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  • GOP Lawyer: Republicans Must End Cronyism of 'Little White Boy Consultants'

    12/13/2012 8:36:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    “Until Chairman Priebus and other GOP leaders focus on rooting out the greed, cronyism, and corruption of the ‘little white boy’ consultants who make millions of dollars, year in and year out, and yet lose elections—and until there is real accountability and transparency to donors to ensure that integrity is restored to GOP circles—none of these initiatives will matter,” said Cleta Mitchell.
  • Russia Nears a Milestone

    12/13/2012 8:36:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 December 2012 | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    MOSCOW—Russia is on target to register its first natural population growth since the fall of the Soviet Union, with a slightly higher number of births than deaths being recorded so far this year, the labor minister said Wednesday. Through the end of October, Russia had recorded 790 more births than deaths—a minute advance, but one that could mark a potential turning point in a troubling demographic trend that has seen the country's population on the decline since the early 1990s. "Cumulative natural growth was recorded from the start of the year for the first time in many years," Labor Minister...
  • Gambling With Kurdistan And Checking Baghdad

    12/13/2012 8:34:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe
    aina.org ^ | December 14, 2012 | Denise Natali
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's deployment of special Tigris Forces to Iraq's disputed territories has renewed concerns about armed conflict between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). For many, Maliki's actions have violated the constitution, provoked Erbil and further threatened Iraqi state stability. Yet, the source of the problem is not entirely in Baghdad. Since 2003, KRG officials have engaged in what Arab Iraqis consider as their own "Illegal, unconstitutional and provocative" actions: unilaterally moving the Kurdish militia (Peshmerga) into disputed lands, signing oil contracts in contentious areas and bringing the Kurdish north into regional power struggles. These actions...
  • Danish historian finds unknown Andersen fairy tale

    12/13/2012 8:28:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish historian says he has discovered what he believes is a previously unknown fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. Retired historian Esben Brage said Thursday he found the six-page text in early October while searching in the National Archives through boxes that had belonged to wealthy families from Andersen's home-town of Odense in central Denmark.
  • Thank you for flying Soviet airline

    12/13/2012 8:26:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 13 December 2012 | Leon Watson
    The CCCP on this plane's tail refers to Russia's former regime, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Sat rusting away in a field 555 miles east of Moscow, these relics are all that's left of a bygone era of Soviet innovation in military and civilian aircraft. Among them are some of the former Communist regime's greatest achievements in air travel, that have since been superseded many times and rendered redundant. Nine thousand of the hulking Cold War wrecks can be seen at the vast plane and helicopter graveyard at Russia's largest aviation museum in Ulyanovsk, in the Middle Volga region.
  • Repair damaged eyes with stem cell discs

    12/13/2012 8:25:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Futurity ^ | December 11, 2012 | Amy Stone-Sheffield
    U. SHEFFIELD (UK) — Engineers have developed a new technique to graft a biodegradable disc loaded with stem cells onto damaged eyes.The team at the University of Sheffield describes the method, which involves producing membranes to assist with grafting, in the journal Acta Biomaterialia. The goal is to treat damage to the cornea, the transparent layer on the front of the eye, which is one of the major causes of blindness in the world.Using a combination of techniques known as microstereolithography and electrospinning, the researchers made a disc of biodegradable material that can be fixed over the cornea. The disc...
  • High tides bring S.F. Bay Area flooding

    12/13/2012 8:25:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2012 | Will Kane
    Susan Schwartz already drives a Prius and has solar panels on her home. But the 69-year-old Berkeley woman still doesn't think she's doing enough to stop global warming. On Thursday and Friday, Schwartz will join hundreds of other Bay Area residents to document the spectacularly high tides lapping at shores and seawalls across the region. The tides aren't new - they happen every year - but this week a coalition of government and nonprofit advocates hopes the photos will draw attention to the rising seas. The photos of the king tides will be collected online on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr...
  • Amtrak to replace high-speed Acela trains

