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  • How Friction May Someday Charge Your Cell Phone

    11/20/2012 1:23:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 19, 2012 | By Katherine Bourzac
    A nanogenerator made from inexpensive materials harvests mechanical energy and produces enough power to charge personal electronics. The phenomenon that causes a painful shock when you touch metal after dragging your shoes on the carpet could someday be harnessed to charge personal electronics. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a device that takes advantage of static electricity to convert movement—like a phone bouncing around in your pocket—into enough power to charge a cell phone battery. It is the first demonstration that these kinds of materials have enough oomph to power personal electronics. Excess energy produced when you walk, fidget, or...
  • The Freedom Prayer

    11/20/2012 1:16:05 PM PST · by No One Special · 2 replies
    Paying for Protection ^ | October 19, 2012 | Alexandra Swann
    “Lord we come to You tonight to ask for Your forgiveness. The Bible promises that when we seek You, we will find You, if we search with all our hearts. "Lord we confess that we have not followed Your commands. We have not loved You with our whole hearts--we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not stood for the truth of Your Gospel. We have sat by and said nothing when Your name was blasphemed and mocked. We did not take a stand when we saw Your laws despised. “We know that many times we ourselves...
  • Judge: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

    11/20/2012 1:12:51 PM PST · by NYer · 228 replies
    Life News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A federal judge has issued a ruling siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause...
  • Lunatic, Left Wing Relatives on Thanksgiving.

    11/20/2012 1:10:36 PM PST · by albie · 180 replies
    My 89 year old Mother in law (a conservative) is spending Thanksgiving with me and my family. My wife has requested that her looney left wing grandchildren be allowed to visit with "Granny" on Saturday. They voted Obama and are in their 20's and are actually very nice people. However, I've made it clear that I can not tolerate Obama voters in my house. Nice or not, family or otherwise. I'm still on the fence because I do love my Mother in law. What do you think? Also, are there others with similar problems?
  • ICC users rack up unpaid tolls

    11/20/2012 1:06:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Nearly one in three motorists who use the Intercounty Connector without an E-ZPass transponder don’t pay the toll later, making Maryland’s newest and most expensive highway home to a toll violation rate four times higher than the state average. Individual motorists racked up as much as $1,418 each in unpaid tolls after driving on the ICC, or Route 200, as many as 430 times during the first six months of this year. A rental car company owed $4,263 in ICC toll debt, while a construction company accrued $2,241 for 65 unpaid trips during that time. The new 18.8-mile highway between...
  • Obama calls Morsi for third time in 24 hours

    11/20/2012 1:05:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    politico44 ^ | 11/20/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- For the third time in the last 24 hours, President Barack Obama has spoken by phone with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in an effort to broker an end to the crisis in Israel and Gaza, the White House said. In the latest call, Morsi and Obama spoke for about 20 minutes as Obama returned aboard Air Force One from a trip to Asia, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on board the plane just after it landed for a refueling stop in Japan.
  • Fired Canton officer Daniel Harless wins back his job [threatened CCW holder with death][OH]

    11/20/2012 1:00:56 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 42 replies
    The Canton Repository ^ | Nov 14, 2012 @ 03:15 PM | Ed Balint
    CANTON — Fired police officer Daniel Harless could get his job back if he gets medical clearance to return to work. An arbitrator hearing Harless’ appeal ruled in the former patrolman’s favor. The 15-page ruling was dated Saturday and released by the city Wednesday. Harless’ attorney indicated his client is unlikely to seek his old job, at least for now. He has been receiving workers’ compensation and has applied for a disability retirement pension. But Harless now has the right to be back on the job, according to arbitrator Harry Graham. PAST VIDEOS ON HARLESS: • VIDEO: Canton officer threatens...
  • TCM Classic Movie Alert 11/20/12

    11/20/2012 12:57:26 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    TCM ^ | 11/20/12 | Vision
    This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert! Tonight...After Office Hours (1935), 8pm est "A society newspaperwoman tries to prove to her editor that she can crack a murder case." Overview & Cast
  • Hostess and the GM Bailout: Why the Chevy Volt Shouldn't Exist but Twinkies Still Will

