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And now: CNN walks back false “act of terror” fact check

http://twitter.com/#!/justin_hart/status/258410193837252608

Now, they tells us?

Twitchy told you immediately during tonight’s second presidential debate that President Barack Obama and CNN debate moderator Candy Crowley falsely characterized his Rose Garden statement about Benghazi in front of an audience of millions.

Forceful pushback from social media and the Romney camp has CNN on the run.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper says that Obama / Crowley were wrong on #Libya statemetn. #Benghazi was not called an act of terror in Rose Garden.

— NY for Mitt (@NY4Mitt) October 17, 2012

RUH-ROH. Anderson Cooper already has admitted Crowley’s fact check wrong.

— Shawn Gillogly (@RangerSG) October 17, 2012

Anderson Cooper just said the “act of terror” line was “not cut and dry” as Crowley said it was. #debate @cnn

— Corey Clayton (@CoreyClayton) October 17, 2012

Holy sheet. Even Anderson Cooper just admitted that Obama and Crowley were wrong on the Rose Garden “terror” reference.

— Kerri Toloczko (@KerriHT) October 17, 2012

@marymauldin @ny4mitt @andersoncooper Thanks Mr Cooper for telling the truth. Crowley owes the public an apology on CNN, a clear apology.

— zoomzoomz (@itsallgoodonok) October 17, 2012

CNN’s Anderson Cooper says Crowley/Obama were wrong on #Benghazi; Crowley too admits she was wrong. #Debate 3 knockout coming.

— Kevin M. Clarke (@kevinmclarke) October 17, 2012

Anderson Cooper at least saying the Libya “act of terror comment” saying open to be debate.

— Rick Poveromo (@RickyPov) October 17, 2012

ANDERSON COOPER JUST SAID THAT THE “ACTS OF TERROR” QUOTE IS -NOT- THE CLEAR SLAM DUNK THAT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN/CANDY CROWLEY CLAIMED IT WAS.

— Joseph Trevor Antley (@jtantley) October 17, 2012

Careful, journo-tools! It’s hard to backpedal while carrying Obama’s huge buckets of water.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/16/and-now-cnn-walks-back-false-act-of-terror-fact-check/

12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Teachers

Let me say up top here that I am NOT a teacher — I found this on a blog (listed below) that is all about and by teachers. And it’s the kind of thing I hope gets legs so people stop asking these kinds of silly questions.

Oh, and next time your state wants to cut teacher pay and benefits, speak up!

1. “We’ve all been to elementary school, so aren’t we all kind of experts on it?”

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Umm, no. You’ve been sick before — does that make you a doctor?


2. “When I retire, I still want to do something, so I think I might take up teaching.”

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Teaching is not a hobby, like gardening or sailing. Teaching will likely make your old job feel like a vacation.


3. “Have you ever thought about making your class more fun?”

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No, I do my best to make it as boring as I can.


4. “If you really cared about kids, you wouldn’t worry about the salary.”

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I love my students. I love teaching. I also love being able to support my family and feed my kids.


5. “If you managed your time at school, I bet you wouldn’t need to plan lessons and grade on the weekends.”

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OK, I’m a little busy at school. I teach and work with students almost every moment of the day. Spending 20 hours a week outside of school on prep and grading is normal for me.


6. “You’ll never be a truly great teacher until you have your own kids.”

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Actually, yes I will. The relationship between teacher and student is quite different from that of parent and child.


7. “Why do you make them read so much and write so many essays? Why do you give such hard grades?”

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Because it’s my job. Because my students are here to learn. Because they’ll need these skills to survive in the world. How many reasons do you need?


8. “I pay taxes in this district, so technically you work for me.”

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Sorry, we’re not your minions. That’s not how it works. Taxes support public goods and services — such as the fire department, police, parks, and yes, public schools — for the community as a whole. And by the way, teachers pay taxes too.


9. “Ohh, you teach kindergarten. That must be fun — playing and singing all day.”

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Yes, my life is just like Disney movie. I sing and the children and the little animals of the forest come running. Actually, in kindergarten, we teach our students the foundational literacy and math skills — as well as the social and emotional skills — that set them up for success in every grade to follow.


10. “Why are you so strict? They’re just kids.”

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We make plenty of time for laughter and fun in my classroom. But rules and routine are not only necessary, they help children to feel safe, secure, and valued in the classroom community.


11. “How hard can it be? You have all summer off.”

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A longer summer break is one of the benefits of choosing teaching as a career. But keep in mind, it’s not
all summer. I spend weeks every July and August on professional development and curriculum planning. And during the school year, I work 12 hours a day all week long and at least one day every weekend. Add it up and our vacation days are about the same.


12. “Teaching is nice, but don’t you want to be more successful and make more money?”

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I teach because I want to make a difference. I teach because what I do every day matters for kids.

