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News that Isn’t News, Vol. 3: Who Toplesses Better, Body Integrity Identity Disorder, and More!

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Welcome to the News that Isn’t News, where we help you focus on everything besides the relevant information related to your government’s trampling of civil liberties and utter obliteration of the nation’s long-term fiscal position.  You’re welcome! We’re just another media outlet seeking to pipe our part of the Mighty Wurlitzer!

Geraldo Rivera, mustachioed Fox News pundit and embarrassing dad, tweeted a topless picture of himself.  ”70 is the new 50,” Rivera declared, noting that his family would be “pissed.”  Well, if 70 is the new 50, both ages have something in common: you should keep your shirt on.

News that Isn’t News, Vol. 2: Speshul Edition

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Welcome to our second volume of The News that Isn’t News, where we aggregate the day’s most meaningless information into one steaming pile so that you can focus on something other than the government’s growing tyranny and control of your life and your communications.  Because what else matters besides Yeezus attacking a photographer at the airport, really?

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, fictional band Jesse and the Rippers reunited. That’s right, fictional, never were real in the first place, Jesse and the Rippers from TV sitcom Full House reunited.  The band performed a medley of songs written by other musicians, because fictional, never were real in the first place bands do not write their own material. Nevertheless, this was an event.  Lori Loughlin, who played Jesse’s love interest Aunt Becky on the show, stopped by and stormed the stage to kiss John Stamos.

News that Isn’t News, Vol. 1

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Welcome to the news that isn’t news, where we at Liberty Pulse aggregate the day’s most pointless information into one steaming pile of information so that you can focus on something other than a corrupt, fiscally reckless, constitutionally out of line government and its abuses!

Our first story involves extremely fat power couple Michael Moore and his wife of 21 years, Kathleen Glynn.  These two had such mass, such heft, and such clout thereof that halving their property won’t suffice to reach a whole. After all, when you’re investing in Halliburton stock while lambasting Dick Cheney, your portfolio tends to get as fat as your waistline! Michigan observers are predicting an absolute knock-down, drag-out fight over the deep freezer and its contents.

Progressive liberals are mad at Charles Koch…again.

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Progressive bogeyman and billionaire owner of Koch Industries Charles Koch is provoking the ire of liberals and progressives yet again.  Koch, who dares to spend his billions on political advocacy in defiance of the liberal position that billionaires whose last names aren’t Soros shouldn’t spend money on political advocacy,  aired an ad through his foundation claiming $34,000 a year would place one in the 1%.  It would, because $34,000 in income is the top 1% of world incomes.

Predictably, progressives immediately denounced the ad, Charles Koch, and any criticism of their old mainstays: government regulation and a minimum wage. From the Huffington Post:

Of course, earning $34,000 in the U.S. won’t get you very far in most parts of the country. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that a family of three needs an income of at least $44,617 a year to cover basic living expenses in the cheapest parts of the country. In Wichita, Kansas, where the commercial is currently being aired, according to Think Progress, a family of three would need to make $53,721 to get by. That’s far more than $30,000 a year that two parents earning minimum wage would make.

Let’s examine the assertion that a family of three needs an income of at least $44,617 a year to cover basic living expenses in the cheapest parts of the country. The Economic Policy Institute, which was cited by the Huffington Post in their article, says that in the cheapest area of the country, Marshall County, Mississippi, a two-parent, two-child family needs at least $48,144 to get by.

Who Is The Naked Man?

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CNN reported last Thursday night that the police had taken two men into custody following a car chase possibly in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing and the killing of a police officer at MIT.  During the report, they showed footage shot by CNN of one of the suspects, handcuffed and naked, being walked by police to a police cruiser.

The top video below shows the CNN footage.  This was aired Thursday night before the early Friday morning shootout that killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Who is the naked man in custody? Is it Tamerlan Tsarnaev? If not, who is he and why isn’t there an official explanation of the arrest?  If it is Tsarnaev, why did authorities let him go then engage him in a gunfight?

The critical question is, “Is the naked man Tamerlan Tsarnaev?” Judge for yourself. Before you play the video, compare its frozen image of the naked man with the three still photos of Tamerlan Tsarnaev below it. (If you want to get back to that frozen image after you play the video, refresh this page.)

A Case Against CISPA and for the Internet

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Chicago April 18, 2013 – The story to come out of Boston is still in flux, and we are only now putting together the pieces of what happened in the aftermath of that terrible event. It will take much longer to piece together what preceded it. But we now know that within several hours of the attack, law enforcement had named a “person of interest” (an amorphous word that allows media and law enforcement alike to get around calling someone a “suspect” when there is a dearth of evidence against him): a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student who was here on a student visa. Lest anyone think he was merely profiled for being Saudi Arabian, he was behaving suspiciously, according to witnesses: when the bomb went off, he ran away from it. It did not take long to clear him of any wrongdoing. But first, law enforcement had to ransack his apartment in Revere, Mass., and interrogate his roommate for several hours.

