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  • True Facts About The Angler Fish

    01/01/2013 11:44:18 AM PST · by navysealdad · 6 replies
    The anglerfish is so called because of its method of predation. This is the fish that goes fishing. It has a long, modified dorsal fin spine sprouting from the middle of its head that ends in a fleshy growth that can move and wiggle to resemble another animal.
  • Request for Graphic Design Help w/ Obama Bumper Sticker

    01/01/2013 11:43:58 AM PST · by Be Careful · 11 replies
    1/1/13 | self
    My family, already having survived the Soviet Era and the benefits of its enlightened 'lifestyle', knows all to well the fate of so many women who have to live under collectivism: That of 'Bag Ladies' Can someone help me make the design for a bumper sticker that has Obama's 'O' to include a Hammer and Sickle? Words for Bumper Sticker: (taking other suggestions as well) Bag Lady Syndrome: The One Ailment Actually Caused by Obamacare
  • Deficit 'fiscal cliff' bill actually spends $330 billion more

    01/01/2013 11:43:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013, 01:44PM | By Stephen Dinan
    The "fiscal cliff" deal that was designed to save money actually includes $330.3 billion in new spending over the next decade, according to the official estimate the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday afternoon.CBO said the bill contains about $25.1 billion in new cuts, but those are swamped by the new spending on extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and other new refundable tax credits that President Obama fought for.Of those cuts, only $2 billion are scheduled to take effect in 2013.And CBO also warned that some of the cuts Congress is counting are from programs on which CBO never...
  • Slideshow: Virgin Birth Not So Miraculous in Animal Kingdom

    01/01/2013 11:38:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 27 December 2012 | Carrie Arnold
    ‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, wrapping paper, and virgin birth. For billions of Christians around the world, the holidays are a time to celebrate Jesus’s birth to the Virgin Mary. But for many animals, virgin birth is far from a miraculous event. Researchers have discovered a growing number of species that reproduce without assistance from the opposite sex. Known formally as parthenogenesis, virgin birth occurs when an embryo develops from an unfertilized egg cell. The development of an embryo usually requires genetic material from sperm and egg, as well as a series of chemical changes sparked by fertilization. In...
  • The Fiscal Cliff and the Ethics of Capitulation

    01/01/2013 11:37:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 1, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    The more the media covers the "fiscal cliff" fiasco, the more perspective is lost. It is really quite simple. Because the Republicans unilaterally jettisoned their trademark anti-tax stance, they will get nothing in return. The Democrats are not going to cut spending. In fact, the new tax revenues will fuel new spending, that will be leveraged into even more debt. The pre-emptive Republican capitulation decoupled the tax issue from the spending issue, precluding any "Grand Bargain'" or even token spending cuts. The Democrats trademark stance of protecting social programs like Medicare and Social Security from cuts is intact. Thus, Obama...
  • Senate passes fiscal-cliff deal; House vote next

    01/01/2013 11:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    I'm a little under the weather today --- a drag when you have family visiting from out of town --- so we're a little late getting a thread started on the Biden-McConnell fiscal-cliff deal. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the package, which deals with tax rates but pushes spending decisions out another two months: The Senate, in a pre-dawn vote two hours after the deadline passed to avert automatic tax increases, overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday that would allow tax rates to rise only on affluent Americans while temporarily suspending sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts.The deal, worked out in...
  • Thomas Sowell: Republicans Deserved to Lose (A predictable end to an unhappy year)

    01/01/2013 11:33:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/01/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens...
  • Now It's Time for the Entitlement Cliff

    01/01/2013 11:31:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | John Browne
    As the clock winds down on 2012, the Fiscal Cliff is all anyone seems capable of discussing. Right now it appears that some sort of narrow deal has just emerged that will include raising tax rates on family income over $450,000 a year, increasing the estate tax rate, extending unemployment benefits for one year, and delaying spending cuts. But the prospect of higher taxes and the great uncertainty that has surrounded this fiscal fiasco has been acting like sand in the gears of the complex but sputtering U.S. economy. If additional taxes are not matched by real cuts in government...
  • The Life and Legend Of Wyatt Earp--TV Show

    01/01/2013 11:28:29 AM PST · by virgil283 · 30 replies
    Today on Starz movie network," The Life and Legend Of WyattEarp : Episode 1. Wyatt Earp Becomes A Marshal...Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Mason Alan Dinehart II, Denver Pyle...This Western television series loosely based on the adventures of the frontier marshal. The half-hour black and white series ran on ABC-TV from 1955 to 1961".....This hasn't been on TV for many years....3:30pm EST
  • Why the Democrats' campaign man voted 'no' (DSCC chairman Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo))

    01/01/2013 11:28:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/01/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    **SNIP** While I do support many of the items in this proposal for example, extending unemployment insurance, the wind production tax credit and tax cuts for most Americans I believe they should have come in the context of a comprehensive deficit reduction package, Bennet said. Without a serious mechanism to reduce the debt, I cannot support this bill. Putting the country on a sustainable fiscal path and bringing our debt under control is incredibly important to our economy and our standing in the world and is a top priority for me, Bennet continued. I remain committed to continue...
  • Breakthrough of the Year, 2012

    01/01/2013 11:18:26 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Science ^ | NA | NA
    Every year, crowning one scientific achievement as Breakthrough of the Year is no easy task, and 2012 was no exception. The year saw leaps and bounds in physics, along with significant advances in genetics, engineering, and many other areas. In keeping with tradition, Sciences editors and staff have selected a winner and nine runners-up, as well as highlighting the years top news stories and areas to watch in 2013
  • Favorite Beverages of our Freepers??

