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  • Mother Beat Son to Death for Failing to Learn the Koran by Heart

    12/08/2012 2:32:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Dec 2012
    A mother who beat her son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart murdered him and burned his body to hide the evidence, a jury has found.Sara Ege, 33, treated her son Yaseen like a "dog," brutally beating him with a stick for failing to memorise religious texts. The seven-year-old died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of punishing beatings from his own mother. Ege accused her husband, Yousef, of being the real killer throughout her murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court. But he was cleared on Wednesday of failing to act to...
  • Many More Government Jobs are Needed and Shall be Provided.

    12/08/2012 2:30:29 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 8, 2012 | Dan Miller
    As we eliminate the private sector and welfare state, we will need more government employees. Introduction.Cry along with me! I have reluctantly decided, as every compliant citizen must and as every other voter already has, that Speaker Boehner is right and that all who refuse to play on his team and instead reject President Obama's grand plan for a delightfully mediocre America are deluded. Accordingly, I have tried to get into step by thinking as a proper Librul -- it's the way of the future. This article reflects my new Librul approach. All must join Team Boehner now; it's for...
  • Catholics, Protestants, and Immaculate Mary

    12/08/2012 2:24:39 PM PST · by NYer · 4,999 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 8, 2012 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    Do Catholics worship Mary? This question is as old as the Protestant Reformation itself, and it rests, like other disputed doctrinal points, on a false premise that has been turned into a wedge: the veneration of Mary detracts from the worship of Christ. This seeming opposition between Mary and Christ is symptomatic of the Protestant tendency, begun by Luther, to view the entirety of Christian life through a dialectical lens – a lens of conflict and division. With the Reformation the integrity of Christianity is broken and its formerly coherent elements are now set in opposition. The Gospel versus the...
  • What Is Paul Ryan's Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?

    The day after the election, House Speaker John Boehner, the man now at the center of the negotiations with President Obama, called Ryan, according to a Boehner aide, because the speaker wanted "to make sure he was in the fold from Day One," adding he's been a "close part of the thought process." And an aide to Ryan, who asked that his name not be used, says the role of the Wisconsin congressman is as a "resource to the speaker, a resource to House Republicans."
  • Prehistoric rhino reveals secrets

    12/08/2012 2:19:44 PM PST · by Renfield · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-6-2012 | Matt Walker
    The preserved body of a woolly rhinoceros has revealed new insights into how this now extinct giant animal once lived. The woolly rhino was once one of the most abundant large mammals living in Eurasia, but only a handful of preserved carcasses have been found. Now an analysis of a female woolly rhino found preserved in Siberia reveals that the animal was a herbivore that grazed mainly on cereals, and was similar in size to today's Javan rhino. However, it was slow to reproduce, had a short stubby tail and ears, and was likely driven to extinction in part due...
  • Tufts Univ. reinstates Christian ministry

    12/08/2012 2:09:44 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 12-7-12 | Leigh Jones
    Student religious groups should not have to appoint leaders who do not share their beliefs, a student judiciary at Tufts University announced on Wednesday (Dec. 5). It was a big victory for a Christian group on campus that had lost official recognition in October. Like several other private colleges, Tufts has an "all comers" policy that requires official student organizations to be open to all students for both membership and leadership, regardless of beliefs. But in reviewing a discrimination complaint filed against Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF), the largest evangelical group on the Medford, Mass., campus, the Tufts Committee on Student...
  • Chinese Dog is 'Maths Genius,' According to Owner

    12/08/2012 2:09:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2012
    Potato the dog from Jiangsu province in China has been taught to add, subtract, multiply and divide.Proud dog owner Lu Zesheng says he has been able to train his two-year-old canine companion Potato to do arithmetic. Lu poses the questions, and Potato barks the answers. For example, when asked: "How much is 3.44 plus 3.56?" Potato barks seven times which, according to Lu, means he knows the answer is seven.
  • TOP 10 EXCERPTS FROM ZIMMERMAN VS. NBC NEWS COMPLAINT

