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  • Raise Taxes on that Guy? Sounds Fair to Liberals

    01/06/2013 3:23:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2012 | John Ransom
    Canetoad wrote: Let's see, Corporate tax receipts as a share of profits are at their lowest rate in forty years. Somethings got to give and it shouldn't be the middle class.- World Begins to Heal with Taxes on Rich January 1st Dear Comrade Mr. Toad,Did I ever tell you how much I loved your Wild Ride at Disney when I was a kid?I really did.You are on to something here. Of course, you’re liberal and the fact that you have a point is accidental and unintentional. But you have made an effective case why tax rates on corporations should be...
  • The Week In Stupid

    01/06/2013 3:06:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Sometimes there is so much stupid going on in the world that you have to just stop and take stock of it all. Al Gore sells Current TV to Al Jazeera. The Americans who owned the anti-American network Current TV soon will be replaced as owners by foreigners who operate the anti-American network Al Jazeera. I doubt any of the 40,000 regular Current TV viewers would have noticed had the news not gone public. Of course, most of them spend their time writing diaries at the DailyKos, when not being yelled at by their moms to clean their rooms. But...
  • NHL lockout is over; players, owners reach tentative CBA deal after 16-hour talks

    01/06/2013 2:57:13 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 1/6/13 | Greg Wyshynski
    It took 16 hours of talks in New York on Saturday, with concessions from both sides. It took 113 days. A total of 625 regular-season games were sacrificed, or over half the 2012-13 season. It took months of bitter sniping, petty politics, false hope and broken hearts.
  • President Obama, First Lady Dine At Nobu Waikiki With Friends

    01/06/2013 2:27:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Obama Foodorama ^ | January 5, 2013 | Eddie Gehman Kohan
    Threepeat: President visits same restaurants on this year's vacation as last year's... After a day of golf, President Obama on Friday night had a long, late dinner in Waikiki, spending more than 3 1/2 hours at Nobu restaurant. Joined by First Lady Obama and an unidentified group of friends, the President arrived at the "perennially hip" Waikiki Parc Hotel at 8:35 PM, home to Nobu, which bills itself as "yet another canvas for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to display his legendary dishes." The closed-off streets around the hotel filled with excited crowds as word of the President's presence spread through Waikiki....
  • Renowned French economist to join Obama’s team

    01/06/2013 2:06:05 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    france24.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Aude MAZOUE
    Duflo, who was raised in a “left-leaning Protestant” family, said she became aware of economic divides and social injustice at a very early age. “I was always conscientious of the gap between my existence and that of the world’s poor,” she told weekly French magazine l’Express in a January, 2011 article. “As a child, I was extremely troubled by the complete randomness of chance that I was born in Paris to an intellectual, middle class family, when I could have just as easily been born in Chad. It’s a question of luck. It inspired in me a sense of responsibility.”
  • Girl, 19, accidentally shoots brother dead while posing with gun

    01/06/2013 1:51:16 AM PST · by expat1000 · 44 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | January 04, 2013 | John Roberts
    A nineteen year old girl was arrested after accidentally killing her brother while posing with a loaded gun at around 5:30 am. The victim was identified as 22-year-old Manuel Ortiz. [snip] If the teen is found to have had alcohol in her system at the time of the shooting, she will be charged with manslaughter.
  • France's President Hollande pulls plug on new national museum plans fearing controversy

    01/06/2013 1:49:51 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5 January 2013 | Bond and Peter Allen
    It is not the only country which has a controversial history of which it may not be entirely proud. But it seems that for French president Francois Hollande, his country's past is not something he thinks should be revisited. This week, ambitious and expensive plans for a museum about the history of France were binned because the Socialist president felt it would be too controversial. A number of academics were left delighted by the decision, because they had argued that French history is too divisive to be recounted in a museum. However, some historians have been left furious over the...
  • The Healing Power of Pets: Veteran With PTSD Finds New Life With DD the Dog [video]

    01/06/2013 1:45:56 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    EDITOR'S NOTE: GET THE TISSUES READY!
  • Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits

    01/06/2013 1:33:22 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | By REED ABELSON
    Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the...
  • Assad to deliver speech on 'developments' in Syria