    01/01/2013 11:15:42 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 163 replies
    I have often wondered what preferences of beverages the various Freepers have, in particular, the kind of intoxicating liquors they tried to ban back in 1920. I know by reading stories on here that many of us consume intoxicating liquors from time to time and we may even have some Freepers who have accumulated some POIs over the years (posting under the influence). Obviously, don't post your favorite intoxicating liquor if you do not want to, but I just thought it would be interesting to see our beverage choices. Especially the morning after many of us quite possibly overindulged on...
  • 2012 in Review

    01/01/2013 11:15:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | January 1, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    Time Magazine has just named President Obama as their Person of the Year. This has been, of course, controversial, and for the usual reasons: much like with the Presidents Nobel Peace Prize, one has to wonder what he actually did to deserve it. Surely getting reelected is important, but beside the point; what matters is what you do in office, and I just dont see much in the way of achievement by the President this year, in which he spent most of it either campaigning or doing nothing to avoid rocking the boat before the election. But Person of the...
  • UK faces 50/50 risk of suffering triple-dip recession say economists as they warn of eurozone risk

    01/01/2013 11:11:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:50 EST, 31 December 2012 | Hugo Duncan
    There is a 50/50 chance that Britain will slide into a devastating triple-dip recession this year, leading economists warn today. Output probably fell in the final three months of 2012 and could do so again in the first three months of 2013, said the Center for Economics and Business Research. Another two quarters of decline in a row would mean the third recession in five years and set the scene for another bleak year. The think-tank singled out the crisis in the eurozone as a major challenge for the UK economy, given it is Britains biggest trading partner.
  • House Republicans blast Senate 'cliff' bill

    01/01/2013 11:10:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/01/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Several Republicans took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to slam the Senate-brokered "fiscal cliff" bill that was passed earlier in the morning, calling it a rush job that raises taxes and delays most of the spending cuts planned for this year. "So we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom, but the seductive spirit that pervades this town," Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said. "Leaders in Washington continue to over-promise. They're likes salespeople who tell their customer they can have an $30,000 car but only pay $18,000 for it. Who doesn't like that deal?" Rep. Louie...
  • Britain should be offered second class membership of the EU

    01/01/2013 10:59:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:11AM GMT 31 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Britain should cease to be a full member of the European Union under a new deal that would focus on trade, according to senior Brussels politicians. An umbrella group of 20 organizations campaigning for a federal Europe suggested Britain should be offered associate membership of the EU to prevent the country leaving altogether.David Cameron is seen as the continual impediment to a closer integration of eurozone states, according to the Union of European Federalists. The plan would see the UK lose all its MEPs, its commissioner in Brussels and its right to veto decisions in the European Council, but remain...
  • Gun Requirement Ordinance

    01/01/2013 10:59:00 AM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Kobi5 Medford ^ | 12/31/2012 | Lyle Ahrens
    While many communities are calling for tighter gun control laws, there's a town in Klamath County that requires the head of the household to own a firearm. It's now been more than 30 years since Chiloquin adopted an ordinance requiring the head of household to maintain a firearm, and ammunition. . . . . The ordinance in Chiloquin was passed the same year a similar law was passed in Kennesaw, Georgia. Kennesaw city officials claim the law has reduced crime by 89 percent.
  • (Vanity) How I Spent My Winter Vacation (classic Dave Barry article, applied to my real life)

    01/01/2013 10:58:13 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 19 replies
    Philly.com ^ | April 2, 1986 | Dave Barry
    We have the flu. I don't know if this particular strain has an official name, but if it does, it must be something like "Martian Death Flu." You may have had it yourself. The main symptom is that you wish you had another setting on your electric blanket, up past "High", that said: "Electrocution". Another symptom is that you cease brushing your teeth because [a] your teeth hurt and [b] you lack the strength. Midway through the brushingprocess, you'd have to lie down in front of the sink to rest for a couple of hours, and rivulets of toothpaste foam...
  • Gold Has Longest Streak of Annual Gains Since 1920

    01/01/2013 10:49:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Bloomberg reports Gold Extends Longest Streak Since 1920 on Central-Bank Stimulus.
  • Say Yes to the Mess

    01/01/2013 10:45:19 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Bill Kristol
    Say Yes to the Mess 12:15 PM, JAN 1, 2013 BY WILLIAM KRISTOL The fiscal cliff deal that the Senate passed early this morning is ridiculous in too many ways to count. There seem to be no figures from the Congressional Budget Office and only "very preliminary" figures from the Joint Tax Committee about the real spending and revenue implications. The two month delay of the sequester will make actual governance even more difficult (how is the Pentagon supposed to plan for the rest of the year?). The sequester delay is funded by a gimmick with retirement savings tax...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (13,393 signatures so far)

    01/01/2013 10:42:14 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    11,607 more to go. Almost halfway there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • 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-basedsmartphone 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 Motorolas 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
    Obamas 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, theyll be placed in community housing, without full-time supervision. This is part of the states 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 weve 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. Heres a look at Live Doppler 2HDs 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 Lilibets 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
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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...