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  • Will George Zimmerman regret Hannity interview?

    Last July, George Zimmerman sat down with Sean Hannity of Fox News for a multi-topic and much-viewed interview. The discussion went into minute detail on Zimmerman’s deadly encounter with Trayvon Martin, from the moment he spotted Martin to the initial violence to his reflections on the whole thing: “I feel it was all God’s plan,” Zimmerman told Hannity. As it gears up to defend itself, NBC Universal is all but certain to mount a familiar argument. Zimmerman, it will likely contend, is a “public figure” for the purposes of the lawsuit. Under defamation law, those whom the court terms “public...
  • Big Shake-Up at Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    12/10/2012 4:16:38 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/9/12 | Lettie Teague
    Robert M. Parker Jr., widely regarded as the world's most powerful wine critic, has some far-reaching changes planned for his 34-year-old newsletter, the Wine Advocate. Mr. Parker intends to phase out the print version of the newsletter, which he built over the past several decades into one of the most influential voices on wine. He also said he intends to step down as its editor in chief, turning over editorial oversight to his Singapore-based correspondent, Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
  • Can I drive my car into Mexico without an American drivers license?

    12/10/2012 4:02:04 PM PST · by FoxPro · 156 replies
    It isn't important why I dont have a drivers license. There are numerous reasons why the DMV will not issue you a drivers license, from MADD to child support issues. But if I drive down to the border, will I be asked for a drivers license? What are the chances of being asked for a drivers license? And if I am asked for a drivers license and cant provide one, what might happen? And the same questions for coming back. I know I will need a passport for coming back into the US and I have that. But will I...
  • President Obama’s deleterious effect on America’s work ethic

    12/10/2012 4:00:57 PM PST · by Starman417 · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-10-12 | Vince
    The United States was built on the backs of hard working people. From pilgrims who survived an ocean’s journey and founded a colony at Plymouth to slaves who endured the blistering sun as they harvested cotton to settlers who braved temperatures, terrain and Indians to fulfill a Manifest Destiny, the United States was the product of people who worked like their lives depended on it. And in many cases, they did. In the 20th century however, other than a number of wars, and increasingly, simply living in intercity neighborhoods, most aspects of working in America don’t involve putting your life...
  • What Does Let It Burn Mean?

    12/10/2012 3:53:50 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 36 replies
    http://ace.mu.nu/ ^ | December 10 2012 | DrewM.
    “Let It Burn” is about inaction. There’s no point in trying do anything that avoids going over the fiscal cliff/sequestration. Remember, the deal that got us to this point was agreed to by House Republicans, Senate Democrats and signed by Obama. That’s as bi-partisan as it gets. I’ve heard from squishy low information voters, Obama and the media that “bi-partisan problem solving” is the Holy Grail of politics. Well, here it is. Will it lead to massive disruptions? Yes. That’s the point. The current system is rigged against conservative. We should play no part in its perpetuation. If you can’t...
  • Bicyclist Stabs Motorist in Northwest D.C. Confrontation

    12/10/2012 3:48:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 65 replies
    NBC ^ | Friday, Dec 7, 2012 | Jackie Benson
    A bicyclist who apparently was angry at being cut off in traffic fought with and stabbed the motorist he believed to be responsible. D.C. police officers were called to the 1600 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a stabbing. Witnesses told investigators that a bicyclist struck the driver's side mirror of a Smart car with a heavy bike lock. According to the police report, the driver then got out of the car and asked, "Why did you do that?" That's when it escalated into a fight, which ended, according to witnesses, when the...
  • Stopping endocrine disruptors in their tracks

    12/10/2012 3:39:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 6 December 2012 | Elinor Hughes
    US scientists have come up with a system to assess whether chemists' latest synthetic product is an endocrine disruptor – a chemical that interferes with hormone regulation in animals and humans.As industry seeks replacements for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as bisphenol A and some flame retardants, it often discovers that the replacements are no better, and sometimes worse, than what is being replaced. This is because the replacements have been designed using the same flawed tools as their parent chemicals and because of the lack of adequate EDC testing, say the scientists. Now, a team led by Pete Myers,...
  • Michelle Obama Reportedly Behind Ambassador Push For ‘Vogue’ Editor Anna Wintour

    12/10/2012 3:39:05 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:55 PM 12/09/2012
    "It's Like Caligula Making His Horse a Senator" First lady Michelle Obama is reportedly behind the push to award top Obama campaign fundraiser and Vogue editor Anna Wintour with a European ambassadorship — specifically to France — sources have revealed to The Daily Mail. A State Department “insider” told the British paper that Wintour is “under consideration” for a diplomatic post. “Anna Wintour’s friends have expressed an interest in making sure that she is nominated to become an ambassador to a major Western European nation,” the insider said, according to The Daily Mail. “I have had this confirmed from a...
  • NYPD: Suspect Attacked, Robbed 85-Year-Old Woman In Elevator

