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  • Russians drive over North Pole to Canada

    05/19/2013 6:53:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | Saturday, 18 May, 2013
    In a world first, an exploration team has proved that it's possible to drive from Russia to Canada. To achieve this feat, the team from Russia used modified buses with huge tires to carry them across the frozen wastes. In a trip that took them over two-and-a-half months, the explorers traveled over 4,000km at an average of 10km per hour. The journey began at the Russian archipelago Severnaya Zemlya and ended at Resolute Bay in the Canadian far north.
  • Toomey is open to reviving background-check bill

    05/19/2013 6:52:57 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 41 replies ^ | 5/17/2013 | Jonathan Tamari
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hasn't given up on his bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, he said Thursday, signaling more willingness to return to the plan than he had publicly shown before. "If we could find a way to bring some more folks on board, then of course it would be worth bringing it up again," Toomey said in an interview. While he has largely returned his focus to the fiscal issues he has long been associated with, he said he still occasionally talked privately with fellow senators about the background-check bill that was defeated...
  • NYT's Peters 'Cleans Up' Jonathan Weisman's Original Report on Friday's IRS Scandal Hearing

    05/19/2013 6:52:13 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Clearly, the New York Times couldn't run with Jonathan Weisman's headline or opening sentence in the report he filed shortly after Friday's portion of Friday's testimony at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee in its Saturday print edition. And it didn't. The original headline at Weisman's story, as seen here (HT Ann Althouse via Instapundit), was "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says." His opening sentence: "The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for...
  • Jackson wins GOP nomination for lieutenant governor

    05/19/2013 6:45:42 AM PDT · by 103198 · 128 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 5/19/2013 | 103198
    E.W. Jackson, a minister and attorney from Chesapeake, pulled off a stunning upset last night, topping six rivals for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Jackson fended off a late charge by Pete Snyder, a Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur, capping an epic four-ballot battle at the Richmond Coliseum that lasted nearly 10 hours.
  • The Green Enemies of Humanity, Science and the Truth

    05/19/2013 6:41:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 5/19/2013 | Alan Caruba
    Among the greatest liars on Earth today is the international organization called Friends of the Earth (FOE). It has engaged in the most scurrilous fear-mongering for decades, along with Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund, while all the time they pulled in billions in funding.
  • Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income

    05/19/2013 6:36:17 AM PDT · by mkmensinger · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-13
    "More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data."
  • Lottery officials confirm lone winning record Powerball ticket (590 Million Dollars !)

    05/19/2013 6:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/19/2013
    <p>It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.</p> <p>The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.</p>
  • What IRS Scandal?

    05/19/2013 6:28:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/19/2013 | Austin Hill
    “Is this still America?” Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) asked rhetorically last Friday, as he and other members of the House Ways and Means Committee questioned IRS officials about the agency’s “targeting” scandal. With all due respect to the Congressman, here’s a rhetorical answer: this is Obama’s America, and it is unlike anything we’ve known before. And here are, perhaps, a couple of more pertinent questions that we should all be asking right now: do sufficient numbers of Americans actually see how our country has been transformed over the past four years or so, and do sufficient numbers of us care...
  • Veteran lawyers: No clear-cut abuse by DOJ

    05/19/2013 6:27:50 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-18-2013 | James HohMann
    ... But veteran prosecutors have a far more measured response: It’s complicated. These lawyers recognize the threats to a free press but say the dangers of national security leaks — and the difficulties in finding the leakers — sometimes force the government’s hand. The actions of the Obama administration were unusual and deserve careful scrutiny, they say, but do not automatically equal a clear-cut abuse of power. “I don’t think it’s a scandal,” said John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel who served jail time for his role in the Watergate cover-up. “It’s certainly not Nixonian.” (snip) Former Attorney General...
  • Oxford sex abuse victim: 'At first they treat you like a princess'

    05/19/2013 6:26:56 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 14 May 2013 16.00 EDT | Amelia Hill
    One of the victims who gave evidence in court against the Oxford child sexual exploitation ring has told the Guardian how she was groomed, raped and trafficked while in the care of Oxfordshire county council. Girl C's abuse began just after her 13th birthday. By the age of 14, the gang had got her addicted to hard drugs and was regularly trafficking the teenager across the country to be raped by strangers. By 16, Girl C was pregnant, not by one of the convicted men. She finally managed to escape only after her son was born, when the gang threatened...
  • The End of Competition

    05/19/2013 6:26:46 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, May 18, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, May 18, 2013 The End of Competition Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 0 Comments The American Dream does not actually require a red, white and blue flag or a dream. What it requires is a willingness to accept messiness. Messiness is another word for chaos. And no one likes chaos. Chaos means that in the richest country in the world some people will be illiterate, others will be homeless and some will accidentally set themselves on fire because the fireworks don't come with enough safety warnings. Those aren't good things. They're not things that governments...
  • Netanyahu: Israel Acting to Deny Hizbullah Syrian Arms

    05/19/2013 6:25:15 AM PDT · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/19/2013 | Arutz Sheva staff
    Israel is acting to prevent Syrian weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hizbullah and will continue to do so, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, AFP reports. His remarks came two weeks after air strikes near Damascus that were widely attributed to Israel, which a senior Israeli source said were aimed at preventing the transfer of sophisticated Iranian arms to Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shiite ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Netanyahu said the Middle East was going through its most sensitive period for decades, with the conflict in Syria at the center of the turmoil. "We are closely following developments and...
  • Mayor Bloomberg: Skip College and Become Plumbers

    05/19/2013 6:23:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/18/2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    At an event on Friday the Mayor of New York City put his foot in his mouth…again. Michael Bloomberg attempted to give mediocre high school students some advice: skip college and become plumbers. He said students who were not above average should learn how to be plumbers instead of reaching for a career that would involve going to a prestigious college and obtaining a degree. The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren’t rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class. Compare a plumber to going to Harvard...
  • Imus, John Batchelor returning to Boston area radio

    05/19/2013 6:14:15 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Radio Watch ^ | 5/18/13 | Mark Schnyder
    The I-Man returneth. Iconic radio and TV talk-show star Don Imus, 72, will be back on the air in Boston area on WBNW 1120, beginning Monday May 20. As part of an affiliation agreement signed last week with Cumulus Media Networks which nationally syndicates Imus, WBNW 1120 will air his show from 6am to 8am. Imus has been off Boston airwaves for more than 2 years now.(BRW 1/11/2011). In addition to Imus, WBNW 1120 will be airing another Cumulus' product - The John Batchelor show will be heard from 9pm to 1am. As you may recall, Batchelor aired on now-defunct...
  • The cavalry still rides . [Fort Huachuca's B Troop honors those who went before]

    05/19/2013 6:11:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    The days of the old horse cavalry of the U.S. Army are generally now only seen in movies. But on Fort Huachuca those days of the late 1800s are still alive through the all-volunteer B Troop, 4th Cavalry Regiment (Memorial), honoring a unit which served on the post at various times from 1884 to 1912. Unlike the days of old when the unit protected settlers when America’s westward expansion was at its highest a few years after the end of the Civil War, today’s mission of the small unit is to honor and remember those B Troopers — and by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earth's Richat Structure

    05/19/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    NASA ^ | May 19, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What on Earth is that? The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is easily visible from space because it is nearly 50 kilometers across. Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure's flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise. The possibility that the Richat Structure was formed by a volcanic eruption also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock. Rather, the layered sedimentary rock of the Richat structure is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. The above image...
  • City bra ban doesn't hold up

    05/19/2013 5:53:57 AM PDT · by tje · 52 replies
    Journel Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2013 | Jim Stingl
    Stripped of the bras that decorated the tavern's ceiling for nearly half a century, the Holler House looked mighty naked. But on Thursday, justice was restored to the universe. A ridiculous city order to ban the bras as a fire hazard was rescinded. "Oh my goodness, we won," cried Marcy Skowronski, the always colorful 87-year-old owner of the south side bar. "We're going to have a party to throw the bras back up."
  • Gun Rights Speaker Forcefully Ejected from NJ Public Hearing (VIDEO)

    05/19/2013 5:52:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 5/17/2013 | Chris Mandia
    Tensions were high as both sides of the gun control aisle spoke during a Senate Law and Public Safety Committee held earlier this month in Trenton, NJ. As the hearing progressed, gun-rights supporters grew frustrated at the legislators move to amp measures that would only pertain to law-abiding gun owners and not the criminals they aimed to stop. In a particularly heated exchanged, 2nd Amendment advocate James Kaleda, 36, was asked to keep his comments relative to bills being heard. “I am on the bill. And I will be heard,” Kaleda said. But Committee Chairman Donald Norcross (D-Camden) called Kaleda...
  • Michelle Obama ditches her bangs

    05/19/2013 5:50:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 71 replies
    Michelle Obama ditches her bangs By Emily Goodin - 05/17/13 12:23 PM ET Michelle Obama's much-talked-about bangs are gone. The first lady debuted a new 'do on Friday during her commencement address at Bowie State University. Her bangs, which she called her midlife crisis, were grown out and parted to the side with her hair slightly longer, touching her shoulders. No word on whether that means the crisis is over. However, in April, she told "Entertainment Tonight" that her bangs were getting "irritating." "The bangs are a day-by-day proposition. They're starting to grow out, getting a little irritating," she said....

    05/19/2013 5:48:20 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/19/43 | Sidney Shalett, Robert Trumbull, Raymond Daniell, Daniel T. Brigham, Hanson W. Baldwin, Arthur Krock
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