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  • 271 - Remarks Upon Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree.

    12/24/2014 4:51:12 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 7 replies
    American Presidency Project ^ | December 24, 1953 | Dwight D. Eisenhower
    My Fellow Americans--here in Washington, in your homes across the Nation and abroad--and in our country's service around the world: This evening's ceremony, here at the White House, is one of many thousands in America's traditional celebration of the birth, almost 2,000 years ago, of the Prince of Peace. For us, this Christmas is truly a season of good will--and our first peaceful one since 1949. Our national and individual blessings are manifold. Our hopes are bright even though the world still stands divided in two antagonistic parts. More precisely than in any other way, prayer places freedom and communism...
  • "Tell My Wife I'll Miss Her" (2008)

    12/08/2014 7:14:05 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Philly.com ^ | May 6, 2008 | Barbara Boyer, Mari A. Schaefer and Tom Infield
    A Philadelphia police officer was shot and killed with a military-style assault rifle late yesterday morning when he confronted a band of robbers who had held up a Bank of America branch at a ShopRite in Port Richmond. "Tell my wife I'll miss her," Schiller Street residents heard dying Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski say as they went to his side.
  • Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice

    11/30/2014 4:56:35 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 31 replies
    Live Science ^ | November 30, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's expanding sea ice. According to climate models, the region's sea ice should be shrinking each year because of global warming. Instead, satellite observations show the ice is expanding, and the continent's sea ice has set new records for the past three winters. At the same time, Antarctica's ice sheet (the glacial ice...
  • (Smirkin') Joe Biden VP Debate (10/11/12): Out of Afghanistan "in 2014 . Period."

    11/23/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | October 11, 2012
    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Martha, let's keep our eye on the ball. The reason I've been in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq 20 times — I've been up in the Kunar — I've been throughout that whole country, mostly in a helicopter and sometimes in a vehicle. The fact is we went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans, al-Qaida. We've decimated al-Qaida central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose. And in fact, in the meantime, what we said we would do, we would help train the Afghan military. It's their responsibility...
  • More on Jon Gruber

    11/14/2014 8:29:12 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2010 | Paul Krugman
    In fact, it’s hard to see who else you could have hired. Modeling health reform is a very detail-driven business: you need a detailed statistical representation of the population, together with detailed estimates of behavioral responses to incentives. Gruber has spent years developing such a model, which is maintained and update at considerable expense. Who else could bring the same resources to bear? Well, I guess the administration could have turned to the Lewin Group, but aside from the fact that Gruber has such sterling academic credentials, Lewin is owned by United Healthcare. In other words, Gruber is a real...
  • Public executions and mass graves: ISIS targets Sunni tribe in Iraq

    11/02/2014 6:36:35 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | November 2, 2014 | Odai Sadik, Chelsea J. Carter, Todd Leopold
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- They were taken from their homes, some pulled from their beds, in the middle of the night. They were fathers, brothers and sons, members of the U.S.-allied Albu Nimr tribe -- the Sunni clan considered among the last holdouts against ISIS in Iraq's western desert. About 50 members of the tribe were abducted in Hit in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, during the early morning hours on Saturday, Sheikh Nabil Al-Ga'oud, a tribal leader, told CNN.
  • Chilly Record! Coldest Object on Earth Created in Lab

    11/02/2014 6:06:57 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 45 replies
    Live Scince ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kelly Dickerson
    A chunk of copper became the coldest cubic meter (35.3 cubic feet) on Earth when researchers chilled it to 6 millikelvins, or six-thousandths of a degree above absolute zero (0 Kelvin). This is the closest a substance of this mass and volume has ever come to absolute zero. Researchers put the 880-lb. (400 kilograms) copper cube inside a container called a cryostat that is specially designed to keep items extremely cold. This is the first cryostat built that is capable of keeping substances so close to absolute zero.
  • Obama Job Approval (41%-54%)

    11/01/2014 2:10:54 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 47 replies
    Gallup Poll ^ | November 1, 2014
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.
  • Video: Michael Jordan calls Barack Obama a sh---- golfer

    10/30/2014 8:50:22 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 13 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 30, 2014 | Kyle Porter
    Michael Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad recently. Rashad asked Jordan who his dream foursome would include, and Jordan said President Barack Obama isn't getting an invite. "I've never played with Obama but I would," said Jordan. "But no, that's okay, I'd take him out. He's a hack, it would be all day playing with him."
  • Why We Relaunched Gallup.com

