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  • Sources: Hornets changing nickname to Pelicans

    12/04/2012 7:25:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 4, 2012 | Marc J. Spears
    The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans.
  • A Reader Reports from the Hartford CT Gun Buyback

    12/04/2012 7:06:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Jesse Buchanan
    I was standing out in the cold on Saturday afternoon offering cash for guns, and I wasn’t having much luck. I was crashing someone else’s party ‑ it was a gun buy-back program in Hartford, Connecticut sponsored by some hospitals, non-profits and the local police. The newspaper had advertised that there’d be a $25 Walmart gift card for any working long guns turned in ‑ I figured if there’s going to be people getting fleeced, I want to be holding the shears. What would people say to $40 in cash on the spot? . . . I’d read about a...
  • JIM DEMINT, LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE?

    12/04/2012 7:04:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/04/2012 | John Hayward
    The "fiscal cliff" drama presents opportunities for leadership, which is something the Republican Party naturally seeks, following a difficult election loss. Among those bidding for the leadership of the conservative resistance is Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who issued a tough statement about House Speaker John Boehner's instantly rejected compromise proposal: Speaker Boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny. This isn't rocket science. Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and...
  • The d'RAT Way To Buy Votes In Seattle:

    12/04/2012 7:03:26 PM PST · by Vinylly · 14 replies
    Now that gay and lesbians are allowed to marry each other, or esteemed mayor has a new proposal. He wants to give each gay and lesbian that marries $90.00 a month as retrabution for crimes the city acted upon them for not allowing them to get married in the past. This payment could go on for their lifetime and is taken out of the general fund. In otherwords, taypayer money. My bet is, the new kooky d'RAT governor is going to see this and will think the whole state should be doing this as well.
  • Oyster farmer battles federal government's order to shuck operation

    12/04/2012 6:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 04, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A California family that has operated an oyster farm on the bucolic Northern California coast is fighting back after the federal government moved to kick it off of the National Park Service property where the shellfish have been legally harvested for nearly 80 years. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company faces closure and its 30 employees will be out of work if the National Park Service reclaims some 1,100 acres of an estuary as part of a plan to create a larger marine wilderness preserve at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. Owner Kevin Lunny said federal officials told him...
  • Early Church Errors Repeating?

    12/04/2012 6:46:21 PM PST · by fwdude · 71 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Dave Hunt
    An excerpt from How Close Are We?The Blessed Hope With Christs I will come again! still fresh in memories, the early Christians eagerly waited and watched for their Lords return. He had said that they were not of this world, but that He had chosen them out of it. Paul would soon write under His Lords inspiration: For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body (Philippians 3:20,21). The world held little interest for...
  • Ryan, Rubio Seek Party Rebranding

    12/04/2012 6:38:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 83 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04 Dec 2012 | Neil King Jr.
    Two of the Republican Party's most prominent voices, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, laid out their visions for broadening the GOP's economic message in dual speeches Tuesday, as conservatives seek new moorings in the aftermath of Mitt Romney's presidential defeat last month. The speeches revealed Mr. Ryan and Mr. Rubiorespectively, the party's most recent vice-presidential nominee and a freshman senator seen as a rising starmoving briskly to rebrand both themselves and their party at a time of debate and introspection over how to steer the GOP in a new direction. The men, both seen as...
  • HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST

    12/04/2012 6:29:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 133 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4 Dec 2012 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    House Republican leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which conservatives to purge from powerful House committees, Breitbart News has learned. As this time, it appears they will keep the criteria list hidden from the public, too. Spokespeople for members of House GOP leadership have refused to discuss details about the list on the record with press. Because GOP Leadership won't discuss the list, its unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. Its also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process.In remarks to the...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Why are the Four Gospels the heart of Christian Faith?

