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  • Madonna: Vote for the 'Black Muslim in the White House'

    09/25/2012 8:59:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 Sep 2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    On the heels of , today we have an odd "real" celebrity endorsement: at her D.C. stop on her MDNA Tour, Madonna told fans on Monday night to vote for "the Black Muslim in the White House" who's "fighting for gay rights." Here's footage of Madonna's "endorsement" (her Obama comments comes around the 1:50 mark) RELATED: RELATED: So yeah. That's odd, right? Thanks to her terrible delivery, it's hard to tell whether Madonna is being sarcastic and mocking people who think Obama is a Muslim ( ) or if Madonna actually believes President Obama is a Muslim ( ). ....
  • Was Obama's Illegal War in Libya A Trial Run to Attack Israel?

    09/25/2012 8:57:51 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 25, 2012 | Stella Paul
    Hey, Obama Lovers, now that our Ambassador is dead, our Benghazi consulate is a smoldering ruin, and its top secret documents have been snatched by Al Qaeda, do you still think your hero's Libyan war is a smashing success? Because I sure do. Not from America's point of view, of course; it's a nightmare for our national security. But from the perspective of Obama's biggest donor, the convicted felon and renowned Israel-hater George Soros, the Libyan War is a triumph. Why? Because Obama waged it illegally and without the consent of Congress. And he did it in the name of...
  • Something is Wrong

    09/25/2012 8:51:05 AM PDT · by RichardMoore · 14 replies
    "Don't look now but Islam is becoming the main Stream media's official religion of America
  • President Ethelred

    09/25/2012 8:29:12 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/25/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Like old King Ethelred the Unready, who either had no counsel or had no sense, or both, and often paid the Danegeld rather than attempt to deter the Norsemen, so Barack Obama and his lieutenants still believe that they can both appease radical Islam and convince others that is not what they are doing. Various top-ranking U.S. officials, for instance, following the lead of President Obama himself, for days insisted that the murder of the American ambassador to Libya was a spontaneous act of a crowd that got out of control, enraged by the release of an anti-Islamic video trailer...
  • NYPD removes 'Big Brother' ads near Occupy protest site

    09/25/2012 8:12:16 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 6 replies
    N.Y. Daily News ^ | 9.18.2012, 11:58 AM | BEN CHAPMAN, JOE KEMP 9.18.2012, 11:58 AM BEN CHAPMAN, JOE KEMP NYPD removes 'Big Brother' ads near Occupy protest site City workers fanned out across lower Manhattan to quickly investigate and remove a series of fake NYPD "public service" ads depicting the police force as drone-deploying Big Brother that someone installed in bus shelters. The bright blue signs which were first spotted Tuesday morning near Whitehall and Waters Sts. but later were discovered in DUMBO, Brooklyn feature NYPD logos. One pictures a drone dropping a bomb on a family. "DRONES", the sign reads. "Protection when you least expect it." Another sign nearby shows...
  • McGurn: The Chick-fil-A War Is Back On

    09/25/2012 7:34:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/25/2012 | William McGurn
    Sometimes there comes along an idea so wrongheaded that even Michael Bloomberg and the American Civil Liberties Union can't support it. So it was this summer, when the Democratic mayors of Boston and Chicago declared Chick-fil-A unwelcome in their cities because the mayors disagree with CEO Dan Cathy's support for "biblical marriage." New York Mayor Bloomberg called the threats "inappropriate." A spokesman for the Illinois ACLU suggested that they were unconstitutional to boot. Now the controversy is back, after a Chicago alderman announced that Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop supporting "antigay organizations." After two days of confusion, Mr. Cathy this...
  • Are we too sensitive to partisan skew in polls? These are not the samples you are looking for

