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Ever feel self-conscious eating out alone? Moomin Café in Tokyo has recently gone viral because gigantic stuffed animals are seated across the table from solo diners in an attempt to reduce any discomfort.


That’s right.

With two governors already currently in prison, Illinois goes for the trifecta.

It’s been a banner week for the NBA.

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is under fire for mocking a disabled fan’s selfie. The retired athlete posted a picture on Instagram of his own contorted face next to Jahmel Binion’s selfie…With missing teeth and abnormal hair growth caused by the rare disorder ectodermal dysplasia, the Michigan man is used to getting bullied — but Shaq’s mockery was too much to bear. He considered Shaq his basketball idol and respected the former high-profile athlete’s charitable works and advocacy for disadvantaged children in America.

The word “fiesta” is racist, apparently.

Another ridiculous politically-correct brouhaha has broken out at Dartmouth College, America’s most hopelessly and disturbingly fragile Ivy League school. This time, the fracas is over a fundraiser for cardiac care that the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority had planned to jointly sponsor, reports Campus Reform. Problems arose because a single student, junior Daniela Hernandez, was offended by the party’s theme of “Phiesta.” As a result, the soiree, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled by the presidents of the respective Greek organizations. Had the party happened, it would have included a live band as well as virgin piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. There would also have been burritos, chips and salsa, and guacamole. The cash raised at the event would have gone to benefit cardiac treatments. However, Hernandez’s deep offense about racial insensitivity was enough to call it off…Phi Delt president Taylor Catchcart explained why the Greek organizations folded. “We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” he said. This incident is one more in a long of episodes that pretty clear prove that Dartmouth is slowly going insane as an institution.

ONE PERSON made that happen. ONE. If this generation ever needs to seriously defend the First Amendment, god help us.

So, the Democrats’ plan this week is to blame winter for the economy grinding to a halt in Q1 (because we’ve never had winter before) and to change the First Amendment to restrict political speech. Brilliant! The UK economy grew 30 times faster than the U.S. economy in the last three months. In Canada (where they don’t have winter, obviously) their GDP grew 2.5% in February. What do the UK and Canada have in common? They’ve spent the last several years moving away from their socialist tendencies and getting their fiscal houses in order. We are doing the opposite.

Of course. Term limits? Pfft. Illinois politicians stay in office until they go to jail. Everyone knows that.

 Your Wednesday cry: University of Alabama student dies in tornado while saving his girlfriend’s life.


Previously unreleased internal Obama administration emails show that a coordinated effort was made in the days following the Benghazi terror attacks to portray the incident as “rooted in [an] Internet video, and not [in] a broader failure or policy.” Emails sent by senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes to other top administration officials reveal an effort to insulate President Barack Obama from the attacks that killed four Americans…[Susan] Rice came under fierce criticism following her appearances on television after she adhered to these talking points and blamed the attack on a little-watched Internet video. The newly released internal White House e-mails show that Rice’s orders came from top Obama administration communications officials…Also contained in the 41 pages of documents obtained by Judicial Watch is a Sep. 12, 2012 email from Payton Knopf, the former deputy spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In this communication, Knopf informs Rice that senior officials had already dubbed the Benghazi attack as “complex” and planned in advance. Despite this information, Rice still insisted that attacks were “spontaneous.” The newly released cache of emails also appear to confirm that the CIA altered its original talking points on the attacks in the following days. Then-CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell is identified as the person who heavily edited the critical fact sheet.

As Noah Rothman notes, this is pure vindication for the few reporters (Jonathan Karl, Sharyl Attkisson) who actually tried to investigate the Benghazi scandal.

Yet another member of the Obama administration has been caught lying to Congress.

Newly released documents are fueling GOP questions about whether EPA put politics ahead of policy by publishing a controversial climate rule so late that it will allow red-state Senate Democrats to dodge a difficult vote. The records also contradict the congressional testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who told senators early this year that her agency had submitted the rule to the Federal Register “as soon as that proposal was released.” But in fact, EPA didn’t submit the rule to the Federal Register until Nov. 25, more than two months after the agency released it to the public. And the Federal Register didn’t publish it until Jan. 8. The delay means that the soonest congressional Republicans can force a vote on repealing the rule is January 2015 — months after the vote would pose a tricky political dilemma for some Democrats seeking reelection.

Sonny Bunch on the unbearable pointlessness of Ezra Klein’s VOX DOT COM.

Osama bin Laden is apparently pretty popular in Brazil.

Football fans heading to Brazil this summer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup may be in for a surprise when they stumble across the “Ousama Bin Laden” bar in Sao Paulo – a local watering hole that has attracted international media attention over its name. The establishment, named after the late al-Qaeda leader, is run by an apparent Bin Laden lookalike, Ceará Francisco Helder Braga Fernandes. He had opened the business years ago, but renamed it after the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City, the Guardian reported. It is located “just down the road” from the official FIFA Fan Fest venue in Anhangabau…Brazil is home to about a dozen establishments named after the late al-Qaeda leader, including a restaurant called Bin Laden and Family.

An Auschwitz survivor is searching for his long-lost brother on Facebook. Nina Strochlic reports:

Menachem Bodner last saw his twin brother at age 4, when he was liberated from the infamous Auschwitz laboratory of Dr. Josef Mengele. Now, armed with proof that his brother also survived, he’s watching his search go viral online. It’s most likely that Menachem Bodner last saw his identical twin in 1945, in Dr. Josef Mengele’s gruesome Auschwitz laboratory. He was 4 then and doesn’t remember his time in the notorious death camp. But in the 68 years that have followed, Bodner says he’s “always” been certain he was one of a pair. He just didn’t have any proof until this past year. Now, he’s searching for Jeno, a man who probably looks just like him, and who has a distinctive “A-7734” tattoo on his forearm. And 1 million Facebook users are helping him look…Until last May, Bodner didn’t even know that his own name was once Elias Gottesmann. Now he knows that. And he knows for certain that he has a twin—thanks to the Nazis’ dogged, pathological documentation of their crimes. Ayana KimRon, a professional genealogist in Israel, found the evidence, clearly written in a record put together by the organization Candles, of twins who were “identified as having been liberated at Auschwitz or from a subcamp”:

A-7733, Gottesmann, Elias, 4
A-7734, Gottesmann, Jeno, 4

In early March, after months of dead-end trails and fruitless posts within the Jewish and genealogical communities online, KimRon decided the campaign needed a broader audience. She created a Facebook page titled “A7734,” posted a black-and-white shot of a young boy and a caption with his tattoo number, and asked for any clues into his whereabouts. Within 24 hours it had gone viral, and a within a week, the photo has had 23,000 shares, 1.13 million views, and hundreds of comments from readers offering resources, prayers, and words of encouragement.

Chicago has joined NYC’s e-cigarette ban idiocy.

Islamic extremists are now crucifying people in Syria.

In 1973, Salvador Dali made a lavish cookbook, full of erotic illustrations and sensual recipes.

A chilling WaPo piece on Boko Haram, the worst people on earth.

American idiots: a bunch of dumb socialists chased a bunch of Uber cars in Seattle as a form of protest.

A mob of people, dubbed The Counterforce, allegedly ran through the streets of Seattle on Saturday night, chasing down Uber cars and detaining them in traffic. This is prompted by the assumption, according to the site, that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is a “sociopath” and that his company is destabilizing and undermining African immigrant communities in Seattle. “Dozens of cab owners are currently threatened by the unrestrained expansion of Uber, and if the company is allowed to discard any regulation, multiple families will lose a significant portion of their monthly incomes when Uber overtakes the smaller taxi services,” the manifesto reads. “In the cannibalistic utopia of the free market capitalists, this is the normal way of things. In their world, everyone must live on their knees so that the Uber Men may be great.”


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