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An insensitive Amtrak conductor tried to boot Sherrilyn Ifill, the director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, from her seat on a Baltimore-bound train she boarding in Washington, D.C., Friday evening — the start of the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend — despite having no discernible reason.

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The muse for this story is a humble piece of stone, no more than an inch square. Sometime in the mid-19th century, it had been fashioned into a gunflint—an object that, when triggered to strike a piece of steel, could spark a small explosion of black powder and propel a lead ball from the muzzle of a gun with mortal velocity.

Archaeologists often come across gunflints. That’s because during the 19th century, firearms were considered mundane items, owned by rich and poor alike. Gunflints, like shell casings now, were their disposable remnants.

But this gunflint is special.

In 2008, my students and I, working with nearby residents, unearthed this unassuming little artifact during an archaeological dig in a little Pennsylvania village known as Christiana. We found it located in what today is a nondescript corn field, where a small stone house once stood.

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The pallets of bedding, food and medical supplies sat wrapped in plastic and unused in a warehouse for more than two years while Puerto Ricans suffered through the aftermath of a devastating hurricane and a recent earthquake, and now their discovery has triggered a political firestorm.

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Wanda Vázquez on Sunday fired two more officials in the most recent development since anger broke out over a viral video showing unused emergency supplies allegedly leftover from Hurricane Maria aid sitting in a warehouse in the southern coastal city of Ponce where thousands have been in shelters since a recent 6.4 magnitude quake struck the island two weeks ago.

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President Trump cheered the landmark United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and China trade deals and their potential benefits to American farmers during a speech Sunday evening in Austin, Texas.

The speech marked the president’s third appearance at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and Trade Show.

"We did it," Trump began, recalling his campaign promises to improve trade relations with China and the U.S.’s North American neighbors.

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The U.S. Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller.

The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday.

Miller was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor.

General Discussion Forum / Serial Killer Moving Near Charlotte
« on: January 18, 2020, 04:31:42 PM »
Just in time for the CIAA.


 A convicted serial killer who was just released from prison is moving to South Carolina.

Catherine Wood made national headlines in the 1980s when she and her partner, Gwendolyn Graham, murdered five women between the ages of 60 and 98. All of the victims lived at Alpine Manor Nursing Home in Michigan and had dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Wood is now 57 years old. With her release, John Engman is warning anybody who may end up living near her.

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The floor of the U.S. Senate had to be briefly evacuated today when the Christian Bible that was being used to swear in the hundred senators who will be jurors in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump exploded into a mass of flaming debris.

“You could feel that it was starting to get a little hot when the Democrats swore that they’d be able to treat the allegations against President Trump with impartiality, but when the Republicans began swearing they’d consider only the Constitution and the law, the amount of smoke coming from the Bible made it very difficult to breathe,” said Bryce Langdon, now eyebrowless senate page.

“Then Mitch McConnell reached his hand towards it and whomph, it went up like kindling.”

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Mitch McConnell was happy to receive the impeachment articles today so that the Senate could get on with acquitting the president and we can all move on to something much more productive, like making Siri say funny things.

But McConnell was forced to ask the House to send over another copy of the articles after the one they received was covered with dark purple wine stains.

"Hey, Mrs. Speaker, sorry to bug you," McConnell said, "but it looks like you've got some purple substance all over these articles of impeachment."

"Don't mess with me!" Pelosi snapped back. "I'm a Catholic. Wait -- do Catholics drink wine?" When an aide informed her they do, she realized the jig was up and sheepishly agreed to transmit fresh articles of impeachment.

An embarrassed Pelosi came over to pick up the old ones and deliver a fresh copy. She smelled the stains and confirmed they were a "delicious 1982 vintage -- very good year." A concerned aide tugged the paper out of her hand as she began to nibble at the corner.

Unfortunately, the new copy was covered in 

Politics / Rep. Ayanna Pressley reveals herself without hair
« on: January 17, 2020, 06:26:22 AM »
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley is known as being a straight shooter and high-profile member of “The Squad,”

During an interview sit down with The Root, Pressley admitted that like many Black women she loves playing around with different hairstyles and lately has even been incorporating the versatility of lace-front wigs to switch things up.


A local furniture store might be kicking themselves Monday, after offering what seemed like a pretty unrealistic deal.

Puckett’s Furniture and Appliance in Livingston offered free furniture if the Titans win against the Ravens and if Derrick Henry goes for more than 200 yards and that’s exactly what happened Saturday night.

Sales Manager Josh Ford explained that you had to buy the furniture Thursday, Friday or Saturday and that there were no price limits.

“Buy $100 worth of merchandise or $10 million worth of merchandise it doesn’t matter.”

The offer was posted Thursday on Facebook and created quite a buzz by game time.

Politics / My Blackface Governor Declared an Emergency
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:35:34 AM »

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will declare a temporary emergency ban on all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square Friday through Tuesday ahead of a massive rally planned next week over gun rights.

Politics / 'OK, Boomer' uttered in Supreme Court for first time
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:22:32 AM »

“OK, Boomer,” was uttered for the first time in a Supreme Court session Wednesday as Chief Justice John Roberts, who will turn 65 this month, referenced the phrase used by younger people to dismiss their elders during a case about age discrimination in the workplace.

As the leader of the Supreme Court, Roberts is poised to preside over the upcoming impeachment trial against President Trump – now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a resolution Wednesday to transmit the two articles to the Senate. The Constitution requires that the vice president, in this case, Mike Pence, who normally presides over the Senate, step out in order to avoid a conflict of interest – he is next in line for the presidency if Trump is removed from office. The chief justice, therefore, is tapped to preside over an impeachment trial.

Sports Forum / The Fight of the Century
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:17:51 AM »

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