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  • EU diplomats urge financial sanctions on Israeli settlers

    02/27/2013 12:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 15:16 | Andrew Rettman
    Senior EU diplomats have called for financial sanctions and travel bans on Israeli settlers in a last-ditch effort to save the Middle East peace process. An internal report by EU countries’ consuls general in Jerusalem and Ramallah—seen by EUobserver—says member states should "prevent … financial transactions, including foreign direct investment from within the EU, in support of settlement activities, infrastructure and services.” It adds that individual EU states should “explore the possibility of denying entry to known settler radicals.” It also calls for EU guidelines on retail labels for settler-made products, such as wine or cosmetics, in order to “guarantee...
  • Video: Would High Capacity Magazine Restrictions Really Work?

    02/27/2013 12:30:38 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Firearms101usa
    Demonstration - Reloading pistols and rifles using various capacity magazines. 'New York' reload also demonstrated.
  • Papabile of the Day: The Men Who Could Be Pope - Cardinal Luis Tagle

    02/27/2013 12:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    NCR ^ | February 22, 2013 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila after becoming a cardinal in November (CNS/Paul Haring) One could make a pretty strong argument that nobody's chances of becoming the next pope benefit more from Benedict XVI's resignation than those of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines.Under ordinary circumstances, Tagle's youth would be seen as an almost insuperable bar to election. At 55, he's three years younger than John Paul II was when he was elected in 1978, so a vote for Tagle would be tantamount to a vote for another long papacy, perhaps as much as 30 years.Tagle actually looks...
  • A More Modern Way of Living

    02/27/2013 12:22:07 PM PST · by RobertClark · 4 replies
    Carteret County New Times ^ | 01/29/13 | Unknown
    This was printed in the January 29, 2013 edition of the Carteret County New-Times in N.C. The publication later prefaced the online version to read: The following Letter to the Editor, published in the Jan. 23 edition, has gone viral on the Web after a reader linked it to a Fox News Facebook page. It has received more than 4,000 comments and has been shared more than 12,000 times the [the following week].
  • Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

    02/27/2013 12:14:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2013 | AllahPundit
    What's on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 27, 2013 Hard to know why without knowing who her insurer is, but I can think of two possibilities. You all know the first. Force companies to make insurance benefits more comprehensive and to expand coverage to people with preexisting conditions and you'll force them to make up the cost somewhere. The only (mild) surprise in Brazile's case is that, as is so often true under Obamanomics, it's young...
  • Three steps: How the Dems plan to make Texas a battleground state by 2016

    02/27/2013 12:08:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/27/2013 | Christopher Bedford
    On Tuesday morning, the Democrats launched an independent group called Battleground Texas, which is capable of making the Lone Star state a battleground by 2016 and a lean-Democrat state by 2024, effectively breaking the back of the national GOP and blocking a Republican path to the White House. Yes — that Texas: The state that has not elected a single statewide Democratic official in 10 years, with Republicans going 100-0; the state that has had an entirely Republican government since 2002, with current super majorities in the legislature; and the state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since Jimmy...
  • World+Dog don't care about climate change, never have done--It's the economy, stupid -....

    02/27/2013 12:04:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 27th February 2013 06:14 GMT | Lewis Page
    Free whitepaper – An In-Depth Guide for Data Center Transformation Seventeen years of continuous surveys covering countries around the world show that people not only do not care about climate change today - understandably prioritising economic misery - they also did not care about climate change even back when times were good. The new information comes in a study released by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago - a large, long-standing and respected non-profit. The results are based on surveys which began in 1993, back in the boom times, and “are the first and only surveys...
  • FATHER BARRON TO REPORT ON PAPAL ABDICATION (NBC & MSNBC)

    02/27/2013 12:03:29 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    wordonfire ^ | February 27, 2013 | Fr. Robert Barron
    Father Barron will be teaming up with NBC and MSNBC to report on the events at the Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI abdicates the papacy this Thursday, February 28th. On the blog, we will keep you informed of upcoming media appearances as they are announced. Please keep the Pope—and the Cardinals who will soon elect a new pope—in your prayers during this time of transition. Look for Father Barron Wednesday (2/27) and Thursday (2/28) on MSNBC throughout the day with ongoing coverage. He will be on the national broadcast and on local NBC affiliates off-and-on throughout the morning, beginning at...
  • The Children in the White House and Congress