    12/08/2012 1:58:08 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2012 | John Sexton
    On Thursday, George Zimmerman filed suit against NBC News and three NBC producers he accuses of intentionally painting him as a racist. Zimmerman and his attorneys have now done what many in the new media only dream of doing, holding the major media responsible for their biased and misleading output. The language in the complaint is blunt. It calls NBC's coverage "yellow journalism" and refers to "journalistic crimes." Most broadly, the complaint accuses NBC of trumping up a racism narrative for ratings, with a name check of the Today Show and Rev. Al Sharpton in particular. Here are some of...
  • PSY’s Lyrics Spit on the Graves of America’s War Dead

    12/08/2012 1:50:25 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 8, 2012 | JP
    My son has been deployed overseas the past two years. My wife and I pray every day for his safety and for the safety of all of America’s sons and daughters serving in the nation’s military. That’s why I find offensive the music video in which Korean pop star PSY appeared in which he wished death upon our men and women in uniform. Like my 23-year-old son, the only child with which my wife and I have been blessed. It’s also why I am angry that PSY has not been disinvited to an upcoming Christmas concert for President Obama, whom,...
  • Indian-Origin Nurse in Duchess Kate Royal Pregnancy Prank Call Commits Suicide

    12/08/2012 1:48:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, December 08, 2012
    Mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha was found dead near the King Edward VII hospital in central London By Reuters Published A nurse who answered a prank call at the London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness has been found dead, the hospital said on Friday, in a suspected suicide. The death comes days after the King Edward VII hospital apologized for being duped by an Australian radio station and relaying details about Kate's condition which made headlines around the globe. "It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of...
  • Terry Waite Shakes Hands with Hizbollah 25 Years After Kidnap

    12/08/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2012 | Robert Mendick
    Terry Waite has met the leadership of Hizbollah, the militant group accused of kidnapping and holding him for five years, in an extraordinary gesture of “reconciliation”.The former hostage spoke for two hours to one of its most senior figures at their stronghold in Beirut, his first encounter with the organisation held responsible for masterminding his kidnapping 25 years ago. Accompanied by The Sunday Telegraph, he travelled to Lebanon to highlight the plight of Christians who have fled the Syrian civil war. Mr Waite offered the reconciliation to Hizbollah to help with the Christians’ plight at a secretly arranged, late night...
  • Are Republicans Learning the Wrong Lessons?

    12/08/2012 1:42:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | November 28, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle. For starters, there’s been a lot of excessive emphasis on racial demographics, which actually changed very little from 2008.  According to exit polling, the portion of Hispanic voters went up just 1 percentage point, the portion of Asian voters went up just 1 point, and the portion of black voters stayed the same.  Meanwhile, the portion of white voters fell 2 points — largely because,...
  • Indian Village Bans Mobile Phone Use by Women

    12/08/2012 1:36:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, December 06, 2012
    If caught, a fine of $180 will be imposedA village council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by women, saying the phones were "debasing the social atmosphere" by leading to elopements - a move that set off outraged protests from activists. In addition to the ban, the Sunderbari village council in a Muslim-dominated area some 385 kilometers (239 miles) east of Patna, the capital of Bihar, has also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees ($180) if a girl is caught using a mobile phone on the streets. Married women would have to...
  • 15-Year Old Gives up Studies to Become 'Professional' Criminal

    12/08/2012 1:33:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, December 08, 2012
    Mother and uncle trained teenager to break into houses and shopsThere seems to be an alarming rise in crimes being committed by juveniles in Sri Lanka. Hot on the heels of a 17-year old girl in Kandy being caught for a series of robberies in the hill capital, the news of a 15-year old boy being nabbed for a similar offence has shocked the community, according to Sinhala daily Lankadeepa. The difference in this case is that the school drop-out has been encouraged by his family members to engage in crime. He was arrested by the Nikaweratiya Police along with...
  • Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats

    12/08/2012 1:27:11 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 51 replies
    KRDO NewsChannel 13 ^ | 11-30-2012 | Jaclyn Rostie
    November 30, 2012 Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats Jaclyn Rostie COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect President Barack Obama. John Obringer sent out a letter to his tenants at the Casa Adobe Apartments on Wednesday. The letter was addressing cutbacks on staff and maintenance issues. "Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration's continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe...
  • CBO: Feds Borrowing $4.8 billion Per Day in FY 2013, So Far

