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  • The Unholy War on Christmas

    12/24/2012 11:33:08 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 24, 2012 | JP
    My company, a major metropolitan newspaper, used to host an annual Christmas party for employees. But, this year, the paper broke with tradition, hosting instead a “holiday party,” so as not to offend the sensibilities of those that do not believe Christ the Son of the God. Well, I respect the Constitutionally-protected right of every American to practice a religion other than Christianity, the faith of this nation’s founders. Or to practice no religion whatsoever (which I suspect of many, if not most of my journalistic peers). What I find objectionable, though, is the insistence of non-Christians that the holiday...
  • Rip Hawk dead at 82 (professional wrestler)

    12/24/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | December 22, 2012 | Steven Johnson
    During his thirty years as a pro wrestler, Rip Hawk piled up enough championship belts, main event appearances, and road stories to last a lifetime... Hawk, who died December 22 at 82, after a series of heart-related ailments in recent years, was best known as the tag team partner of Swede Hanson in Jim Crockett Sr.'s Charlotte, N.C.-based promotion in the 1960s and 1970s...
  • John Kerry's Record in Latin America

    12/24/2012 11:31:44 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2012 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    ... Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn't that he opposes U.S. intervention—far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet. But it won't be good for poor countries or for U.S. interests. Latin America knows all too well the dangerous combination of Mr. Kerry's arrogance and, to be polite, let's say, naiveté. In 1985, in the midst...
  • Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees

    12/24/2012 11:18:05 AM PST · by JOAT · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 10 December 2012 | Mike Flacy
    Definitely an interesting, if not controversial, invention for the field of law enforcement, a new set of handcuffs delivers electric shocks like a taser. Covered in detail on Patent Bolt recently, a patent application for an advanced set of handcuffs was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office during late November 2012. Filed by a group called Scottsdale Inventions during late 2010, technology that could potentially go into the handcuff design includes an accelerometer, a location sensing device, a microphone; a camera and a biometric sensor to measure a detainee’s physical state. However, the group has also designed the...
  • Another Danger! Chocolate Pudding

    12/24/2012 11:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t like bloated government. It undermines economic performance by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy and often leads to destructive tax policy. But when trying to build support for good fiscal policy, it often helps to cite specific examples of wasteful and foolish government. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been comparing examples of government stupidity and political correctness in the United States and the United Kingdom.After all, how many people would want to pay more taxes after reviewing these bizarre episodes of government in action?From the United Kingdom A job-placement center got in trouble for discriminating...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/24/2012 11:07:39 AM PST · by Faith · 19 replies
    December 24, 2012 | Faith
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse.And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2
  • The PRIVILEGE of Being ANTI-GUN

    12/24/2012 11:07:24 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 19 Dec 12 | MrColionNoir
    Watch
  • Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Vote Fraud (It's a Joke!)

    12/24/2012 11:06:18 AM PST · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Massachusetts State Representative Stephen Smith (D-Everett) agreed to plead guilty to vote fraud in order to avoid a jail sentence. The plea agreement includes resigning from his seat in the state legislature and refraining from running for elective office for the next five years. Smith’s scam involved casting absentee ballots for ineligible voters as well as casting votes in the names of eligible voters without their knowledge. The scheme was aided by unnamed government officials who helped Smith intercept absentee ballots before they could be mailed to the intended recipients. Mild as the sanctions on Smith appear to be, US...
  • Catching Some Z’s ( thoughts from an MD about Z-Pak's )

    12/24/2012 11:05:57 AM PST · by Kimmers · 4 replies
    Bolg ^ | Jan.12, 2012 | Dr. Rob Lamberts
    “I’ve got bronchitis and my doctor gave me a Z-Pak.” I hear this from friends, from family members, and from my patient who went to the urgent care over the weekend. I smile and don’t say what I am really thinking: Bronchitis: noun - inflammation of the mucous membrane in the bronchial tubes. It typically causes bronchospasm and coughing Translation: a loose cough. This is one of the most common tricks we use as doctors: stating the obvious using a Latin or Greek word to describe the symptoms and call it the diagnosis. The suffix -itis refers to inflammation. Dermatitis...
  • Dems in CT: DSS Chief Roderick Bremby in Trouble for Lying in Federal Eldercare Court Case.

