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  • Somalia 'air strike kills foreign al-Shabab militants'

    02/24/2012 4:46:11 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2012 | Wire
    A huge air strike in al-Shabab-held southern Somalia has killed at least six people, including some foreigners, eyewitnesses have told the BBC. The strike destroyed two vehicles in a convoy in an area known as K60 because it is around 60km (35 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, they say. It is not clear who carried out the strike. Al-Shabab recently announced it was joining al-Qaeda and is said to have some 200 foreign fighters. The BBC's Mohamed Dhore in the capital says the blast is far bigger than any carried out by Kenyan forces which have recently moved into...
  • Friends Seminary plays bait, switch on anti-Semitism

    02/24/2012 4:45:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/24/2012 | ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ
    Friends Seminary of New York backed out of an agreement to invite Alan Dershowitz to talk to students about the evils of anti-Semitism. By (Courtesy of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East The Friends Seminary of New York, which invited the notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon to one of its classes, and assigned its students to read his hate-filled writings, has now backed out of an agreement to invite me to the school to talk to the students about the evils of anti-Semitism. The headmaster of the Friends Seminary, a school which is supposed to be committed to honesty and...
  • Subsidized Green Energy Company Struggles, Lays Off Workers — Rewards Top Executives

    02/24/2012 4:45:06 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    MichCapCon ^ | 2-24-12 | Tom Gantert
    In the nine months since David Prystash was named Chief Financial Officer of A123 Systems — the battery manufacturer that received $390.1 million in federal and state subsidies — the company has laid off 125 employees and had a net loss of $172 million through the first three quarters of 2011. A123 Systems also learned earlier this month that the company that was to be the main purchaser of its batteries — Fisker Automotive — had its federal funding cut off for missing milestones and had to lay off its own employees. A123 Systems had invested $23 million into Fisker....
  • Israel Builds, Obama Administration Squirms

    02/24/2012 4:34:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 24, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Israel Builds, Obama Administration SquirmsPosted By P. David Hornik On February 24, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment This week Israel’s Civil Administration approved a plan to build 500 housing units in the West Bank community of Shiloh. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner complained like clockwork that such building is not “constructive.”In so doing, he was following a U.S. practice of frequently publicly criticizing its ally Israel. No other U.S. ally gets this treatment; when was the last time you heard Washington publicly take Britain, Germany, or Japan to...

    02/24/2012 4:25:36 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 59 replies · 1+ views
    111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 553N.17715 To provide for silliness regulatory reform, to protect bloggers and posters, to enhance FReeper understanding of silly issues, to regulate the over-the-internet slap-happy threads, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 24, 2012 Mr. YANKY of the 57th State of the Union, introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Silly Services, and in addition to the Committees on Giddy, Zany and Cockamamy, the Forums, Moderators, the Podcasts, Blogs and Thread Reform, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in...

    02/24/2012 4:24:54 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 26 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 2/24/42 | Lawrence E. Davies, W.H. Lawrence, Daniel T. Brigham, Joseph M. Levy, Charles Hurd, Nat Floyd, more
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  • Unconventional Completion Technology Revives Old Oil Fields

    02/24/2012 4:21:07 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 9 replies
    E&P ^ | February 23, 2012 | By Scott Weeden, Senior Online Editor
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in 30-year-old, waterflooded oil fields has boosted production per well from 25 to 300 barrels per day. The new frontier for the unconventional gas technology is in old oil fields. This is a huge opportunity for using long laterals, multiple-stage fracs and smaller, high-tech fractures, said George King, global technology consultant, at the NAPE Business Conference on Feb. 22 in Houston. “Right now, we have two big oil plays -- the Bakken and Eagle Ford. What if you take the name shale off of it? There are three or four more big plays coming...
  • Lack of Enthusiasm Isn't Just a GOP Problem