    12/10/2012 3:36:19 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 12.10.2012 | CBS
    (credit: NYPD) Filed under Local, News, NY News, Radio.com - News, Syndicated Local, Syndication Related tags Crime Stoppers, elderly, John Slattery, NYPD, robbery, Yvonne Sherwell Check Out Lindsay Lohan Celeb Train Wrecks Dead Or Alive? Dead Or Alive? Celebrity Crybabies Better With Age Politicians Goofing Off Notable Deaths 2012 Conservative Celebs Conservative Celebs Separated At Birth Separated At Birth NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An elderly woman was brutally attacked in her Greenwich Village apartment building. The suspect was caught on tape waiting for the moment to strike. The NYPD released surveillance video Monday of the man they are hoping to...
  • Charlie Rogers pleads no contest in fake hate crime case

    12/10/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by HogsBreath · 10 replies
    Journal Star ^ | 12-10-2012 | Jonathan Edwards
    Charlie Rogers maintained her innocence even as a Lancaster County judge found her guilty Monday of faking the anti-gay hate crime that shocked Lincoln and made headlines across the country. Rogers, 34, pleaded no contest in Lancaster County Court early Monday afternoon, a reversal of the not guilty plea she made in September. Judge Gale Pokorny found her guilty and set her sentencing for Feb. 14.
  • Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches

    12/10/2012 3:32:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/10/12 | Cathy Kelly - santacruzsentinel.com
    APTOS -- California Department of Fish & Game scientists are investigating why hundreds of dead squid washed up on Aptos-area beaches roughly from Rio Del Mar to Pleasure Point on Sunday. Many of the squid remained on the sand at Rio del Mar State Beach on Monday, and a sea of seagulls gorged themselves. State Parks officials said they were just advised of the issue Monday and that their resource specialists had just started looking into it. Fish & Game promised a statement later Monday. In late October, about 100 squid beached themselves in Pacific Grove, the Monterey Herald reported....
  • Donald Trump: Anna Wintour Ambassadorship Would Be ‘A Favor To The Country’ (barf alert)

    12/10/2012 3:31:56 PM PST · by drewh · 10 replies
    Mediate.com ^ | | 8:30 December 10th, 2012
    Donald Trump baffled many when he tweeted in favor of an ambassadorship for Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Of course, that’s only a rumor — but Trump elaborated on his support for Wintour when he called into Fox & Friends on Monday. She would do an “amazing” job, he said. Wintour is rumored to be in the running for an ambassadorship to the UK or France. A strong Obama supporter, she was one of his big bundlers during the campaign. Gretchen Carlson segued into the topic by noting that she and Trump actually agree on this issue. She doesn’t have a...
  • Russian Solidarity for French Church

    12/10/2012 3:22:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russia's Orthodox Church has pledged "solidarity and support" for the Catholic Church in France in its campaign against a bill to allow same-sex marriage by the Socialist Government of President Francois Hollande. In a letter, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Moscow Patriarchate's external relations director, praised Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, president of France's bishops' conference, for his "consistent and uncompromising" opposition to same-sex marriage which represented "the truly Christian view" on the issue. He told the cardinal the Moscow Patriarchate was ready to work with French bishops "to protect the Gospel's ethical values". The Russian prelate added: "It is gratifying that...
  • The Rise of American Power in the Curia [Olmstead to Rome]

    12/10/2012 3:20:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/7/12 | Marco Tosatti
    The Bishop of Phoenix, Olmsted, will soon be officially announced as the new Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated LifeThe official announcement of the appointment of the Bishop of Phoenix (Arizona) Thomas J. Olmsted, as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life is expected any day now. Olmsted should replace fellow American, Tobin, who occupied this delicate position for a very short period. Tobin heads the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Olmsted’s approach in the Congregation is expected to be far closer to the sensibilities of American bishops with regard to issue of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of...
  • Paradise Lost: California to Provide Free Cell Phones for Homeless

    12/10/2012 3:09:05 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government, ^ | 10 Dec 2012, 11:20 AM
    In California, the unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed. The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones – call them Obamaphones – with free service. The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with...
  • Concern That Assad May Have Passed Some Chemical Weapons to Hizballah

    12/10/2012 2:59:28 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 10, 2012, 10:08
    There is growing concern that some of the chemical weapons the Assad regime has been pushing out of the Damascus area in the last few days were sent across the border to Hizballah strongholds in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley to keep them out of rebel hands. Syrian army officers who recently defected report that containers were last week removed from Syrian bases at Jabal Kalamon and loaded on vehicles camouflaged as commercial trucks. On the Lebanese side, the consignment is thought to have been split up and hidden at different Hizballah bases to make them harder to attack. Israel’s US...
  • 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! Mark’s 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 Mark’s 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 family—it does not discriminate against anyone—and 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 Saturday’s 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. Cleckley’s 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 Peterson’s...
  • 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 Montana’s 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 Stein’s position on this issue. For those of you who voted for Obama, well, I hope you’re happy with his actions against medical marijuana. I hope you’re happy that this person could get life in prison. I hope you’re 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 Bigelow’s kill–bin 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. She’s a CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain), a woman in a world in which men call the shots, metaphorically and literally. Presented with the movie’s liberal-pleasing feminist overlay, you root for her to compel the men to do what men would do naturally if they weren’t...
  • 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 Syria’s 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 West’s 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 world’s 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 user’s 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 Brotherhood’s unlikely new ally? Egypt’s 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 country’s nearly 60 years of military-backed dictatorship. Concessions have been made to protect the military’s 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 mankind’s 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 Syria’s 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...