    12/24/2012 10:56:36 AM PST · by KingCast · 2 replies
    KingCast.net ^ | 24 Dec. 2012 | Christopher King, J.D.
    Here is a movie showing how bad the Connecticut Democrats are, with Gov. Dan Malloy covering for DSS wonk Roderick Bremby: http://youtu.be/xTtY8pC6lsI Our family filed to intervene in a pending lawsuit because our mother, suffering from ALZ, was not getting her Title XIX Medicaid benefits processed in a timely fashion. It is a HUGE problem in CT and many disadvantaged and elderly people are being denied benefits that were already paid for. There are two lawsuits pending: Shafer v. Bremby 12-CV-00039 on Medicaid processing issues, and Briggs v. Bremby 12-CV-00324 on Food Stamps. We don't need not stinking food stamps...
  • Update: Friend Kevin Is Cancer Free!

    12/24/2012 10:52:16 AM PST · by poobear · 22 replies
    12-24-2012
    My friend is cancer free!
  • Ansar al Sharia Tunisia releases pictures of FBI agents

    12/24/2012 10:47:00 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | 23DEC12 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A media outlet for Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has released pictures purportedly showing three FBI agents who interviewed Ali al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The release of the pictures on jihadist forums was first noticed by the SITE Intelligence Group. The US government had been seeking access to Harzi for more than two months, since he was arrested in Turkey and deported to his native Tunisia in October. Harzi's lawyer told the Associated Press yesterday (Dec. 22) that the FBI had finally been given permission to interview him. The interview last...
  • Create 'Gun Free Politician Zones' for all politicians who support 'Gun Free School Zones'

    12/24/2012 10:46:27 AM PST · by lward99 · 15 replies
    White House Petition ^ | 12/24/2012 | Larry Ward
    Gun control advocates' loudest voices are most heavily protected by guns. Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and other gun grabbing politicians are protected with secret service and/or security details that carry guns. If their argument is right, that guns kill people, it is more than appropriate that they disarm their security and themselves to demonstrate that they can live the way they are both proposing and legislating that the rest of the 99%, (not in the political 1% elite) live. If the Political 1%ers do not shed their armed protection for themselves and their own families then...
  • The story behind Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential campaign to President Obama.

    12/24/2012 10:43:51 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 48 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2012 | By Michael Kranish
    It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of Ohio or the election. The race is “unmistakably moving in Mitt Romney’s direction,” the memo said. But the claims proved wildly off the mark, a fact embarrassingly underscored when the high-tech voter turnout system that Romney himself called “state of the art” crashed at the worst moment, on Election Day. To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.
  • "All Clear" Given on Potential 2040 Impact of Asteroid 2011 AG5

    12/24/2012 10:43:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    NASA scientists have announced that new observations of 2011 AG5 show that this asteroid, once thought to have a worrisome potential to threaten Earth, no longer poses a significant risk of impact. The orbital uncertainties of the 140m diameter near-Earth asteroid had previously allowed a 0.2% chance of collision in Feb. 2040, leading to a call for more observations to better constrain the asteroid's future course. ... Richard Wainscoat and Marco Micheli used the Gemini 8-meter telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii to successfully recover and observe the small and very faint asteroid on October 20, 21 and 27, 2012. In...
  • A Christmas Reminder of Our Dual Citizenship

    12/24/2012 10:38:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Terry Paulson
    Over half of voting Americans are pleased to see Barack Obama continue for a second term while just under 50% are wondering how voters could reelect him after such a dismal record of broken promises. As believers, we ask--Is God guiding us, punishing us, or reminding us again of what truly counts in the Kingdom of God. After all, at this time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ when God chose to lower himself into our playpen that by His grace we might join the family of God, we wonder what God is doing to...
  • Depardieu Move to Belgium Divides France

    12/24/2012 10:36:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2012 | Rick Moran
    If people like Paul Krugman get their way, we will be having this debate in America too.And actually, it’s not much of a debate. One of the benefits of being free is you get to go wherever you want without government interference. Evidently in France, this freedom may be in jeopardy as some wealthy citizens, refusing to give the government 75% of their income, have fled France for friendlier climes. Actor Gerard Depardieu is only the most visible individual to choose to leave. The mini-exodus has sparked a fierce debate involving “greed,” “patriotism,” and “solidarity.” Some have even questioned...
  • NASA Plans to "Lasso" Asteroid And Turn It Into Space Station

    12/24/2012 10:33:11 AM PST · by shove_it · 29 replies
    SlashDot via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012
    SternisheFan writes "NASA scientists are planning to capture a 500 ton asteroid, relocate it and turn it into a space station for astronauts to refuel on their way to Mars. From the article: 'The 1.6bn-pound plan will be considered by the White House's Office of Science and technology in the coming weeks, as it prepares to set its space exploration agenda for the next decade, the Daily Mail reported. According to a report prepared by NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists, a, 'asteroid capture capsule' would be attached to an old Atlas V rocket and directed towards the...
  • Santelli: If the Fiscal Abyss Is THAT Important, Why is The President on Christmas Vacation?

