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  • Unlocking New Talents in Nature: Protein Engineers Create New Biocatalysts

    12/30/2012 1:17:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | NA
    Protein engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have tapped into a hidden talent of one of nature's most versatile catalysts. The enzyme cytochrome P450 is nature's premier oxidation catalyst -- a protein that typically promotes reactions that add oxygen atoms to other chemicals. Now the Caltech researchers have engineered new versions of the enzyme, unlocking its ability to drive a completely different and synthetically useful reaction that does not take place in nature. The new biocatalysts can be used to make natural products -- such as hormones, pheromones, and insecticides -- as well as pharmaceutical drugs, like antibiotics,...
  • Where'd my catch go? (great white is gobbled by an EVEN BIGGER )

    12/30/2012 1:17:12 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Mail Online ^ | December 29, 2012
    Being hooked by a fisherman is probably up there with the worst things that could happen to a shark. But what about becoming bait for an even bigger beast as you're being hauled into the boat? This was the fate of a poor great white in New Zealand this week. And a spectacular photograph of the encounter, which shows Charles Darwin's survival of the fittest - or perhaps biggest - theory in action, has taken the web by storm after it was posted on Reddit. The larger shark, also a Great White, had obviously decided he'd be the one to...
  • Death of Tea Party appears exaggerated, members in House appear to hold key fiscal vote

    12/30/2012 1:13:11 PM PST · by yoe · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2012 | Staff
    The Tea Party has had an up-and-down political ride since the movement helped Republicans take control of the House in 2010, but those elected in the midterm elections still appear to wield considerable power in the fiscal negotiations. The roughly 50 members elected to the House two years ago have been a challenge for the more moderate House Speaker John Boehner since they took office. Perhaps most memorably, many of them refused last year to support a debt-ceiling bill because they said it didn’t reduce federal spending enough. Just last week they squashed Boehner’s fiscal plan by refusing to compromise...
  • Recovering God’s Plan for Marriage and Family: A Sermon on the Feast of the Holy Family

    12/30/2012 1:10:04 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 29, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes some sense. For it is a bit odd to read a gospel portraying Jesus as 12 years of age, a mere 5 days after his birth. And then, next week, we revert back to a Gospel where he is an infant, on the Feast of Epiphany.Click here to hear a recording of this sermon Nevertheless, here we are. Perhaps, it is a...
  • Planned Layoffs in US Firms Surge To 3-Month High, And Bloodbath May Not Be Over

    12/30/2012 1:08:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reuters via AOL ^ | 12/30/2012
    Planned layoffs at U.S. firms rose for the third month in a row in November, partly driven by the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, a report showed on Thursday. Employers announced 57,081 job cuts last month, the highest level since May and up nearly 20 percent from 47,724 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. November's job cuts were also up 34.4 percent from the 42,474 seen a year ago. Employers have announced 490,806 cuts in 2012, lower than 2011's total of 606,082 layoffs. The recent surge in layoffs is at least partly attributed to...
  • First On Fox. Teen's Mom Speaks Out On Her Son and 'Explosive' Chemicals

    12/30/2012 1:02:02 PM PST · by redreno · 74 replies
    www.myfoxphilly.com ^ | 12/19/2012 | Dave Schratwieser, Reporter
    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - "It's ridiculously blown out of proportion." That's how the mother of the 16-year-old Cedar Creek High School student arrested Tuesday described her son after local police found items at his home that could cause an explosion. "He really cares about people," she said. "He's kind, he's loving, he's brilliant...I think this is fear because of what just happened in Connecticut."
  • 2012 Hall of Fame & Mantle of Shame Awards: Perpetrators of Violence Against Native American Women

    12/30/2012 12:59:59 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Indian Country Today Media Network ^ | Friday, December 28, 2012 | Suzan Shown Harjo
    Excerpt: MANTLE OF SHAME: Perpetrators of Violence Against Native American Women. All who work against protecting Native women in the Violence Against Women Act for intentionally maintaining the jurisdictional gap on reservations that allows perpetrators to remain free. Tribal police and courts need statutory authority to hold violent offenders accountable, because Native nations were stripped of that jurisdiction by federal law, but federal and state authorities do not vigorously pursue non-Native predators on tribal lands. One in three Native women is raped during her lifetime; non-Natives commit 88 percent of all violent crimes against Natives and about 67 percent of...
  • ‘Major setback’ in fiscal cliff talks

