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Well, one of ’em, anyway (H/T iOwntheWorld):

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From Business Insider

Herman Cain may be the only presidential candidate in history to actually benefit from a sex scandal.

Just hours after Politico broke a story about accusations of sexual harassment against Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO killed it during a luncheon speech at the National Press Club. And then to top it all off, he SANG.

After very little prompting to reprise his “Imagine There’s No Pizza” performance at the Omaha Press Club, Cain launched into a surprisingly beautiful rendition of the hymn “He Looked Beyond My Faults” — an interesting choice given the sex scandal.

 

 

So, did the bride’s father pay for the wedding? Is he still alive?

What man doesn’t want to marry a woman half his age?

Hazi Abdul Noor, a 120-year-old widower in India, made history this past weekend when he married 60-year-old Samoi Bibi, reports the Times of India.

More than 500 guests attended the wedding in Satghori, a remote village in the state of Assam. More than 100 of them were the groom’s immediate family members – two sons, four daughters, their spouses and their many children.

“It was not an easy job to find a bride for a 100-year-old,” son Hazi Azir Uddin told the Times. “However, by the grace of god, we have found a new mother, though she’s half his age.”

Noor is thought to be the world’s oldest groom.

via World’s oldest groom ties the knot at 120 – Weird News – Canoe.ca.

I’ve seen news on the web and TV about the snake problem in Florida. These aren’t you’re run-of-the-mill snakes, like rattlesnakes and moccasins and such. Nope, these are pythons – of various kinds that folks bought as pets, and then turned loose in the wild because they got, well, too big. Once introduced into the wild, these things have an almost unlimited supply of food available, and they get REALLY big. Game officials just killed a Burmese Python that was 16 feet long.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Everglades have captured and killed a 16-foot-long Burmese python that had just eaten an adult deer.

Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said workers found the snake on Thursday. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.

Hardin said the python had recently consumed a 76-pound female deer that had died. He said it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

Further in the article, they mentioned that the snake had a girth of 44 inches as a result of swallowing the deer. Wow.

 

Read more at MSNBC

 

The Occupy protesters in Denver showed their true colors, and forced police to retaliate against their lawlessness with pepper spray and rubber bullets. Seven people were arrested; two were held on felony charges of assaulting police officers. From the Denver Post:

In the most violent Saturday in more than a month of Occupy Denver demonstrations and marches, Denver police fired mace and pepper balls at a crowd of protesters in Civic Center today and arrested 20 people.

Two of the protesters were held for felony charges after police said an officer was knocked off his motorcycle and other officers were kicked, as they moved into the park to tear down illegal tents.

The first mid-afternoon confrontation had police and state troopers shoulder-to-shoulder pushing a group of marchers off the state Capitol steps, which is out-of-bounds to protesters without a permit. Some of the Occupy Denver sympathizers then raced to set up tents in Civic Center, where city officials have allowed ongoing food tables and sleeping bags but not sleeping structures.

Protesters there surged around about eight police officers. Other officers responding to calls for help fired the pepper bullets, which resemble paint balls. One protester filming the scene — one of hundreds of cameras documenting police activity — was knocked out of a tree in the melee.

Five people were arrested in the first conflict, before 3 p.m. Hundreds of officers and SWAT members converged on the park and Broadway was shut down for hours as police and protesters reached a tense stalemate.

About a dozen of the angriest marchers stood nose-to-nose with police and screamed profanity or anti-Wall Street slogans. Others tried to calm the situation, even while filming.

Just before 6 p.m., with ambulances waiting and police cruisers covering whole blocks around the park, officers donned gas masks and used megaphones to warn protesters the remaining tents were illegal. Wielding long batons, a few dozen officers pushed into the park and formed a circle around the tents.

Here is video from the scene:

Like I’ve said before about these “occupy” gatherings – peaceful protest is fine, assuming you follow the law. When you insist on breaking it, it’s time to get out the fire hoses.