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  • ABCNews.com Helps Obama Push Himself as a 'Moderate Republican,' Eighties Edition

    12/14/2012 5:59:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 14, 2012 | Tim Graham
    ABCNews.com doesn’t know how to use quote marks for this headline: “Obama: More Moderate Republican Than Socialist.” Obama told a Miami interviewer that "The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican." Lloyd Bentsen impressions are mandatory: I knew moderate Republicans in the Eighties. Moderate Republicans in the Eighties were friends of mine. Obama is no moderate Republican from the Eighties. But Jordan Fabian of ABCNews.com aggressively pushed links that Obama has agreement on the...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-14-12

    12/14/2012 5:58:54 PM PST · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-14-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Alaska dairy co-owner indicted in theft

    12/14/2012 5:27:44 PM PST · by BlueMoose · 14 replies
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A grand jury has indicted the former manager and current co-owner of Valley Dairy, which owns and operates Palmer-based Matanuska Creamery, on charges of misusing federal grant money that was intended to help Alaska's dairy industry.
  • Rob Parker thinks his critics are uneducated and silly

    12/14/2012 5:12:44 PM PST · by chessplayer · 55 replies
    ESPN has admitted that commentator Rob Parker crossed the line when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is not really black because he has a white fiancee. But Parker doesnt seem to think he did anything wrong. After making those comments on Thursday morning, Parker was inundated with criticism on Twitter, and in his responses on Thursday afternoon, he generally acted as though he was the one who was owed an apology for anyone daring to question what hed said. Parker called his critics, among other things, uneducated and silly.
  • "Gold Rush" on Discovery Channel tonight!!!!

    12/14/2012 5:09:32 PM PST · by dennisw · 35 replies
    vanity | discover network
    "Gold Rush" on Discovery Channel tonight!!!!
  • Outlook for Chvez Darkens, Doctors Say

    12/14/2012 5:09:24 PM PST · by Mr. K · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 13, 2012, 11:32 p.m. ET | By JOS DE CRDOBA and RON WINSLOW
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez's cancer is most likely terminal given the disease's recurrences, and while the president may bounce back for periods, his health is increasingly at risk, say several leading cancer specialists not involved in the treatment. Mr. Chvez is recovering from surgery in Cuba this week after the president said malignant cells reappeared for a third time in his abdomen. Venezuela's government hasn't disclosed what type of cancer he has or what the surgery was for. But it has described the more than six-hour operation as "complex and delicate" and said Mr. Chvez might not be back in...
  • Bloomberg jabs Obama's call for 'meaningful action'

    12/14/2012 5:06:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 90 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't satisfied with President Obama's promise Friday to take "meaningful action" to prevent future mass shootings. "[T]he country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem and take immediate executive action,"
  • Family Of Slain Border Agent Sues Over Botched Gun Operation

    12/14/2012 4:55:09 PM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 14 Dec 2012 | AP
    <p>The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation.</p> <p>Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded on Dec. 14, 2010, in a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico border between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers.</p>
  • Deer hunter spots possible border crossers

    12/14/2012 4:44:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA More than two dozen illegal immigrants were picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol after being discovered by a deer hunter on Friday morning. Gary Lium said he was out hunting in the mountains behind Fort Huachuca when he noticed a lot of footprints. Down the road he said he ran into a large group of people in wet clothes and tennis shoes who were obviously freezing. After Lium called them in at about 10 a.m., Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents searched the area and were able to locate about 27 men, women and children, said Brent Cagen,...
  • NASA Eyes Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa

    12/14/2012 4:40:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space.com ^ | 13 December 2012 Time: 04:20 PM ET | Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior WriterDate:
    Though NASA is devoting many of its exploration resources to Mars these days, the agency still has its eye on an icy moon of Jupiter that may be capable of supporting life as we know it. Last week, NASA officials announced that they plan to launch a $1.5 billion rover to Mars in 2020, adding to a string of Red Planet missions already on the docket. The Curiosity rover just landed this past August, for example, and an orbiter called Maven and a lander named InSight are slated to blast off in 2013 and 2016, respectively. But NASA is also...
  • To all of my fellow CCW (Concealed Carry) FRiends!

