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  • Blogger Creates Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names and Addresses

    12/26/2012 7:06:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 12/26/12 | Tom Blumer
    In response to Gannett´s Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled "Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?" It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump:The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area.
  • The end of the world

    12/26/2012 7:04:56 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 12/21/12 | Selco
    Though the first part of this article is interesting the 'meat' is farther down in a section titled: Collapse of our society by Selco. We become lazy, ignorant idiots. Most of us. We are already zombies, dependent on a system full of promises. Not everyone but most of us. There is a small number of people who like to ask questions, who like to think with their own head. For that small number of folks there are names reserved by society: weirdos, conspiracy theorists, lunatics… you… readers of shtfschool.com I mean in what kind of society we are living if...
  • 6 Home Defense Carbines, 5 are NOT AR’s

    12/26/2012 7:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Piccione
    Let’s talk home defense. First things first, shotguns are devastatingly powerful. Nothing can compare to the 12 gauge at close range. Even birdshot, which is still one mass of moving lead at close range, will tear a human to shreds. In my battery I have a Remington 870 and a bandoleer of slugs and buck ready to go for when the SHTF. You don’t lose much with a 20 gauge at close range either and you gain some agility with a smaller gun, and more family members are likely to respond better to the 20. The second point I’d like...
  • Supreme Court won´t block Obama health law´s contraception mandate

    12/26/2012 6:59:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/26/12 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block the Obama administration´s contraception mandate from taking effect. Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate. The request was filed by Hobby Lobby, an arts-and-crafts chain. The company´s Catholic owners say the contraception mandate violates their religious freedom. Hobby Lobby might eventually win on that point, Sotomayor said, but the company didn´t meet the standard for an injunction blocking the mandate from taking effect.
  • Update 2 - Police Investigate NBC News Anchor For Showing Gun Clip

    12/26/2012 6:58:47 PM PST · by Grand · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/26/2012 | Chris Francescani
    Even after request was denied by Police, NBC News anchor David Gregory displayed what he said was a high-capacity gun clip on Sunday's broadcast of "Meet the Press," and is now being investigated by police according to Washington's Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday.
  • Mark Steyn sounds off on CNN’s Piers Morgan

    12/26/2012 6:46:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    Filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his Wednesday show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn reacted to all the unfolding drama related to CNN’s Piers Morgan and his anti-gun stance including a petition on the White House website wanting to deport the Morgan, saying, “How much longer are Americans going to have to put up with some snooty, hoity-toity foreigner coming on the airwaves and telling them everything that’s wrong with their country?” “Do you know this fellow, Piers Morgan?” Steyn said. “Piers Morgan. He’s one of these, you know, these snotty-voiced foreigners who came to America and wound up with...
  • Pair disarms police officer during Cocke County bank robbery (TN)

    12/26/2012 6:45:16 PM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 16 replies
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | December 26, 2012 | Hayes HIckman
    Two suspects, one armed with an "assault-type rifle," robbed a Cocke County bank and disarmed a responding police officer at gunpoint before making their escape this afternoon, authorities said. The robbery was reported about 3 p.m. at the Tennessee State Bank, 107 Epley Road, in Newport, according to Marshall Stone, supervisory agent with the FBI's Knoxville division. A nearby Newport Police Department officer was the first to respond to the holdup alarm, entering the bank while both suspects, dressed in black, still were inside, said Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults.
  • Cummings seeks dismissal of Fast and Furious suit against Holder

    12/26/2012 6:30:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/26/12 | David Codrea
    A little-noticed brief filed last Thursday by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and fellow Democrats John Conyers, Jr., Henry A. Waxman, Edolphus Towns and Louise M. Slaughter, asks the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss without prejudice the civil complaint by the Oversight Committee against Eric Holder following the Attorney General being found in contempt of Congress for refusing to produce subpoenaed documents related to the Fast and Furious gunwalking investigation. Characterizing the committee’s actions as a “rush toward unnecessary conflict” and referring to such litigation as “unnecessary and...
  • One More Time: The Stakes of the Fiscal Cliff