    12/08/2012 1:18:57 PM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | December 7, 2012 | Matt Cover
    The federal government ran a deficit of $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013 – October and November 2012 – amounting to $4.8 billion of borrowed money each day. “The federal budget deficit was $292 billion for the first two months of fiscal year 2013, $57 billion more than the shortfall recorded in October and November of last year,” CBO said in its Monthly Budget Review Friday. This means that the government borrowed $4.8 billion for each calendar day so far in 2013. If the Treasury Department restricted its borrowing to only weekdays, its per day...
  • So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how.

    12/08/2012 1:18:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how. It's Earth's version of taking the Black and heading for the Wall, the way Jon Snow does in Game of Thrones. Joining the French Foreign Legion granted men a safe haven for many for decades. But what does it actually take to join the French Foreign Legion? • Joining the Legion The Foreign Legion, unfortunately, is portrayed in pop culture as packed mercenaries and vagrants — even Jean-Claude Van Damme takes up the cause in one film. A safe haven for men looking for a new...
  • The lost generation and the Great Obama Depression

    12/08/2012 1:05:07 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 7 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/8/12 | Judson Phillips
    Many times numbers and statistics are simply thrown at us. It is almost a mind blurring information overload. If we take the time to look inside the numbers, what the numbers show is frightening for America. How bad is the Great Obama Depression and what is it doing to America?
  • Motorcycle Falls Into Sea

    A french journalist doing a review video for a motorcycling magazine caught this accident
  • Dallas Cowboy dies in Irving car crash; teammate arrested on manslaughter charges

    Original: Multiple news outlets are reporting that a Dallas Cowboys player was involved in a fatal crash Saturday morning in Irving. WFAA-TV is reporting that nose tackle Josh Brent has been arrested in the case. Details are limited thus far and Irving police officials have not returned phone calls seeking information. A fatal crash was reported at around 3 a.m. at 600 Cowboys Way. It is not immediately clear who was killed.
  • On Strange Names and the Curse of Individualism

    12/08/2012 12:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 171 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 7, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living and working the African American Catholic Community I have been subject to some time with names that are often unpronounceable. It is a controversial practice even in the Black community for parents to name their children all sorts of crazy, made-up names that are often intentionally misspelled.DeQuanna, Sharkeisha, LaDarrius, Shamyra, Marketta, Shontella, LaRochelle, Shandrika, Charmonique, Myosha, LaKeisha, DeQuan, Rhondella, Raviona, Rominthia, Tomika, LaVenia, Trishela, LaTasha, ABCDE, Tyeisha, Mootron, Knoshon, Keyshawn, Tarquisha, Q’J'Q’Sha, Laquintas, Jamarcus, JoNathans, et al.I trip over this especially at Baptisms when I am supposed to solemnly pronounce the name of the child. Even after the irritated...
  • Top Five Conservative Films of 2012

    12/08/2012 12:50:38 PM PST · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | December 8, 2012 | Zachary Leeman
    The last 12 months may have been disappointing overall for conservatives. However, film-wise, it was actually a pretty good year. Many mainstream films took obvious conservative stances and conservative documentaries like "Occupy Unmasked" and "Hating Breitbart" were aplenty, informing and entertaining their audiences. I thought I would take a moment to share my favorite conservative films of 2012. Afterward, feel free to share yours in the comments. Note: this list does not include documentary films. 1. "The Dark Knight Rises" - This is an obvious pick. It was blatantly conservative and realistic in its worldview. Plus, it gave us a...
  • CIA Recruiting Within "LGBT" Community for Spy Agency Staffing

    12/08/2012 12:36:39 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 December 2012 | Dave Bohon
    Once considered severe security threats within the nation's intelligence service, homosexuals are now being actively recruited to join the CIA. CIA Recruiting Within "LGBT" Community for Spy Agency Staffing The New American 08 December 2012 Apparently the Central Intelligence Agency is looking for a new style of agent. According to a National Public Radio report, as “part of the CIA's efforts to diversify its workforce, the spy agency is reaching out to a group that once was unable to get security clearance — lesbians and gay men.” In late November the CIA partnered with Florida's Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian...
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • House Speaker Grabs for More Power

