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  • No pants subway ride [NYC]

    01/11/2013 5:28:11 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 1/11/2013
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - People wearing little more than their underwear are expected to ride the NYC subway system on Sunday.In an attempt to bring some laughter to commuters' lives, the comedy troupe Improv Everywhere/ We Cause Scenes has organized No Pants Subway Ride 2013.All ages; all types of all walks of life are asked to participate, according to the troupe.-snip- In order to participate, the brave are asked to be willing to take their pants off on the subway and be able to keep a straight face."If someone asks, say you forgot your pants," according to the troupe's website.
  • Obama Admin Responds to Secession Petitions: Our States Remain United

    01/11/2013 5:25:07 PM PST · by kristinn · 33 replies
    The White House ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Jon Carson
    Official White House Response toPeacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. and 8 other petitions . Our States Remain United By Jon Carson Thank you for using the White House's online petitions platform to participate in your government. In a nation of 300 million people -- each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs -- democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day...
  • Some gun regulation doesn't mean total confiscation (A new meme?)

    01/11/2013 5:13:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Reporter-Herald ^ | January 10, 2013 | James Ure
    To the editor: A recent editorial called for unlimited gun ownership to defend against the government. I hear this argument a lot, but what good is your AR-15 when you're fighting the full force of the United States military? All they have to do is drop a smart bomb on your house from high above and you're done. You wouldn't even see it coming. Alternatively, they could simply run over your house with a Kevlar-plated M1 Abrams tank, or shell your dwelling from cannons positioned far away. I support the right to bear arms to protect your home and family...
  • Getting Murdered: Where in the World?

    01/11/2013 5:10:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    constitutionalley.us ^ | 13 January, 2013 | Dennis Sevakis
    A couple of days ago I received an email from one of my correspondents, Shirley C. to be specific, and therein was a list of countries with murder rates greater than the U.S. Quite a few there were. But my curiosity was piqued, and I was sucked into another paroxysm of impulsive number crunching. Well, something to that effect. Here are the results. First, there’s my reconstruction, reordering and summarizing of the murder rates from various regions of the world: A couple of minutes’ scrutiny of the table makes it obvious that the highest murder rates are in sub-Sahara Africa...
  • FReepers Unite - Conservative Businesses, do they exist? (Vanity)

    01/11/2013 5:06:12 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 3 replies
    January 11, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    I had an interview with a major software company today. It was quite the experience. At no time in my life I have had a company (MS) provide as much background, profiles, schedules, etc. on an interview process. This day was set up to be golden ... maybe, if I wasn't a conservative. Two days ago, I was sent an email on the interview. It included a schedule, how to dress (business attire), profiles on who was interviewing me, LinkedIn accounts and other information that made this interview seem like the most open and transparent process I have ever been...
  • Pakistani soldier's killing a response to provocation: India

    01/11/2013 4:57:19 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: New Delhi on Friday reacted to Pakistan's protest over the killing of one of its soldiers in cross-border gunbattle the previous day by asserting that Indian troops had resorted to "controlled response" in retaliation against unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops at Mendhar. With Pakistan persisting with its disdain towards the outrage in India over the beheading of its soldiers and tensions spiking, Indian troops were stepping up their "alertness levels" along the entire 778-km LoC. Indian Army threatened Pakistan with "dire consequences" if the latter refused to mend its barbaric ways. Indian high commissioner in Islamabad Sharat Sabarwal...
  • Washington D.C.: Where People Watch Twice As Much Online Porn As The Rest Of The Country

    01/11/2013 4:56:28 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    There must be something in the Potomac— According to a popular adult site, Washington D.C. has won the dubious title of America’s porn capital. D.C. residents reportedly watch almost twice as much online porn per capita as people living in the 50 states. It is a highly charged city, so who are we to judge how people relax? ******.com says D.C. residents watch 14.18 videos per person per year, followed by Hawaiians at 7.5.7 videos per person annually in the No. 2. spot. Other notables include Massachusetts (7.52) and New York (7.5). The Washington Post tries to take a crack...
  • Brian Williams On Set So Much We Want 'BriWi-Cam' to See Reaction to Daughter's Sex Scenes

