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  • Like Father, like Son; Jonathan Soros, Son of Billionaire George Soros

    10/09/2012 4:52:05 PM PDT · by Tango Whiskey Papa · 7 replies
    CQ Roll Call ^ | Sept. 27, 2012 | Eliza Newlin Carney
    Like Father, like Son; Jonathan Soros, Son of Billionaire George Soros, Jonathan Soros is the money-bags behind “The Friends of Democracy super PAC.” Soros, Jr. is spending $2 million to $3 million to oust eight House Republicans...
  • Blasts may have struck prison of torture in Syria

    10/09/2012 4:50:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Ashley Fantz and Salma Abdelaziz, CNN
    ...the thunderous clap of two car bombs exploding outside an Air Force Intelligence compound outside Damascus Monday night... Air Force Intelligence, known as the AFI, is considered the elite, primary agency of Syria's intelligence matrix. There are 17 branches of Syrian intelligence, according to Syrian experts. President Bashar al-Assad relies on AFI to gather information on rebels fighting to oust him. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights raised the possibility that "hundreds of regime forces" were killed in the attack, but concrete casualty figures were impossible to obtain. Government opponents also said they feared for the lives of "hundreds...
  • CEO emails 7,000 employees: Defeat Obama or else

    10/09/2012 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    CEO emails 7,000 employees: Defeat Obama or else By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney October 9, 2012: 5:37 PM ET David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, warned employees that they may lose their jobs if President Obama wins re-election. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Surprise. David Siegel, the resort CEO who is building the biggest private home in the country, really, really doesn't like President Obama. And while Siegel hasn't sent any money to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he has gone a step farther to support him. On Monday he sent an e-mail to all 7,000 employees of privately-held Westgate Resorts, many...
  • Biden Has Not Sat for On-Camera Nationally Televised Interview in 5 Months

    10/09/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard - The Blog ^ | October 9, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Vice President Joe Biden has not sat down for a nationally televised interview in 5 months. The last big TV interview Biden did was on NBC's Meet the Press, when he jumped the gun and came out in favor of gay marriage before President Obama was able to publicly shift his position. Days later, Obama did his own nationally televised interview and expressed his own support for that initiative.... A Republican source explains why Biden is being kept away from the press. "Joe Biden gets used by the Obama Campaign like Bernie from 'Weekend at Bernie's,'" says the Republican source."
  • Rush: Dems are on 'suicide watch'

    10/09/2012 4:47:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Rush: Dems are on 'suicide watch' By: Kevin Cirilli October 9, 2012 04:48 PM EDT Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that Democrats are on “suicide watch” since new polling indicates GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has closed the gap on President Barack Obama. On Monday, a Pew Research Center poll had Romney leading Obama 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. And Tuesday, a Gallup survey had Romney leading 49 percent to 47 percent among likely voters. “Pew poll. Democrats. Suicide watch,” the conservative commentator said on his radio program Tuesday, according to a transcript. “Something about this poll, because...
  • Why We Can't Go Back...

    10/09/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.(Isaiah 24:7-12)I...
  • "Eye Of The Sparrow" — A Bad Lip Reading of the First 2012 Presidential Debate

    10/09/2012 4:44:09 PM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct. 9, 2012 | BadLipReading
    Enjoy the bad lip reading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlwilbVYvUg&feature=youtu.be
  • NATO makes plans to back Turkey over Syria spillover

    10/09/2012 4:42:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Jonathon Burch
    NATO said it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary should the war in Syria spill over their border again as dozens of people were killed across the Arab nation on Tuesday. Fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces could be heard from this Turkish border town following on from several days of clashes in the past week. One Syrian villager said a rebel push on the town of Azmarin was expected soon. In Damascus, rebel suicide bombers struck at an Air Force Intelligence compound used as an interrogation centre - the latest attack to bring the conflict...
  • It Looks Like Carter All Over Again

    10/09/2012 4:42:26 PM PDT · by Snuph · 12 replies
    pjmedia ^ | October 9, 2012 | Michael Ledeen
    Back then, the symbol of a failed president was a big rabbit. Now, it’s a big bird. Machiavelli says that once a leader becomes an object of contempt, he’s doomed. Which is Obama’s current condition. Once you become the butt of jokes the aura of leadership is gone forever. I have real trouble imagining that Obama/Biden can undo this situation. If my political future hinged on the performance of Joe Biden, I’d be in despair. Hell, if my political future hinged on Obama’s performance sans teleprompter, I’d be looking for the foodstamp counter.
  • Debate Built Momentum for Mitt

    10/09/2012 4:40:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jenna in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's great to have you. You're first on the EIB Network today. Hello. CALLER: Rush, it is such an honor. I have listened to you back when you were on, I don't know, in '89. My mom had you on, and just along with her raising and my dad's, they put me on the right course before I got through high school and started college. So I wanted to say a message of hope, predictions. I predict if Romney wins -- or even before that, but if Romney wins, I did predict a...
  • Sgt. Micah Turner, Army Deserter On The Run, Could Face Confinement When Apprehended

    10/09/2012 4:38:08 PM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    US News ^ | October 9, 2012 | By Elizabeth Flock
    Eleven years to the day after U.S. troops first landed in Afghanistan, an American soldier who says he was deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq tried to give himself up to authorities Sunday after deserting his active-duty unit more than a month ago. Sgt. Micah Turner, 24, is believed to have first revealed himself as a deserter from Afghanistan in the Washington, D.C., area Saturday, before delivering a speech about his so-called "unauthorized absence" the following day at the Veterans for Peace office in New York.
  • State Dept Holds Conference Call on Benghazi Terror Attack – Excludes FOX News

    10/09/2012 4:37:00 PM PDT · by maggief · 33 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 9, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama State Department held a conference call with reporters tonight on the Benghazi terror attack. They did not invite FOX News on the call. Bret Baier told viewers on Special Report that FOX is usually included on such calls. During the call, the Obama State Department said there was no protest at the consulate on 9-11 and that terrorists attacked the compound after 8:30 PM. This contradicts directly what the administration was saying after the deadly 9-11 attacks.
  • Report: Obama initially thought he won the debate

    10/09/2012 4:36:37 PM PDT · by Snuph · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I keep telling myself that this is unlikely, that even a guy with a galactic ego who surrounds himself with yes-men, cultists, and a very friendly media couldn’t possibly have thought he won that debate. At best, his inner monologue was Kevin Kline at the end of “A Fish Called Wanda”: “It was a tie.” But then I remember that his grand answer to Romney’s national poll surge was a Big Bird ad, and I don’t know. I just don’t know.
  • Big Bird, Small President (Sesame Workshop assets of $289 million)

    10/09/2012 4:34:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/9/12 | Wall Street Journal
    -snip- According to financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2011, Sesame Workshop and its nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries had total operating revenue of more than $134 million. They receive about $8 million a year in direct government grants and more indirectly via PBS subsidies. Big Bird and friends also receive corporate and foundation support, and donations amount to about a third of revenue. Distribution fees and royalties comprise another third and licensing revenue makes up the rest. At the end of fiscal 2011, Sesame Workshop and its subsidiaries had total assets of $289 million. About $29 million was...
  • Did Gog and Magog “tell” President Bush to go to war in Iraq?

    10/09/2012 4:33:20 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-9-12 | Wordsmith
    On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, I blogged with the following: Vanity Fair contributing editor and former NYTimes reporter Kurt Eichenwald is out promoting a new Bush-Derangement Syndrome book, 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars You can read an excerpt at Vanity Fair. To be clear, this is an anti-Bush book, putting the worst possible spin upon events described in the book. I loathe spending any money on this; but even partisan books can provide nuggets of useful information when you can cross-reference and wade through the bias filter that any actual facts had been transmuted and...
  • Sixth Grader Gets Third Eye in School Picture

    10/09/2012 4:31:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 9 Oct 12
    When Swedish sixth grader Tilde Nörgaard opened her recently-delivered school class photo album, she was shocked to discover her picture showed with one eye too many. “First everyone was laughing, Tilde too, because we thought it was funny,” Tilde’s sister Anna told The Local. “But then we noticed it made her sad and we realized it was actually quite bad that they never noticed the mistake.” The photo-fixing foul-up was discovered following the distribution two weeks ago of the annual photo album for students at Mĺnesköld school in Lidköping in central Sweden. According to Tilde, there was nothing unusual at...
  • Mitt Romney Surges Into A Lead In The Real Clear Politics Poll Average For The First Time In A

    10/09/2012 4:30:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 9, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Republican nominee Mitt Romney has surged into a lead in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, the first time he has done so since October 2011. The average, which measures the average of six polls, gives Romney a 0.7-point lead over President Barack Obama, his largest lead to date in the RCP average dating back to February 2011. In the five polls, Romney gets an average of 48.2 percent of the vote, compared with 47.8 percent for Obama. It's Romney's first lead in the RCP average since Oct. 11, 2011 — almost exactly one year ago — when...
  • Liberty Hill: In church, remember that it's Sunday, but Tuesday's coming

    10/09/2012 4:29:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 1 replies
    WORLD ^ | Oct. 5, 2012 | Marvin Olasky
    One WORLD subscriber, Thomas Sandlin, describes himself as “just an old retiree living in the backwater small town of Liberty Hill, Texas.” But any community with Liberty in its name is not a backwater. Liberty is not a backwater concept. It’s the high-water mark for politics in America, where our Liberty Bell exhorts us, in the words of Leviticus 25:10, to “proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.” Sandlin continued, “My pastor cannot get up and tell the congregation how to vote, but he certainly can point out the duty of Christians to participate in the...
  • Sesame Street on Big Bird Political Ad: Take It Down

    10/09/2012 4:27:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 9, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    The Sesame Workshop apparently is calling on the campaign of President Barack Obama to take down an ad that uses the character “Big Bird” to criticize Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down,” the Sesame Workshop said on its website today. While the statement does not name "Big Bird" or the Obama campaign, the only ad currently running with the Sesame Street character is...
  • China Slowdown Leads To 1,500 Job Losses At US (Cummins) Engine Company — Stock Tanking

    10/09/2012 4:27:11 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-9-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    China Slowdown Leads To 1,500 Job Losses At US Engine Company — Stock Tanking Joe WeisenthalOct. 9, 2012, 5:24 PM This is exactly what you don't want to see. A major industrial company announcing a slowdown due to China and layoffs in the US. The company is Cummins Engine. The stock is off over 6% after hours, and the company is laying off up to 1500. We'll note that this story of declining global growth hitting domestic US manufacturers is a big one that we've been talking about for awhile. This explains why in recent months -- despite the secular...
  • In Seattle,Cantwell,Larsen Urge House to Save Polar Sea Icebreaker(Why?)

    10/09/2012 4:25:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) ^ | Oct 09 2012 | U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    Icebreaker docked in Seattle could be scrapped after 2012 unless Congress acts SEATTLE, WA – Today at Vigor Shipyards, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) called on the U.S. Congress to preserve the nation’s only operational heavy duty icebreaker, the Polar Sea. Unless Congress acts, the Polar Sea is scheduled to be dismantled in 2013.Cantwell and Larsen are urging the House to adopt language on a critical Coast Guard bill that would postpone the decommissioning of the Polar Sea icebreaker until a new heavy duty icebreaker is built. The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act for Fiscal...
  • Supreme Court won't review telecom immunity for surveillance

    10/09/2012 4:25:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/9/2012
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a 2008 federal law granting immunity to phone companies for helping the government eavesdrop on private phone conversations. The decision is the latest in which the court has refused to review government surveillance practices adopted since the attacks of September 11, 2001. The case involved 33 lawsuits brought against the phone companies in 2006 after news reports that the government had conducted warrantless surveillance. Phone customers alleged that AT&T Inc, Sprint Nextel Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and others violated federal and state law. In reaction to the suits, Congress in 2008...
  • Media to Declare Biden the Debate Winner

    10/09/2012 4:24:10 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | October 9, 2012 | Cliff Kincaid
    Media figures get reprimanded, suspended, or even fired when caught plagiarizing the work of others. But politicians who get caught sometimes get promotions. A case in point is former Senator and failed presidential candidate Joe Biden, now the nation’s vice-president and “one heartbeat away” from the Oval Office. Known for making humorous and outrageous gaffes and statements, Biden’s history of plagiarism goes back to the time when he ran for president in 1988. Biden had delivered, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Political scientist Larry Sabato has noted that this led to revelations...
  • Guest Post: NFIB - Small Businesses Don't Agree With BLS

    10/09/2012 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Perdogg
    Submitted by Lance Roberts of StreetTalk Live, Since the release of the most recent BLS Employment Situation Report, which showed an astounding drop in the unemployment rate, I have spent a good bit of time dissecting the release and discussing why the real unemployment rate is really between 17% and 22% depending on how you calculate it. (See Here and Here) However, today's release of the September NFIB Small Business Survey shows the extent to which the current BLS employment calculation method may have detached from reality.
  • If Romney Wins, the Economic Uptick Will be Quick and Dramatic

