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  • Gun Safes: Anyone use Zerust VC2-2 NoRust Vapor Capsules? (Vanity)

    On a gun site, someone suggested using the Zerust VC2-2 NoRust Vapor Capsules insides of a gun safe to prevent rust. They said these are used for metal parts in shipping containers. Was curious if anyone has used these over an extended period of time, as I am concerned these are made for short term use and not about long-term viability with guns.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 30, 2012]

    12/30/2012 5:18:28 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “And Every Virtue We Possess” ". . . All my springs are in you" —Psalm 87:7 Our Lord never “patches up” our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside— “. . . put on the new man . . .” (Ephesians 4:24). In other words, see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life. The life God places within us develops its own new virtues, not the virtues of the seed of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Once God...
  • Vultures vex Everglades visitors

    12/30/2012 5:11:48 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 13 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 29, 2012
    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla., - Park rangers in the Florida Everglades are offering visitors loaner bungee cords and tarps to protect their cars from marauding vultures. The big black birds apparently have a taste for automotive rubber, including window seals and wiper blades, and have been known to strip a parked car clean in a matter of hours. "Exactly why they do it or when they do it or why they choose one vehicle over another, any reasons for that are pretty much unknown," Skip Snow, a park biologist, told The Miami Herald. Black vultures fly into the Everglades every...
  • First Plane Out Of Benghazi

    12/30/2012 5:00:59 AM PST · by expat1000 · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    It took some 22 hours for American help to arrive in Benghazi after all the t's had been crossed and the i's had been dotted, and the body of America's ambassador to Libya had been dragged through the streets by "rescuers" stopping along the way to pose for cell phone pictures with his corpse. By way of comparison it takes about 16 hours for a boatload of Libyan illegal immigrants to row to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Support for the Americans under fire in Libya would have arrived sooner if a few former members of the Harvard Rowing Team...
  • Insanity Is Unsustainable.

    12/30/2012 4:58:57 AM PST · by virgil283 · 13 replies ^ | Dec292012 | DaveBlount
    "Moonbats enjoy barking self-righteously about sustainability. Yet they seem to consider this sustainable: In 11 different U.S. states, the number of government dependents exceeds the number of private sector workers..... ... In California, there are 139 takers for every 100 private sector workers. If you can believe it, entitlements accounted for 62 percent of all federal spending in fiscal year 2012...... Entitlement spending is worse than waste. A dollar spent on green energy is more or less the same as a dollar used as fireplace kindling. But a dollar spent on welfare makes America $1 weaker by strengthening government...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/30/12)[Prayer]

    12/30/2012 4:49:51 AM PST · by left that other site · 29 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/30/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures BranchJeremiah 33:15 In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 December 2012

    12/30/2012 4:25:17 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 179 replies
    Various driveby media sources ^ | 30 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 30th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): President Barack Obama.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif.; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • London could make EU unravel

    12/30/2012 4:23:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.12.12 @ 09:12 | Honor Mahony
    An attempt by Britain to rewrite the EU rulebook to reflect domestic interests could make the European Union fall apart, its top official has warned. EU council president Herman Van Rompuy told the Guardian newspaper that Londons quest to repatriate powers from Brussels could spark other member states to do the same. If every member state were able to cherry-pick those parts of existing policies that they most like, and opt out of those that they least like, the union in general, and the single market in particular, would soon unravel. Meanwhile, the future-of-Europe debate is taking place in...
  • Genocide of Innocent Pakistani Soldiers By TTP (Taliban Gone Wild: 21 Pakistani Paramilitary Members

    12/30/2012 4:17:44 AM PST · by Magen David · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on January 29, 2012 | ShehryRehman
    Peshawar, Pakistan Taliban militants launched simultaneous attacks on 3 checkpoints in Peshawar on friday and captured 21 Pakistani Paramilitary Members. They were tied up and blindfolded then, were taken out and lined up side by side. The members of the Pakistani Security Force were then shot one by one following a verdict for their execution by Islamic clerics. The taliban has vowed to continue such attacks.
  • Christians being persecuted by Islam

