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  • Price of new Amazon tablet could be big attraction

    09/28/2011 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/28/11 | Alistair Barr
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is expected to launch its long-awaited tablet computer on Wednesday, sporting a low-enough price to give Apple Inc's iPad some serious competition for the first time. At a news conference Wednesday morning in New York, Amazon will likely unveil a seven-inch tablet that will let users read e-books, download digital music and video games and stream movies and TV shows. Analysts expect the tablet to be priced around $250, roughly half the price of Apple's dominant iPad, which starts at $499. "If Amazon prices the Kindle Fire at $250, it has the potential to become the...
  • The world is an evil place and why I don't click on articles about child murders

    08/30/2011 7:04:13 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 19 replies
    Vanity | 083011 | Artemis Webb
    There's an article posted this morning, "Mother 'bludgeoned daughters 7 and 4 to death with a hatchet after failed pregnancy". It's not that the poster doesn't have a right to post a legitimate news story. It's not that the poster is doing anything morally wrong by posting it. Indeed I have no doubt that the poster is as sickened and grieved by the murders of children as any other decent person is. Maybe it's just me. I used to drive slowly past the bad wreck and crane my neck to see "whatever there was to see" Now I want to...
  • Best Pizza Places in the U.S. (Coastal Bias BS)

    08/22/2011 2:05:32 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 81 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | 082211 | Food & Wine
    Here, we've chosen the best places for pizza around the country from new guard spots—including a Bay Area pizzeria that uses locally milled flour—to the nearly century-old East Coast institutions started by the original pizzaiolo obsessives that loyalists still (rightfully) love.
  • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

    08/22/2011 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 08/22/11 | Yahoo! News
    The memorial sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between memorials honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader. The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin: The Location on The Mall:
  • Chicago police must pay 330k for killing dog in home raid

    08/19/2011 8:10:23 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 63 replies
    The Lookout ^ | 08192011 | LIz Goodwin
    A federal jury says Chicago law enforcement must pay $330,000 to a family after officers shot their dog during a home raid that turned up no illegal activity. Thomas Russell, then 18, opened the door to his home in February 2009 to find police officers with their guns drawn. He asked if he could lock up his 9-year-old black labrador, named Lady, before letting the officers inside. The Chicago Tribune describes what happened next: Police refused the request and came into the house, the lawsuit said. When Lady came loping around the corner with her tail wagging, Officer Richard Antonsen...
  • Yahoo.com shows Obama reading from a teleprompter...I'm stunned!

    08/09/2011 9:03:01 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 21 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 080911 | Artemis Webb
    During the 2008 election cycle Yahoo! was a huge supporter of the Obama candidacy. Since he took office little has changed. The mantra has been: Obama = wonderful, wise, brilliant Conservatives = racist, stupid, greedy One thing that was a constant was that Obama was never shown reading from a teleprompter. If Yahoo! showed that, it might interfere with the image that words of wisdom simply flowed extemporaneously from his lips like water from a mountain spring. Well I'm not under the delusion that Yahoo! is suddenly becoming anything other than a leftist site, but still our take our little...
  • Predictions: Who will be the GOP nominee in 2012?

    08/04/2011 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 161 replies
    Vanity ^ | 110411 | Artemis Webb
    Your opinions... Who will be the GOP nominee? Who will come in 2nd and 3rd? Will Obama keep Biden as his VP nominee? Try to play nice.
  • Mysterious company dissolves after giving $1 million to pro-Romney PAC

    08/04/2011 9:02:54 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 37 replies
    The Ticket (Yahoo News) ^ | 080411 | Holly Bailey
    Did someone create a company for the sole purpose of giving to a political action committee trying to boost Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign? That's what it looks like. As The Ticket reported earlier this week, three firms gave $1 million apiece to Restore Our Future, a conservative "super PAC" planning to spend millions to help Romney's White House bid. One of those companies was W. Spann LLC, a mysterious New York-based company that apparently closed up shop last month shortly after its contribution to the pro-Romney PAC. As NBC News's Michael Isikoff reports, the company was formed in March...
  • Needing advice on a fall vacation to GETTYSBURG.