    11/20/2012 12:55:10 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    schaeffersresearch.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Minyanville
    Reports of the death of Twinkies have been greatly exaggerated. You can bet your less-than-a-UAW-worker's next paycheck that the delightfully unnatural confections and wondrous white breads from Interstate Bakeries Corp. are not going away, news stories to the contrary notwithstanding. I wish we could say the opposite about the financially disastrous, U.S.-government-subsidized Chevy Volt, but we can't. The fact that the Invisible Hand will ultimately keep us in golden sponge cake reveals everything about what goes wrong when the bumbling hand of politics intervenes in free markets, as it did in the case of General Motors (NYSE:GM). As you've by...
  • Can GOP win another presidential election after Romney's loss to Obama?

    11/20/2012 12:54:08 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 76 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bayoubuzz Staff
    Can the GOP win another Presidential election after its candidate Mitt Romney lost against President Obama? While that was not the question raised by a recent poll and a discussion of that poll by a well-respected pollster, the issue can reasonably be asked by those reviewing the numbers.
  • I Once Debated dismissed Maryknoll Priest Roy Bourgeois on CNN Here’s the Video.

    11/20/2012 12:49:59 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ordination Debate
  • Why God Can't Get Angry (Video)

    11/20/2012 12:48:25 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 65 replies
    YouTube ^ | Tues Nov 20, 2012 | offTheLeftEye
    If we generally agree that loosing our temper at someone means that we have some more growing up to do, why would we think that God does it?
  • Sergeant Used Toy Camel to Explain His Work in Afghanistan to Son

    11/20/2012 12:45:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | November 15, 2012
    When Army Sgt. Joe Wardell learned he was going to be deployed to Afghanistan for a year, he wondered how to explain his absence to his 3-year-old son, Clive. He started by drawing a map of the world on his dining room wall. Wardell told his son that Daddy would be flying over the big water to a place called Afghanistan. “I want to go with you,” Clive insisted. And that’s when Doodey came to the rescue. Doodey is a stuffed camel Wardell bought for Clive at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. “I got the idea to take the camel...
  • ‘10 Commandments judge’ Roy Moore wins his old job back

    11/20/2012 12:44:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/2012 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy Moore, forever known as Alabama’s Ten Commandments judge, has been re-elected chief justice in a triumphant political resurrection after being ousted from that office nearly a decade ago. Republican Moore defeated Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance, a Democrat, to win back his former office. “It’s clear the people have voted to return me to the office of chief justice,” Moore said. “I have no doubt this is a vindication. I look forward to being the next chief justice,” Moore told a crowd of sign-waving supporters. Moore thanked supporters at his party for sticking with him...
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery

    The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama. But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register. Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 in High Demand, Sold Out, Black Friday 2012 Attractive Price With AT&T Revealed

    11/20/2012 12:34:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Books and Review ^ | 11/20/2012 | Jessica Durham
    (Photo : Reuters) The Lumia 920 may give Nokia the push it needs when Black Friday comes around. Nokia's Lumia 920 may not be as disappointing as some critics said it would be. Actually, the Windows 8 smartphone is flying off shelves as we speak, which is a good sign for Nokia's Black Friday sales.The Lumia 920 has already made it on the Amazon Best Sellers list. It is already in high demand in Germany.Like Us on FacebookAccording to AllThingsD, a number of Nokia Deutschland's German retail partners experienced "stock-outs" since the device first became available earlier November."Because of the high demand, we are aware of the reports the Lumia 920 is sold out in...
  • Chinese Architecture, Old and New (Remarkable Photo Essay)

    11/20/2012 12:33:13 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/20/2012 | Alan Taylor
    The growth of China's massive population has slowed in recent years, but migration to urban areas has increased, with almost half of China's 1.3 billion people living in or near cities. A booming economy, government housing initiatives, infrastructure programs, and private real estate speculation have all driven construction to record levels. New apartment, office, and government buildings regularly rise up over older neighborhoods, and thousands have relocated to modern housing complexes.
  • Church of England Narrowly Rejects Women Bishops

