Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Bill O'Reilly declares victory in the 'War on Christmas'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    Bill O'Reilly, who has become Christianity's General Patton in the so-called “War on Christmas," declared victory on Wednesday.

    “We won the war," O'Reilly said on his Fox News show after learning that a recent Pew survey found 72 percent of Americans say Christian symbols like Nativity scenes should be allowed on government property.

    According to the poll, conducted earlier this month, 44 percent support the public displays whether or not symbols of other faiths are included.

    “It isn't a mythical war on Christmas," the “O'Reilly Factor" host continued. “It's real, and we just won."

    O'Reilly continued his victory speech in an appearance on NBC's “Late Night With Seth Meyers."

    “I might have just fulfilled my last obligation on earth," O'Reilly joked.

    Perhaps O'Reilly will tune in.

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  • Misspelled sign may have cost high school principal her job

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    A principal has been reassigned after a misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside a New Jersey public high school.

    The message on the sign above the entryway to Paterson’s Public School Number 20 included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards.

    The errors drew the ire of school Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook.

    “At first I didn’t believe it," Teague told CBS New York. "I thought it was Photoshopped or something."

    When Teague found out it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook.

    "How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the administration can't?" Teague wrote. "We must be held to a higher standard.”

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  • Cigar lovers take to Twitter to celebrate change in U.S.-Cuba policy

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    Lovers of Cuban cigars are celebrating the news that the loosening of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba means authorized American travelers will be allowed to return with up to $100 of alcohol and tobacco products.

    "That can include cigars," a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday before President Barack Obama announced a historic easing of sanctions against Cuba and the start of talks that may lead to restoring full diplomatic relations between the two countries — and put an end to the 53-year U.S.-imposed trade embargo.

    “Today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world,” Obama declared at the White House.

    But Twitter users were particularly excited about the cigar development.


  • Jerry Garcia's letter to Vogue cover model going up for auction

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    A rare handwritten letter by the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to a Vogue cover model is going up for auction.

    In the two-part letter, postmarked June 22, 1982, Garcia, who met the model at a party in New York City in 1980, thanks the unidentified woman for sending him postcards from Europe, then clumsily explains why it took him so long to respond.

    “Thank you really for sending that postcard, I feel like it’s sort of our first ‘official’ communication somehow," Garcia writes. "I’ve been hoping we could get together ever since we first met at Al’s that winter nite so long ago (sigh)... I hope it doesn’t seem like I’ve been avoiding you, although I admit I’ve kind of been waiting for the opportunity (that is, the ‘right’ opportunity) for us to meet in some kind of neutral context that would be comfortable and relaxed and free of any pressure.

    In a second part of the note, written on letterhead from New York's Hotel Parker Meridien, Garcia continues:

    The legendary frontman touches on everything from the invasion of the Falkland Islands to the birth of Prince William to fear of performing acoustic.

  • Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    While half of American voters say they could see themselves supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, 48 percent could not, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. That makes Clinton "the early presidential front-runner — but barely," NBC reports.

    More voters said they would prefer to see a Republican in the White House (40 percent) than a Democrat (38 percent), the survey found. And 71 percent of American voters "want the next president to take a different approach than President Barack Obama's" — something that could come back to sting the former secretary of state, who served in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.

    And by 40 percent to 38 percent, voters prefer a Republican to win the White House in 2016 instead of a Democrat.

    While Bush and Clinton enjoy name recognition, the specter of another race involving the political families could prove troubling at the polls.

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  • Majority of Americans say CIA tactics detailed in Senate's 'torture' report were justified

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    A majority of Americans believe that the harsh interrogation tactics detailed in last week's Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's handling of prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were warranted, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

    The survey — conducted following the release of the committee's long-awaited report on the CIA's controversial techniques — found that 51 percent of Americans approved of the tactics, while 28 percent said they went too far.

    "Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured," Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein said in releasing the report, which does not itself use the word torture.

    On Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the program, refusing to call practices of "involuntary rectal feeding" outlined in the report "torture."

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  • U.S. Navy developing robotic spy fish

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    Usually, it's Hollywood that's inspired by the U.S. military. This time, it's the other way around.

    The U.S. Navy is developing a robotic fish for possible use in naval operations, Virginia's Daily Press reports. The name of the project: "Silent Nemo," in a nod to the popular 2003 Disney film "Finding Nemo."

    The unmanned, biometric device — dubbed "Ghost Swimmer" — is being developed by the Office of Naval Research Rapid Innovation Cell and Boston Engineering. Controlled by a joystick, the 5-foot, 100-pound, tuna-sized "fish" took part in an underwater test swim last week at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia.

    The device can be submerged up to 300 feet and will soon be able to operate on its own, the developers say, although it's unclear when Ghost Swimmer will join the naval fleet.

  • Oklahoma tornado caught on video

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    It may have been small and lasted 30 seconds, but it counts!

    A small tornado that touched down in rural Oklahoma on Sunday was given a preliminary rating of EF-0 — the smallest possible awarded by the National Weather Service — with wind speeds of 40 to 72 mph.

    The mini twister was captured on video shortly before 5 p.m. near the town of Arcadia, Okla., weather officials said. No one was injured, and there were no reports of damage.

    December tornadoes are relatively rare in Oklahoma. Before Sunday, the last one recorded in the state in that month was on New Year's Eve 2010, the weather service said.

    It's been a tame few years for tornadoes. USA Today reports that the United States has experienced fewer twisters in the past three years than in any other three-year span:

    Meteorologists blame the dearth of tornadoes on cooler temperatures that have limited atmospheric instability — conditions necessary for tornadoes to form.

  • Peshawar attack: People around the world react to school massacre

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    People from around the world are condemning the Taliban's horrific attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, where 141 people were killed, the majority of them students.

    "The loss of innocent children is the loss of the nation," Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement posted to Facebook.

    World leaders were among those who took to Twitter to denounce the assault. The White House relayed a message from President Barack Obama, who called the attack "heinous."

    "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack…in Peshawar, Pakistan." —Obama

    British Prime Minister David Cameron also expressed outrage.

    The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It's horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school.

    French President François Hollande called the attack unspeakable.

  • #illridewithyou: Australians show solidarity with Muslims during Sydney siege

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Australians are showing solidarity with Muslims on Twitter, using the hashtag #illridewithyou in a preemptive bid to curb Islamophobia after a gunman demanded hostages inside a Sydney café display an Islamic flag.

    On Facebook, Rachael Jacobs described an interaction with a woman seated next to her on a train who removed her hijab in apparent fear of a backlash. Jacobs's Facebook posts were tweeted by a Twitter user.

    This, this is what good people do. #sydneyseige #MartinPlace

    Apparently inspired by Jacobs, a Sydney-based Twitter user offered to ride a bus with those who "wear religious attire [and] don't feel safe alone."

    "I’ll ride with you," @SirTessa tweeted, quickly following up with the suggested hashtag #illridewithyou.

    If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, & don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride with you. @ me for schedule.

    Many Australians followed @SirTessa's lead.

    Local Muslims tweeted their appreciation.