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  • School Shootings and the 'Price of our Freedom'

    12/22/2012 2:55:08 PM PST · by morethanright · 7 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-22 13:30:47 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds ... in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said President Obama in reference to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that ended 26 lives, mostly children."Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?" asked the president, "Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?"The uncomfortable answer to his last...
  • Democrats Fully to Blame for Subprime Mortgage Crisis that Caused 2008 Financial Disaster

    12/22/2012 2:54:00 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In his early activist days, Barack Obama the community organizer sued banks to ease lending practices... During his time as a community organizer Barack Obama led several protests against banks to make loans to high risk individuals. ... A new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research found that Democrats are to blame for the subprime mortgage crisis. ... Republicans warned Democrats of the impending doom in 2004.
  • Hot Mic: Reporters Overheard Slamming NRA Presser, Praising Code Pink

    12/22/2012 2:50:34 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    conservative videos ^ | 12-22-12 | Breitbart TV
    Reporters waiting for the daily State Department press briefing were overheard slamming the NRA press conference for content as well as their inability to control the room. “They [The NRA] basically said it’s [the CT shooting] everybody’s fault but ours,” said one reporter as he lamented that the chair did not mention assault weapons. A woman added that Medea Benjamin and the other code pink protesters “did a really good job.” The female reporter praised the Code Pink protesters for having big enough signs to cover the NRA Chair’s head to obstruct it from being viewed by the cameras. The...
  • Egyptian vice-president Mahmoud Mekki resigns, as vote on constitution continues

    12/22/2012 2:42:09 PM PST · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Vice-president Mekki has resigned, citing the new constitution, which does away with the post. Egyptians are voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on the country's Islamist-authored constitution. The vote on the draft charter comes amid four weeks of clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi. Mekki said he intended to quit once the charter is adopted as the new constitution eliminates the role of vice president. However, statement by Mekki read on state TV, suggested that his motive might in-fact be a disagreement with the Islamist policies of President Mohammed Morsi.
  • Indiana law already allows teachers to carry guns

    12/22/2012 2:26:23 PM PST · by digger48 · 11 replies
    News Sentinel/AP ^ | December 21, 2012 | Charles Wilson
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS — While legislators in other states are wrestling with the idea of allowing teachers to carry guns in school, experts say Indiana law already allows it.</p> <p>The idea has gained traction following the school shooting in Connecticut.</p> <p>In Indiana, anyone appointed as a school security guard can carry a gun on school property. In most cases, guards are off-duty police officers, but they don't have to be.</p>
  • The Massacre of the Innocents (The Coventry Carol)

    12/22/2012 2:11:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Mark Steyn
    ‘Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, by by, lully, lullay . . . ” The 16th-century Coventry Carol, a mother’s lament for her lost son, is the only song of the season about the other children of Christmas — the first-born of Bethlehem, slaughtered on Herod’s Then a century ago the Catholic Encyclopedia started digging into the numbers. The estimated population of Bethlehem at that time was around a thousand, which would put the toll of first-born sons under the age of two murdered by King Herod at approximately 20 — or about the same number of dead children as one school shooting on a...
  • The Lessons from Plan B

    12/22/2012 1:58:48 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 21, 2012 | By Joshua Withrow
    If President Obama and Senator Reid were actually negotiating in good faith, then one could argue that Speaker Boehner's Plan B was an acceptable, if unpalatable, compromise. After all, it permanently extended the current tax rates for very nearly all Americans, eliminating the annual game of chicken in Congress over whether our taxes will automatically increase. But the President and Senator Reid made very clear that they are not interested in compromise, and that Boehner's offer was dead on arrival in the Senate because it did not raise taxes on enough people. This is not a negotiation on President Obama's...
  • Looking at Pope Benedict’s plans in New Year

