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  • Spielberg's Lincoln Movie

    11/16/2012 7:27:33 AM PST · by BobNative · 118 replies
    Personal writing | November 16, 2012 | Garland Favorito
    New Movie Propagates Lincoln Historical Myths If you are planning to see the new, Steven Spielberg directed, Lincoln movie you might want to invest in an accurate history book instead. While it is successfully dramatic, the movie rehashes several 150 year old myths about the Lincoln presidency and America’s most horrible war. First, to the movie’s credit, the script avoids a key, blatant lie that is currently being taught throughout American public schools today. The script focuses correctly on explaining how slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, not the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation did...
  • Morsi warns Israel will pay heavy price

    11/16/2012 7:25:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    YNet News ^ | November 16, 2012 | by Roi Kais
    Egyptian president sharpens his tone against Israel, threatening: 'If I see the homeland in danger, I won't hesitate to take unusual steps.' He vows that his country will 'stop this brutal aggression' After concluding the Friday prayer at a mosque in Cairo, Morsi warned Israel of the consequences of its strikes in Gaza. According to the al- Shorouk newspaper, Morsi tweeted on his Twitter page: "We have the power to uproot the aggressiveness just like it uprooted exploitation. "I don't want to take unusual steps," Morsi added, "but if I see that the homeland is in danger, I won't hesitate."...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HUMILIATI, 11-16-12

    11/16/2012 7:23:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HUMILIATI A penitential association of the laity formed about A.D. 1150. Some of the captives taken by Emperor Henry II from Lombardy to Germany devoted themselves to works of charity and penance and were called Barrettini. When they were allowed to return to Italy, they continued their German methods of living both as to industry, calling themselves Humiliati, and also as to modes of prayer, eventually adopting the Rule of St. Benedict. In 1134 they built their first monastery at Milan. St. Charles Borromeo, attempting to eliminate some serious abuses that had crept into the group,...
  • GAZA TERRORIST THEATER: HELPFUL PHOTO MONTAGE

    11/16/2012 7:22:50 AM PST · by massmike · 3 replies
    powerlineblog.com ^ | 11/16/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Referring to the BBC video we posted here, reader Jed Flint has kindly forwarded this “helpful photo montage from the YouTube video with bonus ‘bits and pieces’ scratching action!” Mr. Flint, thanks for the help.
  • (Video) War on Papa John Threatens Obama's Fast Food Based Recovery

    11/16/2012 7:21:11 AM PST · by publius321 · 10 replies
    http://youtu.be/OnjPJiaXC4A ^ | 11/16/2012 | Scott Ryan
    My morning drive analysis.
  • Who Fed Susan the Benghazi Bullhockey?

    11/16/2012 7:20:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    At his news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama postured as the young Galahad striding out onto the schoolyard to stop a pair of bullies from beating up a girl. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham had charged U.N. Amb. Susan Rice with misleading the nation when, five days after the Benghazi attack in which Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, she appeared on five TV shows to say it had all resulted from a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video. Susan Rice, thundered Obama, "made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she...
  • Obama Begins Push for New National Retirement System..401K at risk?

    11/16/2012 7:16:48 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 70 replies
    National seniors ^ | 11/11/2012 | National Seniors
    A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning. The hearing, held in the Labor Department’s main auditorium, was monitored by NSC staff and featured a line up of left-wing activists including one representative of the AFL-CIO who advocated for more government regulation over private retirement accounts and even the establishment of government-sponsored annuities that would take the place of 401k plans. "This hearing was set up to explore why Americans...
  • An Unholy Alliance (anti freedom "documentary")

    11/16/2012 7:16:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 15 November, 2012 | John Richardson
    An unholy alliance of gun prohibitionists, politicians, and certain church groups is pushing a so-called documentary called "Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" that will air on certain NBC owned and affiliated stations. The documentary is part of the Horizons of the Spirit series which airs on that network. The documentary is presented by the National Council of Churches and was produced by the Presbyterian Church USA. The documentary features such gun control luminaries as Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Colin Goddard, and Dr. Garen Wintemute talking about how "gun violence" (sic) impacted their lives. In the United States more...
  • Petraeus testifies CIA's Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

    11/16/2012 7:13:57 AM PST · by The G Man · 219 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Rep. Peter King
    Rep. Peter King appeared on Fox News this morning and stated that David Petraeus testified that the original CIA talking points about Benghazzi indicated it was a terrorist act and cited al Qaeda involvement. Somewhere after leaving CIA, the talking points were changed. He did not know who changed them.
  • The Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect

    11/16/2012 7:09:09 AM PST · by Mr. K · 12 replies
    Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I call it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.) Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no...
  • Bullet train segment's completion date pushed back

