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  • Gore Pockets Estimated $100M on TV Sale to Oil-Backed Al Jazeera

    01/03/2013 8:48:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/2/13 | Carter Eltzroth
    Al Gore’s Current TV confirmed Wednesday evening that it has been sold to Al Jazeera for an estimated $400 to $500 million, with the former vice president set to pocket up to $100 million from the sale. In an email sent to Current TV’s staff, co-founder and former chief executive officer Joel Hyatt describes the selling process he and co-founder Al Gore went through in considering sale to Al Jazeera, acknowledging Current TV was a failed model. Hyatt points to the Al Jazeera’s many accomplishments, including its global reach and for being the “only news network” that Obama-supporter Colin Powell...
  • Surviving War, Falling to Suicide

    01/03/2013 8:46:10 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 01/01/13 | Kelley Vlahos
    Suffering an IED blast on the battlefield is most certainly a traumatic event, especially when accompanied by witnessing the death or injury of other service members or civilians. Untangling the physical from the mental damage is never easy. But doctors and veterans’ advocates feel that they are running out of time, given the skyrocketing rates of suicide among active-duty soldiers and veterans. According to the most recent statistics, Army and Navy suicides are at a record high: 2012 was the worst year for self-inflicted deaths since the military began tracking them in 2001. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last summer...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NECESSARY FAITH, 01-03-13

    01/03/2013 8:44:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 01-03-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NECESSARY FAITH The irreducible minimum that everyone must believe as a condition for salvation. Also called the "necessity of means" to be saved, it applies to those who have reached the age of reason. It certainly includes belief that God exists and that he rewards the good and punishes the wicked: "It is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who try to find Him" (Vulgate: "who seek Him") (Hebrews 11:6). Probably one must also know and believe, at least implicitly, in the...
  • Iowa secretary of state pushes ahead with noncitizen voting rule

    01/03/2013 8:37:59 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 34 replies ^ | 1.3.13 | Staff
    Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is moving forward to establish procedures for removing voters from registration rolls if they can't prove citizenship, with a public hearing scheduled for today that is expected to draw critics who want to stop the change. “Schultz's proposed voter-suppression rules will unfairly target Latino immigrants, intimidate voters from exercising their rights and could result in voters' being purged from the rolls without cause,” said Ana Belen Mancebo, a member of the government watchdog group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
  • Schmuck Republicans: Chris Christie and Peter King

    01/03/2013 8:33:23 AM PST · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 1/3/13 | EricTheRed
    Am I the only one who notices just how smoothly and effortlessly the Democrat Party plays the American people and establishment Republican leadership?Basic timeline:Last week of October: Hurricane Sandy visited destruction upon the East Coast, most severely New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.First week of November: With the presidential election just days away, Obama lands in New Jersey to get bear hugged by Gov'r Chris Christie in order to give off a semblance of "bi-partisanship," and to secure extra votes from stupid Americans who actually thinks Obama caaaares about them. (Indeed it worked: Exit polls showed many still-undecided voters ended up pulling...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 3,2012

    01/03/2013 8:16:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 74 replies
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  • Britain: Home of the Progenitor of Parliaments?

    01/03/2013 8:12:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Morrison
    The United Kingdom has long been proud to host the Mother of Parliaments. Now, if Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, Britain will be home to the Progenitor of Parliaments. Britain’s Conservatives – the Tories – are deeply divided by the precipitous actions of their young, hip Prime Minister. Mr. Cameron wants to ram through Parliament a measure to end marriage in Britain. He won’t, of course, claim to be ending marriage. But this will nonetheless be the effect of his rule. But Cameron is facing a revolt. A big one. Anne Widdicombe spoke for thousands of Britons when...
  • This I Believe: A Farewell to Optimism

    01/03/2013 8:06:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | January 3, 2013 | Maggie Gallager
    A few days ago, going through some memorabilia of my mother's, I found the original promotional material for this syndicated column, launched in 1993. I was billed as "A New Conservative Voice for Young Women!" More than 17 years ago, I set out to explain how a Yale-educated young woman from a secular Oregon family could become a social conservative: Every life is precious. It is better to care for your children than to kill them. Divorce hurts children; it also breaks apart life's most precious commitment -- a family. Men and women are different. A society that pretends otherwise...
  • Elector Challenge Against Obama - Jan. 3, 2013, 2 p.m. PDT

    01/03/2013 8:04:31 AM PST · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 33 replies
    Defend Our Freedoms Foundation | 1/2/2013 | Orly Taitz
    This order was issued at 5:17pm [1/2/2013] by Judge England, confirming that each side gets 20 minutes at tomorrow’s [1/3/2013] hearing per local rules
  • Karl Barth’s “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know….” Answer: Can Anyone Verify It?

    01/03/2013 8:02:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Patheos ^ | 01/03/2013 | Roger E. Olson
    Most Christians have heard it as a sermon illustration. I’ve heard and read many variations of the story. According to the story, Karl Barth was fielding questions from the audience after a lecture in Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University Chicago in 1962. A student stood and asked him if he could summarize his life’s work in theology in one sentence. According to the story a gasp went up from the audience–responding to the student’s perceived audaciousness. Also, according to the story, Barth didn’t skip a beat. He said (paraphrasing) “Yes. In the words of a song I...
  • So What's Next, Mr. President?

    01/03/2013 7:53:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 3, 2012 | David Harsanyi
    The worst part of the fiscal cliff deal isn't the specifics -- though they do stink. It's being reminded again how utterly detached Washington is from reality. The question, now that we've finally hiked taxes on the rich (and doesn't everyone feel better knowing that life is that much fairer?), is: How are we going to continue paying for the government we've been promised? As it turns out, raising tax rates on the "wealthy," the most pressing issue of the Obama Age, amounts to a mere $62 billion of new revenue. To put it in perspective, the deficit spending this...
  • Patriotic Group (DAR) Told to Stop Praying in Jesus’ Name

    01/03/2013 7:52:55 AM PST · by servo1969 · 57 replies ^ | 1-3-2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the nation’s oldest patriotic organizations, has erased any mention of Jesus Christ in their official book, removed prayers and poems that reference Christian imagery, and directed members to refrain from praying in the name of Christ, an outraged group of members alleged. The dispute has been brewing for more than a year when DAR members learned that the newly revised Ritual and Missal books – the primary guide for chaplains – were altered. They noticed that the name of Jesus Christ had been omitted. The DAR president general did not return calls...
  • If I Were The Speaker Of The House

    01/03/2013 7:46:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies ^ | Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    And as we get into this, let’s remember that if frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their ass every time they jumped. Got it? OK ….. We learned yesterday from Jamie Dupree that there is no Constitutional requirement for the Speaker of the House to actually be a member! In other words, the Republicans could make Jessica Simpson the Speaker today if they wished to .. and frankly she would probably do a better job than the weak-kneed man we have in there right now, and attendance at her press conferences would certainly go up. But Jessica is pregnant and...
  • Once More Unto the Cliff, Dear Friends

    01/03/2013 7:40:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December, 3, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    It tells you something about the news media that before the House vote Tuesday, talking heads were warning Americans that unless the GOP House voted for a bill to stall our going over the fiscal cliff, taxes would go up on 98 percent of Americans. President Barack Obama's big talking point matched the cable news narrative. Breaking news: Republicans were ready to raise taxes on the middle class to shield top earners from a tax increase. Now that the cliffhanger deal is done, the old narrative has prompted many reports to bury the new lead: This package, which raises income...
  • Dumber and Dumber

    01/03/2013 7:39:33 AM PST · by pfflier · 15 replies
    Good Morning America ABC News ^ | Jan 3, 2013 | Colleen Curry
    Quaid's wife and dog were not injured. The Coast Guard would not comment on the identity of those involved in the incident, and Martinelli referred the matter to the Fire Department spokesman, who did not return a call from ABC News.
  • Eleventh Hour: Speaker Boehner Moves to the Right(Will "Weepy" "Survive"?)

    01/03/2013 7:33:45 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | by Matthew Boyle
    The Speaker of the House will be elected today and some conservatives believe they have the votes necessary to oust John Boehner. In an appearance on CNBC, American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer said there are more than 20 House Republicans willing to vote for someone other than Boehner on Thursday when the 113th Congress convenes to elect a Speaker. Another source from a different organization has similarly confirmed that more than 20 have planned to oppose Boehner.
  • ADP: 215K jobs added in December

    01/03/2013 7:33:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Tomorrow will bring the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so today we have a few indicators to get a hint as to what may come. The preliminary numbers from ADP look promising, although they usually overshoot the mark. According to the payroll-processing firm, the private sector added 215,000 jobs in December: Private sector employment increased by 215,000 jobs from November to December, according to the December ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), a leading provider of human capital management solutions, in collaboration with MoodyÂ’s Analytics. The report, which is...
  • Comrade Depardieu: France's Most Famous Millionaire Expat Granted Russian Citizenship

    01/03/2013 7:33:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Thirty years ago, the USSR was better known as the "Evil Empire." Fast forward to today, when its successor Russia, is apparently the "Tax Free Empire", and less socialist than France, at least to infamous millionaire expatriate Gérard Depardieu, who as reported previously has paid €145 million in taxes over 45 years, and who demonstratively decided to give up his French passport in the wake of France's socialist 75% millionaire tax (subsequently ruled unconstitutional), and as of today, has just been granted Russian citizenship.
  • Hillary Clinton WILL testify about Benghazi consulate attack despite concussion and blood clot

    01/03/2013 7:32:45 AM PST · by null and void · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 09:31 EST, 3 January 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Going home: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday after being treated for a blood clot Republicans have been battering the Obama Administration and any officials associated with the September 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Washington Post reports that Clinton 'remains committed' to appearing in front of the Congressional committees, though no date has been set. The new House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Rep Edward Royce, said the government accountability report on the attack points to 'an unacceptable failure of leadership' leading up to the...
  • President Obama To Republicans - You Have Another Thing Coming!

    01/03/2013 7:30:32 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/03/13 | LD Jackson
    Thank God, we finally have the fiscal cliff behind us. President Obama finally got his highly-touted tax increase, the one that is supposed to make the rich pay their fair share and help reduce the budget deficit. Conservatives aren't exactly happy about that, but we did manage to make the majority of the Bush tax cuts permanent, so that may count for something. As for the tax increases reducing the deficit, National Review Online has a well-written piece that debunks that myth, but most of us already knew how false it was. Even though most conservatives are not happy with...
  • REPORT: Al Gore Made $100 Million In The Current TV Sale

    01/03/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/03/2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Amazing detail in Brian Stelter's reporting on the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera: "Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But the deal was not signed...
  • (Vanity) Need help with overwhelming JUNK phone calls on land line.

    01/03/2013 7:29:53 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 68 replies
    1/3/13 | Mamzelle
    I need to keep my land line, but I'm about ready to turn the ringer off which means real calls won't get my attention. This all really started at the change of the year, and may have something to do with the small political donations. Maybe. I don't know. But it starts in the morning and ends in the early evening. One is particular is GE Capital and I do absolutely no business with them. I went throught the "don't call" years ago. Anyone else experiencing this?
  • Parents of baby featured in viral C-section photo: 'It was such an amazing moment

    01/03/2013 7:29:20 AM PST · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    PHOENIX -- Alicia and Randy Atkins knew their baby girl would be photogenic before she was even born. Randy captured an amazing shot of this soon-to-be-born daughter, Nevaeh, poking her tiny hand out of her mother's womb and tightly grasping the finger of the doctor helping to bring her into the world. “The doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she's grabbing my finger.’ So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture,” Randy told 3TV's Jason Voluntine, adding that he was nervous about...
  • The Democrats' Coming Civil War: Dems poised for a showdown over Social Security and Medicare.

    01/03/2013 7:26:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 01/03/2013 | Blake Zeff
    For Democrats, there may be few things more entertaining than watching the Republican Party self-destruct and fight with itself these last few weeks. But it may be time to put away the party favors – because a Democratic internal war may be on the way. Just as Republicans were so divided over taxes – from failing to pass their own “Plan B” bill last week, to their leaders splitting votes on last night’s legislative package – Democrats are about to endure an emotional debate about one of their own bedrock principles: the protection of programs like Social Security, Medicare, and...
  • Temporary Fiscal Cliff Compromise Full of Pork, Tax Hikes and Spending Increases

    01/03/2013 7:26:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 3, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Congressional Republicans caved in to the Democrats this week, surrendering their principles in order to pass a bill that merely delays the looming fiscal cliff by two months. This is the first time Republicans have voted for a tax increase in 20 years. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) strong-armed Republican members of the House into supporting it, no doubt by threatening them with loss of their committee positions should they dare to oppose it. The Wall Street Journal described the massive sellout in an editorial, “The Senate-White House compromise grudgingly passed by the House is a Beltway classic: the biggest...
  • South Africa’s communist redistribution of farmland has been a colossal failure

