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  • 500,000 acre private property land-grab by U.S. Forest Service

    01/09/2013 10:08:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/9/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Nearly 200,000 American citizens in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties could lose free use of their private lands and property if the proposed Rim of the Valley National Park converting two national parks becomes law! A continuation of United Nations sponsored, Agenda 21 aims of shoving American citizens into carefully defined clusters of living space around large urban populations, the Rim of the Valley plan would severely affect personal liberty! Urgent action is needed to stop this huge new federal land grab threat says Chuck Cushman of the American Land Right Association. (1) “It will start with a small scope...
  • The FED and Indentured Citizens

    01/09/2013 10:07:55 AM PST · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-08-13 | James Raider
    The Fed disguised In 1913 Congress abdicated its Constitutional responsibility over currency on behalf of the people when it created the monster called The Federal Reserve System. In creating a private joint stock entity, Congress not only surrendered jurisdiction over the dollar, it also relinquished control, oversight, and authority over the institution intended to manage the citizens’ currency. Decisions hastily made in environments of illiteracy, panic, and fear, and driven by energies with ulterior motives, rarely turn out well for those who succumb. Section 2A of The Fed’s Monetary Policy Objectives states, "The Board of Governors of the Federal...
  • Obama Forgets Writing on Gun Questionnaire (2008 Flashback)

    01/09/2013 10:01:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    abc ^ | Apr 17, 2008 | staff
    ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday’s ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner made this claim even though a copy of the original document suggests otherwise. "No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire, Charlie. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns," said Obama. The Illinois Democrat made his remarks after ABC News’ Charlie Gibson told Obama: "In 1996, your campaign...
  • New Jersey cop who was spotted sleeping in patrol car now loses loaded gun

    01/09/2013 10:00:21 AM PST · by Altariel · 31 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jean Casimir and David Chang
    A New Jersey cop who was spotted sleeping in his patrol car last summer has now lost a loaded handgun, according to his lawyer. Trenton Police Officer Richard Takach misplaced the Glock semi-automatic handgun in the city's West Precinct parking lot around 3 a.m. on Monday, his attorney Stuart Alterman said. "It's not a sign of him being careless," Alterman added. "It was an accident. Nobody intentionally loses a weapon. He was changing in and out of his duty uniform to his street clothes. He was transferring his weapon from his duty holster to an off-duty holster. And unfortunately he...
  • National Cathedral to Host 1st Same-Sex Weddings

    01/09/2013 9:57:09 AM PST · by RedMominBlueState · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Brett Zongker
    Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. The church will announce its new policy Wednesday. As the nation's most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford......
  • TCM Classic Movie Alert 1/9/13

    01/09/2013 9:57:00 AM PST · by Vision · 21 replies
    TCM ^ | 1/9/12 | Vision
    This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert! Tonight...Employee's Entrance(1933), 8pm est "An unscrupulous department store manager stops at nothing to get what he wants." Overview & Cast
  • Biden: Obama Might Use Executive Order to Deal With Guns

    01/09/2013 9:55:52 AM PST · by Cheerio · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 9, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required."
  • Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns

    Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required." Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it's critically important that we act." Biden talked also about taking responsible...
  • The Jobs With The Most Psychopaths

    01/09/2013 9:50:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    AOL Jobs ^ | January 2, 2013 | Dan Fastenberg
    Have you ever experienced the feeling at work that everyone around you is unstable? That you're the only level-headed worker in a workplace populated by colleagues whose fits and outbursts are unpredictable, or even psychopathic? The experience might be common to many workers, but according to a recent book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, certain fields are more likely to attract actual psychopaths than others. The book by Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton argues that "a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed...
  • Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’

    01/09/2013 9:45:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’ By Elizabeth Harrington January 9, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said union opponents “think nothing about killing us” and that “wealth disparity” in America today mirrors the 19th century when labor leaders then used to be “ready to kill,” to chop people’s heads off. “We are at a moment when the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber-baron ages,” Lewis said at the Illinois Labor History Society on Jan. 5. “The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill — just really,...
  • Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #4 - Do you Reject this Evil World?