    02/27/2013 12:02:34 PM PST · by kathsua · 1 replies
    Lawrence Journal world ^ | February 27, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    President Barack Obama's approach to the spending cut issue is like a child who suggests that if his family needs to reduce expenses it should stop buying fruits and vegetables while continuing to purchase cookies and potato chips. Obama and his playmates in Congress have responded to the issue of cutting spending by proposing elimination of essential spending such as meat inspectors instead of nonessential spending such as grants to local governments for purely local matters. Instead of trying to work with Congress to arrange some type of compromise, Obama is running around like a chicken with its head cut...
  • Just one week until #DamascusCountdown releases. Here's a sneak preview (Joel C. Rosenberg)

    02/27/2013 12:01:02 PM PST · by cdga5for4
    Joel Rosenberg Flashtraffic ^ | February 27, 2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Just one week from today — Tuesday, March 5th — Damascus Countdown releases. This international political thriller is the last novel in a trilogy that includes The Twelfth Imam and The Tehran Initiative. The series focuses on David Shirazi, an Iranian-born operative for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Shirazi has been sent undercover to Tehran to identify and sabotage the Ayatollah’s top secret nuclear weapons program, a program that is being developed in coordination with North Korea. Meanwhile, even as an American President realizes he has waited too long to stop Iran, he pressures Israeli leaders not to take action...
  • Just one week until #DamascusCountdown releases. Here's a sneak preview (Joel C. Rosenberg)

    02/27/2013 12:00:48 PM PST · by cdga5for4 · 1 replies
    Joel Rosenberg Flashtraffic ^ | February 27, 2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Just one week from today — Tuesday, March 5th — Damascus Countdown releases. This international political thriller is the last novel in a trilogy that includes The Twelfth Imam and The Tehran Initiative. The series focuses on David Shirazi, an Iranian-born operative for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Shirazi has been sent undercover to Tehran to identify and sabotage the Ayatollah’s top secret nuclear weapons program, a program that is being developed in coordination with North Korea. Meanwhile, even as an American President realizes he has waited too long to stop Iran, he pressures Israeli leaders not to take action...
  • The Government's in the Very Best of Paws.{Attempted satire]

    02/27/2013 11:58:57 AM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 27, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Recognizing his superior wisdom, President Obama has delegated all tasks that involve governing to First Dog Bo. Peace in our time is finally coming. Down, Barry! I've got work to do.Anyone with two or more family dogs recognizes that, in many ways, they are wiser than humans. When a weak dog encounters a possibly hostile strong dog, he does not fight or even try to run away. Instead, he rolls over on his back to expose his soft underbelly and may wag his tail, universally understood signs of wishful trust and hence of submission. Our new Secretary of Defense (along...
  • Benghazi talking points e-mails a bust?

    02/27/2013 11:56:29 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-27-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee finally received yesterday what they had demanded for months — and it may have turned into an anti-climax. The White House allowed access to internal e-mails of the Obama administration regarding the preparation of talking points for Susan Rice after the attack on our Benghazi consulate, which some suspected would show that the Obama administration had changed the information to downplay terrorism as the basis of the attack. According to Chad Pergram at Fox, though, the e-mails don’t show anything like that (via Kevin Glass): Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee today received a...
  • Breathable nail polish a surprise hit with Muslims

    02/27/2013 11:53:56 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | February 27, 2013 | VANESSA GERA
    For Zaida Saleh, like for many observant Muslim women, manicures have long posed a religious problem. With prayers five times a day, and a pre-prayer ritual that requires washing the hands and arms, traditional fingernail polish has been mostly off limits because it prevents water from making contact with the nails. A new "breathable" nail polish by a Polish company, Inglot, is changing that. The company and some Muslims say the polish is the first of its kind because it lets air and moisture pass through to the nail. A craze has built up around it with Muslim women in...
  • American student is punished after she refused to salute the Mexican flag

    02/27/2013 11:52:30 AM PST · by massmike · 60 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 02/27/2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem. Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country. Ironically, the...
  • Democrats Complain About Presence Of Debt Clock On Capitol Hill [VIDEO]

    02/27/2013 11:50:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | February 27, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    Some members of Congress apparently don’t like to be reminded about how much debt the country continues to rack up.
  • Global Warming to Endanger Breakfast by 2080!!!

