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  • Hundreds rally to back hard-line Arizona sheriff

    04/28/2012 5:16:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 28,2012 | Tim Gaynor(Reuters)
    FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., April 28 (Reuters) - As many as 200 activists, some chanting "go Joe, go Joe," rallied in Arizona onSaturday to support Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who isfacing a federal racial-profiling probe for his police sweepsagainst illegal immigrants. "Sheriff Joe is one of the very few guys who will enforcethe immigration laws across this nation," said Randy Hatch, whoused a megaphone to rally supporters of Arpaio at a park in thisnortheast Phoenix valley city. "Every constitution and country that has ever existed hashad to have sovereign borders," he said to cheers from thecrowd, some clutching placards reading...
  • "In the Green Pastures of the Twenty-third Psalm" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter)

    04/28/2012 5:11:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “In the Green Pastures of the Twenty-third Psalm” (Psalm 23)Today is what is known in the church as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this Sunday during the Easter season, the Gospel Reading comes from John 10, where several times Jesus calls himself the “good shepherd” of the sheep. And, every year, the psalm appointed for this day is Psalm 23, perhaps the most famous and well-loved of all the psalms, the one that begins, “The LORD is my shepherd.” The danger with such a familiar and well-loved passage is that it can become for us just so much “white...
  • The Government’s Backward Approach on Student Loan Disbursement (Part 1)

    04/28/2012 5:10:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2012 | by Michael Janati
    For the first time in history, Americans owe more money on student loans than they do on credit cards.  At one trillion dollars and on the rise, the behemoth government takeover of the student loan industry has set into motion a new financial crisis. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), a bill attached to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”), was signed into law by Congress on March 30, 2010.  Essentially, the legislation scraps the bank-based program, and substitutes that with a direct-lending program, where students are required to take out loans through their financial aid office that...
  • FREE -- ALMOST (DRUDGE) (Will Obama cave)

    04/28/2012 5:08:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Drudge ^ | April 28,2012
    Blind dissident makes daring escape... Takes refuge in US embassy... Strains US-China relations ahead of next week's visits... State Dept. 'silent'... CHEN SPEAKS OUT.. advocacy_for_chen_guangcheng_dates_back_years
  • Petraeus as GOP VP candidate?

    04/28/2012 5:07:24 PM PDT · by Andy from Chapel Hill · 61 replies
    What does FR think about CIA Director David Petraeus as the GOP VP candidate?
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WINNERS vs LOSERS ~ 29 April 2012

    04/28/2012 4:59:19 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 55 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            WINNERS vs LOSERS When a winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong.” When a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.” A winner always gives 110% no matter how big or small the task. A loser is always “too busy” to do what is necessary and finds excuses. A winner goes through a problem. A loser goes around it, and never gets past it. A winner makes commitments. A loser makes promises. A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be.” A loser says, “I’m...
  • Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric

    04/28/2012 4:52:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Saturday April 28, 2012
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy. He will favor more intimate settings, like the Ohio classroom, and a schedule that calls for fewer public appearances as the campaign hopes to show a softer side of the former Massachusetts governor who struggles at times to connect with average Americans. That's a dramatic difference from Obama, who feeds on large crowds and has...
  • Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric

    04/28/2012 4:52:22 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Saturday April 28, 2012
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy. He will favor more intimate settings, like the Ohio classroom, and a schedule that calls for fewer public appearances as the campaign hopes to show a softer side of the former Massachusetts governor who struggles at times to connect with average Americans. That's a dramatic difference from Obama, who feeds on large crowds and has...
  • Woo hoo!! Let's keep her going!! [FReepathon thread XV]

    04/28/2012 4:50:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 534 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Howdy everyone!! This FReepathon thread is for FReepers who believe in and support our pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government conservative causes, enjoy reading and participating on FR, think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it going. I retired the previous thread as it was being used by posters who obviously do not agree with our purposes here and or no longer enjoy participating on FR or no longer believe it is worthwhile. Hopefully, they'll respect us enough to stay off this thread. If they no longer enjoy FR, no longer respect us, etc, then perhaps they...
  • Conservative Candidate Fights RINOs in NC 13th District Primary