    11/16/2012 7:05:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority said Thursday that it was adding 12 months to the construction schedule for 130 miles of track in the Central Valley, easing what some outside experts have contended was an overly aggressive and risky timeline. Construction industry experts have said that the job of building the $6 billion of track through the Central Valley would require spending $3.5 million per day, one of the fastest rates of transportation project spending in history.
  • Texas gets failing grade on its gun laws

    11/16/2012 7:04:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | 15 November, 2012 | Tricia Lynn Silva
    The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has released a new report that examines gun laws and violence in all 50 states. The report, titled “Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence,” looks at the relationship between state gun laws and gun violence — as well as assigning a grade to each state based on the strength or weakness of these laws. Texas’ grade: F. In fact, the Lone Star State was one of 21 states that received an F in the report. The center takes issue with the fact that Texas...
  • The Hitler Myth

    11/16/2012 7:03:49 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 49 replies
    History Today ^ | Ian Kershaw
    Historic attachments to heroic leadership combined with a mastery of propaganda techniques to mesmerise Germany into acceptance of the charismatic authority offered by the Nazi 'Fuhrer'. For almost a decade after 1933, Hitler enjoyed a remarkable degree of popularity among the great majority of the German people. However dramatic and spectacular his political career, concentration on Hitler's character and personality – in some respects bizarre, in others downright mediocre and wholly unpleasant – can nevertheless do little to explain the magnetism of his popular appeal. Nor can his extraordinary impact on the German people in these years be accounted for...
  • Best Foot Forward?

    11/16/2012 7:00:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Our large cruise ship sailed within view of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a gathering of conservatives sponsored by National Review magazine considered the wreckage of the 2012 election. Most of the writers and commentators on board agreed with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that the last thing conservatives need to do now is to form a "circular firing squad." But lessons must be learned. Was Mitt Romney, as some suggested, "our best foot forward" -- a highly intelligent, photogenic, generous, public-spirited, articulate man of great integrity whose loss can only be chalked up to the poor judgment...
  • The Upside-Down World of Catholic Higher Education

    11/16/2012 6:59:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12.16.12 | Anne Hendershott
    Recent controversies at the University of San Diego underscore the prevalence and influence of dissent on Catholic campuses.In an ideal Catholic world, if a Catholic theologian promoted a woman’s right to choose abortion and encouraged access to same-sex marriage, while also comparing the sacrifice of the Mass to an act of homosexual intercourse, the work of that theologian would be marginalized. But, in the upside-down world of Catholic higher education in 2012, such dissidence is applauded. Case in point: Tina Beattie, the British theologian whose book, God’s Mother, Eve’s Advocate: A Gynocentric Refiguration of Marian Symbolism in Engagement with Luce...
  • Eastern New Orleans family is badly shaken after home invasion, shootout(LA)

    11/16/2012 6:54:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    nola.com ^ | 14 November, 2012 | Naomi Martin
    A shootout with military-style guns just feet from her sleeping 8-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son was the last thing a New Orleans dentist expected when she woke from a restless sleep Wednesday about 3:30 a.m. in her eastern New Orleans home. As the 34-year-old woman checked on her husband, who was up late working on his computer, the couple was startled to hear their home alarm system suddenly beep: A window in their garage gym had been opened. Her husband, also a dentist, pulled up his computer surveillance footage from the family's security cameras surrounding their property in the 5600...
  • Prof on David Petraeus: ‘Men are men’

    11/16/2012 6:53:21 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 16, 2012 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Blame it on the testosterone! Former White House insider-turned-public leadership prof David Gergen weighed in on the Beltway’s big sex scandal yesterday, telling a packed ballroom of health care pros that powerful leaders possess an overabundance of manly hormones. “But men are men; the best sometimes forget,’” said Gergen, quoting a line from Shakespeare’s “Othello.”
  • Today in History

    11/16/2012 6:51:08 AM PST · by Phlap · 6 replies
    Refdesk ^ | 11/16/2012 | Moi
    Ergot, a toxic fungus that grows on rye, can cause spasms and hallucinations if accidentally ingested. In 1938, Hofmann was researching potentially useful derivatives of ergot when he first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). However, he did not discover its hallucinogenic properties until five years later, when he accidentally absorbed some of the substance through his fingertips. In 1947, his laboratory introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug.
  • Whatever it is’: Pelosi says she’s ‘with the Constitution,’ confuses its amendments [VIDEO]

    11/16/2012 6:48:22 AM PST · by yoe · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 15, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took questions from reporters at her weekly press briefing about the fiscal cliff, but turned the topic to baseball. A reporter asked Pelosi if she thinks the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling will be included in one “grand bargain” between the White House and congressional leaders. “Well, me, I’m with the 11th Amendment, is it the 11th Amendment that – 14th is it? Whatever it is, I’m with the Constitution of the United States. Now, we have to talk about baseball,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol on Thursday.
  • I Think I Owe an Apology to George W. Bush.

    11/16/2012 6:47:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a "leave me alone coalition": Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and occasionally democratic statism at home. The end of...