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  • Pray for my uncle - fell on Christmas - dire

    12/26/2014 8:13:10 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 58 replies
    me | 12/26/14 | myself
    Please pray for my uncle. This is a shock and the outcome looks dire.
  • Democrats Can’t Be Dad

    12/26/2014 7:57:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | December 26, 2014 | Mona Charen
    DECEMBER 26, 2014 Democrats Can’t Be Dad The “mommy party” has earned its reputation for also being the party of weakness. By Mona Charen Democrats have done very well politically by convincing voters that they are, in a very broad sense, on the side of the little guy. “Republicans,” they say, “take care of the rich, but we Democrats are the party that brought you Social Security, Medicare, Head Start, the Civil Rights Act, free school lunches, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and Obamacare. We are the party that will tax rich Republicans to fund government programs that help...
  • Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police

    12/26/2014 7:31:29 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 12-26-14 | John Whitehead
    In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens' Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a "reasonable" mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law....
  • Elon Musk: The new Tesla Roadster can travel some 400 miles on a single charge

    12/26/2014 7:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post's The Switch Blog ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brian Fung
    Car nerds, you just got an extra present under the tree. Tesla announced Friday an upgrade for its Roadster, the electric car company’s convertible model, and said that the new features significantly boost its range -- beyond what many traditional cars can get on a tank of gasoline. The company is installing three retrofits for the vehicle. First up is a battery upgrade that marks a 31 percent increase in capacity. Next is an “aero kit” that’ll alter the car’s profile slightly, producing a 15 percent reduction in wind drag. Finally, the Roadster will be getting new, more efficient tires....
  • 5 apps for iTunes backup and recovery ( an a bit of a vanity)

    12/26/2014 5:24:52 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 12 replies
    Yahoo/ News ^ | Sept/ 25, 2014 | Josh Rotter
    If your system crashes and your entire iTunes library vanishes, you may think that your music, videos, and photos are gone for good. But before you excavate your CDs and photos from storage to re-rip and re-scan, check out these top five apps for restoring your files with just one click
  • US Islamist Expert: NYPD Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley May Have Been Responding to ISIS Fatwa (Video)

    12/26/2014 2:54:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley may have been responding to a fatwa.Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos in cold blood on last Saturday in Brooklyn.. City officials confirmed that Brinsley had attended a Mike Brown rally in New York City. He took video at the protest. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Ismaaiyl was carrying $100 bills in his pocket. But he had no job or home. Andrew G. Bostom, professor of medicine at Brown University, told Steve Malzberg that Ismaaiyl may have been responding to a fatwa to murder police officers. “People are reluctant to even acknowledge...
  • ABOUT THAT 5% GDP GROWTH RATE…

    12/26/2014 2:41:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12-26-2014 | John Hinderaker
    December 26, 2014 by John Hinderaker About that 5% GDP Growth Rate… Just before Christmas, the Commerce Department announced that third quarter GDP growth came in at an upwardly-revised 5% annual rate. Nearly everyone hailed this as wonderful economic news. The New York Times celebrated the apparent return to rapid growth: [H]ere, for the holidays, is the festive news: The economy roared ahead at a 5 percent annual growth rate in the July through September quarter, the fastest quarterly growth since 2003. …The biggest revision that boosted G.D.P. was in personal consumption spending, the biggest engine of overall economic activity,...
  • After the primaries, how could any Republican keep a straight face and rally for Jeb?

    12/26/2014 1:40:05 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    How could even a RINO like Reince Priebus say: Vote for Jeb Bush it will be so much different to Clinton. I think the policy of promoting self deportation is an act of love for American workers. That's what the aim of the policy is.
  • After So Many Black Lives Lost, We Need Kwanzaa More Than Ever This Year

    12/26/2014 1:38:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 60 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 26, 2014 | Michael W Twitty
    After So Many Black Lives Lost, We Need Kwanzaa More Than Ever This Year Michael W Twitty We can celebrate unity by standing with people all across the world united in support of the idea that #BlackLivesMatter. We should make the principles of Kwanzaa our own. Photograph: rashidasimmons / flickr via Creative Commons 26 December 2014 Only a small portion of the African American population actually celebrates Kwanzaa: its reception in other parts of the African diaspora has been lukewarm at best, and its success has largely depended on just how devoted celebrants have been to the popularity of black...
  • This photo of Obama is, unfortunately, NOT Photoshopped!