    12/13/2012 8:23:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 13, 2012: 3:21 PM ET | James O’Toole
    Amtrak announced plans Thursday to replace its fleet of high-speed trains on the East Coast. The railroad said that early next year, it would begin the process of replacing its 20 existing Acela Express train sets, which run on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Boston and Washington, DC. … Amtrak said Thursday that it had scrapped a previous plan to add 40 new passenger cars to the existing fleet, deeming it too expensive and “insufficient to handle new ridership growth projections.” …
  • Veteran Reconnects with Vietnamese Priest He Thought was Dead

    12/13/2012 8:19:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/13/12 | Carl Bunderson
    Denver, Colo., Dec 13, 2012 / 02:16 am (CNA).- In 1968 Joe Mahoney was serving with the Marines in South Vietnam, where he met Father Paul Nguyen Thanh Hoan, whom he always thought was killed when the North overran the region in 1975. Many priests were imprisoned and killed when the South was overtaken, and so Mahoney was “quite confident he was dead” and never looked up Fr. Paul. But earlier this year, he finally discovered that God had preserved Fr. Nguyen, made him Bishop Nguyen, and helped him found a religious community. “He's an amazing guy spiritually, very prayerful....
  • Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer

    12/13/2012 8:18:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Judy Keane
    Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer by Judy Keane on December 13, 2012 ·   In his 2008 Inaugural Address, President Obama praised the tremendous sacrifices of our Founding Fathers and our hard won freedoms saying, “Our Founding Fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, they drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.”  However, in moving forward aggressively with the HHS Mandate, it has become clear we are witnessing a U.S. President eroding those very freedoms he initially spoke so highly...
  • Former Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger: 'I love paying my taxes!'

    12/13/2012 8:13:41 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 13 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Don't expect to hear much grumbling from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when his post-Proposition 30 tax bill arrives. "I always tell my accountant, If you're in doubt about taxes, pay more," Schwarzenegger told Esquire magazine. "No Cayman Island offshore investments. No gimmicks. I love paying my taxes!"
  • Census Bureau: 5 of 10 Wealthiest U.S. Counties Surround Washington, D.C.

    12/13/2012 8:12:42 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 13, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Five of the Top 10 wealthiest counties in the United States are in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area--within commuting distance for the thousands of federal government workers, lobbyists, lawyers, defense contractors, think-tank experts and political operatives who work in and around the nation’s capital. The five counties have median household incomes that are roughly double the national median of $50,502. Loudoun County, Va., which lies to the north and west of the District of Columbia, topped the list in 2011, with a median family income of $119,525, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE),...
  • My Jihad, a new add campaign with hash tag goodness!

    12/13/2012 7:58:36 PM PST · by Cyclops08
    website ^ | vanity | vanity
    This is an ad campaign that is going to go coast to coast. I first noticed it whilst I lurked at DU... http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021974599 The post has a great photo of the feelgood but empty-headed nature of this campaign. the website was in the photo, and its equally hollow and meaningless...pure propaganda: http://myjihad.org/ But what's really fun is a twitter feed hash tag, #MyJihad. anyone can leave a comment here. Heh. Hows about it? Care to shed some truth and light?
  • What's In A NOOK? Help Please

    12/13/2012 7:57:13 PM PST · by This Just In · 115 replies
    December 13, 2012 | This Just In
    Good day, Freepers - I am in need of some information concerning Barnes and Nobles NOOK. I know that it is a device which allows us to read ebooks, etc. After purchasing the NOOK, who do u load ebooks? Is the NOOK a good device? I am in search of advice and info. because a relative my be purchasing this NOOK for our children. We are book lovers, and enjoy reading books the old fashioned way, buy a loved one wishes to introduce us to the world of ebooks. Your help is deeply appreciated. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and...
  • Great news: Your permanent record is now available on demand (Complete end of privacy)

    12/13/2012 7:54:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when government needed something called a warrant or even probable cause to look at your records? Good times, good times. I’m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States signed off on an order allowing the government to access pretty much everything it wanted in the name of counterterrorism. The Wall Street Journal found out about the order and got a FOIA request to force its exposure: Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted...
  • Republicans must get real on foreign policy

