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  • (ITEOTWAWKI) ... Zombie Pigeons Invade Moscow

    08/20/2013 6:55:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2013 | James Marson
    Zombie Pigeons Invade Moscow MOSCOW–This summer, zombie birds have come to Russia’s capital. In what some might compare to a horror film–or even a sign of the apocalypse–the streets of Moscow have been littered with dead and sick pigeons in the past week. Videos posted on the Internet show pigeons twisting their necks, walking backward in circles or standing completely still with their heads on the ground. Muscovites are calling them “zombie pigeons.” Corpses of those that don’t survive have been spotted across the city. Russia’s chief sanitary official, Gennady Onishchenko, said Friday that veterinarians had concluded the pigeons were...
  • Former Md. lottery employee pleads guilty to stealing, redeeming scratch-off tickets

    08/20/2013 6:52:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/20/2013
    <p>A former Maryland Lottery employee pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to stealing more than $99,000 worth of scratch-off tickets and redeeming them for $67,000, authorities said.</p> <p>Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian used his position as a sales representative for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to steal more than 7,500 lottery tickets from nine Anne Arundel retailers between June 2008 and February 2012, according to the Maryland attorney general’s office. He pleaded guilty last week.</p>
  • Teens Charged in Alleged Thrill Kill

    08/20/2013 6:44:48 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/20/2013 | FoxNews
    Prosecutors on Tuesday charged two teenagers accused of gunning down an Australian student in Oklahoma for the “fun of it” with first-degree murder, and a third teen with being an accessory. Officials say 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Okla., after visiting his girlfriend on Friday when he was shot in the back, allegedly by the teens. Terri Moore from the Stephens County Courthouse says 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna and 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr. were charged as adults with first-degree murder. Both...
  • Airman Punished for Opposing Gay Marriage Files Complaint

    08/20/2013 6:42:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    An airman who was relieved of his duties after he told his commanding officer that he could not support gay marriage has filed a formal complaint with the military alleging he is the victim of religious discrimination. Senior Master Sgt. Monk, a 19-year veteran of the Air Force was punished after he disagreed with his commander when she wanted to severely reprimand an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. “I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say...
  • Behind China's shadow banking system

    08/20/2013 6:41:58 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    CNBC ^ | 08/20/2013 | Eunice Yoon
    Off-balance-sheet loans are at the heart of China's shadow banking system, a $6 trillion annual industry. The government has taken steps to coordinate regulation and improve oversight of the financial system—an effort to get a handle on the size and scope of the shadow market. Many of these shadow loans come from banks, but not all of them—even private citizens are lending out their savings to companies looking for extra cash. The questions about the Chinese banking system add to broad concerns about the country's economy. Some skeptics take issue with the government's economic data making the country appear stronger...
  • Pacifica Radio Archives gets $128,000 grant to preserve voices of American feminists

    08/20/2013 6:39:50 PM PDT · by Drango · 13 replies
    current ^ | August 19, 2013 | Dru Sefton
    Pacifica Radio will dedicate Tuesday’s broadcasting day to raising funds for its “American Women Making History and Culture, 1963-1982″ preservation and access project. Pacifica Radio Archives just received a $128,000 matching grant for the initiative from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives — the largest grant ever made to pubradio for preservation of historic recordings, Pacifica said. The collection includes recordings from Pacifica stations pertaining to the period known as second-wave feminism. Interviews feature activists Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis; members of Congress Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug; and authors Rita Mae Brown...
  • Christian Air Force Veteran Relieved of Duties for Refusing to Affirm Homosexual ‘Marriage’

    08/20/2013 6:35:57 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 46 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | August 19, 2013 | Heather Clark
    SAN ANTONIO – A Christian Air Force Veteran has been relieved of his duties after declining to affirm homosexual marriage.Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk has served in the Air Force for 19 years, and has been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. When he recently returned from deployment, he found that he had a new commander, who was a lesbian.Monk says that in his early communication with the commander, he knew there would be concerns.“She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a ‘bigot’ because he preached that homosexuality is...
  • Lamar Alexander Has No Conservative Ideals

    08/20/2013 6:34:48 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 9 replies ^ | August 20th, 2013 at 04:07 PM | Daniel Horowitz
    The media is finally realizing that there is a growing wave of conservative grassroots support to throw out the failed Republican leaders who currently waste conservative seats in Washington. The latest flaccid Republican who is gaining a lot of attention is Senator Lamar Alexander. Earlier today, Senator Alexander wrote a letter in the Tennessean to his constituents stating, “I stay true to my conservative ideals.” First, I’d like to give him credit for actually engaging in a dialogue with his constituents. Unlike Mitch McConnell to his north, who is not man enough to defend his record, opting instead to engage...
  • “Obama, Clinton, Rice, Kerry, and puppet-mistress, Jarrett. Congratulations..."

    08/20/2013 6:14:57 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Allen West Republic ^ | 8-20-2013 | Allen West
    August 20, 2013 Allen West: Benghazi “Obama, Clinton, Rice, Kerry, and puppet-mistress, Jarrett. Congratulations, you all just pissed off the country.” by Allen West via Facebook When it comes to resolving the Benghazi incident, it’s like Obi Wan’s line from Star Wars, “move along, nothing to see here.” A year after a US Ambassador was murdered during an Islamic terrorist attack along with a State Department official, while two former US Navy SEALS were abandoned to die, as Hillary Clinton stated, “what difference does it make?” It seems if you’re in the Obama Administration you can clearly lie and deceive...
  • Wolves kill 176 sheep near Victor, greatest loss recorded in Idaho

    08/20/2013 6:12:17 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 136 replies
    AP via KTVB ^ | 8/20/13 | AP
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor....
  • Bill Kristol Doesn't Want Any More Credit for Sarah Palin's Career (Elspeth, again)

    08/20/2013 6:12:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | August 20, 2013 | Elspeth Reeve
    When Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol suggested on Sunday that Sarah Palin restart her political career by running for Senate, people noticed, because more than anyone else —more than John McCain, the candidate who picked her as his running mate, more than Steve Schmidt, the adviser who urged McCain to do it — Kristol is credited with launching Palin's career. On Tuesday, Kristol made it clear he does not want all that credit (or blame). On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Nicolle Wallace, who was Palin's aide during the 2008 campaign, asked Kristol, "How did you feel as sort of being branded...
  • Youssef: Disastrous MidEast policy implies WH, Muslim Brotherhood in ‘lockstep’

    08/20/2013 6:12:13 PM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    One News Now ^ | 20 Aug 19 | Charlie Butts
    America’s Middle East policy is a disaster – Dr. Michael Youssef“In reality the Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt brought in 3,000 terrorists from Afghanistan and Yemen and put them in the Sinai Desert – and they are basically aiming at Israel first, but they thought to neutralize the Egyptian army by starting to kill them,” he tells OneNewsNow. According to Youssef, the plan was to then join Hamas in Gaza to attack Israel. “Thank God that the people of Egypt saw this [and] 33 million of them, unprecedented in human history, took to the streets,” he shares. “The army responded...
  • Two teens charged with murder after 'shooting college baseball star dead....

    08/20/2013 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    mail online ^ | Rachel Quigley
    FULL TITLE: Pictured with guns and stacks of cash: Two teens charged with murder after 'shooting college baseball star dead because they were BORED' Two of the teens accused of gunning down a promising Australian student in the street 'just for the fun of it' were today charged with first-degree murder and the third as an accessory. Chris Lane, 22, originally from Melbourne, was jogging in the small town of Duncan in Oklahoma on Friday when he was shot in the back and left to die in the gutter. James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, are charged as adults...
  • Dear Australia I apologize for our moral decline but not our gun rights

    08/20/2013 6:08:16 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 29 replies
    I am half Kiwi and lived in Australia in the early 70's, went back to visit for 6 months in the late 80's and overall the Australians are wonderful people. When I heard about the total senseless death of one of your countrymen I could not have been more effected. When any human is just plain murdered for absolutely no reason; it should hit every other human hard, it's the definition of humanity that we care. Your friend was white, the kids who killed him were black and they used a gun. Those are the trivial details. They all could...
  • Humanity in ecological deficit for rest of 2013, group says

    08/20/2013 6:07:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 20, 2013 | By ALEXANDER TROWBRIDGE
    As of Tuesday, the Earth's ecological budget for the year has maxed out. For the rest of the year the planet will operate on an ecological deficit. And it's only August. So claims the Global Footprint Network, which calls today "Earth Overshoot Day," its annual estimate of when human consumption exceeds the planet's ability to regenerate its resources for the year. "It's a bit of a gimmick, I admit," said the group's president Mathis Wankernagel,in a phone interview from Switzerland. "It's not that tomorrow I won't be able to eat potatoes anymore." But, he said, it's meant to make a...
  • Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon

    08/20/2013 6:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2013 | By Valerie Volcovici
    Three months ago, the Obama administration made a little-noticed but potentially pivotal move in the stepped-up fight against climate change: it boosted the U.S. government's official estimate of the future economic damage caused by carbon pollution. The move should make it much easier for the EPA and other federal bureaus to enact tougher measures to crack down on emissions by showing that the greater benefits of such measures will justify their costs. "This has all the characteristics of a stealth approach toward making a greenhouse gas rule more justifiable by exaggerating the social benefits," said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Sea Animal Are You? ~ 21 August 2013

    08/20/2013 5:59:53 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 163 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want To Know..... What Sea Animal Are You? Click here and take the quiz! To share your results, click "Get HTML", then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • Presidents and Political Ideologies

    08/20/2013 5:57:58 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 08/20/13 | Jason Bradley
    This is a subject I’ve taken a few days to look into. It interested me for a couple of reasons: To highlight the president as a national leader; and, to show how they articulate and carry out their political values. For this I chose Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Johnson because he reinforced the Roosevelt paradigm and cemented modern liberalism with the “Great Society” program. Reagan, because he led a reactionary conservative revolution against that paradigm. A revolution in the making since the time of Johnson. This isn’t to offer any critiques but is more along the lines of...
  • New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach

    08/20/2013 5:51:05 PM PDT · by John W · 59 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 20, 2013 | SIOBHAN GORMAN and JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
    WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency—which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens—has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say. The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans. In some cases, it retains the written content of emails sent between citizens within the U.S. and also filters domestic phone calls made with Internet technology, these people say. Details of these surveillance programs were gathered...
  • Following the Truth: 10 Positive Things That Happen When We Pray (Catholic and Open)

    08/20/2013 5:50:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies ^ | Apr 2nd, 2013 | Gary Zimak
    10 Positive Things That Happen When We Pray Apr 2nd, 2013 by Gary Zimak    Why should I bother to pray?If you’re like me, you’ve probably asked yourself this question at least once in your life. Whether it’s motivated by the fact that “God already knows what I need” or by “God doesn’t answer my prayers”, the fact of the matter is that the question does get raised by all of us. Even worse, we sometimes take it a step further and stop praying. In an attempt to highlight the importance of prayer and combat the desire to give...