    12/26/2014 12:44:48 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 60 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-26-14 | The Looking Spoon
    How can you even spoof this? You can't. I would say he's spoofing himself now, but that's not true, not even a little.
  • LA: CCW Fail: Gun Stolen in Armed Robbery

    12/26/2014 12:24:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Another concealed carry failure happened that might have been prevented by open carry.  In this rare event,  a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit holder was robbed of his defensive firearm.   He was pistol whipped to the head before he could draw, indicating that his attackers did not wish to draw attention with a shot, and/or they did not wish an obvious murder.   It is likely that if the victim had been openly carrying his firearm, the robbers would have chosen less dangerous prey.   From uptownmessenger.com: The victim, a man in his 40s, was near Henry Clay and Coliseum...
  • It’s Time to Demilitarize the Police

    12/26/2014 11:53:02 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 38 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/26/14 | Steve Berman
    Habersham County, Georgia is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, just south of stunning Tallulah Gorge.  The biggest city in the county is Cornelia, with 4,160 residents.  The entire population of Habersham County would fill slightly more than half the seats in the Georgia Dome. Yet Habersham County Sheriff’s Department has a SWAT team, complete with flash-bang grenades, one of which exploded in a 19-month-old’s crib on May 28, 2014.  A drug raid gone wrong.  In fact, gone so wrong that there wasn’t even a hint of a drug dealer at the home, just a sleeping family. [WSB-TV]...
  • Obama trying to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights in a typical Obama way

    12/26/2014 9:12:14 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Doug Book
    During the past several years, the expected signing by the Obama Administration of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has raised the serious question among gun owners of whether the terms of a treaty can take precedence over the rights secured by the Constitution or the laws of the land which derive from it. That is, can our inalienable rights be undone by International Law? Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT last year and the Treaty entered into force—took effect—two days ago on Christmas Eve. Apostles of one world government have endeavored to convince the American people...
  • Vanity: Anyone out there have an AR7?

    12/26/2014 8:44:41 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 65 replies
    12/26/2014 | Me
    I am thinking about picking up an AR7, just to have in the bug out pack. Its more a pack I toss into the truck when driving long distances in the winter. I don't really expect to be caught alone in a 4x4 truck in the wild lands of Vermont for long, but I never know. And I do not want to drive around with my Remington 700 in the back seat. So, has anyone owned one and are they worth it. Its the break down capability I am looking for. I guess there are other weapons that break down...
  • Former Delta Force Doctor is Top Rural Doc in America

    12/26/2014 6:28:47 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/26/2014 | C Carroll
    Dr. John “Rob” Marsh was already more than 12 hours into his workday last Tuesday when he rolled up to a tiny darkened house in Vesuvius, an out-of-the-way town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. “His willingness to come out here when we need him — well, it’s the kind of attitude you don’t find that much anymore,” she said. “We’re just fortunate. Tirelessness and the confidence to operate alone in a crisis — key requirements for rural physicians — were drilled into him in his previous job as the doctor for the Army’s elite Delta Force antiterrorism unit. Read the...
  • (Vanity) A Cynical Thought

    12/26/2014 5:26:56 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies
    The velveted paws of grey_whiskers | 12-26-2014 | grey_whiskers
    When guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns. When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl When politics is outlawed, then only...oh wait.
  • OK:Failure of Victim Selection: Do not Burglarize a Gun Rights Supporter

    12/26/2014 4:53:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Pastor Vinyard in his Church It appears that the teen burglar did not read the papers.   It is foolish to burgle the house of a "vocal supporter of gun rights", and then attack them in their home.  Tom Vinyard is the senior pastor of Windsor Hills Baptist Church, and has been outspoken in his political beliefs.  From newsok.com: A pastor at a northwest Oklahoma City church who has been a vocal proponent of gun rights has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy at the pastor’s home. (snip)  The pastor arrived home about 3...
  • Christians On The Run From Iraq [The Fall of Mosul And Obama's Crime Against Christians!]

