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  • From Same-Sex Marriage to Polygamy and Polyandry

    01/13/2013 4:03:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 5, 2013 | James M. Arlandson
    I keep hearing same-sex marriage (SSM) activists assuring us that no one else will legally redefine the essence of marriage, after they enjoy the privilege of doing so. It's a red herring to distract us from the real issue: redefining it for them alone. But if we redefine marriage for one group, there's no logical reason to deny other nonconformist advocates their right to do so, especially if they successfully argue their version of marriage on utilitarian grounds -- it benefits or does no harm to society. I don't know who invented the slippery slope fallacy, but he or she...
  • Complaint Filed Against MK Tibi for Incitement and Racism

    01/13/2013 4:01:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13 | Elad Benari
    A complaint was filed on Sunday to the police against Arab MK Ahmed Tibi on suspicion of incitement, racism and contempt for state symbols. The complaint was filed by Eliyahu Nissim, a member of the Otzma LeYisrael party, headed by MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari. Eliyahu explained that he filed the complaint since, "a few days ago Tibi posted on his Facebook page a picture that depicts himself with the Arabic caption 'Allahu Akbar on you' with small pictures of dogs made up of the symbols of the Star of David, the State emblem and the flag of the...
  • Decision time for rails {Alaska-Alberta proposal ready to launch feasibility study, needs C$40M}

    01/13/2013 3:33:52 PM PST · by thackney · 36 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 13, 2013 | Gary Park
    Two ventures aiming to break the logjam facing Western Canadian producers seeking new markets for their crude oil face crucial tests in January. Vancouver-based Generating for Seven Generations, or G7G, is expecting to know whether it will get C$40 million in financing to study the feasibility of its plan to build a rail line from Alberta to Alaska to connect with the Valdez Marine Terminal, while a coalition of railroads and producers is scheduled to decide whether it will conduct an experimental shipment of 2 million barrels of crude this summer through the Hudson Bay port at Churchill, Manitoba, to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/13/2013 3:16:09 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
    1-13-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Job 23:14 He will Perform that which is Appointed for me, And Many Such Things are with Him.
  • Statistician Nate Silver predicts Seahawks-Patriots rematch in Super Bowl(Seahawks Lose Today)

    01/13/2013 3:10:22 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 34 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 1-10-2013 | Nick Eaton
    Nate Silver, the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blogger and statistician who rose to prominence accurately predicting sports and elections, has run the numbers and has come to a conclusion: The Seahawks, he predicts, will play in the Super Bowl. There, they’ll take on the New England Patriots, Silver thinks. And while the Seahawks may not be the second-best team in the NFL — Silver says that’s probably the Denver Broncos — they may just be the best team in the NFC. “There’s always uncertainty with any metric,” Silver told ESPN’s “First Take.” “I do think with a Seattle team that...
  • Prayer request for my mother and sisters

    01/13/2013 3:08:07 PM PST · by Perdogg · 88 replies
    Please pray for my mother and family. My mother has dementia and she is fighting off a lung infection. She has been given some medicine, but we think the end may be near. My mother will be joining my father in Heaven when she passes, but please pray for my family as well as my mother, Dorothy. My sisters cannot get along, please pray for both of them and I need the prayers as well. Thank you,
  • Schumer: Retailers Should Suspend Some Gun Sales

    01/13/2013 3:07:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    Sen. Charles Schumer says retailers that sell assault weapons should stop offering them for purchase while Congress discusses gun regulation legislation. Schumer on Sunday released a letter he sent to major retailers asking for a voluntary moratorium. The New York Democrat says consumer demand for guns has gone up in the weeks since the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn....
  • The Bible and the New Evangelization

    01/13/2013 3:04:34 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 12, 2013 | Alberto Carosa
    Pope Benedict XVI leads a closing session of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2012 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Rome. The positive effects of the recent XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” (Oct. 7-28, 2012) should be seen and experienced for a long time to come. As a follow-up to the Synod’s reflections, the proceedings of the second meeting of the XIII Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on November 26 were...
  • Police chiefs have some say on gun shows (Another new tactic?)

    01/13/2013 3:01:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Meriden Record-Journal ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jesse Buchanan
    Most gun laws are set by the state, but with gun shows, local police chiefs have some leeway. Recently Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti made the news when he refused to grant organizers of a gun show a permit following the Newtown shooting, drawing on authority given to police chiefs and town executives by state statutes. Gugliotti said he was concerned that guns sold at the show might one day be used in a mass shooting. Police chiefs say the law gives them discretion in their municipality and allows them to determine whether a gun show is suitable. Critics say...
  • Obama's Ambitious Second-Term Agenda Could Backfire

    01/13/2013 2:53:36 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 11, 2013 | 11:26 a.m. | Josh Kraushaar
    On gun control, immigration, and Hagel, the president's biggest roadblocks are Democrats. The White House’s ambitious agenda on gun control, immigration reform, and, perhaps, even climate change is a sign that President Obama believes he locked up precious political capital with his reelection and intends to spend it quickly. But that isn’t welcome news to many of the Democrats who need him the most in the short term--the seven Democratic senators in conservative states facing tough reelection bids. Just one week into the new year, Obama has already hit some unpleasant stumbling blocks with his own party. On gun control,...
  • Rand Paul: Building in Jerusalem None Of Our Business

    01/13/2013 2:38:37 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | HERB KEINON
    It is “none of our business” whether Israel builds new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem or withdraws from the Golan Heights, and the US should not tell Israel how to defend itself, US Sen. (R-Kentucky) said on Saturday night at the end of a week-long visit to the country. Paul, a maverick libertarian senator known for his advocacy of slashing US foreign aid, said at a press briefing that the issue of cutting aid to Israel – something he advocates as part of a gradual process – did not come up during his meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or President...
  • Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer

    01/13/2013 2:34:10 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 8:18 AMOctatron shows the camera aboard the SkySeer drone used for surveillance and reconnaissance for law enforcement When Congress passed a bill last February allowing unmanned drones to fly American skies it became only a matter of time before UAVs patrolled U.S. cities for local law enforcement. While most drones in the U.S. are flown along the Mexican border, the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to put them over metro Orlando within the next few months. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area is home to more...
  • Corker: Say, that Hagel’s got quite a temper, eh?

    01/13/2013 2:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    We’ve spent plenty of time covering the litany of complaints being raised against Chuck Hagel’s nomination for SecDef based on various policy positions he’s taken or past comments he’s made. But now a different and less discussed – though already well known – aspect of his past is bubbling back to the surface. During the round of Sunday morning shows, Senator Bob Corker weighed in, asking whether Hagel has the proper temperament for an upper level management position. Raising concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday the former Nebraska senator’s temperament should...
  • A Nation Pawned (vanity)

    01/13/2013 2:18:33 PM PST · by GeronL · 18 replies
    grey matter at 50% power | 1/13/2013 | geronl
    Does this sound familiar? I have generalized it as much as I could but this is a real life example and a family that I know well. Pawn Shop Lifestyle ............... There is a family living on income from an annuity gotten from a lawsuit. They really have no other income. They own a lot of large TV's, electronics of all kinds and laptops. BUT these are often in the pawn shop, for longer and longer spans of time. They have gone to Peachtree or JG Wentworth and borrowed larger sums from their future annuity payments. Now they find that...
  • More than 1,000 priests sign letter claiming gay marriage is biggest threat to religious freedoms

    01/13/2013 2:15:07 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 12, 2013 | ANTHONY BOND
    More than 1000 priests have signed a letter voicing concerns about how same-sex marriage will threaten religious freedoms and may even lead to Catholics being excluded from jobs.In the letter, which is one of the biggest open letters of its type ever written, the priests claim that same-sex marriage could threaten freedoms in a way that was last seen during centuries of persecution of Catholics in England.The letter, signed by 1054 priests as well as 13 bishops, abbots and other senior Catholic figures, expresses fears that the simple acts of practising or speaking about their faith will be severely limited.They...
  • Paying for Petting Time in Japan's Cat Cafés [video]

    01/13/2013 2:00:03 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 41 replies
    In Osaka, Japan, where many apartment dwellers aren't allowed to keep pets, cat fanciers spend time with their favorite felines at the Cats' Time Café
  • Hundreds rush to gun store in hopes of buying semi-automatic rifle (VIDEO)

    01/13/2013 1:45:58 PM PST · by matt04 · 64 replies
    WFSB ^ | Jan 11, 2013
    A controversial gun sale caused a traffic jam on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington well before 9 a.m. as people stood in line outside Hoffman's Gun Shop hoping to get their hands on a semi-automatic rifle value bundle. Hoffman's Gun Center & Indoor Shooting Range was selling only 100 of the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport value packs, and that had people lined up in droves. The gun itself has been the target of a lot of controversy, and many lawmakers are looking to ban it and other semi-automatic rifles. But it's what came in addition to the rifle that...
  • Hollywood Nightclub Brawl -- Clubgoer Shot Dead (VIDEO)

    01/13/2013 1:43:58 PM PST · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    TMZ ^ | January 13, 2013
    A man was shot dead outside a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning in the throes of a massive brawl ... and our photog captured it all. Cops tell us ... It started inside Empire nightclub ... where several fights broke out between some women ... before it moved outside.
  • Crunching the numbers of the 2013 tax increases (It's official - the rich now pay their fair share)

    01/13/2013 1:42:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    WTOP ^ | 1/02/13
    WASHINGTON - The prospect of the American economy careening off a cliff overshadowed a tax increase that takes effect immediately, rich or not. Even with the deal on Capitol Hill, the so-called payroll tax is scheduled to bounce back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012. In practical terms, this amounts to a $1,000 tax increase for someone earning $50,000 a year and a $2,200 tax increase for someone earning $150,000. Even workers taking home less than $20,000 annually will be impacted, paying roughly $100 more. "I think it will have a negative effect," says Neil...
  • Low-Info Voters Just Not Interested In Politics

    01/13/2013 1:34:19 PM PST · by upchuck · 42 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | Alicia Colon
    Conservatives simply have no one in the media that has any credibility with the ill-informed masses. It does not have Ronald Reagan waiting in the winds to blast these frauds and hypocrites for the outrages against decent, hard-working Americans. How many times have you tried to have a serious conversation about current events only to have your listeners say, "I'm not interested in politics"? These are the low-info voters that the Republicans have never been able to communicate with but the Democrats know exactly how to reach them. That is why they concentrate their connections in the mainstream media and...
  • Kim Komando: 5 Facebook privacy settings you need to check now

    01/13/2013 1:33:59 PM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | January 13, 2013 | Kim Komando
    Facebook is a fabulous way to connect with friends and family. Of course, Facebook is also a spectacular way to embarrass yourself. And it happens almost every day. Users post personal photos and intimate status updates that they think only a few friends will see. Then the posts get broadcast to friends of friends or - worse - everyone.
  • Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos (Piers Morgan 2004 Flashback)

    01/13/2013 1:31:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, 14 May, 2004 | staff
    Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake. In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to continue. The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures. Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated". Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime." Daily...
  • Duck Hunting Shotgun Proven To Be more Dangerous Than A Huldra AR-15

    01/13/2013 1:23:42 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    youztube ^ | 1-10-13 | stuart mills
    This is a video letter to Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan, and Senators Amy Klobucher, and Al Franken. This video proves that a duck hunting shotgun is more destructive and lethal than a AR-15 modern sporting rifle.
  • CAIR’s New Disinformation Campaign on “Jihad”

    01/13/2013 1:19:48 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 13 January 13 | Christopher Holton
    The internet has literally been littered with news reports about a new propaganda campaign being waged by the head of the Council on American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Chicago director. The man’s name is Ahmed Rehab and his methodology has been to run advertising on buses to change the public perception of the word “Jihad.” Rehab has chosen two of the most liberal cities in America in which to conduct his campaign so far: Chicago and San Francisco. The name of the campaign is “MyJihad” and it aims to convince Americans that Jihad only means “to struggle” or, more specifically, an...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965)

    01/13/2013 1:18:17 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1965 | Norman Jewison
    Today's MFASA features the only film to star both the King of Cool(Republican and later in life born-again Christian, Steve McQueen) and the Queen of Hot(sweet Lutheran girl Ann-Margret). McQueen's the title character, a young hotshot card player who goes up against the Man(Edward G. Robinson) in a high tension poker game in Depression-era New Orleans. A-M(as Melba, the bad girl or "Ginger" of the film) and Tuesday Weld(as Christian, the good girl or "Mary Ann" of the film) are the women in his life. They both look more like swingin' 60s chicks than 1930s women but hey, they're both...
  • Dalton gun show draws big crowd

    01/13/2013 1:15:11 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 7 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | January 13, 2013 | Charles Oliver
    By noon, three hours after the doors opened for the latest Eastman’s Gun and Knife Show, the line to get into the building still snaked around the trade center. Dozens of people, many carrying weapons — unloaded — that they hope to sell or trade stood patiently as they waited to get into the packed arena. “I’ve been to these before. There’s always a crowd. But I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Ringgold resident Jess Orton. “I think President Obama is going to get a lot of guns sold.”
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 1/13 7-11pm est

    01/13/2013 1:14:00 PM PST · by Vision · 51 replies
    WAMU ^ | 1/13/13 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • The Tyranny of Barack Obama's Department of Justice: Targeting Jews, Aaron Swartz, 26-year-old

    01/13/2013 1:06:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/13/13 | Pamela Geller
    Aaron Swartz, 26-year-old genius, computer prodigy, co-creator of RSS and Reddit, is dead. Swartz committed suicide in the wake of relentless bullying and persecution/prosecution by Eric Holder's Department of Justice. Swartz was "driven to the edge" by the government's aggressive prosecution of a non-existent legal case. Swartz made public documents available to everyone -- this was his crime. “It’s like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library.” Put this in context. Obama's DoJ, headed by Eric Holder, refused to prosecute thr Black Panthers who violently threatened voters with billy clubs and...
  • Secondhand Lions Original Ending

    01/13/2013 12:58:30 PM PST · by Kartographer · 51 replies
    YouTube ^ | yursparky1
    I had no idea that there was an different ending for this movie! And as there are many FReepers who are fans of this movie I though you would enjoy it as much as I did!
  • Licensing Criminals, on the Road to the Polling Place

    01/13/2013 12:57:43 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 12, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Thoughts on the growing drive to issue drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens… There is nothing inherently wrong with allowing non-citizens to legally drive in the United States. The United Nations Convention on International Road Traffic, for example, has been providing a framework for issuing International Driving Permits to world travelers ever since 1949. Without one, we Americans could not rent cars in most foreign countries, and we would be restricted to passenger trains and taxicabs overseas. The key to that permit, of course, is that it’s issued by the driver’s home country, his country of citizenship. We Americans get one...
  • Views on Gay People Shift in Singapore [Cites Research Showing People With Low IQ Anti-Gay!]

    01/13/2013 12:55:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Megan Gannon ^ | January 12, 2013
    Views on Gay People Shift in Singapore By Megan Gannon Americans' views about gay people have shifted dramatically in the past few decades. For instance, a Gallup poll last month showed that support for same-sex marriage in the United States stands at 53 percent — still a polarizing figure, but about double what it was in 1996. New research shows that positive attitudes toward homosexuals are becoming more common in other countries, too, like Singapore, where the increasing visibility of gay people seems to be helping to move the needle. A nationally representative survey in the Southeast Asian city-state found...
  • Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage [Ecumenical]

    01/13/2013 12:54:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicSentinel.org ^ | 11-08-12 | Most Rev. John Vlazny
    Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage Most Rev. John VlaznyArchbishop of Portland Who among us would claim not to be a sinner?  Who is without need of forgiveness?  All our sins have consequences.  They disrupt our relationship with God and the church.  They make it difficult for us to resist temptations and they certainly hurt other people.  Healing is necessary and sometimes help is needed.  Our prayers, fasting, almsgiving and works of charity truly help the healing process.  But over the centuries the church has offered another aid, indulgences. Church law and the Catechism of the Catholic...
  • Florida firearm violence hits record low; concealed gun permits

    01/13/2013 12:53:19 PM PST · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    wptv ^ | 01/07/2013 | JACOB CARPENTER
    In the so-called Gunshine State, home to the most gun permits in the country, firearm violence has fallen to the lowest point on record. As state and national legislators consider gun control laws in the wake of last month's Connecticut school shooting, Florida finds itself in a gun violence depression. The Firearm-involved violent crime rate has dropped 33 percent between 2007 and 2011, while the number of issued concealed weapons permits rose nearly 90 percent during that time, state records show. "We're happy to have facts and statistics put into these debates, because every time they do, we win," said...
  • Secession? Sean Hannity says it's not such a radical idea

    01/13/2013 12:52:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jake Jones
    Sean Hannity, a FoxNews prime time anchor for conservative news and views, says that secession is not necessarily a radical concept. Hannity is currently ranked No. 2 in Talker Magazine's Top 100 Talk Host in America. His remarks came yesterday, Jan. 11, 2013, during his evening show. At the end of his program, Hannity has a short opinion segment where he espouses his opinion on the day’s hot topics. He oft times incorporates his personal feelings into that segment, as he did yesterday. (Listen to the audio and video below) Quoting him from the show, he said, ““The states are...
  • Powell defends Clinton on Benghazi: ‘You can’t keep everything from happening’

    01/13/2013 12:50:52 PM PST · by driftdiver · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/13/2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell defended current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying it could've happened under anyone's watch. "I think she's had a distinguished record," Powell said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" broadcast Sunday. "And I don't think that this one incident--which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night ... I don't think it's a blot on her record." "You're surprised," Powell said of the...
  • 6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes (contains offensive language)

    01/13/2013 12:37:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Cracked ^ | January 13, 2013 | Steve Kolenberg
    When you think of the Middle Ages, chances are you picture gallant knights sitting astride brilliant destriers galloping through a sea of plagues, ignorance, and filth. And you can hardly be blamed for that, when everything from the movies you watch to your high school history teacher (who was mainly the football coach) has told you that ...
  • 400-pound woman who plunged through UES sidewalk says size saved her life (NYC)

    01/13/2013 12:34:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/13/13 | ERIN CALABRESE, REBECCA HARSHBARGER and FRANK ROSARIO
    Size does matter! The 400-pound Queens pedestrian who crashed through an Upper East Side sidewalk said yesterday that a thinner woman might have died from that fall. “Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me,” Ulanda Williams, 32, told The Post as she was discharged from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Williams, of Springfield Gardens, was waiting for a bus at about 9:10 p.m. Friday when she tried to hide from the rain under an awning. The ground suddenly disappeared beneath her — and she was swallowed whole by the cavernous space adjacent to the cellar of...
  • Staten Island's Community Education Council voted Monday night for armed guards in schools...

    01/13/2013 12:32:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Edgar Sandoval , Jennifer H. Cunningham and Stephen Rex Brown
    The historic vote — approving its own controversial proposal to station 300 to 500 retired police officers at local schools — was symbolic because Mayor Bloomberg and Dennis Walcott can veto the council’s recommendations. Staten Island residents voted Monday night for armed guards in schools, but the city’s top education official said he’ll shoot down the initiative. “It’s not happening. Plain and simple,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “I can’t be any clearer than that,” he added, echoing Mayor Bloomberg’s longstanding position in favor of gun control, not gun-toting guards. Walcott said armed guards are not needed: “We have safe...
  • Sotomayor On Role Affirmative Action Played In Her Life [Helped Her Get Admitted to Princeton]

    01/13/2013 12:32:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 12, 2013
    January 11, 2013 Sotomayor On Role Affirmative Action Played In Her Life In her first broadcast interview, Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells Scott Pelley how affirmative action affected her life leading up to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Pelley's profile of the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Sotomayor says that the affirmative action in the U.S. today is different than when she was in school and would not discuss the affirmative action case currently before the court. "But I do know that, for me, it was...
  • Clinton Named “Father of the Year”

    01/13/2013 12:32:21 PM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    The National Father’s Day Council announced that on June 16th this year it will be giving former President Bill Clinton its annual “Father of the Year” award. Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, said that “President Clinton’s exemplary behavior over the last decade has set an example for reprobates everywhere that reform is truly attainable.” “Consider, despite the temptations faced by a person of his stature, there is no evidence of scandal since he left office,” Orwig recounted. “No young women have come forward to allege improper sexual conduct. No shady real estate schemes have come to...
  • Mandy Moore’s “Amanda Leigh” album is awesome!

    01/13/2013 12:25:56 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 13, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Mandy Moore’s Amanda Leigh is an absolutely wonderful, beautiful, and most importantly, musical album full of fantastic songs. Country, folk, rock, and pop are all blended together to create one of the few truly great albums of the 21st century that I have heard so far. When I emphasized the word “musical,” it is because this is completely different from Moore’s first few albums. People who know my tastes in music would never believe that I liked a Mandy Moore album, were it not for the fact that this particular Moore album sounds like it’s from a completely different artist....
  • Antibiotics aren't a magic cure all

    01/13/2013 12:25:34 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer Blog ^ | 01/13/2013 | Gary A. Emmett
    --snip-- It's important to understand that antibiotics aren't always the answer, and are intended to fight bacterial infections. Taking them for viral infections, such as a cold, most sore throats, acute bronchitis and many sinus or ear infections will not cure the infection, or keep others from getting sick, and may cause unnecessary and harmful side effects.
  • Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous

    01/13/2013 12:21:08 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 4:38 AMBritain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully AutonomousBAE Taranis Britain's Air Force has been using Tornado jets as bombers for decades and is already building a fleet of new Typhoons, but BAE hopes to supplement those forces with a powerful new drone. The Taranis, named for the Celtic god of thunder will fly faster than the speed of sound and beyond the eye of enemy radar with its single-wing stealth design, and UK officials hope to see it replace piloted planes and current unmanned drones...
  • Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

    01/13/2013 12:18:51 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:28 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Demian Bulwa and Justin Berton
    It's no surprise to LaTanya Lozano that homicides are up in the Bay Area's biggest cities. She moved to Hayward in late 2011 to try to protect her four sons, only to see two of them shot dead last year back where she used to live, Oakland. First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him. Six months later, in October, 21-year-old Rashad Meredith was caught in the middle of a gunfight between rival groups outside his aunt's apartment. "This tore down my whole life," said Lozano, who was hospitalized...
  • Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan

    01/13/2013 12:15:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Colin Campbell
    Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument. “The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals...
  • With almonds' rising revenues, land values soar

    01/13/2013 12:00:50 PM PST · by thecodont · 26 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 12:42 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bill Enns, a central California real estate agent specializing in farmland, fields dozens of calls every week from potential buyers. Many want almond, pistachio or walnut orchards — or any land suitable for growing nut trees. [...] California's almond industry, which grows about 80 percent of the global almond supply and 100 percent of the domestic supply, saw the most dramatic growth — powered by strong demand from new money-spending middle classes in India and China. The growth has prompted a rush for almond-growing land and pushed almond land values through the roof. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/With-almonds-rising-revenues-land-values-soar-4189081.php#ixzz2Ht4HqjiG...
  • Kentucky Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce Gun Laws He Feels are Unconstitutional

    01/13/2013 12:00:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Officer Magazine ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jack Brammer
    "My office will not comply with any federal actions which violate the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold," Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said. FRANKFORT -- An Eastern Kentucky sheriff said Saturday that he will not enforce any new gun control laws that he considers unconstitutional. Asked whether such a stance makes him more a judge than a law-enforcement official, Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said he has "a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld." "I consider this a moral obligation," he...
  • US (only) scientists in fresh alert over effects of global warming

    01/13/2013 11:52:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | 1/12/13 | Robin McKie
    **SNIP** The uncompromising language of the report, and the stark picture that its authors have painted of the likely effects of global warming, have profound implications for the rest of the world. If the world's greatest economy is already feeling the strain of global warming, and is fearful of its future impact, then other nations face a very worrying future as temperatures continue to rise as more and more greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere. "The report makes for sobering reading," said Professor Chris Rapley, of University College London. "Most people in the UK and US accept human-induced climate...
  • Republicans Begin Gun Cave

    01/13/2013 11:44:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | RushLimbaugh.com
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Open Line Friday to Seattle we go. Peter, thank you for calling, sir. Great to have you with us. CALLER: Great to be with you, Rush. Happy birthday to the Surgeon General of Democracy. RUSH: Thank you very much. I appreciate that. CALLER: They don't hate you 'cause you're on the right; they hate you because you're correct. RUSH: Effective, yeah. That's sadly the case. Every time you see me ripped to shreds in the media, folks, understand I've just been effective, and that's why I'm being ripped. Or anybody else on the right. Same theory applies....
  • Federal health law wrinkle could penalize Minnesota insurers

    01/13/2013 11:35:01 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-12-13 | chris snowbeck
    Without a change in proposed federal rules, the continuation of a Minnesota health insurance program for people with costly illnesses could cost health plans and their subscribers more than $60 million next year, state officials say. The issue involves a long-standing program called the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, which the Legislature created in 1976. It helps provide coverage for Minnesotans who can't find insurance on the open market, often because of a costly pre-existing health condition. One of the key changes coming in 2014 with the federal Affordable Care Act is that insurers no longer will be able to deny...