    01/03/2013 7:21:51 AM PST · by grundle · 30 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 3, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog South Africa’s communist redistribution of farmland has been a colossal failure In their 1848 publication Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote: “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”In 2009, the people of South Africa elected communist Jacob Zuma to be their new President. In 2012, Reuters wrote about a black farmer named Koos Mthimkhulu, who was given farmland that the South African government had seized from white farmers.But perhaps “given” is not really an accurate word, as Reuters reports:But Mthimkhulu does...
  • The day that began the destruction of Cuba -- January 1,1959

    01/03/2013 7:20:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    On January 1, 1959, I was a 6-year old boy waking up and rushing to the dining room for breakfast. (My brother was a year younger and ran with me that morning) We got to the dining room and noticed that my dad was on the phone and my mom was seriously listening to his conversation. My mom also had her eye on the TV news. My dad had our little sister on his lap as he went on and on and on the phone. Mom pointed us to the dining table and we started eating our eggs, toast and...
  • More of the Same

    01/03/2013 7:19:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 3, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Everything that everyone loathes about Washington was present in the "fiscal cliff" bill just passed by Congress. It is 153 pages long; most members probably hadn't read all of it before voting on it; it was delivered in the middle of the night; it was loaded with pork -- the mother's milk (to mix a metaphor) of politicians -- and while the country is already swamped with massive debt, it contains massive giveaways to satisfy interest groups and campaign contributors. Did I mention the bill raises taxes on top of the coming Obamacare taxes, but does nothing -- nothing --...
  • Current TV Rejected Glenn Beck Before Selling to al-Jazeera

    01/03/2013 7:19:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 03 Jan 2013 08:54 AM | Dale Eisinger
    Before pan-Arab broadcaster al-Jazeera bought Current TV, the fledgling cable news network founded by former Vice President Al Gore, conservative commentator Glenn Beck had pursued purchasing the company—and was rejected. The Wall Street Journal revealed that when Beck’s TheBlaze TV sought ownership of the Current broadcasting network, the bid was rejected because the principles of Beck’s company did not align with those of Current. “Other suitors who didn’t share Current’s ideology were rebuffed,” reporters Keach Hagey and John Jannarone wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that...
  • White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants [Dissolves Congress?]

    01/03/2013 7:17:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1/2/13 | Brian Bennett
    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.
  • Making Merry at Knossos or their's a sucker born every minute

    01/03/2013 7:17:33 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 14th 2009 | unknown
    ARCHAEOLOGY is an inexact science, as Sir Arthur Evans, a flamboyant early practitioner, knew. However painstaking the digging process, an excavator can always promote an extravagant theory under the guise of interpreting the finds. As he started to unearth a prehistoric mound at Knossos in Crete at the turn of the 20th century, Evans put his imagination into high gear. He rebuilt parts of a 3,500-year-old palace in modernist style using cement and reconstructed fragmentary frescoes to suit his views on Bronze Age religion and politics.
  • Conservative group: Boehner will not be re-elected

    01/03/2013 7:16:44 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies ^ | 01/02/2013 | daily caller
    A conservative group aiming to oust John Boehner as speaker of the House said on Wednesday that they have commitments from enough Republicans in Congress to deliver the political surprise of the year and deny the Ohio Republican another two years with the speaker’s gavel. “I have confirmed with a group of congressmen that Speaker Boehner will not be elected speaker tomorrow,” Ron Meyer of the group American Majority Action wrote in an email Wednesday evening. “He will either resign or be forced out tomorrow.” In a phone interview with The Daily Caller, Meyer said “more than 20” Republicans have...
  • Catholics and Depression

    01/03/2013 7:15:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/2/13 | CWR Staff
    A new book co-authored by a psychiatrist and a priest offers faithful wisdom and learned guidance in dealing with depression and anxiety.Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, MD, is the author, with Msgr. John Cihak, STD, of the book, The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again (Sophia Institute Press, 2012). Dr. Kheriaty is the Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman...
  • The America of 2013

    01/03/2013 7:12:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2013 | Steve McCann
    Americans take great umbrage whenever they, as a society, are portrayed by the residents of other nations as self-centered, avaricious and overbearing. While an egregious exaggeration in the past, is it an accurate description now? Who are the American people today and what sort of country is the United States in 2013? How does one describe a society wherein a majority of the people, and their elected leaders, have embraced the following mindset? a) The United States can commit to unlimited government spending as the long-term future of the nation is immaterial and will take care of itself. b) Based...
  • Borked

    01/03/2013 7:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 3, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Most of us would be honored to have our name become a verb. Especially those of us in public life. But that is not how Judge Robert H. Bork got into the dictionary. He was "borked" when President Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. No sooner had the announcement been made by the White House on July 1, 1987, than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) raced to the Senate floor to denounce the distinguished judge and former Yale Law Professor. In Robert Bork's America, Kennedy roared, blacks would once again sit in the back of the bus, rogue...
  • The Miracle of Technology

    01/03/2013 7:09:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/1/13 | Peggy Noonan
    Here I will tell a story that I suppose is rather personal but what the heck, today’s not a bad day for the personal. Yesterday I went to St. Patrick’s for confession and mass, to start the year off on the right foot. Walking through the cathedral—it was jammed with tourists taking pictures of statues and architecture and also, and with some startling excitement, of the regular New Yorkers in the pews taking part in the noon mass—I remembered something I experienced there last summer, at confession. I add here that I like going to confession; I always find it...
  • The Great New Year Stampede: Americans Rushing to beat Obamacare and gun bans.

    01/03/2013 7:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a New Year stampede developing that we have not seen for a long time. Gun stores are swamped with panicking customers. They are looking for handguns, semiautomatic rifles, and as much ammunition as they can afford. But buyers are not just camouflaged hunters, conspiracy theorists, and gun hoarders. Instead, many of those purchasing firearms and ammo are so-called ordinary people, convinced that this administration will soon begin to centrally register — and then ban — far more than assault rifles. There were probably lots of reasons why Adam Lanza shot 26 innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook...
  • Fiscal Irresponsibility Day. Washington rams through an appropriately hideous deal.

    01/03/2013 7:03:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt Welch
    It's the deficit-reduction package that doesn't reduce the deficit. It's the debt-ceiling deal that doesn't touch the debt ceiling (and doesn't cut debt). It's the long-term entitlement negotiation that—after nearly three years of wheedling—does not delay, let alone stave off, a Baby Boomer retirement bomb currently on pace to swallow half of federal outlays by 2030. Say this for the fiscal cliff-avoidance bill that passed on New Year's Day—it is a near-perfect expression of Washington's grotesque devolution since Bill Clinton left office. Not only have a succession of Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses combined to jack up spending from...
  • The Reception Into Full Communion with the Catholic Church of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/03/2013 6:59:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    On the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God, ten sisters from the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin at Wantage were received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and twelve sisters in total formed the first Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, within the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, received the sisters' profession of faith and conferred on them the sacrament of Confirmation Fr Daniel's Sermon: "My dear Mother, my dear Sisters, Welcome home! I say this even though you do not have at present a physical home, because for all...
  • Waiting for the Sequel

    01/03/2013 6:58:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 3, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    The latest horror movie from Washington -- “The Fiscal Cliff” -- finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013. But after two years did its climax -- more taxes, more spending and more chicken-livered can-kicking by our politicians -- really shock any of you over the age of six? Didn’t think so. Spinning the budget deal as a last-minute victory for the American people, the White House and Congress are saying that all the actors knuckled down, did the right thing and created a compromise budget deal that kept the country from going over the fiscal...
  • Al Jazeera buys Current TV, will launch new channel

    01/03/2013 6:58:19 AM PST · by BobNative · 7 replies ^ | January 3, 2012 | Charles Riley
    HONG KONG (CNNMoney) Pioneering Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera has acquired Current TV, and will use the network's wider distribution avenues to launch a new U.S.-based channel. The takeover will provide Al Jazeera with access to millions of U.S. households, a lucrative market the Qatar-based broadcaster has long coveted. The deal also means the end of Current, the low-rated channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.
  • M.B.A. Pop Quiz: Are You Employable?

    01/03/2013 6:57:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/-3/2013 | By MELISSA KORN
    Want to get into business school? Be employable. As schools focus more attention on their job-placement numbers, several M.B.A. programs are now bringing in career-services staff to evaluate candidates for admission and set expectations for prospective students on what the school can, and can't, do in an uncertain job market. Business schools have long considered applicants' career goals, though admissions staff rarely sought input from the career office on whether a particular candidate's aims were realistic. But when the financial crisis upended the banking sector and sure-thing jobs on Wall Street disappeared, schools began formally tying input (applicants) to output...
  • Make 2013 the year you switch to Linux

    01/03/2013 6:52:26 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 76 replies
    PC World ^ | 1 January 2013 | Katherine Noyes
    For many PC users, the prospect of switching away from Mac or Windows and onto Linux can be a nerve-wracking one. After all, Linux holds only a minority share of the desktop market, and not all of us know people who are already using it. The idea of making the switch can often feel like taking a blind leap into the unknown. On the other hand, those of us on Windows are now facing the prospect of Windows 8, which by most accounts is not a happy one. Will it be more painful to jump into Modern UI, with all...
  • Mr. President: We Will Not Increase Debt Ceiling without Spending Cuts!

    01/03/2013 6:50:18 AM PST · by CriticalThinking · 24 replies
    4 Your Country ^ | 1/3/12 | 4 Your Country
    With the Fiscal Cliff behind us, it is time to focus our country on fixing the economy. In the last 4 years, in an effort to help the economy, spending has exceeded revenue by $1T each year. Our National Debt at $16T exceeds our annual GDP. Government spending can help economic growth at times, but this government spending has not. While the President enjoys his victory lap, it is time for the adults to stand up and focus the nation’s mind on our fiscal house. Like any good plan, simplicity of purpose gets a lot accomplished. The President does not...
  • Al Gore Sells Out to Qatar: State-Owned Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

    01/03/2013 6:49:41 AM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 3 January 12 | Unattributed
    Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV television network. The buyer is none other than Al Jazeera, the infamous Islamist television network based out of Doha, Qatar (more on Qatar very shortly). Gore released an interesting statement along with the announcement of the sale: “Current Media was built based on a few key goals: To give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell stories that no one else is telling.” “Al Jazeera has the same goals…” This statement isn’t just interesting. It’s...
  • Obama’s “Not A Single Dime” Tax Pledge Gets Broken Again [Payroll Tax + Obamacare!]

    01/03/2013 6:41:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies ^ | 3/22/12 | staff
    OBAMA: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks In Dover, NH, 8/12/08) OBAMA: “Not Your Income Tax, Not Your Payroll Tax, Not Your Capital Gains Taxes, Not Any Of Your Taxes.”
  • Hormel buying No. 2 peanut butter Skippy for $700 million

    01/03/2013 6:39:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 8:55 AM EST
    Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it’s buying Skippy, the country’s No. 2 peanut butter brand, for about $700 million. Skippy, which was introduced in 1932 and is a staple in American pantries, is intended to increase Hormel’s presence in the center of the supermarket where shelf-stable foods are sold. It also gives the Austin, Minn.-based company a clearer path for growth overseas; Skippy is sold in about 30 countries and is the leading peanut butter brand in China, where...
  • NC gun center overwhelmed after offering free gun training for teachers(Poll)

    01/03/2013 6:33:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 2 January, 2013 | NA
    CARY, N.C. — Some teachers in North Carolina are signing up for classes to carry concealed guns. It comes in the wake of the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn. A combat center in Cary started offering free gun training courses after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The gun center said so many teachers are signing up that there’s now a waiting list. “Ever since we posted that we’re offering free classes for teachers, we’ve been absolutely crushed, inundated. Teachers want to learn about firearms,” said Molotov Mitchell of Triangle Krav Maga.
  • The big issues in macroeconomics: unemployment

    01/03/2013 6:28:19 AM PST · by ksen · 8 replies
    Crooked Timber ^ | 1/3/13 | John Quiggen
    Following up my previous post, I want to look at the main areas of disagreement in macroeconomics. As well as trying to cover the issues, I’ll be making the point that the (mainstream) economics profession is so radically divided on these issues that any idea of a consensus, or even of disagreement within a broadly accepted analytical framework, is nonsense. The fact that, despite these radical disagreements, many specialists in macroeconomics don’t see a problem is, itself, part of the problem. I’ll start with the central issue of macroeconomics, unemployment. It’s the central issue because macroeconomics begins with Keynes’ claim...
  • The Crisis of American Conservatism: Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road

    01/03/2013 6:28:15 AM PST · by Abiotic · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy Research Institute ^ | December 2012 | James Kurth
    It has long been understood that there is something peculiar, even paradoxical, about conservatism in America. American conservatism is different from conservatism in other countries, even those countries which were the original source of many other American ideas and ideals, i.e., the countries of Europe. Indeed, the very term “American conservatism” is something of an oxymoron. For most Europeans who came to America, the whole purpose of their difficult and disruptive journey to the New World was not to conserve European institutions but to leave them behind and to create something new, often an entirely new life and even a...