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  • Notre Dame's Holy Line (team prays before games, but not every member is Catholic)

    01/03/2013 11:09:36 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 60 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 4 2013 | Kevin Helliker
    Before Monday night's national championship game, a University of Notre Dame football captain will lead the team through a prayer called Litany of the Blessed Virgin. "Mother of our Savior," a captain will say. "Pray for us," the team will respond. It's a ritual familiar to Catholics. But most players on the Notre Dame squad aren't Catholic. So participation in that ritual is voluntary. And should any concern arise about praying to the Virgin Mary—a concept some non-Catholic Christians find objectionable—team chaplain Father Paul Doyle stands ready to respond. "We're not praying to our blessed mother," he says. "We're asking...
  • Town near Sandy Hook launches $25 violent video game buy-back

    01/03/2013 11:06:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robby Soave
    A Connecticut town thirty miles from Sandy Hook will give people $25 to incinerate their violent video games. Southington, Connecticut is encouraging owners of violent video games to deposit them in a local dumpster near a drive-in movie theater, so that the games can be collected and destroyed. In return, the local Chamber of Commerce will give participants $25 gift cards to be used toward purchases of non-violent entertainment. The Violent Video Game Return Program has the backing of a diverse coalition of groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, fire department, board of education, as well as town officials...
  • It's the Drugs, Stupid!

    01/03/2013 10:51:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 3, 2013 | Charles Gant and Greg Lewis
    Psychotropic drugs have been used for the purpose of suppressing fear and enabling murderous rage for a long time. In Dispatches, his extraordinary book about the war in Vietnam, Michael Herr passes this along about the use of drugs by American soldiers: Going out at night the medics gave you pills. . . . I knew one 4th Division Lurp [Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol] who took his pills by the fistful, downs from the left pocket of his tiger suit and ups from the right, one to cut the trail, the other to send him down it. He told me that...
  • Affidavit: DHS Special Agent Stephen Coffman; Obama Selective Service Registration Forged

    01/03/2013 10:49:11 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 21 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jeffery Stephen Coffman
    Affidavit: Retired Resident Agent in Charge/Special Agent from the Department of Homeland Security and Retired Coast Guard Investigative Service Chief Investigator, Jeffery Stephen Coffman: # 18 from the Affidavit: Based on my observations, research, experience and training, it is my belief that the Selective Service registration card I received under the Freedom Of Information Act request under Barack Obama has been altered.
  • California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's cable TV show going off air

    01/03/2013 10:43:09 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan 2 2013 | David Siders
    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Friday night talk show, "The Gavin Newsom Show," is going off the air. A spokesman for Newsom said in an email this afternoon that Newsom was "already moving in a new direction" before it was reported by The New York Times that the show's network, Current TV, was being acquired by Al Jazeera. "The Gavin Newsom Show was a remarkable opportunity and a truly educational experience for which he is grateful," Peter Ragone, a spokesman for Newsom, said in a prepared statement. "But the Lt. Governor's original agreement with Current had recently concluded and he was...
  • Kerry's non-honorable discharge

    01/03/2013 10:34:18 PM PST · by doug from upland · 42 replies
    world net daily ^ | Nov 2004 | Col. Earl Lively (Ret)
    There is overwhelming evidence that the Navy gave John Kerry either a dishonorable discharge or an undesirable discharge – which is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge without the felony conviction – and that, as a result of such discharge, he was stripped of all of his famous but questionable Navy awards and medals. And the kicker? The evidence is on his website! Kerry’s oh-so-clever handlers evidently depended on the ignorance of the public and the press about military records when they posted his 1978 “Honorable Discharge from the Reserves” on his site as part of a carefully selected partial...
  • U.S. slips from old guys' grips (Cover both monitor and keyboard)

    01/03/2013 10:29:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | January 4, 2013 | Mark O'Brien
    It's time to get out the red editing pencil and make a major change in that bumper sticker, "Old guys rule!" Make it "Some old guys rule!" Because clearly some old guys no longer rule. Start the list of fading has-beens with Donald Trump, Karl Rove, Hollow Man Mitt Romney, John McCain, Herman Cain, Dick Morris and other assorted Fox News gas bags, and that Wayne LaPierre guy from the National Rifle Association, the one who spits as he talks about the need to get more guns in the schools. As a new year has begun, it's important to remember...
  • Gore Went to Bat for Al Jazeera, and Himself

    01/03/2013 10:28:54 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    New York Times blogs ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | By BRIAN STELTER
    Al Gore’s Current TV was never popular with viewers, but it was a hit where it counted: with cable and satellite providers. When he co-founded the channel in 2005, Mr. Gore managed to get the channel piped into tens of millions of households — a huge number for an untested network — through a combination of personal lobbying and arm-twisting of industry giants. He called on those skills again after deciding in December to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera for $500 million. To preserve the deal — and the estimated $100 million he would personally receive — he went...
  • Biden To Heitkamp: "Spread Your Legs, You're Going To Be Frisked"

    01/03/2013 10:17:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/3/13
    Vice President Joe Biden made Heidi Heitkamp's swearing-in ceremony...memorable.
  • Move Over Vegas, These Are The New Sin Cities

    01/03/2013 10:17:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/2/2013
    When Washington became the first U.S. state to legalize recreational pot possession earlier this month, scores of Seattle residents gathered to celebrate by lighting up in public places across the city. But Seattle’s not alone when it comes to enjoying newly permitted vices: With more marijuana-legalization measures, a growing number of casinos and an increasing list of relaxed nightlife laws, new Sin Cities from St. Louis to Oakland are on track to give Vegas a run for its money. In Seattle, the revelry over the Washington law followed voter approval of a ballot measure in November, allowing adults 21 and...
  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

    01/03/2013 10:00:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | January 3, 2013 | Ed Krayewski
    Don't let his reputation as a peacenik fool you. John Kerry is no anti-interventionist.On Dec. 21, President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. The move was widely expected after Susan Rice, the only other prominent candidate, dropped out of consideration when the Obama administration’s response to a terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya promised to derail her nomination.Now serving his fifth term in the Senate, Kerry is best known for his failed 2004 presidential run, and the "swift boat" attacks he suffered during it. While America may never know a...
  • U.S. Files on Targeted Killings Protected Under FOIA, Judge Says

    01/03/2013 9:42:00 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Brendan Pierson
    A federal judge has declined to order the U.S. government to turn over documents detailing its legal rationale for the targeted killings of people thought to be terrorists, including American citizens, without trial. Southern District Judge Colleen McMahon called her ruling, which comes in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, "paradoxical" and likened it to "Alice in Wonderland." McMahon found yesterday in New York Times v. U.S. Department of Justice, 11 Civ. 9336, that the government is protected from turning over legal opinions pertaining to so-called targeted killing by various exceptions to the FOIA. The underlying FOIA requests came...
  • Middle Class Taxes Just Went Up

    01/03/2013 9:38:08 PM PST · by RC one · 13 replies
    USNews ^ | January 2, 2013 | Rick Newman
    Obama Breaks Promise to Not Raise Taxes on the Middle Class. The headline news from the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff is that Congress is raising tax rates on wealthy individuals for the first time in nearly two decades. Less noticed is something that may be equally momentous: Congress just raised taxes on the middle class as well.virtually every worker will still get a smaller paycheck in 2013, because of another tax measure that expired. Beginning in 2009, Congress cut the payroll tax—which helps finance Social Security—to put a bit of extra spending money in workers' pockets. The...
  • Inmate Ordered Retrial In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

    01/03/2013 9:37:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | January 3, 2013
    Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row. “A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn’t return. I’ve been waiting ever since for that new trial,” Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he’s serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he’s innocent.
  • US calls on Israel, Palestinians to ‘make a fresh start’ and rekindle peace talks

    01/03/2013 9:31:00 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1-03-13 | Elie Leshem
    Now is the time for ‘real leadership’ and an end to ‘counter-productive unilateral actions,’ says State Department spokeswoman The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table and resume, in earnest, long-dormant efforts to hammer out a comprehensive peace deal. “As we turn the calendar to 2013… now is the time for leaders on both sides to display real leadership, to focus on the work that’s necessary to return to direct negotiations,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in remarks cited by AFP. The US was asking both sides “to clearly demonstrate that...
  • Mr. President, the Fiscal Cliff Deal Was Not “the Right Thing to do For Our Country”

    01/03/2013 9:12:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Let's be clear what the "fiscal cliff" deal does and doesn't do. It permanently preserves the bulk of George W. Bush's tax cuts for most Americans, but it does not offer desperately needed new incentives to revive a weak economy and jobless labor market. On the contrary, the 11th hour compromise is marred by higher taxes that will hinder further growth, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, and make life even tougher for many Americans barely surviving paycheck to paycheck. This deal, which elicited effusive praise from Obama in the wee hours of New Year's Day, would increase...
  • Police Kicked Out Of Belleville Denny’s For Being Armed

    01/03/2013 9:09:24 PM PST · by grundle · 57 replies
    CBS St. Luois ^ | January 3, 2013
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Belleville police chief Bill Clay is ordering his officers to get their pancakes from anywhere but Denny’s, calling the restaurant “political stupidness.” The new orders come after a New Year’s Day clash between five detectives and one Denny’s manager. The department says the detectives were out of uniform but wearing their badges, when manager David Rice asked them to either leave or put their guns in their vehicle. Rice, told the detectives that one of their weapons, specifically a female detective’s gun, was making another diner feel uncomfortable. As the officers were leaving, without their food,...
  • After Tax Hike, Obama Still Thinks Rich Need to Pay More (Except himself))

    01/03/2013 9:05:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    It apparently wasn't enough to raise taxes on 77 percent of Americans with the fiscal cliff deal signed into law by auto-pen late last night by President Obama. In a video put out by the White House, President Obama dishonestly explained what the fiscal cliff means and then proceeded to say some Americans still need to "pay their fair share." Obama said there is more he wants to do to reduce our debt in a "balanced way," because after all, the $41 in tax hikes per $1 in spending cuts apparently wasn't enough irresponsibility for him. He gloated over the...
  • (Vanity) What do you all think about leaving the GOP?

    01/03/2013 8:56:56 PM PST · by ThunderSleeps · 95 replies
    Self | 1/3/13 | Thunder Sleeps
    I'm fed up with the GOP. Lackluster performance the last few years. First they somehow let a relative nobody with no real experience beat them in 2008. Then they limp through 4 years allowing him to grind the Country down. Then they run another unsuccessful campaign against a guy with absolutely nothing going for him. obama had nothing on his record for 4 years - nothing that was a positive. Yet the GOP managed to lose to him and his machine, again. Beating obama in 2012 should've been like shooting fish in a barrel. Now they (the GOP Congress critters)...
  • Md., Va. lawmakers to go different ways on guns

    01/03/2013 8:56:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Steve Contorno
    Maryland and Virginia have vowed to tackle the issue of guns when their state legislatures convene this month in the wake a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, but the neighboring states are taking drastically different approaches. In Maryland, Democrats running the General Assembly have called for a crackdown on the kinds of powerful firearms and high-capacity magazines used last month by the Newtown, Conn., shooter to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Republicans who control Virginia's General Assembly, however, not only dismissed the need for new gun restrictions but expressed interest in arming...