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  • Scientist makes bold prediction that war is on the wane

    11/24/2012 12:47:07 PM PST · by the scotsman · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th November 2012 | Leon Watson
    'It may be difficult to believe, but according to research published next month a world without war may be getting nearer. Futurologists from the University of Oslo in Norway and the Peace Research Institute Oslo have predicted that global conflict will halve in the next 40 years. Their study claims the combination of higher education, lower infant mortality, smaller youth cohorts, and lower population growth are a few of the reasons why the world can expect a more peaceful future. That will mean in the next five years the current conflicts in Libya, Tajikistan, Syria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and...
  • For Richer or Poorer

    11/24/2012 12:44:08 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 4 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | November 24, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    As the lack of opportunity in America becomes less of an issue of race and more of perpetual class separation, liberal reporters and academics continue to propose the same recycled, progressive policies which have little hope of solving the marriage problem but will undoubtedly bloat federal and state governments. For example, in a New York Times article printed this summer, Jason DeParle cast the growing trend of lower-class single mothers as one of class conflict. “Estimates vary widely, but scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as...
  • Egyptian President Assumes Dictatorial Powers

    11/24/2012 12:25:53 PM PST · by John Semmens · 50 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | John Semmens
    The so-called “Arab Spring” took a decidedly ugly turn in Egypt this week when President Mohammed Mursi issued a decree barring any challenges to his decisions. Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed El Baradei denounced Mursi’s action calling it “a major blow to the revolution. What good does it do us if we get rid of the dictator Mubarak only to replace him with a dictator Mursi? Isn’t sharing of power and open debate the whole point of democracy?” Mursi denied he was trampling democracy. “Debate is fine, but there must be limits,” Mursi maintained. “The laws I decree must be enforced....
  • Livni Set to Announce She is Running

    11/24/2012 12:14:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will announce that she is running for Knesset at the helm of a political party this week – most likely on Tuesday, according to reports. Livni will not form a new party but rather take over a non-functioning party, Hetz, which was registered several years ago by ex-Shinui minister Avraham Poraz. Leftist pundits are unanimous in estimating that Livni's party will further split the already fractured left wing in the next election. Polls project that Livni's party will receive as many as 10 seats, and according to a Maariv poll it is expected to take...
  • Arabs Attack Drivers, Police Watch

    11/24/2012 12:08:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    A new video showing police inaction in the face of Arab rock attacks has caused anger among residents of the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The video was taken as an Arab gang attacked Israeli drivers who were stuck in traffic. A massive traffic jam forms daily between the Adam junction, just minutes north of Jerusalem, and the Hizme checkpoint at the entrance to the city. “We just sat there and got hit,” related one of the drivers. “We had no way to respond.” The video showed that it was not only the drivers who found themselves silent in the...
  • Dynacraft Debuts New Motorized Ride-On Urban Shredder by Hot Wheels™ (video)

    11/24/2012 12:04:27 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 11/20/2012
    Part motorcycle, part skateboard...Video Link.
  • Can House Stop U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Gun Grab Threatening 2nd Amendment?

    11/24/2012 11:56:07 AM PST · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | November 24, 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...
  • Yasser Arafat to be Exhumed Tuesday, Reopening the Mystery of his Death

    11/24/2012 11:47:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Saturday, Nov. 24 2012
    Yasser Arafat’s death always has been shrouded in mystery. Now his remains and entire tomb are shrouded in tarps as the Palestinian Authority has given permission for his body to be exhumed Tuesday from its burial place below a memorial in the muqata, the Palestinian presidential headquarters. After a lengthy legal and diplomatic process, Mr. Arafat’s French widow, Suha Arafat, has won a court order, and received French support for an examination of her husband’s body to determine if the iconic figure had been poisoned, as long has been rumored. The leader of the Fatah resistance movement, chairman of the...
  • We’re living the dream; we just don’t realize it (minitrue barphalert)

    11/24/2012 11:45:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:12 AM EST, Sat November 24, 2012 | Steven Johnson
    We’ve finally emerged from the season in which Americans were asked by the pollsters and politicians: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” But sometimes it’s important to contemplate the question of progress from a longer view: How are we doing on the scale of a generation? To answer that question, take this brief quiz.Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air...
  • AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 rejects Gaza arms halt