    12/22/2012 1:51:12 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    OSV ^ | December 30, 2012 | Matthew Bunson
    Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to make remarks at the conclusion of the opening Mass of the International Congress on the Church in America on Dec. 9. CNS photo by Paul Haring Pope Benedict XVI has just completed one of the most grueling years of his entire pontificate. He made journeys to Mexico and Cuba in March and then Lebanon in September. He opened the Year of Faith, marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and held two consistories to create a total of 28 new cardinals.  The year was also marked by...
  • Limbaugh & Hannity may be headed to WOR as Dr. Joy Browne, Gov. David Paterson, Huckabee get the axe

    12/22/2012 1:47:56 PM PST · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    WOR (710 AM) is clearing the decks for a Rush-and-Sean landing. Long-time station mainstay Dr. Joy Browne was dismissed Thursday, along with former Gov. David Paterson and syndicated host Mike Huckabee, as WOR’s new management prepares to roll out a radically different prime-time lineup in 2013. In a move that had been rumored for months but didn’t happen until five days before Christmas, the station also laid off a number of behind-the-scenes workers Thursday. A statement from Buckley Broadcasting, WOR’s outgoing owner, said: “We thank our employees for their service over the years and wish them all the best. We...
  • Bennett to Netanyahu: Yes or No, will You Order More Expulsions?

    12/22/2012 1:44:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    ..... "First, the facts: I never called for refusal of orders. Not in the interview with Nissim Mishal and not anywhere else, ever. "I have served in the IDF for 22 years, as a combat soldier and commander. I fought in all of Israel's campaigns during this time, including unknown ones. I repeat: I never called for refusal of orders.... "On Thursday I spoke from the depth of my heart and I do not apologize for what I said. However, I am now not a private individual but a public figure, and I will say things in the clearest possible...
  • NRA Call for Armed School Guards “Reckless,” Says Senator

    12/22/2012 1:39:10 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Maintaining that laws banning guns are ineffective at deterring criminals, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre urged that we “harden potential targets. The placement of trained and armed security guards in vulnerable locations would be a more potent defensive measure than the placement of signs declaring these locations ‘gun-free zones.’” LaPierre pointed out that “Connecticut’s law banning assault weapons had no impact on the madman who killed 20 school children. Government officials themselves don’t place their trust in gun control laws. The President has armed guards to protect him. Many members of Congress have concealed carry permits. They put their...
  • Mofaz: Following Orders Are Essential to our Survival

    12/22/2012 1:36:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12
    Shaul Mofaz, Kadima chaiman responded to remarks made by Bennett to Channel 2 during an interview in which he said, "If I would receive an order to remove a Jew from his house and expel him, me personally, my conscience would not allow it. I would ask the commander for an exemption." Mofaz reacted, saying, "There is no place in Israel, not in the regular army and not in the reserve army, to disobey orders. One's political views should not affect his ability to perform a task. An evil spirit calling for disobedience in exchange for a handful of votes...
  • PM Hints at Disclusion of Bennett from Coalition

    12/22/2012 1:32:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu implied Saturday night that he would not include the Jewish Home party in any potential coalition in the next Knesset. In an interview with Channel 2, Netanyahu addressed Bennett's recent claim that if he were in the IDF and ordered to expel Jews from their homes, he would ask to be relieved from duty, saying, "This is very serious. The future of the country rests on the army and executing orders. I'm saying a simple thing: Whoever is adamant about refusing orders - will not sit in my cabinet." .....
  • 2 Jersey City councilwomen blast billionaire's gift card giveaway as disorganized, hurtful

    12/22/2012 1:30:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 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 in line say they were shut out. The effort led to long lines last Monday night at some community centers, including the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, as people sought to register for the cards, and long lines again two days later when residents arrived to pick them up, according to residents, community leaders and organizers of the charity effort. Two city councilwomen blasted the gift card giveaway...
  • All hell will break loose: Inside the strange world of the 'Prepper' families planning for Doomsday