    12/30/2012 12:59:24 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    ‘Major setback’ in fiscal cliff talks By: Manu Raju and John Bresnahan December 30, 2012 12:15 PM EST Negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suffered a “major setback” after Republicans demanded the inclusion of a new method for calculating entitlement benefits as part of the fiscal cliff package, according to Democrats. The provision, known as “chained CPI,” is opposed by many liberals because it would result in lower payments for Social Security beneficiaries. While President Barack Obama has backed the provision as part of a major deficit package, Democrats are objecting to including this...
  • Din of Hammers, Oil Wells Signal Bakersfield Boom (CA)

    12/30/2012 12:58:17 PM PST · by Mark · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 29, 2012 | TRACIE CONE Associated Press
    For most of its existence, Bakersfield has inhabited that awkward in-between place. Not as sophisticated as Los Angeles, just over the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, not as wealthy as its longtime economic rival Fresno, equidistant to the north. Cheap land, affordable housing, proximity to Los Angeles, a location that's within a three-hour drive of 90 percent of the state's population, and a planning department that doesn't throw up roadblocks are driving the region's economic revolution, business leaders say.
  • House prepares three 'milk cliff' bills for votes

    12/30/2012 12:54:28 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 30, 2012 | Erik Wasson
    House leaders have prepared three bills to deal with the looming "milk cliff" for floor action this week. The three bills are aimed at preventing a spike in dairy prices looming in the new year. Because Congress has failed to renew farm programs, an underlying 1949 law is slated to kick in. This would force the government to buy up American milk at inflated prices and the purchases are expected to possibly double the price of milk at the grocery store as supplies dwindle. Late Saturday night, House Republicans posted the three bills on the House Rules Committee website, setting...
  • Republican Hopes Rest on Suburban Comeback

    12/30/2012 12:53:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/30/2012 | PATRICK REDDY
    Anytime a party suffers an unexpected defeat, there are two general responses: assigning blame and planning a better strategy for next time.After Jimmy Carter in 1980 was — in the words of CBS News’ Bob Schieffer — “whomped” by Ronald Reagan, Democrats went through both reactions. As would be expected, the Reagan victory caused much debate in Democratic Party circles about how to respond. (Mostly every Democrat except Jimmy Carter’s inner circle agreed that Democratic mistakes had greatly helped Reagan.) More traditional Democrats like Walter Mondale believed that Reagan’s victory was largely due to national anger over inflation and...
  • Russian Orthodox Church backs Vladimir Putin's ban on Americans adopting Russian children

    12/30/2012 12:46:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/30/2012 | Miriam Elder
    The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin. Father Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-ranking priest and a spokesman for the church, said the law was "a search for a social answer to an elementary question: why should we give, and even sell, our children abroad?" Speaking to Interfax, a state news agency, last week, Chaplin said the path to heaven would be closed to children adopted by foreigners. "They won't...
  • Leading Economist Morici: Obama Has “Put a Pistol to the Head of the Middle Class” (Video)

    12/30/2012 12:41:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/30/12 | Jim Hoft
    Economist Peter Morici had this to say this morning about Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiating tactics: “The president, by being so persistent that it’s my way or the highway, no spending cuts, taxes on folks over $250,000 or nothing, has basically put a pistol to the head of the middle class. It’s threatened them with financial extortion if he doesn’t get his way to satisfy the populist wing of the Democratic Party.”
  • Obama on Meet the Press: “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda.”

    12/30/2012 12:34:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/30/12 | John Hayward
    President Obama turned up on NBC’s “Meet the Press” for the first time since the passage of ObamaCare, and gave exactly the performance that every veteran Obama-watcher would have expected: a bitter, intransigent partisan claiming to be the only non-partisan, non-ideological participant in the “fiscal cliff” drama. “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda – I’m a pretty practical guy,” he explicitly stated, offering his past four years in office as evidence. It’s too bad “Meet the Press” doesn’t have a laugh track. Obama’s interviewer, David Gregory, was willing to flagrantly violate D.C. gun laws to beat up on NRA...
  • White House talks don't include NRA: gun group president

    12/30/2012 12:33:25 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    An effort led by Vice President Joe Biden to find ways to reduce gun violence after the Connecticut school massacre so far has not included talking to the National Rifle Association, the president of the gun rights group said on Friday. NRA President David Keene said neither Biden nor his staff has contacted the organization since President Barack Obama unveiled the effort on December 19.
  • Just What is the "Fiscal Cliff?"

