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  • US aid to Indonesia unharmed by crisis (this is bizarre!)

    12/09/2012 3:41:07 PM PST · by mgist · 21 replies
    Foreign Assistance ^ | Fri, July 06 2012 | Bagus BT Saragih
    US aid to Indonesia unharmed by crisis (Indnosia is timy and recieved over $205 Million in 2011, which was as much as Afganistan recieved) Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | World | Fri, July 06 2012, 6:58 AM The US, through its biggest international development organization, has pledged that aid funds for Indonesia would be maintained at about the same level as in the past year, or around US$157.35 million annually. Donald Steinberg, the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Thursday that the assistance from his organization to Indonesia would be constant...
  • US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban

    12/09/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Agence France Presse
    US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban Agence France PresseDecember 8, 2012 US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province. "Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the...
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: GOP Has to Agree to Raise Taxes

    12/09/2012 3:33:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Congress will have to raise taxes to resolve its budget impasse, making him yet another top Republican to suggest that the no-higher-taxes pledge may be outdated. … If taxes aren’t raised, Corbett said, “every state is going to be affected” through cuts to military contracts and spending for senior citizens, special education and other programs relied on by millions. …
  • Chemical weapons in Syria? Just say no to imperialism and its dirty war plans

    12/09/2012 3:29:39 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Pravda! ^ | December 8, 2012 | Lisa Karpova
    Now that Barack Obama is firmly enconsed in office, re-elected for a second term, it appears that the hounds of hell are desperately barking for some action on Syria. Frustrated by the successful efforts of the Syrian government to turn back the western backed and armed terrorists, their stooges and proxies, they have gone back to old tactics again. You would think after having been caught out the last time they started agitating about chemical weapons before a false flag attack, they they would give up the ruse. However, here they go again, trying to put the international community in...
  • IMF chief says U.S. needs blend of spending cuts, revenue raising

    12/09/2012 3:24:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 9, 2012 9:48am EST | (Reporting By Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Todd Eastham and Bill Trott)
    The United States needs a balanced, comprehensive approach to tackle its fiscal woes that should include a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday. “My view, personally, is that the best way to go forward is to have a balanced approach that takes into account both increasing the revenue, which means, you know, either raising taxes or creating new sources of revenue, and cutting spending,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a pre-taped interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which aired on Sunday. …
  • In Doha, a big green rent-seeking machine

    12/09/2012 3:19:53 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 9 December 2012 | Andrew Montford
    A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair. This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands: motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change This is despite the fact that nobody seems able to point to any great problems caused by the modest warming...
  • Gingrich: Republicans Better Prepare for ‘Super Bowl’ in 2016

    12/09/2012 3:19:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 09 Dec 2012 12:55 PM | Amy Woods
    President Barack Obama “guarantees a permanent war” with Republicans by forcing the party’s hand on the issue of income-tax hikes on top earners, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday. “The president won,” Gingrich said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “The president has a very clear, simple position. He wants to prove he can dominate, and he proves he can dominate by getting the rates up, and he has a veto pen.” …
  • Terror Victim Makes Miraculous Recovery

    12/09/2012 3:13:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The wife of an Israeli singer who was critically wounded in an Arab attack during the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense has made a miraculous recovery. Ziona Kalla, wife of singer Itzik Kalla, was sitting in a car driven by her daughter when it was ambushed by Arabs near the community of Beitar Illit. During the attack, firebombs were thrown at the car and it was pelted with rocks. One of the rocks smashed the windshield and hit Kalla’s head. She was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where she was hospitalized in intensive care, suffering from...
  • Ikea: sorry for East German prison labour

    12/09/2012 3:09:24 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 16 Nov 12 16:06 CET
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea apologised on Friday for using East German political prisoners as forced labour to build furniture in the 1970s and 80s. After initially denying revelations made this April on SVTSveriges Television, Ikea on Friday admitted that prisoners had been used to make its products in East Germany. “We deeply regret that this could happen,” said sustainability manager Jeanette Skjelmose in a statement. Auditors Ernst and Young combed through tens of thousands of documents from the Ikea and German federal archives to produce the report, which Ikea presented at the Stasi victim association UOKG headquarters in Berlin. Although...
  • Video Claims Proof Assad Unleashed Chemical Weapons