    12/22/2012 1:30:44 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    mirror ^ | 22 Dec 2012 | Rachael Bletchly
    Once a week Tim Ralston and his wife Marie take their three teenage kids to a secluded cabin in the Northern Arizona desert. Surrounded by wildlife and the cows, sheep and chickens they raise it looks like a perfect eco-friendly family retreat. But the Ralstons are not there for an American version of The Good Life. On arrival Marie heads straight to the pantry to check the 15 years worth of tinned and freeze-dried food they’ve stockpiled, the kids test out their survival gear, first aid kits and water purifying tablets and Tim gets in some self-defence practice with his...
  • Freep this poll-Do you agree w/NRA that an armed officer should be posted in every school?

    12/22/2012 1:26:00 PM PST · by GILTN1stborn · 42 replies
    Do you agree with the NRA that an armed officer should be posted in every school?
  • John Kerry Calls American Troops Terrorists

    12/22/2012 1:25:17 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 9, 2006 | Uploaded by notoriousgop
    John Kerry calls American troops terrorists John Kerry says American troops terrorize women and children and that they should stop...because that's the job of the Iraqi military.
  • Milk prices may double in new year

    12/22/2012 1:15:43 PM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    CNN Money ^ | Dec 22, 2012
    The New Year could push milk prices to $7 a gallon. With Congress spending all its time trying to avert the fiscal cliff, a slew of other legislative matters are going unattended. One of them is the agriculture bill which, if not addressed, could lead to a doubling of the price of milk early next year. ... Sky-high milk prices wouldn't necessarily be good for dairy farmers either, according to Chris Galen, a spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation, which represents over 30,000 dairy farmers. While it might provide a short term boost to profits, there's a fear that...
  • Foreign Ministry Rushes to Apologize over 'Jesus' Post

    12/22/2012 1:15:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Foreign Ministry has launched a probe into the posting of a Facebook message by the Israel embassy in Ireland that said if Jesus and Mary were alive today in Bethlehem, they would probably be lynched by local Arabs. Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, "We all agree that it was improper, inappropriate." He said Tuesday that it wasn't clear who posted the message. The post included a picture of Jesus and Mary accompanied by a message saying, “A thought for Christmas ... If Jesus and Mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being...
  • Heading West: Alfa Romeo's Product Plan for the U.S. (For Now, Anyway)

    12/22/2012 1:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | October 2012 | Juergen Zoellter
    Fiat has been talking about Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. for more a decade—check out the timeline—but CEO Sergio Marchionne has finally made the decision: After nearly 20 years away, the brand will start selling cars here again in 2014. (We’ll believe it when we see it, but let’s play along for now.) The return to the States is part of a large revamp of the brand that will see a number of new models introduced in the U.S., Europe, and around the world, and this Alfa renaissance will lean heavily on alliances with Fiat, Chrysler, and Mazda. Read...
  • "Fiscal cliff" spooks shoppers in last lap of holiday race

    12/22/2012 1:03:47 PM PST · by traumer · 11 replies
    (Reuters) - Fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending are taking a toll on U.S. shoppers and could deprive retailers of a strong finish to the 2012 holiday shopping season. The acrimonious debate in Washington over how to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" has cast a pall over shopper sentiment as consumers head to malls on the last Saturday before Christmas - typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Talks to avoid the fiscal cliff stalled on Thursday when Republican lawmakers rejected House Speaker John Boehner's proposal aimed at winning concessions from President Barack...
  • Newtown, Gun Laws, Peace & the Abortion Connection?