    12/25/2014 4:56:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | December 25, 2014 | Nina Shea
    DECEMBER 24, 2014 Christians On The Run From Iraq The Islamic State is attaining its key goal, and U.S. media find the story of “limited interest.” By Nina Shea For the first time in 1,400 years, there will be no Christmas celebrations in Nineveh province, home to Iraq’s largest remaining Christian community and largest non-Muslim minority, and a site of great biblical significance. This northern province, whose area is over three times larger than that of Lebanon, is now part of the Islamic State’s caliphate, and its Christians and churches are no longer tolerated. What has become of Nineveh’s Christians?...
  • KY:Set-up Invasion at Midnight in Kentucky

    12/25/2014 3:22:21 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have always thought that answering a door with a gun at hand was a reasonable precaution.  In this recent case in Kentucky, the homeowner was able to reach his firearm, but it was a close thing. It was a set-up home invasion.   The decoy, Raven Edwards, above, contacted the homeowner, Bill Jolley, on social media and was invited over a bit after midnight.  It is unknown if they knew each other previously; but the addresses are all in Harrison County, KY, and there is only one high school in the County.  After Raven arrived at the house and...
  • Cardinal Kasper on Pope Francis' condemnation of the Curia

    12/25/2014 2:10:39 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 25, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Religion News Service is reporting that: "Cardinal Walter Kasper, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers, has sought to downplay the pontiff’s scathing critique of the Curia earlier this week. Kasper, who previously led the Vatican body responsible for promoting Christian unity, said the pope was asking the Curia, or Vatican administration, to examine their conscience in a bid to promote spiritual renewal. The German cardinal, joined by Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, said Francis was asking the Curia to set an example. 'The fundamental thing is he wants spiritual reform of the Curia,' Kasper told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera...
  • Greenfield: Every Christmas Now Comes With Muslim Terrorism

    12/25/2014 2:09:34 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 16 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, December 25, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, December 25, 2014 Every Christmas Now Comes With Muslim Terrorism Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Muslim Terrorism has become as much of a Christmas tradition for Christians in the West, as it already was for Christians in the Muslim world, where Somali Muslim gunmen attacked a Christmas party at an African Union base. A Somali Muslim attempted to bring terrorism into the United States by bombing a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland in 2010. Mohamed Osman Mohamud (twice the Mohammed for twice the mayhem) had a simple goal, "I want whoever is attending that...
  • We Live In A New World And The Saudis Are The First To Get It

    12/25/2014 1:52:04 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 38 replies
    The Automatic Earth blog ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 | Raul Ilargi Meijer
    [ Secondary blog source: Tyler Durden / The Zero Hedge / www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-24/we-live-new-world-and-saudis-are-first-get-it ] There are many things I don’t understand these days, and some are undoubtedly due to the limits of my brain power. But at the same time some are not. I’m the kind of person who can no longer believe that anyone would get excited over a 5% American GDP growth number. Not even with any other details thrown in, just simply a print like that. It’s so completely out of left field and out of proportion that you would think by now at least a few more...
  • Merry Christmas to all; and, to all, classic Christmas radio!

    12/25/2014 1:47:51 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 2 replies
    Kallman's Alley ^ | December 25 2014 | Yours Truly
    Our annual Christmas Day radio listening merely begins with two jewels from a master satirist: The Linit Bath Club Revue: The Mammoth Department Store (CBS, 1932) Here’s a treat for any old-time radio fan—the oldest known surviving program hosted by the singular Fred Allen, in whose spotlight sketch he plays a man with a sometimes unenviable profession: managing a department store . . . on the day after Christmas. Hopefully, without driving himself crazy. Cast: Portland Hoffa, Sheila Barrett, Roy Atwell, Charles Carlile. Announcer: Ken Roberts. Music: Lou Katzman Orchestra, Mary Leaf at the organ. Writer: Fred Allen. Texaco Star...
  • Merry Christmas from the Miller family in Panama

    12/25/2014 1:43:31 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 25, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Here we are in front of our Christmas tree. I write the articles for my blog, Jeanie sometimes previews them and the pups (Sunshine is in front and Ruff is next to Jeanie) always chew on everything I post there and at Warsclerotic prior to publication. One member of our family, Princess, died in September and this is our first Christmas in eight years without her. We miss her very much. Nevertheless, on the whole it's been a pretty good year. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTtc2pM1boE] Video link
  • Backlash Against de Blasio

