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  • At the Crossroads

    11/25/2012 12:48:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2012 | John Steinreich
    Still scrambling to develop a strategy for the future in the wake of the 2012 presidential election, the Republican Party is quite clearly at a crossroads. As America dives headlong into the next term of Obama's America, it is critical for the Republicans to take the right path at this crossroads, which can be summed up with this paradigm: There is no justification for the GOP to continue running moderate candidates for president....... [~~SNIP~~must read] ...The culture may be too far gone down the leftist yellow brick road to turn back on its journey to a European-style, social democratic Oz...
  • Sorry, Vegans: Eating Meat and Cooking Food Made Us Human

    11/25/2012 12:20:00 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/19/2012 | Christopher Wanjek
    High caloric intake enabled brains of our prehuman ancestors to grow dramaticallyVegetarian, vegan and raw diets can be healthy — likely far healthier than the typical American diet. But to continue to call these diets "natural" for humans, in terms of evolution, is a bit of a stretch, according to two recent, independent studies. Eating meat and cooking food made us human, the studies suggest, enabling the brains of our prehuman ancestors to grow dramatically over a period of a few million years. Although this isn't the first such assertion from archaeologists and evolutionary biologists, the new studies demonstrate, respectively,...
  • The Last Scoops of a Vegan Ice Cream Shop

    11/24/2012 11:25:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Maggie Astor
    On the night before Thanksgiving, people filled a small ice cream shop in the East Village. Some had come to the shop, Stogo, because they had read the news on Twitter. Others heard it from the cashier, and their reactions were uniform: “No!” Stogo, which makes organic, vegan, gluten-free ice cream, will close on Sunday, a few days shy of its fourth anniversary. It has struggled to pay rent for some time, but Hurricane Sandy made recovery impossible, said Junie Ishimori, one of the owners who helped start the business in December 2008. “This is way more important than Twinkies,”...
  • Putting Themselves to Sleep

    11/24/2012 11:24:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 November 2012 | Greg Miller
    Enlarge Image Self-medicated. A new study suggests that some people suffer from excessive sleepiness due to a naturally occurring compound that acts like a sedative. Credit: Digital Vision/Thinkstock Hitting the wall in the middle of a busy work day is nothing unusual, and a caffeine jolt is all it takes to snap most of us back into action. But people with certain sleep disorders battle a powerful urge to doze throughout the day, even after sleeping 10 hours or more at night. For them, caffeine doesn't touch the problem, and more potent prescription stimulants aren't much better. Now, a...
  • Israel Pushing Ahead with Next Anti-Missile System

    11/24/2012 10:44:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/12 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the great success of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was able to intercept many of the rockets fired from Gaza at populated areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel is now pushing ahead with the development of Magic Wand, which is supposed to be able to intercept short-range and medium-range rockets. According to a report in the Boston Globe on Saturday, Israel will test the system in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, the report said, is being developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in cooperation with the American company...
  • The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly

    11/24/2012 10:31:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NY Times Magazine ^ | November 15, 2012 | JUSTIN HECKERT
    The girl who feels no pain was in the kitchen, stirring ramen noodles, when the spoon slipped from her hand and dropped into the pot of boiling water. It was a school night; the TV was on in the living room, and her mother was folding clothes on the couch. Without thinking, Ashlyn Blocker reached her right hand in to retrieve the spoon, then took her hand out of the water and stood looking at it under the oven light. She walked a few steps to the sink and ran cold water over all her faded white scars, then called...
  • Dog caught in trap gets second chance

    11/24/2012 10:24:46 PM PST · by Altariel · 8 replies
    KTVB ^ | November 24, 2012 | Stephanie Zepelin
    BOISE -- On a road outside Gooding, Idaho, Sarah Starr saw something that stopped her in her tracks - a dog with a life-threatening injury."We saw it on the side of the road. Its paw was severely mangled," she said.Starr tried to catch the dog multiple times, but even with a crushed paw, it was still too fast."We were able to put out food and it came back for the food," said Starr. "It was hungry enough that it didn't know we were sneaking up behind it."When she caught him, she headed back to Boise. She and a friend started...
  • Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

    11/24/2012 10:21:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/24/12 | Tyler Durden
    For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial "national interest" role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that...
  • Robber fed Viagra and kept as sex slave by salon owner

    11/24/2012 10:14:32 PM PST · by Fred · 62 replies
    http://www.thesun.co.uk ^ | 112412 | The Sun News
    A GUNMAN who tried to rob a hairdressers came a cropper when he was beaten and tied up naked by the female owner – who then fed him Viagra and used him as a sex slave. Viktor Jasinski, 32, had gone to the salon with the intention of robbing it. But after demanding the day’s takings he instead found himself overcome by the owner – karate black belt Olga Zajac, 28, – who floored him with a kick and tied him up with a hair dryer cable. She then took him into a back room at the salon at Meshchovsk,...
  • Anyone speak fluent Hebrew?