    12/04/2012 6:26:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Son Shoots Father, Saves Mother (VIDEO) (FL)

    12/04/2012 6:20:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Daniel Terrill
    A Florida teen armed with a handgun shot and killed his father, and in turn prevented his mother from being strangled on Nov. 24. Although the evening ended in tragedy, it seemed to have started pleasant enough as a small group of family and friends gathered around a bonfire outside the family's home near Tampa. But the tone changed sometime around 10 p.m. when the mother Jill Thorpe, 35, went inside their mobile home and her husband Christopher Thorpe, 36, followed suit, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The couple began arguing inside the house and the fight quickly...
  • Wisconsin Judge Orders Deadbeat Dad Of Nine (With Six Women) To Stop Procreating

    12/04/2012 6:20:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    SmokingGun ^ | 12.4.2012 | Smoking Gun
    Meet Corey Curtis. The Wisconsin man, who has fathered nine children with six women, was ordered yesterday to cease procreating until he can support his numerous offspring. At Curtiss sentencing yesterday for bail jumping and failure to pay child support, Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle told the 44-year-old Racine man that his frequent breeding was to be curbed as a condition of his three-year probation term.
  • Burning down the Senate (Harry Reid: Filibuster Reform Coming Whether GOP Wants It Or Not)

    12/04/2012 6:17:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/03/12 | John E. Sununu
    Burning down the SenateBy John E. Sununu December 03, 2012 In the hallways of the US Capitol, intrepid visitors can still find scars left behind when the British burned the building to its foundation stones nearly 200 years ago. Today, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing his very best to repeat that history. Should he gain his way, Senate rules will be changed, the principle of unlimited debate will be restricted, and a fire will rage in the Senate that will burn for a long time to come. Despite 30 years of service in Congress, Reid appears oblivious...
  • Motorists File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NYC Over Red-Light Cameras

    12/04/2012 6:13:42 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | December 4, 2012
    Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets. Theyre gotcha cameras, mounted at intersections. Their photos catch and fine drivers running red lights. New York City first had them in 1998. ... By federal law, drivers have to have enough time to get through a yellow light three seconds at the typical 30 mph intersection. Back in October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were...
  • Bart Starr collapses at Madison conference

    12/04/2012 6:13:29 PM PST · by gorush · 22 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | Dec 04 2012 12:03:57 PM CST
    ...A spokesperson for WHEDA said Starr finished his 45 minute speech, took a long pause and collapsed near the podium. He was sitting up a few minutes later and refused further medical care.
  • All Signs Indicate That This Flu Season Is Going To Be Brutal

    12/04/2012 6:10:52 PM PST · by blam · 114 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-4-2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    All Signs Indicate That This Flu Season Is Going To Be Brutal Jennifer WelshDec. 4, 2012, 6:53 PMThe flu season could be especially bad this year, and is one of the earliest-starting flu seasons in a decade, said Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control. "This is the earliest regular flu season we've had in nearly a decade, since the 2003-2004 flu season. That was an early and severe flu year," CDC director Thomas Frieden said in a teleconference yesterday Dec. 3. That season was very severe, especially for children, they said. This is much different than we...
  • Questions Surround $55 Million Program to Cut Violence in Chicago

    12/04/2012 6:08:52 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Scott Zamost
    On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago's South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence. "Our message that we're giving out today is about being healthy," said 18-year-old Lucia Eloisa. "One of the key pointers is about taking time to reflect and seek inner peace." Eloisa's part-time job was paid for by an ambitious state-funded program to keep at-risk teenagers out of trouble. It pumped nearly $55 million into Chicago's toughest neighborhoods and three of its suburbs to stem unrelenting gang violence. A four-month CNN investigation found...
  • Belcher told cops he was waiting for 'girlfriend'

    12/04/2012 6:05:17 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Dec. 4 2012 | MARIA SUDEKUM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his ''girlfriend,'' but that she wasn't home. The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot, police said. Police responded...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Gingerbread Cookie Test ~ 05 December 2012

    12/04/2012 6:02:44 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 63 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-4-12

    12/04/2012 6:02:12 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-4-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Mark Levin Rips Boehner: Who The Hell Does He Think He Is? (audio)

