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  • Evan Thomas: 'White Men Dropping Out of Workforce' -'Going Hunting, Fishing'

    12/29/2012 2:42:23 PM PST · by drewh · 125 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 29, 2012 | 10:40
    Former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas made a bizarre statement on PBS's Inside Washington Friday. "Unexplored story of the year: white men dropping out - dropping out of the workforce, dropping out of elections, just plain dropping out, getting social security, not doing anything, going hunting, fishing, just not in the game" (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo): Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/12/29/evan-thomas-white-men-dropping-out-workforce-going-hunting-fishing#ixzz2GU1AePnH
  • Christ in the Eucharist (Ecumenical)

    12/29/2012 2:41:32 PM PST · by narses · 69 replies
    Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church often focus on the Eucharist. This demonstrates that opponents of the Church—mainly Evangelicals and Fundamentalists—recognize one of Catholicism’s core doctrines. What’s more, the attacks show that Fundamentalists are not always literalists. This is seen in their interpretation of the key biblical passage, chapter six of John’s Gospel, in which Christ speaks about the sacrament that will be instituted at the Last Supper. This tract examines the last half of that chapter. John 6:30 begins a colloquy that took place in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews asked Jesus what sign he could perform so...
  • Woman Accused of Hate-Crime Murder in Subway Push

    12/29/2012 2:39:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | MARC SANTORA
    Mr. Brown said that the woman was motivated by hatred, telling the police, that she “pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Ms. Menendez conflated the Muslim and Hindu faiths both in her comments to the police and in her target for attack, officials said.
  • St Thomas Becket's Day (and T.S. Eliot's Thoughts on Suffering & Joy in the Christian Life)

    12/29/2012 2:34:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Streams of the River ^ | 12/29/12 | Fr. David Chislett
    Go HERE for an outline of St Thomas Becket’s story.Today I share with you some words from T.S. Eliot’s play, “Murder in the Cathedral,” which is all about Becket’s death. They are applicable to all martyrs, and indeed, all Christians, for they are T.S. Eliot’s meditation on the intertwining of sorrow and joy in the Christian life.The Archbishop preaches in the Cathedral on Christmas morning, 1170:“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The fourteenth verse of the second chapter of the Gospel according to Saint Luke. In the name of the Father, and...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Customers Complain About Guns Paid For, But Not Delivered

    12/29/2012 2:33:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | december 28, 2012
    Kellner says the store advertised them for $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. They got two of them, then received this letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve, telling customers, it’s not fulfilling any more orders.
  • On Writing a History of the Catholic Church

    12/29/2012 2:23:15 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 28, 2012 | James Hitchcock
    The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world, and her historical character is integral to her identity. The earliest Christians claimed to be witnesses to the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, thereby making Christianity a historical religion, emanating from a Judaism that was itself a historical religion. Christianity staked its claim to truth on certain events, notably that at a precise moment in history the Son of God came to earth. The Gospels have a ring of historical authenticity partly because of the numerous concrete details they contain, the care with which they record the times...
  • VIDEO: Pwditat the cat is guide-puss for blind dog

    12/29/2012 2:20:44 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Wales Online ^ | Dec 3 2012 | Hywel Trewyn
    A cat has become a guide-puss to a blind dog around their home. Moggy Pwditat has shouldered his responsibility of guiding his canine friend Terfel. The friendly pair have been “glued to each other” ever since Pwditat first set eyes on Terfel. Their owner Judy Godfrey-Brown, 87, said the cat uses his paws to guide his four-legged friend around the place – inside her home and out in the garden. Retired civil servant Judy, of Rhydwen, Holyhead, said: “I took Terfel home after a man came to the charity shop I was working in and said his landlady wouldn’t take...
  • Modern Science Writers Leave Science Behind

    12/29/2012 2:12:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | December 28, 2012 | Alex B. Berezow
    The co-author of a book on partisan science recently examined by Pacific Standard argues that our reviewer was a little too partisan himself. Any book that touches upon politics almost automatically angers half of the American public, regardless of what is written inside of it. It takes a special person—an objective, open-minded and self-critical one—to read and learn from a science book that criticizes people with whom the reader likes and agrees with politically.Recently, Pacific Standard published a review (“Red Science, Blue Science,” January/February 2013) by Wray Herbert, a pop psychology writer,of political writer Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain...
  • 10 fascinating facts about cats

