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  • The Most Disappointing Movies of 2012

    12/04/2012 4:25:58 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/30/2012 | By Jonathan Crow
    This vaguely creepy children's' movie, boasting a cast of Toni Braxton, Christopher Lloyd, and Jaime Pressly, proved to be the biggest bomb of all time. Though the movie cost around $60 million, including marketing and advertising, it took in barely $1 million at the end of the day. While it might not be a movie disappointment on par with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," it certainly wasn't good news for the poor sots who invested in this flick.
  • N.C. State to wear special uniforms to honor Valvano (Don't Give Up!!)

    12/04/2012 4:24:22 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | 12/04/2012 | Bret Strelow
    his summer, coach Mark Gottfried consulted with Adidas in hopes of creating a special jersey for N.C. State's appearance in the Jimmy V Classic. When the Wolfpack faces Connecticut tonight at Madison Square Garden, it will pay tribute to Jim Valvano and the 1983 national championship. N.C. State has played in the Jimmy V Classic one previous time, losing 69-60 against Connecticut in 2002.
  • More Than the Navy’s Numbers Could Be Sinking

    12/04/2012 4:22:09 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Time ^ | December 4, 2012 | Winslow Wheeler
    Second of three articlesThe shrinking size of the fleet is just one variable in considering its adequacy: the ability to perform assigned missions, especially after withstanding whatever threats may exist, is a far better measure than mere numbers. As described by the Congressional Research Service, a core mission is to influence “events ashore by countering both land- and sea-based military forces of potential regional threats…including improved Chinese military forces and non-state terrorist organizations.” This is similar to the mission described by former defense secretary Robert Gates: “to enhance…overall posture and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region” with “numbers, speed, and agility...
  • Bob Costas interrupts football game to bash American gun owners

    12/04/2012 4:21:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/03/2012 | Chris Cox
    When celebrities and media personalities attempt to plumb the depths of our social consciousness, the result is rarely pretty. Such was the case Sunday night when NBC sportscaster Bob Costas shamelessly tried to capitalize on the recent and tragic murder-suicide involving the NFLÂ’s Jovan Belcher to score personal political points against law-abiding gun owners.For anyone who missed it, in his halftime segment during Sunday nightÂ’s NFL game between the Dallas Cowboy and the Philadelphia Eagles, Costas hit his captive audience of football fans over the head with this absurd rant: You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a...
  • PHOTO: Hilarious Anti-Morsi Demonstrator Sign With Message to Obama

    12/04/2012 4:21:17 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 46 replies
    Self | December 4, 2012 | PJ-Comix
  • Do You Live In A Death Spiral State?

    12/04/2012 4:19:20 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 11/25/2012 @ 8:13AM
    Thinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don’t put it in a state at high risk of a fiscal tailspin. Eleven states make our list of danger spots for investors. They can look forward to a rising tax burden, deteriorating state finances and an exodus of employers. The list includes California, New York, Illinois and Ohio, along with some smaller states like New Mexico and Hawaii. If your career takes you to Los Angeles or Chicago, don’t buy a house. Rent. If you have money in municipal bonds, clean up the...
  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire (Coburn wants decisions by judge rather than VA)

    12/04/2012 4:16:24 PM PST · by plain talk · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 3 2012 | David Sherfinski
    A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats’ vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body. Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially are needlessly given the label and, as such, cannot...
  • Voice of the Vanquished: a Warning from History

    12/04/2012 4:15:29 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 18 replies
    Kabyles.net ^ | December 1st, 2012 | Arilès; translated by Cheradenine Zakalwe
    When I was a teenager I thought that my ancestors were idiots, useless imbeciles for having accepted this miserable religion 15 centuries ago. I was ashamed of my people of origin. I forgot that they had simply been beaten in war and submitted to their conquerors who hurried to rewrite their history. That twisted history that I learned myself at school and had to unlearn on my own, through effort and perseverance. Looking at France, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain and lots of other countries too, I realise that even people who have been warned can be islamised by stealth, by...
  • If Kasandra Perkins Only Had A Gun, Bob Costas ...

