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  • Glenn Beck Defends Gay Marriage: Republicans Need To 'Expand Our Own Horizon'

    12/11/2012 9:48:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 634 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Grace Wyler
    Conservative firebrand Glenn Beck has joined a growing chorus of Republican commentators in defending gay marriage, laying out a strong case for ending government opposition to letting same-sex couples wed. "Let me take the pro-gay marriage people and the religious people — I believe that there is a connecting dot there that nobody is looking at, and that's the Constitution," Beck said during a recent segment of his online talk show. "The question is not whether gay people should be married or not. The question is why is the government involved in our marriage?" While Beck's defense of gay marriage...
  • Worker Liberation in Michigan: Another state gives individuals the right not to join a union.

    12/11/2012 9:45:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The economic policy drift in Washington is antigrowth, but here and there in the states are glimmers of hope and change. The best news of late is in Michigan, which is poised this week to pass a landmark right-to-work law. You can tell this is a big deal based on the fury of Big Labor's reaction. Union activists plan to descend on Lansing Tuesday to protest, including many from out of state. State police will have to be on duty to ensure that legislators can get through what is likely to be a loud and abusive cordon of activists who...
  • Surprise: investors shifting resources to avoid tax hikes next year

    12/11/2012 9:42:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the difference between static and dynamic tax analysis? The former posits that tax changes produces no change in market behavior, so that hiking taxes by 10% gets you 10% more in revenue. The latter assumes that changes in tax codes forces markets to adapt, so that rate hikes risk lowering revenues, and lowering rates in certain ways can produce a better revenue stream, especially over the long run. Republicans favor the latter analytical method, while Democrats insist that tax cuts “cost” revenue opportunities and cause deficits.Which is correct? Well, the Washington Post reports on a lot of dynamic activity...
  • Obama’s Google Supporters Moved 80% of Pre-Tax Profits into Bermuda Shell Company

    12/11/2012 9:42:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Google was the third largest source of Obama’s campaign cash. A number of Google executives took jobs within Obama Inc and Google’s PAC has plowed large amounts of money into the Democratic Party. Google’s creepy ex-CEO Eric Schmidt was a major Obama donor and campaign advisor, and was even considered for a Cabinet post. Schmidt was on Obama’s transition board and is a member of his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
  • UPDATED: Unions Furious: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State Today

    12/11/2012 9:41:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 174 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    UPDATE 12:15 pm EST: The Republican controlled legislature has passed the right-to-work legislation 58-51. Michigan Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law later today. The vote to turn Michigan into a right-to-work state will take place today after days of protests in Lansing about the pro-worker legislation that prevents having to pay dues to a union. Not surprisingly, local police are bracing for possible violence today as more protests are planned. Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling....
  • Germany: Image of Islam 'Devastating'

    12/11/2012 9:39:29 AM PST · by bayouranger · 42 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org/ ^ | 10DEC12 | Soeren Kern
    The most sobering finding is that 46% of Turks say they hope that one day Germany will have more Muslims than Christians. Germans are overwhelmingly mistrustful of Islam and Muslim immigration, according to a new research survey, which concludes that the image of Islam in Germany is "devastating." The findings -- which corroborate the conclusions of other recent studies -- show a growing divide between ordinary Germans, who are concerned about the consequences of mass immigration from Muslim countries, and Germany's political elites, who are determined to build a "multicultural" society at any cost. The 28-page study, "Fear of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TOWER OF DAVID, 12-11-12

    12/11/2012 9:38:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TOWER OF DAVID A symbol of the Blessed Virgin occuring in the Litany of Loreto. Mary's Son recognized as the glory of the line of David, whose star often appears in conjunction with the tower when that symbol is used. Mary, too, is a tower of strength against heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Shortsighted CA schools take virtual 'pay day loans' to keep operating

    12/11/2012 9:32:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2012 | Rick Moran
    Tyler Durden has this nailed: These three letters - C.A.B. - might just be the Dis-Humor story of the day. NPR reports that more than 200 schools across California are coming to the shocking realization that the upfront cash they needed so badly came at quite a price. These 'Capital Appreciation Bonds' are unlike normal bonds (requiring regular coupon payments and principal repayment); instead they provide the 'lent' money upfront and defer all interest and repayment to some magical faery land time in the future (by which time the interest accrued has grown exponentially as the interest accrues on the...
  • MSNBC Airs Interview Calling for the Political Imprisonment of Conservatives and Tea Party

