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  • Fiscal Cliff Definition: What is This Wacky New Word and Where Did it Come From?

    01/01/2013 12:59:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Policymic ^ | 12/01/12 | Michael McCutcheon
    **SNIP** “Under current law, on January 2, 2013, there’s going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases,” said Bernanke, in testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on February 29, 2012. **SNIP** What’s likely, is that as members on the Hill grew concerned with the stalemate over the automatic spending cuts and tax increases, the communications apparatus went to work and settled on “fiscal cliff,” members started using, Bernanke used it, and suddenly it explodes in the media and becomes codified as short hand for a complex issue. There you go. From early films...
  • Cantor opposed to Cliff deal

    01/01/2013 12:58:14 PM PST · by fooman · 103 replies
    Do we believe Cantor will shoot this down?
  • Police: Feiglin Should be Indicted Temple Mount Visit

    01/01/2013 12:55:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/13
    Israeli police have recommend that Likud-Beytenu candidate Moshe Feiglin be prosecuted for praying on the Temple Mount Tuesday morning. Police recommended Feiglin be indicted ... violating an order to stay away from the area and for public misconduct.
  • New Year's Resolution to Keep the Faith!

    01/01/2013 12:53:12 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 28 replies
    Best wishes to everyone for a happy New Year! In the coming days there will be a great deal of debate about the goings-on in the political arena and the shenanigans in Washington. Constitutional commonsense conservatives must stay engaged and hold our “leaders” accountable to the voice of average everyday hard working Americans or we will very soon become an enslaved, bankrupt former nation of greatness. So, please keep the faith heading into this new year. And for now, remember to be grateful for the blessings and opportunities God has given us as independent individuals, as caring members of families,...
  • Two killed in Mission shooting suspect crash

    01/01/2013 12:41:52 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 1, 2013 | Jill Tucker
    San Francisco -- A driver fleeing from a police traffic stop crashed into a vehicle in San Francisco's Mission District Tuesday morning, killing a female passenger in the second car and a pedestrian outside a corner store. The suspect suffered minor injuries while the driver of the other vehicle, a white Toyota, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, said Police Chief Greg Suhr. The crash occurred at about 8 a.m. at the corner of 21st Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Less than 15 minutes earlier, police responded to reports of shots fired from a black...
  • Michael Moore’s New Year’s Resolution: "Stop Saying, 'I Support the Troops.' I Don't"

    01/01/2013 12:40:43 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Michael Moore’s New Year’s Resolution: "Stop Saying, 'I Support the Troops.' I Don't" By Noel Sheppard Created 01/01/2013 - 1:40pm Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore has some peculiar New Year’s resolutions that he published at the Huffington Post Monday evening. At number four was “Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don't. I used to.” “I understand why so many enlisted after 9/11,” Moore continued. “Sadly, many of them were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq. I felt for all of them. I understood those who joined because of a lousy economy. But at some point all individuals must...
  • Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One

    01/01/2013 12:39:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 150 replies
    MarkShea.com ^ | 2005 | Mark P. Shea
     Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part OneRecently, I participated in an online conversation about the Blessed Virgin. As an Evangelical convert to the Catholic faith, I can empathize with the deep fears many Evangelicals have about Mary. It's a terror that runs way down into the guts and marrow of many Evangelicals. It's a deep, unreasoning and nameless fear that does not lose any of its power even when every so-called "basis" for the fear is debunked. And like many irrational fears, it has the odd quality of distracting us from reality and clear thinking.To illustrate what I mean, let me sum...
  • What to expect in 2013 (Predicts presidential run by Palin, AWB, another Pelosi speakership)

    01/01/2013 12:38:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2012 | Colbert I. King
    This year has been quite a storm. Three hundred sixty-five days in a cyclone with fierce weather on all fronts: an economy tossing around in fits and starts; politics stalled by fog and precipitation, with heavy rains arriving in the fall to wash away Republican hopes of winning the White House and both houses of Congress. What about the coming year? No doubt we will again find ourselves at year’s end shaking our heads and contemplating what has happened, especially the unexpected. Here are a few of my educated guesses — and a bit of speculation — about what 2013...
  • Ex-Presidential Wannabe Jon Huntsman Says GOP Is 'Devoid Of A Soul'

    01/01/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 29 replies
    msnNOW ^ | 01 January 2013
    [RINO ALERT] Typically, when a politician says that a party is soulless, he's talking about the other guys.
  • NYC Wants to Mandate a No-Smoking Ban in Peoples’ Homes

    01/01/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2012 | Sara Noble
    NYC Mayor Bloomberg is behind a secret cabal of neighborhood spies who run around convincing tenants and landlords to disallow all smoking by tenants, even within their own apartments.The community spy groups get a $10,000 bounty for their efforts. The bounty is coming out of a grant, in other words, our tax money. This is ripe for corruption to say nothing about the whole stealth factor being unethical, sneaky, and communistic. It pits neighbor against neighbor and it demonizes people.But don’t worry, it is for the common good.I’ve never smoked in my life and I don’t like being around cigarettes,...
  • Happy New Year, Everyone!! [2013 Q1 FReepathon]

    01/01/2013 12:32:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 536 replies
    Howdy everyone!! Happy New Year!! Out with 2012 and we get to do it all over again in 2013 (I wish)!! It's unbelievable that the Marxist excuse of a president was re-elected. And now we're going over the fiscal cliff, the debt cliff, the unemployment cliff, and the govern by royal decree cliff all at once. Best be gearing up to vote in a majority of tea party conservatives in the House and retake the majority in the Senate in 2014 so we can impeach his royal majesty before the constitution becomes totally null and void!! Woo hoo!! And our...
  • Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes $41 for every $1 of cuts to government...

    01/01/2013 12:26:38 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 1, 2013 | TOBY HARNDEN IN WASHINGTON and MICHAEL ZENNIE
    The fiscal cliff deal raises taxes by $41 for every $1 cut from the budget, it was revealed today. The bill, which was passed by the Senate hours after midnight on New Year's Day, will be the biggest tax hike in more than four decades - raising a reported $620 billion in new revenue and cutting just $15 billion from the budget. Republicans in the U.S. House, who are expected to take up the issue this afternoon, are already beginning to revolt. The party swept into power in Congress with promises of reducing the size of government and lowering taxes....
  • At least 9 people shot in early hours of new year ( Chicago Gun Free Zone )

    01/01/2013 12:25:08 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | January 1, 2013
    At least nine people--including two teenagers--were wounded in separate shootings in the early hours of the new year, authorities said. The new year’s first apparent victim of gun violence was a 29-year-old man shot in the mouth and shoulder after a fight broke out at a bar on the West Side, police said.
  • Flughafen Knuffingen (Knuffingen Airport - miniature airport)

    01/01/2013 12:23:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 12, 2011 | Uploaded by UTRegio
    A few impressions of the new airport in section Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg. part 1
  • Quote of the Day: Another Violent Anti-Gunner Edition

    01/01/2013 12:22:36 PM PST · by FLAMING DEATH · 2 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Jan 1 2013 | Dan Zimmerman
    Can't post any of the original text, since the source is on the list of Publications-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, so I did the next best thing and posted a link to TTAG's article on the article.
  • House GOP opposition to fiscal cliff bill grows

    01/01/2013 12:16:52 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | January 1, 2013 | Jake Sherman and Carrie Budoff Brown
    An overwhelming number of House Republicans in a party meeting are calling on their leadership to amend the Senate’s bill to avert the fiscal cliff and send it back to the upper chamber, according to several sources in the Tuesday afternoon meeting. GOP leadership has not made a decision on what to do with the Senate-passed tax hike bill. They are using this meeting to listen to lawmaker concerns. They’ll have another meeting this afternoon, where a decision could come on whether to bring the bill to the floor. One thing is clear: there is serious disdain among House Republicans...
  • Former Chicago mayor's nephew charged with killing a man in a bar fight

    01/01/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    daily mail ^ | 12-3-12 | staff
    The nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was indicted Monday for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of a 21-year-old man outside a Chicago bar, and a grand jury is continuing its inquiry into whether authorities covered up or impeded an investigation of a relative of the city's most powerful man. Richard Vanecko, 38, was indicted by a Cook County special grand jury in the death of David Koschman of Mount Prospect. Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during a fight with Vanecko outside a bar in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.
  • Graham: Vote yes but fight on debt ceiling

    01/01/2013 11:56:28 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged House Republicans to accept a “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate early Tuesday morning — and to prepare to extract concessions from Democrats in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. If the House fails to pass the deal, Graham told Fox News, “We’re going to get blamed and about two weeks into this, we’ll fold like a cheap suit.” Instead, he urged Republicans, “Work with me and others never to raise the debt ceiling again unless we address why we’re in so much debt.” Graham made a similar comment to the National Review, saying,...
  • ‘No ma’am’: Letter from U.S. Marine to Dianne Feinstein goes viral

    01/01/2013 11:46:53 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 347 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Michele Kirk
    <p>The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.</p>
  • 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, Science’s editors and staff have selected a winner and nine runners-up, as well as highlighting the year’s 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 President’s 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 don’t 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 Britain’s 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-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
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    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...