    12/04/2012 6:00:39 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 38 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 4, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Mark Levin opines on reports that House Speaker John Boehner is punishing conservative members of his caucus for not following the party line. MARK LEVIN: I've had enough of this crap. This is a member of Congress being treated like crap by the Speaker of the House. Who the hell does the Speaker of the House think he is? This man was elected by his constituents, American citizens in his Congressional district. He's voting the way he pledged to vote to the constituents in his district. Who the hell does John Boehner think he is? He's so desperate for these...
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Pushes Global Government at UN's Doha Climate Summit

    12/04/2012 5:59:23 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is using the UN's Doha Climate Summit as the latest pretext for global government. CFR Pushes End to Sovereignty at UN's Doha Climate Summit The New American 04 December 2012 The UN Climate Summit in Doha, Qatar, (see here and here) is in its second week, headed for completion on Friday, December 7. Most analysts and observers expect little in the way of major developments or breakthrough agreements to come out of it. With the world economy in shambles, and nearly all national governments awash in debt, there is diminishing incentive for politicians...
  • Amsterdam proposes scum villages

    12/04/2012 5:50:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 4, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Can we count just how many horrid 20th century chapters of humanity this might evoke? In a move that sounds straight out of Orwell, Amsterdam allocated 1 million euros last week to a plan that would relocate trouble-making neighbors to camps on the outskirts of the city, the BBC reports. The scum villages, as critics have called them, would lie in isolated areas and provide only basic services to their unwilling residents. According to details of the plan reported by Der Spiegel and the BBC, residents will live in container homes, under the watchful eye of social workers or police....
  • Costas: "Mistake" To Give Anti-Gun Commentary During Football Game

    12/04/2012 5:47:24 PM PST · by capecodder · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 4, 2012
    About his rant against the 2nd Amendment, in the manner of an explanation: "...maybe I gave the audience too much credit...."
  • Virginia Governor's Race Still Taking Shape (Ken Cuccinelli has reason to be optimistic)

    12/04/2012 5:46:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCP ^ | 12/04/2012 | Scott Conroy
    If Virginias political history is any indication, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reason to be optimistic about winning election as governor in November. Virginia is one of only two states that choose their governors in the year following a presidential election. And in the Old Dominions nine contests since 1977, the nominee from the party that lost the presidency the previous year has always won. A favorite among his partys base, Cuccinelli may be well-positioned to become the latest Virginia Republican to benefit from disproportionately high turnout among the conservative rank-and-file in a non-presidential election. Four years ago, Bob...
  • The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control)(Barf Alert)

    12/04/2012 5:43:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | December, 2012 | Jeffry Goldberg
    The Century 16 Cineplex in Aurora, Colorado, stands desolate behind a temporary green fence, which was raised to protect the theater from prying eyes and mischief-makers. --------------------------cut--------------------------- After Columbine, Colorado closed its gun-show loophole, but efforts to close the loophole on the national level failed. The National Rifle Association and other anti-gun-control groups worked diligently to defend the loopholemisnamed, because while loophole suggests a small opening not easily negotiated, about 40 percent of all legal gun sales take place at gun shows, on the Internet, or through more-informal sales between private sellers and buyers, where buyers are not subject to...
  • GOP shouldnt adopt new revenue as euphemism for tax hikes

    12/04/2012 5:42:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/04/2012 | Philip Klein
    Over the past few years, theres been a growing trend of Democrats and their allies in the media using the phrase new revenue as a euphemism for tax hikes. As Republicans struggle to find ways to strike a deal with President Obama while claiming to honor their pledges not to raise taxes, they are edging closer to embracing this new terminology. If that happens, it would have dangerous long-term consequences for tax policy. On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama suggesting the parties strike a deal along the lines of one previously suggested by Erskine...
  • Costas: How about sticking to sports?