    02/24/2012 4:16:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's no disputing that Republicans are surly these days. With the exception of South Carolina, turnout among GOP voters has been tepid. Hordes of commentators, me included, have argued at length that this apathetic grumpiness reflects a deep dissatisfaction with the Republican field. Worse, many Republicans recognize that their cantankerousness over their choices makes things worse. It's a vicious cycle. As George Orwell once wrote: "A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks." A bad candidate can win with enthusiastic voters and a good...
  • Gingrich's $2.50 gas promise (After years of bashing Bush, MSM now claims nothing can be done)

    02/24/2012 4:13:10 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies · 1+ views
    cnn money ^ | 2/24/2012 | Charles Riley
    Gas prices are on the rise, and so like clockwork, a cadre of politicians are now selling the promise of lower prices at the pump. Newt Gingrich, struggling to regain momentum in the Republican presidential primary, is leading the way, promising to get prices down to $2.50 per gallon. "I've developed a program for American energy so no future president will ever bow to a Saudi king again and so every American can look forward to $2.50 a gallon gasoline," Gingrich said during his self-introduction at Wednesday's CNN debate. The promise might garner attention on the campaign trail, but there's...
  • Rick endorsed Specter / Sarah endorsed McLame. Now, can we move on? (Vanity)

    02/24/2012 4:10:10 AM PST · by no dems · 59 replies
    February 24, 2012 | no dems
    The two-faced, slime ball, backslidden Mormon, Mitt RINO-Rom had the audacity to take Rick Santorum to task Wednesday night for endorsing Arlen Specter. Yes, Rick Santorum endorsed Specter back in 1994, or whenever. Why? Because Rick had gotten an endorsement from Specter in the past. This is the same reason why my girl Sarah endorsed John McLame in his last Senate reelection campaign. It’s called feeling a sense of obligation to return the favor to people who helped put you where you are today. Sarah did it for John McLame and Rick did it for Specter. Now, can we put...
  • GM chief: "We got a second chance" (Then pay the taxpayer's back! Ford did NOT get a bailout)

    02/24/2012 4:03:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 2/16/2012 | Dean Reynolds
    On Thursday the Dow closed at 12,904. That's near its highest close in nearly four years. General Motors was up 9 percent on that news that GM has posted the highest profits in its history. You may remember that GM was bankrupt and bailed out only three years ago, causing some to joke that the initials stood for "Government Motors." The car maker has covered a lot of road since then and CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds caught up with the man in the driver's seat . We met Dan Akerson, who has been CEO and chairman of General Motors...
  • HBO's Palin Pollution

    02/24/2012 4:01:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Sarah Palin's top aides held a conference call to denounce the forthcoming HBO movie "Game Change," which like any ultraliberal media production, knocks Palin as a mentally imbalanced moron. Reporters are already underlining the Palin aides haven't seen the movie. But isn't that the point? As Pat Buchanan once said about another subject, "Does one need to lift the manhole cover to know what's below?" Did the Clinton team wait to see the movie before begging ABC to kill "Race to 9/11"? Did the Kennedy team wait to see the miniseries "The Kennedys" before getting it demoted to the...
  • I Tried to Open a Lemonade Stand

    02/24/2012 3:55:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | John Stossel
    Want to open a business in America? It isn't easy. In Midway, Ga., a 14-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister sold lemonade from their front yard. Two police officers bought some. But the next day, different officers ordered them to close their stand. Their father went to city hall to try to find out why. The clerk laughed and said she didn't know. Eventually, Police Chief Kelly Morningstar explained, "We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade and of what the lemonade was made with." Give me a break. If she doesn't know,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurigae Nebulae

    02/24/2012 3:52:39 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | February 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. Composed from narrow and broadband filter data and spanning nearly 8 Full Moons (4 degrees) on the sky, this deep telescopic view recorded in January shows off some of Auriga's celestial bounty. The field includes emission region IC 405 (top left) about 1,500 light-years distant. Also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. IC 410 (top right) is significantly more distant, some 12,000 light-years...
  • The $4 Billion Obamacare Slush Fund for Progressives

    02/24/2012 3:43:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you like how the Obama administration's multibillion-dollar "investments" in bankrupt solar companies have turned out, you'll love the latest federal loan program to nowhere. It's the Obamacare loyalty rewards program for progressives. To appease liberal Democrats pushing for the so-called "public option" (the full frontal government takeover of our health care system), the White House settled for the creation of a $6 billion network of nonprofit "CO-OPs" that will "compete" with private insurers. It's socialized medicine through the side door. House Republicans sliced about $2 billion from the slush fund in last spring's budget deal and proclaimed the program...
  • President Santorum Cabinet Dream Team!