    07/16/2011 11:33:51 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 61 replies
    Vanity ^ | 07/16/2011 | me
    My wife and I are thinking of an October trip that would include Gettysburg. We want to fly into the area and would probably take a bus or some type of shuttle, not a rental car, into Gettysburg for however many days we need to stay. So I need some advice from knowledgeable FReepers (Is there any other kind of FReeper?): First of all what city should we fly into? Baltimore and Harrisburg look most likely. I know Gettysburg has an airport but it doesn't appear to have major carriers. Does anybody know if bus or shuttle service is available...
  • Gingrich's Charity Paid Money to Gingrich's Business

    06/14/2011 10:07:08 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 061411 | Elspeth Reeve
    A charity founded by Newt Gingrich paid Gingrich's for-profit company $220,000 over two years, ABC News reports. The non-profit, Renewing American Leadership, was meant to spur conversation about restoring Christian principles in Washington, and mostly did that through letters seeking donations. The list of people who responded to those letters with checks was given to Gingrich--something that would be very valuable to a potential presidential candidate building support early in the campaign. ReAL, as the non-profit is called, also paid full-price for Gingrich's books and DVDs. ABC News asked Gingrich for comment ahead of a speech in New Hampshire, but...
  • The Official HOBBIT Titles And Release Dates!

    05/30/2011 8:13:13 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 37 replies
    aintitcool.com ^ | 053011 | Nordling
    We've known about this unofficially since March, but it's official now - New Line, MGM, and Warner Brothers have announced that Peter Jackson's HOBBIT films are titled THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, to be released December 14, 2012, and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, to be released December 13, 2013.
  • Official: 232 people are 'unaccounted for' after Joplin tornado

    05/26/2011 10:25:14 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 13 replies
    KY3 ^ | 052611 | KY3
    JOPLIN, Mo. -- State officials said Thursday morning that they don't know the whereabouts of 232 people who likely were in the city on Sunday afternoon when the tornado hit. Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director Andrea Spillars released a list of the names. She urged survivors to check in. Officials said previously they believe people who are "unaccounted for" aren't necessarily dead or trapped in debris. They say many are probably safe and but failed to tell friends and family where they are. Cell phone service in Joplin remains spotty. Spillars said officials know some of the missing...
  • Analysis: Romney is the guy to catch in GOP field (Hurl Up A Lung Alert)

    05/23/2011 8:32:35 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 052311 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney is emerging as the man to catch in the narrowing Republican presidential field, grabbing a clear head start in fundraising, organization and experience despite vulnerabilities that still might undo him. With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels becoming the latest respected Republican to forgo a candidacy, many party insiders say the field is largely set. And Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Olympic Games organizer, is in front. "It's Romney's to lose," said Scott Reed, a GOP consultant who managed Bob Dole's presidential campaign. He said Romney's biggest advantages are his personal wealth, fundraising know-how and experience as...
  • So what do you think of Rick Perry?

    05/17/2011 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 70 replies
    vanity ^ | 051711 | me
    just askin...
  • Mitch Daniels: The man who could reshape the Republican field

    05/09/2011 8:42:39 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 110 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 050811 | Chris Cillizza
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels continues to keep the political world waiting, saying recently that he will announce “within weeks” whether he will run for president in 2012. The Republican’s decision — which could come as soon as Thursday at the Indiana Republican Party’s spring dinner, where his wife, Cheri, will be the keynote speaker — could have an impact well beyond just one man saying yes or no, however. The GOP presidential race has been defined by relative chaos — and weakness — among the field. That was reinforced at last week’s first presidential debate of the season, which, aside...
  • Web's bin Laden 'death photo' (just the photo) is fake