    12/29/2012 2:12:11 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 75 replies
    MNN ^ | ? | David Aaron Moore
    People love their pets. Be it a cat, dog, hamster or goldfish, most U.S. residents have some kind of non-humanoid companion sharing their home. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), however, cats win hands down when it comes to the sheer numbers that reside in American abodes.   The facts about cats confirm there are over 73 million in houses throughout the country, as opposed to 68 million dogs. Although many dog owners would disagree, that means cats are the preferred pets among the four-legged furry variety.   Ken Hubbard is an antiques dealer with the company 2wice As...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

    12/29/2012 2:02:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | AP
    HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continues to improve and that he was moved Saturday out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room.
  • Poll: Bayit Yehudi a Solid Third, Now Closing in on Labor

    12/29/2012 2:00:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/12 | David Lev
    The latest polls showed that last weekend's dust-up over Naftali Bennett's stance on how IDF soldiers who are uncomfortable with immoral orders are supposed to react has not had a negative impact on the Bayit Yehudi party's standing with the public. If anything, the controversy seems to have helped the party's prospects. Bayit Yehudi is now polling to come in as the third largest party in the Knesset, and is closing in to become the second largest. The party, headed by Bennett, continues to nip at the heels of the joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list, and the latest weekly poll by...
  • “Why were you looking for me?" (On the Feast of The Holy Family)

    12/29/2012 1:59:59 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 29, 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, December 30, 2012, the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph | Carl E. OlsonReadings:• Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28• Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10• Col 3:12-21 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24• Lk 2:41-52 Being lost isn’t always what it seems. People usually end up lost when they take a wrong turn or misread directions. And then we sometimes speak of “losing ourselves,” usually in some sort of pleasant diversion: reading a book, watching a movie, or taking a walk in a...
  • Livni Blames Bennett for Violence. Bennett: Huh?

    12/29/2012 1:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Tzipi Livni, who is running for Knesset at the head of an independent party, blamed Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for the violence at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El Friday. "Bennett and the extremist rabbis led people to that hilltop on purpose, in order to create friction with IDF soldiers and a situation in which they would refuse orders," Livni wrote on her Facebook page. "These extremists led the people there on Sabbath eve in the knowledge that our children, the IDF soldiers, would have to evict them," she explained. "Netanyahu, who continues to wink toward the extremist...
  • Budget struggle raising anxiety for health care

    12/29/2012 1:46:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dece 29, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confused about the federal budget struggle? So are doctors, hospital administrators and other medical professionals who serve the 100 million Americans covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Rarely has the government sent so many conflicting signals in so short a time about the bottom line for the health care industry. Cuts are coming, says Washington, and some could be really big. Yet more government spending is also being promised as President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul advances and millions of uninsured people move closer to getting government-subsidized coverage. “Imagine a person being told they are going to get...
  • Youths Leave Outpost at Sabbath's End

    12/29/2012 1:45:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of youths who stayed at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El over the Sabbath, left the community after the Saturday evening havdala prayer. The youths spent the Sabbath at the outpost along with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, and Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba. The two rabbis had driven to nearby Ofra Friday, to negotiate an agreement according to which security forces would stop trying to evict the youths, and the youths would leave voluntarily at the Sabbath's end. The IDF was forced to stop an eviction from a Shomron outpost on Friday afternoon when...
  • No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged, As Seen on TV

    12/29/2012 1:37:50 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 28, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas.Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and up.The star called them beyond what was familiar in their own country and world and expanded their horizons toward Christ and His kingdom.The star summoned them to seek Christ, and when they found him, to worship him.The Star drew them to be generous to a poor...
  • In Zoabi Video, Lieberman Sings in Arabic

    12/29/2012 1:36:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Arab Balad party's election video is an animated clip showing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and several nationalist MKs singing Hatikva in to a Middle Eastern tune. Video In the clip, Lieberman explains that he was the one who proposed a law requiring citizens to pledge allegiance to the state of Israel in order to be eligible for an ID card. He then announces that he has now become convinced that the tune of Hatikva – Israel's national anthem – should be changed so that Arabs feel comfortable singing it as well. The well-executed clip follows, with MKs Aryeh Eldad,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SHARING IN GUILT, 12-29-12

    12/29/2012 1:34:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SHARING IN GUILT Participation in another's person's sin. Traditionally there are nine ways that a person may share in someone else's sin, either by causing or inciting the person to do wrong (1-4), or by approving a wrong already done (5-9), as follows: 1. by counsel; 2. by command; 3. by consent; 4. by provocation; 5. by praise or flattery; 6. by concealment; 7. by being an active partner in the sin; 8. by silence; 9. by defending the evil done. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal...
  • Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN

    12/29/2012 1:20:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | ap
    (AP) Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said Saturday that two decades of talks with Israel have been "a waste of time" and that Palestinians will soon take a new statehood bid to the U.N.
  • Cerberus: We want out of gun biz

    12/29/2012 1:17:02 PM PST · by familyop · 32 replies
    CNNMoney, CNN ^ | December 18, 2012 | Dan Primack
    Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management...Here is the firm's statement,..."Our role is to make investments on behalf of our clients who are comprised of the pension plans of firemen, teachers, policemen and other municipal workers and unions, endowments, and other institutions and individuals."
  • Air board chair on pundits' list for EPA

    12/29/2012 1:15:22 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 28, 2012 | Wyatt Buchanan
    The woman who led California through the development and implementation of some groundbreaking environmental policies could soon be headed to Washington, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week, and already people are speculating about who will next head the agency. One name on nearly every pundit's short list: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. Nichols would be a controversial pick, as would most any candidate with a strong environmental record. She was rumored to be a finalist four years ago, but President Obama picked Jackson, a chemical engineer who had served as former...
  • Congressmen: Obama 'Reckless' to Arm Egypt with F-16 Fighter Jets

    12/29/2012 1:13:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Thursday Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) criticized the Obama administration for sending twenty F-16 fighter jets to the new Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government. "It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood," Poe explained. "This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter."
  • Generation Obama: Unemployed, Debt-Ridden, and Homeless

    12/29/2012 1:12:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Celia Bigelow
    It might seem easy to say, “you get what you vote for,” to the millions of young voters who supported President Obama and now can’t find work. But, with a record number of young Americans becoming homeless, blaming the victim of President Obama’s well-crafted rhetoric doesn’t seem right. In one of his last campaign speeches, President Obama told a crowd of people at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, “We tried our ideas; they worked. The economy grew. We created jobs.” This sham President Obama cooked-up is nothing short of immoral for the millions of young Americans that have been living in...
  • Russian Gun Lobby Seeks Right To Bear Arms

    12/29/2012 1:11:21 PM PST · by DBeers · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kates
    MOSCOW -- The mass shooting last week at an elementary school in Connecticut sparked calls for stricter gun control laws in the United States. But thousands of kilometers away, the fledgling gun lobby in Moscow drew a different lesson: Gun laws in Russia should be liberalized. And while the powerful U.S. gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association, waited four days before issuing a public statement on the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Moscow-based Right To Bear Arms made its voice heard within hours with an announcement on its website calling for increased...
  • David Gregory to interview Obama on \"Meet the Press\" (Sun Dec 30)

    12/29/2012 1:07:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/28/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    <p>So what gives? Why is the President suddenly appearing on Meet The Press? Could it be to help Gregory out of his troubles? This is obviously a presidential back patting for Gregory so that maybe the D.C. police will back off.</p>
  • Driver Updates for a Laptop

    12/29/2012 12:59:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    12/29/12
    Need some advice,have 7 drivers on my Laptop that could be updated,should I bother?
  • Tesla CEO Buys $17 Million Mansion; Got $465 Million Govt. Loan

    12/29/2012 12:58:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Wynton Hall
    Taxpayers footed the bill for a $465 million loan to troubled electric carmaker Tesla as part of President Barack Obama’s “green energy” stimulus. But Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is now riding high with the purchase of his new $17 million mansion. Mr. Musk’s 20,248-square-foot hilltop mansion boasts breathtaking views, a two-story library with rolling ladder, a home theater, and a five-car garage to house his taxpayer-subsidized, pricey Tesla vehicles.
  • Fixing The Creator's Worst Mistake.

    12/29/2012 12:53:10 PM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Dan Miller
    By His Supreme Excellency, Barack Hussein Obama The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence refers to "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." However, according to the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (Emphasis added.) This raises what some may see as an important question: just who is that Creator fella, anyway? Is it Nature, Nature's God or its earthly manifestation, Government? We...
  • What You Don’t Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood

    12/29/2012 12:49:03 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 35 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | 12/27/12 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    In the wake of the Newtown massacre, the bright lights at Gannet’s The Journal News decided it was high time to criminalize ordinary, law-abiding gun owners in the area. Under the guise of providing “public information,” the Journal News’ editorial hit squad, led by publisher/hitwoman Janet Hasson, created an interactive digital map on their lohud.com website showing the exact address of every pistol permit holder in Rockland and Westchester County.
  • Boston Globe Says Django Unchained Conjures 'House Negroes' Like Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain

    12/29/2012 12:48:49 PM PST · by drewh · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | by Christian Toto
    The Boston Globe's review of "Django Unchained" stands as a prime example of stellar movie criticism. Critic Wesley Morris clearly spent hours crafting his thoughts, likely in tribute to the film's artistic excellence. Yet Morris' column contains a paragraph that could be considered even uglier than the violence pulsating through director Quentin Tarantino's genre mashup. Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. He’s conjuring the house...
  • Attorney Seeks To Sue Connecticut After School Shooting

    12/29/2012 12:43:56 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 29 December 2012
    $100 million lawsuit on behalf of a student who survived.
  • Ron Paul Leaves Congress as One of the Most Conservative Members Since 1976

    12/29/2012 12:40:59 PM PST · by mangonc2 · 45 replies
    Poltic365 ^ | 12/29/2012 | Christopher Goins
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), libertarian hero and constitutionalist congressman, will end the last term of his political career as the number two conservative in the House of Representatives behind Jeff Flake (R-AZ), according to a ranking system of all members of congress created by two political science professors. The "DW-Nominate" ranking system, created by University of Georgia political science professor Keith Poole and New York University professor Howard Rosenthal, ranks all 636 legislators in the House and the Senate and is available on Voteview.com. According to the rankings, Paul held the number one spot for multiple years, despite being behind...
  • Free Republic Recipe Online Cookbook '12 (2nd Annual)

    12/29/2012 12:36:31 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 37 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | Dec 29, 2012 | libertarian27
    The following thread is a listing of every recipe posted on the Free Republic Recipe threads for the past year...since our last online cookbook posting from 2011. Postings by scores of FReepers on the weekly threads over the last year have collected 380 recipes and they will all be listed on this post with an (hopefully)easy way to quickly link to the recipes on the different threads for the year.
  • Fateh Missiles and Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation to Bolster Assad

    12/29/2012 12:26:13 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 29, 2012, 11:23 AM
    French and Israeli intelligence sources affirmed Saturday, Dec. 29, that, contrary to reports appearing in the United States Friday, Iran has accelerated rather than slowed down its 20-percent grade enrichment of uranium and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capacity. Furthermore, for the moment, there is not the slightest indication that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has any intention of accepting the Obama administration’s latest plan for a nuclear deal. This plan would require Iran to discontinue production of 20-percent enriched uranium (which can be quickly converted to weapons grade material), and confine itself to producing low 5 percent uranium...
  • Fat Good, Carbs Bad

    12/29/2012 12:25:29 PM PST · by virgil283 · 72 replies
    maggiesfarm ^ | Gary Taubes
    "I've been preaching this since long before Gary Taubes' books came out. That's because I have a colleague who studies the physiology of insulin. From what I know, Taubes is right. A quote re Dietary Incorrectness at Powerline:...Taubes disputes the connection between dietary fat and high cholesterol. He challenges the thesis that dietary fat is detrimental to our health. He rejects a balanced diet. He advocates a high-fat diet. He opposes dieting. He doesn’t object to exercise, but he asserts that it makes you hungry. It’s almost funny. He is the dietary equivalent of politically incorrect.
  • Jesco von Puttkamer, Von Braun Rocket Team Member, Dies at 79

    12/29/2012 12:14:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Miriam Kramer
    Jesco von Puttkamer, a NASA engineer who helped launch the first astronauts to the moon, died Thursday (Dec. 27) at the age of 79 following a brief illness.
  • U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

    12/29/2012 12:07:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Bowman
    Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that...
  • Free Photo/Video Servers

    12/29/2012 11:54:53 AM PST · by knarf · 31 replies
    self ^ | December 29, 2012 | knarf
    So, I got this neat little digital camera for Christmas, see .. and
  • The Decline Of The West

    12/29/2012 11:47:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | 12/29/2012 | Simon Black
    Two interesting infographics were published recently that make it so easy to see the decline of the West, even a caveman can do it.The first is from the Brookings Institute, which has released an interactive map showing economic growth data for the largest 300 metropolitan areas in the world– from New York and London to Okayama, Japan and Wulumuqi, China.The Brookings map ranks each of these cities based on economic performance over three distinct periods, measuring both GDP growth and employment trends.The first time period is the last full year of data, 2011-2012. The second time period is that particular...
  • France’s highest court rules proposed 75% supertax rate unconstitutional