    12/24/2012 10:28:57 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 17 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/24/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    One of my favorite commentators on television is CNBC’s Rick Santelli. And today, he made a great point: when the Senate wanted to pass Obamacare, they met on Christmas eve, 2009. Somehow, the fiscal cliff isn’t that important to the Senate or House this time around. We know that President Obama is perfectly happy to let tax rates automatically increase on everyone (or at least those households earning $250,000 has above). And payroll taxes rise 2% regardless of the fiscal cliff or not. Then there are the 10+ Obamacare taxe, mostly hitting the top 2% of earners. But President Obama...
  • Michael Graham Exits WTKK

    12/24/2012 10:18:56 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    All Access ^ | 12/24/12 | All Access
    Earlier speculation that GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK/BOSTON is considering a format change sooner rather than later (NET NEWS, 12/11) may be getting closer to reality with the news that station veteran and current afternoon host MICHAEL GRAHAM has left the building. His departure follows that of middayer DOUG MEEHAN (NET NEWS, 12/17). The fate of other staffers is still unconfirmed; the station is currently airing "best ofs" of morning duo JIM AND MARGERY. We'll have more details on anything else as soon as we can confirm them. In the meantime, GRAHAM is actively looking for his next opportunity.
  • [In 2001] [Eight] Pupils die in Japan knife massacre [he didn't need a gun to massacre children]

    12/24/2012 10:17:06 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | June 8, 2001
    A knifeman has killed at least eight pupils in a rampage at their school in western Japan. Officials say more than 20 other pupils were hurt, along with several teachers. Some are seriously ill in hospital. It is believed the children were aged six or seven.
  • KFPS Royal Friesian Horse(VIDEO)

    12/24/2012 10:14:33 AM PST · by navysealdad · 8 replies
    The KFPS Friesian Horse- beautiful, versatile, athletic, kind, willing, and able to do anything! The Friesian is a horse breed that originated in the Netherlands. During the Middle Ages ancestors of Friesian horses were used as war horses. Their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor.
  • We escaped the end of the Mayan world...or did we?

    12/24/2012 10:10:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/24/12 | Jerry Todd
    Did you ever read “The Prophecies of St. Malachy?” Malachy, an Irish saint, “prophesied’ the reigns of Popes from his time of 1143 AD to the end of his list – the next pope after Benedict XVI in an era of persecution and the destruction of “the seven hilled city.” He didn’t predict their names or state his list as the end of time (nor do I), but he does predict judgment following…interestingly accurate in its 1 to 5 word phrases codifying each succeeding Pope. E.g., Pope John Paul I was called 869 years ago “of the half moon” –...
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    12/24/2012 10:09:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 25, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don't know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica." At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all. Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation's resources over...
  • Cop Or Soldier (Can you tell the difference?)

    12/24/2012 10:09:20 AM PST · by Altariel · 31 replies
  • Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announces he will not run for US Senate in Massachusetts

    12/24/2012 10:08:14 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Boston Globe-Democrat ^ | 12/24/12 | Martin Finucane
    Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announced today he would not run for US Senate in Massachusetts, removing a potentially formidable contender for the seat that will be left vacant if US Senator John F. Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement. Kennedy lives in Connecticut but also owns a house at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. He is the son of the late...
  • How Boehner Can Stop Tax Hikes, Save His Speakership

    12/24/2012 10:04:48 AM PST · by yoe · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | December 21,. 2012 | Editor
    Budget: Plan Boehner — also known as Plan B — has failed in the House because the Republican speaker couldn't get the Republican members to follow him. So what should they do now? Wait until next year. [snip] Not that a vote would have mattered: Harry Reid's do-nothing Senate — it hasn't passed a budget in more than three years — would not have even taken up the bill. [snip] Let him send his budget to Congress in February, as required by law, and show his plans for escaping the cliff. {snip}After all, won't Obama be responsible for the tax...
  • Afghan policewoman kills US military adviser inside Interior Ministry

