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  • School Shooting in Tennessee That National Media Did Not Report

    01/07/2013 2:30:19 PM PST · by marktwain · 56 replies
    tnsmartgirl.com ^ | 6 January, 2013 | TN Smart Girl
    The following incident happened at a high school only minutes from my home in East Tennessee. I am sure that no one outside of our immediate region has ever heard the story, because the only person who was shot-and killed-was the gunman. These types of stories don’t fit the narrative of those who want “gun-free zones” and so are ignored by the national media. In this case an armed Security Resource Officer, Carolyn Gudger, became a local hero and saved an unknown number of lives by holding the gunman at bay until backup arrived. The text below is drawn from...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, January-7-2013

    01/07/2013 2:25:49 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 38 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Greg Walden's bill bans minting $1T coin

    01/07/2013 2:24:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    politico ^ | 1/7/13 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    Lawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to specifically ban President Barack Obama from minting the coins. “This scheme to mint trillion dollar platinum coins is absurd and dangerous, and would be laughable if the proponents weren’t so serious about it as a solution,
  • Illinois House committee OKs illegal immigrant driver’s licenses

    01/07/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 1/7/2013 | Associated Press
    SPRINGFIELD — A proposal that could make Illinois the next state to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses has passed out of a House committee. It's ready for a House floor vote. Supporters say it's a matter of public safety and will allow an estimated 250,000 illegal immigrants in Illinois to get driver's licenses.
  • Colin Powell Endorses Chuck Hagel So Who are We to Complain?

    01/07/2013 2:21:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, everybody's all atwitter over Barack Obama nominating former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. Apparently Chuck Hagel doesn't like Israel much, and a lot of people know this. There have been some people who have said Hagel's anti-Semitic, and then they've retracted that. But Hagel is on record as saying he's "senator from Nebraska, not senator from Israel." I'm paraphrasing but that's pretty close to a quote. "I'm a senator from Nebraska. I'm not a senator from Israel." He's part of this crowd that resents the powerful lobbying abilities of Israel. (interruption)...
  • Hagel: 'Distortions about my record have been astounding'

    01/07/2013 2:17:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/7/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel says he looks forward to correcting the record after weeks of "hanging out there in no-man's land unable to respond to charges, falsehoods and distortions." Hagel, in an interview Monday with the Lincoln Journal Star of Nebraska, said critics have "completely distorted" his record, fanning opposition that "took on a life of its own." On Israel, he said his record reflects his "unequivocal, total support for Israel."
  • Tax Hikes are Off the Table? Really?

    01/07/2013 2:06:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go to Mitch McConnell, sound bite number one. This is yesterday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, who said, "Look, the deadlines are approaching. I think the president has said he's willing to engage in more discussions over the sequester and the government shutdown, but that would also include new revenue. You say the tax debate's over." MCCONNELL: Oh, yeah, the tax -- the revenue -- the tax issue is finished, over, completed. That's behind us. Now the question is what are we gonna do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future, and...
  • No Hebrew, Please — This Is Europe

    01/07/2013 2:01:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 1/7/13 | Bruce Bawer
    I wrote about it here recently: Israel’s ambassador to Denmark and the head of Copenhagen’s Jewish community have both warned Jews in that city that if they don’t want to be roughed up on the street by anti-Semites, they’d better not wear anything that would identify them as Jews – and, for good measure, they should also lower their voices when speaking Hebrew. The other day, in a supremely depressing article for Israel National News, Giulio Meotti provided a round-up of similar developments from around Europe. For instance: a Jewish theological seminary in Potsdam has asked its rabbis not to...
  • BANK OF AMERICA Freezes Gun Manufacturer's Account...

    01/07/2013 1:56:51 PM PST · by CNSNews.com · 90 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Bank of America has reportedly frozen the account of gun manufacturer American Spirit Arms, according to its owner, Joe Sirochman. In a Facebook post dated December 29, Sirochman wrote the following: “My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms...our Web site orders have jumped 500 percent causing our Web site e-commerce processing larger deposits to Bank of America. So they decided to hold the deposits for further review. “After countless hours on the phone with Bank of America, I finally got a manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits were on hold...
  • Egyptian Who 'Invited' Jews 'Back Home' Resigns Post

    01/07/2013 1:52:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/13 | David Lev
    Essam el-Erian, a top advisor to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, has resigned from his position, Egyptian media reported Sunday. Although the report said that el-Arian had willingly made the decision because he was “occupied with other work,” analysts said that there was no doubt that he was pressure to quit – after inviting back to Egypt the descendants of Jews who were thrown out of the country, or who fled due to anti-Semitic violence. A report on Israel Radio quoted Egyptian state-controlled radio as broadcasting a statement from el-Erian, who said he had decided to quit his position as a...
  • Why A Utah State Trooper Is Target of Class Action Suit By Drivers [false DUI arrests]