    12/09/2012 3:07:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Fears of the worst possible scenario in Syria have been confirmed in a video released by rebels that shows victims of chemical warfare. WARNING: The video should not be shown to children without parental agreement. Video An almost sure sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has unleashed his chemical weapons for use against rebels is his regime’s claim on Saturday that rebels are preparing to use chemicals in their uprising. Assad systematically has accused opposition forces, which he labels as “foreign terrorists,” of carrying out attacks and murders for which his own loyalists are responsible. British Foreign Secretary William Hague...
  • Cash-strapped Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

    12/09/2012 2:56:16 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 7, 2012
    A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy. ... Swaziland's budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal...
  • AFTER DOHA, THE U.N. AND MEMBER GOVERNMENTS NEED SOBER SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘GLOBAL WARMING’

    12/09/2012 2:52:32 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    CLIMATE SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL ^ | December 09, 2012 | climate science international
    Attention: News Editors, Political, Science and Environment Reporters After 16 years without warming, future climate talks must focus on preparation for, and adaption to, climate change, not vainly trying to stop it. Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2012: “Governments must re-examine climate change science before considering further, more concrete commitments in the United Nations negotiating process,” said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “In their November 29th open letter to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, scientists from across the globe explained that the science relied upon by the U.N....
  • Boustany defeats Landry for La. congressional seat

    12/09/2012 2:52:27 PM PST · by Impy · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-9-2012 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana congressman Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Saturday by handily defeating his fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election. The two men were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.
  • The Stranger in the House

    12/09/2012 2:35:55 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 16, 2012
    ....it is worth noting that some of the earliest records of the Christmas-tree tradition are to be found among the records of killjoy officialdom. As Bernd Brunner notes in "Inventing the Christmas Tree," the town clerk of Strasbourg, in 1494, put the kibosh on the local "custom of cutting off pine branches at the New Year and bringing them home." By the 16th century the custom was widespread enough to pose some threat of deforestation: In 1554, the city of Freiburg im Breisgau banned the cutting of trees for Christmas. [SNIP] The Tannenbaum (which simply means "fir tree") came to...
  • Senior home Christmas tree ban touches nerve about religious diversity, tolerance

    12/09/2012 2:35:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    The Willits News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    News of Newhall seniors protesting the removal of a Christmas tree from their community room this week because, they said they were told, it was a religious symbol prompted a national outcry -- a collective bah humbug from Christmas defenders. It was, many said, another example of the so-called "war on Christmas" and political correctness run amok. The issue isn't new, but the debate over appropriate public demonstrations of traditionally religious holidays has now spread beyond blatant symbols like the cross and Nativity scenes to the unassuming Christmas tree. Chalk it up to the melting pot, experts say. "The country...
  • Obama met with Boehner on Sunday over fiscal cliff: aides

    12/09/2012 2:14:48 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Obama met with Boehner on Sunday over fiscal cliff: aides By Jeff Mason | Reuters – 28 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner on Sunday at the White House to negotiate ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff," according to White House officials and a congressional aide. The two sides declined to provide further details about the unannounced meeting. Obama and Boehner aides used the same language to describe it. "This afternoon, the president and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the...
  • Music For Christmas From The Vatican (In MP3 format, all free)

    12/09/2012 2:11:40 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies
    The Vatican ^ | December 9, 2012
    These links will take you to several selections for Christmas as well as many other Celebrations and events: Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel  Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra - L'Offerta Musicale in MP3 Please enjoy and share with friends :-)Merry Christmas!
  • Fareed Zakaria wants to end the war on terror and replace it with nothing

    12/09/2012 2:10:07 PM PST · by forty_years · 20 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Gary Gerofsky
    The CNN-appointed 5th estate "expert" on foreign affairs now wants an end to the war on terrorism. That is what he said in his op-ed piece on CNN today (December 9th, 2012). Fareed dismisses the war as immoral, impractical, and unnecessary without saying what will replace it. Knowing Fareed, he wants to replace counterterrorism with a universal joining of hands in an international love-fest that will erase all hate and anger. Such is the ignorance and naiveté of the mainstream media. Fareed is a unilateralist, believing that the West is in complete control and that every action and reaction regarding...
  • Local companies named on ‘boycott’ list for supporting national monument proposal near Canyonlands

