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  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Amb. Rice and Sec. Clinton cat fight continues

    12/02/2012 4:50:34 PM PST · by paltz · 18 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 12/2/12 | Kerry Picket
    The Chicago Sun Times's report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry: “Hillary is not close to Rice, who is tough — but is not the friendliest person,” said a top White House source. “And Hillary’s brief comment recently that Rice had done ‘a great job’ was considered underwhelming and tepid,” the source added. Apparently, if this report is accurate, Clinton and Rice have not mended fences since Clinton ran for the White...
  • (Tax-cheat Timmy) Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthy

    12/02/2012 4:45:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Geithner presses GOP, says no deficit deal unless tax rates rise on wealthyBy Meghashyam Mali - 12/02/12 09:50 AM ET Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sought to raise pressure on Republicans amid “fiscal cliff” talks, insisting Sunday that any deficit deal would need to raise tax rates on the wealthiest. “There's not going to be an agreement without rates going up,” said Geithner, who appeared on all Sunday morning shows, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If they are going to force higher rates on virtually all Americans because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 12/2 7-11pm est

    12/02/2012 4:39:59 PM PST · by Vision · 11 replies
    WAMU ^ | 12/2/12 | Vision
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen Live Info Tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.
  • Tax Fairness | Reverse Parity

    12/02/2012 4:30:25 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 13 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 2, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    It’s Magic!- By: Larry Walker, II -The current 2012 Tax Rate Schedule is shown below. Applying the Obama-Doctrine, single filers making over $200,000, and married filers making over $250,000 would get a tax hike. However, since there is no cut-off at either $200,000 or $250,000 in the current tax rate schedule, the 33% bracket would need to be split, resulting in a sharp tax increase for a handful of unfortunate individuals. Thus, taxpayers with taxable incomes between $200,000 ($250,000 if married) and $388,350 would see their taxes rise by 20%, while those with incomes over $388,350 would get that plus...
  • AP IMPACT: China overtaking US as global trader

    12/02/2012 4:20:26 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 11:05 AM EST | JOE McDONALD and YOUKYUNG LEE
    EDITOR'S NOTE - This is the first installment in "China's Reach," a project that will analyze China's influence with its trading partners over three decades, and explore how that is changing business, politics and daily life.
  • Two Southaven Police Shoot and Kill Two Dogs

    12/02/2012 4:20:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    WMCTV ^ | Michael Clark | Michael Clark
    Two Southaven police officers shot and killed two dogs in the same day. The chief of police calls these types of incidents extremely rare, but anytime an officer fires a weapon there's an investigation to make sure all procedures were followed. Southaven police said the animals became aggressive and had to be shot. "Normally this is a quiet neighborhood," said neighbor Walter Husley. Husley was outside smoking a cigarette late Wednesday night when he heard the commotion from the street. "I heard three, what sounded like to be gunshots," he said. Investigators said a pit bull was attacking a smaller...
  • The Democrats are the party of free condoms.

    12/02/2012 4:19:05 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 9 replies
    Power Line Blog ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | Scott Johnson
    Harvey Manssfield is the great teacher of government and long-time member of the Harvard faculty. Among his books are Manliness and an indispensable edition of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. The Wall Street Journal Weekend interview profiles Professor Mansfield. At age 80, he can look back on an incredibly distinguished career, but he’s still going strong. The quotable Professor Mansfield offers this: “We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn’t matter because that’s what they’re voting for. They’re voting for dependency, for...
  • Chicago library custodians (54) laid off

    12/02/2012 4:12:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/01/12 | Tim Sallinger
    Chicago library custodians laid offTim Sallinger WGN News 7:24 a.m. CST, December 1, 2012 CHICAGO— 54 custodians who clean Chicago libraries turned in their city ID's Friday. The city gave them pink slips earlier this month. Leaders of SEIU, which represents the workers, say they knew for a long time that the custodians would be laid off -- but they expected 90 days advance notice, and only found out this past week.
  • Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts company

