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  • Favorite Food and Drink Songs.Tell us Your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 12~14~12

    12/13/2012 5:10:47 PM PST · by fatima · 276 replies
    ~Favorite Food and Drinks Songs ~ Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis - That's Amore Words and Music by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks (In Napoli where love is King, when boy meets girl, here's what they say) When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pieThat's amoreWhen the world seems to shine like you've had too much wineThat's amore Bells'll ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-lingAnd you'll sing "Vita bella"Hearts'll play tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tayLike a gay tarantella When the stars make you drool joost-a like pasta fazoolThat's amoreWhen you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you're in...
  • Boehner Seeks To Quell Revolt: Speaker Faces Criticism Over Leadership From GOP Right Wing

    12/13/2012 5:10:14 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | 8:34 Thursday, December 13, 2012
    The House's most conservative members vowed to vote against any deal that raises taxes, openly challenging the speaker's authority. Rep. Jeff Landry of Louisiana, defeated in a House race decided last week, blamed the speaker for creating the perilous fiscal position the nation finds itself in. A senior Democrat suggested that Boehner was dragging his feet on deficit talks to avoid striking a deal before January, when the House formally chooses its next speaker. "The biggest impediment right now is the speaker's ability to get a decent number of Republican votes for an agreement," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of...
  • Embattled, Rice bows out of running; Kerry likely

    12/13/2012 4:54:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | BEN FELLER and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination. The reluctant announcement makes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the likely choice to be the nation's next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon.
  • Exclusive: First Glimpse of Former First Daughter Barbara Bush & Graffiti Artist Miky Fabrega

    12/13/2012 4:54:00 PM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 13:05 EST, 13 December 2012 | By Sara Nathan
    Her sister may be married and expecting a baby, but Barbara Bush is just as happy with her long-term boyfriend, graffiti artist Miky Fabrega - despite the fact he has been an outspoken critic of her family. The willowy 31-year-old has been quietly dating the Panama-born artist, 37, for the past two years - and the couple have kept their romance out of the public eye. But in this first glimpse of the pair, it is more than clear they are smitten as they pose with their arms wrapped around each other. Miky has made it clear he dotes on...
  • European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded €60,000

    12/13/2012 4:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Khaled El-Masri, the Lebanese-born German national who claims the CIA abducted him in Macedonia in 2003 before subjecting him to unlawful imprisonment and torture, has become accustomed to his case being thrown out of court. But on Thursday, he was finally able to claim a victory. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in El-Masri’s favor and ordered that the government of Macedonia to pay him €60,000 ($78,456) in damages. Based in Strasbourg, the court found that his account of having been flown secretly to Afghanistan, brutally interrogated there at a prison run by the US intelligence agency and then...
  • Instead of Asking Hillary Clinton About Benghazi, Barbara Walters Pushes Her to Run

    12/13/2012 4:26:30 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 13, 2012 | 13:10 | By Jeffrey Meyer
    Add Barbara Walters to the list of journalists pushing for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016. For the third time now, Ms. Clinton has been featured on Barbara Walters’s annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. Given that Ms. Walters had a one-on-one sit-down interview with Clinton, it would seem logical that the topic of the Benghazi fiasco would come up. It didn't, despite the fact that, as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton oversees all U.S. Embassies, and is directly responsible for protecting our diplomats around the world, especially in troubled regions where security threats are...
  • America Still The Shining City On A Hill: GOP Must Not Abandon Its Principles

    12/13/2012 4:22:30 PM PST · by calif_reaganite · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Igor Birman
    What possibly could inspire someone to leave behind the comfort and familiarity of home and the warmth of friends and relatives to seek the unknown alone in a foreign land? It’s a question Republicans should ask as a panicked posse presses us to leave behind our principles in order to appeal to the growing immigrant vote. Here’s a hint: The motivation is not a longing for big government. I arrived in the United States as a refugee from Russia in 1994 with my family, a few bags and a dream of life in liberty. After Russian police had torn apart...
  • John Hickenlooper on Colorado gun control laws: 'The time is right'

    12/13/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | | 12/13/12 1:49 PM EST
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile shootings, including a movie theater rampage in suburban Denver, that have shocked the nation. The Democratic governor upset some in his party for not taking a stronger position when he said last summer that stricter laws would not haven't prevented the mass shooting in Aurora. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Hickenlooper said that the legislative session in January would be an appropriate time to take up...
  • Michigan Unions Targeted Obama Enemy: Koch Brothers

    12/13/2012 4:19:33 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | Dece,ber 12, 2012
    Politics: The union mob that tore down that tent outside the Michigan state capitol was aiming at a free-market advocacy group on the president's enemies list promoting right-to-work and other pro-growth measures. In an editorial headlined "Drinking the Kochs' Kool-Aid," the Detroit Free Press, a newspaper in a decaying city with 18.9% unemployment, opined it was pressure from the Koch brothers, David H. and Charles G., who head a Kansas-based conglomerate with 50,000 U.S.-based employees, that moved Michigan Republicans to make the state adopt right-to-work legislation. Randy Richardville, majority leader of the state Senate, and Gov. Rick Snyder may have...
  • How Liberals Argue: Obamacare Taxes

    12/13/2012 4:15:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Last night, I joined CNBC's The Kudlow Report to discuss the recent news that 18 Senate Democrats have signed a letter urging the postponement or repeal of Obamacare's destructive medical device tax.  Conservatives have warned for years that the tax would kill jobs and undermine innovation in the field, a conclusion that some Democrats have finally embraced as implementation looms.  The Left has recognized this problem all along, of course, but they needed to squeeze as much on-paper revenue as possible into the Obamacare CBO score back in 2010 in order to attract those final few votes from "fiscally conservative"...
  • Ted Turner, Prodded by CNN, Calls for Nuclear Disarmament; Says “War Is Just About Over With”

