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  • McCain gets fed up with fellow Republican, says ‘lends some credence’ to idea of filibuster reform

    12/03/2012 7:21:51 PM PST · by mak5 · 71 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/3/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Republican Sen. John McCain became so fed up with a Republican colleague’s efforts to block the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday that he suggested in a floor speech that perhaps Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid’s push to change the rules of the filibuster was not a bad idea.
  • The 12th Demon

    I don’t get the fantasy subgenre of paranormal/supernatural fiction’s obsession with vampires and werewolves. It’s always been around, but has exploded in recent years and now commands whole sections of bookstores. Then, I guess, there are people who don’t get people like me who like epic fantasy like Tolkien, Lewis or Terry Brooks. Nonetheless. So here comes Bruce Hennigan’s The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon, which is a pleasant departure from high school age vampires who are all starting to look and act a lot alike.
  • Daughter of Light

    For years I had intended on reading the classic fantasies of J.R.R. Tolkien, but never did until a few months before the films were released. Then I was hooked. I had been a long-time sci-fi fan, but I still wondered how did I miss this genre? So I began seeking out more. Of late, however, I have had a tougher time finding new fantasy authors that I enjoy. A couple of times I have, in the middle of a series, given up and moved on. These authors have created detailed worlds and epic adventures for sure. Yet they are afraid...
  • Climate Facts Ignored Amid Hysteria at UN Summit in Doha

    12/03/2012 7:13:12 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 December 2012 | Alex Newman
    Despite clear facts arguing against global warming, alarmists and government representatives are still assembled at the climate summit in Qatar. Climate Facts Ignored Amid Hysteria at UN Summit in Doha The New American 03 December 2012 To coincide with the United Nations global warming summit in Doha, Qatar, the usual flurry of hysterical press releases repackaged as “news” and a barrage of dubious “studies” from tax-funded climate alarmists have made headlines in the establishment media — all of it, critics say, aimed at creating at least the perception of support for UN goals. Notably absent from the shrill warnings...
  • Obama, Media Whitewash Morsi´s Pro-Jihad, Anti-Jew Past

    12/03/2012 7:05:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/3/12 | Staff
    Islamofascism: To hear the president and his media stenographers, Egypt´s new leader is a "practical" guy who´s surprisingly Westernized. He loves our movies and even the "ERA." Such positive reviews provide Mohammed Morsi a fig leaf of secularism and legitimacy. But they cannot hide his dark Islamist heart. Time magazine does its best, however, in an "exclusive interview" with Morsi. It lets him filibuster, uninterrupted, about his alleged support for America´s once-proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women, claiming that´s what his Muslim Brotherhood party stands for, too. Sharing more details from the interview on MSNBC,
  • Lawmaker to take another shot at concealed carry(KS)

    12/03/2012 7:05:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ljworld.com ^ | 2 December, 2012 | Scott Rothschild
    Topeka — Supporters of carrying concealed guns in Kansas will reload when the 2013 legislative session starts in January. “We can trust the average Kansan to carry a deadly weapon,” said Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. “It is not the weapon that is evil; it is criminals that misuse weapons.” Knox was elected to the Kansas Senate in November and will take that position in January. During the last legislative session, Knox pushed a bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons into public buildings, such as university classrooms, dorms, city halls and other such structures if those...
  • CNN Blames Culture of 'Manliness' For Belcher Murder/Suicide

    12/03/2012 6:39:38 PM PST · by chessplayer · 89 replies
    On Saturday, a rich 25-year-old man, Jovan Belcher, murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend, the mother of his child. First, columnist Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports suggested that this “25-year-old kid” wasn’t responsible for his actions – it was the “gun culture” that was to blame. Then, Bob Costas of NBC repeats this idiotic notion, even though the 6’2”, 228 lb. linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs could easily have murdered his girlfriend with a knife. Now CNN is getting in on the act. Leading their website this afternoon is an op-ed from Kevin Powell, former Democratic Congressional candidate in New York,...
  • U.S. military court removes judge in Fort Hood massacre case

    12/03/2012 6:39:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Jim Forsyth | ^ | 12/3/12 | Reuters
    The top U.S. military appellate court on Monday ruled that the judge presiding over the case of an Army major charged with a 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas is not impartial and ordered him removed. The court also set aside the order by the judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, that accused gunman Major Nidal Hasan be forcibly shaved. The action by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces further delays the trial of Hasan, 42 (snip)
  • U.S. Plans for New H5N1 Science Reviews Ruffle Researchers

    12/03/2012 6:33:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 30 November 2012 | David Malakoff , With reporting by Martin Enserink
    Enlarge Image Risky science. The U.S. government is proposing special reviews for experiments that might increase the risk posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus (brown). Credit: Wikimedia Researchers are giving mixed reviews to a draft U.S. government plan to subject some grant requests for studies involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus to special reviews—and perhaps even require the work to be kept secret. Elements of the plan have been "very controversial within [the] U.S. government" committee that developed it, Amy Patterson, associate director for science policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, told a...
  • Homeland Security Uses Local Police to Set Up Surveillance Buffer Zones