    12/04/2012 4:14:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 4, 2012
    Gun Control: If the girlfriend of the football linebacker killed in a murder-suicide had a gun to defend herself, she might be alive today to explain how guns save lives and more of them means less crime. Let us start with the proposition that Jovan Belcher, the 6-foot-2-inch, 228-pound Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, did not need his legally obtained and registered gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. He could have used his bare hands to dispatch his partner, or even, say, a knife, as was used in another murder case involving a famous football player that NBC Sports announcer...
  • Article works to get rid of the Heavenly Mother myths [Meet Mrs. god; wife of a Mormon god]

    12/04/2012 4:01:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Meridian Magazine, a Mormon magazine, (its website is http://ldsmag.com) has published an excellent article by Warren Aston, titled “The Other Half of Heaven: Debunking Myths About Heavenly Mother.” (Read) It’s refreshing to see this piece published in Meridian, which is often a vanilla-plain LDS-themed publication. (Hat tip for learning about the article goes to LDS writer Joanna Brooks, via her Facebook page).For a divine individual who is presumably equal to her spouse, Heavenly Father, Mormons are hesitant to discuss Heavenly Mother. As Aston points out, the most condescending reason sometimes offered for the silence on Heavenly Mother is that to...
  • Arizona Senators Don’t Know Gov. Jan Brewer’s Whereabouts

    12/04/2012 3:59:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R) said Tuesday they have no idea where Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) is. “No, everybody keeps asking me that,” Kyl told The Hill. “I didn’t know she was missing.” McCain answered similarly. “Since I wasn’t home last weekend I didn’t know about this,” McCain told The Hill. “Jon [Kyl] just told me that there was some issue that she’s not around.” On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Brewer was taking a week-long out-of-state work trip that’s shrouded in mystery. Her office has refused to disclose her location or the nature of...
  • New York Post piles on the horror with front-page photo of man about to be killed by subway train

    12/04/2012 3:57:28 PM PST · by Arthurio · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12.4
    The New York Post is facing criticism over its decision to publish a front-page photo of a man, pushed onto the subway tracks in Midtown on Monday, trying to climb to safety before being fatally struck by an oncoming train. Ki Suk Han, a 58-year-old from Queens, N.Y., was hurled from the 49th Street station platform onto the tracks by "a deranged man" around 12:30 p.m., according to the paper. Han was attempting to calm the man, apparently a panhandler, when a scuffle broke out, police say. The man then pushed him onto the tracks. Witnesses told police the man...
  • Ayotte: Rice Went Beyond Benghazi Talking Points

    12/04/2012 3:56:13 PM PST · by haffast · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | Sun, Dec 2, 2012 | Matt Vasilogambros
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went beyond the talking points she was given on the terrorist attack in Libya when she appeared on Sunday talk shows shortly after the Sept. 11 attack. Ayotte, along with five other senators, met with Rice on the Hill this week to discuss her reaction to the attack, which left four Americans dead. Ayotte said she was “very troubled” by what she heard, noting specifically that Rice had read the classified intelligence briefings saying that al-Qaida was behind the attack and did not mention that in her television appearances. Ayotte also...
  • Papa Johns of the world don’t get that Obama cares about employee’s health (Don't read while eating)

    12/04/2012 3:43:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Baltimore Post-Examiner ^ | November 28, 2012 | Doug Hissom
    This election season brought out some of the more bizarre behavior we’ve seen from corporations across the country. Having unlimited access to candidates through unlimited campaign contributions wasn’t enough. Some CEO types got on bully pulpits to blast the president and his health care plan before the election. Some of that rhetoric was over the top. Some of it could have been illegal. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter warned that he would raise his pizza prices from 15 cents to 20 cents per order to pay for Obamacare, which could bring the third largest pizza delivery operation in the U.S....
  • Fox News Puts Karl Rove on the Bench

    12/04/2012 3:41:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/4/2012 | Gabriel Sherman
    The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well. Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network’s brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox in the post-election media environment, freshening story lines — and in some cases, changing the characters. According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned...
  • Tunisia suspect in Benghazi case refuses to talk to FBI: lawyer

    12/04/2012 3:40:40 PM PST · by haffast · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 3, 2012 3:00pm EST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A Tunisian man suspected of being involved with the September 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya has refused to be interviewed by FBI investigators, his lawyer said on Monday. Ali Ani al-Harzi, jailed and under investigation in Tunisia over the attack having been deported from Turkey, said he would not see the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents alone, Anouar Aouled told Reuters. Harzi was one of two Tunisians named in October by the Daily Beast website as having been detained in Turkey over the attacks in Benghazi in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to...
  • CALIF. TEACHERS UNION RELEASES CARTOON VIDEO FEATURING ‘THE RICH’ URINATING ON THE POOR