    04/28/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT · by Mustachistan · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/28/12 | Rich Stowell
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2012—In the 2010 midterms, voters sent two black Republicans to the House. Allen West (FL-22) and Tim Scott (SC-01) were the only two of a field of 32 to make it, and are currently the only African American Republicans in Congress. Bill Randall was in the field with West and Scott, and is coming back for a second try this year in North Carolina's 13th district. "The district has been redrawn, and now it is more favorable for a Republican," Randall said in an exclusive interview with the Washington Times Communities. North Carolina holds its primary on...
  • will NOT have an Obama bombshell video

    04/28/2012 4:47:19 PM PDT · by rightjb · 136 replies ^ | 4/28/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Steve Bannon Says Breitbart Will Not Have an Obama Bombshell | @PolitiJim's Rants for Reasonable People | I have just spent two days at the True the Vote National Summit featuring James O’Keefe, Anita MonCrief, Christian Abrams, Pat Caddell, John Fund and many others. I wanted to rush two newsworthy items out before a much more thoughtful and comprehensive post tomorrow on the conference. The final speaker was the Executive Chairman of and Sarah Palin THE UNDEFEATED Producer Steve Bannon who broke a bombshell by saying: Breitbart will not have a magic video that will change the election....
  • Tent Collapse in St. Louis Kills 1

    04/28/2012 4:45:23 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 12 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | 28 April 2012 | Sean Breslin
    One person was confirmed dead and around 100 people were injured when a tent collapsed in St. Louis Saturday afternoon. Strong winds were a factor when the tent, located at Kilroy's Bar near Busch Stadium, fell down, critically injuring at least five people, according to local station KSDK.
  • Hopes that Obama would be a gentler drug warrior have gone up in smoke

    04/28/2012 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies ^ | April 28, 2012
    Back when he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama said that he supported the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs and that he was not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws. Four years later, the raids on drug dispensaries have kept up, despite a Justice Department memo formalizing low-enforcement priority instructions from Attorney General Eric Holder. Obama never said anything about supporting legalization or decriminalization, but his medical marijuana statements were enough to get him heralded by some in...
  • The End of China Envy? (Spare us the feverish delusions about the glories of the “Beijing Model.”)

    04/28/2012 4:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/28/2012 | Rich Lowry
    China-envying New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman likes to muse about how wonderful it would be if the United States could be like China for a day. The scandal engulfing former rising star Bo Xilai, the cashiered Communist Party boss of the city of Chongqing, suggests how this magical day might go down. A popular governor who rose to prominence based on his anti-corruption campaign while illicitly enriching himself would fall from grace. His wife would be accused of murdering a foreign businessman. His security chief, whom he relied upon to run an extensive spying operation on potential foes, would...
  • Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney's idea

    04/28/2012 4:36:42 PM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 24 replies
    The HIll ^ | 04-28-12 | Brendan Sasso
    One of Mitt Romney's top advisers said Saturday that President Obama's decision to bailout Chrysler and General Motors was actually Romney's idea. "[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that," Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said. "The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney's advice."
  • Don't look now, but Social Security's trust funds are vanishing

    04/28/2012 4:36:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/27/2012 | Veronique de Rugy
    You had better start increasing your personal retirement savings, because Social Security is fast approaching insolvency. According to the latest Social Security Trustees' report, released Monday, the program's combined trust funds will be exhausted by 2033 -- three years earlier than last year's projection and seven years earlier than projections made in 2006. This means that by 2033 Social Security benefits would have to be slashed significantly. Sounds bad, right? Well, it gets worse. Since 2010, Social Security has been running a permanent cash-flow deficit. This means that the taxes collected for the program aren't enough to cover the benefits...
  • Cocaine May Age the Brain

    04/28/2012 4:27:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 24 April 2012 | Elizabeth Norton
    Enlarge Image Old beyond years. A 3D model of merged imaging scans shows the brain areas affected by age (blue) in healthy people (left) and longterm cocaine users (right). Credit: Karen Ersche/University of Cambridge Add this to the list of reasons not to take cocaine: Chronic use of the drug may speed up the aging process. According to a new imaging study, cocaine abusers in their 30s and 40s show brain changes more commonly seen in people over 60. The finding also calls attention to the special medical needs of older drug users—a group that, until now, hasn't garnered...
  • Martin family attorney addresses Rainbow PUSH