    12/03/2012 6:31:13 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    In order to sweeten the pot of federalization, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is giving gifts of expensive gadgets to local police forces. (snip) How is all this new technology being used? Who is being watched? Why are they being targeted for surveillance? Neither law enforcement nor federal agents are talking. When contacted by The New American, the DHS representative in New Jersey refused to answer these questions, saying that revealing what information is being collected, how long it will be stored, or who will have access to it would threaten national security. Of course.
  • Boehner, GOP Leaders Purge Conservatives from Powerful Committees

    12/03/2012 6:26:04 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 122 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Dec 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leadership have removed several conservative House members from their respective powerful committee positions, Breitbart News has learned. Effective next Congress, leadership pulled Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash and Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert off committees from which they could exert conservative pressure on fiscal matters. Amash and Huelskamp were pulled from the Budget Committee and Schweikert from the Financial Services Committee. Huelskamp, a freshman elected during the 2010 tea party wave, thinks the leadership move to pull him from the powerful committee is revenge for him standing up for...
  • DNA From 'In Cold Blood' Killers Could Solve 1959 Florida Cold Case

    12/03/2012 6:24:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    More than 50 years after the Walker family was murdered in the quiet, carefree town of Osprey, Fla., the focus of the cold case investigation has shifted to two notorious killers who were the basis of Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood." Investigators from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office are hoping to travel to Kansas as soon as an order is approved by a judge to exhume the bodies of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. They hope mitochondrial DNA evidence collected from the bones of the killers, who were executed by hanging in 1965, will help close a cold...
  • Store owner not charged after shots fired(FL)

    12/03/2012 6:23:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    abc-7.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Steve Campion
    MATLACHA, FL - Gunfire on Matlacha shook the typically quiet coastal community Monday morning when a bait shop owner let off shots in what he says was self defense. As Joe Miceli readied his Matlacha restaurant Monday morning around 10:00 a.m., bullets flew next door to him at D & D Bait Shop. "Just two gunshots," said Miceli, Restaurant Owner. The bait shop owner told us -- off camera -- crooks tried robbing the business off Pine Island -- a shock to long time customers. "It's a small town out there," said customer Kyle Clement. Clement didn't realize why Lee...
  • Despite ‘war on Catholics,’ faculty & staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/03/2012 6:18:49 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 62 replies
    Ninety-one percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine.
  • Eritrea/Uganda: Eritrean National Football Team Defects to Uganda

    12/03/2012 6:11:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    All Africa ^ | 3 DECEMBER 2012 | MICHEL ARSENEAULT
    Eritrea's entire national football team has defected while on a visit to Uganda, according to one of the players. The footballer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told RFI that 17 footballers and the team doctor are hiding in Kampala. "Everybody has to stay in secure places because the Eritrean government is searching for us," he said. "The Eritrean embassay in Uganda are trying to find us." The team member said the group could make an asylum claim on Thursday. He said he had decided to flee Eritrea because of its many problems, citing the government of President Isaias Afeworki...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, Massachusetts ~ 04 December, 2012

    12/03/2012 6:03:59 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 66 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: United States Army Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Massachusetts The United States Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) is a military research complex and installation in Natick, Massachusetts charged by the U.S. Department of Defense with the research and development (including fielding and sustainment) of food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and other service member support items for the U.S. military. The installation includes facilities from all the military services, not just the Army, and is so configured to allow cross-service cooperation and collaboration both within the facility and with the many academic, industrial...
  • Senator: 'Increasingly Clear [Obama's] Comfortable Going Off the Cliff'

    12/03/2012 6:00:14 PM PST · by upchuck · 41 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Monday, December 3, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming believes President Barack Obama is "comfortable going off the [fiscal] cliff." "I think the president is increasingly showing his hand that he is comfortable going off the cliff," Barrasso tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD, in response to a question about President Obama's negotiation strategy. "He’s not involving Republicans in the process. He was playing golf this weekend with Bill Clinton, Ron Kirk, and ex-DNC chair Terry McAuliffe. He’s not seeming to be one to work together. He seems to be lecturing more than listening. And I just think that it’s increasingly clear he's comfortable going off...
  • Is Saké Chinese or Japanese?

    12/03/2012 5:57:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | Valeria Beroiz
    Saké is a drink that comes mainly from fermented rice. But to start talking about this drink that so popular in Asia, we must go back to the first recipes in the history of saké. It is said that the first saké was called “kuchikama no saké,” which means “mouth-brewed saké.” It was called so because it was prepared with chewing rice mixed with herbs, like chestnuts, millet, and acorns. All this was spit-chewed and then the whole mixture was put in a barrel. Although the procedure seems unappetizing, it was done because thanks to the enzymes in saliva, rice...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-3-12

    12/03/2012 5:55:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-3-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • INDIA-CHINA: NEW BORDER TALKS, NEW BORDER ROW

    12/03/2012 5:53:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 11/29/2012 | Jeff Smith & Amanda Sawit. eds.
    China and India will hold talks on their disputed border December 3-4, when Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon will meet outgoing Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo in Beijing. Menon explained that the two sides are in the “second stage” of the dispute settlement process, and are now “agreeing on a framework to settle the boundary.” The two countries have held 15 rounds of Special Representatives (SR) talks since 2003, although the December meeting in Beijing is not being billed as a formal round of SR talks. Those will have to wait until China replaces Dai Bingguo with a...