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  • Two dead in supermarket looting in Argentina

    12/21/2012 8:55:37 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP News ^ | December 21, 2012
    Mobs looted supermarkets in Argentina's third largest city early Friday, leaving two dead and two seriously injured in the latest in a spate of such outbursts. Besides that city of Rosario, looters had also rampaged in other Argentina cities on Thursday and into the night. ... Rosario is a hub for industry as well as for farm exports. In Bariloche in the south, officials said looters were apparently venting anger over a blackout that had left much of surrounding Neuquen province without power on Wednesday.
  • Just a couple of cheetahs meowing.

    12/21/2012 8:54:59 AM PST · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Unknown | None
    Video of Cheetahs meowing. Very cute! http://www.wimp.com/cheetahsmeowing/
  • ESPN suspends Rob Parker 30 days for RG3 comments

    12/21/2012 8:49:14 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    It appears ESPN's Rob Parker will keep his job despite his inflammatory comments about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
  • Obama to nominate Senator John Kerry as next secretary of state (truncated title)

    12/21/2012 8:46:45 AM PST · by 1066AD · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (AP) ^ | 12/21/2012 | AP Reporter
    A senior administration official said on Friday that President Barack Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. as his next secretary of state this afternoon from the White House. The 69-year-old, who began his tenure in the Senate in 1985, is expected to be a shoo-in during the Congressional confirmation process and will fill the vacancy left by outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The expected announcement will come after the president's top choice for the spot, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, took herself out of the running for the post given the controversy over her reaction to the attacks on...
  • The Chattering Classes 2012

    12/21/2012 8:41:04 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 20, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Often we find that what is most revealing in covering the higher education beat is what academics reveal about themselves. What follows are vignettes and observations from the Ivory Tower this year: Agents of Inaccuracy November 27, 2012 “Despite the fact that more than half of faculty members say on surveys that an important goal for undergraduate instruction is to ‘encourage students to become agents of social change,’ colleges don’t have much of an effect on student political participation.” —Canadian sociologist Neil Gross The Road to Self-Esteem… November 14, 2012 “It’s healthy to make God look like you. It’s a...
  • NRA Press conference live thread

    12/21/2012 8:38:06 AM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 59 replies
    Proposing the National School Shield http://nraschoolshield.com/
  • President Obama's dilemma

    12/21/2012 8:37:09 AM PST · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | December 21, 2012 | Carrie Budoff Brown
    President Barack Obama dispatched Mitt Romney a little more than a month ago but now faces an unpredictable new threat: a deeply divided House GOP that doesn’t even seem capable of bargaining with him.  Obama had hoped the election would unclog the works in Washington. His aides often speculated that he’d be freer to negotiate because he didn’t have to run again — and Republicans didn’t have to run against him.  But Thursday’s revolt was a grim reminder of how closely Obama’s future is tethered to that of his political rivals.  If House Speaker John Boehner can’t muscle his own...
  • Obama's Gun Ban List Leaked

    12/21/2012 8:37:06 AM PST · by txnativegop · 148 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Dave Gibson
    On Monday, Alan Korwin, 2nd Amendment activist and author of Gun Laws of America, published a preliminary list of firearms and firearms accessories to be included in the yet-to-be announced, but much anticipated new version of the so-called Assault Weapons Ban. The chief sponsor of the last ban, Sen. Diane Feinstein is said to be crafting new legislation now, which, if passed, President Obama would undoubtedly sign.
  • The Music Is Timeless, but About the Rockers ...

    12/21/2012 8:34:37 AM PST · by chessplayer · 84 replies
    THERE was Roger Daltrey, 68, with his open shirt revealing a Palm Beach perma-tan, and abs so snare-tight that they immediately raised suspicion. (“Implants!” charged a few skeptical members of the Twittersphere.) Last week’s star-studded “12-12-12” concert — a showcase of retirement-age rock icons like the Rolling Stones, the Who and Eric Clapton — not only raised millions to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, but as the “the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,” as Mick Jagger joked onstage, it also inspired viewer debate about whether is it possible to look cool and rebellious...
  • Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Robert Leonard arrested in deadly Indianapolis home explosion