Within 48 hours of the Boston Marathon bombing, two other communities of laymen were conducting their own investigations. The first, Reddit.com, produced 14 threads (each with thousands of comments) over the course of two days. Many of those threads were dedicated to disseminating information about the bombing, and about relief efforts. But some of the comments were directed towards aggregating information, any information, that would become useful in identifying the perpetrator. Soon, the site was inundated with videos and photographs of the scene in the lead-up to the bombing, and in the moments thereafter. When law enforcement revealed that the bomb was likely transported in a black backpack, with silver reflective strips, the pictures were combed for information, in a project dubbed “Where’s Waldo?” by reddit moderators.

FOX Deliberately Went Easy On Obama

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In August 2011, when I first read The Washington Times article, “Was CIA behind Operation Fast & Furious?,” by Robert Farago and Ralph Dixon, I was waiting on the edge of my seat for the scandal to ignite in the media, at least on the right. From arming the Sinaloa drug cartel, to laundering money for them and allowing their drugs in the country, to attempting a cover-up, the Obama administration was overseeing nefarious activity with all the makings of an Iran-Contra and Watergate combined. When the scandal failed to explode, I started to smell a rat. At first I figured the Republicans were neutered because the roots of the overarching Project Gunrunner reached back into the Bush Administration, but when the media, particularly The Wall Street Journal and FOX News, failed adequately to elucidate the clear distinctions between Bush’s operations and Obama’s and failed to expose Operation Fast & Furious for all that it was, I started to believe the fix was in.

As I saw Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder lie to the Senate then lie about lying then get caught in both lies, I waited avidly for The Journal to show up at my doorstep so I could see the in-your-face lambasting Holder so richly deserved. I would rip open the paper and turn page after page looking for The Big Story only to find a single paragraph buried deep or, more often, nothing at all. Likewise my daily searches of FOX.com resulted in nothing, or very little, on Operation Fast & Furious.

Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC explains ‘How Empty Headed Rand Paul’s Stunt Was’

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Lawrence O’Donnell launched a string verbal attacks against Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster. O’Donnell backing his arguments against the courageous Senator using a video of floor comments by the Republican old guard and dinner mates of President Obama – John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

While both of O’Donnell’s guest tried to have a reasonable discussion Lawrence could not resist continual attacks on Senator Paul’s character:

O’Donnell calls Rand Paul ‘Horribly Flawed Messenger’

and ‘how Empty Headed Rand Paul’s stunt was’

and ‘He said things that were a little bit more than Crazy

and ‘Rand Paul Pretended that his Performance art turn on the Senate floor yesterday was about forcing the Obama administration to answer a question’

and ‘Spewing Infantile Fantasies’

and ‘I haven’t heard anything Sleazier than that on the Senate floor’

and ‘Rand Paul is Stark Raving Mad

and ‘Perfect reason NOT to stand with Rand’

and ‘Do you think there’s more than 14 minutes of actual contact in what that Psychopath said on the Senate floor’

and ‘if you want to #StandWithRand – do you want to stand with all of the Vile Spewing Madness that came out of that Crazy Person’s mouth’

and ‘your standing with a Crazy person’

and ‘there has never been a filibuster that wasn’t a Stunt and wasn’t Pandering

…meanwhile O’Donnell’s guests were trying to have a relevant discussion about civil liberties and the fact that Rand Paul actual brought this important issue of using drones to kill American people to the country’s dinner table for the first time…

Chicago City Council Regulation $50 Fee For Vomiting In A Cab

Drunk and need to be responsible by not driving? Make sure you don’t hurl in a Chicago cab. As of July 1st taxi cabs will fine you a $50 vomit fee on top of your cab fair for an upchuck. An expensive surcharge to top off an evening of fun time with friends having a few too many martinis at the club.

Not sure if the fee can be avoided by bringing your own barf bag but possibly the free-market will have a solution to help the drinkers fight back against this new city regulation.

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Morning Joe Wrong on Ron Paul and Social Security

TAMPA, June 21 2012 — Ron Paul appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe yesterday, giving one of his most succinct criticisms of the Republican Party to date. Host Joe Scarborough had recently endorsed Paul andexplained why he had voted for him in his Republican presidential primary.

For most of the segment, the hosts concentrated on Paul’s ideas, policy positions and vision for the future of the party. However, near the end of the segment, Sam Stein decided to ambush Paul on Social Security. After Paul explained his position on letting young people opt out of the program, Stein asked Paul if he collected Social Security payments himself. When Paul replied in the affirmative, Stein implied that Paul was being hypocritical by collecting Social Security payments while asking young people to opt out.

Non sequitur.

Ron Paul’s plan to phase out Social Security does not ask people who have paid into the program to forego the benefits. Those he wants to give the opportunity to opt out would also not be taxed to support Social Security. Perhaps somewhat surprised by the line of inquiry, Paul did not give the best answer he’s ever given to this question. However, he explained it in detail in my own interview with him last year.

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