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Rabbis Green-Light Weed for Passover(!)

As we come into Passover, which starts tonight and runs through April 11, our nation’s sizable Jewish population will be shedding anything made with grains, thus ruling out beer and most spirits. That means if you’re one of the faithful with a heavy thirst for the tipple, it’s wine headaches all week long. There is, however, one way they can kick back and unwind before digging into some matzo: by getting high.

Ben Greenberg is a New York City-based rabbi who has the distinction—and added authority—of having been the head of a Denver-based synagogue while the state was passing, and enacting, the law that famously legalized marijuana.

“There are really two different layers of prohibitions during Passover,” Greenberg explained by phone. “One of them is specific to the Ashkenazic Jewish community, and the other one is the biblical prohibition, which is that you can’t have any leaven—no grains. The additional layer of prohibition is that European Jews, several hundred years ago, added that you can’t have anything that might look like a grain. So they don’t eat beans or rice on Passover.”

Uh-oh. So does this mean that the sticky buds of the cannabis plant fall under this category?

“The overwhelming majority of rabbis are clear that it does not,” Greenberg noted, sagely.


Glenn Beck Announces Gays Are Nazis, Then Announces Interview With Glenn Greenwald

In a masterpiece of moronic mixed metaphors, Glenn Beck announced today on his radio show that gay rights activists are building a Nazi regime while wearing the robes of the Inquisition that will lead to a Christian Holocaust.

This is what happens when you throw a bunch of ridiculously extreme right wing memes in a blender and set it on “purée.”

In other Glenn Beck news, the raving freakazoid nut sandwich also announced that tomorrow he’ll be interviewing gay “liberal” pundit Glenn Greenwald.

And the Mighty Greenwald has already responded to those who have the temerity to criticize him for this, by comparing himself to President Obama being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly, and calling his critics “absolute idiots.” That’s how the Mighty G rolls.

Read more at http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/44484_Glenn_Beck_Announces_Gays_Are_Nazis_Then_Announces_Interview_With_Gay_Pundit_Glenn_Greenwald#VJgAHum8KPfDYjWe.99

So how does that work exactly? How does Greenwald spend years railing against the "establishment" American media for being sycophants, propagandists and demagogues, just to turn around and grant Beck and interview? So Glenn Fuckin' Beck is his idea of a "real" journalist??

And is it me, or does Greenwald grant way too many interviews for someone running his own $250 million media outlet?? If Greenwald likes hearing his own voice so much, why doesn't he join the 21st century and podcast, or have a Youtube channel? Pierre could easily buy him his own cable show...Hell, Pierre could create a whole new cable news channel just for him...

Air France is way ahead of us....WAY ahead!

NY Boy Scouts hire gay Eagle Scout despite national policy

Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts' New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.

The Boy Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, said there was no change in that policy, which has been highly divisive. As for any further response to the New York announcement, Smith said, "We are looking into the matter."

The challenge to the national headquarters was laid down by the Boy Scouts' Greater New York Councils, which announced the hiring of Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout. Tessier has been a vocal advocate of opening the 105-year-old organization to gay scouts and leaders.

"We received this application from this young man, and we found him highly qualified on all the merits," board member Richard G. Mason said by phone. The New York group, like some other local scouting councils, has said before that it is open to gay employees.

Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ny-boy-scouts-hire-gay-eagle-scout-despite-170003371--finance.html

Anybody attending the Greenwald speech tomorrow in DFW?

Glenn Greenwald Will Speak to a Koch-Funded Event

Just a quick reminder...

Sexism and Anti-Semitism have NO place in American comedy whatsoever...

If you dare to laugh at any of these, please hang your head in shame, turn in your Dem card and ask the mods to ban your account...Thank you...



First Black female Naval Aviator visits Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla.- A pioneer in aviation is in town Saturday

Lieutenant Commander, Brenda Robinson, has flown in many parts of the world; at a time when women were barely flying at all.
The first black female naval aviator shared her experiences coming up the ranks at the Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola.

From landing on aircraft carriers, to flying VIPs to and from the nation’s capital, to flying jumbo jets for the Airlines.
Robinson has an impressive resume and an inspiring story.

Now she travels the country as a motivational speaker, sharing her experiences to inspire the next generation.

"Women, young kids, minorities, everybody can do what I've been doing" said Brenda Robinson, Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and airline pilot.

But Brenda Robinson's ascension to the top wasn't easy.
After going to Dowling College to learn about air traffic control, she earned a degree aeronautics. Robinson then considered piloting planes herself.
After all, aviation was always her passion.

"I never heard of women aviators when I was little so all I wanted to do was be an airline stewardess and anything that was going to get me in the plane, that's what I was interested in" said Robinson.

In 1979, she entered a naval flight training program.
She was the 59th female to do so and the first black female to earn her wings a year later.
Robinson says very few women were in her training class.
As a result, she faced adversity along the way.

Back in those days, there weren't many qualified women pilots bold enough to enter a male dominated occupation.

Robinson says she dealt with her critics by staying focused on her goals.

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and assault.

Ricky Shawatza Hall of Baltimore was identified by the FBI on Tuesday as the driver of an SUV that police fired on after it refused to yield to orders from officers to stop at the entrance to Ft. Meade, Md.. U.S. officials have said that Hall and a passenger, who has been identified at Kevin Fleming and is being treated at an area hospital, were both dressed as women.

Elizabeth Julian, a Maryland public defense attorney who represented Hall on a probation violation in February told The Daily Beast that Hall had said she was transgender and asked to be referred to using the feminine pronoun. Julian said she’d only learned hours earlier that Hall was the driver of the SUV involved in Monday’s shooting. “I think it’s just tragic,” she said.

Hall’s fateful journey began in a rundown discount motel about eight miles from Ft. Meade. A still-unidentified 60-year old man had “picked up” Hall and Fleming in Baltimore, while they were dressed as women, and then brought them in his SUV to the Terrace Motel in Elkridge, Md., around 7:30 Monday morning, according to Howard County police. There, the trio “partied,” anonymous police officials have said, possibly with cocaine, which was later found in the vehicle, along with a gun. It’s not clear if the weapon belonged to the driver.


Russian internet trolls are trained to spread propaganda in three-person teams

Employees at Russia's Internet Research center work for 12 hours a day in 3-person "teams" spreading Kremlin propaganda online, acccording to a former employee interviewed by Radio Free Europe.

Workers at the St. Petersburg "troll factory" are tasked with clogging Russian municipal websites and forums with pro-Kremlin comments. To make their comments seem independent and legitimate, employees are given separate "roles" they must play while maintaining their online personae.

"One of us would be the 'villain,' the person who disagrees with the forum and criticizes the authorities, in order to bring a feeling of authenticity to what we're doing," St. Petersburg blogger and former troll factory worker Marat Burkhard told Radio Free Europe. "Then one of them should provide some kind of graphic or image that fits in the context, and the other has to post a link to some content that supports his argument. You see? Villain, picture, link."

Their roles are designed as such so that private citizens reading the website see the anti-government "villain" ganged up on and shot down immediately with the "facts." The "team" sits together, and few spoken words are exchanged as they work furiously to meet their daily quota of 135 comments.

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