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  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Leg-Crossing Swedish Ambassador Angers Iran

    12/10/2012 6:03:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | 8 Dec 12
    Sweden's newly appointed ambassador in Tehran has reportedly upset Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - by crossing his legs during a meeting. According to Iranian website Asriran.com the Swedish ambassador, Peter Tejler, committed the apparently offensive act after a ceremony in which he presented his credentials to the president. It is unclear, though, whether the president himself was offended by the ambassador's cross-legged pose or whether this was, in fact, the interpretation of events by Asriran.com. Photos from the meeting show Ahmadinejad himself sitting cross-legged, too. Armenian website Panorama translated the Iranian website's report, which explains that crossing one's legs "contradicts...
  • French Teacher Suspended Over 'Suicide Assignment'(Asks Kids To Write Suicide Note)

    12/10/2012 6:02:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/10/2012 | BBC
    A teacher in France has been suspended after allegedly asking pupils to write an essay from the viewpoint of a suicidal teenager, officials say. The pupils, aged between 13 and 14, were told to imagine reasons for wanting to end their lives and describe their self-disgust. Angry parents contacted the national education department and sent a copy of the assignment brief to a local paper. "The wording is beyond shocking," an investigating government official said.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio ~ 11 DEC 2012

    12/10/2012 6:01:28 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 83 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Greene and Montgomery counties, eight miles northeast of the central business district of Dayton, Ohio. Part of the base is located along the city limits of Riverside and is also adjacent to Fairborn and Beavercreek. The base is named after the Wright brothers, who used the Huffman Prairie portion of what became Wright-Patterson as their testing ground, and Frank Stuart Patterson, son and nephew of the co-founders of National Cash Register, who was...
  • January 15, 2013: Stop Agenda 21 Presentation in Katy, Texas

    12/10/2012 5:54:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    Stop Agenda 21 Texas ^ | 10 December 2012 | Stop Agenda 21 Texas
    SOURCE: January 15, 2013: Stop Agenda 21 Presentation in Katy, Texas The Dangers of UN Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development Date: January 15, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Spring Creek Barbeque 21000 Kay Freeway ( 1-10 W @ Westgreen Blvd ) Katy, Texas, 77449 This presentation will reveal the true intentions of United Nations’ Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development and who’s in control behind the scenes. Video: Brief Overview of Agenda 21:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzoN0IQsTAE Contact Information: Mar. Webster (713) 248-8413 E-mail: mwebster2222@me.com Erin Earley (281) 599-7198, E-mail: eesquared57@comcast.net
  • Obama Elected By The Ungodly [Satire, Please]

    12/10/2012 5:53:30 PM PST · by WXRGina · 7 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | December 10, 2012 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Exit polls show that 12 percent of voters on election day were counted as "religiously unaffiliated." The Pew Research Center claims Hell-bound American voters now make up nearly 20 percent of the country's population, and are typically morally bankrupt, younger, more socially liberal, and vote Democratic. "The ungodly really relate to Obama," said one political analyst. "He lies, he's narcissistic, he pits races and classes against each other, and they realize he only pretends to be religious when campaigning."
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-10-12

    12/10/2012 5:49:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-10-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Fox’s Ed Henry: Some Fox Shows Have Given Benghazi More Coverage Than Needed

    12/10/2012 5:47:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry told the Associated Press Thursday that some of Fox shows and commentators have covered Benghazi “more than it needed to be covered.” …
  • U.S. to Help Vietnam 'Peoples Committee' to Modernize Water InfoCom System (News Brief)

    12/10/2012 5:41:33 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Dec. 10, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    A Vietnamese water company has asked the Obama Administration for help in assessing its information and communications technology (ICT) modernization plan, and a White House agency has agreed to provide a $600,000 grant for that purpose. The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) will fund the endeavor, which entails footing the bill for an ICT contractor to fly to Vietnam to provide "technical assistance" to the Saigon Water Corporation, or SAWACO. SAWACO is described as "a government-owned enterprise operating under the HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) Peoples' Committee," according to a contracting notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located...
  • EU: [Italian PM] Mario Monti's exit is only way to save Italy