    12/08/2012 12:32:37 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    House Speaker, Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio) undertook moves meant to consolidate his authority this past week. First he executed a purge of House committee members he deemed “not team players.” Later he blocked all others from participating in the negotiations with President Obama on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” “My leverage with the President is diluted when Republican members of the House cannot be counted on to back my play,” Boehner complained. “He persistently taunts me with gibes about whether I truly have the authority to speak for the majority. It’s humiliating. The GOP needs to speak with one voice. That...
  • Go Navy! Beat Army.

    12/08/2012 12:00:56 PM PST · by Drango · 41 replies
    Go Navy! Beat Army.
  • Spirit Drummer Ed Cassidy Dead at 89

    12/08/2012 11:56:43 AM PST · by the scotsman · 32 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | 8th December 2012 | Sterling Whitaker
    'Ed Cassidy, the drummer for the classic rock band Spirit, died in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday (Dec. 6) of undisclosed causes. Notable for his shaved head (which inspired the nickname “Mr. Skin”), head-to-toe black wardrobe and massive drum kit, Cassidy was considered very influential on other drummers of the ’60s rock era. He was 89 years old at the time of his death. Born on May 4, 1923 in a rural town outside of Chicago, Cassidy began his career at an early age in 1937, after his family moved to Bakersfield, Calif. He served in the Navy during World...
  • Man accused of stealing and snorting ashes gets 8 years

    12/08/2012 11:49:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Ocala (FL) Star- Banner ^ | December 7, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    One of the three men accused of stealing human and canine ashes from a house in Silver Springs Shores in late 2010 and snorting them was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison. Authorities believe Jose David Diaz-Marrero, 20, was involved in a string of burglaries in the Shores between December 2010 and January 2011. He and Waldo Soroa, 21, and Matrix Andaluz, 19, allegedly burglarized a home in the area on Dec. 15, 2010, and took urns that contained the cremated remains of Holli Tencza’s father and her two beloved Great Danes, Samson and Epic. They also...
  • Uncircumcised boys and men may face more UTIs

    12/08/2012 11:49:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 100 replies
    Reuters Health ^ | Fri Dec 7, 2012 5:15pm GMT | Trevor Stokes
    Infections of the kidney, bladder and urethra happen in uncircumcised baby boys at ten times the rate of circumcised boys, and over a lifetime, uncircumcised men are four times more likely to experience one, according to a new analysis of past research. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most common in boys’ first year of life, and circumcision was already known to make a difference in their risk, but how much and whether that carried through to adulthood was unclear, Australian researchers say. They found that circumcision “provides considerable protection and over the lifespan makes about a three- to four-fold difference...
  • Hanukkah Question (vanity)

    12/08/2012 11:27:41 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 23 replies
    Former Fetus
    The following picture has been posted by the office of PM Netanyahu in his Facebook page. My question is: why is he lighting the shamash after the first Hanukkah candle is already lighted? I am not criticizing, I am a Christian who is trying to learn.
  • Lord Monckton at Doha climate talks pretending to be Myanmar, he was later ejected (Exposing AGW

    12/08/2012 11:22:44 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/7/2012 | tcktcktckorg
    Posing as a delegate from Myanmar, the climate skeptic, Lord Monckton, spoke at the UN climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar. The imposter was later expelled from the conference...
  • Woman Who Stalked, Killed Ex in Brooklyn Park Faces 40 Years

    12/08/2012 11:17:13 AM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    KAALTV ^ | 12-7
    Posted at: 12/07/2012 4:02 PM Updated at: 12/07/2012 5:00 PM By: Cassie Hart Woman Who Stalked, Killed Ex in Brooklyn Park Faces 40 Years A woman accused of stalking and then killing her ex-boyfriend in his Brooklyn Park home pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder. 39-year-old Rochelle Lynn Inselman of Eden Valley was indicted for first-degree murder and faced life in prison without parole. "The charges were reduced when she agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder", said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Dominick Mathews. Inselman pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 41-year old Bret Struck on February 12th. “Every case...
  • Democrats want jobless benefits in “cliff” deal