    11/24/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 24, 2012 11:24 AM ET | Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself, the No. 2 in the Palestinian group told The Associated Press on Saturday, signaling tough challenges ahead for indirect negotiations between Israel and the Islamist militants on a new border deal for Gaza. The talks are being brokered by Egypt, which also helped forge a cease-fire deal that ended eight days of Israel-Gaza fighting earlier this week. The truce went into effect late Wednesday and has largely held. Residents in Gaza said Israel has begun easing some border restrictions, allowing fishermen to head further out to sea and permitting farmers inspect land...
  • MITT WASN’T ALL WRONG ABOUT ‘GIFTS’

    11/24/2012 11:28:25 AM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 20, 2012 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    MITT WASN’T ALL WRONG ABOUT ‘GIFTS’ By: Patrick J. Buchanan 11/20/2012 “What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.” Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a call to disconsolate contributors. Republicans piled on. “Completely unhelpful,” Gov. Bobby Jindal told Wolf Blitzer. We don’t advance the “debate by insulting folks.” “A terrible thing to say,” Chris Christie told Joe Scarborough. “You can’t expect to be...
  • GOP: You're 0-for-2 (Writer's Title)

    11/24/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by illiac · 16 replies
    Coeeur d'Alene (ID) Press ^ | 11/24/02 | Jimmy Pappas
    By JIMMY PAPPAS/Guest opinion | 1 comment Oh my, the flags are flyin' upside down, and the Obama effigies once again are hangin' high in the trees. Yes sir, the Republican brotherhood of Idaho's most eloquent idiots are teaching by example on how to be a poor loser. Assassination threats are in full swing, and many are in church praying that it happens. They know who they are, and so does history. They long for the good ol' days of crucifixions, lynchings, and the dark ages when heretics were burned at the stake. Good God, that damned word "change!" Can...
  • LIPA customers who spent weeks without power due to Sandy get zapped with normal electric bills

    11/24/2012 11:20:04 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 95 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | NY Post
    LIPA customers who spent weeks without power got zapped with their normal electric bills — as if the outages never happened. The clueless utility charged Sandy-soaked Long Island residents an estimated rate that covered the entire billing cycle, and the statements made no mention of potential refunds to account for the prolonged blackouts. Jonathan Saporta was slapped with a double whammy by the Long Island Power Authority — a $649 bill for the Long Beach home he left in October and a $281 bill for his new Great Neck pad.
  • North Carolina Town Split Over Sheriff's Treatment of Latinos [Town Whites Drop From 80% To 66%]

    11/24/2012 11:17:11 AM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | David Zucchino
    North Carolina Town Split Over Sheriff's Treatment of Latinos The Justice Department has accused Sheriff Terry Johnson of discriminatory policing in Graham. Some locals stand against him while others show vigorous support. Comments 49 Email Share Sheriff Terry Johnson, center, talks with resident Charles Smith, right, at a local eatery in 2009. "We don't have enough work in this country to support people who are here legally. Why should we be keeping illegal immigrants?" Smith says. By David Zucchino November 23, 2012 GRAHAM, N.C. — In this southern mill town, tortillas and bolillos are as common as Carolina barbecue sandwiches....
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/24/2012 11:07:36 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    November 24, 2012 | Irish Rose
    O earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend. (Job 16:18-21)
  • On a Largely Blue Island, an Exception: Trump Tower (91 NYC districts 100% Obama?)

    11/24/2012 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    Its black glass exterior soars high above Fifth Avenue, and its gold-tipped revolving doors have spun the likes of Bruce Willis and Anne Hathaway into its waterfall-splashed atrium. But on Election Day, Trump Tower earned a different sort of distinction: a tiny island of Romneyville amid Manhattan’s deep, blue-state sea. … Mr. Romney won a single Manhattan precinct outright, a stretch of Park Avenue near the Waldorf-Astoria, where six voters showed up and four chose the Republican. But he suffered a resounding defeat in New York, a rare outbreak of consensus in a city famous for fevered disagreement: in 91...
  • A Family Business In Disarray {The Jackson Family- No, Not The Michael Jackson Family]

    11/24/2012 11:00:50 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    NYTimes ^ | November 23, 2012 | MONICA DAVEY
    A Family Business In Disarray By MONICA DAVEY November 23, 2012 IF there’s a crisis unfolding somewhere, it’s a good bet that the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is on his way. Over the years, Mr. Jackson, 71, who has a fondness for staring into the lens of a television camera, has jetted to tense locales around the world to negotiate the release of hostages. When President Clinton’s White House was engulfed in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Mr. Jackson showed up to offer spiritual guidance, including some advice he described to a reporter at the time: “Keep your eyes open...
  • 15 members of Joe Berrios' family on county, state payrolls (Chicago, cook county democrat)