    01/11/2013 4:53:43 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 11, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    If your daughter was an actress doing a sex scene in a movie or television show, would you want to watch? On the CBS Late Show Thursday, Girls star Lena Dunham said that not only is NBC's Brian Williams often on the set for the filming of this sex-packed HBO program, the cast jokes about having a "BriWi-cam" on him to gauge his reactions to his daughter Allison's sex scenes (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • FAA to review Boeing 787

    01/11/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 8 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Brendan Kearney
    The Federal Aviation Administration this morning announced a comprehensive review of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner -- including the company’s plant in North Charleston -- in light of a series of recent incidents. The review will focus on the technologically advanced jet’s extensive electric system but will not be limited to any one aspect of the program or any one of the recent glitches, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Despite his agency’s decision to undertake an open-ended look at Boeing’s prize jet program, Huerta emphasized that the 787 is safe to fly. “Nothing we have seen would indicate that this airplane...
  • China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea

    01/11/2013 4:40:00 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence The J-10 After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to...
  • Regime Press Propagandists Only Cover Stories They Think Will Harm Republicans

    01/11/2013 4:38:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Aw, darn it! Obama is trying so hard. The regime is trying so hard. They never worked harder trying to overcome all of the messes left by George W. Bush, and here we are. We're on the verge of a recovery! The unemployment situation (they keep telling us) is improving. Even though we added people to the unemployment rolls yesterday, that was called "stability" by the AP. We're still at 375,000 unemployment applications every week, but we're on the verge -- we're on the verge! -- of overcoming the big mess left by George W. Bush and,...
  • Miss America contestant pursuing double mastectomy

    01/11/2013 4:35:40 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 01/11/2013 | HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body. The 24-year-old Miss DC plans to undergo a double mastectomy after she struts in a bikini and flaunts her roller skating talent. She is removing both breasts as a preventive measure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt. "My mom would have given up every part of her body to be here for me, to watch me in the...
  • Cory Booker files paperwork for Senate run

    01/11/2013 4:24:45 PM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Cory Booker has filed a statement of organization for his U.S. Senate run according to documents posted on the Federal Election Commission website. The actual papers provide little detail about how much money the mayor of Newark has raised, but the papers, filed on January 8 are the first official step towards a run in 2014. His treasurer is listed as Judith Zamore.
  • Rockefeller to retire, giving GOP a prime pickup opportunity

    01/11/2013 4:19:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) announced Friday that he will not run for reelection in 2014, giving Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in a state that's grown increasingly red in recent years. “As I approach 50 years of public service in West Virginia, I’ve decided that 2014 will be the right moment for me to find new ways to fight for the causes I believe in and to spend more time with my incredible family," Rockefeller said in a statement. Republicans already have their top recruit in place for the race. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) threw her hat in the...
  • DREAM Activist's Family Arrested After Home Raided By ICE

    01/11/2013 4:17:53 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 31 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 1/10/2013 | Yahoo News
    Erika Andiola, a young undocumented immigrant and activist, may be free from the threat of raids and deportation, but her family is another story. On Thursday night, Andiola's home in Arizona was raided by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, who knocked on her door then arrested her mother, Maria Arreola, after she opened to check on her visitors. When her older brother refused to provide documentation of his own legal status, he was brought in as well. "My mother came out of her room without really understanding what was happening, just that there was a really strong knock on the...
  • Veep Suggests Platinum Solution to Gun Control

    In what he called a “stroke of genius,” Vice-President Joe Biden suggested that President Obama could bypass both Congress and the Constitution by using an Executive Order to solve the gun violence crisis. “It was when I heard people talking about minting trillion dollar platinum coins to solve the debt ceiling thing that I got the idea of using platinum to get around 2nd Amendment objections to gun control,” Biden boasted. “If the President were to simply require that platinum be the only metal permitted in bullets we could effectively eliminate privately held guns without actually banning them.” The Vice-President...
  • Robbers assault 2 hostages at Los Angeles store

    01/11/2013 4:15:10 PM PST · by crosshairs · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/11/13 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Employees were closing up at a mall department store and preparing to go home when two gunmen stormed inside and took them hostage. The thugs stabbed one of the 14 Nordstrom Rack employees and sexually assaulted another before SWAT officers freed everyone early Friday, more than three hours after the ordeal began. It was unclear whether the gunmen stole anything before fleeing the store located near Los Angeles International Airport. Both remained at large. The harrowing incident began about 11 p.m. Thursday, when a man reported his girlfriend had called to say gunmen were in the...
  • Guess What? Digitized Health Records Don't Save Any Money Like Obama Promised

    01/11/2013 4:09:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The New York Times. I hate to break this to you. Do you remember when they were touting digitizing health records, making everybody's health records electronic so that they would be easily available to doctors and medical professionals? Of course, not scammers. They would never get them, of course not. Only the people that needed to see your health records would ever be able to. They'd take care of that. They said, "It's gonna really make things cheaper. We have to do this because health care costs are just out of control, causing the deficit, causing the...
  • Proof that Concealed Carry permit holders live in a dream world, Part One

    01/11/2013 4:06:21 PM PST · by Right Wing Assault · 67 replies
    abc news ^ | Uploaded to youtube.com on Apr 21, 2010 | abc news
    The controlled study documented in these videos show that concealed carry permit holders are fooling themselves if they think they will be able to react effectively to armed aggressors. Most CCW holders won't even be able to un-holster their gun. They will more likely be killed themselves or kill innocent bystanders than stop the aggressor. For more details, see "Unintended Consequences: Pro-Handgun Experts Prove That Handguns Are a Dangerous Choice for Self-Defense." http://www.vpc.org/studies/unincont.htm. CCW permit holders don't protect innocent people. They kill them.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #27 January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 4:06:10 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 1-11-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I had my very first commercially brewed Double IPA yesterday evening. It was brewed by Samuel Adams as a limited release of their brews and is called “Third Voyage”. It is 8% ABV in a 22 oz. bottle and is very tasty and hoppy with a big citrus after taste. They used Cascade Hops from the regions that that Capt. James Cook sailed to on his third voyage - New Zealand and the Pacific...
  • Alabama Court Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection

    01/11/2013 3:59:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    A ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court today makes the argument that unborn children deserve legal protection under the law. The case involves the consolidation of two cases, which address the question of whether Alabama’s law against chemical endangerment of children can be applied to unborn children who are exposed to illegal drugs in utero. Courts of appeal in Alabama upheld convictions of mothers who were charged under the chemical endangerment law, when their children tested positive for illegal drugs at birth.
  • Media Blames Flu for Economic Downturn

    01/11/2013 3:56:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's a headline from CNBC: "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." Now, what the hell kind of headline is this? "Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow the Economy Further." It was just yesterday I was talking about media propagandists, and you see this headline, and you have to understand that I know what I'm talking about and I was right. The flu threatens to slow the economy further? Really? They're throwing that out there now? We know that it's not the flu slowing down the economy! We know it's not the flu that has...
  • Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals'

    01/11/2013 3:51:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals' Dan Ivers/NJ.com By Dan Ivers/NJ.com on January 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM, updated January 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM PATERSON — A state appeals court has upheld the firing of a former Paterson first-grade teacher who called her students "future criminals" on her personal Facebook page. Jennifer O'Brien, an Elmwood Park resident who began working for Paterson schools in 1998, claimed in her appeal that her comments were protected by the First Amendment, and that her right to express her opinion "was outweighed by the district's interest in the...
  • David Gregory and wife knew D.C. Attorney General (Party photo at link)

    01/11/2013 3:43:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/11/13 | William A. Jacobson
    District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan issued a lengthy letter today explaining the decision not to prosecute David Gregory despite “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” despite rejecting NBC’s claims of a subjective misunderstanding of the law, and despite vowing vigorous enforcement of gun laws. -snip- t further undermines public confidence in such decisions to find out that Nathan knew Gregory and his wife, high-powered attorney Beth Wilkinson. Anne dug up the connection in which in 2011 Nathan and Wilkinson participated together in a charity mock trial for the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company (emphasis...
  • NPS/Presidential Inaugural Committee Revokes ANSWER Coalition Permit for Unemployed Speakout

    01/11/2013 3:38:33 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    email from A.N.S.W.E.R. | January 11, 2013
    At the direction of the Obama Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) the National Park Service has revoked the permit of the ANSWER Coalition to hold a large scale Speak-out of America’s Unemployed for Jobs and Justice in Freedom Plaza during the Inauguration Day events on January 21, 2013. The historical irony of the decision to evict a rally of the unemployed from Freedom Plaza (named in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) on January 21(the day honoring Dr. King’s birth) is hard to overstate. Exactly five years to the day (January 21, 2008) then-candidate Barack Obama said in response to a...
  • Forget discouraged, 3 million workers hopelessly unemployed