    12/22/2012 12:53:05 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | December 22, 2012 | Sister Mary Rose Reddy, DMML
    Rochester, NH – It is the time of our visitation as a nation. We are grieving the brutal murders of the children in Newtown. Who could refrain from crying—seeing their beautiful pictures? Even the president cried; yet consider this terrible irony: After the Federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act had passed the Senate 98-0 and the House by an overwhelming majority and was signed into law on August 5, 2002, then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama voted against an identically worded Act in the Illinois Senate (SB 1082) in March of 2003. From 2003-2008, Barack Obama dishonestly insisted that he...
  • It's looking like a Meh Christmas for Pocono shoppers ( and Howard Howard Davidowitz )

    12/22/2012 12:49:47 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | December 08, 2012 | Howard Frank
    Tight budgets, bargain hunting change consumer habits... It's Christmas 2012, and economic conditions have ushered in big changes in shopping habits. The problem, one retail expert said, is consumers' recent loss of income, personal wealth and jobs. "Eighty percent of Americans have lost 40 percent of their net worth since Obama has been president," said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates Inc., a national retail consulting and investment banking firm headquartered in New York City. "Median family income is down 10 percent. Unemployment and underemployment is at 14 percent. And if we grow at 2 percent, we can't gain...
  • Prayers, please, for a dear friend and her family.

    12/22/2012 12:46:33 PM PST · by alisasny · 40 replies
    12/22/12 | alisasny
    My dear friend Lisa and her family are suffering a terrible lose today. Her dear Mother was found dead today around noon in her bed by her brother. Her Mom's name is Corinne. Please pray for this family. Corinne's granddaughters were deeply in grief as I comforted them when they got word since I was there. I have not seen Lisa yet but can only imagine. Corinne was healthy and mid 60's further adding to the shock of this all. Thank you!
  • Scariest Path In The World in HD(VIDEO)

    12/22/2012 12:15:19 PM PST · by navysealdad · 10 replies
    El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's little pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the district of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey. In 1901 it became obvious that workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls, to provide for transport of materials, and for the inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction of the walkway took four years and it was finished...
  • The TRUTH about Kwanzaa

    12/22/2012 12:08:33 PM PST · by wesagain · 22 replies
    JewishWorldToday ^ | Dec 31, 1999 | Tony Snow
    BLACKS IN AMERICA have suffered an endless series of insults and degradations, the latest of which goes by the name of Kwanzaa. Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga) invented the seven-day feast (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) in 1966, branding it a black alternative to Christmas. The idea was to celebrate the end of what he considered the Christmas-season exploitation of African Americans. According to the official Kwanzaa Web site -- as opposed, say, to the Hallmark Cards Kwanzaa site -- the celebration was designed to foster "conditions that would enhance the revolutionary social change for the masses of Black Americans"...
  • Obama: I Met Republicans Halfway On Taxes, More Than Halfway On Spending

    12/22/2012 11:41:14 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 106 replies
    Obama: I Met Republicans Halfway On Taxes, More Than Halfway On Spending THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Over the last few weeks I've been working with leaders of both parties on a proposal to get our deficit under control, avoid tax cuts -- or avoid tax hikes on the middle class, and to make sure that we can spur jobs and economic growth -- a balanced proposal that cuts spending but also asks the wealthiest Americans to pay more; a proposal that will strengthen the middle class over the long haul and grow our economy over the long haul. During...
  • Oregon's Jeld-Wen will open North American headquarters in North Carolina(State Cries 'Foul')

    12/22/2012 11:38:20 AM PST · by Be Careful · 32 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | By Richard Read
    Jeld-Wen Inc., Oregon's largest private company, plans to open a North American headquarters in North Carolina, contradicting denials in September. Jeld-Wen's global headquarters will remain in Klamath Falls, where the door-and-window manufacturer was founded 52 years ago. The company plans to add at least 142 jobs in Charlotte, N.C., during the next two years -- some of them from Oregon -- with an average annual payroll of $13.4 million plus benefits.
  • Assault weapon owners cite diverse reasons for owning the guns

    12/22/2012 11:32:10 AM PST · by rellimpank · 140 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 22 dec 2012 | Aaron Orlowski
    In the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting last week, one question has repeatedly surfaced in the Black Hills and across much of the country: Why would anyone want to own an assault weapon? One thing is clear — the high-powered rifles capable of shooting multiple rounds in a hurry are in high demand. After President Barack Obama said this week he would push to renew a ban on purchasing the rifles, local gun-shop owners said the weapons have been flying off their shelves. Meanwhile, gun owners in Rapid City cite diverse reasons for purchasing the weapons. Some say...

