Today in Hell: Chilly with a 100 percent chance of Roseanne Barr praising Michelle Malkin!/TheRealRoseanne/status/210313655991017473

A few weeks ago, a sneering, raving Roseanne Barr called Michelle Malkin a “woman hating idiot” who “can’t get a real job.”

This morning, Roseanne called out a follower for slinging the oh-so-clever “GOP‬ cunt” slur at Michelle. (Attacking Michelle’s looks is peachy, just don’t call her the c-word.)

Roseanne also gave Michelle props for her “good points” about the Left’s failures. Should we bother reminding Roseanne that she’s part of the Left that Michelle criticizes?

Nah. We’re late for today’s surprise popsicle party in hell. Now where’d we put our earmuffs?

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Iran Just Blew Up A Fake American Aircraft Carrier

The country’s military exercises come weeks ahead of a deadline for finishing up talks between Iran and global powers over its nuclear program.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s elite military unit that reports directly to Ayatollah Khamenei, on Wednesday held military drills in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The target? A mock-up of a U.S. aircraft carrier.

A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier is exploded by the Revolutionary Guard’s speedboats during large-scale naval drills AP Photo/Tasnim News

Though it has held drills of this size before, the latest — codenamed “Great Prophet 9″ — was the first to target a fake aircraft carrier. The drill involved Iran’s vaunted speedboats to attack the replica, along with missiles fired from on-shore.

Hamed Jafarnejad / AP

“American aircraft carriers are very big ammunition depots housing a lot of missiles, rockets, torpedoes and everything else,” the IRGC’s naval commander said, adding that a direct hit by a missile could set off a large secondary explosion.

Artist’s rendering of what this would look like 20th Century Fox

The Associated Press posted a video clip from the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network’s broadcast showing the exercises.

The footage didn’t show exactly how the model was destroyed, but did come complete with fiery aftermath and triumphant music.


In reality, the last time a U.S. aircraft carrier was sunk during combat was all the way back during World War II.


The drill came just weeks ahead of the final deadline for talks between Iran and the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Associated Press reported that Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, the spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said they were monitoring the drills, but downplayed the simulated attack on the carrier, saying the U.S. military was “not concerned about this exercise.”

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Pain Pill Use Drops While Heroin Overdoses Shoot Up

As doctors crack down on the misuse of prescription painkillers, more people are turning to heroin — and dying because of it.

Darryl Dyck / AP Photo

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses in the United States nearly tripled from 2010 to 2013, according to a study published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In contrast, the number of deaths from painkillers over the same period leveled out, the study found.

“The fact that it tripled is clearly a big change,” Holly Hedegaard, an injury epidemiologist at the NCHS and lead author of the study, told BuzzFeed News. “Most things don’t triple in only three years — that is obviously a big concern.”

Though the rate of heroin deaths has risen sharply, the raw number of deaths due to heroin is still less than that of opioid analgesics, drugs commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain. In 2013, 8,257 people died as a result of heroin overdoses and 16,235 died from painkillers.

National Center for Health Statistics

Between 2002 and 2011, an estimated 25 million people started using painkillers recreationally.

By 2010, roughly 12 million of these users had no prescription for the drug, but somehow obtained it illegally, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Others got prescriptions from so-called “pill mills,” clinics where corrupt doctors hand out prescriptions with little discretion. The biggest culprit was OxyContin, or oxycodone hydrochloride, a drug that is highly addictive.

In Florida — home to 93 of the top 100 oxycodone-dispensing doctors in the country — doctors doled out more than 650 million pills in 2010.

The numbers began to shift in 2010, when OxyContin’s manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, reformulated the drug to make the pills more difficult to crush and snort. The Food and Drug Administration reclassified the drug as “Schedule 2,” making it harder to prescribe, and law enforcement got more serious about shutting down pill mills.

But these changes came with an unintended side effect: a rise in heroin use as drug users searched elsewhere for opiates.

“It’s a whack-a-mole sort of thing,” Andrew Gurman, speaker in the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association, told BuzzFeed News. “In response to this tightening supply, people have started to look to heroin for a cheaper and more available alternative.”

Heroin use by age and ethnicity National Center for Health Statistics

In 2003, there were about 314,000 heroin users in the United States. A decade later there were 681,000.

While an 80-milligram OxyContin pill can cost between $60 and $100 on the street, heroin runs for about $9 a dose, according to the Office of Drug Control Policy in Kentucky, which has seen a sharp rise in heroin use.

The drop in pill availability has meant that the demographics of heroin users have shifted as well.

In 2000, black people between the ages of 45 and 64 had the highest rate of deaths as a result of heroin overdose. By 2013, the group dying most was white men aged 18 to 44.

“Back in the 1960s and 1970s, typically heroin was the first opioid these drug users ever used,” Hedegaard said. “Whereas more recently, people using heroin have more likely started using opioid analgesics first.”

Even so, heroin is an equal-opportunity drug.

“What people need to realize is that this is a phenomenon that cuts across all socioeconomic demographics,” Gurman said. “Right-wing Republicans, tea party people, left-wing people are dying from heroin — white, black, Latino, everything.”

