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  • Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

    12/06/2012 6:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | December 2012 | Carl OIson
    Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing" Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. From the Chicago Tribune: Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied...
  • ObamaCare is Not a Sure Thing

    12/06/2012 6:13:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | 12-5-2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    ObamaCare is Not a Sure Thing by Phyllis Schlafly December 5, 2012 Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obama’s belief that the public would warm up to his signature legislation once it became the law of the land...
  • California teachers union video features ‘rich’ urinating on the ‘poor’

    12/06/2012 6:10:10 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Eagle News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    SACRAMENTO – A new video produced by the California Federation of Teachers – which could be playing in your child’s classroom as we speak – drums up the typical class warfare images we’ve come to expect from Big Labor. “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” written by CFT staffer Fred Glass (2011 compensation: $139,800) and narrated by proud leftist actor (and 1 percenter) Ed Asner, advocates for higher taxes on the “rich” as the cure for government’s insatiable thirst for spending. The video claims the rich got rich through tax cuts and tax loopholes and even tax evasion. But...
  • Homeric Battle in Germany -- Bizarre Court Battle over Duff Beer Trademark

    12/06/2012 6:09:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies ^ | 12/06/2012
    Germany's Duff Beer UG has shown itself to be a formidable foe in the courtroom, taking on all comers in defending its right to brew Homer Simpson's favorite beer. For what was originally a fictitious beverage fawned over by a yellow cartoon character with four fingers, Duff Beer and its would-be real-life producers have spent a surprising amount of time in court. And on Thursday, yet another such legal tiff was resolved -- with Germany's Federal Court of Justice (BGH) essentially ruling that the country can have two separate beers named Duff. Duff Beer UG, which has brewed the stuff...
  • How the FBI defines Justifiable Homicide

    12/06/2012 6:09:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    If you rely on the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for numbers of justifiable homicides, the numbers will always be significantly under reported. First, in many years, many states simply do not submit numbers, so they are not counted. Not all police jurisdictions in other states submit numbers, so the total is always going to be low. The definition of justifiable homicides vary from state to state. What is reported is often politically determined. Here is the FBI UCR definition for justifiable homicides, from pages 17 and 18 of the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook: Justifiable Homicide Certain willful killings must...
  • Marines expanding use of meditation training (Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (“M-Fit”))

    12/06/2012 6:08:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/6/12 | Patrick Hruby
    While preparing for overseas deployment with the U.S. Marines late last year, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton participated in a series of training exercises held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., designed to make him a more effective serviceman. There were weapons qualifications. Grueling physical workouts. High-stress squad counterinsurgency drills, held in an elaborate ersatz village designed to mirror the sights, sounds and smells of a remote mountain settlement in Afghanistan. There also were weekly meditation classes — including one in which Sgt. Hampton and his squad mates were asked to sit motionless in a chair and focus on the point of contact...
  • Parents Of Teen Strip-Searched At School Sue Assistant Principal, Police

    12/06/2012 6:06:56 PM PST · by grundle · 42 replies
    CBS News Chicago ^ | December 5, 2012
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The parents of a 15-year old boy who was allegedly strip-searched at a high school last month have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools. In an exclusive interview with CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman, the boy and his outraged parents described what happened. “He came home crying. So I asked him why he was crying,” said the boy’s father, Anthony Woodman. “And he was like hysterical. He tells me he’s been strip-searched.” It allegedly happened at Taft High school last month. His mother, Michelle Woodman said she contacted the CBS2 Investigators “so this doesn’t happen...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 7 December 2012

    12/06/2012 6:05:06 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 152 replies
    December 6, 2012 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite Christmas movie. Grab the hot cocoaand pop in your favorite Christmas movie. Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for your safe return home.
  • Can a Republican Take Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Old Seat?

    12/06/2012 5:59:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Chicago Heights Patch ^ | 12/06/12 | Christopher Paicely
    Can a Republican Take Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Old Seat?Lenny McAlister thinks his chances are good, but will 2nd District voters look beyond the "R" on the ballot? By Christopher Paicely One Republican has entered the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the United States representative for the 2nd District. Lenny McAllister has no legislative experience and has never won an election, but he's hoping to win a seat held by Democrats for more than 50 years. And let's not forget a Republican was unable to come close to beating a nigh-nonexistent congressman back in November.
  • Drug dealers, tax cheats boost $100 bill demand?

