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  • Eagle Ford drilling fuels income surge for all, despite recession

    01/12/2013 6:16:42 PM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller and Joe Yerardi
    The Eagle Ford Shale is turning out to be more than an oil boom. It’s also a shot in the wallet, pulling up personal income in counties across the region — some of the poorest in the state. With a sudden abundance of well-paid oil field jobs, counties with Eagle Ford Shale wells permitted or in production saw an average increase in per capita income of 13.62 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Texas as a whole saw an increase in per capita income of 1.34 percent during...
  • The Love and Judgment of God Sodom and Gomorrah condemned for homosexual behavior

    01/12/2013 6:13:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-11-13 | David W. Virtue
    It is now standard wisdom, held by most Episcopalians and not a few liberal Protestant denominational fellow travelers, that an all loving God would never judge people with any degree of harshness (if at all) and that His love, in fact, rules out such a possibility, over-ridden by His all embracive inclusive love. But Scripture declares that God is both judge and lover. The two cannot be divorced from each other. "God is not at odds with himself, however much it may appear to us that he is. He is 'the God of peace', of inner tranquility not turmoil. True,...
  • Trillion Dollar Coin not Legal

    01/12/2013 6:13:19 PM PST · by shineon · 14 replies
    Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Saturday that neither his department nor the Federal Reserve believes the law can or should be used to produce such a coin to avoid a coming battle with Congress over government borrowing.
  • Because They Understand Americans, They Can Destroy America

    01/12/2013 6:13:11 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 12, 2013 | Joe Nathan DeWight
    Because the Communists, Marxists, Socialists, Islamists, and Liberals understand Americans, they will be able to use American virtues against us. They have studied us for decades to learn our weaknesses and our strengths. They have been patient. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain by destroying America. They know that we are trusting, to the point of naivety. True Americans believe in hard work and enjoy the feeling that comes from succeeding, and we believe in honesty and respecting others. We also have a tendency to believe in the truth. Because of our standards, we have a tendency...
  • White House Petition: Defund Planned Parenthood

    01/12/2013 6:12:17 PM PST · by Teófilo · 11 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 12 January 2012 | Teófilo de Jesús
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you in Jesus Christ. I’ve created a petition in the WhiteHouse.gov website, asking the Obama Administration to cut government funds to Planned Parenthood. As many of you may know already, in these times of budgetary constraints, nothing is more urgent than defunding private organizations whose contribution to the Nation is nil. According to their own reporting, Planned Parenthood (PP) received over $1 billion in government funds, whereas for 2011-2012 alone PP received $542.4 million in government funding, which represents 45.2 percent of the group’s total annual budget. On June 30, 2012, PP had...
  • The Mundane Morality of Les Misérables [No Man Is Above the Law of Morality]

    01/12/2013 6:10:25 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 1/9/13 | Jordan Ballor
    The release of the film Les Misérables is a remarkable achievement, not only for its ambitious cinematic scope but also for its inspired cast and stunning dramatic and musical performances. A key driver of the ongoing popularity of the musical play over the better part of the last three decades is the source material’s deep moral and spiritual seriousness. The narrative focuses in large part on the transformation of Jean Valjean, who after nineteen years of hard labor as a violent criminal is released on parole to see “what this new world” might bring. The dynamics of sin and salvation,...
  • Patriotic Group To Build Armed 'Defensible' Neighborhood Fortress

    01/12/2013 6:08:29 PM PST · by Kartographer · 42 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 1/12/13 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty. The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho. The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who "voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson's ideal of Rightful Liberty." According to the Citadel website, Rightful Liberty means that "neighbors keep their noses out of other neighbors' business, that neighbors live and let live."
  • Reddit co-founder commits suicide

    01/12/2013 6:03:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1-12-13 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER and NATALIE O'NEILL
    Swartz helped create Reddit and drafted an early version of the RSS format, a “Web feed” that syndicates popular headlines. Friends yesterday called him a prolific intellectual — and a computer geek legend — who had long suffered from depression. “We have lost someone today who had more work to do — and who made the world a better place,” his pal Cory Doctorow wrote on the blog Biong Boing. Swartz was also an avid Internet activist, who pushed to make web files open to the public. He opposed the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which keeps hackers from swiping web...
  • God punishes Denver for cutting Tebow

    01/12/2013 5:59:10 PM PST · by Perdogg · 118 replies
    Baltimore wins in double overtime 38-35 after Peyton Manning throws an interception. Was Pat Robertson correct?
  • As depth of betrayal sinks in, followers of Al Gore feel confused and misled

    01/12/2013 5:57:39 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ed Farnan
    In the history of mankind there are countless instances of cult figures who have lead their followers to ruin and disillusionment. Names like Jim Jones, David Koresh, The Pied Piper, Bernie Madoff, Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and a whole host of TV evangelists have done their damage. It was easy for those outside and not sucked in by these hucksters to see the message they peddled defied logic, science and the laws of economics: Alchemy, master race, buy your way into heaven, getting something for nothing, all have that common thread. ... Gore was making hundreds of...
  • Drag Gun Owners Behind A Truck???

    01/12/2013 5:37:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | January 12, 2013 | Dudley Brown
    I wake up every morning waiting with baited breath for another shoe to drop . . . I’ve spent nearly 20 years fighting the gun-grabbers, but I’ve never seen the sheer HATRED for law-abiding gun owners higher than it is right now. After the tragedy in Connecticut, the gun-grabbers think they have the perfect “excuse” to completely GUT our Second Amendment rights. So I’m asking you — if at all possible — to sign up to serve as the Second Amendment’s first line of defense. I developed the FRONTLINE DEFENDER program explicitly to fight back against crises like the one...
  • US taking steps to protect Gunnison sage grouse

    01/12/2013 5:35:12 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    ap ^ | January 10, 2013
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... has proposed designating 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah as critical habitat for the bird ... The designation sometimes, but not always, means restrictions on human activities on that land. The public and the scientific community have until March 12 to comment before the agency makes a final decision on whether to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered.
  • Married people are THREE times more likely to survive middle age

    01/12/2013 5:34:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:15 EST, 11 January 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Being married could be the key to a longer life—by improving your chances of surviving middle age, claim scientists. People who never married were almost three times as likely to die early than those who had been in a stable marriage throughout their adult life, US researchers found. The new research suggests for the first time that not having a spouse in midlife increases the risk of dying during those years. Being single after 40, or losing a partner without marrying again, increased the risk of early death during middle age and cut the chances of getting to 60. Even...
  • State Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Provisions

    01/12/2013 5:29:17 PM PST · by Patriot95 · 19 replies
    UCLA Law School ^ | 2006 | Professor Eugene Volokh
    Alabama: That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state. Art. I, § 26 (enacted 1819, art. I, § 23, with "defence" in place of "defense," spelling changed 1901). [Self-defense right explicitly protected.] Alaska: A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of the State. Art. I, § 19 (first sentence enacted 1959, second...
  • Kargil strategy behind IAF chief’s tough talk (Nuclear War in Asia?)

    01/12/2013 5:25:50 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 13, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: IAF chief Norman K. Browne's assertion that India has a few strings in its bow to get a delinquent Pakistan to halt frequent ceasefire violations could stem from confidence in tactics the air force developed in operations along the line of control (LoC) during the 1999 Kargil war. Use of air power had never before been attempted at heights of 14,000 to 18,000 feet and IAF's critical contribution in demoralizing intruding Pakistani forces by destroying supply lines and dumps rewrote existing air combat manuals. IAF's rapid innovation after initial setbacks to refit top-end fighters with laser-guided bombs and...
  • Smart Phone to PC app transfer

    01/12/2013 5:16:35 PM PST · by agrace · 15 replies
    Last resort here. For the life of me I can't locate a specific app on my samsung galaxy s3 in files to transfer it to my PC and then transfer it to my son's kindle fire. My old android phone was easy; this one shows no apk files readily. I've gone through astro file manager etc to no avail. Any thoughts on locating a specific app on this particular phone for transfer? Thank you.
  • Patriotic Group To Build Armed 'Defensible' Neighborhood Fortress

    01/12/2013 5:15:00 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 112 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1-13-2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty. The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho. The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who "voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson's ideal of Rightful Liberty." According to the Citadel website, Rightful Liberty means that "neighbors keep their noses out of other neighbors' business, that neighbors live and let live." Citadel explains that residents in the community will be bound...
  • Hostess Strikes Deal to Sell Wonderbread, Fate of Twinkies Not Yet Settled

    01/12/2013 5:11:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    The iconic Wonderbread, once in jeopardy after Hostess declared bankruptcy, seems likely to return to store shelves under a new brand. A $390 million bid from Flower Foods Inc., for six of the Twinkie maker’s bread brands, was the leading bid on Friday. Flower Foods, which is based in Thomasville, Ga., is best known for making Tastykakes, which are cream filled chocolate cupcakes. The company also makes breads, including Nature’s Own and Cobblestone Mill. Higher competing bids can still be made before the final deal is approved in bankruptcy court. Flower Foods made a $360 million bid for Wonder Bread,...
  • Robbery victim wants to thank Good Samaritans who came to his rescue

    01/12/2013 5:07:39 PM PST · by suthener · 23 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | January 11, 2013 | Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News
    HOUSTON -- A couple of strangers came to the rescue when a man was robbed at gunpoint. Now, the victim wants to say thank you to the Good Samaritans. Police believe the criminal who was canvassing a neighborhood in the 2500 block of Wichita near Hermann Park had no idea what he was in for when he picked his target. The victim in this case had just walked back to his car from a bar around the corner.
  • Food Storage: How much do you have right now?

    01/12/2013 5:04:17 PM PST · by Kartographer · 119 replies
    Ferfal's Blog Spot ^ | 1/10/13 | Ferfal
    It goes without saying that food is a top priority for survival from any perspective. No matter what happens, food will be needed. If you get hit by a tsunami, you’ll need food (and potable water!!!) and it may be ruined and scattered all over the area with the rest of your belongings except for what you managed to keep in a Bug out Bag or other Survival/Emergency Kit. If you’re snowed in during a storm, you better have supplies. If inflation sends food prices up 25% each passing year (or each passing WEEK! yes, can happen) trust me on...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ KEEPING THE FAITH ~ 13 January 2013

    01/12/2013 5:03:32 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 72 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            KEEPING THE FAITH The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was...
  • Patrick Kennedy sees ‘mad rush’ to legalize marijuana

    01/12/2013 5:01:28 PM PST · by Wolfie · 72 replies
    Patrick Kennedy sees ‘mad rush’ to legalize marijuana Ex-congressman’s cautionary efforts provoke pushback DENVER — Not all Coloradans appreciated former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy harshing their buzz Wednesday with his anti-marijuana effort. Mr. Kennedy received a mixed reception at the unveiling of Project Smart Approaches to Marijuana, known as Project SAM, which seeks to spread information about the medical and public-health drawbacks of legalizing marijuana. “Project SAM was created because we were concerned about the mad rush to legalization in this country and the false dichotomy presented as policy,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Incarceration or legalization. Lock ‘em up or let...
  • Pedaling Peddlers

    01/12/2013 4:59:43 PM PST · by Revolting cat! · 30 replies
    self | January 12, 2013 | Revolting cat!
    If you happen to care about grammar and spelling, then in these post-literate times you can expect to be considered a pedant by the semi-literate, and a "grammar nazi" by the illiterate. My blood pressure rises when I see misuses of the apostrophe, pluralization with an apostrophe, "impact" as a verb, "pro-active" in all its uses, "there is a lot" and "there is many", "He would have if he would have", among other errors familiar to the readers among whom I don't expect to see makers of such errors. Still, I realize that the battle has been lost now. Here...
  • Action Alert: Whether the Semi-Auto Ban Passes May Depend on What Happens to the Senate Rules

    01/12/2013 4:58:25 PM PST · by FR_addict · 38 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 1/10/2013 | Gun Owners of America
    McCain may be working to stab us in the back Oppose the McCain package and support the Paul amendment The Blaze reported recently that Vice President Joe Biden "guaranteed" to ailing Boston Mayor Tom Menino that sweeping gun control legislation would be passed by the end of January. How sweeping? A quick look at Feinstein's semi-auto ban legislation suggests that up to 75% of all handguns currently in circulation would be banned, along with as much as 50% of all long guns. Depending on its configuration, the AR-15's already in circulation would be treated like machine guns. The owner would...
  • Tory MPs call on David Cameron to claw back swathes of powers from EU

    01/12/2013 4:42:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 | Patrick Hennessy
    David Cameron will this week be urged by a leading group of Conservative MPs to push for Treaty changes to help claw back swathes of powers covering crime, justice and policing from the European Union. The Fresh Start Group will call for the repatriation of more than 130 powers which it claims are vital to retain “national democratic accountability”, protect British interests and resist the rise of the EU superstate. The call comes in a manifesto by the group—the leading Euroskeptic parliamentary body—to be published on Wednesday ahead of a major speech by the Prime Minister on Britain’s future relationship...
  • The real agenda behind antibullying campaign

    01/12/2013 4:38:21 PM PST · by rhema · 139 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 1/12/13 | Katherine Kersten
    Who -- in the sensitive, civilized Minnesota of 2013 -- could possibly be in favor of bullying? If you were short or fat in sixth grade, you may have cringed from bullies yourself. If your kids have endured bullying, you've suffered through it with them. No child should have to put up with bullying. So how could a decent person oppose a campaign at our State Capitol to prevent it? But what if the antibullying campaign now unfolding there has little to do with protecting the traditional targets of bullies: kids who are pudgy, shy or "vertically challenged"? What if...
  • Florida's 'Python Challenge' draws adrenaline junkies, eco-warriors

    01/12/2013 4:07:33 PM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The chance to traipse through Florida's Everglades in search of wild pythons up to 15 feet long has attracted nearly 700 thrill-seekers from throughout the county. The Sunshine State is offering cash prizes in the month-long “Python Challenge,” which begins tomorrow and is aimed at helping to control the exploding population of the non-native Burmese pythons, which have devastated Florida's eco-system. Anyone is eligible for the hunt ... cash prizes of up to $1,500 will be given to hunters who catch the largest and most pythons. The pythons that have nearly eradicated entire native species such as deer, bobcats and...
  • Pakistan may force us to look at other options: IAF chief

    01/12/2013 4:06:18 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 13, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: A furious India on Saturday kept up the pressure on Pakistan over the killing of two soldiers and beheading of one of them with Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Norman K. Browne saying that the country may have to look at "other options" for ensuring the sanctity of the line of control (LoC) and the ceasefire along it. "We are monitoring the situation carefully because if these things continue to be the way they are and these violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance,"...
  • Riot Breaks Out At Housing Assistance Event In Metro Detroit

    01/12/2013 4:03:25 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 94 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | Jan 12, 2013
    An event designed to help assist Michigan families with housing expenses turned into a chaotic scene after there was a mad rush to collect Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. The incident happened Saturday morning at the Wayne County Family Health Services Center on Eureka Road, between Beech Daly and Inkster roads in Taylor — where thousands of people were waiting to get housing vouchers, many who had been waiting outside in the cold since the night before. Reports say the amount of people who showed up looking for assistance heavily outweighed the number of vouchers to be distributed. As the...
  • White House rejects debt-ceiling move

    01/12/2013 3:56:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    The White House flatly rejected Saturday the proposal for President Obama to bypass Congress in raising the nation’s borrowing limit, a day after the Senate’s top Democrats urged Mr. Obama to take that step. “There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills, or it can fail to act and put the nation into default,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “Congress needs to do its job.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and other Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mr. Obama Friday urging that the president perform an...
  • The Millennial Generation's Acceptable Sin

    01/12/2013 3:53:36 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 1-7-13 | Barton Gingerich
    Every human institution and society has its own list of sins and virtues that contradict the law of God. With the rise of the Millennial generation in evangelical churches, a vice is creeping up into the realms of acceptance, indifference, or at least resignation: fornication (i.e. extramarital sex or unchaste living). A few decades ago, this was one of the main issues that evangelicals hammered in their social witness. The skeptical news cycle and entertainment industry mocked this often; they saw pleas for chastity as a laughable result of pietistic sexual repression and no small bit of hypocrisy. Theological leaders...
  • Pro 2nd Amendment Rally at State Capitols Across the Nation January 19th at Noon

    Sorry if this has already been covered. I searched! Pro 2nd Amendment Rally at State Capitols Across the Nation January 19th at Noon. Website http://www.guncontrolmorecrime.com/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GunControlMoreCrime More info youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUAfft7l4wQ
  • Saudi Arabia's Beheading of a Nanny Followed Strict Procedures ("Religion of Peace")

    01/12/2013 3:44:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 11, 2013 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Saudi Arabia's Beheading of a Nanny Followed Strict Procedures Rizana Nafeek, a young nanny from Sri Lanka, was beheaded by sword this week in Saudi Arabia, punishment for allegedly killing a baby in 2007 when she was believed to be just 17. The execution has spurred international outcry, given Nafeek's age at the time of the incident and her limited access to a defense attorney. The beheading has also shined a light on the Arab kingdom's medieval system of punishment, which includes cutting the hands off thieves, executing women accused of adultery, and flogging men accused of being gay. Few...
  • "Do not turn off your computer" [Grammar Vanity]

    01/12/2013 3:39:35 PM PST · by re_nortex · 84 replies
    1-12-2013 | re_nortex
    I typically spend 94.37% of my computing time in the Solaris or Linux environments but today was one of those occasions when I ventured outside my comfort zone, launching into Windows 8 for a brief while. A series of updates were available and upon the recommended reboot, I was greeted with this message:Windows Update: Do not turn off your computer. Of course, the Unix platforms have never been noted for the precision of their error and informational messages (the notorious "not a typewriter" as a catchall for an invalid ioctl). Yet the syntax of the Microsoft message struck me as...
  • "Christ the Baptized and Baptizer" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Luke 3:15-22)

    01/12/2013 3:35:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 13, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Luke 3:15-22)Today in the church year is the Baptism of Our Lord, which we always celebrate on this, the First Sunday after the Epiphany. The Baptism of Our Lord is that auspicious occasion when our Lord Jesus Christ, as he was about to start his public ministry, was baptized by John in the Jordan, and the Spirit descended on him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, attesting to Jesus as God’s beloved Son, with whom he is well pleased. And so every year on this day the Holy Gospel is the account...
  • Permission Granted

    01/12/2013 3:34:04 PM PST · by 41Thunder · 12 replies
    Personal | January 12, 2013 | 41Thunder
    I posted a letter a short while back that I sent to my State Senators and Congresswoman. I've received several email requests for permission to use the text. Therefore to all Freepers: Permission Granted! Stay united and defend the Second Amendment. Here's the text of the letter. The Honorable *insert name* The Honorable *insert name* The Honorable *insert name* Washington, DC. Subject: Pending Federal Gun Control Legislation The Second Amendment of the US Constitution clearly establishes the limits of the Government concerning gun control. It was established by our founding fathers to give “We the People” an equal footing with...
  • Governor proposes to eliminate gasoline tax (Virginia)

    01/12/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Independent Messenger ^ | 1/10/13 | DON KORALEWSKI
    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell delivered his state of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, marking his vision for the state as the General Assembly opens the 2013 session. One of the most striking parts of his presentation is a proposal to eliminate Virginia’s 17.5-cent per gallon gasoline tax, and replace this portion of state roads funding with an increase in the state’s sales tax.
  • Protect Your Rights

    01/12/2013 3:19:34 PM PST · by FR_addict · 26 replies
    Ruger Reliable Firearms ^ | 1/10/2013 | Ruger
    Dear (Recipients), I am a law-abiding citizen and responsible gun owner. I am saddened by the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, but I believe that efforts to impose new restrictions on me and other lawful and responsible owners like me are misguided. Did you know that violent crime with firearms has declined since the Federal "assault weapons ban" expired in 2004? Your focus should be on strengthening mental health care and improving the quality of data supporting NICs checks (National Instant Criminal Background Check System). Do NOT pass more gun laws; instead, work to enforce the more than 20,000 gun...
  • Hobby Lobby Forced to Change Health Insurance to Avoid Mandate Fines

    01/12/2013 3:18:57 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | January 11, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Hobby Lobby, the Christian craft company, has been forced to alter its employee health insurance plan in order to avoid millions of dollars in fines each and every day it refuses to comply with the HHS mandate.The mandate compels religious employers to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees in their health insurance plan. Late Thursday, in a statement, Hobby Lobby attorney Peter Dobelbower said the company will shift the plan year for employee health insurance that will delay the implementation date of the plan from January 1, so it does not coincide with...
  • Republicans Talking Tax Reform (North Carolina)

    01/12/2013 3:14:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 1/10/13 | John Hammer
    The newly elected North Carolina General Assembly was sworn in this week. It is decidedly Republican, with the Republicans having a 31-to-19 advantage in the state Senate and a 67 to 52 advantage in the state House. There is also a huge change for 2013 in that North Carolina has a Republican governor. Former Gov. Bev "Dumpling" Perdue vetoed quite a few bills in the last session and even more bills were never introduced because the Republicans knew they would never make it past the governor's desk. Now the legislature has a governor who will be working with them, not...
  • Op-Ed: Obama's True Colors

    01/12/2013 3:09:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/13 | Ron Jager
    ....I depart and return to Israel with a sense of sorrow and dismay. For many, Israel remains a focal point of their lives enriching their collective sense of responsibility and Jewish identity. For these American Jews their frustration has only been reinforced by Obama's reelection only to be followed by him turning his back towards those very American Jews aligned with the White House, those Jews who wholeheartedly supported Obama's reelection yet now find themselves unable to defend his latest betrayal. Two major supporters of Obama, former NY Mayor Ed Koch, a life long Democrat and Prof Alan Dershowitz have...
  • Indicted UT Businessman Links Harry Reid To Bribery Attempt

    01/12/2013 3:06:45 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tom Harvey and Robert Gehrke
    Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away. But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a...
  • Boehner takes flak from Republican defense hawks on sequester stance

    01/12/2013 3:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 Jan 13 | Russell Berman and Jeremy Herb
    House Republican defense hawks are pushing back strongly against Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) claim that he has GOP support to allow steep automatic budget cuts to take effect if President Obama does not agree to replace them with other reductions. Party leaders have for more than a year railed against the Pentagon portion of the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, but in an interview published Monday, Boehner pointed to the reductions as leverage and said he had significant Republican support, including from defense hawks, in his “back pocket.” Not so fast, two defense-minded House Republicans told The Hill. “I don’t...
  • Cat Fights!

    01/12/2013 3:03:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    LiveLeak / YouTube
    Dash-Cam Perfect Timing Catches Cat Fight!Epic Cat Fight (cat's horror) Crows vs Cat vs Cat Street FightCat Betrayed His Girlfriend! Sex! Heat! Rage! Foul language! (ORIGINAL ENGLISH CAPTIONS)
  • Car explodes near Israeli defence ministry in Tel Aviv

    01/12/2013 3:03:32 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12 Jan 2013 | News Wires
    A car exploded near the Israeli defence ministry in Tel Aviv on Thursday, injuring several people, in what police said was a crime-related incident and not linked to militant groups. ...
  • Pope's Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough

    01/12/2013 3:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | January 11, 2013 | Kevin J. Jones
    Credit: File Photo/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 11, 2013 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the pontiff's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization. Father Paolo Padrini, a collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said it is good that the Pope has so many followers, but it even more important that the Pope “seeks to co-exist and share on Twitter.” “Being present in social media is evangelizing, if just for the fact that he is present with his...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/12/2013 2:58:56 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands. By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west...
  • Italian consul in Libya escapes gun attack: report

    01/12/2013 2:57:18 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12Jan 2013 | anon
    Italy's consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya escaped unscathed after an attack on his bullet-proof car in the city on Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA and local security sources said. The car in which the consul, Guido De Sanctis, was travelling was shot at when it stopped at a crossroads, but no one was injured, ANSA said. ...
  • Archaeology: Bulgaria claims find of temple to Priapus

    01/12/2013 2:52:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    The Sofia Globe ^ | Sunday, January 6, 2013 | staff in Bulgaria
    In a claim certain to prick the interest of followers of archaeology and mythology everywhere, the head of Bulgaria's National History Museum has said that an ancient temple to the Greek god Priapus has been found in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. National History Museum chief Bozhidar Dimitrov, who hails from Sozopol, said that archaeologists had found a clay phallus inscribed "to Priapus" during a dig in the Black Sea town, which in the past 24 months has boasted everything from the finding of the purported hand bones of Christian saint John the Baptist to a temple to Poseidon....
  • Blessed Are the Nobodies (LA Cathedral Tomb of St. Vibiana)

    01/12/2013 2:31:09 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    i-italy.org ^ | January 11, 2013
    Saint Vibiana Whenever I visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angeles I head straight downstairs to the mausoleum to take a peek at my friend’s crypt.  He’s still very much alive but has his place already for when his time is up.  His name is Mike Dugan and I never get tired of reading the inscription below his name, “Mike tried!”  I find his healthy attitude and sense of humor toward death very comforting.  On a recent visit I felt the urge to check out an area I’ve never been before.  I felt drawn to what appeared to...