    10/09/2012 4:20:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "US small business sentiment weakened in September for the fourth time in five months as fewer owners expected to add staff and make capital investments." Now, wait a minute. We just had the unemployment rate drop, 7.8%. We're coming back. We're rolling now. Obama fixed it just in time for the election. Wait a second. Small businesses, "Nope, nope." "The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its optimism index fell 0.1 point to 92.8 last month. The drop is a sign the US economy is taking a hit from uncertainty over the possibility of tax...
  • This Is How We know Obama Is Losing The Debate (and the election)

    10/09/2012 4:16:03 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-9-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Simple, to the point, true.
  • Mr. Hope and Change: Mitt Romney is a Lying Sack of You-Know-What Who Wants to Kill Big Bird

    10/09/2012 4:14:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to try to help you people on the left and those of you in the media. This is not partisanship. I'm not gonna be speaking here anything other than totally purely objectively. I'm trying to help you. I'm trying to help you understand. You're the guys that live in the bubble. You live in your artificial universe, your created world where nothing you don't understand or agree with gets in. You think that Barack Obama is the best speaker, the best orator, the most mesmerizing, persuasive politician you've ever seen, and the vast majority of...
  • Canaries in the coal mines? Warning signs the Obama campaign shouldn’t ignore

    10/09/2012 4:11:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 9, 2012 | by Jeff Greenfield
    Maybe it’s because I was told there’d be no math when I got into politics, but there comes a point in every campaign when I run screaming from the torrent of poll numbers and go looking for signs and portents, moments that (rightly or wrongly) seem to me to be of potential significance. In the last few days, several such portents have emerged, and if you’re rooting for the Obama campaign, they will have you reaching for the Maalox. Consider, for example, the anguished acknowledgment of Buzz Bissinger (author of “Friday Night Lights”) that after a childhood on the Upper...
  • Original 1972 Biden campaign material

    10/09/2012 4:09:48 PM PDT · by BigDaddyTX · 21 replies
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  • 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index

    10/09/2012 4:09:15 PM PDT · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 1 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | October 9, 2012 | Scott Drenkard, Joseph Henchman
    The 10 best states in this year’s Index are: 1.Wyoming 2.South Dakota 3.Nevada 4.Alaska 5.Florida 6.Washington 7.New Hampshire 8.Montana 9.Texas 10.Utah The 10 lowest ranked, or worst, states in this year’s Index are: 41.Maryland 42.Iowa 43.Wisconsin 44.North Carolina 45.Minnesota 46.Rhode Island 47.Vermont 48.California 49.New Jersey 50.New York
  • Pope Benedict XVI Grants Plenary Indulgence to Faithful [Catholic Caucus]

    10/09/2012 4:07:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | OCT. 5, 2012 | Junno Arocho
    Pope Benedict XVI Grants Plenary Indulgence to Faithful Apostolic Penitentiary Issues Decree on Occasion of the Year of Faith By Junno ArochoVATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- In a decree signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Penitentiary Major and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Holy Father has granted the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will last the entire Year of Faith, from October 11th, 2012 to November 24th, 2013."The day of the fiftieth anniversary of the solemn opening of Vatican Council II the Supreme Pontiff Benedict...
  • It Looks Like Carter All Over Again

    10/09/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 9, 2012 | Michael Ledeen
    In the end, Carter lost to Reagan because he dithered too much, because he was just too feckless, because our enemies were running amok, and Carter was trying to make a deal with them instead of acting the way most of us thought a real American leader should act. Then, as now, the media were overwhelmingly behind the Democratic incumbent, but the real world overwhelmed them. Then, it was American hostages in Iran. Now, it is American dead in Libya. Then, it was a mob of Iranian “students” shrieking “death to America” in Tehran and taking over the American embassy...
  • Camaro owner records mechanics abusing car, scheming to get damages paid for

    10/09/2012 4:01:59 PM PDT · by detective · 40 replies
    yahoo autos ^ | 10/08/2012 | Justin Hyde
    When you own a sports car, you inevitably get a little paranoid about how it's treated when in the care of strangers. One South Carolina man was worried enough that when he took his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS in for service at a Chevy dealer, he hid a voice recorder in the car. He was right to be worried: The recorder caught mechanics doing burnouts and discussing how to make the owner pay for a ruined clutch the car didn't have before coming in. Now the Internet Justice League has taken the wheel.William Clark says he took his Camaro to...
  • Romney Refutes Obama Threat Assessment In Foreign Policy