    12/21/2012 8:34:16 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 7 replies
    INDIANAPOLIS - Three people have been arrested in the explosion on Indianapolis' south side that killed two neighbors and damaged dozens of homes, RTV6 has learned. Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, who lived in the home, along with Leonard's brother, Robert Leonard, were arrested Friday on numerous charges, including murder and arson. The couple, who lived in the home at 8349 Fieldfare Way along with Shirley's 12-year-old daughter, was visiting a Lawrenceburg casino the night of Nov. 10 when the blast rocked their Richmond Hill subdivision, leveling five homes and damaging dozens more. The death penalty will be...
  • New pipestone study overturns a century of assumption

    12/21/2012 8:34:00 AM PST · by Renfield · 9 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 12-21-2012
    Archaeologist, William Mills, dug up a treasure-trove of 2000 year old carved stone pipes in the early 1900s and was the first to dig the Native American site, called Tremper Mound, in southern Ohio.When he inspected the pipes, he made a reasonable, but unverified, assumption. The pipes looked as if they had been carved from local stone, and so he said they were. That assumption, first published in 1916, has been repeated in scientific publications to this day, but according to a new analysis, Mills got it wrong.Researchers tested the mineralogical profiles of stone from sites across the upper Midwest...
  • America is now run by angry, feral adolescents fueled by hatred, jealousy and revenge

    12/21/2012 8:33:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/21/12 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Minority groups in America live better here than they do in other parts of the world. This is true for both Blacks and Hispanics. “Poor” in America is a description of at least lower middle class or better in many countries around the world. Yet when given a chance, these groups gladly plunged America into a dark and dangerous future to take their “revenge” against our nation. On first glance this lust for revenge seems counterintuitive. But closer examination explains this rage. Both groups are fueled by greed hatred jealousy and a thirst for revenge stoked to a roaring flame...
  • Shooting rampage threat foiled at Delaware Valley Job Corps center

    12/21/2012 8:31:37 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 12/22/12 | Victor Whitman
    CALLICOON — A student at the Delaware Valley Job Corps was arrested on Sunday and charged with felonies after threatening to go on a shooting rampage. Sullivan County sheriff's deputies say Patrick Milliken, 20, was charged after three students reported that Milliken, at separate times on Sunday, threatened to go to his home in Newburgh and get a gun, then return "to shoot up the Job Corps and kill himself," Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said. Milliken was found late Sunday hiding outside a building on campus after going missing. Chaboty said deputies are still investigating why Milliken allegedly made the threats...
  • The List: Obama's Two Hundred and Fourth Week in Office

    12/21/2012 8:29:10 AM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist ^ | 12/21/12 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Fourth Week in Office12/20/2012Benghazi-GateWhere’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?-  In a replay of Abu Ghraib, the government excuses itself at the highest levels.White House hints that FOX News' Benghazi reporting was 'entirely false'Joe Kernan, of CNBC "Kudlow Report...Unclassified Benghazi, To Be Continued;  The Benghazi mission was and continues to be a national security operation for arming, training, funding and transporting Libyan Jihadists from Cyrenaica Province of Libya to Syria to pretend to be the "Free Syrian Army."Carney: Obama and ill Clinton spoke SaturdaySen. Rubio forces truth about Clinton in Congressional hearingsState Department official suggests Libya...
  • Jon Hammar, Marine jailed in Mexico, to be released from prison today

    12/21/2012 8:27:48 AM PST · by EDINVA · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/21/2012 | Joseph J. Kolb
    DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine who has been in a Mexican prison since August on a dubious weapon charge is being released today, his father confirmed to FoxNews.com. Jon Hammar Sr. said during a flight layover in Houston that he was on his way to get his son, after he and his wife Olivia received a call Thursday night from their attorney, Eddie Varon-Levy telling them their son was going to be released.
  • Congressman: Rick Perry Has 'Blood On His Hands' For Supporting Second Amendment

    12/21/2012 8:26:17 AM PST · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/21/12
    Congressman Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said Governor Rick Perry “had blood on his hands” for supporting the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
  • new study confirms democrats crashed the economy DUH...

