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  • Splitting the Difference on Illegal Immigration (They can stay, but they can't become citizens.)

    02/24/2013 8:22:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Winter 2013 | PETER SKERRY
    In the controversy over illegal immigration that has roiled our politics for decades, the image of "living in the shadows" has been invoked by all sides. For immigrant advocates, "the shadows" are where the undocumented are harassed by overzealous law-enforcement officers and exploited by unscrupulous landlords and employers. For many other Americans, "living in the shadows" conjures vaguely sinister intruders using public services to which they are not entitled and preying on law-abiding Americans through illicit activities and crime. Yet regardless of one's views on the issue, this imagery is profoundly misleading. It helps to perpetuate the myths and exaggerations...
  • States set sights on Colorado firearms business; gun-control bills scorned (Magpul)

    02/24/2013 8:21:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — In one sign of the price states may pay for restricting gun rights, more than a dozen states are jostling to land a Colorado firearms company that has vowed to leave the state if the governor signs into law tough gun-control legislation. Elected officials from Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have written letters to Magpul Industries inviting the company to make their states its relocation destination. Meanwhile, individuals from at least 10 states have launched social media campaigns on Facebook to lure the Erie, Colo.-based company. “We are a state whose people are committed to Second...
  • ‘Israel’s strike on Syria last month killed top Iranian general’

    02/24/2013 8:11:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/24/13 | Gabe Fisher
    Hassan Shateri, the Iranian general whose killing was reported last week, was actually slain last month in an alleged IAF airstrike that was said to have targeted a weapons convoy heading from Syria to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, Britain’s Sunday Times reported. Iran was quick last week to blame “mercenaries and supporters” of Israel for Shateri’s death, although it made no indication that he had been killed in the January airstrike. Tehran “will take revenge on Israel for the killing of a Quds Force general in Syria,” said Ali Shirazi, liaison for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Revolutionary...
  • Rove Effort to Destroy Tea Party May be Doomed

    02/24/2013 8:07:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    ExpertClick ^ | February 11, 2013 | William S. Bike
    The history of the Republican Party shows that the effort of Karl Rove and his Conservative Victory Project and Crossroads political groups to neutralize the Tea Party wing of the GOP likely is doomed, said political pundit William S. Bike. Bike is the author of the book Winning Political Campaigns: A Comprehensive Guide to Electoral Success. "Whereas the Democratic Party seems to evolve its positions over time, the Republican Party has frequently throughout history been taken over by insurgent groups like the Tea Party, with rearguard actions by the ruling elite attempting to hold on to power usually failing," Bike...
  • Lord Ashcroft drops support for the Tories over David Cameron’s gay marriage “obsession”

    02/24/2013 7:51:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 18:19 EST, 24 February 2013 | Gerri Peev
    The Tories’ biggest donor has stopped funding the party after privately questioning whether the Prime Minister is still a proper Conservative. Lord Ashcroft, who has given the Tories Ł10 million ($15 million), has withdrawn support after becoming dismayed with David Cameron’s obsession with “fringe issues” such as gay marriage. The Tory peer also told friends he has given enough money and is not hopeful of the party winning a majority in 2015. … In another blow to Cameron, his local Chipping Norton party chairman, Cicely Maunder, quit her post and tore up her party membership over his promotion of gay...
  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by thecodont · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald via The Drudge Report / www.miamiherald.com ^ | Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2013 | By Patricia Mazzei
    The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2˝ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random. It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami...
  • Carnival Triumph Review From an Actual Passenger "Not a Nightmare".

    02/24/2013 7:40:22 PM PST · by willk · 85 replies
    Cruise Critic ^ | TXRegulator
    I had a GREAT time on my first cruise!! And yes...I was on the Triumph!! It was NOT THAT BAD!! It was akin to camping in one's own backyard as a kid. The crew was great, we were well treated, food was plentiful, water was restored quickly and the toilet issue was a minor inconvenience. To expound a little on the camping analogy......Imagine camping in the backyard as a kid, the septic tank has a little bit of an issue on the other side of the yard, and mom hasn't been to the store in a couple of days. You...
  • Financial Question

    02/24/2013 7:36:13 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 42 replies
    2/24/2013 | Myself
    I am hoping that someone on FR can help me with a financial issue. Let me state first out that this is not a request for assistance. I don't want to run afoul of any posting rules or guidelines. This is a request to find out if anyone knows of a resource that I can avail myself to in order to help me. Also, I know how some of what I will share will sound. I know that there could be some personally embarrassing information to follow. I make no excuses for the situation I find myself in, but I...
  • FORMER LAWYERS? [Barak & Michelle]

    02/24/2013 7:19:55 PM PST · by DBCJR · 28 replies
    I knew they had both lost their law license, but I didn't know why until I read this. This is 100% legit. I check it out at https://www.iardc.org/ Stands for Illinois Attorney Registration And Disciplinary Committee. It's the official arm of lawyer discipline in Illinois ; and they are very strict. (Talk about irony.) Even I, at the advanced age of almost 65, maintain (at the cost of approximately $600/year) my law license that I worked so hard and long to earn. Big surprise. Former Constitutional Law Lecturer and U.S. President Makes Up Constitutional Quotes During State Of The Union...
  • Qatar hands the Syrian embassy in Doha to opposition

    02/24/2013 7:19:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | AFP
    Qatar has handed the Syrian embassy building in Doha to the National Coalition, Syria’s main opposition group, a statement said on Wednesday. “Qatar has decided to hand over the Syrian embassy building in Doha to Mr Nizar al-Haraki after his appointment as ambassador to Doha for the National Coalition,” the Coalition statement said. “Qatar has acted faster than the Friends of Syria coalition," the opposition statement said, in reference to a string of Western and Arab states, along with Turkey, which support the revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “The flag of the revolution will be raised above the building,”...
  • Moshiach (Messiah...in Hebrew) 101

    02/24/2013 7:19:06 PM PST · by Phinneous · 13 replies
    Chabad.ord ^ | 2/24/13 | Various and Sundry Rabbis
    Let's learn about Moshiach! A compilation site about the Messiah in Jewish teachings.
  • ACORN-Affiliated BluePrint NC Puts a Hit On State’s Republican Leadership

    02/24/2013 7:13:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 23, 2013 | MATT VESPA
    The war of ideas is alive and well. In North Carolina, it’s taken a vicious turn,with progressives targeting the state’s Republican leadership and Governor Pat McCrory, who was elected in 2012. Spearheading this effort is a 501 (c)(3) group known as BluePrint NC, which, according to their website: is a partnership of public policy, advocacy, and grassroots organizing nonprofits dedicated to achieving a better, fairer, healthier North Carolina through the development of an integrated communications and civic engagement strategy. Ultimately, Blueprint aims to influence state policy in NC so that residents of the state benefit from more progressive policies such...
  • NM:More than 300 guns sold at sheriff buy back event(and private sales!)

    02/24/2013 6:54:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    kob.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Maria Guerrero
    Gun owners got another opportunity to turn over their firearms to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. In exchange owners got a gift card worth up to $200. Private gun buyers were also on hand at the buy-back and so was a local woman who opposed what they’re legally allowed to do on the sidelines. People returned 326 guns, including two assault weapons, and BCSO handed out $41,000 in gift cards in exchange. Before BCSO collects and destroys a room full of various firearms, owners are presented with another option outside. Deputies kept a group of private buyers across...
  • A land of militias, Libya struggles to build a military

    02/24/2013 6:44:56 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 24, 2013 | Maggie Fick
    Tripoli, Libya In the seventeen months since Muammar Qaddafi was killed, Libya has made building an army a top national priority. But progress toward achieving this goal has been slow at best, with an official admitting that he does not even know how many soldiers are currently in the army. Public statements by senior Libyan leaders suggest that there is little disagreement over the notion that the country desperately needs a functioning military to ensure a peaceful transition – and a clean break from the Qaddafi legacy of a weak army dwarfed by powerful brigades loyal to the autocrat’s sons....
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/24/2013 6:40:37 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    2-24-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:17 The Lovingkindness of the Lord Endureth Forever and Ever upon them that Fear Him, And His Righteousness upon Children's Children.
  • Worker exploits lax DOE Twitter policy to send threats [CO]

    02/24/2013 6:23:38 PM PST · by averagemo · 3 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | February 11, 2013 | Tori Richards
    GOLDEN, Colo. — The Department of Energy allows its employees to use government phones and computers to access personal social media accounts while on the job, setting the stage for a staffer who threatened murder against Watchdog’s Colorado office while at work.
  • THANK JOE MCCARTHY, DON'T DEMONIZE HIM

    02/24/2013 6:13:38 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 11 replies
    WND ^ | February 21, 2013 | Diana West
    The truth is quite different. Six weeks earlier, Welch himself was quoted in the New York Times, confirming that Fisher had belonged to the communist front and that, as a result, Welch himself had “relieved (Fisher) from duty.” Welch’s hearing-room histrionics, in other words, were a lot of hot air. But they worked. To this day, the truth remains lost to most people, while this thinnest fiction is immortal...
  • LIVE: At the Oscars

    02/24/2013 6:10:07 PM PST · by SomeCallMeTim · 477 replies
    Self
    OK... I LOOKED, SEARCHED.... didn't find anything from Dotty. But, seriously... tonight's the OSCARS! Where's our Live Thread??
  • NEVER FORGET: JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT!

    02/24/2013 6:08:12 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 8 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | February 24, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    “Senator Cruz’s substantive point was absolutely correct: in the mid-1990s, the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’ — a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism – and they far outnumbered Republicans.”
  • Will new fed guidelines force companies to hire more employees with criminal pasts?

    02/24/2013 6:02:21 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 56 replies
    Employers could be pressured to hire more workers with a criminal background under recent guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn businesses about rejecting minority applicants who have committed a crime and recommend they eliminate policies that “exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.” The EEOC says civil rights laws already prohibit different treatment for job applicants who are of a different ethnic background but have identical criminal histories. The update was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally exclude minorities from getting hired because more African Americans and Hispanics are...
  • Administration goes skeet shooting.

    02/24/2013 5:55:51 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 8 replies
    FNN - Future News Now | 2-24-13 | Retired Texas Vet
    FNN exclusive: The Obama administration, still smarting from the disclosure of their previous fake skeet shooting, scheduled a skeet shooting session with reporters and cameras invited. Obama, aka "The One", had Reggie Manlove as his partner for the session. Obama had his Roy Rogers outfit on: Mom jeans, Roy Rogers boots with matching buckskin shirt and white hat and Reggie had his Dale Evans outfit on: leopard skin pattern leotards, Dale Evans boots with matching pink silk blouse with yellow scarf and dayglow orange hat. Ande4rson Cooper and Chrissy Matthews both had to leave early after wetting themselves due to...
  • Hagel’s $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap (U.S. Troops to West Bank & Gaza)

    02/24/2013 5:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/13 | Staff
    Hagel, at Obama's bidding, plans to send troops to Judea andSamaria (the "West Bank") where they would soon be victims of Hamas terror. It's in writing. An investigative report. There is only one reason that Chuck Hagel was picked by President Obama to be US Defense Secretary, and why Obama will go nuclear to get him confirmed: Hagel is the only person alive now dumb enough to deploy US “peacekeeping” troops to what is surely a "West Bank" deathtrap. Don’t believe me??! Well, in early 2009, two years after Hamas violently took over Gaza, Hagel along with a ragged has-been...
  • Bay Area, California to lose big if federal sequester cuts hit this week

    02/24/2013 5:41:36 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/24/2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    Just when Californians are finally feeling upbeat again about where the state is heading, here comes a fresh downer: The federal sequester cuts set to kick in this week could cost California billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs while making most of our daily lives more difficult. The state's budget may be balanced and the economy improving, but unless congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama reach a last-minute deal, the federal government on Friday will begin slashing $85 billion this year, including about 8 percent from the Pentagon and about 5 percent from most other discretionary programs....
  • Afghans accuse U.S. special forces of being involved in torture