    12/25/2014 11:14:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 44 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/25/14 | Matthew Vadum
    Cop-basher surprised by police anger. But don't hold your breath waiting for de Blasio to resign. Radical leftists rarely give up power without a fight. Cop-bashing New York mayor Bill de Blasio seems genuinely surprised at the ferocious backlash against him in light of the execution-style weekend killing of two local cops. After spending the past year in office attacking police, the mayor is now scrambling to put the pin back into the grenade he threw into the local body politic. His crusade against the police goes back at least to his election campaign last year when he caustically criticized...
  • Trouble in Berkeley, Missouri

    12/25/2014 10:59:59 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/25/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Holder and Obama prefers the company of uber race-baiter Al Sharpton. It is this trio of men, along with New York's equally feckless Mayor, Bill de Blasio, who have cultivated the "us against them" mentality Another seemingly justified police shooting near Ferguson, MO briefly followed a sadly predictable script. In nearby Berkeley, a white police officer, aged 34, fired three shots, killing black American Antonio Martin, aged 18. The officer was responding to a report of stealing at a Mobil on the Run gas station. Martin allegedly pulled a 9mm handgun on the six-year veteran, who stumbled backwards as he...
  • The Christmas Candle

    12/25/2014 10:42:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/25/14 | William Kevin Stoos
    To Dad--who knew how to keep Christmas well Candle wicks, like memories, flicker faintly at times, and burn brightly at others. Dickens could have been writing about my father, William Christian Stoos, when he said of Scrooge that he knew how to keep Christmas well. Dad was the Spirit of Christmas in our household. Each year he anticipated the holiday with a childlike glee. Although a stoic man, and deeply spiritual, he became a child at Christmas time—his favorite time of the year. Whether it was the gaudy Christmas tree with its 2,000 lights that warmed our cozy house, the...
  • Finding the Face of God on Christmas Day

    12/25/2014 10:41:20 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/25/14 | Judi McLeod
    The Face of God is yours forever. A Christ-blessed Merry Christmas to each and every one! If only Canada Free Press (CFP) could, it would give this troubled world the most precious Christmas gift of all:the Face of God. Millions the world over will never give up on their search for the Face of God. They relentlessly go on searching every day, Christmas time or not. Through Google, CFP found the Face of God though historian/journalist/author Paul Badde’s spell-binding book ‘Face of God’ back in 2012—a discovery, once made, never forgotten. Unpainted by any human hand, the Face of God...
  • NYPD 'Pigs': Another 'Hard Hat Riot' could erupt as marchers again taunt cops

    12/25/2014 10:02:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Wilmington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2014 | Timothy Whiteman
    It may be a case of everything old is new again. Much like during the turbulent late '60s and early '70s when more than just a few hard-left individuals managed to get their images splashed across television screens across the planet, much like their forefathers of almost half a century ago, today's members and supporters of The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA are propagating as loud as they can to convince the masses that police departments across the nation are dyed-in-the-wool racists, referred to as "Pigs," who seek to murder as many blacks and Latinos as possible. Despite his critics decrying...
  • Hollywood’s God Is Distant, Powerless

    Bible students are ever hopeful that Hollywood moviemakers will produce compelling, dramatic, visually stimulating and factual films for some of the Old Testament’s best-known heroes and heroines. That is never going to happen! The extensively advertised and marketed 2014 movies—Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings—prove this point. Many people were greatly disappointed by Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah. It will be ditto with Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. When I saw Noah, I thought, Shame on you, Mr. Aronofsky. Seeing Exodus: God’s and Kings, I thought, Shame on me for staying until the end. Not Much Bible in Noah Aronofsky...
  • The birth of Jesus as recorded in Luke 2: 1-20

    12/25/2014 8:51:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In this time of worry about the future of our nation let us pause to remember the gift God gave us on the first Christmas morning. Here is the story of Christ’s birth as told to us by St. Luke 2: 1-20) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to...
  • Grateful to God in Obama’s Dictatorship

    12/25/2014 7:45:22 AM PST · by WXRGina · 25 replies
    American Clarion ^ | December 25, 2014 | Gina Miller
    Today in America we stand in a place few, if any, of us ever dreamed we would see in our lifetimes. There is no overstating the wicked nature of this terrible place. The United States of America has been overthrown by communist enemies within who have waged a decades-long, steady infiltration of every area of power and influence in our nation. I say “decades-long,” but we can look back and see that the cancer began at least a hundred years ago, and it really kicked into high gear in the 1960s. It has now metastasized, and I don’t know that...
  • Police Harassment Joke

