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  • Skyfall soundtrack without Adele breaks James Bond franchise record

    11/17/2012 6:11:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    It debuted at number 100 in the Billboard 200 chart, the highest position that a Bond soundtrack has reached since A View to a Kill was ranked 38 in the summer of 1985. The soundtrack is the most successful in the franchise for more than 20 years (Getty) This is perhaps even more surprising given that Adele's single Skyfall, which one would expect to be featured on the album, is not included, even though it debuted at 8 in the charts when it was released last week.
  • Trump steakhouse in Las Vegas fails inspection

    11/17/2012 6:06:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 47 replies
    AP viaYahooNews ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas Strip restaurant bearing the initials of celebrity financier Donald Trump was briefly shut down after health inspectors found violations including month-old caviar and expired yogurt. DJT, the signature steakhouse at the Trump International Hotel, reopened Nov. 2 with a restored "A'' grade — several hours after Southern Nevada Health District officials logged 51 violations during a routine inspection. Thirty violations merit a "C'' grade, district spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore said Friday. Inspectors reported finding outdated, expired, unlabeled, mishandled and improperly stored food, according to a summary posted on the health district's website. The closure...
  • Give Me A Break...Obama “Urges” Israel To Stop Any Planned Ground Invasion Of Gaza

    11/17/2012 6:05:51 PM PST · by Starman417 · 45 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-17-12 | Curt
    Obama is "urging" Netanyahu to stop any planned ground invasion of Gaza...I'm hoping Netanyahu told him to get bent: Though President Obama uttered immediate and firm public and private assurances that Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks emanating from Gaza, administration officials have been privately urging Israeli officials not to extend the conflict, a move that many American officials believe could benefit Hamas. A protracted escalation, the officials fear, could damage Israel’s already fragile relationships with Egypt and Jordan at a time when both of those governments have been coming under pressure from their own populations....
  • Militant Muslims Cutting Out Tongues

    11/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by combat_boots · 30 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/12/2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Why so much violence against the tongue? As the Sheikh of Islam himself: Ibn Tamiyyah, once wrote, "Waging war verbally against Islam might be worse than waging war against it physically." A professor of Islamic exegesis at Cairo's preeminent Islamic university, Al Ahzar, Dr. Abdullah Badr, recently proclaimed on Egyptian television that a new day has arrived: apparently from now on, there will be absolutely no more toleration for anyone who speaks against Islam—including people who speak against the implementation of Sharia law and its seventh century punishments. Badr is currently on trial for possibly libeling and defaming a female...
  • NYT Staff Held Party at Guy Fieri’s New Times Square Restaurant Prior to Scathing Review in Paper

    11/17/2012 5:54:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | JOYCE CHEN
    The most recent development in the ongoing verbal sparring between New York Times dining critic Pete Wells and TV food personality Guy Fieri has escalated the bickering to a whole new level of unseemliness.Awkward, party of one! The most recent development in the ongoing verbal sparring between New York Times dining critic Pete Wells and TV food personality Guy Fieri has escalated the bickering to a whole new level of unseemliness. After Fieri defended himself to the dining community at large during an interview on the “Today” show Thursday, a panel of experts — comprised of Star Jones, Donny Deutsch...
  • Family files wrongful death suit in case of teen shot by police

    11/17/2012 5:52:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    WLKY ^ | 11.17.2012 | Jessica Oh
    SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Shelbyville teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer. Almost a year ago, police used a Taser on 18-year-old Trey Williams and then shot him to death at a home in Clifton Courts in Shelbyville. Officers said they thought Williams broke into the house, but later found out Williams’ grandmother lived in the house. Graphic video of the incident was recorded by the officers involved. Early this year, a grand jury ruled the officers were justified to shoot the teen. However, a federal lawsuit...
  • The Political Landscape After 2012

    11/17/2012 5:50:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 16, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Like death, taxes, and the sun rising in the east, there is nothing more certain after a presidential election than a swift and usually overwrought round of analysis and advice for the losers. So it is this year for Republicans. If you Google “Republicans Whigs,” and confine your search to the past week, you will find multiple pages dedicated to the proposition that demographic trends are waiting to overwhelm the Republican Party, which is now a regional rump party awaiting extinction. I’ve written some 75,000 words on the broad topic of demographic trends and realignments, and this election hasn’t done...
  • The Liberal Gloat

    11/17/2012 5:41:12 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    WINNING an election doesn’t just offer the chance to govern the country. It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you’ve just beaten. This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics, something in the American subconscious assumes that the voice of the people really is the voice of God, and that being part of a winning coalition must be a sign that you’re His chosen one as well. This means the losing coalition must be doomed to wander east of Eden, and liberals have...
  • Cloud lifts over young immigrants seeking legal status, but concerns remain

    11/17/2012 5:40:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury Newsmercurynews.com ^ | 11/17/2012 | Matt O'Brien
    The force field protecting Jirayut Latthivongskorn comes from a glossy, federally issued work permit that wards off deportation and lets him get a job, overcoming the legal barriers that have long clouded his ambitions and shadowed his life. Mailed to homes in fast-growing numbers, the cards are changing the lives of about 300,000 young immigrants, a quarter of them from California, who took a leap of faith this fall by revealing their presence to the U.S. government. Latthivongskorn's plastic card, with its 2014 expiration date etched between his fingerprint and photograph, symbolizes what he calls his "two-year lease on life...
  • Lincoln (Vanity)