    12/13/2012 7:46:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Daniel Lareson
    Republicans are slowly recovering from their crushing defeat in the presidential election, and are now weighing possible changes that the party clearly needs to make to regain the public's trust after losing their third national election in the last six years. (2010 was the lone bright spot.) But despite the broad soul-searching, most of the GOP's high-profile national leaders have so far failed to address the party's continued weakness on foreign policy and national security, which remains a major liability. The exceptions to this have been Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who have both hinted...
  • Texas teaching 'Allah is the Almighty God'

    12/13/2012 7:46:25 PM PST · by wesagain · 84 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 13, 2012 | John Griffing
    In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the “fact” that “Allah is the Almighty God,” charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight. The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency. Other reports previously have raised alarm over the curriculum’s depiction of the Boston Tea Party as a terrorist...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: The Resurrection of Christ: Why is it the high point/Christian Faith?

    12/13/2012 7:43:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    SanCarlo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Details of Oregon mall shooter paint a mixed picture

    12/13/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, Steven Dubois, Associated Press
    Court documents show Tami Roberts misappropriated $18,000 that Jacob Roberts received in an inheritance from his grandmother when he was a young teen. She said that was not the reason for the estrangement.
  • Obamacare’s tooth tax takes effect on January 1

    12/13/2012 7:33:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 13, 2012 | Joanne Butler, Sr. Economics Fellow, Caesar Rodney Institute of Delaware
    With all the chatter about the fiscal cliff, you may not have heard of a tax change that will take effect on January 1 — and why going to the dentist now may be the right response to it. If you’re under 65, on January 1 your medical tax deduction rate (including expenses for dental work) will take a big jump from 7.5% of gross income to 10%. (No change for folks 65 and older.) If you’re like me, your health insurance pays a minimal amount for routine dental work — with most of the dentist’s bill being paid out...
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 7:32:54 PM PST · by wesagain · 8 replies
    RadicalIslam.org ^ | December 13, 2012 | Clare Lopez
    There they go again. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has just put out an Action Alert that takes direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. At issue is the Michigan state legislature’s House Bill No. 4769, which looks likely to pass in coming days. Quite simply, that bill states that no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room. The key provision of the bill is Section 2, which says: “A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law...
  • Two-state attrition

    12/13/2012 7:19:45 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    JewishJournal.com ^ | 12-12-12 | Rob Eshman
    There are three subjects that Jews in my social circle never tire of: food, movies and the two-state solution. Consider me officially tired of the third. I began promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict long before it was popular. In 1986, when I helped organize a rally in Beverly Hills calling for Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians, no mainstream Jewish organization would have anything to do with us, and Jewish “patriots” shouted us down and disrupted the event. I believed then — and still believe — that establishing two states is the best, most just way to...
  • Maya Calendars Actually Predict That Life Goes On

    12/13/2012 7:16:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 13, 2012 | Catherine Zuckerman
    Doomsday? No way. Ancient Maya said we’ll be around another 7,000 years or so.This December, not everyone is concerned with making plans for the New Year—especially not the people who think doomsday will get here first. Instead of planning parties, they're stockpiling food, refining escape routes, and honing survival skills ahead of the alleged date on which the Maya calendar "ends"—December 21, 2012. So should we all be preparing for imminent apocalypse? According to the scholars, no. The ancient Maya are usually cited as the predictors of the world coming to an end this month: One of their "great cycles"...
  • FREEING JON HAMMAR

    12/13/2012 7:11:25 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 12 replies
    Self ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    The Silver Star Families of America work to free Lance Corporal Hammar.
  • Missing 12 year old implicated in purse snatch, car theft (Video at link, elderly victim)

    12/13/2012 7:08:58 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    WRCB TV ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Paul Shahen
    ROSSVILLE, GA (WRCB) -- A Rossville grandmother says someone swiped her purse and stole her car as she shopped at a local Bi-Lo grocery store. Her car has been returned, and police say the suspect is a 12-year-old runaway. "When they got my purse, I just thought my purse was gone, I went out to get my car and my car was gone," said 86-year-old Tiny Alice Cox. Cox, a working woman, turned her back for a split second while shopping at the Rossville Bi-Lo. That's all it took for the suspect to snatch her purse right out of her...
  • ABC News Zimmerman Video Re-Visited ... Agenda Become More Clear