    12/09/2012 2:06:07 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Moab Times-Independent ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Steve Kadel
    Grand County companies whose owners signed a letter to President Obama supporting federal protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands National Park are facing an economic boycott that some say has been spurred by the locally-based Sagebrush Coalition. The coalition’s Facebook page includes a list of local and national companies that signed the Nov. 13 letter from the Outdoor Industry Association urging Obama to create the Greater Canyonlands National Monument. ... Sagebrush Coalition president James Tibbetts ... opposes monument status for land around Canyonlands National Park because it isn’t necessary. “We’ve used it all these years and we haven’t ruined...
  • Did Mary have a bunch of kids? Mary's perpetual virginity before, during and after Jesus' birth

    12/09/2012 2:05:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 175 replies
    Catholic Bridge ^ | David MacDonald
  • Ayman Zawahiri and Egypt: A Trip Through Time

    12/09/2012 2:04:12 PM PST · by forty_years
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | November 30, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around 1985, current al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri fled his homeland of Egypt, presumably never to return. From his early beginnings as a teenage leader of a small jihadi cell devoted to overthrowing Egyptian regimes (first Nasser's then Sadat's) until he merged forces with Osama bin Laden, expanding his objectives to include targeting the United States of America, Zawahiri never forgot his original objective: transforming Egypt into an Islamist state that upholds and enforces the totality of Sharia law, and that works towards the resurrection of a global caliphate.This vision is on its way to being fulfilled. With Islamist political victories,...
  • French actor Depardieu seeks Belgian residency - mayor

    12/09/2012 2:00:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/9/12 | Vicky Buffery | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Actor Gerard Depardieu has become the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande on the wealthy. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" star has bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the French border, local mayor Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday, adding he had also enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency. ... "I think he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere in Belgium, our identity, the rural, bucolic setting," Senesael told RTL radio. For Depardieu, best known for his roles...
  • North Star Closer to Earth Than Thought

    12/09/2012 1:56:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Nat Geo ^ | December 4, 2012 | Andrew Fazekas
    In fact, the North Star—also called Polaris—is 30 percent closer to our solar system than previously thought, at about 323 light-years away, according to an international team who studied the star's light output. Using Russia's 6-Meter Telescope, the researchers were able to calculate the North Star's distance from our solar system by analyzing its spectrum of light and obtaining data on its temperature and changes in intrinsic brightness over time. That significantly revises the previously accepted value of 434 light-years, which was obtained by the European star-mapping satellite Hipparcos in the 1990s. Known to fade and brighten over a four-day...
  • Too Much Of A Good Thing

    12/09/2012 1:47:35 PM PST · by OddLane · 18 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the unofficial mottos of the United States, this phrase-which is minted on this country’s coins and emblazoned upon our paper bills-embodies the common heritage of the American nation, which was created from the union of thirteen distinct, unique former British colonies. Over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it came to symbolize the melting pot forged from a collection of people who came to the United States from various European nations in order to reconstitute their lives. It is a concept that, like many of its inhabitants, has become alien to contemporary America. We now...
  • Bizarre creature found in 200-million-year-old cocoon

    12/09/2012 1:46:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    nbc ^ | 12/8/2012 10:41:07 AM ET
    "This preservation is quite bizarre, but soft-bodied organisms cannot usually become fossilized unless they are rapidly entombed in a medium that prevents further decay," study researcher and paleobotanist Benjamin Bomfleur, of the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, told LiveScience.
  • Nothing Else Matters

    12/09/2012 1:44:35 PM PST · by uptoolate · 10 replies
    THE 3 TABOOS ^ | December 8, 2012 | Ed Guzaitis
    Two weeks ago I had finally done the “impossible”. I deactivated. Cut the ties. I was even able to pass the “guilt” message. “Are you sure you want to deactivate? Your friends will no longer be able to blah, blah, blah.” There it was, Facebook Freedom. I had my life back. Over the next few days I would start my daily routine. Checking email. Bank accounts. Investments. Drudge. RSS feeds. But then...nothing. All of a sudden I had all this extra time on my hands. It got me thinking about what I had accomplished in all that time I had...
  • Police: Man Shot Dead By Officers Pulled Air Pistol That Looked Like Gun