    09/25/2012 7:31:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Critics of media polling have long complained about the sample skew that tends to favor Democrats in their surveys. We do a lot of poll analysis here at Hot Air and we routinely compare the modeling to exit polling in past elections. National Journal reports today that pollsters, especially those who work with media outlets, have begun to fight back against the criticism leveled by conservatives of institutional sample skew, claiming that they're seeing trends on the ground that previous electoral models won't capture: Critics allege that pollsters are interviewing too many Democrats --- and too few Republicans or independents...
  • City to Add Pre-K Efforts in Poor Areas Next Year

    09/25/2012 7:29:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | AL BAKER
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Monday that the city would open a new type of preschool in Brooklyn next year, introducing a cradle-to-kindergarten approach to education for very young children in poor neighborhoods. The school, known as Educare, will open in Brownsville and serve children between 6 weeks and 5 years old, mimicking schools that have been created in 17 other cities. The one envisioned for New York will include a “leadership institute” to carry out research in early childhood education, city officials said. “Our goal is to have every city kid arrive in kindergarten ready and prepared for a...
  • Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners

    09/25/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Design News ^ | 04-18-2012 | Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
    A new study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that the overall percentage of hybrids sold into the new vehicle market has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent over the past three years. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of hybrid owners who returned to the market in 2011 did not buy another hybrid. "Intuitively, you would expect the numbers to be higher, given how many hybrid vehicles are available in the market place today," Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, told us. Polk's study revealed that only 35 percent of hybrid owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when...
  • One Demographic, Unsurprisingly, Persistently Immune to Obama's Sales Pitches

    09/25/2012 7:01:26 AM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    NRO Morning Jolt ^ | 9/25/12 | Geraghty
    <p>July: Obama to U.S. Veterans: 'I've Got Your Back'</p> <p>Even as Obama leads in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Mitt Romney is up by double digits among veterans in those states. Nationwide, he's got a commanding 20-percentage-point lead over Obama and has overtaken the president with younger veterans.</p>
  • Paddling could soon be back in Marion County Schools

    09/25/2012 6:57:30 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    Click Orando ^ | 9/25/12 | Evan Lambert
    OCALA, Fla. - The idea of corporal punishment in schools may seem like something out of another era, but school officials in Marion County may bring the practice of paddling back. Incoming school board member Carol Ely supports paddling as a form of discipline, and she may have the support to influence the school board to vote in the affirmative. Ely was the principal at Ocala's Shady Hill Elementary for 14 years, where she administered corporal punishment. She said it worked, and she wants to bring it back. "It was very effective the way we implemented it. We only did...
  • New institute’s kickoff event calls for change [Gathering of LOSERS praise each other]

    09/25/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Daily Trojan ^ | 9/24/12
    In a departure from typical political discussions along party lines, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Inaugural Symposium kicked off the center’s first semester with a bipartisan look forward into political change... Veteran political journalist Cokie Roberts delved into the politics of partisan government while moderating a panel of political experts including Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida; Tom Daschle, former senator and senate majority leader; Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania; Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico; and McCain.
  • America's Last Crusade

    09/25/2012 6:34:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    For Americans of the Greatest Generation that fought World War II and of the Silent Generation that came of age in the 1950s, the great moral and ideological cause was the Cold War. It gave purpose and clarity to our politics and foreign policy, and our lives. From the fall of Berlin in 1945 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, that Cold War was waged by two generations, and with its end Americans faced a fundamental question: If the historic struggle between communism and freedom is over, if the Soviet Empire and Soviet Union no longer exist,...
  • Do you buy Apple and fly Virgin because you think they're 'cool'? Grow up, for God's sake

    09/25/2012 6:20:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-25-2012
    The concept of “cool” is, appropriately, like a snowball. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp of it, it melts away. Still, cool is the most resilient of slang words. While other terms have become cringeworthy from overuse, cool has stayed firmly within the lexicon. Cool is put in service to describe a galaxy of objects and incidents – from fleeting moments to multi-billion-pound brands. It's the beatnik's curse. Whole industries exist to tell us what's cool now, what will be cool next and when the cool evaporates. The annual CoolBrands survey, published this week, is just one small...
  • Romney's taxes: Who cares?