    12/08/2012 11:15:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 10:36 AM EST | Sam Hananel
    Hovering in the background of the “fiscal cliff” debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas. “This is the real cliff,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He's been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed in any deal to avert looming tax increases and massive spending cuts in January. “Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,” Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected each other’s opening offers for a...
  • State Department Will Designate 9% of Syrian Rebels as a Terrorist Group

    12/08/2012 11:15:06 AM PST · by bayouranger · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 08DEC12 | Daniel Greenfield
    The problem is that it’s also the 9 percent that has the best equipment and the best fighters. But this should be interesting. The U.S. State Department is planning to designate the al-Nusra Front, a radical Islamist group in Syria, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to two U.S. officials who spoke to CNN on background. The goal of the designation is to isolate extremists groups in Syria while giving a boost to the new political opposition group unveiled at a summit in Doha, Qatar, last month. The latest U.S. data estimates al-Nusra makes up roughly 9% of the rebel...
  • Birth Rate Plunges During Recession

    12/08/2012 11:13:56 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    Time ^ | Dec. 04, 2012 | Dan Kadlec
    The youngest baby boomers will begin turning 50 next year, a noteworthy milestone in the graying of America. But the more important data point may be this: Last year, the birth rate in America fell to the lowest level in recorded history. These may be separate developments but they are part of the same ominous story. As our largest generation moves toward full-on retirement we are minting what promises to be our smallest generation, a group that from the very beginning of its working years will face the impossible task of supporting millions of entitled old fogeys. Something will have...
  • Mohamed Morsi approves martial law in Egypt, state media reports

    12/08/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by dynachrome · 71 replies
    New York Times via times of india ^ | 12-8-12 | David D Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of PresidentMohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt's state media reported on Saturday. Morsi has not yet issued the order, the flagship state newspaper Al Ahram reported. But even if merely a threat, the preparation of the measure suggested an escalation in the political battle between Egypt's new Islamist leaders and their secular opponents over an Islamist-backed draft constitution. The standoff has already threatened to derail the culmination of Egypt's promised transition to a...
  • Freep a Poll! (Is there a war on Christmas?)

    12/08/2012 11:02:48 AM PST · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 12-8-12 | LA Daily News
    Is there a war on Christmas? Yes No
  • Obama's Power Grab

    12/08/2012 11:02:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Betsy Mccaughey
    President Obama went over the constitutional cliff this week, demanding more power than the U.S. Constitution allows any president to have. All Americans — regardless of party affiliation — should shudder at the president's attempted power grab and say no. Compromising on taxes and spending is fine, but not on the nation's bedrock principles. To avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, 2013, Obama is insisting that House Republicans hand over to him Congress's authority to raise the debt ceiling. Obama is demanding a power no other president has ever had — to borrow without congressional prior approval. Under...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Baku Moonrise

    12/08/2012 10:58:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 08, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A Full Moon rises in this waterfront scene. Its colorful, watery reflection is joined by harbor lights and a windowed skyscraper's echo of the western horizon just after sunset. The tantalizing image is a composite of frames recorded at 2 minute intervals on November 28 from the Caspian Sea port city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Still, this Full Moon was not really as big or as bright as others, though it might be hard to tell. In fact, November 28's Full Moon was near apogee, making it the smallest Full Moon of 2012. As it rose over the Baku boardwalk...
  • The Royal Presidency - Obama lives better than kings. (Mark Steyn)

    12/08/2012 10:54:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 8, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    From the New York Daily News: “Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice on Being a New Parent.” Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice. About fiscal prudence, for example... --snip-- In his recent book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire royal family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing “royal” about the current level of “presidential perks”: The Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/08/2012 10:52:11 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 8, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46:9-10)
  • Obama Wrong: Housing Policy, Not Tax Policy, Caused Recession