    02/24/2012 3:42:41 AM PST · by Dan.israel.2011 · 101 replies
    FReepers please post your President Rick Santorum Dream Team thoughts here. VP - Allen West or Marco Rubio Sec. Of Def Duncan Hunter Sr. not Jr. WH Press Sec Sarah Palin you betcha! Sec. Of State John Bolton ! Wow can you the left explode! Fed Chair Herman Cain Your thoughts?
  • Rights Groups: Syria Ramping Up Campaign Against Journalists

    02/24/2012 3:35:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Middle East Voices ^ | February 22, 2012 | unattributed (Michael Lipin?)
    Media rights groups say the killing of two Western journalists in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday shows Damascus is escalating a violent campaign against independent news coverage of its crackdown on dissent. Veteran American Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French freelance photographer Remi Ochlik are the latest journalists to have been killed in an 11-month uprising that has become increasingly dangerous for the profession to cover. ...The Syrian government does not permit foreign reporters to travel freely and has kept most of them out. The two journalists were staying at a makeshift media center in the rebel-held...
  • 7 states sue to block contraception mandate (those in Constitutionally Protected religious groups)

    02/24/2012 3:27:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/24/2012 | fox news
    Seven states filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the federal government's requirement that religious organizations offer health insurance coverage that includes free access to contraception for women. The attorney generals of Texas, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina jointly filed the lawsuit in a Nebraska US District Court. Two private citizens, two religious non-profit organizations and a Catholic school also joined the lawsuit against the contraception mandate, which is part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.
  • Today's Toons 2/24/12

    02/24/2012 3:27:52 AM PST · by pookie18 · 21 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 2/24/12 | pookie18
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  • FBI Seizes Computers of Portland Blogger For Allegedly Posting Sheriff Death Threat

    02/24/2012 3:22:45 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | February 23, 2012 | n/a
    "FBI Seizes Computers of Portland Blogger For Allegedly Posting Sheriff Death Threat" SNIPPET: "If you're going to target the police, guess what happens next."
  • John Glenn Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of His Historic Flight

    02/24/2012 3:00:10 AM PST · by Makana · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2012 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – John Glenn fever has taken hold of Cape Canaveral once again. Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center. The NASA auditorium was packed Friday with hundreds of workers, many of whom stood along the walls to see the space legend. The 90-year-old Glenn was joined on stage by Scott Carpenter, 86, the only other survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Glenn recalled how he and his fellow Mercury astronauts traveled to Cape Canaveral to watch a missile blast off....
  • Education: Spate of [sex abuse] arrests shows rise in reporting, not in abuse, police say

    02/24/2012 2:59:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2012 | Richard Winton, Howard Blume and Sam Allen
    In three weeks, six L.A. Unified employees have been booked on suspicion of sex-related crimes. The Miramonte episode has sparked some people to come forward and others to be more watchful, police say....... [read it] ....In the past, district officials would never reveal what happened to a teacher who was dismissed or removed until they had to — they often cited the employee's privacy rights and a fear of litigation. But now, some district officials, including school board member Nury Martinez, are insisting that parents and campus colleagues have a right to know what allegedly happened.............
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 24, 2012

    02/24/2012 2:56:42 AM PST · by sneakers · 42 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show at: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Akron, OH) (airs later from 9-12) (Ashland, OH) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • The Elephant in the Room [Erickson unhinged]