    12/25/2014 7:01:02 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    Email | 25 DECEMBER 2014 | Email
    Police Harassment: Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran a forum with the local community with the topic being, "Community Policing." One of the civilian participants posed the following question: "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it? From the "other side," Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied: "First of all, let me tell you this...it's not easy. In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people. Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what...
  • Governor Palin: Merry Christmas To Our Brave Men And Women In Uniform

    12/25/2014 5:58:42 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 10 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | December 24th, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin posted to her Facebook:A special Merry Christmas to our brave men and women in uniform – especially those serving us far from home.
  • The Real Reason for the Season

    12/25/2014 5:58:34 AM PST · by jimjohn · 2 replies
    Bible | So it is written
    Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is...
  • PHOTOS: Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of World War One truce

    12/25/2014 5:47:10 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Reditt.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | NA
    "We were just going to fire on them when we saw they had no rifles ... in about two minutes the ground between the two lines of trenches was swarming with men and officers of both sides, shaking hands and wishing each other a happy Christmas." British and German soldiers gathered in a dusty field in Afghanistan on Wednesday to play a game of soccer in memory of a Christmas truce spontaneously called between their armies a century ago during World War One. That moment in 1914 - when troops along Europe's Flanders front met after four months killing each...
  • Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia; Christ the Savior is born.

    12/25/2014 5:18:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-25-2014 | MOTUS
    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed…until such time as an angel appeared to  the false king named Barack and said unto him: “That’s right Barack…you didn’t build that yourself; somebody else made that happen.” Behold his glory: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall...
  • "Watershed Moments: Jesus' Birth and Our Own" (Sermon for Christmas Day; John 1:1-18, Titus 3:4-7)

    12/25/2014 2:27:10 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (John 1:1-18; Titus 3:4-7)Today is Christmas Day. This is the day for celebrating the greatest birth in the history of the world, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The birth of Christ marks the watershed moment in all of human history. By a “watershed moment,” I mean a moment so significant that it marks a division between what went before and what comes after. And so it is with the birth of Christ. We even divide up time according to it: “B.C.,” “Before Christ,” and “A.D.,” “Anno Domini,” “In the...
  • Researchers 3 Years Away from Commercializing Pure Graphene 3D Printers

    12/24/2014 8:36:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3D Print ^ | December 24, 2014 | Heidi Milkert
    As we’ve mentioned so many times in past articles, the convergence of additive manufacturing and the ‘miracle material’ graphene could have major ramifications for dozens of industries over the next several years. Because of this, researchers and companies are spending a great deal of time and money figuring out the best methods to 3D print graphene. A group of researchers, led by Seol Seung-kwon at the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute’s Nano Hybrid Technology Research Center (KERI) are at the forefront of this research. As we mentioned last month, KERI, a unit under the Ministry of Finance in South Korea, recently...
  • Dave Barry's Year in Review 2014

    12/24/2014 8:34:49 PM PST · by __rvx86 · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Dave Barry
    It was a year of mysteries. To list some of the more baffling ones: A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN. Millions of Americans suddenly decided to make videos of themselves having ice water poured on their heads. Remember? There were rumors that this had something to do with charity, but for most of us, the connection was never clear. All we knew was that, for a while there, every time we turned on the TV, there was a local...
  • Why we Europeans eternally will honor Europe

    12/24/2014 7:20:44 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 15 replies
    12/25/2014 | WesternCulture
    Take a German course. We Europeans sometimes err, but didn't you know we're glorious? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a23945btJYw
  • Beware Putin’s Special War in 2015

    12/24/2014 5:11:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The 20 Committee ^ | 12/23/14 | staff
    December 2014 is the month Putin’s Russia was plunged into undeniable crisis. Between the dramatic drop in oil prices and the collapse of the ruble, under Western sanctions pressure, Russians are going into the new year in a dramatically different, and lessened, economic situation than the one they enjoyed at the beginning of the year now ending.This will bring myriad hardships to Russians, particularly because even Moscow is admitting that low oil prices may be the “new normal” until the 2030’s. Caveats abound here. The vast majority of Russians don’t travel abroad, much less have vacation properties in Europe, nor...
  • ‘I shall never forget it’: 100 years since WWI Christmas truce

