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  • Catfish learning to hunt pigeons on land (VIDEO)

    12/10/2012 2:54:12 PM PST · by Renfield · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-7-2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    In an unusual development that researchers are calling evidence of adaptive behavior, some catfish have taken to jumping on land to hunt live pigeons. Discover Magazine's Ed Yong writes, "These particular catfish have taken to lunging out of the water, grabbing a pigeon, and then wriggling back into the water to swallow their prey. In the process, they temporarily strand themselves on land for a few seconds." Researchers captured video of the European catfish, which reside in the River Tarn in southwestern France. In the footage, several of the fish, which range in length from 3 to nearly 5 feet,...
  • The Flores Hobbit's face revealed

    12/10/2012 2:53:37 PM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 12-10-2012 | Sunanda Creagh
    An Australian anthropologist has used forensic facial reconstruction techniques to show, for the first time, how the mysterious Flores 'hobbit' might have once looked. Homo floresiensis, as the hobbit is officially known, caused a storm of controversy when it was discovered in Flores, Indonesia in 2003. Some argued the hobbit was an entirely new species, while others suggested it may have simply been a diseased specimen of an existing human species. Using techniques she has previously applied to help police solve crimes, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong and specialist facial anthropologist, Dr Susan Hayes, moulded muscle...
  • Landmark off-duty pot smoking case set to go to court

    12/10/2012 2:41:24 PM PST · by Road Glide · 75 replies
    Fox31, Denver ^ | December 10, 2012 | Will C. Holden
    DENVER — A Dish Network telephone operator who was fired when he failed a drug test is suing his former employer, saying they infringed on his right to use medical marijuana away from the office. There was no evidence that Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana user, was impaired while he was on the clock. And that’s why he said his legal usage of medical marijuana should not have cost him his job in May of 2010. Coats’ case is pending in the Colorado Court of Appeals. If he loses the case, it could mean 175,000 individuals using medical marijuana...
  • World's most famous wolf shot by hunters(WY)(Barf Alert)

    12/10/2012 2:32:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 56 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Self Newlin
    SALT LAKE CITY She was an alpha female known as 832F to scientists, but lovingly called " '06" by local tourists, after the year of her birth. She was the most famous wolf in all of Yellowstone National Park, and led the Lamar Canyon wolf pack. 832F wandered outside of the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park Thursday, where she was shot and killed legally by hunters in Wyoming. That was made possible by recently-passed federal and state regulations that allow the killing of wolves as game. The changes have made headlines and caused controversy, with hunters and...
  • THE MARK LEVIN SHOW Monday, December-10-2012

    12/10/2012 2:27:56 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 18 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Regarding the Syria Mess: Maybe Morocco can help

    12/10/2012 2:20:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    washingtonpost.com/blogs ^ | 12/3/2012 | Jennifer Rubin -- Right Turn
    <p>The United States is short on allies and effective means of influencing events in the Middle East. Syria is still a bloodbath. Libya is threatened by jihadists. Egypt has taken a turn toward dictatorship. Mali is a non-functioning state in which jihadist separatists control much of the country. The peace process (for good reason) is going nowhere.</p>
  • How Obama Won, and Lost

    12/10/2012 2:15:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 27, 2012 | James W. Ceaser
    The 2012 election was the perfect status quo event. On November 6 Americans by the millions went through a massive exercise of going to the polls and voting, only to awake the next morning to find that nothing had changed—other than a welcome respite from the incessant phone calls from the campaign headquarters. There was the same president, the same majority party in the House of Representatives, and the same majority party in the Senate. John Boehner was still Speaker of the House, and Harry Reid Majority Leader of the Senate. Above all, the election offered no feeling of renewal,...
  • The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today

    12/10/2012 2:08:24 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 10, 2012 | Robert Royal
    If you ask still-practicing Christians about the vices of post-Christian America, many would say: abortion, divorce, promiscuity, pornography, gay marriage, and other burgeoning forms of cultural crudeness. These are serious sins and social problems, to be sure, and naturally grow wherever Christian virtues shrink. But anyone familiar with the traditional sorting of sins and vices might produce a very different kind of list. It’s telling that even Christians today usually don’t. Lust, which lies behind several vices mentioned above, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, a very common and subtle fault. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, it’s the first sin...
  • 4th man claims he had underage sex with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

    12/10/2012 2:03:47 PM PST · by FamiliarFace · 40 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 10, 2012 | Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley
    <p>A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash.</p> <p>On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers.</p>
  • Gays Condemn Salvation Army

    12/10/2012 1:58:20 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    Catholic League ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    The Salvation Army is under increasing attack from homosexual activists this Christmas season. The Christian organization is under fire for merely holding Christian beliefs on marriage and the familyit does not discriminate against anyoneand now the war has extended to a formal resolution by the Associated Students of the University of California at Berkeley calling for a ban of Salvation Army donation boxes on campus; university officials are considering the request. An organized effort to boycott the Salvation Army is also under way. A gay website, watermarkonline.com, is asking its readers nationwide not to give to the charitable organization. Gays...
  • If Not Boehner, Then Who? We Have Options