That’s what success looks like.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/12-things-you-should-never-ever-say-to-teachers

The Jill Scott Cookbook

1. Southern Peach Cobbler

Ooh if I gave you peaches / Out of my on garden / And I made you a peach cobbler / Would you slap me out? (Hate On Me)

Ingredients

8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

MIX TOGETHER:
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
3.Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
4.Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

3. Croissant French Toast With Fresh Strawberry Syrup

“Hello,” she smiled as she rung me up / Orange juice $3.29, Croissants $4.85 / She sniffed, Butter 89 / She sniffed, Strawberries $1.50 a pint / She sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed again / And then replied, “Raheem, right?” (Exclusively)

Ingredients

4 large day-old croissants
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional)
Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Directions

1.Slice croissants in half lengthwise.
2. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well.
3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 4. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

5. Potato Salad with Celery and Scallions

Neicey made her famous potato salad, somehow it turns out green / Maybe its all the scallions, could be the celery / But oh, Uncle Jerome loves it (Hmm) (Family Reunion)

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
4 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

1. Set a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Fill with enough water to come just below basket. Bring to a boil; place potatoes in basket, and reduce to a simmer. 2. Cover, and steam until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together oil, mustard, and vinegar. Add celery, scallions, and hot potatoes, and season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally, about 1 hour.

7. Helenora’s Lemon Cake

Aw Look at that what happen is worst / They knocked over Helenora’s Lemon Cake (Emm) / You know the one she barely ever makes (Family Reunion)

Ingredients

Cake:
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Lemon rind strips (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray. Dust pans with 2 tablespoons flour, and set aside.
3. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
4. Place granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and nonfat buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat in 2 tablespoons lemon rind and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
5. Pour batter into prepared pans; sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack; remove wax paper from cake layers.
6. To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar and the remaining ingredients (except lemon rind strips) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread half of icing on top of cake. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining half of icing over top of cake. Garnish with lemon rind strips, if desired. Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator.

9. Fish and Grits

Do you want some money baby? / How about some chicken wings? / Do you want some fish and grits? / I’ll hurry and go get it (Whatever)

Fish
Ingredients

2 8-oz fish fillets (red snapper, tilapia, or catfish)
Blackening seasoning (we make our own, but good ol’ Paul Prudhomme’s from the grocery store is fine)
Shredded white cheddar

Directions

1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for about ten minutes.
2. Dip fish fillets in blackening seasoning that’s been spread out on a plate or pie tin. Coat both sides if you want it spicy.
3. Carefully place in hot skillet, seasoned side down, cover, and cook for one to two minutes.
4. Flip and cook about two more minutes — the fish should be white, flaky, and not opaque when cooked through.
5. Dish up a proper-sized bowl of grits,* sprinkle with cheese, and top with the fillet of fish.
6. Serve with toasted fresh baguette for maximum enjoyment.

Creamy Grits
Ingredients

2 cups slow-cooking grits
1 tsp salted butter
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions

1. Bring 6 cups salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Slowly stir in grits and reduce heat to a low simmer and cover.
2. Cook 20 minutes on low heat, stirring frequently with a wire whisk.
3. Turn off and stir in butter, half-and-half, and pepper, then set aside.

11. Scrambled Eggs N’ Grits

Jumped out of bed, took a shower, dressed, cleaned up my place / Made me some breakfast, toast, 2 scrambled eggs, grits / Grabbed my keys, grabbed my purse, grabbed my jacket (The Way)

Ingredients

1/4 cup Quaker quick-5 minutes grits
3/4 cup water
one 4-grain omega 3 large egg
1 Tbsp Smart Balance extra virgin olive oil buttery spread
dash salt
dash pepper
PAM

Directions

1. Pour grits and water in a microwave-safe bowl, stir, and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir.
2. Heat a burner to medium heat. Spray a pan with PAM, crack an egg into it, and stir the egg. Place on burner and stir until egg is cooked.
3. To the bowl of grits, add butter, egg, salt, and pepper.

13. Collard Greens

Do you want it on your collard greens? / Do you want it in your candy sweets? (It’s Love)

Ingredients

1/2 pound smoked meat (ham hocks, smoked turkey wings, or smoked neck bones)
1 tablespoon House seasoning, recipe follows
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon hot red pepper sauce
1 large bunch collard greens
1 tablespoon butter

Directions

1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add smoked meat, house seasoning, seasoned salt and hot sauce. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour.
2. Wash the collard greens thoroughly. Remove the stems that run down the center by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand. The tender young leaves in the heart of the collards don’t need to be stripped. Stack 6 to 8 leaves on top of one another, roll up, and slice into 1/2 to 1-ince thick slices. Place greens in pot with meat and add butter. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done taste and adjust seasoning.