    12/13/2012 4:14:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 13, 2012 | 17:01 | Matt Hadro
    CNN founder Ted Turner is well-known for his outlandish liberal views, and CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux teed him up on Thursday to rant against nuclear weapons, call for higher taxes on the wealthy, and announce that “the big, intelligent, well-educated countries have already quit war.” “President Obama, he says in his second term he wants to make climate change and protecting the environment a top priority. What do you think he should do? What should he do first?” Malveaux prodded the liberal Turner. He answered that Obama should do both and “might as well add getting rid of nuclear weapons too,...
  • Michael Moore: 'Things Got Better' When Reagan Voters Died (mega hurl alert!)

    12/13/2012 4:07:08 PM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    Appearing on Current TV Filmmaker Michael Moore: I'm very optimistic about the future, young people. Adelson and all those people will be gone, just like the people who voted for Reagan, the older generation that really was behind Reagan. You know, if were 55 or 60 years old in 1980, when Reagan ran, you're dead now. They're not alive, they left. And when they left, you know, things got better. Nothing against -- my dad is 91. I love old people, don't get me wrong. But I'm just saying, that the previous generations, which were willing to live under segregation,...
  • Obama’s Asia Team Caught Off Guard, Partying When Rocket Launched

    12/13/2012 4:06:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Foreign Policy - The Cable ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    The Obama administration's Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea's Dec. 11 rocket launch, several of them actually had to put down their drinks and suddenly leave a holiday party being held in honor of the Japanese emperor's birthday. Several top U.S. officials dealing with Asia and North Korea from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council were relaxing Tuesday night at the Japanese ambassador's Nebraska Avenue residence in Washington when the news came over their blackberries that North Korea had launched another Unha-3 rocket with a "satellite" attached, this time with much more...
  • Simple sitting test may determine your mortality (bad title...video at source)

    12/13/2012 4:01:00 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/13/2012
    A simple sitting and standing test can determine your mortality, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. The test screens for musculo-skeletel fitness and is an assessment of your ability to sit and then rise – unaided – from the floor. The study was performed in Brazil by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo and his team at the Clinimex-Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro. Araujo and his colleagues looked at more than 2,000 middle-aged men and women in 2002. He followed up with them approximately six years later, or until their date of death. RELATED:...
  • Boehner: “Zero” Chance Obama Would’ve Given Bush Unlimited Borrowing Power

    12/13/2012 4:01:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there was “zero” chance that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and then-Sen. Barack Obama would have supported giving President George W. Bush the power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, as they propose giving the chief executive today. … “Do you think that Senator Reid or then-Senator Obama would have ever given to President George W. Bush the unlimited ability to raise the debt limit?” Boehner said. “They’re talking about doing it now,” a reporter replied. “I know they’re talking about doing it now,” Boehner said, jokingly. “Do you think there’s any chance...
  • Cal Thomas: A society without entitlements

    12/13/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    SINGAPORE -- While the U.S. unemployment rate "dropped" to 7.7 percent last month -- a figure even the Washington Post acknowledged was due "in large part because the labor force fell by 350,000" -- here in this modern and prosperous city-state of slightly more than 5 million people, unemployment is practically nonexistent at 1.9 percent. In part, this is due to a work ethic that seems to be in the genes here. But there is something else at work that should astound Washington politicians struggling with expensive "entitlement" programs and with those who receive them. The Economist wrote about it...
  • This Graph Says it All: “Spending is the Problem”

    12/13/2012 3:53:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Anyone who believes that the president’s proposed tax hikes on “the rich” will save our country from insolvency is grossly mistaken, and should begin to educate themselves by examining the graph below. Whoa: This isn’t the least bit surprising, of course. We’ve seen this coming for a very long time. Barring major cuts to entitlement spending the country will go bankrupt. It’s not a possibility -- it’s an absolute certainty. Which is why I find all the “negotiations” surrounding raising taxes on “the rich” so reprehensible. The revenue generated from such a proposal -- as the graph above demonstrates --...
  • Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field ... 1,300 Light Years Away

    12/13/2012 3:48:44 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Oil price. ^ | 06 December 2012 | James Burgess
    Have our wishes been answered? Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field. It is around 1,300 light years away. The scientists work at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and using the 30m-telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy they discovered a vast cloud of hydrocarbons within the Horse Head Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation.
  • Gun Rights Find a New Home (Illinois)

    12/13/2012 3:45:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 13, 2012 | Steve Chapman
    A federal appeals court rules Illinois cannot maintain its flat ban on concealed-carry. There are certain constants to life in Illinois. Abraham Lincoln has always been revered. The Cubs always find a way to lose. Lake Michigan never goes dry. Letting citizens carrying concealed firearms is out of the question. But one of those is no longer true. Tuesday, a federal appeals court said the state cannot maintain its flat ban on concealed-carry—a policy that makes it unique among the 50 states. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have and use...
  • Reid Laughs at Prospect of Bringing GOP Bills Up for Votes in Senate

    12/13/2012 3:44:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) complained that House Republicans are refusing to bring some Senate-passed legislation to the floor—but dismissed the question of when he might bring many House-passed measures up for a Senate vote. “I can give you a long list of things we haven’t done,” Reid said at his weekly press conference when CNSNews.com asked if he would ever bring languished GOP bills up for a vote. … Reid, as majority leader in the Senate, controls the floor schedule—deciding which bills will come to the floor and when. When asked again if he might bring any of...