    02/24/2013 5:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan -Afghanistan´s president says all U.S. special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says Sunday´s decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are linked to the U.S. special forces. He said the government wants the individuals, whom he did not identify, to be handed over to the government. Wardak is a restive province next to Kabul and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts.
  • Party dominance doesn’t last (Salena Zito)

    02/24/2013 5:33:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 23, 2013 | Salena Zito
    The chorus out of Washington, from the chattering classes to conservatives themselves, is that the sky is falling on the Republican Party. If only those people would look at a diagram of our electoral history, they would see that nothing is permanent in American politics. “While it may seem as though the Democrats have secured a dominant position over the Republicans, political party fortunes in America regularly change abruptly,” says Lara Brown, an expert on electoral politics. Brown, the author of “Jockeying for the American Presidency,” points to the most startling turnaround in modern times — the eight-year revolution between...
  • Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort

    02/24/2013 5:32:22 PM PST · by shineon · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 21, 2013
    Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease.
  • Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

    02/24/2013 5:28:54 PM PST · by grandpa jones
    BBC ^ | 2/24/13 | staff
    The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks. The decision was being taken due to allegations of disappearances and torture by Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US statement said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously. But the US could not comment specifically on this latest development "until we have had a chance to speak with senior government officials", the statement by a spokesman for US special...
  • One click: Send a letter supporting 2nd Amendment rights to ALL your elected reps

    02/24/2013 5:28:42 PM PST · by forty_years · 11 replies
    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. ^ | February 24, 2013 | Ruger
    Ruger has a site where you press a button and they will send a letter supporting 2nd Amendment rights to the President, Vice-President, your Senators, Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State-Level Elected Officials and State Attorney General. Please do it now. It's easy. ACT NOW!
  • White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester's effects

    02/24/2013 5:28:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/13 | Zachary A. Goldfarb and Paul Kane
    The White House on Sunday detailed how deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on a way to stop the across-the-board cuts.But while Republicans and Democrats were set to introduce dueling legislative proposals this week to avert the Friday start of the spending cuts, known as the sequester, neither side expected the measures to get enough support to pass Congress.
  • Obama admin. to Supremes: Strike anti-gay law

    02/24/2013 5:09:46 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 28 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | February 24, 2013 | Joel Connelly
    The Obama administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike part of a controversial 1996 law that bars recognition of same-sex marriage, even in the nine states where it is now legal, for such federal benefits as income and estate taxes and federal employee benefits. “The law denies to tens of thousands of same sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important benefits that are available to legally married opposite sex couples,” the Justice Department argued in a brief urging the high court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. The justices hear oral...
  • Texas To Block Cops From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

    02/24/2013 5:03:33 PM PST · by Windflier · 43 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 24 February 2013 | Tim Brown
    New legislation in the Texas State legislature, sponsored by Steve Toth (R-Dist. 15), looks to stop Texas law enforcement officials from confiscating so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. The legislation is called the Firearm Protection Act. Toth’s proposal would create a Class A misdemeanor for police officers enforcing any new federal gun regulations. It also would establish cause for the state attorney general to sue anyone who seeks to enforce new federal gun regulations. It is one of several states-rights measures being offered by conservative state lawmakers nationwide in response to federal gun control proposals. “There’s a federal law,...
  • CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'

    02/24/2013 5:02:49 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies
    CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media' By Noel Sheppard Created 02/24/2013 - 4:01pm Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday about the Obama administration's media strategy. Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media" (video follows with transcript and commentary): HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Bill Plante, you've been patrolling that building since Ronald Reagan. Does the White House press look a little self-involved,...
  • Original Language of the Book of Mormon: Upstate New York Dialect, King James English, or Hebrew?