    12/10/2012 1:41:42 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    If not Boehner, then who? Last week, American Majority Action kicked off the trending #FireBoehner hastag on Twitter and began to pressure House members to abstain from voting for Speaker. After speaking with the House Parliamentarian, we discovered the House precedent is actually interpreted to mean an absolute majority of votes cast for a specific candidate. So, House members do nothing by abstaining. However, the core idea remains: Without a majority (50% +1), the House is speakerless. If neither Boehner nor Pelosi win 50%, the House keeps voting until a new leader arises with a majority. To get Boehner under...
  • Search For Teen Suspects In Shooting Death

    12/10/2012 1:37:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 50 replies
    CBS ^ | 12.10.2012 | CBS
    BEAVER FALLS (KDKA/AP) Police are searching for two 14-year-old boys, and reported a 13-year-old who are charged as adults with fatally shooting a Beaver Falls woman. Beaver Falls police have charged Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez with criminal homicide and other charges in Saturdays shooting of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson. She was shot at a house about 3:30 p.m. that day and died at Allegheny General Hospital two hours later. Cleckleys Facebook page shows a young man posing with a revolver in one hand and a pistol in the other. The photo was posted less than 12 hours after Petersons...
  • Vanity: AARP is no good, what experiences have FReepers had with other senior organizations?

    12/10/2012 1:35:59 PM PST · by JimRed · 21 replies
    self | 12/10/2012 | self
    Interested in knowing about conservative alternates to AARP.
  • Man who obeyed Montanas medical marijuana laws could get life in prison from Obama administration

    12/10/2012 1:35:00 PM PST · by grundle · 92 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 10, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    This seven minute video from the New York Times shows the story of Chris Williams in Montana. This makes me really glad that I wrote in Ron Paul for President in 2008, and voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2012. I also applaud Green Party candidate Jill Steins position on this issue. For those of you who voted for Obama, well, I hope youre happy with his actions against medical marijuana. I hope youre happy that this person could get life in prison. I hope youre happy that people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have...
  • Governor signs Amendment 64, marijuana officially legal in Colorado

    12/10/2012 1:33:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 115 replies
    fox31 ^ | 12.10.2012 | fox31
    DENVER Go ahead and bust out the Cheetos and Goldfish, Colorado. Marijuana is now legal in the Centennial State. Just over a month after the citizens of Colorado voted in overwhelming favor of Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Executive Order that makes an official declaration of the vote. What does it mean?
  • Reckitt Benckiser to lay off 98 in Fort Worth

    12/10/2012 1:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jim Fuquay
    Reckitt Benckiser, a British-based maker of household cleaning and consumer health products, as well as foods, plans to lay off 98 in Fort Worth when it closes a local facility next year, the company said in a filing with the state. According to its website, the company's numerous brands include Lysol, Finish, Clearasil and French's foods. A company representative was not immediately available for comment. In 2008, the company leased 130,000 square feet at 14801 Sovereign Road in the Centreport Business Park south of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport...
  • Man, 31, visiting Manhattan killed with one shot to the head near Columbus Circle

    12/10/2012 1:32:27 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/10/12 | Edgar Sandoval , Barry Paddock AND Rocco Parascandola
    It took one bullet in the back of the head to kill a 31-year-old man visiting Manhattan on Monday, in a shocking, broad-daylight attack near Columbus Circle and Carnegie Hall, a police source said Monday. -snip- The suspect, described as wearing a brown hoodie, a dark coat and khaki pants, fled the scene in a grey vehicle, cops said. -snip- "He was bleeding bad, Kolo said. Blood was gushing out of his eyeball, his nose, mouth, everywhere. He was talking a little. Or trying to. He was alive for good two minutes." "You could not even see anything on one...
  • How Dewey Bartlett Balanced Tulsa's Budget without Raising Taxes

    12/10/2012 1:30:23 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 3 replies
    Reason TV ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Len Gilroy and Sharif Matar
    Video is here. When Mayor Dewey Bartlett took office on December 7, 2009, Tulsa, Oklahoma was in its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression. "We would have probably had to file for bankruptcy," Bartlett tells Reason TV. "It certainly got us focused on how to run a government better." With a $10 million budget shortfall and employee compensation spiraling out of control, thinkng about layoffs was just the beginning. Bartlett schooled himself about the budget and decided to focus "on things a government really should do and also make a decision on what a government really doesn't need to...
  • Christmas Books

    12/10/2012 1:18:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 11, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    During the holidays, a shopping mall can be more like a shopping maul. One way to avoid that scene is to give books as Christmas gifts, since books can be bought on-line, painlessly. A book that fits in with the holiday spirit is "No, They Can't!" by TV show host John Stossel. It is written with a light touch, but gets across some pretty heavy stuff about economics. The title is a take-off on Obama's old slogan, "Yes, we can!" It is the first book I have read that asks a question about electric cars that should have been asked...
  • Zero Dark Thirty Is Borderline Fascistic ... and a Masterpiece

    12/10/2012 1:13:54 PM PST · by mojito · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/10/2012 | David Edelstein
    Kathryn Bigelows killbin Laden epic Zero Dark Thirty is the most neutral-seeming America, F**k Yeah! picture ever made. In its narrative arc, it is barely distinct from a boneheaded right-wing revenge picture, but the vibe is cool, brisk, grown-up, packed with impressively real-sounding intel jargon. And the hero is no gun-toting macho man. Shes a CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain), a woman in a world in which men call the shots, metaphorically and literally. Presented with the movies liberal-pleasing feminist overlay, you root for her to compel the men to do what men would do naturally if they werent...