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  • UNC professor convicted of cocaine smuggling in trip to meet bikini model

    11/23/2012 5:14:19 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 55 replies
    WBTW.com ^ | 11/23/2012 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A University of North Carolina professor is complaining his conviction on drug smuggling charges in Argentina is an injustice. Sixty-eight-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill physics professor Paul Frampton said he unknowingly carried 4 pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase from Bolivia while on a quest to meet a famous bikini model who is in her 30s. British news reports say Frampton told investigators he was in Argentina to meet a model he'd met online and someone gave him a bag they claimed belonged to the woman, a Czech model called Denise Milani. ...SNIP...Frampton also is fighting a decision...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (11/23/12){Prayer]

    11/23/2012 5:12:18 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/23/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 2 24. Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies. 25. I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. 26. I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.” God Bless America!
  • Mother shoots at burglar(MO)

    11/23/2012 5:12:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    A Newton County man who allegedly tried to break into a home in Ottawa County is in custody after being shot at by the resident, a mother who said she was protecting herself and her three-year-old son. Nathan Owen Lankford, 34, whose rural Joplin address is listed as being on NN Highway, is being held in the Newton County Jail on charges of a felon in possession of a firearm and driving on a suspended license. Ottawa County has also charged him with first degree burglary. He will be extradited to Oklahoma when the Newton County charges are disposed of....
  • Being thankful for less pain(Reese Family Update)(ATF abuse)

    11/23/2012 5:06:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 22 November, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney for New Mexico Ken Gonzales to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. This nomination is particularly significant because Gonzales was the U.S. attorney who oversaw the investigation, arrest and prosecution of the Reese family. At the time of the Reese’s arrest, Gonzales had the audacity to release a statement saying, “Those who sell firearms knowing that they will be illegally smuggled into Mexico to arm Mexican cartels share responsibility for the violence that has been devastating Mexico.” So far, he has not called for the prosecution of any of the federal agents or...
  • The preacher who had too much fried chicken

    11/23/2012 4:53:26 AM PST · by trussell · 10 replies
    BobRogers.me blog ^ | Nov 22 | Bob Rogers
    The preacher who had too much fried chicken Nov 22 Posted by Bob Rogers . As Thanksgiving comes and goes, most of us will feast on turkey, ham and many other wonderful foods. But you can get too much of a good thing– even fried chicken. Fried chicken is so popular at church meals in the South, that some people call it “gospel bird.” But Dan Spencer from Thomasville, Georgia, tells about a preacher who had too much gospel bird. I don’t know if this story is true or not, but it makes a good point. This particular minister was...
  • 14 States Now Opposing Concealed Carry Permit Restrictions

    11/23/2012 4:52:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    freedomoutpost.com ^ | 22 November, 2012 | Tim Brown
    Kansas has become the fourteenth state to join in support of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, agreeing that a person does not need to show why they want a permit to carry their firearm concealed. In a case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia Kansas has been added to the list of states which oppose requiring those who apply for concealed carry permits to provide a reason for carrying concealed. Attorney General Derek Schmidt confirmed the addition on November 15. The court is reviewing a decision by a Maryland district court which struck down a...
  • Obama drops God from Thanksgiving address for fourth year straight

    11/23/2012 3:59:00 AM PST · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/22/2012 | John Jalsevac
    November 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For the fourth year straight, President Obama has omitted any direct statement thanking God in his Thanksgiving address. In 2009 President Obama made history when he issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that failed to directly thank God. There was an outcry, and Obama’s subsequent proclamations have made prominent mention of God. However, as Ben Shapiro of Breitbart points out, his Thanksgiving addresses (as opposed to the proclamations), which he reads to the camera, have continued to eschew mention of God. In his 2012 Thanksgiving address, Obama says that Thanksgiving is “a time to give...
  • Rubio, Wasserman-Schultz to address pro-Israel Rally [DWS supports anti-Israel Obama]