    12/13/2012 7:07:59 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 37 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2012 | Sundance
    As you may remember, on March 29th we were reviewing another “exclusive” ABC release of George Zimmerman at Sanford Police Dept, when we noticed something odd, the video was/is actually a recording of a monitor. Initially we thought that meant it was not an official release. We were wrong. ABC was given a digital Hi-def copy from the outset.We now know that ABC was the first to possess a digital copy of the actual CCTV recording. But they chose instead to use a lesser quality, and far lower definition, video. (This is what they aired) Here’s the story: On March...
  • ESPN Analyst Calls RGIII a ‘Cornball Brother’ Because He May Be a Republican

    12/13/2012 6:53:28 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 57 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/13/2012 | Andrew Johnson
    Robert Griffin III is arguably the most popular man in Washington right now. The Redskins’ spectacular rookie quarterback has been winning games, fans, and headlines due to his play this season. Today, he was on the front page of the Washington Post for the third time in a week and a half. Under increasing media scrutiny, Griffin has been clear he does not want to be defined by his race. In a news conference yesterday cited in USA Today, Griffin, an African-American, said, “For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin. You want...
  • Stem cell 'sticky spots' recreated by scientists

    12/13/2012 6:51:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 13, 2012 | NA
    Randomly distributed sticky spots which are integral to the development of stem cells by maximising adhesion and acting as internal scaffolding have been artificially recreated by experts from the University of Sheffield for the first time. Using synthetic foam type materials to mimic the natural process – known as the extracellular matrix or ECM – scientists, from the University of Sheffield and University of California San Diego, created the random stickiness required for stem cells to properly adhere. The findings will better inform researchers across the world of how to make their biomaterials appropriately sticky for stem cells to grow....
  • ***Elementary - The Leviathan

    12/13/2012 6:50:31 PM PST · by virgil283 · 14 replies
    "Sherlock is called in to investigate when a supposedly uncrackable bank vault called "The Leviathan" is breached. Meanwhile, Joan is pleasantly surprised when Sherlock meets her family and defends her choice to become a sober companion, on the next episode of Elementary airing Thursday at 10/9c."
  • Trail Cam Biped Deconstructed

    12/13/2012 6:48:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    "Ghost Theory" ^ | December 11, 2012 – 7:36 AM | Scott McMan on
    Today we are reviewing a story that was making rounds toward the end of last week and appeared at some very reputable sites. This one began with a trail cam photo on the Facebook page, ‘Chasing Trophy Whitetails’. The picture in question is seemingly showing some sort of strange biped creature. As soon as I saw this story my spidey sense started to tingle. Furthermore, I immediately recognized the figure in the photo without any manipulation whatsoever. First lets view the picture as it originally appeared: {photo} So far, so good. Now, lets blow it up and zoom in on...
  • NBC's Chuck Todd: Susan Rice 'victim' of conservative 'advocacy media'

    12/13/2012 6:44:59 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd today called U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice a "victim" of conservative "advocacy media" while addressing her decision to withdraw from consideration for secretary of state. "She became victim of the attacks. ... and it was all driven, in many cases, by conservative outlets who were making her the center of the Benghazi story," Todd told MSNBC's Martin Bashir. "There were legitimate questions to ask about the Benghazi story, but the idea that she belonged in the center of those attacks never made a lot of sense. She sort of became a victim of this....
  • Lawyers for donkey-sex suspect challenge law's constitutionality

    12/13/2012 6:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | December 11, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    OCALA - Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional. Carlos R. Romero, 32, declared last week that he wanted to take his case to trial. He is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle. In the motion filed in Marion County court on Dec. 6, the assistant public defenders handling Romero's case — Joshua Wyatt,...
  • University of Michigan student protesters demand tuition equality for illegal immigrants

    12/13/2012 6:41:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    Ann Arbor News, ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Kellie Woodhouse
    With red tape over their mouths, roughly 100 University of Michigan students wearing maize T-shirts pushed their chairs aside and sat on the ground during a Board of Regents meeting Thursday. The students were silently protesting against current tuition practices at the university, which don't offer illegal immigrants who attended Michigan high schools in-state tuition. For more than a year, a large group of students have petitioned U-M for tuition equality. "What's happening isn't right. Undocumented students unfairly have a barrier," said John D'Adamo, a U-M junior and a member of the U-M Coalition for Tuition Equality who protested during...
  • State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