Addressing the current surge in heroin use will be far from straightforward, Gurman said. It will take a multifaceted public health approach that continues to target patients and physicians, offers sufficient resources for treatment and counseling, and raises awareness about safe ways to store medications.

“A lot of people might have drugs being stolen from unlocked medicine cabinets and not even know about it,” Gurman said.

Law enforcement will also be involved, but that shouldn’t be where most of our energy is focused, Gurman said. “We can’t just arrest our way out of this problem.”

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Mahadayi: BJP Mahila Morcha protest police excesses

The farmers protesting in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here for waiver of crop loans, payment of sugarcane dues and implementation of Kalasa-Bandura Nala diversion projects for the past

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Here’s The Cast Of “The Little Mermaid” Now

♫ “Look at this cast, isn’t it neat?” ♫

1. Sebastian

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed


Fun Fact: Sebastian is now the ripe old age of 84. He still loves living “unda the sea” and spends most of his time driving slowly around the ocean floor in his goldfish-drawn carriage yelling at youths for being “too loud and rowdy.”

2. King Triton

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios


Fun Fact: King Triton is magical so he looks exactly the same. He continues to rule the oceanic kingdom with justice and fairness to all. The incident with Ariel wanting to be human opened his eyes to another world, which only enhanced his ability to be a great leader.

3. Flounder

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Walt Disney Studios / Pixar / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed


Fun Fact: Eight years after filming, Flounder went on to meet the love of his life, a fish named Dory. They have 470 kids together and hope to have more.

4. Scuttle

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Walt Disney Studios / Thinkstock / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed


Fun Fact: Scuttle went on to be an epistemology philosophy professor at Harvard University. He questioned everything about how objects got their names and functions, which basically flipped the philosophy world on its head.

5. Ariel

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Walt Disney Studios / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed


Fun Fact: About six months after marrying Prince Eric, Ariel realized she had made a huge mistake — she was only 16 years old and wasn’t ready for marriage. She decided to spend the next five years on land, studying marine biology and aquatic veterinary medicine before returning back to the sea to open her own practice. She has become well-known throughout the oceans as one of the greatest sea doctors of all time.

6. Prince Eric

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Walt Disney Studios / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFeed


Fun Fact: Unfortunately, after Ariel left Prince Eric, he went mad with heartbreak. He spent the rest of his life at sea searching for a “beautiful mermaid with red hair.” Of course no one believed she existed, which gained him the imaginative nickname “Crazy Mermaid-Obsessed Eric.”

7. Max

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios


Fun Fact: Max lived a good long life of 12 years. When he passed away, they held a beautiful burial at sea for him. Since then, a certain dolphin always swims by Prince Eric’s boat — many think it’s the reincarnation of Max.

8. Ursula

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Walt Disney Studios / Loryn Brantz / BuzzFee


Fun Fact: While many thought Ursula had died…she did not. She used her witch powers to split part of her soul into a seashell (much like Voldemort). She emerged from the seashell and returned to land in her “human” form. She’s best known these days for being a troublemaker on the ABC reality show The Bachelor.

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Tommy Lee: Time for metal detectors at the front doors of airports!/MrTommyLand/status/397521212928049152

In the wake of the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe proposes to basically move the entire screening process to the front doors of all airports. It could be argued though that if that were the case last Friday, the same thing might have happened, just closer to the front doors.

Lee got into a give and take with another tweeter about the issue:!/MrTommyLand/status/397522012064591872!/MrTommyLand/status/397522663821684736!/MrTommyLand/status/397524944856166400!/marcdvigil/status/397526386623012864

And we’ll leave the encore response to Mr. Lee:!/MrTommyLand/status/397527631802798080

Grammar screening should also be moved closer to the front door.


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Instapundit has the perfect response to Matt Yglesias tweet!/EdAlvarezB/status/511664328534396928

Credit Instapundit Glenn Reynolds for crafting the perfect response to the latest bit of compelling click-bait from the explainers at Vox.

You won’t remember this story:

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 15, 2014

@mattyglesias: You won’t remember this story:” Remember? Hell, I won't even read it!

— (@instapundit) September 15, 2014


@instapundit @mattyglesias Spoiler: neither did anyone else.

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 15, 2014

Suppose they actually did read it, but already forgot? Thesis proven.

@mattyglesias What?

— Hari Rao (@Bushido61) September 15, 2014


@mattyglesias i pay good money to not remember most stories :)

— Kevin (@KevinWalsh222) September 15, 2014

Nor will I read it RT @mattyglesias You won’t remember this story:

— Jeff (@SenseOffense) September 15, 2014

Especially when I don't click on it b/c obviously not memorable. RT @mattyglesias: You won’t remember this story:

— Thomas C. Bowen (@thomascbowen) September 16, 2014

I forget everything from @mattyglesias because it's meaningless and useless. @simonowens

— Ryan B. Leslie (@RyanBLeslie) September 16, 2014

We do remember some things Yglesias writes.

You think Gerald Ford is still alive. RT @mattyglesias You won’t remember this story:

— BT (@back_ttys) September 15, 2014


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