    12/21/2012 8:24:03 AM PST · by raygunfan · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 12/21/2012 | ROBERT MOON
    A new study from the widely respected National Bureau of Economic Research released this week has confirmed beyond question that the left's race-baiting attacks on the housing market (the Community Reinvestment Act
  • Trends In Mass Shootings

    12/21/2012 8:23:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    justoneminute.typepad.com ^ | 20 December, 2012 | Tom Maguire
    The trend will be your friend if you are the NRA, Hollywood,or video game manufacturers trying to deflect blame for rising gun violence in America. Per both mass killing expert Alan Fox, there is no particular evidece suggesting we are in the grip of a rising wave of mass shootings. A Mother Jones team has put together their own database of mass shootings since 1980 (timeline) and their chart suggests a similar conclusion. And for the factually oriented, this paper by criminologist Duwe from 2006 (hat tip to Jesse Walker of Reason) is fascinating. The media loves a narrative, which...
  • The Chinese Want Gun Control -- in America

    12/21/2012 8:22:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/21/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Who'd have guessed it? When the Chinese aren't busy effecting forced abortions, persecuting political dissidents, sending contaminated products to our shores, or shipping us other junk that malfunctions a month after you buy it, they concern themselves with our well-being. In an article published by the Chinese government-front media outlet Xinhua, the Beijing regime calls on the Obama administration to use the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext for more gun control. The outlet writes, "Every time tragedy occurs, there are renewed appeals for gun regulation. However, the calls disappointingly always fail." Gee, we wouldn't want to disappoint the Chinese...
  • Hudson Valley community bans gun show in wake of Newtown

    12/21/2012 8:20:31 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- Westchester County will not host a gun show early next year in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. County Executive Rob Astorino said it would be inappropriate for the county to hold the event. Former County Executive Andrew Spano had banned the show after the 1999 Columbine school shootings in Colorado. The ban remained in effect for more than a decade. Astorino brought back the show in 2010. His decision comes after Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner called on the county to cancel the show at the government-owned building. Westchester Board of Legislators Chairman...
  • A Comparison of Tax Rates

    12/21/2012 8:19:38 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-21-12 | johngalt
    As we near the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", I feel it necessary to point out, again, that higher tax rates will lead to lower revenue for the federal government. Previously, I only had the words of various economists on my side, and re-iterated those words in defense of keeping the tax rates low. However, recently I worked to come up with a comparison showing how higher tax rates lead to lower revenues, and vice versa. The results actually surprised me, as to how far they were in the favor of the lower rates, when you extrapolated out the difference to a...
  • MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

    12/21/2012 8:19:08 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 21st December 2012 09:47 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    Free whitepaper – Shutterfly and Cleversafe: The Path to a Picture Perfect Data Storage Solution A state of magnetism predicted in 1987 has been observed for the first time at MIT, with researchers saying that it might one day find applications in storage and communications technologies. The “one day” is still quite some way off, however, with the researchers only at the very beginning of observing the properties of what’s called a “quantum spin liquid” (QSL). The properties of a quantum spin liquid are revealed in the spin properties of atoms in a crystal. Rather than settling into a stable...
  • Bernard Shaw's advice: Abolish the constitution

    12/21/2012 8:12:44 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    Here are two old videos of an interview with Bernard Shaw. It's the same interview, just captured at different angles, probably by different camera crews as they're cut differently. These interviews took place quite some time into FDR's presidency, as Shaw makes reference to the Court's repeated actions to stop him. Bernard Shaw: I've been here before, I told you what to do and you haven't done it. And you're up to your neck in trouble, in consequence. I told you in New York. I put it to you very carefully and exactly. I told you that what you had...
  • America is now run by angry, feral adolescents fueled by hatred, jealousy and revenge

    12/21/2012 8:12:04 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Minority groups in America live better here than they do in other parts of the world. This is true for both Blacks and Hispanics. “Poor” in America is a description of at least lower middle class or better in many countries around the world. Yet when given a chance, these groups gladly plunged America into a dark and dangerous future to take their “revenge” against our nation. On first glance this lust for revenge seems counterintuitive. But closer examination explains this rage. Both groups are fueled by greed hatred jealousy and a thirst for revenge stoked to a roaring flame...
  • GALLUP: AMERICANS WANT MENTAL HEALTH LAWS, POLICE, NOT BANNING GUN

    12/21/2012 8:11:55 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Breeitbart-Big Gov't ^ | 21 dec 2012 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Despite the attempts by the Left to use the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut to forward their anti-gun agenda, Americans feel that there are other avenues they would rather explore to protect to innocent children, according to a new Gallup Poll. In order of preference, the poll shows that 53% of Americans would favor an increased police presence at schools, 50% wanted to increase government spending on mental health screening and treatment, 47% thought that gun violence on TV, in movies and in video games should be decreased, and 42% thought the sale of assault and semi-automatic guns should be banned....
  • Samsung Tapes Out First 14nm FinFET Test Chips.