    10/18/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 4 replies
    Gallup.com ^ | Ocober 18, 2014 | Jim Clifton
    The world's 7 billion citizens get most of their news from reporters and experts -- it's edited and filtered by how these professionals see events. Gallup applauds the work they do. But the one missing element from most reporting and analyses are the opinions, thoughts, and feelings of those 7 billion citizens themselves -- how they see events. This week we are relaunching our e-newspaper, Gallup.com, to broaden and deepen our coverage of the opinions, thoughts, and well-being of citizens around the world -- the will of the people. So while the news media continues to cover events from the...
  • Box Office ( Left Behind at #3 New/ # 6 overall)

    10/05/2014 10:17:47 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 19 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | October 5, 2014
    They don't like Free Republic. Maybe they don't like anybody else either. Anyway, you need to click on the link to get their info.
  • Phillies with combined no hitter in ninth

    09/01/2014 1:19:40 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 69 replies
    1 out vs. Braves 2 outs
  • Villanova professor's quest reveals LBJ vendetta against George Hamilton

    09/01/2014 1:29:26 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 29 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 31, 2014 | Jeremy Roebuck, Alison Steele
    For a few months in 1966, the budding romance between film star George Hamilton and Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of the 36th president, was the talk of Washington....But a previously confidential FBI file - which a Philadelphia judge last week outlined in an opinion and ordered to be released - shows for the first time how far Johnson went to protect his daughter and his presidency
  • Violence in Central America

    07/12/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 7 replies
    Yale.edu ^ | Joaquín Villalobos
    El Salvador is the Central American country that has suffered the greatest destruction to its social fabric as a result of emigration. Approximately one third of its population emigrated, primarily to the United States, and remittances became the mainstay of the Salvadoran economy. There is therefore a connection between the financial model and the violence experienced by the country.
  • EXography: Employment keeps sagging in the Obama recovery

    07/08/2014 4:13:43 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 8, 2014 | David Freddoso
    When President Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. economy was in the midst of the Great Recession of 2008. Five and a half years later, that historic swoon remains his excuse for continued economic stagnation. Whoever or whatever is to blame, neither his efforts nor luck nor a natural rebound have managed to restore America's job market to what it was in better times. The July 3 jobs report was a reminder that the economy is at least creating jobs again, albeit at a rate that barely keeps up with population growth. And national and state unemployment rates have...
  • Danielle Allen of "Errant spot of Ink" fame attacked Freepers personally in WaPo 6 years ago

    07/05/2014 2:56:39 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2008 | Matthew Mosk
    An Attack That Came Out of the Ether ( excerpt from page 3 of 4) Of the file folders that are spread in neat rows across Allen's desk, only one is bulging. It holds printouts of the reams of conversations about Obama's religion appearing on Free Republic. Since its start in 1996 by Jim Robinson of Fresno, Calif., the site has grown into a home for discussion of all types -- though it is particularly noted for spirited political discussions dominated by conservatives and libertarians. Freepers, as they're called, converse with a varying degree of transparency. Most remain anonymous. Allen...
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine denied access to Fort Sill facility housing young illegal immigrants

    07/02/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 44 replies
    News OK ^ | July 2, 2014 | Chris Casteel
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was denied access Tuesday to the Fort Sill facility being used to house unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border, the congressman said Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine's office released this image Wednesday morning of the congressman being denied a visit with immigrant children being held at Fort Sill. U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine's office released this image Wednesday morning of the congressman being denied a visit with immigrant children being held at Fort Sill. Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, went to the Health and Human Services Department facility at the U.S. Army post in southwestern...
  • Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom

    07/01/2014 12:51:57 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 1, 2014 | Jon Clifton
    Perceived widespread corruption in U.S. government on the rise Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago -- dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013. In that same period, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives more than doubled, from 9% to 21%.
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • Boy's death draws attention to immigration perils

    06/30/2014 7:24:52 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 24 replies
    AP ^ | June 30,2014 | Christopher Sherman
    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) -- When authorities found an 11-year-old Guatemalan boy's body about a mile from Texas' southern border, they also discovered his brother's Chicago phone number scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle...."Down here finding a decomposed body ... we come across them quite often," Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said, adding that this was the first child immigrant his office has found since he became sheriff in April. "It's a very dangerous journey
  • Mass immigrant graves uncovered in Texas cemetery

    06/21/2014 2:36:21 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 21, 2014
    Volunteer researchers have uncovered mass graves in a South Texas cemetery that they believe contain the bodies of immigrants who died crossing into the U.S. illegally, according to published reports Saturday. The discovery at Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias came in the last two weeks, as Baylor University anthropologist Lori Baker and Krista Latham, a forensic anthropologist at the University of Indianapolis, and their students worked as part of a multi-year effort to identify immigrants who've died in the area near the U.S.-Mexico border. Teams unearthed remains in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags or without a container at...
  • Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf in case Iraq military option needed