    04/28/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    WLS-TV/DT ^ | April 28, 2012
    April 28, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents joined The Rev. Jesse Jackson Saturday at Rainbow PUSH. Benjamin Crump talked about news that a website has raised more than $200,000 for George Zimmerman, the man who killed the Florida teenager. Crump has called this revelation "a bombshell.'" Zimmerman was released from jail this week after posting bond. His family had told the judge they have had trouble coming up with the money to free him. Crump says this raises questions about Zimmerman's credibility. "Trayvon Martin is dead," Crump said. "We don't know his version of what...
  • For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter

    04/28/2012 4:15:12 PM PDT · by arthurus · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Tara Bahrampour
    “I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,” said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years. Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the United States to Mexico between 2005 and 2010,

    04/28/2012 4:12:29 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 6 replies
    LAPTOPS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS, founded by GATHERING OF EAGLES, has delivered another free laptop to a deserving serviceman today, April 28, 2012. It is with great pleasure I wish to announce the donation of a laptop to a wounded warrior today, SSgt Charlie Pannell, in Anderson, South Carolina. Charlie was injured in September 2008 by an Iraqi terrorist's grenade in operations while clearing houses in a combat action. He told me that most of the men hit that day had died of their wounds, while his injuries have led to the amputation of his left leg and continuing infections...
  • James David Manning video (entitlement has ruined the black man)

    04/28/2012 4:04:04 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies ^ | 2/24/2010 | James David Manning
    I like and, more importantly, respect James David Manning. He is a man of great courage and a man of God. He is a rare element in America today. In this video, at about the 6 minute mark he says this (I paraphrase)... Roll the clock back 60 years, cut the welfare system, the entitlements, etc...and watch the Black Community stand up and start building schools and churches and banks...and staying home with their kids and families.Roll the clock back 70 years and you'll watch Black Society rise up [and take its place in responsible society]... Here's the link!,...
  • The Algore effect, Freeze Warning for Eastern Hampshire, MA

    04/28/2012 3:57:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
  • Childhood Stress Leaves Genetic Scars

    04/28/2012 3:52:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 24 April 2012 | Katherine Rowland
    Enlarge Image Early damage. Telomeres (red) are shorter in children who have been abused. Credit: Pasleka/Photo Researchers Inc. Traumatic experiences in early life can leave emotional scars. But a new study suggests that violence in childhood may leave a genetic mark as well. Researchers have found that children who are physically abused and bullied tend to have shorter telomeres—structures at the tips of chromosomes whose shrinkage has been linked to aging and disease. Telomeres prevent DNA strands from unravelling, much like the plastic aglets on a shoelace. When cells divide, these structures grow shorter, limiting the number of times...
  • Bill Clinton to appear at fund-raiser with Obama on Sunday

    04/28/2012 3:51:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will appear Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, a campaign official told CNN. The fund-raiser will take place in Virginia at the home of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. More than 500 supporters will attend a reception with the two presidents, and 80 will attend a dinner at the house, the campaign official said. Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 a person and tickets for the dinner were $20,000 a person.
  • Candidate for mayor vows to make London 'beacon' for Islam...

    04/28/2012 3:46:43 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 20 replies
    Is London about to elect a mayor who has been accused of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism? Until last week, former mayor Ken Livingstone was trailing the incumbent Boris Johnson in opinion polls by as much as six points. But now, only days before the election on Thursday, May 3, the two are neck-and-neck, separated by just two percentage points, according to pollster YouGov
  • SAS Heroes: Last Stand In Oman

    04/28/2012 3:44:39 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 4 replies
    This is a YouTube video I came across. During the 1970s, the Sultanate of Oman was threatened by Communist guerillas of the PFLOAG (Popular Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf), and the UK sent SAS soldiers to help the government. On July 19, 1972, a SAS squad was stationed outside the town of Mirbat, in Dhofar province. They came under attack by several hundred Adoo (Communists), and they had to hold the line until support could arrive. Here is the video:
  • Trayvon Martin killing sparks fight against pro-vigilante law (Look at source)

