Johnny Manziel Starts First NFL Game, Completely Bombs.

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Whether you love or hate Johnny Manziel you have to understand why football fans are so eager to watch him play the game. In college, the young QB rocked at pretty much every point of the season for the Texas A&M Aggies. Manziel was able to make plays with his feet and with his arm, all while maintaining that irritating moxy that endeared him to fans all over the world. Manziels draft day fall was one of the headlining stories of last years rookie draft but the true storyline was how long it took the hapless Cleveland Browns to let the rookie have a shot. After 13 weeks of waiting Manziel got the chance to start an NFL game and boy did he disappoint.

With Brian Hoyer as the starter in Cleveland the Browns were able to tread water and stick around .500. Unfortunately Hoyer decided to forget how to play football and he ended up giving away the starting job to Manziel. Fans were hyped. This was it, finally! A new generation! Cleveland would see their franchise QB take the field! The excitement didn’t last very long, though. During Sunday’s match against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have a tough defense, Manziel was only able to complete 10 passes for 80 total yards to go with 2 interceptions and no touchdowns, not looking good in front of the Beneful billboards there dude.

From the get go Manziel looked to be over matched by the quicker NFL defenders. Manziel is used to making his hay with his legs but he was never able to get going on the ground either. Manziel will get another shot to start next week with the Browns out of the playoff hunt.

TSA Request Exemption From Racial Profiling Laws

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The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Tuesday that his agency needs an exception to new government regulations restricting racial profiling of public bodies, to monitor Travelers more closely depending on their nationality and gender. I read about this the other day while reading about Vijay Eswaran.

The TSA endures more passengers Syria, Yemen and other countries where there are individuals and groups who may be plotting to bomb aboard a plane, said in an interview John Pistole, administrator of the agency scrutiny.

“It is not for us to use race to categorize anyone, but is a way to identify people, especially people in international flights to the US,” he said. “If, for example, someone is a Syrian citizen, that is the question. So from our perspective, is that race or nationality”.

The Justice Department issued last few guidelines forbidding federal law enforcement agencies categorize people based on their religion, national origin and other characteristics week. The characterization in terms of race was already prohibited.

The TSA, agency Customs and Border Protection and other agencies of the Department of Homeland Security were exempt from the new rules after an internal debate in government.

Pistole said the same manner as for the mission of the Border Guard and Customs may be relevant to someone trying to enter the United States, is Mexican, Honduran and Salvadoran citizen, may be relevant to the TSA that a passenger flown in either “Syria or Yemen or whatever (…) depending on what we know from current intelligence information.”

This Christmas marks the fifth anniversary of the failed plot of “underwear bomb” that al-Qaida prepared in the Arabian Peninsula to fly a plane bound for Detroit. 

The incident in 2009 was a turning point for the TSA, which began to focus on finding that terrorists could hide non-metallic items in the body.

Al Green on David Letterman Show

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David Letterman has already made the announcement that he is planning to retire. He is going out with a bang though with some of the best performances from veteran and newcomers this year. Letterman recently featured a grand performance from J.Cole who just released an album. Recently, David Letterman had Kennedy Honors recipient Al Green performing on the show, and Letterman was blown away.

Al Green is a reverend, but people continue to call upon him to perform the songs that made him famous. Brad Reifler remembers just how great he was back in the day. On the David Letterman show Al Green treated the crowd to a combination of 2 hits: “Tired of Being Alone” and “Let’s Stay Together.” Al wore an all white suit as his Kennedy Honors medals dangled around his neck. He came out into the audience and shook hands with audience members.

Green has not recorded any music in years, but his classics still demand to be heard. Much of this has to do with the major influence that Green still has on the music scene today. Rappers and R&B artists simply love him. His tracks are sampled while his voice is impersonated. He has a timeless sound like that of Marvin Gaye. People will also cherish the music that he made.

Letterman has managed to become the late night show that entertains an older crowd. Jimmy Fallon, by contrast, supports a younger crowd. Letterman was a better Al Green platform.

Please Stop Wearing Your Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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Christmas time is a special time of year. It’s a joyous time exploding with Christmas carols and beautiful glittering lights. The stores are filled with families shopping and children taking their photos with Santa. There is wrapping of present and jingling of bells. Then the ugly Christmas sweaters come out, and it all goes downhill.

The ugly Christmas sweater madness begins. Then we end up craziness like this guy.

