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  • Land of Dynasties: Should we be disturbed by another Bush candidacy?

    12/26/2014 8:12:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/26/2014 | Jay Cost
    In mid-December, Jeb Bush announced his intention to explore a presidential bid. If he runs and wins the Republican nomination and then the election, he will be the third President Bush in 25 years. That unprecedented prospect has left many wondering: In a republic like ours, is it proper for one family to fill the executive seat so often? The Bushes are not the first family to send multiple members to the White House. They join the Adamses (father John and son John Quincy), the Harrisons (grandfather William Henry and grandson Benjamin), and the Roosevelts (cousins Theodore and Franklin). But...
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • Demand For ‘The Interview’ Is Shooting Up In North Korea And Its Government Is Freaking Out

    12/26/2014 4:50:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/26/2014 | Eugene Kim
    More and more North Koreans are becoming aware of the North Korea-mocking movie “The Interview,” and the government is doing everything to block it from getting smuggled in to the country. According to Free North Korea Radio, an online radio network made by North Korean defectors, demand for “The Interview” has been shooting up among North Koreans. It says people are willing to pay almost $50 a copy of the movie, which is 10X higher than what a regular South Korean TV show’s DVD would cost in the black market. In response, North Korea’s State Security Department and The Ministry...
  • Why Liberals Should Fear the Supreme Court in 2015

    12/26/2014 4:41:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/26/2014 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court is poised for a blockbuster year in 2015—and the list of high-profile cases could keep growing. Already, the Court is set to rule in a case that threatens to wreak havoc on Obamacare. The justices are also considering questions of religious freedom, free speech, and limits on political fundraising. That mix of cases poses big risks for liberals, who were caught off guard by the Court's enthusiasm for another high-stakes Obamacare battle. And under Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court has steadily chipped away at campaign-finance limits. But Republican governors and social conservatives also have a lot...
  • GOP’s 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever, don’t expect the candidates to talk much about it.

    12/26/2014 11:54:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/2014 | By KATIE GLUECK and TARINI PARTI
    Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.” These Republican lawmakers, along with African-American conservative favorite Ben Carson, look poised to make the 2016 GOP presidential field the party’s most diverse ever. They are all mulling over White House runs as the GOP continues to struggle with minority voters and as racial tensions over police conduct have captivated the nation. But none is planning to play up his race...
  • Federal judge upholds Obama’s executive amnesty over challenge from Joe Arpaio

    12/26/2014 11:50:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    A bummer from D.C., especially coming so soon after a federal judge in Pennsylvania held that the amnesty was unconstitutional. Don’t fret, though. A similar lawsuit, led by incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and joined by 24 different states, has already been filed in Texas with a hearing scheduled early next month. The judge in that case is a Bush appointee who’s been critical of Obama’s DHS on immigration in the past. I like those odds. Worry about losing that one, not this one, as all it’ll take is a circuit split to force this issue before the Supreme...
  • Max Blumenthal: ‘America Sniper’ Chris Kyle was just a popular mass murderer [Immoral equivalency]

    12/26/2014 11:48:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    IÂ’ve watched the film depiction of the life of the late Chris Kyle, AmericaÂ’s deadliest sniper, Navy SEAL, and veterans advocate, twice. It is a gripping portrayal, but it is a portrayal nonetheless. While the screenplay perhaps lacks nuance, it is also a product of Hollywood and should be considered a truncated and dramatized version of one manÂ’s life story. The complexities of biography often elude filmmakers who are charged with creating dense and intricate portraits of a human being in 120 minutes. Nevertheless, the movie is quite enjoyable. The performances are stirring and the wartime themes, difficult as...
  • 33 Examples of Intolerant Liberalism in 2014

    12/26/2014 8:39:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/26/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    2014 may be remembered as the year of intolerant liberalism, also dubbed the new intolerance, dogmatic liberalism and illiberal liberalism.In no particular order, here are 33 examples of intolerant liberalism in 2014:1. "Duck Dynasty"The year began with a controversy surrounding the popular television show Duck Dynasty. In January, A&E announced the reinstatement of Phil Robertson after he was initially suspended from the show for controversial remarks about homosexuality.2. HHS Continues to Force Americans to Support Products for Which They Have Ethical ObjectionsEven after a repudiation from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration has continued its effort to force some...
  • Religion Without God: Impulse to hold a “church” service despite a hesitant or nonexistent faith