    12/21/2012 8:08:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 12/20/2012 08:06 PM | Anton Shilov
    Samsung Reaches 14nm FinFET Process Technology Development Milestone Samsung Electronics on Thursday said that it reached another milestone in the development of 14nm FinFET process technology with the successful tape-out of multiple development vehicles, including ARM Cortex-A7 test chip, in collaboration with its key design and IP partners. In addition, Samsung has signed an agreement with ARM for 14nm physical IP and libraries.Samsung Tapes Out ARM Cortex-A7, Near Threshold Voltage Chip on 14nm Process Tech As part of its 14nm FinFET development process, Samsung, and its ecosystem partners – ARM, Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys – taped out multiple test chips...
  • So what’s Plan C?

    12/21/2012 7:59:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when Plan B fails? That answer may matter less than the question of what happens to the man who promised Plan B would work in the first place. Chris Cillizza writes that John Boehner climbed onto a big limb with Plan B --- and then watched as his own caucus sawed it off: To be clear: This was a gambit by Boehner designed to be a show of force to President Obama. This was Boehner putting himself out on a limb in hopes wavering members would follow him. This vote mattered to Boehner.And he lost it.ItÂ’s not clear...
  • Obama Responds to Gun Violence Outcry (projectile barf alert)

    12/21/2012 7:59:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/21/12 | assoc. press
    President Obama issued a video response to the We the People petitions submitted to the White House after the Newtown shootings. Petitions relating to gun violence have gained more than 400,000 signatures in the past week. (Dec. 21)
  • Boehner Gets a Lump of Coal From Tea Party & We Get Gump's Goulash!

    12/21/2012 7:57:58 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-21-2012 | MOTUS
    The Tea Party gave Boehner’s Plan B from Outer Space a giant thumbs down last night, thus ending this season’s finale of Washington’s kabuki theatre with a real cliff hanger. The kabuki dilemma: Rebuilt the cliff or move the house? (snip)Harry had already announced that he was getting’ nuttin’ for Christmas. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his “fiscal cliff” position clear in a press conference today. “We are not going to do anything,” said Reid.(snip)   Sorry Jon-boy, no money for Christmas presents this year. Not that any of this matters, as the Mayan’s have deemed today...
  • Behind the scenes of a GOP meltdown

    12/21/2012 7:57:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/21/2012 | Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
    Things were so bad for Speaker John Boehner Thursday night, support for his Plan B tax bill so diminished, the limits of his power with his own party laid bare, that he stood in front of the House Republican Conference and recited the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Boehner nearly cried. The Ohio Republican accepted that he couldn’t change the minds of his House Republican Conference. He tried to convince them that, facing tough negotiations with...
  • BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman

    12/21/2012 7:55:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse ^ | 12/22/2012 | Roland Jackson
    BAE unveils £2.5 bn deal for military jets to Oman LONDON — British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a £2.5-billion ($4.1-billion, 3.1-billion-euro) deal to sell 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and eight Hawk trainer planes to Oman. The deal, which will help sustain thousands of jobs in Britain, is the first major order since BAE Systems failed to merge with European aerospace giant EADS earlier this year, but failed to boost shares in the British company. "BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk...
  • SCOTT WALKER: HUMAN EVENTS' CONSERVATIVE OF THE YEAR 2012

    12/21/2012 7:51:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/21/2012 | Human Events Editors
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been named the Human Events Conservative of the Year 2012, succeeding Rep. Paul Ryan, Human Events announced Thursday. The Editors said Walker was chosen because he brought the benefits of conservatism to a financially troubled state, and survived numerous harsh encounters with a relentlessly hostile political environment. He was denounced, protested, and demonized to the point where he shared space with Adolf Hitler and deposed Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak on protest signs. Big Labor unleashed a tidal wave of money and organizational power against him. His adversaries were willing to break every rule to...
  • Superintendents Falsely Claim Charter Schools Shortchange Poor Children

