was no place to plug in the space heater, and it was taking up half of the tent. So I'll be returning THAT to Home Depot. We made dinner in silence and she drank a lot as we listened to the sound of other campers pretending to enjoy themselves and decided just to go to sleep and end the disappointing day.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Sep 2, 2015, 04:14 PM (5 replies)

Kentucky clerk is on her 4th marriage. divorced three times

Heard on radio just now

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 11:09 PM (13 replies)

Dr. Wayne Dyer, motivational guru, dies at 75

Source: cbs new

Dr. Wayne Dyer, the renowned motivational guru and author of dozens of self-help books, has died at age 75, his family announced over social media Sunday.

"Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn't wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side. ... We Love You Forever Dad/Wayne," his family posted in a message on Dyer's Facebook page.

Dyer rose to prominence after the publication of his first book, 1976's "Your Erroneous Zone," became an international bestseller. That launched Dyer's career as an author and speaker and garnered him a legion of ardent fans, who dubbed him the "father of motivation."

His basic message was simple: Think good thoughts, and good things will surely follow.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dr-wayne-dyer-motivational-guru-dies-at-75/

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 10:42 PM (3 replies)

Arizona Cop Whips & Kicks Police Dog

After a few seconds, the officer pulls the leash, and the dog stays put near the door. The officer walks toward the dog and makes the leash into a whip and then hits the dog. The woman recording says, “Hey!” and then gasps as the officer appears to strike the dog a second time.

He then appears to kick the dog, as the woman exclaims, “He’s kicking that dog! What the hell!”

“At this point we are still investigating what occurred. Examining every aspect of this incident will take time and for this we thank the media and the community for their patience,” the Peoria Police Department said in a statement to KPHO-TV. In the meantime, we appreciate the concern the community has expressed for our K9 partners. Due to the fact we are in the midst of an internal investigation we are declining interviews with our officers for the moment.”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 04:53 PM (2 replies)
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