    12/04/2012 3:38:56 PM PST · by 20 years too late · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    A new animated video released by the California Federation of Teachers shows the rich “1 percent” urinating on and stealing money from the less fortunate and middle class. The purpose of the video is to explain “economic inequality” and the need for wealthy people to pay their “fair share of taxes.”
  • Brigham Young biography portrays a great leader and an unpleasant man [Book on Lds Deseret shelf]

    12/04/2012 3:35:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Closing the book after reading, "Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet," the new biography by George Mason University religious studies professor John G. Turner, published by Belknap Press of Harvard University, causes some swirling emotions for this Latter-day Saint reader. From reading Turner’s fantastic — and it is by far the best that has been written of Young’s life — biography, it’s easy for a faithful Mormon to agree that God called Young to the task of moving 20,000-plus Mormons across the plains to Utah territory and over a generation-plus, to set up hundreds of Mormon settlements. No man in U.S. history...
  • MK Eldad: Netanyahu will Dismiss Feiglin

    12/04/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    MK Aryeh Eldad warned Israelis on Monday that voting for Likud because of Moshe Feiglin's presence in the list would be a mistake. Feiglin will most likely be dismissed from the Knesset in the course of the Knesset's next term, he predicted. "Feiglin has to face a real moral dilemma," he explained. "If he betrays his real values and supports the Netanyahu government in ideological votes of no confidence, he will lose all the credit he has now." However, he added, if Feiglin supports a no confidence motion submitted by Eldad, his future in Likud will be short; "Once he...
  • Man charged with sexual assault at Coolidge Corner shop

    12/04/2012 3:30:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Brookline Tab ^ | November 27, 2012 | Ignacio Laguarda
    Brookline — A Dorchester taxi driver was arrested by Brookline police on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and charged with indecent assault on an employee at a store on Harvard Street, after he allegedly exposed himself and grabbed the man's crotch. According to the police report, the driver, Augusto Andrade, 29, had given a ride to the employee two weeks prior to the incident, when the man had told Andrade about his work at a shop in Coolidge Corner. Andrade gave the employee his cell phone number before he dropped him off.
  • ‘Transgender’ teen girl wins access to boy’s high school bathroom

    12/04/2012 3:23:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.4.2012 | Peter Baklinski
    NEWCASTLE, Ontario, December 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A girl who identifies herself as a boy has been given permission to use the boy’s bathroom at her Ontario public high school. Sixteen-year-old ‘James’ Spencer decided to change schools after she began dressing and acting like a boy. Officials at Clarke High School in Durham Region were at first reluctant to let the biological girl into the boy’s room, asking James to use a private washroom that required a key from the main office. But James started a school-wide petition that eventually swayed the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to let...
  • Deportation of Obama's Uncle on Hold as Immigration Board Re-Opens Case

    12/04/2012 3:17:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 4, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    (CNSNews.com) -- The U.S Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to reopen the immigration case of Onyango Obama, delaying the deportation of the 68-year old Kenyan who violated an order to leave the United States in 1992. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed to CNSNews.com on Tuesday that Obama, who is the president’s uncle, was granted a rehearing last week and his case is being re-opened. “The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) remanded the case back to Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) for reconsideration. It is inappropriate for ICE to offer any further comment on this case,” Brian...
  • John Wayne Gacy's DNA May Help Solve Cold-Case Murders

    12/04/2012 3:12:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 03, 2012
    Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- mostly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff's Department is trying to be creative: They've created DNA profiles of Gacy and others and figured out they could get the executed men entered in a national database shared with other law enforcement agencies because the murderers were technically listed as homicide victims when they were put to death by the state.
  • Senior MP Ann Clwyd says her husband ´died like a battery hen´ in hospital

    12/04/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/4/12 | John-Paul Ford Rojas
    Ann Clwyd broke down as she spoke about the final moments of Owen Roberts, who contracted pneumonia after being admitted.[Snip] She said her husband was squashed against the side of his bed, his lips dry, and cold from a fan that had been turned on for a patient in an adjacent bay. A light had been flicked on in the four-bed ward and someone shouted out “anybody for breakfast?” just moments before he died., Ms Clwyd said. She painted a picture of nurses who treated her husband with “coldness, resentment, indifference and even contempt"
  • It's Time For The GOP To Muster Some Courage

    12/04/2012 3:06:32 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-4-12 | The Looking Spoon
    ...and Boehner is off to a bad start.
  • Lava Flows From Hawaii Into the Ocean at Night (VIDEO)

    12/04/2012 2:50:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed, Nov 28, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer–
    Streams of lava pouring into the ocean from the Big Island have been captured in a rare video that's drawing attention from around the globe. The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously from its Pu'u'O'o vent since 1983, according to Reuters, but the lava flow usually doesn't make the seven-mile journey into the ocean. Lava first started flowing into the ocean on November 25. You can track the lava's flow on the National Parks Service website. And officials are cautioning curious tourists to keep their distance. See a slideshow of the lava flow. "Ocean entries can be quite beautiful but...
  • Some Egyptian police are siding with anti-Morsi protesters?

