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  • New Species of Galaxy Discovered Glowing from Light of Monster Black Holes

    12/11/2012 8:09:58 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 12/5/12
    A new galaxy class has been identified using observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Gemini South telescope, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Nicknamed “green bean galaxies” because of their unusual appearance, these galaxies glow in the intense light emitted from the surroundings of monster black holes and are amongst the rarest objects in the Universe. Many galaxies have a giant black hole at their center that causes the gas around it to glow. However, in the case of green bean galaxies, the entire galaxy is glowing, not just the centre. These new observations reveal the largest and brightest...
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Falling Confidence Signals Likely Fed Action

    12/11/2012 8:09:37 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    he Good: Job openings in construction rose to +48 after several months of little progress. The Bad: The Small Business Optimism Index fell to its lowest point since March 2010. The Ugly: The Investors Business Daily (IBD) and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence (TIPP) economic optimism index fell to 45.1 in December, down 3.5 points from a month earlier. A reading over 50 indicates a positive outlook while a reading below 50 signals a negative outlook. On the ugly side, the USA trade balance with the Pacific Rim (China, Japan, etc) fell as well. On the mortgage/MBS side, Ginnie Mae 15 year...
  • "The Bloggers Rules For Defeating Liberals"

    12/11/2012 8:07:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 10, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    BC over at the blog 1'm 41 contacted me in a quest to ask "50 of the brightest minds in the conservative blogosphere their views, so that I can compile a set a blogging best practices to help act as a guide for the thousands of grassroots conservative bloggers -- so that as a group we can be more effective at attacking liberals." I gave BC a short summary of what I thought needed to be done in the face of a vicious left, a gutless, mealy-mouthed right, and a culture at war with American values and morality. Kudos to...
  • Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE

    12/11/2012 8:06:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced. Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be included. In her statement, Mrs Miller promised a "quadruple lock" to protect religious freedom, involving: No religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises Making it unlawful for religious...
  • RAND PAUL, PAUL BROUN TO JOIN PROTEST OF HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP TAX DEAL

    12/11/2012 7:53:31 AM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 9 replies
    BREITBART ^ | December 10, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, and others will join tea party group TheTeaParty.Net to denounce the House GOP leaderships caving on taxes later this week...
  • Police Shot And Kill Burglar(IN)

    12/11/2012 7:51:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wbiw.com ^ | 11 December, 2012 | NA
    (INDIANAPOLIS) - Police shot and killed a burglar found hiding in a familys basement on Indianapolis northeast side Monday night. Officers were called to a home in the 3800 block of North Arlington Avenue just after 7 p.m. Family members said they came home to find someone had broken into their home, so they called police and waited for officers to arrive. When police searched the home, they said they found the burglar hiding in the basement. Officers struggled with the suspect, and shots were fired, hitting the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not...
  • Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor

    12/11/2012 7:47:31 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Editorial
    Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus...
  • Venezuela Without Chavez: Chaos The Most Likely Successor

    12/11/2012 7:47:20 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Editorial
    Americas: Dictator Hugo Chavez's near-certain exit in Venezuela looks like a second wind for the country's democrats. But not so fast: The petrotyranny is no longer a republic, it's a cult of personality. Latin Spring is more like it. The shocking news over the weekend from Chavez, that he was heading back to Cuba for a third operation less than a week after treatment there, pretty well signals that the still-undisclosed type of cancer that afflicts him is terminal. A somber Chavez announced Saturday for the first time that he was turning over the reins of power to former bus...
  • Taxifornia Lessons

    12/11/2012 7:38:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    California revenue is up from a year ago. Unfortunately, California revenue is not up as much as expected, while spending is up way more than expected. Please consider California Finances in November 2012 by state controller John Chiang. November's tax receipts fell 10.8% short of expectations contained in the 2012-2013 State Budget, although they were above the year-ago level. Total revenues year to date are now 2.6% less than anticipated at this time, with shortfalls among all of the major sources. Expenditures are 4.9% above estimates contained in the Budget, with assistance to local governments driving the overage. Total revenues...
  • Anarchist Protest Trainer Preps Michigan Unions for Right to Work Showdown

    12/11/2012 7:30:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Mother Jones calls her Professor Occupy. She was the brains behind the violent 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Now, Lisa Fithian a self-described anarchist has brought her tactics to Michigan, where the unions are prepping for a massive demonstration Tuesday as the legislature gives final passage to Right to Work legislation. EAGnews exposed Fithian when she popped up in Chicago last year to organize the Chicago Teachers Union during the height of the silly but dangerous Occupy protests. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. But strangely, the Associated Press didnt mention Fithians track record in a story it...
  • Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