    06/14/2014 10:34:32 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | June 14 ,2014 | Missy Ryan;
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.</p>
  • Sting bomb: When millions of bees are unleashed

    05/22/2014 4:14:09 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 26 replies
    Philly.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jason Nark
    NEWARK, Del. - A lone honeybee, its wings wet and its mind likely muddled, crawled across a porch on Old Cooches Bridge Road yesterday, a seemingly safe haven amid the bee-pocalyspe all around. Just 100 yards away, across the busy lanes of Interstate 95 near the University of Delaware, the scene along a northbound on-ramp resembled a tiny battlefield after a major conflict. Bees clung to a gnarled guardrail, barely moving, while others tried to fly between the raindrops, in and out of the many smashed, wooden hives spilled all over the small strip of grass. A traffic sign warned...
  • U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare's election toll: It'll bury Dems

    04/21/2014 8:20:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 18, 2014
    U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the lone member of the Bay State delegation to vote against Obama­care four years ago, now predicts the law’s botched roll-out will not only cost Democrats valuable House seats but could even jeopardize their control of the Senate in this year’s hotly contested midterm elections. “We will lose seats in the House,” the plain-talking South Boston Democrat said in Boston Herald Radio’s studio yesterday, delivering a harsh diagnosis. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose...
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    04/19/2014 6:15:45 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America.
  • Climate Change Allows Scottish Wine to Debut

    03/30/2014 6:43:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Accuweather ^ | March 30,2014
    Christopher Trotter will make history later this year when he unveils the first bottles of wine from his vineyard nestled to the north of Edinburgh -- all thanks to climate change.
  • Winston Churchill : The Iron Curtain Speech, at Westminster College, Fulton, MO on March 5, 1946

    03/01/2014 8:08:40 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 9 replies
    The History Guide ^ | March 5, 1946 | Winston Churchill
    ...the United States stands at this time at the pinnacle of world power. It is a solemn moment for the American Democracy. For with primacy in power is also joined an awe-inspiring accountability to the future. ....when American military men approach some serious situation they are wont to write at the head of their directive the words "over-all strategic concept". There is wisdom in this, as it leads to clarity of thought. What then is the over-all strategic concept which we should inscribe to-day? It is nothing less than the safety and welfare, the freedom and progress, of all the...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

    03/01/2014 2:22:29 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 39 replies
    Gallup ^ | March 1, 2014 | Gallup
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
  • Income inequality on the forefront of likely voters' minds, poll shows

    01/22/2014 9:45:50 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 43 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2014/jan/22/income-inequality-forefront-likely-v | January 22, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Almost half of likely voters think income inequality is a big problem, said a George Washington University Battleground poll released Wednesday. Forty-nine percent of likely voters call the large gap between the wealthy and the poor a “big problem,” while another 30 percent say it’s “somewhat of a problem.” They’re divided on the right solution though: About half say the best way to fix income inequality is to close the gap between wealthy Americans and the rest of the country while the other half say it’s cutting taxes and loosening regulations.
  • Obama: Marijuana 'not very different' from cigarettes

    01/19/2014 11:07:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 19, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama in an interview released Sunday said that using marijuana was not that different from smoking cigarettes nor any more dangerous than drinking alcohol. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama said as part of an extensive profile published by the New Yorker on Sunday. “I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
  • In new film, a dramatic look at Mitt Romney's loss of confidence

    01/18/2014 4:27:38 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 126 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2014 | Byron York
    A new documentary about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The film, "Mitt," is an extraordinarily intimate look at the former Massachusetts governor as he ran for president twice, in 2008 and 2012. Director Greg Whiteley had impressed Romney with his 2005 documentary "New York Doll," which brilliantly chronicled a broken-down rock musician's conversion to Mormonism, and for the new film, Romney gave Whiteley unprecedented freedom to record behind-the-scenes moments as the candidate and his family endured the trials of two presidential campaigns..... the old lack of confidence came out again...
  • EyeOn College Basketball UNC stops research of academic whistleblower Mary Willingham

    01/18/2014 7:26:41 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 23 replies
    CBSsports.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Chip Patterson
    The University of North Carolina has suspended the research of Mary Willingham, the reading specialist who turned over information on student-athletes and academic progress for a CNN report last week. Willingham's research indicated that many football and basketball players at North Carolina are reading well below grade level -- Willingham claims 60 percent of the 183 student-athletes she worked with from 2004-12 were reading at fourth-to-eighth-grade levels -- and the reading specialist believes that the issues are not limited to UNC, but systemic across all of Division I athletics. North Carolina and head basketball coach Roy Williams have disputed Willingham's...
  • Antarctica Sets Cold Record of -135.8 Degrees

