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  • Al Jazeera acquisition to 'compete with CNN and BBC'

    01/05/2013 2:46:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/05/13
    She compares the US to Qatar: "Al Jazeera doesn't generate revenue now anyway, it is a cost to the Qatari government, it's not a commercial decision, it's a very long term decision from an oil rich state." She continues: "Al Jazeera wishes to compete with CNN and the BBC...it presents a different perspective on the Arab Israeli conflict."
  • Lapid : If Livni Stays Out of Coalition, So will

    01/05/2013 2:31:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yesh Atid (Future) chairman Yair Lapid shot down on Saturday the idea of forming an anti-Likud bloc with Labor and Tzipi Livni's party, but then gave it his conditional consent. The idea was floated Friday night by Livni in a live Channel 2 television appearance, then seconded by MK Shelly Yechimovich, who heads Labor. .... Lapid wrote on his Facebook page that he would meet Yechimovich and Livni, but added, "I have no interest in joining a 'blocking bloc' because it is not my habit to boycott people and parties." "In the meeting, I will suggest to them that, in...
  • Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

    01/05/2013 2:22:20 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2013
    Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three churches were set aflame, with one being severely damaged. The alleged suspect – a young man – was interrogated by...
  • Ed Martin, St. Louis lawyer and GOP activist, elected new chairman of Missouri Republican Party

    01/05/2013 2:14:24 PM PST · by Optimist · 18 replies
    St Louis Beacon ^ | 01/05/2013 | Jo Mannies
    St. Louis lawyer Ed Martin, who lost his GOP bid this fall for Missouri attorney general, came roaring back Saturday by getting elected as the new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. Martin narrowly defeated current chairman David Cole, 34-32, on the second round of balloting by the 68-member state GOP committee, sources say. Two members apparently were absent during the voting, which took place at a hotel in Columbia, Mo. The third contender for the post, outgoing state Sen. Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, was out of the running after garnering only seven votes on the first ballot, which saw...
  • Lost My FR Sidebars and Can't Scroll Down Again!!!

    01/05/2013 2:13:21 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 100 replies
    FR | 1/5/13 | me
    Lost my sidebars and scrolling down again!! It was fine just a moment ago!
  • Obama wants action on government's borrowing limit [people in Hell want ice water]

    01/05/2013 2:09:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 23 replies
    Yahoo/Ass Press ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | MATTHEW DALY
    ... With one crisis for the short term [fiscal cliff], Obama faces new battles in Congress over raising the country's $16.4 trillion borrowing limit, as well as more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts for the military and domestic programs which were delayed by two months under the compromise. Lawmakers promise to replace those across-the-board cuts with more targeted steps that could take longer to implement. Obama, speaking from Hawaii, where he is on vacation with his family, said he is willing to consider more spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit. But he said he "will...
  • Church of England to allow homosexual bishops in civil partnerships

    01/05/2013 2:06:47 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 5, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is a story at CNA/EWTN that made me chuckle a little.What for what is wrong with this (including the terminology). London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. [First, let's work to get Catholic news services to stop playing into the hands of the homosexualists by using the word "gay". Next, do they mean "celibate" (unmarried) or "continent" (not sexually active)?]“The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration...
  • Political equation: Does Barack Obama + Muslim Brotherhood = Obama administration? (Video)

    01/05/2013 2:04:11 PM PST · by thepoliticalcom · 14 replies
    The Political Commentator ^ | January 5, 2013 | Michael Haltman
    In addition to the domestic, foreign policy and national security missteps of the Obama administration, Muslim Brotherhood infiltration could be the biggest miscue of all! It's a story that represents the danger that faces a country when the unbridled hunger for political power of one party along with the media's desire for political access coupled with their political ideology will permit stories that may threaten our national security to remain uninvestigated and of course unreported. In other words is the Democrat Party and MSM desire to hold on to power in Washington so great that it cansupersede any look...
  • Normalizing Pedophilia

    01/05/2013 2:00:50 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | January 5, 2013 12:59 P.M. | By Wesley J. Smith
    Decadence is on the march! And now, a defense of pedophilia as just another “sexual orientation” has been published in the mainstream left wing UK newspaper The Guardian.  From, “Paedophilia: Bringing Dark Desires Into the Light:” Paedophiles may be wired differently. This is radical stuff. But there is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality. Two eminent researchers testified to that effect to a Canadian parliamentary commission last year, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter of July 2010 stated baldly that paedophilia “is a sexual orientation”...
  • GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem (by stacking the deck against Conservatives)

    01/05/2013 1:50:07 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jonathan Martin
    The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem. The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin that explains many of the partys woes in the minds of GOP leaders. Its the primaries that push their presidential nominees far to the right (see self-deportation and 47 percent); produce lackluster Senate candidates (Todd Akin has almost become a one-word shorthand); and, as seen most vividly in the last two weeks, dissuade scores of gerrymandered House members from face-saving compromise while politically emasculating their speaker....
  • 911 Caller with Gun in Home Invasion (spoiler alert - happy ending)

    01/05/2013 1:48:44 PM PST · by doug from upland · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2013
    Several complaints about this stalker. Police can do nothing. He finally decides to break in and tries to choke her. Whoops. In DC, she would be dead. One more victory for the good side. THIS IS WHY EVERY WOMAN SHOULD BE ARMED AND EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD BE ARMED
  • Electrostatic Discharge

    01/05/2013 1:41:41 PM PST · by navysealdad · 24 replies
    Know what not to do when testing for Electrostatic discharge Don't worry, it's just Electrostatic Discharge!!(VIDEO)
  • 3-D Printing: Technology May Bring New Industrial Revolution

    01/05/2013 1:40:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01/04/2013 | Marcel Rosenbach and Christian Schle
    3-D printing technology, used industrially for the last few decades, is poised to break into the mass market. Its endless and swiftly developing possibilitiesfrom entrepreneurial manufacturing to the potential sculpting of human organscould become the next industrial revolution. Assembling, screwing together, adhering, weldingall these processes are rendered obsolete when even the most complex shapes can be produced by a single machine using this casting technique. The end result can be an artificial hip, a hearing aid, a cell phone case, customized footwear or even the Urbee, a prototype car that has been making a splash. The only limits...
  • THE PERILS OF CIVIL RELIGION (Awesome read!)

    01/05/2013 1:39:07 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Shirt of Flame ^ | January 5, 2013 | HEATHER KING
     As I contemplated Shin Dong-hyuk and his escape from North Korea last week, I also happened to be reading Ralph C. Woods’ Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South--an unintentionally apropos pairing. One of Wood’s main theses is that O’Connor--the novelist, short story writer, and devout Catholic--preferred the excesses of fundamentalism, which at least takes God seriously enough to take him literally, to the bland “civil religion” practiced by most Americans, including most Catholics. "O’Connor discerned that something deadly had occurred when national identity had been made to trump religious faith”… “[Her] objection to a blithe indifferentism concerning truth and error,...
  • The Left Shows Its True, Violent Colors

    01/05/2013 1:30:55 PM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 January 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    It isnt entirely true that, as Lord Acton said, Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Its often the case that power simply allows people the luxury of lowering faades and showing their true colors. A good example is the recent behavior of many on the Left. Commentator Donald Kaul just wrote that he had no problem with guns being pried from their owners cold, dead hands and that Republican leaders should be dragged around a parking lot with a pick-up truck. A European college professor recommended the execution of Climate Change Deniers and the Pope. Closer to home, an...
  • Why are all these recent tragic shootings are happening in blue demo party states?

    01/05/2013 1:27:41 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 17 replies
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  • US soldier's remains come home 62 years after Korean War death

    01/05/2013 1:27:28 PM PST · by Hawk1976 · 10 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 1/5/12 | reuters
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A U.S. soldier who left his family farm in Tennessee to volunteer for the Korean War is finally coming home more than six decades later to be buried next to his mother and father, authorities said on Friday. With the help of DNA samples provided by his siblings in 2004, the U.S. military identified remains recovered in North Korea as Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann, who was 20 when he died in December 1950. Schoenmann was among the nearly 8,000 U.S. troops unaccounted for from the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 until 1953. His remains are...
  • The HHS Mandate and Judicial Theocracy

    01/05/2013 1:23:12 PM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 1/3/13 | Melissa Moschella
    If we are to preserve our First Amendment rights, judges must refrain from telling plaintiffs challenging the HHS mandate that theyve got their theology wrong.Are judges more competent to determine what a particular religion requires or forbids than that religions own leaders or adherents? Most would think not. Yet thats what two of the recent rulings related to the Health and Human Services contraception, sterilization, and abortion-drug mandate seem to claim. Recently, in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, federal district judge Joe Heaton of the western district of Oklahoma ruled against the Greens, the devout Christian owners of Hobby...
  • John Noveske, R.I.P.

    01/05/2013 1:19:31 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    Michael Bane Blog ^ | 5 Jan 2012 | Michael Bane
    I have been informed that John Noveske, master of the AR and the founder of Noveske Rifleworks, was killed in an auto accident yesterday in Oregon. Here is a statement released by Noveske Rifleworks, via Soldier Systems: Noveske Rifleworks would ask you to remember the passing of our founder, John Noveske, who died Friday, January 4th 2013 in an automobile accident. John planned for all eventualities, and wanted to ensure any changes would be as seamless as possible for our customers, dealers, suppliers, employees and friends. While this will be a trying time, we do not expect a change in...
  • We're now one step closer to America's coming civil war

    01/05/2013 1:11:56 PM PST · by HogsBreath · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01-03-013 | 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 shouldnt deflect from where President Obama is really taking this country. Consider this story from the Wall Street Journal a few days before Christmas:
  • Obama Fears 'Catastrophic' Debt Fight

    01/05/2013 12:57:40 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/05/12 | Mary Bruce
    In his first weekly address of the New Year, President Obama touts the "fiscal cliff" compromise as "one more step in the broader effort to grow our economy and shrink our deficits" but warns that another "manufactured crisis" over the debt ceiling could wreak havoc on the economy.
  • See Ya, Bikinis! One-piece Swimsuits Poised for a Takeover (Bikinis out of style???)

    01/05/2013 12:48:25 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 81 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/5/2013 | Yahoo
    Dieting and exercising are perhaps the most popular New Years Resolutions, but don't worry if you've indulged on a few too many holiday treats this year. Swimsuits are already trickling onto retail shelves and the spotlight is on one-piece swimwear, not bikinis. Yes, that extra inch to pinch around your tummy can potentially remain hidden all year. Every stylish celebrity from the curvier gals like Beyonce, Christina Hendricks, and Kim Kardashian, to the skinny-minnies like Taylor Swift, Kate Moss, and Kirsten Dunst are rocking one-piece bathing suits, or "maillots." As a result, the rest of us are heading directly...
  • Fear pushing gun sales: Local firearms, ammunition purchases higher

    01/05/2013 12:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Elkins Inter-Mountain ^ | January 5, 2013 | Anna Patrick and Beth Christian Broschart
    Seven mass shootings rocked the nation in 2012, with the Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn. being the second deadliest in United States history. These events have pushed gun issues to the forefront of the media and public attention. Local gun retailers, like many across the nation, are reporting increases in gun and ammunition sales following the Connecticut shootings. Gun retailers are reporting that customers are purchasing new weapons out of a fear of possible new gun control measures. Retailers including Wheeler's, P&M Outdoors and Phillips & Sons Pawnbrokers of Elkins are reporting a significant increase of gun and ammunition...
  • 'He made a promise to help us and he broke it' (NOT OBAMA!)

    01/05/2013 12:45:22 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 January 2013 | Lydia Warren
    When President Obama hugged a tearful New Jersey business owner after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her home and livelihood, it was the image of compassion, promise and hope. But the victim in the photo, Donna Vanzant, has now revealed that the president's promises to pour aid into the area were empty - and that, after the hug, she merely received a form letter from him. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms Vanzant owns in Brigantine, New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. 'Many days later, I got a response back,'...
  • Hostage Situation in US Turns Brutal: Four Dead

    01/05/2013 12:32:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13
    A gunman killed three people before police shot him dead Saturday in a shooting at a house in the Colorado town of Aurora, the same town that played host to a massacre at a cinema last year, police said. NBC television's local affiliate KUSA cited police as saying that one survivor escaped from the house, where an "armed and dangerous" man had earlier barricaded himself inside with hostages, AFP reported. "The barricade situation is resolved. The suspect is dead. There were also three other victims found dead inside," the Aurora Police Department announced on its official Twitter account. Aurora made...
  • Cat caught sneaking phone and saw into Brazilian prison

    01/05/2013 12:25:08 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2013 | Harriet Cooke
    Shocked guards at the northeast Brazil prison 'detained' the feline, which was afterwards taken to a vet for medical treatment All 263 inmates are considered suspect in the plot...
  • Just Seven Companies Offer to Finance Obamas Inauguration

    01/05/2013 12:21:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 05 Jan 2013 10:51 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Only seven companies have offered corporate cash to help fund President Barack Obamas upcoming inaugural festivities. In 2009, Obama banned corporate donors from paying for his inauguration, but he was still able to raise $53 million from private donors. However, this months inauguration is being held after the most expensive presidential campaign in history, and even with the corporate donations will be a scaled-down event. This year, fewer people are expected to attend the inauguration and there are only two official balls planned. According to the Inauguration Committees website, more than 400 people have donated toward the events. So...
  • Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder

    01/05/2013 12:16:35 PM PST · by middlegeorgian · 58 replies
    WSBtv ^ | 1/4/2013 | unknown
    LOGANVILLE, Ga. A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday. The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar. But the man eventually found the family. "The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he's staring at her, her...
  • Federal Court: DOJ Must Reimburse South Carolina for Voter ID Folly

    01/05/2013 11:41:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    A federal court has ruled that South Carolina was the prevailing party in the unnecessary Voter ID litigation, and therefore the Justice Department is liable for paying the states costs. South Carolina spent $3,500,000 to obtain federal court approval of the states Voter ID law as non-discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit was made necessary only because of the political and ideological radicalism of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and his deputy Matthew Colangelo. AAG Tom Perez PJ Media had this exclusive report detailing that career Voting Section employees, including Voting Section Chief Chris Herren, recommended that the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/05/2013 11:31:19 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    January 5, 2013 | Irish Rose
    He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. (Psalm 104:5-9)
  • Germany, for Decades a Pacifist Power, Faces the Need to Play a Military Role

    01/05/2013 11:24:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | NICHOLAS KULISH
    When Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a recent reception for military families, she greeted parents, wives and children whose loved ones were spending their holidays in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kosovo and off the Horn of Africa. German deployments overseas, Ms. Merkel said, will soon encompass the entire globe. On that same wintry afternoon, members of Parliament debated whether to add to the nearly 6,000 German troops currently serving abroad by sending up to 400 soldiers to Turkey, where they would operate two Patriot missile batteries to help protect their NATO ally from a potential escalation of the civil war across the border...
  • Rev. Jesse Jacksons trial looming - Lawyers discuss dates with judge in conference call

    01/05/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Journal Standard ^ | 1/03/13 | Nick Crow
    Freeport, Ill. Attorneys for those arrested during a Sensata plant protest and the City of Freeport spoke via conference call with Judge Jack Joyce on Wednesday to begin ironing out details for an upcoming trial date. Were looking at trial dates, said City Attorney John Mitchell. The conference that we held with the opposing counsel was to discuss three or four dates that are open over the next few months. Lawyers are working towards a trial because the 11 protesters facing criminal trespassing charges lobbied for a trial by jury rather than agreeing to pay any fines during their...
  • Huge gay lawsuit vs pro-family pastor in Federal Court this Monday!

    01/05/2013 11:18:10 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    http://massresistance.com ^ | 01/05/2013 | n/a
    Pastor Scott Lively, a well-known pro-family writer and speaker who also runs Redemption Gate Ministry and the Holy Grounds Coffee House in Springfield, Mass., is being sued by a George Soros-funded New York-based pro-homosexual "civil rights" group for so-called "crimes against humanity" which they claim include his alleged inciting of murder, torture, and other crimes in Uganda! Homosexual activists are making the outlandish claim that his conversations and speeches caused the Uganda Parliament to introduce a harsh anti-homosexuality bill. Though the bill was never passed, they claim that its introduction led to attacks on the homosexual community in Uganda. Thus,...
  • Hobby Lobby CEO Pens Tragic Letter About Loss of Religious Freedom

    01/05/2013 11:17:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/4/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The CEO of Hobby Lobby has penned a tragic letter about the loss of religious freedom and liberty in America. The Christian crafts company has been forced by the Obama administration to pay for drugs for its employees in their health care plan that may cause abortions. Doing so violates the religious freedom of the founders and owners of Hobby Lobby, but the firm has, so far, been unsuccessful in getting courts to give it an exemption while its lawsuit against the HHS mandate continues. Tens of thousands of Americans have committed to support the Christian crafts store Hobby Lobby...
  • Whoops'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment

    01/05/2013 11:14:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Whoops'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment Takepart.com Thu, Jan 3, 2013 Email Share 6 Print Back in 2009, President Obamas Cash for Clunkers program was supposed to be a boon for the environment and the economy. During a limited time, consumers could trade in an old gas-guzzling used car for up to $4,500 cash back towards the purchase of a fuel-efficient new car. It seemed like a win for everyone: the environment, the gasping auto industry and cash-strapped consumers. Though almost a million people poured into car dealerships eager to exchange their old jalopies for something shiny and...
  • Syrian Conflict Could Worsen Christian Exodus

    01/05/2013 11:11:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Damascus, Syria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East. Journalist Nasir Habish told Vatican Radio that Syrias Christians are among those most affected by the conflict between rebel and government forces. The Syrian situation, right now, is very difficult, and I think in the future will be more difficult, Habish said. And I think the war will continue. He said Christians are running away from Syria right now, with...
  • Amid Instability In Egypt, Coptic Christians Flee To U.S.

    01/05/2013 11:08:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/4/13 | Bruce Wallace
    Coptic Christians will celebrate Christmas on Monday, and many will do so outside their native Egypt. Since the revolution there, their future in the country has looked uncertain, and many are resettling in the United States. Their population in the U.S. may have grown by nearly 30 percent, according to rough estimates. One church that has felt its membership swell with new arrivals from Egypt is in the Queens borough of New York. St. Mary and St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church boasts more than 1,000 members, according to Father Michael Sorial. Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas Nativity Liturgy, the start...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (15,320 signatures so far)

    01/05/2013 11:02:38 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    9,680 more to go. More than 60% there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • Alabama's hatred of Notre Dame runs long, deep

    01/05/2013 11:01:54 AM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Jan 4, 2013 12:21 AM EST | Pat Forde
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Jeremy Pike is a 37-year-old native and resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Like all proper fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide, he maintains an abiding hatred of Southeastern Conference rivals Auburn and Tennessee. But there is a third member of his unholy fan trinity, and always has been. "Oh, I hate Notre Dame," Pike said. "I never pull for them." On Nov. 3, Pike and about 50 other Alabama fans were in Louisiana getting ready to watch the Tide play LSU the most anticipated game of the year. But before the game, they were glued to...
  • Gay marriage remains a tough sell in Illinois

    01/05/2013 10:57:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 1:37 PM EST | Sara Burnett
    The stalling of Illinois gay-marriage pushat least for nowshows the difficulty of approving legislation to legalize it, even with a nudge from the home-state president, steadily rising support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly and the governors office in the solidly blue state. Yet the margin of support Senate Democrats were able to pull together for a bill last week was so thin that a death in one lawmakers family and another senators extended trip to Israel were enough to push the issue into the next legislative session....
  • The Episcopal Church: Nothing Like Consistency

    01/05/2013 10:56:28 AM PST · by Belteshazzar · 3 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 4, 2013 | Steven Hayward
    The very first newspaper op-ed article I ever published, way back in 1984, was about All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, which has long had a reputation as a leading progressive parish. I wrote about attending a meeting where a group of parishioners were reporting back on a recent visit to the newest workers paradise, Nic . . .now just wait for it!!yes, indeed, it was Nicaragua (or KNEE-car-AHHH-gua, if youre really au courant). Since this article was published in the pre-Internet age, I cant link to it, so heres the lede from my hard-copy archive:
  • Middle and lower class workers see taxes rise so Obama can give Goldman Sachs a tax break

    01/05/2013 10:54:43 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-04-13 | DrJohn
    Kailua Hawaii is situated on the East coast of the island of Hawaii, about a 14 mile drive from the Honolulu airport and much closer even to Kaneohe Marine Air Base. It's home to about half a dozen exclusive hotels and it is also the Obama family vacation destination. Last year Obama's dog Bo visited some damage to the property the Obama's rented so this year Obama issued an Executive Order guaranteeing that the taxpayers of the United States would make good for any damage Bo left this year. It seems Barack Obama needs constant reminding that he is the...
  • Talk of GOP primaries follows fiscal cliff vote

    01/05/2013 10:48:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 12:29 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives. These lawmakers wasted little time in attempting to deliver an explanation that would be acceptable to the tea party and the GOPs right flank, and, perhaps, insulate themselves from a re-election battle against a fellow Republican. Theyve started defending last weeks vote as one that preserves tax cuts for most Americans, while also promising to fight for spending cuts in upcoming debates over raising the nations borrowing limit. It was...
  • Construction is complete on behemoth airship; first flight planned

    01/05/2013 10:39:18 AM PST · by iowamark · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 4, 2013 | W.J. Hennigan
    A massive cargo-carrying airship has taken shape inside one of the 17-story wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin. According to aircraft maker Worldwide Aeros Corp., construction is complete on a 36,000-pound blimp-like aircraft designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world. The Montebello company hopes to have a first flight in the coming months and to demonstrate cargo-carrying capability shortly thereafter... The Aeroscraft is a zeppelin with a 230-foot rigid skeleton made of aluminum and carbon fiber. It's a new type of hybrid aircraft that combines airplane and airship...
  • First bill introduced in 113th Congress, H.R. 35: Repealing 'Obamacare'

    01/05/2013 10:37:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/04/13 | Radell Smith
    The president can thank Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann for introducing bill H.R. 35, which she says would repeal Obamacare "in its entirety." MyFOX8 stated that CNN contributor and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer says this just proves that the president and Republicans in congress are still on bad terms and that it appears that "they are going to fight the president tooth and nail," despite his reelection.
  • Whoops [Obama's] 'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment

    01/05/2013 10:32:34 AM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 3, 2013
    recent reports indicate the entire program may have actually hurt the environment far more than it helped. According to E Magazine, the Clunkers program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program's first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that's a pretty big mistake. According to the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), automobiles are almost completely recyclable, down to their engine oil and brake fluid. But many of the Cash...
  • Salinas school named after bandido ignites debate

    01/05/2013 10:27:51 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 11 replies
    Scaffolding climbs the walls of the new elementary school in Salinas, an agricultural city celebrated as John Steinbeck's birthplace but plagued by gang violence. Although still under construction, the school is already embroiled in controversy because the school board decided to name it after Tiburcio Vasquez, one of the state's most notorious Old West bandidos. Critics say he was a 19th-century outlaw who robbed and terrorized Californians before he was convicted and hanged for murder. They say naming a school after him glorifies crime. In a city where two-thirds of residents are Latino, some Mexican-Americans say Vasquez was defending his...
  • Professor Urges Constitution Be Abandoned (Satire)

    01/05/2013 10:07:15 AM PST · by John Semmens · 36 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    In an op ed piece for the New York Times, Georgetown Professor of Constitutional Law Louis Seidman asserts that obedience to the Constitution blocks implementation of measures those in a position to know best want to enact. The heralded checks and balances inflicted on us by this archaic document stifle the beneficence of wise leaders like President Obama, Seidman wrote. Unconstrained by the outdated philosophy of the nations founders, President Obama could easily bring a new era of social justice to America and the world. Seidman cited the imperfections of the men who wrote the Constitution as grounds for rejecting...
  • Some gun shows canceling after Conn. mass shooting

    01/05/2013 10:06:14 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 1/5/12 | CHRIS CAROLA and MICHAEL HILL
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Four gun shows, all about an hour's drive from Newtown, Conn., all canceled. A show in White Plains, N.Y., - brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting - is off because officials decided it didn't seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. - about 10 miles west of Newtown - the venue backed out. Same with three other shows in New York's Hudson Valley, according to the organizer. Gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms....
  • White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory

    01/05/2013 10:00:43 AM PST · by pabianice · 131 replies
    TPM ^ | 1/5/13 | Sarlin
    President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence.President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence. 0 The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washingtons attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President...