    12/30/2012 4:16:25 AM PST · by Magen David · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on October 5, 2012 | rednck13
    Gunmen suspected to belong to a radical Islamist sect attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats, killing at least 15 in the troubled regions latest attack, witnesses said Saturday. The assault happened early Friday morning in the village of Musari on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the city where the sect known as Boko Haram first launched its guerrilla campaign of shootings and car bombings against Nigerias weak central government. The gunmen shouted religious slogans and later ordered those there to be gathered up into a group, said Mshelia Inusa, a primary...
  • India..Brilliantly Industrious/Incredibly Barbaric

    12/30/2012 4:16:03 AM PST · by San Rafael Blue · 32 replies
    Dec,30,2012 | Floyd A. Logan
    A young girl in India was attacked by a small gang of local youths. This girl was assaulted ,tortured with a metal rod. The rod was used to beat and sodomize her. Perhaps mercifully, the teenage girl died this week while being hospitalized for severe internal injuries plus numerous infections. Her family and neighbbors are outraged. There is suspicion that the crimes are going to be ignored, with police aiding the cover-up. There were many outbreaks of violence earlier this week. Many conclude that the accusers will probably not be punished with any level of severity if the public does...
  • Gun seller: 'I can't do it anymore'

    12/30/2012 4:15:30 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 149 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12-17-2012 | Chris Trenkmann
    SEMINOLE, Fla. - As a pawn shop owner, Frank James was always a big believer in gun rights and the second amendment. After all, it was his bread and butter business. But after what he saw in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, he's had a change of heart. "I basically broke into tears and looked up on the wall, seeing the types of firearms I am selling," James said. At the Loan Star Pawn store in Seminole, a glass display case that once housed several Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles is now empty. The glass counters normally filled with handguns has been...
  • Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

    12/30/2012 3:27:15 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 30 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Prolly NSFW this week (salty language)...
  • Windows 8s uptake falls behind Vistas pace

    12/30/2012 2:21:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Computer World ^ | December 27, 2012 10:55 AM ET | Gregg Keizer
    With just a week left in the month, Windows 8s usage uptake has slipped behind Vistas at the same point in its release, data from a Web measurement company showed. According to Net Applications, Windows 8s online usage share through Dec. 22 was 1.6% of all Windows PCs, an uptick from 1.2% of November. Windows 8 publicly launched on Oct. 26. At the same two-month mark in Vistas release timetable, that OS accounted for 2.2% of all Windows systems, double the month prior. The slowdown in uptake of Windows 8 and its poor performance compared to Vista is a...
  • 2013 just might be the year scientists find first alien Earth

    12/30/2012 2:03:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/27/2012 6:52:14 PM ET | Mike Wall
    The first truly Earthlike alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe. While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own worldsuch as size or inferred surface temperaturethey have yet to bag a bona fide alien Earth. But that should change in 2013, scientists say. Im very positive that the first Earth twin will be discovered next year, said Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of...
  • After upgrading status, UN officially switches from Palestine to State of Palestine

    12/30/2012 1:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 25, 2012, 2:44 pm | Raphael Ahren
    While legislative scholars and political pundits continue to debate the exact meaning of the upgrade of the Palestinians to a non-member observer state, the United Nations last week officially changed the way it refers to the body: its now the State of Palestine, as opposed to merely Palestine.The name change is based on an opinion by the UNs legal department, and might not have any practical implications on the ground, Israeli officials say. But on a symbolic level, the decision will likely boost aspirations of Palestinian leaders who hope their newly gained status will help them establish a full-fledged independent...
  • Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after growth removed

    12/30/2012 1:15:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 December 2012 | Last updated at 12:08 ET
    Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after having a growth removed from her bladder, sources have told the BBC. She is said to be doing well after a minor operation to remove the growth. The 87-year-old, who has suffered from ill health in recent years, was admitted last week and is thought to have left hospital on Friday. The BBCs Norman Smith says Baroness Thatcher is understood to be convalescing privately.
  • GOP unlikely to oust Boehner as speaker of the House (so saith establishment)

