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  • Hagel: A Petty Pick (Did Obama choose him out of spite?)

    01/09/2013 6:34:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    <p>It’s official. President Obama has named former senator Chuck Hagel (R., Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense-secretary-nomination fight since George H. W. Bush’s failed appointment of Senator John Tower (R., Texas) more than 20 years ago.</p>
  • White House Misfires On Gun Control

    01/09/2013 6:32:35 AM PST · by suspects · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 9, 2013 | Michael Graham
    The position of pro-Second Amendment Americans is that gun ownership is part of the fundamental human right to self-defense, explicitly stated in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers due to an overarching political philosophy regarding the balance of power between the individual and the state. The position of the anti-gun activists in the Obama administration is “guns are icky.” The media consider them the intellectuals in this debate. And so Fox News reports “White House In Gun Control Sprint.” President Obama wants to fast-track a stack of new gun laws before the lingering pain and horror of the Newtown, Conn.,...
  • The Fiscal Facts of Life (A refresher course for the ignorant)

    01/09/2013 6:32:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2013 | Michael Tanner
    <p>Having completed yet another deficit-reduction agreement that somehow managed to increase the deficit, Congress and the Obama administration are now laying the groundwork for upcoming fights over the debt ceiling, the sequester, and the continuing resolution that will fund the government given continued refusal by Senate Democrats to pass a budget.</p>
  • Harvard Law Prof: Marriage Is “Not Two People Who Are Just Tennis Partners”

    01/09/2013 6:32:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 8, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School Robert P. George said marriage is “not two people who are just tennis partners,” when offering his defense of traditional marriage at a Heritage Foundation bloggers briefing on Tuesday. In an attempt to reframe the debate on gay “marriage,” George and authors Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson sought to first answer the fundamental question: “What Is Marriage?” … “As soon as you ask a proponent of same-sex marriage, ‘Well, what do you think marriage is?’ They are at a loss,” Girgis, a Ph. D. student at Princeton University, said. “I know you think...
  • The Death of Depth

    01/09/2013 6:31:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Rachel Marsden
    It's very likely that kids will find this column to be, like, totally stupid, and will conclude that they can write one sooooo much better. They will declare this on their Twitter feed, sandwiched between the hundreds of photos of themselves making that pursed-lips "duck face," then wait for the "friends" they've never met in person to tell them how hot they look. That's because compared with 30 years ago, more American students think they're above average in writing, leadership, intelligence, drive and social skills, according to a BBC analysis of college freshmen data by psychologist Jean Twenge. A separate...
  • Startling Look at Employment Demographics by Age Group: Spotlight on Age 25-54

    01/09/2013 6:30:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 01/09/2013 | Michael Shedlock
    <p>Last month I posted a chart showing employment by age group. Here is an update as of Friday's job release.</p> <p>Note that 100% of the job growth since the recession is in age group 55 and over.</p> <p>Last month, someone proposed the above chart was blatantly misleading because it does not reflect the aging workforce.</p>
  • States Cut Taxes Even As Washington Raises Them

    01/09/2013 6:24:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    RCM ^ | 01/09/2013 | Steve Malanga
    <p>Although federal taxes are rising for three-quarters of Americans this year, many states have spent the last two fiscal years cutting levies and simplifying their tax codes. Even as high profile battles to raise taxes in places like California have garnered the press's attention, from Kansas to Michigan to Oregon and New Jersey, states have actually been net tax cutters recently after trying for several years to tax their way out of budget woes.</p>
  • New Illinois legislature has 3 charged lawmakers

    01/09/2013 6:23:39 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 01-09-2013 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    When Illinois' new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges.
  • 'Gun Appreciation Day' Seeks To Emulate Chick-fil-A Success, Scheduled For Jan. 19

    01/09/2013 6:21:36 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | Joe Schoffstall
    Pushing back against calls for greater gun control from some members in Congress, conservative groups have now launched a Chick-fil-A style 'Gun Appreciation Day' set to take place on January 19, 2013. According to US News and World Report: "If all goes according to plan, gun lovers will come out in droves on January 19 to support gun stores, gun ranges, and gun shows." "The national "Gun Appreciation Day," which is being launched by a coalition of conservative and gun rights groups, will take place a day before California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to introduce legislation for an...
  • TomtheCameraMan Mass Shooting Cartoon

    01/09/2013 6:21:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    TomtheCameraMan ^ | 9 January, 2013 | tomthecameraman
    TomtheCameraMan Link
  • Chinese fakeaway: How the world's most famous buildings ... are being cloned

    01/09/2013 6:20:28 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 9, 2013 | Daniel Miller
    Some of the world's leading architects are up in arms as yet more copies of famous Western buildings spring up across in China at an unprecedented rate. Famous clones have already included the Ronchamp Chapel in France, the Eiffel Tower in Paris - and the entire town of Hallstatt in Austria. Now British architect Zaha Hadid said she plans to take legal action after her eye-catching Wangjing Soho development in Beijing appears to have been replicated by what she calls 'pirate architects', in the city of Chongqing. Hadid had initially appeared relaxed about the idea of look-a-like buildings suggesting it...
  • Islam “Helped to Shape” CIA Nominee John Brennan’s World View

    01/09/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 9, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    As a college student in the 1970s, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, traveled in Indonesia where—he recalled in a speech in New York in 2010—“despite my long hair, my earring and my obvious American appearance, I was welcomed throughout that country, in a way that is a reflection of the tremendous warmth of Islamic cultures and societies.” Brennan’s Feb. 13, 2010 address to a meeting at the Islamic Center at New York University, facilitated by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), provided an insight into his views on Islam, a faith which he said during the...
  • Angle of Repose

    01/09/2013 6:14:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    It is quiet out here today. It often is at the old graveyard. A soft wind plays over the monuments. Not a cloud in the sky this cold but bright weekday. No one else appears. Now and then I see others here, the walkers and talkers. Like the man who stood quietly addressing a gravestone, but it wasn't the gravestone he was talking to. Maybe he was sharing the news of his day, or hearing the news of eternity. No one else is here just now, but the place is scarcely empty. It is full of presences. But none disturb....
  • “Concern over possible uranium stockpile in Syria” (enough for 5 nukes)

    01/09/2013 6:07:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/09/2013 08:47 | (JPost.com staff)
    Concern is heightening over the possible existence of up to 50 tons of enriched uranium in Syria, the Financial Times reported Tuesday, a stockpile large enough for the production of five atomic bombs. To date, governments have largely focused on the fate of Syria’s chemical weapons, and preventing their seizure by Islamic militants spearheading the ongoing uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule. As the country descends deeper into a sectarian civil war, however, fears have grown over the possible existence, and security, of a stockpile of processed uranium inside Syria. … An IAEA inspection team that visited the Al-Kibar site...
  • Dog shaved to look like lion sparks 911 call in Norfolk

    01/09/2013 6:07:14 AM PST · by Jonah Hex · 5 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 9 January 2013 | Patrick Wilson
    The 911 caller reported that the baby lion was walking down Colley Avenue, possibly looking for food, near 50th Street. So police called the Virginia Zoo around 10:15 a.m. to make sure the lions were all accounted for, said Winfield Danielson, a zoo spokesman. Mramba, the male lion, and Zola, the female, were in their habitats. As it turns out, it was Charles the Monarch Labradoodle that was out and about.
  • Dog shaved to look like lion sparks 911 call in Norfolk (video at source)

    01/09/2013 6:04:34 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 1/9/2013 | Patrick Wilson
    The 911 caller reported that the baby lion was walking down Colley Avenue, possibly looking for food, near 50th Street. So police called the Virginia Zoo around 10:15 a.m. to make sure the lions were all accounted for, said Winfield Danielson, a zoo spokesman. Mramba, the male lion, and Zola, the female, were in their habitats. As it turns out, it was Charles the Monarch that was out and about. Neighborhood regulars know Charles, who hangs out with his owner at Daniel Painter's business, Daniel's Lawn & Garden Center, on Colley Avenue. Charles is a cross of Labrador retriever and...
  • Sen. Cruz Calls Obama “Imperial President” Who Ignores Congress

    01/09/2013 6:01:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 08:19 AM | Greg McDonald
    Sen. Ted Cruz says Barack Obama is acting like an “imperial president” and must think he can do “nothing wrong,” given his adversarial push to have Congress accept Chuck Hagel as his new defense secretary and extend the nation’s debt limit without a fight. … Cruz, however, indicated he was more concerned about Obama’s determined effort to avoid a fight with Congress on the debt limit, which could mean a move to invoke the 14th Amendment’s provision on the public debt and simply tell the Treasury to ignore the debt ceiling. …
  • $500 bonus for a murder-free year? Chicago suburb considers rewarding cops

