Senator Almost Hit By Train During ‘Rail Safety’ Presentation

Senator Almost Hit By Train During ‘Rail Safety’ Presentation

Of course, we should all respect and be careful around the railroad tracks. Ironically, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal didn’t heed his own advice as he stood just inches from the tracks during his own rail safety presentation as can be seen in this KHON2 News video. 

Just as the speaker said, “Safety as you know is paramount,” a train whizzed by just inches from hitting the Senator himself!

That’s embarrassing and could have ended much worse!

The video has gone viral with over 650,000 hits!

 

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Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/04/22/senator-almost-hit-by-train-during-rail-safety-presentation/

Australia’s Senate Is Mad And This Graphic Kinda Explains It

The Carbon Tax lives!… till next week.

1. The Senate has just refused the Government’s wish to axe the Carbon Tax. Here is kind of why.

The Senate has just refused the Government's wish to axe the Carbon Tax. Here is kind of why.

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As you can see it’s a shambles…

2. Mr Palmer’s “demands” were reportedly not met… and the PUP’s three senators joined with Motoring Enthusiast Ricky Muir, sinking the vote 37 – 35.

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The committee of the whole didn't agree to the carbon tax repeal bills

3. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam observed the scenes in the chamber.

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what remarkable chaos

4. And was left speechless.

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um. wow.

5. Australian political oracle Antony Green made the point, the Government may have been counting its chickens instead of its votes.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/australias-senate-is-mad-and-this-graphic-kinda-explains-it

Obama Makes Mohawk Confession to NASA

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Barack Obama called NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday morning to offer phoned in high-fives for the successful landing of the Mars Curiosity rover. After some initial chit-chat and congratulations, the president brought up the space agency’s most internet famous team member, mohawked flight director Bobak Ferdowsi.

Watch the short clip for Obama’s complete comment on NASA’s style evolution, but here’s a snippet of the transcription: “I, in the past, thought about getting a mohawk myself. My team keeps on discouraging me and now that he’s received marriage proposals and thousands of new Twitter followers, I think that I’m going to go back to my team and see if it makes sense.”

Twitter user @Darth decided to help Obama make a more informed decision about his possible mohawked future with a little Photoshop action.

So, Mr. President, to ‘hawk or not to ‘hawk?

Images courtesy of @Darth

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/13/barack-obama-nasa-mohawk/

Watch A Nice Man Calmly And Gently Tell You To Go F*ck Yourself For Very Understandable Reasons

There’s a reason Comcast repeatedly has been voted one the worst companies in America. (Take that, Monsanto!) So, even though this clearly isn’t from Comcast, it’s way more truthful than anything they would ever release.

Also, there’s some very NSFW language, and I want you to be prepared for that.

Did you know Comcast is trying to become even bigger and more powerful by merging with Time Warner Cable? If the idea of a super-mega Comcast gives you the heebie-jeebies, then you should head here and make a comment by Aug. 26, 2014!

Read more: http://upworthy.com/watch-a-nice-man-calmly-and-gently-tell-you-to-go-fck-yourself-for-very-understandable-reasons

President Obama Rationally, Passionately, And Emphatically Calls Out The Senate For Ignoring America

The Senate failed at their jobs today, refusing to give an up or down vote to background check legislation that specifically banned a gun registry while allowing for comprehensive checks.

“90% of Americans support universal background checks. Think about that. How often do 90% of Americans agree on anything?” —President Obama.

Just watch.

The highlights: 



Here’s the full speech, if you’ve got time for the whole thing:

Every single senator should probably know what they’ve done. So I’d share this.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/president-obama-rationally-passionately-and-emphatically-calls-out-the-senate-for-ignoring-america

Fox News Anchor Forgets He's On Fox News, Speaks Like A Real Human Being With Feelings And Stuff

It’s a well known fact that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich truly hate each other and have been saying heinous things back and forth for months. Fox News anchor Shepard Smith had one too many reality pills today and let his freak flag fly. He is suddenly realizing politics is an awful, awful game. Which is hilarious coming from a Fox News anchorman.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/fox-news-anchor-forgets-hes-on-fox-news-speaks-like-a-real-human-being-with-feel

Obama’s ‘Four More Years’ Tweet is Most Popular of All Time

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President Barack Obama’s celebratory tweet after winning the U.S. election surpassed 500,000 retweets, making it the most retweeted post of all time, according to reports.

The tweet, which simply says, “Four more years,” accompanies a photo of Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embracing. At the time of writing, it garnered more than 510,000 retweets — and that number is still rising rapidly. Both BuzzFeed and Mediabistro reported that Obama’s victory tweet gets the “all-time” distinction.

Another tweet from Obama, in which he thanks his supporters, is also one of the most popular, having been retweeted more than 144,000 times.

Twitter is very guarded with information about most-popular tweets, so there’s no official confirmation of the title-holder’s identity. A tweet by Justin Bieber was thought to have set a record in September, but Mashable reporter Sam Laird found one by restaurant chain Wendy’s that — at the time — gained more retweets (215,000) than the singer’s post. Bieber’s tweet now has more than 223,000 retweets.