    12/02/2012 4:10:02 PM PST · by null and void · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/12 | Julian Ryall
    Astronaut Koichi Wakata and an artist's impression of the robot Photo: EPA The 13-inch android is scheduled to be completed by next summer and will be sent to the orbiting ISS shortly before astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives, according to officials of the Kibo Robot Project. Currently being developed by a consortium of companies, including Toyota, Robo Garage Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the robot will weigh around 2.2lbs and be able to recognise Wakata's facial features. It will then have the ability to communicate with the astronaut in Japanese and take photographs during their stay on the...
  • Middle-Class Wealth Protection, Post-Fiscal Cliff

    12/02/2012 4:07:37 PM PST · by betty boop · 61 replies
    self | December 2, 2012 | Jean F. Drew
    Middle-Class Wealth Protection, Post-Fiscal Cliff By Jean F. Drew I don’t know about you, but I’m a lifelong, middle-class working stiff who has managed to accumulate a certain modest amount of “wealth” designated to be sent to the future, to supply my support and lifestyle needs when I am “old” and no longer have employment income. I’m speaking of my 401(k)s and IRAs. The way I have assets deployed in these accounts very likely will need to change, given the absolutely predictable outcome of the much-hyped impending fiscal cliff. At least, that is my supposition. Consider: We get the fiscal...
  • Egypt judges up political stakes with referendum boycott

    12/02/2012 3:46:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    AFP - via yahoo ^ | 2 hours 8 minutes ago | Haitham El-Tabei
    Egyptian judges refused on Sunday to oversee a referendum due in less than two weeks on a controversial new constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, sharply upping the stakes of a standoff with the Islamist president.The announcement by the Judges Club, which represents judges nationwide, came after Egypt's top court began an open-ended strike in the face of a mass protest outside the courthouse by supporters of President Mohamed Morsi opposed to their ruling on the legality of the panel that drew up the draft charter.Judges traditionally supervise elections in Egypt, giving them a seal of legitimacy, but they have...
  • Egypt court halts all work amid Islamist 'pressure'

    12/02/2012 3:33:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 December 2012 Last updated at 08:01 ET
    Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has said it is halting all work indefinitely in protest at the "psychological pressure" it has faced.Islamist protesters earlier prevented the judges from meeting in Cairo to rule on a draft constitution.The supporters of President Mohammed Morsi wanted to block any ruling that would question the document's legality.The court said that Sunday was "the blackest day in the history of Egyptian judiciary".Sunday's developments are the latest in an unfolding confrontation between President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on one side, and his mainly secular political opponents and the judiciary on the other.Mr Morsi adopted...
  • Harvey Mansfield: The Crisis of American Self-Government

    12/02/2012 3:20:54 PM PST · by docbnj · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 30 Nov 2012 | Sohrab Amari
    "We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn't matter, because that's what they're voting for. They're voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency."
  • Democratic Party Chief Wins Primary in Italy

    12/02/2012 3:14:35 PM PST · by docbnj · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 Dec 2012 | Giada Zampano
    Democratic Party chief Pier Luigi Bersani defeated rival Matteo Renzi in the final round of political primaries on Sunday, a victory that makes him the center-left movement's candidate for prime minister and positions him as the favorite to succeed Premier Mario Monti in the spring's general elections.
  • Takata cutting 50 jobs in Greensboro; impact on Kernersville operation unknown

    12/02/2012 3:09:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Winston-Salem Journal ^ | December 1, 2012 | Richard Craver
    A Japanese high-tech automobile supplier that specializes in seat belts and has another operation in Kernersville is closing its Greensboro office, eliminating 50 jobs effective Jan. 1, according to a WARN Act notice filed Friday with the N.C. Commerce Department. TK Holdings Inc. is a subsidiary of Takata Corp. of Tokyo, Japan. Company officials could not be reached for comment today. It is not known whether the closing affects operations of another Takata division, Highland Industries Inc., which has an airbags and textiles manufacturing plant at 215 Drummond St. in Kernersville. Charles Watson, the manager of the plant, said in...
  • Inhofe: Some Dems won’t ‘fall on the sword of Obama’ to defend EPA rules