    01/06/2013 1:17:21 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    france24.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | News Wires
    The pro-Syrian Lebanese daily, Al-Akhbar, said in its Saturday edition that Assad was ready to offer a "solution" to the deadly conflict in his speech. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, said Assad may submit a five-point plan that would not preclude him from contesting the next presidential election when his current term ends in 2014. The plan also provides a ceasefire, allowing international observers to monitor its application, a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution, forming a national government and holding free elections for a new parliament, it said.
  • OUTRAGE! BofA Freezes Licensed Gun Manufacturer’s Deposits “We Believe You Should Not Be Selling

    01/06/2013 12:21:21 AM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    On December 29, the owner of American Spirit Arms; Joe Sirochman relayed this chilling news via Facebook: All, My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms and I wanted to share my recent experience with Bank of America .(which we have been doing business with for over 10 years)…. Everyone is familiar with the latest increase in guns sales , dealers selling out of inventory , Manufacturers back logged for months , large revenue all generated in the last two weeks …. American Spirit Arms is no exception to the overwhelming demand . What we have experienced is...
  • US Army joins battle to save stricken Shell rig

    01/06/2013 12:15:19 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/5/2013 | Emily Gosden
    The US Army has been called in to help with the battle to salvage Royal Dutch Shell’s stricken Kulluk Arctic drilling rig, which has now been beached in environmentally delicate waters for nearly a week. The Kulluk, one of two rigs crucial to Shell’s controversial Arctic oil exploration plans, ran aground on New Year’s Eve as it was hit by a fierce storm while being towed to Seattle for maintenance. Two Chinook helicopters from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade flew to the scene on Friday to help transport heavy equipment for the salvage operations. Three vessels are on site and...
  • Please Pray For My Mom... and Advice-- Is this the Obama Death Panel in action? (Sad update #118)

    01/06/2013 12:00:02 AM PST · by MacMattico · 155 replies
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    Please say a Prayer for my mother. I don't think I've ever asked some one to pray for some one else before, but she's in a tough spot. If it is her time to go it will hurt terribly, but as Catholics and the fact that she is the most caring, loving person I have ever met, I know we will meet again in a better place. I'm also extremely upset with the hospital, and I don't want this to happen to others. On the day after Christmas, my mother was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with Pneumonia. They...
  • Pakistani military says India conducts cross-border raid in Kashmir, kills soldier

    01/05/2013 11:36:30 PM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 12 replies
    Ottawacitizen.com ^ | January 6, 2013
    <p>The Pakistani military is accusing forces from neighboring India of crossing the boundary between the two sides' forces in Kashmir and attacking a Pakistani border post, killing a soldier.</p> <p>The military's public relations office said in a statement Sunday that another Pakistani soldier was critically wounded in the incident early Sunday.</p>
  • President Obama could get 3 terms if H.J.Res 15 abolishes term limits

    01/05/2013 11:04:39 PM PST · by Never A Dull Moment · 76 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 1-5-2013 | Angel Clark
    Americans around the nation were shocked Friday as they heard about H.J.Res. 15. H.J.Res 15 proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment. This would remove the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. Rep. José Serrano (D- NY15) introduced the controversial joint resolution on Friday, the second day of the 2013 legislative session.
  • White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings

    01/05/2013 10:59:41 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 | Philip Rucker
    The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions. A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
  • Binyamin Netanyahu fights surge from rightwing opponent before poll

    01/05/2013 10:52:04 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has been forced to recalibrate his election campaign in response to a downward spiral in opinion polls due to a surprise challenge from an ultra-nationalist startup millionaire and veteran of Israel's most elite commando unit. New tactics are expected to be in evidence on Sunday when Netanyahu appears at a youth rally, following the panicked cancellation of an event on Thursday after dismal turnouts at two campaign rallies earlier in the week. On the advice of his campaign strategist, US Republican adviser Arthur Finkelstein, the prime minister will stop making direct attacks on Naftali Bennett,...
  • FAIL of the Day—-Twenty-five Percent of the Journal News’ Rockland County Gun-Map not Accurate

    01/05/2013 10:50:48 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Rockland Times ^ | 1/5/12 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    The intentions of the Journal News’ editorial board in publishing a highly controversial “interactive gun map” are further occluded by an inconvenient fact. According to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, in Rockland County a large number of the names and addresses on the map are not even correct. Piperato said, “I’d figure about 25 percent of the addresses are not accurate.” He explained that when persons change their address or pass away it is supposed to be reported to the County Clerk’s office, but the county has no means to vigorously enforce this regulation. Thus pistol permit and other permit...
  • Gun owners push back: a former Marine's letter to Dianne Feinstein

    This is the statement he made I am referring to: Addressing Feinstein directly, Mr. Boston, who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, says he'll refuse to register his weapons and writes, "You ma'am have overstepped a line that is not your domain." "I am not your subject," he continues. "I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant."
  • The Last Days of Detroit

    01/05/2013 10:46:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 4 January 2013 | Andy Beckett
    In 1920, Detroit was the fourth biggest city in America. Its population had doubled in a decade. Migrants, many of them African-Americans from the rural South, were drawn by its pioneering car factories with their unprecedentedly high wages. The manic, mechanised, overcrowded metropolis of General Motors and Ford also drew journalists and writers. In 1934, Anne O'Hare McCormick of the New York Times wrote about Detroit's "democratized luxuries, with gas stations on every corner, chain stores, moving-picture palaces … as truly a world capital as any city on earth … Paris dictates a season's silhouette, but Detroit manufactures a pattern...
  • A look at the pros and cons of car sharing

    01/05/2013 10:42:22 PM PST · by thecodont · 20 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 2:37 pm, Friday, January 4, 2013 | By SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Travel Industry Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The ability to access a car quickly and give it back after a few hours is exploding in popularity among both college students and city dwellers. Zipcar created the car-sharing concept in 2000. By the end of the decade car-sharing had caught the attention of the two largest U.S. car rental companies as Enterprise and Hertz started competing services. And this week, Avis, the nation's No. 3 car rental company, jumped into by offering nearly $500 million to buy Zipcar. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-look-at-the-pros-and-cons-of-car-sharing-4168037.php#ixzz2HAtWjxOx
  • Sandwich Maker 'Threatened' After Refusing to Put Ketchup on Cheesesteak

    01/05/2013 10:12:49 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 62 replies
    KSEE24 news ^ | 5 Jan 2013 | NBC news staff
    A Florida man just wanted ketchup on his Philly cheesesteak sandwich at Subway. When he didn't get it, a confrontation with the sandwich maker ensued, leading to a 911 call. Now-former Subway employee Lawrence Ordone told TV station WFTV he was working behind the counter at the sandwich restaurant in an Orlando Walmart on New Year's night, when a man ordered a Philly cheesesteak. "He (the customer) wants ketchup on the Philly cheesesteak and I have never put -- we don't even have ketchup at Subway -- I've never put ketchup on anybody's sandwich," Ordone told WFTV. The restaurant chain...
  • [Video] Fox News Parody About Gun-Free Zones Stopping Crime

    01/05/2013 10:11:16 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    Fox News via Youtube ^ | 2011 | Fox News
    [Video] Fox News Parody About Gun-Free Zones Stopping Crimehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dg_AcBeHgo --------------- --------------- Rep. Thomas Massie, R-4 KY H.R. 133: To repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act. Introduced: Jan 03, 2013 Sponsor: Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4] ====== Flashback 2011: Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul introduced a bill that would abolish "gun-free zones," ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Ron Paul Introduced Pro-gun Legislation The New American 04 August 2011 ==== Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow teachers to carry firearms onto...
  • Bust of Memnon: Images of Blacks in Ancient Greece

    01/05/2013 9:35:51 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    The Root via Scoop.it ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | unattributed
    This marvelous bust is one of the very few documents of an actual black person from Greek and Roman antiquity. Memnon was a pupil and protégé of the well-known Athenian entrepreneur and philosopher Herodes Atticus. It was found more than a century ago in one of several villas owned by Herodes, and it adds a face to the name of the person recorded by Philostratus in his Lives of the Sophists, an account of the famous philosophers of the second century. The exact circumstances of Memnon's entry into this celebrated milieu are unknown, but there is no doubt about the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Dark Tower in Scorpius

    01/05/2013 9:26:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | January 06, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In silhouette against a crowded star field toward the constellation Scorpius, this dusty cosmic cloud evokes for some the image of an ominous dark tower. In fact, clumps of dust and molecular gas collapsing to form stars may well lurk within the dark nebula, a structure that spans almost 40 light-years across this gorgeous telescopic portrait. Known as a cometary globule, the swept-back cloud, extending from the lower right to the head (top of the tower) left and above center, is shaped by intense ultraviolet radiation from the OB association of very hot stars in NGC 6231, off the...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 2 of 14]

    01/05/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    The world view that the final reality is only material or energy shaped by pure chance, inevitably, (that's the next word I would bring to you ) mathematically -- with mathematical certainty -- brings forth all these other results which are in our country and in our society which have led to the breakdown in the country -- in society -- and which are its present sorrows. So, if you hold this other world view, you must realize that it is inevitable that we will come to the very sorrows of relativity and all these other things that are so...
  • 13 officers who shot, killed 2 unarmed suspects have varied personnel records

    01/05/2013 9:19:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 5 Jan 2013 | Brandon Blackwell
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of the Cleveland police officers involved in the Nov. 29 police chase that ended with two suspects dead fumbled a 2011 traffic stop so badly that the department suggested video of the incident be used to teach other officers what not to do. Recently released personnel files show that the 13 officers who shot at Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, when the chase ended in East Cleveland range from highly commended to narrowly hirable. A few have come under gunfire while performing their duties, and some had shot at suspects before.
  • SICK. New EU Poster Puts Hammer and Sickle Above Christian Cross and Other Religious Symbols

    01/05/2013 9:06:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1//5/13 | Jim Hoft
    A new EU poster places the hammer and sickle emblem above the Christian Cross and symbols of other religions. MEP Dan Hannan is rightly angry over this atrocity at his blog: “For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people’s courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a...
  • Saudi Police Arrest Man, Claim He May Have ‘Mental Disorder’ After He Says He Wants to Marry a Jew

    01/05/2013 8:56:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1//5/13 | Erica Ritz
    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of some of the most strict interpretations of Islam, has a notoriously unyielding police force. But unlike most countries, the Saudi kingdom also has an active “religious police,” and the roles of the two sometimes seem to overlap. For instance, Al-Arabiya related Friday that a man was recently arrested by the ​real​ police after being found in possession of documents indicating his desire to…marry a Jewish woman. He was reportedly near the Grand Mosque in Mecca when apprehended. Al-Arabiya explains: Lieutenant Abdulmohsen Maiman, spokesman for the Grand Mosque police, told [al-Hayat newspaper] that the 49-year-old Saudi...
  • Girl Guides set to drop God and Queen from its oath (UK Girl Scouts)

    01/05/2013 8:51:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:34PM GMT 05 Jan 2013 | Julie Henry
    Girlguiding UK is considering the removal of any mention of God or the Queen from its oath. In one of the most controversial shakeups in its 102-year history, the organization has launched a consultation that could lead to significant changes to the promise Guides are expected to take when they join. It would be the first major reform for the Guides, which boasts more than half a million members, to be initiated under Julie Bentley, its new chief executive. The former head of The Family Planning Association, who took over in November, ruffled feathers when she described the Guides as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-13, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/05/2013 8:41:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2013   Monday after Epiphany     Reading 1 1 Jn 3:22–4:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have gone...
  • An Open Letter to Dr. Janet Rosenbaum(Swiss Facts vs American Propaganda)

    01/05/2013 8:40:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    finemrespice.com ^ | 19 December, 2012 | Finemrespice
    Dr. Rosembaum: It appears today that your efforts to publicize your research ("Gun Utopias? Firearm Access and Ownership in Israel and Switzerland," Journal of Public Health Policy 33, p. 47 (2012)) have accelerated. The most recent showcase for your paper and the concepts that underlie it happens to be Foreign Policy ("A League of Our Own," Foreign Policy (December 19, 2012)) but Ezra Klein showcased your research in an interview for his Washington-Post sponsored Wonkblog some days before ("Mythbusting: Israel and Switzerland are not gun-toting utopias," Wonkblog (December 14, 2012)). It is unfortunate then that the body of your research...
  • China chills hit 28-year low, trapping ships in ice

    01/05/2013 8:34:26 PM PST · by cutty · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 5, 2013
    Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, cold enough to freeze coastal waters and trap 1,000 ships in ice... Since late November the country has shivered at an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years... Bitter cold has even frozen the sea in Laizhou Bay on the coast of Shandong province in the east, stranding nearly 1,000 ships, the China Daily newspaper reported.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-06-13, Solemnity, The Epiphany of the Lord

    01/05/2013 8:33:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2013   Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord   Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples;but upon you the LORD shines,and over you appears his glory.Nations shall walk by your light,and kings by your shining radiance.Raise your eyes and look about;they all gather and come to you:your sons come from afar,and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see,your heart shall throb and overflow,for the riches...
  • Stop School Shootings: Hold the Media Accountable

    01/05/2013 8:11:44 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    School shootings have gone up dramatically since 1990. What has changed? First, the Gun Free School Zone act, sponsored by Joe Biden, went into effect, was found unconstitutional, and was then reenacted with intense lobbying by President Clinton. Schools shootings have increased at least four fold since the act was implemented, making schools a popular target full of unarmed victims for mass shooters. Second, the major media, with a clear desire to pass anti-gun legislation in a media-induced emotional frenzy, has given school shootings enormous coverage far beyond other events that are as horrific. This coverage amounts to shouting “Fire!”...
  • A CIA veteran on what ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ gets wrong about the bin Laden manhunt (plus video)

    01/05/2013 8:02:08 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
    It is an odd experience to enter a darkened room and, for more than two and a half hours, watch someone tell a story that you experienced intimately in your own life. But that is what happened recently as I sat in a movie theater near Times Square and watched “Zero Dark Thirty,” the new Hollywood blockbuster about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. When I was head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center from 2002 to 2004 and then director of the National Clandestine Service until late 2007, the campaign against al-Qaeda was my life and obsession. I must say,...
  • 16 Ways Asian Cities Are Making Their US Counterparts Look Like The Third World

    01/05/2013 7:53:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/03/2013 | Joshua Berlinger
    Despite the global economic slowdown, Asia's cities are continuing to widen the perceived technological gap between its American counterparts. The juxtaposition is visible from the moment your feet leave the plane. Many of the airports in Asia's biggest cities are stunning, engineering marvels — and make those in the U.S. seem outdated. Has America's early leadership in technology and engineering evaporated? Or is it hidden at first glance? 1) The Shanghai Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) floats on magnets and is the world's fastest commercially operated train, traveling at speeds up to 268 mph. 2) Seoul's local government has launched a $44...
  • Large fight shuts down Mall of Louisiana

    01/05/2013 7:47:02 PM PST · by Charles Martel · 77 replies
    www.wwltv.com ^ | 1/5/2013 | WWL TV New Orleans
    BATON ROUGE, LA - The Mall of Louisiana has been closed and evacuated after a fight broke out between dozens of young people Saturday evening. Deputies were called to the food court area around 6 p.m. and said the troublemakers quickly dispersed to other areas of the mall. No injuries were reported though several ambulances were dispatched to the area and initial reports of shots fired were apparently incorrect. However, at least one eyewitness reported a chaotic and scary scene in the second floor food court.
  • Smog Regulators Approve $200K Salton Sea Stench Monitoring System

    01/05/2013 7:43:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | January 5, 2013 11:56 AM
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Months after an unusual stench blanketed parts of Southern California, local smog regulators have approved a $200,000 system to monitor the stench, it was reported Saturday. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) plans to establish two stations near the Salton Sea to warn people when the odor reaches critical levels. The stench apparently spawned from either a fish die-off at the Salton Sea or disturbed sea floors that released methane gas from rotting sea life. Hundreds of concerned citizens reported the foul odor to authorities last September. It plagued several...
  • Easy winter suppers *Meat-Loaf*

    01/05/2013 7:42:36 PM PST · by virgil283 · 24 replies
    "Meat loaf and mashed taters, and maybe some steamed summer squash on the side. Meat loaf needs gravy or its juices, on top. At the Maggie's HQ, we make meat loaf the Italian way: Italian Meat Loaf Recipe. Italian-style meat loaf usually has a dash of nutmeg and/or allspice in the recipe, but that particular one does not. I do not think they make this in Italy. Maybe it's a modified meat-ball recipe, but they don't eat meatballs in Italy either. (Nor do Swedes cook Swedish Meatballs.) Best thing about meat loaf? Meat loaf sandwiches the next day or two....
  • Columbia Gun Show sees increasing attendance, sales

    01/05/2013 7:39:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Columbia Missourian ^ | January 5, 2013 | Lindsey Miller and Unho Yi
    COLUMBIA — Ammunition, guns and accessories lined the tables of the 135 vendors at the Columbia Gun Show, which continues Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. By Saturday afternoon, sales had doubled from last year, and attendance continued to rise, Dennis Pearson, manager of the gun show, said. One thousand people had entered the doors Friday evening, and he was expecting another 2,500 on Saturday. Vendors at the show attributed rising sales and increased attendance on the possibility for stricter gun regulations and a potential ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 used in the Newtown, Conn., shootings at...
  • No Guns in School?

    01/05/2013 7:37:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    city journal ^ | 12-2012 | Larry Sand
    No Guns in School? Armed guards have long been the norm on California campuses. 28 December 2012 It was only natural that the mass murder of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would bring out the best and worst of people’s emotions. The frenzy of accusations and name-calling from educators, teachers’ union bosses, reform leaders, policy wonks, gun lobbyists, and editorial writers has yet to subside. The reaction that attracted the most hostility, on the left and on the right, was National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s call for an armed guard in every...
  • Mars rover finally looks set to drill

    01/05/2013 7:36:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    bbc ^ | 4 January 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | Jonathan Amos
    All of Curiosity's instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed. Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover's onboard laboratories for analysis. As Curiosity trundled through Yellowknife Bay in December, it used its survey instruments to try to identify the most promising candidate rock. This equipment comprises the mast-mounted colour cameras and laser spectrometer, and the arm-held "hand lens" camera and X-ray spectrometer. Continue reading the main story Take a trip to Mars Explore...
  • Elections Review Supports Bucher [Alan West election supervisor]

    01/05/2013 7:35:19 PM PST · by StopGlobalWhining · 6 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | January 5, 2013 | Dara Kam and Christine Stapleton
    St. Lucie’s elections mishaps came to light in the razor-thin U.S. House District 18 contest that prompted a prolonged recount and at least two lawsuits. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat who was sworn in on Thursday, defeated tea party icon Allen West, who filed two lawsuits against Walker seeking a manual recount of nearly 38,000 early votes. Murphy was ultimately declared the winner by a slim margin of less than 1,800 votes.
  • Judge orders eligibility attorney to stay away

    01/05/2013 7:34:59 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 01/05/2013 | Bob Unruh
    Florida Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll, who previously cited the fictitious judge in “Miracle on 34th Street” in a ruling, now says he’s done with arguments over Barack Obama’s eligibility. Carroll released an order today refusing to hear a request for a hearing that is allowed under state law when there are doubts about a candidate’s eligibility. And let that be the last, the judge said. “No petitions for clarification or further rehearing will be entertained by the court,” he said in his ruling that refused to respond to a request for the state-allowed hearing in a case brought by Michael...
  • Proposing an amendment to the Constitution... twenty-second article of amendment...

    01/05/2013 7:28:59 PM PST · by neal1960 · 41 replies
    Congress.gov ^ | 01/04/2013 | Congress.gov
    H.J.Res.15 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
  • Debt Ceiling Hooey

    01/05/2013 7:26:15 PM PST · by morethanright · 8 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-05 15:24:20 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Conservative columnists are spilling a lot of ink concerning the "leverage" House Republicans have in the debt ceiling battle coming this February. It's all a load of hooey.It's more likely House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama will hammer out a "grand bargain" that heaps trillions more debt on future generations of indentured state servants with a promise to cut, say, $1 trillion over the next two centuries, while spending hundreds of trillions within the same time-frame. What makes conservative pundits think the debt-ceiling result will differ from that of the fiscal cliff?I'm quite sure Republican talk radio...
  • The Gun Thing, Part II: Hunting

    01/05/2013 7:21:53 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 4 replies
    Standing Firm in Faith ^ | January 5, 2013 | Greg Griffith
    The Second Amendment is not about hunting. It was assumed by the Founding Fathers that most people hunted, that hunting was as natural a thing as breathing. For most people, if you didn’t hunt, you didn’t eat. So when liberals say something “You don’t need a military rifle to hunt deer,” always remember to put it in the context of the First Amendment to see how stupid it is. It’s roughly the same as saying: “You don’t need a printing press to have conversation over dinner.” The Second Amendment is not about hunting in the same way the First Amendment...
  • Christmas tree-lighting bomb plot suspect’s lawyers likely to argue he was lured by agents (OR)

    01/05/2013 7:21:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2013 | AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. – For more than two years, the only image the public has had of the man accused of plotting to detonate an 1,800-pound bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is this: A sullen-faced, sunken-eyed terrorism suspect in a mug shot taken just hours after his arrest.
  • Online outrage over Ohio rape case prompts city website

    01/05/2013 7:00:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 1.5.2013 | CNN
    Steubenville, Ohio (CNN) -- Amid social media pressure and allegations of a cover-up, leaders in Steubenville, Ohio, have launched a website to keep the community updated on a rape case that has consumed the small Ohio town. "With looking at the facts of the case, the rumors, the social media ... we proceeded in setting up SteubenvilleFacts.org that will present only the facts and provide information on the government of the city, as well as the transparency and the timeline of the evidence," City Manager Cathy Davison said at a news conference Saturday. Davison said the website is meant to...