    01/09/2013 6:01:57 AM PST · by Daffynition · 24 replies
    NBCChicago.com ^ | BJ Lutz and Michelle Relerford
    CHICAGO -- Police officers in a Chicago suburb may be in line for $500 bonuses as a reward for a murder-free 2012. With a 3-0 vote, the city of Aurora's finance committee on Tuesday approved the plan, which is expected to cost about $144,500.
  • Wisconsin wolf hunt: Animal lovers plan memorial

    01/09/2013 6:00:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-13 | ap
    Animal lovers are planning a memorial for the wolves Wisconsin hunters killed this fall. The memorial is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, in front of the state Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Madison, according to organizer Deanna Devaul, a member of the Alliance for Animals. The proceedings will include candles, bell-ringing and a poem honoring the dead wolves. The DNR ran the state's first organized wolf hunt this fall. Hunters killed 117 animals statewide.
  • Group’s ads link Islam to terrorism

    01/09/2013 5:55:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 6:43 PM | Pete Donohue
    Hundreds of potentially inflammatory advertisements linking Islam to terrorism have gone up in the subway—the biggest series of its kind to date. The ads depict an image of the Twin Towers in flames with a quote, attributed to the Koran, “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” The pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative paid $77,000 for the message to be placed on 240 clocks throughout the subway system. …
  • Gun Control? Buy Back Programs? (Vanity)

    01/09/2013 5:55:01 AM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 3 replies
    Some of the Jews voluntarily lined up in an orderly fashion to board the cattle car trains that took them to their deaths. The Nazis even paid for their travel expenses. I guess that was a "buy back program" taken to it's logical extreme. The D.C. government needs to always know that the citizenry it seeks to take property and rights from is fully armed, fully capable of, and totally willing to, resist their efforts. Gun control has NEVER been about guns...it's ALWAYS been about control.
  • PennSYlvania Style (PSY parody)

    01/09/2013 5:53:20 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12-31-12 | SSM
    Gangnam style video parody.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem,(1/9/13)[Prayer]

    01/09/2013 5:42:35 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/9/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Keeper...The Shade of Your Right HandPsalm 121:5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
  • Little Canada man videotaped sheriff's deputies, and got charged for it

    01/09/2013 5:41:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-13 | emily gurnon
    Andrew Henderson watched as Ramsey County sheriff's deputies frisked a bloody-faced man outside his Little Canada apartment building. Paramedics then loaded the man, a stranger to Henderson, into an ambulance. Henderson, 28, took out his small handheld video camera and began recording. It's something he does regularly with law enforcement. But what happened next was different. The deputy, Jacqueline Muellner, approached him and snatched the camera from his hand, Henderson said. "We'll just take this for evidence," Muellner said. Their voices were recorded on Henderson's cellphone as they spoke, and Henderson provided a copy of the audio file to the...
  • Obama could learn a thing or two about fiscal responsibility from "Honey Boo Boo's" Mama June

    01/09/2013 5:41:35 AM PST · by thepoliticalcom · 8 replies
    The Political Commentator ^ | January 9, 2013 | Michael Haltman
    If Mama June knows what the rest of America knows about living within your means, why can't President Obama and the Democrats figure it out? You know what happens when an American family runs out of money in the bank or available credit on their charge cards? Of course you do because every American, other than those who play with taxpayer money, have to live somewhere within their means or face the prospect of getting cut off. Only in Washington and in the State Houses around the country can you take in $1 and spend $3. The reason for...
  • Beyond 9mm: Concealed Carry in .40 and .45

    01/09/2013 5:37:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 104 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/9/13 | a hawkins
    The 9mm is a great round, and in my last concealed carry post I covered some great concealed carry guns built around that caliber. However, there are a lot of handguns in larger calibers that are perfect for concealed carry as well -- that are also designed for concealed carry -- and these guns carry the benefit of having more knock down power, or more one-shot stopping power. Specifically, I'm thinking about handguns chambered in .40 and .45 caliber. To cover these rounds, I'm going to examine the Glock 27 in .40, the Smith & Wesson M&P in .45, and...
  • Banking On The Path To Fiscal Ruin