    05/02/2011 11:46:01 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 11 replies
    msnbc ^ | 050211 | Stokes Young
    From NBC's Courtney Kube: A senior U.S. official says that they are still deciding whether to release a still photo of dead bin Laden. "It is really, really graphic," the official said, adding that U.S. officials are trying to decide whether it is just too graphic to put out. New link, 10:50 a.m. ET: From The Guardian: (Linked page contains graphic image): The bloodied image of a man with matted hair and a blank, half-opened eye has been circulating on the internet for the past two years. It was used on the front pages of the Mail, Times, Telegraph, Sun...
  • Palin Reacts to bin Laden's Death (SHE'S IN ON THE CONSPIRACY TOO!)

    05/02/2011 6:42:14 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 248 replies
    Fox ^ | 050211 | Sarah Palin
    By Sarah Palin Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy. This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all...
  • Carl Douglas Defends ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ After Racism Charge

    04/30/2011 8:25:00 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 24 replies
    eurweb.com ^ | 042811 | eurweb
    *The 1974 song “Kung Fu Fighting” is making headlines after an entertainer in the UK was arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated harassment for performing the tune in a local bar. According to the Daily Telegraph, Simon Ledger was arrested after a 32-year-old Chinese person overheard the song being performed in the Driftwood Bar in Sandown, Isle of Wight, and promptly made a complaint. A Hampshire Police spokesperson said the man claimed he had been subject to racial abuse. The song, which features the lyrics “There was funky Chinamen from funky Chinatown,” reached number one in the US and UK charts...
  • What do you have against Tim Pawlenty?

    04/28/2011 1:13:44 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 71 replies
    Vanity ^ | 042811 | me
    Before everybody starts flaming me let me make myself clear. I don't support or oppose Tim Pawlenty. I just know that a lot of FReepers hold him in only slightly higher esteem than they do Mitt Romney. So if you don't like Tim Pawlenty I'd like to know why. I'm a blank slate on the subject of the guy.
  • Sarah Palin's Iowa Operation Seems Non-Existent

    04/28/2011 12:19:37 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 73 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 042811 | Erik Hayden
    Sarah Palin hasn't been getting as much attention lately as a presidential candidate. Maybe that's because people don't think she's actually running. If the former Alaska governor wants to keep up appearances, however, she's going to have to do a better job laying the groundwork in Iowa, that bellwether first-in-the-nation caucus state. But, looks like she's not doing very well at that either: her operation in Iowa is non-existent. The Los Angeles Times tried looking for it: Iowa's Palin for President operation pretty much consists of one guy with a computer in Storm Lake and another who is crisscrossing Iowa...
  • Percentage of black baseball players drops again

    04/21/2011 6:53:00 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 22 replies · 1+ views
    AP Sports ^ | 042111 | RONALD BLUM
    NEW YORK (AP)—The percentage of black players in the major leagues dropped again on opening day this year even as the sport again received a top overall grade for racial diversity. Baseball’s grade for gender hiring declined slightly, according to the annual study released Thursday by Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. Baseball received an A for racial diversity in hiring, the same grade as last year, and a B-minus for gender, down from a B. Its overall grade remained a B-plus. “A one-year difference like this must be seen with...
  • What Actually Goes On at Olive Garden's 'Culinary Institute' in Tuscany?

    04/18/2011 9:52:10 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 149 replies
    Time ^ | 041811 | MICHELE TRAVIERSO
    It's not a good week to be Olive Garden. First, a parent spoke out about her child accidentally being served sangria. Now, the Internet is buzzing about the restaurant's famed Tuscan cooking school. Olive Garden, the Italian food chain, claims to have a Culinary Institute of Tuscany, located in a charming 11th century hamlet of Riserva di Fizzano, in the world-class foodie area of Chianti, Tuscany. (See a day's worth of food around the world.) An anonymous poster on Reddit claims that she has been a manager for the popular Italian restaurant chain, and that the "cooking school" where chefs...
  • Tim Lincecum pitching in slow motion (in case you never knew why pitchers have to ice their arms)

    04/12/2011 9:57:13 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 041111 | Red Bull Moments
    Just freakishly unreal. I saw something very similar to this decades ago of a shirtless Nolan Ryan throwing in super slow motion. It's amazing the trauma intentionally inflicted in a second.
  • Oscar Winner Tom Hooper Directing 'Les Miserables' Musical Next

    03/25/2011 8:55:45 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 13 replies
    Deadline ^ | 032411 | Alex Billington
    Les Mis is back! Deadline reports that Universal has won the bidding war to develop a "full-blown musical adaptation" of Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo's seminal classic published in 1862, with Oscar winning British director Tom Hooper of The King's Speech looking to direct. While anything could happen with the director over these next few months, since he is getting offers left and right now, Deadline states "this is the first film he's begun negotiations on since winning the Oscar" but were told "it would definitively be his next film." From King's Speech to Les Mis! Cameron Mackintosh, who...
  • Why Haley Barbour Is A Serious Republican Presidential Candidate

    03/24/2011 10:48:24 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 70 replies
    Forbes ^ | 032311 | Rich Karlgaard
    (snip) But there are four solid reasons why Barbour could be the Republican sleeper in 2012. Let’s look at them in ascending order. 4. The Republican field, less than 10 months from the 2012 Iowa caucuses, does not have a front runner yet. Mitt Romney has troubles with evangelicals and small government conservatives. Sarah Palin has squandered her fame (though not her fortune) and now looks unserious. Mike Huckabee doesn’t want it … the telltale sign is that he has comfortably settled into his old overweight self. Newt Gingrich, though he imagines himself a Churchill in the wilderness, is past...
  • Judge bars Bonds’ voicemails from perjury trial

    03/17/2011 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 031711 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A federal judge on Thursday barred the jury at Barry Bonds’ perjury trial from hearing angry voicemails the home run king left with his mistress during a stormy nine-year relationship. Prosecutors wanted to introduce the voicemails to show that Bonds was experiencing so-called “roid rage” when he left the messages demanding to know the whereabouts of Kimberly Bell. But U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston said Thursday that the voicemails had little relevance to proving Bonds lied when he denied knowingly taking steroids. Illston said she believed prosecutors were trying to get the voicemails into the trial for...
  • The RED DAWN Remake's Chinese Badguys Are Being Koreanized!!

    03/16/2011 6:58:23 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 20 replies
    Aint It Cool ^ | 031611 | Merrick
    Merrick here... When John Milius made RED DAWN back in 1984, he showed us an America occupied by dastardly Soviet forces. Dan Bradley's current remake of the film, however, has shifted the picture's focus to a Chinese invasion (a vaguely reasonable move given that the Soviets are no longer the "villains" du jour). Well, whether or not China ever could, or would, think to overrun the United States has now been rendered irrelevant - because the invading forces in the Dan Bradley-directed rehash are being transformed into Koreans via digital trickery and other slight-of-hand tweaks. ...potential distributors are nervous about...
  • Dad of gas-soaked stun gun victim sues Pa. police

    03/16/2011 7:37:22 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 031611 | AP
    PITTSBURGH – The father of a Pennsylvania man who had soaked himself in gasoline during a domestic dispute is suing the Pennsylvania State Police because his son caught fire and died when a trooper used a stun gun to subdue him.
  • Tea Party 2012: Will Michele Bachmann steal Sarah Palin’s thunder?