    12/10/2012 5:40:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/10/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italy has only one serious economic problem. It is in the wrong currency. The nation is richer than Germany in per capita terms, with some €9 trillion of private wealth. It has the biggest primary budget surplus in the G7 bloc. Its combined public and private debt is 265pc of GDP, lower than in France, Holland, the UK, the US or Japan. It scores top of the International Monetary Fund’s index for “long-term debt sustainability” among key industrial nations, precisely because it reformed the pension structure long ago under Silvio Berlusconi. “They have a vibrant export sector, and a primary...
  • George Will: “Opposition to Gay Marriage is Dying—It’s Old People”

    12/10/2012 5:39:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 137 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Syndicated columnist George Will, appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” said opposition to same-sex marriage is “quite literally” dying, because opponents tend to be older Americans. “There is something like an emerging consensus. Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people,” Will said. …
  • Reminder: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Federal Spending Cuts

    12/10/2012 5:37:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2012 | Buy Benson
    But by all means, let's keep obsessing over tax increases on rich people, which would take care of roughly eight percent of this year's federal deficit -- at best.   Let's take a peek at the data itself, then discover how Politico chose to boil it down into a narrative-driving headline:   Your headline? "Battleground Poll: Hike Taxes on the Rich."  Don't get me wrong; there is no shortage of disappointing information packed into that infographic.  (1) A large majority supports the president's proposed tax increase on the rich, despite its negligible revenue impact and high likelihood of killing jobs....
  • American Tyranny--Soft Now, Hard When?

    12/10/2012 5:34:13 PM PST · by crusher · 13 replies
    Pete Ferron, a skillful thinker and communicator par excellence, lends his Shrugging Out Podcast voice to the analysis and not-so-wild speculation about the continuing devolution of the American society with the ever encroaching growth of the American State. Give it a listen and see if you find his level-headed, insightful, non-histrionic mega-plausible glimpse into the future as unnerving as I did. I fear that the only path to Free America is for us to endure a Soviet-style collapse and pray for the good fortune to make America 2.0 more robust than was America 1.0. How that occurs with this low-information...
  • Obama: Look at Michigan to See How Unions Built America’s Middle Class

    12/10/2012 5:28:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 150 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    Speaking at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Mich., on Monday, President Barack Obama lashed out at the Michigan legislature for passing a right-to-work law and declared that Americans only needed to look at Michigan if they wanted to see how unions helped build the middle class. “These so-called right to work laws, they don’t have to do with economics,” Obama said. “They have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. You only have to look to Michigan, where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto...
  • Seattle Erects Same-Sex Wedding ‘Chapels’ Inside City Hall

    12/10/2012 5:20:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The City of Seattle erected five “chapels” inside its city hall over the weekend, so the government facility could host 138 same-sex wedding ceremonies on Sunday. Same-sex unions became legal in Washington as of Sunday due to the passage of a referendum in the November election. … But some Seattle residents were not celebrating on Sunday. Dan Kennedy, who is chief executive of the pro-life group Human Life of Washington, told the Seattle Times the day reminded him of the Roman Empire. “I feel like I’m living in pagan Rome,” Kennedy said. …
  • Waterboarding Works, According To (potential Oscar favorite)'Zero Dark Thirty'

    12/10/2012 5:18:57 PM PST · by drewh · 8 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | 10 Dec 2012, 10:46 AM PDT | by Christian Toto
    The new film "Zero Dark Thirty" shows U.S. interrogators using a variety of methods, from sleep deprivation to waterboarding, to get vital information out of terrorist detainees. And it worked, according to the film, which illustrates the hunt for Osama bin Laden in methodical detail. The film's crew worked intensely with the dministration to glean as many details about the hunt as possible, a search which drew questions at to whether the team received classified information along the way. In theory, bin Laden would still be alive and plotting more attacks had Obama's "no torture" policy been in place. Will...
  • Huelskamp to Boehner: Give Me My Job Back

