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  • PM: Illegal Immigration, Human Trafficking Things of the Past

    12/02/2012 2:23:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | David Lev
    At an annual event discussing ways to end human trafficking, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that the problem of illegal immigration into Israel "has been solved.” With no more than a few dozen illegals managing to get into Israel in recent months, Netanyahu said that for all intents and purposes, his government had managed to put an end to illegal immigration, and with it, the problem of human trafficking. “Human trafficking, human torture, and murder of children were phenomena that accompanied the parade of illegals that entered the country. From the moment we stemmed this flow, with the intent of...
  • Welcome to the Catacombs

    12/02/2012 2:12:33 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    Oregon Magazine ^ | Art Hyland
    There are only two classes now: “Christians” and “Romans”. If you are called an extremist, if you revere an old document created long ago by people known as “founders,” if you lack that old motivation to produce because of unending taxes, fees, regulations and other barriers, if you have to pay more attention to rules than customers, and if you are disillusioned enough to consider going underground, searching for ways to hide or reduce your business, your income, or just preserve your wealth (what’s left of it), then you are a “Christian” regardless of any religious affiliation. The Tea Party...
  • GOP ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on Medicare

    12/02/2012 2:09:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck
    GOP ready to forget Romney and embrace Rep. Ryan on MedicareBy Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 12/02/12 02:45 PM ET Mitt Romney’s Medicare budget might be fading away just as quickly as Romney himself. During the campaign, candidate Romney repeatedly hammered President Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare as part of his signature healthcare law. Romney pledged to repeal those cuts in a break from his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman, had preserved Obama’s Medicare cuts in two consecutive budget proposals that repealed the rest of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan...
  • Juvenile Blackbirds Drunk on Fermented Berries

    12/02/2012 2:09:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 19 2012
    Birds might not be better than us after all. They have fancy hollow bones and the gift of graceful flight, but in the sense that we are all just floating around looking for fermented berries, there is existential parity. The Veterinary Record of the British Medical Journal tells of a young bird in Cumbria, found outside of a primary school, that was visibly impaired, hobbling around. Staff at a wildlife rescue center described it as "unsteady on its feet ... [It] placed both wings on the ground to support itself and lent against the walls of the enclosure to maintain...
  • The Convenient Loyalties of Grover Norquist

    12/02/2012 2:06:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | November 30, 2012 | John DeMayo
    Among the Don’s and Capo’s of the K street syndicate operates a man of considerable yet waning influence, his name is Grover Glenn Norquist. Mr. Norquist’s controversial “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” has come under recent fire from both high ranking Democrats and so-call conservative Republican supporters. To many Americans, Norquist’s small government and tax reform agenda has made him a man worthy of praise. However, as it is with all lobbyists, the general public would do well to consider Mr. Norquist’s loyalties before rushing to anoint another false patriot. For decades Grover Norquist has enriched himself with his legislative crusades to...
  • The Monster of Monticello (NYT on Jefferson)

    12/02/2012 2:05:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Paul Finkelman
    THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths. Neither Mr. Meacham, who...
  • Fore: Obama, Bill Clinton enjoy round of golf

    12/02/2012 1:58:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/2/12 | Stacy A. Anderson | Associated Press
    JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — Fore — 42 and 44 are playing 18. Former President Bill Clinton — the 42nd president — is joining President Barack Obama — he's No. 44 — for a round of golf at Joint Air Base in Maryland. Also in the group, according to the White House, are U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and longtime Clinton backer and strategist Terry McAuliffe, who's running for governor in Virginia in 2013.
  • South African farmers fearing for their lives

    12/02/2012 1:48:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 55 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/2/20112 | Telegraph
    Since the attack on Attie Potgieter and his family, the simple stone farmhouse where they lived has stood empty and crumbling, with nobody wanting to live in the home where one of South Africa's most disturbingly brutal crimes took place. Mr Potgieter, a farm caretaker, was stabbed and hacked 151 times with a garden fork, a knife and a machete near Lindley in the Free State - the agricultural heart of the country. His wife, Wilna, and two-year-old daughter, Willemien, were both made to watch him die, before being shot in the head, execution style. All for pocket money, and...
  • NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all info stored, no matter the post

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuET0kpHoyM
  • GOD'S SUDOKU

    12/02/2012 1:41:16 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 25 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/02/2012 | Bill Russell
    GOD’s SUDOKU (Part 1) Deriving the presence of God in our World and Lives I have been struck by the growing number of people who are publicly proclaiming that God does not exist. From the well known atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Michael Dawkins, and Penn Gillette, to lesser known groups who like to refer to themselves as “free thinkers.” While their arguments range from high minded intellectualism to wanton pleasure seeking, they all boil down to the simple premise that we cannot prove that God exists anymore than we can prove unicorns or fairies exists. They then point to the...
  • At Mayfair, Santa goes to the dogs