15. Pickled Beets

Do you want it on your pickled beets? / Give it to me, give it to me, give it (It’s Love)

Ingredients

1 bunch (4 or 5) beets
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Salt and pepper

Directions

1. Remove greens from beets, save for future use (see beet greens recipe). Cut beets to uniform sizes so they will cook evenly. Steam or boil around 30 minutes or until done. (Alternatively, you can roast them by wrapping them whole in foil and cooking them in a 350°F oven for about an hour.) A fork easily inserted into the beet will tell you if the beets are done or not.
2. Drain the beets, rinsing them in cold water. Use your fingers to slip the peels off of the beets. The peels should come off easily. Discard the peels. Slice the beets.
3. Make the vinaigrette by combining the cider vinegar, sugar, olive oil, and dry mustard. Whisk ingredients together with a fork. The dry mustard will help to emulsify the vinaigrette. Adjust to taste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine beets and vinaigrette in a bowl and allow to marinate for a half hour at room temperature.

17. Garlicky Black-Pepper Shrimp and Black-Eyed Peas

Do you want it on your black-eyed peas? / Feed it to me, feed it to me, feed it (It’s Love)

Black-eyed peas
Ingredients

4 bacon slices
4 scallions, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes
2 (15-ounces) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Directions

1. Cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until browned but not crisp. Transfer bacon to a plate, then tear into small pieces.
2. Cook scallions, carrot, celery, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, red-pepper flakes, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in fat in skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are pale golden, about 10 minutes.
3. Add black-eyed peas and broth and simmer 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Shrimp
Ingredients

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine

Directions

1. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers.
2. Season shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
3. Cook shrimp with garlic, stirring occasionally, until just opaque (shrimp will not be fully cooked), about 3 minutes.
4. Add wine and bring to a boil, then briskly simmer 2 minutes.
4. Add bacon and black-eyed-pea mixture and simmer until just heated through (mixture will be juicy). Discard bay leaves.

19. Cajun Style Rice and Gravy

Give it to me, give it to me, give it / Do you want it on your rice and gravy? / Do you want it on your biscuits baby? (It’s Love)

Ingredients

2 lbs of beef stew meat (round steak cut up)
1 large onion
1/2 of a bell pepper
1/3 cup of butter or margerine(butter makes for a tastier gravy)
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tbsp of worstershire sauce
1 tsp of salt
1 1/2 tsp of black pepper
1 tsp of cayenne pepper

Directions

1.Dice onions and bell pepper(and beef if not precut).
2. Add all of your ingredients into an 8 to 10 quart pot. Start cooking your meal over a medium heat. Once a liquid starts to form at the bottom of your pot use a strainer and empty the liquid into a container on the side. You will need this liquid later on so make sure to keep it. Return the meat mixture back to your pot and watch it closely.
3. Cook meat and vegetables over a medium fire, browning the meat.
To brown the meat stir frequently allowing the meat and onions to darken.Make sure to scrape the brownings off of the bottom of the pot to ensue that it doesn’t stick. If you need to add some liquid pour a tiny bit of the liquid that was put to the side, into the pot. Continue doing this until meat and gravy is a darker brown color. Be very careful not to burn the meat.
4. Once your gravy is browned add about 2-3 cups of water. Lower the heat to medium low and simmer food with the lid off for about an hour. Add water as needed. You should end up with about a cup and a half of gravy when the cooking process is complete. Make sure not to let the gravy cook down to much or not to add too much water. Adding too much water will make the gravy watery and diluted in flavor.

21. Chicken Wings

Do you want some money baby? / How about some chicken wings? / Do you want some fish and grits? / I’ll hurry and go get it (Whatever)

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs. chicken wing pieces
3/4 cup any flavor FRANK’S® REDHOT® Wings Sauce

Directions

1. BAKE wings in foil-lined pan at 500 °F on lowest oven rack for 20 to 25 min. until crispy, turning once.
2. TOSS wings in sauce to coat.

23. Warm Homemade Lemonade

Take a long walk / Sip some lemonade / Take your clothes off (Breathe)

Ingredients

4 cups water
3 cups fresh lemon juice (about 13 lemons)
1 3/4 to 2 cups sugar
1/4 cup honey
Cinnamon sticks

Directions

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a 3- or 3 1/2-quart slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW 3 hours or until thoroughly heated. Whisk well before serving. Serve warm with cinnamon sticks.
3. Lemon Squeeze: We prefer the taste of fresh lemons, but if you don’t want to do all that squeezing, substitute lemon juice from concentrate.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/stacylambe/the-jill-scott-cookbook

10 Con Men And Their Masterful Forgeries

History has always been full of con men and scam artists ready to rip off the most gullible among us. While we may be more familiar with impersonators like Frank Abagnale and financial swindlers like Bernie Madoff, a number of people out there deserve to be in the spotlight as well, mainly because they managed to pull off an amazing selection of forgeries during their career.