    12/24/2012 9:48:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member of the Afghan security forces. The policewoman, who was identified as Nargis, is "assigned to the gender and equality department" at the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. "She fired one shot at the advisor, a construction engineer, in the head at close range," according to the Afghan news agency. The policewoman's motivation for shooting the civilian adviser is not know. She is...
  • The Cliff That Isn't

    12/24/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by Shout Bits · 16 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 12/24/2012 | Shout Bits
    Washington is abuzz about the Fiscal Cliff, a combination of tax increases and modest cuts in spending growth. Since the Old Media and most of Washington always favor tax increases, the fear must be over spending. But even with the cuts, Washington will remain overfunded. So, what is not to like about the Fiscal Cliff? The Cliff allows for tax rates to return to those Pres. Clinton approved in the early 1990's. Most taxpayers will see their rates increase and some people who now pay no income tax will have to begin paying. In a 2007 primary debate, Pres. Obama...
  • When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire

    12/24/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by Errant · 70 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Staff Writers
    It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), together with colleagues from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) have found evidence that the reverse process also occurs: Climate affects volcanic activity. Their study is now online in the international journal "Geology". In 1991, it was a disaster for the villages nearby the erupting Philippine volcano Pinatubo. But the effects were felt even as far away as Europe. The volcano threw up many tons of ash and other particles into the atmosphere causing...
  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • Penn Jillette schools 2 libs on what to do about mass shootings

    12/24/2012 9:22:42 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    These libs are out of control. One of them is Nicole Lapin who is a former CNN financial reporter who wants to ban all semi-automatic weapons because they ‘can be turned into machine guns’. Yeah, she really said that. She also said that if the Sandy Hook shooter had walked in with a handgun, that he could have only killed 2 people. Yeah, just like in the 1800s? Oh wait, those were six-shooters. Well, seems clear she is far more beautiful than she is bright.
  • USAID Still Seeks Contractors for Syrian Operations

    12/24/2012 9:19:45 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Private contractors capable of helping the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) prepare for potential future actions in Syria still are being sought by the agency. USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) last week extended until Dec. 28 the deadline for Personal Service Contract (PSC) applications for two positions based in Turkey: OTI Country Representative-Syria (Solicitation #SOL-OTI-13-000010) and OTI Deputy Country Representative-Syria (Solicitation #SOL-OTI-13-000011). USAID in 1994 created OTI: as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide...
  • CLASSIC REWIND - 1965: 'If I Were the Devil' (Warning for a Nation) - Paul Harvey

    12/24/2012 9:13:29 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1965 | Paul Harvey
    YouTubeIf I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 3

    12/24/2012 9:10:30 AM PST · by frithguild · 2 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory ran a Molten Salt Reactor for over 55,000 hours from 1970 to 1976. It used molten thorium fluoride salts as fuel, which in its liquid state is a clear blue liquid. Thorium is fertile, not fissile, so the Oak Ridge reactor achieved criticality with the introduction of U-239 and later U-233 as a source of neutron radiation. A Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) operates at atmospheric pressure, maintaining a peak temperature of 1,300 degrees F. A LFTR will not go kerpow like Fukushima Daiichi because you do not need power to cool fuel rods...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 2

    12/24/2012 9:10:02 AM PST · by frithguild · 1 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    All you need to know as an American politician or bureaucrat is that Thorium is bad, because it is radioactive. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Norwegians who named it after the God of Thunder. At one time, annual U.S production of brightly glowing thorium mantles in gas lamps stood at 40 million units. But as we in the U.S. matured from a manufacturing powerhouse, we learned that nearly all naturally occurring thorium exists as thorium-232, which undergoes alpha decay with a half-life of about 14.05 billion years. Alpha decay consists of two neutrons and two protons, basically...
  • Our Rare Earth China Syndrome

    12/24/2012 9:09:32 AM PST · by frithguild · 3 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    We have a lot of stupid people the United States governments. ItÂ’s not their fault. The creators of our Constitution designed a system that should rarely entangle itself in highly profitable transactions that involve innovative products or strategies. As a result, our economy historically bids the most driven and intelligent away from government jobs. Government, then, finds a governing formula that works, and sticks to it, often no matter what. China, as every American senses, differs. There, the government bears no shame in announcing that it is the sole source of all beneficial economic activity. In this way, the...
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • Free Republic problem