    03/07/2011 11:31:04 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 34 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 030711 | Lindsey Boerma
    It's looking increasingly likely that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will dive into the 2012 presidential waters. Among the evidence was a packed schedule for this past weekend, including two stump-like stops in Florida on Friday and a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. Most notable was Bachmann's involvement in the conservative Club for Growth's annual winter meeting on Friday, where her name shared a guest list with those of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts—all rumored White House contenders.
  • Artist uses 1,300 punching bags to depict Muhammad Ali

    03/04/2011 11:26:11 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 23 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 030411 | Chris Chase
    Muhammad Ali always said he was the prettiest thing that ever lived. He has a point. It does take a certain beauty to make 1,300 punching bags, five miles of stainless steel and two miles of aluminum tubing look like a work of art. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have a talented sculptor rendering those materials. California artist Michael Kalish will unveil his Ali art installation, "reALIze," later this month in Los Angeles. The project, which depicts the three-time heavyweight champ by using speed bags, stands two stories high, fills up 15,00 cubic feet and includes five miles of...
  • What is Intrade saying about the 2012 GOP race?

    03/03/2011 10:58:16 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 39 replies
    Intrade ^ | 030311 | Intrade
    I was curious what Intrade was saying about the 2012 GOP race. So I've listed who they are favoring for both the presidential and VP nominations. I am not listing anybody with less than a 4% chance. In descending order: Mitt Romney 25% Tim Pawlenty 12.3% Mitch Daniels 10.9% Mike Huckabee 8.3% Newt Gingrich 6% Sarah Palin 5.5% Jon Huntsman 4.3% Michele Bachmann 4.1% ------------------------------------- For VP: Marco Rubio 24.9% Mike Pence 19.9% Chris Christie 15% John Thune 13% Bobby Jindal 9.8% Sarah Palin 9% Mike Huckabee 7.9% Tim Pawlenty 7.5% Scott Brown 7% Paul Ryan 7% Bob McDonnell 5.5%...
  • .22 revolver, does ammo make any difference?

    02/26/2011 8:19:05 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 161 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity ^ | 022611 | me
    I have a Taurus 94 .22LR 9 shot revolver. Does ammo make any difference as a self defense or concealed carry weapon?
  • Barbour won't denounce Confederate license plate

    02/16/2011 10:22:42 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 55 replies
    AP ^ | 021511 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday he won't denounce a Southern heritage group's proposal for a state-issued license plate that would honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Barbour is a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Questioned by reporters Tuesday after an energy speech in Jackson, Barbour said he doesn't think Mississippi legislators will approve the Forrest license plate proposed by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans.
  • The best campaign ad of 2012 (Ronald Reagan on Haley Barbour)

    02/07/2011 5:52:57 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 020711 | Ben Smith
    So it may not actually have been cut yet, but Haley Barbour's rivals will struggle to beat his repurposing of this direct-to-camera endorsement from his 1982 Senate race: "I'd like to take a moment to talk with you about our country's future and a very special leader - Haley Barbour. The problems of the 1980's are rapidly changing and demanding new solutions and fresh vigorous ideas. I've learned first hand that Haley Barbour has the intelligence, courage and experience to make a great United States Senator. These are difficult times but slowly and surely we are making America prosperous again....
  • Axelrod: Obama faces a wide open 2012 GOP field

    01/31/2011 9:54:58 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 7 replies
    The Ticket (Yahoo! News) ^ | 013111 | Holly Bailey
    As President Obama prepares to launch his 2012 re-election campaign, one of his top advisers admits they have no idea who might be his ultimate GOP opponent. 'This is most unfathomable Republican field in my lifetime," Obama political adviser David Axelrod tells USA Today. "I don't think anybody in the media or in either party can tell you with any degree of certainty who the Republican nominee will be." But Axelrod, who left the White House last week to begin working for the campaign, went out of his way to praise one of Obama's potential rivals, Mitt Romney. The former...
  • 2012 siren: Barbour to South Carolina

    01/25/2011 10:20:18 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 012411 | Ben Smith
    Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour will visit the Republican-heavy Upstate of South Carolina Wednesday for two private events with local GOP officials to discuss a potential presidential run, POLITICO has learned. Barbour will meet with Republicans first in Greenville and then in Spartanburg. The closed-door gatherings will include party leaders and current and former elected officials, according to a South Carolina source familiar with the events. Barbour's trip to the first-in-the-South Palmetto State illustrates his increasing seriousness about a presidential bid. His appearance in the two Upstate cities comes just a few weeks after he appeared in Columbia for the inauguration...
  • I just got an automated phone poll about Chris Christie for President.

    01/09/2011 8:05:41 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 12 replies
    vanity | 010911 | Vanity
    So my work cell phone rings. It's an automated poll. The first question was, "Do you plan to vote in the November 2012 election?". Second question, "If the election were held between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Barack Obama, would you support Governor Christie?" It didn't ask about any other candidates. It was pretty much a push poll. It asked if I was a tea party supporter. It asked if I was pro-life. It asked if I supported lower taxes. Now it may be that this was a "Draft Christie" organization that paid for this poll, without the permission...
  • Huck Finn Gets Some Changes (I'll give you one guess)

    01/04/2011 2:08:14 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 010411 | Mike Krumboltz
    Acclaimed by critics, scholars, and -- of course -- readers, Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the great American novels. The book has been reprinted countless times, adapted into movies, and translated into just about every language under the sun. But should it be updated for today's times? News that the manuscript would undergo some changes sent shockwaves through the Search box. According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books plans to release a version of "Huck Finn" that cuts the "n" word and replaces it with "slave." The slur "injun," referring to Native Americans, will also be...
  • I need a recommendation for a budget scotch

    12/31/2010 1:44:20 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 116 replies
    vanity ^ | 123110 | me
    Here's the deal. I've never been much for any type of whiskey. I have some single malt that's almost gone and I really didn't care that it was (it's taken me years to go through one bottle)...but. I've suddenly found Rusty Nails: 2 parts scotch 1 part Drambuie twist of lemon Sweet but not cloying like straight Drambuie. Just a really nice sipping cocktail ("sipping"...what a concept). But while I have plenty of Drambuie in the house I'm about out of scotch. So I need a recommendation of a decent scotch for mixing. I don't want swill but I'm not...
  • Words show Haley may not be PC, but he's honest

    12/31/2010 12:04:27 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 5 replies
    SunHerald.com ^ | 123110 | Wyatt Emmerich
    JACKSON -- The good news for Haley Barbour is that the left wing is after him. That means he’s being taken as a serious contender. The ruckus over Barbour’s latest interview is a typical example of taking individual words out of context. For instance, Barbour is being blasted for saying that something -- we don’t know what -- “wasn’t that bad.” The liberal bloggers argue that Barbour was saying the Citizens Council and the KKK “wasn’t that bad” but, in fact, Barbour said no such thing. Here’s is the exact text of the Weekly Standard article. “In interviews Barbour doesn’t...
  • Grizzly bear deaths near Yellowstone rise in 2010

    12/31/2010 11:19:06 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 123110 | MATTHEW BROWN
    BILLINGS, Mont. – Grizzly bear deaths neared record levels for the region around Yellowstone National Park in 2010, but government biologists said the population remains robust enough to withstand the heavy losses. An estimated 75 of the protected animals were killed or removed from the wild, according to a government-sponsored grizzly study team. That equates to one grizzly gone for every eight counted this year in the sparsely populated Yellowstone region of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The deaths were blamed primarily on grizzlies pushing into inhabited areas, where bears get into trouble as they search out food in farmyards and...
  • Brother disputes sale of Lee Harvey Oswald coffin

    12/20/2010 2:41:19 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 122010 | JOHN ROGERS,
    LOS ANGELES – The brother of Lee Harvey Oswald said Monday a coffin that once held the body of the presidential assassin should have been destroyed years ago rather then being auctioned off and allowed to exist as a ghoulish keepsake. Robert L. Oswald said he didn't know the coffin still existed until he read in a Texas newspaper this month that it had been put up for sale. Oswald, 76, said he attempted to contact a funeral home owner to halt the sale, but his call was not returned. He said a similar request was ignored by the Santa...
  • What's your favorite Christmas album? (Vanity)

    12/20/2010 8:34:49 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity ^ | 122010 | me
    What's your favorite Christmas album? For me it's Amy Grant's "Home For Christmas" which is a terrific blend of well sung and well produced carols and Orchestral work. If I want a smile on my face though I get out Dean Martin's stuff or Bob Dylan's "Christmas In The Heart".
  • Army 'birther' pleads guilty to 1 of 2 charges

    12/14/2010 1:31:32 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 121410 | AP
    FORT MEADE, Md. – An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility for office pleaded guilty Tuesday to one of two charges against him. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in a military court to a charge that included not meeting with a superior when ordered to do so and not reporting to duty at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Lakin, a 17-year veteran, faces up to 18 months in prison and dismissal from the Army when he is sentenced on that charge. He pleaded not guilty to a...
  • Voyager spacecraft nears exit of solar system

    12/14/2010 8:59:21 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | 121410 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the outer edge of the solar system where wind from the Sun is no longer blowing outward, but sideways, the US space agency said. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 and has since snapped images of Earth and other planets in the solar system and provided NASA with crucial information as it makes its long journey into outer space. NASA researchers think Voyager 1 will leave the solar system and enter interstellar space, or the area in between the end of the Sun's influence and the next star system, in about...
  • PayPal cuts WikiLeaks from money flow

    12/04/2010 6:40:19 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 60 replies
    AP ^ | 120410 | AP
    BERLIN – Online payment service provider PayPal says in a company blog it has cut off the account used by WikiLeaks to collect donations. The company said in a blog posting the move was prompted by a violation of its policy, "which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity." The short notice was dated Friday, and a spokeswoman for PayPal Germany on Saturday declined to elaborate and referred to the official blog posting.
  • Netflix raises prices for some subscription plans

    11/22/2010 6:41:42 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 112210 | AP
    LOS GATOS, Calif. - Netflix Inc. is raising the prices of some of its subscription plans and is shifting its focus to streaming video as more members move to the Internet to watch movies and television shows. Its shares surged more than 7 percent in trading Monday. With high-speed online access now becoming a household staple and various gadgets making it easier to connect high-definition TVs to the Web, Netflix is realizing it needs to evolve as Internet streaming goes mainstream. (snip) Netflix said Monday that its subscription plan for unlimited movies and TV shows streamed over the Internet and...
  • Jesus statue, world's largest, consecrated in Poland

    11/22/2010 3:16:20 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 86 replies · 1+ views
    WARSAW, Poland Roman Catholic priests consecrated what local officials claim is the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in the presence of hundreds of Polish faithful on Sunday. Believers walked in a procession, singing and carrying banners, one saying "Christ King of the Universe" as they made their way to the huge statue overlooking a plain in the western Polish town of Swiebodzin, the news agency PAP reported. Another sign bore the words "King of Kings" on a banner shaped like a king's crown. People in Swiebodzin boast that the statue with outstretched arms dubbed "Christ the King" is the...
  • Who is your best guess for a surprising 2012 dark horse candidate?

    11/19/2010 6:30:31 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 100 replies · 3+ views
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    Just as Mike Huckabee came pretty much from out of nowhere to win the Iowa Caucus in 2008 I'm sure there will be dark horse candidates in 2012 who will surpass expectations. Who do you think will do far better than expected in the primaries.
  • Pawlenty: GOP cred(entials), low name recognition for 2012

    11/19/2010 11:35:45 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 20 replies
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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Pawlenty has sterling GOP credentials for pursuing the presidency — eight years as Minnesota governor, John McCain's short list for vice president and a recent stint as the Republican Governors Association's second in command. What he doesn't have is a familiar name; few people outside his state know who he is. That may present a challenge for Pawlenty as he seeks to break through a crowded field of potential GOP candidates that includes big-name Republicans like Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. It also could hinder his efforts to raise some $35...