10The Uighur Swindler

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Although Islam Akhun lacked an education, that didn’t stop him from successfully passing off forged Silk Road papers as genuine.

Prior to his scam, several European governments were in an archaeological race in Central Asia following the discovery of an authentic document known as the Bower Manuscript in 1889. After learning from Afghan traders how the Europeans paid for every document found, Akhun decided to cash in on the craze without ever having to dig in the desert. Together with his associates, Akhun began forging phony documents in 1894 and sold them to the unsuspecting Europeans. Akhun’s scam went unnoticed for three years due to the Europeans’ inability to read the characters on the documents.

Unfortunately for Akhun, his scheme began to unravel in 1898 when a Swedish missionary named Magnus Backlund shared his doubts. A British linguistics scholar named Rudolf Hoernle soon advised archaeologists to stop buying any more manuscripts from Akhun. His swindling days officially came to an end in 1901, when British archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein successfully extracted a confession from him.

9The Anesthesiologist Who Dreamed Up His Data

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A few years before Yoshitaka Fujii stunned the world with news of his record-breaking scientific fraud, fellow anesthesiologist Scott Reuben was already in the limelight. Although the doctor from Massachusetts only fabricated 21 research papers against Fujii’s 179, Reuben’s fraud made a bigger impact, especially on patient safety. Since 1996, Reuben concocted fictitious data supporting the use of specific pain drugs after orthopedic surgery. In reality, these drugs may have actually slowed the recovery process.

Reuben’s plot to push these drugs came to an end in 2009 after a surgeon discovered that Reuben forged his signature in one of his papers. Following a string of investigations, Reuben was found guilty of healthcare fraud and was sentenced in 2010 to six months plus three years of supervised release. In addition to having his license revoked by the Medical Board, Reuben also had his name blacklisted by the FDA.

8The Monk’s Fictitious Biography Of A Saint

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If there’s anything that the 11th-century French monk Ademar de Chabannes can teach us, it’s that persistence can pay off—especially when it comes to lying.

As a young man, Ademar was educated in the famous St. Martial’s Abbey in Limoges, France. Like the rest of the monks there, he came to venerate St. Martial—so much so that he wrote a fake backdated biography naming the third-century figure as St. Peter’s cousin and one of Jesus’s apostles. After Christ’s death, Peter supposedly commissioned Martial to go and preach in Gaul.

To back up their claim, Ademar and the monks also created a new liturgy dedicated to Martial. On the day of its celebration, a visiting monk named Benedict of Chiusa exposed the fraud, shaming the perpetrators. But far from feeling beaten, Ademar instead continued to heap forgeries upon forgeries for the rest of his life to uphold Martial’s apostolicity. His efforts met with some success; after his death, locals continued to venerate Martial as an apostle for centuries.

7Father Philanthropy

Unlike the vast majority of forgers out there, Mark Landis isn’t in it for the money. Not once during his career of almost 30 years has the man taken a cent from giving his artworks to museums in almost two dozen states. Instead, the Virginia native would usually visit museums dressed either as a businessman or a Jesuit priest and offer his forgeries to the officials for free. More often than not, the museums accepted his offer.

Landis explained that his motivation stemmed from his desire to honor his deceased parents’ memory. Health workers, however, have ruled that Landis—a diagnosed schizophrenic who suffered two nervous breakdowns—mainly just loved the attention his works gave him.

Although a museum registrar finally exposed his activities in 2008, no efforts have been made by authorities to investigate or arrest Landis because he didn’t profit from his activities. As an alternative, an exhibit displaying his selected works was launched in 2012 as a way of recognizing Landis’s artistic skills.

6The Criminal Barrister

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Meet James Townsend Saward, one of the real-life inspirations for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s villainous Professor Moriarty. Even before he became a barrister in Victorian London in 1840, Saward—also known to the criminal underbelly as “Jim the Penman“—had already been leading a gang of thieves whose activities included cashing forged checks, fencing stolen goods, and outright robbery.

A master forger who could create perfect copies of signatures, Saward took great care to avoid detection, thereby allowing him and his gang to operate for more than three decades. Saward’s criminal operations ultimately came to an end when an accomplice mistakenly used his real name in a letter asking for instructions after a botched bank swindle. Subsequently, police intercepted the letter and arrested Saward along with his gang. In 1857, a court sentenced Saward and another of his co-conspirators, James Anderson, to serve their jail terms in Australia.

5The Man Who Created Fake Art From His Garden Shed

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For almost two decades, British conman Shaun Greenhalgh—along with his senior citizen parents George Sr. and Olive—successfully fooled museums and experts with his fake sculptures, accumulating as much as $3 million in the process.