    12/24/2014 4:34:35 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Unknown
    With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air. "It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere: and at about 7 or 8 in the evening there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and there were these lights -- I don't know what they were. And then they sang, "Silent Night" – "Stille Nacht." I shall never forget it, it was one of the highlights of my life. I thought, what a beautiful tune,"...
  • The Destruction Of The Middle Class Is Nearing The Final Stages

    12/24/2014 3:11:54 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 109 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The events of the past few months seem astounding when taken in all at once. The plan to destroy the U.S. dollar and the American middle class is moving at an ever increasing speed. At the recent G20 meeting the nations agreed that bank deposits would no longer be considered money. These bank deposits become the property of the banking institution and as such can be used any way the bank wants. This means that any money you deposit in a bank now is no longer yours but makes you an investor in the bank and subject to lose that...
  • Now, have some Christmas Eve old-time radio!

    12/24/2014 12:44:07 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 5 replies
    Kallman's Alley | December 24 2014 | Yours Truly
    I’m not convinced that I can possibly improve upon this particular entry from Christmas Eves past, so I’ll continue this journal’s little tradition. For all who celebrate, and for anyone sorely in need of extra cheer this and any such season, today’s offerings are dedicated, as always. Columbia Workshop: The Plot to Overthrow Christmas (CBS, 24 December 1942) Set in hell, delivered in verse (some of it, admittedly, is a little on the awkward side but the archness of the delivery and the quality of the bulk makes up for it), some of history’s most notorious villains to that point...
  • The Most Famous Editorial

    12/24/2014 11:32:56 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 25 replies
    NY Sun (via NY Daily News) ^ | Sept. 21, 1897 | Francis P. Church
    Hard to believe that this much time has passed. On Christmas Eve 2004, I shared this editorial with all my FRiends here, while I was icebound in West Virginia heading back from leave to report for mobilization. And then, on Christmas Eve 2005, while downrange in Ramadi, Iraq, I shared this editorial with all of you again. And this year once again, from our new digs in Florida with The Bride and my new family, I offer this beautiful story, a very favorite of mine, for all my FRiends again. Take the time to read it - REALLY read it...
  • CUNY Newspaper Editorial Calls for Shooting of Police, Armed, Violent Protests

    12/24/2014 11:26:53 AM PST · by rightistight · 52 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/24/14 | Aurelius
    In a CUNY newspaper editorial written earlier this month, the “Advocate’s” Editor-in-Chief called for violent protests against those opposed to “justice” for Michael Brown and others. The piece, called “In Support of Violence,” contains several chilling passages. “The time for peace has passed, indeed it never existed in this country,” the editorial explains. “It doesn’t matter if Brown robbed a convenience store, or even if he assaulted Wilson. What matters is that the case highlights the depths to which the capitalist state and its police forces will protect their own and attempt to stifle any sort of dissent.” The editorial...
  • Meet the man who set into motion the events that led to Eric Garner’s death

    12/24/2014 11:07:35 AM PST · by Starman417 · 46 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-24-14 | DrJohn
    This is Philip Banks. Until recently he was the Chief of Department in the NYPD, the highest ranking black police office in the NYPD. Philip Banks set into motion the events that led to Garner’s death: An order to crack down on the illegal sale of 75-cent cigarettes in Staten Island came directly from Police Headquarters, setting off a chain of events that ended in Eric Garner’s death, the Daily News has learned. Chief of Department Philip Banks — the highest-ranking uniformed cop in the city — sent a sergeant from his office at 1 Police Plaza in July to...
  • Pentagon: Move retirees to Obamacare

    12/24/2014 11:05:49 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies
    http://thisainthell.us ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jonn Lilyea
    Yeah, who didn’t see this coming; budget experts at the Pentagon say that the Department of Defense could save butt loads of money if they forced military retirees into Obamacare. We know that, but it’s not keeping faith with veterans who fulfilled their obligations depending on the government to keep their end up. From the Army Times; [T]he budget analysts said the Defense Department could realize tremendous savings if it tapped into the resources offered by the general, civilian health care system and coverage available through federal or state exchanges. “It’s a little radical, but should we be thinking about...
  • Vanity: How does the economy feel near you?

    12/24/2014 10:25:11 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 67 replies
    12/24/14 | Vanity
    As the Dow hits new heights, there are reports all around about the new robustness of the U.S. economy. Things here in Western MA are not great. It doesn't feel like huge 5% growth and the unemployed are all around. I am wondering what it's like in your neck of the woods. Also, wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a great 2015!