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  • Venezuela Becomes Net Gasoline Importer in 2012

    05/15/2013 7:34:43 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    CARACAS — Venezuela in 2012 became a net importer of gasoline as a result of escalating problems at its refineries and increasing demand for fuel in its internal market, joining a growing list of countries that struggle with fuel supplies despite ample oil reserves. The OPEC nation exported 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of gasoline and naphtha last year, according to state oil company PDVSA's annual report. But it imported an average of 66,300 bpd of the same fuels from the United States alone, according to U.S. Energy Department data.
  • Hollywood 2012: What messages are the movies sending us?

    02/01/2013 7:19:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 1/16/13 | R.J. Moeller
    The list of the twenty-five top-grossing films (worldwide) of 2012 has been released, and I believe there are a few important lessons that proponents of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional Judeo-Christian values can learn from its inventory. First, let’s take a look at what types of stories drew the most attention in 2012. The top three – Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall – are all superhero/action flicks. At their core, they are “good vs. evil” morality plays. They are about the pursuit of justice and defense of the defenseless. They are about sacrifice and loyalty and love. Of...
  • Lesbian Wife Named Fort Bragg's Spouse of the Year "Barf Alert"

    01/31/2013 3:35:36 PM PST · by grcuster · 30 replies
    Military.com ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Drew Brooks
    A lesbian wife of a Fort Bragg soldier was named the installation's military spouse of the year through a voting competition. Ashley Broadway is not recognized as a spouse under federal law, and she recently was denied official membership in a Fort Bragg officers' spouses organization. But her selection in the competition by Military Spouse magazine was praised by advocates for gays and lesbians, who say it underscores the need for the federal government to extend full benefits to same-sex couples. Broadway, the wife of Lt. Col. Heather Mack of Fort Bragg's 1st Theater Sustainment Command, will represent Fort Bragg...
  • Bill Clinton Named 'Father of the Year'

    01/10/2013 7:50:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 44 replies
    news max ^ | Jan 9, 2013
    Newsmax Bill Clinton Named 'Father of the Year' Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:49 PM By: Newsmax Wires Clinton was named the “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council on Wednesday. "We are extremely honored to have President Clinton accept this award for Father of the Year," said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father`s Day Committee. "With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the father of the year award." The awards will be presented at the 72nd Annual...
  • Oscars 2013: Main nominees (Silver Linings Playbook rakes it in)

    01/10/2013 6:07:52 AM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    The nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards have been revealed in Los Angeles. Find out who is in the running for the main prizes below. This page will be updated shortly with a full list of nominees. Best film Amour Argo Beasts Of The Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Miserables Lincoln Life Of Pi Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Best actress Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva - Amour Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild Naomi Watts - The Impossible
  • Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year'

    01/09/2013 2:02:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year' Comments () By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 1/9/13 3:38 PM EST AP AP Former President Bill Clinton is getting props for being a good dad. Clinton was named the “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council on Wednesday. The group selected Clinton for his “profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations,” Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, said in the announcement.
  • 2012 hottest year on record in contiguous U.S., NOAA says

    01/09/2013 6:45:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/09/2013 | By Juliet Eilperin
    <p>Temperatures in the contiguous United States last year were the hottest in more than a century of record-keeping, shattering the mark set in 1998 by a wide margin, the federal government announced Tuesday.</p> <p>The average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees, one degree above the previous record and 3.2 degrees higher than the 20th-century average, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. They described the data as part of a longer-term trend of hotter, drier and potentially more extreme weather.</p>
  • Fox News Channel Ends 2012 With Top Ratings for 11th Straight Year

    01/08/2013 9:28:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    While the arrival of 2013 rang in a happy new year, it also brought in happy ratings for the Fox News Channel, which continued to dominate the cable news channel race in total viewers and the Adult 24-54 demographic for the 11th consecutive year. According to a news release from FNC, Nielsen Media Research found that the network completed the previous 12 months with the top 11 programs in total viewers. Demonstrating the network's dominance is the fact that the evening audience for Fox News topped the ratings of CNN, MSNBC and CNN combined with an average of 2,071,000, up...
  • Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4 Billion in FY 2012

    01/05/2013 5:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011. (Fiscal year 2012 ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.) According to the Monthly Treasury Statement that summarizes the receipts and outlays of the federal government, $80,401,000,000 went towards SNAP during FY 2012, which was a $2.7 billion increase from $77,637,000,000 in FY 2011. …
  • 500 Murders In Chicago Show Gun Bans Don't Work (500 Murders In Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Show Gun Bans

    01/02/2013 4:15:27 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Guns: The mayor of what is at once America's most gun-controlled city and its murder capital wants an assault weapons ban like the one he pushed in 1994. Except it didn't work then, and it won't work now. Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40, an alleged gang member with a long arrest record, was gunned down last week outside a store in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, becoming the Windy City's 500th murder victim in 2012. Up to 80% of Chicago's murders and shootings are gang-related, according to police. By one estimate, the city has almost 70,000 gang members. A police audit last spring...
  • Gun sales set record in 2013

    01/02/2013 12:38:07 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    Posted from an android.......
  • Breakthrough of the Year, 2012

    01/01/2013 11:18:26 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Science ^ | NA | NA
    Every year, crowning one scientific achievement as Breakthrough of the Year is no easy task, and 2012 was no exception. The year saw leaps and bounds in physics, along with significant advances in genetics, engineering, and many other areas. In keeping with tradition, Science’s editors and staff have selected a winner and nine runners-up, as well as highlighting the year’s top news stories and areas to watch in 2013
  • Thomas Sowell: Republicans Deserved to Lose (A predictable end to an unhappy year)

    01/01/2013 11:33:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/01/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens...
  • 2012 in Review

    01/01/2013 11:15:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | January 1, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    Time Magazine has just named President Obama as their Person of the Year. This has been, of course, controversial, and for the usual reasons: much like with the President’s Nobel Peace Prize, one has to wonder what he actually did to deserve it. Surely getting reelected is important, but beside the point; what matters is what you do in office, and I just don’t see much in the way of achievement by the President this year, in which he spent most of it either campaigning or doing nothing to avoid rocking the boat before the election. But Person of the...
  • Good Riddance to 2012

    12/29/2012 10:12:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    It’s that time again – time to make resolutions we won’t keep, spend two weeks writing the wrong date on checks and to look back on the year we’re leaving. As for 2012, it can’t end quickly enough. It was an awful year for many reasons. Let me count just a few of the ways: The Fiscal Cliff This column is due to my editors by noon on Saturday, so there’s a chance Speaker of the House John Boehner has cut some horrible deal with President Obama to avoid the over-hyped fiscal cliff since I submitted it. If that happens...
  • BEST NEWS BLOOPERS 2012

    12/29/2012 7:43:10 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | 12-28-12 | youtube
    my personal fave is Sweet Brown..."ain't nobody got time for that!"
  • 'Whatever' slips in annoying words poll

    12/28/2012 8:25:16 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 125 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 28, 2012
    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., - "Whatever" remains the most annoying word or phrase in the English language, a poll indicates. "Like" and "you know" trailed in the show and place positions, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., reported Thursday. Almost one-third, 32 percent, of the adults surveyed selected "whatever." Another 21 percent picked "like" and 17 percent "you know." "Just sayin" was the only other phrase to break into double digits at 10 percent. Another 9 percent picked "Twitterverse" and 5 percent "gotcha." "Whatever" has now been in the top spot for four years running. But it has...
  • The Top 10 worst films of 2012

    12/29/2012 5:48:56 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 49 replies
    philly ^ | December 28, 2012
    They could have fed a Third World nation, or poured money into cancer research, or tried saving those polar bears stuck on itty-bitty ice floes. But no-o-o-o-o, Hollywood had better things to do with its hundreds of millions of dollars, like letting Adam Sandler make That's My Boy, and thinking we needed a remake of Red Dawn. Sure, the film biz isn't in it for the philanthropy, and it's totally unfair to hold the expenditure of $250 million ( John Carter) or even a paltry $102 million ( Cloud Atlas) against actors, directors, and second grips engaged in earnest endeavors...
  • Links to eleven potential 2013 news stories that might be off of your radar (but shouldn't be)!

    12/28/2012 11:35:50 AM PST · by thepoliticalcom · 5 replies
    The Political Commentator ^ | December 28, 2012 | Michael Haltman
    Because in 2013 there's more facing the United States and the rest of the world than just the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling! Although you wouldn't know it by watching and listening to the priorities of the Obama administration, or by the performance of our MIA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is apparently on the 21-day disabled list, there are some serious political, social and economic crises brewing both at home and around the globe for 2013. These are links to articles concerning some of these potential flash points from a variety of different sources. Global news you...
  • Happy New Year 2013

    12/28/2012 10:57:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 29, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — It's "Auld Lang Syne" time again. Robert Burns is credited with "collecting" the lyrics for the old Scottish drinking and dancing ballad that's become a traditional part of New Year's festivities. The most memorable verses — "should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind" and the chorus, "for auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet for auld lang syne" — are often described as reminders of "the good old times" amid new beginnings. That's a tough task this year. Saying goodbye to 2012 won't be hard. But...
  • Lake Superior State University 2012 List of Banished Words

    12/24/2012 8:05:13 PM PST · by equaviator · 40 replies
    LSSU ^ | December, 2012
    AMAZING Received the most nominations. LSSU was surprised at the number of nominations this year for "amazing" and surprised to find that it hadn't been included on the list in the past. Many nominators mentioned over-use on television when they sent their entries, mentioning "reality" TV, Martha Stewart and Anderson Cooper. It seemed to bother people everywhere, as nominations were sent from around the US and Canada and some from overseas, including Israel, England and Scotland. A Facebook page – "Overuse of the Word Amazing" – threatened to change its title to "Occupy LSSU" if 'amazing' escaped banishment this year…...
  • TIME Magazine Honors Andrew Breitbart in End of Year Issue

    12/21/2012 9:06:33 AM PST · by This Just In · 10 replies
    breitbart Big Journalism ^ | December 21, 2012 | Breitbart News
    In the December 19th edition of TIME Magazine, Andrew Breitbart was honored in the publication's "Tribute to Those We Lost" for 2012. Andrew was a warrior, a new media pioneer, and a loving husband and father. He is terribly missed by all those here at Breitbart News.
  • SCOTT WALKER: HUMAN EVENTS' CONSERVATIVE OF THE YEAR 2012

    12/21/2012 7:51:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/21/2012 | Human Events Editors
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been named the Human Events Conservative of the Year 2012, succeeding Rep. Paul Ryan, Human Events announced Thursday. The Editors said Walker was chosen because he brought the benefits of conservatism to a financially troubled state, and survived numerous harsh encounters with a relentlessly hostile political environment. He was denounced, protested, and demonized to the point where he shared space with Adolf Hitler and deposed Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak on protest signs. Big Labor unleashed a tidal wave of money and organizational power against him. His adversaries were willing to break every rule to...
  • The 25 Funniest AutoCorrects Of 2012

    12/20/2012 5:40:14 PM PST · by mkmensinger · 51 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 12-18-12 | Dave Stopera
    Some of these are a bit naughty, but I laughed so hard I cried.
  • 2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President

    12/19/2012 5:13:12 AM PST · by John W · 98 replies
    time.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Michael Scherer
    Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States.
  • Why 2012 was the best year ever

    12/17/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    spectator.co.uk ^ | December 15, 2012
    Never in the history of the world has there been less hunger, less disease and more prosperity It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully...
  • FACEBOOK Voted Best Place To Work - Interns Earn $67,000/Year!

    12/13/2012 9:27:02 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 8 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Facebook is the number one company to work for in the world, according to a new study by Glassdoor.com. The career site ranked the 50 best companies to work for based on employee reviews and other corporate data and found that the social media website tops them all. Facebook employees gave the company a 4.6 rating on a scale of 5.0 with a majority saying they are "Very Satisfied." The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, received a 97 percent approval rating. Some of the pros reported by Facebook employees included smart and driven employees, vision of management and the ability to...
  • And the Winner of TIME’s Person of the Year Reader Poll Is…(Kim Jong Un, can't make this up)

    12/13/2012 7:09:24 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Time ^ | 12/13/2012 | Kelly Conniff
    Kim Jong Un is having a good year. After taking over the leadership of North Korea from his late father Kim Jong Il, at the end of 2011, he’s solidified his control over the country, appeared on TIME’s cover and he was even named ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’ (OK, that honor was actually bestowed as a spoof in the satirical newspaper, The Onion, but a Chinese news service mistook the Onion piece for real news and the story went global.) Now, he’s gotten the most votes in TIME’s completely unscientific reader Person of the Year Poll with 5.6 million votes. Not...
  • 50 Best Albums Of 2012

    11/29/2012 1:04:44 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 53 replies
    New Music Express ^ | 11/20/12 | Luke Lewis
    Yowzers, it's been a good year for music. Music so good it made us want to lick the packaging it came in. Music so bad we had a bonfire piled high with it. Music so weird it made us question whether it was even music. After countless hours of in-office arguing, we've boiled the lot of it down to the 50 choicest cuts of 2012
  • Heisman 2012 [Sports Vanity]

    11/27/2012 9:48:27 AM PST · by re_nortex · 73 replies
    11-27-2012 | re_nortex
    At this point of the college football season, with some crucial games still on tap for this weekend, the frontrunners in the Heisman race are A&M's sensational freshman QB Johnny Manziel and game-changer Manti Te'o of Notre Dame. Still in the hunt was once heavily-favored Colin Klein of Kansas State. Vanishing completely after an impressive start is West Virginia's Geno Smith. I'd personally like to see Johnny Manziel win the trophy this year and the odds are evidently in his favor. But, to play the part of a contrarian, here's what could derail the hopes of those backing him for...
  • Sandra Fluke Nominated for Time’s Person of the Year

    11/27/2012 6:39:15 AM PST · by Baynative · 85 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/12 | Steven Ertelt
    She became the face for the pro-abortion movement during the 2012 elections and the laughingstock of pro-lifers for her relentless push to force Americans to pay for her birth control. College student Sandra Fluke has been nominated as a potential Person of the Year by Time Magazine.