    Today, the same elite media who no doubt send their own kids to private schools that employ armed security, just can't stop howling ridicule at the NRA's idea to give every student in America those same protections. Because the NRA's idea is so appealing, as I write this, the media's going overboard, mocking it as bizarre, crazy, and out of touch. This is how the media works to silence and vilify the opposition and to ensure that only their ideas control The Narrative. The media doesn't care about securing our schools; they only care about coming after our guns and...
  • Samsung Creates New File System F2FS For Linux, Good News For Android

    12/22/2012 11:13:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies ^ | 05Oct - 2012 | Posted by Swapnil Bhartiya
    Samsung has created a new Linux file system called F2FS. Jaegeuk Kim of Samsung writes on the Linux Kernel Mailing List: F2FS is a new file system carefully designed for the NAND flash memory-based storage devices. We chose a log structure file system approach, but we tried to adapt it to the new form of storage. Also we remedy some known issues of the very old log structured file system, such as snowball effect of wandering tree and high cleaning overhead. Greg KH, the lead Linux kernel developer applauded the file system on his Google+ page, "Sweet, a new...
  • Indian Jews from 'Lost Tribe' move to Israel

    12/22/2012 11:04:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies ^ | Friday December 21, 2012 | Israel Hayom Staff and the AP
    Chief rabbi recognized lost tribe in 2005, but only 1,700 moved to Israel before government stopped granting visas • About 7,200 remain in India • Government recently reversed policy, reopening doors for immigration. The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff Ingathering of the exiles: Bnei Menashe pray prior to their departure for Israel. | Photo credit: AP >A group of 50 Jews said to descend from one of the 10 Lost Tribes prepared Thursday to immigrate to Israel from their village in northeastern India. The members of the Bnei Menashe community prayed in their local synagogue and then hugged their...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/22/2012 10:52:23 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    December 22, 2012 | Irish Rose
    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the...
  • America’s Law Professor-in-Chief: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

    12/22/2012 10:51:48 AM PST · by RobaWho · 26 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | 12-22-2012 | Rob Cunningham
    Our “Constitutional Law Professor” in Chief was born to parents that openly hated America, raised by an atheist mother that despised America, idolized an absentee Kenyan father that deeply hated America, later raised by atheist grandparents that hated America and whom personally appointed a known Communist Party agent to be Obama’s personal mentor. He was “spiritually counseled” for 20 years by an anti-American Preacher of Black Liberation Theology, a preacher of hate that eventually introduced our esteemed President to a woman that admitted to never being proud of America a day in her life. There can be no doubt Barack’s...
  • The Trial of Bernhard Goetz

    12/22/2012 10:42:48 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 52 replies
    The Saturday afternoon before Christmas in 1984, on a New York City subway car making its run downtown, two black teenagers approached Bernhard Goetz. One of the teens said to the slightly built blond man, "Give me five dollars." Seconds later, Goetz fired five shots from his Smith & Wesson revolver and four young men were injured--one with a severed spinal cord. After the train came to a quick stop, Goetz jumped to the tracks below and disappeared into the darkness of the subway tunnel. City newspapers quickly dubbed the gunman "the subway vigilante." During the early 1980s, New York...
  • Iowa high court says bosses can fire workers who they consider an ‘irresistible attraction’

    12/22/2012 10:38:53 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 51 replies
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote....
  • Hawaii Flashback: Obama Friend Titcomb Fined $500 for Soliciting Prostitution Charge