    11/24/2012 10:02:26 PM PST · by conserv8 · 29 replies
    Nov/24/2012 | self
    Anyone speak fluent Hebrew? כִּפַּת בַּרְזֶל I know that it refers to the Iron Dome. But is that a literal translation? Thanks.
  • U.S. Election Speeded Move to Codify Policy on Drones (in case Obama lost and got prosecuted?)

    11/24/2012 9:38:33 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2012 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would inherit clear standards and procedures, according to two administration officials. The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6. But with more than 300 drone strikes and some 2,500 people killed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military since Mr. Obama first took office, the administration is still pushing to make the rules formal and...
  • Nasrallah to Israel: You lost in Gaza, so who can you defeat?

    11/24/2012 9:31:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | November 24, 2012
    Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah congratulated the Palestinians in Gaza on their "first victory" over Israel's armed forces. In a televised address on Friday, the ninth day of the Shiite Muslim festival of Ashura, Nasrallah said, "The first victory of the resistance was that it prevented the enemy from achieving his goals, the greater victory was that it did not let the enemy impose his conditions, and the greatest victory was that it imposed its own conditions. "The resistance, which lost a martyr, was able to fight efficiently (…) resistance movements in the region no longer depend on individuals," Nasrallah said...
  • Expansion update : ACC on the brink

    11/24/2012 9:27:55 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 29 replies
    The ACC is facing nearly certain extinction as a viable football conference as eight current member institutions are currently engaged in serious negotiations to depart the beleaguered conference for the Big 10, SEC or Big 12. The Big 10 conference has received applications for membership from UVA, UNC, and Georgia Tech while FSU, Clemson, UNC, NC State and Virginia Tech have contacted the SEC about potential membership.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-25-12, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/24/2012 9:23:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2012 The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I sawone like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;when he reached the Ancient Oneand was presented before him,the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionthat shall not be taken away,his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.The LORD is king, in splendor robed;robed is...
  • The Failure of Those in Charge Permeates District 7 in the Bronx

    11/24/2012 9:22:20 PM PST · by clarkster · 9 replies
    South Bronx School ^ | 11/24/12 | BronxTeacher
    Juan Gonzalez wrote a great piece in yesterday's Daily News on how the Young Leaders Elementary School, a school opened up by Uncle Mike in 2008, is now on the list of possible closures. Funny thing is, Young Leaders Elementary School replaced another closed school, PS 220 back in 2008. PS 220 was run by one of the classiest principals ever to work for the DOE, Michelle Kahn. I know Michelle is up above having the last laugh. She should. Again, students and their families education is going to again be uprooted and thrown into disarray. Will another school be...
  • Romney aides blast 'hypocrites' who asked for cabinet jobs and are now trashing him

    11/24/2012 9:15:02 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 165 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 23, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Former senior aides to Mitt Romney have hit back at the 'craven hypocrites' in the Republican party who just days before the election were clamouring for jobs in a Romney administration and are now belittling him. 'There were one or two well-known figures who were late committing to support him, were the most eager to curry favour when it looked like we would win and are now out there trashing the governor. (snip) But the other senior adviser, who declined to be named when criticising senior Republicans, singled out Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Newt Gingrich as among those...
  • China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier

    11/24/2012 8:54:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    English.news.cn ^ | 2012-11-25
    China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said. A new J-15 fighter jet was used as part of the landing exercise. After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15. Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said. Since the carrier...
  • Treasured ENTREPRENEURS Lost (my title)