    12/11/2012 9:32:09 AM PST · by ct_libertarian · 89 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/11/2012 | Greg Hengler
    "That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people [Republicans, Conservatives, and The Tea Party], the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don't know what more they want. The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a 3rd world dictator and just put all these guys in jail." -- Harry Belefonte interviewed by Al Sharpton on MSNBC
  • Good news: US sending 20 more F-16's to Egypt

    12/11/2012 9:28:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2012 | Rick Moran
    Considering the fact that the Egyptian military has just aligned themselves with President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, this is a stupid, stupid, move. Fox News: ******** Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package. The first four jets are to be delivered to Egypt beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com. The North African nation already...
  • Democrats threaten violence on Michigan House floor

    12/11/2012 9:26:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 11 | Conn Carroll
    “There will be blood,” State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right to work state. “I really wish we had not gone here,” Geiss continued. “It is the leadership in this house that has led us here. The same leadership that tried to throw a bomb right on election day, leading to a member switching parties, and came in at the 11th hour with a gotcha bill. For that, I do not see solace, I do not see peace.”Michigan Gov....
  • Boehner: Don't Fall for Just Medicare Cuts!

    12/11/2012 9:25:07 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 7 replies
    12/11/12 | Originalbuckeye
    Do not agree to Medicare cuts only. The Dems know that there will only be Obamacare within the next two years. Medicare cuts will evaporate into the wind. There will be no Medicare, no Medicaid, no TriCare, no private health insurance, ONLY OBAMACARE.
  • Full steam ahead on theft of IRA's and 401k's by the D.C. ruling class

    12/11/2012 9:23:39 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/11/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    What is going to happen to our 401 (k) accounts and IRA’s after January 1? Will the retirement accounts which many Americans have sacrificed so much to accumulate be rolled over into federally issued and guaranteed bonds in order to prop up notoriously under-funded, union pension funds across the country? Getting an answer will prove to be daunting, especially as media attention seems focused on little but the impending “fiscal cliff.” Listening to a poignant, impromptu speech given by Linda from St. Lucie County during the Allen West recount makes clear just how hard she worked to raise three daughters...
  • Dems join in calling for delay to ObamaCare medical device tax

    12/11/2012 9:17:05 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/11/2012
    Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed. The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade. But a group of U.S. senators this week revived concerns that...
  • Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading

    12/11/2012 9:16:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December11, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading. Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it...
  • The Obama-Phone Is Back - But This Time It's Real (CA phones for homeless)

    12/11/2012 9:15:07 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/11/2012 | Tyler Durden
    While some saw the clip of the lady implying 'victory for Obama means phones for everyone' as perhaps exaggerated out-of-context right-wing propaganda - as that would be preposterous right? - it appears San Francisco took it a little more serious. As SFGate reports, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to approve (within a couple of weeks) a plan to offer homeless and other poor people in California 'virtually free cell phones and service'. The plan is funded through the federal LifeLine program and is designed to enable these individuals to 'keep in touch with family, potential employers and others...
  • Teens Ask for Smoke, Kill Woman When She Replies "Get a Job": Cops

    12/11/2012 9:12:36 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 118 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | December11, 2012
    Police say three teens charged in the fatal shooting of a western Pennsylvania woman targeted her after she told them to "get a job" when she saw them trying to bum a cigarette off her boyfriend. Beaver Falls police have charged 14-year-olds Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez and Kyle Goosby Jr., 13, with criminal homicide and other charges in Saturday's shooting of Kayla Peterson, 22. She was shot at about 3:30 p.m. that day and died in a Pittsburgh hospital two hours later. Goosby is in custody and his attorney says he was just "in the wrong place at the...
  • The Bourgeoisie, It’s Their Fault, Pay Up And Save The Country

    12/11/2012 9:12:23 AM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-11-12 | Skookum
    Last Week Was A Momentous Week For AmericaOur allies, our enemies, and many Americans were overwhelmed with emotion upon learning Anna Wintour, Vogue editor in Britain, former Assad PR gal, and Obama top bundler was being considered for an ambassadorship to London. Don't fret, the brits are underwhelmed at having an expert on designer fashions as their ambassador, and don't think for a minute that London doesn't come with Benghazi type dangers. From a State Department spokesman: "An ambassador serves at the pleasure of the president. It's a designation of the most qualified person. But it would be erroneous to...
  • The "New Normal" Dream Job: CA State Workers Earning $822,000

    12/11/2012 9:07:43 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-11-12 | Tyler Durden
    Become a California state worker, preferably one who deals with neurotic and/or crazy people (i.e., a psychiatrist), and rake it in. The following chart from Bloomberg shows just how generous the otherwise insolvent state of California is when it comes to paying its public servants, and the 100%+ increase in California employee state pay since 2005. Needless to say, this is a rate of increase in compensation that 99% of workers in the private sector would die for. Some other stunning observations from Bloomberg on the best job taxpayer money can buy. The best paid job: psychiatrist. At this pace,...
  • What is Life Like in Massachusetts? (Possible Vanity???)