    01/09/2013 9:41:11 AM PST · by xzins · 12 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    Skip to comments.11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #4 - Do you Reject this Evil World? SO4J ^ | John MacArthur Posted on 01/07/2013 6:02:58 AM PST by xzins Test #1 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ? Test #2 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #2 - Are you Sensitive to Sin in your Life? Test #3 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do You Obey God's Word? Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation by...
  • The Marriage Debate I: Confusions about ‘Equality’ and ‘Discrimination’

    01/09/2013 9:37:06 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | January 9, 2013 | George Weigel
    The Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 guarantees that the debate over marriage will be at the forefront of American public life for the foreseeable future. DOMA defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal law (it says nothing about what states may or may not define as marriage). Prop 8 was a voter-initiated correction of the California Supreme Court’s interpretation of that state’s constitution as containing a “right” to same-sex marriage. Irrespective of whether the U.S....
  • What’s in a name? The Redskins’ bad karma

    01/09/2013 9:34:47 AM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/09/2013 | Courtland Milloy
    So, Washington football fans, how’s that offensive team name and demeaning sports mascot working out? Whooping and hollering as RGIII goes on a “Redskins” warpath only to leave a trail of tears when his wounded knee gets buried at FedEx Field. In this obscene home team sports fantasy, the gifted Robert Griffin III was reduced to a “noble savage.” Let the “Redskin” play hurt. He can take it. Hail to the young brave-hearted quarterback as he limps into battle on that injured knee. Three cheers as he fights on his one good leg for Old D.C.
  • Sign of Hope: Anglican Nuns Become Catholic

    01/09/2013 9:29:18 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 9, 2013 | Dr. William Oddie
    I have had, as we all have, many good moments in my life as a Catholic (greatly outweighing the inevitable bad ones); but yesterday was one of the very best. Have I ever, I try to recall, had such a vivid sense of how glorious it is to be a Catholic, of the transcendent splendor of the Catholic life? Probably, but I wonder if any liturgy ever passed off with such an exultant sense of joyful celebration? I am referring, as some of you who read my last post may have surmised, to the reception of 11 sisters led by...
  • Steve Jobs Memorial Unveiled in Russia

    01/09/2013 9:19:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/9/13
    MOSCOW, January 9 (RIA Novosti) – A memorial to world renowned tech innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was unveiled in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The monument, a giant replica of a black, late model iPhone with a screen that displays a photo and video slideshow of Jobs’ life, is located in the courtyard of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. On the back, the monument features a QR code which observers can scan before being directed to a website commemorating the Apple co-founder
  • ESPN Fires Rob Parker (RG3 "Cornball Brother" commenter)

    01/09/2013 9:14:24 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 33 replies
    Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports ^ | January 9, 2013 | Michael David Smith
    Rob Parker, the commentator who created controversy when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a “cornball brother” because he has a white fiancee, has been fired by ESPN. (snip) So why did Parker’s discipline change from a 30-day suspension to termination? ESPN isn’t saying, but it may be that the network was unhappy with a recent interview Parker gave in which he said that ESPN knew what he was going to say on the air before he said it. In that interview, Parker also seemed to backtrack on his previous apology, complaining that people took his “cornball...
  • 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    01/09/2013 9:08:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Billboard ^ | 01/09/2013 | Keith Caulfield
    The "Les Miserables" soundtrack album jumps to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 92,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first No. 1 soundtrack on the Billboard 200 since the "Hunger Games" album opened atop the April 7, 2012, list. The last musical film soundtrack to the lead the chart was the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" album on May 2, 2009. The last stage musical-turned-movie musical whose companion album reached No. 1 was "Mamma Mia!" in 2008. "Les Miserables" declined 32% in sales in the week ending Jan. 6, but that didn't prevent it from...
  • Biden: Obama Can Use "Executive Orders" To Act On Gun Control (video)

    01/09/2013 9:05:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 227 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President Joe Biden, while addressing representatives of gun safety and gun violence victims' groups, says President Obama could use "executive orders" to enact gun control measures. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "The president is going to act. There are executives orders -- executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required."
  • Report: Father hires gamers to 'kill' son in online games

    01/09/2013 9:04:44 AM PST · by Altariel · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | January 8, 2013 | Allyson Balansay
    <p>Many parents worry about their children's gaming habits and addictions these days. One father in China took it to the next level when he hired online gamers to 'kill' his son's avatars, according to local reports.</p> <p>A Chinese father, tired of his son playing video games instead of looking for a job, decided to hire some assassins. Their job: to kill his son's characters in his favorite online role-playing games, local reports said.</p>
  • DEFENSE TRAIN WRECK OR RESHAPING OPPORTUNITY?