    12/22/2012 10:31:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 5/2/11 | JIM DOOLEY
    President Obama’s longtime friend Robert R. “Bobby” Titcomb was fined $500 this morning after entering a deferred plea of no contest to a charge of soliciting prostitution. The deferral, granted over the objection of the Prosecutor’s Office by District Judge Leslie Hayashi, means the charge against Titcomb will be dismissed if he stays out of legal trouble over the next six months. -snip- When Harrison asked the judge to accept the deferred no contest plea, Deputy Prosecutor Kurt Nakamatsu objected, saying Titcomb had received a similar deferral in 1989 on a traffic charge of leaving the scene of an accident....
  • Armed Teacher Training Program to Provide Free Training to Educators(OH)

    12/22/2012 10:27:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 20 December, 2012 | cbaus
    DELAWARE, OH - Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) announced they have launched a 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 Training Program for...
  • DNA hydrogel has a long memory

    12/22/2012 10:18:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 December 2012 | Laura Howes
    The gel can flow freely as a liquid until poure back into water, where it reforms its original shapeIt might look like a pink gloopy liquid to begin with but when you pour Dan Lou's DNA hydrogel into water it spontaneously reforms into its original shape. Even the Cornell researchers aren't exactly sure why their new material does what it does, but the potential applications are causing excitement.The hydrogels are made from incredibly long strands of DNA that tangle up, trapping water in its structure. The researchers think that once the hydrogels are taken out of water they collapse under...
  • A new survey shows us exactly why America is dying: the TAKERS think things are just fine

    12/22/2012 10:18:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 49 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/22/12 | Emma Karlin
    A new Pulse Opinion Research (POR) survey provides all the evidence needed to conclude that America was mortally wounded by the reelection of Barack Obama. For whatever their reason the Makers in our country saw fit to stay home and allow the Takers and their enablers to ascend to power. Now the country will reap the devastation brought on by their decision. The opinion splits found in the POR report on every important indicator of the financial health of the country could not be clearer. While an overall 59% think the country is on the wrong track, 87% of Republicans...
  • 2 children die in Englewood fire, 2 others rescued

    12/22/2012 10:15:40 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 22, 2012 | Peter Nickeas
    A young boy and girl died this morning after they and two other children were left home alone in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, officials say. The girl, 2, and the boy, 3, were found in a back bedroom after firefighters cut through burglar bars on the brick and stone two-flat in the 6400 block of South Paulina Street. "Please, sergeant, please," a relative pleaded with an officer outside the home. "They're 2 and 3 years old."
  • The Fiscal Cliff and the Middle East

    12/22/2012 10:14:55 AM PST · by arthurus · 3 replies
    NRO ^ | 22 December 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    When your dissolute political establishment sinks to the point of being fit for lectures from Chinese Communists on spending restraint, and from erstwhile Soviet revanchists on foreign-affairs modesty, you are at rock bottom. Welcome to Washington. Remember two summers ago, the depths of the last Beltway debacle on out-of-control borrowing that charted the course for today’s latest Beltway debacle on spending and taxes. It was then that China’s rulers blasted Uncle Santa for our “debt addiction,” our failure to observe “the commonsense principle” that a nation, like a family, must “live within its means.” At the time, U.S. sovereign debt...
  • When Childhood Fears Come True

    12/22/2012 10:09:54 AM PST · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 19 replies
    . . . After Newtown, I'm not sure we know what we're asking of children when we tell them to go to school after this week of terrible images and stories, after hearing "another school shooting" on the news. They all know what happened, or have the general outlines. And children are scared enough. "What's so terrible for the little kids who hear about Newtown is that the 'dream' monster is now real," said a friend. Tragedies are followed by trends, and we know where the conversation is going—gun control, laws for the incarceration of the mentally ill, help for...
  • Pressure grows on Senate Democrats to act on ‘fiscal cliff’

    12/22/2012 10:09:35 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/22/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is resisting pressure from Republicans pushing for the Senate to take a more active role to avoid the “fiscal cliff” after House legislation stalled Thursday. Reid has rejected Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) assertion that avoiding the fiscal cliff now depends on President Obama working out a deal with the Senate. Reid’s allies said it is unrealistic to expect him and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to step in and hammer out an eleventh-hour agreement. On Friday, Reid dismissed McConnell’s proposal that he bring to the floor legislation extending tax rates that could be...
  • Christmas for pyromaniacs: the war over Sweden's giant straw goat

    12/22/2012 10:08:26 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 12/21/2012 | Alex Lindström
    It’s an odd tradition that adds a dose of suspense to the holiday season. Every year, a giant straw goat is erected in the town of Gävle, Sweden, and every year, arsonists try to burn it down. A local resident explains that this delights many townspeople. The tradition began in 1966, when the first Christmas goat was built in downtown Gävle to attract shoppers. On New Year’s Eve, a pyromaniac set it alight, and was later caught. Since then, the goat has been burnt down 26 times; more often than not, the perpetrators are never identified. This year, though firemen...
  • Hawaii Flashback: President Obama Golfing With Pal Nabbed in Prostitution Sting

    12/22/2012 10:07:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/14/11 | Jake Tapper
    HONOLULU, Hawaii — President Obama is golfing at Mamala Bay Golf Course at Hickam Air Force Base in a group that includes White House travel director Marvin Nicholson and Hawaiian pal Robert “Bobby” Titcomb, who was arrested in April on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. In April, Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation, according to Honolulu police. Titcomb, an airline employee and commercial fisherman, has been friends with the president since they attended Honolulu’s elite Punahou School together in the 1970s.
  • Police investigating fatal shooting near TSU campus(TX home invastion)

    12/22/2012 10:06:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 20 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An intruder was fatally shot by an apartment complex resident near the Texas Southern University campus last night, say police. It happened around 8:30pm on Wentworth and Ennis in Houston's Third Ward. Police say a man, who is a TSU student, was in an apartment complex with his girlfriend and two-year-old child when he heard a loud noise outside. When he went to check it out, an armed man forced his way into the apartment.
  • Biehl and Staudenmaier's Ecofascism Revisited

    12/22/2012 10:05:42 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 5 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | December 2012 | William Kay
    Circa 1941, from Moscow’s gates to Dover’s cliffs, from Norway’s northern fjords to Sicily’s southern shores, Europa groaned beneath fascist dictators. Several million Europeans brandished fascist party membership cards. Five years later – not so many. Nonetheless, a political movement of this scale disappears neither quickly nor quietly. Western Europe witnessed neither a great purge of fascists nor a long overdue attainder of fascism’s social base. Thus, under cover of the Cold War fog, the fascist movement reconstituted itself, albeit bowed and broken. The main fracture separated a minority addicted to pre-1945 symbols and rhetoric (swastikas, crude anti-Semitism, etc.) from...
  • Stickin' It to The Man

    12/22/2012 10:04:16 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies ^ | 12/22/2012 | Cindy Simpson
    Obviously, most won't admit or recognize that they're afflicted with Stick-it-to-The-Man-e-osis. In their feverish state, many Obama-supporters believe that they won a "mandate" to Obama-money, whether it grows on trees or piles up in bottomless stashes of The Man. But some have woken up from their delirium to find, instead of gas in their car's tanks and paid-off mortgages, pink slips in their mailboxes or reduced working hours. Others will find that they will probably not be able to keep either their doctor or their insurance, and that a very powerful Man -- Uncle Sam -- has invited himself into...
  • Threat to private gun sales might be greater than threat to 'assault weapons'

    12/22/2012 10:01:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and its reprehensibly cynical exploitation by advocates of forcible citizen disarmament, decent American citizens have been preparing to defend against an all-out onslaught on so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines. This is understandable. ----------------cut---------------- Private sales--the so-called "gun show loophole," despite the fact that even anti-gun groups are no longer trying to hide the fact that they want to ban all private sales, whether at gun shows or not--might be a different story. The guns used in the Connecticut school massacre were not purchased at a gun show, and...