    10/09/2012 3:58:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/9/2012 | Amiel Ungar
    Republican candidate Mitt Romney chose the battleground state of Virginia to issue a major foreign policy address at VMI. More than a month after the Democratic convention in Charlotte, where President Barack Obama painted a sanguine picture of Islamic extremism in decline, Romney responded that this narrative was at best wishful thinking and at worst a deception. Perhaps at the time of the Democratic convention, the Romney campaign was either too fixated on economics or felt that Americans so wanted to believe the president's message that Romney would just be considered a party pooper. The events in Libya and the...
  • Obamacare is encouraging restaurants to replace full time jobs with part time jobs

    10/09/2012 3:55:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 9, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obamacare is encouraging restaurants to replace full time jobs with part time jobs The Orlando Sentinel reports:In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses…… many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working...
  • U.S. officer got no reply to requests for more security in Benghazi

    10/09/2012 3:54:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 10 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10/8 | Susan Cornwell and Mark Hosenbal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. security officer twice asked his State Department superiors for more security agents for the American mission in Benghazi months before an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, but he got no response. The officer, Eric Nordstrom, who was based in Tripoli until about two months before the September attack, said a State Department official, Charlene Lamb, wanted to keep the number of U.S. security personnel in Benghazi "artificially low," according to a memo summarizing his comments to a congressional committee that was obtained by Reuters.
  • Al-Qaida making comeback in Iraq, officials say

    10/09/2012 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LARA JAKES
    Al-Qaida is rebuilding in Iraq and has set up training camps for insurgents in the nation's western deserts as the extremist group seizes on regional instability and government security failures to regain strength, officials say. Iraq has seen a jump in al-Qaida attacks over the last 10 weeks, and officials believe most of the fighters are former prisoners who have either escaped from jail or were released by Iraqi authorities for lack of evidence after the U.S. military withdrawal last December. Many are said to be Saudi or from Sunni-dominated Gulf states. During the war and its aftermath, U.S. forces,...
  • Mystery Behind Supernova SN 1006 Solved?

    10/09/2012 3:49:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Monday, October 8, 2012 | Jennifer Ouellette
    Historical accounts from all over the world describe a spectacularly bright "guest star" in the night sky during the spring of 1006 -- what we now know as a supernova (SN 1006). Now astronomers think they have pinpointed the probable cause of that massive explosion, one thousand years later: a merging of two white dwarf stars. SN 1006 made quite a splash on its debut around May 1, 1006, in the constellation Lupus (the Wolf) just south of Scorpio. The critics raved! Monks in a Benedictine abbey in Switzerland marveled at the star's brightness, and commented on the variability of...
  • CNN Ohio poll: Obama 51, Romney 47

    10/09/2012 3:49:30 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 90 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/9/2012 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Even after the fallout from last week's presidential debate, Barack Obama retains a 4-point lead in the state of Ohio — and pulls a majority of the vote in a poll released this afternoon by CNN. Obama leads Romney in the state, 51 percent to 47 percent. The president has consistently led in the battleground state in credible public polling and internal surveys on both sides of the 2012 race. The results from the CNN poll underscore the continuing challenge the Electoral College poses to Romney: while he has gained in national presidential polls, Romney has only the narrowest of...
  • Mexican Authorities: Cartel Leader's Body Stolen from Funeral Home

    10/09/2012 3:48:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10/09/2012
    MEXICO CITY - The attorney general in Coahuila said two armed gunmen stole the body one of the most infamous cartel figures in Mexico. He said the body of Heriberto Lazcano was taken from the funeral home the military was using. The Mexican military said Lazcano died in a firefight in the state of Coahuila, which is located next to Tamaulipas. According to the Mexican military, forensic experts ran several tests to verify the man killed was Lazcano. They compared his fingerprints and checked his index, middle and thumb fingers against Lazcano's criminal record. They also say they compared his...
  • Romney hits Obama on Big Bird focus

    10/09/2012 3:42:32 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    politico ^ | 10/9/12 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    "You have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird," he said. "I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs."
  • Dying woman humiliated by revealing TSA pat-down

    10/09/2012 3:37:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    KOMO ^ | 10/9/2012 | Joel Moreno
    A dying woman says a a security pat-down at Sea-Tac Airport left her embarrassed in front of crowds of people. Michelle Dunaj says screeners checked under bandages from recent surgeries and refused to give her a private search when she requested one. Dunaj, who is dying of leukemia, carried a large amount of prescription drugs through Sea-Tac to head to Hawaii for what would be one of the last trips of her life. She called Alaska Airlines ahead of time to request a wheelchair and to ask how her medicines should be separated for the security line. "I did everything...
  • West abuses Catholicism but remains too intimidated to stand firm against Islamic extremism

