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  • Hugo Chavez remains hospitalized in Cuba as Venezuelan inauguration approaches

    01/07/2013 2:26:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | Juan Forero
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Hugo Chavez’s fervent followers still assemble in the capital’s main public square, decked in the bright red of their leader’s movement, to chant revolutionary songs that envisage the president leading the country far into the future. But Chavez, who has dominated public life here since the late 1990s, is nowhere to be seen. He no longer gives his trademark bombastic speeches, nor does he hold forth on television like a game-show host. On Sunday, he remained in Cuba, where he has been for nearly a month, presumably convalescing after undergoing surgery to remove what he called “some...
  • Police drug search intrudes on husband's final moments with deceased wife

    01/07/2013 1:48:37 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 3 2013 | Dennis Romboy
    VERNAL — A man says Vernal police disrupted an intimate moment of mourning with his deceased wife of 58 years when they searched his house for her prescription medication without a warrant within minutes of her death. -snip- Ben D. Mahaffey, 80, said he was distraught and trying to make sure his wife's body would be taken to the funeral home with dignity, when he says officers insisted he help them look for the drugs. "I was holding her hand saying goodbye when all the intrusion happened," he told the Deseret News. -snip- Mahaffey said he was treated as if...
  • Animal-lover tattoos pictures of five dead cats on her back

    01/07/2013 1:34:23 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 60 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | Fred Attewill
    Animal-lover Fran Bailey knows a pet is for life – so has had the faces of her five dead cats inked on her back. She had the puss picture tattoos to ‘always remember’ pets Tinky, Woody, Mr Brush, Mr Spock and Bella. And each design reminded her of her pets’ personalities, she said. ‘I love my cats and I love my tattoo,’ said the 23-year-old. ‘A lot of people who have lost pets can relate to it.’ But the tattoo artist has her limits and won’t be adding more faces to the memorial marking. Miss Bailey, who takes in abandoned...
  • Why Exceptionalism Matters (and why Obama must reject it)

    01/07/2013 1:33:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Jeffrey Folks
    America is exceptional, despite what our current president may think. Asked whether America was an exceptional country, Mr. Obama famously replied that every country is exceptional. North Korea is exceptional? Castro's Cuba is fine? Zimbabwe is great? Really? Obama's response accords with the left's theory of universalism, whereby one's general allegiance to mankind outweighs that to any particular nation, including one's own....... .......From a practical perspective, universalism is a dead end -- quite literally -- because there are always powerful adversaries who do not share one's soft-hearted faith in universal brotherhood. The left's goals of unilateral disarmament and global equality...
  • 07 JANUARY 2013 Why is Hillary Clinton Always Stumbling, Tripping, and Falling...?

    01/07/2013 1:32:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    A: a blood clot!
  • $90,000 stuffed into pants during video re-enactment in Kilpatrick trial on Friday

    01/07/2013 1:28:21 AM PST · by RC one · 5 replies
    click on detroit ^ | Jan 04 2013 | Alexandra Harland
    DETROIT - Prosecutors in the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial demonstrated Friday that it is possible to sail through Detroit Metropolitan airport metal detectors wearing $90,000 in the waistband of one's pants without raising any suspicion. In a scene oddly reminiscent of the movie Magic Mike, a rapt courtroom watched a video clip of an FBI agent stuffing 9 stacks of bills totaling $90,000 into his Levis and then walking through an airport magnetometer without setting off any visual or audio alarms. The video sought to re-enact the testimony of government witness Mahlon Clift from last fall. On September 25th...
  • Japan Bluefin Tuna Fetches Record $1.7m

    01/07/2013 12:55:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 January 2013
    A single bluefin tuna has sold in Japan for 155m yen ($1.7m; £1.05m), almost triple the record price set last year. High bids traditionally mark the year's first auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid out the record price last year, said the cost was "a bit high". The sale came amid continued warnings from environmentalists that tuna stocks are dwindling and overfished. 'Encourage Japan' This year's record-breaking fish was caught off north-eastern Japan and weighed in at 222kg (489lbs), some 47kg lighter than last year's prize-winner, which fetched 56m...
  • AGENDA: Grinding America Down (full movie) Free to watch on Vimeo for a limited time

