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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
    BirtherReport.com ^ | 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.
  • GUN CONTROL AND THE LIBERAL ID

    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
    WFMZ.com ^ | 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
    catholicnews.com ^ | 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
    SanCarol.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...
  • 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. …
  • Gun rumors lead to early break for 20,000 students(Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma and North Dakota!)

    12/20/2012 8:37:24 PM PST · by narses · 24 replies
    Spokesman.com ^ | 12.20.12 | Scott Maben
    Rumors of a school shooting plot prompted three school districts to cancel Friday classes for about 20,000 students in Kootenai County. Although police have not verified a real threat of violence, the persistent rumors rattled many students and parents, and attendance has dropped all week, officials said. “The reason we’re canceling school is not because we think there is a credible threat but because the fear and the panic is just so palpable that we didn’t believe we could have a productive, calm day,” Coeur d’Alene Superintendent Hazel Bauman said. Nerves have been raw since the Connecticut school massacre one...
  • We're Still Paying the Price for the Borking of Robert Bork

    12/20/2012 8:34:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 12/20/2012 | Jeffrey Rosen
    In the summer of 1987, right out of college, I was a summer intern for Senator Joe Biden, who was chairing the Robert Bork confirmation hearings. My contribution to the epic battle was modest: I helped with research for a speech on the history of the confirmation process, in which Biden argued that the Senate had the duty to scrutinize not only the legal qualifications but also the constitutional views of nominees. This was a controversial proposition at the time; today it has been taken to extremes that neither Biden nor Bork, who died today at 85, could have imagined....
  • Brownells sells 3.5 years’ worth of magazines in 72 hours

    12/20/2012 8:30:33 PM PST · by matt1234 · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | 12/20/12 | Max Slowik
    In the face of possible legislation to restrict and possibly ban firearms and magazines over a certain capacity, waves of panic buyers have stripped shelves to the paint, at both retail and online gun stores. A combination of demand and gouging has caused prices for rifle magazines and rifles, parts and accessories to more than double, with some vendors selling goods at five times what the average rate was just a few weeks ago. Many online companies are selling magazines faster than their systems can handle, accepting orders for stock they don’t have and running out of stock mid-transaction. Brownells...
  • Why atheist scientists bring their children to church

    12/20/2012 8:30:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/13/2012 | Nicholas C. DiDonato
    The formula seems simple: parents pass down what they believe to their children. Atheist parents don’t believe in God or go to church, therefore…. Yet, a surprisingly large number of atheist scientists from elite universities raise their children in a religious community such as a church. Sociologists Elaine Ecklund (Rice University) and Kristen Lee (University of Buffalo, SUNY) found that these atheist scientists do so because they want to give their children religious choice, have a religious spouse, or think that religious communities will give their children moral bearings and community. Unfortunately, very little research has been done concerning how...
  • Gun Sales Escalate After Mass Shootings ("..eight distributors...all out of inventory")

    12/20/2012 8:25:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 20, 2012 | Mary Thompson
    At Freedom Firearms in Fort Wayne, Indiana there is hardly anything left in the store. Managing partner Angie Freeland told CNBC sales have "gone through the roof". With little left to sell, she will probably close for what is typically her busiest day of the year, December 24. "It started on Monday with the AR-15s going out the door," she said. "Once those were gone they were buying anything with a high capacity magazine." The rush to buy guns comes in the wake of last Friday's massacre in Newtown, CT. Twenty year old Adam Lanza shot twenty children between the...
  • The happiest and saddest countries in the world

    12/20/2012 8:23:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/19/2012
    Gallup Inc. asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 148 countries the following questions: Did you feel well-respected yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you laugh or smile a lot yesterday? Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment? Here are the 10 the countries where the highest percentage of people answered "yes" to all five questions, and the nine countries with the lowest percentages: HAPPIEST Panama, 85 percent Paraguay, 85 percent El Salvador, 84 percent Venezuela, 84 percent Trinidad...
  • Mr. President, members of Congress....a question