    12/14/2012 4:35:45 PM PST · by RandallFlagg · 183 replies
    Me | Today | RandallFlagg
    We all know what happened today.We all have felt an immense sense of sorrow for those victims in Connecticut. And, we know what's coming. I'm posting this thread for us to gather our resources.Before doing so becomes illegal. Keep your powder dry, my FRiends.
  • 'The Hobbit' stumbles on first leg of its journey, critics say

    12/14/2012 4:35:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    lat ^ | December 14, 2012, 3:25 p.m. | By Oliver Gettell
    <p>Although the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit" carries the subtitle "An Unexpected Journey," it wasn't entirely unexpected that the director would revisit Middle-earth after the worldwide success of his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.</p>
  • Communist and Islamist Propaganda on Public Media

    12/14/2012 4:33:52 PM PST · by Drango · 9 replies
    Corporation Public Broadcasting ^ | 12/14/12 | Joel Kaplan
    Communist and Islamist Propaganda on Public Media U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wants to know if it is true that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is funding the distribution of Al-Jazeera, which he calls the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) and CCTV, which he calls the official propaganda arm of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. "Does the CPB use federal funds to broadcast foreign propaganda in the U.S., such as CCTV and RT?" Rep. Rohrabacher asks in a letter to...
  • Obama Ignores Ex-Marine Wrongly Held In Mexican Jail

    12/14/2012 4:30:02 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 14, 2012
    Foreign Relations: A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is chained to a jail bed for months after trying to register a souvenir rifle with Mexican authorities, and the Obama administration does nothing to correct this injustice. Since August, Jon Hammar, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been held in a notorious Mexican prison effectively run by the Zetas drug cartel. His crime: declaring to Mexican authorities that he was transporting an antique shotgun after registering the gun with U.S. Customs agents on his way to a surfing trip with buddies in Costa Rica. We can understand...
  • Good News / Bad News for Pastor

    12/14/2012 4:20:49 PM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    Good News: You baptised seven people today in the river. Bad News: You lost two of them in the swift current. Good News: The women's group voted to send you a get-well card. Bad News: The vote passed by 31-30. Good News: The pastor-parish relations committee accepted your job description the way you wrote it. Bad News: They were so inspired by it that they asked the bishop to send a new minister capable of filling the position. Good News: The trustees finally voted to add more church parking. Bad News: They are going to blacktop the front lawn of...
  • Return of 11th brings Christmas early

    12/14/2012 4:11:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA It was an early Christmas present. Thats how Canadian Brig. Gen. Dean Milner described the return home of about 60 soldiers of the 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade Thursday. Just before 11 a.m., a contract commercial airplane landed at Libby Army Airfield on this southern Arizona Army post and a short time later, the soldiers were walking off the aircraft, going through a cordon of honor of American flags held by local motorcyclists, many from various veterans service organizations. Milner went into the airplane to shake each soldiers hand before they deplaned and went through the cordon...
  • Inaugural Speech by the New Speaker of the House

    12/14/2012 4:10:34 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/2012 | J.T. Hatter
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, fellow congressmen and women, and my fellow citizens. I'm pleased to take up the gavel as your new Majority Leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish my predecessor all the best as he resumes his duties as a member of the House from Ohio. We have a new beginning today and I want the American people to know that everything is on the table. And I do mean everything. We have an ambitious term planned. I promise you we will work diligently to accomplish the following: First, the House Committee on Oversight...
  • Previewing the Budget Deal

    12/14/2012 4:06:32 PM PST · by scocha · 3 replies
    Liberty Unbound ^ | 11/15/12 | S.H. Chambers
    (Cartoon) Uncle Sam feeds dollars into a meat grinder and out the other end....
  • Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States (here we go again)

    12/14/2012 4:02:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    I'm not going to quote from this article because I don't want to make anyone ill. However, I will tell you that one of the author's sources is Mother Jones. I'm not joking. Click on the link and read at your own risk.
  • Team solves mystery associated with DNA repair

    12/14/2012 4:01:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 13, 2012 | NA
    Every time a human or bacterial cell divides it first must copy its DNA. Specialized proteins unzip the intertwined DNA strands while others follow and build new strands, using the originals as templates. Whenever these proteins encounter a break and there are many they stop and retreat, allowing a new cast of molecular players to enter the scene. Scientists have long sought to understand how one of these players, a repair protein known as RecA in bacterial cells, helps broken DNA find a way to bridge the gap. They knew that RecA guided a broken DNA strand to...
  • Four Things Guns Would Say If They Could Talk

    12/14/2012 3:56:55 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-14-12 | The Looking Spoon
    As we all know about the tragedy in Connecticut by now the White House is declaring that this isn't the time to talk about gun control. Many liberals beg to differ.First and foremost we should pray for the victims and their families, but because liberalism is increasingly losing its nerve with each passing year we must also not cede the debate in the name of taking the high ground...unfortunately...
  • Obama promises 'meaningful action' after Newtown school shooting (Obama's Reichstag Fire?)