    09/25/2012 6:12:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Did anyone think the release of Mitt Romney's tax returns would satisfy Democrats and make them focus on the real issues in this campaign, including President Obama's failed domestic and foreign policy record and approaching massive tax increases? If so, please call me for a great deal on Arizona swampland. The Obama campaign's deputy manager, Stephanie Cutter, accused Romney of taking advantage of lower tax rates for capital gains available only to "those at the top." Is Cutter saying Romney is wrong to obey tax law? The tax code is a mess. It, not Romney, should be the object of...
  • Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama’s New Lunch Menu

    09/25/2012 5:48:21 AM PDT · by fungoking · 143 replies
    Town hall ^ | 9/23/12 | Kyle Olson
    In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama. The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations. Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down. Just ask students in Pierre, South Dakota who, too, are in an all-out revolt. "I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug...

    09/25/2012 5:38:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies ^ | 9/24/12 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    How in the world did a movie get made that was catalyzed by “parent-trigger” laws allowing parents to take over failing schools? A movie like that, which implies teacher’s unions simply aren’t doing their jobs, should never have made it past the iron gates of liberalism that surround Hollywood...
  • Obama vs Romney Polls: When You Crunch the Numbers, Romney is Actually Doing Very Well

    09/25/2012 5:30:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Jesse Merkel
    Editors' note: this piece originally appeared at PolicyMic. Two things typically happen after the major parties conventions come to an end. People that normally do not pay attention for most of the year start to pay attention to the news and polls more, and voter enthusiasm jumps up as a result. The major polls that are appearing on the daily newscasts, in the newspapers and on the internet have become incredibly important. While meant to accurately reflect the views of the nation, these polls today have unfortunately turned into a weapon. Many major organizations have skewed their polls as of...
  • We Didn't Leave AARP...AARP Left Us

    09/25/2012 5:17:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/25/2012 | Russ Vaughn
    The report of the AARP convention booing Paul Ryan the other day made me just shake my head and smile wryly. These are the kind of fools who'd boo the man trying to save their bacon while they remain content to blindly follow a leftist leadership that has sold its organizational soul to liberal orthodoxy. Like millions of Americans, I received my courtesy membership to AARP upon nearing fifty, some two decades ago. At the time, this free milestone membership, available to all Americans of that age, was the source of much merriment among such new members' younger friends and...
  • How Liberals Screw the 47 Percent

    09/25/2012 5:13:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 98/25/2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    Everyone's getting their knickers in a twist about the 47 percent that Mitt Romney figures are going to vote for Barack Obama, no matter what. But do you know why they will vote for Barack? Wyatt Emmerich did the math back in 2010 for The Clevelend Current in Mississippi. It's been written up at ZeroHedge and by Kathy Shaidle. The message is simple. Earn $3,600 per year as head of a family of three, and your net earnings (after taxes and government benefits) will amount to $31,630. But if you earn $60,000 a year, your net earnings will be $34,366....
  • On Government Regulation: A Call to Courage

    09/25/2012 5:10:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/25/2012 | By Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven
    It’s a riveting pitch. The 60-second U.S. Marine Corps commercial begins with images of soldiers running straight into scenes of chaos and danger. The commercial ends with a question that crosses the screen: “Which way would you run?” Since the founding of our nation, Americans have selflessly responded to the call of duty, and volunteered to run into harm’s way. And not for the money, but to serve their country. Contrast that kind of courage with the way many of our nation’s CEOs deal with chaos and danger. For decades, the ever-growing administrative state has made it increasingly difficult for...
  • The Obama Press Votes Early

    09/25/2012 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Mona Charen
    "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring." --Ann RomneyMrs. Romney's exasperation with conservative critics is understandable. The mainstream press has been like a school of piranhas swarming around her husband. To receive fire from her own side as well -- even constructive advice -- may seem too much to bear. Mitt Romney is facing perhaps the most corrupt and tendentious coverage in presidential history, as members of the fourth estate eschew any semblance of integrity in their attempt to skew interpretations in favor of their pinup, Mr. Obama. The examples would fill volumes....
  • Signs Of The Gold Standard Are Emerging From Germany

