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  • Boehner could face rocky vote for speakership amid Republican angst

    01/02/2013 1:08:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies
    Fox ^ | January 02, 2013
    John Boehner could be in for a fight Thursday when the newly seated House votes for the next speaker, with conservatives grumbling about his leadership and a report surfacing about a supposed plan to challenge him. The 11-term congressman, who's endured his share of political turbulence, presumably enters the election with the upper hand. So far, a single viable Republican challenger has not emerged and the rules of the vote tend to work in Boehner's favor. But Boehner's potential troubles were compounded by a late-night flare up with outraged northeast lawmakers over a decision by the speaker to postpone a...
  • President Obama continues to drive America towards European-style decline

    01/02/2013 1:01:13 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    The United States has not gone over the “fiscal cliff”, but it has taken another major step towards EU-style decline. The fiscal cliff deal pushed by President Obama and subsequently ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives (with 151 House Republicans and eight Senators bravely opposing it on principle) raises taxes by roughly $600 billion, without introducing any significant cuts in government spending. Incredibly, for every $1 in spending cuts there are $41 in tax increases. While sold by the Obama administration as a deal to protect the middle class, 77 percent of Americans will now be subject to...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Government as Santa

    01/02/2013 12:59:02 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/25/2012 | Joeseph Lehman
    Why is it that most people eventually abandon the idea of Santa Claus … and yet so many never abandon belief in an omnipotent government? Santa Claus is magic. His toy sack never empties, he traverses the globe faster than lightning, his reindeer never tire, his elves never strike, and he’s never too fat for the chimney. Awed by his powers, young kids approach the Jolly One clutching wish lists that itemize the objects of their “unbridled avarice,” as a popular Christmas movie put it. And why not? Santa’s little supplicants are prodded by plenty of parental encouragement. No toy...
  • On TCM Saturday: Ronald Reagan in "Secret Service Of The Air"

    01/02/2013 12:56:46 PM PST · by opineapple
    Saturday January, 5 2013 at 10:45 AM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, John Litel, Ila Rhodes Pilot Brass Bancroft becomes a T-man and grounds smugglers of illegal aliens. Drama/Mystery/Crime 1939 Secret Service Of The Air, TCM
  • Triple Lutz Report--Did We Really Survive The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/02/2013 12:49:31 PM PST · by appeal2 · 1 replies
    www.financialsurvivalnetwork.com ^ | 01/02/13 | Kerry Lutz
    Congressmen come and go, but the Kleptocracy goes on and on. What would have happened had the parties not reached a deal. Probably nothing much different than now. But maybe the price of gold and silver would have gone down instead of up. This was a complete PR event, stage-managed from the get go to make you believe that higher taxes and increased government spending are the answers to what ails the country and the economy. In the end, none of the changes necessary to save the US and the world from a complete and utter economic catastrophy have been...
  • Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan

    01/02/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by bayouranger · 55 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 02JAN12 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian officials tell citizens to vacate city located near nuke site Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material. Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets...
  • Gun sales set record in 2012

    01/02/2013 12:38:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Posted from an android.......
  • Gun sales set record in 2013

    01/02/2013 12:38:07 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    Posted from an android.......
  • House speaker says still committed to Sandy aid

    01/02/2013 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 2, 2013 2:57pm EST | Ian Simpson and David Lawder
    House Speaker John Boehner insisted on Wednesday he is committed to passing a Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill this month after his decision to deny a vote on the package drew scathing criticism from East Coast lawmakers and governors. President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to pass the $60.4 billion measure on Wednesday before the current Congress ends at noon on Thursday and pending legislation expires. … Failure to vote on the Sandy measure was widely condemned by lawmakers from affected states. Republican Representative Peter King of New York told CNN it was a “knife in the back.” However, Michael...
  • Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders

    01/02/2013 12:31:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/2/2013 | Fox News
    Donald Kaul retired earlier this year. Now he has decided to return to writing occasional opinion columns for OtherWords.org. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. brought out all his ugliness. In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline "Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns," he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.
  • Grocery price stickers no longer mandatory next week (MA)

    01/02/2013 12:29:47 PM PST · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Individual price stickers on groceries may disappear in the new year. A new state law allows shop owners to place price scanners throughout their store as an alternative to having individual tags on each item. Many larger stores already have such scanners. It is designed to be a cost saving measure, but it has some disadvantages for customers. Some consumer advocates also argue that scanners can be unreliable. Mary Ann Spencer of Springfield told 22News that the change is not good for her. "It would be more difficult for me because I am handicapped, and so if I had to...
  • Future Map of America *Vanity*

    01/02/2013 12:26:46 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    Me | Wednesday, January 3, 2012
  • Peter King: Halt donations to House GOP

    New York Republican Rep. Peter King went to war with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday after leaders spiked a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, calling on New Yorkers to stop all donations to GOP House members.
  • Despite deal, taxes on most Americans will go up

    01/02/2013 12:21:51 PM PST · by Ron C. · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 02, 2013 | FoxNews
    Taxes for most Americans will still go up this year despite declarations from President Obama and others touting Tuesday night's fiscal crisis deal as a victory for middle-class workers. At the same time, tax relief that was included in the package comes at a cost -- contributing, along with new spending, nearly $4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, adding to the nation's more than $16 trillion debt. But there will be federal tax hikes in 2013. That's because the legislation pushed through the Senate and House on Jan. 1 does nothing to prevent a temporary cut...
  • U.S. Spends $40 Mil on Foreign Labor Causes in Final Days of 2012

    01/02/2013 12:14:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 2, 2013
    With 12 million Americans out of work the government agency responsible for advancing opportunities for profitable employment has gone on a frantic year-end spending spree, doling out tens of millions of dollars to foreign causes that won’t put a dent in the nation’s unemployment crisis. In the last few weeks of 2012, the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) generously dedicated nearly $40 million to global initiatives unlikely to help workers in this country. The money will go to efforts that strengthen unions and help combat child labor in African, central and South American countries. This includes $10 million to combat...
  • How To Restore the West

    01/02/2013 12:13:36 PM PST · by Little Ray · 21 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | Monday, December 31, 2012 | Ron Holland
    By any political, cultural or economic measure the nations of the West are in total decline. The historic virtues of hard work, free-market thinking and a common cultural integrity as well as religious and historical principles are gone. They have been subverted and replaced by an emphasis on rampant materialism and a consumer driven society that exceeds 70 percent of GNP in addition to private and public debt. Furthermore, a kind of parasitism has laid claim to Western culture by which sports stars, politicians, media darlings and financial scam artists get recognition and exorbitant incomes while real workers find their...
  • Ray Lewis to retire after season

    01/02/2013 12:13:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jamison Hensley
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season, closing one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Lewis says "it is time for me to create a new legacy" after 17 NFL seasons. He intends to play for the first time since tearing his triceps two months ago when the Ravens host the Colts in Sunday's wild-card game, saying "there is no reason for me to not play," according to The Baltimore Sun. Sunday likely will be Lewis' final game in Baltimore even if the Ravens win because of their No....
  • "Indefensible And Immoral" [MSNBC RINO Alert] olleagues For Delay On Relief

    01/02/2013 12:12:51 PM PST · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 02 January 2013 | Tracy Connor
    New York Republican Rep. Peter King condemns Conservatives on Sandy aid bill: "Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans after this should have their head examined."
  • The (New York) Times on Taxes

    01/02/2013 12:07:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | December 30, 2012 | John Cochrane
    ... The whale comes last: "Greater progressivity would reduce rising income inequality, and with it, inequality of opportunity that is both an economic and social scourge." The Times is arguing forthrightly for confiscatory taxation of income and wealth, in order simply to reduce post-tax incomes. This isn't "redistribution," it's "off with their heads!" Inequality of opportunity? No, President Obama's kids should not go to Sidwell Friends, they should go to DC public schools like everyone else? Mayor Rahm Emanuel's kids shouldn't go to the University of Chicago Lab school (mine go there too, but I don't preach this stuff), they...
  • Christie: House Inaction On Sandy Aid ‘Inexcusable’

    01/02/2013 12:07:17 PM PST · by Hoodat · 78 replies
    CBS-Philly ^ | January 2, 2013 2:35 PM | Staff
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is fuming over the House’s decision to not hold a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief package. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Republican governor said the only group to blame for decision is the House’s GOP majority and Speaker John Boehner. Christie said he tried calling Speaker John Boehner four times Tuesday night, but Christie said Boehner didn’t take his call. Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you “play politics with” when people are suffering. Christie said “our people were played last night as a pawn. And that’s why people...
  • Used to Hardship, Latvia Accepts Austerity, and Its Pain Eases

    01/02/2013 11:57:41 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 | By ANDREW HIGGINS
    RIGA, Latvia — When a credit-fueled economic boom turned to bust in this tiny Baltic nation in 2008, Didzis Krumins, who ran a small architectural company, fired his staff one by one and then shut down the business. He watched in dismay as Latvia’s misery deepened under a harsh austerity drive that scythed wages, jobs and state financing for schools and hospitals. --------------------snip--------------------------- Hardship has long been common here — and still is. But in just four years, the country has gone from the European Union’s worst economic disaster zone to a model of what the International Monetary Fund hails...
  • So... tell me again, what did Obama win?

    01/02/2013 11:53:59 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 79 replies
    January 2, 2013 | Lancey Howard
    The more I think about the last few days, the more I question whether the African communist actually won anything. I mean, what’s different now from two weeks ago? Answer: The Bush tax rates are now permanent for 98% of American earners. It would be nice if it was 100%, but geez... The top 2% merely go back to where they were 10 years ago. (The real mistake occurred 10 years ago when the Republicans failed to insist that the rates be made permanent at that time.) As far as spending “cuts” go, the debt ceiling debate can be used...
  • The Islamic Institute of Counter Zionist American Psychological Warfare!

    01/02/2013 11:49:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Jihad-Watch ^ | 12/17/12 | Robert
    It's real! Photo thanks to TahariRider. Recently I noticed that many of the Islamic supremacists on Twitter were sending out identical tweets. When I asked the rabidly antisemitic pro-Hamas propagandist Linda Sarsour about it, she admitted that she and others were all working from the same talking points:
  • Eric Cantor Makes First Move to Unseat Boehner in 'Fiscal Cliff' Kabuki Theater

    01/02/2013 11:47:53 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/1/2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Tuesday afternoon Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) publicly announced his opposition to the "fiscal cliff" deal that the Senate passed on Monday by a 89 to 8 vote. It's unclear if Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was informed by his second in command of his plans prior to Tuesday's dramatic public announcement. Opposition to the Senate deal negotiated so publicly by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to be growing by the minute among House Republicans as its details have been made public. An analysis of the Senate "fiscal cliff" bill completed by the Congressional...
  • Why the Obama tax hikes have only just begun

    01/02/2013 11:45:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Enterprise ^ | 01/02/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    When an economy is booming and jobs are plentiful, a “do no harm” approach to public policy will suffice. If GDP were expanding at a 4% annual rate and the unemployment rate were 5% and the national debt were low, then the fiscal cliff deal might be tolerable rather than terrible. While it won’t create any jobs or add to growth — just the opposite in fact — and it will only cut the national debt by a rounding-error amount, passage does avoid an across-the-board income tax hike and probable recession.So that’s something. But good enough? Not really. Avoiding...
  • New Zealand planned to develop 'tsunami bomb' during World War II

    01/02/2013 11:44:28 AM PST · by virgil283 · 14 replies
    news.com.au ^ | December 31, 2012 6:27AM | Ray Waru
    "...buried in New Zealand's national archives,.. a bizarre WWII plan to create a "tsunami bomb"....." The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a "tsunami bomb". Explosive tests carried out in waters north of Auckland led scientists to conclude that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 massive blasts offshore could create a 10-metre tsunami capable of inundating a small coastal city. "It was absolutely astonishing," Waru said".... .."Waru said the project was...
  • Saints [Catholic, Orthodox, Open]

    01/02/2013 11:43:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | 01-02-13 | FishEaters.com
    Saints     Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Communion Of Saints Saints Saints II Saints III  First a definition: "To pray," as a verb, has two very distinct meanings: 1 : to make a request in a humble manner 2 : to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving It is only in this first sense that Catholics "pray" to saints. "To pray" is simply to ask, and it is a common English word as these examples will show: "Comes now Petitioner and, having filed his Motion in Limine, prays this Honorable Court to grant..."...
  • Lebanese Intelligence Chief Says Israel is His Country’s Only Enemy

    01/02/2013 11:27:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Algemeiner Journal ^ | 1/2/13 | staff
    A leading figure in Lebanese intelligence said Wednesday that the only enemy of his country is Israel. According to the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Abbas Ibrahim, director-general of the General Security Department, said, “Lebanon’s one and only enemy is Israel.” Ibrahim also predicted that the crisis in Syria would last a long time, but added, “The humanitarian condition of the refugees arriving in Lebanon from Syria prevents us from closing the border with the neighboring country.” “We either act in a humane manner or become racist,” he remarked. But Ibrahim made sure to emphasize who he saw a the real threat...
  • Handcuffed teen, Lamon Khiry Haslip, shot and killed by police in southern California

    01/02/2013 11:21:08 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 81 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/02/2013 | By Julia Dahl
    An 18-year-old California man was shot dead by police last week while he was handcuffed and on the ground. Police say he was carrying a loaded handgun. According to a statement issued by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, officers responded to a "gang-related 'man with a gun'" call in Moreno Valley at 8:38 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. ~snip~ The sheriff's statement continues: "As this was occurring, an additional officer arrived on scene and observed the subject roll onto his side. The initial officer backed away from the subject and announced that the subject had a gun, at which time...
  • Vanity - Recommendations for a pellet gun

    01/02/2013 11:18:54 AM PST · by GraceG · 91 replies
    GraceG
    Ok, I have a squirrel problem, and I am needing some recomendations for what to get to shoot them with, namely I want to use a pellet/bb gun. I want to get one that is powerful enough to put them down quickly but not too expensive. Any recomendations?
  • Dems fear Scott may run for gov (Brown/MA)

    01/02/2013 11:14:58 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 59 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/2/13 | Joe Battenfeld
    While Democrats frantically try to block Scott Brown from going back to the U.S. Senate, there are also increasing fears he could pose an even bigger threat as the next Massachusetts governor. Republicans close to the departing U.S. senator said he’s itching to go back to Washington to replace John Kerry, but Democrats are buzzing more about a potential Brown gubernatorial campaign in 2014. It may be tempting for Brown to run in a special election against a vulnerable Rep. Edward J. Markey, but he should reject the easy play and go for the job that really matters — running...
  • Morsi Aide: Israel Will Cease to Exist Within Decade

    01/02/2013 11:11:05 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm in Egypt, the Freedom and Justice Party, announced Tuesday that Israel would cease to exist by the end of the decade. Essam el-Erian, who serves an adviser to Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, had attempted to dispel a recent controversy over comments he made in an interview last week, in which he invited Egyptian born Jews to return to the country. In an interview with the Saudi-backed newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Erian said that the "ideology of Zionism" had ended in failure and denounced Israel as "Palestine's occupiers."
  • KS: Sperm donor ordered by state to pay child support (to separated lesbian couple on assistance)

    01/02/2013 11:10:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 1/2/13 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- A sperm donor in Kansas is fighting a state effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple. William Marotta, 46, of Topeka said he is "a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons," The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/132b7Ji) reported Monday. When he donated sperm to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, Marotta relinquished all parental rights, as well as financial responsibility for the child. When Bauer and Schreiner filed for state assistance this year, the state demanded the donor's name...
  • Feds clamping down on study permits for foreign students (Canada)

    01/02/2013 11:09:18 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    Canoe.ca ^ | January 1, 2013 | Daniel Proussalidis
    OTTAWA - The federal government is trying to build a wall around Canada's study permit system for international students to block fraudsters and other criminals.
  • Columnist proposes killing NRA members, dragging Republicans behind pickups

    01/02/2013 11:08:55 AM PST · by fwdude · 70 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 1, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    DES MOINES, Iowa – For 50 years, the left-leaning columnist Donald Kaul has raged against guns, but after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, he says, it’s time for “anger,” killing gun owners and dragging legislators who disagree with gun control behind pickup trucks until they get the message.
  • Boehner appears safe--for now

    01/02/2013 11:07:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The absence of a House conservative publicly campaigning to challenge House Speaker John Boehner in Thursday's leadership elections has even his harshest critics, still angered with the "fiscal cliff" deal, expecting the Ohio Republican to keep his post, according to multiple sources. "If there's a coup in the works, no one has seen fit to tell me about it," said a key conservative leadership aide. The split vote for the fiscal cliff deal, however, has drawn fire from outside critics and even led to a poll on the Drudge Report showing opposition to Boehner beating support, 85 percent to 15...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,January 2-4,2012

    01/02/2013 11:06:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | January 2-4,2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • Giant snowman makes Ont. dad talk of the town

    01/02/2013 11:04:25 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 41 replies
    London Free Press ^ | January 1, 2013 | Hank Daniszewski
    Maybe it was all that waiting, but when Bob Mann made his snowman, he went big. The six-metre snowman, sporting a dapper top hat, stands in the front yard of his home on Godfrey Dr., in the Huron and Highbury area. Mann planned to build the snowman last year, fashioning the top hat out of a 20-litre pail and sewing four scarves together.
  • White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants

    01/02/2013 11:03:59 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S. A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
  • Gorilla, no longer homesick, rope dances

    01/02/2013 11:03:29 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 7 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 1, 2013
    KREFELD, Germany, - Officials at a German zoo said a gorilla that initially had difficulty adjusting to his new home is rope dancing for the zoo's 75th anniversary Jubilee. A spokeswoman for the zoo in Krefeld said Kidogo was homesick when he came to the facility from Denmark in April, but he is now back to performing his signature rope dance and is showing off his trick for the zoo's anniversary, Die Welt reported Tuesday. The 12-year-old silverback gorilla lives with a pair of females, Muna and Oya, in the zoo's Gorilla Garden.
  • Insanity: Spending Our Way Out of Debt

    01/02/2013 11:02:57 AM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 3 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jennifer Burke
    Congress continues to show that they view us as serfs and view your hard earned money as automatically belonging to them first…..you should just be happy that they allow you to keep some...
  • More Catholics Seek ‘De-Baptism’ Over Pope’s Gay Marriage Remarks

    01/02/2013 10:59:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-28-12 | By Audrey Barrick
    Following Pope Benedict XVI's repeated messages denouncing same-sex marriage, more Dutch Catholics are seeking ways to leave the Catholic Church. And one website is helping people to "de-baptize" themselves. According to Reuters, the website ontdopen.nl ("de-baptize.nl") has gained significant traffic this month after the pope took the time in his Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to condemn gay marriage. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves," he said. "The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's...
  • 'Oppose Gay Marriage, But Accept All,' Urges Chicago Catholic Cardinal

    01/02/2013 10:55:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2013 | Katherine Weber
    On the first day of 2013, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George issued a letter to priests state-wide, urging Catholics to inform their state legislators of their opposition to same-sex marriage, the legalization of which is to be introduced in the coming days. "Civil laws that establish 'same sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George wrote in a letter sent to priests on Jan. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible," George continued. "Good pastoral practice encourages families to accept all their children and not break relationships with...
  • BREAKING: Illinois Bill to Ban All Modern Firearms

    01/02/2013 10:55:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 146 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Robert Farago | January 1, 2013
    UPDATE: Click here for the latest details on the gun ban and ammunition magazine registration bill, which includes new regulations for gun ranges.Press release:“The ISRA has learned from a credible source that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton [above] will introduce a so called ‘assault weapons’ ban on Wednesday when the legislature returns for its ‘lame duck’ session. Cullerton hopes to ramrod the bill through and get it to Governor Quinn for signature by Friday. If he is successful at doing so, nearly every gun you currently own will be banned and will be subject to confiscation by the Illinois...
  • India paying welfare directly, aiming to end fraud

    01/02/2013 10:51:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 7:51 PM EST | Muneeza Naqvi
    India will pay billions of dollars in social welfare money directly to its poor under a new program that aims to cut out the middlemen blamed for the massive fraud that plagues the system. Previously, officials only handed out cash to the poor after taking a cut—if they didn't keep all of it for themselves—and were known to enroll fake recipients or register unqualified people. The program inaugurated Tuesday would see welfare money directly deposited into recipients’ bank accounts and require them to prove their identity with biometric data, such as fingerprints or retina scans. … The program is loosely...
  • LG Display to Demonstrate AH-IPS 4K Display at Consumer Electronics Show.

    01/02/2013 10:50:48 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 12/26/2012 11:30 PM | Anton Shilov
    LG Display, a leading manufacturer of various displays, will showcase a number of screens based on AH-IPS (advanced high performance in-plane switching) technology with full-HD and beyond resolutions. In particular, the company will show off 4K professional display, 5.5” full-HD display, 12.9” notebook display with 2560*1700 resolution and so on."We are relentlessly pursuing two key drivers that represent the future of the display industry, resolution and design. The products exhibited at CES 2013 reaffirm both our reputation as the field's leading innovator, as well as ability to deliver market winning solutions to customers around the world," said Dr. Sang-Beom...
  • Firearm Sales Jump 39% In December, 19% In 2012

    01/02/2013 10:50:40 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms increased in every state in December - and in 48 of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C. for full-year 2012 - according to data compiled by the FBI. Compared to the total number of background checks completed from January through December of 2011 all but two states saw net increases in gun sales in 2012. Utah reported a decline of 77.4%, and Iowa a decline of 17.9%. Nationally, background checks were up 19.1% for 2012. Washington D.C. saw the largest year-to-year increase with sales jumping 49.7%. Wisconsin followed with 45.4%, then New Jersey...
  • Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery

    01/02/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/02/2013 | By ANTHONY BOND
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today. Sources at the hospital in Cuba where he is being treated told a Spanish newspaper he was showing 'very weak' vital signs, adding that doctors could decide to switch off the machines 'at any moment'. With rumours swirling that Chavez had taken a turn for the worse, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the ailing president's condition remains 'delicate' three weeks after his cancer surgery. He did not provide further information about the president's condition and...
  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Also Doles Out Millions for Hollywood, Railroads, Rum Producers

    01/02/2013 10:47:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/02/2013
    The “fiscal cliff” compromise has been heralded as a saving grace for middle class taxpayers, their families and the unemployed. But buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are also some lesser-known New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite industries. SNIP The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget listed the so-called “tax extenders” as a “bad” part of the fiscal cliff deal because their cost is not offset, “setting a bad precedent for future extensions.” The mix of tax perks covering the next year, but with budget implications for the next two years includes everything from...