    12/04/2012 2:41:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mohamed Lotfy@mlotfyamnesty Important question, are the police & army genuinely loyal to president or would they let him down at the first opportunity? #Egypt #Morsi 4 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Good question. Somebody loyal to President Mohamed Morsi is reportedly shooting tear gas at protesters from the Presidential Palace. On the other hand, according to unconfirmed reports from numerous Twitter users, some Egyptian riot police sympathize with the protesters. This Tweeter says some Egyptian police took off their uniforms, left them in a heap on the ground, and joined forces with the anti-Morsi protesters: Ashour@mhmmdashour Police get rid of...
  • NBC's Bob Costas Says Anti-Gun Commentary Was A "Mistake" (with audio)

    12/04/2012 2:40:56 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 81 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 4, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    BOB COSTAS: And for a long time, I’ve been wanting to get off my chest my disgust with this idea that every time something tragic happens, no matter what it may be, that in any way touches sports, there’s a chorus of people saying, 'You know, this really puts it in perspective.’ Which is a bunch of nonsense, because if that was true, we wouldn’t have to have that perspective readjusted every time the next tragedy occurs. It’s a bunch of nonsense. And what I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are...
  • Cain tops Chambliss

    12/04/2012 2:40:50 PM PST · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/4/2012 | Katie Glueck
    Herman Cain would crush Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Republican primary if the pizza mogul were to run in 2014, according to a poll released Tuesday. Cain led Chambliss (R-Ga.) 50 percent to 36 percent in a survey from Public Policy Polling.
  • Douglass High School Mess Reflects a System Wide Failure

    12/04/2012 2:37:08 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 38 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 12-4-12 | The Oklahoman Editorial
    <p>ON the first day Douglass High School students walked the halls of their new building, the Oklahoma City School Board chairman at the time stood before students with a message of hope.</p> <p>“The investment they made in you is one we expect to pay off for years to come,” Cliff Hudson said that day in January 2006. He was referencing voter support of MAPS for Kids, which paid for the new Douglass and hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of capital improvements throughout the district.</p>
  • U.S. Oil Output Hits Nearly 15-Year High

    12/04/2012 2:36:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | TENNILLE TRACY
    WASHINGTON—U.S. crude-oil production reached its highest level in nearly 15 years in September, thanks in large part to the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday. Daily production averaged nearly 6.5 million barrels, the EIA said, an increase of about 900,000 barrels over September 2011. The statistics reflect the growing role of the U.S. as a dominant energy producer. Last month, the International Energy Agency said the U.S. could overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's largest oil producer by 2020. The EIA is slated to come out this week with an...
  • Hybrid Fruit: Mixing Plums, Apricots, and Their Names

    12/04/2012 2:35:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 3, 2012 | Dan Stone
    For a city man like me, there’s no place more bucolic than Clements, California. You’d have to travel east of the small farming town of Lodi, through rolling hills, sprawling farms, and occasional fruit stands to even make it to the town limits. But once here, you get to see Steve Smit, an organic farmer I met back in college when I’d buy his apples, peaches, and cherries. His farm, Mt. Moriah Farms, grows some of the best pluots on the planet. What’s a pluot, much of the country might ask? An innovative hybrid of a plum (60 percent) and...
  • Lawyer for George Zimmerman 'frustrated' at prosecutors' withholding of graphic photo

    12/04/2012 2:32:53 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The attorney for George Zimmerman said he is "frustrated" that prosecutors withheld a color photo of the Florida gunman that could bolster his case that Zimmerman was being beaten when he shot Trayvon Martin. The graphic photo of Zimmerman, taken the night of his fateful confrontation with Florida teen Trayvon Martin, shows the accused murderer with a bloody face. Zimmerman’s legal team released the photo, which was taken by police, after prosecutors substituted it in for a black and white photocopy that had been submitted earlier. "I get frustrated when certain evidence gets out and other evidence is withheld," said...
  • 'Speak English or Die': French Tourist Told

    12/04/2012 2:30:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 23 Nov 2012
    A video of a French girl being told to “speak English or die” by fellow passengers on a bus in Australia has led to condemnation by local press and politicians.The unnamed girl was coming back from a day at the beach with friends in Melbourne when a few of the passengers on the bus, notably two men, started shouting at her for singing popular French songs. Another passenger, Mike Nayna, filmed the whole incident, admitting afterwards that he himself had been the victim of racial insults on public transport before. One man shouted “speak English or die” to the French...
  • For 2016, Bush vs. Clinton

    12/04/2012 2:29:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27, 2012
    Jeb Bush in 2016? (CNN) -- For all of our post-2012 election talk about the changing culture, the changing demographics and, perhaps, a changing party, preliminary thoughts out of D.C. about the 2016 election have us headed toward not much change at all: Clinton vs Bush ... again. I am as intrigued by the prospects of these two juggernauts, Jeb and Hillary, locking ideological horns as I am repulsed by the thought of half of my life being dominated by two family names. One, Clinton, has risen from the ashes after the White House. The other name, Bush, is so...
  • George W. Bush praises immigrants

    12/04/2012 2:27:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Kevin Cirilli
    In a rare public policy speech, former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that immigrants both help the American economy and “invigorate our soul.” “America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants have helped build a country that we have became, and immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul,” Bush said.
  • Reserve estimate boosted 19 percent for proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely in NE Minnesota

    12/04/2012 2:23:58 PM PST · by DManA · 25 replies
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 12/4/.12 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    According to the new estimate, the site contains "indicated resources" of 13.7 billion pounds of copper, 4.4 billion pounds of nickel and 21.2 million ounces of palladium, platinum and gold. The company has high confidence in those estimates because they're based on samples from a high number of drill sites. It separately projects "inferred resources" of 11.8 billion pounds of copper, 4 billion pounds of nickel and 12.8 million ounces of precious metals, but those estimates are less certain because they're based on fewer samples.
  • President's Girfriend to Attend Gay Wedding

    12/04/2012 2:21:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Dec 2012
    Valérie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President François Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner's commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks, Trierweiler revealed she had accepted an invitation to participate in the wedding of gay friends. "I'm delighted that I'm going to be a witness at one of the very first marriages for all," Trierweiler said. A law providing for same sex couples to wed and adopt children is expected to...
  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

    12/04/2012 2:19:09 PM PST · by tired&retired · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Coburn wants decisions by judge rather than VA for impaired troops A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats’ vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body. Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support...
  • Boehner faces conservative backlash over tax proposal, even as Dems resist offer (RINO traitor)

    12/04/2012 2:17:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/4/12 | Fox News
    Conservatives in both chambers are already starting to pounce on House Speaker John Boehner's fiscal crisis counter-proposal, in a sign of the political risk the speaker took by calling for $800 billion in new tax revenue -- though that proposal was rebuffed by President Obama. Tea Party-aligned conservative South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday that the House Republicans' plan "will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more." On the House side, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Boehner's proposal was "not a good place to start." Meanwhile, conservative think tanks and advocacy groups like the...
  • Kittens found inside sandwich bags in freezer, deputies say

    12/04/2012 2:16:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    WESH.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | WESH.com
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Petersburg man was arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty and one count of battery after a visitor at his home found four kittens in the freezer, police said. Florida mug shots: Dec. 3 ROBERT AUDETTE Check out the latest mug shots from around the state of Florida. More One of the kittens was dead when deputies arrived at the home late Sunday afternoon. Deputies said Rodney J. Blanchard, 49, asked a visitor at his home to get him a beer out of the freezer. When the visitor went to the freezer,...
  • Majority of young voters wants bigger government

    12/04/2012 2:14:22 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/28/12 | Daily Caller News Foundation
    Nearly 6 in 10 young voters support bigger government — a worrisome statistic for conservatives who want to increase their presence on college campuses and among the under-30 crowd. According to the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of young voters think the government should do more — something only 44 percent of all voters support. On government-run healthcare, the most popular policy preference among young voters was to expand it. Young voters were also far more likely to identify as liberals and members of the Democratic Party than older generations. For young conservative activists, making inroads on college campuses will...
  • Judges at odds over new law that bans gay conversion therapy for teens

    12/04/2012 2:12:51 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/4/12 | Denny Walsh
    In a rare development, two federal judges in Sacramento have come to opposite conclusions on the constitutionality of a new California law that bars the use of "gay conversion therapy" on minors. On Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller ruled that the law prohibiting licensed mental health providers from steering patients under 18 away from gay and lesbian lifestyles does not infringe on the suing providers' constitutional guarantee of free speech. Thus, she concluded, providers challenging the law are unlikely to prevail, and she refused to grant them a preliminary injunction precluding enforcement of the law, which is...
  • Broun: Democrats Say Raise Taxes or Go to Hell

    12/04/2012 2:09:32 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 42 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12/4/12 | Joe Rowdy
    (Washington, D.C.) U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s dismissal of Republican efforts to provide a solution to the looming fiscal cliff: “Democrats have basically told Republicans to either raise taxes, or go to hell,” said Broun. “Forcing us to choose between hurting families and small businesses or going off the fiscal cliff is not only counter-productive – it simply doesn’t make sense for righting our nation’s fiscal crisis. The Democrats’ math just doesn’t add up; there is no way to tax our way out of this mess. Even if they...
  • Why Dan Forest is the most feared politician in North Carolina

    12/04/2012 2:02:30 PM PST · by God'sgrrl · 3 replies
    Beaufort Observer ^ | December 02, 2012 | Beaufort Observer
    Brant Clifton, writing at his Daily Haymaker blog, had what we think is an excellent explanation for why Lt. Governor Dan Forest is the most feared man in North Carolina politics. You can read what Brant has to say about Forest here: Link
  • Texas attorney in mental ward still wants to practice law

    12/04/2012 1:59:50 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    KSAT ^ | 12-04-2012
    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas attorney who is a patient at a psychiatric hospital and was found incompetent to stand trial in an assault case is still trying to practice law and get a theft charge against a client dismissed. But an appeals court has questioned whether Carolyn Barnes can continue representing her client while she remains institutionalized. The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/TBTc9U ) that Barnes has been committed to Kerrville State Hospital since mid-2011. She is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a handgun in 2010 at a census worker...
  • Maids Without 'Wisdom Teeth' Barred From Saudi: Report

    12/04/2012 1:59:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, December 04, 2012
    But authorities denied the report, saying the decision affects only under-age maidsSaudi authorities are denying entry of Asian housemaids who are found without a “wisdom tooth” on the grounds they can not verify their age. A Saudi newspaper quoted employer Nassir Al Otaibi as saying an Asian maid he had just brought into the Gulf Kingdom was stopped at the airport in the eastern town of Dammam before she was deported as she did not have a wisdom tooth. “When I enquired about the decision to deport her, they told me that her wisdom tooth has not grown yet,” he...
  • Rich Saudi Woman Offers $1.33m to Marry

    12/04/2012 1:52:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, December 04, 2012
    'Misyar' husband must accept all conditions set by 33-year old womanA Saudi woman is offering SRfive million ($1.33 million) for a man who agrees to marry her under a Misyar contract and accepts all her conditions. The 33-year-old woman, who did not reveal her identity, published an advertisement in the Saudi Arabic language magazine Sayidaty saying she is looking for a “misyar husband” after the failure of her first traditional marriage three years ago. She said her first marriage collapsed after she found out that her husband married her for money and did not respect their “marital relationship.” Sayidaty said...
  • Reuters: Egypt's Morsi leaves presidential palace amid clashes

    12/04/2012 1:50:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 1012 | Staff
    gyptian President Mohamed Morsi left the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday, two sources reported, after protesters angered by his decree last month to extend his powers clashed with police outside. "The president left the palace," a presidential source, who declined to be named, told Reuters. A security source at the presidency also said the president had left the building. Some protesters broke through lines of police who were protecting the palace and demonstrated at the palace walls.
  • How Obamacare incentivizes more debt, less investment

    12/04/2012 1:49:26 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | December 4, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Item One: Obama-friendly retailer issues special dividend to avoid Obama tax increase... Late last week, Sinegal and the rest of the Costco Board of Directors voted to pay shareholders a special $7 per share dividend to avoid higher dividend taxes that are scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013. As the Wall Street Journal notes... That’s a $3 billion Christmas gift for shareholders that will let them be taxed at the current dividend rate of 15%, rather than next year’s rate of up to 43.4% — an increase to 39.6% as the Bush-era rates expire plus another 3.8%...