Badass NJ Mayor saves people from fires

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"You use this thing to rescue people, kid." (img by Hopeful in NJ)

NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital Thursday night for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house.

“I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed,” Booker said in recounting the fire. Booker told The Star-Ledger he also suffered second-degree burns on his hand.

Everyone tells you not to rush into burning buildings to save people because you’ll likely die or at least become one other person to rescue. It’s dumb. Unless it works. Then you’re a hero.

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Confession: Dude totally made up that Iraqi WMD stuff

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Apparently Blair wasn't the only one. (img by Eric Mesa)

@The Independent

A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.

“Curveball”, the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi’s lies used to justify the Iraq war.

He tries to defend his actions: “My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime’s oppression.”

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Yeah, Ron Paul Is Racist After All, Sorry

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By Mobutu Sese Seko, Vice

This week probably marks the moment that schadenfreude finally left the Ron Paul campaign.

There’s always been a kind of awful element of fun to listening to rabid Paul defense, given that much of it was reality-optional. But, hey, at least his fans believed in something. And no true believer deserves this week. In the last seven days, some of Paul’s former staffers admitted to deliberately courting racists, with his blessing. Then, adding insult to injury, Paul’s current ties to American white supremacist groups surfaced courtesy of Anonymous.

As outlined before, there were only a limited number of explanations for Paul’s racist, conspiracy-oriented newsletters, and none of them were good. Either he believed the things he printed, merely capitalized on the things he printed, or was unaware of the things he printed. It was a spectrum ranging from monstrous to cynical to incompetent.

Apparently, it’s the second option, at least according to the Washington Post: (more…)

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Pootie-Poot: look badass, be badass?

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I killed Dobby for trying to look like me. He

So what if George W. Bush called him Pootie-Poot, or that lots of Russians want him the hell out of politics, he’s still got an eye for looking and being badass.

Check out this Gallery of Putinic Badassery over at The Atlantic.

Actually, in light of the gallery, I’m surprised Putin didn’t just go out and offer to arm-wrestle all the protesters.

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