    11/24/2012 10:56:31 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://www.suntimes.com ^ | november 16, 2012 | DAN MIHALOPOULOS
    For Joe Berrios, the Cook County assessor who is also the county Democratic Party chairman, government is the family business. That got him in trouble with the county ethics board, which called for Berrios to fire three family members who are on his staff and fined him $10,000 for violating the county?s anti-nepotism ban by hiring two of them -- his son and sister -- after he was elected assessor in 2010. But the Berrios family's presence on government payrolls goes far beyond that. In September, his nephew Stephen Berrios got a job working for the Cook County judiciary. That...
  • Pat Caddell: Republican 'Consultant-Lobbyist-Establishment' Complex Responsible For Romney Defeat

    11/24/2012 10:47:25 AM PST · by Bratch · 97 replies
    Big Government ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at The David Horowitz Freedom Center's "Restoration Weekend" in Florida on November 16, Pat Caddell indicted what he called the Republican "consultant-lobbyist-establishment" complex for losing a presidential campaign in 2012 President Barack Obama had no business winning. “No presidential campaign should be run by consultants,” Caddell said. “They should be run by people who are committed to the candidate and not into making big money.” Caddell said “Republicans never attempted to put a frame around the national election” because “the people who run the messaging in the Republican party and their consultants refused to do it.” Caddell, the former...
  • Young voter drop in Obama support unprecedented

    11/24/2012 10:44:00 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 58 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Michel F. Haverluck
    In post-election analyses, the 11-point drop in the president's support among 18- to 29-year-olds indicates that particular voting bloc is falling away from Barack Obama on major issues. ------- One polling trend that isn't going in Barack Obama's favor after the presidential election is the drop in his support among young voters. Even though it might not be as unbelievable as winning 100 percent of the vote in 59 Philadelphia precincts ─ and nine Cleveland precincts ─ an 11-point swing in support away from Obama is lifting some eyebrows on both sides of the political spectrum ... particularly because that...
  • Feds Seeks Help in Spending Billions in Uganda More Effectively

    11/24/2012 10:38:39 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 21 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Nov. 24, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. government plans to spend another $1 billion in Uganda through 2015 -- and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will devote an additional $17.5 million specifically towards helping its Uganda unit to become more "adaptive, modern" and "effective." The $1 billion figure is part of the Obama Administration's $3.5 billion 2011-2015 Ugandan strategy, which aims to cut that nation's poverty in half ("$3.5 Billion 'Plan Uganda' Seeks to Cut Poverty in Half -- While Reducing 'Cattle Raiding,' Too" ; U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor, 5/18/11). The agency will hire a private contractor to carry out this "monitoring,...
  • Benghazi police reject new chief (last one gunned down)

    11/24/2012 10:34:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 11/24/12 | Maha Ellawati
    Benghazi police reject new chiefMaha Ellawati Last Updated : Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:47 AM BENGHAZI – Benghazi’s police force have rejected the appointment of Colonel Saleheddin Awad Daghman as the new chief of police in Benghazi, following the assassination of his predecessor Colonel Faraj Mohammed Idris Drissi. Daghman was previously rejected by the police in the aftermath of the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens on Sept. 11, after the government attempted to place him in charge of security in the eastern region. Members of the force are said to be angry at the rapid appointment of Daghman, declaring...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMNIPRESENCE, 11-24-12

    11/24/2012 10:16:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OMNIPRESENCE God being simultaneously wherever he is, since he is present everywhere. The divine omnipresence is twofold, by nature and by grace. By nature God is present in all things by essence, knowledge, and power. This is the presence of a cause in the things that share in God's goodness. By his essence, he is substantially in all things, including the created spiritual essences (angels, demons, human souls) as the immediate origin of their existence. by his knowledge, he exercises his wisdom directly in all creation down to the least details. By his power, he operates...
  • The Pursuit of Happiness...

    11/24/2012 10:16:06 AM PST · by No One Special · 14 replies
    Marty's Market View Blog ^ | October 20, 2012 | Martin L. Mazorra
    The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. -Mother TeresaWas Mother Teresa a self-interested individual? Was it the pursuit of personal happiness that led her to Calcutta and to the building of one of history's great charitable organizations (Missionaries of Charity)? Would she have found contentment working her way up from account rep to CEO of IBM?Was Steve Jobs a self-interested individual? Was it the pursuit of personal happiness that led him to build one of history's great enterprises? Would he have found contentment as a volunteer for the Peace Corps?Let's...
  • Please pray for Joe

    11/24/2012 10:00:25 AM PST · by ex-snook · 69 replies
    self | 11/24/12 | self
    Please pray for my friend Joe. He has institutionalized unable to feed himself with Parkinson's disease. Joe was once a football player from the coal region of Pennsylvania. He was a HS football coach, neighbor and friend. My daughter was the baby sitter to his special child. His wife taught my children. A few months ago at Church, he poked me in the back. I turned around, Joe remembered me but did not know me. He was being guided by his wife and was failing rapidly from this terrible disease.
  • Holiday Miracle as Man Awakes From Monthlong Coma

    11/24/2012 9:58:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 24, 2012
    Jennifer Abbey Nov 24, 2012 Doctors told Benjamin Pessah’s family he might not live after he was shot in the head. But after waking from an almost month-long coma, Pessah said his first words and took his first steps just in time for Thanksgiving. Pessah, of Burlingame, Calif., was walking home from a Halloween party in San Francisco Oct. 28 with two friends and his girlfriend when a stranger came up and touched his girlfriend inappropriately. Pessah, 21, stepped in to protect her when the man pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. “It was pretty bizarre...
  • Martyrs: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his 116 companion martyrs of Vietnam [Catholic Caucus]

    11/24/2012 9:57:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Fratres.wordpress.com ^ | 11.24.08 | Fratres.com
    Martyrs: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his 116 companion martyrs of Vietnam  Icon: martyrs undergoing torture for Christ. VietnamVietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The traditional religion of Vietnam is Buddhism, along with elements of Taoism, Confucianism and local ancestors’ cult.First martyrsPortuguese Dominican missionaries began to arrive in Vietnam in the early 16th century and there must have been conflict with local power groups from the very beginning. The mission had some success when the Jesuits joined the Dominicans. Among the earliest martyrs were Spanish Dominicans, Francisco Gil de Federich, who had a fruitful apostolate...
  • This Flash Mob Provided some Happiness.

    11/24/2012 9:41:46 AM PST · by DanMiller · 21 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 24, 2012 | Dan Miller
    My wife, Jeanie, told me about this flash mob. We need more like it.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkWatching and listening cheered up my morning; I needed that because I have been focusing on and writing about the surfeit of bad stuff with which we are being bombarded with no viable solutions yet on the horizon. In such circumstances even a brief respite is welcome. Perhaps others may find their spirits lifted in a similar way. Just for the heck of it, here's another. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJNp5UKRtbQ?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkMight that sort of mob some happy day displace the ugly mobs to which we...
  • Why am I a Conservative? (On the Neurobiology of Political Affiliation)

    11/24/2012 9:41:18 AM PST · by AnonymousConservative · 28 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Blog ^ | November 21, 2012 | Anonymous Conservative
    This a question which has been asked and answered so many times, it probably seems like a boring topic for a blog post. But as with all things this blog covers, our fundamental perspective, of ideology as evovled Darwinian strategy, may offer a new view on this old subject.A lot of writers try to answer this in a positive uplifting fashion, and this is where they go wrong. They try to extol the virtues of Conservatism, the value of Liberty, and the societal strength which arises when men interact freely, and bear the responsibility for their decisions. Some try to...
  • Has anyone read about FACTA?

    11/24/2012 9:36:59 AM PST · by prplhze2000 · 16 replies
    Another step to a one-world financial system. The reciprocal agreements mean no citizen of any participating countries will be able to escape those countries as they will seize their money. What is now happening is European banks are closing out American customer accounts. Thus even if Americans try to escape Obama, this new law will make sure they can't.
  • Scaling Back, Moving Forward

    11/24/2012 9:35:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    For as long as I can remember, I've always thought about waking up obscenely early the morning after Thanksgiving, to check out the goings-on at the toy or department store. Not because I wanted to shop, but to visit the safari -- it's always struck me as quite the exotic mystery, why anyone would want to walk away from a calm morning with family or friends to fight for a parking spot. Of course, now indelibly imprinted in our brains are news images of packed stores on Thanksgiving night itself. For as long as I can remember, my friend...
  • THE CASE OF THE MISSING VOTERS (SOME THOUGHTS)

    11/24/2012 9:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/24/2012 | Scott Johnson
    In the new issue of the Weekly Standard Jay Cost undertakes a retrospective on what happened in the election just passed. Cost detects a mystery. It’s the case of the missing voters: ******** In 2008, some 131.5 million Americans went to the polls; while the votes are still being tallied, this time around there probably were between 127 and 130 million votes cast. Most of the decline came from white voters; in fact, between 6 and 9 million white voters went missing this year, relative to 2008. It is a reasonable guess that the number of white votes in 2004...
  • IT'S THE GREAT "WHAT MOTIVATED PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR OBAMA?" GAME!!!!

    11/24/2012 9:23:03 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 34 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 11/24/12 | blueunicorn6
    What things motivated someone to vote for Obama? Here are the rules: 1. List each motivator and then show what percentage that motivator was for their total motivation to vote for Obama. 2. Motivators must add up to 100%. 3. Yes, we know they are full of crap, but that's not a motivator. 4. Extra points for creativity. Good luck!
  • Walmart says Black Friday "best ever" despite walk-out threat

    11/24/2012 9:21:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WSFA ^ | 11/23/12 | John Shryock
    Walmart says Black Friday "best ever" despite walk-out threatBy John Shryock Updated: Nov 23, 2012 1:23 PM EST **SNIP** Threats to derail the company's plans came from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) which seeks to unionize Walmart's workforce. Walmart has fought such efforts to unionize for years. Last week, the company filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board to stop the UFCW's attempts to encourage employee walk-outs. "Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates," Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon said. "We...
  • The Dogs Of Conscience

    11/24/2012 9:18:23 AM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-23-12 | Skookum
    Skook's Dogs of Conscience Many people have an overwhelming desire to belong and identify with groups that offer exclusivity. Some of us want to identify with exclusive country clubs and others choose the religion of a science fiction writer, whose church, the Church Of Scientology offers the secrets and knowledge of the church for a price, Yes, for thousands of dollars, the church and its theological justification reads like a science fiction novel, and you can be a cowboy as well. From a 2003 Speech by Michael Chrichton: There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity...
  • Whispers build of change to special election rules

    11/24/2012 9:17:41 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 24, 2012 | Hillary Chabot
    Power-hungry Bay State Democrats — eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet— are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014. “I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don’t have to pay for another election,” said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. “I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy...
  • Call volume shuts down FBI’s firearm background checks, stops Maine sales on Black Friday

    11/24/2012 9:15:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 44 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 11/23/2012 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    Sometime early on Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, went down and stopped all gun sales, Bangor-area gun dealers said. High call volumes caused “intermittent outages” in the system, an FBI spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon.
  • Gun-related violent crimes drop as gun sales soar in Va.

    11/24/2012 9:03:07 AM PST · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 11/23/2012 | MARK BOWES
    The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period, and when adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011.
  • IT'S THE GREAT "WHAT MOTIVATES OBAMA?" GAME!!!

    11/24/2012 8:59:31 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 25 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 11/24/12 | blueunicorn6
    Here are the rules: 1. List the things that you think motivate Obama. 2. List each motivator as a percentage of his total motivation. 3. The percentages must add up to 100%. 4. We all know he's full of crap, but that's not a motivator. 5. Extra points for creativity. Good luck!
  • POLITICAL SUICIDE, ANYONE? (IT WAS NOT THE HISPANIC VOTE THAT DEFEATED ROMNEY)

    11/24/2012 8:53:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/24/2012 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    In an article referenced by Scott earlier today, Byron York shows that Mitt Romney did not lose the election because of his failure to win the Hispanic vote. Romnwy would have lost in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire even if he had gained a large portion of the Hispanic votes in these key battleground states.York also demonstrates that, as we have argued, Hispanics are not a natural Republican constituency. If anything, they are natural Democrats for reasons unrelated to the immigration issue. Exit poll information suggests that Hispanics based their votes on a number of issues beyond...
  • A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

    11/24/2012 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/24/2012 | Dr. Peter Weiss
    Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song. Now, don’t get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the “free stuff” it provides. Children covered on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults — excuse me, children — pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the “annual ” or “preventative” exam, which according to Obamacare is “free.” You gotta love this stuff. I wish I...
  • Progressivism: Transforming the executive into a legislator

    11/24/2012 8:37:05 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    Herbert Croly was a man of vision. He had a vision of future presidents where they didn't merely just execute the laws passed by congress, but the president himself was head legislator. Sound familiar? It should, that's how just about every president has acted since the progressive era. In "Progressive Democracy", the following is written: (page 355) In the plan of state government which I have sketched in a previous chapter the executive has become essentially a representative agency. His primary business is that of organizing a temporary majority of the electorate, and of carrying its will into legal effect....
  • UN Official Demands Repression of State Marijuana Laws

    11/24/2012 8:36:12 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | John Semmens
    The legalization of marijuana by voters in the states of Colorado and Washington has sparked consternation in other parts of the world. Raymond Yans, head of the United Nation's International Narcotics Control Board, says the approvals send ‘‘a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad.’’ “What the voters in these states have overlooked is that marijuana is an important cash crop in many Third World countries,” Yans pointed out. “Legalization, if it catches on, will depress the prices that can be charged. This will negatively affect the farmers who grow it, the...
  • Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’

    11/24/2012 8:30:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    Professor: Thanksgiving Is A ‘White Supremacist Holiday’ Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany. “How does...
  • Ancient Mariners: Did Neanderthals Sail to Mediterranean?

    11/24/2012 8:17:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say. Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago by Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers and shepherds... For instance, obsidian from the Aegean island of Melos was uncovered at the mainland Greek coastal site of Franchthi cave in layers that were about 11,000 years old, while excavations on the southern coast of Cyprus...
  • Woman 'stabbed brother, 23, in the neck with serving fork over Thanksgiving dinner'

    11/24/2012 8:13:37 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 92 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 23, 2012
    A 27-year-old Maryland woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing her half-brother in the neck with a serving fork following an argument over Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, police said. Annapolis police were called to an apartment on Madison Street where they found 23-year-old Deonte Wallace in the parking lot with two stab wounds.
  • Guns fly out the door on Black Friday

    11/24/2012 8:09:01 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 32 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Pierce
    This Black Friday marked a personal first for me. I actually stood in line, in the cold, just to be one of the first shoppers allowed into a store when it opened at Midnight. --IMAGE HERE-- So what was I after? Was it the latest electronics? Could it have been a video game system? Perhaps even a sale on tennis shoes? No, no, and no. The only thing that could have convinced me to engage in what I had always characterized as silly behavior was of course … cheap guns! And I was certainly not the only one. My brother-in-law...
  • Hamas: Ending arms smuggling not part of truce

    11/24/2012 8:08:15 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas does not call for stopping the flow of weapons into the Gaza Strip, a top Hamas leader announced Saturday. Ezat Risheq, member of the Hamas "political bureau," said that reports claiming that the agreement calls for an end to the smuggling of weapons were untrue. Risheq was commenting on reports that claimed that special US army units would be deployed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to stop the flow of weapons to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. The Hamas official claimed that Israel was behind the reports...
  • HP-Cosco deal rekindles Russian interest in Greek railways

    11/24/2012 8:01:19 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Friday November 23, 2012 (21:26) | By Alexandra Kassimi
    Russian interest in investing in Greece has grown significantly over the last few days, as, following news that Gazprom was among the bidders for the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) and gas network operator DESFA, officials from Russian Railways (RZD) have visited Athens to discuss a possible investment in the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE). It appears that the agreement between Hewlett Packard and Cosco for the US firm’s use of the Chinese company’s dock in Piraeus as its transit center for central European and the Mediterranean has reawakened Russian interest in the Greek rail company. RZD officials traveled to Greece this...
  • sters' remote control helicopter shot down at Wing Pointe Gun Club pigeon shoot

    11/24/2012 7:57:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    WFMZ.com ^ | Nov 20. 2012 | Pam Cunningham
    sters' remote control helicopter shot down at Wing Pointe Gun Club pigeon shoot Author: Pam Cunningham, Reporter, Pam.Cunningham@wfmz.com Published On:Nov 20 2012 02:18:01 PM EST PERRY TWP., Pa. - An animal rights group is crying foul after its video drone was apparently shot down during a pigeon shoot in Berks County on Sunday. State police said they are trying to figure out who shot down the drone and whether the animal rights group had the right to fly it. This is not the first time the animal rights group has had one of its cameras in the sky shot down,...