    12/30/2012 12:26:33 PM PST · by married21 · 16 replies
    The Valley Business Journal ^ | 11/15/12 | Jana Swenson
    As we approach the end of 2012, you’ve likely heard lots of talk among politicians and the media about the impending “fiscal cliff.” This term refers to a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that are slated to take effect in January 2013 if Congress fails to take action. But how will this affect you? Payroll Tax - 2013 will bring the expiration of the payroll tax cut enacted by Congress in 2011. Starting next year, the current employee payroll tax rate of 4.2 percent will go back to 6.2 percent. Higher Tax Levels - At the end of...
  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    12/30/2012 12:25:10 PM PST · by yoe · 22 replies
    My Way News ^ | December 30, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his "full weight" behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence. In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Obama voiced skepticism about proposals to place armed guards at schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence and said he still supports increased background checks and...
  • Obama Urges Illinois Lawmakers To Legalize Gay Marriage

    12/30/2012 12:20:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    mediaite ^ | 12/30/12 | Anjali Sareen
    President Obama issued a statement Saturday urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage as state lawmakers prepare to take up the issue this week. White House spokesman Shin Inouye highlighted the rare nature of the president’s move, telling the Chicago Sun-Times the while the president “does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect.” He went on, “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing...
  • Shut up, they explained.

    12/30/2012 12:18:01 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 10 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 12/29/2012 | Moneyrunner
    What can be done to reduce the incidence of violence and the death toll the next time some deranged individual decides to kill as many people as he can? That’s the question that rational people ask following the killing at Sandy Hook. The media are in agreement that having an armed guard in every school is not the answer. What they can’t seem to agree on is the alternative. Wayne LaPierre’s position, representing the NRA, is simple and easy to understand. The media’s recommendations are either ineffective (limit the size of gun magazines, ban scary looking weapons or stop the...
  • Navy Sailors Bonded with 3 Stowaway Kittens

    12/30/2012 12:13:31 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies
    Love Meow ^ | Apr 23, 2011 | Eric Hanst
    It all began when Eric Hanst and his fellow sailors were Navy deployed overseas. When they were in port for a few days, they were greeted by an unexpected guest. “A cat came aboard via mooring line. We lost track of her, and found her later that evening. We managed to get her back to the pier, and waved goodbye as we took off. This cat seemed unusually upset by this,” said Hanst. What they did not know was that the cat didn’t just come alone. “It turns out, when she managed to sneak on board, she also managed to...
  • Sen. Reid To GOP: "At This Stage We're Not Able To Make A Counteroffer"

    12/30/2012 12:08:20 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 30, 2012
    SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KENTUCKY): My office submitted our latest offer to the Majority Leader last night at 7:10 p.m. and offered to work through the night to find common ground. The Majority Leader's staff informed us they would be getting back to us this morning at 10:00 a.m., despite the obvious time crunch we all have. It's now 2:00 p.m., and we have yet to receive a response to our good-faith offer. Now, I'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. I think we all know we're running out of time. This is far too much at stake for political...
  • A Catholic Response to Sola Fide: Saved by Faith Alone (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2012 12:01:24 PM PST · by narses · 109 replies
    Children of God For Life ^ | 4/26/2012 | Debi Vinnedge
     “Who then can be saved? Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’” (Mt 19: 25-26) Introduction I have certainly never thought of myself as a Catholic “apologetic” but when a dear friend wrote to tell me she needed help in responding to her Protestant friends on certain elements of Catholic teaching, I agreed to help without hesitation.  Both of us had been raised in the old school of Catholic education at a time when study of Scripture was never suggested or even considered.  There was never a need to actually...
  • FDIC Unlimited Insurance to expire after January 1, 2013