    12/20/2012 8:19:58 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 8 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Alaska Wolf
    Let's lay it all out on the table here and now. If children are our most important resource why aren't they afforded the same protection as the POTUS, political and wealthy elite? Are you willing to admit you and the anti 2nd Amendment people believe your lives are more precious, important and valuable? A simple yes or no answer will suffice.
  • Another survival bunker built because in ‘Merica you never can be too careful (44 Photos)

    12/20/2012 8:18:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 44 replies
    the chive ^ | 12-20-12 (day before the end)
    If it is the end, why does the guy think he will need a TV?
  • Bloomberg says NRA deserves blame for Newtown shooting

    12/20/2012 8:07:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Justin Sink
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the National Rife Association (NRA) deserves some of the blame for last week's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. "We're not trying to take away your right to advance the interests of gun owners, hunters, people who want to protect themselves," Bloomberg told ABC News in an interview set to air Friday. "But that's not an absolute right to encourage behavior which causes things like Connecticut. In fact, Connecticut is because of some of their actions." The pro-gun lobby was silent in the aftermath of the shooting, disabling a Facebook page...
  • Jersey City officials 'teed off' over gift-card giveaway for Sandy victims

    12/20/2012 8:05:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    An effort by a Livingston billionaire to hand out free $100 gift cards to Jersey City residents affected by Hurricane Sandy turned into a fiasco last week after some residents who spent hours on line say they were later not able to obtain the gift cards. The effort led to long lines at some community groups last Monday night as people sought to register for the cards and long lines again two days later when residents showed up to pick them up, according to residents, community leaders and organizers of the charity effort. Two City Councilwoman blasted the effort at...
  • Smoking deadlier for HIV patients than virus itself

    12/20/2012 8:01:52 PM PST · by Bronzy · 15 replies
    http://www.wthr.com/ ^ | Updated: Dec 19, 2012 2:22 PM | HealthDay.
    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that HIV patients who receive good care but who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • The Minister of Public Safety announces changes to Criminal Code list of terrorist entities

    12/20/2012 7:56:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Public Safety Canada ^ | Dec, 20, 2012
    The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada has made changes to the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities. “The list of terrorist entities sends a strong message that Canada will not tolerate terrorist activities, including terrorist financing, or those who support such activities,” said Minister Toews. “That is why Canada has made the principled decision to add the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force to the list.” The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force is the clandestine branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for extraterritorial operations, and for exporting...
  • Michael Moore: Americans’ desire to own guns stems from racism

    12/20/2012 7:54:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | December 20, 2012
    Friday night, on the heels of last week’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the left-leaning Current TV is planning to air progressive filmmaker Michael Moore’s ten-year-old Columbine documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” with Moore revisiting the film to accuse American gun-owners of being motivated by racial fears. Gun ownership, Moore said, “cuts down to the heart of our race problem that we still haven’t resolved.” “I think we’re a very frightened people,” Moore said. “I think we’ve been frightened ever since we landed on these shores. We were frightened of the native people.; we were frightened of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-21-12, OM, St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/20/2012 7:50:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 21, 2012 Friday of the Third Week of Advent   Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover--here he comesspringing across the mountains,leaping across the hills.My lover is like a gazelleor a young stag.Here he stands behind our wall,gazing through the windows,peering through the lattices.My lover speaks; he says to me,"Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,and come!"For see, the winter is past,the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth,the time of pruning the vines has come,and the song of the dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs,and the vines, in...
  • It's Time We Had a Serious Discussion About Assault Vehicles

    12/20/2012 7:47:25 PM PST · by expat1000 · 62 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Americans are in love with anything on wheels. This is the country of the Corvette and the Hog where driving fast is considered a national birthright despite the toll in lives and pollutants. And most of the rest of us have come to accept that. We may shake our heads at the billions wasted on gasoline, on air fresheners and dashboard ornaments that could have been used to feed the starving children of the world. But when tragedy strikes it is important for us to set aside the political rhetoric and have a serious discussion about assault vehicles. Let's talk...
  • South Korea Elects First Female President: Park Geun-hye