The microblogging network has shared some new stats from Election Day as well. It reported that there were 31 million tweets about the event, peaking at 327,452 tweets per minute when the results of the election were called by media — this makes this year’s election the most-tweeted-about day in history by far.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/07/obama-four-more-years-tweet/

25 Craziest Political Promises Ever

Everyone knows that when it comes to empty promises politicians have a monopoly. Every time election season rolls around the promises start flowing and without fail the people cling to the ones they want to believe in the most. Sure, while some of them might be a little believable, or at least believable enough, every once in a while the level of audacity the politicians display reaches new heights. So, in honor of their incredible boldness these are the 25 craziest political promises ever.

25. Vernin Supreme Promises Ponies For Everyone

Although Vernin has made a lot of crazy promises in his comical political career, the promise to provide everyone with ponies and move the United States to a pony based economy really topped off the list.

24. John Edwards Promises To Cure Diabetes, Parkinsons, and Alzheimers

John Edwards went so far as to say that if him and John Kerry are elected president then people like Christopher Reeves will get up out of their chairs and walk again.

23. Herman Cain Promises To Veto Any Bill Longer Than 3 Pages

Although he had a point with his statement (legislation does have a tendency of getting a bit wordy), Herman didn’t really manage to get anyone to take him seriously with this promise.

22. Dan Quayle Promises Best Educated American People In The World

Dan promises the country that no other nation in the world will have better educated American citizens. Touche Dan…touche.

21. Hillary Clinton Promises That Everyone Will Know Who Wears The Pantsuits

20. Ronald Reagan Promises To Not Exploit His Opponents Youth and Inexperience

Hmmm…unfortunately Ronald it may be a little too late for that.

19. Dan Quayle Promises The Future Will Get Better Tomorrow

This one is a bit of a mind bender. You’ll probably need some Tylenol just to try wrapping your head around it.

18. Sarah Palin Promises To Stand By America’s North Korean Allies

Have you ever tried to read a globe upside down? Well, don’t…because then things like this happen.

17. Hunter Thompson Promises To Replace The Streets of Aspen with Sod

When Thompson was running for sheriff of Pitkin County in 1970 he promised to he would tear up all the asphalt in Aspen, replace it with sod, and use the asphalt to build a parking lot just outside the city.

16. Dennis Kucinich Promises To Arrest George W Bush

Although he had repeatedly called for the impeachment and arrest of George W Bush, Dennis essentially made this his platform, going so far as to warn the Bush administration that they should know their Miranda rights.

15. Sarah Palin Promises She Will Be More Rogue

Although she has probably already achieved maximum rogueness, Sarah made promises to come back with even more.

14. George Bush Promises Flying Ticket Counters

This one is best if read in its entirety: “I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport.”

13. Bill Clinton Promises His Administration Was The Funnest

Although he can’t run anymore, and the promise was slightly belated, Clinton seemed to think that although “[he] may not have been the greatest president [he] had the most fun 8 years.”

12. Jello Biafra Promises To Make Businessmen Wear Clown Suits

While running for mayor of San Fransisco in 1980, the Dead Kennedys singer came up with a “funny” platform.

11. Al Gore Promises That Zebras Will Not Change Their Spots

Or their stripes, or whatever it is that zebras have these days.

10. Michelle Bachman Promises To Withdraw From Libya…And Africa

After reading enough of these it may start to seem as though politicians don’t necessarily have the strongest grasp on geography.

9. Ronald Reagan Promises To Be Awake

According to Ronald he “has orders to be awakened at any time in the case of a national emergency, even if he’s in a cabinet meeting.”

8. Warren Harding Promises Return To Normalcy

Although this doesn’t seem like an outlandish claim by any means, given how crazy political promises have become the norm, in some ways no making a ridiculous promise is pretty ridiculous.

7. Herman Cain Promises To Eliminate Commerce, Education, and Energy

As if his plan to cut all three of these government departments wasn’t crazy enough, he only managed to remember two of them during the debates.

6. Herbert Hoover Promises A Chicken In Every Pot

Although it was never directly stated by Hoover himself, the party convention ran this slogan to advertise his platform of prosperity.

5. Eisenhower Promises That Things Are More Like They Are Now Than They Ever Were Before

Sometimes its good just to get the obvious stuff out of the way so you can focus on the more important matters at hand.

4. Newt Gingrich Promises A Moon Colony

Not only did Newt promise a moon colony, he promised it by the end of his second term in the year 2020.

3. Will Ferrell Promises Cheese Wheels

Although the actor never actually ran for president, he did promise to provide every American home with a wheel of cheese if he is elected.

2. Barack Obama Promises Not To Call Mitt Romney Weird

Prior to all the mudslinging of the most recent presidential campaign, Obama vowed not to call Mitt weird…which is itself a little weird?

1. Teddy Roosevelt Promises Not To Run Next Time

It seems a little counter intuitive…but apparently it struck a chord with voters. It didn’t, however stop Roosevelt from running for a third term in 1912.

Read more: http://list25.com/25-craziest-political-promises-ever/

This again: Is it OK that Taylor Swift doesn’t talk politics?

In case you hadn’t heard, megastar Taylor Swift doesn’t talk politics, something that has caused quite a bit of consternation among journalists. Outlets from The Daily Beast to Vice to Marie Claire have all published takes like this one:

Read more: https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2017/12/07/this-again-is-it-ok-that-taylor-swift-doesnt-talk-politics/