    12/30/2012 11:59:07 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies
    FDIC website and bank letter ^ | 29 December 2012 | Government
    Got a letter from our bank which basically says: Beginning January 1, 2013, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will no longer be insured separately from depositors’ other accounts at the same IDI. Instead, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will be added to any of a depositor’s other accounts in the applicable ownership category, and the aggregate balance insured up to at least the Standard Maximum Deposit Insurance Amount (SMDIA) of $250,000, per depositor, at each separately chartered IDI. For example, if after the expiration of the Dodd-Frank Deposit Insurance Provision a depositor under the single ownership category has $500,000 deposited in a noninterest-bearing transaction...
  • About Those 500 Chicago Murders (The stats behind the number)

    12/30/2012 11:50:01 AM PST · by usconservative · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/30/2012 | Self
    Here are some interesting statistics from today's Chicago Tribune regarding the 500 murders that have happened in Chicago: As of this past Thursday, 500 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. 83% of those murdered in Chicago last year had criminal records. Many of them FELONS who'd served prison time. (415.) 60% of those murdered in Chicago had known gang affiliations and multiple arrests and convictions. (300) 2% of those murdered in Chicago were kids under 10 years of age. (10 kids.) Is this the "Chicago" that Obama referred to last week when he said the city represents the...
  • Irish Get Serious About Preparing For Alabama

    12/30/2012 11:37:05 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 12-30-2012 | Tom Coyne
    <p>SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Top-ranked Notre Dame finally got down to the serious business of getting ready to play defending national champion Alabama in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.</p> <p>After weeks of some players and coaches traveling the nation for award shows, players finishing up the school year with finals and making trips home for Christmas, Notre Dame had its hardest hitting practice Saturday since its 22-13 victory over USC on Nov. 24 in the regular-season finale. Kelly plans another physical practice Sunday.</p>
  • If the Chinese Raided Ft. Knox, They Would Find Only 1/4 of What We Owe Them!

    12/30/2012 11:19:03 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 15 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/30/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    A great scene in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” is the dawn raid on Ft. Knox where Goldfinger and his Chinese henchmen break into the vaults and attempt to set off a nuclear explosion. Fast forward to today. Chinese is the larger holder of Federal debt outside of the US ($1.16 trillion), while Japan holds $1.13 trillion. The Federal Reserve, of course, is the largest holder of the Federal debt overall. Ft. Knox in Kentucky allegedly holds 147,200,000 ounces of gold bullion. At today’s price of $1,655.80 per ounce, a raid on Ft. Knox would yield $243,733,760,000.00 (or 243 billion)....
  • If the Chinese Raided Ft. Knox, They Would Find Only 1/4 of What We Owe Them!

    12/30/2012 11:18:53 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/30/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    A great scene in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” is the dawn raid on Ft. Knox where Goldfinger and his Chinese henchmen break into the vaults and attempt to set off a nuclear explosion. Fast forward to today. Chinese is the larger holder of Federal debt outside of the US ($1.16 trillion), while Japan holds $1.13 trillion. The Federal Reserve, of course, is the largest holder of the Federal debt overall. Ft. Knox in Kentucky allegedly holds 147,200,000 ounces of gold bullion. At today’s price of $1,655.80 per ounce, a raid on Ft. Knox would yield $243,733,760,000.00 (or 243 billion)....
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 12/30 7-11pm est

    12/30/2012 11:15:56 AM PST · by Vision · 42 replies
    WAMU ^ | 12/30/12 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • Seventh Circuit Blocks HHS Mandate for Private Business (Disses 10th Circuit "Hobby Lobby" Decision)

    12/30/2012 11:00:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    NROnline/ The Corner ^ | December 29, 2012 | David French
    Late yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out. First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request for a similar injunction. In a key paragraph the court stated: The government also argues that any burden...
  • The Year in Review 2012: Deadly legacy of "Fast and Furious" lives on (guns)

    12/30/2012 10:59:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said two guns linked to the operation were found last month after a gun battle between Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military. Grassley said one of the weapons was lost by federal agents during "Fast and Furious" and the other was originally purchased by George Gillett, who served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Phoenix during the "Fast and Furious" scandal. Grassley, who has asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the findings, said firearms records suggest Gillett was...
  • The Obama Hustle

    12/30/2012 10:45:35 AM PST · by jackv · 57 replies
    The Obama Hustle ^ | 12-30-12 | Jackv
    BREAKING NEWS – Hawaii state registrar Alvin Onaka has publicly certified to AZ SOS Ken Bennett that Barack Obama’s HI birth certificate is legally non-valid and the White House image is a forgery. with 31 comments
  • CCW Saves lives on December 17th.....yet no media coverage!

    On Sunday December 17, 2012, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend. After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant! Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting? There was an off...
  • Don’t Renters Have Fourth Amendment Rights?

    12/30/2012 10:41:47 AM PST · by redreno · 31 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 12/26/2012 | By Ilya Shapiro
    A person’s home is his castle and thus affords certain protections and immunities—including the right to exclude unwanted visitors—that apply whether you own or rent. Unfortunately, ordinances authorizing general administrative searches of rental properties have been increasingly adopted by local authorities with little protection for property rights or privacy interests. These inspections cover the whole of the buildings and all of the activity that occurs within, opening every aspect of people’s lives to the government: political and religious affiliations, intimate relationships, and even all those Justin Bieber posters and Fifty Shades of Gray books you hide when people come over....
  • David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:38:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?' Obama: "I never compare myself to Lincoln." Daniel Halper December 30, 2012 11:06 AM NBC host David Gregory asked President Barack Obama this morning, "Is this your Lincoln moment?" The question came up after Obama invoked the movie Lincoln when talking about Republicans and Democrats coming together to work out a deal on the "fiscal cliff. "Well, no," Obama said in response to Gregory's question. "Look, a) I never compare myself to Lincoln. And b) obviously the magnitude of the issues is quite different from the Civil War and slavery. The...
  • Who are the Republican traitors that will sign the discharge petition.?

    12/30/2012 10:36:41 AM PST · by willowdean · 15 replies
    vanity | vanity
    Of Course McConnell will cave. There is hope in my mind that Senator Rand Paul will filibuster but if not this capitulation will go to the House. There the socialist have this plan. It is called "discharge petition" It was filed by Pelosi on December 4th and is ready for this scenario!! The McConnell deal will be pathetic.
  • Explosion at Coptic church in Misrata kills one

    12/30/2012 10:36:31 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 30 Dec 2012 | By Maha Ellawati
    An explosion near the Coptic Orthodox Church in Misrata late yesterday evening killed one Egyptian man and left another three injured. The explosion, reported to have been caused by a bomb, targeted a services building connected to the church in the city of Misrata, killing the Egyptian national and wounding three others at the same time. News broke this morning when the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli received a call from Bishop Timotheus Bishara Adla, head of the church in the Libyan captital, informing them that the church building in Misrata had been targeted by an explosion, Foreign Ministry spokesman Amru...
  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • David Gregory Asks Obama 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:24:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten. "Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Dave Barry’s Year in Review

    12/30/2012 10:23:05 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/29/12 | Dave Barry
    It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate. Example: This year the “reality” show Jersey Shore, which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor of a major earth-asteroid collision, finally got canceled, and we dared to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, as a society, were becoming slightly less stupid. But then, WHAP, we were slapped in our national face by the cold hard frozen mackerel of reality in the form of the hugely popular new “reality” show...
  • A little radiation is good for mice - Low doses of radioactivity led to healthier pups

    12/30/2012 10:15:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 6, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    X-rays may not heal broken bones, but low doses of ionizing radiation may spark other health benefits, a new study of mice suggests. Radiation in high doses has well-known harmful effects. Scientists had thought low doses would do less extensive damage but could add up to big problems later. But radiation acts differently at low doses, producing health benefits for mice with an unusual genetic makeup, Randy Jirtle of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and colleagues report online November 1 in the FASEB Journal. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C and E, erased those health gains. “What goes on at high...
  • David Brooks: 'Sometimes Obama Governs Like a Visitor From a Morally Superior Civilization'

