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  • Caption Mitch McConnell

    12/31/2012 5:41:29 PM PST · by crosshairs · 50 replies
  • Top Ten Weirdest Stories of 2012

    12/31/2012 5:39:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    From a genitalia-headed fish to a two-faced cat—it’s been a weird and wild year at National Geographic. And for our weird fans, we’ve rounded up our editor’s picks for the ten oddest stories of 2012. Coming in as tenth weirdest is the housefly-size frog Paedophryne amauensis (below), the world’s smallest known vertebrate. 10. World’s Smallest Frog Found At an average of 7.7 millimeters long, the frog is a hair smaller than the previous record holder, the Southeast Asian fish species Paedocypris progenetica, whose females measure about 7.9 millimeters, scientists said in January. Full story>> 9. Slime Has Memory But No...
  • WV State Police Trooper injured; police searching for suspect

    12/31/2012 5:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WOWK ^ | 12.31.2012 | April Kaull
    The Saint Albans Police Department and the West Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the woman they say struck an off-duty trooper. The trooper was trying to apprehend the woman for shoplifting according to a news release from the SAPD. The incident happened at the Saint Albans Mall near the Goody's clothing store at around 5 p.m. according to authorities. The woman is white, according to police, in her 30s, wearing a long sleeve pink shirt and boots. She has medium-length wavy brown hair. Police believe that she is driving a small dark colored, possibly...
  • Guns Will Never Be "Safe"

    12/31/2012 5:26:33 PM PST · by sagar · 52 replies
    Happy new year! And my rant follows: Guns will never be "safe", neither are they designed to be. They are designed to kill, safety switch notwithstanding. My right to own gun is so that I can kill those who dare to take away my rights. That kind of power gives me, a mere individual, the power to defend myself and those dear to me. The "bigger" the gun, the bigger protection I have against those who wish ill on me. This might be controversial, but... A fully automatic weapon gives me a chance against a dozen of those who wish...
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal Close - Spending Not Included

    12/31/2012 5:23:24 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 13 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/31/12 | LD Jackson
    Just in case you are tuning in to the ever-changing saga about the fiscal cliff and whatever deal may be finalized in the late hours of 2012, or the early hours of 2013, here is the latest. According to most reports I have read, a deal is close to being done (could it be the deal was done weeks ago). Those same reports are saying the deal will include an agreement on the tax issues of the fiscal cliff, but nothing on spending. Unless you count extending unemployment benefits for another year as a victory on spending. (Hot Air) As...
  • Krauthammer: Obama Showed "Incredible Arrogance" Ridiculing Congress At Press Conference (video)

    12/31/2012 5:21:00 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 52 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 31, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I found it astonishing. Here he is -- coming out to speak to the nation at a crucial moment -- in very delicate negotiations and he comes out there with incredible arrogance. He ridicules the Congress, he spikes the football on the Republicans. He rubs in the fact that they were resisting a raise in rates and he made them do it. And of course, as always, he places himself hovering benignly at an Olympian level above the fray, where the children are playing in the sand box and he's asking that everybody be reasonable as if he...
  • Obama says fiscal cliff deal is 'within sight' as Senate prepares to vote (interesting photo)

    12/31/2012 5:11:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | December 31, 2012 | Ewen MacAskill
    The White House and Congress were close to reaching a deal Monday to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis that threatens the fragile US economic recovery. With only hours left until a midnight deadline for automatic tax rises and spending cuts, Barack Obama said agreement was within sight but discussions were continuing.
  • I'm proof being too generous can be bad for you! By author of the hit book Eat Pray Love

    12/31/2012 5:01:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 December 2012 | Elizabeth Gilbert
    My whole life I've been an over-giver. My general operating policy has always been: 'If it belongs to me, don't worry: You can have it!' As you can imagine, Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for me. The temptation to over-give when it comes to presents is overwhelming. Over the years, I have over-given with my money, possessions, opinions, time, body, emotions - you name it, I have given it forth. You don't have to be rich to be an over-giver, and over- giving is not quite the same thing as generosity.
  • Police Hunt for Men Dressed as Oompa-Loompas After Attack on 28-Year-Old as He Left Kebab House

    12/31/2012 5:01:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 31 December 2012 | Amanda Williams
    Police hunt for men dressed as Oompa-Loompas after attack on 28-year-old as he left kebab house • Man was left with cuts to his face, nose and lip, as well as two black eyes • Police are now hunting the two men dressed as the fictional factory workers Two men dressed as Oompa-Loompas from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are being hunted by police after they allegedly attacked a man on a night out. The pair - who had painted orange faces and dyed green hair and were wearing hooped tops like the characters in the 1971...
  • Peace Through a Turkish Islamic Union?

    12/31/2012 4:55:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/12
    A female Turkish TV show host joins Arutz Sheva show host Tamar Yonah on her 'News & Views' show, and explains a unique and controversial idea for peace: Turkey will take charge of the region. For the full audio interview click here. Audio Ceylan Ozbudak works with the controversial Islamic leader Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya. One of Oktar's announcements has been his desire to build a temple for all religions on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Ozbudak suggested that Turkey can mediate between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and other surrounding countries for peace. She added that Turkey could...
  • ASPCA pays circus $9.3 million to settle suit related to elephant litigation

    12/31/2012 4:47:40 PM PST · by Kolath · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/31/2012 | David Martosko
    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has agreed to pay the parent company of the Ringling Bros. Circus $9.3 million to settle allegations that the animal group conspired to pay a witness for false testimony in a 12-year lawsuit over the treatment of circus elephants.
  • Port Authority cop accused of owning 'Newtown'-style assault rifle

    12/31/2012 4:38:43 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 122 replies
    This gun lover carries a badge. Port Authority cop Jeffrey Haner was busted on possession of two illegal assault weapons, including the same type of Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown massacre, authorities said. Ramsey, NJ, police said they took a total of 10 weapons from Haner after his wife asked for a temporary restraining order. The 41-year-old cop, who works at the George Washington Bridge and made $175,000 last year, also had eight legal guns, including two handguns, Ramsey police said. But Haner’s .223-caliber Bushmaster and Chinese-made Norinco rifle were fitted with accessories including flash suppressors that made them...
  • Office of Congressional Ethics could soon be silenced by those it investigates

    12/31/2012 4:37:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Formed in 2008 as part of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's laughable promise to "drain the swamp" when she gained the gavel in 2006, the Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent group that investigates ethics complaints about Congress. Here's the catch: the Congress it investigates must actually go about the business of nominating its appointees, reauthorizing and funding it or it will cease to exist. As one might expect, princesses are not overly fond of paying others to place peas under their mattresses, endangering their delicate hindquarters.So, the Office of Congressional Ethics is in danger, with its creator Pelosi and Rep....
  • 13-Year-Olds Stabbed At South Bay Galleria Remain In ICU

    12/31/2012 4:34:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 1:00 PM | Ed Mertz
    REDONDO BEACH ( — Authorities Sunday continued to investigate the stabbings of two teenagers at a Redondo Beach mall. Redondo Beach police report that the victims, both 13 and from the South Bay, have undergone surgery as of Sunday morning. The attack on the third level of the South Bay Galleria Mall occurred just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the AMC Theatres. “Both victims were unconscious. They were on the third level of the South Bay Galleria Mall in front of the theaters,” Redondo Beach police Sgt. Mike Strosnider told KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz. Mertz reports that both...
  • Chavez death watch.

    12/31/2012 4:31:05 PM PST · by WellyP · 50 replies
    Caracas Chronicles ^ | 31 Dec. 2012 | Juan Cristabol Nagal
    The next few days are full of uncertainty, but there are a few things I know. 1. Whatever we do, however much we restrain ourselves, as much as we show respect for the passing of the President, chavistas will cut and paste the few signs of happiness (I’m looking at you, Plaza Altamira) and play them over and over again, saying the opposition is happy, dancing in the street. 2. The funeral will be massive. Presidents will fly in from all over – Belarus, Iran, all over Latin America. There will be celebrities galore – Sean Penn, Danny Glover, etc....
  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ negotiators still debating what to do with sequester

    12/31/2012 4:09:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/31/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    WASHINGTON — With both sides having reached an agreement on tax rates in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, the hold-up is now what to do about the sequester, a senior Republican aide told The Daily Caller. The White House, Senate Democrats and Republicans each have different proposals. Though both President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday the two sides were “very, very close” to a deal, the sequester is still a point of contention. “The Senate Democrats are telling the White House that they want to basically turn off the sequester for a year, and we’re saying...
  • From Rags-to-Riches: Fairy Tale for Saudi Family

    12/31/2012 4:09:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Gulf News ^ | December 29, 2012 | Habib Toumi
    Manama: A Saudi man who said he lived for 20 years in a tent with his family had the surprise of his life when a Saudi prince offered him a fully furnished house and jobs for him and his wife. Najeh Al Sharari, 41, received the good news hours after a Saudi daily published his story and reported on how he was forced to live inside a three-by-two metre tent. Najeh, an unemployed man who could not find a job for lack of adequate qualifications, said that he longed for a more decent life where he would not have to...
  • “Extremism” on the Rise in Zanzibar–Thanks to Saudi Money and Islamic Charities

    12/31/2012 4:05:44 PM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 31 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    For folks who don’t remember, Tanzania is one of the East African nations where the US embassy was bombed by Al Qaeda in August of 1998. Zanzibar is an island off Tanzania’s coast in the Indian Ocean. It has been somewhat of a tourist destination–at least up to now. Up to now because Salafi Islam is making its presence felt in Zanzibar. This is remarkable in that it illustrates vividly how “charities” in the Islamic world aren’t like charities elsewhere. They get involved in all sorts of activities that have nothing to do with charity at all.
  • Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam

    12/31/2012 4:02:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies ^ | December 29, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam It would seem as if Bishop Ruiz’s brand of Liberation Theology has had the same effect on Chiapas as on Europe. Chiapas is poor, but it’s now also appearing to trend Islamic as any region under the influence of the left eventually does. When you kill the local religion and replace it with social justice, foreign religions eventually take its place. In the mid-1990s, a leftist resistance group which calls itself The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made Chiapas its home. Its attempts to fight the Mexican Army repeatedly failed, but...
  • Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Most Admired in 2012

    12/31/2012 4:02:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Gallup ^ | 12/31/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans again this year name Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man living in any part of the world. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 11 years, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man five years in a row. First lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice are next in line behind Clinton on the Most Admired Woman list, while Nelson Mandela, Mitt Romney, Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI follow Obama as Most Admired Man....