    12/30/2012 12:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/12 1:50 PM EST | Updated: 12/29/12 11:02 PM EST | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Its a truth that fire-breathing conservatives will have to handle: John Boehner isnt going anywhere as speaker of the House. When Boehner walks onto the House floor on Jan. 3, theres an outside chance hell see low double-digit defectionsand those in and around his camp recognize it. The speakers fate has become a much-discussed topic as the fiscal cliff approaches and the Senate conducts last-minute talks this weekendso far without a dealto avoid across-the-board tax hikes. But even staunch conservatives admit whats become abundantly clear within the House Republican Conference. John Boehner is our speaker, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz...
  • Drugs Aim to Make Several Types of Cancer Self-Destruct

    12/30/2012 12:24:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 22, 2012 | GINA KOLATA
    For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research. Great uncertainties remain, but such drugs could mean new treatments for rare, neglected cancers, as well as common ones. Merck, Roche and Sanofi are racing to develop their own versions of a drug they hope will restore a...
  • 'I'm so glad I lived': Cibolo man shot up by former co-worker

    12/30/2012 12:23:08 AM PST · by fella · 12 replies
    KENS 5 ^ | December 28, 2012 | Dillon Collier
    'I'm so glad I lived': Cibolo man shot up by former co-worker . by Dillon Collier / KENS 5 Bio | Email | Follow: @dilloncollier Posted on December 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM Updated yesterday at 11:01 AM CIBOLO, Texas -- Police say a Bexar County man shot a former co-worker several times on Friday morning before driving to a nearby subdivision and turning the gun on himself Robert Merrick, 38, was shot twice through the neck and once through the leg while attempting to flee from 49-year-old Paul Michael Horton. Horton allegedly confronted Merrick at the end of Merrick's...
  • Obama Issues Executive Order...(Title To Long)

    12/30/2012 12:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Congress has done such a beautiful job handling the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling that president Obama felt it mandatory to issue an Executive Order Giving Biden, Congress Pay RaisesPresident Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little...
  • The Greening of the Economy

    12/29/2012 11:54:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Marita Noon
    The contrast between then and now, the past and present, is startling. Sitting in the Carson Mansion, overlooking the Humboldt Bay, watching the boats bobbing in the marina, it is easy to picture what life must have been like in the heyday1884-85when William Carson built what has become one of the areas most conspicuous landmarks. Now known as the Ingomar Club, the mansion is only open to membersone of whom was my host. The conversation started with a comment about the regions past professions: logging and fishing. What is the leading industry today? Pot, Im told.The answer was easy to...
  • America The Mostly Beautiful

    12/29/2012 11:50:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Bill Steigerwald
    "Big." "Empty." "Rich." "No change since 1960." Long after the old farms and new forests of New England disappeared in my rearview mirror, I was still scrawling those words in the reporter's notebook on my knee. Big, empty, rich and unchanged - that's a pretty boring scouting report for the America I "discovered" along the Steinbeck Highway. You can add a bunch of other boring but fitting words - "beautiful," "safe," "friendly," "clean," and "quiet." Like Steinbeck, I didn't see the Real America or even a representative cross-section of America, neither of which exist anyway. Because I went almost...
  • Woah- Surreal Dash Cam Video of Yesterday's Russian Plane Crash

    12/29/2012 11:45:08 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 30 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Prayers go out to the famlies of the 4/8 Red Wings crew lost when theirTu-204 overshot a runway yesterday in Moscow- yet with no passengers on-board this one could have beenawhole lot worse:[YouTube]
  • Putting the Spending Genie Back in the Bottle

    12/29/2012 11:43:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    As the following chart from Investor's Business Daily demonstrates, The Bush Tax Cuts didn't starve the federal treasury revenue flooded in as the economy expanded from the pro-growth policies implemented in 2003 and continued until the sub-prime mortgage market collapse. Even with the anemic Obama economic recovery, revenues are again nearly equal to the level required to fund the government had spending over the last fifteen years increased at the rate of population plus inflation growth. But, that has not been the case. The pox on Bush and the Republican majorities is that while revenues soared following implementation of...
  • Abbas Makes It Official: All of Israel is Palestine

    12/29/2012 11:42:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 12/30/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Fatah party, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has made official what it has been saying more quietly and has adopted a new logo showing all of Israel as Palestine. The logo marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat and includes a map with the PA flag and a map of Israel that appears to be a depiction of the black and white checkered kefiyah, a symbol of the violent intifada, and the slogan the state and victory." PMW revealed that the official PA daily published the new official logo. For the past...
  • Union Boss: Whats the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