    12/13/2012 6:33:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12/13/12 | Josh Rogin
    The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that´s not a done deal. Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today. Congress expects Clinton to testify Dec. 20 about the results of the Accountability Review Board, State´s internal review on the events leading up to and during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi
  • Live Forever

    12/13/2012 6:23:39 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 4 replies
    email ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | Unknown
    Live Forever I met a fairy the other day and she said she would grant me one wish. "I want to live forever," I said. "Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant that particular wish." "Fine," I said, "then I want to die the day after Congress gets their heads out of their asses!" "You crafty bastard," said the fairy.
  • Hollande’s World: French in Denial as Crisis Deepens

    12/13/2012 6:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | Romain Leick
    In the midst of the economic crisis, France’s Socialists are denying reality. The minister of industrial renewal is calling for nationalization of some industries, while the president shies away from necessary structural reforms. Business leaders fear the clock has been turned back 30 years. … France’s business leaders felt as if they had been set back 30 years, to a time when the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, François Mitterrand, began his term with a wave of nationalizations and, after two years, was forced to reverse his policy. Some even drew a comparison with 1945, when the government...
  • Berlin (CT) neighbors get chance to speak out against gun range proposal

    12/13/2012 6:21:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    A proposal by gun store owners to open an indoor gun range in a residential neighborhood in Berlin has homeowners concerned saying it is close to their families. The Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public. According to the town of Berlin's website, the proposal is to add an indoor gun range to the west side of the Berlin Turnpike in connection with an existing gun shop, BMG Guns & Ammo. The gun shop currently doesn't have gun range for people to practice, which is...
  • Colorado governor John Hickenlooper says it's time to talk gun control

    12/13/2012 6:21:06 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 19 replies
    DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance on the issue nearly five months after the Aurora movie theater massacre shocked the nation. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hickenlooper DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance on the issue nearly five months after the Aurora movie theater massacre shocked the nation. said enough time has passed since the tragedy and that the legislative session in January would...
  • The "Black Quarterback" Is Dead

    12/13/2012 6:17:29 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Shadow League ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Vincent Thomas
    Last month, Cam Newton was one of two GQ cover boys – the other was Tim Tebow. The Tebow piece, like so many written about him, was partly an assessment of Tebow’s cultural standing. The title referred to him as a “Sunday Savior” and featured pictures, taken during his Florida Gators days, of him in a pose that conjured Jesus Christ on a cross. You get the feeling that, at some point, we’re going to start referring to the man as a “Christian quarterback.” Meanwhile, in Newton’s 2,500-word profile, there was no mention of being a “black quarterback” – the...
  • Judge Dismisses Capt. Paul Fields' Case Against City Of Tulsa

    12/13/2012 6:16:06 PM PST · by wtd · 10 replies
    Newson6 ^ | 12/13/2012 | newson6
    TULSA, Oklahoma - A federal judge has ruled against Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields and his law suit against the City of Tulsa. He had sued the city after being disciplined for refusing to attend or order his officers to attend a law enforcement appreciation day event at a mosque. Fields said following that order violated his religious rights. The judge said Fields did not have to attend, but had the option to send others, so his religious rights were not violated. The judge added, even if Fields had been ordered to go, he did not have to partake of...
  • Seven Catholic schools looking to bolt Big East to form new basketball-first conference

    12/13/2012 6:11:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Dick Weiss AND Roger Rubin
    St. John's and the other Catholic schools are looking to dump the Big East and go out on their own. The last remnants of the Big East are on the verge of disappearing. The seven non-Football Bowl Subdivision Catholic universities in the conference, tired of waiting for a new TV contract and worn out by the fact they keep watching other all sports members bolt to other conferences in realignment, held a teleconference with commissioner Mike Aresco Thursday, presumably to tell him they are leaning toward leaving to form their own league in basketball and other non-revenue sports. High...
  • Susan Rice: Why I Withdrew

    12/13/2012 6:06:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Amb. Susan Rice
    On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state. I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in. But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security. These are...
  • Time Readers Choose Kim Jong Un As Person Of The Year

    12/13/2012 5:57:58 PM PST · by WXRGina · 18 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | December 13, 2012 | Scooter Van Neuter
    It appears the answer to the question "where did all the Newsweek readers go?" has been definitively answered with the results of a new Time reader's poll. The magazine's almost 1000 readers voted North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un as their pick for "Person of the Year." When questioned why anyone smart enough to read would possibly pick the corpulent little commie for this honor, a Time editor replied, "The feedback we got was everyone really liked his "Gangnam Style" video, and frankly so did we. He rocks."
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-13-12

    12/13/2012 5:50:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-13-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir | Government Corruption Whistleblower

    12/13/2012 5:49:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir Sibel Edmonds, 2012 U.S. government translator — and whistleblower — Sibel Edmonds found evidence of corruption at the highest levels of government--and suffered for it. Sibel Edmonds' "Classified Woman" The New American 12 December 2012 Imagine that you have a Top Secret clearance and are privy to some of our country's most sensitive national security information. In that capacity, you discover that some of the highest elected and appointed political leaders in the land are engaged in espionage and treason, accepting bribes and selling weapons and information (including nuclear weapons...
  • Assad Fires Scuds To Stop Al Qaeda Arm Seizing Chemical Arms at Al Safira

    12/13/2012 5:48:53 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 13, 2012, 10:50
    By the blacklisting Tuesday, the Jabhat al-Nusra group fighting in Syrian rebel ranks as “a foreign terrorist organization” and affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq, Washington faces four quandaries: 1. The 10,000 fighters of this al Qaeda affiliate are the best-trained and most professional component of the Syrian rebel front;. 2. Jabhat al-Nusra fields 3,000 fighters out of the mostly Free Syrian Army’s 14,000 rebels fighting in and around Aleppo. They also constitute the assault force’s spearhead. 3. The Islamists are at the sharp front edge of the rebel force battling for control of the Syrian army’s biggest chemical weapons...
  • Syria government 'losing control' - Russian official

    12/13/2012 5:48:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012
    A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces. President Bashar al-Assad's forces are "losing more and more control and territory", deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. He said Russia, one of Syria's staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens. Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels. Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said the organisation had detected the launch of such short-range missiles, saying it showed an "utter disregard" for the lives of the Syrian people. 'Unacceptable...
  • Geologists: Shale gas likely under Connecticut River Valley, but would be hard to exploit

    12/13/2012 5:47:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Fracking, the controversial method of extracting shale gas or other petroleum from deep below the earth's surface, might be possible in the Connecticut River Valley, geologists say. But the rock deposits likely to bear gas are thin here and difficult to access, making commercial exploitation of the resource unlikely in the near future. “It's not hard to hit,” said James L. Coleman Jr., a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “It's hard to do anything with once you get it.” Coleman was one of the speakers Thursday at a day-long conference on the future of shale gas, hydraulic fracturing...
  • American Majority Action: We can get the votes to #FireBoehner

    12/13/2012 5:37:06 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10:23 pm on 12/10/2012 | Martin Bashir/John Flowers
    <p>The spokesman of one of the organizations leading this fight told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir today that they’re feeling confident of a House Speaker TBD come 2013. When asked if they can get the 16 votes they say are needed to depose John Boehner as Speaker, American Majority Action’s Ron Meyer, Jr, said, “Yes, we can get that number.”</p>
  • Geminid meteor shower set to peak Thursday evening

    12/13/2012 5:33:17 PM PST · by P.O.E. · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-13-12 | Staff
    The annual Geminids meteor shower will reach its peak late on Thursday night and into early Friday morning. The meteors will appear to radiate from a point near the star Castor, in the constellation Gemini. In the Northern hemisphere, that will be westward and nearly overhead in the early hours of Friday. Sky watchers can expect an average of dozens of "shooting stars" per hour, made easier to see by darkness provided by the "new moon" phase. The shower comes about each year as the Earth passes through the path of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon.