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  • WATCH KATZ'S DELI SERVE 125YRS WORTH OF PASTRAMI SANDWICHES

    12/11/2013 4:43:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Thrillist ^ | 12/11/2013 | Kristin Hunt
    On top of boasting killer sandwiches and grouchy Jewish waiters, NYC landmark Katz's Delicatessen is really damn old. So old, in fact, that it hit the big 1-2-5 this year. CBS News commemorated the deli's delicious reign with this awesome vid, featuring the likes of Mario Batali and Jim Gaffigan. (The Hot Pocket connoisseur explains, "Some dads take their kids to museums. I take my kids to Katz's.") It's all pretty great -- and, for a stretch, pretty orgasmic -- plus it packs in more than enough food p*rn to justify second lunch. If you don't feel like congratulating Katz's...
  • Sebelius Asks for Investigation of Flawed Website

    12/11/2013 4:38:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 12/11/13 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday that she is asking the department's inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management and performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch.
  • Healthcare.gov Music Video

    12/11/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by DarrellBrothers
    YouTube ^ | 12/10/13 | The Darrell Brothers
    Arctic storms swirling around the top of the world are more common than previously thought with about 1,900 in the first decade of the century, researchers say. As they churn across the top of the globe each year they leave warm water and air in their wakes, melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, scientists at Ohio State University reported Wednesday.
  • Arctic storms that churn seas and melt ice more common than thought.

    12/11/2013 4:29:16 PM PST · by gooblah · 32 replies
    Breitbart/upi ^ | December 11
    Arctic storms swirling around the top of the world are more common than previously thought with about 1,900 in the first decade of the century, researchers say. As they churn across the top of the globe each year they leave warm water and air in their wakes, melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, scientists at Ohio State University reported Wednesday.
  • Michigan joins states banning abortion in Obamacare plans

    12/11/2013 4:26:49 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/13 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Michigan became the 24th state to ban most abortions in its exchange plans when the state legislature passed a bill Wednesday afternoon by sizable margins. The action follows an an unusual citizens petition drive that allows state lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it into law without his signature. The ban goes into effect 90 days from Friday.
  • Veterans groups angry over budget deal

    12/11/2013 4:26:26 PM PST · by robowombat · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013, 05:36 pm | Jeremy Herb
    December 11, 2013, 05:36 pm Veterans groups angry over budget deal By Jeremy Herb Veterans groups are lashing out at the congressional budget deal for targeting military retirement accounts to help pay for spending increases. The Military Coalition, a group of 33 uniformed services and veterans organizations, is sent a letter to House and Senate leaders, as well as President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, expressing their anger with the deal. This radical proposal basically kills the grandfather-concern addressed by both Congress and the administration and actually eliminates the appropriate review process failing to consider long-term readiness and retention...
  • Colin Powell, Once GOP Dream President, Is Socialist (Good article)

    12/11/2013 4:23:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Revelation: Colin Powell, George W. Bush's secretary of state, has confirmed the suspicion that derailed his plan to run for president: He's not just a liberal, but a socialist. It's been a long time ago now, but Powell was once the dream Republican presidential candidate for a lot of pundits, campaign experts and ordinary Americans who appreciated his outstanding military service and pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps success story. Now we find that Powell is with the extreme left of the Democratic Party on health care, supporting European-style single-payer socialized medicine. "I don't see why we can't do what Europe is doing, what Canada...
  • Taliban hit main NATO base in Kabul

    12/11/2013 4:20:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013, 09:56 am | Carlo Muoz
    December 11, 2013, 09:56 am Taliban hit main NATO base in Kabul By Carlo Muoz The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on the main NATO base in Kabul on Wednesday. Taliban fighters set off a car bomb outside the main gate used by U.S. and allied forces, hitting a German convoy entering the installation, according to recent reports. The bombing comes as Washington and Kabul continue to wrangle over a postwar plan for the country after U.S. forces pull out in 2014. Two of the vehicles in the convoy were damaged but no NATO troops were injured or...
  • House GOP leaders defend new budget deal (Funds ObamaCare for 2 more years...)