    12/21/2012 7:50:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/19/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Seventy-one Michigan public school superintendents signed a letter that ran on a state-wide news site that claimed that charter schools were serving middle class students while “creating a permanent underclass in our inner cities.” But state of Michigan data for the 2011-2012 school year shows there is a higher percentage of free- and reduced-lunch eligible students in charter schools than in conventional public school districts. Charter schools had 69.8 percent of students on free- and reduced-lunch statewide while 46.2 percent of the students statewide in conventional public schools were on free- and reduced-lunch. That data is from the Center for...
  • Three to be charged in Indianapolis explosion

    12/21/2012 7:43:15 AM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    wthr.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | WTHR
    NDIANAPOLIS - The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will announce charges Friday morning against three people in connection with the Nov. 10th Indianapolis south side explosion. A news conference is planned for 11:15 am. Watch it on WTHR.com or WTHR Channel 13. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, along with representatives from cooperating public safety agencies, will speak at the news conference. Homeowner Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, who lived in the home, and Leonard's brother, Robert Leonard, were arrested this morning.
  • Just Ban Guns - Yeah! That'll Work!

    12/21/2012 7:40:32 AM PST · by rusty schucklefurd · 38 replies
    12/21/12 | rusty schucklefurd
    All the liberals want to ban guns as the solution to the horrible "assualt weapons" massacres we've seen in the last few years. Exactly how would that work? Would it work?
  • Next Move Is Obama’s After Boehner’s Tax Plan Fails (McConnell preparing to surrender?)

    12/21/2012 7:37:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/21/12 | JACKIE CALMES
    With House Republicans’ revolt over their leader’s tax plan the evening before, President Obama on Friday faced the challenge of finding a new tax-and-spending solution — perhaps working now with Senate Republicans — to prevent a looming fiscal crisis in January. -snip- Officials in the administration and Congress, and in both parties, suggested the likeliest route was for Mr. Obama to seek a bipartisan accord with Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who is the Senate majority leader, and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican minority leader, and hope that it could get through the House under deadline...
  • TheBlaze Magazine Exclusive Book Excerpt: The Power of Talk Radio

    12/21/2012 7:34:16 AM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 2 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 4, 2012 | Chris Field
    In the December 2012 issue, The Blaze provides exclusive excerpts from Fred Lucas’ new book, “The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment.” In the book, Lucas covers the growth, influence, major players and victories conservative talk radio has seen over the years. He provides history lessons and insight into how and why radio has been so influential. In an exclusive feature for TheBlaze Magazine, “Power of Talk,” Lucas gives us adapted excerpts from his new book. The magazine feature includes coverage of the Left’s attempts to tie right-wing talk...
  • A 'what if' gun-seizure scenario

    12/21/2012 7:18:13 AM PST · by Perseverando · 114 replies
    WND ^ | December 20, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah warns, 'Something very bad for America is coming' (Editor’s note: The following commentary by Joseph Farah is a hypothetical scenario, but one all-too-believable given the anti-gun hysteria in the media and here in the nation’s capital. It is offered in the spirit of what former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel once said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”) WASHINGTON – President Obama today issued a sweeping executive order banning the manufacture, sale and possession of all semi-automatic firearms in the U.S. Obama cited for his authority for the action a national state of...
  • Rush LImbaugh Show,"MERRY CHRISTMAS!",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,WABC AM,EST December 21,2012

    12/21/2012 7:16:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 21,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Elite Vatican Squad Scales High Spots to Keep Basilica Spic and Span

    12/21/2012 7:15:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The sounds of a woman chanting in a side chapel blended with the less traditional hum of a hydraulic lift one recent morning in St. Peter's Basilica. Pilgrims were pressed against a barricade pointing cameras at workmen strapped in climbing harnesses, teetering atop the baldacchino, the massive bronze canopy over the main altar. Twice a year, typically before Christmas and Easter, a select team of Vatican workers breaks out its polyester dusters, vacuum cleaner and bronze polishing fluid to clean Gian Lorenzo Bernini's 100-foot-high, 63-ton masterpiece. Until recently, they had to climb up the twisting columns,...
  • Bring back US jobs. (vanity)

    12/21/2012 7:14:30 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 19 replies
    (vanity)
    Just to mention this: Today our unemployment rate increased yet again.
  • The Hobbit and Evil

    Some may see the films or books as just entertainment, but Tolkien spent a lifetime creating a mythos with far more detail than most writers ever imagine. An Oxford professor, he approached his writing as if it were a scholarly pursuit. Yet it was still entertaining and captivating, full of themes and message (though he never intentionally preached, so to speak, his beliefs informed his work). That’s why it has endured for so long (The Hobbit was originally published in 1937, mainly directed at children. Don’t see many children books like this anymore, do we?). Tolkien drew on many influences...
  • Rush Limbaugh Says Obama Named Time's 'Person of the Year' Because He Represents 'New, Stupid....