    02/24/2012 2:28:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | February 24, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    He was the elephant in the room, so to speak, at the CNN Debate in Mesa, AZ. And this issue is why Campaign 2012 on the Republican side is so depressing. The he is George W. Bush. And the issue is that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney spent most of the debate campaigning against George W. Bush without using his name. They went after each other on earmarks, spending, No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, the debt ceiling, and on and on. Santorum apologized for some votes. He defended some votes. Mitt Romney had the temerity to suggest he...
  • Fight said red (UK)

    02/24/2012 1:56:27 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    The Sun ^ | Feb. 24, 2012 | The Sun
    A LABOUR MP was charged with assault last night after allegedly head-butting a Tory while drunk in a House of Commons bar brawl. Cops who nicked Eric Joyce, 51, had to wait 13 hours for him to sober up for questioning. The Falkirk MP is said to have attacked Stuart Andrew, two other Conservative MPs and two Tory aides. Boozed-up Joyce allegedly sparked the brawl in the House of Commons after saying: "I'm fed up with this place — it's full of f****** Tories." The Scot is said to have flown into a violent rage at Conservative rivals while drinking...
  • Ryan Braun's 50-Game Suspension Overturned

    02/24/2012 1:44:59 AM PST · by jellybean · 84 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 24, 2012 | RONALD BLUM
    National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, the first time a baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance. The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, one day before the 28-year-old outfielder was due to report to spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers. ***snip*** During the hearing, Braun's side challenged the chain of custody from the time the urine sample was collected by Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. to when it was sent, nearly 48 hours later, to a World Anti-Doping Agency-certified laboratory in Montreal, two...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    02/24/2012 1:36:46 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Dig Deeper Today's Scripture “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I read that back in the 1800’s some explorers were going across a huge desert and didn’t bring enough water. They started digging at different spots underneath the surface about a foot or two trying to find water. They ended up losing their lives in the desert because of a lack of water. Many years later, it was discovered...
  • Intercounty Connector traffic lighter than many expected

    02/24/2012 1:29:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WJLA ^ | February 22, 2012 | John Gonzalez
    The Intercounty Connector, the new toll road that connects Gaithersburg to Laurel, was envisioned and created to alleviate the traffic headaches that have plagued local roads and the Capital Beltway for decades. While some trips for commuters have been cut in half, though, some officials and commuters have been left to wonder why the $3 billion highway looks so empty. Maryland Transit Administration officials say that the average ridership on the ICC - which is hovering around 21,000 cars per day - is exactly where they want to be. That's a stark distinction, though, from preliminary traffic and revenue studies,...
  • Barack Obama Apologises for Koran Burning

    02/24/2012 1:19:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Telegraph ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ben Farmer
    The White House said the US president had written expressing his regret and apologies for the mishandling of religious texts at Bagram airbase north of Kabul, after Afghan labourers found charred copies while collecting rubbish at the sprawling Bagram air base. Mr Obama stressed the the incident was not intentional. The letter, which the White House said was a follow-up to a phone call earlier this week between the two leaders to discuss a “long-term partnership” between Washington and Kabul, was delivered to Karzai by US ambassador Ryan Crocker. Karzai’s office said in a statement Mr Obama had promised to...
  • Imam shot in the head in northern Sweden

    02/24/2012 1:09:01 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 42 replies ^ | 02/23/2012 | The Local/dl
    A 54-year-old imam was found shot in the head in Strömsund in northwestern Sweden on Wednesday in what police have classified as attempted murder. Police received a call around 1:30pm on Wednesday afternoon that the man, identified by Sveriges Television (SVT) as Obydkhon Sobitkhony, had been found with gun shot wounds. “He was shot at least once in the head, but there may have been more shots. He was improving for awhile last night but during the day on Thursday certain complications came up which have made his condition worse,” Östersund police detective Ted Persson told the local Östersunds Posten...
  • Bad Week For Freedom

    02/24/2012 1:02:04 AM PST · by Shane · 3 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jim Quinn
    With each passing week it seems this country spirals further into the depths of a frightening dystopian fantasy reminiscent of Huxley and Orwell’s dark world of isolation, fear and government brutality portrayed in their masterpieces Brave New World and 1984. I keep speculating whether it’s me that’s crazy and not the things I’m witnessing on a daily basis. The President signs the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress, which allows the government to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge. And there is barely a squeak from the docile masses as they are soothed by Obama...
  • Putin Declares His Defense Agenda for the Next Decade