    10/09/2012 3:32:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 9, 2012 | Michael Coren
    In late September I went along to what was described as an “anti-blasphemy” rally in the middle of Toronto. It was in response to the notorious “Innocence of Muslims” movie trailer, which was shown on YouTube but watched by very few of the Muslim fanatics who murdered people, destroyed property, and generally fell into paroxysms of theocratic angst as a result. The demonstration took place opposite the US Consulate, and most of the manic yells consisted of condemnations of the United States and Israel, with one genius holding a large poster announcing, “Islam Condones Racism.” Actually it does, and...
  • H.R. 6566 - Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act

    10/09/2012 3:29:56 PM PDT · by Blogger · 21 replies
    Interesting.
  • Study: Young Americans Dumping Religion at Rapid Rate

    10/09/2012 3:25:25 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 54 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    According to a recent study, religion is dying in America. And it’s a trend that has grave implications for our politics, culture, and the fate of our civilization. Ben Fearnow of CBS News reports on the story, writing: ...The study also posits some theories for this burgeoning irreligiosity, which, writes Fearnow, “run the gamut from a backlash against the entanglement of religion and politics to a global relationship between economic development and secularization.” Now, I don’t know if that “gamut” includes the obvious, but these two theories miss the mark. Question: Do we wonder why Pakistan is spawning jihadists when...
  • 'Bright Object' On Mars Actually Plastic from Curiosity Rover

    10/09/2012 3:23:28 PM PDT · by posterchild · 23 replies
    Space.com ^ | 09 Oct 2012
    A small piece of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently fallen off into the Red Planet dirt, scientists announced today (Oct. 9). Curiosity team members spotted the odd bright object on Sunday (Oct. 7) while studying photos of the rover's first Martian soil-scooping activity. Curiosity then spent much of Monday photographing the scrap further, allowing researchers to determine that it likely came off the 1-ton rover — though they're still not sure what exactly it is, or if its absence will affect Curiosity's mission appreciably.
  • Baptist Colleges Sue Obama Admin Over HHS-Abortion Mandate

    10/09/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | October 9, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Further proving that opposition to the Obama administration’s HHS mandate is not limited to Catholic groups, two Baptist-affiliated colleges filed their own lawsuit today against the HHS mandate that promotes abortion.Today, East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) and Houston Baptist University (HBU) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asking the court for relief from the Department of Health and Human Services’ “preventative services” mandate, which forces the Christian Universities to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay severe fines.“Baptists in America, by virtue of their history, are particularly sensitive to coercive government...
  • Obama Hate Speech Spreads on Facebook

    10/09/2012 3:13:32 PM PDT · by Redcat · 24 replies
    Tech News Daily ^ | July 19, 2012 | Leslie Meredith
    Racism is alive and well on Facebook, despite the social network's policy banning hate speech. A new study from Baylor University shows how anti-Obama and just plain racist groups use Facebook to spread their messages. And we're not talking about politics, but Ku Klux Klan-style hate speech using old stereotypes updated with do-rags and golden grills. "Some people have declared the present a "post-racial" era in that U.S. citizens elected a black president, maintaining that policies to address racism are no longer necessary," Mia Moody, Ph.D., who led the Baylor study, said in a statement. "But depictions of minorities in...
  • The 15-and-a-half Most Overrated White People

    10/09/2012 3:12:36 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 20 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-9-12 | The Looking Spoon
    If you want to see the list and its shoddy reasoning check it out at Legal Insurrection (I'm not giving Huffington Post the link, and thus undeserved traffic on this race-baiting garbage)Not holding my breath on the cries of racism that will come from hypocritical liberals...
  • CEO Threatens to Fire Employees If Obama Is Reelected and Raises Taxes (I am John Gault)

    10/09/2012 3:12:16 PM PDT · by calico_thompson · 45 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/08/2012 | David Siegel, Westgate Properties
    To All My Valued Employees, As most of you know our company, Westgate Resorts, has continued to succeed in spite of a very dismal economy. There is no question that the economy has changed for the worse and we have not seen any improvement over the past four years. In spite of all of the challenges we have faced, the good news is this: The economy doesn't currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can't tell you whom to...