    11/24/2012 8:35:07 PM PST · by Varmint Al · 9 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | TPTsubmissions
    It seems that every couple of days New Orleans loses one of its treasured ENTREPRENEURS NOW, THE  REST OF THE  STORYHe was  25 and had 3  sons and 6  daughters. NINE welfare  recipients  collecting $950  each….. That  equals $8,550 a month  !!!  Now add  Food  Stamps, Free  medical, Free  school  lunches, and  on and onDo the  math… $102,000+ /year.Anyone  out there,  sittin’ on  their butt while reading  this  e-mail, makingA HUNDRED GRAND doing  nothing?Now  that, to me,  is a real  Entrepreneur.Read how $11.7 of tax revenues are wasted a year.Here is the link: NOW, THE  REST OF THE  STORYHe was ...
  • Jaws ’12

    11/24/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become a metaphor for the beginning of such a...
  • A third President Bush? No thanks. The Oval Office is no place for nepotism

    11/24/2012 8:28:27 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 75 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov 24 2012 | Foon Rhee
    As Barack Obama and many others never tire of telling us, part of the American Dream is that anyone can grow up to be president. That's not exactly true, of course. It takes smarts and charisma, ambition and ego, money and key allies, and quite a bit of luck to get anywhere close to the White House. Still, we're not supposed to have political royalty in our democracy, born of a revolution against the British king. So it made me cringe to see the story on the front page of Friday's New York Times, also published in The Bee, about...
  • Walmart workers laud their wage protest as success

    11/24/2012 8:27:40 PM PST · by Arthurio · 30 replies
    SECAUCUS, New Jersey - Walmart workers hailed their wage protest Saturday, saying their walkout on ‘Black Friday’ had shown the world’s largest retailer their determination to fight against all odds. Hundreds of protesters targeted Walmart stores across the United States on Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, accusing the bargain superstore of ripping off its own employees. The protests were designed to disrupt the Black Friday shopping frenzy, after Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, when deep discounts pull in waves of customers. “Today’s protests at Walmart stores across the country are a reminder of the enormous power of working people...
  • Awesome! 100 Armed Feds RAID US Halal Plant!

    11/24/2012 8:20:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Logan'sWarning ^ | 11/24/2012 | Chris Logan
    My biggest complaint on this issue, is that non-Muslims of West has been far too soft on those who want to impose Sharia on us whether we like or not. (That is not a call to violence). But once again we are getting some good news! In the last article here at Logan’s Warning we saw French youth’s rising up against Islam. Tonight the good news is here at home. Where a halal plant in Illinois was raided. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a country wide crackdown on the enemy within. 100 Armed Feds Raid Muslim Meatpacking House...
  • Real War on Women: Saudi Arabia Implements ‘Wife-Tracking’ System

    11/24/2012 8:11:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Remember the “war on women” the GOP is supposedly waging? I wonder what progressive women would dub this: Saudi Arabia has long been the only country in the world that does not allow women to drive. Now, there appears to be a new development in controlling the movements of its female population: the Kingdom has reportedly introduced an electronic tracking system alerting male guardians when a woman has left the country. Reports emerged of the system last week when Manal al-Sherif, a women’s rights campaigner who has urged women to defy the driving ban, was alerted by a husband who received...
  • I'm a 20th century man but I don't want to be here.

    11/24/2012 8:11:00 PM PST · by Zeneta · 44 replies
    This is the age of machinery, A mechanical nightmare, The wonderful world of technology, Napalm, hydrogen bombs, biological warfare, This is the twentieth century, But too much aggravation It's the age of insanity, What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem. Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here. My mama said she can't understand me She can't see my motivation Just give me some security, I'm a paranoid schizoid product of the twentieth century. You keep all your smart modern writers Give me William Shakespeare You keep...
  • Getting paid to sit on the couch (Illinois state so-called workers)

    11/24/2012 8:06:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Getting paid to sit on the couchWhat a waste of tax money November 24, 2012 Tribune reporters Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards recently exposed one of those head-scratching how-Illinois-works stories that will drive you crazy. This state is perpetually broke, yet it allows government employees to get paid for doing no work. Between 2007 and September of this year, 2,033 state workers were placed on paid leave at various times, at a cost of more than $23 million. Employees placed on paid administrative leave are typically being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. Maybe an employee has been accused of stealing,...
  • Woman arrested after scuffle over laptop at Greeley Walmart

    11/24/2012 7:57:23 PM PST · by Arthurio · 69 replies
    GREELEY, Colo. – A woman was arrested and charged with felony robbery after a scuffle during a late-night Thanksgiving sale at a Greeley Walmart. The Greeley Tribune reported that 22-year-old Amino Idris faces felony robbery charges after she allegedly knocked down another shopper and took a laptop out of her hands during a door-buster sale at the Walmart Supercenter located at 3103 S. 23rd Ave., in Greeley.
  • Woman Rushed To Hospital After Drive-By Pumpkin Attack