    12/09/2012 1:43:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Dec. 9, 2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -A man with a record of 39 arrests was shot and killed by police detectives in Queens overnight, after pulling what police thought was a gun, but turned out to be a compressed air pistol. Police on Sunday afternoon continued to investigate the shooting that left the 42-year-old man dead. The suspect killed by police had not been identified as of 3 p.m., pending family notification. Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday at Gates and Seneca avenues in the Ridgewood section of Queens, two male plainclothes NYPD detectives – ages 48 and 42 and both nine-year department veterans –...
  • Obama Administration Pondering How to Overturn Pot Legalization in States

    12/09/2012 1:36:06 PM PST · by John Semmens · 25 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    On November 6 voters in Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. Use of marijuana still remains illegal under federal law. A federal task force composed of representatives from the Justice Department, the DEA, the State Department, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy is considering how to respond. Attorney General Eric Holder brushed aside all substantive debate over the merits of legalization saying that “it’s not up to us to prove that marijuana is harmful in order for us to enforce the federal ban on its use. The simple fact that federal law trumps state law is sufficient grounds for...
  • How they light the 2012 Chanukah Menorah at Technion University (Israel's MIT)

    12/09/2012 1:25:05 PM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    Technion U ^ | 2012 | Technion U
    Published on Nov 25, 2012 Technion students Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management take on the challenge to build a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the Chanukah menorah. Hanukkah is the holiday of miracles and here is another one. WATCH BEHIND THE SCENES (the making of the film):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua8Fs9iN0b8&feature=share&list=UU4_i7c... Eyal Cohen and Matan Orian are winners of the annual Technion Dr. Bob's TechnoBrain competition, supported by Dr. Robert Shillman in memory of Technion student Neev-Ya Durban. The film was made in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 12/9 7-11pm est

    12/09/2012 1:19:34 PM PST · by Vision · 37 replies
    WAMU ^ | 12/9/12 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: I'm Willing to Accept Tax Increases

    Republican Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told me Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" that he is willing to accept tax rate increases as a component of a fiscal cliff deal, as long as Democrats put "significant entitlement reform" on the table. "What we ought to be working on is the other 93 percent, because even if you do what [Obama] wants to do on tax rates, you only affect 7 percent of the deficit," Coburn said. "What we have done is spend ourselves into a hole, and we're not going to raise taxes and borrow money and get out of...
  • Doug McIntyre: Not buying L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as anti-debt champion

    12/09/2012 1:16:30 PM PST · by Mark · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 12/9/12 | Doug McIntyre
    `The Campaign to Fix the Debt" is a creation of former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and his budget-balancing partner, former Clinton administration department head, Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the much-ballyhooed "National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform." Simpson-Bowles might not have saved the taxpayers so much as one thin dime but they did create a rare moment of Washington bipartisanship when Democrats and Republicans agreed to ignore everything they recommended. But Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles aren't quitters. They continue the noble fight to return fiscal sanity to a federal budget plunging toward the precipice of the dreaded Fiscal Cliff....
  • Police Called When Crowd Signing Up For Housing List Gets 'Out Of Control' [VIDEO]

    12/09/2012 1:11:03 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 75 replies
    10TV.com ^ | 12-8-2012 | Unknown to me
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex. Police said the crowd started to gather Friday night for the Saturday morning event at The Heritage apartment complex on Gatewood Road near Sunbury Road in northeast Columbus. Authorities said that its highest number, the crowd reached 2,000 people. Residents in the area called police overnight and complained about the noise and number of cars in the neighborhood. According to police, a melee broke out when the manager...
  • A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War (Dakota Meyer, MOH)

    12/09/2012 1:02:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 28, 2012 | David Forsmark
    Two videos at link. Badass military heroism: Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer's Into the Fire is this generation's To Hell and Back. Into the Fire A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War By Dakota Meyer and Bing West Random House, $27, 239 pp. Does this sound familiar? 1. A group of Americans on a diplomatic mission to reach out to Muslims are pinned down by al-Qaeda and come under overwhelming fire. 2. They repeatedly call for support fire missions, which are denied because they cannot absolutely guarantee no civilians are in the area. 3....
  • Newt Gingrich: Republicans Today Would Be ‘Incapable of Competing’ Against Hillary Clinton in 2016