    02/24/2013 5:01:01 PM PST · by Colofornian · 64 replies
    BYU Maxwell Institute ^ | 1994 | Royal Skousen
    ...the original text of the Book of Mormon contains expressions which seem inappropriate or improper in some of their uses. For example, in the original text a good many occurrences of the phrase "and it came to pass" are found in inappropriate contexts. In his editing for the 1837 edition, Joseph Smith removed at least 47 of these apparently extraneous uses of this well-worked phrase. In most cases, there were two or more examples of "it came to pass" in close proximity; in some cases, nothing new had "come to pass."
  • Gun Talk Radio 2/24/13

    02/24/2013 5:00:46 PM PST · by mylife · 48 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 2/24/13 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 2/24/13~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Health world braces for sequester

    02/24/2013 4:58:47 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    Health world braces for sequester By Sam Baker - 02/24/13 03:00 PM ET Every corner of the healthcare world has something — and potentially a lot — to lose from the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit the government on March 1. Doctors and hospitals say the sequester’s Medicare cuts will cost their industries more than 200,000 jobs just this year. A reduction in food inspections could lead to more food-borne illnesses, the White House has warned. And advocates for medical research say their work could be set back a generation. With the cuts looking increasingly inevitable,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Arthur Wermuth, Part 2 ~ February 25, 2013

    02/24/2013 4:58:04 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 70 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
      Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Arthur Wermuth "The One Man Army of Bataan" Part 2 - Heroes of Bataan Info from here.(Thank you to DeaconBenjamin for bringing this hero to our attention!)             The fighting along the Abucay Line that second week of January was fierce, brutal, and critical to the efforts to...
  • Green Anti-humanism

    02/24/2013 4:57:30 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    On February 11, 2013, the Denver Post ran a guest commentary of great clinical interest. In the piece in question, Colorado State University philosophy professor Philip Cafaro advanced the argument that immigration needs to be sharply cut, because otherwise people from Third World nations will come to the United States and become prosperous, thereby adding to global warming. “And make no mistake: Immigrants are not coming to the United States to remain poor,” warns the philosopher. “Those hundreds of millions of new citizens will want to live as well and consume energy at the same rates as other Americans. ....
  • Meow (vanity)

    02/24/2013 4:55:22 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 47 replies
    She Who Must Be Obeyed sent me a couple of cat pix, thought y'all might enjoy.
  • Joy Behar Rumored To Be Going To CNN

    02/24/2013 4:54:22 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 23, 2013 | By Noel Sheppard
    The comedienne and “The View” host was spotted at the network this week meeting with new honcho Jeff Zucker, and the meeting sparked speculation that Behar — a former “Larry King Live” guest host who then landed her own highly rated show on CNN’s HLN — is part of Zucker’s plans to rejuvenate the channel. Behar's HLN show was canceled in November 2011. She's been on Al Gore's Current TV - recently purchased by Al Jazeera - since last September. Is CNN the next stop?
  • An Ex-NBA Player Who Made $11 Million In His Career Refuses To Leave His Foreclosed Home

    02/24/2013 4:53:37 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Tony Manfred
    Ex-Sonics player Robert Swift has refused to leave his Seattle home after it was foreclosed on last summer, KOMO News in Seattle reports. Swift was drafted straight out of high school at age 19. He played three seasons for the Sonics and Thunder before falling out of the NBA, earning ~$11.5 million in salary. After he flamed out, he became one of the league's most notorious cautionary tales for the dangers of leaping straight from high school to the pros.
  • Earth's mantle helps hunt for fifth force of nature

    02/24/2013 4:51:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 19:00 21 February 2013 by | Jacob Aron
    Try using the entire Earth to hunt for a new fundamental force of nature. So say Larry Hunter of Amherst College in Massachusetts, and colleagues. They have created a map of the spins of electrons deep within the Earth's mantle, which could be used to reveal the as-yet-unseen force as well as the strange particles – known as "unparticles" – that might carry it. We currently know of four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces. The hypothetical fifth force can be thought of as a version of magnetism that does not weaken as quickly with...
  • Protestant scholar lauds Benedict's ecumenical strides

    02/24/2013 4:49:04 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Pasadena, Calif., Feb 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif. “I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition, told CNA Feb. 19. Robeck participated in the third inter-faith gathering at Assisi with Pope Benedict in 2011, and corresponded with him when he was still prefect of...
  • Germany: Whole New Neighbourhoods without Churches

    02/24/2013 4:29:07 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 22 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 1 October 2012 | Enza Ferreri
    In Germany, architecture is being "de-Christianized". Entire new neighbourhoods and urban areas are being built without a church in them: churches are just not planned in the projects, as if nobody even thought of them. The German Catholic news site Kreuz reports on this phenomenon with examples from an article by architecture critic Dankwart Guratzsch in the daily Die Welt. In Stuttgart, a large new district was built for 12,000 residents without a church. In Hamburg, another new neighbourhood for 12,000 residents was created without a church. Not only that: to realize this project, 19 churches were closed down, probably...
  • Senators near a deal on background checks for most private gun sales

    02/24/2013 4:24:50 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 51 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | February 23, 2013 | Ed O'Keefe
    A bipartisan group of senators is on the verge of a deal that would expand background checks to all private firearms sales with limited exemptions, but significant disagreements remain on the issue of keeping records of private gun sales, according to aides familiar with the talks.
  • QUESTION: Wat If ... God Sent A Plague Of Flys And The United States Didn't Notice

    02/24/2013 4:18:02 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 34 replies
    www.BibleStudyTools.com ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Yosemitest
    Here in eastern central Mississippi, the common house fly is the talk of the community. Fly paper is getting hard to buy, and plastic zip-lock bags full of water tacked to trees close to the doors of the houses, are seen everywhere. Maybe it's the wet season and the temperatures above freezing that have allowed the woods to bloom with house flies, because they're everywhere. Or maybe it's the scarceness of birds and bats, that consume the flies. Honey bees aren't as prevalent in the woods as they use to be, and black hornets are just as rare. Something is...
  • Radiation leaking from Iran's nuke explosion Islamic regime fears poisonous fallout clouds...

    02/24/2013 4:14:16 PM PST · by Red Steel · 42 replies
    wnd ^ | Feb 24, 2013 43 mins ago | Reza Kahlili
    Islamic regime fears poisonous fallout clouds could hit cities Radiation is leaking from Iran’s nuclear facility at Fordow, which suffered devastating explosions on Jan. 21, WND has learned, and the regime has ordered millions of antidote iodine pills from Russia and Ukraine amid fears the radioactivity will spread. Many of the personnel, who arrived after the explosion to assist with the cleanup at the site, have been taken to a military hospital suffering from headache, nausea and vomiting, according to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow. A special team of nuclear experts was ordered to the site days...
  • A National Day of Mourning for African Americans -- March 4, 2013

    02/24/2013 4:01:12 PM PST · by rkoliver · 17 replies
    A National Day of Mourning for African Americans -- March 4, 2013 by Robert Oliver The date of March 4 may not have any significance in the African-American community other than personal birthdays and wedding anniversaries. However, March 4, 2013 will mark the centennial of the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States. On that day President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration will be celebrated in Washington D.C. Why would March 4 and Woodrow Wilson be significant for African Americans? Wilson was a progressive Democrat and today is considered one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history. Many...
  • PA Officials Warn Obama Over Visiting Al-Aqsa

    02/24/2013 4:00:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Political and religious leaders in the Palestinian Authority on Sunday stressed that U.S. President Barack Obama should not visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem in a way that might compromise what they called its "Muslim sovereignty," AFP reports. Obama will be arriving in the region in the spring, and PA media has been speculating that he will visit the site of the mosque. The White House, however, has announced neither the dates of Obama's visit nor its itinerary. Sheikh Akrameh Sabri, head of the higher Islamic council and former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, said that Obama must enter through...
  • New Meme - Vanity

    02/24/2013 3:51:09 PM PST · by dsrtsage · 15 replies
    As we all know the left is constantly crushing us with the use of language, and conservatives constantly get outflanked because they seem to be incapable of making an effective communication of our ideas. Consequently, when it comes to tax arguments, the left is effective at generating class warfare because the "rich" do not pay enough. I want to change the meme on that argument from one which resolves around money (which is easily demagogued) to one about labor and time. People who own their own businesses or who are salary rarely if ever work your standard 40 hour work...
  • Cuban leader Raul Castro announces he will retire in 2018

    02/24/2013 3:44:34 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 24, 2013 | Marc Frank
    Cuban leader Raul Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. In a surprise move, the new parliament named as his first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel, a member of the political...