    01/11/2013 3:34:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Annalyn Kurtz
    Employers may be hiring, but there's another big problem with the job market that isn't being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed. An often overlooked number calculated by the Labor Department shows millions of Americans want a job but haven't searched for one in at least a year. They've simply given up hope. They're not counted as part of the labor force, the official unemployment rate, or the category the Labor Department refers to as "discouraged workers" -- those who haven't bothered to look for work in the last four weeks. These hopelessly unemployed workers have just been jobless so...
  • Obamacare's Other Shoe

    01/11/2013 3:15:22 PM PST · by qaz123 · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 11Jan13 | Mark Steyn
    If you had buttonholed me in the Senate men’s room circa 2003 and told me that a decade hence Joe Biden would be America’s vice president, John Kerry secretary of state, and Chuck Hagel secretary of defense, I’d have laughed and waited for the punch line: The Leahy administration? President Lautenberg? Celebrate lack of diversity! But even in the republic’s descent into a Blowhardocracy staffed by a Zombie House of Lords, there are distinctions to be drawn.
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 3:13:47 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 25 replies
    In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen "short of the ideal" in Afghanistan:
  • Realistic DX-160 - my favorite radio-

    01/11/2013 3:10:42 PM PST · by virgil283 · 62 replies
    "In 1967, Radio Shack introduced the DX-150 general coverage ...Over the next few years, this line underwent several improvements.. . In 1975 the DX-160 was introduced with the most noticeable change being the addition of a LW band (150-400 kHz). This family of radios was made for Radio Shack by General Research of Electronics, Inc. of Japan....My impressions? This is as solid a radio as I could ask for given its age and simplicity of design. It has reasonably good selectivity and you have to be careful to tune it slowly or you'll miss the station you're looking for. The...
  • Men won't face death penalty in Lansing slaying

    01/11/2013 3:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 1/11/13 | staff
    <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The government won't seek the death penalty for a group of men charged in the 2010 death of a Lansing woman.</p> <p>The Grand Rapids Press reported Friday (http://bit.ly/WxWIie ) that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder notified West Michigan federal prosecutors of the government's decision.</p>
  • Answering an Atheist and Asking for Fairness and Accuracy

    01/11/2013 3:03:24 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 11, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Susan Jacoby, an author and atheist wrote a column in last Sunday’s New Your Times entitled “The Blessings of Atheism.” In it she proposes that atheism has a lot to offer, especially in times of tragic loss and that it frees human beings from having to ask and answer difficult question. As you may imagine, I am not so sure that asserting a question can be avoided means that it has actually been avoided, or that what she calls blessings are in fact blessings.I would like to excerpt her article and make a few comments. Her original writing is in...
  • Alabama Leads The Way In Nationwide Run On Guns

    01/11/2013 3:00:25 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies
    Al.Com ^ | 1-11-2013 | Challen Stephens
    Alabama Leads The Way In Nationwide Run On GunsBy Challen Stephens cstephens@al.com January 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM, updated January 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM Alabama appears to have led the national run on guns last month. It's not that Alabamians purchased the most. But Alabama saw the nation's largest spike in applications for firearm background checks, a sudden rise of 145 percent, between the months of October and December. Federal background checks spiked in every single state following the presidential election and the shooting in Newtown, according to FBI data on background checks. Background checks normally rise before Christmas....
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 3:00:19 PM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 11,2013 | Mark 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
  • Infiltration, Intrigue and Communists

    01/11/2013 2:57:50 PM PST · by qaz123 · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11Jan13 | Wes Vernon
    In writing “Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government”, authors M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein have produced a highly informative volume that will enlighten not only relative newcomers to the field of Communist subversion but scholars as well. What they learn will be utterly sobering. Soviet loyalists, with enormous influence over policy, are revealed to have been far more deeply entrenched than ever previously acknowledged. More surprising, these agents had alarmingly easy access to the Oval Office.
  • State suspends gun carry permit for TN man who made viral video (Jim Yeager)

    01/11/2013 2:51:26 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 11, 2013 | Unattributed
    A Middle Tennessee firearms trainer who made an ominous and very public promise in a YouTube video that gained national attention this week, has had his handgun carry permit suspended Friday by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. James Yeager, 42, had his permit suspended based on a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," the department said in a statement. Yeager told Channel 4 News he is aware of the suspension, and his attorney will handle his statements going forward.
  • On Matthews' Hard Ball, David Corn says Rush Limbaugh is "inviting John Wilkes Booth..."