    11/20/2012 12:32:56 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    juicyecumenism ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bart Gingerich
    (Photo Credit: The Telegraph) Today, the General Synod for the Church of England rejectedthe ordination of women bishops by a mere handful of votes. So ends for now a nearly 12 year legislative process to upend standards for episcopal office. Much of the controversy surrounded the provision of stand-in bishops for parishes opposed to women’s ordination.Passage of the ordination innovations required a 2/3 majority in all houses. The votes were 44 for and two against in the house of bishops, 148 for and 45 against in the house of clergy, and 132 for and 74 against in the house of...
  • Socialism Is A One-Way Street To Oblivion

    11/20/2012 12:32:53 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 5 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 9, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    We are all aware of the slippery slope that the profligate spending of our politicians has put our nation on, and those who are honest enough to admit it know that the mighty United States of America is headed for a fiscal disaster that, if our course is not drastically altered, will shake the very foundations of our stability and reduce the greatest nation the world has ever known to a Greece-like shell complete with social upheaval and worthless currency. When we think about the ramifications of our decades of foolishness, we tend to be concerned about the social fall...
  • There's Another Massive Source Of Energy Coming, And The World Has George W. Bush To Thank

    11/20/2012 12:28:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2012 | Rob wile
    Citi's commodities team believes Iraqi oil production is set to explode in the coming years, causing prices to turn downward.In a massive survey helmed by analyst Edward Morse, Citi's team projects Brent crude to fall to $99 next year.One of the main reasons: Iraq's oil production is poised to reach heights never seen in its history — neither prior to America's 2003 invasion nor in Iraq's '80s heyday.This would be the world's second huge energy boom, with the US being the other big story. Citi Importantly, the current Iraq trajectory is based on post-invasion dynamics.For instance, a second development at...
  • Church of England Won't Allow Female Bishops

    11/20/2012 12:27:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/20/2012
    The Church of England's governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate. Following a daylong debate, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod, with backers falling six votes short of passage. Many speakers expressed regret that they were unable to agree on a way forward. "Whatever the outcome, there is no victory in the coming days," said Rev. Angus MacLeay, summing up for the opposition. "It is a train crash." The defeat was a...
  • Latest Updates on the Gaza Conflict [Israel Blows Up Muslim "News"/Propaganda Outlet]

    11/20/2012 12:26:02 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/20/12 | Robert Mackey
    ....Last week, Al Aqsa TV broadcast extremely graphic video of an Egyptian doctor displaying the badly burned, mangled corpse of a Palestinian baby killed in an Israeli strike. Footage of the same scene was recorded but not distributed by Reuters. The use of that sort of footage has been used by Israelis to argue that Palestinians working for Hamas are propagandists and so can be considered part of the group’s “command and control” structure. The same argument has been used by some supporters of Syrian rebel groups to justify attacks on pro-government media workers. After Israel struck a media building...
  • 55 Reasons Why You Should Buy Products That Are Made In America This Holiday Season

    11/20/2012 12:25:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/20/2012 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael, on November 19th, 2012 This is the time of the year when Americans run out to their favorite retail stores and fill up their shopping carts with lots of cheap plastic crap made by workers in foreign countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. By doing this, the American people are actively participating in the destruction of the U.S. economy. You see, buying products that are made in America is not just a matter of national pride. It is a matter of national survival. If we do not support American workers, they are going...
  • Ask for New Election And Vote Fraud Investigation - Not Secession

    11/20/2012 12:24:17 PM PST · by kathsua · 18 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | November 20, 2012 | Reasonmclucus
    Those who are talking about secession should shift their focus to calling for a new fair presidential election that does not allow use of the type of touch screen computers involved in election irregularities in various locations. Americans should copy the citizens of other countries who call for new elections when their leaders engage in election fraud. Alternatively, Congress could trade establishment of a special prosecutor for election fraud for a tax increase. The allegations of vote rigging are far more significant than the Watergate burglary that was investigated by a Special Prosecutor. President Barack Obama probably was not involved...
  • Israeli Iron Dome Stops a Rocket With a Rocket