    01/09/2013 9:03:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 01/09/2013 | By: Robert Maginnis
    We can’t afford to wait years to decide whether the dire predictions associated with the latest round of defense cuts are more than political hyperbole. If those predictions prove true then the money we save by cutting national security in order to service the debt will pale in comparison to the high future costs to repair the damage. That is why we must use this time as an opportunity to reshape our armed forces to address future threats. SNIP SNIP Not everyone agrees the defense cuts will eviscerate our national security. A 2012 report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office...
  • Give Me Liberalism and Give Me Death

    01/09/2013 9:03:21 AM PST · by Politically Correct · 8 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | 9 Jan 13 | Creation Evolution Headlines
    Nowhere does the divide between left and right show more starkly than in policies about killing the innocent. Leftist liberals, who are the most supportive of Darwinism, seem to have no problem with tinkering with human life to the point of killing it. 1. Stem cell case denied: The 3-year long effort by James Sherley and Theresa Deisher to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (2/13/2011) came to an end this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving intact a lower court’s decision to permit it (4/30/2011). Sherley and Deisher based their...
  • Magazine capacity for military issue rifles

    01/09/2013 9:03:11 AM PST · by GOP_Party_Animal · 35 replies
    11/9/13 | Me
    Just wondering - what is the "standard" capacity for magazines issued to our soldiers for the M-16 and M-4? 10 rounds? 20? Any difference from the Vietnam era?
  • Killer whales trapped by ice in Hudson’s Bay (Blame Al Gore)

    01/09/2013 8:55:59 AM PST · by jerod · 23 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 2013-01-09 | Toronto Star
    A pod of killer whales appears to be trapped in a small pool of water surrounded by ice in Hudson’s Bay. In a number of videos shot by local residents near Inukjuak, Que., the whales are seen taking turns continuously coming up for air. The first video was posted on Tuesday on Facebook by local residents to try to get the attention of authorities to help the whales who appear to be in distress. It is believed the orcas became stranded on Monday and are still there.
  • Phillips 66 moving Bakken oil by rail in $1B deal

    01/09/2013 8:51:51 AM PST · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 9, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Phillips 66 has begun shipping crude by rail from North Dakota to a refinery in New Jersey in an effort estimated at more than $1 billion. The company said this week it had signed a five-year deal with Global Partners to move oil produced in the Bakken shale play to its Bayway refinery. The Bayway refinery, the largest on the east coast, is already receiving crude through the deal, which will move 91 million barrels of oil over the contract term, or about 50,000 barrels a day, Phillips 66 spokesman Dennis Nuss said. The refinery is expected to receive crude...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST, January 9,2013

    01/09/2013 8:49:07 AM PST · by Biggirl · 81 replies
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  • Ohio man arrested for barking at police dog

    01/09/2013 8:43:11 AM PST · by karatemom · 47 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | January 8, 2013
    A 22-year-old spent the night in the Montgomery County Jail Monday after he allegedly taunted a police dog during a traffic stop. Cameron Dunn is facing a misdemeanor charge of assaulting or harassing police dog. According to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office report, police K9 Gunner and his deputy handler were called to the intersection of Mad River Road and Hempstead Mews at about 4:50 p.m. Monday to assist in a traffic stop. Dunn was being detained in the backseat of a cruiser while the dog performed a sniff of his vehicle checking for drugs. As Gunner walked past the...
  • Staring Down the Schoolyard Bully

    01/09/2013 8:42:39 AM PST · by Signalman · 2 replies
    redstate ^ | 1/9/2013 | Daniel Horowitz
    What a difference a year makes when it comes to the attitude of Republicans regarding the debt ceiling. In 2011, Republican leaders spent the incipient months of the debt ceiling fight publicly stating that they would ultimately raise the debt ceiling. They cloddishly communicated to the Democrats the reality that they would never engage in brinkmanship by declining to raise the debt ceiling after Tim Geithner’s arbitrary deadline of August 1, 2011. Consequently, despite Obama’s dismal approval numbers, he felt confident he’d be able to ride out the storm until the final days, when Republicans would undoubtedly cave. And boy...
  • Rage Against the Coin