    04/28/2012 3:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Militant ^ | The May 7, 2012 IKssue | Naomi Craine
    SANFORD, Fla.—Nationwide demonstrations have subsided in the weeks following the April 11 indictment and arrest of George Zimmerman—the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin here. At the same time, discussion among working people and public meetings continue, many focused on the fight to repeal pro-vigilante “Stand Your Ground” laws enacted in states across the country in recent years and brought to the fore by the local police department’s refusal to arrest Zimmerman. “What went through my mind was that finally the person who shot and killed my son was going to be held accountable for...
  • Lampreys from Great Lakes Destined for Queen's Pie (Britain's Queen Elizabeth II)

    04/28/2012 3:38:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | April 27, 2012 | AP
    Lampreys from Great Lakes destined for queen's pie DETROIT — A few unwanted, invasive sea lampreys from the Great Lakes have been shipped to England for use in a traditional pie for Queen Elizabeth II. The Detroit Free Press reports ( the City of Gloucester, which has given the pie as a gift to the monarch since the Middle Ages, requested the eel-like creatures from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission because they're a protected species in England. The pie is for June's Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the queen's ascent to the throne. Commission spokesman Marc Gaden shipped 2...
  • How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Global Taxes

    04/28/2012 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 28, 2012 | by Charles Duhigg
    RENO, Nev. — Apple, the world’s most profitable technology company, doesn’t design iPhones here. It doesn’t run AppleCare customer service from this city. And it doesn’t manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby. Yet, with a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states. Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those...
  • I Am Declaring a Ban on Snack-Size Packages of Oreo Cookies

    04/28/2012 3:36:18 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 30 replies
    Fire extinguishers are everywhere in public buildings. Schools, factories, office buildings, retail stores - even in fire stations themselves! Yet if there was actually a fire, would anybody know how to use one? Who’s going to have the time to figure it out when there is a fire raging? It’s not as easy as you might think. Read the instructions next time there is a fire in your building. You need to first determine what type of fire it is. Is it a Class A fire (wood, paper, trash), a Class B fire (flammable liquids) or a Class C fire...
  • Arrow through head hasn't stopped footloose goose in Old Lyme

    04/28/2012 2:58:44 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    The Day ^ | 04/27/2012 | Alex Nunes
    Old Lyme — The goose with the arrow through its head that was spotted earlier this year is continuing to evade capture by town animal control officials. The bird stood out Friday in a flock of fellow geese near High Hopes, a horse farm on Town Woods Road. Old Lyme assistant animal control officer Lizabeth Gode said the goose is able to fly, which has thwarted attempts to capture it. She said officials have tried using nets and food to lure the goose, to no avail.
  • Arizona Right to Life Backs Jeff Flake for Senate Seat

    04/28/2012 2:56:01 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | March 9, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The statewide pro-life organization Arizona Right to Life today announced it has endorsed Jeff Flake, a pro-life Republican congressman who is seeking the seat of retiring Senator Jon Kyl, who is pro-life. The Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee said it endorsed Flake based on his strong pro-life voting record, which the National Right to Life Committee ranks at 98 percent. “AZRTL is proud to endorse Congressman Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate,” said Michelle Clements, president of Arizona Right to Life. “During his 12 years in Congress, Rep. Flake maintained a stellar pro-life voting record, consistently voting to protect...
  • A response to Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on oil "subsidies"

    04/28/2012 2:55:39 PM PDT · by reaganator · 25 replies
    Senator Sherrod Brown's recent comments on reducing the federal budget deficit; > > "Cut $20 billion in spending by ending taxpayer-funded subsidies to the five biggest oil companies." $20 billion is a ridiculous amount to cite. The figure the other Democrat Socialist Statists use when demagoging this fabricated issue is around $4.3 billion in so-called government "subsidies". > > Senator Brown and President Obama talk about huge "subsidies" as if taxpayers are signing billion dollar checks to oil and gas companies. But oil companies do not get subsidies. Rather, like every other business, they are allowed to take tax deductions...
  • Survival story: How they defeated a rabid bear

    04/28/2012 2:48:09 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 15 replies ^ | April 26, 2012 | Lisa Provence
    Running into a rabid bear can pretty much ruin your morning, according to two men who survived to tell the tale of Virginia's first-ever reported rabid bear, an encounter that occurred in the neighborhood of the hiker-heavy Appalachian Trail and the family-friendly Skyline Drive. It started out a pretty typical day for Bobby Bryant, the farm manager at Royal Orchard, the 2,800-acre estate on Afton Mountain that used to provide Albemarle Pippins to Queen Victoria and is owned by the Scott family of Scott Stadium and Scott & Stringfellow brokerage-firm fame. Bryant, a 56-year-old Afton native who's worked on the...
  • As LA remembers race riots, Trayvon Martin's name is invoked

