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  • Samsung to launch first Tizen phone in 2013 ( MeeGo=>Tizen...Android Rival)

    01/01/2013 10:41:31 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 31 December 2012 15:09 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic
    Japan gets first dibs Samsung will launch its first Tizen-based smartphone next year and Japanese consumers will get a taste of the new OS first. According to a Japanese daily, the new device will be sold through NTT Docomo and other carriers, starting at some point in 2013. European carriers are also interested in Tizen, including Vodafone and France Telecom.Samsung apparently hopes to build a platform around Tizen, to rival the likes of Apple and Google. High hopes to say the least, but then again we are already hearing rumours of an X phone from Motorola’s skunk works, which is apparently...
  • Humans have been drinking beer for 11,500 years

    01/01/2013 10:38:04 AM PST · by Renfield · 45 replies
    Antiquity ^ | Dietrich, Oliver, et al
    (Abstract of article only): The role of cult and feasting in the emergence of Neolithic communities. New evidence from Göbekli Tepe, south-eastern Turkey 1Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Orient-Abteilung, Podbielskiallee 69–71, D-14195 Berlin, Germany (Email: odi@orient.dainst.de; jn@orient.dainst.de; kls@orient.dainst.de), 2Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Aas, Norway (Email: manfred.heun@umb.no), and 3Technische Universität München, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Weihenstephaner Steig 20, D-85354 Freising, Germany (Email: Martin.Zarnkow@wzw.tum.de)*Author for correspondence Göbekli Tepe is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times, pushing back the origins of monumentality beyond the emergence of agriculture. We are pleased to present a summary of work in progress...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRICLINIUM, 01-01-13

    01/01/2013 10:36:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-01-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRICLINIUM Originally the dining room of a Roman house which provided for nine persons to recline three each on three seats. Used of the refectory of a monastery. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Fracking Fiction - Promised Land pulls a fast one on moviegoers.

    01/01/2013 10:25:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 1, 2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A word of warning: It’s impossible to review Promised Land, the new movie written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski and directed by Gus Van Sant, without giving away its twist ending. Though the plot turn is fumbling in its execution, it is the slyest tactic in the movie’s clumsy crusade against fracking, the process of injecting high-pressure chemicals, water, and sand into the ground to access vast quantities of otherwise inaccessible natural gas.Here’s the premise: Steve Butler (Damon) is a corporate salesman who draws on his rural roots to persuade farmers to sell their land to a fracking...
  • The House Should Adjourn (they're back on Thursday anyway)

    01/01/2013 10:24:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    The House should just adjourn. The president can no longer threaten them with calling them back into session since they're back on Thursday anyway and the Senate cannot prevent them from adjourning since the current session is over in less than the Constitutional three day requirement where the Senate can object. If the House adjourns, the Senate bill dies and cannot act again on any tax bill until it receives something, anything from the House. And all the republicas senators who voted for McConnell's "compromise" bill can reap the political rewards of voting to increase taxes while getting nothing for...
  • Ringing In The New Year With A Friendly Reminder About What Happened In 2012

    01/01/2013 10:20:40 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-1-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome

    01/01/2013 10:16:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Frances D'emilio
    Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 30. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, announcing her death in a statement, called it a great loss "for all of humanity." He praised her as someone who represented "civic conscience, culture and the spirit of research of our time." Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," a Jew who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination...
  • Petition To Deport Piers Morgan Hits 100,000 Signatures

    01/01/2013 10:14:54 AM PST · by Bon mots · 15 replies
    The petition to deport British subject, Piers Morgan has just reached 100,000 signatures. You remember this guy, he chided George Bush once for crashing a Segway, then disastrously crashed one himself.
  • The Obama strategy of straddle, jump and ride like hell

    01/01/2013 10:09:33 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/1/13 | Jerry Todd
    Obama’s “strategy” is akin to a circus rider astride two horses – one with currency manipulator George Soros whom he has further enriched with the Gulf oil spill fiasco evicting rigs to Brazil offshore along with a billion of taxpayer dollars to drill in Soros-controlled leases. (Note: only Republican people of wealth are the evil rich. 16 tons of gold Soros is just an international patriot the French would like to get their claws in.) The other horse is obviously his love of Sharia Law. He told Putin the Constitution was dead in 2009 – and now he has...
  • Here come the crazies (Cuomo, Obama, to release more mental patients)

    01/01/2013 10:06:36 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 79 replies
    © Copyright 2013 NYP Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. ^ | Last Updated: 12:26 AM, January 1, 2013
    The Cuomo administration is preparing to shove thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers out of supervised settings — where they can be forced to take their medication — into far less restrictive, far more dangerous “community housing.” Albany, under pressure from the Obama administration, recently ordered psychiatric facilities not to place any discharged patients in adult homes, where staff can ensure they take their meds. Instead, they’ll be placed in “community housing,” without full-time supervision. This is part of the state’s plan to essentially empty adult homes into community-based “supportive” apartments, leaving up to 6,000 people — including those with...
  • Fiscal Abyss Bill Passes Senate – Barely Touches the Trillion Dollar Deficit

    01/01/2013 9:52:23 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 1/1/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The US Senate passed a bill last night to avoid the fiscal abyss. Actually, it just bypasses it and does nothing about putting our disastrous fiscal house in order. Here is the actual bill in all its gory details: 118551686-Mat-12564 The Senate bill raises income tax rates for those taxpayers with incomes more than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. These higher income taxpayers will also pay higher rates on investment income, with rates on dividends and capital gains rising from 15 percent to 20 percent. Add the 3.8 percent Obamacare surcharge on...
  • White House declares victory

    01/01/2013 9:52:16 AM PST · by Cheerio · 69 replies
    politco ^ | 1/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The White House issued a "fact sheet" statement Tuesday declaring the fiscal cliff agreement a victory, though the House has yet to vote on the measure. "At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy," the statement says. "For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis to vote for significant new revenue.
  • White House declares victory

    01/01/2013 9:52:15 AM PST · by Cheerio · 3 replies
    politco ^ | 1/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The White House issued a "fact sheet" statement Tuesday declaring the fiscal cliff agreement a victory, though the House has yet to vote on the measure. "At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy," the statement says. "For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis to vote for significant new revenue.
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal: Obama Takes Less In Revenue In Exchange For Destroying The GOP

    01/01/2013 9:51:43 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 26 replies
    http://ace.mu.nu/ ^ | January 01 2013 | —DrewM.
    It's hard to rundown all the spending/tax hike ramifications since they passed the damn thing at 2am on New Years Day but the politics of the deal are quite clear. WH tells colleague Ed Henry Obama broke R's tax pledge. Calls it "1 of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple decades And what did the GOP get for this? Nothing. I doubt the House GOP has the stones to decline this invitation to sign their own death warrant. But don't worry guys...we'll get those spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal! This was the key surrender that...
  • Record snowfall today helped us surpass last year total (Dayton, OH)

    01/01/2013 9:48:43 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies
    WDTN.com ^ | 29DEC2012 | Tara Hastings
    Apparently we are making up for last years lack of snow. Today we had a record snowfall of 2.2 inches which puts us at 10.6 inches for December. After our big storm Wednesday and our snowfall this morning we’ve already seen more snow than we did last year. This morning accumulations varied with a few spots in Mercer county picking up five additional inches while most locations saw about 2 to 3 inches. Here’s a look at Live Doppler 2HD’s snowfall accumulation. Official National Weather Service amounts can be found by clicking here.
  • Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/01/2013 9:47:16 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 62 replies
    npr ^ | December 25, 2012 | Elizabeth Shogren
    David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that." ...Staging A Tree-sit For 80 days, a couple dozen protesters took turns living up in Daniel's treehouses. Some wore masks to hide their identities. TransCanada, in a lawsuit it filed against the...
  • The Government That Ate America

    01/01/2013 9:38:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    What's this? Joe Biden in weekend conversation with Mitch McConnell over how to step back from the fiscal cliff? Isn't Biden the man in charge of solving The Gun Problem? How does he have the time or energy -- not least the ideas -- to launch another rescue mission? Apparently he had none of these. Not much came, reportedly, of the Biden-McConnell negotiations. One is struck anyway by an infinitely larger question -- how did we as a society, as a nation, get to this point: wrapped in suspense while the government of the United States works out, or tries...
  • Let Not Our Hearts Be Troubled in 2013

    01/01/2013 9:36:18 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 20 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 1, 2012 | JP
    Elizabeth, a 13-year-old British girl, had a favorite poem, which was published in a small book, titled “The Desert,” which was authored by a hardly-known poetess, Minnie Louise Haskins. “Lilebet,” as the young lass was affectionate known by her family, so loved the poem that she shared it with her father. And he, in turn, shared it with all of Britannia. You see Lilibet’s dad was King George VI. And in a 1939 broadcast, marking the holiday season, he read aloud the poem his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, entrusted to him. Haskins’ Spirit-filled prose resonated with the British...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... January, 2013

    01/01/2013 9:33:41 AM PST · by JustAmy · 848 replies
    1-1-2013 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie; Meg33, Friends
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • HTML SandBox 2013

    01/01/2013 9:31:56 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 168 replies
    Free Republic | 01/01/13 | Free Republic
    It's time for a new HTML reference so you can make your posts look cool. HTML means Hyper Text Markup Language. It's a set of simple commands used to format the text of your posts, add images, or links, or change the appearance. URL is Uniform Resource Locator. It's the name of the page or the picture that you see, the www.http:// stuff. You'll need to use the URL to make links and post pictures. Quotation Marks Quotes have to be used around the URLs for web pages and images on Free Republic. Some systems do not require this. Ours...
  • Al Sharpton: KNIFE CONTROL Comes Next After Guns (audio)

    01/01/2013 9:24:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/28/12 | radioequalizer
    REV AL SHARPTON (28 Dec 2012): In any civilized society you do not see massacres continue to happen, from Tucson to Aurora to Columbine to Virginia Tech to where we are now in Newtown to Chicago and you keep the same laws when clearly they're not working. ROSCOE IN MARYLAND: What happens when the criminal goes to knives Al? REV AL SHARPTON: Then you deal with knives. ROSCOE IN MARYLAND: Oh I see. REV AL SHARPTON: The same thing as if you have a head cold and the same thing you do if you have a head cold and the...
  • Happy New Year, Everyone!! (vanity poll with a serious question)

    01/01/2013 9:23:51 AM PST · by Baynative · 27 replies
    observation and curiosity ^ | 1/1/13 | Baynative
    It's a two part question: How was 2012? Do you expect 2013 to be different?
  • Grading the Fiscal Cliff Deal: Terrible, but Could Be Worse

    01/01/2013 9:23:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There’s no official agreement, so everything you read here may turn out to be nonsense, but it appears that the misfits in Washington have reached a deal on the fiscal cliff. It seems as though my prediction about the outcome was correct. Not that this makes me happy.First, the good news.………Oh, wait, there isn’t any.Now for the bad news.The top tax rate will increase to 39.6 percent for entrepreneurs, investors, small business owners, and other “rich” taxpayers making more than $400,000 ($450,000 for married couples). This is Obama’s big victory. He gets his class-warfare trophy.The double tax on dividends and...
  • Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper's Crotch On National Television

    01/01/2013 9:22:17 AM PST · by mandaladon · 82 replies
    News Busters ^ | 1 Jan 2013
    No matter what vulgar things Kathy Griffin does on CNN's live New Year's Eve broadcasts, the folks at the supposedly most trusted name in news continue to invite her back. On Monday night's program, after first telling co-host Anderson Cooper "I'm going to tickle your sack," she shortly after midnight actually kissed his crotch (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): Roughly eleven minutes into the program which began at 10 PM, Cooper commented about how on Twitter folks were suggesting that there should be a game that whenever he giggles nervously during the show, contestants have to take a...
  • Reports: Russia sends another naval ship to Syria

    01/01/2013 9:18:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | Updated: Dec 30, 2012 7:58 AM PST | AP
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian news agencies say the navy is sending another ship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base.
  • Guns, immigration, fiscal issues emerge as top priorities for Obama, new Congress

    01/01/2013 9:18:11 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/1/2013 | Joseph Weber
    After an election year in which legislative business practically ground to a halt, Congress is poised to make up for lost time in 2013. The new Congress will begin its next session with an agenda expected to focus largely on issues that re-emerged over the past several weeks and months, with gun legislation and immigration reform near the top. Though fiscal issues will remain a priority, how much work lawmakers put into them depends on whether, or to what extent, President Obama and congressional Republicans resolve the fiscal crisis in the closing days of this session. A basic deal to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/01/2013 9:18:06 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
    1/1/13 | Hiskid
  • 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! 
  • Visit of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to the New York Metropolitan Area and CT (Jan 5 and 6)

    01/01/2013 7:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    sthughofcluny ^ | November 19, 2012 | Stuart Chessman
    Photo: Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDSWe at the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are honored to sponsor the visit to Brooklyn, Norwalk and New York of his Excellency Athanasius Schneider ORC, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan and titular of Celerina. Bishop Schneider is a noted author and speaker. His best known work is Dominus Est – It is the Lord! – a defense of the Traditional discipline of receiving communion.On Saturday, January 5, at 2 PM, Bishop Schneider will celebrate a pontifical liturgy at the Cathedral of St. James in Brooklyn. Afterwards, Bishop Schneider will give a lecture on “Holy...
  • The Game They Play: Since it's after midnight, we just voted to CUT taxes

    01/01/2013 7:18:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    So transparent. Every worthless politician will now claim that they did not violate their pledge to never vote for a tax increase. Because technically, they didn't. They just let the taxes go up automatically for a couple of hours, then voted to bring them (well, some) back down again. And shazaam! A tax cut! Sneaky, gutless, round the bend subterfuge. Yet politics as usual.
  • LATEST! HILLARY CLINTON CONFIRMS BRAIN CRISIS

    01/01/2013 7:17:48 AM PST · by libstripper · 83 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | National Enquirer Staff
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