    12/30/2012 10:14:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 61 replies
    New York Times columnist David Brooks made an astonishing observation about President Obama on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. "Sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • NY Plaintiff: Gay Benefits 'Bigger Than Marriage'

    12/30/2012 10:08:46 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    AP ^ | December 30, 2012
    At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court. But the Philadelphia-born former IBM executive scoffs at how much gumption was necessary to go to court at a time when society seems to be getting more conscious that a closed-minded approach to differences in sexuality appears to do more harm than good.
  • Mormon reply to thread "Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression"

    12/30/2012 10:06:43 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 154 replies
    FramReport Blog ^ | December 29, 2012 | Greg West
    Mormons and "post-election depression" Back on November 8th, Kathryn Skaggs wrote an article on her blog, "Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression." In the article she expresses the dismay at having the hopes that Romney might have been the fulfillment of several prophetic statements by early Church leaders regarding a time when the elders of Israel (LDS priesthood) would save the Constitution when it should hang by a thread. Sister Skaggs and other conservatives had their hopes dashed when Romney lost. The reason I mention this nearly two-month old article is that it has surfaced on Free Republic, posted by...
  • George W. Bush continues to destroy privacy rights

    12/30/2012 10:01:02 AM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    One of the sad, lasting legacies of the previous administration was the destruction of personal liberty and privacy which followed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Washington began treating everyone as a suspect, prying into private phone conversations and recording your every move. Unfortunately, though he’s been out of office for more than four years and working with injured veterans on a remote Texas ranch, George W. Bush continues to hold America under his intrusive thumb. Congress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned...
  • The Magic 9-Ball Predicts 2013

    12/30/2012 9:59:34 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 14 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 30, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Now we come to the end of another year and the dawn of a new one. While others are busy thinking up lists resolutions to break (let’s be real. New Year’s resolutions are nothing but a list of self-promises with a time limit) I instead will once again look into the Moderate Separatist’s Magic 9-ball for hints and clues from the upcoming year.
  • Preventing the third transformation

    12/30/2012 9:58:34 AM PST · by OregonRancher · 19 replies
    Sonoran News.com ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Laura Hollis
    I am reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year's elections. I am adding my own ten cents. Here goes: 1. We are outnumbered. We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics, evangelicals - they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who...
  • MILLER: David Gregory’s legal jeopardy (under investigation yet got into the White House?)

    12/30/2012 9:54:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/12 | Emily Miller
    President Obama wants more gun-control laws, but perhaps he should care more about enforcing the ones already on the books. He granted an exclusive interview to NBC’s David Gregory on Saturday, even though the “Meet the Press” anchor is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for possession of an unregistered “high capacity” magazine in the District. It is also unclear how Mr. Gregory passed the Secret Service background check to enter the White House while under criminal investigation. **SNIP** Chief Lanier is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she does not charge Mr. Gregory with...
  • Obama's NLRB Plays Santa to Unions

    12/30/2012 9:54:13 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    BigGovernment ^ | 12/29/2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The NLRB now allows that unions no longer are required to provide proof, through audits of their finances, to so-called “Beck objectors” that their money is not spent on union politics. In addition to saving unions from mandatory financial audits, the NLRB also decided that lobbying expenses are now “chargeable to [Beck] objectors, to the extent that they are germane to collective bargaining, contract administration, or grievance adjustment.”
  • Fiscal Cliff In Plain English

    12/30/2012 9:53:09 AM PST · by Wuli · 7 replies
    Wuli | December 30, 2012 | Wuli
    “Fiscal Cliff” in plain English Lesson # 1: * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000 * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000 * New debt: $1,650,000,000,000 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 * Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000 Now, let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget: * Annual family income: $21,700.00 * Money the family spent: $38,200.00 * New debt on the credit card: $16,500.00 * Balance on the credit card: $142,710.00 * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50 Got It ? ..... OK now,,,,,,,,,,,, ------------------------------------------------------------------ Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the "Debt Ceiling": Let's say, you come home from work...
  • Udall says he has 51 votes for filibuster reform (You want nuclear option? Just stay tuned in Texas)

    12/30/2012 9:48:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/30/12 | r moran
    This is not good news for Republicans - or for future minority parties in the US Senate. The Hill: Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures - and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote - amounts to breaking the rules to...