    12/26/2012 6:27:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama is on his way back to Washington, as the Associated Press reports that he's "cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening... expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday." Most Americans probably won't sympathize that the President has a short vacation - after all, at work, he didn't get that big project finished in time for the holidays. The elements of the fiscal cliff can be roughly divided into four categories: defense spending cuts, non-defense spending cuts, income tax hikes, and payroll tax hikes. Of these, what has gotten the...
  • Man, 22, shot for Air Jordan shoes dies in Houston

    12/26/2012 6:14:37 PM PST · by traumer · 38 replies
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) -- A 22-year-old Houston-area man shot by robbers who wanted his new Air Jordan tennis shoes has died of his wounds. The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/WRDIBm ) Wednesday that Joshua Wood died at Houston Northwest Hospital. Authorities say no arrests have been made. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Wood was shot Friday as he tried to escape armed robbers who wanted the newly released Air Jordan XI "Bred" sneakers he had purchased earlier in the day. The shoes retail for about $185.</p>
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-26-12

    12/26/2012 6:14:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-26-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops ~ 27 December 2012

    12/26/2012 6:01:33 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 53 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ RETURNING HOME Caroline Scott embraces her husband, Army Sgt. Jerry Scott, during a homecoming ceremony at Pope Army Airfield on Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 20, 2012. Scott, a paratrooper, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. GOLD STAR STRENGTH The Gold Star family of Army Staff. Sgt. Nicholas Fredsti, who was...
  • Week 17: NFL Game Picks

    12/26/2012 5:51:17 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 24, 2012
    Five NFC teams are fighting for two postseason spots, and the race for first-round byes in the AFC remains convoluted. The Cowboys lost, but the Giants' loss later sets up a winner-take-all Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday night for the NFC East title. The Vikings remained in the No. 6 slot in the NFC but also were big winners, as the Giants and Cowboys' losses mean Minnesota doesn't require help to make the postseason.
  • PIERS MORGAN:BOTH THE BIBLE AND U.S.CONSTITUTION ARE ‘INHERENTLY FLAWED’AND NEED TO BE AMENDED

    12/26/2012 5:45:52 PM PST · by massmike · 104 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 12/26/2012 | Christopher Santarelli
    While CNN’s Piers Morgan is a well known critic of America’s Second Amendment, he has now ventured into a new campaign to reform another document critical in the development of western civilization; the Bible. During a discussion on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Monday — Christmas Eve — with Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, Morgan argued that there needs to be an “amendment to the Bible” for same-sex marriage, because like the Constitution, the Bible is “inherently flawed.” “Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it,” Morgan...
  • The Little Red Hen (Conservatism vs Liberalism)

    12/26/2012 5:32:13 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 30 replies
    Child Bible Story Online ^ | A long time ago | various
    Once upon a time there was a little red hen. She lived with a pig, a duck and a cat. They all lived in a pretty little house which the little red hen liked to keep clean and tidy. The little red hen worked hard at her jobs all day. The others never helped. Although they said they meant to, they were all far too lazy. The pig liked to grunt in the mud outside, the duck used to swim in the pond all day, and the cat enjoyed lying in the sun, purring. One day the little red hen...
  • Report: Obama Makes Threats, Concedes Little During Fiscal Cliff 'Negotiations'

    12/26/2012 5:30:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Guy Benson
    While most media accounts of the fiscal cliff fiasco have focused on Republicans' travails, few have adequately noted Democrats' starring role in our current dysfunction.  Harry Reid obstructed a vote on the president's plan, Nancy Pelosi whipped votes against her own erstwhile plan, and the president has fully retreated from ideas he supported as recently as last year.  A pre-Christmas Wall Street Journal article walks readers through the failed negotiations, and two recurring themes are woven throughout: (1) Obama has zero interest in meaningful concessions on his end, and (2) Obama is supremely confident in his ability to stick Republicans...
  • Opposed to same-sex marriage, company ends wedding business

    12/26/2012 5:30:12 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 25, 2012 | Eric Cox
    An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city's wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in Maryland in less than a week. And he has urged prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors. While most wedding businesses across the country embraced the chance to serve same-sex couples, a small minority has struggled to balance religious beliefs against business...
  • LES MISERABLES... AND THE POWER OF CHRISTIAN LOVE

    12/26/2012 5:29:03 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    The Perfect Depiction of Christian Love in Victor Hugo's Jean Valjean "Religions pass away but God remains..." Victor Hugo. It should be no surprise that the great French novelist Victor Hugo was a passionate believer in God and in the power of prayer for this powerfully comes across in his wonderful and inspiring novel Les Miserables, now, of course, also a successful Broadway and West End musical, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg (original French lyrics by Alain Boubil)... Unfortunately, Victor Hugo has rarely been credited as being a Christian writer - partly because of his...
  • President Obama's Legacy: $20 Trillion in Debt for 2016

    12/26/2012 5:28:37 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/25/12 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    The fiscal-cliff negotiations have deteriorated into an embarrassing travesty of competing press conferences, off-the-record remarks, closed meetings, and sound bites. The Republican side is frustrated and flabbergasted by the absence of a concrete proposal from the President that can be scored by the Congressional Budget Office and then “marked up” by Congress according to standard procedures. Vague offers of so and so many trillions of revenue increases and spending cuts spread over a decade are just words, not real proposals.
  • Sen. Feinstein no longer has concealed weapon permit

    12/26/2012 5:23:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/20/12 | Daniel Strauss
    <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) no longer has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.</p> <p>Feinstein, who has taken the lead on efforts to renew a federal assault weapons ban, acknowledged during a hearing in 1995 of previously having a concealed weapon permit.</p>
  • Les Misérables Primer: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining the French Revolution

    12/26/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    E! ^ | 12/25/12 | Matt Stevens
    Les Misérables is the big-screen version of the world's longest-running stage musical (take that, Cats!). Since its 1985 debut, the show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Mon Dieu! For this eagerly anticipated adaptation, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper, shifts his focus from stuttering British royalty to singing French paupers in the 19th century. Victor Hugo's epic tale follows fugitive Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he's hunted for decades by relentless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), through the Paris Uprising of 1832. Whether you're a Les Mis...
  • Les Misérables Primer: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining the French Revolution

    12/26/2012 5:20:56 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    E! ^ | 12/25/12 | Matt Stevens
    Les Misérables is the big-screen version of the world's longest-running stage musical (take that, Cats!). Since its 1985 debut, the show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages. Mon Dieu! For this eagerly anticipated adaptation, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper, shifts his focus from stuttering British royalty to singing French paupers in the 19th century. Victor Hugo's epic tale follows fugitive Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he's hunted for decades by relentless Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), through the Paris Uprising of 1832. Whether you're a Les Mis...
  • A Theory On Why Liberals Hate Guns

    12/26/2012 5:16:33 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 24 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-26-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Cold Case Turns to Modern Technology for Answers

    12/26/2012 5:14:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Clinton Herald ^ | December 21, 2012
    Authorities exhumed the body of a man killed in 1969 in hopes modern technology can help them crack a 43-year-old cold case. Law enforcement doesn’t know the identity of the homicide victim, just that his bullet-riddled remains were found in a drainage ditch along Interstate 93 years ago. Initially, the victim’s remains will be taken to the medical examiner’s office to be re-autopsied. Investigators hope to learn more about the man’s exact age and a better sense of his height and weight. There’ a possibility the autopsy can lead to the victim’s DNA being entered into the FBI missing persons...
  • David Gregory Mocks NRA Leader for Proposing Armed Guards in Schools But Sends His Kids to...

    12/26/2012 5:10:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Full title: David Gregory Mocks NRA Leader for Proposing Armed Guards in Schools But Sends His Kids to a School with 11 Armed Guards In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Rep. Louie Gohmert told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he wished the principal had a gun to prevent the carnage from taking place. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre agreed with the idea of having armed guards in our schools, saying that, “It’s the one thing we can do immediately that can make our children more safe.” NBC’s David Gregory mocked LaPierre’s proposal, however, which brings to light (yet again)...
  • Two Men Arrested in Beating and Robbery of 90-Year-Old Man

    12/26/2012 5:03:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Mon 8:23 PM, Dec 24, 2012 | Andrew Colegrove, Bill Murray
    WELLSTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a 90-year-old man inside his coin shop business early this month. Larry Hart Jr. of Athens County was charged with aggravated robbery, and Dale Canter of Hamden, Ohio, is awaiting formal charges. John Queen, the business owner, suffered serious head injuries in the incident after he was struck with a crowbar. About $12,000 was taken from his business. Queen was transferred to a Columbus hospital before being released days later. “We have all kinds of crimes in Wellston; we don't normally have...
  • Top 5 worst Obamacare taxes to hit in 2013

    12/26/2012 4:56:56 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | December 26. 2012 | Americans for Tax Reform
    Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013: The Obamacare Medical Device Tax – a $20 billion tax increase: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making...
  • Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

    12/26/2012 4:56:50 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 | SARAH PARNASS
    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced tonight Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii -- not Sen. Inouye's first choice. On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him. Hanabusa made it to the final round of consideration, but she did not win the nomination. "The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file -- the Democratic grass roots," Abercrombie said...
  • Ex-Nazi Guard, Facing Deportation, Dies

    12/26/2012 4:55:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 26, 2012
    Anton Geiser, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who fought deportation after settling in Pennsylvania, has died, his lawyer said. He was 88. Geiser, a retired mill worker with three American-born children, was an armed guard for the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp, federal prosecutors said. Geiser, who was originally born in Croatia but settled in Sharon, Pa., after the war, said he was forced into service by the Nazis as a teenager and never participated in the systematic slaughter of Jews and other prisoners inside the camp. Federal prosecutors disagreed and were seeking his deportation to face a...
  • Christmas Beer Includes Spruce Tips

    12/26/2012 4:52:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    A Scottish brewing company said its Christmas beer gets an extra touch of holiday cheer from the tips of spruce trees. The Williams Brothers Brewing Co. in Alloa said the Nollaig Festive Ale, which includes the tips of needles from spruce trees, is based on a Viking recipe and all 800 bottles made this year have sold out, The Scotsman reported Wednesday. The company said production of the $20-per-bottle beer will be boosted to 10,000 bottles next year due to the popularity of the beverage. Brewery Chairman Scott Williams said the ale uses the tips of spruce tree needles picked...
  • Russia's Kalashnikov in Intensive Care: Reports

    12/26/2012 4:49:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    AFP ^ | Dmitry Zaks
    Russia's legendary rifle-designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was recovering in stable condition in intensive care Tuesday after being hospitalised with general fatigue, reports said. An aide to the 93-year-old father of the AK-47 said Kalashnikov had been having heart problems and feeling poorly since March. "When I visited him at home last week, he told me that nothing seemed to hurt, but that he simply had no strength left," assistant Nikolai Shklyayev told the RIA Novosti news agency.
  • Crazy Bike Ride down narrow path

    12/26/2012 4:42:05 PM PST · by navysealdad · 8 replies
    A very impressive bike ride
  • Blogger's Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names etc of Pistol Permit Holders

    12/26/2012 4:34:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    In response to Gannett's Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled "Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?" It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump: Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2012/12/26/blogger-creates-interactive-map-employees-paper-which-published-names-an#ixzz2GCvSyQf8
  • Anglican Head Rowan Williams Backs Gun Control in US

    12/26/2012 4:26:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12-23-12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, talked about the recent Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., discounting the argument put forward, including by many Christians in the United States, that "it's not guns that kill, it's people." "People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action," the leader of the world's 80 million-strong Anglican Communion said, delivering BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" on Saturday.
  • Iran, Hizballah Setting Up 'Terror Squads' To Perpetuate Syrian War Post Assad

    12/26/2012 4:22:30 PM PST · by drewh · 4 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 25, 2012, 10:55 PM
    Tehran is developing its own plans for continuing the Syrian war and maintaining its grip on the country – even as Washington and Russia press on with secret discussions on the fate of Syrian president Bashar Assad, backed by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s mediation efforts in Damascus. Tuesday, Dec. 25, the envoy said after meeting Assad that he would stay on for another six days in the hope of persuading the parties to end their bloody hostilities. At the same time, Iran is putting its military and intelligence assets in place ready for the day after Assad’s departure. In...
  • More fans duped in 'oversold' Cowboys ticket scheme

    12/26/2012 4:20:45 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    WFAA ^ | December 26, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    The list of angry fans who were stood up by a sports promoter at the Cowboys-Steelers game two weeks ago is growing. It stretches literally around the world and into the hundreds... All say they are victims of the Maximum Sports Connection and Ronni Sokol. Just before kickoff, they say she told them the game had been "oversold." "I don't expect to get any money back, because with her track record, it doesn't look good," said Kerry Vincent of the Mechanicsburg Police Department in Pennsylvania.
  • Rep. Hall becomes oldest member to serve in House

    12/26/2012 4:17:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) became the oldest lawmaker to ever serve in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Hall, 89, beat out Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-N.C.), the previous record holder, who was 89 years, 7 months and 25 days old in Sept. 1930 when he died. all was elected to his 17th term in Congress in November. Hall recently said he might even run for reelection again. "I’m just an old guy — lived pretty clean," Hall said according to The Associated Press. “I have no ailments. I don’t hurt anywhere. I may run again. I’ll just wait and...
  • No Accountability For Americans Murdered In Benghazi

    12/26/2012 4:10:34 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 28, 2012
    Accountability: As with Fast and Furious, the designated scapegoats for the deaths of Americans at the hands of administration bungling will merely be switching desks. Only the maker of that irrelevant video is in jail. Reports of the resignation of four State Department officials after the Accountability Review Board's (ARB) review of State Department actions before during and after the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, may have been greatly exaggerated. Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead...
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush in intensive care

    12/26/2012 4:08:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.</p> <p>Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said late Wednesday that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."</p>
  • UK: Equal Marriage is "fundamentally flawed" says new in-depth study

    12/26/2012 4:07:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12-12-12 | Chris Sugden
    The concept of 'equal marriage' is fundamentally flawed as it presupposes a questionable notion of 'equality' and ignores the essential and defining components of conventional marriage. Gay marriage falsely judges parenting roles as interchangeable. Same sex marriage wrongly assumes that the benefits of marriage are automatically transferable to same-sex couples who 'enter' the same institution. There is no evidence that same-sex couples will benefit from the 'commitment device' invoked by marriage. Gay marriage introduces a disturbing, unproven and socially risky new norm into society, that children do not need both a mother and father for optimal development, when all the...
  • U.S. administration urges Republicans not to block "fiscal cliff" deal

    12/26/2012 4:06:28 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    U.S. administration urges Republicans not to block "fiscal cliff" deal By Mark Felsenthal | Reuters – 58 mins ago HONOLULU (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama cut short a Christmas vacation to resume talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of automatic year-end tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House on Wednesday called on congressional Republicans not to stand in the way of a resolution in the U.S. Congress. "It's up to the Senate Minority Leader not to block a vote, and it's up the House Republican leader, the Speaker of the House ... to allow a vote," a senior...
  • Democrat Speaker Terie Norelli & NH Dems lead charge to strip Redress & Grievances Committee

    12/26/2012 3:56:53 PM PST · by KingCast · 3 replies
    KingCast.net ^ | 26 Dec. 2012 | Christopher King, J.D.
    As I note in the video, I come down harder on Dems who go against open government because I find them particularly hypocritical: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL8Jr1WhHX4 KingCast winces as NH Speaker Terie Norelli, corrupt NH pols try to 86 the Committee for Redress & Grievances; a green light for more mortgage fraud foreclosure fraud and DCYF abuses. Today's feature presentation is loading up now so get your popcorn and truffle butter ready. At the link is your back story with prior videos including testimony to the NH Committee on Redress and Grievances on mortgage foreclosure fraud, DCYF and NH Family Court abuse...
  • Counting Catholics: ‘Church of immigrants’ poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nation’s largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • Religion In America: Evangelicals Surge As Catholics Wane