    01/07/2013 12:49:38 AM PST · by KGeorge · 27 replies
    Copybook Heading Productions, LLC ^ | 2 months ago | Curtis Bowers
    If you have any doubt of the immediate, urgent danger confronting America- or even if you don't, please take the time to watch this documentary. And please share it widely. AGENDA: Grinding Down America was written, produced, & directed by Curtis Bowers. He is joined by people like The Hon. Ed Meese III, Brannon Howse (founder/ president of the American Family Policy Institute), Phyllis Schlafly (founder/ president of Eagle Forum), The Hon H. L. Richardson (former State Senator from California & founder of Gun Owners of America), authors Dr David Noebel (Understanding The Times, also founder & president of Summit...
  • Syria: Assad calls for mobilisation against ‘puppet’ rebels

    01/07/2013 12:45:47 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/7/2012
    In his first public appearance in months, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for “full national mobilisation” against rebel "terrorists" seeking to divide the country and said there was no room for dialogue with Western "puppets". Then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, conducts "personal diplomacy" during Bush administration Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his first public appearance in months on Sunday, calling for a “full national mobilisation” to fight against rebel fighters that he described as al-Qaeda terrorists. Assad, ignoring international demands for him to step down, described the conflict in Syria as a struggle between the Syrian people and...
  • Possible Oil Shale in South Dakota

    01/07/2013 12:43:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KFYR-TV ^ | December 14, 2012 | Jennifer Joas
    After horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing cracked open the Bakken formation and exposed hundreds of barrels of oil per day, the appeal of oil is growing across the country. South Dakota is one state that believes it may have an oil formation, so a state geologist is trying to attract companies to travel south. South Dakota wants more than four famous faces. The state geologist believes they may have undiscovered oil. "We are looking at the old historic data and were seeing these reports of tight formations that had oil in them, but they blew them off as not being...
  • Russia's Mordovia Woos New Citizen Gerard Depardieu

    01/07/2013 12:02:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Russian region of Mordovia has invited French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received his Russian passport. Governor Vladimir Volkov said he could choose an apartment or a place to build a house, Interfax news agency reported. Mordovia is best known for its Stalin-era gulag prison camps. Mr Depardieu has taken Russian citizenship after the French government criticised his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes. The BBC's Daniel Sandford, in Moscow, says even today harsh prisons are Mordovia's principal employer. One of the convicted members of the punk band Pussy Riot -...
  • Cocooning Is the Wrong Solution for Conservatives

    01/06/2013 11:44:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | James G. Wiles
    .......... the United States needs its conservative leaders and activists in the public square now more than at any time in our lifetimes. If we hold on, we'll win. Blue State America is doomed, and the blue-staters represented by President Obama and his party cannot save it. ...... we red-staters must remain fully involved and fully engaged in American politics and culture. This is especially true after a year like 2012 -- when we lose. Better to quote U.S. General Joseph Stilwell after the loss of Burma to the Japanese. "I claim," Vinegar Joe said, "we took a hell of...
  • Parents 'Should Carry Babies Upright'

    01/06/2013 11:42:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 Jan 2013
    Parents should carry their babies upright instead of pushing them around in prams because it aids their development, a new book claims.Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist, said children could benefit from basic parenting methods which have been abandoned in the west but are still used in more traditional societies around the world. Indigenous people living in the African rainforest, for example, use a variety of behaviours which developed over hundreds of thousands of years of human history, but which have recently become "unfashionable" in the modern world. In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, Prof Diamond argues that...
  • Illinois lawmakers abandon attempts to ban assault weapons

    01/06/2013 11:16:22 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    WBEZ91.5 ^ | January 6, 2013 | Tony Arnold
    Illinois lawmakers are abandoning efforts to pass gun control legislation in the final days of their session. An assault weapons ban was one of several major issues that brought State House members back to Springfield on Sunday. Lawmakers are also hoping to address other issues, such as pension reform, forcing companies to disclose what they pay in taxes and allowing those in the country illegally to obtain a driver’s license. The assault weapons ban legislation was slated to appear Sunday afternoon in front of the House Judiciary Committee. But despite a room packed full of supporters and opponents of gun...
  • Renowned French economist to join Obama’s team

    01/06/2013 11:13:34 PM PST · by Buddy Sorrell · 26 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/5/2013 | France 24
    France’s Esther Duflo, a star economist who was once named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to help shape US global development policy. France’s Esther Duflo, a world renowned economist, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to join a government body dedicated to advising the administration on global development policy. 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.
  • Where Cheaters Live: S.F.'s 10 Most Adulterous Neighborhoods

    01/06/2013 11:10:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu., Jan. 3 2013 | Erin Sherbert
    That doesn't look like it's his fault at all Have you ever wondered what those rich folks in Pac Heights do with all that extra money lying around? Apparently, they are lavishing diamonds on every hottie who isn't their spouse. According to new stats released today, San Francisco is a great place to have an extramarital affair, especially in the wealthy enclaves of the city, where you are most likely to find a cheating spouse. You know who you are, even if your wife doesn't. AshleyMadison.com, a website that helps married users find partners other than their spouses (its slogan...
  • Candlelight Vigil Held For Elk Killed By Police Officer In Boulder (Colorado)

    01/06/2013 10:55:19 PM PST · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    CBS News Denver ^ | January 6, 2013
    A candlelight vigil was held in Boulder Sunday evening for an elk that was shot by a police officer last Tuesday. The vigil was held on Mountain View Road near where the incident occurred. Some residents say the elk was considered a friend and even a guardian. They created a memorial at a tree in the area. Two police officers who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the Boulder Police Department investigates. [Snip] Several neighbors told CBS4 they feel there was no reason to kill the animal, and they are encouraging others to complain...
  • Jason Weinstein’s Justice Department career was derailed by ‘Fast and Furious’

    01/06/2013 10:34:06 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2013 | Ann E. Marimow
    McMahon said that agents running the Fast and Furious investigation would benefit if the department could expedite its review of wiretap applications. In their initial conversation, Weinstein later told the IG, McMahon gave him the clear impression that agents in Fast and Furious were aggressively seizing guns and that it was “completely different” from Wide Receiver. Two weeks later, Weinstein received the first of three wiretap applications he would review for Fast and Furious. He said that following years of department practice, he signed off after reading summary memos prepared by lawyers in the Office of Enforcement Operations. He did...
  • Police: Teen arrested at airport claims to be Ron Paul's grandson

    01/06/2013 10:30:05 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 8 replies
    WBTV Charlotte, NC ^ | Jan 06, 2013 | Andrew Armstrong
    Police: Teen arrested at airport claims to be Ron Paul's grandson CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teenager who says he is the son of a U.S. Senator, and grandson of a former Presidential candidate, was arrested Saturday night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. William Hilton Paul, 19, was then transported and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail. Sources at the Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office say he identified himself as the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Senator Paul's father is former Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul was also charged with Disorderly Conduct and being Intoxicated and Disruptive.
  • 3rd Term or Dictator? Repeal the twenty-second article of amendment

    01/06/2013 9:54:55 PM PST · by Boomer · 28 replies
    Congress.Gov ^ | 01/04/2013 | Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]
    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.113th Congress (2013-2014)
  • Free Speech Licenses? VANITY

    01/06/2013 9:52:33 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 18 replies
    1-6-13 | ApplegateRanch
    If the Left insists upon limiting the Second Amendment, then maybe it is time to reexamine the First Amendment, in light of their arguments for limiting the Second. Whereas: More people are threatened, bullied, or otherwise victimized by speech or other forms of expression utilizing mass communications; Whereas: Technical advances have placed the means of mass communications and publishing onto every desktop and mobile device in America; Whereas: Only manual writing or manually operated printing presses were available in 1791, when the Bill of Rights was adopted; Whereas: The Founding Fathers had no way of even conceiving of the concept...
  • Gun Control Tramples On The Certain Virtues Of A Heavily Armed Citizenry

    01/06/2013 9:50:49 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 28DEC2012 | Lawrence Hunter
    It is time the critics of the Second Amendment put up and repeal it, or shut up about violating it. Their efforts to disarm and short-arm Americans violate the U.S. Constitution in Merriam Webster’s first sense of the term—to “disregard” it. Hard cases make bad law, which is why they are reserved for the Constitution, not left to the caprice of legislatures, the sophistry and casuistry of judges or the despotic rule making of the chief executive and his bureaucracy. And make no mistake, guns pose one of the hardest cases a free people confronts in the 21st century, a...
  • What firearm(s) would you recommend for home protection?

    01/06/2013 9:42:01 PM PST · by ru4liberty · 236 replies
    Self
    This question pertains to a diminutive woman in her mid-60s. She has a .38 handgun but has been told by a few people (shooting range owner, RTC instructor's cousin, co-worker, etc.) that the best thing to have is a shotgun. They pretty much said that sometimes the only thing a perp needs is to hear the cocking of the shotgun and he'll flee the scene. I wanted to tap into the expertise of those FReepers who are knowledgeable of such things so I can pass along the info. Also, her funds are limited (fixed income), so any recommendations that would...
  • You can’t ‘scrub’ up EBT mess with a dirty rag

    01/06/2013 9:18:54 PM PST · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/07/2013 | Howie Carr
    Anecdote — that’s Gov. Deval Patrick’s favorite word to describe any scandal involving EBT cards and his constituents. It doesn’t matter how solid the information is, how many law-enforcement agencies are involved in the takedown, he always shrugs off the latest rip-off of the taxpayers. And now he’s looking at another 19,000 of them — that 4 percent of the welfare community that the Department of Transitional Assistance could not locate. The Patrick administration has known about these appalling EBT numbers for months now. They were only released after this newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request. Which is...
  • Ramsey County Elections Manager Mansky Hides Election Records

    01/06/2013 9:15:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/3/13 | mnmajoritydotorg
    In this January 3rd, 2013 edition of Majority Report, Sue Jeffers and Dan McGrath discuss Ramsey County Election Manager Joe Mansky's recent refusal to provide public access to 2012 election records, even though he has made them available for previous elections and they are vital to detect and prove voter fraud. Watch the video and call Joe Mansky at 651-266-2171 to demand transparency in our election system.
  • Downton Abbey Season 3 official thread

    01/06/2013 9:12:11 PM PST · by FoxPro · 42 replies
    My 85 year old mom gets so much delight from this.
  • Data Saved In Quartz Glass Might Last 300 Million Years

    01/06/2013 9:04:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 66 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/6/13 | Timothy Hornyak
    Most cultural institutions and research laboratories still rely on magnetic tape to archive their collections. Hitachi recently announced that it has developed a medium that can outlast not only this old-school format but also CDs, DVDs, hard drives and MP3s. The electronics giant partnered with Kyoto University's Kiyotaka Miura to develop “semiperpetual” slivers of quartz glass that Hitachi says can preserve information for hundreds of millions of years with virtually no degradation. The prototype is made of a square of quartz two centimeters wide and two millimeters thick. It houses four layers of dots that are created with a femtosecond...
  • Is Jon Stewart racist?

    01/06/2013 9:04:49 PM PST · by Jmathes · 12 replies
  • Time to toot horn for George H.W. Bush

    01/06/2013 9:03:43 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2012 | David Frum
    (CNN) -- George H.W. Bush marked his 80th and 85th birthdays with parachute jumps. He said after the second jump: "Just because you're an old guy, you don't have to sit around drooling in the corner. Get out and do something. Get out and enjoy life." Now 88, Bush has been struggling with serious health concerns, including bronchitis. We need him to recover, to set an example for the world of how a man can mark his 90th. The son of a U.S. senator, Bush has been a naval aviator hero, oil millionaire, member of Congress, ambassador to China, CIA...
  • ´They´re starting to seriously worry´: Concern growing about low turn- out at Obama inauguration

    01/06/2013 9:01:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/6/13 | by Staff
    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 o watch Obama take the oath of office. This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people for Obama´s public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 21.
  • PRAVDA: Global Warming, Tool of the West

    01/06/2013 8:55:01 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 29 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | January 4, 2013 | Stanislav Mishin
    For years, the Elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell in the West model and its consiquent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable, the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living. In other words, they coasted them into the poverty that the greed and treason of those...
  • Eve of Disaster - Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War.

    01/06/2013 8:44:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Foreign Policy via Indian Strategic Studies ^ | January 4, 2013 | CHARLES EMMERSON
    <p>The leading power of the age is in relative decline, beset by political crisis at home and by steadily eroding economic prowess. Rising powers are jostling for position in the four corners of the world, some seeking a new place for themselves within the current global order, others questioning its very legitimacy. Democracy and despotism are locked in uneasy competition. A world economy is interconnected as never before by flows of money, trade, and people, and by the unprecedented spread of new, distance-destroying technologies. A global society, perhaps even a global moral consciousness, is emerging as a result. Small-town America rails at the excessive power of Wall Street. Asia is rising once again. And, yes, there's trouble in the Middle East.</p>
  • N.C. Police Lieutenant warns of Martial Law in Early 2013

    01/06/2013 8:39:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/30/13 | cybertribenetwork
    Radio show. A police officer calls in and talks about his personal information.
  • Things I Learned While Falling Off a Cliff

    01/06/2013 8:33:21 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 6, 2013, A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The nation’s problems are almost all economic ones. That’s not to say that we don’t have social problems too, or that we don’t have defense problems too. But even those can be somewhat alleviated by fixing our economic problems. Too many of us don’t go to church or synagogue every week… too many of us don’t have intact families. And our nation is beset with threats from criminals from across our border and from terrorists from across the ocean. But if we were to fix our economic problems, one byproduct of that fix would be that those other problems would...
  • Thirteen little galaxies all in a row: Configuration deviates from the expected...

    01/06/2013 8:06:50 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 36 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 1/6/13 | Randy Shore
    A string of 13 dwarf galaxies are in orbit around the galaxy Andromeda. The galaxies are spread across a flat plane more than one million light years wide and 30,000 light years thick, moving in synchonicity with each other. The phenomenon is unlike behaviour of other observed galaxies and suggests a hole in our knowledge of galaxy formation. A string of 13 dwarf galaxies in orbit around the massive galaxy Andromeda are not behaving as they should. The galaxies are spread across a flat plane more than one million light years wide and only 30,000 light years thick, moving...
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    01/06/2013 8:01:26 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    One News Now ^ | 1-6-13 | AP
    <p>Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign.</p> <p>The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million.</p>
  • ATF head, D.C. police chief challenged on selective magazine ban enforcement

    01/06/2013 7:55:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Cathy Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., are being challenged on selective enforcement of the District’s ban on so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” for semi-automatic firearms. This column will serve as a follow-up to an earlier request asking who authorized violation of the ban, after NBC’s David Gregory produced a magazine during his Dec. 23 “Meet the Press” interview with National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre. That request was documented by Gun Rights Examiner and sent to the respective...
  • Connecticut to issue driver's licenses to young people under 'deferred action' immigration program

    01/06/2013 7:45:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    The Register Citizen ^ | January 06, 2013 | Mark Zaretsky
    NEW HAVEN — The state will issue driver’s licenses to young people who qualify for a new “deferred action” immigration enforcement program that President Barack Obama announced in August. The news came at a rally Sunday attended by hundreds of people, many of them immigrants from several countries, and was announced by the co-chairman of a regional clergy group. But the group, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, will continue to pursue changes in the law and try to convince the state to ultimately grant access to a driver’s license to all residents, regardless of immigration status, the Rev. James...
  • Mike Shanahan Plays RG3 Roulette with Griffin's Knee...And Loses Big

    01/06/2013 7:39:18 PM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    What the hell was Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan thinking on Sunday afternoon? Coach Shanahan demonstrated how to play Russian Roulette with an organization’s future by opting not to take quarterback Robert Griffin III out of the game when it was apparent as early as the end of the first quarter that his star QB reaggravated a significant knee injury sustained weeks ago
  • Pope Says Church Must Stand Firm Against "Intolerant Agnosticism"

    01/06/2013 7:31:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries. The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate. The 85-year-old pontiff celebrated Mass on the day Christians in the West mark the Epiphany, and ordained four new archbishops including his personal secretary. In a homily to about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica in...
  • The Klan's Favorite Law

    01/06/2013 7:27:05 PM PST · by tpmintx · 12 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 2/15/2005 | David B. Kopel
    The Klan's Favorite Law David B. Kopel|Feb. 15, 2005 12:00 am If you believe everything that Michael Moore says in Bowling for Columbine and his books, then you would think that "pro-gun" people are white racists, and that "gun control" would be a wonderful way to help minorities. But a look at America's past reveals what historian Clayton Cramer has accurately called "The Racist Roots of Gun Control." After the Civil War, the defeated Southern states aimed to preserve slavery in fact if not in law. The states enacted Black Codes which barred the black freedmen from exercising basic civil...
  • Contentions Hagel: “Let the Jews Pay for it”

    01/06/2013 7:26:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Commentary Mag ^ | 1/4/13 | Alana Goodman
    Adam Kredo reports that Chuck Hagel’s anti-Israel animosity was obvious well before his career in Congress. While heading up the USO, he clashed with Jewish leaders over a USO port in Haifa: Hagel, who served as president and CEO of the World USO from 1987 to 1990, expressed intense opposition to the USO Haifa Center during a tumultuous 1989 meeting with Jewish leaders, according to multiple sources involved in the fight to keep the post open. “He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it’,” said Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute...
  • Harry Reid: Hurricane Katrina "Nothing In Comparison" To Sandy (video)

    01/06/2013 7:25:47 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 38 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticizes Congress for not hastily appropriating federal money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey while praising a more prompt response to Hurricane Katrina. REID: It's too bad that it's taking so long. When we had that devastating [Hurricane] Katrina, we were there within days taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana -- within days. We are now past two months with people of New York and the people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New England....
  • Michael Savage: Time for a 'nationalist' party

    01/06/2013 7:23:14 PM PST · by wesagain · 56 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 6, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    Michael Savage, one of the nation’s most prominent voices in talk radio, said today America is “absolutely” ripe for a third party, in part, because the two largest parties in the U.S. have pulled a “charade” on the American people. “There is no Republican Party,” Savage told fellow talk show host Aaron Klein. “It’s an appendage of the Democrat machine, as we’ve all just seen. It’s two-card Monte, as we well know. It’s a game being played against the American people. You’ve got the drunk Boehner on the one side, and the quasi-pseudo-crypto Marxist on the other, who is really...
  • Obama pick: "Let the Jews Pay for it"

    01/06/2013 7:22:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    Back in early December, I posted on Obama's soon-to-be-announced Jew-hater pick for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Much handwringing and chatter followed from Obama's Jews, as if they have anything to say. lml Did they really think Obama would change his mind? He knew what he was doing. There was no way Obama was going to withdraw this Jew-hater. Obama has been crapping on the Jews since he took power, and instead of throwing his pro-jihad ass out in 2012, they line up for more abuse with a knife and fork: "Please, sir, may we have some more?" Obama expected...
  • 2013 NFL Divisional Playoff Schedules

    01/06/2013 7:05:01 PM PST · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    Saturday 01/12/13 at (-9, O/U 45), 430pm EST - CBS TV. Weather cold, 30% chance of snow, about 30 degrees. at (-3, O/U 45), 800pm EST - FOX TV. Weather cool 10% chance of showers, about 50 degrees. Sunday 01/13/13 at (-2, O/U 45.5), 100pm EST - Fox TV. Weather not a factor; dome. at (-9.5, O/U 48.5), 430pm EST - CBS TV. Weather 50% chance of rain, warm, around 50 degrees.
  • The giant, gaping hole in Sandy Hook reporting

    01/06/2013 7:04:56 PM PST · by wesagain · 88 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 6, 2013 | David Kupelian
    Since last month’s horrifying and heartbreaking school massacre in Newtown, Conn., politicians and the press have, as everyone knows,..... Other possible factors – from violent video games to the “failure of our mental-health system” to the unintended consequences of making schools “gun-free zones” – have taken a back seat to guns. Within hours of the gruesome mega-crime, the media had provided extensive, round-the-clock coverage of precisely which firearms, manufacturers and calibers the perpetrator had used, how he had obtained them from his mother, where they were originally purchased, and so on. But where, I’d like to ask my colleagues in...
  • Finding Bigfoot: Live Thread Sunday @ 10PM

    01/06/2013 6:59:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    The team travels to the country's most notorious hotspot for sasquatch activity to investigate howls recently recorded by the local BFRO. With the aid of high tech thermal equipment, the team sets off to prove bigfoots call Washington state home.
  • Obama to Boehner: 'We Don't Have a Spending Problem'

    01/06/2013 6:53:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | Ben Shapiro
    In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare....
  • New registry: Germans own 5.5M legal firearms (EU requires registration)

    01/06/2013 6:53:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1-6-13 | unattributed
    BERLIN -- Germany's new national firearms registry shows there are 5.5 million guns in legal circulation in the country. That's an average of four weapons for each of the 1.4 million registered owners. It is the first time reliable nationwide figures have been collected as previously such data were held by local authorities. The registry provides a central national database to help police track the buyer and seller of each legally owned gun in Germany. All European Union countries must have such a registry by 2015.