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  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #22 November 23, 2012

    11/23/2012 4:16:14 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 30 replies
    Free Republic | 11/23/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER My Cranberry Mead I started a year ago this month Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Wife and I popped the top on another swing top bottle of my Cranberry Mead to have with our Turkey dinner and all the fixings. It is really a very nice and tasty honey wine. This has surprised my wife; she could not believe I really made it and that it...
  • Home Sweet Shipping Container: Detroit Housing Project

    11/23/2012 4:14:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Karin Halperin
    The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year. Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children’s toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters. But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That’s when architects and designers, especially those with a “green” bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists’...
  • Can House Stop U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Gun Grab?

    11/23/2012 4:14:54 PM PST · by raptor22 · 52 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 23, 2012
    Second Amendment: A House resolution, as futile as it may be, represents growing opposition to another administration bow to the U.N. encroachment on U.S. sovereignty at the expense of its laws and even our Constitution. Treaties are ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Senate, and the final version of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) may likely be signed by this president and ratified by this Senate, especially if presented as a "sensible restriction" on international arms trafficking with no impact on our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But some House members are not going to...
  • Boy, 14, robbed outside Arundel Mills after Black Friday shopping trip

    11/23/2012 4:14:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    baltimoresun ^ | 11.23.2012 | scott dance
    A group of five men robbed a 14-year-old boy of his shopping bag outside Arundel Mills mall after he walked out of a Bed Bath & Beyond store about 2 a.m. Friday, Anne Arundel County Police said. The victim told police the men accosted him on the sidewalk just outside the store, one of them punched him and another stole a bag containing merchandise he had just purchased. The suspects, who the boy described as black men aged 17 to 21 wearing black North Face jackets and jeans, ran away toward the mall's Bass Pro Shops entrance. Police searched the...
  • Black Friday 2012: Rush at Victoria's Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan.

    11/23/2012 4:07:13 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    KSHB41 ^ | 11.23.2012 | KSHB
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - It looked like a Justin Bieber concert -- and it all started over some yoga pants. What seemed like thousands of teen girls and young women crowded the entrance at Victoria’s Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall as it prepared to open the gate to Black Friday shoppers at midnight. Around the world | More shopping holidays http://bit.ly/QzOUQV Mall security guards attempted to control the crowd outside the store, which was really more like a hundred or so, as the gate went up. But the crowd was pushing its way in, so a store manager had...
  • Live updates: Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters

    11/23/2012 3:57:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    latimes ^ | 11.23.2012 | Frank Shyong
    Shoppers surged into an Urban Outfitters store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after midnight Friday and smashed a tall glass door, injuring about five people, authorities said. Paramedics treated a few shoppers for minor cuts but no one was transported to the hospital by ambulance, said Sgt. Marty Fine of the Santa Monica Police Department. "It was just too many people, too fast," Fine said. PHOTOS: The Black Friday rush Around midnight, at least 100 people had lined up for Urban Outfitters' Black Friday deals, which offered up to 50% off on some items. When the 12-foot...
  • Report: Egypt Constitutional Court Seeks Morsi Impeachment

    11/23/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    According to reports from Egypt, the Constitutional Court is seeking to impeach new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi after Morsi seized quasi-dictatorial power, sparking protests around the country. Morsi waited for the Obama administration’s praise over the Israel-Hamas ceasefire to make the move. Local media reports a courts spokesperson stating, “the judges are prepared to exercise the right to shift the head of state after he flouted the laws and the constitution.” The problem is that there is no operating constitution in Egypt; the constitution was suspended in March 2011, after the revolution, and no new constitution has been approved....
  • Disturbance leads to scare at Westroads Mall

    11/23/2012 3:51:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    KETV ^ | 11.23.2012 | KETV
    OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha police were called early Friday to reports of a shooting at Westroads Mall where nine people were killed five years ago. Officers were sent to the mall after people inside called 911 to report gunfire around 1 a.m. Friday. Authorities said they received six calls from people at Westroads, most of which reported shots had been fired. Witnesses told KETV NewsWatch 7 the incident happened near Younkers on the west side of the mall. Officer James Shade confirms a fight did happen at the mall Friday, but no shots were fired. Shade said customers heard the...
  • Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones

    11/23/2012 3:50:05 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 23 November 2012 17:00 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Friday, 23 November 2012 17:00 Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. In order to sweeten the pot of federalization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is giving gifts of expensive gadgets to local police forces. Cops in North Jersey, for example, were showered with gifts from their would-be overseers. As reported by The Record: Oradell, Emerson, Closter and Harrington Park police have car-mounted night-vision technology and video and recording equipment that can watch over the Oradell Reservoir and dam — and the hikers and anglers entering it. West Milford...
  • Two Shot Outside Tallahassee Wal-Mart

    11/23/2012 3:47:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    WCTV ^ | 11.23.2012 | Julie Montanaro
    Two people were shot outside a Tallahassee Wal Mart this afternoon. It brought Black Friday shopping to a terrifying halt. The shots were fired in front of the store on Apalachee Parkway just after noon. Just minutes ago, police confirmed the folks were fighting over a parking space. The shots were fired on the sidewalk right in front of the parkway Wal Mart. Police are trying to find out who fired them. John Williams, who was inside the store during shooting, said, "It's scary. Especially in front of a store where people can get hurt, you know. It's scary and...
  • Man Pulls Gun on Rowdy, Line-Cutting Black Friday Shopper

    11/23/2012 3:44:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    NBC5 ^ | 11/23.2012 | NBC
    Black Friday got off to a rowdy start at a San Antonio mall where police say one shopper pulled a gun on another who punched him in the face while they were waiting in line at a Sears store. Police Sgt. Rob Carey tells the San Antonio Express-News a man rushed into the store when it opened Thursday night to get to the front of a line, started arguing with people and tried cutting in front of them.
  • The Church of England Still Won't Allow Female Bishops: Good for Them

    11/23/2012 3:21:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-21-12 | Mollie Z. Hemingway
    "When the Church of England narrowly defeated a measure to allow women to be appointed bishops this week after a dozen years of legislative effort, many observers were surprised. After all, the group has ordained women as priests since 1994-what's the big deal with letting female priests become bishops? The answer helps explain why the measure failed. The Church of England is known for the graciousness with which it accommodates minority theological opinions. Since the 1990s, parties that disagreed about female ordination merely had to tolerate each other's presence. Female bishops, on the other hand, would hold significant ecclesial and...
  • We Must all Bow to the Great American God Obama.

    11/23/2012 3:04:04 PM PST · by DanMiller · 27 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 23, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Let us prey on the wicked rich oligarchs and rejoice in the Wisdom of Obama as He wisely commands.President Obama, a lowly community organizer man of humble origins, has now revealed himself as the Great American God, our Lord and Master, who yearns only to provide for us. We, His people and devoted subjects must, in return for his gracious good will, make Him joyous through our obedience. It is necessary so that He can care for us as His munificent wisdom directs. Let us all give thanks unto Him for creating the bountiful happiness that we now enjoy in...
  • TED Talk on U Penn swarming quads now live (video quadrocopter acrobatics!)

    11/23/2012 2:32:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    DIY Drones ^ | March 1, 2012 | Chris Anderson
    This great talk, given yesterday (2/29/12) at TED, is now live. I was here and the crowd was wowed. Check out the lovely math on simplifying the 12-dimensional math to 4 dimensions at around the 5:00 mark,
  • Greed, Lack of Transparency Caused Financial Crisis, Says Greenberger

    11/23/2012 2:28:04 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 90 replies
    The Epoc Times ^ | 11/15/ 2012 | Gary Feuerberg
    Bad mortgage loans, obscured through complex and unregulated investment instruments, cost taxpayers billions WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy is slowly making a recovering from a near-collapse and the worst recession since the Great Depression. But what brought on the subprime mortgage crisis that led to huge financial losses, a decline in wealth for much of the country, a GDP drop of 5 percent for the period from Dec. 2007 to June 2009, and an official unemployment rate that peaked at 10.0 percent in Oct. 2009? “Very few people understand [what happened],” said University of Maryland Professor Michael Greenberger at the Center for...
  • “Repeat The Truth Often Enough” Froglegs Lucky 13

    11/23/2012 2:25:44 PM PST · by ShadowPatriot
    “Repeat the truth often enough” Froglegs Lucky 13 It's 2012.... so why in the hell are we still banning books, and intentionally hiding information from ourselves?   Well..."the more we know, the more we know we don't know." Rarely do you hear someone use the word 'bullsh*t" while defending God.  Enjoy Joe Dan Gorman's latest journey through the 'Land of Rational Thought' Watch Intellectual Froglegs #13 now...
  • First Lady Welcomes Christmas Tree (The tree is "perfect".)

    11/23/2012 2:25:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/23/12 | ABC OTUS News
    First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady says the tree is "perfect."
  • Morsi opponents, backers clash in widest violence yet as Islamist president defends powers

    11/23/2012 2:23:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/23/2012
    CAIRO – Thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president clashed with his supporters in cities across the country Friday, burning several offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the most violent and widespread protests since Mohammed Morsi came to power, sparked by his move to grant himself sweeping powers. The violence, which left 100 people injured, reflected the increasingly dangerous polarization in Egypt over what course it will take nearly two years after the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Critics of Morsi accused him of seizing dictatorial powers with his decrees a day earlier that make him immune to judicial oversight...
  • PolitiFact's bias, by the numbers

    11/23/2012 2:20:46 PM PST · by ChuckRogers · 4 replies
    Conservative Fact Check ^ | 11/23/2012 | Chuck Rogers
    I've always known that PolitiFact and its ilk are biased against conservative viewpoints -- in fact, that's why I started CFC. I had some downtime over this long weekend, so I tabulated their "pants on fire" rulings, and the result surprised even me. A chart is in the linked article, and here: http://conservativefactcheck.com/content/articles/50
  • 'United Nations Wants to Use Drones'

    11/23/2012 2:19:09 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11-23-12 | Daniel Halper
    The U.N. wants to use drones, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reports. "The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels," says the report, quoting U.N. officials. The international body "is considering a range of ways to strengthen the capabilities of MONUSCO to protect civilians from the threat of armed groups in the vast area of eastern DR Congo," a U.N. spokesman says. "Unarmed aerial vehicles, drones for monitoring the movements of armed groups, are one tool we are...