    11/23/2012 3:56:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 23, 2012
    Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez are scheduled to speak at a rally in support of Israel this weekend. Hundreds are expected at Sunday's rally in North Miami Beach at the Michael and Ann Russell Jewish Community Center. Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire this week after eight days of conflict. Four Israeli civilians and two soldiers were killed and dozens others wounded by rockets fired from Gaza into residential neighborhoods during the fighting that ended in cease-fire Wednesday night.
  • Porn one of the greatest threats to Christianity

    11/23/2012 3:42:45 AM PST · by IbJensen · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/21/2012 | Shane Morris
    November 21, 2012 (Breakpoint.org) - Pornography is out there, and it’s not going away any time soon. So to help your kids guard against it, you have to prepare them. According to Josh McDowell, author of books including “Evidence which Demands a Verdict” and “More Than a Carpenter,” who has turned his attention of late to the devastation of pornography on our culture and the Church, this may rank among the greatest threats to Christianity we’ve ever seen. Explaining why he decided to tackle the issue of pornography, Josh said in an interview with John Stonestreet of Breakpoint how he...
  • Excommunicated US priest laicized for public dissent on ordination of women

    11/23/2012 3:32:15 AM PST · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/21/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    MARYKNOLL, NY, November 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his public dissent from the Catholic Church’s teaching on the ordination of women. Bourgeois’ dismissal was announced by the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, also known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, in a Nov. 19 statement. As a Maryknoll priest during 2008, Bourgeois participated in a mock ordination of a woman and a simulated Mass at a Unitarian church in Lexington, Kentucky. The radical feminist group Roman Catholic Womanpriests staged the ceremony....
  • Today's Toons 11/23/12

    11/23/2012 3:26:57 AM PST · by pookie18 · 21 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 11/23/12 | pookie18
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  • Facebook Asks Users If It Can Abolish Their Right To Vote On Future Site Governance Changes

    11/23/2012 2:29:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Josh Constine
    Today Facebook will send its largest email blast to date, informing all 1 billion users that it’s proposing to modify the site’s governance structure and remove the ability for users to vote on changes. Currently if proposed changes get over 7,000 comments all users may vote on them, and if over 30 percent vote for or against the changes, their decision is binding. Facebook wants to replace this system with a focus on soliciting high-quality feedback through new features. This would prevent votes from being triggered by copy and pasted comments drummed up by fringe privacy activists like Europe Vs...
  • Van Jones and Philosophical Warfare

    11/23/2012 2:18:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2012 | Troy Smith
    ..... Mr. Jones claimed,"I hear a lot about liberty now from the so-called libertarians and they say the only thing that matters in America is liberty. That's what they say. They say America has only one value: liberty. Economic liberty. My economic liberty and if you stand for any other value you're anti-American. And they've taken their despicable ideology, and they're using it as a wrecking ball that they've painted red, white, and blue to smash down every good thing in America."[SNIP]In the novel The Fountainhead,Ellsworth Toohey says,"If you learn how to rule one single man's soul,you can get the...
  • The Powers Of The States

    11/23/2012 2:09:19 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 13 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/23/12 | LD Jackson
    From the beginning of America, formed as a representative republic, states rights has always been at the forefront of the discussion. The founders of our country intentionally created a weak federal government because they feared what an all-powerful central authority would be capable of. The powers that were not granted specifically to the federal government were left to the states, or to the people. The Tenth Amendment sets that in stone. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Taken...
  • Krauthammer: Why Was There War in Gaza?