    12/29/2012 11:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda Randi Weingarten proposed a bar exam of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, reported. But some of Weingartens underlings dont know what all the fuss is about. She either didnt run the idea past her deputies, or they didnt approve and she trotted it out anyway. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise. "What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...
  • BREAKING: Top Jewish Leader Says Chuck Hagel Nomination on Monday is Most Likely

    12/29/2012 11:28:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Algemeiner Journal ^ | 12/3012 | staff
    A top Jewish leader said that former senator Chuck Hagel is likely to be nominated by the White House for the position of Defense Secretary on Monday, according to audio of an interview with a Jewish radio show obtained by The Algemeiner. Its most likely that on Monday they will announce that Hagel will be the choice, said Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group that represents 50 of Americas largest Jewish organizations, to Jewish talk show host Zev Brenner. The interview took place on Saturday night. While some...
  • Hiding my Freckles

    12/29/2012 11:25:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, DEC 27, 2012 | SARAH TOMLINSON
    Angel kisses. Thats what my Grammy called my freckles when I was a little girl. And what my great-grandmother called my moms freckles when she was a little girl. Unfortunately, our Grammys cant be with us all of the time, and much of the universe lacks their confectioners-sugar-dusted worldview. I wore heavy makeup. I bleached my skin. But I never could cover them up, and eventually, I stopped tryingWhere I grew up, in mid-coast Maine, the primary industry is lobster fishing. Although I can now recognize my hometown as an oasis of beauty and tradition, as a kid I was...
  • Why we are on the brink of the greatest Depression of all time

    12/29/2012 11:21:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Everywhere from to, I suddenly see commentators warning of pending doom, economic collapse, and a new Great Depression. Welcome to my club. Perhaps America's politicians and economists should have paid attention to an entrepreneur and small businessman that has been warning of economic collapse and a new Great Depression publicly for over two years. More importantly, none of the current commentaries mention the "why's" of this slow motion economic collapse...beyond the obvious -- mountains of deficit and debt. None of them mention the dysfunctional structure of the current U.S. economy and the massive changes in the work ethic...
  • $170,000 Worth of Crab Steamer Pots Stolen on Eastern Shore

    12/29/2012 11:16:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 29, 2012
    Police in Cambridge say the person who stole $170,000 worth of crab cooking pots is going to be in hot water over the thefts
  • Obamas Deadly Plan for the Death Tax

    12/29/2012 11:09:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In some ways, it would be fun to be a leftist. No, Im not talking about living a life of idleness and letting others pay my bills, though I suppose thats tempting to some people.And Im not talking about becoming a Washington insider and using corrupt connections to obtain unearned wealth, though I confess Im actually friends with some of those people.Instead, Im talking about what it must be like to engage in reckless demagoguery and personal smears.Remember during the presidential campaign when Mitt Romney was for all intents and purposes accused of causing a womans death because...
  • New Mexico resident fights Army Corps over arroyo cleanup

    12/29/2012 11:07:19 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 30 2012 | Michael Haederle
    A New Mexico man who was told he violated the Clean Water Act when he cleared out an arroyo on his land sues the Army Corps of Engineers. SANTA FE, N.M. Peter Smith steered his silver Chevy TrailBlazer down a rough dirt road, rolling to a stop at the edge of a dry, sandy wash called the Gallina Arroyo. "Here's the scene of the crime," he said. Two years ago, Smith cleaned out and graded a few hundred yards of the arroyo that winds through the 20-acre tract he and his wife, Francoise, own in the hills south of...
  • Want Milk?