    12/10/2012 5:13:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 04:15 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    One of four Republican lawmakers ousted from several key committees by House Speaker John Boehner last week for allegedly not toeing the party line is asking to be reinstated. … (Kansas Rep. Tim) Huelskamp, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, and Arizona Rep. David Schweikert have asked Boehner for a written explanation of why they were banished. They also want to see any voting “scorecards” that may have factored in their ousters. …
  • What The GOP Vision Of "Forward" Should Be...

    12/10/2012 5:09:19 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-10-12 | The Looking Spoon
    We probably will never get this long-term, and since many Republicans are caving on taxes now this much needed scenario wont happen either.
  • Cuomo Declines Opportunity to Back Hillary Clinton

    12/10/2012 5:07:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 02:58 PM | (Newsmax Wires)
    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a potential candidate for president in 2016, offered a non-committal response as to whether he backs Hillary Clinton for president. … (Cuomo:) “That’s a long way away. We just elected a president. … There’s no doubt that she’s incredibly popular, she’s got incredible support. … She’s going to have to make her decision.” …
  • Should Massachusetts Loosen Gun Control Laws?

    12/10/2012 5:06:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    roslindale.patch.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Karla Vallance
    Way too much red tape. That's the complaint of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a group that is urging passage of a law that would abolish the requirement of having to renew a gun permit every six years, according to the Boston Herald. For comparison, Massachusetts vehicle drivers' licenses need to be renewed every five years. But the league says local police cannot keep up with timely gun permit renewals, and legitimate gunowners go license-less until the cops get time to do the paperwork. The law now allows 40 days for turning around license applications. In Boston, almost...
  • How to print phone pics?

    12/10/2012 5:06:25 PM PST · by ex-snook · 25 replies
    self | 12/10/12 | self
    My family sends pics to my phone. How do I print the ones I want to keep?
  • Mayan apocalypse: Serbia's mystic mountain targeted by believers

    12/10/2012 5:05:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-10-12 | Nick Squires
    Hotel owners around the pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj, in the east of the Balkan country, say that bookings are flooding in, with believers in the prophecy hoping that its purported mysterious powers will save them from the apocalypse. Adherents of the end-of-the-world scenario think the 5,100ft-high mountain, part of the Carpathian range, conceals a pyramidal building inside, left behind by alien visitors thousands of years ago. Arthur C Clarke, the British science fiction writer, reportedly identified the peak as a place of "special energy" and called it "the navel of the world". Doomsday cultists believe that it emits special energy that...
  • Hero of the Telemark Raid dies aged 101

    12/10/2012 5:00:50 PM PST · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2012 | Daniel Miller
    'One of the last two survivors of the legendary Second World War 'Heroes of the Telemark' raid, which helped thwart Hitler's plans to build a Nazi nuclear bomb, has died aged 101. Just 31 at the time, Norwegian Birger Stromsheim was the oldest member of the team who successfully destroyed the hard water production facility at the Norsk Hydoelectric plant in Telemark, southern Norway. The raid, which is regarded as one of the most successful acts of sabotage in World War II, was also remarkable for the fact all the team managed to escape by cross country skiing 250 miles...
  • USA Replaces Portugal as an Official Debt Pig

    12/10/2012 4:56:39 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/10/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The terms PIGS usually denotes Portugal,Italy.Greece and Spain as large issuers of government debt as a percentage of GDP. But the USA has replaced Portugal as an honorary PIG. The USA has been on a spending and debt binge since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2008. And the growth in GDP risen as much as hoped with the additional spending, debt or money supply. M2 Money Velocity (GDP/M2 Money Stock) is falling fast. So as President Obama and House Speaker Boehner discuss the fiscal cliff and taxation in ADDITION to Obamacare taxes (coming to your checking account on...
  • Gun owners say boondoggle puts them in license limbo