    04/28/2012 2:47:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Axcess News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 28, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    On tour promoting his new book, Rodney King, the Los Angeles man whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police became a flashpoint for the 1992 LA riots, is often asked to put his ordeal into contemporary terms. On the 20th anniversary of the riots, the name Mr. King often mentions is Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot and killed on Feb. 26 by a suspicious neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman. The police’s original decision to not charge Mr. Zimmerman with a crime again raised questions about the treatment of black men by police and the courts,...
  • Russian Troops Coming to U.S. for Terror Drills, DoD Confirms

    04/28/2012 2:44:58 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/27/2012 | Alex Newman
    Russian “Airborne Assault Forces” will be arriving in Colorado this May for joint terror-war exercises with U.S. soldiers, according to U.S. officials and Russian military personnel cited in media reports. The Kremlin’s Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense both said it would be the first time in history that American and Russian airborne special operations troops would be training together on U.S. soil. Analysts and commentators across the alternative media expressed alarm about the controversial announcement, likening it to a scene out of the movie Red Dawn or the predictions made by the late radio host Bill Cooper....
  • God's Addiction Recovery Plan: The Biblical Path to Freedom

    04/28/2012 2:37:34 PM PDT · by evangmlw · 7 replies
    Crossbooks Publishing ^ | 4/24/12 | Michael Wrenn
    Those who study psychology, psychiatry, and sociology may understand some aspects of the natural man, but when dealing the spiritual man they are empty and void of wisdom. The world’s wisdom is incapable of effectively dealing with the spiritual part of man known and understood only by God. When man has a physical problem, he should perhaps consult a professional familiar with the physical body. When he needs financial investment advice, he should visit a professional financial adviser. When a man is confronted with a spiritual problem, he should consult the word of God and seek counsel from a man...
  • (Hope & Change) Transient Stabbed in Fight Over PBJ Sandwich

    04/28/2012 2:26:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Saturday, April 28th 2012 | U-T San Diego
    Transient stabbed in fight over PBJ sandwich SAN DIEGO — One downtown transient stabbed another in the head in a fight over a peanut butter and jelly sandwich Friday, San Diego police said. The two men fought over the sandwich on Union Street near A Street about 6:30 p.m., police Officer David Stafford said. One of the men pulled out a pen and stabbed the other man in the head. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he is expected to recover. The other man went to jail, Stafford said.
  • The Barter Value Of Skills

    04/28/2012 2:26:45 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tess Pennington
    The Barter Value Of Skills Tess Pennington April 26th, 2012 This article has been generously contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management & response. You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness, Homesteading, and a host of other topics at -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recently, we talked about the necessity of learning skills to aid us in a survival situation. Don’t underestimate the value of those skills for barter. If the...
  • White Killer Whale Spotted—Only One in the World?

    04/28/2012 2:24:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | April 25, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    The headline-grabbing all-white adult killer whale spotted off Russia this month may well be one of a kind. But the sighting may not be the first time he's been caught on camera. Scientists were studying acoustic and social interactions among whales and dolphins off the North Pacific's Commander Islands (map) when the team noticed a six-foot-tall (nearly two-meter-tall) white dorsal fin jutting above the waves—hence the whale's new name: Iceberg. "The reaction from the team for the encounter, which happened on an ordinary day for spotting and photographing the whales, was one of surprise and elation," researcher Erich Hoyt said...
  • Anniversary of Mutiny on the “Bounty”: Pitcairn Island Photos

    04/28/2012 2:20:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    National Geographic ^ | April 27, 2012 | Andrew Howley
    223 years ago this Sunday, on April 29, 1789, Fletcher Christian and 24 other sailors held the domineering Captain Bligh at bayonet point against the mast of His Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty in the most famous mutiny in history. One month ago, National Geographic embarked on a journey through their footsteps, but with the very different goal of studying the pristine coral reefs of the area (read blogs). Bligh was set adrift in the ship’s small launch with 18 loyal shipmates, a compass, his journals, some tools, supplies, cutlasses, and food, rum, wine, and water. He navigated the castaways through...
  • Video captures Calif. hit-and-run, leads to arrest [car v. bicycle]