    01/07/2013 1:50:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    AOL Autos ^ | Dec 17, 2012
    State troopers put their lives on the line every day. And the act of pulling someone over on a highway can be a deadly experience for any cop not following the best protocols. But police are also under great pressure to generate ticket revenue for their cities, counties and states, and their zeal to hit revenue targets can lead them to do the wrong thing. So says a class action suit filed against the State of Utah and a specific state trooper who is accused of writing "driving under the influence" tickets when they weren't impaired. State trooper Lisa Steed...
  • Don't Pooh-Pooh the Left's Push to Normalize Pedophilia

    01/07/2013 1:49:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We are loaded today, folks. You can't afford to miss a single syllable today. For example: There is an effort underway to normalize pedophilia. Yep. And it has two aspects to it. One is that sex with children doesn't hurt them. Kids like it, and so do adults, and there's nothing wrong with it. It is something... I want to take you back. I want you to remember the first time, wherever you were, that you heard about gay marriage, and I want you to try to recall your reaction -- your first gut reaction -- when...
  • Do you know what's in your food?

    01/07/2013 1:44:15 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 21 replies
    www.naturalremediesmatter.com ^ | 01/07/13 | Libertynotfree
    Labeling foods is a moral thing to do to keep us from illness. There are so many questionable farming livestock practices which USDA allows, obviously those practices have great potential doing more harm to our body. Excerpt from the Article: Nine examples of what the public isn’t supposed to know (1) Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH):It’s injected into cows to force more milk production. Monsanto created it by combining cow DNA and E. coli (really). Now Eli Lily owns it. It infects cows’ udders, causing gross malformations and demands a plethora of antibiotic injections which furthers the creation of antibiotic...
  • If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?

    01/07/2013 1:38:55 PM PST · by EBH · 91 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 1/3/2013 | Dean Garrison
    I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I donÂ’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes...
  • Italian cat brings gifts to his late master's tomb

    01/07/2013 1:31:22 PM PST · by TrueKnightGalahad · 36 replies
    Yahoo UK ^ | 4 January 2013 | AFP
    The story of a cat who visits his master's tomb and brings him little presents on an almost daily basis a year after the man's death has moved the inhabitants of a village in central Italy.
  • Huell Howser, California TV Legend, Passes Away

    01/07/2013 1:30:54 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 49 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | Jan. 7 2013 | Gustavo Arellano
    Huell Howser--a California broadcasting legend for his various shows that have appeared on public broadcasting over the past couple of decades--has passed away, according to sources who spoke to the Weekly on condition of anonymity.
  • Libs Believe Their Own Tea Party Definition (Rush Explains It All)

    01/07/2013 1:30:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Bob Woodward, Washington Post, took a swipe at the Tea Party yesterday. He was on the Chris Matthews syndicated show. And Bob Woodward of Watergate fame -- listen to this quote and see what you think. Woodward said, "We'll see if the White House is going to realize it's much better to have a Speaker Boehner with that mindset than somebody from the Tea Party or the more extreme right which would just lay down and, you know, let the country burn." Tea Party, just lay down. Now, what does this mean? What Woodward is saying --...
  • BCS Game thread - Alabama (2) vs. Notre Dame (1), ESPN 8:30pm EST

    01/07/2013 1:28:41 PM PST · by Perdogg · 313 replies
    BCS Championship Game thread - Alabama (2) at Notre Dame (1) (+9, O/U 40.5), ESPN 830pm EST. Miami Gardens, Fl. Weather, temperature around 73 degrees, chance of showers 10 percent.
  • WAPO Fawns Over Infamous Justice Department Official Who Covered Up Fast and Furious Connection to

    01/07/2013 1:23:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 1/7/13 | Katie Pavlich
    The Washington Post, the same newspaper that falsely smeared border state gun dealerships as cartel suppliers before the Fast and Furious scandal broke, has a new piece out by Ann Marimow fawning over former Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Jason Weinstein, who resigned in September. A high achiever Weinstein came to Washington as a teenager in 1982 to compete in the National Spelling Bee, having won the regional championship in San Antonio. The son of a hospital administrator and a nurse, he was a high achiever from the get-go. He also was captain of the math and debate teams...
  • Four Dead in Tulsa Apartment Shooting

  • The General Assembly Should Reject “Same-Sex Marriage” (RI Bishop Tobin)

