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  • What the Pope Really Said About Christmas

    11/30/2012 3:00:48 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    First Things ^ | November 30, 2012 | Kevin M. Clarke
    The Pope’s new book, Infancy Narratives, was released on November 21. The day’s headline of the Daily Mail? “Killjoy Pope crushes Christmas nativity traditions: New Jesus book reveals there were no donkeys beside crib, no lowing oxen and definitely no carols.” CNN’s online story followed suit. The New York Daily News repeated the claim about the animals, adding not that the pope agreed with some historians on an earlier dating of the birth of Christ but that “the Christian calendar has Jesus’ birth year wrong, Pope Benedict XVI claims in a new book.” But those who have read Pope Benedict...
  • A Reminder by Spurgeon

    11/30/2012 2:59:17 PM PST · by madmominct · 2 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 11/28/2012 | madmominct
    "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels." Revelation 12:7 War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness. Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it. Jesus will always be the dragon's foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil. All his servants, whether angels...
  • Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

    11/30/2012 2:55:34 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2012 | Matt McGrath
    A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic transit profitable. Long-term preparationBuilt in 2007 with a strengthened hull, the Ob River can carry up to 150,000 cubic metres of gas. The tanker...
  • The Word of God is a Person Not Merely a Text

    11/30/2012 2:54:44 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many people think of the Word of God as an “it” when in fact, the Word of God is a person, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Jesus did not come merely to give us information and exhortation. He came to give us his very self. He is the “Word made Flesh.”In the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict writes:[There is a] statement made by the author of the Letter to the Hebrews: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us...
  • Introducing the 'Obama-fish'

    11/30/2012 2:47:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://news.mongabay.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | Staff
    Scientists have named five newly discovered fish after former and current U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Teddy Roosevelt, reports the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Scientific American. The fish were formerly described earlier this month in the journal the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The fish are all species of darter, a group that is found widely in the United States. The species were identified after research on the Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum) concluded that it could be divided into nine separate species, five of which are now...
  • Son's woes weigh heavily on the Rev. Jesse Jackson

    11/30/2012 2:43:03 PM PST · by South40 · 43 replies
    AP (Yahoo) ^ | 11/30/2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) — At 71, the Rev. Jesse Jackson still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks widely on all kinds of civil rights issues. But he struggles when addressing one thing: the son and political heir who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. The elder Jackson says his heart "burns" over the woes of his oldest child.
  • On TCM Sunday: Ronald Reagan in "She's Working Her Way Through College"

    11/30/2012 2:39:49 PM PST · by opineapple · 4 replies
    Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson A burlesque queen goes to college, charms a professor and livens up the class play. Comedy/Musical 1952 TCM: She's Working Her Way Through College
  • Vatican blasts media coverage of pope’s latest book

    11/30/2012 2:38:42 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 29) blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were present when Jesus was born, saying media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s new book on Jesus’ childhood missed the book’s key message.Writing on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, Spanish theologian Jose Maria Gil Tamayo labeled the “media confusion” as another “symptom” of the “widespread and silent marginalization of God” in contemporary society.Benedict’s third book on the life of Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,” hit bookstores worldwide on Nov. 21 with an initial print...
  • Russia reports 12% rise in HIV - 200 new cases a day

    11/30/2012 2:37:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 11.30.2012 | BBC
    The number of HIV cases in Russia was 12% higher in the first six months of 2012 than in the same period last year, government health experts say. Official data shows that in the first 10 months, 703,781 Russians had the virus, of whom 90,396 died. In nearly 60% of new cases, drug injection using dirty needles was the cause of infection. Meanwhile, worldwide, the number of new infections in adults has stayed broadly stable for the past four years. The executive director of the UN's HIV/Aids agency, Michel Sidibe, told BBC News last week that Russia was among a...
  • Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study finds (other Democratics moved in)

    11/30/2012 2:28:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/26/12 | Michelle Warwicker
    Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study findsBy Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature 26 November 2012 Last updated at 22:07 Lemmings became "regionally extinct" five times due to rapid climate change during the last Ice Age, scientists have found. **SNIP** Instead the tests revealed that genetically distinct populations of lemmings were "present at different points in time" during the Late Pleistocene, 11,700 to around 126,000 years ago, meaning that the lemming population had been wiped out multiple times and then re-colonised some time after, possibly from populations in eastern Europe or Russia. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • San Francisco Woman Live Tweets As She Hits Alleged Thief With Bear Spray, Chases Him