    09/25/2012 5:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/25/2012 | Ralph Benko
    On September 18th, the London office of Deutsche Bank — one of the most respected banks in the world, and a bellwether of elite opinion — published a Global Markets Research paper entitled Gold: Adjusting for Zero. It was written by two esteemed, mainstream analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu: "[G]old is not really a commodity at all. While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact a medium of exchange and one that is officially recognised (if not publicly used as such). We see gold as an officially recognised form of money for one primary reason:...
  • Something is Wrong

    09/25/2012 5:03:26 AM PDT · by Lacey · 87 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 09/24/2012 | Ben Stein
    Have you noticed that in the past few years, and especially in the past few weeks since the murder of the Ambassador and his guards and colleague in Benghazi (a city that Erwin Rommel loved and whose inhabitants he praised), whenever the New York Times refers to Mohammed, they always call him, without quotation marks, The Prophet Mohammed, as if everyone with any sense understands that OF COURSE Mohammed is The One True Prophet and that it's just understood that Mohammed is The Prophet.
  • U.S. should ax destructive corporate tax

    09/25/2012 5:02:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/25/2012 | Richard Rahn
    It’s difficult to say definitively which tax is the most destructive. The corporate income tax is a leading candidate for causing higher prices to consumers, lower wages to workers and lower returns to investors. It misallocates capital, resulting in higher levels of unemployment and lower levels of economic growth and opportunity, and it taxes income that has already been taxed as least once before. The 2012 annual rankings of “Corporate Tax Competitiveness” was published in Canada by University of Calgary and in the United States by Cato Institute. In the study, authors Duanjie Chen and Jack Mintz of the school...
  • Fear of Obama's Second Term Overblown, Says Expert

    09/25/2012 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Israeli delegate for Congressional matters in Washington and a top expert on relations with the U.S., Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, thinks Israeli fears of a hostile second term Obama presidency are overblown. In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Ettinger explained that contrary to popular perception, "The bottom line is that a second term president is always weaker than a first term president. This is true for all second term American presidents other than one – James Monroe. A second term president becomes less and less relevant for both chambers of Congress from the day of his reelection. This this...
  • Bacon, pork shortage 'now unavoidable,' industry group says

    09/25/2012 4:47:58 AM PDT · by Abathar · 46 replies ^ | September 24, 2012 | Tiffany Hsu
    Might want to get your fill of ham this year, because "a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable," according to an industry trade group. Blame the drought conditions that blazed through the corn and soybean crop this year. Less feed led to herds declining across the European Union “at a significant rate,” according to the National Pig Assn. in Britain. And the trend “is being mirrored around the world,” according to a release (hat tip to the Financial Times). In the second half of next year, the number of slaughtered pigs could fall 10%, doubling...
  • 7 Incredible Personal Stories About Mitt Romney That You May Not Know

    09/25/2012 4:35:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Over the last few months, it has been absolutely stunning to see Mitt Romney, of all people, portrayed as some sort of greedy, ruthless, unfeeling corporate raider who plows over everyone who gets in his way so he can make a few dollars more. Of all the criticisms you could aim at Mitt Romney, there is none that has less validity than that one. In fact, the vast majority of people who read this column -- whether they're liberal, conservative, or moderate -- probably don't personally know a single person who has proven to be more generous and compassionate than...
  • Alabama Adopts First Official State Ban on UN Agenda 21

    Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up. The Alabama Senate Bill (SB) 477 legislation, known unofficially among some supporters as the “Due Process for Property Rights” Act, was approved unanimously by both the state House and...
  • Ann Coulter: "White Guilt Has Produced Mistake After Mistake"

    09/25/2012 4:26:26 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 10 replies
    RCP ^ | 9/24/2012
    "Whites being bullied by racism, by white liberals, by the way, who ought to be guilty about something, has never led to anything good. It led to the John Lindsay administration in this city, it led to Dinkins and finally because of the O.J. verdict, we we were through, we got Giuliani, which has saved tens of thousands of black lives by enforcing criminal laws, by going after criminals despite being called a racist throughout his tenure," Coulter said. "White guilt has produced mistake after mistake including the 2008 election when more whites voted for Obama than voted for a...
  • Muslim-led nations seek ban on insult

    09/25/2012 3:38:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/24/2012 | Guy Taylor
    As the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week in New York, several leaders of mostly Muslim nations are suggesting that the world body consider sanctions on blasphemy, amid widespread protests against an amateur movie that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will focus at least part of his remarks on the film when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. “I am the prime minister of a nation, of which most are Muslims, that has declared anti-Semitism a crime against humanity. But the West hasn’t recognized Islamophobia as a crime against humanity....
  • Terrorist? Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    09/25/2012 3:37:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 25, 2012 | Matthew Vadim
    FBI agents aren’t allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation, according to a startling, newly discovered FBI directive. The fact that a terrorism suspect is associated with a terrorist group means nothing, according to the FBI document, “Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.” The “touchstone” document, dated March of this year, is available online but hasn’t been reported on by major media outlets. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are to be instructed that “mere association with organizations that demonstrate both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a...
  • Who Should Americans Trust as the Medicare Messenger?

    09/25/2012 3:24:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Allen West
    Candidates running for election who love to use fear mongering and scare tactics to persuade voters are usually hiding their incompetency. This election cycle is no exception, and it has never been more apparent than when it comes to debating the issue of Medicare. President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill are constantly telling Americans that Republicans want to “End Medicare as we know it.” However, just by saying it does not make it true. Republicans understand that America has a responsibility to its seniors to preserve and protect Medicare and we are committed to our future generations...
  • An Ethiopian hero of the Korean War

    09/25/2012 3:10:45 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25th September 2012 | Alex Last
    'Sixty years ago, Ethiopia was at war. Not in Africa, but thousands of miles away in Korea. This is the story of one Ethiopian officer who won a US gallantry award.'
  • Cancer overtakes heart disease among US Hispanics

    09/25/2012 2:32:40 AM PDT · by neverdem
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few years behind. The change is not exactly cause for alarm. Death rates for both cancer and heart disease have been dropping for Hispanics and everyone else. It's just that heart disease deaths have fallen faster, largely because of improved treatment and prevention, including the development of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Overall, cancer will probably replace heart disease as the nation's top cause of death in the next 10 years, said Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer...
  • Worldwide Pork Shortage Predicted

    09/25/2012 2:07:13 AM PDT · by equaviator · 13 replies
    The Pig Site ^ | 07 September 2012
    GLOBAL - The world’s pig farmers are warning of a shortage of bacon and pork next year because pig-feed has become unaffordable following disastrous growing and harvesting weather. Governments are becoming increasingly concerned. Around the world, pig farmers are selling their herds because they can no longer afford to feed their pigs. In the United States the government has introduced a pork-buying programme in a bid to keep its pig farmers in business. And the Chinese government is putting pork into cold storage, as a buffer against shortages and high prices next year. Pig industry leaders from across the European...
  • Crime down? Electric cars good? The truth about cars and guns

    09/25/2012 1:54:47 AM PDT · by sdcraigo · 7 replies
    The Coast News ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | Bill Gunderson
    ...Let’s look at guns. After a recent spate of violent crime in downtown Baltimore, much of it caught on video, a crime reporter lamented at the over reaction, saying “crime statistics are down” but people just don’t know it. To quote the poet: Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones. The “something” here is crime. There’s a lot more of it happening than reporters know or write about. Occasionally this information escapes through the politically correct veil: The New York Times is just one of several large papers in the country to...
  • Baltimore crime-fighter resigns over Fast and Furious case(barf alert)

    09/25/2012 1:53:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 23 September, 2012 | Ian Duncan
    At a community meeting for paroled felons in the East Baltimore, the mother of Bloods gang leader Kevin Gary faced down federal prosecutor Jason Weinstein. She told him to stop harrassing her son, whom she described as "a champion for the downtrodden," recalls former city police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who also attended the meeting. Weinstein, familiar with Gary's criminal record, did not back down. "I hear you ma'am, but if your son doesn't stop what he's doing he's going to prison with the rest of these guys," he responded, according to Bealefeld. While in Baltimore, Weinstein prosecuted some...
  • NFL losing credibility with each blown call by replacement refs

    09/25/2012 12:43:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
    Monday's debacle only crystallizes what was already clear: NFL's substitute officials are a joke, and it's time for Commissioner Roger Goodell to end lockout.Hail Mary. Holy hell. On the final play of the final game of one of the most shameful weekends in NFL history, a last-gasp pass from the Seattle Seahawks fell from the sky into the arms of the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Touchdown, Seattle. Chaos, NFL. Three weeks of gross incompetence by unqualified replacement officials crystallized in two moments Monday night that pushed the league's integrity to the brink. In one moment, Packers safety M.D....
  • The 2012 election and the Obama/Romney divide

    09/24/2012 11:56:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Burlington County Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | Diana E. Sheets
    In Bill Clinton’s 21st-century rendering of the American Dream presented at the 2012 Democratic Convention, prosperity comes by means of “a nation of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, shared prosperity, a shared sense of community.” That’s the Democratic narrative. Since the Civil Rights era, the essential question underlying Democratic Party governance has been the following: Is it the party of America and, by implication, that broad-based constituency we refer to as the middle class or is it the party of the disenfranchised? The catastrophe of Barack Obama’s administration is that he has forced the locus of the Democratic Party from the...
  • US plan to sell 'chateau' wine in EU angers France

    09/24/2012 11:44:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/24/2012
    The US has angered vineyard owners across France with a plan to sell some of its wines in the European Union with a "chateau" or "clos" label. "What is at stake is the respect for tradition and quality," Laurent Gapenne of Chateau de Laville and president of the Federation des Grand Vins de Bordeaux told the Associated Press. For American vintners it is a question of selling more wine in their top export market, unshackled by historic language or restrictive terms in the world of 21st century globalization. "People use words in different ways," WineAmerica chief operation officer Cary Greene...
  • Pineapple gel approved for burns

    09/24/2012 11:31:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 24 September 2012 | Andrew Turley
    A topical gel based on pineapple enzymes has been approved in the EU for use in the treatment of burns.NexoBrid gel from privately owned biotech MediWound, contains proteolytic enzymes from the stem of the pineapple plant. It is the first pharmacological treatment for the removal of scab tissue associated with severe burns, which are typically removed surgically. Removal of scab tissue is essential to speed the healing process and prevent infection.NexoBrid gel was designated an orphan medicine in 2002. Israeli generics giants Teva paid $163 million to raise its stake in Mediwound from 14% to 51% in 2010, according to...
  • A Call for Caution on Antipsychotic Drugs

    09/24/2012 10:12:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
    You will never guess what the fifth and sixth best-selling prescription drugs are in the United States, so I’ll just tell you: Abilify and Seroquel, two powerful antipsychotics. In 2011 alone, they and other antipsychotic drugs were prescribed to 3.1 million Americans at a cost of $18.2 billion, a 13 percent increase over the previous year, according to the market research firm IMS Health. Those drugs are used to treat such serious psychiatric disorders as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe major depression. But the rates of these disorders have been stable in the adult population for years. So how did...
  • Washington state’s first ‘zombie bees’ reported; parasite causes bees to fly erratically, die

    09/24/2012 9:26:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2012 | Associated Press
    SEATTLE — The infection is as grim as it sounds: “Zombie bees” have a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die. And experts say the condition has crept into Washington state. “I joke with my kids that the zombie apocalypse is starting at my house,” said Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper who spotted the infected insects at his suburban Seattle home. Hohn returned from vacation a few weeks ago to find many of his bees either dead or flying in jerky patterns and then flopping on the floor...
  • Girls Age 14 Can Get Birth Control At New York City Schools ["Kids Sold Sex" - CWA]

    09/24/2012 9:21:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2012
    Girls Age 14 Can Get Birth Control At New York City Schools New York City school and health officials are stepping on parental rights by going beyond condom giveaways and giving girls as young as age 14 “morning-after pills” and other chemical contraceptives at school without telling their parents, leaders of traditional values groups said Monday. Their reactions were sparked by news that nurses in 13 public high schools are dispensing Plan B emergency contraception and other products to sexually active students who ask for it. “We’re incensed at the arrogance of this administration. The state is constantly telling parents,...
  • Paul Ryan says reversal of DADT repeal is step in wrong direction

    09/24/2012 9:07:08 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 84 replies ^ | 09/23/2012 | Alex Sanz
    MIAMI -- One year after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay and lesbian service members from serving in the military, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in an interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5 that the controversial policy should not be reinstated. "Now that it's done, we should not reverse it," Ryan told WPTV NewsChannel 5 during a visit to Miami. "I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves." Ryan was one of 160 Republicans and 15 Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote...
  • Jeb Bush Working on Book about Immigration

    09/24/2012 8:58:56 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 45 replies
    Latino Fox News ^ | Sep 22 2012 | Latino Fox News
    A hot button issue in the upcoming elections and one of the most contentious topics in the Republican Party is also the subject of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush has started work on a book about immigration and landed a deal with Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster, for "Immigration Wars: Forging An American Solution." Threshold announced Wednesday that the book is scheduled for next spring and will be co-authored by conservative attorney and activist Clint Bolick. Financial terms were not disclosed. "Drawing upon history and American ideals, Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick outline a courageous...
  • Now it's Biden's wife making gaffes as she makes accidental X-rated joke about her husband

    09/24/2012 8:54:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2012 | Laura Cox
    Things went from bad to worse for Jill Biden on Friday after accidentally cracking a joke about her husband's manhood. Captured on video, this is the moment the Second Lady lost her cool at a New Hampshire campaign event, giggling like a schoolgirl as the crowd roared with delight. Passionately describing Mr Biden's work ethic she began: 'I've seen Joe up close,' making a wide motion with her hands, before blushing as she realised the innuendo she had just made. 'It's in my remarks, really,' she insisted. A wave of amused titters swept the audience, Mrs Biden allowing herself an...
  • Iran's President Ranges Far In Interview: Talks Israel, Slams Homosexuality-[Calls It "Ugly"]

    09/24/2012 8:29:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | September 24, 2012
    Iran's President Ranges Far In Interview: Talks Israel, Slams Homosexuality September 24, 2012 New York (CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made clear what he meant when he said Israel should be "wiped off" the map and touched on everything from the Holocaust to homosexuality in a wide-ranging interview that aired Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." The president, speaking through a translator, also said what his country would do if attacked by Israel, and he slammed an anti-Islam film that has triggered protests in the Muslim world. "If a group comes and occupies the United States of America, destroys...
  • RNC memo claims 2012 ground game has already surpassed 2008

    09/24/2012 7:58:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/24/2012 | Conn Carroll
    Republican National Committee Political Director Rick Wiley sent out a “Ground Game Update” memo to “Interested Parties” today, claiming the RNC’s 2012 voter contact efforts have already surpassed 2008 totals. “Overall, we have made more than 26 million voter contacts, thanks to the efforts of our 73,000 volunteers. This week, we expect to make our 30 millionth voter contact. By mid-September, we had already surpassed the 2008 operation in total volunteer voter contacts,” Wiley writes. You can read the full memo below:MEMO FROM: RNC Political Director Rick Wiley TO: Interested Parties RE: Ground Game UpdateAs we head into the final...