A frustrated artist, Shaun began his scam in 1989, working from a shed in the family’s backyard. His parents would sell the finished products to various museums, claiming they were authentic pieces handed to them by their ancestors. The ruse worked; during their career, the family sold several fake works without fail, with some fetching more than $100,000.

The art community gradually became suspicious of the family after experts detected a series of flaws with three “Assyrian sculptures” George Sr. brought to a museum in 2005. Subsequently, a search by Scotland Yard into the family’s home revealed all the incriminating evidence they needed. In the aftermath, Shaun received four years and eight months in prison while his parents got suspended sentences.

4The Anti-Mormon Who Plunged His Church Into A Crisis

Although he forged and sold hundreds of phony documents, antiquities dealer Mark Hofmann would be best known for embroiling the Mormon Church in a stupendous scandal in the 1980s.

A Mormon who later lost his faith, Hofmann wrote several forgeries that clashed with the church’s official history and its major tenets. He wanted to embarrass the church so much that they’d buy the documents to cover them up. One of his most famous works was the Salamander Letter, a document that depicted church founder Joseph Smith talking with a white salamander instead of an angel.

Hofmann’s career ended when he killed two people in a bizarre bomb plot to silence those who threatened to expose him. Police apprehended Hofmann after he injured himself with a third bomb. During his trial, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

3The Brothers’ Shop Of Forgeries

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Based in Odessa, Ukraine, the Gokhman Brothers became one of the most extensive sellers of fake artifacts across Europe in the 1890s up to the early 1900s. Their methodology was as simple as it was brilliant: from their shop, the brothers would make a sketch of the intended forgery and then hire skilled artisans to craft it.

Their work succeeded in fooling many major museums, including the Louvre. In the mid-1890s, the museum bought from the brothers a purported ancient Scythian tiara worth 200,000 francs. The museum would have continued exhibiting it, were it not for the timely visit of its real creator, the skilled goldsmith Israel Rouchomovsky. The goldsmith managed to prove to the museum that the tiara was his creation, forcing officials to remove it in 1903. This deception however, would not be the Gokhman Brothers’ last. In 1939, they fooled the museum yet again into buying another of their fakes: a Scythian drinking horn.

2The Counterfeiter Of Polynesian And Maori Curios

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The handicap of having never set foot in the South Pacific certainly did not stop James Edward Little from making fake Polynesian and Maori knick-knacks—and fooling experts with them for a good 15 years.

A legitimate dealer of antiques and a noted restorer, Little’s forging career began by pure chance in 1900 when an art dealer staying in his home wanted to buy his collection of authentic native trinkets. Little promised to find more and sell them to him—and began a life of crime. As the decade rolled on, Little acquired a long list of clients—some as far away as New Zealand—who regularly ordered and paid for his work via mail. To make the fakes, Little either copied them from real pieces or just used his imagination.

Concurrently, Little also stole originals from museums and replaced them with his fakes. One 1915 operation proved to be his downfall. The curator managed to identify Little as the culprit as he had been the museum’s only visitor in three days. Little spent six months in prison before joining the war.

Although he would later be imprisoned again for robbery in 1939, Little was never charged for the crime of forgery.

1The Humanitarian Forger

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As we’ve seen before, forgery can be used for good. Take Adolfo Kaminsky, for instance. As an Argentinian Jew living in Nazi-occupied Paris, Kaminsky narrowly escaped a trip to Auschwitz when the local Jewish French Resistance provided him with false documents. Kaminsky joined the group and began manufacturing fake documents of his own, designing passports in his personal studio.

Kaminsky’s studio could churn out as many as 500 false documents every week. To keep the frenetic pace and fight off exhaustion, Kaminsky constantly reminded himself that he if he “worked for an hour, 30 people would live; if he slept, then they all died.”

After the war, Kaminsky went on to become a forger for several freedom movements across the world, from South America to Africa. He finally retired in the 1970s, having been paid just once during his 30-year career.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2014/04/24/10-con-men-and-their-masterful-forgeries/

Romney Chased By Jewish Wedding Party On Harrowing Drive Through New Jersey

Charles Dharapak / AP

Mitt Romney’s motorcade took a harrowing drive through New Jersey this afternoon. Yahoo News reporter Holly Bailey chronicled the trip, which included unmarked cars speeding along highways and an Orthodox Jewish wedding party:

Romney arrived at Lake Terrace, the site of his fundraiser tonight, at roughly 3:35 pm, after what your pooler can only describe as a harrowing high-speed motorcade from Newark airport to Lakewood NJ. Hitting speeds of up to 90 mph at times, the motorcade made what had been scheduled as a 61-minute drive in roughly 45 minutes on a route that took us along the Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway and prompted your pooler to wonder many times if she would live to cover Romney’s remarks at the fundraiser tonight. The motorcade was escorted by unmarked police SUVs which at times flashed their lights. At one point, we passed a school bus where several little kids could been seen standing on their seats to get a glimpse of the motorcade.