    11/17/2012 5:36:12 PM PST · by camerongood210 · 58 replies
    Have any fellow FReepers seen this movie yet? If so, what did you think and would you recommend it?
  • January March for Life must be biggest ever -- and must march TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    11/17/2012 5:31:12 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 8 replies
    self | 11/17/12 | NewJerseyJoe
    The annual March for Life in January needs to have 10 million people show up! Can we make it happen? Also: Do any FReepers know anyone in National Right to Life? This fight needs to be taken to the source in January -- National Park Service "permission" be damned. Thoughts?
  • Report: Rockets Fired from Egypt Hit Israel

    11/17/2012 5:29:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    weekleystandard ^ | 11.17.2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel. "Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night," reports the Jerusalem Post. "The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries." The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, "Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council." It appears no damage was reported in connection with the rocket fire from Egypt. Earlier today, the Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians there. This new front comes a day after a rocket landed...
  • Hostess Closure Means Locals Lose Jobs

    11/17/2012 5:17:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 118 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Nov 16, 2012
    Yes the Twinkie and the Ho Ho may not be available for snacking, but there are people who lost their jobs when Hostess closed its doors.The bankruptcy of Hostess Brands Inc. made headlines across social media and news websites Friday as people across the country mourned the loss of the Twinkie. But the news means more than a loss of a snack food option for 145 people who work at the Oakland bakery and numerous retail outlets around the Bay Area. They are loosing their jobs because of the shut down. The company, known for its Twinkies, Ho Hos and...
  • Gingrich to Newsmax: Republicans Must Hold Line on Taxes

    11/17/2012 5:12:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 04:24 PM | Stephen Feller
    Republicans in Congress should be putting options on the table to raise government revenues as part of fiscal cliff negotiations, but raising taxes should not be one of those options, Newt Gingrich said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV. The GOP has given up on about 40 percent of the electorate in the last couple of elections, he also said, and needs to focus on inclusion of not just immigrants, but on states where Democrats automatically expect to win. Every time Democrats negotiate a budget deal that includes tax increases and spending cuts, taxes go up but in most...
  • Zoo Boise break-in leads to death of monkey

    11/17/2012 5:05:28 PM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    Zoo Boise remained closed Saturday as police conducted an investigation into an overnight break-in at the zoo's primate building that resulted in the death of a male Patas monkey, one of two at the zoo. "It's very disturbing that someone would intentionally break into the zoo and harm an animal," said Sgt. Ted Snyder of the Boise Police Department in a statement. "We're doing all we can to find who did this." Police said they are seeking two males wearing dark clothing spotted by a security guard at 4:30 a.m. outside the fence near the primate exhibit. Both fled, one...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THANKSGIVING ~ 18 November 2012

    11/17/2012 5:02:17 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 60 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
      GOD BLESS AND WATCH OVER THEM, WHEREVER THEY SERVE.       PSALM 95:1-6 "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land....
  • Thousands protest in Ireland to liberalize abortion laws

    11/17/2012 4:57:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 17, 2012 | Jason Walsh
    Thousands gathered on the streets of Irish capital Dublin today to demand liberalization of Ireland’s stringent anti-abortion laws. The street protest, the second the city has seen in three days, was called in response to the Oct. 28 death in a Galway hospital of Savita Halappanavar, who was pregnant and reported to the hospital complaining of severe pain. She was reportedly refused an abortion, and died after complications during a miscarriage. Her widower, Praveen, says they was told this was because Ireland was “a Catholic country.” The death has sparked outrage across Ireland—and the world. One headline in an Indian...
  • Let’s raise us some taxes.

    11/17/2012 4:56:15 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 57 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 11/17/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Let's discuss raising us some revenue without hurting the little people. With the re-election of Barack Obama, I feel compelled – in the spirit of coming together for the common good – to get on the tax raising bandwagon. Here’s my proposal .Let’s raise taxes to 50% on people making more than $1 million dollars a year. How much will that raise? Warren Buffer says that the top 400 earners in the US made $90 billion, so that means $45 billion to the treasury. Plus it will satisfy Chuck Schumer. ·Let’s have a 100% sales tax on the sale of...
  • The World From Berlin: Israeli Assault Is “Strategically Counterproductive”

    11/17/2012 4:52:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/16/2012 | Jane Paulick
    Israel's “Pillar of Defense” operation is underway in Gaza amid the biggest flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in four years. Israel launched the operation in response to days of rocket fire out of the Hamas-led Gaza Strip, kicking it off on Wednesday with more than 50 airstrikes and the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, Hamas' top military commander. … Although they don’t see eye to eye on the ethical issues surrounding the targeted assassination of Jabari, German editorialists on Friday are in broad agreement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu primarily launched the offensive in order to bolster support for his Likud...
  • TSA Unionized – Americans Screwed

    11/17/2012 4:44:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 11-17-12 | Tim Brown
    On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that “Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774.” The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor. Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over...