    02/24/2012 12:31:56 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 2/23/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, running for a third presidential term on March 4, has been publishing his election platform bit by bit as lengthy articles in different Moscow daily newspapers. This week it was the government-owned Rossiyskaya Gazeta that carried a 6,500-word text about defense industry development, military reform, foreign military threats and national security. The previous five covering the economy, social policy, ethnic problems, and demography, democracy and quality of government – were rambling and obscure, as election manifestos often are. The latest text – “Being Strong: National Security Guarantees for Russia” – is different, as it spells out...
  • Cumulus Dropping Coast To Coast AM In Multiple Markets

    02/24/2012 12:08:22 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 51 replies
    radio insight ^ | 2/23/12 | Lance Venta
    Cumulus Media has dropped Coast To Coast AM with George Noory from multiple markets and replaced it with its own Red Eye Radio. Among the stations that have dropped the program are 770 KKOB & 1050 KTBL Albuquerque, 1290 WNBF Binghamton, 890 WLS Chicago, 710 KCMO Kansas City, 630 WPRO/99.7 WEAN Providence, 980 WAAV Wilmington NC, and 630/105.9 WMAL Washington DC. In two of the markets, the program has already found a new home as it is picked up by Clear Channel’s 920 WHJJ Providence and Sea-Comm’s “Big Talker” 93.7 WNTB/106.3 WLTT Wilmington NC. For now Coast To Coast remains...
  • Romney’s “hollow and dispiriting” win last night ("Newt will be the last not-Romney standing")

    02/23/2012 11:49:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 23, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    I posted last night and again this morning that Rick Santorum had a terrible debate. But it’s fair also to point out that many of the shots Romney scored on Santorum were cheap shots, as pointed out by George Neumayr at The American Spectator (h/t reader OccamsrazorX): "Romney, at his most hypocritical, labored hard to present himself as more socially conservative than Santorum, noting that Rick had voted for Planned Parenthood funding. Astonishingly, Santorum missed his chance at a return upper cut. Why didn’t he mention that Romney once gave money to Planned Parenthood from his own pocket? Why didn’t...
  • Weightlifting Athlete Kills Abductor

    02/23/2012 11:38:15 PM PST · by Boogieman · 10 replies
    eCanadaNow ^ | 1/26/2012 | eCanadaNow
    A weight lifting instructor was kidnapped in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan and killed one of his kidnappers. The two criminals went into the gym of the instructor, handcuffed him to a radiator in the basement and demanded a ransom of $66,000 (2 million rubles). When the criminals decided to leave the next morning and left a gun on a nearby table. The weight lifting instructor broke free from the handcuffs and shot one of the kidnappers. The other one fled and is now on the wanted list. Luckily, the instructor got out of this situation alive. He is...
  • Santorum Endorsed Specter’s Presidential Bid (1996)

    02/23/2012 11:35:15 PM PST · by true believer forever · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The National Review ^ | February 11, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    And as for the pro-abortion-rights presidential candidate Santorum endorsed, when Specter launched a long-shot bid for president in 1995, Santorum — his fellow Pennsylvanian — was one of his few high-profile endorsements. For Specter, who later became a Democrat, his pro-abortion-rights position was a centerpiece of his campaign. Specter believed that anti-abortion activists were a “fringe” group hijacking the Republican party. “There are clearly more Republicans who are pro-choice,” Specter told Newsday’s Susan Page. “Up until now, I am the only person willing to take on the fringe.” After Specter dropped out of the race, he led an ill-fated movement...
  • Large Hadron Collider at CERN: Einstein 'was right all along'

    02/23/2012 11:33:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/24/2012
    Physicists operating the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory near Geneva may have to rethink their claim that particles can travel faster than the speed of light after a source suggested that a bad connection affected the measurements. They shocked the scientific world by claiming to have disproved Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity. But a report in the Science Insider journal claims that “a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer” may have affected the reading. Einstein's theory of special relativity, proposed in 1905, states that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed...
  • Pentagon defended Bible burning in 2009