    01/07/2013 1:19:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet
    http://thericatholic.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN
    The proposal to legalize “same-sex marriage” in the State of Rhode Island is immoral and unnecessary. Despite enormous political pressure, the General Assembly should stand firm, resist the current fashionable trend, and continue to uphold its longstanding commitment to marriage as traditionally defined. The multiple problems associated with “homosexual marriage” have been explained in this space on many occasions in the past. The proposal to legalize same-sex marriage is an attempt to redefine the institution of marriage as it has existed in every culture from the very beginning of human history. Marriage between a man and a woman was designed...
  • President Obama to be Sworn in on January 21st. Please, no Swearing! [Satire}

    01/07/2013 1:19:00 PM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 7, 2012 | Dan Miller
    This is a guest post by my confidential White House informant, The Extraordinarily Honorable I.M. Totus, Teleprompter of the United States. Although not writing in his official capacity, he is uniquely familiar with happenings at the White House. As his article also shows, he is a great constitutional scholar second only to President Obama. It will be an historically different first. President Obama will make us all even more proud of him! The Oath of OfficeTraditionally, presidents have taken this oath of office prescribed by Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I...
  • Leasing a car

    01/07/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by Hot Tabasco · 31 replies
    None | 01/07/2013 | Hingle McCringleberry
    I have questions on how a dealership calculates a lease payment on a new car
  • Socialist politician says Spanish bishop should be 'muzzled' (Spain)

    01/07/2013 1:16:04 PM PST · by Zetman · 7 replies
    EWTN ^ | Jan. 7, 2013 | EWTN News/CNA
    A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government. Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/World.php?id=6802#ixzz2HKHjM53m
  • Chicago lottery winner poisoned with cyanide

    01/07/2013 1:15:03 PM PST · by lonevoice · 52 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 1/7/2013 | Fox News
    CHICAGO – A Chicago medical examiner says a lottery winner was fatally poisoned with cyanide a day after he collected nearly $425,000.
  • President Says Recent Tax Hike “Not Nearly Enough” (Satire)

    01/07/2013 1:14:01 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    While admitting to being pleased and proud of the tax increases he was able to force Republicans to accept, President Obama lamented that “it is but a small positive step in the right direction.” The President argued that “it should be self evident that the rich still fall far short of paying their fair share. There are many private citizens who live more lavishly than the President of their country. The inequity of this is stark and, quite frankly, shameful. Not even the wealthiest owner of the biggest business has as big a burden as the President of America has....
  • The Role of 'Educators' (Thomas Sowell)

    01/07/2013 1:12:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 8, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened. Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society. Schools were once thought of as...
  • Americans never give up your guns

    These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them...
  • Stark Evidence of US, British Naval Decline

    01/07/2013 1:09:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 6, 2013 | James G. Wiles
    Is it actually possible that, as you read this, the United States Navy has only one supercarrier battle group at sea? Read on - and be amazed. Look no farther than these two news items, both from today's Sunday Times of London, to see the effect of two decades of shrinkage in the size of the United States Navy and the retreat of the Royal Navy from the high seas: • For the first time in two centuries, British businessmen and others have formed a private navy to protect shipping off the pirate-ridden coast of Somali on the Horn of...
  • Nvidia Introduces Tegra 4 Application Processor for Tablets and Smartphones.

    01/07/2013 1:07:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 01/07/2013 05:14 AM | Anton Shilov
    Nvidia Corp. on Monday introduced what it calls the world’s highest-performing application processors for tablets and smartphones. The new chip is among the first quad-core system-on-chip devices for mobile applications that packs ARM Cortex-A15 cores. The latest Tegra 4 also features a number of photography-related advantages.Nvidia Tegra 4, previously code-named “Wayne”, features four ARM Cortex-A15 general-purpose cores as well as custom second-generation low-power general-purpose cores.  The chip also incorporates 72 custom Nvidia GeForce stream processors that provide six times graphics processing performance of previous-gen Tegra 3. The new application processor also fully supports output to ultra high-definition screens with up...
  • Chris Christie: I’d Be 'Damn' Ready for 2016 Presidential Run

    01/07/2013 12:59:28 PM PST · by BO Stinkss · 123 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com/ ^ | 01/07/2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    Chris Christie says he’ll be “more ready’’ if he decides to run for president in 2016. In the most dramatic statement yet about his political future, Christie was emphatic when asked by the Newark Star-Ledger if he will be more prepared to run in 2016 than he was this year. “Yeah, you’re damn right I’d be more ready,’’ the outspoken New Jersey governor said. Christie — running for his second term for governor this November — told the newspaper he hopes to beat his opponent by the biggest margin of any Republican. "I'll consider that a raging success and a...
  • Mum finds her baby in grip of a python

