Coffee Snorters: Friends Don’t Let Their Little Friends Sniff Bombs Edition

Well here’s a real shocker

It is something one half of the population has long suspected – and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men.

In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.

If it wasn’t in black and white, we don’t think we would have believed it. Via Greta

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The seamy underbelly of Christmas… Oh! the humanity!

“Animals have been stolen and slaughtered, they’ve been raped, they’ve escaped from the nativity scenes and have been struck by cars and killed. Just really unfathomable things have happened to them.”

In the letter to Armstrong, Vergerio shared some sad fates of previous nativity animals – like Brighty the donkey, snatched from a nativity scene in Virginia and beaten by three young men. Ernie the camel fled a creche in Maryland but was struck and killed by a car. Two sheep and a donkey had to be euthanized after a dog mauling at a manger scene in Virginia.

There’s just one tiny problem with all of this outrage … no live animals:

“We have some puppet camel things we put out,” Armstrong said. “We have a cow hood thing that a person will wear that actually just looks spooky.”

The volunteers stand beneath a brightly lit electric star as Christmas music fills the frosty air. They don’t even speak.

“We even use a plastic baby.”

What a relief…

Oh, the humanity II! The hideous sequel:

Scientists at a U.S. weapons laboratory say they have trained bees to sniff out explosives in a project they say could have far-reaching applications for U.S. homeland security and the
Iraq war.

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico said they trained honeybees to stick out their proboscis — the tube they use to feed on nectar — when they smell explosives in anything from cars and roadside bombs to belts similar to those used by suicide bombers.

Researchers in the program, dubbed the Stealthy Insect Sensor Project, published their findings on Monday.

Where is Keith Olbermann, Bloggermann, and his overwrought historical parallels when we need him? Surely this is the most ruthless administration EVER.

Via Extreme Mortman, Howard Kurtz seems somewhat skeptical of Matt Lauer’s foreign policy expertise. We are shocked… shocked we tell you. And here we had hoped the White House was finally going to turn over the running of our foreign policy to the likes of Dan Froomkin, a man with nearly as much gravitas as Katie Couric on a caffeine jag.

This won’t last long:

The College Republicans group at Boston University is offering what it calls a “Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship” that requires applicants to be at least 25 percent Caucasian. B.U.’s “Daily Free Press” newspaper says students who want the $250 award must submit two essays — one on their ancestry and the other on what being a Caucasian-American means to them.

Schools, government and private organizations offer hundreds of scholarships targeted at various minority groups. The president of the College Republicans says his group is trying to make a point about the bigotry of racial preferences and affirmative action — not advocate white supremacy. He says a lot of people have been “agitated or upset” at the Caucasian scholarship idea initially — but understand the point when it’s explained to them.

Say it loud! I’m pale and I’m proud!

Doesn’t quite have that ring to it, does it?

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