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  • Our New National Health Crisis: Teenage Boys Are Exercising

    11/20/2012 10:36:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Reason.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Peter Suderman
    After all these years of media scare stories trying to terrify readers with worries about how kids are too sedentary and don't eat well, I suppose it's comforting to find a scare story about how teen boys are obsessed gym rats who consume lots of protein and very little fat. The New York Times delivers the goods: Take David Abusheikh. At age 15, he started lifting weights for two hours a day, six days a week. Now that he is a senior at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, he has been adding protein bars and shakes to his diet...
  • Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database [We need to stop the infighting: focus on enemy]

    11/20/2012 10:32:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/12 | Craig Timberg and Amy Gardner
    If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection. And though the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started. Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come. The prospect already has some Republicans...
  • Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event

    11/20/2012 10:30:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/20/2012 | Oliver Darcy
    An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a “full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it… ‘a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf.’” The e-mail says the group plans to screen an anti-Mother Teresa film, discuss Hitchens’ book, Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and question how the public has been “conned into thinking this woman [Teresa]...
  • Why One Poll Says 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas (Too much financial pressure)

    11/20/2012 10:27:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/20/2012
    Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year. Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services — including payday loans, prepaid debit cards and direct deposit advances. Although many of these consumers are on better financial footing and optimistic about their economic future...
  • Vanity - Since the election, what are you doing with your money?

    11/20/2012 10:24:01 AM PST · by 4everontheRight · 101 replies
    11/20/2012 | 4everontheright
    I heard recently that a lot of "wealthy" Americans are selling off their wealth. I am not by any means "wealthy" but really, what does that mean? Government wealthy? Own my own home wealthy? Just wondered what FReepers are doing? Selling? Buying?
  • "Islam Needs a Fair Chance in Germany"

    11/20/2012 10:23:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/16/2012 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim officials will also be able to determine who will (and will not) be allowed to teach courses about Islam in city schools -- meaning that only Muslims will be allowed to teach Islam. Muslims, for their part, are hoping the Hamburg treaty will establish a precedent for the rest of Germany to follow.
  • CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

    11/20/2012 10:22:55 AM PST · by patriot08 · 24 replies
    CANADA FREE PRESS ^ | 11/17/12 | Dr. Robert R. Owens
    (exerpt) The real story behind the defeat of the media chosen Yes there has been a massive demographic shift in the make-up of our country since the suicidal adoption of the Kennedy Immigration Act in 1965. Pat Buchannan has warned us for years that this was a demographic time bomb implanted by the Progressives in the very heart of America. Yes the massive amnesty which is soon to turn tens of millions of illegal immigrants into citizens and loyal democratic voters will effectively spell the end of any possibility for a supporter of limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom...
  • Has the US Administration Decided to Get Rid of Jordan's King Abdullah?

    11/20/2012 10:18:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 36 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/20/2012 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Unless the US clarifies its position regarding King Abdullah and reiterates its full backing for his regime, the Muslim fundamentalists are likely to step up there efforts to create anarchy and lawlessness in the kingdom. . . . . . Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner managed to create panic [and anger] in the Royal Palace in Amman when he stated that there was "thirst for change" in Jordan and that the Jordanian people had "economic, political concerns," as well as "aspirations."
  • Rand Paul: I’m interested in 2016 bid

    11/20/2012 10:18:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 51 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Rachel Weiner
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not hiding his interest in running for president four years from now. “I want to be part of the national debate,” Paul told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. ”I’m not going to deny that I’m interested.” Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is retiring after 23 years in Congress (over a 36-year period) and three presidential bids.
  • Mgr of UT SW’s animal research committee files whistleblower suit after alleging non-compliance

    11/20/2012 10:17:47 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Robert Wilonsky
    For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals....
  • Netanyahu: Our Hand Grasps the Sword of David

    11/20/2012 10:08:51 AM PST · by Bobalu · 48 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 11/20/2012, 7:59 PM | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked King David in a statement Tuesday evening – signaling that he is serious about ordering an intensification of the attack on the terrorists of Gaza. "Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office, "and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country."
  • 'Elmo' puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns as second man files lawsuit over new underage sex allegations

    11/20/2012 10:05:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/20/12 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    A second man has come forward saying he had sex with Kevin Clash, the voice of “Sesame Street” character Elmo, when the accuser was a teenage minor, according to a report. -snip- Cecil Singleton, who is now in his 30s, said he and Clash hooked up on a gay phone sex line in 1993 when he was 15 and the muppeteer was 32, according to a new $5 million lawsuit reported by TMZ. Singleton said Clash “trolled” phone sex lines to meet boys and wooed him with gifts of cash and fancy dinners, the lawsuit said, according to TMZ. Clash...
  • Thoughts on the recent election..

    11/20/2012 10:01:23 AM PST · by patriot08 · 32 replies
    CANADA FREE PRESS ^ | 11/19/12 | Tim Dunkin
    I think that the results from this election appear as they do because there was a massive, unprecedented amount of vote fraud that took place. Unfortunately, where Democrats are concerned, you tend to expect that a warping of the true results of an election will take place. Nevertheless, vote fraud is not something that can easily be accounted for in pre-election polling and prognostication. Make no mistake—this election was defrauded, and stolen, by the Democrats on a massive scale. Either that, or math has stopped working. (exerpt) Sorry folks, this election was stolen, which means Obama is not legitimately the...
  • Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street (PBS sicko alert...)

    11/20/2012 10:00:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | A.D. Pruitt
    Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street in the wake of sex allegations against him that were later recanted.
  • Question

    11/20/2012 9:57:49 AM PST · by tayper · 3 replies
    Does anyone know anything about that company in Spain that was supposed to count our votes and did they count them?
  • What You Call IRONY:

    11/20/2012 9:53:05 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    FB h/t Klaus
  • Failing Schools Able to Mark Themselves Up to a Passing Grade

    11/20/2012 9:52:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 95 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/17/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Every year, newspapers across the state print the report card that the state of Michigan gives its public schools for parents to see how well their children’s schools are doing. But what the articles don’t tell readers is that many districts with failing marks in student achievement are allowed to give themselves a score of 100 percent for completing a report on how it plans to improve itself. In many cases, that self-reported “A” inflates would-be grades of “F” to a passing grade. Schools across the state get an automatic “A” for filling out a report on “indicators of school...
  • Rescuing wasted food to fight hunger

    11/20/2012 9:52:18 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 18, 2012
    There are no hard-and-fast rules for food expiration dating. Most people don't want to take chances, so once food hits the printed expiration date, they simply toss it out. But tossing it out has become a problem in itself. It's been estimated that up to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. goes right in the trash. "I can be as picky as everybody else," says Janet Kalish, and she can afford to be. She's no vagrant - Kalish is a New York City high school teacher who got fed up with seeing supermarkets toss out good food. So...
  • Man attacks US embassy guard in Tel Aviv

    11/20/2012 9:50:12 AM PST · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    Attacker stabs and injures security guard; warning shots fired; shooter is in police custody. An Israeli man stabbed a security guard outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv late Tuesday morning, lightly injuring him. Security guards fired warning shots at the shooter, who was subsequently arrested. Paramedics were on the scene. Police were interrogating the shooter, a 41-year-old Jewish man from Bat Yam, police told Israel Radio. "A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while...
  • Caption Barry

    11/20/2012 9:48:09 AM PST · by crosshairs · 18 replies