    12/06/2012 5:57:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04 December 2012
    The U.S. government printed 3 billion $100 bills in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, according to a Tuesday note from Nicholas Colas, ConvergEx Group chief market strategist. That’s 100% more than the average production of $100 bills over the past 5 years, and 50% more C-notes than $1 bills printed in the same period, according to Colas. Hard cash holds a special place in global finance as the preferred mechanism for drug, illegal arms and tax evasion transactions, Colas notes and $100 bills are the preferred denomination. While the use of smaller denomination bills has fallen in recent years...
  • Obama: Give Me Debt Ceiling Power Or I’ll Veto My Own Tax Proposal

    12/06/2012 5:54:54 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 39 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 12-6-12 | tim brown
    In case there is still anyone out there that continues to believe that the 2008 campaign lines that Barack Obama gave about changing the way Washington works, stopping “politics as usual,” and providing more transparency in government are true, then get a load of this. On Wednesday, Obama demonstrated just how partisan and how much of a power grabber he is. He indicated that if he were not given unlimited powers to raise the debt ceiling, apart from Congressional approval, that he might just veto his own tax hike proposal should it come to his desk. As Obama addressed corporate...
  • CDC: Language barrier [didn't speak English] caused chlorine gas leak

    12/06/2012 5:53:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 hrs ago | By KELLY P. KISSEL
    A chlorine gas leak that sickened nearly 200 people at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas last year happened because a worker who couldn't read the English-language label on a barrel of chemicals inadvertently poured bleach into it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday. Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident. The CDC found that, at Springdale, Ark., in June 2011, a Spanish-speaking worker poured sodium hypochlorite, which is bleach, into a 55-gallon drum that had been left in the wrong place and that contained...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-6-12

    12/06/2012 5:52:50 PM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies ^ | 12-6-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Bullwhip to train horses (Vanity)

    12/06/2012 5:50:33 PM PST · by reaganaut · 70 replies
    me | 12/6/2012 | Reaganaut
    My mother's neighbors who are illegal aliens and La Raza, own a couple of horses, they aren't fed well and today they were out 'training' them making them run around a small corral and hitting them with a bull whip. My mother and I don't think this is normal or right, so we decided to ask here on FR. Any suggestions? Should we report them?
  • Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

    12/06/2012 5:50:29 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    KHON 2 TV ^ | Thursday, December 6, 2012 | Associate Press
    Honolulu (AP) - Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.... Emory, a survivor of the attack,... On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack, the Navy and National Park Service will honor the 91-year-old former sailor for his determination to have Pearl Harbor remembered, and remembered accurately.
  • Vatican to begin tracking clergy and employees with RFID cards

    12/06/2012 5:45:51 PM PST · by haffast · 28 replies ^ | December 2, 2012 | Jake Jones
    We have learned today that the Vatican has decided to use an ID card that has a micro-chip device embedded inside the card that is capable of being used as a tracking device. This card will be given to clergy and employees. A source inside the Vatican acknowledged that they have been thinking about this for years, but declined to give any details of the discussions. The common name for such devices is RFID or Radio Frequency Identification devices. The issuance of these devices will probably take place on or about Jan. 1, 2013. The Vatican sees the need for...
  • Fed's Q3 Flow of Funds: Household Mortgage Debt down $1.15 Trillion from Peak

    12/06/2012 5:44:58 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    Calculated Risk Blog ^ | 12/06/2012 12:32:00 PM | Bill McBride
    According to the Fed, household net worth increased in Q3 compared to Q2 2011. Net worth peaked at $67.3 trillion in Q3 2007, and then net worth fell to $51.2 trillion in Q1 2009 (a loss of $16.1 trillion). Household net worth was at $64.8 trillion in Q3 2012 (up $13.6 trillion from the trough, but still down $2.5 trillion from the peak). The Fed estimated that the value of household real estate increased $301 billion to $17.2 trillion in Q3 2012. The value of household real estate is still $5.5 trillion below the peak.
  • DeMint takes parting shot at Boehner

    12/06/2012 5:44:17 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday December 6, 2012
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. “I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s "The Situation Room." “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.” “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,” he said in a...
  • Little Johnny

    12/06/2012 5:42:52 PM PST · by C210N · 4 replies
    e-mail | Unknown | Unknown
    A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans. Not really knowing what an Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny. The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different... again.. Little Johnny said, "Because I'm not an Obama fan." The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Obama?" Johnny said, "Because I'm a Republican." The teacher asked him why he's a Republican. Little Johnny answered, "Well, my Mom's a Republican and my Dad's a Republican, so...
  • Students Forced to Stand for 'Black National Anthem'

    12/06/2012 5:42:00 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 24 replies
    A Thinker ^ | 12/6/2012
    Students at Capital High School (CHS) in Charleston, West Virginia have been regularly forced to stand during the playing of a song known as "The Black National Anthem." The song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," was played in the morning right after the American national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, and students were forced to stand for all three. While the law currently states that no child can be compelled to stand for any kind of pledge, controversy only arose at CHS after two students and a parent complained about having to stand for the "Black National Anthem" (BNA)....