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  • EU: Doubts remain over Spain's austerity miracle

    12/20/2012 11:31:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/20/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Fresh data from the OECD show that Spain has narrowed the gap in “unit labour costs” with Germany by 5.5pc over the past year alone. It has clawed back 4.6pc against France and 6.6pc against Austria since late 2011, as it slashes pay and pursues a scorched-earth policy of “internal devaluation”. Luis Maria Linde, the Bank of Spain’s governor, says that within two years the country will have recovered “almost all” the ground lost during the first disastrous years of euro membership. The total gain in competitiveness against the EMU bloc since 2008 has been 10pc. Yet economists say it...
  • Exclusive: The Inside Story on North Korean Rocket Development

    12/20/2012 11:28:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    New Focus ^ | December 12, 2012
    Exclusive: The Inside Story on North Korean Rocket Development December 12, 2012 By newfocusintl 0 Comments and 0 Reactions This morning, the DPRK announced its successful launch of the satellite ‘Gwangmyongsong – 3′ through the ‘Unha – 3′ rocket. This is the second launch attempt made by North Korea this year. The first attempt in April was a failure and only flew for 90 seconds. In this post, former DPRK official Jang Jin-sung will present to you an insider’s glimpse into the history of North Korean rocket development. The story of North Korean rocket development The North Korean rocket story...
  • Possible Defense Nominee Faulted for Record on Gays

    12/20/2012 11:25:08 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 21 2012 | Mark Landler
    Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator on President Obama’s short list for defense secretary, came under fire again on Thursday, this time for his record on gay rights and remarks he made 14 years ago about an openly gay nominee for a diplomatic post. Since Mr. Hagel’s name emerged as a candidate for the Pentagon last week, he has been sharply criticized for his record on Iran, Israel and militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as comments he made about pro-Israel lobbying groups in Washington. The new round of criticism is focused on comments Mr. Hagel made in...
  • Emergency Motion Filed: National Archives Caught Altering Hawaii Arrival Records For 1961

    12/20/2012 11:19:16 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 57 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Unattributed
    Sibley had subpoena from the National Archives the “Arrival Records” for August 1 through August 10, 1961, of all passengers arriving in Honolulu, Hawaii to see if records existed that Obama and his mother arrived in Hawaii during that time frame. What NARA produced were two microfilm spools of the arrival records for July 28 through August 1, 1961 and August 8 through August 12, 1961. As detailed in the Emergency Motion, the original date on the box of “August 7” has been altered by “white-out” and a new date of “August 1” had been written on the box. Proof...
  • Kerry, Hagel Have Track Record of Wanting to Engage With America’s Adversaries

    12/20/2012 11:14:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2012
    If speculation about President Obama’s likely nominees to head the departments of State and Defense proves correct, the next four years could see a renewed focus on his early drive to engage with hostile and repressive regimes. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), tapped to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebr.), viewed a strong contender for the Pentagon, both have a record of favoring engagement over isolation and sanctions when dealing with such governments. The liberal Democrat and moderate Republican, both decorated Vietnam War veterans regarded as foreign policy experts, have called over a number...
  • Fetus found in trash can on Far South Side

    12/20/2012 10:29:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 20, 2012 | Deanese Williams-Harris
    The body of a fetus was found this morning in a trash can on the Far South Side in the city's Princeton Park neighborhood. The fetus was discovered about 9 a.m. in a garbage can located on the 200 block of West 94th Street, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office.

    12/20/2012 10:08:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/20/2012 | John Hayward
    No other issue connects with the Left on such an emotional level, or provokes the most wildly out-of-control behavior, as gun control. It’s been off the national radar screen for a long time, not least because liberals know it’s a killer during presidential elections, so we’re seeing a great deal of pent-up frustration erupting now. Exhibit A is Piers Morgan of CNN, who appears to have gone utterly mad since the Newtown shooting. He claimed it was possible to buy AR-15 assault rifles in supermarkets, ignoring repeated requests from more rational commentators to name the remarkable supermarket he’s been shopping...
  • How the Mafia Is Ruining Naples's Food Scene

    12/20/2012 10:04:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | DEC 13, 2012 | CHRISTINE MACDONALD
    People around the world have embraced the local food movement as a way to support local economies, eat healthier and reduce their carbon footprint. Residents of Naples, Italy, however, are doing just the opposite. Napolitanos like Antonio Trotta read grocery store labels to avoid eating local fruit and vegetables, meat, even the region’s famed buffalo mozzarella produced in eastern Campania, outside Naples. The area north of Naples* was once an important agricultural center. But the local mafia, the Camorra, has been dumping waste from European factories and hospitals on the land for decades—an environmental problem compounded nightly when dozens of...
  • Roselle Officials Call For Criminal Background Checks On All Gun Sales

    12/20/2012 9:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The News Record ^ | December 20, 2012
    ROSELLE – With the urging of Mayor Jamel Holley, the Roselle Borough Council last night unanimously adopted a resolution calling for criminal background checks to be mandated on all gun sales in the United States, and that lethal, military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines be kept off the streets. “Measures must be enacted to make gun trafficking a federal crime,” Holley said. “There are now 30,000 Americans killed every year as a result of gun violence, destroying families and harming communities. How many more tragedies can this country withstand before real action is taken? Holley is among 725 mayors involved with...
  • (Obama's Amerika) Africa Boasts More Cellphone Users Than All of North America

    12/20/2012 9:37:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    DVICE ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Nathaniel Wattenmaker
    Africa boasts more cellphone users than all of North America The silver lining of being a developing continent is that you can skip entire stages of technological progress, like going directly from no phones to cellphones without suffering through land lines in between. Africa, for example, now has more mobile subscribers than the United States or Europe, and that means big things for African economies. Like we've mentioned before, beyond its wild growth, the African cellular telecommunications market is a hotbed of innovation. Areas like telemedicine and cellphone-based money-transfer schemes don't just make life easier, they help people live healthier...
  • Cher calls for Walmart boycott (over gun sales)

    12/20/2012 9:30:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    KNVN-TV ^ | December 19, 2012
    Singer Cher has called on her fans to boycott a major retailer over its gun sales following the Connecticut elementary school shooting last week. The Second Amendment has been called into question following the killings of 20 children and six adults by suspected gunman Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Politicians are now calling for an overhaul of firearm laws to make it harder for people to buy semi-automatic assault weapons, but sales of guns have risen dramatically since the tragedy, with leading retailer Walmart reportedly running out of stock in five states. Now singer and Democratic Party supporter...
  • Your Words Are Producing Your Life

    12/20/2012 9:27:53 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 12 replies
    12-21-12 | Frank Broom
    The Bible has a lot to say about your mouth. God has connected your mouth to every area of your life. Your words are producing your life. People need to understand the power of their words. The power God has given their words. God gave you a mouth and told man to subdue the earth. How was man going to subdue the earth? Just like God by the words of his mouth. God made you in his image and in his likeness so your words have to have power. How could God make you in his image and in his...
  • Tamaqua 7th grader suspended for pointing finger 'gun' at classmates

    12/20/2012 9:26:11 PM PST · by Daffynition · 48 replies ^ | Dec 20 2012 | Nancy Dougherty
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  • NY Health Clinic Video Features Santa Passing Out Syringes, Condoms

    12/20/2012 9:25:45 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 5 replies
    A health clinic located in the Bronx released this holiday promotional video featuring Santa Claus handing out drug paraphernalia and condoms (Video at link) My comment: You all, this is sinking to a new level of perversion. Here we have a man in a poor excuse for a Santa costume giving out drug needles, male and female condoms, and dental dams. The staff of this "clinic" (looks very sketchy to me) are dancing around with these needles and condoms to Feliz Navidad. The liberals have done a fine job in their attempts to divorce Christ from Christmas. Many people do...
  • [from 2004] Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos (Piers Morgan)

    12/20/2012 9:24:46 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK | BBC
    The Mirror board said Morgan would be stepping down immediately Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.
  • Bishops remain focused on 'responsible restrictions' on gun ownership

    12/20/2012 9:19:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As momentum builds to implement new limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain focused on seeking "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights. "The bishops continue to support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and continue to call for sensible regulations on handguns," Kathy Saile, the bishops' director of domestic social development, told Catholic News Service. "In addition to that, we need to make a serious commitment to address the pervasive role that addiction and mental illness have in crime," she...
  • Five reasons for Pro-Lifers (and all of humanity) to be OVER-JOYED in the 21st Century

    12/20/2012 9:07:09 PM PST · by dangus · 3 replies
    12-21-12 | Dangus
    NUMBER FIVE: Pro-abortion advocates insisted that illegal abortions were rampant throughout South America. They claimed 800,000 Mexican abortions per year. Then Mexico City legalized abortion, and anyone who has gotten illegal abortions in Mexico can travel there to get legal abortions. Only 14,000 have done so. That's 786,000, or 98%, fewer abortions than estimated. NUMBER FOUR: In 1995, the Beijing Conference on Women set as a goal increasing the global availability of abortion, to prevent the global population from increasing to 20 billion by 2050. The conference failed miserably at increasing abortion (see Happy News #1), but no worries: the...
  • Federal court forces Christian-owned business to obey HHS mandate

    12/20/2012 9:06:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.20.2012 | staff
    Today, a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate, which would force the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to provide the “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill” in its health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million per day. “The Green family is disappointed with this ruling,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “They simply asked for a temporary halt to the mandate while their appeal goes forward, and now they must seek relief from the United States Supreme Court. The Greens will continue to...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: I am made in the image of God: What does...mean and what...involve?

    12/20/2012 8:51:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 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...
  • Gallup: Quality Jobs Harder to Come By, More Americans Say

    12/20/2012 8:40:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Fewer Americans believe now is a good time to find a quality job, compared to last month, a new Gallup poll found. The number of Americans saying the time is right to find a quality job fell sharply in December to 19 percent—down from 24 percent in November. Three in four Americans, or 76 percent, say this is a bad time to find a quality job. … The availability of quality jobs is considered a key to economic growth. …