    12/04/2012 5:42:31 PM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    WND ^ | December 04, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Bob Costas knows his sports. Ill say that for him. Over the last 32 years, he has parlayed that knowledge and his broadcasting abilities into an estimated net worth of some $32 million. He has won nearly 20 Emmys and four National Sportscaster of the Year awards. But he is clearly out of his depths and out of place when it comes to opining on other matters such as gun control. Costas attempted to use his platform during a Sunday Night Football halftime report to blame a gun for the murder of a woman a gun actually fired...
  • Purged conservative reps: Boehner planning to run over conservatives, vote for tax hike

    12/04/2012 5:39:41 PM PST · by GVnana · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/2012
    Conservative Republican Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan hit back at Republican leadership on Tuesday, following their Monday removal from prominent committees, calling the move petty and vindictive, and accusing Speaker of the House John Boehner and his deputies of silencing independent conservative voices in preparation to steamroll a tax hike through Congress. Huelskamp who was removed from the Agriculture and Budget Committees released a video on Friday declaring his intention to not vote for any tax increases and received notice of his removal on Monday, one business day later. I think theres going...
  • New judge named in Hasan trial

    12/04/2012 5:37:19 PM PST · by TxBec · 15 replies
    The U.S. Army has named a new judge for the upcoming court-martial of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan. An Army spokesman confirmed Tuesday night that Col. Tara Osborn has been named to the case. Osborn is the current chief circuit judge of the Armys Second Judicial District.
  • With Bielema leaving, what's next for Wisconsin?

    12/04/2012 5:35:49 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 24 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Dec. 4, 2012 | Dave Miller | National Football Post
    The Big Ten is on the verge of losing one of its most successful head coaches. As first reported by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, Bret Bielema will leave Wisconsin to take over at Arkansas. Bret BielemaUS PRESSWIREBret Bielema is leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas. The Badgers head coach, who led his team to a Rose Bowl berth for the third straight year, was never mentioned in numerous reports, both local and national, as a possible replacement for John L. Smith with the Razorbacks. Certainly, Hogs athletic director Jeff Long did a wonderful job of keeping Bielema's name under wraps during...
  • Dec. 16: A date that should live in infamy

    12/04/2012 5:35:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Everyone knows were approaching a date that lives in infamy in American history Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. But theres another more recent date in American history that should live in infamy. Its Dec. 16, 2008. Thats the date on which President George W. Bush admitted what he did with the bailouts of the major investment firms and banks that were too big to fail. Heres what he said in that infamous admission: Ive abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system, Bush told CNN, saying he had made the decision to make sure the...
  • Supreme Court sides with private property against the federal government

    12/04/2012 5:25:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/04/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    We've got to celebrate the freedom-endorsing little victories won by the Supreme Court while we've still kinda-sorta got it (one shudders to think of what what the highest court in the land may look like after four more years of President Obama), and the justices logged one in favor of private-property rights with their unanimous decision on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States on Tuesday.Per the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment ("nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation"), the question was whether a series of floods coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps...
  • EDITORIAL: Hillarys replacement

    12/04/2012 5:25:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2012 | Editorial
    Susan Rice is not the best choice to lead State DepartmentAmbassador to the United Nations Susan Rices deceptive Benghazi spin ought to be enough to sink her bid for promotion. Mrs. Rices infamous talking points insisted that a YouTube video, rather than preplanned terrorism, prompted the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Yet theres plenty more in her past that calls into question her fitness as a potential replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Mrs. Rice made the rounds on Capitol Hill last week in an attempt to round up support. She met...
  • The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show ~ 12/4/12 CBS 10pm EST (live thread w/ screen caps)

    12/04/2012 5:23:37 PM PST · by NYTexan · 42 replies
    Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosia, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel are among lingerie models at the annual event in New York. Performances by Rhanna, Justin Beiber, and Bruno Mars.
  • Oslo court convicts Indian couple for abusing son, says cultural difference no excuse

    12/04/2012 5:21:35 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Times of India ^ | Dec 5, 2012, 02.24 AM IST
    Indian software professional V Chandrasekhar and his wife Anupama were convicted on Tuesday by a Norwegian court for physically abusing their seven-year-old son Sai Sriram. Chandrasekhar, working for TCS in Norway since 2010 as an IT consultant, was awarded a prison term of 18 months by the Oslo District Court while wife Anupama has got a 15-month term. "We will appeal against the verdict," defence lawyer Adeline Brendal-Veisal was quoted telling a Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten. The couple's relatives in India said they were disappointed by the court's verdict. They also pointed out that, intriguingly, the Orange Book the complaint...
  • Harry Reid blames tea party for lack of fiscal cliff deal

    12/04/2012 5:16:37 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday blamed the tea party for both the lack of a deal on the fiscal cliff and the failure of the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.</p>
  • Victoria's Secret Angels Without Makeup (Are they still gorgeous?)