    12/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:26PM GMT 29 Dec 2012 | Kim Willsher
    French president François Hollande suffered a damaging setback yesterday when France’s highest court ruled his proposed 75% “supertax” rate unconstitutional. The measure, which is blamed for an exodus of wealthy French abroad, was a pillar of the Socialist leader’s successful Spring election campaign. But in an unexpected blow, France’s Constitutional Council ruled that the tax band did not guarantee equality for taxpayers because two households with the same total revenue could end up with different tax bills. Although the tax would have hit only around 1,500 people, it was seen as the totem in Hollande’s political manifesto, which said it...
  • 'Suha Arafat admits husband premeditated Intifada'

    12/29/2012 11:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2012
    In interview, Palestinian leader's widow says Arafat decided to launch Intifada after Camp David, according to research institute. Yasser Arafat's widow Suha admitted that the late Palestinian leader premeditated the Second Intifada, in an interview with Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return.… Camp David had failed, and he said to me: ‘You should remain in Paris.’ I asked him why, and he said: ‘Because I am going to start an Intifada. They want...
  • A Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

    12/29/2012 11:35:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    US News ^ | 12/29/2012 | M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing. "The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," Bloomberg said Friday in a statement announcing that homicides in the city this year had fallen to 414 — the fewest since it started keeping such statistics in 1963. About the same time Friday, Chicago police were trying to get the message out that their city hadn't actually recorded its 500th homicide this year, as was being reported. A few hours later, they had to backtrack and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, "the city has seen its...
  • Movie Review: Promised Land Is a Fracking Movie Scared of Its Own Politics(bad review from a lib)

    12/29/2012 11:33:18 AM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies
    vulture.com ^ | 12/28/2012 | Bilge Erbiri
    Movies like Promised Land sometimes make me ashamed to be a liberal. Gus Van Sant’s heartland drama about a natural-gas company trying to take over a small town wants to make the personal political and vice versa, to use its protagonist’s indecision and lack of identity to make a broader point about the corporate, "just doing my job" ethos. But it collapses on all fronts, delivering hot-button platitudes and just-add-water character development. The protagonist in this case is Steve (Matt Damon, who co-scripted, with John Krasinski, from a story by Dave Eggers), who works for a giant energy company seeking...
  • Sandy Hook Massacre CT Attorney Blames State Wants to Sue for $100 Mil

    12/29/2012 11:24:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 12/29/12 | tmzstaff
    The state is immune from most lawsuits, which is why Pinsky must ask for permission to even file the suit. No decision has been made whether or not the suit will go through.
  • Facebook bans Ghandi quote as part of revisionist history purge

    12/29/2012 11:20:37 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 70 replies
    The Natural News website ^ | 12/27/2012 | Mike Adams The Health Ranger
    (NaturalNews) The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads: "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446. This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook's censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a "final warning" that one more violation of their so-called "community guidelines" would result in our account being permanently deactivated. They then demanded we...
  • Michigan governor making his way through 282 bills

    12/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBT ^ | 12/29/12
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy working his way through the 282 bills passed by the Legislature during the final weeks of the 2012 session. The governor's office said he signed 53 bills on Friday and vetoed four. He has acted on a total of 186 bills and 95 are pending review.
  • Obama Proposes Last Minute "Mini Deal," Adding Milk Lobby Bonus

    12/29/2012 11:07:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The one thing I am always afraid of in budget negotiations is that virtually nothing is done, or worse yet, something counterproductive is done. Obama's latest Fiscal Cliff "Mini-Deal" Proposal is exactly the kind of counterproductive nonsense I am talking about. Assuming the above Atlantic Wire article is correct ...   The deal would delay or replace the vast majority of spending cuts called for in the automatic sequester. The deal would extend unemployment benefits The deal would stop planned cuts to Medicare reimbursements Out of the blue, and probably an attempt to buy farm-state votes, the deal purportedly would include...
  • Phila. police tie construction-site arson to union sabotage

    12/29/2012 11:03:52 AM PST · by NittanyLion · 24 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Dec 29, 2012 | Inga Saffron
    The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor.
  • Hollywood star Matt Damon takes on energy industry with fracking film Promised Land

    12/29/2012 11:02:38 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | Jacqui Goddard
    Matt Damon's film is set to intensify debate on fracking As one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors with a reputation for straight-talking, he has made little secret of his willingness to confront thorny political and social issues. Now Matt Damon is facing off against one of America's most powerful institutions - the oil and gas industry - in a film that represents a new battleground for environmentalists' campaigns against fracking. Promised Land, which goes on nationwide release in the US this week, is set to intensify debate on the controversial drilling technique to such an extent that the industry has...