    12/11/2012 7:27:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/11/12 | Alex Murashko
    The founder of an international group of advocates for the equality and rights of Coptic Christians is appealing to the leaders of democratic nations to cut any ties with Egypt. The Voice of the Copts is attempting to thwart President Mohamed Morsi's regime from implementing a primarily Islamic-based constitution. "We demand that world leaders withdraw their recognition of Egypt's phony 'pro-democracy' leader, Mr. Morsi, who is backed by the illegal Muslim Brotherhood party," states Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of the Copts, in an open letter sent Monday. "Freeze your political relationships with Egypt, halt all investments and aid...
  • (How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert

    12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 195 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson
    While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC. Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another some mere meters apart as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have...
  • Diocese of Phoenix Deny Olmsted to Vatican Report

    12/11/2012 7:20:21 AM PST · by marshmallow
    PHOENIX (AP) - The Diocese of Phoenix is denying a report that the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix is headed to the Vatican. Rob DeFrancesco told The Associated Press on Sunday that a report in an Italian newspaper that Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was going to Rome for a Vatican post is false.
  • Why Liberalism Doesn't Work

    12/11/2012 7:19:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    Reason No. 1 not to tremble at the prospect of liberal ascendancy, world without end: Liberalism doesn't work. At any rate, not the way liberals commonly suppose it's going to work when they devise enormous taxpayer-funded, government-run programs, minimally connected, if at all, to the realities of human existence. An article in the Dec. 9 New York Times, of all places, gleams in the darkness of the present political moment as the Obama administration works to rub away resistance to its vision of an all-encompassing federal government. "This is painful for a liberal to admit," admits Nicholas D. Kristof, a...
  • You Think the GOP Has Problems?

    12/11/2012 7:19:04 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 11, 2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    While everyone gathers around the water cooler Monday-morning quarterbacking Speaker Boehner on the execution of his game plan for the Cliff Bowl before it is even played, let us spare a thought for the hapless Democrats. After all, who would want to be a Democrat as we go into 2013? Don't be fooled by that tough-guy act. Yes, yes, we know that the Democrats own the future with the educated, the young, the black, and the Hispanic. And Republicans have just got to learn to speak Hispanic. Even Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan seem to agree. But my suspicion is...
  • Bishop Robert Morlino Cracks Down on Madison Nuns for Espousing 'New Ageism' and 'Indifferentism'

    12/11/2012 7:12:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12/11/12 | Doug Erickson
    Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese. Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal. Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom's Well, also have been banned as part of the same action. The memo...
  • An Honest Liberal Confronts the Problem of Government Dependency

    12/11/2012 7:05:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Ive written and pontificated about the problem of government-created dependency and how the welfare state traps people in poverty. I also shared this dramatic chart showing how redistribution programs create shockingly high implicit marginal tax rates for those with modest incomes.But when a liberal writer for the New York Times basically comes to the same conclusion, thats a sign that there may finally be some consensus about the need for reform.Heres some of what Nicholas Kristof wrote, beginning with an acknowledgement of the welfare states perverse incentives.This is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill...
  • Royal Canadian Mints Tungsten Gold Twostep?

    12/11/2012 6:59:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-28-2012 | Rob Kirby
    In the end, we were all told that this loss was due to honest miscalculations and blunders, or in other words – LAX CONTROLS.Lax Internal Controls at the Royal Canadian Mint?It's elementary(?), Watson -- (December 21, 2009) A series of miscalculations and blunders in its gold refinery dating back to 2005 were responsible for 17,500 troy ounces of gold going missing from the mint's Sussex Drive inventory count last October, the mint announced in a 12-page report. That's the equivalent of almost forty-four 400-ounce bars and worth more than $20 million in today's prices.More than $3 million in government gold...
  • U.S. Economic Confidence Continues Post-Election Fade

    12/11/2012 6:58:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12/11/12 | Gallup staff
    Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index is at -16 for the week ending Dec. 9, down from -12 the previous week. Confidence is now the lowest it has been since the presidential election... The decline in confidence comes even though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better-than-expected jobs report on Friday, showing a 0.2-percentage-point improvement in the seasonally adjusted employment rate. Still, confidence was -16 from Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9 -- similar to the weekly average. The trend in Gallup's Economic Confidence index, based on more than 3,000 interviews conducted each week, is not as negative...
  • How Liberals Think: Mika Says 'It's Kind Of Simple'Just Pay Workers More

    12/11/2012 6:54:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 82 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I post this item not to mock Mika Brzezinski. But her comments this morning were so illustrative of the liberal mindset--in ignoring fundamental principles of economics--that they are worth highlighting here. An entire Morning Joe segment had been devoted to discussing the wage dilemma in America. In the context of analyzing the right-to-work law soon to be signed in Michigan, the panelapparently excepting Mikaagreed that we face hard choices here. We can artificially preserve high wages for a relative few, or let wages seek their natural level, providing more jobs at lower pay. As Joe Scarborough put it, we have...