    11/23/2012 1:44:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 22, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Why was there an Israel–Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media. What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over. Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that...
  • Sea Tensions Erupt at Asian Summit [Obama Fails Again]

    11/23/2012 1:43:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | NATASHA BRERETON -FUKUI, CHUN HAN WONG and ENDA CURRAN
    ... Obama supported Southeast Asian nations' proposed multilateral approach to tackling territorial tension in the South China Sea, pushing back against Beijing as a major international meeting became bogged down in acrimony for the second time in five months..
  • Wanted for one last mission: call for Bletchley Park codebreakers to crack the D-Day pigeon cipher

    11/23/2012 1:31:55 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 36 replies
    Daily Telegraph (London)_ ^ | Nov 23 2012 | Hannah Furness
    Historians from GCHQ are appealing for the veteran codebreakers of Bletchley Park to volunteer for one last act of service for their country: cracking the D-Day carrier pigeon cipher that has stumped Britain's finest minds. The coded message had been carefully filed in a small red capsule and attached to a carrier pigeon to be delivered 70 years ago. But instead of arriving safely at its destination, the unfortunate bird got stuck in a chimney en-route and lost. The message was found earlier this month by homeowner David Martin, who ripped out a fireplace to find the skeleton while renovating...
  • Study questions value of mammography screening [Obamacare War on Women]

    11/23/2012 1:31:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | November 21, 2012 | Monte Morin
    About a third of all tumors discovered in routine mammography screenings are unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast cancer exams have resulted in the overdiagnosis of 1.3 million American women. The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the increase in breast cancer survival rates over the last few decades is due mostly to improved therapies and not screenings, which are intended to flag tumors when they are small and most susceptible to treatment. Instead, the widespread use of mammograms now results in the...
  • Barnard's Star: Nearby Star with rapid proper motion in Ophiuchus

    11/23/2012 1:23:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    SEDS ^ | Hartmut Frommert & Christine Kronberg
    Also cataloged as Munich 15040 or LFT 1385, Barnard's Star was discovered in 1916 by E.E. Barnard to have the largest known proper motion of all stars, 10.29 arc seconds per year, by comparing photographic plates obtained in 1894 and 1916, and later tracing it back to 1888 in E. Pickering's plate archive. This star moves apparently fast between the background stars in Ophiuchus, needing only about 350 years for 1 degree, in almost exactly North direction (Burnham gives a position angle of 356 degrees). This star is the second nearest to our Solar System at 5.97 light years, only...
  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Pipe Nebula

    11/23/2012 12:44:51 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | November 23, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: East of Antares, dark markings sprawl through crowded star fields toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Cataloged in the early 20th century by astronomer E. E. Barnard, the obscuring interstellar dust clouds include B59, B72, B77 and B78, seen in silhouette against the starry background. Here, their combined shape suggests a pipe stem and bowl, and so the dark nebula's popular name is the Pipe Nebula. The deep and expansive view was represents nearly 24 hours of exposure time recorded in very dark skies of the Chilean Atacama desert. It covers a full 10 by 10 degree...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Night of the Long Leonid

    11/23/2012 12:40:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | November 22, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A cosmic grain of sand left the long and colorful trail across this all-sky view. Its grazing impact with planet Earth's atmosphere began at 71 kilometers per second. With the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon, the scene was captured on the night of November 17 from the astronomically popular high plateau at Champ du Feu in Alsace, France. Of course, the earthgrazer meteor belongs to this month's Leonid meteor shower, produced as our fair planet annually sweeps through dust from the tail of periodic Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The shower's radiant point in the constellation Leo is very close...
  • Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States

    11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 126 replies
    It’s on. A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the country’s first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun. ... Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmart’s role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the country’s most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described today’s actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle...
  • Obama given servant's greeting by Cambodian first lady

    11/22/2012 11:25:38 PM PST · by Arthurio · 33 replies
    -snip- Before the dinner, Sen introduced Obama to his wife, Bun Rany, who greeted Obama with a traditional "sampeah" pressed-hands greeting that is normally reserved for servants. "Was the first lady getting her own back over the president's harsh words earlier to her husband or did she simply forget that she was shaking hands with the leader of the free world?" the Daily Mail asked. According to the Daily Mail, the slight was not noticed by Obama or his advisers, but it "would have been picked up by a great many people throughout Southeast Asia region."
  • Israel says it arrests Tel Aviv bus bomber

    11/22/2012 11:02:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2012 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on Thursday on accusations he planted a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people and threatened to sabotage efforts to broker a cease-fire to end the fighting in Gaza, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man, from the village of Taybeh in Israel, was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups.
  • China: Road Built Around Couple’s Home

    11/22/2012 10:49:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:25pm UK, Thursday 22 November 2012
    A Chinese couple have found themselves living in the fast lane after refusing to move out for a new road. Construction workers in the country’s Zhejiang province surrounded their five-story building with asphalt, leaving motorists to navigate an unlikely obstacle. …
  • UK: Synod Rejects women bishops. Laity knew more than bishops and clergy

    11/22/2012 10:37:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-22-12 | David W. Virtue
    And so it came to pass that the laity in the Church of England rose up and declared they would not have women bishops to reign over them. The vote was admittedly only six votes, but six votes are six votes. The issue cannot be revisited until a new Synod is elected in 2015. Liberals and progressives along with homosexuals and lesbians are in "tears" and "agony" over this defeat. So is the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the soon to be Archbishop Justin Welby who both spoke up in favor of the measure. It was a bitter pill...
  • PETA Compares Turkeys to Black People

    11/22/2012 10:36:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Your Black World ^ | November 22, 2012
    . Leave it to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to say things that are outrageous and offensive, all because they seem to care about animals more than people. The group that once ran a “Holocaust on your plate” campaign to get you to stop eating animals, has consistently compared animals to black people. In their latest odd venture, the group has reached out to President Obama, telling him to stop pardoning turkeys and instead treat them the same as black people, gays and other underserved groups...
  • Slash “outrageous” pay and perks, Cameron tells EU as he clashes over Brussels’ budget

    11/22/2012 10:21:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:50 EST, 22 November 2012 | James Chapman
    David Cameron brandished a list of the “outrageous” pay and perks of tens of thousands of Eurocrats last night as he clashed with EU leaders over British demands for cuts to Brussels’ vast budget. The Prime Minister insisted tens of billions of pounds could easily be slashed from the EU’s spending plans for the next seven years. He highlighted the Brussels gravy train, a new EU diplomatic service and infrastructure investment as key targets. … The Commission wants to increase its budget by 350 percent—from Ł6.5 billion ($10.4 billion) to Ł29 billion ($46 billion). Britain said that, at most, it...
  • Lox and Cream Cheese for Thanksgiving

    11/22/2012 10:20:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 21, 2012 | Joyce Wadler
    During the summer, in the Catskills resort community where I grew up during the ’50s, getting great Jewish food was not a problem. The hotels on our side of the mountains in Fleischmanns, N.Y., were dying, but there were still enough city people that it was not hard to find smoked fish and salamis and decent rye bread. In the off-season, it was a different story. The small community of year-round Jews, to which my family belonged, had to return to the mother ship, New York City, for supplies. We went to Houston Street on the Lower East Side, the...
  • Lox and Cream Cheese for Thanksgiving

    11/22/2012 10:20:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 21, 2012 | Joyce Wadler
    During the summer, in the Catskills resort community where I grew up during the ’50s, getting great Jewish food was not a problem. The hotels on our side of the mountains in Fleischmanns, N.Y., were dying, but there were still enough city people that it was not hard to find smoked fish and salamis and decent rye bread. In the off-season, it was a different story. The small community of year-round Jews, to which my family belonged, had to return to the mother ship, New York City, for supplies. We went to Houston Street on the Lower East Side, the...
  • Ł86/week better off in public sector: equivalent of luxury family holiday every year

    11/22/2012 10:08:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:57 EST, 22 November 2012 | Becky Barrow
    The average public sector worker is paid Ł4,500 ($7175.70) a year more than their private sector counterpart—and the gap is getting wider. A full-time state employee typically earns Ł565 ($900.95) a week, compared to Ł479 ($763.81) in the private sector, according to figures released yesterday. That leaves public sector workers an astonishing Ł86 ($137.14) per week better off—the equivalent of a luxury family holiday every year, and up from Ł84 ($133.95) a week last year. Over the past year, it found that the average weekly pay of a full-time public sector worker has risen by 1.6 percent, compared to 1.5...
  • May All Your Hanukkahs Be White

    11/22/2012 9:59:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
    At first glance “ ’Twas the Night Before Hanukkah” looks like a novelty album. On the cover two smiling women in 1950s garb exchange presents by a fir tree topped with a Star of David while a demure girl lights a menorah. It seems to promise a kitschy collection of comic tunes along the lines of Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song.” But the people behind this double album — four Jewish record collectors who form the nonprofit Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation — say they are deadly serious about the subject. They have compiled an eclectic set of songs that not...
  • Earthquack

    11/22/2012 9:56:42 PM PST · by LynnHam · 82 replies
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  • For Fourth Straight Year, Obama's Thanksgiving Message Doesn't Thank God

    11/22/2012 9:52:34 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/22/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding. This year, Obama’s central message was that now that he’s been re-elected, Americans should agree with all of his policies. His unity routine sounds strangely empty after a campaign in which he focused on dividing Americans: "But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy." "That’s especially important this...
  • Olivier Martinez reveals bruised face and bloody hand after brutal brawl with Halle Berry's ex ...

    11/22/2012 9:50:40 PM PST · by Cecily · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 22, 2012
    His face bruised and battered, 'broken' hand held out of harm's way, Olivier Martinez headed home from hospital on Thursday afternoon. The French model was injured during a 'brutal fight' with his fiance Halle Berry's ex lover Gabriel Aubry, which left both men hospitalised and Aubry under arrest for battery. The shocking brawl came as Aubry dropped off his daughter Nahla at Halle's house on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Man Refuses Food Over Welfare Cuts (Germany)

    11/22/2012 9:48:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 19 Nov 12
    An unemployed Berlin man who had his state welfare cut to nearly nothing is refusing to eat, in an attempt to make the government consider introducing a basic income. Ralph Boes, 54, has not eaten since November 1 and, he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung on Monday he would not stop his protest until his demands are heard. Until then the occasional cup of vegetable stock will have to do. Boes refuses to label his protest as a hunger strike, preferring the idea that the government has punished him with starvation. The job centre recently cut his monthly jobseeker's payment to...
  • WH Won't Release Photos of Obama Team During Benghazi Attack

    11/22/2012 9:41:57 PM PST · by mojito · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/21/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, the White House officially refused to release photos of US officials during the September 11 terrorist attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that ended with the deaths of four Americans. CBS News requested the photos on October 31; the White House has routinely released photos showing members of the Obama administration in their hero poses during national security crises. That happened most famously with pictures of the Obama administration key players clustered into the White House situation room during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
  • Ant-Man Ruins House With Poison Bombs

    11/22/2012 9:37:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Nov 12
    A German couple who called a pest exterminator to kill ants in their new house are looking for somewhere new to live after the man used too many poison bombs and contaminated their home so badly it has been torn down. The couple named only as Lars and Patricia K. were so annoyed by an infestation of ants in their nice, new house in Burscheid near Cologne that they called a pest exterminator to get rid of them, the regional Express newspaper wrote on Thursday. But unluckily for them, the man they employed was an over-enthusiastic amateur who was not...
  • Jill Kelley Awarded Prestigious Medal From Joint Chiefs In 2011 [Second-Highest Civilian Honor!]

    11/22/2012 9:12:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    NYPost ^ | November 22, 2012 | JEANE MacINTOSH
    Jill Kelley Awarded Prestigious Medal From Joint Chiefs In 2011 JEANE MacINTOSH November 22 They’ll give a medal to anyone. Military schmoozer Jill Kelley — a central figure in the investigation of Gen. David Petraeus — in March 2011 was awarded a prestigious medal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The award, the country’s second-highest honor for a civilian, was given to acknowledge Kelley’s “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements” for top pols and military brass. Petraeus recommended her for the award while he was commander of Tampa’s US Central Command, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
  • Israeli Iron Dome Stops a Rocket With a Rocket

    11/22/2012 9:05:54 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | November 18, 2012 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    Israeli defense forces say their anti-rocket interceptor system has taken down most of the rockets fired at the country. 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...
  • Citing Deadlock, Egypt’s Leader Seizes New Power and Plans Mubarak Retrial

    11/22/2012 9:04:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAYY EL SHEIKH
    CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-23-12, OM, St. Clement I, St. Columban, Bl Miguel Pro

    11/22/2012 8:51:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2012   Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:"Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land."So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, "Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey."I took the small scroll from the angel's hand and...
  • The real ‘War on Women’ is a civil war

    11/22/2012 8:49:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 16, 2012 | Kristen Walker
    The numbers are in, and they are grim. TIME Magazine has given us “Four Ways Women Won the 2012 Election.” They begin by exulting that Obama got 55% of the female vote; 67% of single women voted for him. Number four on TIME‘s list is this: “Republican men with extreme views on abortion lost their elections.” After – of course – using Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Richard “God Intended” Mourdock as representative examples of pro-life candidates, they went on to add: In rebuking such candidates, “voters sent a clear message last night that they’re tired of a backwards-looking agenda...
  • Argentina at risk of default after US court ruling on debt

    11/22/2012 8:45:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2012 | Garry White
    Argentina is at risk of defaulting on $24bn (Ł15bn) of debt after hedge funds were awarded more than $1.3bn by a US court, a move which its economy minister called “legal colonialism”. “All we need now is for [Judge Thomas] Griesa to send us the Fifth Fleet,” said Hernán Lorenzino. However, New York District Court Judge Grisa was firm. “Argentina owes this and owes it now,” he said. “After 10 years of litigation this is a just result.” A deadline for payment was set for December 15. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s outspoken president, had vowed that the government will...
  • Five women who could run for president in 2016

    11/22/2012 8:37:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Constitution Daily ^ | November 16, 2012 | Staff
    America has never had a female major party candidate nominated to be president, but the odds are growing that it will happen in 2016. The current favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination is a woman, and there are at least four other potential candidates in both parties. It isn’t that female candidates haven’t tried. Hillary Clinton came the closest when she lost the Democratic nomination in 2008 to Barack Obama. Here’s a look at the top prospects for 2016, starting with the Democratic frontrunner. Hillary Clinton The current Secretary of State is a huge favorite for the 2016 nomination for...
  • Removing AVG Antivirus program

    11/22/2012 8:36:17 PM PST · by Maine Mariner · 33 replies
    I am trying to remove AVG antivirus program from my computer. I have gone to the control panel, remove programs, and clicked uninstall AVG2012. About half way through the uninstallation, the uninstall program simply stops. Any suggestions will be appreciated
  • Boehner comments show tough road ahead for "fiscal cliff" talks

    11/22/2012 8:33:45 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - New comments from top Republican lawmaker John Boehner slamming health care reforms illustrate how hard it will be for Washington to reach a deficit reduction deal when talks resume next week, analysts said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will begin negotiating next week on a plan that could avert tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January that economists worry could push the U.S. economy over the "fiscal cliff" and into recession. Boehner did not explicitly mention the "fiscal cliff" talks in an opinion piece published in the Cincinnati...
  • Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

    11/22/2012 8:20:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 50 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | November 22, 2012 | unattributed
    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston. A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV. Officials...
  • Doctor disputes common acceptance of ‘brain death’

    11/22/2012 8:17:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    The Catholic Free Press ^ | 11.15.12 | Patricia O’Connell
    Organ transplants are big business and patients are often declared “brain dead” in order to harvest their organs, neonatologist Dr. Paul A. Bryne said during a talk last Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall. The event was sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League of Saint Benedict Center in Still River. Dr. Byrne, past president of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), has directed the neonatology and pediatrics departments at Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He is president of Life Guardian Foundation, a pro-life organization based in Vancouver, Washington. He has appeared on television’s “Good Morning America”...