    02/23/2012 11:30:57 PM PST · by qaz123 · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23Feb2012 | Jack Minor
    Experts on radical Islam say the U.S. military is sadly mistaken if it believes groveling at the feet of Muslims after copies of the Quran were accidentally burned will help win the hearts and minds of the world’s Islamic community Read more at:
  • Gay marriage heads toward initiative vote (Another one ... Maine)

    02/23/2012 11:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Waterville Morning Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2012 | Susan M. Cover
    AUGUSTA -- Gay marriage advocates turned in more than enough signatures to move ahead with a citizen initiative that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Maine, the secretary of state's office ruled Thursday. More than 85,000 signatures were declared valid. The groups needed only 57,277 signatures for their bill to get to the Legislature. The decision means lawmakers will now be presented with a citizen initiative to allow gay marriage in Maine. Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriages. While lawmakers have the option of passing the bill as proposed, most likely it...
  • The Whigs are Back

    02/23/2012 11:08:54 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 8 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | Feb. 24, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    As a political party, the Whig’s were torn apart in the decade leading up to the Civil War due to internal conflicts emanating from disagreement over how to hold the American Republic together. Pre Civil War Whig’s included Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and Abraham Lincoln who first ran for Congress as a member of the Whig Party. While Lincoln was the first Republican President, his philosophy was essentially Whig. What was the Whig philosophy of Abraham Lincoln and what does it teach us today? Lincoln believed in individual rights and this would lead him to issue the...
  • Quotes of the day (Hotair Ron Paul and Mitt Romney Alliance).

    02/23/2012 11:04:26 PM PST · by JSDude1 ^ | 10:35 pm on February 23, 2012 | Allahpundit
    “‘You have to ask Congressman Paul and Governor Romney what they’ve got going together,’ Santorum told reporters in the spin room in Mesa, Arizona. ‘Their commercials look a lot alike and so do their attacks.’ “Santorum’s top strategist John Brabender went even further, charging that the two men had ‘joined forces’ and were coordinating attacks against his man “‘Clearly there’s a tag team strategy between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. For all I know, Mitt Romney might be considering Ron Paul as his running mate. Clearly there is now an alliance between those two and you saw that certainly in...
  • Lessons from the Shale Revolution

    02/23/2012 11:04:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The American ^ | February 22, 2012 | Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
    A closer look at the shale gas story challenges both conservative and liberal policy preferences and points to much-needed reforms for today's mash of state and federal clean energy subsidies and mandates. In his State of the Union address, President Obama invoked the 30-year history of federal support for new shale gas drilling technologies to defend his present day investments in green energy. Obama stressed the value of shale gas—which will create thousands of jobs and billions in profits—as part of his "all of the above" approach to energy, and defended the critical role government investment has always played in...
  • ‘Thomas Paine vs George Washington’: Santorum and Beck Part Ways on Libertarianism

    02/23/2012 11:02:27 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02-23-12 | Mytheos Holt
    Today, Presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared on the Glenn Beck program to discuss the state of the race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The tone of the overall exchange was cordial, with Santorum joking at the start, “You know, Glenn, sometimes my wife loves you more than me.” Still, Glenn warned Santorum that he wouldn’t be gentle in questioning him just because they were friends. “I‘m nobody’s shill,” Glenn said. And indeed, not all of the interview was sweetness and light, as during the second segment, Glenn asked Santorum a tough question on his views...
  • Local driver on rising gas prices: 'I think it sucks'

    02/23/2012 10:48:19 PM PST · by advance_copy · 36 replies ^ | 2/22/2012 | Stephanie Smith
    BOISE, Idaho - Gas prices have gone up 7 cents in the last week and drivers say they are starting feel the pain at the pump. We talked to drivers as they filled up for 3.13 a gallon. "I think it sucks!" said Emily Chandler, a Boise driver. She wasn't the only one who felt that way. "It's not OK," said Abu Mohamed, another local resident. "You just got to fill up and get to work so there's not much you can do," Sean Nicholas said. At $3.13 a gallon, these drivers paid 3 cents less than Boise's average. The...
  • ‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches

    02/23/2012 10:44:34 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.The target of the protest? “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets,” a press release announcing today’s event read. The alleged lunch incident happened in North Carolina. “A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious,” a local reporter wrote last week. “The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato...
  • Cost of $10 Billion Stimulus Easier to Tally Than New Jobs [Obama's Phony Jobs Stimulus Program]

    02/23/2012 10:44:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 24, 2012 | IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN AND JUSTIN SCHECK
    FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Cost of $10 Billion Stimulus Easier to Tally Than New Jobs BY IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN AND JUSTIN SCHECK Alfredo Garcia was among the residents of Webb County, Texas, banking on a windfall from federal stimulus money. Mr. Garcia expanded his Mexican restaurant from 80 to 120 seats, anticipating a rush of new patrons springing from the nearby Cedro Hill wind farm, a project built with the help of $108 million from U.S. taxpayers. When construction ended, Cedro Hill had just three employees and Mr. Garcia's restaurant, Aimee's, filed for bankruptcy protection. "Nobody came," said Mr. Garcia, a...
  • TECH SUPPORT: Increase In PC Crashes

    02/23/2012 10:32:51 PM PST · by This Just In · 28 replies
    February 23, 2012 | This Just In
    Good evening, I'm hoping our tech Freepers will aid me in finding the cause for our computer woes. Within the last two weeks or so our computer crashes have been occurring with noted frequency. We run a daily AVG update and scan(we subscribed to the free security software). A family member recently downloaded a CCleaner (recommended by LifeHacker), and we run an analysis after every surf session. Any suggestions, advice, recommendations? Thank you for your time. TJI
  • In Retreat, Sears Set to Unload Stores [Obama's America: End of An American Retail Giant]

    02/23/2012 10:31:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 23, 2012 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO AND DANA MATTIOLI
    FEBRUARY 24, 2012 In Retreat, Sears Set to Unload Stores [Subscriber Content Preview] BY MIGUEL BUSTILLO AND DANA MATTIOLI After seven years of trying to rebuild the iconic retailer Sears, hedge-fund manager Edward S. Lampert reversed course on Thursday, announcing that Sears Holdings Corp. will unload more than 1,200 stores in an effort to raise up to $770 million of much-needed cash. Many on Wall Street interpreted the move as the beginning of the breakup of the company. Sears on Thursday reported a loss of more than $3 billion for 2011, and same-store sales have fallen for six straight years....
  • Marriage Advocate Offers Petitions to Vatican Addressing Marriage Abandonment

    02/23/2012 10:20:39 PM PST · by Catholic Iowan · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spero News ^ | 02/23/12 | Spero News
    Two canon lawyers reviewed the "Vindicate Rights Petition."Philip Gray, J.C.L, says "in the vast majority of cases today, divorce has become an 'easy out' to avoid responsibility, pass blame, obtain revenge, or somehow justify problems in the marital relationship or between parents and children." Canon lawyer Fr. Chuck Zmudzinski, C.P.M., J.C.L. explained, "I worked in a marriage tribunal for about five years and one of the reasons I eventually quit was because I did not agree with how strongly biased the tribunal officials seemed to be against the bond of matrimony."
  • Climate Theft

    02/23/2012 10:18:00 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 4 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 2/22/12 | Noman
    Recent leaks about a think tank's attempt to combat global warming orthodoxy in science education were the result of skullduggery. Peter Gleick, part of the man-made climate change establishment, has confessed to pretexting. [quote] In his blog on the Huffington Post, Gleick publicly confessed to deceitful tactics that he described as a serious ethical slip. My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts ... to attack climate science and scientists. [end quote] You might be forgiven for thinking that the attacks mostly go in the opposite direction. In 2009, leaked emails from East Anglia University revealed collusive...