    01/09/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    A trend has taken shape in Washington, and it has put our country on a devastating path towards potential fiscal ruin. The trend is characterized by an unsustainable penchant for spending money we don’t have. It became crystal clear in last year’s debt ceiling negotiations and was further highlighted by the recent debate surrounding the fiscal cliff; our country is broke, yet our government continues to spend more, risk more and accumulate more debt. Entitlements are often blamed for the vast majority of our spending issues, but our tendency to overspend is not restricted to just these. Parallels exist...
  • Economy Grows, Revenues Increase After Texas Slashes Spending

    01/09/2013 5:33:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/9/13 | t lee
    The Texas state comptroller estimated Texas will generate $96.2 billion in revenue for the 2014-2015 fiscal cycle and reported Texas collected $8.8 billion more in revenue than expected during the last fiscal year. When unemployment in Texas was at its highest in a decade and the state government faced a $27 billion shortfall in 2011, legislators wrote what was then described as a “cut-to-the-bone” budget. And it worked. According to the Associated Press, “unemployment now is at a four-year low of 6.2 percent, sales tax receipts are skyrocketing and money is pouring into state coffers behind a new energy boom.”...
  • Let's be Honest: Guns are just a small part of the USA's problems.

    01/09/2013 5:32:14 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 82 replies
    BI ^ | 12/23/2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Let's be clear: when Congress passes an "assault weapons" ban (and they will pass a ban), it'll be pretty much toothless. That the law will likely leave most things unchanged doesn't matter — the government simply has to do something. Much like Clinton's ban in 1994, this new legislation will be rife with loopholes. To effectively ban weapons in the U.S., a country with 90 guns for every 100 people, the government would have to outlaw all semiautomatic weapons. That's not all though. It would then have to double, if not triple, the staff at Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and sweep...
  • Let's be Honest: Guns are just a small part of the USA's problems.

    01/09/2013 5:32:08 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 5 replies
    BI ^ | 12/23/2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Let's be clear: when Congress passes an "assault weapons" ban (and they will pass a ban), it'll be pretty much toothless. That the law will likely leave most things unchanged doesn't matter — the government simply has to do something. Much like Clinton's ban in 1994, this new legislation will be rife with loopholes. To effectively ban weapons in the U.S., a country with 90 guns for every 100 people, the government would have to outlaw all semiautomatic weapons. That's not all though. It would then have to double, if not triple, the staff at Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and sweep...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 9, 2013-- modus vivendi

    01/09/2013 5:22:34 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, January 9, 2013-- modus vivendi ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". modus vivendi [moh-duh s vi-ven-dee -dahy]hear it pronounceda working arrangement between conflicting interests; practical compromise Noun Origin: 1875–80; < Latin modus vivendī mode of living Example Sentences: 1. “A government drawn from a minority of the population cannot attempt to exterminate the majority, so it must try to find a modus vivendi.” –David P. Goldman, “Insoluble Syria,” 1/3/13 2. “During the separation, my parents...
  • CITY SCHOOLS CLOSE FEB. 1-5; CHAOS IN OIL RATION CHARGED; SOVIET STILL GAINS IN SOUTH (1/9/43)

    01/09/2013 5:16:17 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/9/43 | Ralph Parker, Robert P. Post, Drew Middleton
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  • A Petty Decision by Obama

    01/09/2013 5:13:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower (R-Texas) more than 20 years ago. The interesting question is, why? Why waste the political capital? Why pass over more qualified candidates who would sail through confirmation, including Michele Flournoy -- who'd be the first female defense secretary? The most ridiculous answer is among the mainstream media's favorites: bipartisanship. According to Politico, the choice "appeals to Obama's bipartisan spirit."...
  • We'll Keep the Red Flag Flying Here

    01/09/2013 5:09:12 AM PST · by expat1000 · 16 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Jan 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ever since FDR made it his campaign song in 1932 while running for office during the Great Depression, the unofficial anthem of the Democratic Party has been that Tin Pan Alley classic, "Happy Days are Here Again." But no matter how often the old Victor spun, it would not be until well after Roosevelt's death that happy days would be here again. Like Hope and Change, Happy Days are Here Again was a blandly optimistic and non-specific promise that good times were coming. Someday the happy days would arrive, an appropriate enough sentiment for a song whose pivotal moment came...
  • Obama admin orders Arctic drilling probe after rig accident {not during drilling or in Arctic)