    12/10/2013 5:13:06 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 33 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | December 9, 2013 | Seth Borenstein
    Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for soul-crushing cold. Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe. A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees. The old record had been -128.6 degrees,...
  • Zogby Report Card: Obama needs support, not GOP mockery, on health care 'fix'

    11/16/2013 10:53:49 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 95 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 15, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Mr. Obama took ownership and said he would fix the cancellation problem – giving the Democrats some cover. As for me, I don’t doubt for a moment that the nation will survive if some Democrats lose in 2014 because they worked to fix the law. Anyone remember when some politicians were courageous? “And, to the Republicans, the Constitution mandates Congress to make policy, not gloat and mock. Obamacare is after all a program originated under Republican former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney that is being implemented by an African-American president that they love to hate. I will wait to see if...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval (Approve 40%- Disapprove 53%)

    11/03/2013 11:23:04 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 36 replies
    Gallup Poll ^ | November 3 ,2013
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
  • Gallup Daily : Obama Job Approval (Disapproval at record 53 %)

    10/14/2013 3:37:41 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 24 replies
    Gallup ^ | October 12, 2013
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points
  • Revealed: Marilyn called Jackie to confess JFK affair

    08/05/2013 4:14:11 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 100 replies
    Dialy Mail ^ | August 4,2013 | Helen Pow
    Marilyn Monroe called Jackie Kennedy at the White House and confessed she was having an affair with her husband, to which the First Lady responded 'that's great... I'll move out and you'll have all the problems,' according to an explosive new book. In 'These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie,' author Christopher Andersen claims Jackie 'knew everything' about Jack's cheating and turned a blind eye, but his relationship with Marilyn 'seemed to bother her the most.' And she was right to fear the bombshell actress, because Marilyn's sights were firmly set on becoming the President's second...
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill and Death of General Joseph Warren

    06/17/2013 3:41:51 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 18 replies
    He arrived just as the fight began, and seeking out General Putnam (who was already there) desired to be posted where the service was to be the most arduous. Putnam expressed sorrow at seeing him, in a place so full of peril; “but since you have come, I will obey your orders with pleasure.” Warren replied, that he came as a volunteer – not to command. Putnam requested his to take his stand in the redoubt, where Prescott commanded, On his entering the redoubt, he was greeted with loud huzzas; and Prescott, like Putnam, offered him the command. He again...
  • The 10 P.M. Phone Call

    05/18/2013 5:30:51 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | May 18, 2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    Even in the conservative press, it has become received wisdom that President Obama was AWOL on the night of September 11, after first being informed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in the late afternoon, that the State Department facility in Benghazi was under attack. You hear it again and again: While Americans were under attack, the commander-in-chief checked out, leaving subordinates to deal with the crisis while he got his beauty sleep in preparation for a fundraising campaign trip to Vegas. That is not true . . . and the truth, as we’ve come to expect with Obama, is almost...
  • Obama sings Mexico's praises, but some Mexicans hear flat notes

    05/04/2013 6:18:15 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 3, 2013 | Cecilia Sanchez, Richard Fausset
    After President Obama’s upbeat speech in Mexico on Friday, many in attendance said they were flattered by the description of their country, but others said they hardly recognized the place he had just described. “[That was] a really good speech by President Obama, but what Mexico was he talking about?” said Jose Carlos Cruz, 24, a graduate student in international relations. “Unfortunately in our country, the situation is terrible: There’s poverty, unemployment, and even worse, the future is anything but promising. “How nice that he came to give inspiring speeches, but what’s happening in Mexico is far from what he...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surges to top of GOP 2016 list

    04/20/2013 11:07:21 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April18, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    He doesn't get the attention of the Sunday talk shows, or Washington's political elite, but the Midwest's dragon slayer, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is emerging in some Republican circles as the surprising favorite to win the GOP nomination for president in 2016. Untainted by scandal, far from Washington's voter-frustrating gridlock, and reinvigorated by his victory over foes who staged a recall vote, the conservative Walker is also viewed as the best candidate to sop up the Midwest white vote which, had Mitt Romney done better there, would have catapulted him into the Oval Office. But the best part in the...
  • An Introduction to Polygamy in Islam

    04/20/2013 3:48:53 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 3 replies
    The Muslim scripture, the Quran, is the only known world scripture to explicitly limit polygamy and place strict restrictions upon its practice: “… marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with them, then only one.” (Quran 4:3) The Quran limited the maximum number of wives to four. In the early days of Islam, those who had more than four wives at the time of embracing Islam were required to divorce the extra wives. Islam further reformed the institution of polygamy by requiring equal treatment...
  • Paul Revere’s Ride

    04/19/2013 3:46:44 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 5 replies
    Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the...
  • Sen. Lautenberg Wants Background Checks To Buy Gunpowder

    04/17/2013 7:42:45 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 72 replies
    Reason.com ^ | April 17, 2013 | J.D. Tuccile
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the wake of the deadly bombing attacks in Boston, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that he will reintroduce legislation he has proposed in a prior Congress to require that sales of explosive powder be subject to a background check. He will also file the legislation as an amendment to the gun violence prevention bill currently on the Senate floor. Current law allows an individual to purchase as much as 50 pounds of explosive “black powder” without a background check, and also permits an individual to purchase unlimited amounts of dangerous “smokeless powder” and “black powder...
  • Bloom Watch

    03/30/2013 10:20:33 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 4 replies
    National Park Service ^ | March 19,2013
    Average Peak Bloom Date: April 4 2013 Peak Blooming Date Prediction: April 3 – April 6 Exactly when the buds will open is not easy to predict and it is extremely difficult to give an accurate forecast much more than 10 days before peak bloom. National Park Service horticulturists monitor five distinct stages of bud development and provide timely forecasts and updates.
  • Pentagon to beef up missile defense in response to North Korean threat, sources say

    03/14/2013 7:14:31 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 14, 2013 | Justin Fishel
    The Pentagon is beefing up the nation’s missile defense in the wake of provocative nuclear threats from North Korea and is set to deploy 14 additional ground-based interceptors at missile silos in Alaska and California, congressional and U.S. officials tell Fox News. An Obama administration official tells Fox News that the increase in interceptors is a logical response to an evolving threat from North Korea and that “anyone who suggests we should have stayed the course” with the Bush administration’s plan is engaging in “Monday morning quarterbacking.” Whether intentional or not, the announcement also coincides with 30th anniversary of President...
  • Michael Barone: Obama flails as Republicans stand firm on sequester

    03/09/2013 5:49:21 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2013 | Michael Barone
    This comes amid stories that Obama's chief political goal is helping his fellow Democrats win a House majority in 2014 and as his Organizing for Action (formerly Obama for America) is still cranking out press releases about the dire effects of the sequester. It's not unheard of for a politician to make public threats and private blandishments at the opposing party at the same time. But it is sometimes awkward. Especially if the threats and blandishments are not entirely credible. Democrats have some chance of winning the 17 seats they need for a House majority. But it's an uphill climb....
  • Obama sought to break GOP ‘fever,’ but did they break his?

    03/03/2013 7:53:32 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 3, 2013 | Byron York
    After Obama won re-election, there was extensive discussion among his supporters about whether the Republican “fever” would, in fact, break. Would the fiscal cliff negotiations, which resulted in the GOP accepting a tax increase on the nation’s highest earners, do the trick? If not, would coming fights over the debt ceiling and sequestration finally cure the Republican illness?....... Some in the GOP saw public opinion at work. “The three-day Gallup tracking numbers certainly aren’t good for him,” said one House aide, pointing to surveys placing Obama’s job approval rating at 47 percent approve versus 45 percent disapprove — down from...
  • Iran: Impossible Talks with the "Great Satan"

    02/16/2013 6:48:02 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 11 replies
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | February 15,2013 | Amir Taheri
    Some commentators inside and outside Iran have interpreted Khamenei’s stance as further proof that he has lost touch with reality. A closer look at the context, however, might show that Khamenei’s stance is very much based on reality: his reality. Khamenei does not see Iran as a nation-state but as a vehicle for a revolution with global ambitions. “I am not a diplomat,” he said amid cheers from a crowd of supporters. “I am a revolutionary.” The regime that Khamenei heads is not meant to act in the interests of Iran as a nation-state, but in the interests of the...
  • The income inequality factor liberals can't talk about

    12/09/2012 4:32:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    But let's take a look at that list of high-income-inequality states again. What do California, Arizona and New Mexico all have in common? I'll give you a hint: Texas comes in seventh on the high-income-inequality state list. That's right: The three states with the highest income inequality also all share a border with Mexico. But what about New York? Or Georgia? Or Illinois (which is the sixth-most-unequal state)? They are all hundreds of miles away from Mexico. Well, it turns out that all of those states have huge illegal immigrant populations too. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, every one...