    11/24/2012 7:55:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    cbs ^ | November 23, 2012 11:32 PM | Laura Cole
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – The hunt is on for the suspects behind a bizarre and brazen attack in Stockton. The dangerous weapon used was a pumpkin. Police say the woman was pummeled by the pumpkin in a drive-by assault. Remains of the pumpkin that the suspects threw at a woman can still be seen on the ground. Her injuries were so serious that she had to be rushed to the hospital. It was a scary and frightening situation as the 51-year-old woman took a Thanksgiving stroll on Wilson Way near Roosevelt Street, only to be victimized during a senseless attack. “It’s...
  • Civil war may come to America

    11/24/2012 7:51:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 19, 2012 | Jeffrey Phelps
    Americans were stunned last week, coming to the startling reality that citizens from all 50 states, hundreds of thousands of signatories, thus far, have petitioned their state to secede from the union, with at least seven states, as of Sunday, having the 25,000 signatures necessary to, supposedly, officially force a White House response. It's not something many Americans want to think about, or be forced to come to terms with, however. To think the United States of America would ever be in a position of having to deal with multiple states having enough citizens to attempt seceding from the union...
  • After the Tumult and the Shouting - A dyspeptic election.

    11/24/2012 7:50:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | December 3, 2012 | Jay Cost
    If I had to choose one word to describe the 2012 presidential election, it would be decline. The results showed a decline in overall turnout, a decline in the GOP coalition relative to its 2004 high, a decline in the Democratic coalition relative to its 2008 high, and in general a stark decline in public confidence that the nation’s leaders can fix its pressing problems. Just look at the results. 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....
  • Consultants Advise: Bring Sporks to New Gunfight with the Left

    11/24/2012 7:32:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Saturday, November 24, 2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    Word on the political street from GOP consultants and the left is that Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party cost Romney the election. We conservatives are advised to "moderate our tone" and back away from our "extremist ideas." So let me make sure I understand. Obama and company were allowed to go for the jugular, using false narratives (lies) to win votes. They said Romney hates dogs, blacks, women, and the poor. Heck, they even threw in the absurd accusation that Romney was responsible for the death of a working man's wife. Check and mate. Game over. Obama won. Did...
  • Free Money and Free Stuff is not the American Dream

    11/24/2012 7:26:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | November 24, 2012 | Kevin C. Caffrey
    Throw President Obama and his constituency over the "Fiscal Cliff." The fiscal cliff affects all Americans and that is not good. It is time that America understands what Obama’s four year strings of trillion dollar deficits are doing. President Obama expects four more years of the same regarding yearly federal debt and that will cost all Americans. The post-progressives are going to be happy since the American people will have developed into a nation with social equality. However, the rub for the American people is that social equality will mean that everyone will have an equally low standard of living....
  • Saudi husbands 'alerted by text' if their wives leave the country

    11/24/2012 7:23:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    telegraphuk ^ | 9:50AM GMT 23 Nov 2012 | Jennifer O'Mahony
    Saudi women's rights activist Manal al-Sherif, who last year urged women to defy a driving ban, said a man had contacted her to say he had received a text from the immigration authorities while at the airport with his wife. "The authorities are using technology to monitor women," said Saudi author and journalist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the "state of slavery under which women are held" in the kingdom. "This is technology used to serve backwardness in order to keep women imprisoned," she added. Under laws influenced by the strict Wahabi interpretation of Islam, women are not allowed to leave...
  • Iron Dome Running Dry

    11/24/2012 7:17:34 PM PST · by hamboy · 19 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | November 24, 2012 | Strategy Page
    One factor Israel may have considered in agreeing to the recent cease fire with Hamas was a possible shortage of Tamir missiles (used by the Iron Dome system to shoot down rockets). The problem was that Israel was not sure how many long (over 20 kilometers) range rockets (that could reach larger urban areas) Hamas had left. Hamas had managed to fire about a thousand rockets in a week, with most of them hitting unoccupied areas, or being intercepted by Tamir missiles. Israeli aircraft had made over a thousand bombing raids on Gaza, hitting hundreds of rocket storage sites. But...
  • What Does It Mean To Be A Conservative?