    12/08/2012 10:50:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/06/2012 | Paul Sperry
    President Obama argues Republicans want to go back to pre-recession policies of cutting "taxes for the folks at the very top" and rolling back "regulations on big banks." He warned: "We tried that top-down approach. It's what caused the mess in the first place." Did it, though? Most economists agree the recession was caused by the subprime mortgage crisis, which had little if anything to do with tax policies. In fact, real economic growth accelerated after 2003, when the Bush tax cuts for top earners and small businesses fully went into effect. The 73-month economic boom of the 2000s didn't...
  • The Demographic Cliff

    12/08/2012 10:49:44 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • $10,000 Worth Of Right-Footed Shoes Stolen On Valencia Street

    12/08/2012 10:42:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    SF APPEAL ^ | December 6, 2012
    A small business that sells plus-size women's shoes took a big hit this week when dozens of the company's shoes were stolen from a car in San Francisco's Mission District. Johanna Nilsson, a spokeswoman for LLXLLQ, said she was parked at 19th and Valencia streets on Monday evening when someone broke into the trunk of her car and stole about 50 shoe samples, all right-footed. The total value of the shoes is about $10,000, she said. The Palo Alto-based company, which sells various shoes crafted in Italy in sizes 10-12, is currently online-only but plans to open a store in...
  • 2012 Annual FR Christmas Pet Photo Thread

    12/08/2012 10:38:17 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 87 replies
    self ^ | 12/08/12 | Joe 6-pack
    Post 'em if ya' got 'em!
  • Don't Get Carried Away About Hillary Clinton

    12/08/2012 10:36:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Here we go again, it's "American Idol: Presidential Edition." And we can't even resist waiting until 2012 is over. Since the Republican Party clearly needs to amp up its Hispanic outreach, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a leading contestant for their team. And Hillary, oh Hillary, she is inevitable all over again. Pundits on left-leaning MSNBC who once cast her aside in 2008 are now expecting her to be their next candidate. After viciously attacking the GOP during this year's presidential election, The National Organization for Women is now insisting that President Obama's cabinet be filled with at least 50...
  • Fast and Furious: Post-Election, Golden Parachutes Deployed

    12/08/2012 10:36:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7 December, 2012 | http://pjmedia.com/blog/fast-and-furious-post-election-golden-parachutes-deployed/
    You wouldn’t know it by perusing mainstream media coverage, but now that the 2012 election is out of the way, the Department of Justice is discarding some of the troublesome ATF and DOJ employees responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning operation that put more than 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Sinaloa narco-terrorist cartel. Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, was the highest-ranking figure to go: A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme “Fast and Furious” will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a...
  • UC Berkeley Might Ban Salvation Army Bell Ringers for Holidays, Claiming the Org. Is Anti-Gay

    12/08/2012 10:36:16 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Dec. 7 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    The ubiquitous Salvation Army bell ringers who collect donations for charity every Christmas might be booted from the liberal bastion of UC Berkeley, where the student body has accused the Christian group of holding homophobic policies. Last month, the student government passed a resolution saying the bell ringers and their red kettles are persona non grata on campus, claiming the charity organization only serves people who "accept and abide by the Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline,' which excludes homosexuality," according to the resolution. The Campus Reform blog explains that Berkeley officials are now seriously reviewing whether to grant the student...
  • Army Navy Gameday Thread

    12/08/2012 10:35:55 AM PST · by chargers fan · 22 replies
    8 December 2011 | Self
    Game day has come. A place for Old Grads and fans to talk trash and keep up with the game.
  • Insane: Liberals Contemplate $1 Trillion Platinum Coin to "Solve" Debt Limit Issue

    12/08/2012 10:32:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 162 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Guy Benson
    Welcome to Zimbabwe.  This is not a parody -- it is an actual report from the Washington Post:   Some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the “platinum coin option” is one way to defuse a crisis if Congress can’t or won’t lift the debt ceiling soon. At least in theory. The U.S. government is, after all, facing a real problem. The Treasury Department will hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit by next February at the latest. Unless Congress reaches an agreement to raise that borrowing limit, the government will no longer be able to borrow enough money...