    12/29/2012 11:02:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    December 22, 2012 Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1821, we should soon want bread. And milk, no doubt. Add another, more prosaic item to the list of things Congress has left until the last minute to resolve this year: the price of milk, The Washington Post reported last Thursday. Yes, its true; our glad-handing representatives are set to thrust us off yet another cliff this time The Dairy Cliff. A major piece of the colossal federal legislation dictating rules and regulations for our current nationalized farming system expires...
  • The year in movies: Peaceful heroes

    12/29/2012 10:50:37 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    .kansas. ^ | Dec. 30, 2012,
    When I look back at the best movies of the year, I remember films that I admired for their artfulness or technical prowess, but I also remember films that reminded me why I love movies the ones that truly had spirit. Here, then, is my list for the Top 10 movies released in 2012. Let me know how it compares to yours. 1. Argo Ben Affleck has won me over. Before, I thought he was merely tolerable in boring roles, just skating by on his good looks. But after Gone, Baby, Gone and The Town, he has matured...
  • Romney at the Bat

    12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year: The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear. The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race. So the weak and doubtful rose -- and tried to take their place. Our Herman Cain, for instance, flogged his taxing 9-9-9. To 10 parts cuts but 1 part tax, all said that they'd decline. Newt brought his wife, who wore her hair as if it were a...
  • Harry in Afghanistan: Return of the Warrior Prince

    12/29/2012 10:48:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 25, 2012 | Timothy Whiteman
    "It was Big H all the way..." Slightly late (and arguably), Prince Harry answered the Papal call to defend Christendom by killing a major Taliban leader in Afghanistan as reported by The Sun (of London, UK), Dec. 23, 2012 . In his Letter of Instruction to the Crusaders issued in December of 1095, Pope Urban II gave the clarion call "to all the faithful, both princes and subjects..." to take up a Holy Crusade against the armies that sought to destroy Christendom. A millennium later, give or take a century, His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales,...
  • The Assault Weapons Ban Didnt Work Then and It Wont Work Now

    12/29/2012 10:33:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable—yet again—an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to “severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity.” Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004. It was awesome. It panned out wonderfully aside from the following: November 7, 1994: Wickliffe, Ohio: (Wickliffe Middle School shooting) Keith Ledeger, 37, a former student at the school, shot and killed custodian Pete Christopher and wounded four other adults. January 12, 1995: Seattle, Washington: A 15-year-old Garfield High School student left school...
  • Are You Ready for Some Football?

    12/29/2012 10:24:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Austin Hill
    The Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the BCS National Championship and in a few weeks, the Super Bowl are all coming soon to a television near you. But what if we all displayed the same disdainful attitudes towards the accomplished athletes on our TV screen that Washington politicians display towards accomplished business owners and executives? And why is it that so many Americans celebrate the individual achievements of people who run fast, throw far, and jump high, but look with suspicion and anger at individuals who earn money creating valuable products and services? Its been almost six months...
  • On Obamacare (and Guns), We Won't Comply

    12/29/2012 10:20:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | John Ransom
    Americans know instinctively that when liberals start talking about deficit reduction thats its just a case of the fantods, as Huckleberry Finn would say. And say what you will about old Huck, but he knew a couple of frauds when he saw them. No matter what liberal Wonks like Ezra Klein say about the historically dumb healthcare reform known as Obamcare, Americans are uneasy about it. And they should be. More and more law-abiding Americans say that they have constitutional objections to the healthcare and libertyland grab by the Obama administration.Coming next? It could be guns! Despite Sotomayor Ruling,...
  • Biden Is Back for a 2nd Run at Gun Limits (brings scar tissue from past battles with the NRA)

    12/29/2012 10:19:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/29/12 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON Never much known for restraint, Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, This is my baby. Mr. Biden, then a Delaware senator in a dark-horse bid for the White House, shook his head. I tell you what, if thats his baby, he needs help, he said. I think he just made an admission against self-interest. I dont know if hes mentally qualified to own that gun. **SNIP** Mr. Biden, he added, has...
  • Good Riddance to 2012

    12/29/2012 10:12:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Its that time again time to make resolutions we wont keep, spend two weeks writing the wrong date on checks and to look back on the year were leaving. As for 2012, it cant end quickly enough. It was an awful year for many reasons. Let me count just a few of the ways: The Fiscal Cliff This column is due to my editors by noon on Saturday, so theres a chance Speaker of the House John Boehner has cut some horrible deal with President Obama to avoid the over-hyped fiscal cliff since I submitted it. If that happens...
  • Hillary Clinton too sick to testify on Benghazi, not too sick to party