    12/26/2014 7:00:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | T.M. Luhrmann
    THIS Christmas our family will go to church. The service is held in a beautiful old church in the charming town of Walpole, N.H., just over the border from Vermont. The Lord’s Prayer hangs on the wall behind the sanctuary. A lectern rises above the nave to let the pastor look down on his flock. The pews and the side stalls have the stern, pure lineaments suited to the Colonial congregation that once came to church to face God. Except that this church is Unitarian. Unitarianism emerged in early modern Europe from those who rejected a Trinitarian theology in preference...
  • NYPD: 7 arrested for allegedly posting, phoning in threats to officers

    12/26/2014 6:55:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/26/2014 | By David Shortell and Sarah Jorgensen
    Seven men have been arrested in connection with alleged threats made toward police officers since Saturday afternoon, when two NYPD officers were shot in the head from behind while sitting in their patrol car, New York City police said. Police said in a statement Wednesday that they have assessed hundreds of online postings and calls to 911 and pressed the public to continue to report any suspicious activity. "All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information," the statement read. The arrests come as an investigation...
  • Democrats the real party of the rich

    12/26/2014 6:53:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the great misconceptions in American politics is that Republicans are the party of the rich.  That title belongs to the Democrats, who regularly garner the big bucks of America’s moneyed elite.  David Elliott of the AP reports: For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections. At least, that is, among those groups that must disclose what they raise and spend. Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more...
  • Xbox, PlayStation networks under DOS attack on Christmas Day

    12/26/2014 6:51:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014 | Rick Moran
    Millions of children and adults who received the latest video games were prevented from playing them on Chirstmas thanks to a DOS attack on Xbox and PlayStation networks. USA Today: Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were knocked offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack. Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends. Both networks were still having problems Friday morning. The network status Web page for...
  • Florida Leaves New York Behind in Its Rear-View Mirror

    12/26/2014 6:33:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/26/2014 | John Fund
    It’s official. Florida is the nation’s third-largest state with 19.7 million people. It surpassed New York this month by adding an average of 803 new residents every day as opposed to New York’s 140. Contrary to the stereotype, sun-seeking seniors aren’t the main drivers of Florida’s population growth. James Johnson, a business professor at the University of North Carolina, told the AP that Florida’s powerful economic engine is driving its growth: “I think it’s going to be for the 21st century what California or New York was for the 20th century.” As the James Madison Institute reports, Florida’s growth is...
  • Dow 18,000: Have Stocks Come Too Far Too Fast?

    12/26/2014 6:30:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By Anthony Mirhaydari
    Thhe Dow Jones Industrial Average topped the 18,000 level for the first time ever on Tuesday. That's quite a feat, made all the more impressive by the way it happened, coming out of the early December weakness. Up for five days in a row, the Dow has surged 1,000 points in just one week. Historically, December is the best single month of the year for large-cap stocks — Santa Claus rallies and all that good cheer. And the market has been demonstrating some remarkable consistency lately, with the S&P 500 rising for 29 consecutive days coming out of the October...
  • Bravo to The Interview: A standout movie that Need to be seen

    12/25/2014 9:55:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/25/2014 | Claudia Rossette
    Yes, bravo to Hollywood’s comedy about North Korea.After the epic furor of the past six months, including the early pre-release denunciation of the movie and threats voiced against it in June by North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, the hack attack in November on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the hackers’ threats in December against American movie-goers, the cancellation by Sony last week of the movie’s scheduled Christmas Day release, the scolding of Sony by President Obama in between his embrace of Cuba and his departure last Friday for a Hawaii vacation — OK, take a deep breath — Sony...
  • U.S. offering $5 million reward for Al Qaeda capo … who was released from Gitmo in 2006

    12/25/2014 9:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/25/2014 | AllahPundit
    I wish I could tell you that this is a bad Bush policy that Obama’s long since discontinued but we know better, don’t we? I wonder what reward we’ll be offering for this turd, say, circa 2020.The defense here, I take it, will be to point to the amount of time that’s elapsed since they released him and claim that no one could have known in 2006 that this guy would grow into a fish big enough to justify a multimillion-dollar reward. Which raises the question: What sort of fish did they think he’d grow into? A garden-variety battlefield...
  • 'The Interview' sells out at midnight showings

