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  • Egypt Copts mark Christmas with fear of future

    01/06/2013 3:45:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6 2013 2:47 PM EST | Sarah El Deeb and Mariam Rizk
    Egypt’s minority Christians were celebrating their first Christmas after the election of an Islamist president and a new pope—and following adoption of a constitution many argue has an Islamist slant. … Concerned for their future and their ancient heritage in Egypt, some Copts are reportedly considering leaving the country. As Egypt struggles with the role of religion in society, many Copts are aligning themselves with moderate Muslims and secular Egyptians who also fear the rise of Islamic power. …
  • Libertarianism & Christianity

    01/06/2013 3:43:37 PM PST · by grumpa · 69 replies
    Faith Facts Publishing ^ | January 5, 2013 | Faith Facts
    We have noticed many conservative Christians these days claiming to hold to a libertarian political philosophy. Libertarianism is the idea that government should allow complete freedom, except in the case when one person directly harms another. While this often sounds appealing to Christians, we see see a dangerous clash of worldviews in trying to mix Christianity with libertarianism. We think that “Christian libertarians” have been unwittingly duped into adopting a philosophy that has much in common with liberal secularists--and is contrary to the Bible at key points. Libertarianism and Christianity really do not mix like some think. Among the problems...
  • Camp 14: Total Control Zone (Must see Documentary on where America is heading)

    01/06/2013 3:35:55 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 13 replies
    January 6, 2013 | conservativeinpa
    I just paused a documentary that I am watching on NetFlix, Camp 14: Total Control Zone, so that I can get the word out on FR that this is a must see documentary. It has subtitles, and it isn't filled with action packed adventure. But hang in there if you are a true patriot. It will make your blood boil. It is the story of Shin Dong-hunk who was born in a North Korean forced labor camp. He escaped at age 23. This isn't an old story, it happened in the last decade. This continues today. It is the only...
  • 'They're Starting To Seriously Worry': Concern Growing About Low Turnout At Obama Inauguration

    01/06/2013 3:35:37 PM PST · by drewh · 120 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 12:34 EST, 6 January 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press
    Hotel rooms remain unbooked ahead of January 21 inauguration ceremony Organizers expecting much lower turnout than 2009 ceremony, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president's 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats. The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol to watch Obama take the oath of...
  • Resurrection of the Body (Ecumenical)

    01/06/2013 3:34:53 PM PST · by narses · 20 replies
    The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to earth, he will physically raise all those who have died, giving them back the bodies they lost at death. These will be the same bodies people had in earthly life—but our resurrection bodies will not die and, for the righteous, they will be transformed into a glorified state, freed from suffering and pain, and enabled to do many of the amazing things Jesus could do with his glorified body (cf. 1 Cor. 15:35–44, 1 John 3:2). The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine, as the apostle Paul declares:...
  • It's Cheaters' Day Tomorrow! (Claimed That More Affairs Start on January 7th)

    01/06/2013 3:30:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 06, 2013
    Cheaters' day tomorrow? More illicit affairs start on January 7 than any other day of the year, experts say. According to a UK-based dating website, January 7 is the day more affairs start than at any other time of the year, The Sun reported. "This doesn't surprise me because now is when I hear from many who suspect their partner is cheating, or who start cheating themselves then don't know what to do - continue the affair, stop it, come clean or forever fib about it," relationships expert Dr Pam Spurr said. During December couples have complaints about partners -...
  • What's classier than a Marine in dress blues?

    01/06/2013 3:29:41 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    What's classier than a Marine in dress blues?A Marine in dress blues escorting a special needs child to the Cinderella Ball. Semper Fi!
  • Scientologists' Alleged 'Alien Space Cathedral' Found

    01/06/2013 3:27:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Live Science ^ | 31 December 2012 | Marc Lallanilla
    A secret bunker hidden deep within the deserts of New Mexico is reported to be the "alien space cathedral" of the Church of Scientology, according to the author of a new book on Scientology. The site is marked by a large symbol etched onto the desert floor: two diamonds surrounded by a pair of overlapping circles, according to the British newspaper The Sun. A private airstrip, built to serve the controversial church's leaders, is within walking distance of the symbol. The entire complex is located near Mesa Huerfanita, N.M., roughly two-hour's drive from Santa Fe, N.M., and three hours north...
  • The Sandy Hook Actors PART 1

    01/06/2013 3:24:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/2012 | LifePsyop·
    As "Crisis Actors" is a hot topic right now, this video seems to be relevant.
  • GOP Senator Cruz: New Gun Control Proposals Are ‘Unconstitutional’ (Fox New Sunday Video at Link)

    01/06/2013 3:12:08 PM PST · by Red Steel · 51 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1:17 pm, January 6th, 2013 | Anjali Sareen
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a freshman Congressmen, appeared on Fox News Sunday and said he did not support most new gun control legislation because “it is unconstitutional.” Cruz was discussing his belief that after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, politicians used the opportunity to “try to exploit and push their political agenda of gun control.” Cruz said he would not back an assault weapons ban or a ban on high capacity magazines. RELATED: Former Marine Responds To Sen. Feinstein’s Gun Proposal: ‘Unconstitutional Laws Aren’t Laws’ Asked if there was any new gun legislation he might be willing...
  • Bloomberg Screws up on Full Auto (YouTube video clip)

    01/06/2013 3:09:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    YouTube/ABCnews ^ | 21 December, 2012 | Bloomberg
    The video clip shows how clueless Michael Bloomberg is. We may have known that, but it is entertaining to have him open his mouth and confirm it for us.
  • Sam Donaldson and wife Jan Smith Donaldson separate after 29 years

    01/06/2013 3:06:57 PM PST · by Daffynition · 52 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01/03/2013 | By The Reliable Source
    Another power couple on the rocks: Sam Donaldson and Jan Smith Donaldson. The veteran ABC newsman, 78, and his journalist wife of 29 years quietly separated several months ago, her attorney confirmed to us Wednesday. “They remain on good terms with each other and are hopeful they’ll be able to resolve their economic issues,” lawyer Sandy Ain said. No reason given for the split, and the couple has not yet filed for divorce, said Ain: “It’s unclear where this is ultimately headed.”
  • The Scotsman tipped to be future leader......of Germany

    01/06/2013 3:05:00 PM PST · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th January 2013 | Allan Hall
    'A Scotsman who married in a kilt, supports Rangers, likes white pudding and drinks Irn-Bru is now being tipped as the possible ruler of Germany. After climbing high and fast through the ranks of Germany’s CDU conservative party, pundits speculate great things lie in store for 41-year-old David McAllister, who is up for re-election as governor in the state of Lower Saxony later this month. The son of a German mother and a Scottish father from the tough Gorbals area of Glasgow, he is recognised as one of the leading figures in Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union party. He has...
  • Militia's

    01/06/2013 3:00:45 PM PST · by chuckles · 59 replies
    vanity | 01/06/2013 | chuckles
    Has anybody spoken about starting to form some sort of organizations for the SHTF day on gun control? I know there are some already out there called preppers, but I find most of them a little off. I would gladly follow someone like Allen West, but I'm not to keen about following some produce manager down at WalMart. We need to start vetting our local ex military, Oath Keepers, or cops so we don't end up in total chaos on day one. How many think it may wake the pols up that we are serious or it may piss them...
  • 9 Strange New Laws for 2013

    01/06/2013 2:59:43 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    indecisionforever ^ | Jan 2, 2013 | Ilya Gerner
    On January 1, 400 new federal laws took effect. Meanwhile, state legislatures passed 29,000 bills and resolutions, many of which came into force on the first of the year. Local government added thousands of new laws. Ignorance is no excuse, so start cramming on all the weird new regulations you have to follow as of Tuesday: 1. In California, it's now unlawful to let a dog pursue a bear or bobcat at any time. Previously, exceptions had been made for hunting. Bad news for dogs, good news for bears and bobcats. 2. The new laws aren't just about banning things!...
  • Observe and Serve: RESOLVE to SAVE the U.S.A.

    01/06/2013 2:46:50 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 61 replies
    Free Republic Original Content | Jan 8, 2012 | By Laz A. Mataz
    It is clear to any man or woman of honor, that America has fallen from the mortal pantheon of Great Nations. We have, as a people, dwindled into a selfish and self-seeking lot, whose primary focus vacillates between maintaining our grasp of pop-culture, and making sure our prodigious guts are filled. It was not always thus: There was a time when we embraced God; when we would reach out to our fellow man in charity; when we would help nations in distress. Now, as we slide to socialism and communism, where the State enforces a 'charity of poverty', as opposed...
  • Democrat Underground Blames Bush for Obama Payroll Tax Hike

    01/06/2013 2:36:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is hilarious. As you know, ladies and gentlemen, beginning with the first day of the year, and because of the fiscal cliff deal, the temporary partial tax cut on the Social Security tax expired. There was a temporary partial exemption on the payroll tax. I've been asked if most people noticed it. They didn't notice it until they were told about it. It added up to, depending on your income, it could be a thousand dollars a year that you had extra because of this partial tax. Anyway, on January 1, that partial temporary tax cut...
  • Obama Is Planning A Major Push On Guns, And One Democratic Senator Is Already Calling It 'Extreme'

    01/06/2013 2:32:30 PM PST · by blam · 85 replies
    TBI ^ | Brett LoGiurato
    The White House Is Planning A Major Push On Guns, And One Democratic Senator Is Already Calling It 'Extreme' Brett LoGiuratoJan. 6, 2013, 1:40 PMThe White House's task force led by Vice President Joe Biden is considering expansive proposals to tackle the nation's gun violence, something that is already drawing early condemnation from even Democratic lawmakers. The Washington Post reported Sunday that the group headed by Biden is preparing to go far beyond a simple reinstatement of the expired assault weapons ban: A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders...
  • East Islip Cold Case Murder Solved After 28 Years

    01/06/2013 2:29:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Long Island Press ^ | January 2, 2013 | Timothy Bolger
    Raed Innab, 46, charged with second-degree murder for the Aug. 21, 1984 stabbing death of 32-year-old Darwish Ali Darwish New York State police are crediting forensic technological advancements and sticktoitiveness for solving a murder investigation after 28 years this week. Troopers arrested Raed Innab, 46, and charged him with second-degree murder for the Aug. 21, 1984 stabbing death of 32-year-old Darwish Ali Darwish, who had been convicted of killing the suspect’s uncle. Both men were from Brooklyn. Darwish was found suffering from stab wounds along Hecksher State Parkway in East Islip and later died at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore....
  • US fines China firm for illegal export to Pak nuke plant

    01/06/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    A Chinese company has agreed to pay a penalty of $3 million after pleading guilty to the charges of illegally exporting high-performance coating to Pakistan's Chashma nuclear power plant, US federal authorities said. Headquartered in Nanjing, the Chinese firm Huaxing agreed to the maximum criminal fine of  $2 million, $1 million of which will be stayed pending its successful completion of five years of corporate probation. Huaxing was building Chashma II Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan as part of a nuclear cooperation pact between China and Pakistan. Chashma II is owned by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, which is an...
  • Ted Nugent Tries to Advise Joe Biden on Gun Control Issues

    01/06/2013 2:22:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Vintage Vinyl News ^ | Saturday, January 05, 2013
    Gun advocate Ted Nugent has taken it upon himself to write an open letter to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on how he should handle the issue of gun control. In essence, Nugent is calling for no further gun control but better the use of public service announcements encouraging the public to be aware of warning signs by those in their realm that could point to a possible dangerous situation. The letter, published by the Washington Times, may not be every American's cup of tea nor may it be the right way to avoid further tragedies, but it is possibly...
  • Gun Ban Stopped in Illinois Today (6 January, 2012)

    01/06/2013 2:20:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Here it the link to a YouTube video showing Chairman Nekritz pulling the "Assault Weapon" ban which would have banned about 60 percent of the guns owned in Illinois: Video Here At the end of the video, you can here someone yell "Death to Tyrants", or something pretty close!
  • NHL, union reach tentative agreement

    01/06/2013 2:05:19 PM PST · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season. After 16 hours of tense talks, the NHL and its players finally achieved their elusive deal early Sunday morning, finding a way to restart a sport desperate to regain momentum and boost its prominence. Ending a bitter dispute that wiped out a large part of the hockey season for the third time in less than two decades, the league and its union agreed to the framework of a 10-year labor contract that will allow a delayed schedule to start later this month.
  • Obama: More Tax Increases Possible to Reduce the Deficit

    01/06/2013 2:03:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | january 5, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    President Barack Obama said he’s willing to consider more spending cuts to lower the deficit, as long as they’re coupled with more tax reforms. Using Saturday’s weekly address to praise Congress’ last-minute deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” Obama said it’s “just one more step” in the larger effort to boost the economy and reduce federal deficits. He said this week’s deal raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have thrown the country back into recession. “I believe we can find more places to cut spending without shortchanging things like education, job training,...
  • Downton Abbey Season 3 Starts Tonight (PBS Masterpiece Theater)

    01/06/2013 1:57:11 PM PST · by randita · 123 replies
    PBS ^ | 1/6/13 | randita
    The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey, Season 3 premieres January 6, 2013 on Masterpiece classic! Post comments and predictions, please.
  • Anyone Using Google Cloud Print?

    01/06/2013 1:54:18 PM PST · by chaosagent · 36 replies
    And Having Problems?
  • Violence erupts in Belfast for a third night

    01/06/2013 1:54:15 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 5 replies
    RTE News ^ | 1/6/13
    There have been further clashes between police and Loyalist protesters in east Belfast, with reports of shots being fired and a 38-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The violence, which flared for the third night in a row, is linked to last month's decision by councillors to limit the number of days the union flag is flown over Belfast City Hall.
  • John Boehner: a Leader ALL Republicans Can Be PROUD of

    01/06/2013 1:42:17 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 147 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    If you believe the Obammunist hacks  at the New York Times, anyway...  Uh, I'm pretty sure this is the same  John Boehner they're talking about: LAZY COWARDLY TRAITOROUS DRUNKEN ORANGE More/video at Reaganite Republican.... ____________________________________________________________ BonerPlan   YouAreHATED   TotallyLooksLike   DownWithTyranny   GrassRoots    DriftGlass   About.com   CourantBlogs   StopObamaNow   SodaHead
  • President Says “Right of Conscience” Not Valid for Military Personnel (Satire)

    01/06/2013 1:42:00 PM PST · by John Semmens · 23 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Even though he signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), President Obama says he will not abide by its provision protecting military chaplains from being compelled to perform services which violate their moral or religious beliefs. “I am the Commander-in-Chief,” Obama explained. “It is every soldier’s duty to carry out my orders without hesitation or mental reservation. No religious dogma can be permitted to interfere with this duty.” The genesis of the so-called “right of conscience” clause in the legislation was the desire to allow chaplains to be excused from performing gay marriages if their religious beliefs are opposed...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1/6 7-11pm est

    01/06/2013 1:32:25 PM PST · by Vision · 46 replies
    WAMU ^ | 1/6/13 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • 10 surprising quotes from abortionists

    01/06/2013 1:32:20 PM PST · by NYer · 70 replies
    liveactionnews ^ | January 5, 2013 | Lauren Enriquez
    They’re threatened by informed consent. They’re traumatized by the limp body parts they look at every day. They’re torn by the contradiction that they became doctors to preserve life but use their profession to end it. Here are some eye-opening confessions from current and former abortionists. They [the women] are never allowed to look at the ultrasound because we knew that if they so much as heard the heart beat, they wouldn’t want to have an abortion. –Dr. Randall, former abortionistEven now I feel a little peculiar about it, because as a physician I was trained to conserve life, and...
  • Is Our Debt Burden Really $100 Trillion? (probably more - 'unfunded liabilities' are a KILLER)

    01/06/2013 1:26:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/28/12 | Derek Thompson
    Wanna scare somebody about America's debt on the eve of the Fiscal Cliff? I mean, really scare somebody? Here's a trick. Don't talk about the debt. Talk about "unfunded liabilities." The U.S. national debt comes out to about $16 trillion today. That's something. But it's nothing compared to the extra $87 trillion in unfunded liabilities to Social Security, Medicare, and federal pensions. Here's how that works. If you add up all of the U.S. government's promises to pay retirement and health care benefits for the next 75 years and subtract the projected tax revenue dedicated to those programs over the...
  • Little Red Wagon {video}

    01/06/2013 1:21:53 PM PST · by shove_it · 5 replies
    (You had to have had a Radio Flyer to appreciate this short video)
  • Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought

    01/06/2013 1:17:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/6/13 | Jonathan Strong
    A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned. A group of disaffected conservatives had agreed to vote against the Ohio lawmaker if they could get at least 25 members to join the effort. But one member, whose identity could not be verified, rescinded his or her participation the morning of the vote, leaving the group one person short of its self-imposed 25-member threshold. Only 17 votes against Boehner were required to...
  • Vanity - Freeper help needed - Open Media Foundation

    01/06/2013 1:15:56 PM PST · by Vob · 11 replies
    Freepers can anyone help with tracing funding to The Open Media Foundation? Thanks in advance. Looking for any connections to the Soros money. vob
  • B16's Epiphany Gifts: Rings, Miters and Croziers

    01/06/2013 1:15:36 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Continuing a JPII tradition he was initially loath to pick up, this morning again saw the Pope mark Epiphany by ordaining a new crop of bishops, the crop of four headlined by the elevation of his longtime personal secretary, now Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who Benedict XVI has made his ultimate gatekeeper by naming the 56 year-old German as prefect of the Papal Household. Two of the other new archbishops – the Nigerian Fortunatus Nwachukwu, 52, and the Genovese Nicolas Thevenin, 54 – will respectively serve as papal nuncio in Nicaragua and Guatemala, while the Italian Angelo Vincenzo Zani, 62, will...
  • NFL Wild Card Playoffs Live Thread--January 5-6, 2013

    01/06/2013 1:14:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 87 replies
    Me | Sunday, January 6, 2013
    Go Redskins! By the way, today is Ray Lewis' last home game in Baltimore.
  • Dangerous old men in history....stay off their lawns.

    01/06/2013 1:02:44 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 19 replies
    web links ^ | variety | Variety
    We all remember the famous line delivered by the fictional Walt Kowalski played by Clint Eastwood. Walt, was a recently widowed UAW worker and Korean War veteran. Delivered from behind a freshly charged and precisely aimed M-1 Garand to a trespassing Asian gang member rolling in Walt's begonias' one night.....it definitely got the point across. As Walt would say later to three other wayward "utes" picking on a young girl as he calmly leveled his M1911 at them with a sneer....."Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have f#$ked with? That's me." Such men...
  • Dance Like Nobody's Watching

    01/06/2013 1:01:50 PM PST · by rocky50 · 24 replies
    The Girl Is Having Fun At Airport(Video)
  • Cult of Personality: Who comes to mind?

    01/06/2013 1:01:35 PM PST · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 6, 2012 | Dan Miller
    North Korea, Venezuela and other countries have them. Instead of freedom they provide a benevolent hero to worship.The leader of a cult of personality has real power in his own right and/or is a front for others, some of whom are expendable if they might diminish the perceived glory of the leader. That happens frequently in North Korea. Officials once thought necessary to enhance the cult leader's glory are dismissed, sometimes with "extreme prejudice," when they come to be seen as posing dangers to his continued ascension to greater glory. Sometimes personality cults morph into secular religions. North Korea has...
  • Obama's Vacation by the Numbers

    01/06/2013 1:00:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    <p>Obama played FIVE rounds of golf with SEVEN different partners, spending roughly THIRTY hours on TWO different courses on Oahu.</p> <p>The president made FIVE early morning trips to the gym at the nearby Marine Base at Kaneohe Bay.</p> <p>The First Family spent TWO afternoons enjoying the beach on the base and went for ONE hike to a local waterfall.</p>
  • VANITY: Suggestions for best places in Nevada for low income retirement

    01/06/2013 12:55:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    January 7, 2013 | BenLurkin
    Some small city with high speed internet and a large enough lot to have a large "Kitchen garden".....but not living next door to a pit-bull puppy mill or anything like that....
  • Watch An All-Robot Band Rock Out To "Ace of Spades"

    01/06/2013 12:45:38 PM PST · by zeestephen · 19 replies
    now.msn.com ^ | 06 January 2013
    "Compressorhead" rehearsing for an upcoming gig at The Big Day Out Festival - Drummer has four arms
  • Cameraman And Hungry Polar Bear

    01/06/2013 12:43:56 PM PST · by navysealdad · 24 replies
    Terrifying moment a wildlife cameraman stared into the jaws of a hungry polar bear in the middle of the frozen Arctic. (VIDEO)
  • Credit - Out of Control Debt

    01/06/2013 12:42:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    USA.gov ^ | 1/6/13 | USA.gov
    Counseling services are available to help people budget money and pay bills. Credit unions, Cooperative Extension offices, military family service centers and religious organizations are among those that may offer free or low-cost credit counseling.Local, nonprofit agencies that provide educational programs on money management and help in developing debt payment plans operate under the name Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS). They are members of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).
  • Oklahoma Should Feel Pride About New House Speaker

    01/06/2013 12:37:59 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 17 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 01-06-2013 | The Oklahoman Editorial
    Oklahoma should feel pride about new House speaker.. The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: January 6, 2013 IN 1908, A.C. Hamlin, R-Guthrie, became the first black man elected to the Oklahoma Legislature. On Tuesday, another black Republican, state Rep. T.W. Shannon of Lawton, will formally become speaker of the House during an organizational session. Shannon stresses policy and conservative ideology rather than race, but as the first black Oklahoma House speaker — and only black Republican leading a legislative chamber in the country — he'll get national attention reflecting positively on Oklahoma. The same can't be said of reaction to Hamlin's...
  • AZ:Former Senator Offers Better Alternative to Gun Turn In

    01/06/2013 12:36:29 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    On January 8th, the City of Tucson is creating some political theater to delegitimize armed citizens. These events are described by the irrational term “buy back” when the government never owned the firearms in the first place. In Arizona, a courageous former state senator, Frank Antenorei, is turning the tables on the politically correct anti-freedom organizers. Instead of victimizing widows who often turn in valuable property for a pittance, he will be offering cash to those who want to get rid of their guns, but do not know how valuable they are. This is perfectly legal in Arizona, just as...
  • Al Gore Has Uncomfortable Past With The Tobacco Industry (Flashback to '96)

    01/06/2013 12:33:24 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 09/04/1996 | Joan Beck
    Those delegates to the National Democratic Convention who were moved to tears by Vice President Al Gore's poignant story about his sister's death from lung cancer might not have been so misty-eyed if they knew about Gore's long and profitable relationship with tobacco. --snip-- He and his family made money by raising tobacco on their Tennessee farm for years - profiting from a product that killed lots of other people's sisters and husbands and parents and brothers and friends in a particularly vicious and cruel way. They didn't stop when the surgeon general issued his sharp warning linking tobacco with...
  • India wary as Turkey set to broker Afghanistan-Taliban peace

    01/06/2013 12:32:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | January 6, 2013 | Indrani BagchiIndrani Bagchi
    Turkey is emerging as the new player in the unfolding Afghanistan peace process. As Afghanistan and Pakistan work on a peace roadmap, with the active assistance and blessings of London and Washington, Turkey has stepped in, even offering to host senior Taliban leaders released by Pakistan for reconciliation talks with the Afghan government. Although India is not part of the deal, India will be deeply affected by the outcome of whatever political process is implemented in Afghanistan. And with a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan, India will be keen to ensure its own red lines about the accommodation...
  • Newborn Cat Fight [video]

    01/06/2013 12:23:32 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Never too early for sibling rivalry.