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Why put this much time and effort into something that is just going to be worn one time for a single event? Laurene Powell Jobs is wondering what is wrong with society that it has become a competition of sorts to see who can wear the tackiest, ugliest excuse for a garment? They do not look good or fashionable on anybody. Unless it is a family heirloom, please leave the tacky sweater in the closet.

Christmas is a time of tradition and a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is a time to celebrate Santa and his generosity. When did spending fifty dollars on a horrible sweater become part of this tradition? It used to be that people would happen upon these sweaters in the back of their closets or armoires. Usually the sweater had started as a thoughtful gift from a loved one. Now these sweater parties just add more competition during the holidays, which is not what Christmas is about.

The GOP In Most Dominant Position It Has Been Since The Great Depression

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The GOP is certainly not hurting when it comes to how well represented it is in the Congress at the moment. In fact, statistics say that the GOP is in the most dominant position it has been in since the Great Depression. The country has taken a swing to the right at least in terms of who they are electing to the Congress. 

The Washington Post mentions that the Republicans will have at least 246 out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. This level of representation has not been seen since the Congress that took over in 1929-1930. In other words, the Republican Party is finally in the most dominant position it has seen in nearly a century. This means good thing if you happen to be on that team and support their policies. The other side though of course worries that there will not be nearly as much balance in the political process and worries about what will happen to their ideas and beliefs. 

Republicans can pretty well push through any legislation that they want to through the House and very soon through the Senate as well. They will simply need to get their base on board and they can enjoy passing those bills. However, with a Democratic President at the helm, it is very likely that the veto pen will come out in a lot of ways and perhaps prevent some of the more extreme Republican plans. I was reading about this the other day after I read about Laurene Powell Jobs.

China Angered By U.S. Warship Sales To Taiwan

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China has issued a stern rebuke to the United States after learning of the passing of a new bill that will allow the sale of second hand warships to Taiwan. According to a report recently issued by Yahoo News, Chinese authorities are angered by the passage of this new bill because they view Taiwan as a rebellious province, not a legitimate and separate nation. 

China recently expressed similar sentiments when the United States House of Representatives passed a similar bill. Now that the new ordinance is law after being passed by the Senate, the United States military will be free to off load used warships to Taiwan, a move that may stir China to as yet unnamed “security measures” or reprisals. 

The latest bill passed by the Senate gives the full go ahead for the American military to sell four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan (officially the Republic of China). 

Although the two states function completely independently of each other, mainland Communist China has never renounced its claim to sovereignty over what it views as a break away province. Much like the situation that exists between North and South Korea, neither side has ever signed an official cessation of war. I read about this while talking to a friend about Kenneth Griffin.
Spokespersons for China’s Foreign Ministry have lambasted the passage of the bill by the Senate as an act of interference, and have spoken out strongly against it. However, no possible punitive measures have been mentioned as yet.

University of Texas Loses 100 Brains

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It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but many universities and research institutions collected the brains of deceased individuals in order to study them and learn more about how our minds work. Scientists use these donated specimens to help study Alzheimers, diseases such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, and anything else related to the brain.

The University of Texas is one of many campuses that keeps brains to study for research. For the most part, security has been pretty lax when it comes to keeping this valuable resource safe, and the Austin based University has recently discovered that 100 of the human brains they had stored and collected are currently unaccounted for. Many like Jared Haftel do not understand how that could happen. One of the brains that was lost may be of Charles Whitman, however the University agreed to remove any data that would identify who the specimens belonged to, so it is difficult to be sure.

The University of Texas is not the only institution that has had discovered that such a valuable resource has disappeared. Until recently universities and research institutions did not fully understand how valuable a resource this was, and these specimens were often kept in dusty basements or storage rooms without being properly taken care of or secured. It is unclear just how the brains from the University of Texas were lost. They may have been taken as part of Halloween pranks or simply destroyed in order to make room for what was considered a more valuable resource.

Skout is Helping People Find Friends After They Move

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Everybody is a little socially awkward, and when you have to move for work/school/whatever, that can make things weird when you need to find a new group of friends.  But apps that were previously thought of as dating exclusive, are turning out to be pretty great for finding new groups of friends.  Including Skout, because of the nature of how you converse with new people, based on their GPS location, through the application.