    11/20/2012 12:21:09 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York times ^ | November 19, 2012 | Isabel Kirschner
    JERUSALEM — An abiding image of the former Israel defense minister Amir Peretz was a photograph of him peering at a military drill — with the black lens caps still on his binoculars. Mr. Peretz resigned months after the 2006 war in Lebanon, which was widely regarded as a failure. Yet on Sunday, as rockets fired by Gaza militants streaked toward Tel Aviv, Ashdod and other Israeli cities, Mr. Peretz, a resident of the rocket-battered border town of Sderot, was being hailed as a defense visionary for having had the foresight while in office to face down myriad skeptics and...
  • Pick-Up Carrying Camel Falls Into Pit Trying to Avoid Crazy Stunt Driver

    11/20/2012 12:20:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012
    Pushed out by large crowd watching the stunt performance Saudi ArabiaAn old Saudi man driving a pick-up laden with a camel plunged into a pit as he tried to avert being hit by a car involved in stunt performance in Saudi Arabia. A 200-second YouTube film showed the pickup fell into the pit and remained stuck there for several minutes for it was pushed out by a large crowd gathering to watch the stunt performance in a sandy area in the northwestern town of Hail. It was clear from the film, carried in Jazan News and other Saudi newspapers, that...
  • Lance Armstrong Cheated to Win. Why is that Wrong?

    11/20/2012 12:11:09 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 49 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 17 Nov 2010 | Nick Gillespie
    After months of bad press, the greatest competitive cyclist of all time has officially hit rock bottom: The Lance Armstrong Foundation has dropped the name of its eponymous creator and will now be known as the Livestrong Foundation. Rest easy, Lance, it can’t get much – or is that any? – worse. His story is unparalleled, Shakespearean in scope and breadth. A cocky, gum-flapping athlete battled insurmountable odds after a devastating cancer diagnosis, his greasy soul barely slipping the surly clutches of a certain dirt nap. Ultimately, he rehabilitated his battered body and morphed into a champion. Not only did...
  • Ronald Reagan and What I Got Wrong [Note to Mitt Romney: really, it’s you, not them. Seriously.]

    11/20/2012 12:10:08 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 77 replies
    RedState ^ | 11/20/12 | Erick Erickson
    Every person who talks and writes about politics gets stuff wrong. I’ve gotten my fair share wrong. But what I think I got most wrong in Campaign 2012 was the damage Mitt Romney’s “47%” remark would do to him. It may seem obvious, but bear with me. Mitt Romney was talking off the cuff to a supposedly off the record group of donors and muddled several data points together, ultimately telling the tale of the 47% who won’t vote for him for any reason. He was referencing the 47% who don’t pay taxes and interwove it with a 47% of...
  • NBC News Reporter Complains U.S. Doesn't Acknowledge Hamas, Won't "Rein In" Israel (video)

    11/20/2012 12:09:03 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 20, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    On MSNBC this afternoon, Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News' correspondent located in Gaza, essentially went on a pro-Hamas rant when he complained that the United States doesn't acknowledge Hamas and will not "reign in" Israel. Mohyeldin: Well the United States can definitely play a pivotal role. I don’t think people in this part of the world feel it has played the role it should be playing. And that really comes down to two very important factors: One, the United States does not have any direct contact with the Palestinian factions which it, and Israel, and others label as terrorist organizations. Despite...
  • Zephaniah 2 - Gaza Shall Be Forsaken

    11/20/2012 12:07:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Wrestlers Of Faith ^ | 11/20/2012 | Jamie Northrup
    Zephaniah 2: 1 Gather yourselves together… O nation not desired ; 2 Before the decree bring forth , before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you... 4 For Gaza shall be forsaken... 5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. God’s word is clear. There will not be a...
  • Benghazi, Gaza, and the Killers of CNN

    11/20/2012 12:06:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 20, 2012 | Roger L. Simon
    Has Benghazi helped Israel? It’s hard to calculate the amount, but it seems likely that the evolving Libyan scandal has been useful to Israel in its struggle with Hamas in Gaza.The embarrassing — even humiliating — mishandling and subsequent misnaming of the terror attack on the U.S. consulate/CIA installation has made the administration look quite ridiculous in its claim that al-Qaeda and similar Islamic extremist organizations were on the run. With four Americans dead in Benghazi, the reverse appears to be true. Sympathy for Islamofascists is not at a high point and, consequently, Barack Obama, not always Benjamin Netanyahu’s best...
  • Businesses urge Cameron to tame Euroskepticism

    11/20/2012 12:02:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 November 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    Britain would damage its fragile economy and risk isolation if it ended its often stormy relationship with the European Union, business leaders said on Monday (19 November) before critical EU budget talks later this week. Britain’s main business lobby group urged Prime Minister David Cameron to resist growing “Euroskeptic” calls to cut the island nation’s 40-year ties with a bloc that accounts for half of its trade. With the anti-European mood growing, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged not to let Britain “sleepwalk” towards an EU exit that he said would be bad for prosperity and a betrayal of Britain’s...
  • EU shadow banking assets worth €17 trillion ($22 trillion)

    11/20/2012 11:58:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 19.11.12 @ 09:28 (Nov. 19) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The eurozone has the world’s second largest shadow banking system after the United States, with assets worth some €17.2 trillion ($22 trillion) in 2011. “The US’ share of the global shadow banking system has declined from 44 percent in 2005 to 35 percent in 2011. This decline has been mirrored mostly by an increase in the shares of the UK and the euro area,” said the Basel, Swizterland-based Financial Stability Board (FSB) in a report released on Sunday (18 November). The UK takes the largest share in Europe with €7 trillion ($8.96 trillion), while the US, in comparison, has €18...
  • Jill Kelley’s twin avoids Petraeus talk at Gloria Allred press conference

    11/20/2012 11:50:13 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/20/12 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Jill Kelley's twin, Natalie Khawam, and celebrity attorney Gloria Allred barely mentioned the David Petraeus scandal at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, instead attempting to shift dialogue to Khawam's custody battle and women's rights. "Like many single moms in this country ... Natalie was forced to fight for custody of her child," Allred said after lauding her client's character and educational background. Much to the dismay of reporters onsite posing questions and those tuning in to the event, Khawam spoke only to confirm her love and support for her sister, the Florida socialite at the center of...
  • A Letter from Israel

    11/20/2012 11:38:20 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 16 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | November 19, 2012 | Leonie, An Israeli Citizen
    Dear friends, First, thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern for our safety. We live between Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi in a small kind of “village” for want of a better word (“yishuv” in Hebrew). This means that we get the sirens when rockets are sent in the direction of Kiryat Malachi and also hear Ashkelon and Ashdod sirens and booms from a distance. Yesterday, there were seven sirens here and this morning two so far. In the cities, there are tens of sirens (and attacks or successful interceptions) per day and through the night. Families without fortified rooms...
  • Utah-04 final canvass results (Hope for Mia Love)

    11/20/2012 11:37:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    After election day in Utah-04, Democrat Jim Matheson was ahead of Mia Love by 2,646 votes. But there were approximately 72,000 provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted. The results for the final canvass are being released today. We will update.
  • HHS releases rules requiring pre-existing conditions coverage

    11/20/2012 11:36:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Sam Baker
    The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
  • Paralyzed dogs walk again after new treatment (video at source)

    11/20/2012 11:34:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/20/2012
    Scientists have helped dogs to walk again after severe spinal injuries - offering hope for paralyzed human patients. Movement was restored to the dogs' hind legs by bridging breaks in the spinal cord using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) taken from their noses. The cells support nerve fibre growth that maintains a communication pathway between the nose and the brain. One previously crippled dachshund, Jasper, was described by its owner as "whizzing around the house" after undergoing the treatment.
  • Why did Romney lose the Catholic vote? Look no further than USCCB head Cardinal Dolan of NYC

