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  • Google Doodle Celebrates Yosemite’s 123rd Birthday [did not celebrate Yosemite's bday last year!]

    10/01/2013 7:52:51 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 10 replies
    This might be Yosemite’s worst birthday ever. The national park turns 123 on Tuesday, the same day that a government shutdown will close the park to all visitors. Google celebrated Yosemite’s big day by creating a lovely Google Doodle depicting Yosemite badges to honor one of the nation’s favorite parks. Sadly, the anniversary comes at a time when no visitors will be able to visit the Half Dome, El Capitan, or Yosemite Falls.
  • Explaining the Shutdown to Your Kids

    10/01/2013 6:38:09 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 6 replies
    Time ^ | Sept 29, 2013 | Katy Steinmetz
    Hey kids, we know all this talk about the government shutting down is confusing. We’re here to help explain what’s going on. You’ve probably seen all kinds of families — your own family or a friend’s or a neighbor’s — get money from the government, pay taxes to the government or complain about how the government won’t let them do this or that. And you may have a lot of questions about what happens — or doesn’t happen — when the government shuts down, as it may on Tuesday.
  • With no malt houses in New York, Hawley's new venture to fill unique niche at the right time

    You can't brew beer without malt, which is something Ted Hawley thinks legislators forgot about when they passed a farm brewing bill last year that will eventually require ales and lagers labeled "New York Beer" to contain 90 percent locally grown ingredients. "They just thought they could grow barley in New York," Hawley said. "They didn't know there was another step, which is malting. It has to be malted before you use it in a brew. So it was kind of interesting that they put this huge amount of effort into requiring 90 percent ingredients from New York, but there's...
  • Do you know what helps select a Good Pope? A good beer.

    03/13/2013 6:06:57 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 13 replies
    n Monday, March 11, Br. John and Br. Francis delivered several cases of our beer to the cardinal electors who are staying at the Domus Sancta Martha. Its Director, Msgr. Battista Ricca, receives the cases of beer, since the cardinals were busy preparing for the start of the conclave.
  • And so, we march

    01/17/2013 9:29:29 AM PST · by frogjerk · 4 replies
    Diocese of Trenton ^ | 1/17/2013 | ThMost Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton
    And so, we march A message from Most Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton While standing in a grocery store checkout line recently, I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the cover of Time magazine which read: “40 Years ago, abortion-rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade … they’ve been losing ever since.” Wow! That certainly is good news in a battle that those of us committed to the pro-life cause have been waging ever since the Supreme Court’s tragic decision in 1973. I bought the magazine and read the article which pointed...
  • Fox News has just called PA for Obama

    11/06/2012 6:21:32 PM PST · by frogjerk · 82 replies
  • Record turnouts for early voting lift Obama campaign's hopes in Florida

    10/27/2012 8:42:44 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 41 replies
    The Obama campaign seems quite happy after record turnouts were reported in counties across Florida today, the first day of early voting. The Times' Adam Smith reported on Twitter, "More than 20k pple voted eary today so far in Hillsborough Co...In 08 biggest single day (11/1/08) was 18,736. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo tweeted, "Miami-Dade early voting so heavy that by 3 pm 14,745 people voted -- more than ENTIRE first day of 08 EV (12,000). 12-hour total: 22,625." Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, "Leon County - a Democratic stronghold in Fla - had a record turnout for early...
  • Early voting surge suggests Democratic push pays off in Iowa

    10/27/2012 6:51:06 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 37 replies
    (CNN) -- More than two million Americans have already cast ballots for president less than three weeks before Election Day with a substantial number coming in the battleground state of Iowa. The state, which holds six key electoral votes, is on pace to exceed the 1.5 million votes cast early in 2008 -- a trend that is not lost on either political party. While both parties are investing resources in early voting, Democrats' push to turn out voters -- and in particular young voters in Iowa -- could be paying off. Early numbers, which are updated daily, show that almost...
  • USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

    10/12/2012 10:11:44 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 13 replies ^ | 12/12/2012 | USCCB
    USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate October 12, 2012 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No...
  • Most Recent Column from Fr. Rutler (9-23-2012)

    09/24/2012 6:42:53 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 6 replies
    Church of Our Savior ^ | 9-23-2012 | The Rev. George William Rutler, S.T.D.
    Most Recent Column from Fr. Rutler September 23, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI was in Lebanon last week where the principal Catholic rite, the Maronite, traces its roots to Saint Maroun, who in the fourth century was a friend of Saint John Chrysostom. The Holy Father spoke to people who “know all too well the tragedy of conflict and . . . the cry of the widow and the orphan.” Like Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, the Pope linked violence to contempt for the right to life: “The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life.” The...
  • Americans put saving energy ahead of vacations

    06/07/2012 9:02:20 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 7 replies
    More than a summer break, poll finds Americans want a break on their energy bills WASHINGTON (AP) -- As summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach. Cutting energy bills and use is a bigger deal to them than taking a vacation or scoring the latest smartphone or tablet, according to an AP-NORC Center poll that asked people to choose priorities. Not even 1 in 5 ranked a summer trip or the latest gadget as a priority, while majorities said reducing electricity use and making homes energy-efficient...
  • Who will Obama Pardon? (VANITY)

    03/05/2012 10:06:21 AM PST · by frogjerk · 25 replies
    Free Republic ^ | frogjerk
    If God wishes to grant us pardon and release us from the bondage of Obama, who do you think in all likelihood would he pardon in his last days of office: 1. Tony Resko 2. Any remaining member of the Weatherunderground 3. The usual campaign people in trouble
  • New Lighting Standards Begin in 2012

    01/03/2012 9:33:11 AM PST · by frogjerk · 53 replies
    Beginning in 2012, common light bulbs sold in the U.S. will typically use about 25% to 80% less energy. Many bulbs meet these new standards, including incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs, and are already available for purchase today. The newer bulbs provide a wide range of choices in color and brightness, and many of them will last much longer than traditional light bulbs. The lighting standards, which phase in from 2012-2014, do not ban incandescent or any specific bulb type; they say that bulbs need to use about 25% less energy. The bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA...
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise

    12/01/2011 6:44:11 AM PST · by frogjerk · 13 replies
    New claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week, popping above 400,000 for the first time in just over a month and reinforcing the view that the battered labor market was healing only slowly. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed to a seasonally adjusted 402,000 from an upwardly revised 396,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims at 390,000.
  • Employers Add 80,000 Jobs in October, Jobless Rate Dips to 9 Percent

    11/04/2011 6:27:27 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 31 replies
    Hiring slowed in October as employers faced more uncertainty over future economic growth. The Labor Department says the economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest in four months and below September's revised total of 158,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 9 percent. Businesses added 104,000 jobs, below September's total. Government shed 24,000 jobs. The report included some positive signs. The government revised August and September's figures upward by 102,000. Average hourly earnings rose. And the unemployment rate fell for the first time since July, because a separate survey of households showed more people found work. The report suggests that...
  • The tragedy of miscarriage

    06/08/2011 11:28:14 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 32 replies ^ | Mon Jun 06 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    The wound comes from well-meaning people. “Well, it wasn’t that far along.” “You can always have another child.” “Lots of people go through this.” Miscarriage is a tragedy that so many people misunderstand. They are not quite sure how to console a friend or relative who has suffered this loss. While there are no magic formulas, there is one fundamental truth that needs to stay front and center: a miscarriage is the loss of a child who is just as real and has just as much value as any other child of any age. A woman who has a miscarriage...
  • U.S. requests for unemployment benefits rise Applications climb 10,000 to 424,000

    05/26/2011 6:55:16 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 9 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 5-26-2011 | Jeffry Bartash,
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The number of people who filed applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 last week, keeping claims at a level typically associated with modest to below-average hiring trends, according to the latest data released Thursday. The Labor Department said 424,000 people filed new applications for jobless benefits in the week ended May 21, compared to an upwardly revised 414,000 in the prior week. A government official said no special factors were involved. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected claims to decline to a seasonally adjusted 405,000. Requests for unemployment benefits have remained above 400,000 for seven straight...
  • Gas prices expected to drop by nearly 50 cents for summer

    05/25/2011 8:30:52 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 46 replies ^ | May 7, 2011 | AP via Huffington post
    NEW YORK — Some relief from suffocating gas prices will likely arrive just in time for summer vacation. Expect a drop of nearly 50 cents as early as June, analysts say. After rocketing up 91 cents since January, including 44 straight days of increases, the national average this past week stopped just shy of $4 a gallon and has retreated to under $3.98. A steady decline is expected to follow. It might not be enough to evoke cheers from people who recall gas stations charging less than $3 a gallon last year. But it would still ease the burden on...
  • Crude Oil Closes Higher Again As Gasoline Futures Continue To Surge

    05/10/2011 1:03:55 PM PDT · by frogjerk · 20 replies
    Dow +95.43 at 12780.11, Nasdaq +29.74 at 2872.99, S&P +12.97 at 1359.26 [BRIEFING.COM] June gold finished higher by 0.9% to $1516.30 per ounce, while July silver ended up 3.7% to $38.49 per ounce as the precious metals extended their bounce to a third consecutive session. Inflation and geopolitical concerns helped the precious metals finish higher. Both metals have continued their move higher in electronic trade. In a move similar to that of yesterday's close, June crude oil, which closed higher by 1.3% to $103.88 per barrel, traded to its highest levels of the session at $103.95. Yesterday's news that the...
  • Japanese Nuclear Fallout Reportedly Reaches California

    03/18/2011 7:04:09 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 47 replies
    VIENNA -- A diplomat with access to U.N tracking of Japan's radioactive fallout says it has reached Southern California but first readings are "about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening." The diplomat was citing readings Friday from California-based measuring station of the Vienna-based CTBTO. He asked for anonymity because the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization does not make its data public. Read more: