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  • 5 things to know about catnip

    01/04/2013 11:25:57 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 54 replies
    MNN ^ | Wed, Feb 02 2011 at 10:05 AM | Morieka Johnson
    Everyone has a weakness. For me, it’s salted caramel ice cream. For my dog, Lulu, it’s expensive shoes. For most cats, it’s catnip. Here are five things every cat lover should know about this mysterious product that drives cats batty.   1. Catnip is an actual plant. A member of the mint family, Nepeta cataria L. (aka catnip) grows throughout the United States. The plant features small, lavender flowers and jagged, heart-shaped leaves that smell faintly of mint.   2. It’s easy to grow. Cat lovers who possess a green thumb can grow catnip from seed after the last hard...
  • We Must Control the Second Amendment Conflict

    01/04/2013 11:22:29 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/4/13 | William A Levinson
    The side that controls the language of an argument controls the argument, and the side that takes and maintains the offensive controls the entire conflict. The enemy must then react to our actions instead of making us react to his, and continue to react until he is no longer capable of fighting. We are indeed at war with an adversary with whom good faith and win-win negotiation are not possible. Recognize Incrementalism for What It Is Incrementalism is the process whereby an aggressor who cannot achieve his entire long-term objective immediately will seek to do it a piece at a...
  • Vanity - Freeper ideas for a White House petition

    01/04/2013 11:19:43 AM PST · by DManA · 20 replies
    White House Web Site ^ | 1/4/2013 | Self
    I have noticed a number of stories lately about fascias petitions being started at this WH web site. I love it. An opportunity to make a humorous point and skewer this pompous web site at the same time. Lets start a Freeper petition there. Ideas?
  • TV Anchor Gives The "Politically Incorrect Truth" About The Second Amendment (video)

    01/04/2013 11:17:31 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 65 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 4, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    WXIX-TV Tucson reporter Ben Swann takes a look at what he called the "politically incorrect" truth about the Second Amendment. In his "Reality Check" segment for the local FOX affiliate, Swann explains the true intention behind the Second Amendment. "This is where American history becomes very politically incorrect because the Second Amendment was not drafted for hunting, or just self defense from an attacker. The Second Amendment was put into place to guarantee the rights of the individual to be equally armed as military, both foreign and domestic, in the event that the citizenry might actually, at some point, have...
  • Electoral College Vote (No Mention of Objections?)

    01/04/2013 11:17:18 AM PST · by research99 · 34 replies
    CSPN ^ | 1/4/2012 | CSPN
    The Electoral College vote was just completed in Congress, following results of the 2012 election. It is available at CSPN's video library page Unlike the reading in prior years, there was no call for objections from VP Joe Biden at the podium! (About 20:00 in, is when objections could have been heard) http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Countin
  • Connecticut Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Publish Names, Addresses of Gun Permit Holders

    01/04/2013 11:11:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/4/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Connecticut State Representative Stephen D. Dargan (D-New Haven), co-chairman of the state’s Public Safety Committee, has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Connecticut under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Dargan’s bill is in response to the Dec. 14th shootings in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, and also occurs as a Westchester County, NY newspaper, the Journal News, is drawing widespread, nationwide anger for publishing a map with the names and addresses of gun permit holders. The bill, if passed, would reverse the state legislature’s decision, made...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 1 JANUARY 4, 2013

    01/04/2013 11:01:40 AM PST · by greeneyes · 105 replies
    Free Republic | Jan 4, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Obama voters stunned to discover that they too are “millionaires and billionaires”

    01/04/2013 11:00:23 AM PST · by NCjim · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 4, 2013
    Congratulations, genuises. Turns out you’re rich! America: You break it, you buy it. Twitchy.com has more reaction as Obama voters get their latest, smaller paychecks. The next time an Obamabot complains about taxes, or rising prices, or falling wages, or anything else having to do with the money coming out of his own pocket, you just need to ask him one question: “Why are you so greedy?” P.S. Trending: #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek P.P.S. “What. Happened? You reelected a lying SCOAMF. That’s what happened.”
  • Unemployment Rises for Women, African-Americans in December

    01/04/2013 10:55:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs. Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November.
  • Egypt Says It Seizes US-Made Missiles Near Gaza (likely from Libya)

    01/04/2013 10:53:47 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2012 | By ASHRAF SWEILAM A
    EL-ARISH, Egypt January 4, 2013 (AP)Egyptian authorities seized six U.S.-made missiles in the Sinai Peninsula Friday that security officials said were likely smuggled from Libya and bound for the Gaza Strip. Libya's 2011 uprising and subsequent civil war left the country awash in weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles and other munitions. Since the end of the country's eight-month conflict, smugglers have transferred some of the weapons to Islamic militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which has faced a security vacuum since the country's own uprising, and from there onward in underground tunnels to neighboring Gaza. Security officials said that police...
  • Lawrence Schonbrun No Fan Of Lawsuit Industry

    01/04/2013 10:53:14 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/04/12 | Friends of Ours
    Lawrence W. Schonbrun, the executive director of Class Action Watch, is not a fan of the plaintiff lawyers who purport to represent the little guy, and in an op-ed piece for The Washington Times claims as a general matter that the "class action system was meant to protect us from businesses that cheat large numbers of people out of small amounts of money" but "the cruel irony . . . is that class action lawyers inflict the very harm the class action was intended to remedy." Schonbrun once practiced as a plaintiff's class action lawyer until he saw the light...
  • More than 100 children rescued from clutches of pedophiles in... raid...

    01/04/2013 10:49:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 51 replies
    mailonline ^ | 1.4.2013 | Helen Pow
    FULL TITLE: More than 100 children rescued from clutches of pedophiles in ground-breaking raid across 19 states that saw 245 arrested More than 100 children have been rescued from the clutches of pedophiles after a massive U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency raid. The ground-breaking investigation - named 'Operation Sunflower' - was executed America-wide between November 2012 and the first week of December, and resulted in 245 arrests. A total of 123 sexually exploited children were identified by ICE agents working with Homeland Security Investigations by targeting people who own, trade and produce child pornography. Of those, 44 victims were...
  • White House petition calls for Joe Biden reality show

    01/04/2013 10:48:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    White House petition calls for Joe Biden reality show By Justin Sink - 01/04/13 01:01 PM ET A new petition on the White House's website is calling for a reality show starring Joe Biden, a day after the vice president's jokes at a Senate swearing-in ceremony became a viral Internet sensation. The petition says the program would feature "the daily activities and interactions of the Vice President with elected officials, foreign dignitaries and everyday American families" along with "a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics." "Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at...
  • Unemployment Rises for Women, African-Americans in December

    01/04/2013 10:40:48 AM PST · by NCjim · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 4, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs. Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November. Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the sluggish economic recovery of the past several years, despite the steady decline in overall unemployment in the economy generally. The number of employed African Americans actually fell in December – a month that...
  • The Instrument Of Murder That Claims 35% More Victims Than The Rifle...

    01/04/2013 10:33:09 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 39 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-4-13 | The Looking Spoon
    The numbers, brought to you by Breitbart, are real and from the FBI. I want to say I'm surprised, but I'm not...
  • Colorado columnist: Assault rifle owners have ‘tiny penises’

    01/04/2013 10:29:39 AM PST · by Red Steel · 111 replies
    kdvr ^ | : 11:07 am, December 28, 2012, updated on: 11:39am, December 28, 2012 | Will C. Holden
    ASPEN, Colo. — According to Todd Hartley, to enact new gun legislation in the U.S. would be to “shut the barn doors after the horse has already gotten out.” So in his weekly “I’m With Stupid” column in the Aspen Times on Friday — a column that Hartley claims is meant to encourage aspiring and current gun owners to “seek less violent ways to make up for your shortcomings” — the Basalt resident is attempting another method of gun control. He’s defaming the genitalia of gun owners. “If you own multiple guns or feel the need to possess a military-style...
  • Wonderful Days Of The Past(VIDEO)

    01/04/2013 10:29:39 AM PST · by navysealdad · 6 replies
    What a wonderful life we had as kids, not a worry in the world.
  • Nato deploying Patriot missiles (and US troops) to Turkey-Syria border

    01/04/2013 10:27:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/4/13 | BBC
    Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help Turkish troops repel attacks by missiles or aircraft from neighbouring Syria. The US European Command said its troops and equipment had started arriving in southern Turkey, and more would arrive in the coming days. Germany and the Netherlands are preparing to ship their Patriot batteries early next week. The six battery units are scheduled to be operational by the end of January. Nato approved the deployment of the surface-to-air missiles early last month, after a request from Turkey, amid "grave concerns" that Syria could use chemical weapons. Syria has...
  • Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million

    01/04/2013 10:25:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | January 4, 2013, 10:07 am | Keith Koffler
    Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each other. They merely say, “We’re in Hawaii,” and that’s Christmas gift enough. But actually the present is from taxpayers, and it’s an expensive one. The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more. During a time of budget deficits that threaten the nation’s security and its future, the Obamas have chosen to maintain a “family tradition” and vacation halfway around the world instead of finding far cheaper alternatives closer...
  • Black and Whitey: How the Feds Disable Criminal Defense

    01/04/2013 10:23:39 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/03/2013 | Harvey Silverglate
    Two remarkable legal proceedings are currently wending their way through the federal criminal courts. The cases involve very different parties: Conrad Black, one of the most consequential public intellectuals and businessmen of our era, and James “Whitey” Bulger, a Boston-based alleged racketeer and serial murderer. But both cases highlight some of the same profound problems with the way federal prosecutorial business is done these days. In both cases, as in countless others, the feds have used certain techniques that virtually assure convictions of both the innocent and the guilty, the wealthy and the poor, the violent drug dealer and the...
  • Miami-Dade Marine freed from Mexico jail says inmates threatened to behead him

    01/04/2013 10:11:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Miami Herald (reg.) ^ | Thursday, 01.03.13 | Tim Johnson
    Only days after U.S. Marine veteran Jon Hammar was thrown into a Mexican prison for carrying an antique shotgun into the country, gangsters in the jail warned him of his likely fate—beheading. “They threw every threat in the book at me,” Hammar said Thursday in his first public remarks since his release Dec. 21 after more than four months in prison. “They’d cut my head off, they told my family,” he said. The gangsters demanded money to let Hammar, 27, remain alive, and the beheading threat was a scare tactic that harkened back to his tours of duty as a...
  • American patriot reveals Diane Feinstein to be anti-American hypocrite

    01/04/2013 10:08:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/4/12 | Joshua Boston
    Though “Coach is Right” rarely posts pieces not original with its staff writers, this letter from Marine Corporal Joshua Boston to California Senator Diane Feinstein concerning her proposed “assault weapons” ban must be the exception. For in just 200 words, Corporal Boston has captured both the essence of our nation’s existence and the courage which will be required of determined Americans if our nation is to endure. Senator Dianne Feinstein, I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to...
  • Planned Parenthood: A Rose by Any Other Name...?

    01/04/2013 10:05:23 AM PST · by fwdude · 2 replies
    Alliance Defending Freedom ^ | 11/27/12 | Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster
    So Planned Parenthood has a new motto, “Care. No Matter What.” Thus begins yet another round of Planned Parenthood deception. It was bad enough in 1942, when Planned Parenthood’s original name—American Birth Control League—was deemed offensive and anti-family. American Birth Control League was renamed Planned Parenthood. Thus the nation’s biggest abortion provider attempted to reboot its public reputation from its eugenic roots, even as its internal memos told a different story. But Planned Parenthood’s true colors have never changed. As its most recent annual report details, the abortion giant spent $1.04 billion in 2009-2010: a figure which indicates that Planned...
  • Off Duty Officer Who Saved Lives in Texas Movie Theater Shooting Deserves National Attention

    01/04/2013 10:01:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Big Frog 104 ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Polly Wogg
    Off Duty Officer Who Saved Lives in Texas Movie Theater Shooting Deserves National Attention By Polly Wogg December 30, 2012 Just two days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, another shooting took place at a movie theater in San Antonio Texas. Did you hear about it? I didn’t. Why? Because no one died, thanks to an off duty police officer who shot the gunman. Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano, a 13-year veteran of the police department, shot 19-year-old Jesus Garcia after he fired several times inside a restaurant and a movie theater parking lot. She saved several lives and was given...
  • Santelli: 'This Whole Discussion Is Childish!'

    01/04/2013 9:59:40 AM PST · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    Top video at link, watch Rick go off.
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 1 of 14]

    01/04/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title. [Part 1 of 14] Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and others, instead of understanding that they are the natural outcome of a change from a Christian World View to a Humanistic one; things such as overpermissiveness, pornography, the problem of the public schools, the breakdown of the family,...
  • Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve Americans' Admiration

    01/04/2013 9:57:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Diana West
    Americans, Gallup tells us, admire Hillary Clinton more than any other woman in the world -- again. This latest accolade marks the 17th time Gallup has found Clinton to be the Most Admired Woman (MAW?) since she became first lady nearly 20 years ago. Only Eleanor Roosevelt (13 MAWs) comes close. Only Mother Teresa (1995 and 1996) and Laura Bush (2001) have interrupted Clinton's winning streak, and even then, Clinton came in second. And therein lies America's cosmic flaw. A country that could time and again embrace Hillary Clinton as its MAW has lost its mind or its memory or...
  • PRUDEN: A miracle cure with estrogen in Congress

    01/04/2013 9:52:32 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4 January 2013 | Wes Pruden
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: John A. Boehner thinks there’s too much of Barack Obama in Washington. Most of the Democrats think there’s a surplus of impertinent Republicans. Chris Christie says it’s Congress that turned Washington rancid. Everybody agrees something is rotten on the Potomac. The ladies of the U.S. Senate think they’ve figured it out. It’s that beastly testosterone that’s making everybody but the ladies sick. “We’re less on testosterone,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat. “We don’t have that need to be always confrontational. And I think we’re problem-solvers, and I think that’s what the country needs.” Ms. Feinstein and the 20...
  • Connecticut city halts gun shows in aftermath of school massacre

    01/04/2013 9:51:31 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/4/13 | AP
    <p>WATERBURY, Conn. – The police chief in a Connecticut city has halted permits for gun shows, saying he's concerned any firearms purchased there might one day be used in a mass shooting.</p> <p>The Republican-American reports that Waterbury Police Superintendent Michael Gugliotti imposed a moratorium the day after the Dec. 14 killings of 20 children and six educators at a grade school not far away in Newtown.</p>
  • Stricker an anomaly as TOUR's youth movement continues [Golf Ping]

    01/04/2013 9:48:30 AM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 6 replies
    PGA.COM ^ | January 4, 2013 | Ann Miller for PGATOUR.COM
    January 04, 2013 By Ann Miller for PGATOUR.COM KAPALUA, Hawaii — Golfers in their 20s won nearly half of last year’s PGA TOUR events, but the defending champion in this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions is 45-year-old Steve Stricker. He is the only player in his 40s here and has one of the best track records at Kapalua Plantation, with top-10 finishes three of the last four years. Not bad for an old guy, at least by comparison. Of the 37 winners last year, 15 were in their 20s. Stricker turned pro about the time 2012 Rookie of the Year...
  • On Second Thought (and as a Second-Best Proposal), David Gregory Should Be Arrested and Prosecuted

    01/04/2013 9:44:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve never watched Meet the Press, so I obviously didn’t see David Gregory’s pathetic attempt to play gotcha by unveiling a magazine while interviewing someone from the National Rifle Association. And even when it was revealed that Gregory had broken D.C. law by possessing this supposedly dangerous object (basically a metal box with a spring), I didn’t care.After all, gun control is a foolish policy (as even some leftists and foreigners are slowly beginning to realize). And surely cops have better things to do, after all, than arrest a callow journalist for something that shouldn’t be against the law in...
  • Jason Whitlock Compares Conservative Scholar Thomas Sowell to House Slave

    01/04/2013 9:42:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/13 | Tony Lee
    Controversial black sports columnist Jason Whitlock compared black conservative scholar Thomas Sowell to a house slave in a series of tweets on Wednesday. When asked what columnist he felt was closely related to Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the “Django Unchained” movie, Whitlock tweeted, “Thomas Sowell":
  • Fatah rally in Gaza looks toward unity with Hamas

    01/04/2013 9:42:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2013 12:30 PM EST | Ibrahim Barzak
    Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they were routed from power there by the Islamist militants in 2007. The rally, approved by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, marks a renewed attempt by the rival Palestinian factions to show unity following a fierce Hamas battle with Israel in November and Fatah’s subsequent recognition bid at the United Nations. … Abbas has enjoyed a boost in his status since he led the Palestinians’ successful bid to upgrade their status at the United Nations to a non-member observer state. On Friday,...
  • Politico Trashes Breitbart Reporting, Publishes Same Story Days Later

    01/04/2013 9:38:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/13 | Larry O'Connor
    After accusing Breitbart News of "terrible reporting" on the intrigue surrounding John Boehner's re-election as Speaker of the House, Politico ran a detailed article repeating most of the same facts found in our reporting. When editors proofed Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan's article titled "Conservatives rebel against Boehner" there must have been a sense of déjà vu, as point after point reported at Breitbart was re-confirmed, this time with the stamp of approval from the Beltway Journo-list's favorite rag. Indeed, Sherman himself must have been a bit chagrined after engaging in a public back-and-forth on Twitter with his Politico colleague...
  • Lincolnton Furniture Company, praised for bringing jobs back to US, closes

    01/04/2013 9:38:33 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/4/2013 | Cameron Steele
    Lincolnton Furniture Company closed abruptly Thursday just one year after it was hailed by President Barack Obama as an example of the recovering U.S. economy. Furniture-making operations stopped indefinitely and only a few people will remain employed moving forward, company financial officer Ben Causey said. “I don’t know where it’s going to go exactly; we’re still evaluating our situation,” Causey said. “We just didn’t have any choice at this point.” The company was not receiving the orders it needed to sustain its operations, Causey said.
  • More than 100 die in historic Indian cold snap

    01/04/2013 9:36:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 7:35 PM EST
    More than 100 people have died of exposure as northern India deals with historically cold temperatures. Police spokesman Surendra Srivastava said Thursday that at least 114 people have died from the recent cold in the state of Uttar Pradesh. …
  • We're now one step closer to America's coming civil war

    01/04/2013 9:35:28 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 84 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/3/2012 | Arthur Herman
    The New Year has started with a monstrosity of a budget deal, one that proves that neither political party, Democrats or Republicans, is really serious about controlling the growth of big government. But soap opera dramatics about fiscal "cliffs" and sequestration shouldn’t deflect from where President Obama is really taking this country. Consider this story from the Wall Street Journal a few days before Christmas: “Thousands of people in several Argentine cities ransacked supermarkets for a second day in the latest challenge to President Chistina Kirchner, who is struggling to revive a weak economy...In the central city Rosario, two people...
  • Bloomberg: Blame pork, not Boehner, for Sandy relief delay

    01/04/2013 9:34:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    John Boehner got some unexpected support today over his off-again, on-again approach to the Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Boehner has pledged to allow a vote on both bills, which probably saved his speakership, but not until after getting publicly blasted by fellow Republicans Chris Christie and Peter King. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a radio audience today that the ire was misdirected — and should have been aimed at legislators that exploited a crisis to fund their own hobby horses: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who previously declined to slam House Speaker John Boehner over Congress’ stalled Hurricane Sandy aid,...
  • House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy aid, with some Republican dissent

    01/04/2013 9:32:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Rosalind S. Helderman
    The House has approved $9.7 billion in new aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, a face-saving quick move taken three days after House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) earned scathing criticism from New York and New Jersey Republicans for canceling a late-night vote on the funds. The bill, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay out claims to those who held federal flood insurance, was approved on a 354 to 67 vote. The Senate is expected to adopt it later Friday on a unanimous voice vote. Boehner seems to have had reason to be concerned about bringing...
  • What lies behind renewed tensions over the Falkland Islands?

    01/04/2013 9:28:18 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Barry Neild and Dave Gilbert
    London (CNN) -- Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has again opened the dispute over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, accusing the British government of blatant colonialism. Known to the Argentinians as Las Malvinas, the two countries went to war over the territory in 1982 after the then military government in Argentina landed troops on the islands. In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron and published in British newspapers Thursday, the Argentinian leader said "Britain, the colonial power, has refused to return the territories to the Argentine Republic, thus preventing it from restoring...
  • Cruz gets Blitzed (By the Wolf)

    01/04/2013 9:27:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/04/2013 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Talk about a reality check: CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Thursday that he has to "deal with reality" in the Senate and "can't be overly idealistic." In one of his first interviews since being sworn into Congress earlier in the day, Cruz told CNN that he would not have voted in favor of the fiscal cliff compromise, calling it a "lousy deal." "Look, it wasn't a perfect deal. Nobody was thrilled by it, but you got a deal with what's doable in a divided Congress like we have," Blitzer told him. “The only reason...
  • IL:Demand for gun control surges, and so does demand for guns

    01/04/2013 9:27:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    chicagoreader.com ^ | 4 January, 2013 | Mick Dumke
    Illinois lawmakers advanced legislation this week that would ban military-caliber guns as well as magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. The moves came in response to the Newtown massacre—and to the end of another bloody year in the streets of Chicago. They also highlighted the fact that Illinois is the center of our nation's confusing and contradictory approach to guns. Consider: 1. Chicago shows that tough laws and rhetoric alone won't stop gun violence. Chicago already has the most restrictive firearm laws in the country: handgun owners must undergo three background checks, take a training class, practice...
  • Global warming causes Al Gore to sell Current TV to oil-backed Al Jazeera

    01/04/2013 9:25:30 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 3, 2013 | Doug Powers
    Big Oil is bad — so bad that Al Gore is heroically trying to save the planet by taking as much of their cash as possible. However, you probably won’t be hearing about this sale in Gore’s next Dirty Weather Report. Gore must have been reluctant to turn over control of his foundering media baby to Al Jazeera knowing he’d have to watch it make a move to the right, but hey, business is business. Glenn Beck’s bid for Current was rejected. Gee, I wonder why. .... There are multiple levels of hypocrisy in this transaction. Al Gore gets accused...
  • Why The Next President Will Probably Be Black Too

    01/04/2013 9:25:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 01/04/2013 | Ben Smith
    <p>If there is anything approaching an iron law of American politics, it's this: The next president will be a member of the same race as the current one. It's a rule that has held through 42 of 43 transfers of power. And there's every reason to think it will hold through the next one.</p>
  • Pelosi defends altered photo of congresswomen

    01/04/2013 9:19:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2013 11:53 AM EST
    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site. The photo showed four House members who were not in the original picture, which was taken Thursday when lawmakers were sworn in as members of the 113th Congress. They arrived at the Capitol steps late, and their images were inserted with a computer program. …
  • Bright House Networks drops Current TV

    01/04/2013 9:19:16 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/4/2013 | halboedeker
    The low-rated Current TV is off Bright House Networks after the announcement that the channel was being sold to Al Jazeera. “Our agreement with Current TV has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service,” Bright House spokesman Donald Forbes said Friday. He added that the service ended Wednesday and that Bright House has not yet replaced Current TV on Channel 156.
  • Message Regarding NSDAR Ritual and Missal

    01/04/2013 9:18:40 AM PST · by AZHSer · 3 replies
    Email | 1/4/2013 | Daughters of the American Revolution
    There was an earlier post about DAR removing all references to Jesus from their ceremonies. The following is an e-mail I recieved from them addressing the report. Dear Members, NSDAR is disappointed to learn that false and incorrect information has recently been circulated regarding the 2011 edition of the DAR Ritual and Missal and the use of the name Jesus Christ in prayers and other ceremonial events of the National Society. The purpose of this message is to clarify NSDAR’s position on the matter for anyone who has not previously viewed the blogs written by President General Merry Ann T....
  • Blinking Causes Brain To Go Off-Line

    01/04/2013 9:18:00 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Jan 3, 2013
    Blinking Causes Brain To Go Off-Line 03 Jan 2013 New research from Japan suggests that blinking does more than stop our eyes drying out: it is an active process that causes the brain to go off-line, into a more reflective mode, before giving renewed attention. Tamami Nakano of Osaka University and colleagues write about their findings in the 24 December online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, PNAS. In earlier work, where they had invited volunteers to watch Mr Bean videos, Nakano and colleagues discovered that people's eyes blink when they need to pay less attention,...
  • Northern Ontario man beaten for his package of sausages

    01/04/2013 9:16:10 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | January 3, 2013
    Canadian Press | Jan 3, 2013 3:51 PM ET | Last Updated: Jan 3, 2013 3:55 PM ET More from Canadian Press JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images A "currywurst" sausage served with a piece of bread is seen at a snack vendor in Berlin January 19, 2009. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Comments More PARRY SOUND, Ont. — Fresh charges have been laid after police say a northern Ontario man was hit in the face and had his package of wild game sausages stolen. Provincial police in Parry Sound say the man picked up the sausages Dec. 30 at a...
  • Saudi’s top cleric warns against mixing of genders

    01/04/2013 9:13:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2013 11:37 AM EST | Abdullah Shihri
    Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has warned against the mixing of the genders, saying that any attempt to violate a strict separation threatens female chastity and endangers society. … (Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz) Al-Sheik said it is forbidden for women to unveil in front of men, warning that this will destroy the morals and values of society. …