    12/04/2012 5:01:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/04/2012 | Ashley Lutz
    The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs tonight, with an estimated production cost of over $12 million. The show has been criticized for promoting unrealistic beauty, especially since a Limited Brands executive famously told the New York Times that fewer than 100 women worldwide were capable of walking its runway. But many of the models have appeared without makeup, showing what they look like before several stylists have worked their magic. We compiled side-by-side comparisons of some of the most famous Victoria's Secret models with and without makeup. See Tyra Banks, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima and more without their makeup. CLICK...
  • A Sharia Financier in the TN Governors Office

    12/04/2012 4:58:32 PM PST · by DFG · 11 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 12/04/12 | Arnold Ahlert
    In Tennessee last May, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Samar Ali as international director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). Attempts to connect her to stealth jihad have been ridiculed. Yet when one connects the dots between Ali and several organizations and individuals, a number of troubling relationships arise, especially regarding the phenomenon known as Sharia-compliant finance (SCF).
  • REPORT: Fox News Is Taking Karl Rove Off The Air (Over election night meltdown)

    12/04/2012 4:57:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 185 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/04/2012 | Grace Wyler
    New York's Gabriel Sherman reports that Fox News is scaling back airtime for Republican pundit Karl Rove, in what appears to be a reprimand for Rove's meltdown during the network's live election broadcast.Sources told Sherman that Fox News chief Roger Ailes has ordered his staff to bench Rove and his fellow GOP pundit Dick Morris, two of the network's most vocal partisan voices whose predictions turned out to be spectacularly wrong. According to Sherman, producers must now get permission before booking Rove or Morris on Fox shows.The move comes as Fox takes steps to rehab its image in the wake...
  • The Prodigal Uncle

    12/04/2012 4:57:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jon Gabriel
    Im trying to help a relative get out of a bad fix. He makes $50,000 a year, but Sam has $54,000 (!) of debt on his credit cards. Worse still, he just showed us plans for a $7,500 cruise next year. Dont sweat it, he said, I still have room on my Visa! Crazy, right? At our big family dinner last month, several wanted to make Sam see the error of his ways. Being his (favorite) nephew, I tried to gently nudge him to face his problem. When that didnt work, others called him out directly. By the end of...
  • Christian beliefs DO lose out to gay rights: Judges' ruling against devout foster couple

    12/04/2012 4:51:47 PM PST · by annalex · 26 replies
    A Christian couple facing a foster parenting ban because of their views on homosexuality were told by a court yesterday that gay rights should take precedence over their religious beliefs. Owen and Eunice Johns heard that their values could conflict with the local authoritys duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of those in foster care. The grandparents have already fostered 15 children and were praised by social workers as kind and hospitable people who respond sensitively to youngsters. ... The Pentecostal Christians, who have been carers since 1992, had applied to Derby City Council in 2007 to restart fostering...
  • Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam Hussein's Iraq

    12/04/2012 4:49:04 PM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies
    War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein's air force says they were the WMDs we didn't find in Iraq. King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida. "One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands," he...
  • Researchers Claim To Have Sequenced Bigfoot DNA

    12/04/2012 4:48:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    A genetic researcher is saying that Bigfoot DNA tests prove that the hairy creature really does exist. Dr. Melba S. Ketchum says she and her team sequenced three complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and concluded the species is a human hybrid -- a mosaic of human and novel non-human elements. Their findings have yet to pass peer review. A Texas veterinarian says she and fellow genetic researchers have confirmed the existence of "Bigfoot," though their findings have yet to pass peer review. Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, founder of DNA Diagnostics Inc. in the eastern Texas town of Timpson, said...
  • Schnitt Show Caller Claims Family and their Son Were Brutalized By Jovan Belcher