    12/11/2013 4:20:01 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 12/11/13 | Lori Montgomery, Ed OKeefe and William Branigin,
    House Republican leaders defended a new bipartisan budget agreement Wednesday, as some conservatives and liberals voiced objections to an $85 billion compromise that would fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015. The deal, announced late Tuesday by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), immediately came under criticism from conservatives on and off Capitol Hill, with some outside groups such as the influential Heritage Action for America announcing their opposition a full day in advance. The agreement is aimed at averting another government shutdown and ending the cycle of crisis that...
  • One year after Newtown killings, gun control proponents feel dejected

    12/11/2013 4:18:39 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies
    The failed push for stronger federal gun control laws after last Decembers shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., has left its proponents in Congress dejected, and leaves one of President Obamas top policy goals without any clear path forward. On Tuesday, the White House announced $100 million in funding for new mental health services as part as part of the administrations response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but expanded background checks for gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and other long-sought measures remain as elusive as ever. Gun control advocates say the shooting led to important state...
  • ObamaCare Website Plagued by Security Problems

    12/11/2013 4:15:24 PM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:00 | Alex Newman
    Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:00 ObamaCare Website Plagued by Security Problems Written by Alex Newman ObamaCare Website Plagued by Security Problems The ObamaCare exchange at Healthcare.gov is so insecure that multiple cyber-security experts and lawmakers are calling for it to be shut down. In addition, professionals are warning potential users to beware of the gaping security flaws, which could expose to hackers and criminals the most private and intimate data of Americans trying to buy health insurance through the federal governments so-called marketplace. In other words, the personal and medical information of anyone deciding to use the website millions...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 11, 2013 [Devotional]

    12/11/2013 4:13:08 PM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/11/13 | Joel Osteen
    Get Back Up Again Today's Scripture For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again... Proverbs 24:16, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Life is full of things that try to push us down. We all face disappointments and setbacks. Maybe you received some bad news about your health, or perhaps a relationship didnt work out. That was a setback. Its easy to get discouraged or lose your enthusiasm or even be tempted to just settle where you are. But if were going to see Gods best, we have to have a bounce back mentality. That means...
  • White House: Iranian Ballistic Missile Test Not a Deal Killer

    12/11/2013 4:12:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Irans most controversial nuclear work. The White House clarified its stance just days before Iran is scheduled to launch another ballistic missile some 75 miles into the atmosphere. The statement contradicts recent remarks indicating that such a test would in fact violate and nullify the weeks-old agreement, which provides Iran with some $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for a partial six-month freeze of its uranium enrichment program.
  • The Great Game

    12/11/2013 4:12:07 PM PST · by arderkrag · 2 replies
    Penny Arcade ^ | 12/11/13 | Tycho
    I dont feel like Age has distributed itself throughout my person in a uniform way. I feel like my aorta probably got the worst of it, its calcified accruals metering blood in strict measure. I would apologize to it if I thought it had any conception of my treachery. The only thing I can do now is to try and avoid reading articles about the s*** my government gets up to without a couple pensive, preparatory breaths. ---SNIP--- I think that freedom is cool, and I would prefer to have more than less; thats not even why I hate it....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2013]

    12/11/2013 4:10:21 PM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Individuality "Jesus said to His disciples, ’If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .’" —Matthew 16:24 Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into fellowship...
  • Hill staffers warned not to rely on info from ObamaCare exchange

    12/11/2013 4:07:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Capitol Hill staffers who signed up for ObamaCare through the Washington, D.C., healthcare exchange, called DC Health Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to rely on data provided by the website. The Hill obtained an email sent to staffers on Wednesday warning them, it is essential that you confirm your coverage in DCHL through the Disbursing Office. Do not rely on your My Account page or other correspondence from DCHL, the email reads. Please do not assume you are covered unless you have seen the confirmation letter from the Disbursing Office, the email...
  • Christian Arabs Persecuted for Joining IDF

    12/11/2013 4:04:48 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    CBN News Asia ^ | Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Julie Stahl
    Christian Arabs Persecuted for Joining IDF By Julie Stahl CBN News Mideast Correspondent Tuesday, December 10, 2013 The 17-year-old son of a Greek Orthodox priest who encourages Christian Arab youth to integrate into Israeli society and join the Israel Defense Forces was brutally beaten in Nazareth over the weekend. Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, has the largest Christian Arab population in Israel. Nazareth-based Father Gabriel Nadaf founded the Forum for Christian Community more than a year ago. Since then the number of Christian Arabs enlisting in the IDF jumped from 35 to 120, with another 500 opting to volunteer...
  • Norwegian Christians Ask Forgiveness from Israel

    12/11/2013 3:58:23 PM PST · by robowombat · 16 replies
    CBN News ^ | December 06, 2013 | Julie Stahl
    Norwegian Christians Ask Forgiveness from Israel By Julie Stahl Friday, December 06, 2013 JERUSALEM, Israel -- More than 20 Christian leaders from Norway presented a statement to the Israeli Knesset this week asking the Jewish state to forgive them. The declaration asks Israel to forgive Norway as a nation for the Oslo Accords and dividing the Land of Israel. The Oslo Accords were discussed in the Norwegian capital and signed 20 years ago on the White House lawn between former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat in the presence of then President Bill Clinton. It essentially...
  • Obamcare 'Fix' Could Cause More Problems

    12/11/2013 3:53:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies
    CBN News ^ | Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    Obamcare 'Fix' Could Cause More Problems CBNNews.com Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Last month President Obama offered a "fix" to people who have lost their insurance coverage because of Obamacare. "We did fumble the ball on it. And what I'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed," Obama said then. His solution: allow people to keep their plans for an extra year. But experts, like Ed Haislmaier from the Heritage Foundation, say this fix is just as flawed as the law itself, and will make things worse, not better. "I think its going to get worse because...
  • Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide

    12/11/2013 3:48:01 PM PST · by robowombat · 40 replies
    CBN News ^ | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Heather Sells
    Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide By Heather Sells CBN News Reporter Wednesday, December 11, 2013 News reports indicate that Florida megachurch founder Isaac Hunter has taken his life. Altamonte Springs police discovered Hunter's body Tuesday morning in his home, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Hunter, 36, founded Orlando's Summit Church. The non-denominational church eventually grew to five locations. He resigned from his role as lead pastor last year, after admitting to an affair. Hunter is the son of Joel Hunter, another megachurch pastor in Florida and spiritual advisor to the president. His death marks the second time this year that a...
  • 5-year-old boy left locked in daycare van for 3 hours in Greensboro (Academy of Spoiled Kids)

    12/11/2013 3:45:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 12/10/13 | Lindsey Eaton
    GREENSBORO, N.C. A mom says her 5-year-old son was left in a locked daycare van for three hours. April Murphys son goes to The Academy of Spoiled Kids in Greensboro for after school care. On Wednesday Murphy was running late so she had a friend pick up her son from daycare. The friend got to the daycare and the daycare told him that my child was absent or had already been picked up for the day, explains April Murphy, who says her son was left in a daycare van.
  • VIDEO: Why You Gotta Lie, Unions? 'Google Employee' Angrily Yelling At Protesters Actually A Plant

    12/11/2013 3:41:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    ijreview.con ^ | december 9, 2013
    Thats when the events of the video above occurred a guy identified as a Google employee starts yelling and screaming at the protesters, and then walks off in a huff. Its a masterful performance! But it turned out to be completely false after sharp-eyed social media users identified the man as Max Alper, a Union organizer from Oakland.
  • Obamacare Report Card: Progress, But Long Climb Ahead

    12/11/2013 3:33:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/11/13 | Devin Dwyer - ABC News
    The White House has released its second monthly report card on Obamacare enrollment in state and federal exchanges, documenting a mix of progress and problems in the system since it launched in October. The numbers offer some good news: a surge in sign-ups in November after a barrage of improvements to HealthCare.gov, and robust online traffic to the insurance portals shows that interest in the products remains strong. But the figures also illustrate some serious problems ahead: there's a huge backlog of consumers who have applied for a plan but not yet picked one, and electronic errors on the computer...
  • Billy Graham 'Extremely Weak': Son Asks for Prayers

    12/11/2013 3:23:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 11, 2013 | Drew MacKenzie
    Rev. Billy Graham's son has asked people to pray for his ailing 95-year-old father, who, he says, is now "extremely weak." "Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him," Franklin Graham said on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. Graham, who is a Christian evangelist and president of the association, revealed that his father had not been feeling well since celebrating his Nov. 7 birthday at a gala celebration last month in a hotel in Asheville, N.C. "Since that night a few short weeks ago, he has had another bout with a respiratory infection...
  • Four Decades Eroding the Foundation of Liberty

    12/11/2013 3:20:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court over the past four decades has issued some decisions that not only defied the Constitution, but imposed changes on our society that go so far as to challenge fundamental principles of our civilization. For example, our Founding Fathers believed all men are endowed by their creator with an inalienable right to life -- a principal derived not only from natural law, but also from the commandment thou shall not kill. In 1973, the court said that the 14th Amendment, ratified after the Civil War to ensure equal protection of the law to all people in the United...
  • South Africa: One Child Raped Every Three Minutes, Three Children Murdered Each Day.

    12/11/2013 3:17:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/11/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Liberals took credit for defeating Apartheid, took their bows and moved on ignoring the mess they left behind. Here’s a letter from South Africa. The real South Africa, not the one where Morgan Freeman plays Mandela and everyone lives happily ever after. South Africa is in a serious moral crisis. We are a violent society disintegrating by the day. Ghastly murders are committed daily.We have become delusional. Forgetting that life is absolutely intrinsic and inviolable. Our country is awash with demonic monsters in human garb, savages fit only for the wild, and satanic beasts ill-equipped for civil society.Is this the...
  • Police: Son of Obama spiritual adviser committed suicide

    12/11/2013 3:16:05 PM PST · by fuente · 35 replies
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  • Alleged swinger cop resigns after shooting arrest

    12/11/2013 3:15:07 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 10, 2013 | Michelle Mondo
    SAN ANTONIO An Olmos Park police officer accused of shooting a man after a failed attempt to swap sexual partners while off duty has resigned from the force, Olmos Park Police Chief Fritz Bohne confirmed Tuesday
  • FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

    12/11/2013 3:12:41 PM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 9 replies
    Slashdot ^ | December 11, 2013 | Soulskill
    "An article at Ars Technica explains how, following stories of NSA leaks, FreeBSD developers will not rely solely on Intel's or Via's chip-based random number generators for /dev/random values. The values will first be seeded through another randomization algorithm known as 'Yarrow.' The changes are effective with the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (for which the first of three planned release candidates became available last week)."
  • Baker says hed rather go to jail after judge orders him to bake cakes for gay weddings

    12/11/2013 3:10:11 PM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 11, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    DENVER, December 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Denver cake baker who was ordered by a judge last week to service same-sex “weddings” or face punishing fines has told Fox News that he would rather shut down his business and serve jail time than violate his beliefs and play a role in facilitating gay nuptials. In an interview with Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cake maker Jack Phillips said, “You know, [I’ll serve jail time if] that’s what it takes.  It’s not like I have chosen this team or that team. This is who I am, it’s what I believe.” “Does becoming a...
  • AP: NJ City to Quiz Gun Vendors on Safety Issues

    12/11/2013 3:04:52 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    New Jersey's second-largest city is adopting a novel approach to gun control by requiring weapons-makers bidding on municipal contracts to answer questions about their positions on gun safety issues. Jersey City, a city of 250,000 across the Hudson River from Manhattan, is believed to be the first U.S. municipality to incorporate social responsibility questions into public contract bids. Mayor Steven Fulop says he wants municipalities to use their purchasing power to influence America's gun-safety conversation. The bid specification going out Wednesday for roughly $200,000 worth of guns and $150,000 in ammunition includes six questions measuring vendors' gun safety...
  • Kathleen Sebelius Concedes More May Lose Healthcare

    12/11/2013 2:59:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/11/13 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded that when the one-year exemption for businesses with more than 50 employees expires next year, even more Americans may lose health insurance plans which they were promised they could keep. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, asked Sebelius if some "small group plans" could be canceled, as individual plans have been, because "they do not comply with the ACA." "Yes, sir," Sebelius replied.
  • How Easily Liberals Lie. Another Race Hoax Exposed!

    12/11/2013 2:54:46 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 23 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/11/13 | Mike Miller
    Want to get attention, or get even? Just shout "RACIST" and the usual suspects will come running and believe every word you say!We all know that if Trayvon Martin had been white and George Zimmerman black Trayvon's death would have been a statistic, not a national obsession. The injection of race and the specter of racism raised the profile of this tragedy. It didn't matter that there was not one shred of evidence to suggest race had anything to do with it. Then there is the case of the Duke LaCrosse players accused of raping a black stripper. The player's...
  • LASD: Teens Throw Party, Cause $1M In Damage To La Habra Heights Home

    12/11/2013 2:51:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 11, 2013 11:41 AM
    LA HABRA HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) More than a dozen teens were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly broke into a La Habra Heights home, threw a party and caused more than $1 million in damage, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department said. The alleged party took place overnight, between Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, officials said. During this same time frame, several of the party-goers burglarized and vandalized the residence, Lt. Arthur Scott said. During a two-week investigation, sheriffs detectives at the Industry Station identified 18-year-old Nickolas Koontz and 14 juveniles as suspects, all of whom live in Whittier or La...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 11,2013

    12/11/2013 2:51:30 PM PST · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 11, 2013 | Mark Levin
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  • Farewell Inisfada

    12/11/2013 2:46:59 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 11, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    This month a 72,000-square-foot Tudor mansion, completed in 1920 and containing eighty-seven rooms and a magnificent chapel (in which many notable Catholic clerics, including Bishop Fulton Sheen and Francis Cardinal Spellman, celebrated Mass), is being demolished.Known as Inisfada – Gaelic for “Long Island” – the house is located in the Nassau County “Gold Coast” village of Manhasset and was the home of Nicholas and Genevieve Brady, America’s leading Catholic couple in the early decades of the twentieth century. The most prominent guest ever to visit Inisfada arrived in 1936: the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli – the...
  • Sen. Landrieus first ad: What I said to the president is, you told them you could keep it

    12/11/2013 2:45:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    While certain Democrats remain undaunted in their insistence that the whole lot of ‘em are totally, absolutely, unequivocally going to be running on ObamaCare in 2014 and using it “as an advantage,” other Democrats are clearly feeling a little more… well, daunted. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO When Sen. Landrieu learned that individuals who liked their health insurance could no longer keep it, despite the President’s promise, she wrote legislation to insure that the promise was kept. As a result, the President issued guidance allowing states and insurance companies to renew individual health plans for another year. Dang. This...
  • Now Obama gets 'executive power' czar

    12/11/2013 2:41:09 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/10/2013 | Aaron Klein
    Specializes in bypassing Congress to enact 'progressive change' A senior progressive strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton who specializes in the use of executive authority to bypass Congress is reportedly joining the White House. The New York Times is reporting John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, has agreed to serve as counselor to President Obama for a year. Podesta last month announced the establishment of a new group, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, that will work within his Center for American Progress. The new center bills itself as a research and grant-making...
  • Oh my: Mitch McConnell reportedly voting against Boehner/Ryan budget deal

    12/11/2013 2:39:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2013 | AllahPundit
    You know how it is with these budget deals. The tea-party guys in Congress always line up to express their outrage: Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell. Wait, what?Signs of a Republican revolt brewing? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote against the deal brokered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, a knowledgeable source close to the Kentucky Republican told The Daily Caller on Wednesday.While the budget proposal is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, McConnell joins a growing list of Republican senators — including Marco Rubio of Florida, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and...
  • Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...

    12/11/2013 2:31:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Next Big Future Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Brian Wang
    Momentum Machines robot enables a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. It does everything employees can do except better: * it slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible. * their next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem. * Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in...
  • President Obamas Faithful Helpers

    12/11/2013 2:20:49 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 11, 2013 | Anne Hendershott
    President Obamas decision to close the Vatican embassymoving the ambassador and his staff into shared office space in the building housing the U. S. Embassy to Italyis viewed by many, including several former ambassadors to the Vatican, as yet another attempt by the Obama administration to further marginalize the influence of the Holy See.While the Obama administration cites security concerns in an email to the Daily Caller (after the September, 11, 2012 attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya) as the reason for the closure, James Nicholson, the ambassador to the Vatican from 2001 until 2005, described the move as...
  • This could be the hottest toy (for liberals) of the holidays

    12/11/2013 2:17:45 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-11-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This would be a nice change of pace from all of the Obama inaction figures out there...When I was a kid I used to have the Super Friends toys (Batman, Superman, etc.). They always came with some kind of mechanism where when you squeezed their legs their arms would move (for Flash his legs would kick like he was running fast when you squeezed the arms).This follows the same idea...but with Obama et al it would be more like Stupor Friends.
  • Lamar Alexanders Chief Of Staff Investigated For Child Pornography

    12/11/2013 2:17:23 PM PST · by GailA · 24 replies
    WREG TV ^ | 12/11/13 | George Brown
    (Washington, D.C.) U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says the home of his Chief of Staff is being searched. Alexander says the search is related to allegations involving child pornography with Ryan Loskarn who has been his COS since November of 2011. In a statement, Alexander said he is, stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.
  • Bland Bargain: Paul Ryan Surrenders On Federal Budget, Outfoxed By Former Pre-School Teacher

    12/11/2013 2:16:11 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 27 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Paul Ryan (WI-VR) and Patty Murray (WA-D) have announced a bland bargain on the Federal budget. The proposal would restore $65 million in automatic spending cuts currently in law and increase federal spending from $967 billion next year to roughly $1 trillion. In other words former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan was outfoxed by former pre-school teacher Patty Murray. This will add $70 billion to Federal spending both this year and next. The result? The Federal debt load will be $25 trillion by the end of the next Presidential cycle. What happened to the downsizing of the Federal government that...
  • Why is China relaxing its one-child policy?

    12/11/2013 2:15:54 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Economist Newspaper ^ | Dec 10th 2013 | G.E.
    OF ALL the institutions of modern China, the one that most famously reflects the Communist Partys determination to control its population is the one that literally does so: its one-child policy. The enforcers of family planning (the bureaucracy numbers about 500,000 now) have been a formidable presence in every town across China for more than 30 years. Now those enforcers will be processing a different kind of paperwork: couples where one parent is an only child (as opposed to both) will be allowed to have a second child. The change, decided by the Communist Party Central Committee at a plenum...
  • Book on 'submissive wives' becomes hit in Spain

    12/11/2013 2:10:42 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 43 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-11-2013 | Fiona Govan
    A book advising newly-wed women on how to be "submissive" has become a publishing phenomenon in Spain while outraging feminists who have called for it to be banned. The polemic book by married Italian author Costanza Miriano titled 'Csate y s sumisa Get Married and Be Submissive was published by the Catholic Arbishopric of the southern city of Granada in November and soared up the bestseller list. The book, which was a bestseller in Italy, preaches a message of "loyal obedience, generosity and submission" on the part of the new wife and offers nuggets of advice for the...
  • Newtown anniversary: US schools keep trying wrong fixes...

    12/11/2013 2:10:19 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/11/2013 | Bill Dedman
    Full Title: "Newtown anniversary: US schools keep trying wrong fixes to deter school shootings, experts say." It happened after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, and after Newtown, too. After every massacre in a school, Americans grasp at quick cures. Let's install metal detectors and give guns to teachers. Let's crack down on troublemakers, weeding out kids who fit the profile of a gunman. Let's buy bulletproof whiteboards for the students to scurry behind, or train kids to throw erasers or cans of soup at an attacker.
  • weather.gov website very sick today (December 11, 2013)

    12/11/2013 2:09:18 PM PST · by topher · 17 replies
    weather.gov ^ | 11-December-2013 | vanity
    Normally, one could get your local forecast by entering your city/state or zip code. This only works for some places such as "Lake Charles, LA" (which has a weather center with radar) but not for "Lafayette, LA". It is unclear if it a "database" issue or what the problem with this website. But if you go to the main site (www.weather.gov), one will notice items missing that are normally there (Drought Monitor, December-January-February Forecast) as well as the local forecast webpage.
  • Executive Director of GOP Strategy Group Fired

    12/11/2013 2:07:44 PM PST · by HenryArmitage · 18 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2013 | DANIEL STRAUSS
    Paul Teller, the executive director of the conservative Republican Study Committee, has reportedly been fired, a senior GOP aide confirmed to TPM on Wednesday. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA, pictured), the chairman of the RSC, asked for Teller's resignation, according to Politico on Wednesday. The RSC serves as the policy group for roughly 170 conservative members in the House. A senior GOP aide said that Teller had been "divulging private, member level conversations and actively working against strategies developed by the RSC members." Teller's firing is also notable given that when Scalise took the reigns of the RSC in 2012 he...
  • Person of the Year - Catholic Vote weighs in on the media frenzy

    12/11/2013 2:02:42 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Vote email ^ | December 11, 2013 | Brian Burch
    Another week, another media frenzy over our pope. This morning Time announced they have selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year. Good news? A non-story? What to make of this all? George Weigel has said that the late Blessed John Paul II regularly inquired of his visitors the details of what was happening in their corner of the world. According to Weigel, the pope wasnt as much interested in the political stories that dominated the headlines. He was more fascinated by what the Holy Spirit was doing through these events. Which brings us to the widespread popularity of...