Upon arrival in Lakewood, some unusual things happened. First, the motorcade passed a man dressed in American flag shorts running down the street toward the venue here while waving an American flag. “Whooooo!” he exclaimed, as your pooler’s van passed. Then, as we turned into Lake Terrace, the motorcade drove past an Orthodox Jewish wedding party that had been posing for pictures outside. Immediately, the family abandoned the bride and groom and began chasing Romney’s car in the parking lot, waving cameras. The candidate’s SUV drove around a corner to a back entrance, followed by at least 10 members of the wedding party who tried to run up to Romney’s car by were halted first, by a wood fence, which one man tried to scale, and then by Secret Service agents, who did not look pleased. “Oh you’re Secret Service,” one woman said, as she was asked by an agent to move back. “We just want to see Romney.”

Your pool is now holding in a room ahead of Romney’s remarks at the private fundraiser, set to begin in about one hour. Per spokesman Rick Gorka, Romney is going to pose for photos with the wedding party, but the campaign will not allow the pool to witness this event.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/romney-chased-by-jewish-wedding-party-on-harrowing

10 Monstrous Killer Babysitters

Parents are always terrified for their children’s safety, but the longer you’re a parent, the more grounded you become about how real the dangers out there are. Leaving the child for the first time is a big thing for new parents, but eventually it just becomes normal. Still, good parents will always make sure that the child isn’t being left in the care of some complete stranger. But the following stories prove that nannies, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, and even family are capable of doing unspeakable things to those in their care. The details of some of these murders are highly disturbing, so read at your own risk.

10Yoselyn Ortega

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Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was hired by the Krim family to look after their three children. Their mother, Marina Krim, returned home after taking her three-year-old son to a swimming lesson, to find the bodies of her other two children in a bath filled with bloody water. Six-year-old Lucia and one-year-old Leo, had been stabbed to death by Ortega. As soon as Marina entered the room Ortega slit her own wrists and began stabbing herself so violently that she pushed the kitchen knife she was using out the other side of her neck. Ortega and the children were taken to hospital, where she was stabilized and they were pronounced dead. Their father, Kevin, was returning from a business trip and was met by police at JFK Airport.

There is no clear motive for the killings, other than the stress Ortega was under trying to move her son from the Dominican Republic to the US, and her anger at failing to get a pay raise. She has not given a confession.

Marina and Kevin are currently expecting a baby boy.

9David McGreavy

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Now nicknamed “The Monster of Worcester,” David McGreavy was a young man staying with a family in Worcester, England in 1973. One day in April, he was asked to take care of the family’s three young children. Instead he gruesomely murdered them before carrying the bodies outside to the garden railing, where they were impaled and put on display.

He was arrested that same day and sentenced to life in prison. In a controversial 2009 ruling, he was granted anonymity, when his lawyers argued that it was his human right to have his identity kept a secret. McGreavy had already been assaulted by other prisoners twice, and lawyers argued that identifying him would result in further attacks. The anonymity order was lifted this year, although McGreavy may be allowed to change his name in the future. He has unsuccessfully applied for parole eight times so far and will plead again later this year.

8Agnes Wong

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In 2007, Agnes Wong was hired to look after 16-month-old Hugo Wang for a while. On January 25, Hugo was taken to a children’s hospital in Manchester after incurring serious head trauma due to being swung around by his ankles. Wong had been abusing the child for the past few weeks, and by this point he was covered in bite marks, bruises, and burns, and had been severely beaten. Wong claimed she only disciplined the child when he was being naughty and that he got the burn marks from messing around with a hairdryer. Hugo died on January 26, and Wong was charged with his murder a few days later.

Wong was sentenced to five years in jail for the crime, but in a highly controversial decision, she only served two years, after which she was paid £4,500 (about $7,000) to go back to Malaysia. The logic behind this method of dealing with criminals is to save taxpayer money by getting the criminal out of the country and out of the system. The money given to the criminal is a sort of bribe to get them to waive their human rights, so they don’t try to appeal deportation and stay in Britain.

7Karl McCluney

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Karl McCluney was 15 years old when he was asked to look after two-year-old Demi Leigh Mahon for an hour and a half while her mother ran some errands, including buying a birthday card for Karl. After going to the park, the kids returned to Demi’s home, where Karl beat Demi, bit her, and shaved her head. When her mother returned, Karl was watching TV, while Demi was barely alive and was rushed to hospital. Karl denied any wrongdoing, saying she had sustained her 69 injuries by falling in the park. The toddler was severely brain-damaged and was taken off life support two days later. Karl eventually confessed to his psychiatrist, who said the boy had a low IQ and came from a broken home. Karl claimed that nobody can punish him as much as he will himself, but he was still given 15 years for his crime, having been tried as a minor. The only apparent motive for this brutal infanticide is that Demi was annoying him.