    12/14/2012 3:47:30 PM PST · by Arthurio · 178 replies
    Barack Obama wiped away tears at the White House as he expressed grief over the children killed in the Connecticut massacre and promised "meaningful action" to prevent similar shooting rampages in the future. Obama has promised to act on gun control after earlier shooting incidents but subsequently done nothing implement any changes. Over the last four years of his presidency, restrictions on guns in particular concealed weapons have become more relaxed and gun sales soared. There have been five major shooting sprees since he has been president, three of them this year. This one is different because the...
  • 73rd Anniversary of Gone with the Wind premiere

    12/14/2012 3:43:54 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 43 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 14, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    "There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind."
  • Syrian jihadists form 'Supporters of the Khilafah' Brigade (with video)

    12/14/2012 3:39:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | Dec. 14, 2012 | By Bill Roggio
    Five Syrian jihadist groups based in western Aleppo have joined together and announced the formation of the Supporters of the Khilafah (Caliphate). The group vowed to impose an Islamic state and fight democracy. The five groups, which US intelligence officials described to The Long War Journal as local units within the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, announced the creation of the Supporters of the Khilafah in a short video that was released on YouTube on Dec. 12. In the video, scores of Islamists, many dressed in military fatigues and brandishing RPGS and assault rifles, are seen standing...
  • Left Mobilizes to Politicize School Shooting

    12/14/2012 3:36:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: A terrible and awful thing has happened in Connecticut at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, I'm told. A shooting at a school, 26 people dead, including 18 children. It's just awful. It is terrible, incomprehensible. But I'm gonna tell you something. As we sit here at this very moment, you know it and I know it, there are liberals trying to find a way to blame this on conservatives and Republicans. It may sound a little hard-edged to say that, but I've lived through these things for 25-plus years. Every such incident as this, even Hurricane Katrina,...
  • Quotation by William Burroughs

    12/14/2012 3:36:02 PM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    quotes.dictionary.com ^ | 1914 | William Burroughs
    "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. "
  • Victim of mob-style hit in midtown may have been drug courier; police looking at missing cash

    12/14/2012 3:32:00 PM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/13/2012 | Rocco Parascandola , Nancy Dillon , Vera Chinese AND Ginger Adams Otis
    The Los Angeles dad executed in a mob-style hit in midtown may have been a drug courier and police are looking at missing cash as a possible motive in his death. A police source said detectives are pursuing two new developments in the Monday murder of Brandon Woodard, 31, and both leads are linked to drug operations. Woodard may have been killed because drug money earmarked for dealers in the city was confiscated while he was in California and he wasnt able to replace the cash, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars. Detectives are also chasing...
  • 26 States Decline ObamaCare Exchange; 'Administrative Nightmare' Seen

    12/14/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2012 | David Hogberg
    The federal government will likely be involved in running the ObamaCare exchange in at least 30 states, 26 of which expressly declined to establish state exchanges. One health-policy expert refers to it as an "administrative nightmare" for the Department of Health and Human Services. Friday was the deadline for a state to let HHS know if it planned to establish a state exchange. Thus far only 18 states and the District of Columbia are planning on doing so. As of right now only Utah and Florida remain undecided. Utah may still decide to set up a state exchange, but few...
  • Two German kids performing table cloth trick (video)

    12/14/2012 3:23:54 PM PST · by Signalman · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/8/11 | michelundsven
    The Tablecloth magic trick.
  • Looking to own a 22cal wheel gun - just because - any thoughts?

    12/14/2012 3:22:55 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 75 replies
  • Which of these signs will prevent another tragedy?

    12/14/2012 3:13:19 PM PST · by reegs · 32 replies
    Reegs | 12/14/2012 | Reegs
  • Churches may not recognize same-sex marriage in any way: Seattle Archbishop rules

    12/14/2012 3:09:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.14.2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, December 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) Regardless of the state marriage referendum, Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Seattle may not participate in any same-sex marriage or recognize them in any way including solemnizing such unions, allowing their facilities to conduct the ceremony or its reception, or providing marital counseling to homosexual couples. Following Washington states legalization of same-sex marriage, and marijuana, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has issued a policy refresher to explain how the new laws will affect Catholic parishes in his archdiocese. The archbishop wrote that he was disappointed that so many voters failed to recognize marriage...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 14,2012

    12/14/2012 3:09:02 PM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 14,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Researchers discover fastest light-driven process

    12/14/2012 3:04:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    A discovery that promises transistors the fundamental part of all modern electronics controlled by laser pulses that will be 10,000 faster than today's fastest transistors has been made by a Georgia State University professor and international researchers. Professor of Physics Mark Stockman worked with Professor Vadym Apalkov of Georgia State and a group led by Ferenc Krausz at the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and other well-known German institutions.There are three basic types of solids: metals, semiconductors, used in today's transistors, and insulators also called dielectrics.Dielectrics do not conduct electricity and get damaged or break...
  • Reflections on Newtown Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:53:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    pastormatthew ^ | Matthew R. St. John
    Three thoughts come to my mind, and if they can help you then please receive them as some contribution to your effort to deal with the unfolding trauma. First, we have to remember that God bears us up right now in the midst of it all. Psalm 68:19 declares, Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. In those simple words I am reminded that our Lord can carry us even today. He is with us and has not forgotten us. Moreover, he alone is our hope. Secondly, it helps me to remember there is...
  • US President Obama Cries Over School Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:51:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 152 replies
    sky.com ^ | December 14, 2012
    US President Barack Obama wept as he addressed the nation in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. Mr Obama paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children who had been killed and the milestones in their lives they would never have - birthdays, graduations, weddings. "Our hearts are broken today," he said, at times using a finger to wipe tears at the corners of his eyes. Mr Obama said he had reacted to news of the elementary school shooting first as a parent. He added that he and First Lady Michelle would...
  • Vodka 'saved' elephants in Siberian freeze

    12/14/2012 2:50:06 PM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | December 14, 2012 | Staff
    Two elephants have been saved from the deadly Siberian cold by drinking vodka, Russian officials say. They say the animals had to be taken out into the bitter cold after the wooden trailer they were travelling in caught fire in the Novosibirsk region. The elephants, aged 45 and 48, suffered frostbite to the tips of their ears amid temperatures of -40C (-40F)
  • Flashback: Aspies, You Are Not Alone (NY Times tribute to Asperger Syndrome)

    12/14/2012 2:48:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/24/2011 | ALBERT LIM KOK HOOI
    -snip- You are different and you are special. Beethoven, Mozart, Michelangelo, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain possibly had Asperger Syndrome. So had my intellectual ancestor, Charles Darwin. Woody Allen and Bill Gates probably have it. So did Michael Jackson, a source of great inspiration to me and others. Call it genetic, call it developmental, it does not matter. Many proud Aspies and I stand with you.
  • McCarthy: I will embarrass Obama on gun control

    12/14/2012 2:47:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 158 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she has warned the White House the gloves are off if President Obama fails to act on the issue. McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the foremost gun control advocate in Congress, said she spoke with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew before Election Day and told him she will exert pressure on the White House to push for gun control legislation. I said, Jack, I know the president is going through an election and Im telling you after the election Im coming out full force, McCarthy told POLITICO Friday....
  • What We Know About Alleged CT School Shooter Adam Lanza

    12/14/2012 2:47:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 82 replies
    GOTHAMIST ^ | 12.14.2012 | Gothamist
    After a whole lot of confusion, the NY Post, NY Times and other news outlets have now identified Adam Lanza as the suspect in the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut this morning. Altogether, at least 27 people were killed, including 20 children, when the 20-year-old Lanza allegedly walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire. NBC initially reported that a Ryan Lanza killed his father in Hoboken NJ this morning, then drove to Connecticut to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother Nancy is a kindergarten teacher. It would be an understatement to...
  • Help with hotel in Baltimore (Personal).

