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    For the fourth night in a row, angry protesters have stormed the streets in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, to demand justice after cops shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown on Saturday afternoon.

    And absolute chaos ensued.

    Ignoring a sundown curfew that the city's police chief imposed after a related looting incident Sunday night, hundreds of people gathered last night shouting, "Stand up! Don't shoot!" and demanded to know the name of the police officer who had shot Brown. Cops, wearing riot gear and carrying shields, reportedly threatened to arrest anyone who remained on the street after 9 p.m. Some protesters began setting off Molotov cocktails and throwing bottles at cops and police reportedly fired tear gas and smoke bombs into the crowd.

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    Remember when the worst thing that happened at your college spring break party was someone would drink too much and flirt with someone else's boyfriend, causing a massive amount of d-r-a-m-a? Well, multiply that frenzy by about a thousand percent and you still won't even get close to the "Deltopia" beach party that took place this weekend in California and resulted in absolute mayhem. About 15,000 revelers, mostly students from the University of California, Santa Barbara, were in attendance, and by the end of the day, 44 people -- including 6 police officers -- were injured, and almost 100 people were arrested.

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    My fellow Americans, a word? If you want to protest something -- anything -- you might want to leave the American flag out of it ... or at least be a little more respectful of Old Glory than a bunch of Albuquerque, New Mexico protesters were this week. Carting the flag upside down -- an official signal of distress -- the protesters were caught on video thumbing their noses at the national symbol.

    But while their act of insolence may be disheartening, the bravery the disrespect for the flag inspired in an angry US Marine and another serviceman is a beautiful show of patriotism! Ready to see some patriotic butt kicking? Watch what these servicemen do when they take note of the disrespect for our country:

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    Tell me, is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade part of your holiday tradition? I always loved watching it when I was a kid: the balloons, the floats, the Clydesdales, the marching bands! The awesomely awkward years when Willard Scott was host! My own kids don't enjoy it quite as much as I do, maybe because they've been raised on TiVo and three hours of live broadcasting is too much for their fruit-fly-like attention spans, but we always tune in for a few minutes here and there between the football and the food prep.

    This year, however, the 87th Thanksgiving Day Parade may offer a little something extra for the 50 million viewers who tune in from home. The activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is planning a protest -- and they're being deliberately mysterious about what that might entail.

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    As of this writing, the online petition to remove Breaking Bad character Walter White's makeshift grave from Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque has over 900 signatures. Some local residents were already upset over a fake funeral for Walt that took place last Saturday, but now that there's a permanent memorial at the graveyard, people are officially outraged.

    I have to admit, when I first heard about this controversy, I thought it was a little silly. Why would anyone get that worked up over a little fun for the most dedicated Breaking Bad fans, especially when the "service" raised almost $17,000 for Albuquerque's Healthcare for the Homeless organization? But now that I've read what residents are saying about the fake gravesite, I can absolutely see where they're coming from.

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    It's over -- it's finally over -- at least for a few months! The government shutdown, which lasted a whopping 16 days, has been lifted after the Senate voted 81 to 18 late last night to approve a proposal that they somehow found the ability to put their hard heads together and concoct. The House followed with a sad 285 to 144 vote in favor of the proposal and it was finally signed by President Obama at 12:30 a.m.

    So it goes without saying, it was a long night for our elected leaders, but hey, it was an even longer night for all of those furloughed workers who finally got news that they can return to work today -- and that at the very least they'll be receiving back pay for the days of work they missed. But the longest night of all, perhaps, could be claimed by one vocal White House stenographer who made her feelings known as the bill was being passed. 

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    Are you sick and tired of hearing the same people lodge complaints about the government shutdown on news programs? Even my close friends' tweet-insults at whichever politician they're peeved at in the moment are getting bor-ring to read. Words don't do a whole lot to change the situation or further a political cause, do they?

    But while most of us rattle our rants on Facebook and go back to eating lunch, an unassuming 45-year-old man named Chris Cox quietly bought a lawn mower, threw on jeans and a T-shirt, and headed up from South Carolina to Washington, D.C. He has made more of an impact than the millions screaming for change by doing something totally wacky and awesome: mowing the lawn in front of the Lincoln Memorial

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    A group of veterans from the war in Vietnam were arrested in New York yesterday. Their crime? The cops would tell you it was a case of violating the 10 p.m. curfew at the New York Vietnam War Memorial. Police state the men ignored the repeated warnings that preceded their arrest.

    But it's slightly more complex than that. The vets, who were arrested while reading out the names of their dead comrades, had arranged this vigil as part of a peaceful protest against the War in Afghanistan, now entering its 12th year. They did the same thing last year -- with similar results.

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    Because politics are sometimes often petty, the government shutdown has forced the closure of national parks and monuments. Including the World War II Monument on the D.C. National Mall. The one that was visited yesterday by 92 WWII veterans.

    Proving that we won the war for a reason, these soldiers didn’t let a pesky thing like a barricade stop them. They were there to see the monument dedicated to their service to our country, and see it they did.

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    Ever since women's tampons were confiscated in the midst of the state's abortion law protests, it's been hard not to wag our tongues or roll our eyes about the Texas State Troopers' move to apparently protect lawmakers from having feminine hygiene products hurled at them. Plenty of jokes have been made about the strange incident, but most recently, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry decided to draw attention to it by wearing tampon earrings on her Sunday morning news show ...

    She explained that her producer had made them for her and said that women standing up for their own reproductive rights weren't allowed to bring tampons in, so "in case that ever happens again, ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings." Ha!

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