    01/09/2013 8:37:01 AM PST · by Qbert · 49 replies
    NYT ^ | January 8, 2013 | Paul Krugman (Moonbat)
    Well, the trillion-dollar-coin thing — deal with the debt ceiling by exploiting a legal loophole to have the Treasury mint one or more large-denomination coins, deposit them at the Fed, and use the cash in the new account to pay bills — has really taken off. Last month I spoke with a senior Fed official who had never heard of the idea; these days it’s all over. There seem to be two kinds of objections. One is that it would be undignified. Here’s how to think about that: we have a situation in which a terrorist may be about to...
  • World's most dangerous ride

    01/09/2013 8:28:25 AM PST · by rocky50 · 9 replies
    Adam Riemann rides one of the scariest Himalayan trails you'll ever see.
  • Benghazigate: The Cover-Up Continues

    01/09/2013 8:24:09 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2013 | Bill Schanefelt
    From the start, almost everything that we were originally and "officially" told by the Obama Administration about the Benghazigate "event" was false (i.e., a lie) or misleading or inadequate. And now that the sole suspect held in the attack has been released, the cover-up is gaining momentum. The report produced by State's Accountability Review Board (ARB) and released in an unclassified version Dec. 18 (pdf) did little to clear up what was misleading and inadequate in the "official" versions about the happenings during the "event." The recently-released "Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi" (pdf) by...
  • A call for suggestions of Talking points to combat the Oppressive-Leftat.

    01/09/2013 8:19:23 AM PST · by BerserkPatriot · 54 replies
    Jan 9 2013
    A national radio host made an excellent suggestion the other day that we conservatives should pursue with vigor. The Oppressive-left loves to use simple talking point slogans to hammer their lies into the publics conscious. These simpleton lies are designed to crowd out real thought and logic of the truth. It is about time for our side to get on board and come up with our own talking point slogans we can all use to hammer the truth into them (rhetorically speaking of course) This posting is to advance that idea and get the ball rolling. The technique Oppressives is...
  • Elites Sneer at You

    01/09/2013 8:16:45 AM PST · by Edmunds mom · 15 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/8/2013 | Scott Walter
    One lone trustee objected to the institution’s betrayal of Andrew Carnegie. As Lagemann reports, a Cornell professor presented to the board a proposal that it focus, not on building libraries, but on spreading library science, which would lead to “advancing popular intellectual progress” (read: “smartening up the slack-jawed yokels”). The lonely dissenter, trustee James Bertram, argued that if the board consented to this recommendation, it "would contravene Carnegie’s clear and known wish 'to give libraries to communities and [to] leave the communities absolutely free to manage them any way they might see fit.'” Because Bertram spoke the truth, the trustees...
  • Surge In Flu Patients Crushing Hospitals Nationwide

    01/09/2013 8:16:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 09:47 PM | Stephen Feller
    Hospitals across the country are being stretched for service as this year’s flu season looks to be the most intense in nearly a decade, with facilities beginning to turn patients away because of the danger that it could spread through their staffs. Thirty-nine states and New York City have reported significant levels of influenza-like-illnesses as medical professionals are reminded of the 2003-2004 season when more than 40,000 people died because the predominant strain was so dissimilar from the vaccine that year, reported Fox News. Hospital officials have described the season so far as “chaotic.” Doctors are telling patients to begin...
  • Gangnam Style's Psy to Star in Super Bowl Ad for Wonderful Pistachios (Boycott Paramount Farms)

    01/09/2013 8:14:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Adweek ^ | 1/9/12 | Adweek
    It was probably inevitable that Wonderful Pistachios, a brand known for cartoony commercials with broad comedy and D-list celebrities, would eventually end up on the Super Bowl. And indeed, the Paramount Farms nut brand has signed up for Super Bowl XLVII and will air a 30-second spot starring the biggest one-hit wonder of all: South Korean rapper Psy of "Gangnam Style" fame.
  • Islam ‘Helped to Shape’ CIA Nominee John Brennan’s World View