    12/04/2012 4:46:15 PM PST · by dennisw · 16 replies
    schnittshow ^ | DEC 4TH 2012 | schnittshow
    http://www.schnittshow.com/player/?mid=22679872Five minutes of dramatic audio here. A father calls about how this Belcher was a an awful kid at 12 years old with own little gang brutalizing his son and other the white boys. It got so bad this family moved to Florida to get away from the little terror. To get their son out of this situation where he was getting assaulted all the time by this Belcher gang. Belcher was 12 years old also
  • They Can Hear You Now: Verizon Patent Could Listen In On Customers

    12/04/2012 4:45:22 PM PST · by driftdiver · 16 replies
    CBS DC ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) Verizon has filed a patent for targeting ads that collect information from infrared cameras and microphones that can detect the amount of people and types of conversations happening in customers living rooms. The set-top box technology is not the first of its kind Comcast patented similar monitoring technology in 2008 that recommended content to users based on people it recognized in the room. Google TV also proposed a patent that would use video and audio recorders to figure out exactly how many people in a room were watching its broadcast. Verizon filed for the application...
  • A writers epiphany: Guns save lives(PA)

    12/04/2012 4:45:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    triblive.com ^ | 2 December, 2012 | NA
    Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantics national correspondent, has just had a moment of semi-clarity: The ideology of gun-ownership absolutism doesnt appeal to him, yet hes now sympathetic to the idea of armed self-defense, because it does often work ... . He writes thus in his lengthy piece, The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control). He pines for tighter restrictions on gun purchases, yet acknowledges that armed, law-abiding citizens do discourage crime. Admitting liberals vision of a no-guns America is unrealistic, he notes the estimated 280 million to 300 million guns in private hands and a 2011 Gallup poll showing...
  • Investors 'Should Get Used to 1-2% Growth': Pimco's Gross

    12/04/2012 4:42:40 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 29 replies
    Investors should get used to one to two percent economic growth for the foreseeable future, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Tuesday. "We think that the United States is in a one to two percent growth environment going forward and investors should get used to it" as structural challenges keep growth in check, the Pimco co-founder and co-chief investment officer said. Earlier Tuesday, Gross released his final investment letter for 2012, where he continued to warn about slower economic growth due to ongoing structural challenges such as high debt levels, a slower growing China and an aging workforce.
  • Fiscal Cliff: House Republican Proposal Abandons Core Principles, Gains Little

    12/04/2012 4:41:20 PM PST · by GVnana · 14 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/3/2012 | Alison Acosta Fraser and J.D. Foster, Ph.D.
    The House Republican leadership has offered a substantive counteroffer to President Obamas frivolous fiscal cliff proposal of last week. At first blush, it appears little more than categorical, pre-emptive capitulation. To be fair, the details of the Republican proposal are extraordinarily vague. Nor is much clarity or comfort gained from the three-page accompanying letter sent to the President and signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), and three other senior members of the House Republican leadership. Much can and likely will come out in the days ahead clarifying what...
  • Timeline appears to conflict with agents testimony in Reese case

    12/04/2012 4:38:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    Revelations by the Albuquerque Journal that ties existed between a Columbus, N.M., gun trafficking conspiracy and the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation highlight a disconnect with pretrial testimony given by an ATF agent in yet a third case, that of the Reese family, a tip received this morning by Gun Rights Examiner from a source close to the case suggests. Federal prosecutors have sought to distance the Columbus gun smuggling case, reporter Mike Gallagher revealed in a story filed last Thursday. But reports obtained by the Journal show that in April 2010, federal agents were aware that the leader of...
  • Frank Gehry's Undulating NYC Highrise Was Just Named The World's Best New Skyscraper

    12/04/2012 4:38:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/04/2012 | Megan Willett
    Each year, the world's newest skyscrapers are pitted against each other for the Emporis Skyscraper Award. Chosen for its aesthetic and functional design by the team of editors from the construction project database, the winner of this year's renowned prize was none other than 8 Spruce Street in New York City. Also known as New York by Gehry and The Beekman, 8 Spruce Street was designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2011. It is the first skyscraper by the renowned architect, and won over the Emporis jury with its undulating stainless steel exterior. "8 Spruce Street stands out even...