    02/27/2013 11:49:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 27, 2013 | Guest Post by David Middleton
    Guest Post by David MiddletonFirst it was wheat and now it’s coffee. What’s next? Bacon & eggs?This is nothing but alarmist nonsense… Researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia looked at how climate change might make some land unsuitable for Arabica plants, which are highly vulnerable to temperature change and other dangers including pests and disease. They came up with a best-case scenario that predicts a 38 per cent reduction in land capable of yielding Arabica by 2080. The worst-case scenario puts the loss at between 90 per...
  • Malt Shop Rebellion: Albuquerque restaurant defies minimum wage law

    02/27/2013 11:48:56 AM PST · by woofie · 26 replies
    Capitol Report New Mexico ^ | February 21st, 2013
    Folk heroes to some, villains to others, the owners of the Route 66 Malt Shop in Albuquerque have refused to abide by the city’s recently adopted minimum wage ordinance. The increase, they say, would bury their 18-year-old small business. “We had the choice to close the business and destroy 18 years of blood, sweat and tears and hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years … and fire 12 people or disobey the law,” Eric Szeman told New Mexico Watchdog after a busy lunch-time rush. “The law’s the law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the liberal activist group Progress...
  • Police: No charges expected in self-defense shooting death

    02/27/2013 11:45:16 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jim Mustian
    No charges are expected to be filed against a man who fatally shot an intruder trying to force his way into his residence late Saturday, Baton Rouge police said Tuesday. The resident, Kurt Anderson, exchanged gunfire with Anthony Taylor, a 20-year-old man who tried to break into the home at 3875 Topeka St., police said. Police Lt. Don Kelly said Anderson had not been expecting anyone late Saturday night and armed himself with a handgun before opening the door for Taylor. Taylor, the only person struck in the exchange of gunfire, ran and collapsed a short distance away, Kelly said....
  • Defying Boycotts, Jagger, Stones, to Honor Israel’s 65th Birthday (Hoax)

    02/27/2013 11:42:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Joshua Pundit ^ | 2/27/13 | Rob
    In spite of a concerted campaign by 'anti-Zionists', the Rolling Stones have announced they have no intention of cancelling their planned concert in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day, Monday, April 15. “We’ve been slammed and smacked and twittered a lot by the anti-Israeli side,” said Mick Jagger, the band’s leader and most recognizable member since 1963. “All I can say is: anything worth doing is worth overdoing. So we decided to add a concert on Tuesday.” Needless to say, tickets to both concerts, Monday night in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem and Tuesday night in Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, have been...
  • Insulin levels wax and wane daily - Modern life may clash with hormone’s natural cycle

    02/27/2013 11:40:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Science News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Like the sun, insulin levels rise and fall in a daily rhythm. Disrupting that cycle may contribute to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Many body systems follow a daily clock known as a circadian rhythm. Body temperature, blood pressure and the release of many hormones are on circadian timers. But until now, no one had shown that insulin — a hormone that helps control how the body uses sugars for energy — also has a daily cycle. Working with mice, researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have found that rodents are more sensitive to insulin’s effects at certain...
  • Harry Reid Cites "Lincoln" And "Django Unchained" At Rosa Parks Ceremony

    02/27/2013 11:40:12 AM PST · by drpix · 18 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 2/27/13 | andrew kaczynski
    The Senate majority leader said, “It's significant that 150 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, we are still considering in film, in photo, in art, and activism how to eradicate slavery's unsavory successors.” Reid was speaking at a ceremony unveiling Rosa Parks' statue in the Capitol...
  • Dr. Carson: White House Repeatedly Asked for Advanced Copies of Speech Before Prayer Breakfast

    02/27/2013 11:34:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    fox ^ | 2/27/13 | Molly K. Hooper, The Hill
    <p>The White House repeatedly asked Ben Carson for his speech before the rising Republican star criticized President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month.</p> <p>Carson, a prominent neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, declined to do so, noting that he doesn’t put his speeches down on paper beforehand.</p>
  • Group doubles-down on ad challenging McConnell on his position against assault weapons ban

    02/27/2013 11:34:28 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    A liberal group is again challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s position on gun control in a commercial that began running Monday in Kentucky and Washington in advance of the Senate’s next hearing on guns. The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is spending $100,000 to run the ad for at least a week. It began airing Monday in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah markets plus Washington, D.C., as the Senate’s Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Wednesday on the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.” It features Edmonson County resident Gary Nutt telling viewers that, as a hunter, he doesn’t see...
  • 'Islamization' of Paris a Warning to the West [VIDEO]

    02/27/2013 11:29:43 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 8 replies
    CBN News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Dale Hurd
    The French have become increasingly fed up with what they see as the growing Islamization of France. Watch video here: http://www.cbn.com/tv/1432527833001
  • America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says

    02/27/2013 11:29:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says 2:01pm EST By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Wednesday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, and promised to renew old U.S. alliances and forge new ones without attempting to "dictate" to the world. Addressing Pentagon employees shortly after a small, closed-door swearing-in ceremony, Hagel spoke optimistically, if vaguely, about global challenges ahead and the importance of American leadership abroad. "We can't dictate to the world. But we must engage the world. We must lead with our allies,"...
  • WWII Purple Heart found inside flea market record player

    02/27/2013 11:28:44 AM PST · by Kartographer · 2 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | 2/21/13 | Dana Wachter
    A Purple Heart, earned by a fallen Upstate soldier in World War II, has been returned to his family 70 years later. The piece was found last October, rattling inside a record player bought at the Anderson Jockey lot. The finder wanted to find the rightful heirs to Sgt. James Carithers' honor, so he searched online and found a website, Genealogytrails.com. Folks there connected him to an Upstate high schooler. Seventeen year-old Andrew Staton made the connection.
  • Toomey offers Obama flexibility on spending cuts

    02/27/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | February 26, 2013 | Colby Itkowitz
    WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking on the sequester, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has crafted an alternative plan that would give President Barack Obama discretion over where to cut $85 billion in annual federal spending. As of now, the across-the-board cuts set to take effect Friday would slice many domestic and defense programs indiscriminately. Toomey, a Republican, contends that the spending cuts should go forward, but there should be some license over where the cuts are made. For Democrats, the plan is a non-starter. And some Senate Republicans are reportedly pushing back against Toomey's proposal as well, uncomfortable with...
  • Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

    02/27/2013 11:22:49 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | 26th February 2013 16:04 GMT | Lewis Page
    Last out of the windpower future turn out the lights … Oh The realistic limits on wind power are probably much lower than scientists have suggested, according to new research, so much so that the ability of wind turbines to have any serious impact on energy policy may well be in doubt. Even if money were no object, the human race would hit Peak Wind output at a much lower level than has previously been thought. The wind power future ... where the lights never even turn on This new and gloomy analysis for global wind power comes from Professor...
  • ZOT! Signs that the NRA is losing

    02/27/2013 11:21:30 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 65 replies
    Chi Trib ^ | 2-27 | Clarence Page
    Now that they're facing Washington's first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws — as in "straw" purchases. That's the slang for someone who legally buys a firearm from a licensed gun dealer, then sells it to someone whose criminal or mental health record prohibits them from making a legal purchase. The National Rifle Association's official position favors prosecuting straw purchasers, but defends allowing sales at gun shows without background checks from private dealers. In the 1990s, you may recall, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, supported universal...
  • 'Catholic guilt' is a myth - but puritanism is alive and well, says study

    02/27/2013 11:21:21 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 27 Feb 2013 | John Bingham
    The findings emerge from research into the notion of guilt by academics at the Religion and Society Programme, an academic unit based at Lancaster University which organises the regular Westminster Faith Debates. The research included a YouGov poll of more than 4,000 people of various religious persuasions, including atheists, who were asked whether they would feel guilty if they used contraception, had an affair or sex before marriage and other issues. Only 12 per cent of practising Catholics and nine per cent of nominal Catholics polled said they would feel any guilt about using contraception, despite the Church’s strong stance...
  • OSHA promises to protect workers who report healthcare reform law violations

    02/27/2013 11:20:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/27/13 | Megan R. Wilson
    Workers who blow the whistle on violations of the healthcare law will be protected from retaliation by the federal government, according to new rules issued on Wednesday. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is encouraging people to turn in employers who fail to abide by the rules set in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the rules would shield whistleblowers who report employers who are blocking access to healthcare tax credits or denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. In the 58-page interim rule, OSHA notes that the healthcare law could “create an incentive for an employer to retaliate against...
  • Some distinctly non-canonical musings on the status of an ex-pope

    02/27/2013 11:16:20 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    canonlawblog ^ | February 26, 2013 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Aside from the resignation itself—the canonical legality of which is incontestable—Pope Benedict’s startling decision to leave office has occasioned much confusion in Rome and around the Catholic world. The simple fact is that the Catholic Church, at every level, has virtually no experience in dealing with ex-popes. Beyond the barest of canonical points (c. 332 § 2), almost everything about Benedict’s future—his status under law (canonical and international), title(s), appropriate dress, relations with peers (assuming he has any), and so on and so on and so on—must be fashioned practically from scratch. One should not assume that any announcements...
  • Killing Me Softly: Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program, and why you should be concerned about it

    02/27/2013 11:13:55 AM PST · by Buggman · 11 replies
    Various | 2/27/2013 | Michael Bugg
    Those of you outside the medical services industry have probably never heard the phrases “DME” (Durable Medical Equipment) or the more formal DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies). You’ve also probably never heard of Medicare’s DMEPOS Competitive Bidding program, and now that I’ve said it, your first thought is probably, “Hey, bringing competition to the medical marketplace! That sounds like a great idea! After all, competition brings down prices while improving service, right? So who could be opposed to that?” Well, a lot of us, actually. Not because we’re evil monopolists bent on holding onto our little fiefdoms...
  • Is Chris Christie finished in the GOP?

    02/27/2013 11:12:24 AM PST · by South40 · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/27/2013 | Harold Maass
    The popular New Jersey governor angers conservatives — again — by announcing he'll go along with ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, still in the GOP dog house for saying nice things about President Obama's handling of Superstorm Sandy mere days before the November election, angered conservative critics once again this week by announcing that he would expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. The news came as the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual enclave of the nation's conservatives, said they didn't invite Christie to this year's gathering because he has a "limited future" in the...
  • Donna Brazile Doesn't Know Why Her Health Insurance Premium Went Up

    02/27/2013 11:10:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/27/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Donna Brazile tweeted that her insurance premium went up and she doesn't know why, and I am not kidding. I literally am not kidding. Donna Brazile, a tweet, "What's on your menu? I just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer." Now, for those of you who do not know who Donna Brazile is (and there may well indeed be many of you who don't), Donna Brazile is a Democrat campaign specialist. She is one of the ranking unelected Democrats in the country. She ran...
  • Catholic Expert Details 'Huge Homosexual Underground in the Church'

    02/27/2013 11:10:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/26/13 | John-Henry Westen
    KRAKOW, February 26, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) - A recent paper by a Ph.D. priest from Poland has been circling the globe in recent weeks and given heightened prominence by the recent revelations of a Vatican inquiry into a “gay mafia” inside the Vatican. “Standing with the Pope against homoheresy,” was written in late 2012 by Fr. Dariusz Oko, Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow and Assistant Professor at the John Paul II Pontifical University in Krakow. Fr. Oko notes that his discovery of a “huge homosexual underground in the Church” came from his work in philosophical criticism of homosexual...
  • The real nature of things with David Suzuki

    02/27/2013 11:08:55 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    Sun News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Jessica Hume
    You can tell a lot about a person by the way they respond to being challenged. Those with courage of conviction and the confidence that comes with real intellect will back their positions and rise to the occasion. Those whose sense of ego is mightier than their strength of character will retreat, resort to insults or not respond altogether. So when David Suzuki – environmental guru, would-be benevolent dictator and all-around perfect human – arrived in Ottawa Tuesday evening to tell a church filled with a paying audience what a sustainable future looks like, he shocked his own loyal supporters...
  • Instead Of Cutting Waste Obama Uses Sequester Cuts To Give A Gift To One Of His Constituencies

    02/27/2013 11:07:02 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-27-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This. Is. Real. And everyone needs to know it. Get the full story at Fox News, with some great commentary at Hot Air.
  • The Ex-Gay Problem: You Can Never Leave?

    02/27/2013 11:06:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2013 | Christopher Doyle
    "You Can Check-Out Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave." So says the Eagles' song Hotel California . Ironically, this memorable phrase in that 1976 classic hit has lasting implications for all those wishing to leave the gay life. I am careful to say "life" and not "lifestyle" so not to offend any gay and lesbian reading this who may be quick to cast me as a homophobe or hate-monger. The truth is no one simply chooses to have same-sex attractions (SSA). These feelings are the result of many factors, mostly environmental and familial, mixed-in with one genetic factor,...
  • Sea Shepherd whale activists called pirates, lose ruling by 9th Circuit judges

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2013 | Richard Reed
    Video and slideshow at link. A federal appeals court panel has branded a Northwest anti-whaling group "pirates," ordering a halt to attacks on Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters. The outspoken opinion, which reads at times more like "Moby Dick" than a court decision, hands a victory to Miller Nash, a Portland law firm that took the controversial step of representing Japan's whale hunters . The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion issued late Monday is also unusual for ordering the transfer of a lower-court judge from the case, finding that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones made "numerous, serious...
  • Feinstein's 'assault weapon' ban goes to committee, as bans become irrelevant

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 February, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called "assault weapons," and "to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited," will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics (and intimidate our congressional "allies") beyond anything we have ever...
  • Benedict’s Men: U.S. Vocations Strengthen During His Eight-Year Papacy

    02/27/2013 11:01:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/26/13 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    Seminarians and young priests credit the Holy Father’s example of fidelity with opening their own hearts to the call of Christ.WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy may have lasted eight years, but the retiring Holy Father and his reforms have left their mark on the American priesthood and sparked a new uptick in vocations. Father Michael Roche, 34, remembers when he left his desk at a Pittsburgh accounting firm to watch the news of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s election to the papacy in 2005. “I was just thrilled and filled with tremendous joy,” Father Roche recalled. He had walked away from...
  • Google, Facebook, Amazon Among 200 Businesses Filing Brief Supporting Gay Marriage

    02/27/2013 11:01:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    More than 200 of the biggest businesses in America, including Google and Microsoft, said on Wednesday that they will file a brief in support of gay marriage with the Supreme Court. Yahoo News reported that those companies include Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Starbucks Corp, Pfizer Inc, Amazon.com, Citigroup Inc. and Thomson Reuters Corp, among others. Facebook, Morgan Stanley and Intel have already announced their support for gay marriage. The Supreme Court will take a look at two separate cases on March 26 and March 27 that will examine Proposition 8, the California law that banned gay marriage in 2008, as...
  • Pope has 'cleaned up the episcopate,' nuncio says

    02/27/2013 11:01:02 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 22, 2013
    Throughout his eight-year papacy, Pope Benedict XVI has “carried out a cleansing of the episcopate,” said the apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan.“This Pope has removed two or three bishops per month throughout the world because either the accounts in their dioceses were a mess or their discipline was a disaster,” said Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendia during a Feb. 20 address at the University of San Pablo in Madrid.“The nuncio went to these bishops and said, ‘The Holy Father is asking you for the good of the Church to resign from your post.’”  Nearly all of these bishops, when...
  • Obama will finally meet with Congressional leaders on sequester

    02/27/2013 10:57:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    After traveling for more than two weeks and 5200 miles to gripe about the sequester and the supposedly "massive" cuts they impose on federal discretionary spending, Barack Obama will finally talk with people who can do something about it. Apparently, though, the cuts may not be all that bad after all, since Obama won't bother to meet with Congressional leaders about the sequester until after it hits, as ABC's Jonathan Karl reports (via the Daily Caller): They are finally going to have a meeting.A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells me the top four congressional leaders –...
  • FReepathon Thread XIX - Time to Put This Baby to Bed!

    02/27/2013 10:52:36 AM PST · by musicman · 503 replies
  • DOJ seeks deportation of family persecuted in Germany for homeschooling

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/27/13 | Paul Mirengoff
    From William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we learn about the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children: The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. In the United States, the right to homeschool ones’ own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law. The Romeikes fled to the United States in 2008 after they faced mounting fines and the...
  • Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre': BJP

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    New Delhi - Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has financed problems in Pakistan is "outlandish, bizarre and baseless," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He also expressed surprise over Hagel giving a clean to Pakistan, which has harboured in the backyard of its military base al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for killing of...
  • Supreme Court upholds Canada’s hate speech laws in case involving anti-gay crusader

    02/27/2013 10:45:20 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 9 replies
    http://news.nationalpost.com/ ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | J Brean
    Canada’s human rights hate speech laws are a constitutionally valid limit on freedom of expression, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in a landmark judgment. The judgment in the case of William Whatcott of Saskatchewan reaffirms the Canadian approach to hate speech, that it can be limited by law to address the problem of hate speech, unlike the American approach, in which speech cannot be limited except in the most extreme circumstances. But it upheld the controversial legal concept of speech that is “likely to expose” certain groups to hatred. “The difficulty of establishing causality and the seriousness of the...