    12/10/2012 4:49:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 10, 2012 | John Zaremba and Chris Cassidy
    Gun ownership advocates are pushing for a return to lifetime firearm licenses, saying the state’s 1998 get-tough gun control laws have created a bureaucratic nightmare that turns them into lawbreakers, while cash-strapped police departments say they are swamped. “It’s a license that’s mandated by a state that cannot supply it,” said James Wallace, president of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, which is pushing a bill to speed up the process by eliminating renewals — and instead just yanking licenses from people when they violate the terms. “It’s taking so long that people are technically illegal, and they’re scared...
  • Baby Ikea monkey finds new home

    12/10/2012 4:43:06 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 12 replies
    CP24 ^ | December 10, 2012 | Sandie Benitah
    A baby monkey who amused surprised shoppers inside a North York Ikea store over the weekend has arrived at his new home in a primate sanctuary north of Toronto. The monkey, whose name is Darwin, will now live at the Story Book Farm Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont. He animal made international headlines after he found himself inside the Ikea store on Provost Drive Sunday afternoon. According to Toronto Animal Services, Darwin was locked up in a crate inside a car parked in the parking lot of the store. The monkey let himself out and made his way inside the store....
  • Obama Moves "Red Line" On Syria's Chemical Weapons

    12/10/2012 4:37:58 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 10, 2012
    Mideast: The chemical weapons that Syria is preparing to use may have come from a stockpile that Iraq used against its own people and which the Russians helped transport to Syria before Operation Iraqi Freedom. Syria's chemical weapons are on the move, their precursor chemicals having been mixed, a crossing of a line drawn by President Obama Aug. 20 when he said "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized." So our resolute president decides to draw another line — that if Syria's Bashar al-Assad makes use of...
  • ESPN president orders producers to cut back on Tebow coverage: report

    12/10/2012 4:36:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | JUSTIN TERRANOVA
    Cortland may be a little less crowded next summer. ESPN president John Skipper has told producers that the cable giant needs to spend less time talking about Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. "I said, 'Guys, we didn't handle this very well.' Going to training camp wasn't a problem. We just stayed on it relentlessly and too long," Skipper told Sports Business Journal.
  • Should a conservative Congress oust Boehner over fiscal cliff talks?

    12/10/2012 4:33:46 PM PST · by conservativeforpalin · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10 | Henry D'Andrea
    Speaker John Boehner's unwillingness to hold the line against President Obama's hypocritical approach to the fiscal cliff negotiations show it might be time for conservatives to take the speaker gavel away. While there has been no real movement towards a fiscal cliff deal, Speaker Boehner did move to evict key conservatives from top budget committees for their dissent to his budget proposal. After Reps. Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp, David Schweikert, and Walter Jones were removed from their budget committees, conservatives lambasted Boehner and felt as though he was shutting them out of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Those 31 members on...
  • Navy Seal Killed in Afghanistan

    12/10/2012 4:30:38 PM PST · by PennsylvaniaMom · 29 replies
    KDKA-TV Pittsburgh ^ | 12/10/12 | KDKA-TV
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pentagon says a Navy SEAL from Monroeville was killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, died after being shot in the head Dec. 8, during the mission. Checque was a member of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama Bin Laden last year. However, it is unknown at this time if he participated in that mission.
  • Tony Clement de-Grinches the halls of power

    12/10/2012 4:27:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | Kelly McParland
    It doesn’t seem to matter that the “Christmas season” has long since been usurped by “the holiday season,” that there’s about as much religion involved in Christmas as there is at a WalMart Black Friday sale, or that a present or two under a tree has been replaced by eight weeks of intensive mass marketing designed to fill consumers with guilt if they fail to supply appropriate gifts to anyone who might feel they have a call on one. No, something about Christmas still rankles with people who seem to need something to object to as the date approaches. And...
  • 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...