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  • Liberal Media spins Obama's Yucky economy as unemployment rises, recession looms

    02/01/2013 1:37:45 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 2 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeff Crouere
    In the brave new world of Barack Obama, the media breathlessly report all of the economic data with a positive spin. On Friday, as the unemployment rate increased for the second straight month, the liberal media was telling us this was good news. Is a higher unemployment rate of 7.9 percent really good news? According to the Associated Press, it was an “upbeat” report. Yet, this unemployment figure is high by historical standards and is higher than the rate at the start of the Obama administration.
  • Here’s the BSA Boy Scouts of America Pro-Sodomy Policy Change Proposal

    02/01/2013 1:34:17 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | January 31, 2013
    MEDIA STATEMENTBoy Scouts of America Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 Attributable to: Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and...
  • Hostess Brands confirms investment firms' $410 million offer is lead bid for Twinkies...

    02/01/2013 1:33:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    http://www.dallasnews.com ^ | 30 Jan 2013 | Staff
    NEW YORK — Hostess has picked a lead bidder for its famous Twinkies. The bankrupt Irving company said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess says the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries. The "stalking horse" bid would set the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers. A judge would have to approve any final sale. After years...
  • Age of the Tele-Rat: Trayvon Martin's Missing Cell Phone Data

    02/01/2013 1:32:58 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    Talkleft ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeralyn Merritt
    George Zimmerman's attorneys have filed a motion to delay George Zimmerman's trial until November. The motion to continue is here.There is quite a bit of new information in it. I think the biggest revelation is about Trayvon Martin’s cell phone and mysteriously missing data. Even if you have no interest in the George Zimmerman case, you should read this to see the extent to which information stored in your phone is capable of being retrieved and provided to law enforcement (or anyone else who gets their hands on your phone and wants to know what’s on it.) It's a new...
  • Newsweek Trolls The Nation: Hillary Clinton ‘Most Powerful Woman In American History’

    02/01/2013 1:30:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 1, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Continuing their less-than-estimable tradition of publishing cover stories based on premises that range from the debatable to downright laughable, the onetime print magazine Newsweek trolled the nation again on Friday when they declared Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “the most powerful woman in American history.” The argument Newsweek makes when declaring Clinton the “most powerful woman” in America’s 225 plus years of existence rests primarily on her sky-high popularity and her decades of service in government. Though Clinton is popular, the author, Michael Tomasky, notes that “Not everyone is in on this love-fest.” [E]ven the seething hatred has, over...
  • Let's Regulate Sports

    02/01/2013 1:30:37 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 6 replies
    Me | 1 Feb 2013 | Ben Mugged
    I understand the Government is concerned about injuries in professional football. They are considering regulation to make the contact sport less injurious. While they are at it they should make it illegal to actually strike someone while boxing. Tennis is also a dangerous sport because ankle injuries are prevalent. And ping pong! Carpal tunnel syndrome is the bane of ping pong players! Think of all the knee injuries in Basketball. The Government is so wonderful at regulation. Think of all the great things they have done for us using their constitutional power to regulate. I forget, someone remind me of...
  • Healthy schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    02/01/2013 1:26:33 PM PST · by EBH · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 2/1/2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    <p>Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas.</p> <p>The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.</p>
  • How much do you know about the Second Amendment? A quiz.

    02/01/2013 1:26:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 63 replies
    CSM via Yahoo ^ | undated | Warren Richey
    After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying. How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
  • Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten named Bart Starr Award winner

    02/01/2013 1:21:29 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | 02-01-13 | Trey Iles
    It was a busy Friday morning for Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. First, he accepted the Athletes in Action 2013 Bart Starr Award, given to an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. After that, he was whisked to the Morial Convention Center for a press conference announcing the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. “To be honest, this is a little uncomfortable because you never want to be recognized,’’ said Witten, who just completed his 10th season in the NFL and is the top...
  • US nudged India to 'Look East': Hillary Clinton

    02/01/2013 1:21:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - As Hillary Clinton made her final speech as America's top diplomat, she suggested US had encouraged India's "Look East" policy as an exercise in 'smart power' in its pivot to Asia Pacific. "There are limits to what soft power on its own can achieve," said Secretary of State Clinton Thursday emphasising American leadership, and the need to reshape diplomacy to meet the changing landscape of the world. "And there are limits to what hard power on its own can achieve. That's why, from day one, I've been talking about smart power," she said during a forum at the...
  • Vancouver Archbishop Defends Proposed Protestant Law School Against Attacks by Gay Activists

    02/01/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/1/13 | Patrick B. Craine
    Editor’s note: Archbishop J. Michael Miller issued the following statement of support for Trinity Western University’s proposed law school on Friday.VANCOUVER, Feb. 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent pastoral letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out a disturbing trend – worldwide and in Canada – of bias, prejudice, hate propaganda, discrimination and persecution of others because of their religious beliefs. Efforts to deny Trinity Western University the right to a law school on the basis of its religious principles are an example of the threats to freedom of conscience and religion that are becoming increasingly common in...
  • Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman?