    12/25/2014 9:47:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    <p>The controversial film "The Interview" opened at a smattering of independent theaters at midnight last night, with most venues selling out the screening. Many patrons said they might not ordinarily have gone to see the film, but went in order to show their support for free speech.</p>
  • Why Christmas Is Huge in China

    12/24/2014 8:40:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/25/2014 | ROBERT FOYLE HUNWICK
    BEIJING—There’s a joke going around: “Santa Claus was descending into China from the sky. Due to the heavy smog, he fell to the ground, but no one dared help him up. While he was still lying in the snow, his bag was ransacked for presents, and his reindeer and sleigh taken away by the chengguan. Therefore, no Christmas this year.” While some of the humor needs context—there are digs at China’s notorious bystander effect and much-despised urban-management officials, chengguan—the larger meaning is clear. Ironic jokes about Santa’s routine being disrupted with uniquely Chinese characteristics are a sure sign that, yes,...
  • India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions of Christians & Muslims in challenge to PM Modi

    12/24/2014 10:20:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2014
    The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been forcibly converted to other religions. "We will bring back those who have lost their way. They did not go on their own," Bhagwat said in a speech late on Saturday. "They...
  • How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

    12/24/2014 10:14:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Reasonable Faith ^ | 12/24/2014 | William Lane Craig
    Greetings, I have been listening to and reading a lot of your material over the last year, and have been learning a lot - not least from the Defenders podcast. I've been searching in your material for the answer to a specific question, but haven't found it - and therefore I write you now. I'm trying to sort out the matter of free will and God's foreknowledge, and I've come to understand that there is no contradiction between God's foreknowing a free choice, and that choice being truly free. Foreknowing doesn't equal determining. But - here is my question: How?...
  • Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism (in post-Christendom Christianity)

    12/24/2014 10:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/24/2014 | Peter Enns
    The following is an extended excerpt from Addison Hodges Hart’s new book Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World, specifically, chapter 3 “Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism” (part 1, pages 57-63). Eerdmans was kind enough to send me a word file of these pages, lest my wrists fall off typing it all out.Hart’s articulation of the nature of the Bible will immediately ring true to some of you, I’m sure. It is, however, clearly intentionally provocative, which may be a barrier to some. But let me encourage you to try...
  • The Pope Is Catholic, Not an American Politician

    12/24/2014 8:37:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | Michael Walsh
    Pope in Rome, not in WashingtonAlmost from the beginning of his papacy, there has been a lot of nonsense written about Pope Francis. On the Left, there has been much wishful thinking about how the former Cardinal Bergoglio is really a man of progressive sympathies, while on the Right, there is a deep suspicion that the first Jesuit pope is basically a “liberation theologian” who is not a particular fan of capitalism and may in fact be a sneak commie symp. Much of what the pope is said to have said turns out to be either a mistranslation or...
  • VIDEO: 10-Year Old Girl Explains on Fox News Why Common Core ‘Stinks’

    12/24/2014 8:31:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    I love to read, I love to write, I love to do math. I don’t like the PARCC. Why? Because it stinks. I’m glad my mom and dad are letting me opt out because I don’t want to deal with this nonsense. Elizabeth Blaine, who was barely tall enough to see over the podium, had the courage to speak those word at a recent New Jersey school board meeting. The PARCC she referred to is the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,” which is one brand of testing that will be used to assess students under...
  • German Protestants Put America’s Mainline to Shame

    12/24/2014 8:22:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | Spengler
    Baden-Baden has been a spa town since Roman times, drawing tourists for its therapeutic waters, and more recently for a festival hall that features prominent classical artists. It also has a Faberge museum, which seems appropriate at this time of year: Christmas in Germany is like a brightly decorated eggshell with no egg inside. The forms of the holiday are merrily observed, but not the faith. To declare one’s belief in a personal God counts for proof of mental defect here as well as in most parts of Europe, especially among educated people. Nonetheless there is more faith left...
  • America, F— Yeah! All the right people are offended by Orlando's newest tourist attraction

    12/24/2014 8:18:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | STEPHEN GREEN
    Via LibertyUnyielding.com: A new Orlando-area tourist attraction has opened up to add to the long list of other theme parks. But it’s unlike anything you’ll fins at Disney World, Universal Studiosm or Sea World. It’s called Machine Gun America.It allows participants to fire live ammunition from fully automatic weapons. “Everybody has something they always wanted to try,” General Manager Bruce Nierenberg told local CBS affiliate WTSP Channel 10 News. “This would be on people’s bucket list to try it and have a new experience.” If you think that’s awesome — which it is — wait until you get to...
  • Opinion: Why the US isn't behind the North Korean Internet outage