    12/21/2012 7:07:25 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Says Obama Named Time's 'Person of the Year' Because He Represents 'New, Stupid America' By Randy Hall Created 12/21/2012 - 9:43am Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has slammed Time magazine's selection of President Barack Obama for the 2012 “Person of the Year” award when he charged on Wednesday and Thursday that the Democratic incumbent was re-elected because he appealed to “low-information morons” who make up a new demographic in the nation. On Wednesday's syndicated program, Limbaugh responded to the announcement made that morning on NBC's “Today Show” by stating that Richard Stengel, the editor of the...
  • Joe Friday: Man Out of Time

    12/21/2012 7:03:09 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    am spectator ^ | 12/21/12 | d flynn
    Dragnet’s Jack Webb died thirty years ago, and a lot of America has been dead ever since. Jack Webb, who died thirty years ago this weekend, arrived at the right time. “After the war, people were much more realistic,” notes Peggy Webber, star of more than 100 Dragnet episodes. “They wanted things to be as honest as possible. And he filled the bill.” Dragnet, as the just-the-facts catchphrase it inspired indicates, depicted police work without the frills. Whereas other detective stories attracted listeners through the promise of a weekly shootout, Dragnet snagged them by keeping the weapons holstered. The iconic...
  • Bethlehem Basilica’s wooden ceiling is among Med(iterranean)’s oldest

    12/21/2012 7:02:49 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | December 18, 2012 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    An Italian study carried out on the Basilica’s wooden beams has revealed that the cedar was carved between the 6th and 7th centuries In the next few days, as is the case every year, all eyes will be on the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. But the deeper the studies on this ancient church go, the more surprises it seems to have in store. This is what transpires from a report published yesterday in the last edition of the Journal of Cultural Heritage and on Terrasanta.net.The report presents the results of a long study carried out on the Basilica’s...
  • Report: Jon Hammar to be released from Mexican prison today

    12/21/2012 6:58:27 AM PST · by alancarp · 59 replies
    fox news world ^ | 12/21/2012 | foxnews.com
    DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio. Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar's case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs...
  • Pig flying moment at the Huff Pos: US backing anti-western jihadists in Syria

    12/21/2012 6:56:40 AM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 21, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Reality check on Syria and who Obama is backing. Heads are going to roll (no pun intended) over at the Puff Ho. Someone didn't get the memo on the Muslim Brotherhood. Notice that the few of us who have a spot-on record of predicting events in Egypt, Libya, and now Syria are still marginalized and prohibited from weighing in on the oped pages of big media. Expect no mea culpas from the media or a reversal of coverage. It's a death march. And the more wrong they are, the more they dig in their hooves. "Expert: West Helping Wahabbi Winter...
  • Man carrying board with words ‘high-powered rifle’ into Sandy Hook Elementary in Virginia arrested

    12/21/2012 6:54:32 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2012
    A Virginia man was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a 2-by-4-foot board with the words 'High Powered Rifle' written on its side into Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town of Strasburg, MyFoxDC.com reported. Christopher Johnson, 33, was apparently trying to bring attention to how easy it is to bring a weapon into a school, Scott Proctor, a major at the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office, said. Johnson was reportedly detained by a school resource officer before he was taken into police custody.
  • Westboro Church to protest at fallen Marine's funeral in Slidell, Louisiana

    12/21/2012 6:53:53 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 20 Dec 12 | Dana Viera
    The Westboro Baptist Church had said that they planned to picket and protest at the funeral services of the 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that occurred last Friday but so far their threats have not happened. Now they are saying via their website, godhatesfags.com, that they will preach to everyone at the fallen marine, Sgt. Michael Guillory of Pearl River, Louisiana's funeral...
  • Weekly jobless claims rise 17,000 to 361K

    12/21/2012 6:52:17 AM PST · by InterestedQuestioner · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/20/12 | AP
    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines.