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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 · 20 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...
  • UN Hosts Art Depicting Palestine as All of Israel

    12/10/2012 1:09:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    The UN is now hosting in the public entrance hall of its New York headquarters a Palestinian exhibit which includes pieces that artfully depict all of Israel as Palestine. The display goes hand-in-hand with the logo featured at the top of the cover page of the speech that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas delivered to the General Assembly on November 29, 2012. That emblem continues to promote a one state solution, Palestine without Israel. On November 29th the General Assembly granted Palestine the status of non-member observer state under the pretense that the move brought the world
  • The fight for sexual sanity in a world awash in porn (part 4)

    12/10/2012 12:55:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - My roommate during my first year at college was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. As part of his recovery he regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and out of both curiosity and a desire to support his efforts, I often tagged along. So it was that under the glare of florescent lights, in dingy boardrooms in the basements of schools and churches, with the acidic smell of cheap coffee wafting under my nose, I received a better education in human nature than I ever received in any of my anthropology classes witnessing first-hand its...
  • Watching Syrias descent

    12/10/2012 12:52:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Jackson Diehl
    The scariest thing about Syria, from the Wests point of view, may be the gap between the hair-raising scenarios senior officials are discussing about what may happen next and their limp strategies for preventing it. Inside the Obama administration, Syria is now likened by some to a second Somalia only at the heart of the Middle East, and with the worlds third-largest stockpile of chemical weapons. One official recently described a near-term future in which the current, two-sided civil war breaks down into a free-for-all in which Sunni forces fight Kurds and each other as well as the Alawi...
  • Three ways to kick porn out of your life (part 3)

    12/10/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But even if we can all agree that porn is a devil, that is only the beginning. That we even come to hate pornography is no guarantee that we will be freed from its allure. Many are those who have believed that they had their porn use under control, but who, upon seeking to quit once and for all, have found themselves inexplicably returning again and again, in defiance of their convictions and their good sense. It turns out that the temptation of anonymous, responsibility-free sexual pleasure on demand is a remarkably enduring one, even...
  • Porn: devil or an angel? (part 2(

    12/10/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But there is no use going any further until we can all agree that porn really is a devil. Strange as it may seem, many of our modern sex educators believe that porn use is simply a natural part of the healthy development of an adolescent sexuality, and that it is only harmful in cases where the habit interferes with the users capacity to perform his or her daily duties. In this view porn is, at worst, a mischievous but usually harmless sprite, or, at best, an angel. I once read an article about pornography...
  • Muslim Brotherhoods unlikely new ally? Egypts military

    12/10/2012 12:47:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2012 | Dan Murphy, Staff Writer
    Yesterday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi raised taxes on a host of goods and services, among then alcohol, tobacco, advertising, and construction rebar. Then at around 2 a.m. today, he suspended the tax increases with a short update to his public Facebook account. Now, he and the Muslim Brotherhood that propelled him to power appear to be accommodating themselves to the authoritarian institutions that worked so well during the countrys nearly 60 years of military-backed dictatorship. Concessions have been made to protect the militarys autonomy and business interests, and in return Morsi appears to have secured the cooperation of the...
  • My porn addiction (part 1)

    12/10/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | John Jalsevac
    Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am November 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It was in the mid 90s that we began to hear a whole lot about this new thing called the Internet, which could answer all of mankinds deepest questions. At around the same time I hit puberty and began to spend my time moping about pondering the age-old riddle of what, exactly, women look like underneath their clothing. Evidently at some point I put two and two together and punched the appropriate keywords into the prehistoric version of Google, with spectacular results. So far so good, and if...
  • Generation Identity wages war on France's Islamization

    12/10/2012 12:43:37 PM PST · by Bon mots · 10 replies
    CBN viaLiveLeak ^ | December 10, 2012 | CBN
    Encouraging... We need a similar movement in the USA to fight back against the 68'ers who are messing everything up. Check out the video: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a3b_1355162592
  • 2 Dems to work with GOP to control state Senate [Washington State]

    12/10/2012 12:40:23 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/10/2012 | Associated Press
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two Democrats in the Washington state Senate abandoned their caucus Monday, vowing to work with Republicans to control the chamber and push conservative budgeting principles. Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom of Bellevue and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch said the bipartisan cooperation would drive better policies. Under the new plan, Republicans will chair six committees, including the panel that controls the state budget, while Democrats will control another six committees. The parties will split control of three other panels, though Sheldon is on two of those committees.
  • Syria: Assad Already Using Chemical Weapons On Civilians Activists

    12/10/2012 12:36:43 PM PST · by Braak · 62 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/10/2012 | Al Bawaba News
    Global concerns over Syrias chemical weapons stockpiles grew after U.S. officials this week privately said the regime had begun mixing chemicals that could be used for the lethal nerve agent sarin. On Saturday, Syrian told the United Nations that it would never use chemical weapons against its peoples and warned that opposition fighters are the ones who could use chemical weapons. But videos uploaded on the web by activists proved otherwise. The video showed the destruction caused by what they identified as chemical weapons. They said the fire was caused by a tank dropped from a Syrian warplane and was...
  • Prosecutor: Zimmerman trying to 'co-opt the mantle of victimhood' from Trayvon Martin

    12/10/2012 12:36:19 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 72 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    <p>In a blistering response to a recent filing by George Zimmerman's defense team, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda accuses the second-degree murder defendant of attempting "to co-opt the mantle of victimhood for himself."</p> <p>Zimmerman's legal team had asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to force an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teen shot by Zimmerman Feb. 26 in Sanford, to turn over a recorded interview of a witness described as the teen's girlfriend.</p>
  • Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

    12/10/2012 12:35:14 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / AP
    Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers. "Especially at a time when we are facing economic uncertainty, (companies will) be hit with...
  • Assad has chemical weapons: Obama and the U.N. vow tough inaction

    12/10/2012 12:32:49 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-10-2012 | Eric Golub
    December 10, 2012 Assad has chemical weapons: Obama and the U.N. vow tough inaction Eric Golub LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2012 ― For every innocent Syrian killed, there is a world organization with bloodied Syrian bodies on its filthy hands. That useless, ineffectual bastion of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism known as the United Nations has decided to stop doing nothing and start looking busy. Recent reports say that Syrian strongman Bashar Assad is moving and preparing chemical weapons, which suggests that he is willing to kill his own people in order to maintain his weakening grip on power. This guy is...
  • Unemployment Is Not Going Down: The Employment Rate Has Been Under 59 Percent For 39 Months In A Row

    12/10/2012 12:30:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    TEC ^ | 12/10/2012 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael, on December 9th, 2012 The mainstream media is heralding the decline of the official unemployment rate to 7.7 percent as evidence that the U.S. economy is improving. But it is a giant lie. The truth is that unemployment in America is not actually going down. The percentage of working age Americans with a job actually dropped slightly in November. During the last recession, the percentage of working age Americans with a job fell from about 63 percent to under 59 percent and it has stayed there for 39 months in a row. In September 2009, during the...
  • Cam Edwards, Second Amendment, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    12/10/2012 12:30:33 PM PST · by GreenEyedGal
    www.amandakmelson.wordpress.com ^ | 12/10/2012 | Amanda Melson
    Tonight The Brenner Brief radio show will feature Cam Edwards of Cam and Company on nranews.com and SiriusXM Patriot Channel. The discussion will focus on gun rights and Second Amendment issues with regard to the Obama Administration. In addition, Sara will continue the discussion on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), its defeat in the Senate last week and the very likely possibility it will be brought up for another vote [...]
  • Obamacares regulatory surtax on exchange insurance plans

    12/10/2012 12:28:35 PM PST · by Red Steel · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 3, 2012 | 2:13 pm | Philip Klein
    Despite over 2,000 pages of legislative text, many key details of President Obamas national health care law were left up to regulators to work out, with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius given the lead role. The Obama administration wanted to avoid issuing potentially controversial health care regulations during an election year, but now that its over, regulations are starting to roll out. In a news dump this past Friday afternoon, HHS released 373 pages of new insurance regulations, and buried on page 299 is a proposed 3.5 percent monthly user fee to be levied on the premiums...
  • Obama criticizes Michigan right-to-work bills

    12/10/2012 12:27:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 12/10/12 | AP News
    REDFORD, Mich. (AP) President Barack Obama says right-to-work legislation in Michigan is more about politics than economics. He is criticizing a measure that would prevent requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at their workplace. Obama received loud applause at a Michigan engine plant when he said we shouldn't be "taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions." The president says that the right-to-work bills are more about "giving you the right to work for less money."
  • Chrysler workers canned for drinking on the job reinstated

    12/10/2012 12:21:47 PM PST · by shove_it · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8 Dec 2012
    <p>Chrysler workers who were fired or suspended two years ago after a MyFoxDetroit investigation found them drinking and goofing off during lunch break are back on the job. MyFoxDetroit first aired the footage of the Chrysler workers in September 2010.</p>
  • New York Confidential: Lee Mortimer's 1950s Expose On The Mafia And Its Gay Bars

    12/10/2012 12:20:03 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/09/12 | Friends of Ours
    For decades the Mafia controlled gay bars, and in the 1950s Lee Mortimer was the first to unmask the relationship. Mortimer was a hybrid crime reporter/gossip monger who penned the syndicated column New York Confidential which took a walk on the Big Apple's wild side. The intrepid muckraker had a field day when he discovered that the wise guys were behind the so-called "daffodil dens." Although a homophobic tone is pervasive throughout his writing -- Mortimer obviously relished coining terms by which to slur gays -- the clear target was the mobsters. Indeed, Mortimer was a consistent crusader against the...
  • (Bastard Nation) 'I Should Sterilize You' - Judge Orders Deadbeat Dad of 9 to Stop Reproducing

    12/10/2012 12:11:35 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'I should sterilize you': Deadbeat dad of nine agrees to judge's order to stop having kids Corey Curtis, 44, owes about $90,000 in back child support and interest to the mothers of his children Agrees with judge's order to curb his excessive breeding as a condition of a three-year probation term Americas most infamous baby machine, Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee, has fathered more than 20 children with 11 women A Wisconsin father of nine who's behind on child support payments has allegedly agreed with a judge's order not to have any more children until he can show...
  • Merck Foundation stops giving to Boy Scouts

    12/10/2012 12:07:24 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | AP
    Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company's nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money to the Boy Scouts if they change their policy on sexual orientation. Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier was a scout in his youth. He received the "Good Scout" Award from the Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council in June. ...
  • Chinese group buys AIG aircraft firm for up to $4.8 billion

    12/10/2012 12:07:04 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 3 replies
    Rueters ^ | 12/10/12 | http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/10/us-aig-ilfc-idUSBRE8B900J20121210
    American International Group Inc (AIG.N) will sell nearly all of aircraft leasing business ILFC (ILFC.N) to a Chinese consortium for up to $4.8 billion, in a deal that gives the fastest growing aviation market easier and cheaper access to planes. But the sale is at a far cheaper price than AIG sought and will lead to a substantial loss, the insurer's price for getting out of its last major non-core asset following the U.S. government bailout of the company in the financial crisis. Chinese firms have previously shown interest in aircraft leasing, and the deal would give China access to...
  • Man throws paint at Polish 'miracle' Virgin Mary icon

    Polish police detained a 58-year-old man Sunday after he threw vials of black paint at the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, an ancient Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary believed to work miracles. (SNIP) Every August, thousands of Poles make a spiritual journey to the monastery, a tradition that goes back to 1711 when the bubonic plague decimated Warsaw's population. When the epidemic suddenly ended, a brotherhood of knights trekked from the capital to the monastery to offer thanks to the Virgin Mary. The relic has since enjoyed a cult following at home, and its international reputation was boosted by the...
  • Workers in part-time purgatory dream of full-time paradise

    12/10/2012 12:05:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NBC News Business ^ | December 10, 2012 | Allison Linn
    Bonnie Gray knows there are people out there who are worse off than she is. After all, at least she has a job. Its just not a full-time gig. Like many other Americans, she works part time and its barely enough to pay for food, fuel and shelter. Millions of Americans were working part time in November but they would like to have been working full time. These so-called involuntary part-time workers are an example of some of the stubborn pockets of weakness that remain in the labor market even as the jobs picture improves very slowly. The Bureau of...
  • For Street Cred Watch, Listen and view the ideology of the media reporters ... DC Metro

    12/10/2012 12:04:57 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 10, 2012 | Sundance
    .robberies and a rowdy brawl went down, thats what the reporter said. Another said this video is alarming. the 44th street crew, gangs up on two female passengers to steal their iphones The thugs took trophy video of the assault/robbery and posted it for bragging rights and street cred on their FaceBook page. Watch how the media make particular attention to avoid the obvious. The attackers were all black, and the two women attacked were white.. Hmmm? The knock out game Thrill kills - Flash mobs Subway passengers pushed onto the tracks - Street cred - Violence ...
  • Bill Clinton: White Americans Without H.S. Diplomas Are Dying of a Broken Heart

    12/10/2012 12:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    Former President Bill Clinton told a group of pharmacists in Las Vegas on Dec. 3 that white Americans who lack high school diplomas, and who have seen their life expectancy diminish in recent years, are dying of a broken heart. Clinton was discussing a New York Times article on a study about the life expectancy of whites in the United States, which noted that life expectancy had risen steadily for all groups except non-Hispanic whites without a high school degree.
  • Taxing the Poor (Sowell on inflation)

    12/10/2012 11:58:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 11, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires. While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the apparently simple word "tax" has many complications that can be a challenge for even professional economists to untangle. If you define a tax as only those things that the government chooses to call a tax, you get a radically different picture from what...
  • Hillary Clinton: Iran Exports Terrorism to Mexico

    12/10/2012 11:41:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Penny Starr
    Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Iran exports terrorism in a global fashion that stretches from Mexico to Thailand. We already know very well that the Iranian regime already exports terrorism, not only to Israels doorstep, but across the world, Clinton said. If we had a map I could put up there, I could show you what we track and plot on that map.
  • Swiss Guns

    12/10/2012 11:39:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    diodon349.com ^ | 6 December, 2001 | na
    So let's take a step back, and look at Switzerland's unique gun laws and culture. "While traveling around Switzerland on Sundays, everywhere one hears gunfire, but a peaceful gunfire: this is the Swiss practicing their favorite sport, their national sport. They are doing their obligatory shooting, or practicing for the regional, Cantonal or federal shooting festivals, as their ancestors did it with the musket, the arquebus or the crossbow. Everywhere, one meets urbanites and country people, rifle to the shoulder, causing foreigners to exclaim: 'You are having a revolution!'" These words were written by General Henri Guisan, commander in chief...
  • Pastor John MacArthur: Democrats Adopted The Sins of Romans 1 As Their Platform

    12/10/2012 11:34:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jon Street
    Evangelical pastor and author John MacArthur said that the Democratic Party has adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform." And as you know, MacArthur told his Southern California congregation on Sept. 30, Im not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform. This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of Gods law and morality.