6Marquita Burch

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In May 2012, when William Cunningham was just one year old, he was being looked after for a few weeks by Marquita Burch, a friend of his mother. On Friday the 25th, Burch told police that the toddler had wandered off while they were in a park that night. While police, firefighters, and neighbors searched for over five hours, Burch’s story started to unravel. She eventually confessed that the toddler was dead, hidden in the closet at her cousin’s house. Burch claims she wasn’t responsible for his death and that she just found him at the bottom of the stairs on May 23, having given him ibuprofen before putting him to bed the previous night. Upon finding him (still alive), instead of taking him to a hospital, she panicked, put him in a garbage bag, and stashed it. According to the coroner’s report, by the time police found the child, he had been dead for at least 48 hours, having suffered an intracranial hemorrhage. Burch originally pleaded not guilty, but then changed her plea and was found guilty of endangering a child, involuntary manslaughter, and abusing a corpse. She was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison.

5Frederick Mitchell

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In March of this year, Frederick Mitchell, a 21-year-old man from Cincinnati, was babysitting six-month-old Elliot Magrditchian, the son of one of Mitchell’s housemates. At some point during the day, Mitchell threw him into a wall for reasons unknown. Elliot was taken to hospital, where he died a few days later. Mitchell’s mother, Angela, claims he suffers from blackouts and stresses that she firmly believes the tragedy was just an accident. Mitchell was initially charged with felonious assault and had his bond set at $1 million, but after the coroner ruled Elliot’s death a homicide, the charges were increased to felonious assault and two counts of murder, for which Mitchell could spend life in prison. He’s currently awaiting trial in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

4Gabriela Gonzales

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Twenty-five-year-old Gabriela Gonzales was smuggled illegally into the US and forced into prostitution six years ago. She managed to leave that life behind and moved in with a number of people in Richmond, Virginia. In October 2011, one of the women she lived with went to Maryland in search of work, and Gonzales was left in charge of her two-year-old daughter, Kiery Nicole. Unfortunately, Kiery was suffering from a bad rash, and Gonzales couldn’t get her to stop crying. Her frustration with the toddler grew until she snapped. Gonzales violently shook the two-year-old, and beat her head against either a bath or a toilet. The autopsy revealed both brain and spinal cord hemorrhages, as well as a severely fractured skull. Kiery was placed on life support, but died after three days.

Gonzales claimed that Kiery was injured after she fell while jumping on the bed, and even attempted to convince the police that she had accidentally strangled herself. Even during her hearing, she is said to have shown no remorse. Gonzales was given the maximum sentence of 20 years and is no longer allowed to see her own child. Kiery’s obituary can be found and signed here.

3Michael Plumadore

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Aliahna Lemmon and her two sisters were being looked after by their neighbor, Plumadore, as their mother was sick, and their father worked nights. On Friday, December 23, 2011, Aliahna went missing. Plumadore told police that he had just assumed she had left his trailer and gone back to her own. Christmas came and went without any sign of the missing girl. Then, the following Thursday, the FBI became involved in the case, and Plumadore admitted that he had beaten her on his front steps with a brick before working through the night with a hacksaw to dismember her body. He then separated the pieces, freezing her head, hands and feet for unknown reasons, and disposing of the rest of the body in a dumpster.

Plumadore never provided a motive for the killing, which is especially odd considering the other two girls were left unharmed. He was originally facing the death sentence for the crime, but upon pleading guilty, this was changed to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

2William Howard Lail

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William Howard Lail is being charged with one count of murder and two counts of child abuse after his girlfriend left her two children in his care. On a Saturday night, a panicked Lail ran out of the house looking for help, ran back in, and reemerged with 20-month-old Jaydon’s body. Jaydon was dead, but paramedics came for his three-year-old sister, Kylie, who was with another neighbor by that point. This neighbor noticed that not only did Kylie have fresh marks from being scalded on her head, shoulders, and legs, she also had ones that were obviously there from a while back. She was taken to hospital and treated, while Lail was arrested.

The arrest warrant for Lail states that he had intentionally scalded Jaydon from the waist down, and when CPR was attempted on the night, a large amount of water came out of the child. Although bail has been set at $100,000 for the charges of child abuse against Lail, the charge of murder means he can’t get out. He is currently being held in Catawba County jail, and was told while appearing in court that he faces either the death penalty or life imprisonment.

1Elzbieta Plackowska

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On October 30, 2012, Elzbieta Plackowska was looking after her friends’ five-year-old daughter, Olivia, along with her own seven-year-old, Justin. That night, she stabbed her son 100 times, and Olivia 50 times, killing both of them.

