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  • Muslims Demand Gay Marriage Exemption [UK]

    12/18/2012 9:29:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | PA
    Muslim Council of Britain says it is appalled by 'utterly discriminatory' legislation on same-sex marriageMuslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government. The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the CofE and the Church in Wales from doing so. The MCB secretary-general, Farooq Murad, said his organisation had strongly opposed gay marriage...
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer compares assault weapons to child pornography

    12/18/2012 9:27:16 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    “I believe you can be pro-gun and pro gun safety, just like you can be in favor of free speech but also against child pornography.”
  • Boehner Will Bring A Millionaire Tax Hike Bill To The House Floor

    12/18/2012 9:26:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 18, 2012, 10:19 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    House Speaker John Boehner plans to introduce a bill on the House floor that would include tax increases on incomes above $1 million, he said this morning at a press conference. "We're going to move to Plan B," Boehner said. "Our Plan B would protect American taxpayers who make $1 million or less."That means, for the first time publicly, Boehner acknowledged he would be open to increased tax rates in a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Boehner said he hoped to avoid tax hikes on as many people as possible ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline.Boehner emphasized that...
  • Where’s Hillary Clinton’s medical report?

    12/18/2012 9:25:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-18-12 | Jim Treacher
    We’re told she collapsed and hit her head and got a concussion, and that’s why she can’t testify about Benghazi this week. And we’re supposed to just take her word for it. Investor’s Business Daily editorializes: Outside the frothy bubble of U.S. political concerns lie only the hard realities of the real world. That’s why hard questions should be asked — and real answers demanded — of U.S. secretaries of state and those who would be them. That’s not the case with either Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who puts up excuse after excuse to avoid testifying on the U.S.’...
  • Leftie Liz on Obama’s Path to Prez?

    12/18/2012 9:24:43 AM PST · by suspects · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 18, 2012 | Michael Graham
    You know the story: A relatively unknown politician from the far Left of the Democratic Party gives an attention-getting speech at the Democratic National Convention. Soon after, that speaker is a U.S. senator and — before even finishing one term — is the party’s nominee for president. Barack Obama? No, I’m talking about Liz Warren. She hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet, and already speculation has begun that Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren could be the Democrats’ pick for POTUS in 2016. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is already a liberal heartthrob,” political columnist Doyle McManus wrote in the Los...
  • Sen. Manchin Stonewalls on Gun Control: 'Honey ... I'm Not Talking to You Anymore'

    12/18/2012 9:21:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 52 replies ^ | 12-18-2012 | Kerry Picket
    In the wake of the tragedy, Democrats are calling to pass the Assault Weapons Ban. When asked by Breitbart News, Manchin disagreed that his remarks on MSNBC show his stance on the second amendment have flipped. "I didn't change my mind on anything. I think everything is open for discussion." It should be noted that Manchin, also known for breaking campaign promises on tax hikes, may have a difficult time explaining his turnaround on guns to voters in his own state. West Virginia, a state President Obama lost in 2008 and 2012, has one of the highest rate of gun...
  • Tea Party detractors are left crying foul once again

    12/18/2012 9:16:43 AM PST · by Trueblackman · 5 replies
    BigGoverment ^ | 18 December 2012 | Trueblackman
    This week South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley finally announced she had selected U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate of the departing Jim DeMint. While the selection of Tim Scott would be consider historic by any standard of diversity, the left is already crying foul and has sought to downplay the appointment because of his connections to the Tea Party Movement. The Republican establishment largely ignored the appointment.
  • NBU Removes Banner Hanging Along Seguin Ave. Because of Religious Message

    12/18/2012 9:12:31 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    KGNB ^ | 12/17/2012
    (New Braunfels, TX) --  A banner that was hanging across South Seguin Avenue reminding drivers to “Keep Christ in Christmas” has been taken down by NBU, after NBU realized the message was more religious in nature and not a non-profit group advertising an upcoming fundraiser.   NBU, which is the agency that is tasked with hanging such banners over the roadway, released a statement yesterday saying that human error led to the hanging of that banner, which was purchased by the local Knights of Columbus organization.   NBU says that regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the religious...
  • Sheriff: Teen threatened to open fire at high school

    12/18/2012 9:08:31 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Belle Chasse High School student who allegedly threatened to open fire on campus. Investigators arrested 18-year-old Leonard F. Jourdan III Monday night. They said Jourdan made threats to "shoot up" the school and kill a teacher.
  • Roommate of Oregon mall shooter called tip line

    12/18/2012 9:04:02 AM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    link only ^ | 12/17/2012 | Statesman Journal
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  • I can't believe we made it

    12/18/2012 9:01:07 AM PST · by bigbob · 10 replies
    1079WSRZ ^ | 10-26-12 | 1079wsrz
    If you were a child of the 50's,60's,70's or early 80's this is a salute to you.Check out our Facebook page.
  • (vanity) Gun Control agitprop from my S-I-L via Leahy's office

    12/18/2012 9:00:27 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 10 replies
    E-mail from my S-I-L | 12/18/12
    Received this bit of agitprop/glurge from my sister-in-law today, who I'm disappointed to see is falling for this gun-control nonsense: Hi Everyone, If you feel compelled to take action based on the horrific images that you've seen on the news this past week, one way to make a difference is to send an email to Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. He will be holding hearings for the senate judiciary committee next month regarding gun legislation. He has been pro gun in the past, although the images of 6 year olds being brutally gunned down by a deranged psychopath will hopefully...
  • Saskatoon could face human rights complaint (more War on Christmas)

    12/18/2012 8:53:34 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jen Gerson
    The city of Saskatoon is facing the possibility of a human rights complaint after it refused to yank the “Merry Christmas” message from the top of its buses despite allegations of discrimination. On Monday, local activist Ashu Solo vowed to take the matter to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, claiming the Christmas greetings violate his right to be free from religion. He said the salutation also favours Christianity over other religions, which is particularly problematic for Saskatoon’s immigrant community, many of whom rely on bus service. “Christmas messages on Saskatoon Transit buses make them feel like they need to convert...
  • Shortage Seen for Offshore Worker Safety Training for Gulf of Mexico

    12/18/2012 8:48:17 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 18, 2012 | Karen Boman
    emand for high quality offshore water survival training and offshore/onshore major emergency management training in the Gulf of Mexico region is already outpacing supply, an official with Raytheon Training Services told Rigzone in a recent interview. And the situation will only become more severe given the impending retirement cliff and projected industry growth. Tracy Cox, director of performance consulting with Raytheon Training Services, expects demand for offshore worker training to continue increasing, given the fact that recent studies forecast U.S. oil production to continue growing and a movement towards making the United States less dependent on foreign oil sources. Raytheon...
  • Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45 percent

    12/18/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Despite his calls for greater gun control, including a new assault weapons ban that extends to handguns, President Obama's administration has turned away from enforcing gun laws, cutting weapons prosecutions some 40 percent since a high of about 11,000 under former President Bush.

    12/18/2012 8:46:11 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | December18, 2012 | Drudge
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, 12-18-12

    12/18/2012 8:44:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD The glorification of the appearance of Jesus before his Resurrection. It took place in the presence of Peter, James, and John. While he was praying on a mountain, suddenly "his face did shine as the sun," while "his garments became glistening, exceeding white." The frightened witnesses saw Moses and Eligah appear before them and converse with Jesus and heard the voice of God. the extraordinary vision vanished as suddenly as it appeared (Luke 9:28-36; Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8). the Church's celebration of this event occurs as a feast day on August...
  • ‘Religious Right’ Accused of Exploiting School Massacre

    12/18/2012 8:40:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 18, 2012 | JP
    “Wicked.” “Crazy.” “Extremist.” Those are the words Americans United For Separation of Church and State uses in reference to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. But the organization, which claims to fight to “ensure religious freedom for all Americans,” is not using those words to describe Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 27 innocent souls. No, its reproach is directed at the “religious right,” including such figures as Mike Huckabee and William J. Murray, for daring to suggest that the eviction of God from the nation’s public schools just might have contributed to the rise of school-related violence and...
  • Windows 8 Has Strong Start Despite Worries (40 Million Copies in First Month)

    12/18/2012 8:39:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Trefis ^ | 12/17/2012 | Trefis Team
    Quick Take * Microsoft, Windows CFO says, Windows 8 has sold 40 million licenses in the first month of its launch. * This beats Windows 7 which sold 60 million licenses in the first two months. * The news should ease some worries about Windows 8′s slow sales figures. * Notebook and desktop sales was around 353 million in 2011, expected to grow to 450 million by 2019. * Bing is default search engine on Windows 8 and can gain market share, which stood at 4% globally in 2011 The newly appointed Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer of...
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani dies after suffering stroke (or maybe alive???)

    12/18/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    presstv ^ | 12/18 | presstv
    The 79-year-old Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has died on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. He had been suffering from ill health and had received medical treatment overseas several times in recent years.