    01/09/2013 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration ordered a broad review of Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday, following a series of mishaps that culminated with the grounding of the company’s Kulluk rig on New Year’s Eve. The move calls into question whether Shell Oil Co. will be allowed to continue its hunt for crude under the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska, after spending $5 billion and more than six years on the quest. In announcing the probe, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stressed that the Obama administration “is fully committed to exploring for potential in energy resources in frontier areas, such as...
  • Danger: High Capacity Bank Accounts Equal Mass Prosperity

    01/09/2013 4:59:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | John Ransom
    While fellow conservatives bash the president for telling Speaker of the House John Boehner that the country doesn’t have a spending problem, I offer Barack Obama another thank-you. Just when I thought that the GOP’s own ineptitude was going to sink the party, the man-who-would-be-president proved once again that when it comes to being out of touch, you can’t get any better than the First Community Organizer. Led by Barack Obama and the Democrats, Congress passed a budget plan that doesn’t even do what they said it would- keep taxes lower for anyone not a millionaire or billionaire.So, now we...
  • The Sept 11th Oval Office Team During The Benghazi Slaughter – More on Lew, Donilon and McDonough…

    01/09/2013 4:57:55 AM PST · by John Galt's cousin · 4 replies
    *** "First, as you consider Denis McDonough, and his role in the Benghazi events, it is worth noting this little before seen short video from 2006 while George Bush was in office. The Democrats had just won the majority seats in the House of Representatives, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were being used 24/7 by the politicos to demonize Bush." ***
  • It’s Not “Game Over”— It’s Time for the GOP to Counterattack

    01/09/2013 4:46:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    The current state of the GOP brings to mind the surviving Marines in Aliens, with no shortage of demoralized hacks lamenting their inability to resist by channeling Private Hudson: “Maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events but we just got our a**** kicked, pal!” So what? So we took a hit on the Fiscal Cliff. Stand up, brush off and get back into the fight. This is no time for self-pity, no time for weakness. Every combat leader knows that when you take a hit, you regroup, reorganize, and prepare to counterattack. The defense is but a temporary,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 9, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/09/2013 4:45:39 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    Positioned for Blessings Today's Scripture Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you today and every day of the year. But notice that today’s verse...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 9, 2013]

    01/09/2013 4:44:49 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Prayerful Inner-Searching "May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless . . ." —1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Your whole spirit . . . .” The great, mysterious work of the Holy Spirit is in the deep recesses of our being which we cannot reach. Read Psalm 139 . The psalmist implies— “O Lord, You are the God of the early mornings, the God of the late nights, the God of the mountain peaks, and the God of the sea. But, my God, my soul has horizons further away than those of early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights...
  • Atheist Group Demands Jesus Photo Be Removed From Ohio School

    01/09/2013 4:38:02 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 38 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | January 8, 2013
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is demanding that a southern Ohio middle school remove a framed photo of Jesus Christ. The photo has hung in the school building for several decades. The Madison Wisconsin-based group is citing an “unidentified complainant” in its crusade to have the removed from the public school. The Jackson Middle School is a part of the only school district which serves the Ohio town. The demand from the atheist group to remove the framed image of Jesus Christ began as a local story in our rural region, but has since garnered national headlines....
  • Douglas Kennedy sues nurses whom he 'kicked in the crotch' as he fled hospital with his newborn son

    01/09/2013 4:37:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2013
    A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle, is suing two nurses who publicly said that he kicked them in the crotch during the assault. Douglas Kennedy is alleging defamation and malicious prosecution by nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane. He said their statements to police and on NBC's Today show held him up to 'ridicule and scorn' and led to his prosecution. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in White Plains, New York stems from Kennedy's attempt a year ago to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital...
  • UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage speaks on gay marriage.