After being arrested, Plackowska repeatedly changed her story. At first, she adamantly denied having murdered the children, saying somebody had broken in and killed them while she was out for a smoke. Soon after, she admitted to killing them because she thought they were possessed by the devil. Later, “the devil” was replaced by “the evil of society.” She also claimed to have heard voices in her head and tried to use her father’s recent passing as an excuse for her instability.

Finally, she admitted to murdering Justin in order to get revenge on her husband and to killing Olivia because she had witnessed the first murder. Artur Plackowski was a truck driver, and consequently spent a lot of time away from home. Elzbieta said he took her for granted and ruined their marriage. Artur claims that this was not the case and that things were fine at home. The petty motive, the multiple confessions, and the fact that she apparently only murdered Olivia because she witnessed the other murder, even though she could have carried out the murder anywhere other than Olivia’s house, all make it hard to know what to believe. In spite of her many confessions, Elzbieta pleaded not guilty in November last year and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine if she can be deemed fit to stand trial.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2013/08/28/10-monstrous-killer-babysitters/

Access to US Embassy in Cairo blocked as police clash with protesters

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The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is closed to visitors today as police and protesters in the area clash, blocking access to the gate.

Due to security situation around Embassy, our public services (visas, American Citizen Services, IRC) will be closed for the rest of the day

— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) November 29, 2012

In tahrir. USEmbassyCairo has closed. The new wall has forced the clashes onto the Corniche near the Shepard Hotel.

— Cliff Cheney (@cliffcheney) November 29, 2012

US embassy in cairo forced to close because of clashes by gate, embassy statement. Warns americans to stay away from area. #egypt

— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) November 29, 2012

In an emergency alert, U.S. citizens in the region were warned to avoid the area.

Email from USEmbassyCairo reads “The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid the Garden City area at this time.” #egypt #cairo #tahrir

— Cliff Cheney (@cliffcheney) November 29, 2012

#Egypt U.S. Embassy is currently blocked by protestors. Follow @usembassycairo for updates ow.ly/fFZvl

— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) November 29, 2012

The embassy also warned of potential violence during a Muslim Brotherhood “march” planned for Saturday:

Looking ahead to the weekend, media reports indicate that the Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a “million man march” on Saturday, December 1 to culminate in Tahrir Square.  While there is no indication that the Embassy is a target of these protests, the Embassy’s proximity to Tahrir Square, as we have seen this week, exposes it to any violence that develops.  The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid Garden City this weekend.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/29/access-to-us-embassy-in-cairo-blocked-as-police-clash-with-protesters/

Pope Francis Demands Statue Of Himself Be Removed, And Not Just Because It Was Hideous

1. Pope Francis may like to look at Macbooks while on a boat like a boss, but there is one thing he does NOT like. And that’s statues of himself. Just don’t.

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2. The statue was in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires, according to Argentinian site Clarin.

[He] got upset when he learned that they had made a statue with his image, and that it was placed in the garden next to the Metropolitan Cathedral to honor him. They say that, without delay, he grabbed the phone, called Buenos Aires’ Curia and emphatically asked it to be removed immediately. “Get that right away,” he told the priest who answered the phone. The request was answered promptly.

3. Pope Francis doesn’t play. It’s because he abhors the “cult of personality.” He was even cheered by a crowd recently and said everyone should be cheering Jesus, not him. But before he laid down the smack, some photos were taken.

4. Uh, nice likeness.

5. Um, nailed it.

6. Yeah, this child is totally into it.

7. Papal statue groupies?

8. But apparently Brazil didn’t hear that Argentina got the Papal backhand because it has its own statue. What are they thinking?

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9. They made the statue ride in a motorcade like it was the Pope. Mistake.

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10. This woman knows of the coming fury.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/pope-francis-take-down-that-statue-of-me-this-is-not-a-game

Adorable Baby Bears Find Genius Way To Cool Down…In A Garden Fountain

I grew up in Maine, which meant that I pretty much never had to deal with stifling hot temperatures. When I moved to New York City, I suddenly understood what “too hot” was.

I learned that when it came to getting out of the heat in a concrete jungle, there are few places to escape other than air-conditioned apartments and too-crowded rooftop pools.

When these baby bears wanted a respite from the sweltering temps in Pasadena, California, I imagine they felt the same way. Their solution? Well, it’s too adorable — you have to see it to truly enjoy it…

I wish I had a personal pool like these guys. Maybe I’ll just purchase an oversized garden fountain and recreate this adorable scene.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/baby-bears-fountain/

State Home For Manic Pixie Dream Girls

What is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl? The term was coined by film critic Nathan Rabin, who described one as “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” Examples include Natalie Portman’s character in “Garden State,” Kate Hudson’s groupie in “Almost Famous,” Kirsten Dunst in “Elizabethtown,” and Zooey Deschanel in “500 Days of Summer,” and in actual life.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/summeranne/the-state-home-for-manic-pixie-dream-girls