    02/01/2013 1:16:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-31-2013 | Michelle Malkin
    January 31, 2013 Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman? Michelle Malkin Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship. So in the spirit of unity and comity, I'm announcing the formation of a new social justice group: Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob. Now all I need are some principled Democratic ladies and liberal media lionesses to step up to the plate with me to protest the vulgar, sexist behavior of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Surely, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cher, Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria and...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules

    02/01/2013 1:11:38 PM PST · by illiac · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/13 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal. In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions. "Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children's overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school...
  • 'American Idol' wannabe Matthew Farmer admits lying about military service on show

    02/01/2013 1:10:35 PM PST · by traumer · 16 replies
    'American Idol' contestant Matthew Farmer has admitted that he lied about his military service on Wednesday night's episode of the popular singing show, this after first denying he had made false claims, and blaming the show's editors for misrepresenting him. In a rambling statement to the website Guardianofvalor.com, Farmer apologized for claiming he had suffered a traumatic brain injury after being injured in an IED explosion in Iraq. "It was ALL lies," Farmer wrote. "I in fact HAVE lied since a younger age and had a problem with it. I am coming out and making a statement (even though I...
  • Obama Administration: We Will Still Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    02/01/2013 1:09:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 1, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs. HHS released a new proposed regulation under the Obamacare law that the department presented as an accommodation to religious “organizations” that object to providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. However, the proposal does not...
  • MLA Requiem

    02/01/2013 1:04:56 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of professors objected to our coverage of them at the Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting in Boston this year. Near as we can figure out, what they objected to was the fact that we covered them. “Glad you could make it to my paper on 1930s propaganda and popular culture,” Matthew Stratton, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California-Davis wrote in an effort at cordiality that belied what was to come. “I must admit, however, that I’m a bit confused by your account of the panel.” “What exactly in my paper did you find objectionable...
  • Money Pouring Into Stocks 'Is Usually a Negative Sign'

    02/01/2013 1:03:18 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 01, 2013
    Despite all the ballyhoo over money flowing back into stocks, the return of mom-and-pop investors means little to how well the market performs this year. Measuring fund flows—or the amount of cash going into mutual funds—is Wall Street's favorite new past-time when it comes to predicting market activity, and the bulls are gushing over the amount surging into equities to start 2013. But in the greater historical context, such moves can foretell very little. For one thing, January almost always sees money coming to the market, and this year is no different. For another, money is pretty much pouring into...
  • Ski resort turns sewage into snow

    02/01/2013 1:00:36 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 2/1/13 | Bruce Kennedy
    Unpredictable snowfall patterns and drought are prompting the multibillion-dollar industry to consider cost-effective alternatives. After a dismal start to the season for the second straight year, Colorado's ski resorts are finally getting the snow they depend on. Colorado Ski Country USA reported total skier visits at its 21 member resorts dropped 11.5% during the first period of the ski season, which ranges from opening day through New Year's Eve. The marketing research firm IBISWorld reports that while the economic recovery is expected to bring more people to the nation's slopes, climate change is straining operations at many resorts. When natural...
  • Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again! [thread XIV]

    02/01/2013 1:00:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,091 replies
    Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again. Now starting the second month of the fundraiser and we're lagging behind the pace. Hopefully it'll pick up so we can complete it in the next few weeks. Free Republic stands for God and Country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!! TO THE HILT!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no advertisers,...
  • Rotten to the Core: Reader feedback from the frontlines

    02/01/2013 12:58:20 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    From a history teacher: I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in your Rotten to the Core series. As a history teacher, the Common Core Standards don’t have much of an impact on my teaching (yet – and to my understanding). The whole of this program seems to be shrouded in edu-speak and double talk (which are mostly the same). In addition to the Common Core, we were given an intro to another change coming to my district… and from what I’ve seen, it is spreading to districts across the country. The new model for teaching is Strategic Planning Strategies...
  • Toronto to pass New York in commercial property boom

    02/01/2013 12:47:59 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 27 replies
    Financial Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Katya Dmitrieva
    Toronto will add more prime office space in 2014 than almost any other city in the Americas as developers take advantage of low borrowing costs to meet demand from companies such as Google Inc. More than 1.59 million square feet of so-called triple-A space will be added in Toronto next year, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield Inc., the world’s largest closely held real estate brokerage firm. That’s more than in New York and trails only Mexico City, Cushman said. Investments from pension funds and real estate investment trusts, as well as borrowing costs in some cases more than...
  • Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief [link only]

    02/01/2013 12:47:17 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    January 31, 2013 | KATE BRUMBACK
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/55742445-68/shooting-atlanta-police-says.html.csp
  • Obama credits Chu with designing cap for Gulf oil spill

    02/01/2013 12:47:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    over the past four years working on a whole range of energy issues but also designing a cap to plug a hole in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico when nobody else could figure it out," the president said. "And that’s typical of the incredible contributions that he's made to this country.
  • Selkie Girl Deconstructed

    02/01/2013 12:46:40 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Please tell me if anyone has heard of this "junior classic" “Last spring, my 2nd-grade daughter came home with an extra assignment—a worksheet she hadn’t completed in class for a story called The Selkie Girl,” Jennifer Holladay writes in the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Rethinking Schools.” She brought the book home, too, and it was one I’d never seen before, a Junior Great Books anthology (Series 3, Book 1), published by the nonprofit Great Books Foundation.” “As we settled in, I asked my daughter to tell me about The Selkie Girl. Her rendition gave me pause, so I asked her...
  • Runaway mom who sued adult children for support ... NOT entitled to money: judge

    02/01/2013 12:40:40 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | February 1, 2013
    A B.C. Supreme Court justice says three adults who were left to fend for themselves as teenagers decades ago do not have to pay support to their estranged mother. Justice Bruce Butler ruled in a decision posted online Thursday that while Shirley Marie Anderson is financially dependent, her children, Donna Dobko, 53, Keith Anderson, 51, and Kenneth Anderson, 48, do not have the money to support her. And even if they did, Butler said he’d make no such order favouring the 74-year-old mother. “The childhood experiences of Donna and Kenneth and the lengthy estrangement which resulted from the claimant’s failure...
  • Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

    02/01/2013 12:39:57 PM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/1/13 | Rachel Zoll and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Religious nonprofits and secular for-profit businesses have filed more than 40 lawsuits, claiming the mandate violates their religious beliefs. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed a work-around for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The government's new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage, through insurers or a third party, that would still give women free access to contraception. It wasn't immediately clear whether religious leaders would accept the new approach, or whether it would stem the tide of lawsuits by Roman Catholic charities and other faith-affiliated...
  • Hillary's State Dept. Farewell Speech Features Muslim Woman Wearing Burqa

    02/01/2013 12:36:29 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    February 01, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    During Hillary Clinton's farewell speech before all employees of the State Department today, it was impossible not to notice the 'burqa lady' employee deliberately positioned behind her:
  • Students of teacher, 23, who called a teen 'jail bait' launch Twitter page supporting her

    02/01/2013 12:35:07 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05:28 EST, 1 February 2013 | By Leon Watson
    Students have come out in support of a teacher who was suspended from her job after she posted half-naked photos of herself on Twitter and joked about teenager being 'jail bait'. Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter account with the help of a friend. Since then a campaign using the hashtag #freecrunkbear has started on Twitter to have her reinstated. Support: Students have backed Carly McKinney who was suspended from her job after she...
  • Clinton: Benghazi Won’t Affect Whether I Run For President

    02/01/2013 12:32:57 PM PST · by yoe · 40 replies
    CBS ^ | Feburay 1, 2013 | Staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world” and their refusal to “accept the facts” is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that...
  • #MyJihad online: "The Muslim Ummah Has A Thousand Merahs"

    02/01/2013 12:29:26 PM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 31, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Here is the crux of the argument and why an irrational Obama and the rabid left's ensuing power grab on gun control is utter madness. The Newtown school massacre was a known madman on a psychotic mission. Adam Lanza was a deeply sick and disturbed individual that had to medicated and home schooled and kept away from the general population. The problem was his violent lunacy. If he hadn't kill them with guns he might have killed them with bombs. The Toulouse school massacre was jihad as enshrined and commanded in the Quran. Holy war against the non-Muslims is a...
  • Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges charged in probe

    02/01/2013 12:28:08 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges were charged with conspiracy and fraud Thursday, capping a three-year FBI probe into what authorities said was rampant ticket-fixing and pervasive corruption on the bench.
  • Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END

    02/01/2013 12:27:32 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-1-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END Joe WeisenthalFebruary 1, 2013, 10:44 AM The anti-gold bandwagon is getting more and more crowded. Analysts Tom Kendall and Ric Deverell of Credit Suisse is out with a bombshell report this morning titled: Gold: The Beginning Of The End Of An Era. The article argues that the 2011 peak of $1921 was the top, and that now the run of the cult metal is coming to an end. The argument essentially boils down to two arguments, which are related. The first is that we're seeing rate normalization....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 5 fEBRUARY 1, 2013

    02/01/2013 12:27:13 PM PST · by greeneyes · 54 replies
    Free Republic | February 1, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • No-money-down mortgages are back

    02/01/2013 12:24:30 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 1, 2013 | AnnaMaria Andriotis
    It’s 100% financing—the same strategy that pushed many homeowners into foreclosure during the housing bust. Banks say these loans are safer: They’re almost exclusively being offered to clients with sizable assets, and they often require two forms of collateral—the house and a portion of the client’s investment portfolio in lieu of a traditional cash down payment. In most cases, borrowers end up with one loan and one monthly payment. Depending on the lender and the borrower, roughly 60% to 80% of the loan can be pegged to the home’s value while the remaining 20% to 40% can be secured by...
  • 8 Touchdown Dances for Other Situations

    02/01/2013 12:23:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    CollegeHumor ^ | February 1, 2013 | Alex Watt
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  • 8.5 Million Americans Left Labor Force In Obama's First Term

    02/01/2013 12:21:27 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 1, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent. Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force. This number now stands at a staggering 89 million, up from 80.5 million when President Obama took office. This means that there are currently 8.5 million more Americans not in the labor force than just four years ago. Forget all the other numbers. This continued explosion of people not in the labor force should be...
  • President Steve Capus leaving NBC News

    02/01/2013 12:21:12 PM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | Dylan Byers
    NBC News president Steve Capus announced today that he is leaving the network. "It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," he wrote in a memo to staff, obtained by POLITICO. "I have informed Pat Fili-Krushel that I will be leaving NBC News in the coming weeks." "It is impossible to fully express how much I respect the people of NBC News," he wrote. "To call everyone "colleagues" has been a true honor ... but to call so many of you dear friends has been a...
  • Biden concedes new laws won't totally end gun massacres

    02/01/2013 12:19:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | February 1st, 2013 11:02 AM ET | Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden, who spearheaded the White House's effort to find ways of reducing gun violence, admitted to reporters Thursday that any measures passed by Congress would fail in totally eliminating gun deaths. Biden was speaking on Capitol Hill after meeting with Democratic lawmakers to build support for gun control legislation currently making its way through Congress. While he said no law could ever eliminate gun deaths, the vice president stressed that attempts must be made to prevent gun violence, particularly as Americans are demanding an answer from the government on how to end tragedies like...
  • NBC News President Capus to leave network (Matt Lauer's days are numbered now...)

    02/01/2013 12:18:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/1/13 | Liana B. Baker
    NBC News President Steve Capus will be leaving the network in the coming weeks after struggles at the unit including lower ratings for its flagship morning show "Today." Capus had been the president of NBC News since 2005. No replacement has been named, according to a company memo obtained by Reuters. In a statement, Capus said it was "now time to head in a new direction."
  • Scouting's Suicide

    02/01/2013 12:13:16 PM PST · by The King of Elflands Daughter · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/2013 | Edward Whelan
    Imagine that a group of girls is going on a long camping trip, supervised by adult volunteers who are young men you barely know. Would you let your 15-year-old daughter go? Nearly every parent, I think, would recognize the folly, even though the men might well be models of good behavior. Why should our common-sense response be any different if the 15-year-old is a boy and the possible, even if not-likely-to-be-acted-on, sexual attraction of the adult supervisors is homosexual rather than heterosexual?
  • Dung beetles use the Milky Way to push poo

    02/01/2013 12:11:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    theverge ^ | February 1, 2013 | Amar Toor
    Most insects have no trouble moving around when the moon is bright, but darker nights can make nighttime navigation a bit more difficult. African dung beetles, however, have apparently found a workaround — the Milky Way. A recent study from researchers in Sweden and South Africa found that on moonless nights, dung beetles use the stars to help orient themselves, a rather surprising tactic for a creature that spends so much time with its nose to the ground. In fact, scientists say these findings are the first evidence of any insect having celestial navigation capabilities. Researchers made this discovery after...
  • Dow hits 14,000 for 1st time since October 2007

    02/01/2013 12:10:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/01/2013 | Christina Rexrode
    NEW YORK -- The Dow stock market index flirted with the 14,000 line Friday, bringing reminders of the last time it hit that mark — almost a different era, before the financial crisis rocked the world economy. Propelled by reports on U.S. jobs and auto sales, the Dow Jones industrial average crossed the line and kept its ground through the early afternoon, after flitting back and forth throughout the morning. The other major stock indexes also rose. "There's a newfound enthusiasm for the equity market," said Jim Russell, regional investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis. But market...
  • More Michigan Students Opt for School Choice

    02/01/2013 12:09:57 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    According to polling data and "conversations" held by the Center for Michigan, the general public is less interested in expanding school choice than it is in other policy options. More than 50 percent of poll respondents said that increasing school choice in Michigan was important, but other options, such as providing "stronger support for educators" or improving "teacher preparation" were more popular. Yet, student and parent actions tell a different story. More students are taking advantage of school choice in Michigan now than ever before. The number of students who attend a district other than the one they live in...
  • Best Valentine gift idea for HIM .....

    02/01/2013 12:08:36 PM PST · by Lizavetta · 45 replies
    February 1, 2013 | lizavetta
    Valentine's Day is coming up and I'd love to get Freepers' opinions of the best gift idea they've ever heard of for a man .... something that will completely melt him like butter and make him feel like a million bucks. I know there are plenty of creative and imaginative people on this forum so please help me here .....
  • Most conservative state in America? It's Alabama, by a country mile

    02/01/2013 12:04:57 PM PST · by FReepaholic · 31 replies
    al.com ^ | 2/1/2013 | George Talbot
    Alabama was the most conservative state in the union in 2012, with more than half of state residents describing themselves as politically conservative, according to a new survey released today by Gallup.
  • Shootout reported across from Falcon State Park[South Texas]

    02/01/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGBT ^ | February 1, 2013 | Staff
    Authorities are on alert after a shootout was reported across the border from Falcon State Park. It all started with reports of a gunfire coming from Nueva Ciudad Guerrero just after 9 a.m. Friday. Mexican authorities have not released any information but Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies, customs officers and others are on alert. The law enforcement agencies have increased patrols on the American side of the border. Falcon State Park Manager Carlos Rivas told Action 4 News that there is heightened security at the park but it remains open.
  • Energy Secretary Chu steps down, blasts climate-change skeptics

    02/01/2013 11:54:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist frequently the target of Republican criticism, announced Friday that he was stepping down in the latest shake-up of President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Chu, who disclosed his decision in a letter to Energy Department staff, frequently clashed with GOP lawmakers over gas prices as well as government backing for green-energy companies like the failed firm Solyndra. In his letter, Chu took aim directly at his critics, saying the clean-energy efforts were a success—and blasted climate-change skeptics as trapped in "the Stone Age." He also scolded climate-change skeptics and urged a shift from fossil-fuels...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules [The Clown Dictates What Your Kid Eats]

    02/01/2013 11:54:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/13 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal. In effect, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions, candy with granola, and regular soda with diet — but only for high schoolers.
  • McDonald's Jobs Are Great Jobs!

    02/01/2013 11:52:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | January 31, 2013 | John Wiseman
    During a previous life, I was interviewing some soon to be college graduates for a possible position as an Assistant Manager Trainee in one of the 1200 F.W. Woolworth Stores around the fruited plains. Someone at the local University's placement office must have instructed those poor skulls full of mush on the finer points on negotiating a salary, (I just stopped laughing at those dumb kids about a week ago.) Each and every one of the kids asked at the end of the interview about salary, and each used the same wording to tell me that they felt that their...
  • Harriet Hagel - We thought Chuck Hagel was wrong. Now we know he’s unqualified, too.

    02/01/2013 11:47:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | Daniel Foster
    ‘Shaky.” “Struggling.” “Awkward.” “Not impressed.” “Unresponsive and bumbling.” “Disaster.” These are some of the words used by observers left, right, and middle to describe Chuck Hagel’s appearance before the United States Senate yesterday.They might be underselling it. Hagel attempted to contextualize his comments about the intimidating “Jewish lobby” by noting that that was only time he used those words “on the record.” Later, in response to a challenge from Senator Graham to name one person or one “dumb” government policy negatively influenced by Jewish intimidation, Hagel drew a blank. When asked if he stood by an Al Jazeera interview...