    11/20/2012 11:31:17 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 21 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The election of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, to lead the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was seen as a very hopeful sign by many who are concerned with the state the Catholic Church in America. I was one of those hopeful Catholics, but alas I have had my nose rubbed in reality: Cardinal Dolan has proved to be little more than an affable dupe at best ; a dangerously misguided classic liberal at worst. During the lead up to the presidential election Cardinal Dolan essentially abandoned the effort to bring...
  • White House: Obama was up until 2:30 a.m. working the phones

    11/20/2012 11:26:30 AM PST · by NCjim · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2012
    Why is president Obama yawning in this photo? Perhaps it’s because he was up late talking on the phone to negotiate a truce between Gaza and Israel. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling to the region this morning, the White House confirmed today, while the president continues to negotiate over the phone with Egyptian President Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu “The President is going to do a lot of work on the phone,” explained deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. “He was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning last night; he left dinner and basically dealt...
  • How to Live Without Irony (Hipster Irony)

    11/20/2012 11:21:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2012 | Christy Wimpole
    If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living. The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). He harvests awkwardness and self-consciousness. Before he makes any choice, he has proceeded through several stages of self-scrutiny. The hipster is a scholar of social forms, a student of cool. He studies relentlessly, foraging for what...
  • Here’s How Authorities Can Legally Spy on Your Digital Life (And Congress Could Make It Easier)

    11/20/2012 11:18:59 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-20-2012 | Liz Klimas
    There is frequently talk of warrantless spying on citizen communications and online data, but what about how the government and law enforcement can track people — legally? With the scandal between the former CIA Director Gen. David Patreaus and his former mistress Paula Broadwell coming to light thanks to content stored in an email account, many have begun to wonder about the privacy of their own communications. Tech experts say it really comes down to outdated laws. Laws which Congress is expected to update soon, but this update might not be in favor of more privacy. TheBlaze spoke with “ethical...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $8k!! [FReepathon thread XLII]

    11/20/2012 11:09:57 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 348 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $8k!! We can do this, baby!! And I_be_tc's "300 FReepers with $100 for FR Challenge" is still going strong!! We now have 146 FReepers who have met that challenge!! Way to go, "$100 Challenge" FReepers!! Almost half way there!! Thank you all very much!! Great job, everyone!! Let's keep it moving. If you enjoy reading and participating on FR, if you think it's a worthwhile endeavor and would like to help us keep it going, please click the link above and donate via secure server. Make it a monthly if you can. Or mail...
  • Con’s sex-change surgery stopped

    11/20/2012 11:07:13 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/20/12 | Richard Weir
    Convicted wife-killer Michelle Kosilek will have to wait a bit longer to learn if his taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery can commence. The controversial procedure has been postponed, a federal judge ruled today, until the state’s appeal of the operation is decided. The Patrick administration appealed the surgery to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf told Department of Correction lawyers today he is putting the brakes on the entire matter because once the surgery is over, there’s no going back if the appeals court rules in favor of the state. Kosilek, formerly known...
  • Obama's Real Fiscal Policy Goals Will Be Revealed In His Second Term

    11/20/2012 10:51:46 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-20-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • MUST SEE – French Youth Declare War on Multiculturalism and Collapse of Western Society (Video)

    11/20/2012 10:39:46 AM PST · by kabar · 91 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 20, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In October, 70 members of the French youth group Génération Identitaire occupied the Poiters mosque to protest against the influence of Islam in France. The youths climbed to the roof and unfurled a banner with the name of their movement. Now the movement is back with a powerful video—
  • Former US Sen. Warren Rudman dies at 82

    11/20/2012 10:38:19 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Former Sen. Warren B. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of homeland terrorist attacks before 9/11, has died. He was 82.
  • 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]...