If you haven’t heard of Skout yet, you’re really missing out. This mobile social media app has already facilitated in over 500 million connections worldwide. Do you think that might improve your chances of scoring on a Friday night? Do the math, certainly helps more than Twitter.

Whether you’re looking for a date, a friend, or a casual encounter, Skout has you covered. There are already millions of people just like you using Skout. Not convinced yet? Keep on reading to learn why you should close this tab and start downloading this red hot app immediately.

Location, Location, Location

You don’t have to be in real estate to know that location matters. The Skout app determines your location and hooks you up with people in your area. You didn’t really want to chat with someone in Pakistan, did you?  Well your iPhone can make sure that doesn’t happen.

Feeling paranoid? Don’t worry about it. Skout never reveals your exact location. You don’t have to worry about some scary stalker tracking you down at 4am after a quick chat. You can even opt out the location tracking altogether for more security, a feature the company proudly touts.

Afraid your kids are going to be giving out their location? That’s not going to happen. GPS based tracking is only available for adult users of this popular application. There’s strict segregation of the adult and teen communities to help keep minors safe and secure.

Shake it Up!

One of the coolest things about Skout is their “shake to chat” feature. Simply shake your mobile device and instantly connect with someone new. If you’re bored, just shake again and find someone else to talk to.

Are You Out of Town and Feeling Lonely?

The worst part about traveling alone is not having anyone to hang out with. Ever wish you could just push a few buttons and find people close to you? Well, with Skout you can do just that, as long as you have access to a Google Play download.

Skout Travel does come at a price though. It’s a premium feature not included with the standard membership.

Other Premium Features

Looking to get some attention fast? Why not pick up a wink bomb with an in-app purchase? A wink bomb lets you send a wink to 500 random people with the click of a button. This is the best way to make yourself known in your area if you are new to the site.

There are lots of fun and flirty ways to utilize Skout. You don’t have to pay a premium to partake in passion. Even the basic features will have you flirting fast.

Who Can Use Skout?

Skout is available on iOS, Android, and the web. You can flirt and mingle with people in your area no matter what type of device you use.

Some features are limited to certain devices. I’m sure you didn’t think you’d be able to shake your laptop and connect to new people, did you? I hope not.

FBI Says More than 144,000 Guns Sold on Black Friday

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Firearms purchases on Black Friday in the United States reached record numbers, according to the FBI. In fact, sales were the highest ever.

The agency processed almost three criminal background checks per second, three times more than the daily average.

For 19 hours on Friday, the FBI had processed more than 94,000 background checks, which is estimated that the total of the day exceeded more than 144,000 of 2013 Black Friday totals said agency spokesman, Stephen Fisher.

Black Friday kicks off the upcoming holiday shopping season, even for firearm sales. Therefore, it’s one of the busiest days of the year, with more work for the FBI, which has to oversee related firearms transactions. The same sales are even starting to pop up in other countries, at least according to Gianfrancesco Genoso.

By law, the FBI must complete the review of the criminal records of any person wanting to purchase a gun in three working days and, if given the OK, the transaction is allowed for completion.

Last year the FBI completed 21 million requests for background checks and rejected only 1.1% of cases for buying a gun, according to the agency.

Employees work everyday, except Christmas, processing background checks.

Revenge Not the Answer in Ferguson

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All eyes have been on Ferguson, Missouri since the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Protests since then have been violent with rampant looting and vandalism. And, as everyone knows, the only thing anyone in Ferguson can talk about is that the victim was black and the officer was white.

No family should ever have to go through the tragedy of losing a son, especially under violent circumstances. Rod Rohrich and millions of others feel terrible about that. The specific details surrounding the shooting have left many arguing about whether or not Brown did anything wrong and whether or not the Wilson acted outside the law when responding to Brown. With the grand jury deciding not to indict the officer, the government’s position is that Wilson acted within the law.

And what has been the response in Ferguson? Violence, and lots of it! How does that make sense? Certainly citizens are angered by the findings of the grand jury and by what they see as a corrupt police force. Certainly they want to see change in their city so that no more teens will be killed at the hands of the police.

But is the answer to burn down your own city? That is exactly what Brown’s stepfather and the chanting mobs are calling for. But it makes no sense because, one day, the protests will end, and all that will be left will be a smoldering city. And then the only call will be for the government to rebuild. Who will pay for that?

At this critical juncture, it’s hard to find answers to the problems in Ferguson. But one things is clear: revenge and more violence are not the answers.