    12/02/2012 3:04:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Ben Geman
    Inhofe: Some Dems won’t ‘fall on the sword of Obama’ to defend EPA rulesBy Ben Geman - 12/02/12 02:47 PM ET Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) believes all is not lost in his push to thwart Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations despite President Obama’s victory and Democrats’ continued control of the Senate. Inhofe, one of Capitol Hill’s most persistent critics of EPA regulations on carbon dioxide and other pollutants, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that new political opportunities await EPA foes. “There are a lot of Democrats who are coming up for re-election in 2014 who are not going to...
  • When Dad’s a Nazi Monster, How Do You Cope?

    12/02/2012 3:00:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
    ‘Hitler’s Children,’ a Documentary About Guilt by BloodQuiet, simple and soaked in sorrow, “Hitler’s Children” takes a stripped-down approach to an emotionally sophisticated subject. Tracking down five descendants of some of Hitler’s closest accomplices, the director, Chanoch Ze’evi, encourages them to talk about how their lineage has affected their lives. The coping mechanisms vary, but the shame and nagging guilt are shared. Monika Hertwig recalls the panic attack she suffered when a viewing of “Schindler’s List” revealed the full monstrosity of her father, Amon Goeth. For Bettina Goering, the great-niece of Hermann Goering, a kind of peace has been achieved...
  • Food for thought

    12/02/2012 2:58:58 PM PST · by paterfamilias · 2 replies
    The Roman Missal | 12-2-2012 | me
    Offertory, 1st Sunday in Advent (Tridentine Rite) Psalm 24 1-3. Ad te levávi ánimam meam: Deus meus, in te confído, non erubéscam: neque irrídeant me inimíci mei: étenim univérsi, qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur. To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.
  • Former Nazi Camp Guard to Have Deportation Hearing

    12/02/2012 2:50:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    KOB ^ | 12/02/2012 | KEVIN BEGOS
    As U.S. authorities continue a long legal battle to deport a former Nazi concentration camp guard, it’s not clear what will happen next if they prevail. Anton Geiser, now 88, has been living in a small western Pennsylvania town for more than 50 years. He didn’t even tell his family about the Nazi service until 2004, when the Justice Department began legal proceedings. Geiser’s lawyer will be appealing a deportation order next week, before the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Va.
  • Join Anti-Israel Journalist in Exploring Jewish Roots?

    12/02/2012 2:48:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    In what Breitbart.com has described as “an affront to religious Jews and religious Christians everywhere,” ABC News has chosen journalist Christiane Amanpour to host a two-part primetime special about the history of the land of Israel. Breitbart.com says Amanpour is vehemently anti-Israel and anti-Christian. Titled “Back to the Beginning”, ABC News invites viewers to embark on “the ultimate road trip” as Amanpour “travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus.” According to ABC, the mini-series, which airs December 21 and 28, will use “the Old Testament as a guidebook”...
  • Suspect in Deerfield Beach Slaying Warns He Would Kill Again, Authorities Say

    12/02/2012 2:46:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 | Juan Ortega
    The suspect waited for deputies to arrive, sitting on a street curb with his weapon in his waistband, the Broward Sheriff's Office saidA Deerfield Beach man admitted killing a homeless man and warned that if he isn’t jailed the rest of his life, he again would kill, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. John Stabile, 23, was taken into custody on Saturday on one count of first-degree murder in the death of the 42-year-old man, the Sheriff’s Office said. The agency withheld the victim’s name, pending notification of his relatives. Deputies responded to the 2000 block of North Ocean Drive...
  • Al-Qaeda Leader in Iraq Arrested

    12/02/2012 2:38:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12
    Uncomfirmed reports in Iraqi media said, Sunday, that security forces have arrested Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the top leader of the Al-Qaeda international terror network in Iraq. Abu-Bakr was named head of a number of terror organizations following the killing of Abu-Omar Al-Baghdadi in a United States air strike in 2010. .....
  • Ralph Nader: President Obama’s a ‘war criminal’ [video at link]

    12/02/2012 2:37:38 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/12 | PATRICK GAVIN
    It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more. On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.” “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world...
  • Join Anti-Israel Journalist in Exploring Jewish Roots?