    01/09/2013 8:11:03 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    Islam ‘Helped to Shape’ CIA Nominee John Brennan’s World View By Patrick Goodenough January 9, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – 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...
  • TED Conference Comes to the Vatican

    01/09/2013 8:10:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/8/13 | Antonio Gaspari
    International Meeting Will Discuss Religious Freedom in Today's WorldIt has been known as "the 'Oscars' of Ideas", "the genius of Hollywood. The Technology Entertainment Design conference, better known as TED, is a mix of science, communication and entertainment which follows its credo of "ideas worth spreading". What started as an annual conference for people who wanted to share ideas has now become one of the most visited websites in the world. Now the famous conference is coming to the Vatican. On April 19, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture will open "TEDxViadellaConciliazione", a global meeting which...
  • To Sidestep Obamacare, Wendy’s Reduces Hours for Hundreds in Nebraska

    01/09/2013 8:09:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 02:35 PM | Michael Mullins
    Employees at various Wendy’s restaurant locations in Nebraska will work fewer hours this year, reportedly due to costs associated with Obamacare. Under the new healthcare law, businesses with 50 or more “full-time” employees must offer health benefits to their staffers working between 32 and 38 hours. Non-managerial workers at Omaha-area Wendy’s will see their hours cut to 28 hours a week, according to local NBC affiliate WOWT. … The number of employees in Omaha who will be affected by the decision is in question. The Huffington Post reported approximately 300 staffers, while WOWT reported 100 workers. There are 11 Wendy’s...
  • Nixon at 100: A model for GOP?

    01/09/2013 8:07:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Richard Nixon's birth. He remains a controversial figure, and not just on the political left. Last year, I was covering the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington when I came across a stall selling old political pins. Unable to resist, I bought one with a picture of Tricky Dick giving his best crocodile smile beneath the classic slogan "Nixon's The One!"
  • U.S. Dividends Shatter Records

    01/09/2013 8:06:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Prompted by the desire to avoid higher taxes on dividends as part of President Obama's desired tax hikes on investment income in 2013, a record number of U.S. companies acted to pay out record levels of dividends in the final quarter of 2012 [Excel spreadsheet] . Here is the basic rundown from Standard and Poor's Dividend Action Report [Excel spreadsheet]: 4,002 U.S. companies made announcements regarding their dividend policies in December 2012, a new record. The previous record was 3,716 declarations which was set in December 2011. 483 of these companies announced they would pay an extra, or special, dividend...
  • Kim Jong-un sends out candy to kids on [his] birthday

    01/09/2013 8:06:54 AM PST · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    China.org ^ | January 9, 2013 | staff reporter
    DPRK leader, Kim Jong-un, has treated the country's children to special candies on the occasion of his birthday. The DPRK Central Broadcasting Station reported that an aircraft had been sent around the country to help deliver the candy to all DPRK school children aged 10 and under, in time for his January 8th birthday.
  • Christie Crushes Lauer's Gotchas

    01/09/2013 8:04:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    FOX ^ | Jan. 9, 2013
    <p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held his own this morning against a barrage of gotcha questions from NBC's Matt Lauer mostly trying to get him to rip fellow Republicans and support a federal ban on assault weapons.</p> <p>When asked if he was "happy" with direction of the Republican Party due to his recent criticisms of House Republicans, Christie pointed out that his strong reaction was because Hurricane Sandy is "above politics."</p>
  • Chavez' Term Ends Today/Will Not Take New Oath, Violates Constitution: DOES U.S. RECOGNIZE CHAVEZ?