    04/28/2012 2:17:55 PM PDT · by Huntress · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/28/12 | Unattributed
    (CBS News) BERKELEY, Calif. - Police have arrested an Oakland man who allegedly hit two bicyclists with his car and then fled - an incident caught on video by one of the cyclist's bike-mounted camera. The hit-and-run occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on Tunnel Road in Berkeley, where the bicyclists were traveling east and were struck by a car traveling in the same direction, according to police. One of the cyclists had a camera mounted on his handlebars. The video, posted on YouTube by brunogfmtube, shows a black car veer into both bicyclists at about the 2:40 mark. The video...
  • Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel

    04/28/2012 2:12:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    National Review-The Corner ^ | 4-28-2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    April 28, 2012 Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel Andrew C. McCarthy Friday night news dump: President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last September, in violation of the PA’s treaty commitments.Obama’s “waiver” of the restrictions on Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act was first reported in the foreign press (AFP), which is where Americans generally need to go to get news about what the U.S. administration is up to. A report from...

    04/28/2012 2:12:19 PM PDT · by Jerome Hudson · 9 replies
    big Government ^ | 04/28/2012 | wynton Hall
    The U.S. Federal Reserve estimates that of the 12 million American homeowners who have negative equity, 3 million--or 1 out of every 4--are borrowers with FHA-insured loans.
  • Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons

    04/28/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/12 | Aurelius
    In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison. This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban. To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the...
  • Department of Labor Backs Down

    04/28/2012 1:51:47 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 23 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    The Department of Labor announced that it was withdrawing its proposed rule banning the employment of persons younger than 16 years of age on farms. “There are many hazards in agricultural work,” observed Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “Dangerous machines, sharp tools, and large animals pose a threat to those working in this environment. Our aim was to protect children from being injured or worse. We had no idea that farm families routinely call upon their minor children to participate in undertaking the tasks of running the family business.” An outpouring of opposition to the proposed new rule from the...
  • Barack Obama 'Making History' Again

    04/28/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    America has had 43 presidents, but only a handful of them are considered truly great. First, of course, is the humble general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington, and certainly right behind him is Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and whose actions led to the abolition of slavery. Then there was foundational figurehead Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and doubled the size of the country; a surprising wartime leader named Harry Truman whose bold decision brought the end of WWII; and the incomparable Ronald Reagan, communism-buster and Cold War victor. Now, after just three...
  • Sheriff: Body found in Wash. mountain bunker

    04/28/2012 1:40:59 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 15 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 4/28/2012 | GENE JOHNSON and TED WARREN
    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — After a 22-hour standoff, police blew the top off a rugged mountain bunker near Seattle on Saturday, only to find their target — a man believed to be a murder suspect who holed up there — dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside. Authorities had not positively identified the body as 41-year-old Peter Keller, who hadn't been seen since his wife and daughter were found shot to death last weekend, King County sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson said. A bomb squad cleared the bunker, built into a ridge in the Cascade Mountains, to make sure there...
  • Meth Lab Explodes In Man’s Pants

    04/28/2012 1:32:00 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 54 replies
    CBS St. Louis ^ | Friday, April 27, 2012 | Staff
    OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a portable methamphetamine lab exploded in a man’s pants as he tried to run away from a state trooper during a traffic stop. Tulsa television station KOTV reports the incident happened shortly after midnight Friday in Okmulgee County. Authorities say the man tried to run away when the trooper asked him about a chemical smell. Trooper Shiloh Hall says the man had an active meth lab in his pants that burst during a struggle with the trooper. The man was checked out by emergency personnel and booked in the Okmulgee County...
  • March of the Living 2012 Welcoming Liberators - Krakow Opera House

    04/28/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT · by NJRighty · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04/19/12
    A ceremony was held in Krakow, Poland April 18, 2012 on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day honoring members of the Allied Forces who liberated the concentration camps during WWII. Along with Holocaust survivors and thousands of students, American veterans in their late 80s and early 90s traveled to Poland to participate in the ceremony along with one Canadian who took part in the campaign in Western Europe. They also participated in the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau. The annual March of the Living program brings thousands of young people from around the world each year on...