    11/30/2012 2:25:41 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 30, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY
    A San Francisco woman took crime fighting into her own hands this week when she doused a potential thief with bear spray and delivered him into the handcuffs of police while live-tweeting the whole incident. Photographer Sonya Yu began tweeting about the intruder Tuesday morning, saying that the suspect had been plaguing the neighborhood with thefts of deliveries. "He's the one that's been rampantly stealing packages in our neighborhood. I put out a bait package today & will be quietly working," she tweeted. "My bear spray, bokken, & I are still not intimidated," Yu tweeted. "He's back & strong apparently....
  • (Cops & Robbers Agree!) California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers

    11/30/2012 2:24:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 147 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | dabneybailey
    California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers If a couple of thugs break into your place of business and point a gun in your face, then you would be perfectly justified in opening fire on them, right? Well, maybe not. San Jose police are giving one gun owner a stern tsk-tsk after she defended her property from a pair of armed thieves. According to ABC Local 7 News, a pair of thieves wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts burst into a San Jose jewelry store at 10:15 a.m. on Monday. At least one of the would-be thieves was...
  • Conservatives vs. the GOP - Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if...

    11/30/2012 2:20:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2012 | John Fund
    Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if they vote for tax hikes.Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee. If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base. “This is a time of testing for you,” more than 70 conservative leaders write in an open letter sent Friday morning to every GOP member of Congress. They warn that if a budget deal that raises taxes is passed with GOP fingerprints on...
  • Huntsman: GOP Should Avoid Social, 'Fringe' Issues (angling for sec of state job?)

    11/30/2012 2:16:36 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | - 11/30/12 09:54 ET | By Justin Sink
    Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Friday that the Republican Party should stress its "libertarian roots" rather than "fringe" social issues as it evaluates its election losses. “I think the deliberation about the Republican Party that we’re having is a very healthy thing," Huntsman told CNN. "And if we don’t wind up at the end of the exercise with a mission statement that is one sentence long, then we’re toast. That one statement ought to be, ‘Balance the budgets and get out of people’s lives.’ And you ought to build the party around that because we have strong libertarian...
  • PolitiFact: A foreclosure ‘cliff’ could be looming

    11/30/2012 2:13:34 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 30 November 2012 | Eric Stirgus
    A “foreclosure tax” that would take effect in 2013 could mean a high tax bill for those facing foreclosure and millions of families who modified their mortgage or had a short sale through their lender. National Association of Realtors in a blog on its website —- In Washington, much of the political conversation these days surrounds a “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and drastic budget cuts that could ignite another economic recession if lawmakers don’t reach a compromise on such issues before this year ends. One organization, though, recently raised its concerns about another piece of federal legislation and its...
  • Ignore GDP and the Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Is Already in Recession

    11/30/2012 2:10:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 November 2012 | Aaron Task
    The U.S. economy grew 2.7% in the third quarter, up from a previously reported 2% the government reported Thursday. But the guts of the report raised some concern, notably a big increase in inventories and a big downward revision to consumer spending. For most economists, the GDP report provides further evidence of a U.S. economy that's growing modestly, but far from robustly. For Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, the report is a distraction from the real story: the U.S. economy is already in recession. "The evidence is starting to mount a recession is already underway, and...
  • U.S. Household Debt Is Totally Out Of Control

    11/30/2012 2:08:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Decline of the Empire ^ | 30 November 2012
    We have a stunning chart today which illustrates why taking on boatloads of student debt is not a good "investment" for most young people. (chart) JFC! (See here if this acronym is new to you). The New York Fed has updated the household debt numbers for Q3:2012. Read it and weep. In its latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that in the third quarter, non-real estate household debt jumped 2.3 percent to $2.7 trillion. The increase was due to a boost in student loans ($42 billion), auto loans ($18 billion)...
  • Newt: Fiscal Cliff 'Artificial Invention'

    11/30/2012 1:53:15 PM PST · by GVnana · 25 replies
    Newt Gingrich: "Well, I think there are a lot worse things than going over a man-made cliff that I think is entirely artificial. And I think the reality is, the President of the United States has not come forward with any serious spending cuts. What the Democrats are proposing is to take the tax increase now, and then sometime next year, eventually, possibly, we might have some kind of entitlement reform. That's a really bad deal for the American people." Greta Van Sustern: "Well, I don't know if it's also a deal that anyone expects could be realistically kept. I...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • Direct US-Iran Talks December 1: Too Late to Stop a Nuclear-Armed Iran (3 month deadline)

    11/30/2012 1:45:06 PM PST · by drewh · 6 replies
    DEBKAfiles ^ | Fri November 30, 2012
    Tehran given a three-month deadline to halt its nuclear bomb program. President Obama has taken some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results but US military strength has also been lined up just in case.