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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)