    01/11/2013 2:46:16 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 58 replies
    watching MSNBC's Hardball | January 11, 2013 | Seizethecarp
    Chris Matthews opened Hardball with video from the past two days of Jim Yeager, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh defending the second amendment. David Corn says Rush is "inviting John Wilkes Booth..." Matthews says Rush should know better. Matthews also introduced the segment (usually rebroadcast at 7:00 PM EST) by saying he was "going to nut country" and said that was a quote from JFK just before he went to Dallas for the last time. Right before Hardball, Martin Bashir said that the report that the armed officer assigned to the school that were the latest shooting occurred wasn't there...
  • (Inked) In Czech Republic, A Leading Presidential Candidate Has a Full-Face Tattoo

    01/11/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    WP ^ | January 11, 2013 | Olga Khazan
    In Czech Republic, a leading presidential candidate has a full-face tattoo File this under, “Things that could never happen in America.” That man is Vladimir Franz, a Czech composer who is tattooed from head — and face — to toe, and he’s third in the polls in the Czech Republic’s presidential election, which is going on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time Czechs will directly elect a president — a mainly ceremonial position because the prime minister largely runs the country. Since the breakup of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic has had two presidents, Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus,...
  • Ben Shapiro Shows the Right How to Beat the Media

    01/11/2013 2:42:50 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 1/11/2013 | John Nolte
    Forgive me for choosing a colleague and friend, but I've been waiting for exactly this kind of media appearance from someone -- anyone! -- on our side to make this point with, and it just so happens that last night it was Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro who delivered as perfect an example as one could ever hope for. This is a must-watch for the rest of this column to make any sense whatsoever. As one of our Founding Fathers once said, "Facts are stubborn things," and when faced with facts, calm logic, and someone fully prepared for the encounter, after...
  • GOV. WALKER PLEDGES INCOME TAX CUT FOR WISCONSIN

    01/11/2013 2:37:26 PM PST · by qaz123 · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 13Jan2013 | John Hayward
    First Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes the elimination of the state gas tax, then Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calls for wiping out all state income and corporate taxes. Now Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is talking about reducing income taxes in his state, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
  • Next pope will be African according to odds from Irish bookmaker

    01/11/2013 2:37:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 08/2012 | By PATRICK COUNIHAN
    The next pope is very likely to be African according to Paddy Power, Ireland’s leading bookmaker, who has come out with a list of “papabile,” those considered papal material. The list comes at a time of increased health problems for Pope Benedict, who, at 85, has begun using a cane and is appearing more frail. Favorite is Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who is 15/8 (bet eight to win fifteen), while in second place is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 9/4. That’s two top Africans in the top two spots according to the bookmaker’s odds. In third place in...
  • No gun magazine charges for David Gregory (Some animals are more equal than others...)

    01/11/2013 2:34:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/11/13 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    NBC’s David Gregory is off the hook for showing a high-capacity gun magazine on “Meet the Press” and will not be prosecuted, D.C.’s attorney general announced on Friday. D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline to prosecute in the case involving the Sunday show host and any NBC staffers. In a letter to NBC’s attorney Lee Levine, Nathan wrote that after reviewing the matter, his office “has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events...
  • Federal report: Warming is changing US daily life

    01/11/2013 2:33:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive new federal scientific report says global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and how Americans live. The government issued Friday a 1,146-page draft report that details in dozens of ways how climate change is already disrupting the health, homes and other facets of daily American life. It warns that those disruptions will increase in the future. The blunt report takes a global environmental issue and explains what it means for different U.S. regions, for various sectors of the economy and for future generations. The National Climate Assessment doesn't say what should...
  • The Saudis’ PR ‘Roads’ Show

    01/11/2013 2:27:34 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 09JAN13 | Nina Shea
    One of a series of lavish attempts to throw sand in the eyes of the West Even before the “Arab spring” revolts — indeed, ever since the 9/11 attacks on American soil by mostly Saudi terrorists — the Saudi royal family has assiduously waged a public-relations campaign to improve its image by sponsoring major cultural initiatives in the West. In 2012 alone, these included the opening of the King Abdullah interfaith-dialogue center in Vienna, an Islamic-art wing at the Louvre in Paris, and “Roads of Arabia,” an archaeological exhibition now on display in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institution. All...
  • Christians Banned From Using Word 'Allah' in Arabic by New Fatwa in Malaysia

    01/11/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Daniel Blake
    A Malaysian Sultan has issued a fatwa prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" in Arabic. The Sultan of the Malaysian state of Selangor, Sharafuddin Idris Shah, issued the prohibition on Tuesday, according to the Lebanon Debate newspaper. Malaysian media have reported that the prohibition has been put in place by the Islamic leader because it is a "sacred word," and should be reserved exclusively for Muslims, according to MidEast Christian News. The sultan has ordered the Islamic Council of Selangor and the Islamic Affairs Department in the state to take strict action against all groups that question the fatwa...
  • African Anglicans Say Gay Bishops Affirmation 'Shatters Hopes of Reconciliation'

    01/11/2013 2:21:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Anglican leaders in Africa have expressed their outrage over the Church of England's decision to approve gay bishops in its order, saying that the decision could put an end to hopes of healing broken relationships in the Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, one of the world's largest provinces of the Anglican Communion with 17 million members, said that the affirmation of gay bishops "could very well shatter whatever hopes we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved Communion," Reuters reported. Okoh added that the Church of England has given into "the contemporary idols of secularism and moral expediency,"...
  • Obama Inauguration Committee to Replace Louie Giglio With Pro-Gay Pastor

    01/11/2013 2:18:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Paul Stanley
    Soon after the Rev. Louie Giglio announced he would no longer deliver the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration later this month as to avoid controversy over a past sermon on homosexuality, an inaugural committee spokesperson said the evangelical pastor would be replaced with someone who has pro-homosexual beliefs. "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural," inaugural committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said in a statement Thursday. "Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction...
  • Former Pa. Gov. (Rendell): The ‘Good Thing’ About Newtown Is That it Was ‘So Horrific,’

    01/11/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by DTogo · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 11th, 2013 | Becket Adams
    “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side,” said the former mayor, referring to the current debate between gun control advocates and supporters of the Second Amendment.
  • The Chávez Legacy in Venezuela

    01/11/2013 2:08:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Shortly after Hugo Chávez won his first election as Venezuelan president in December 1998, a lawyer from the western state of Barinas, which was then governed by Chávez's father, delivered a prescient warning to Newsweek magazine: "Venezuelans are dreaming of a savior, but Chávez is a dictator. People don't know what they are getting."  More than 14 years later, a cancer-stricken Chávez is reportedly near death, but his autocratic legacy is very much alive. Venezuela long ago ceased to be a real democracy: The ruling regime effectively controls the Supreme Court (which in 2004 was expanded and packed with Chávez allies), the National Assembly...
  • Oahu Firearms Owners Wait as Long as Nine Hours Over Three Visits to Obtain Registration, Permits

    01/11/2013 2:03:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Malia Zimmerman
    Oahu firearms owners are increasingly frustrated with long lines at the registration desk at the main Honolulu Police Department (HPD) station. Hawaii's firearms registration laws are among the strictest in the country, and mandate gun owners must register firearms within 72 hours of purchase. Firearms owners can spend more than nine hours in line over three visits to obtain a permit for a firearm and register it, according to Dr. Max Cooper, a legislative liaison for the Hawaii Rifle Association, with rules differing for handguns and long guns. Currently, to obtain a permit to acquire or to register a firearm, HPD requires the applicant...
  • Excommunicated priest formally notified of laicization

    01/11/2013 2:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who was excommunicated in 2008 and dismissed from the Maryknoll society last year, has been formally notified of his laicization. Bourgeois received a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, relayed through his former Maryknoll superiors, notifying him of his dismissal from the society and from the priesthood. The Vatican asks Bourgeois to sign the letter, acknowledging receipt—which he says he will refuse to do. Bourgeois was excommunicated in 2008 after he participated in a ceremony in which women claimed ordination. He had repeatedly refused to reconsider his stand, and had remained...