    12/02/2012 2:35:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    In what Breitbart.com has described as “an affront to religious Jews and religious Christians everywhere,” ABC News has chosen journalist Christiane Amanpour to host a two-part primetime special about the history of the land of Israel. Breitbart.com says Amanpour is vehemently anti-Israel and anti-Christian. Titled “Back to the Beginning”, ABC News invites viewers to embark on “the ultimate road trip” as Amanpour “travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus.” According to ABC, the mini-series, which airs December 21 and 28, will use “the Old Testament as a guidebook”...
  • SeaWorld Dolphin Caught on Camera Biting Girl in Orlando: Report

    12/02/2012 2:35:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
    Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimesAn 8-year-old Atlanta girl and her family say they got the fright of their lives at SeaWorld Orlando last month when a dolphin lunged toward the girl and bit her hand. Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The cuts...
  • UN Tweets One-State 'Typo of Epic Proportions'

    12/02/2012 2:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Hours before the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a non-member observer state, the official U.N. Twitter account made an egregious typo, tweeting in favor of a one-state solution. "On Day of Solidarity with Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 1-state solution," read the tweet. The message, which stayed online for more than 30 minutes, went out to the UN's over one-million Twitter followers before being promptly taken down and replaced with a corrected version, which read: "On Day of Solidarity w/ Palestinians, Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 2-state solution (corrected...
  • Nader: War Criminal Obama Worse Than Bush [video at link]

    12/02/2012 2:28:24 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2 Dec 2012
    “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world is his plate, that national sovereignties mean nothing, drones can go anywhere.”
  • (Cliff maker) Pelosi warns ‘clock is ticking,’ threatens House vote on tax rates

    12/02/2012 2:26:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Pelosi warns ‘clock is ticking,’ threatens House vote on tax ratesBy Molly K. Hooper - 12/02/12 12:37 PM ET House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Sunday repeated threats to file a “discharge petition” and force a House vote to extend current tax rates for households making under $250,000 a year. The Senate has already approved extending those rates, but the House GOP objects to the measure, instead calling for all of the expiring Bush-era tax rates to be extended across-the-board. In order to bypass the House majority party's right to schedule floor votes, the California Democrat would need to...
  • 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....
  • Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

    12/02/2012 11:42:44 AM PST · by grundle · 63 replies
    wwltv.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Brendan McCarthy
    NEW ORLEANS - The Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City takes its parking lot rules seriously. Very seriously. About 4 p.m. Friday, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man with a life-threatening medical issue. They worked on the patient with chest pain, put him inside the vehicle, then started to speed off. The paramedics “heard a loud noise,” and the vehicle came to a screeching halt, according to Jeb Tate, spokesman for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The medics stepped out and found a boot on their ambulance. Convenience store employees allegedly put a restrictive parking boot on...
  • Israel withholds tax revenues from Palestinian Authority

    12/02/2012 11:36:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2012, 10:14 a.m. | Edmund Sanders
    Israel said Sunday it would withhold more than $100 million in tax revenue this month from the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, the latest reaction to last week's U.N. vote recognizing the Palestinian territories as a “nonmember observer state.” Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he would use the money to repay part of an outstanding Palestinian debt—estimated to be about $180 million—to Israel’s electricity company for power supplied to parts of the West Bank. … The Israeli move did not dampen the celebrations Sunday in Ramallah, where thousands of people gave a hero’s welcome to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas upon...