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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 ^ | 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, - 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 -
    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 ^ | | 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 ^ | 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...