    12/20/2012 7:21:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    TIME ^ | 12/20/2012 | By Emily Rauhala
    South Korea Elects First Female President: Park Geun-hye. Park Geun-hye is headed back to the Blue House. On Wednesday, South Koreans chose the daughter of South Korea’s Cold War strongman Park Chung-hee as the country’s next President. Park, the 60-year-old leader of the conservative Saenuri Party, defeated 59-year-old liberal challenger Moon Jae-in — once jailed for opposing her father’s rule — by a margin of about 3.5%. She will now move back to the presidential residence where she lived as a child and where she served as de facto First Lady after her mother’s death. Park has spent much of...
  • It's Handguns Now? Soledad O'Brien Repeatedly Asks Democrats About Limiting Handguns

    12/20/2012 7:13:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    The day after a gun control advocate told CNN that America's gun problem includes handgun shootings, Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien began asking Democratic politicians if they would consider legislating handguns. "Well, is going to the assault weapons far enough?" O'Brien asked Democratic Rep. Ron Barber (Ariz.) on Tuesday. "I think it's 80 percent is handguns involved in gun violence. Does this, do you think open up a conversation toward limiting handguns?" SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: There are some people who would say by focusing on the assault weapons, a ban on assault weapons at the end of the day removes 2...
  • U.S. stock futures plunge as GOP ditches 'Plan B'

    12/20/2012 7:12:40 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Maket Watch ^ | December 20, 2012 | Michael Kitchen
    U.S. stock-index futures dropped sharply late Thursday on news that a Republicans had cancelled a vote on their back-up measure to prevent the end of the Bush tax breaks for those earning $1 million or less. A little more than half an hour after House Speaker John Boehner said he was killing the vote due to lack of support, the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 1.5%, the S&P 500 futures were 1.4% lower, and Nasdaq futures were off 1.3%. The cancelation appeared to signal dissent in the Republican ranks, reducing the odds on a timely deal to avert...
  • BlackBerry parent Research in Motion loses subscribers for first time

    12/20/2012 7:10:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Andrea Chang
    For the first time, struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw a decline in its subscriber base, reporting that the number of customers declined to 79 million in its fiscal third quarter. Three months ago, the Canadian company had 80 million subscribers. Revenue for the third quarter was $2.7 billion, down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The company posted a loss of $9 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $265 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier.
  • California eliminates scary public threat: Small-business burger stand (Video)

    12/20/2012 7:05:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Git ‘er done, Golden State. It’s already working so well. From the guys at Reason TV, learn in five minutes why people are leaving California: Tam’s Burger Stand will close in January of 2013 after its owner lost an appeal to the zoning board, which along with police, had decided his lawful business, run by a local family in a low-income neighborhood was a public nuisance. Ugh.
  • FYI: Broccoli Eliminates H. Pylori, Protects Against Ulcers, Stomach Cancer

    12/20/2012 7:02:26 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 35 replies
    The World's Healthiest Foods ^ | undated | not named
    Broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain a chemical called sulforaphane that kills helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for peptic ulcers and most gastric cancers, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the U.S., approximately 50% of people over age 50 test positive for H. pylori, which does not always cause ulcers, but is now known to dramatically increase an individual's risk for often fatal stomach cancers, and to be a causative factor in a wide range of other stomach disorders including gastritis, esophagitis, and acid indigestion. In the lab, scientists at Johns Hopkins found that sulforaphane...
  • Drive Deserted Streets in North Korea's Super-Depressing New Video Game

    12/20/2012 7:00:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Fruzsina Eördögh
    Drive Deserted Streets in North Korea's Super-Depressing New Video Game By Fruzsina Eördögh Posted Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 6:31 PM ET North Korea has made its first video game! Well, kinda. The browser-based Pyongyang Racer is too old-school to appeal to gaming aficionados, but it’s not exactly supposed to compete with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Made by a North Korea-based IT company and a British-owned travel agency that arranges tours of the country, the game is a marketing stunt, plain and simple.* It hasn’t made me want to visit North Korea any time soon, but the Internet...
  • Tim Tebow breakup: All alone again after split with Camilla Belle

    12/20/2012 6:54:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 113 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012
    This has not been the best week for New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. First, on Wednesday, Jets Coach Rex Ryan says Greg McElroy will replace Mark Sanchez as the Jets' starter, leaving Tebow on the bench. Then, on Thursday, US Weekly reports that Tebow has broken up with actress Camilla Belle after two months of dating. Belle is famous for starring in "From Prada to Nada" and "Dirty Dancing 3." And when I say famous, I mean "been in movies no one has ever heard of or watched." US Weekly says the breakup came because "the relationship just didn't...
  • Boehner seen holding top post despite purge

    12/20/2012 6:43:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/12/12 | By David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin
    Despite rumblings from some Republican backbenchers, Speaker John A. Boehner’s hold on the House’s top post appears secure after key conservative lawmakers said they don’t expect anyone to challenge him. Several congressman who were booted from their committees last week have refused to commit to voting for Mr. Boehner when the House elects its speaker next year. But the discontent has not spread widely among their GOP colleagues, who generally give the Ohio Republican good marks for playing a difficult hand in the current budget negotiations. -snip- The four lawmakers who were booted from their committees remain angry, and they...
  • Armed Teacher Pilot Program to Provide Free Training to Educators - [Buckeye Firearms Assoc.]

    12/20/2012 6:37:23 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 23 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 12-20-2012 | Unknown to me
    DELAWARE, OH - Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) announced they have launched a pilot program to provide firearm training to teachers free of charge. The announcement was made at a Town Hall Meeting at Ohio State University Thursday evening where participants debated the gun control issue in light of the recent mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Ken Hanson, BFA's Legal Chair, made the announcement, saying, "Teachers and school board members have been asking us for years about training to prepare for an incident like Sandy Hook. So our educational Foundation will sponsor an Armed Teacher Pilot Program...
  • Breaking: Major power outage in Annapolis MD. Reports of "fire in the sky"

    12/20/2012 6:28:26 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 215 replies
    Relative on Eastern shore says all lights out on Western side of Bay Bridge. Green and red lights in sky.
  • The Survival Doctor Ultimate Emergency Medical Infographic

    12/20/2012 6:20:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 47 replies
    Preparing For SHTF ^ | 12/20/12 | The Survival Doctor
    Here is a list of some of the items: 24 U.S. Military Field Style Medic Instrument Kit Surgical Disposable Sterile Skin Stapler w/Enhanced Control, 35 Preloaded Staples Sawyer Personal Water Bottle Filter 1 Liter Black Diamond Icon Headlamp (Silver) SAM Medical Splint (Pack of 2)
  • Sister of Newtown victim makes gun-control plea in letter to Obama (Innocent but Ignorant Child)

    12/20/2012 6:12:49 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/20/2012 | Yahoo News
    Natalie's letter, written to President Barack Obama and read by Anderson Cooper on air, voiced her clear and thoughtful belief that guns did not belong in the hands of most civilians: My name is Natalie Barden and I wanted to tell the president that only police officers and the military should get guns. If people want to do it as a sport than they could go to a shooting range and the guns would not be able to leave there.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 21 December 2012

    12/20/2012 6:05:47 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 107 replies
    December 20, 2012 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite Christmas present(s) or memory. Only four more days before ChristmasNo shaking, sniffing, or trying to pry off the tape on the presents under the tree.Santa will know. He sees you went you're sleeping. Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for your...
  • What Is Behind Salam Fayyad's Call for "Economic Intifada"?

    12/20/2012 6:03:47 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 12/20/12 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Instead of seeking way to solve the financial crisis, Fayyad chose to call on Palestinians to boycott all Israeli goods. He is hoping that by calling for an economic intifada, he will succeed in diverting the anger and frustration on the Palestinian street outward to Israel. This has always been the Palestinian Authority's way of avoiding responsibility for anything that goes wrong — by putting all the blame on Israel.