    01/09/2013 4:28:40 AM PST · by expat1000 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 16, 2012 | Nigel Farange
    Video link - 4 minutes or so. This is how to handle an aggressive and biased interviewer. Politicians that are not fast on their feet don't last long in a parliamentary system. The reference to a "whopping 14%" in the last elections - that's up from 7% so, in fact, it's a dramatic increase, which could interpreted as 25% of Conservative supporters switching their allegiance to the UKIP.
  • Uruk – 5000 Years of the Megacity

    01/09/2013 4:13:48 AM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 1-8-2013
    Exactly one hundred years ago, finds from an excavation in the south of present-day Iraq sent shockwaves around the academic world as archaeologists working at the site of the Mesopotamian city of Uruk, (modern day Warka in Iraq), brought to light the first known urban culture.Uruk the first city of Sumer For thousands of years, southern Mesopotamia was home to hunters, fishers and farmers exploiting the fertile soil and abundant wildlife, but by 3200 B.C., the largest settlement in southern Mesopotamia, if not the world, was Uruk: a true city dominated by monumental buildings of mudbrick decorated with painted clay...
  • Eight million dog mummies found in Saqqara

    01/09/2013 4:07:09 AM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    Al-Ahram ^ | 1-2-2013 | Nevine El-Aref
    During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis, an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered almost 8 million animal mummies at the burial site. Studies on their bones revealed that those dogs are from different breeds but not accurately identified yet. “We are recording the animal bones and the mummification techniques used to prepare the animals,” Ikram said. Studies on the mummies, Ikram explains, revealed that some of them were old while the...
  • California board challenges Boy Scouts' ban on gay members, approves teen's Eagle Scout bid

    01/09/2013 4:05:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    ap/fox news ^ | january 8, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO – A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won't have an immediate effect on the young man's status, his father said Tuesday. The four-member board unanimously approved 18-year-old Ryan Andresen's application on Dec. 31 and hand-delivered it to the Mt.Diablo-Silverado Council's leadership, the boy's father said. The board agreed to review Ryan's qualifications after the Moraga teen's scoutmaster refused to sign off on the paperwork after Ryan came out as gay last fall. But the staff executive...
  • Deep-sea giant squid captured on video for first time

    01/09/2013 4:03:31 AM PST · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Asahi Shimbun (Japan) ^ | 1-7-2012 | EMI TADAMA
    A team led by Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) has shot the first videos of the elusive giant squid, the largest invertebrate on the planet, in its natural environment.Dubbed the “monsters of the sea,” giant squid can grow up to 18 meters (60 feet) in length. Little is known of the massive creature's ecology as they live in the deepest depths of the ocean.Although photos of giant squid have been taken deep underwater, this was the first time that videos have caught one in action in its normal habitat, NHK said.The public broadcaster said the first videos were shot in July...
  • ‘There will be change,’ promises new Broward sheriff [Liberal Ideology Takes Over Law Enforcement]

    01/09/2013 3:56:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/8/13 | Daniel Chang
    After the honor guard and the pipe and drum corps finished performing, after the recital of the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem, after the invocation and the official swearing-in had taken place, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel laid out his vision for the agency he was elected to lead. “There will be change,’’ Israel said. “I think that’s important. We will be transparent. We will have a new vision, and we will be a diverse group of men and women.’’
  • Voluntary slavery? Ancient Egyptians paid a monthly fee to become temple slaves

    01/09/2013 3:53:30 AM PST · by Renfield · 7 replies
    nature.com ^ | 1-6-2012 | Hazem Zohny
    Becoming bound by eternal, unquestioning servitude as someone’s property is not likely most people’s career of choice. 2200 years ago, however, it seems some Egyptians voluntarily signed up to become temple slaves. Not only that, they even paid a monthly fee for the “privilege.” The revelation comes from the work of Egyptologist Kim Ryholt of the University of Copenhagen, who has been studying papyrus slave contracts found in a rubbish dump in the ancient Egyptian temple city of Tebtunis. “I am your servant from this day onwards, and I shall pay 2˝ copper-pieces every month as my slave-fee before Soknebtunis,...
  • Syrian rebels 'free' Iranian hostages in swap

    01/09/2013 3:31:43 AM PST · by BlackVeil
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | anon
    Syrian rebel groups have freed 48 Iranians captured last year in exchange for prisoners held by Syrian security services, according to Iran's state-run Press TV. The report did not specify the number of prisoners freed by the government, but said the group included Turks. Earlier on Wednesday, the Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH said that the Syrian government would free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for the Iranians. Bulent Yildirim, the head of IHH, was in Damascus to help negotiate the deal. Turkey's state-run Anatolian news agency said the deal was brokered by Turkey and Qatar. The Iranians were captured in...