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  • Cardinals Blocking Pope Francis Move on Gay and Divorced Catholics 'Unaware' of Real Life – Bishop

    10/25/2014 11:33:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/24/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinals based in Rome showed ‘lack of awareness’ of what life is really like over homosexuality and divorce, says Anglican delegate at the Catholic Synod of Bishops Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman Catholics invited to take part in a global gathering of bishops in Rome to discuss family issues, said...
  • Durbin Announces More Than $26.1 Million in Funding For Illinois Housing and Community Development

    10/25/2014 11:26:22 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | October 22, 2014 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that communities and housing agencies throughout Illinois will receive a total of $26,128,915 in grant funding through three programs administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities in the area. “This funding will give local development agencies around Illinois the ability to expand and improve affordable housing and other critical services in their communities,” Durbin said. “These federal programs provide invaluable assistance to those in need.”    Community Development Block Grants The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides annual grants to states and local governments to...
  • A Google Exec Just Beat The World Record For Highest-Altitude Jump From The Stratosphere

    10/25/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 9 replies
    Business Insider Via Fark.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    Google senior vice president Alan Eustace just beat the world record for highest-altitude space jump, The New York Times reports. A helium-filled balloon carried him 135,908 feet to nearly the top of the stratosphere — more than 25 miles — above the ground, before he cut himself loose and plunged toward the earth at speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour.
  • Palmer casts Dr. Ralph Alvarado as drug dealer in negative campaign ad using spliced...footage

    10/25/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/24/2014 | Nick Storm
    Palmer casts Dr. Ralph Alvarado as drug dealer in negative campaign ad using spliced courtroom footage In perhaps the nastiest ad of the 2014 Kentucky electoral season, state Sen. R.J. Palmer’s campaign portrays his Republican opponent, Dr. Ralph Alvarado, essentially as a drug dealer. ... Transcript: Judge: What’s he on? Police officer: OxyContin. Judge: Where’s it from? Defendant: Dr. Ralph Alvarado… Judge: The one running for state senator? Judge: Oh my Lord. The ad then features a narrator declaring it’s “No wonder Dr. Ralph Alvarado called Kentucky’s pill mill law a ‘lousy piece of legislation.’ He’s getting rich off addiction.”...
  • Letter: Equality means do whatever you want?

    10/25/2014 11:19:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | October 21, 2014 | Tom Peters
    I have read the 14th Amendment, and I didn't see anything about same-sex marriage. However, I do see that it says, "Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So, if that part of the Constitution is being used to say same-sex marriage is OK, then I feel that polygamy is also covered. And if same-sex marriage and polygamy are covered, then what is to say that it's "OK or not OK" to marry my sister, mother,...
  • Brazil poll shows statistical tie ahead of presidential ballot (Neves 50.3% - Rousseff 49.7%)

    10/25/2014 11:17:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    Live Mint ^ | 10.25.14
    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and opposition candidate Aecio Neves are locked in a statistical tie before Sunday’s second-round vote, according to an MDA poll released on Saturday. Rousseff of the Workers’ Party would get 49.7% of voter support, compared to 50.3% support for Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, according to the poll commissioned by the National Transport Confederation. The poll was conducted on 23 and 24 October, surveyed 2,002 people and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
  • Michelle Obama urged to run for California seat in Senate

    10/25/2014 11:09:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    pagesix ^ | Oct. 22, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    Michelle Obama is being urged by her husband’s true believers to move to California when she leaves the White House and to pursue the US Senate seat expected to be vacated by Dianne Feinstein in 2018. The oldest member of the Senate, Feinstein, 81, has strongly suggested this will be her last term, Richard Turley will report in Orbmagazine.com on Thursday. The first couple haven’t said where they’ll go when Barack Obama leaves office in 26 months, but Los Angeles is the leading contender.
  • Ottawa shooting: The face-to-face encounter that ended the attack on Parliament

    10/25/2014 11:05:40 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 24 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Evan Solomon
    Hearing gunshots, Vickers grabbed his side arm, a semi-automatic pistol, and immediately ran out. His security team, who had been chasing Bibeau, yelled to Vickers that the suspect was hiding in the alcove Vickers immediately ran behind the other side of the pillar. That put him an arm's-length away from Bibeau. According to guards, Vickers actually could see the barrel of Bibeau's gun pointing out, a foot away. Vickers did not hesitate. In one motion, sources told CBC News he dove to the floor around the pillar, at the feet of Bibeau, turning on his back as he landed and...
  • Kraftwerk - Autobahn

    10/25/2014 11:03:44 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 8, 2007
    Live performance of the classic from Kling Klang.
  • Ebola’s Next Frontier (India)

    10/25/2014 10:59:39 AM PDT · by knak · 7 replies
    Project-Syndicate ^ | 10/23/14 | Sandilya and Shoham
    NEW DELHI – Which countries, beyond those in West Africa, are most susceptible to the Ebola epidemic? Most epidemiologists do not fear much for the developed world, with its effective quarantine measures and tracking procedures, or even for sparsely populated developing countries. An outbreak could easily be contained in both groups of countries. But large, densely populated areas, lacking the proper containment mechanisms are highly vulnerable. India, with its large emigrant population (the second largest in the world), high urban density, and inadequate public health-care infrastructure, potentially has the most to lose if the Ebola virus spreads. Links to West...
  • Amazing Story: The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/25/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • Gardner: Udall a ‘Fanatic’ For Tom Steyer’s Policies(Global Warming Billionaire)

    10/25/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 7, 2014 3:45 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    Republican to keep pushing Udall on anti-fracking comments Republican candidate for Senate Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) said on Tuesday that Democratic incumbent Mark Udall is a “fanatic” for the environmental policies of leftist billionaire Tom Steyer. Gardner told the Washington Free Beacon that he would continue to press Udall on his comments that fracking “keeps us locked into the old system,” which the Democrat flatly denied during a debate on Monday. His comments were recorded at an event in April. “When it’s convenient to oppose hydraulic fracturing, Sen. Udall opposes hydraulic fracturing,” Gardner said. “When he’s before a group...
  • The Chatter: McConnell loans himself $1.8M, Grimes doubles down on false claim in ad...

    10/25/2014 10:51:15 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/25/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    The Chatter: McConnell loans himself $1.8M, Grimes doubles down on false claim in ad and 'Pennsyltucky' woman Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is combating a new wave of Democratic spending in his race against Alison Lundergan Grimes by loaning his campaign $1.8 million, Politico reported Friday. The Washington, D.C., outlet reported that McConnell’s personal contribution tops investments by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Majority PAC totaling $1.5 million less than two weeks before the Nov. 4 election. A campaign official told Politico McConnell’s loan reinforces the Senate Republican leader’s view that the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s resources...
  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

    10/25/2014 10:50:57 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    StarNewsOnline ^ | 10/24/2014 | StarNewsOnline
    NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court documents. The interns claim NBCUniversal wrongly classified them as non-employees in an effort to avoid labor laws.
  • On The Coming Collapse Of Copper

    10/25/2014 10:47:46 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-25-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/25/2014 18 months ago we first brought the world's attention to the end of what has now been exposed as among the largest ponzi schemes in history - the Chinese Commodity Financing Deals (CCFDs) - pointing out how this meant commodities like copper were likely to come under pressure as firms liquidate what minimal holdings they had (and sell out futures hedges) to manage the risk of unwinds in these quasi-collateralized deals. Since then, copper prices have indeed plunged, as has global growth expectations and global bond yields as a realization that 'demand' implied by previous prices was...
  • JW Exposes Obama’s Ebola Plans (Weekly Update)

    10/25/2014 10:47:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 24, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    Exclusive: Obama Plans to Import Ebola-infected Foreigners from Other Countries I’m sure you’ve been following the news out of New York, and contrary to what President Obama and other top government officials have said, the Ebola crisis appears to be getting worse in the U.S. Judicial Watch is striving to pry loose the truth from reticent federal agencies that have a responsibility for public safety and our national security. We have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests withthe Department of Defense (DOD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In light of the potential danger from this deadly disease,...
  • EPA chief: Public tired of debating climate change

    10/25/2014 10:37:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    thehill ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that the public does not want more "debate or discussion" about climate change, but government action. "First, people overwhelmingly consider climate change to be a problem—and they want action, not more debate or discussion," McCarthy said in a speech at Georgetown University. "Second, what’s even more impressive, is that we see overwhelming support specifically for EPA action to curb carbon pollution from power plants," she said. "Now that is music to my ears."
  • Undetectable, Unpatchable USB-infecting malware is now publically available for anyone to use

    10/25/2014 10:35:47 AM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | Max Teodorescu
    Security experts prove it’s possible to infect USB sticks’ MCU Next time you find a foreign USB lying around, think twice before plugging it into your computer. A pair of security researchers named Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell demonstrated before an audience at Black hat security conference in Las Vegas a fundamental flaw in USB firmware could be exploited to create an undetected malware that cannot be patched. Realizing the kind of power they were dealing with, the pair opted to keep the code secret – until fellow colleagues decided to post it publically on Github. Two other researchers –...
  • From Bias to Bigotry

    10/25/2014 10:32:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Gary Bauer
    Recently, after the New York Times published a racially insensitive article about film and television producer Shonda Rhimes, the paper became the object of weeks of scorn and derision that prompted a public debate over racial diversity in the newsroom. It may be true that the Times should diversify its staff on racial grounds. But there is another area in which the Times is sorely in need of diversification: its coverage of religious and social conservatives. The Times has always had a liberal bias. But these days its goal seems to be to drive social conservatives from the public square entirely....
  • Ferguson Police Break Up Ugly Brawl Involving Michael Brown's Mother, Grandmother and Cousin

    10/25/2014 10:28:33 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 20 replies
    A 911 call went out Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri where Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden was allegedly involved in a violent brawl with her dead son’s grandmother and cousin. According to a Fox affiliate, the fight started a few blocks from the street where Brown was shot and killed on August 9. The altercation allegedly ensued from a dispute about who had the right to sell Mike Brown merchandise.
  • In Chicago, a Voting Machine Was Pre-Wired… to Vote for DEMOCRATS ONLY! (Must Read)

    10/25/2014 10:28:21 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 20/23/2014 | Editor
    Any student of American politics is familiar with just how corrupt politics are in Chicago, Illinois. It is widely believed, for example, that without the mafia’s influence in the area, John F. Kennedy would have never been elected President. But today, voter fraud has to be done on a high-tech, digital level. Because computers can be reprogrammed, learning about a machine that REQUIRES you to vote for Democrats is chilling. Below is Republican State House candidate Jim Moynihan’s description of what it was like trying to vote for himself in early elections… Only to see the final vote be placed...
  • NextGen challenges climate skeptics in final midterm push

    10/25/2014 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Redcat · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire Tom Steyer's political group NextGen Climate is going to try to shame climate skeptics into changing their stance on global warming in a final midterm push before November. NextGen is running a "science denier week" with events planned in the Senate and gubernatorial races it is involved in across the country. "Today we are issuing a specific challenge to deniers, giving them one last time to come clean before voters vote," said Chris Lehane, Steyer's top adviser. The "Stone Age Challenge" will ask candidates if they want to "protect the communities you represent" or "continue to support caveman-like policies...
  • Mitch McConnell: I stand with Obama on Ebola

    10/25/2014 10:15:41 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 78 replies
    Redstate ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | streiff
    In a stunning interview, Senate minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)See Full Scorecard68% took the side of Barack Obama over that of most of his caucus on the subject of managing Ebola, ignoring both the administration’s ineptitude and basic principles of epidemiology. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)thinks the United States should heed expert advice on whether to impose flight restrictions on Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, contrary to what some lawmakers in his party have been saying for weeks. “I think we ought to listen to what the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] thinks they need either...
  • Japanese Style Deflation Headed to Europe and America?

    10/25/2014 10:13:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    There's some interesting discussion points in the UK-based Absolute Return Partners October 2014 Letter, by Niels C. Jensen, most of which I agree with, others not. Japan-Style Deflation in Our Backyard? It is no secret that we have been long-standing believers in deflation being a more probable outcome of the 2008-09 crisis than high inflation. What has changed over the past six months is that the world has begun to move in different directions. Whereas rising unit labour costs in the U.S. make outright deflation in that country quite unlikely, the same cannot be said of the Eurozone. Japan-style deflation...
  • Jim Crow persists: How Ferguson case leaks revive a shameful tradition (Wilson supporters=KKK)

    10/25/2014 10:11:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | October 25, 2014 | Elias Isquith
    A string of leaks to the media protecting Darren Wilson are part of a very big problem. Here's the sordid history. On those rare occasions when it makes a real effort to grapple with the raw brutality of Jim Crow, the American mainstream media usually returns to a particular set of images that, by their very nature, are jarring and extraordinary: the burning cross, the hangman’s knot, the Klansman on horseback. This isn’t a bad thing; you can’t understand Jim Crow without understanding the significance of the Klan, for example. But it’s not an entirely good one, either. The problem...
  • There Are Now 10,000 People Who Have Been Sickened By Ebola (and it's getting worse)

    10/25/2014 10:08:21 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 10-25-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Stephanie Nebehay October 25, 2014 The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia. Ivory Coast is the world's biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been raising living standards in the region. The three worst-hit countries of West Africa -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra...
  • Pope Francis: 'Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin'

    10/25/2014 10:07:01 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/2014 | Thomas D. Williams
    Corruption is like “bad breath,” says Pope Francis, “it is hard for the one who has it to realize it; others realize it and have to tell him.” In an address to a delegation of the International Association of Penal Law this morning, Francis commented on a variety of troubling international legal issues, including the widespread problem of corruption, which he called “a greater evil than sin.”
  • Canada Shows How to Eliminate the Tax Bias against Saving

    10/25/2014 10:04:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Since all economic theories – even Marxism and socialism – recognize that capital formation is a key to long-run growth, higher wages, and improved living standards, it obviously doesn’t make sense to penalize saving and investment.Yet that’s exactly what happens because of double taxation in the United States, as can be seen by this rather sobering flowchart.So how can we fix the problem? The best answer, particularly in the long run, is to shrink the burden of government spending so that there’s no pressure for punitive tax policies.Good reform is also possible in the medium run. Policy makers could implement...
  • Obama Administration Providing Aid to ISIS

    10/25/2014 10:02:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/25/14 | Jim Emerson
    The Daily Beast’s Jamie Dettmer revealed that American humanitarian aid has been going to ISIS. The terrorist groups are receiving food, medical supplies, clinics, and cash. The so-called humanitarian supplies were meant for rebels and displaced Syrians in refugee camps but wound up in the wrong hands. According to the logic of White House Mullah Barack and State Department Grand Vizier Kerry, aid will be provided to America’s enemies only after sending American airpower for the purpose of killing them. All of this will take place after sniping with them over twitter. This must be John (I was in Vietnam)...
  • Video shows Satsuma cop running over fleeing suspect ....

    10/25/2014 10:02:40 AM PDT · by boycott · 32 replies
    al.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Brendan Kirby
    FULL TITLE: Video shows Satsuma cop running over fleeing suspect, footage jurors will weigh to determine if 2008 act was intentional ---- MOBILE, Alabama -- Sam Commins, then an officer with the Satsuma Police Department was not even on duty on July 29, 2008, when he joined in a high-speed chase that began on Interstate 65 in Baldwin County and zigzagged through northern Mobile County. When the silver Dodge Charger driven by Hillary Bernard Baldwin finally stopped on the Interstate 165 connector in Prichard, he and passenger Jermaine Gaillard got out of the car and began to run. The dashboard...
  • The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us (What's worse than Ebola & ISIS? Guns)

    10/25/2014 9:59:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 25, 2014 | Cliff Schecter
    Scare-mongering by opportunistic politicians and media are hiding the real killer in our midst: the pervasiveness of guns, which kills up to 30,000 Americans every year. It really isn't a tall order to scare Americans these days, and in particular our delicate representatives in Washington. Ebola, ISIS, 10-year old children on our southern border. This is the stuff of nightmares, and no amount of money is too big to spend on keeping them all far, far away, even though they've killed virtually no Americans. Lindsey Graham can barely get ISIS out of his mouth before blowing his shpadoinkle and screeching...
  • Havertown man charged with running statewide counterfeit credit card ring

    10/25/2014 9:55:38 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 1 replies
    Main Line Times ^ | 10/25/2014 | staff
    A Haverford man has been charged with running a statewide counterfeit credit card ring, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The ring is believed responsible for the theft of tens of thousands of dollars and purchases made with stolen bank account data used to make counterfeit credit cards, officials said.
  • More insurers pressured to lower MNsure rates: Time to remove politics from rate-setting process

    10/25/2014 9:55:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 10-24-14 | Peter J Nelson
    The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the Minnesota Department of Commerce “asked” PreferredOne to lower insurance rates in the MNsure exchange last year. The July 2013 letter referenced in the story reveals the company lowered rates twice in response to Commerce “objections.” PreferredOne ultimately agreed to lower rates by 37 percent from its initial proposal, which resulted in the company offering the lowest rates in the nation. Governor Dayton’s administration celebrated these low rates throughout the year, all of which helped dial down the political heat from MNsure’s botched rollout. “Now,” according to the Star Tribune, “those subscribers face an...
  • Glen Campbell: "I'll Be Me" Film Review

    10/25/2014 9:54:10 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10-23-14 | Frank Scheck
    James Keach's documentary chronicles the singer's final tour even as he was fighting the ravaging effects of Alzheimer's disease Legendary singer Glen Campbell's valiant struggle with Alzheimer's disease is heartbreakingly chronicled in James Keach's documentary which serves to not only put a very human face on this horrific condition but also as a triumphant valedictory of Campbell's poignant farewell tour. As one commentator in Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me points out, the singer's legacy will include not only his formidable musical achievements but also his bravery in soldiering on and bringing attention to the ravaging effects of Alzheimer's. The film...
  • Dennis Michael Lynch invigorating conservative grassroots for 2016

    10/25/2014 9:52:14 AM PDT · by lone star annie · 6 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | 10/25/2016 | Jacquie Kubin
    WASHINGTON, October 25, 2014 – With the youth and good looks of John F. Kennedy, documentary filmmaker (They Come to America) and conservative commentator Dennis Michael Lynch has declared his bid for President of the United States. So who is Dennis Michael Lynch? Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/dennis-michael-lynch-invigorating-conservative-grassroots-for-2016-28525/#LRpTz5s88kdRL9rB.99
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/25/2014 9:50:35 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 3 replies
    October 25, 2014 | Irish Rose
    And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE. (Ezekiel 48:35)
  • Iraqi Forces Recapture Key Towns from Isis Following 22 US Air Strikes

    10/25/2014 9:45:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    IBT ^ | October 25, 2014 | Aaron Akinyemi
    Iraqi and Peshmerga forces have reportedly wrested key areas of northern and southern Iraq from Isis (Islamic State) militants following 22 US-led air strikes. Kurdish forces said on Saturday that they recaptured several towns and villages held by Isis in the north, while Iraqi government forces said they reclaimed the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 50km south of Baghdad. The US Central Command said the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces were backed by several air strikes by US-led forces on Friday and Saturday. The air strikes targeted Isis forces in Mosul in the north, Fallujah in the western Anbar province, and...
  • AP Slammed for Biased Jerusalem Attack Headline

    10/25/2014 9:45:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    CBN ^ | October 25, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Associated Press is facing some heat for its offensive headline following Thursday's terror attack in Jerusalem. The AP's initial headline read, "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem," with no mention that police were responding to a terror attack. The vehicular attack injured seven people and killed three month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. After repeated complaints, AP changed the headline to "Car Slams Into East Jerusalem Train Station. And finally, AP acquiesed to complaints, changing it to "Palestinian Kills Baby at Jerusalem Station." But there are still calls for the wire service...
  • The Ultimate Ebola Test

    10/25/2014 9:41:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Charles Payne
    I spoke to the neighbor of the NYC Ebola doctor (turned patient) a couple of times, last night. Her fears are less about contracting the disease than having her family's names and photos splashed over the media, particularly those of her 16 year old daughter who is very talented, outgoing, and attends a high profile high school. The media has been unrelenting, but for the most part all promised not to mention her or her daughter’s names.One network is struggling, and say even without permission, they'll display a blurred photo of her daughter with her name. In this day and...
  • Don’t rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 9:34:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 24 October 2014 | Denis Strangman
    But...She should think of her fellow sufferers. Brittany Maynard is a 29-year-old woman who learned not long after her wedding that she had an aggressive brain tumour. She has therefore announced that she has chosen to die on November 1, taking advantage of Oregon’s assisted suicide law. A video that she made with the help of the leading assisted suicide organisation in the US, Compassion and Choices, has been a huge hit on YouTube. An Australian whose wife died of a similar disease, Denis Strangman, has written her an open letter below. * * * * * I am...
  • India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over U.S. Javelin

    10/25/2014 9:32:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 4 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 25 October 2014 | Reuters
    India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival U.S. offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win. India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million), the source said after a meeting of India's Defence Acquisition Council. "National security is the paramount concern of the government," the source quoted Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, as telling the procurement panel. "All hurdles and bottlenecks in the procurement process...
  • Lone Wolf Terrorism

    10/25/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | John Nantz
    Militant Islamists don't just hate George Bush, baseball, and apple pie, they hate Canadians too. Islamists hate as a fundamental characteristic, and that hate is driven by the orthodox doctrines of their bestial death-cult. They even hate Barack Obama. Despite his world-wide apology tour and his dutiful obeisance to all things Islam, the violent jihadists continue to wage war against the Great Satan. It matters not if his face is white or black, the American Devil refuses to bow the knee to sharia law and the prophet of Islam—this is all the reason they need for hate. Even if you...
  • I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead

    10/25/2014 9:19:13 AM PDT · by millegan · 145 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    I’ll call him Fr. John. He was a charismatic Anglo Catholic priest. A friend of my brother Daryl’s we’ll call Henry died suddenly in a plane crash and he was upset because although Henry was a believer he was away from God when he died. So Fr. John said, “We have to have a requiem Mass for Henry.” They went into church and locked the door for privacy’s sake. Another priest we’ll call Fr. George celebrated the Mass. Henry was about twenty years old. He was just over five foot tall with a shock of blonde hair and a wide...
  • Dear FReepers: We need your continuing support to keep FR in the fight!! [FReepathon thread XXIII]

    10/25/2014 9:19:07 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Free Republic is here to defend our Republic and our Constitution and to continue the never-ending fight for the founding principles and our God-given Liberty. We are not going to roll over for the homosexual agenda or the Marxist/fascist ruling class who are trying to "fundamentally transform" America. No surrender, no retreat!! Hold the line!! Our God-given unalienable rights are not subject to debate, negotiation or compromise and that includes our religious freedom and the free exercise thereof!! Do not give-up your rights to free speech, free religion. Do not give up your guns. Do not give up on traditional...
  • The Optimistic GOP Story Everyone Is Missing

    10/25/2014 9:03:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    The vast majority of political journalists -- and I include some of my conservative colleagues -- are missing a very big story. The Republicans are going to recapture the Senate, picking up more seats than most any forecaster expects. And the House GOP is going to add to its majority. But then comes the big story: The beginning of a new conservative revolution. The idea that nothing much will change if the GOP captures the whole Congress is just plain wrong. The politics and policies in Washington are about to change in a major way. Obama may still be president....
  • Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71

    10/25/2014 9:02:07 AM PDT · by mononymous · 55 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/25/2014 | BBC
    Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71, his publicist confirms. Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.
  • This Guy is Selling his 1965 Ford Mustang for World Series Tickets

    10/25/2014 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/24/14
    Classic muscle cars like a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang are pretty desirable. World Series tickets, apparently, are even more desirable. That appears to be one man’s thinking, anyway. Kansas City Royals fan Jerod Main has decided to sell his 1965 ‘Stang for $24,000, which might seem like a bargain for such a classic, but it should be enough to cover the cost of tickets for his family of six, which are starting at just over $400, according to a quick Stubhub search. Those prices are subject to change, of course, and tickets might be selling for even more after last...
  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • Deutsche Bank Lawyer Found Dead in New York in Suicide

    10/25/2014 8:51:15 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | 10-25-14 | DAVID ENRICH, JENNY STRASBURG and PERVAIZ SHALLWANI
    Calogero Gambino Had Been Closely Involved in Negotiating Legal Issues for Deutsche Bank ino, has died of a suicide in New York, according to New York City officials and others familiar with the circumstances of his death.
  • The aggressive secularization of America

    10/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    Facebook ^ | 25 October AD 2014 | Abbot Tryphon
    SECULARISM The aggressive secularization of America As an American I have watched with sadness, the eroding of our Christian values and standards of living. When I was in grade school, each day was begun with the reading of the Bible, broadcast over the intercom system (yes, we had the technology when I was little). At my graduation from high school, there were two public gatherings in the gym, the first being the baccalaureate service, where the minister chosen by the seniors gave an inspirational address, and religious hymns and patriotic songs were sung. The second public gathering was the actual...