    12/24/2014 8:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jason Healey, Passcode columnist
    North Korea has a fragile Internet, with a risk of being disconnected from the Web for any number of minor sneezes. But an attack of this nature can be easily attributed to the US and the administration should be up front about it. It's unlikely the US government was behind the recent disruption of the North Korean Internet. First, this kind of "you-slap-me-I-slap-you" response is not the US style. Instead, the Americans are more likely to come up with some epic, uber-technological hack that cleverly inverts the North Koreans internal systems, such as Stuxnet did to the Iranians. What's more,...
  • Pelosi to Boehner: Force Michael Grimm to resign over tax-evasion conviction

    12/24/2014 8:11:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How Michael Grimm (R-NY) won re-election to the House in November may be the greatest political mystery of 2014, having tax-evasion and fraud charges as well as a televised threat to a journalist hanging over his head. After all, his NY-11 district has only an R+2 Cook rating, so it’s not as though it resembles a district like … oh, Charlie Rangel’s D+41 NY-13, for example. Having prevailed despite those handicaps, Grimm refuses to resign his office even after pleading guilty to felony tax evasion:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Grimm faces up to three years in prison for...
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    12/24/2014 8:08:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it.
  • Defending Vice President Cheney [Against the New York Times call for Prosecution]

    12/24/2014 8:04:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Elise Cooper
    Unbelievably, the New York Times Editorial Board is calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation of Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration. They call the enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) “sadistic” crimes and cite that 25% of those detained are innocent. How quickly they forget what happened to their fellow New Yorkers on September 11, 2001. They worry about the 25% supposedly innocent yet ignore the approximately 30% who were released and returned to the battleground, a figure cited by Obama administration officials. For example, Baghdadi, who was in the...
  • New Liberal Christmas Tradition: Mary Was Raped

    12/24/2014 8:01:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Drew Belsky
    Valerie Tarico wrote an article at Alternet, republished at Salon, that should get her a lot of invites to ironically themed liberal Christmas parties.  The title: "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion." Tarico lays out a series of myths from pagan traditions, mostly Greek and Roman, in which women are abducted, violated, and coerced.  We have Danae, Europa, Rea Silvia...and, what do you know, the Virgin Mary. Notably, Tarico avoids using the same dire language for the Blessed Mother that she uses for the pagan myths: "[I]n the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary gets pregnant when the...
  • The 11 Most Politically Correct Moments on College Campuses in 2014

    12/24/2014 7:50:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2014 | By Katherine Timpf
    There are almost too many to choose from, but here are eleven of the most politically correct moments on college campuses in 2014: 1. Princeton University students launched a microaggression-reporting service. In December, Princeton students relaunched “Tiger Microaggressions,” a service that takes other students’ reports of microaggressions and publishes them on its Facebook page. According to the operators, absolutely anything can qualify as a microaggression since “there are no objective definitions to words and phrases.” 2. College students invented a roofie-detecting nail polish — only to be told that that’s actually also rape culture. In August, college students invented...
  • Clinton/Warren 2016? Should Republicans laugh, fear, or dismiss?

    12/24/2014 7:46:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2014 | Myra Adams
    Would a Democratic presidential ticket of former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren be doomed to defeat or cruise to an easy victory on November 8, 2016? From a Republican perspective would this Clinton/Warren “all chick tick” elicit howls of laughter or utter fear? Here is why from a Democrat point of view a Clinton/Warren ticket might make good political sense. In the “fight” for the Democratic Party presidential nomination the latest Real Clear Politics averages show Hillary Clinton clobbering Elizabeth Warren by a margin of 61 to 12 percent. However, Warren is gathering “big...
  • Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized, office says

    12/24/2014 7:42:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 12/24/2014
    <p>Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath.</p> <p>A spokesman for Bush, 90, said he will be held for observation at the Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution.</p>
  • U.S. jobless claims fall to seven-week low to seasonally adjusted 280,000

    12/24/2014 7:38:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2014 | LUCIA MUTIKANI
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, underscoring the economy's sustained strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 for the week ended Dec. 20, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. It was the lowest reading since Nov. 1 and marked the fourth straight week of declines. "The labor market is tightening up. Any job losses are just normal frictional unemployment in a healthy growing economy," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.
  • Kaboom? Sorry, the Stock Market isn't really at a record high

    12/24/2014 7:33:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 12/24/2014 | Seth Lipsky
    “Kaboom! Dow 18K” is the headline atop the Drudge Report. It links to a story on the Bloomberg wire reporting that the Dow Jones Industrial Average “rallied past 18,000 for the first time, after data showed the world’s largest economy grew at the fastest pace since 2003 last quarter.” By 4 p.m. the Dow had gained 64.73 points and hit 18,024, while Standard and Poor’s 500 Index hit a record 2,082.17 and the American economy was expanding at an annualized 5% in the third quarter as, the Bloomberg noted, “consumers and businesses spent more than was previously estimated.” What the...
  • Count Your Blessings: Common folk live better now than royalty did in earlier times

    12/24/2014 7:27:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/24/2014 | Richard Rahn
    As we go into this Christmas week, you should count your blessings that you live in 2014. Would you prefer to live as the French King Louis XIV did (1643-1715), or as you do today? The average low-income American, who makes $25,000 per year, lives in a home that has air conditioning, a color TV and a dishwasher, owns an automobile, and eats more calories than he should from an immense variety of food. Louis XIV lived in constant fear of dying from smallpox and many other diseases that are now cured quickly by antibiotics. His palace at Versailles had...
  • A Second Passport: Lessons From Steve Wozniak And Albert Einstein

    12/23/2014 9:43:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge via Sovereign Man ^ | 12/23/2014 | Simon Black
    In January 1933 Albert Einstein was visiting the US under a research grant from Princeton University.Meanwhile back home in Germany Adolf Hitler had just become elected chancellor and started creating an atmosphere hostile for Jews, intellectuals and pacifists, of which Einstein was three times guilty.Recognizing the danger of continuing to hold a German passport, Einstein traveled to Belgium where he renounced his German citizenship.By that time the Nazis had raided his cottage, confiscated his property and seized his bank accounts.Einstein was heartbroken to see his homeland overrun by fascists, but he didn’t waste any time looking back.As a renowned scientist...
  • Ex-Pastor Who Took Yearlong Break From Faith Asks 'Why Do I Need Religion to Love?'

    12/23/2014 3:57:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries. Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa...
  • It's Alarmingly Easy To Take North Korea's Internet Offline

    12/23/2014 3:51:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/23/2014 | Armin Rosen
    The Sony hacking saga took an even stranger turn yesterday when North Korea lost internet access for roughly 9 1/2 hours. The cause of the outage can't be conclusively determined. But it appears likely that the country's paltry web infrastructure — which consists of a mere four networks and just over 1,000 IP addresses — was the target of a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) conceivably motivated in some way by the events surrounding last month's Sony breach and the controversy surrounding The Interview. The North Korean outage was both an utterly empty gesture and evidence of how nearly...
  • Yes, Virginia, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a hot seller

    12/23/2014 3:45:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/23/2014 | PATRICK SEITZ
    Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro 3 tablet-notebook convertible computer is selling surprisingly well this holiday season, Pacific Crest Securities reported. Pacific Crest analyst Brendan Barnicle called the Surface Pro 3 "Santa's surprise," saying the device could help Microsoft post revenue upside for the December quarter. Surface Pro 3 sales provided a similar boost to Microsoft's revenue in the September quarter, he said. Barnicle raised his estimates for Microsoft's December quarter, its fiscal Q2. He reiterated his outperform rating on the stock with a price target of 58. Microsoft was up 1.5%, near 48.50, in afternoon trading in the stock market today....
  • Windows 10 getting put through its paces by 450,000 'highly active' testers

    12/23/2014 3:41:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Network World ^ | 12/23/2014 | By Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft is enjoying a considerable effort on the part of testers for Windows 10, who are reporting a considerable number of bugs and helping push the new operating system along quickly.Gabe Aul, engineering general manager for the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, made his December blog update on Windows all about fixes and improvements, and there are a lot. He said that more 1.5 million registered Windows Insiders are banging away at Windows 10, about 450,000 of whom are considered "highly active." This is much higher than any previous public beta for Windows.Microsoft has been receiving feedback from the Windows...
  • Video: White House Science advisor says man made global warming saving us from another ice age

    12/23/2014 3:34:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/22/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I have a feeling that somebody on the White House staff is going to be sitting down for a little holiday chat with Obama science advisor Eric Holdren. (Not to be confused with Eric Holder, but that’s another story.) The official Assistant to the President for Science and Technology held an online Q&A where he fielded questions submitted by the public. The former professor at both Harvard and Berkeley read one question about whether or not climate change was the result of the activities of man or the natural cycles of the planet. In this video supplied by MRC...
  • GOP Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

    12/23/2014 12:04:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 12/23/2014
    New York Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to a single count of tax fraud Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. The guilty plea comes one month after the congressman, a Republican who represents Staten Island, was elected to a third term. In April, Grimm was named in a 20-count indictment that accused him of under-reporting the payroll and earnings of his Upper East Side restaurant, Healthalicious, which he ran from 2007 to 2010. He pleaded not guilty in federal court and was released on bond. Prosecutors alleged Grimm employed a number of immigrant workers who did not have legal status to...
  • Sony to make “The Interview” available to theaters, video on demand on Christmas Day after all

    12/23/2014 12:01:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Good news. I wonder what changed their minds. The plan is to release the film simultaneously in participating theaters and via video on demand. The Plaza theater in Atlanta and a theater in Austin have now said they will distribute the film…A plan to distribute “The Interview” over Dish Network fell apart after talks between Sony and the satellite TV provider broke down over the weekend.The exact list of distributors was not immediately available, but the Art House Convergence, a national coalition of smaller, independent movie theaters, on Monday told Sony Pictures that its members are also willing and...
  • US economy grows incredible 5%

    12/23/2014 11:57:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 12/23/2014 | Matt Egan
    Evidence is mounting that the U.S. economy is kicking into high gear. Gross domestic product soared 5% on an annual basis in the third quarter, the government said on Tuesday. To put that in perspective, it's the strongest quarter of growth since 2003. "Other than the first quarter's weather-induced contraction, there's no doubt the economy has been great this year," said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG. Investors cheered the news, sending the stock market to record highs with the Dow crossing 18,000 for the first time ever.
  • Dow tops 18,000 as market reaches new highs

    12/23/2014 11:55:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/23/2014
    Stocks are pushing further into record territory as the Dow Jones industrial average tops 18,000 points for the first time. Traders have been encouraged by signs of strength in the U.S. economy and reassurances that the Federal Reserve won't interest rates soon. There was more encouraging news early Tuesday as the U.S. government reported that the economy powered ahead at a 5 percent annual rate in the third quarter. That was the fastest pace in more than a decade. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 43 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,003 as of 9:35 a.m. Easter. The Standard &...
  • Do We All Believe in the Same God?

    12/23/2014 7:31:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/23/2014 | Dr. Stephen M. Kirby
    A commonly heard claim is that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in “the same God.” These are comforting words and of great assistance to those wishing to engage in interfaith dialogues and tri-faith ventures. But is this true? To answer that question, let’s look at what is said and taught about Jews and Christians by Allah, the god of Islam, and Muhammad, Allah’s prophet. We’ll start with the Koran. The KoranMuslims believe the Koran is the infallible, timeless and perfect word of Allah. So what does Allah say in the Koran about Jews and Christians?To set the stage, Allah...
  • De Blasio Blames Media for Making Anti-Cop Protesters Look Bad

    12/23/2014 7:28:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    That would be the same media which kept insisting that the violent racist protesters were peaceful.But progressives like Obama and De Blasio seem to have an odd love/hate relationship with the media. The moment a negative note intrudes into the positive coverage, they lash out. He accused the reporters assembled in front of him of stoking outrage by focusing on “the few” protesters doing “immoral” things.“They are wrong,” he said, his voice rising.“But are you going to keep dividing us? What you manage to do is pull up the few who do not represent the majority.”He called it “unfair,” and...
  • Republican Warning Confirmed: De Blasio Taking New York Back to High-Crime 1970

    12/23/2014 7:25:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/23/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    Apparently smear ads during campaigns can sometimes tell the truth. Compare Republican Joe Lhota’s ad from the 2013 New York City mayoral campaign to the big, fat Drudge header captured below. The article linked reads in part: New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday that tensions in the city are echoing those in the 1970s — a fear he expressed only days prior to the ambush killings of two police officers.“Who would’ve ever thought déjà vu all over again, that we would be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago,” Bratton said in an interview on NBC’s “Today.”...