    12/02/2012 1:40:36 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-1-12 | Meg Jones
    Some need coaxing, some jump right on Santa's lap and others simply wag their tails. Then there are the ones who get so excited they plant wet kisses on Santa's face. The Santa at Mayfair mall takes it all in stride, regardless of whether he's posing with a Doberman or Shih Tzu, German shepherd or Chihuahua. Monday nights through Dec. 17, pet owners can bring their cats and dogs to the Wauwatosa mall for pictures with Santa. It's proven so popular that the mall has increased the number of nights from two a few years ago to five this year....
  • Quote of the Year

    12/02/2012 1:33:38 PM PST · by pabianice · 9 replies
    "The Feesters in the Lake" | 12/2/12 | Leman
    “When the Great Depression came [upon the failing town], the event would have passed unnoticed by the people had it not been for the fact that money began to arrive from the government. They were at first too proud to accept it, and then they accepted it and were ashamed, and in due course they were not ashamed but came to think of it as rightfully theirs. The relief checks became the way of life of the town, an assurance of a livelihood for even the most indolent and feckless. When times at last improved, there was a leaching away...
  • Report: Begin Only Coming Back with Meridor, Eitan

    12/02/2012 1:10:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12
    Minister Benny Begin has told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he will only return to the cabinet if Ministers Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan come back too, according to a Sunday-evening report by Channel 10 Television. Begin's 21st-place finish in last week's Likud Knesset primary did not bode well for his return as a Knesset member. A number of local leaders and other Likud activists reportedly petitioned the party's election committee to place him in a higher position on the ballot that would see him more likely to be elected but he asked that they not do so...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes And Our Nation

    12/02/2012 12:53:21 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    12-2-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 5:11 Let All who Take Refuge in You be Glad, Let them Ever Sing for Joy; And May You Shelter them, That those who Love Your Name May Exult in You.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"(1954)

    12/02/2012 12:37:41 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1954 | Walt Disney
    This week's feature is Disney's epic version of Jules Verne's classic underwater adventure novel "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." One of the best films from the Disney Studio of this era.
  • Mum set for trial after sending son named ‘jihad’ to nursery with ‘I am a bomb’ jumper

    12/02/2012 12:31:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    sun ^ | 12.2.2012 | sun
    A MUM who sent her three-year-old son named "Jihad" to nursery school wearing a top bearing the words "I am a bomb" is to go on trial in France. Beneath the boy’s name on the back of the jumper were the words "Born on the 11 September" - the date of the 9/11 terror attacks on New York’s twin towers. The muslim mum was reported to police by the boy’s outraged teacher and has now been charged with supporting a terrorist act. Thierry Lagneau, the mayor of the southern French town of Sorgues, said: “We fully support charges being brought...
  • Norris Junction Helicorder Activity

    What is going on at Yellowstone? Looking at the helicorder for Norris Junction for the past couple of days they either have a severely malfunctiong seismograph machine or something big is affecting the area. Any thoughts from those who watch this area? Is this normal?
  • Congressman Calls for Limiting Freedom of Speech

    12/02/2012 11:58:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 46 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga) demanded that the US Constitution be amended to strip businesses of their right to oppose government actions they deem detrimental to their interests. Johnson says that under his proposed amendment “the government would be authorized to block the airing of opinions that would tend to undermine the government’s efforts to achieve a more socially just society.” “I’m not saying that freedom of speech is a totally bad idea,” Johnson said. “Individuals shouldn’t be prohibited from expressing their preference for, say, chocolate over vanilla or football over baseball. However, when it comes to issues that affect how...
  • Half of intentional shootings by police involve dogs, study says

    12/02/2012 11:56:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 56 replies
    SeattleTimes.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Mike Carter
    There has never been a documented case of a dog killing a police officer. The same can't be said for police killing dogs. Every year, hundreds — if not thousands — of animals, mostly canines, are killed by police or animal-control officers. According to the National Canine Research Council, up to half of the intentional shootings by police involve dogs. Sometimes, the animals have been injured and need to be put out of their misery. Sometimes, they are vicious and killed for reasons of public or officer safety. But mostly, they die tragically and needlessly, victims of misunderstanding, prejudice or...
  • Teacher's Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks

    12/02/2012 11:53:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 95 replies
    nbc ^ | 12.2.2012 | By Kevin Cokely
    The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom Thursday afternoon. "I was absolutely appalled," Sonja Cross said. "I could not believe it." The first-year teacher at J.O. Davis Elementary awards her students with "Boyd Bucks" for good behavior. Going to the bathroom outside of the three scheduled breaks costs two Boyd Bucks per trip. Cross' son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said....