    12/11/2012 9:01:14 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 61 replies
    12/11/2012 | Me
    I wonder,,,,,,, what would life be like in Massachusetts? Yep, I got a job offer from Westover AFB. Not sure what to make of this; I normally don't apply for jobs in a highly liberal state like Massachusetts. I don't even remember applying for this one. I currently live in central Indiana. From a federal job standpoint, looking at the possibility of sequestration after Jan 1st, it's not as bad as I had feared. It would actually give me more options if I'm rifted into out of it within the first year I'm on probation. However, from a financial standpoint,...
  • Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

    12/11/2012 8:54:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    University of Washington ^ | 12/10/12 | Vince Stricherz
    A decade ago, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might in fact be a computer simulation run by our descendants. While that seems far-fetched, perhaps even incomprehensible, a team of physicists at the University of Washington has come up with a potential test to see if the idea holds water. The concept that current humanity could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. In the paper, he argued that at least one of...
  • USF researchers find 19 more graves at Dozier School for Boys

    12/11/2012 8:48:37 AM PST · by null and void · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | December 10, 2012 - 8:56 PM | JEROME R. STOCKFISCH
    Researchers from the University of South Florida say there are at least 50 graves on the grounds of a former Panhandle reform school – higher than a state estimate of 31 graves – and that a second cemetery is likely to exist. Anthropologists and archaeologists from USF have spent months conducting field work, scientific analysis and ethnographic research at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, which has been the subject of investigations into abuse allegations and suspicious deaths. The school, which opened in 1900, was closed last year. A USF report contradicts a previous state report that...
  • A Victory for Demagoguery (America seems to be falling for Obama's class warfare campaign)

    12/11/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Mona Charen
    I’m in the camp that believes Republicans have no choice but to agree to raise taxes on the top 2 percent of earners. The party has been successfully caricatured as the servant of the rich. This is unjust, yes, but justice is imperfect in this life. It’s political suicide for Republicans to stand fast on maintaining current rates for high earners even at the cost of raising taxes for everyone else. Imagine if we went over the fiscal cliff. In January, Obama would call upon Congress to pass a law restoring the tax rates for 98 percent of filers. What...
  • Cost of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities reaches record high

    12/11/2012 8:46:50 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil & Gas Financial Journal ^ | December 4, 2012 | Oil & Gas Financial Journal
    The costs of building and operating upstream oil and gas facilities continued to rise over the last six-month period and have reached record highs, according to two cost indexes developed by IHS [NYSE: IHS]. The IHS Upstream Capital Cost Index (UCCI) rose 1% over the Q1 2012-Q3 2012 period to an index score of 230, matching its Q3 2008 high. Its counterpart, the IHS Upstream Operating Cost Index (UOCI), rose to 0.5% to a new high score of 190 over the same period. The indexes are proprietary measures of cost changes similar in concept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)...
  • An Embarrassing Metric Disappears: Why are gov't stats taxpayer migration being discontinued?

    12/11/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2012 | Jim Pettit
    As the din of America’s falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet. Since 1991 the Internal Revenue Service has been compiling statistics on filers’ addresses, which the agency’s Statistics of Income division uses to show who is moving into and out of every county and state in the nation. As you’d expect, the IRS also knows the aggregate income levels of those who move. So the movements of the most fundamental productive components of the...
  • Obama Supports Michigan Worker's Right To Chose - "NOT"!

    12/11/2012 8:42:04 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-11-2012 | MOTUS
    Big Guy visited a Detroit engine shop yesterday. (snip)Since BO isn’t running for anything right now, this can’t be characterized as a campaign stop, so let’s just call this visit for what it is: Bully Pulpit Propaganda (BPP®). (snip)Michigan is finalizing the wording today on its “Right to Work” legislation that passed both houses last week. Massive union protests in the capital are expected, butt they will be to no avail, as it’s a done deal. Capital building closed as of 10:30, having reached capacity. Doesn’t anyone work in Michigan any more? Also the presidential campaign proved both the popularity...
  • Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing 'All The White People' In His New Movie

    12/11/2012 8:40:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/11/2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Two weeks ago, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx made national headlines when he called President Obama "Our lord and savior." While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, Foxx joked about how in his new film "Django Unchained," "I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO JAMIE FOXX: My name is Jamie Foxx. Give it up, give it up, New York City, Saturday Night Live. Come on, make some noise, man. New York City, New York City, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, it’s crazy. I'm...
  • Teachers ditch school kids to protest vote on right-to-work

    12/11/2012 8:40:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/11/2012 | fox news
    Two Michigan school districts reportedly closed shop Tuesday after teachers called out, likely so they could participate in union protests tied to the expected passage of "right-to-work" legislation this week in the state capital. Demonstrators have already started to march down the streets, as lawmakers return to put the final touches on legislation that would bar unions from demanding dues from workers. The move would make Michigan the 24th "right-to-work" state and strike a blow to organized labor in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. Local unions spent the weekend preparing for massive protests on Tuesday, in a last-ditch...
  • 50-year-old transsexual ‘woman’ makes college basketball debut: video

    12/11/2012 8:39:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.11.2012 | Ben Johnson
    SAN PABLO, CA, December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Gabrielle Ludwig is not like any other woman on the basketball courts, or in the locker rooms, in Santa Clara Community College’s junior team. Gabrielle is a foot taller than every other player and has significantly more upper body strength. That’s because the 50-year-old player was born Robert John Ludwig, a man. He still bears the tattoos of his service in Operation Desert Storm. This turn at college basketball is his second. His first stint in 1980 was as a man at Nassau Community College. After his sex change operation this summer...
  • Valuable WWII Gun at Police Buy-Back (Sturmgewehr 44)

    12/11/2012 8:38:58 AM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 32 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 12/10/12 | Annie Rose Ramos
    Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station's gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II. The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/11/2012 8:38:47 AM PST · by Hiskid · 14 replies
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  • (VIDEO) How to Opt Out of a Teachers' Union Membership

    12/11/2012 8:31:34 AM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | dec 2012
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  • Exports drop in October by biggest margin in almost four years

    12/11/2012 8:31:09 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    “The private sector is doing fine,” Barack Obama assured us in June, but we haven’t seen much evidence for that argument. Today’s report from Commerce on the trade deficit certainly doesn’t provide any reassurance for that claim. In fact, exports dropped in October by the biggest margin since Obama took office, and the trade gap with China widened to a new record:
  • Northern Virginia Lawmakers Say Gun Control Remains a Tough Fight

    12/11/2012 8:24:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    delray.patch.com ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Drew Hansen
    Trying to get more stringent gun control legislation through the Virginia General Assembly is something of a losing battle, according to at least two state lawmakers representing Northern Virginia. Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th) lamented that he’s tried multiple times to tighten up Virginia’s gun rights, but to little avail. He told audience members of a state legislative forum held at Alexandria’s City Hall that three years ago he introduced a bill after a man shot and killed two police officers before shooting and killing himself. Saslaw said in response, he introduced a bill making it illegal in Virginia to bring...
  • Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of 'racist' impersonation of Serena Williams

    12/11/2012 8:23:58 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2012
    Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of doing a 'racist' impersonation of fellow tennis player Serena Williams after stuffing her bra and shorts. At a recent exhibition against Maria Sharapova in Brazil, the former world No. 1 stuffed courtside towels down her kit to replicate the body of the curvaceous Grand Slam champion. But now the 22-year-old Dane, whose boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy was in the crowd, has now been accused of racism by some observers.
  • Syrian Rebels: We Are All Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Qaeda)

    12/11/2012 8:23:14 AM PST · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | 11DEC12 | Diana West
    You can almost hear the Obama administration call out, as one voice, "Aha! We'll designate the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra a terrorist organization, thus barring the group from receiving Western money and arms, and be done with it!" And so they did. But they weren't. From the NYT story, picking up with paragraph 9: But a growing number of anti-government groups — including fighters in the loose-knit Free Syrian Army that the United States is trying to bolster — have signed petitions or posted statements online in recent days expressing support for the Nusra Front. In keeping...
  • Norquist: Still No Better Argument for Tax Hikes

    12/11/2012 8:16:39 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | 06:42 AM EST
    A powerful anti-tax crusader said President Barack Obama doesn't have a better argument for tax increases today than he did two years ago, when he agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans. "Raising taxes is always bad for the economy," Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday. "Tax increases are what's done instead of reforming government." Negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts have largely been focused on the president's desire to raise tax rates for the top two percent of wage earners. Republicans have...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 11,2012

    12/11/2012 8:13:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 50 replies
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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 Blogger’s 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 leadership’s 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 family’s 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 didn’t mention Fithian’s 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...