    12/14/2012 2:39:43 PM PST · by eCSMaster · 27 replies
    I'll be traveling to Baltimore next week with my wife. Can anyone please recommend a safe hotel somewhere near Cromwell Street? If there are no safe areas near there, can someone recommend a hotel out of town or in the suburbs? Thanks.
  • More than 3,000 epigenetic switches control daily liver cycles

    12/14/2012 2:34:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 11, 2012 | NA
    Thousand of epigenetic switches in the liver control whether genes turn on or off in response to circadian cycles. The figure illustrates daily changes, every six hours, in five different...When it's dark, and we start to fall asleep, most of us think we're tired because our bodies need rest. Yet circadian rhythms affect our bodies not just on a global scale, but at the level of individual organs, and even genes. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute have determined the specific genetic switches that sync liver activity to the circadian cycle. Their finding gives further insight into the mechanisms behind...
  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker indefinitely (ESPN producers also under investigation...)

    12/14/2012 2:28:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/14/12 | BOB RAISSMAN
    ESPN has suspended Rob Parker indefinitely for his racially charged spew on Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. "Following yesterday's comments Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review," Mike Soltys, an ESPN spokesman said in a statement. Which means this case is far from being closed. A "full" and further review would seek to find out who knew what before the show aired. Did Parker tell the producers of "First Take" that he was going to offer his spiel on RGIII? That's a question that needs to be answered.
  • What We Once Knew...Reflections on The Kindergarten Massacre

    Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to...
  • (Vanity) Live press conference by CT State Police

    12/14/2012 2:10:06 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 30 replies
    Says one shooter, tentatively has IDed him, will not give the name. He was pronounced dead at scene. Does not mention any 2nd person found in woods wearing camo. Live presser on local TV, LT Vance.
  • Radiation Risk: Japanese Scientists took Utility Money

    12/14/2012 2:07:59 PM PST · by null and void · 11 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | 12/12/12 | Yuri Kageyama and Julie Reed
    Influential scientists who help set Japan's radiation exposure limits have for years had trips paid for by the country's nuclear plant operators to attend overseas meetings of the world's top academic group on radiation safety. The potential conflict of interest is revealed in one sentence buried in a 600-page parliamentary investigation into last year's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant disaster and pointed out to The Associated Press by a medical doctor on the 10-person investigation panel. Some of these same scientists have consistently given optimistic assessments about the health risks of radiation, interviews with the scientists and government documents show....
  • Marine Held in Mexican Prison, State Department Does Nothing

    12/14/2012 2:03:54 PM PST · by yoe · 30 replies
    Conservative Byte ^ | December 14. 2012
    Jon Hammar, a former Marine who served in Afghanistan and Afghanistan, is being held in a notorious Mexican prison where Zetas gang members hold power. His crime? Declaring an antique shotgun to Mexican officials after registering the gun with U.S. Customs Agents on his way to Costa Rice. Hammar has been in a prison in Mexico for months now and this week, his parents got an extortion call demanding they wire thousands of dollars to the prison. Hammar spoke to his parents on the phone, saying he thought he was going to be killed. Hammar has been tortured during his...
  • Good Samaritan vessel aids wooden-hull trawler

    12/14/2012 1:59:33 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | December 13, 2012
    KETCHIKAN, Alaska Two Wrangell mariners are safe with the help of a Good Samaritan vessel. The Coast Guard says the wooden-hull trawler Carrie Arlene sent out a distress report . ... The Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue tried to reach the vessel but were turned back by foul weather.
  • Bobby Jindal: Birth control should be over the counter

    12/14/2012 1:59:00 PM PST · by Coronal · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/2012 | Coronal
    Bobby Jindal wants you to be able to get your contraceptives over the counter, and thats just the first step. Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it, the Louisiana governor writes in the Wall Street Journal today. Thats hogwash.
  • Ray Briem dies at 82; all-night radio host in L.A.

    12/14/2012 1:54:09 PM PST · by mgstarr · 41 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Elaine Woo
    Ray Briem, the longtime KABC-AM talk show host who ruled all-night radio for nearly three decades with his phone calls to the famous and the quirky and his opinionated banter slamming liberals, championing conservative causes and extolling the big-band music he loved, died Wednesday at his Malibu home. He was 82. The cause was cancer, said his son Bryan. Briem spent most of his life on the radio, reaching his largest audience as the host of a popular midnight-to-5 a.m. talk show on KABC from 1967 to 1994. During those 27 years he helped set the mold for what has...