    01/07/2013 12:53:54 PM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (AU) ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | MELISSA MATHESON
    A MOTHER woke to find a 1.85m-long python wrapped around her two-year-old daughter yesterday morning. Tess Guthrie, 22, from Lismore on the far north coast, was woken by her cat hissing at 3.30am and discovered the python wrapped three times around her daughter Zara's arm, who was sleeping in the bed with her. At first she thought it was a dream but soon realised the horror and grabbed the snake by the head to pry it off her child, which caused the reptile to bite Zara three times on her left hand.
  • Bank of America Freezes Gun Manufacturer's Account, Company Owner Claims

    01/07/2013 12:44:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 7, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    Bank of America has reportedly frozen the account of gun manufacturer American Spirit Arms, according to its owner, Joe Sirochman. In a Facebook post dated December 29, Sirochman wrote the following:“My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms. . . our Web site orders have jumped 500 percent causing our Web site e-commerce processing larger deposits to Bank of America. So they decided to hold the deposits for further review.“After countless hours on the phone with Bank of America, I finally got a manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits were on...
  • We need your support to keep FR going strong!! [FReepathon thread III]

    01/07/2013 12:29:35 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 415 replies
    Dear FReepers, We need your support to keep FR going strong. Please keep those cards and letters coming in. Your loyal support makes Free Republic possible. And your continuing participation makes FR the number one reader funded, independent, pro-life, pro-family, pro-small government, pro-defense grassroots conservative forum on the Net!! And we're going to need FR now more than ever to combat the current crop of Marxists and progressives who have infested our government and institutions and who are dead set on destroying our constitution and our liberty!! Click the link above to Donate via secure server or by mail to:...
  • Obama Supporters Are Shocked, Shocked, I Tell You.... (After realizing taxes have gone up)

    01/07/2013 12:29:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/07/2013 | Selwyn Duke
    My mother always used to say, "Life is the best teacher." Sure is -- and sometimes it smacks you right upside the head. It appears that this has happened with Barack Obama supporters now witnessing their paychecks shrink in the wake of tax increases. And they're none too happy. In fact, they're shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Providing examples of this liberal anger and angst, Joseph Curl writes: "What happened that my Social Security withholding's in my paycheck just went up?" a poster wrote on the liberal site DemocraticUnderground.com. "My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don't...
  • Just 8% Now Say They Are Tea Party Members

    01/07/2013 12:26:49 PM PST · by iowamark · 59 replies
    Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress. Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have...
  • Wells Fargo CEO: Get gov’t out of “the home loan business”

    01/07/2013 12:25:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2013 | Ed Lasky
    Policy-wise, this is an oldie but a goodie, I guess, even though we’re still spending tons of money on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae more than four years after the crash. Wells Fargo CEO Robert Kovacevich can't believe that we haven't learned the lesson from 2008 and gotten the government out of the home mortgage industry, and tells CNBC's Squawk Box that the two organizations made that crash exponentially worse than it needed to be: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exacerbated the 2008 mortgage crisis, and that’s why the U.S. government should get out...
  • Binders full of moochers thank Obama for ‘free’ birth control

    01/07/2013 12:23:26 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    Twitchy ^ | January 7, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Squee! As Twitchy reported, binders full of moochers stopped hoarding birth control when the nefarious pill-stealer Romney lost the election. Now, they are empowering themselves by groveling at the feet of their birth control sugar daddy master.
  • Inconvenient Truths About Al Jazeera (Why did Al Gore sell his outfit to a Terrorist Sympathizer?)

    01/07/2013 12:21:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    <p>Al Gore and his co-investors just sold liberal cable channel Current TV to Al Jazeera, the network bankrolled by the emir of Qatar. How much in carbon offsets does Mr. Gore need to balance his estimated $100 million from the sale to an oil sheik?</p>
  • Moviegoers tweet desire to kill white people after seeing 'Django Unchained'

    01/07/2013 12:21:31 PM PST · by blueyon · 70 replies
    Examiner ^ | 01/07/2013 | Joe Newby
    After seeing the new Quentin Tarantino movie "Django Unchained," a number of moviegoers issued violent and racist tweets expressing a desire to kill white people, Twitchy reported Sunday. "Seeing Django reignited my desire to kill white people," said "Flex." The tweet had been deleted, but many more were available. "After watching Django, all I wanna do is shoot white people," another person said. "We need a modern dy django to kill some white people (sic)," tweeted another
  • God help us all.

    01/07/2013 12:19:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The walking dead live.
  • Group buys ChuckHagel.com to oppose Defense appointment

    01/07/2013 12:07:53 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Chris Moody
    A group critical of President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense on Monday purchased the Web site domain ChuckHagel.com to oppose the former Nebraska senator's nomination. The Emergency Committee for Israel, an advocacy group led by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, is sponsoring the new site and has already produced television ads against Hagel's nomination. The site highlights Hagel's Senate votes on the United States' relationships with Israel and Iran.
  • Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way (In search of a 'Goldilocks' zone planet)

    01/07/2013 12:04:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/7/13 | Associated Press
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Astronomers hunting for Earth-like planets now have many places to look. A new estimate released Monday suggested the Milky Way galaxy is home to at least 17 billion planets similar in size to our planet. It doesn't mean all are potentially habitable, but the sheer number of Earth-size planets is a welcome starting point in the search for worlds like our own. Scientists have yet to find a twin Earth — one that's not only the right size but also located in the so-called Goldilocks zone, a place that's not too hot and not too...
  • Bank of America Settles with Fannie Mae for $10 Billion+ – Fannie Mae As “Simple Jack”

    01/07/2013 12:03:52 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/07/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Bank of American had a bad day. First, they were a party to the latest government refinancing program (the $10 billion dollar foreclosure abuse settlement). Second, Bank of America has settled with mortgage giant Fannie Mae. WASHINGTON — Bank of America Corp. said Monday it had agreed to pay more than $10 billion to Fannie Mae to settle claims related to troubled mortgages sold largely by Countrywide Financial Corp. during the subprime housing boom. First of all, it was a housing boom, not just a subprime housing boom. Second, the government mortgage giants Fannie Mae knew that a large percentage...
  • ART CASHIN: Veteran Traders Have Noticed A Peculiar Pattern During The Final Hours Of Trading

    01/07/2013 11:59:18 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-7-2013 | Sam Ro
    ART CASHIN: Veteran Traders Have Noticed A Peculiar Pattern During The Final Hours Of Trading Sam RoJan. 7, 2013, 11:11 AM Stocks have started 2013 on a positive note, closing at a five-year high on Friday. So, are people feeling bullish? Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services Director of Floor Operations, is a tad skeptical. He points to some imbalances during end-of-day trading in this morning's "Cashin's Comments": Some On-Close Support For the “New Money” Thesis – As we have noted repeatedly during this New Year’s rally, several of us old fogeys believe most of the fuel for the move...
  • Don't Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay

    01/07/2013 11:56:03 AM PST · by Borges · 36 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/7/13 | NICHOLAS CARR
    Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated. Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone. Half a decade into...
  • CNN: Media “Overwhelmingly Failed” to Hold GOP Accountable (Video)

    01/07/2013 11:56:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    http://www.libertynews.com ^ | january 7, 2013 | Duane Lester
    The amazing thing about this is how they all kept a straight face. Or, do you think they honestly believe this nonsense?
  • The First Public Data Release from BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey

    01/07/2013 11:52:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    BOSS ^ | August 08, 2012 | Paul Preuss
    The Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has issued Data Release 9 (DR9), the first public release of data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). In this release BOSS, the largest of SDSS-III’s four surveys, provides spectra for 535,995 newly observed galaxies, 102,100 quasars, and 116,474 stars, plus new information about objects in previous Sloan surveys (SDSS-I and II). “This is just the first of three data releases from BOSS,” says David Schlegel of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), an astrophysicist in the Lab’s Physics Division and BOSS’s principal investigator. “By the time...
  • Coptic Leaders Say Egypt’s Constitution ‘Prepares The Way for Islamic Caliphate’

    01/07/2013 11:52:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | John Pontifex
    Egypt’s new constitution “prepares the way for an Islamic caliphate”, according to the acting leader of Coptic Catholics, who is among three bishops to condemn the document as a fundamental attack on human rights. The bishops expressed their profound disappointment with the constitution signed into law on December 26, saying only extremist Muslims’ rights were guaranteed by the new document and that at particular risk were women, young people and religious minorities. Bishop Kyrillos William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, said: “We were waiting for a constitution that represents the whole of Egypt but instead we have...
  • Catching the #TGDN Wave

    01/07/2013 11:52:09 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 6 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 7, 2013 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    It shouldn’t be news to anyone who has followed politics for the past few years that the new battleground is located in the online world. ‘Get out the vote’ organizations have focused their efforts on social networks for some time now. Virtual campaigning has already influenced elections. Once in a while a type of ‘online revolution’ occurs, the kind of thing that begins as an innocuous idea which catches on and grows exponentially. I was fortunate to be a part of the latest wave.