    01/09/2013 7:58:30 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    Dictator Hugo Chavez and friend of Sean Penn and Oliver Stone was mandated to take a sworn presidential oath before the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela this morning due to the specifics of their Constitution and that he won the Oct. election (unfortunately) for another six-year term starting today. However Hugo "smells of sulphur", it is reported, and is out of the country and deathly ill in Havana, Cuba of apparently malignant cancer, so he is not exercising his duties in addition to being absent from the country in the first place. There are succession plans in place in Venezuelan...
  • Response to Mormon Missionary Age Announcement Remains Enthusiastic and Unprecedented

    01/09/2013 7:56:48 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 115 replies
    Mormon Newsroom ^ | January 7, 2013 | News Release
    Candace Richins was in the midst of her freshman season with Utah State University’s women’s volleyball team when the announcement came from Church President Thomas S. Monson women can serve missions at age 19 and men at 18. Although thrilled about the possibility of serving a mission earlier, Richins — a possible starter on the team in 2013 — worried because her scholarship and spot on the team would not be guaranteed if she left.A few days later, while in a religion class near campus, Richins knew what she needed to do. “I felt very impressed that I needed to...
  • Ride down ski slope in giant inflatable ball turns deadly in Russia

    01/09/2013 7:55:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Published January 09, 2013
    What was supposed to be a thrilling ride down a ski slope inside a giant inflatable ball ended in tragedy for the two Russian men inside. The transparent plastic ball -- called a zorb -- veered off course and sailed over a precipice in the rugged Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. The man who died, 27-year-old Denis Burakov, was with friends at the Dombai ski resort, where they frequently went snowboarding, on Jan. 3 when he decided to take a ride in a zorb being operated next to a beginners' slope. His friend Vladimir Shcherbakov joined him. An eight-minute video...
  • Bracken: Dear Mr. Security Agent

    01/09/2013 7:54:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    westernrifleshooters ^ | 1/9/13 | Matt Bracken
    Federal, state, or local. You, the man or woman with the badge, the sworn LEO or FLEA and those who inhabit the many law enforcement niches in between and on all sides. This essay is directed to you, because in the end, how this turmoil about gun control turns out will depend largely upon your decisions and actions over the coming months and years. I sincerely wish that members of Congress—who may soon be voting on new gun control measures—would read this essay, but I realize that’s a pipe dream, considering the impenetrable bubbles around those exalted entities. So I’ll...
  • Boy writes letter to LEGO after losing minifigure, gets awesome response

    01/09/2013 7:52:58 AM PST · by Altariel · 213 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mike Krumboltz
    Seven-year-old Luka Apps spent his Christmas money on the LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider set. A sound investment, if you ask us. But the thing about LEGOs -- those small pieces are easy to lose. They don't call 'em minifigures for nothing. Against his father's recommendation, young Luka took his newly procured Jay ZX shopping. And then, wouldn't you know it, the figure went missing, never to be seen again. Luka, not one to admit defeat, decided to write a letter to the good people at LEGO seeking a replacement.
  • New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured

    01/09/2013 7:50:33 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured 3:30pm UK, Wednesday 09 January 2013 A commuter ferry has crashed into the dockside in Lower Manhattan in New York, injuring between 30 and 50 people. The Sea Streak Ferry, which provides daily services from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey struck Pier 11 in the East River not far from Wall Street at about 8.45am ET (1.45pm GMT). Officials say at least one of the passengers was in a critical condition with head injuries. The vessel apparently had a hard landing as it was trying to dock. "There was a jolt when...
  • Slow Outlook for 2013

    01/09/2013 7:45:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Once again the market begins the session under a cloud of doubt but not necessarily panic. Of course yesterday the same scenario saw an indifferent start morph into the wheels coming off early. But the market wasn't afraid, more so frustrated. There is also a dollop of angst always associated with earnings season. What makes this earning season even more compelling is the idea 2013 could actually see slower growth than last year and what that means for stocks. On the other hand Europe will not be worse and the rest of the world is regaining momentum. This continues to...
  • No Ordinary Year for the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate

    01/09/2013 7:39:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/8/13 | Charlotte Hays
    2012 was full of milestones for the new ordinariate, and 2013 will feature more, including a February visit by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.WASHINGTON — When Father Scott Hurd, vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a home in the Catholic Church for former Episcopalians and Anglicans — reflects back on 2012, he points to a period of rapid and exciting growth marking its first year of existence. On New Year’s Day 2012, Pope Benedict XVI erected the ordinariate, which allows former Anglicans to retain certain...
  • Jack Lew may succeed Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary, sources say

    01/09/2013 7:38:33 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    President Barack Obama may choose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.