” Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, The Post’s statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections.
Election Lab puts Democrats’ chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent — a huge change from even a few months ago, when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders — led by George Washington University’s John Sides — warned that the model could and would change as more actual polling — as opposed to historical projections — played a larger and larger role in the calculations. And, in Republicans’ defense, no one I talked to ever thought they had an 80 percent chance of winning the majority.)
So, what exactly has changed to move the Election Lab projection? Three big things: “
See the “three big things” here
” A North Carolina woman was jailed for calling 911 to report that Subway made her pizza wrong.
The Gaston Gazette reports that 37-year-old Bevalente Hall called 911 because Subway put marinara sauce on her “flatizza” and not pizza sauce.
“ It’s terrible, and I got my receipt,” Hall said on the recording obtained by the Gazette. “And I told them I can’t eat that kind of sauce.”
More at the Gaston Gazette
” High school sweethearts Misty and Larry Schaffer had been married since 2008, and Larry never once mentioned Misty’s weight.
But when Larry, an Army specialist, was deployed for a year to Afghanistan in 2012, Misty decided to give him a big surprise: She went on a secret yearlong diet.”
See all the details at Buzzfeed
” A hunter in Bertie County shoots and kills a 500-pound wild hog.
The massive animal didn’t stand a chance against veteran hunter Jett Webb’s .308 caliber rifle.
” It was very surreal,” recalls Webb. “It was a shock. It was very humbling to say the least, when you walk up on a beast that big and you say, ‘Oh my gosh. I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina.’”
” Last month Webb spotted the beast roaming near the Indian Woods on land leased by the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club. It was the same one other hunters had been vying for since capturing it on trail cameras years ago.
” The Mohawk down the back,” Webb describes, “the tusks really lean, the muscular big front end. This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we’re used to.”
Mike Mansell, president of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club, agrees this size hog game is rare.
“ It takes your breath away for a second to realize how big this hog is,” he says. “It took up the entire bed of the pick-up truck.” “
More on the monster hog’s demise here
” Bused-in activists and professional agitators, including the NC NAACP are in Raleigh, North Carolina, today for the so-called “Moral March” – morality being defined as support for progressive causes such as abortion rights, and minimum wage hikes, and opposition to “racist” voter ID requirements.
Problem is, one of the important do’s on the list of Do’s and Don’ts for Marchers, is for them to bring a “driver’s license, passport or other valid photo id” to the march, and make sure they have their photo ID handy “at all times.”
Get the whole story at Breitbart
” A video of a horrifying assault on a young woman by a female attacker has spread across the Internet.
In a smartphone clip, uploaded to Instagram on Tuesday, a girl called Sharkeisha is seen viciously sucker-punching a girl called Shay in the face before kicking her in the head as she lies curled up on the ground.
Sharkeisha then has to be restrained by another young woman as her victim lies on the ground, protecting her head with her hands.”
We’ve raised a generation of animals … nay , that is an insult to the animal kingdom . Animals do not maliciously attack others for the joy of it . Only humans can be evil enough for that . We have raised a generation that has no respect for themselves , others , proper behavior or anything resembling human decency .
” Deputies in Union County say a Department of Social Services employee was arrested after a young boy was found handcuffed to the front porch of a home with a dead chicken tied around his neck.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was responding an animal services complaint at a home along Austin Road when he saw an 11-year-old child handcuffed to the front porch of a neighboring home.
The boy, who deputies say was handcuffed at the ankle, also had a dead chicken hanging around his neck. The report states the young boy appeared to be shivering, as well.
A few moments later, a man, later identified as 57-year-old Dorian Lee Harper, came to the porch and asked the deputy why he was there. The Deputy then asked the man for his identification, as well as an explanation of why the child was handcuffed to the porch.”
By all means put your trust in the authorities . They have nothing but your best interests at heart .
Tenure For Elementary And High-School Teachers Also Eliminated
” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed a budget bill Friday that eliminates teacher tenure and—in a rare move—gets rid of the automatic pay increase teachers receive for earning a master’s degree.
The legislation targets a compensation mechanism that is common in the U.S., where teachers receive automatic pay increases for years of service and advanced degrees. Some research has suggested those advanced degrees don’t lead to improved teaching.”
Illustration by Rob Tornoe