    12/26/2012 3:51:03 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    ION Publications ^ | November 27th 2012 | science20.com
    Religion In America: Evangelicals Surge As Catholics Wane The percentage of Americans who say they are strong in their religious faith has been steady for the last four decades but a new sociology analysis claims that religious groups who have become more staunchly devout have surged while others, notably Roman Catholics, who have sought to become more liberal under Vatican II in that time, have faded in popularity. Catholics now report the lowest proportion of strongly affiliated followers among major American religious traditions. The drop in intensity could present challenges for the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., the study...
  • A Pastoral Opportunity Lost? (USCCB pastoral message on the economy)

    12/26/2012 3:50:31 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | December 26, 2012 | George Weigel
    At their annual November meeting, the U.S. bishops failed to approve a pastoral message on the economy. “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times” was approved by a clear majority of the bishops voting, but objections raised in large part by retired bishops were sufficient to deny the document the supermajority it needed. All of which strikes me as a lost opportunity. No doubt the draft document could have been improved; any ecclesial document can be improved (if you doubt that, try reading Vatican II’s “Decree on the Means of Social Communication” without taking a long winter’s nap)....
  • MN Social Studies Curriculum Emphasizes American 'Racism,' Removes 'Patriotism'

    12/26/2012 3:48:54 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/23/2012
    Last Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Education held public hearings to approve its new social studies education curriculum that leaves out "patriotism" as a civic virtue and teaches that America's rise as a global power from its agrarian roots led to "institutionalized racism." History Standard 20 for the period 1870–1920, in the new social studies/history standards, says: “The student will understand that as the United States shifted from its agrarian roots into an industrial and global power, the rise of big business, urbanization, and immigration led to institutionalized racism, ethnic and class conflict, and new efforts at reform.” John Fonte,...
  • JCPenney’s 3-Step Survival Plan

    12/26/2012 3:28:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 64 replies
    yahoo ^ | Tue, Dec 11, 2012 3:27 PM EST | Jeff Macke
    Former retail titan JCPenney (JCP) is in trouble. The 1,100 store mall staple is in the middle of a radical redesign under CEO Ron Johnson, who led the roll-out of Apple's wildly successful retail locations prior to coming to JCP. In an investor presentation at the beginning of 2012, Johnson promised to do nothing short of re-invent the department store concept. But it hasn't worked out that way. JCP stock is down more than 40% in 2012, sales are collapsing, and employee enthusiasm has deteriorated to the point that the company was forced to announce in an SEC filing that...
  • Adolf Hitler in Religious Surroundings: Is There Really Evidence That the Führer Was a Christian?

    12/26/2012 3:21:27 PM PST · by virgil283 · 52 replies
    "On Christmas Eve, No Pasarán posted an article giving evidence that Adolf Hitler wanted to replace Christianity with the "religion" of National Socialism. A couple of readers have taken issue with this and, between them, they offer more than a dozen photos of der Führer or other Nazi leaders in religious settings in order to show, apparently, that Christianity was an integral element in the Nazis' seizure of power and in their scheme of power proper. So let us take an in-depth, dispassionate look at the evidence they bring......."
  • Obamacare Could Double Health Care Premiums: Aetna CEO

    12/26/2012 3:15:06 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/26/12 | Justin Menza
    To provide all Americans with health insurance, premiums will have to rise to pay for it, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Wednesday. "If we're going to insure all Americans, which is a worthy and appropriate cause, then somebody has to pay for it," Bertolini said of the expected premium increases under Obamacare. Bertolini said that insurance premiums could double in some places just on the basis of what types of policies people buy today. He also said that when Obamacare is fully implemented, it won't start the way people had hoped and it won't be cheaper.
  • Could Pittsburgh Be The Next Paris? (gag)

    12/26/2012 3:15:00 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 62 replies
    KDKA - Pittsburgh ^ | 12/26/2012
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Paris — the city of lights and love, and a destination for millions of tourists — could that be the future Pittsburgh with some sensible, healthy-focused city planning? “Pittsburgh has wonderful parks, and you also have that wonderful next to the river walking pathway,” says Dr. Richard Jackson, a physician and urban designer. Jackson, who teaches at UCLA, says Paris is a good example of a healthy city that Pittsburgh could become.