    12/09/2012 1:01:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 109 replies
    The Blaze/NBC Repost ^ | 12/9/2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the current GOP would be “incapable of competing” against Hillary Clinton should she run in 2016. Gingrich on NBC’s “Meet the Press” called Clinton a “very formidable” person who is married to “the most popular Democrat in the country.” “If [the Republicans'] competitor in ’16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably, a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl. And the Republican Party today is incapable of competing at that level,” Gingrich said.
  • Another Emergency Survival Preparedness List

    12/09/2012 1:00:31 PM PST · by Kartographer · 57 replies
    Modern Survival Blog ^ | 12/1/12 | Be informed
    Lists are often helpful in that often times you will find a gem within, something you may not have thought of. Here is a list in no particular order of items worth considering in your overall emergency survival preparedness plans. As with most lists of this type, they are seldom all inclusive. So long as the list provokes thought, then it’s a good thing.
  • Phantom Tax Credit for Elderly and Disabled

    12/09/2012 12:59:54 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 9, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    A Tax Credit in Name Only (TCNO)- By: Larry Walker, II -A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how during this year’s continuing education courses it suddenly dawned on me that the base amounts used in calculating the taxability of social security benefits are exactly the same in tax year 2012 as they were in 1985. Well here’s another example of elder abuse. Congress has failed to inflation adjust the limitations on the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled since it was last upgraded back in 1984. I am frankly surprised that this credit is still around, since...
  • Supreme Court showdown expected over gay rights decisions [Kennedy v Scalia?]

    12/09/2012 12:52:24 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 8 2012 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON — For more than two decades, the defining battles within the Supreme Court over social and moral controversies have been fought between two devout Catholics appointed by President Reagan. Justice Antonin Scalia believes the law can and should enforce moral standards, including criminal bans on abortion and on "homosexual conduct" that many "believe to be immoral and destructive." Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is a libertarian conservative who believes the Constitution protects the freedom of individuals to "make personal decisions relating to marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, child rearing and education." Now the ideological fight between the conservative giants is...
  • [Episcopal] Liturgy for blessing same-gender relationships begins provisional use

    12/09/2012 12:49:47 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | Dec 3 2012 | Sharon Sheridan
    In the final debate before General Convention approved a provisional church liturgy to bless the lifelong relationships of same-gender couples, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, spoke about his sister, Louisa, and her civil union. “The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he told the House of Deputies on July 10 in Indianapolis. “I often get asked by churchgoers and nonchurchgoers why I am a part of this body. The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that...
  • Sheldon Adelson: ‘I’m Basically a Social Liberal’

    12/09/2012 12:46:52 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 5 2012 | Alicia Mundy
    In a three-hour interview with The Wall Street Journal, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson excoriated President Barack Obama, Democrats and unions, as one would expect of a top donor to conservatives and Republican causes in the 2012 election. But the billionaire, sitting with his wife Miriam, an Israel-born physician, shared political beliefs that may leave some surprised. “Number one, I’m supporting stem-cell research,” he said, pointing to a chart of the new Adelson medical research foundation that is funding some stem-cell based science. “I’m pro choice,” he said. Republicans are pro-life, but he and his wife are not pro-life in politics,...
  • Deal or no deal, ObamaCare taxes poised to hit next month

    12/09/2012 12:42:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 8, 2012
    Even if lawmakers somehow stop the Bush-era tax rates from expiring, taxes are still expected to rise on Jan. 1 -- thanks to a trio of new fees tied to the federal health care overhaul. The IRS this past week published rules for some of the first major taxes meant to help pay for President Obama’s massive insurance coverage expansion. Together, they will raise investment and income taxes on top earners and impose a separate -- and controversial -- tax on medical devices. The bundle of fees has been largely overlooked as lawmakers and the White House bicker over the...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Big Country" (1958)

    12/09/2012 12:34:46 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1958 | Wm. Wyler
    Today's feature is one of my favorite epic westerns of all time. "The Big Country" features a terrific cast and perhaps the most memorable western score ever by Jerome Moross. Charlton Heston is terrific in an atypically, unheroic role for him. Wm. Wyler was so impressed with him he cast him as "Ben-Hur" the next year. The lovely Jean Simmons is fantastic as well as the beautiful and intelligent school marm whose ranch is the centerpiece of the feud. Of all Gregory Peck's leading ladies, she's the one he had the best chemistry with. The scene where they swap horror...
  • Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer and broadcaster, dies aged 89 (hosted BBC 'The Sky At Night' 50 years)

    12/09/2012 12:11:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/9/12 | BBC
    British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, his friends and colleagues have said. He "passed away peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon" at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, they said in a statement. Sir Patrick presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever. He wrote dozens of books on astronomy and his research was used by the US and the Russians in their space programmes. Described by one of his close friends as "fearlessly eccentric", Sir Patrick was notable for his...
  • 'He's treated like the worst of the worst': Sandusky put on hard routine...

