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  • KFC faces food-safety investigation in China

    01/01/2013 9:11:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:52PM GMT 01 Jan 2013 | Malcolm Moore
    Kentucky Fried Chicken, which has become a staple food for young Chinese, is under investigation in Shanghai for containing high levels of antibiotics. The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration told the Oriental Daily newspaper that it has launched a formal investigation and would shortly publish its findings. …
  • Have You Noticed?

    01/01/2013 9:11:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Nobody resigns in disgrace any more. Disgrace may be just as common as ever -- such is the human condition -- but not resignations. Even when they're clearly called for. Rank still has its privileges, especially when it's abused. As when the higher-ups at the State Department failed to protect our best and brightest -- like Ambassador Chris Stevens, a rising star in our diplomatic corps. Along with three other dedicated professionals, he was killed in the terrorist raid on an American compound in Benghazi. An independent investigation of that bloody debacle was clearly needed. This one was headed by...
  • The Catholic Left’s Latest Call for the Ordination of Women

    01/01/2013 9:10:46 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    In early December the independent and very liberal National Catholic Reporter weekly newspaper published a long, carefully reasoned editorial declaring that “The Ordination of Women Would Correct an Injustice.” If the Church were deliberately perpetrating an injustice in the matter of ordination, of course, it would be a serious matter. The NCR editorial was a response to the earlier “excommunication, dismissal, and laicization” of Roy Bourgeois, who as a Maryknoll priest had long and defiantly—and in spite of numerous warnings—engaged in what was officially described as a “campaign against the teachings of the Catholic Church”—he repeatedly and obstinately engaged in...
  • Pizza Magnate [Monaghan] Wins Temporary Ruling on Contraception Coverage Dispute

    01/01/2013 9:02:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/31/12 | Bill Mears
    (CNN)– The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights. Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had "shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion." "The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers olive branch to South in rare address

    01/01/2013 8:54:30 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    NBC News wire services ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | staff writer
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. The address by Kim, who took over power in the state after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers. But North Korea has offered olive branches before and Kim's speech does not necessarily signify a change in...
  • McConnell and Biden to the rescue; the grandstanders holler (RINO celebrates McConnell's tax hikes)

    01/01/2013 8:53:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    By a vote of 89 to 8 to approve a fiscal deal, the Senate demonstrated that President Obama surely is the most incompetent if not counterproductive deal-maker in an era that requires a good one. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Biden found the middle ground, with McConnell sneaking in a few gems. -snip- This is what compromise looks like. -snip- The vote once again shows that right-wing bullies like the Heritage Action Fund that threatened to “score” the vote (i.e., give lawmakers a demerit and set them up for primary challenges) are powerless in the face of real-world...
  • There’s no fool like an old fool? Try, There’s no fool like a ‘know it all young fool’

    01/01/2013 8:40:39 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 20 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | JANUARY 1ST, 2013 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    The gap between the earnings of those below 35 and those over 35 is now sufficiently large to say the younger generation will NOT live better than their parents or grandparents. This generation, tagged Generation Y, is seeing its window close and a growing likelihood it will be the first generation in American history to live less well than previous generations. Generation Y men and women with skills and educational levels that should have been gateways to at least an upper middle class life are finding the positions they trained for in the various professions either don’t exist or are...
  • The Coming Storm

    01/01/2013 8:36:24 AM PST · by William of Barsoom · 88 replies
    Short Essay | 1/1/13 | William of Barsoom
    I am an American. I was born that way. In a small town in New England right at the end of World War II, in which my father was a submariner. We weren’t rich at all -- we were just regular people. When my turn came it was called Vietnam.
  • Senate Bill raises AlL Taxes

    01/01/2013 8:35:57 AM PST · by zerosix · 30 replies
    1/1/13 | Self
    Just received an email from my accountant informing of tax increase on ALL American taayers.
  • Andrew Jackson, Indian Fighter [Parallel with Democrat/Republican "negotiation"?]

    01/01/2013 8:32:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    A Patriot's History of the United States | 2004/2007 | Schweikart and Allen
    For several generations, Europeans had encroached on Indian lands....exchanging treaty promises and goods for Indian land....But the continuous flow of settlers....caused the treaties to be broken, usually by whites, almost as soon as the signatures were affixed.
  • Program Alert - EPIX HD - "The Hunger Games" 12pm EST

    01/01/2013 8:31:22 AM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Program Alert on EPIX HD, "The Hunger Games" 12pm EST and 8pm EST today. It will be shown during the month. With my future wife, Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Double Star Cluster

