Detroit's abandoned Silverdome is now just an empty shell left two rot

"The saddest examples of the dramatic decline of Detroit and the surrounding area is what remains of the Pontiac Silverdome – the once proud home to the Detroit Lions, but which today is an empty shell left that's been left to rot...He describes standing on the carpet of a restaurant, which is now blanketed in green moss 'almost like it has been abandoned for 20 years

The Cuban Regime Is a Defeated Foe - WSJ -Peggy Noonan

"Fidel Castro is a bad man who took an almost-paradise and turned it into a floating prison. In replacing a dictatorship whose corruption was happily leavened by incompetence, he created a communist totalitarian state that made everything in his country worse."

‘There Is No One Right Way to Live’: Atheists Unveil a Radically Different Set of Ten Commandments |

"Lex Bayer and John Figdor, authors of the book “Atheist Mind, Human Heart,” recently organized a crowdsource contest to determine the 10 best atheist commandments and to modernize Old Testament ideals, creating an inclusive value set that they say is applicable in the modern era."

DOJ: Employers Can't Discriminate Against the Transgendered

"Holder announced in a memo that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars 

 discrimination on the basis of sex, also applies to the transgendered."

Will Evergreen set off a chain reaction of accident response fees?"

 "Last week the Evergreen Fire Protection District took advantage of this option  to approve a fee for car accidents and other emergencies of $500 for the first 90 minutes of assistance and $500 for each additional 90 minutes. In the case of car accidents, the fee would apply only to out-of-town motorists who are at fault."

Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization"

"In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado's legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law.

Public pensions: America’s Greece? | The Economist

..."his large Midwestern state, with a population of 13m (Greece has 11m, though a far smaller GDP than Illinois), has the most underfunded retirement system of any state and the largest pension burden relative to state revenue."

Michelle Malkin | » Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

"In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.”

The tiny urban island of downtown Detroit: Aerial shots show how skyscrapers give way to deserted scrubland, abandoned homes - and then mansion-filled countryside

"In 1950, with a population of almost two million, the Michigan city was the fifth largest in the United States
  • Almost 55 years on, 1.3 million people have left and the motor industry has crumbled, leaving homes abandoned

  • These aerial photos reveal how the city looks now - a tiny Downtown urban island surrounded by empty lots"

  • Newtown victims' families sue maker of gun used in 2012 attack - Yahoo News

     "BOSTON (Reuters) - The families of nine people killed in a 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school sued the maker of the gun used in the attack on Monday, saying the weapon should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose."

    My Way News - Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

    "VIENNA (AP) — A Russian loan to France's National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria's Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain's anti-European Union party."

    Mayor de Blasio wants to change historic City Hall paintings

    "There’s too many founding fathers on the walls in City Hall.
    So Mayor de Blasio is looking to swap some of the historic pictures for more modern ones that reflect multicultural New York, a spokeswoman told the Daily News Friday."

    The PJ Tatler » Make a Liberal Mad, Shop Here

    "From deep in the bowels of Crazytown come these helpful hints for members of the Hive looking for places not to patronize. According to writer Mindy Fischer, the major don’ts include Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Exxon and Cracker Barrel."

    Could Ancient Mars Have Supported Life? Water Isn't the Only Key

    "Ancient Mars featured flowing rivers and sizable lakes — but that doesn't mean the Red Planet definitely could have supported life, one prominent researcher stresses."

    The Economic and Budgetary Effects of Producing Oil and Natural Gas From Shale | Congressional Budget Office

    "Virtually nonexistent a decade ago, the development of shale resources has boomed in the United States, producing about 3.5 million barrels of tight oil per day and about 9.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of shale gas per year. Those amounts equal about 30 percent of U.S. production of liquid fuels (which include crude oil, biofuels, and natural gas liquids) and 40 percent of U.S. production of natural gas. Shale development has also affected the federal budget, chiefly by increasing tax revenues."

    Video: US Navy tests $40 million laser weapon in Persian Gulf - Telegraph

    "The video, released by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), shows the LaWS system detonating a rocket propelled grenade and burning out the engine of a rigid hull inflatable boat."

    Republicans seek to cripple IRS - Rachael Bade - POLITICO

    “We need to push back on the regulatory overreach of this administration across the board, whether that’s the IRS, the EPA or any other agency,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “The power of the purse is the greatest lever of power Congress holds.”

    POLITICO is very upset, so we know this is the right thing to do...ed

    Growing Public Support for Gun Rights | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

    "For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership."

    With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water

    "DENVER (AP) — With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring — most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico."

    Did Deadly Gamma-Ray Burst Cause a Mass Extinction on Earth?

    "These deadly outbursts could help explain the so-called Fermi paradox, the seeming contradiction between the high chance of alien life and the lack of evidence for it, scientists added."