    12/09/2012 12:09:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 45 replies
    mail online ^ | 12.9.2012 | mail online
    FULL TITLE: 'He's treated like the worst of the worst': Sandusky put on hard routine and separated from other inmates for his own protection Serial child sex offender Jerry Sandusky lives under tight restrictions in prison for his own safety, it has been revealed. The former Penn State coach is on hard routine after he asked for more prison privileges and then received threats from inmates. 'He is being housed in the appropriate facility in order to assure his safety,' said Susan McNaughton, press secretary for the Pennsylvania state Department of Corrections. She responded to questions from Reuters after one...
  • Two Thousandth Missile from Mexico Hits El Paso, Texas Area.

    12/09/2012 12:03:23 PM PST · by DanMiller · 20 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 9, 2012 | Dan Miller
    No end is in sight as the United Nations directs the U.S. to negotiate a peaceful settlement. Following years of demands by la Raza that the United States relinquish all occupied territories to Mexico, missiles began falling on El Paso, Texas and neighboring areas north of the border between Texas and Mexico during the early morning hours of December 6th. Under the previous administration, the United States had imperiously ignored all such demands and no significant progress toward returning the territories to Mexico had been made even under the current administration. Due to the persistent failure of the imperialist United...
  • Festivus pole added to nativity scene

    12/09/2012 11:53:06 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 9, 2012
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.,- This year, a Nativity scene in Deerfield Beach, Fla., features a "Festivus pole" made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, as well as a Menorah. The pole, a reference to the Dec. 23 atheist "holiday" that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a "Seinfeld" episode, was installed Thursday by activist blogger Chaz Stevens, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Stevens said he had been trying to get the city to remove the Nativity scene for five years, and this year he decided to ask for space to express his own beliefs. "It's just 23...
  • After Educating Delegates, Lord Monckton Booted From UN Climate Summit

    12/09/2012 11:52:00 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 December 2012 | Alex Newman
    Lord Christopher Monckton was escorted from the UN Conference of the Parties (COP18) by the organization’s security after telling delegates that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years. After Educating Delegates, Lord Monckton Booted From UN Climate Summit The New American 09 December 2012 Lord Christopher Monckton had an opportunity to educate representatives of governments and dictatorships at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar, about the fact that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years. However, after pretending to be a delegate from the regime ruling Burma to...
  • Save Captain John! (Please sign this petition to support an old family friend, and good man.)

    12/09/2012 11:51:05 AM PST · by fanfan · 16 replies
    http://www.savecaptainjohn.org/#top ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | Friends of John Letnik
    Captain John has faced hardship his entire life, but has succeeded in bringing his dreams to reality. A refugee before the age of 15, he opened Toronto's first floating restaurant in 1970. Even when his dreams were just that, he has always managed to survive. John knows how lucky he is and has always tried to share his good fortune with those in need. Now, circumstances beyond his control threaten his ability to walk off his ship and retire with dignity. Despite his 40 years of fair and generous public behaviour, Captain John is being unfairly persecuted. Without notice the...
  • Freep this Poll Time Magazine's Person of the Year

    12/09/2012 11:44:28 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 44 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Time Magazine
    Time Magazine is holding open on line polling for the Person of the Year for 2012. The poll closes on December 12th so start your Poll Freeping!
  • Report: U.S. Supplying Tanks, Fighter Jets To Islamist-Controlled Egypt

    12/09/2012 11:42:56 AM PST · by Fennie · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 8, 2012
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government is set to receive more tanks and fighter jets from the U.S. These include 200 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and "a squadron of F-16 Falcon" fighters. Besides the obvious problems associated with sending weaponry to a government run by the Muslim Brotherhood, one must also consider the precarious position the U.S. will find itself in should war break out between Israel and Egypt. This concern becomes paramount when one considers how the billions in aide provided annually by the U.S. have enabled Egypt to develop "far and away the largest army in Africa." Egypt is also...