    12/24/2012 9:06:10 AM PST · by No One Special · 26 replies
    12/24/2012 | me
    Free Republic is only showing a few posts at http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index. When one goes to the next page a lot of posts are skipped. Anyone else seeing this?
  • In the name of the Name: Monks who were suppressed by the Tsar’s navy

    12/24/2012 9:04:31 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 22, 2012 | Unattributed
    A century ago next year, one of the most extraordinary events in the modern history of Christianity took place there. In the summer of 1913 the Aegean was penetrated not by pleasure-craft, but by the navy of the Russian tsar. A gunboat and later two transporters, complete with a party of marines, sailed up to a giant monastic house. A Russian archbishop tried negotiating with a bitterly divided community. When that failed, the troops opened up with a water-cannon, directed at the cells of monks on the losing side in a theological argument. For six years the Russian monks of...
  • Caption this picture [Protests intensify over Delhi, India gang rape]

    12/24/2012 8:57:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
  • Did Assad use poison gas on a rebel-held neighborhood in Homs?

    12/24/2012 8:55:08 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/12 | Rick Moran
    Al-Jazeera is reporting that medics treating casualties in a rebel neighborhood in the city of Homs believe that some of the wounded were victims of a poison gas attack. Here's the video. (Warning: The video graphically shows a victim struggling to breathe.) Here's another video with more apparent victims of a gas attack. Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a poisonous gas sprayed by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said. Activists also told Al Jazeera that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing...
  • UNC probe reveals academic fraud (African-American Studies dept)

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    ESPN ^ | 12/20/2012
    A three-month investigation into academic fraud at the University of North Carolina revealed that not only student-athletes were given added academic benefits within the school's African and Afro-American Studies department. Rather, students at large benefited from anomalies specific to the department, such as unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time. "This was not an athletic scandal," former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin told UNC's board of trustees. "It was an academic scandal, which is worse." The independent investigation, headed by Martin, shows that irregularities in the African and Afro-American Studies department went...
  • Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 23 December 2012 16.30 EST | Julian Borger
    Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a...
  • DEMS IN MARYLAND, NJ, NY AND MASSACHUSETTS FACE PRISON TIME FOR VOTER FRAUD

    12/24/2012 8:48:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 23, 2012
    After it surfaced that Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen had been voting in two states she dropped out of her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September
  • Who Killed Christmas?

    12/24/2012 8:43:49 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 12/24/2012 | Don Feder
    It may seem strange for a Jew to write about his favorite Christmas memories, but my happiest are from Christmas Eve in the early 1960s, in Johnstown, the town where I grew up in upstate New York. I usually helped out late in my father’s store, wrapping packages and ringing up sales, work that required no familiarity with the merchandise – ladies clothing – of which I had none. I can still make change in my head, but, alas, have lost my package-wrapping skills over the years. Even though I knew there’d be no presents waiting for me under the...
  • anyone else having problems viewing the main page?

    12/24/2012 8:39:11 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 75 replies
    stoopid computer | today | racebannon
    All I see is the sidebar for breaking news on my left, and I logged out and logged in again I am going to taqke a shower, keep posting if anything new happens!
  • Elon Musk — Obama’s Triple Dipper

    12/24/2012 8:36:10 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-23-12 | guyfawkes99
    News that the Treasury Department's Inspector General has opened an investigation to determine whether three solar companies inflated the cost of their work to increase the payments they would receive from the government should send shivers down the spine of the taxpayer-subsidized green energy industry.The Washington Post reports that SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity have received subpoenas from the Treasury Department’s office of inspector general for financial records to justify more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits the firms tapped for performing work. The probe seeks to determine whether the companies accurately reported the market value of...
  • Word for the Day, CHRISTMAS EVE, 12/24/12 --jubilate

    12/24/2012 8:36:10 AM PST · by xsmommy · 29 replies
    12/24/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/24/12 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". jubilate; verb : rejoice Etymology: Latin jubilatus, past participle of jubilare; akin to Middle High German jū (exclamation of joy), Greek iygē shout First Known Use: circa 1641 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post...
  • More Hospitals, More Hospital Deaths

    12/24/2012 8:29:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    Scholarly studies have found that the more hospitals that exist in a country, the more people die in hospitals. This alarming conclusion shows that the United States, with the highest number of hospitals, has the most people die in hospitals. Countries with few hospitals have few die in them, a country fortunate enough to be without hospitals would have no one die in a hospital. This leads to the inescapable conclusion that we should ban hospitals in order to prevent hospital deaths.