    12/29/2012 9:40:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/29/12 | Joe Newby
    **SNIP** On Friday, however, CNN reported that "doctors have grounded her from overseas travel for several more weeks." The report made no mention of the trip to the Dominican Republic. The Huffington Post said Thursday that according to Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines, Secretary Clinton "continues to recuperate at home and will resume her office schedule next week." Reines also said that "Clinton had no schedule this week because of a long-planned holiday," Matthew Lee wrote. Last week, CNN said Clinton was too sick to appear before Congress to testify on the attack that saw four Americans killed, including Ambassador Chris...
  • 10 Reasons Why Total Remake Sucks

    12/29/2012 9:30:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    WC ^ | September 1, 2012 | Shaun Munro
    10. Get Your Ass to Mars Perhaps the defining aspect of the original Total Recall was its largely being set on Mars, with Schwarzeneggers Quaid opting for a memory implant of a luxurious vacation on Mars, which of course goes disastrously wrong. The entire aesthetic soaked in gorgeously saturated reds and oranges was defined by this setting, and it made the quirky, campy weirdness of the piece all that more endearing and entertaining. In Wisemans update, the entire narrative is set on Earth, which in the wake of chemical warfare has been divided into two remaining factions ...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-30-12, Feast, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

    12/29/2012 9:28:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 12-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2012 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Reading 1Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children;a mother's authority he confirms over her sons.Whoever honors his father atones for sins,and preserves himself from them.When he prays, he is heard;he stores up riches who reveres his mother.Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,and, when he prays, is heard.Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother. My son, take care of your father when he is old;grieve him not as...
  • Good riddance, Lisa Jackson

    12/29/2012 9:19:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 12/29/12
    Lisa Jackson is an object lesson in the manifest dangers of Leviathanism. Ms. Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is resigning in the new year. She took the reputation of the long-thuggish EPA to new lows, foisting new, damaging and ideologically based regulations on the nation, often by dictatorial fiat, with little transparency (think of her secret email accounts) and with no basis in science. Jacksons mission never was to protect or to better the environment but to use environmental regulations to reorder...
  • Ruben Navarrette: California is all over the map on illegal immigrants

    12/29/2012 8:54:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/29/2012 | Ruben Navarrette
    SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to how California handles illegal immigrants, the state is all over the map. Not unlike the rest of the country, the Golden State can't decide whether it wants to make life comfortable for the undocumented or make them so unhappy that it runs them off. 'Twas always thus. Consider my home state's history over the past few decades. In the 1980s, Republican Sen. Pete Wilson of California -- at the behest of agribusiness -- drove support for the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986. The legislation...
  • Sceptics weather the storm to put their case on climate

    12/29/2012 8:39:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | 12/29/12 | John Spooner
    WELL, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation. The same fate has befallen the international climate change emergency brigade. About $1 billion and 18 "Kyoto" meetings later, the world has agreed to do nothing much more than meet again. How did this frightening climate threat dissolve into scientific uncertainty and political confusion? What of the many billions of dollars of wasted public resources? Some might blame the "sceptics", the "merchants of doubt" or the "deniers". Others point to the global financial crisis. We can say for...
  • Arms Control is Un-Ethical

    12/29/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by civislibertas · 7 replies
    Civis Libertas ^ | 12-29-2012 | centinel
    The club and the knife were most likely the first weapons developed in human history. Their primary purpose was to kill animals to provide food. By attaching a knife to a pole, as in either a spear or an arrow, the effectiveness of the knife can be extended. Then, some humans learned that they could use these weapons to take property from other humans. The most valuable and sacred property is life itself and once that has been taken, all other forms of property become available to the attacker. If one human with ill intent is armed and another is...
  • Lets Be Gone With the Wind

    12/29/2012 8:22:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Fund
    Why subsidize an industry that kills millions of birds and has no environmental benefit? President Obama likes to talk about making sure “the biggest corporations pay their fair share.” Treasury secretary Tim Geithner calls for tax reform to close loopholes and subsidies. Budget hawks say federal spending must be curbed. Congress and federal environmental regulators claim they are doing everything they can to save endangered species. By doing nothing and waiting for December 31 to pass, all of those folks could strike a blow in support of each of these policies. All they have to do is let the federal...