    01/01/2013 8:31:16 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | January 01, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Few star clusters are seen to be so close to each other. Some 7,000 light-years away, though, this pair of open or galactic star clusters is an easy binocular target, a lovely starfield in the northern constellation Perseus. Also visible to the unaided eye from dark sky areas, it was cataloged in 130 BC by Greek astronomer Hipparchus. Now known as h and chi Persei, or NGC 869 (above right) and NGC 884, the clusters themselves are separated by only a few hundred light-years and contain stars much younger and hotter than the Sun. In addition to being physically...
  • Obama Walks Us Towards Socialism/Communism

    01/01/2013 8:11:44 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 42 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 1, 2013 | Leon Puissegur
    ...How can we be “walking” towards Socialism/Communism? This cannot happen in the United States. Our nation has fought battles to stop this from happening in the world. Many of those fights have been undercover jobs and yet, here we are today, just a step or two from becoming a huge third world Socialist/Communist nation. All one has to do is go back and look at what the Communist Party of the United States laid out at their conference back on April 2012. This conference was attended by none other than a host of those in the Democratic “Progressive” Caucus, along...
  • MOTUS Wraps Up 2012 With Her "Best Of" Retrospective, Part-2

    01/01/2013 8:06:19 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-1-2013 | MOTUS
    Happy New Year everyone! We’ve made it through one Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year and are on to a new one.   (snip)I turn back the hands of time and wrap up my year in review with my Best of, July-December edition(snip)July: Pay for Play In which MOTUS learns that both the Big White Calligrapher and the staff “Ethics Advisor” earn more than she does. How can that be ethical?     August: It’s Half Time in America: Are You Feeling Lucky? In which we assess Big Guy’s ability to move the ball downfield (hint: pretty good, as...
  • Dave Says Knock Out that Hospital Bill

    01/01/2013 8:04:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, My wife and I are 70, and we have $950,000 in annuities in the market, plus $68,000 in our emergency fund. The only debt we have is our mortgage. I’m considering converting our stocks to a money market account to lower the risk. What do you think?HowardDear Howard,There are two sides to this. One is the asset allocation method, where as you grow older you move away from equities like mutual funds toward safer, more conservative investments like money markets, bonds and certificates of deposit. This is standard financial planning theory.I disagree with that theory, and here’s why....
  • Errors in Huffington Post discussion on gun control

    01/01/2013 7:49:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    John Lott ^ | 1 January, 2013 | John Lott
    Paul Heroux has this as part of his post up at the Huffington Post: Economist John Lott likes to point out that wherever there has been a gun ban we have seen crime increase. Lott has specifically made the point concerning England's 1997 gun moratorium. Unfortunately, this example is a little loose with the statistics. In some countries where an increase in gun homicides followed a gun ban, it was part of an already rising trend, as it was in England. In other cases it followed the ban. In short, there is no causal relationship; the relationship is spurious. Additionally,...
  • Unlicensed Means You're Deadlier

    01/01/2013 7:44:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Unlicensed drivers are nearly three times likelier than licensed drivers to cause a fatal crash in California. Indeed, unlicensed drivers are likelier to cause fatal crashes than drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked. So found a new study released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The study recommended "the use of countermeasures, including vehicle impoundment," to save lives. That's a problem for San Francisco. In 2009, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom said police would allow unlicensed drivers to avoid a 30-day impound if they could find someone with a license to drive away their car in 20 minutes....
  • Reid's Rotten Rules [The End of the Senate Filibuster?]

    01/01/2013 7:32:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/1/13 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    As members of Congress fight with the president and each other over the budget impasse, another battle looms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he may try — on the very first day of the new Congress — to change the Senate’s rules regarding the filibuster. Reid wants to severely limit the minority’s ability to filibuster, and his plan for doing so would itself violate the Senate’s rules on rule changes. If successful, he would destroy a critical element of legislative procedure, one designed to prevent the “tyranny of the majority” that the Founders feared above all else. The...
  • The Depardieu Revolution

    01/01/2013 7:30:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    When Socialist President Francois Hollande took office, he swiftly made good on his pledge to raise the top tax rate on Frenchmen who earn a million euros a year -- to 75 percent. The regime would now confiscate three of four dollars that the most successful Frenchmen earned. Paris also imposes a wealth tax on assets worth more than $1.7 million. This broke it for Gerard Depardieu, the famed actor and bon vivant who has performed in scores of films in such roles as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" and Cyrano de Bergerac. Depardieu put his Paris mansion up...
  • 1st Vespers at San Pietro (Graphic Intensive)

    01/01/2013 7:30:08 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 31, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I clicked on my Centro Televisivo Vaticano player for 1st Vespers from St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father presides.The chant by the schola is improving. They are singing alternately with the congregation. From what I can tell, quite a few of the congregation are singing.People will get used to singing at these events until it is again normal.It is fun to spot people I know in the crowd. Te Deum!