    11/24/2012 7:15:55 PM PST · by Shawn M. Paul · 15 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | 11-24-12 | Shawn Paul
    With the political winds now blowing favorably for liberals, or “progressives” as they have more recently labeled themselves, another label (conservative) seems to have gained a negative connotation among some. Actually, there’s really nothing negative about conservatism, at least compared to all other alternatives. First, we should think about what conservatism actually is. The first definition in Webster’s Online Dictionary, by Wordnet, defines conservatism as “A political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes.” The second definition, by Webster, defines the term as “The disposition and tendency to preserve what is established;...
  • Detroit Urban Renewal "Impossible" (satire)

    11/24/2012 7:10:30 PM PST · by GeronL · 13 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 11-24-2012 | geronl
    (Associated Posers) - DETROIT, Michigan - Large portions of the city are abandoned, many large buildings are delapidated and not worth repairing according to a report from Coopers & Lie-brand Consulting. The city of Detroit faces a bleak future as its population dwindles, as does it's tax base. "It's a death spiral" said Urban Planner Douglas Spikes "Nobody wants to admit or talk about it, not the Mayor, not the City Council". Flashy television commercials and half-time concerts at Detroit Lions games don't change the fact that the city that has fallen so far from its heyday in the...
  • Obama’s energy chairman paints rifles a ‘terrorist threat’ for Bloomberg group

    11/24/2012 7:07:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/24/12 | David Codrea
    Rifles, even .22 caliber models many young people receive as their first gun, are “among the greatest threats to the reliability of the nation’s power system,” U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff claimed at a Tuesday Bloomberg Government Breakfast, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Citing “inadequately protected” transformers as easy targets, Wellinghoff told the group that terrorists in "coordinated" actions committed to destroying them “could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out.” His proposed solution, a “couple hundred bucks” of “metal sheeting to block the view of transformers” hardly seems comprehensive, realistic,...
  • Report: Obama's Promise of US Troops to Sinai Won Israel's Nod for Ceasefire

    11/24/2012 7:01:33 PM PST · by Fred · 23 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 112412 | Virtual Jerusalem
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week, debkafile reports. The conversation, which finally tipped the scales for a ceasefire, took place on a secure line Wednesday morning,�just hours before it was announced in Cairo. The US and Israeli leaders spoke at around the time that a terrorist was blowing up a Tel Aviv bus, injuring 27 people.
  • Four injured in fire at State Department

    11/24/2012 7:00:58 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 23 replies
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | 24 November 2012 | Chris Francescani
    A fire broke out during routine maintenance at the U.S. State Department on Saturday, injuring four maintenance workers, officials said. The fire began inside ductwork on the building's eighth floor at about 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) as workers were replacing insulation, State Department and fire officials said. Workers doused the fire with hand-held extinguishers before fire department personnel arrived, District of Columbia Battalion Chief Edward Mills said. Mills, who was one of the first responders to the scene, told Reuters TV the cause of the fire remained under investigation but did not immediately appear suspicious.
  • Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendously (too much toil)

    11/24/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendouslyAssociated Press 3:54 p.m. CST, November 24, 2012 **SNIP** After Saturday's service, Davis and Rush said they have not seen Jackson and don't know where he is. But they said they understand why he has not yet spoken publicly about his resignation. "He can't take the pressure," Rush said. Rush said when he and Davis visited with Jackson a few weeks ago, the 47-year-old son of a civil rights icon broke down in tears several times. They said they don't want others to see him that way. "He's suffering under a tremendous, tremendous toil," Rush said....
  • 10 Reasons Why Obama Won And Romney Lost -- A Two Part Series (Part Two)

    11/24/2012 6:37:37 PM PST · by T-Bird45 · 113 replies
    ConservativeHQ.com ^ | 11/20/12 | Richard Viguerie
    In many aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and the establishment Republicans who were running his campaign just plain got outgunned and outsmarted. Yet, in the aftermath of Romney’s defeat, he said he lost because he couldn’t overcome the effect of Obama’s “gifts” to key demographics: student loan modifications for young voters and amnesty for young and predominantly Hispanic illegal aliens. We think Romney missed the mark with that analysis because conservative ideas have successfully countered the Democrats’ attempts to bribe voters in the past. To avoid the kind of defeat Republicans suffered in 2012, conservatives must learn...
  • Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Mobilizing the Poor" [Saul Alinsky Interview, 1967]

    11/24/2012 6:35:46 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | December 11, 1967 | William F Buckley
    Streaming on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Q3JT6A/ Taped on Dec 11, 1967 (New York City, NY) Guest: Saul David Alinsky
  • What the GOP can learn from Obama, Reagan, and even Hitler

    11/24/2012 6:34:12 PM PST · by conservativeforpalin · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 24 | Henry D'Andrea
    The 2012 presidential election was a devastating setback for the Republican Party. Still and all, for 2016 the Republican Party should get back up on their feet and take a few cues from Obama, Reagan and Hitler. In 2008, Obama won the country over with his promise of hope and change, but it wasn’t just the words he was saying, it was the way he delivered them. Then-Senator Obama was arguably the most articulate presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan. Even people who disagreed with his policies agreed that he knew how to make them sound like the right path to...
  • Shipping Containers to Become Condos in Detroit

    11/24/2012 6:28:34 PM PST · by haffast · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | By 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'...
  • The half-life of DNA in bone:... [YEC takes a hit, DNA half-life only 521 years]

    [If dinos walked with man, there should be dino DNA, however, there is not.] Claims of extreme survival of DNA have emphasized the need for reliable models of DNA degradation through time. By analysing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from 158 radiocarbon-dated bones of the extinct New Zealand moa, we confirm empirically a long-hypothesized exponential decay relationship. The average DNA half-life within this geographically constrained fossil assemblage was estimated to be 521 years for a 242 bp mtDNA sequence, corresponding to a per nucleotide fragmentation rate (k) of 5.50 × 10–6 per year. With an effective burial temperature of 13.1°C, the rate...
  • The Promise Of Gun Control

    11/24/2012 6:25:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    extranosalley.com ^ | 24 November, 2012 | Stranger
    Thanks to a link at The Gun Wire, I see the “New York Times” has an unsigned op-ed titled ‘Promises on Gun Control.’ I will not quote it, other to observe that it could have have been pulled from the Time’s 1968 editorial pages. Then as now, the Times is heavy on “the scourge of gun violence in this country,” and light on anything like research, investigation, or facts to back opinion. So let’s light a candle to pierce the darkness of ignorance. The United States has had four, and apparently now we have a fifth, major gun control drives....
  • Question for Automotive/Engineering Wizards. Car Computers

    11/24/2012 6:24:43 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 31 replies
    11.24.12 | Chickensoup
    So, I am looking at a new car. Perhaps the VW diesel. I drive the car and find that I am staring at computer screens. The car must have a full pc under the hood. I am told now that most do. And I understand that for some reason beyond my understanding the cars now have wifi. When I purchase a computer I get in there and disable, uninstall and delete items I don’t use like games…extra os and tools I won’t use. So how do I turn off the garbage that is extra on a new car? Like Wifi?...
  • True and False Worship...Genesis 4 pt 2

    And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not...
  • Prince Charles: 'I'm running out of time'

    11/24/2012 6:23:31 PM PST · by george76 · 82 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 24 Nov 2012 | Roya Nikkhah
    In a series of remarkably candid comments, Prince Charles hinted that he feared his legacy as king would be cut short. During a visit to Dumfries House, the stately home in East Ayrshire which the Prince helped save for the nation, he joked about his reputation for pursuing projects with notorious vigour but made a poignant reference to his mortality. He said: “Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am.” He added: “I’ll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.” The comments, which were recorded for a film on...
  • Photo: Romney's laid-back Thanksgiving

    11/24/2012 6:22:59 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    CNN) - Casting aside his typical campaign attire of suits or shirts with rolled up sleeves and well-coiffed hair, a photo appeared on Mitt Romney's Facebook Friday with the 2012 GOP nominee donning a t-shirt and hugging his wife, Ann, in the kitchen. "Hope everyone had a great Thanskgiving! Much to be thankful for this year," the caption read.
  • Editorial: We are now in a massive ‘dollar bubble’ and it’s going to pop

    11/24/2012 5:33:22 PM PST · by upchuck · 183 replies
    The Tribune Papers ^ | November 10, 2010
    [Note: This editorial published on Nov 10, 2012] We are now rushing down a course that is going to create incredible economic hardships for millions of Americans. The increase in the amount of debt that has been added to our economy is astronomical. And there is no end in sight. We now have over $16 trillion of debt, and with Obama’s policies it will be almost impossible to reverse that course. Debt is the problem. Big debt is a big problem. There are only four ways to tackle it: increase taxes to bring in more dollars, reduce spending to save...