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  • More Babies, Please

    12/13/2012 8:44:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN the eternally recurring debates about whether some rival great power will knock the United States off its global perch, there has always been one excellent reason to bet on a second American century: We have more babies than the competition. It’s a near-universal law that modernity reduces fertility. But compared with the swiftly aging nations of East Asia and Western Europe, the American birthrate has proved consistently resilient, hovering around the level required to keep a population stable or growing over the long run. America’s demographic edge has a variety of sources: our famous religiosity, our vast interior and...
  • Did Fried Brain Cells Bag John McAfee?

    12/13/2012 8:44:36 PM PST · by null and void · 2 replies
    Dice ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Dawn Kawamoto
    How is it possible that John McAfee–John McAfee, the pioneer in protection against hacking, for goodness sake–was tracked down in Guatemala by a hack so simple it doesn’t really deserve to be called a hack? First, Vice magazine posted a picture of McAfee snapped by an iPhone-bearing staffer who was visiting the fugitive. Then, the enterprising Twitter user Simple Nomad downloaded the photo and extracted the metadata from special headers, EXIF tags, embedded in most digital images. Based on longitude and latitude, the type of device used, and sometimes even the name of its owner, the metadata can reveal precisely...
  • Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership

    12/13/2012 8:39:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-13-2012 | Bridget Johnson
    December 13, 2013 Lawmakers Say Military Suicides are Reason to Look at Gun Ownership Bridget Johnson The Army today released its updated suicide data through the end of November: 177 potential active-duty suicides; 113 of these confirmed as suicides and 64 under investigation. In 2011, there were 165 Army suicides. With other branches of the Armed Forces, the Army has multiple programs under way in an effort to reduce these statistics, from crisis counseling to suicide prevention training for families. But some lawmakers see this tragic trend as reason to pinpoint gun ownership in the defense authorization bill that headed...
  • GOP Lawyer: Republicans Must End Cronyism of 'Little White Boy Consultants'

    12/13/2012 8:36:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    “Until Chairman Priebus and other GOP leaders focus on rooting out the greed, cronyism, and corruption of the ‘little white boy’ consultants who make millions of dollars, year in and year out, and yet lose elections—and until there is real accountability and transparency to donors to ensure that integrity is restored to GOP circles—none of these initiatives will matter,” said Cleta Mitchell.
  • Russia Nears a Milestone

    12/13/2012 8:36:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 December 2012 | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    MOSCOW—Russia is on target to register its first natural population growth since the fall of the Soviet Union, with a slightly higher number of births than deaths being recorded so far this year, the labor minister said Wednesday. Through the end of October, Russia had recorded 790 more births than deaths—a minute advance, but one that could mark a potential turning point in a troubling demographic trend that has seen the country's population on the decline since the early 1990s. "Cumulative natural growth was recorded from the start of the year for the first time in many years," Labor Minister...
  • Gambling With Kurdistan And Checking Baghdad

    12/13/2012 8:34:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe
    aina.org ^ | December 14, 2012 | Denise Natali
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's deployment of special Tigris Forces to Iraq's disputed territories has renewed concerns about armed conflict between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). For many, Maliki's actions have violated the constitution, provoked Erbil and further threatened Iraqi state stability. Yet, the source of the problem is not entirely in Baghdad. Since 2003, KRG officials have engaged in what Arab Iraqis consider as their own "Illegal, unconstitutional and provocative" actions: unilaterally moving the Kurdish militia (Peshmerga) into disputed lands, signing oil contracts in contentious areas and bringing the Kurdish north into regional power struggles. These actions...
  • Thank you for flying Soviet airline

    12/13/2012 8:26:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 13 December 2012 | Leon Watson
    The CCCP on this plane's tail refers to Russia's former regime, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Sat rusting away in a field 555 miles east of Moscow, these relics are all that's left of a bygone era of Soviet innovation in military and civilian aircraft. Among them are some of the former Communist regime's greatest achievements in air travel, that have since been superseded many times and rendered redundant. Nine thousand of the hulking Cold War wrecks can be seen at the vast plane and helicopter graveyard at Russia's largest aviation museum in Ulyanovsk, in the Middle Volga region.
  • Repair damaged eyes with stem cell discs

    12/13/2012 8:25:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Futurity ^ | December 11, 2012 | Amy Stone-Sheffield
    U. SHEFFIELD (UK) — Engineers have developed a new technique to graft a biodegradable disc loaded with stem cells onto damaged eyes.The team at the University of Sheffield describes the method, which involves producing membranes to assist with grafting, in the journal Acta Biomaterialia. The goal is to treat damage to the cornea, the transparent layer on the front of the eye, which is one of the major causes of blindness in the world.Using a combination of techniques known as microstereolithography and electrospinning, the researchers made a disc of biodegradable material that can be fixed over the cornea. The disc...
  • High tides bring S.F. Bay Area flooding

    12/13/2012 8:25:20 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2012 | Will Kane
    Susan Schwartz already drives a Prius and has solar panels on her home. But the 69-year-old Berkeley woman still doesn't think she's doing enough to stop global warming. On Thursday and Friday, Schwartz will join hundreds of other Bay Area residents to document the spectacularly high tides lapping at shores and seawalls across the region. The tides aren't new - they happen every year - but this week a coalition of government and nonprofit advocates hopes the photos will draw attention to the rising seas. The photos of the king tides will be collected online on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr...
  • Amtrak to replace high-speed Acela trains

    12/13/2012 8:23:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 13, 2012: 3:21 PM ET | James O’Toole
    Amtrak announced plans Thursday to replace its fleet of high-speed trains on the East Coast. The railroad said that early next year, it would begin the process of replacing its 20 existing Acela Express train sets, which run on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Boston and Washington, DC. … Amtrak said Thursday that it had scrapped a previous plan to add 40 new passenger cars to the existing fleet, deeming it too expensive and “insufficient to handle new ridership growth projections.” …
  • Former Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger: 'I love paying my taxes!'

    12/13/2012 8:13:41 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 13 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Don't expect to hear much grumbling from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when his post-Proposition 30 tax bill arrives. "I always tell my accountant, If you're in doubt about taxes, pay more," Schwarzenegger told Esquire magazine. "No Cayman Island offshore investments. No gimmicks. I love paying my taxes!"
  • Republicans must get real on foreign policy

    12/13/2012 7:46:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec 12 2012 | Daniel Lareson
    Republicans are slowly recovering from their crushing defeat in the presidential election, and are now weighing possible changes that the party clearly needs to make to regain the public's trust after losing their third national election in the last six years. (2010 was the lone bright spot.) But despite the broad soul-searching, most of the GOP's high-profile national leaders have so far failed to address the party's continued weakness on foreign policy and national security, which remains a major liability. The exceptions to this have been Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who have both hinted...
  • Texas teaching 'Allah is the Almighty God'

    12/13/2012 7:46:25 PM PST · by wesagain · 84 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 13, 2012 | John Griffing
    In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the “fact” that “Allah is the Almighty God,” charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight. The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency. Other reports previously have raised alarm over the curriculum’s depiction of the Boston Tea Party as a terrorist...
  • Details of Oregon mall shooter paint a mixed picture

    12/13/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, Steven Dubois, Associated Press
    Court documents show Tami Roberts misappropriated $18,000 that Jacob Roberts received in an inheritance from his grandmother when he was a young teen. She said that was not the reason for the estrangement.
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 7:32:54 PM PST · by wesagain · 8 replies
    RadicalIslam.org ^ | December 13, 2012 | Clare Lopez
    There they go again. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has just put out an Action Alert that takes direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. At issue is the Michigan state legislature’s House Bill No. 4769, which looks likely to pass in coming days. Quite simply, that bill states that no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room. The key provision of the bill is Section 2, which says: “A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law...
  • Missing 12 year old implicated in purse snatch, car theft (Video at link, elderly victim)

    12/13/2012 7:08:58 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    WRCB TV ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Paul Shahen
    ROSSVILLE, GA (WRCB) -- A Rossville grandmother says someone swiped her purse and stole her car as she shopped at a local Bi-Lo grocery store. Her car has been returned, and police say the suspect is a 12-year-old runaway. "When they got my purse, I just thought my purse was gone, I went out to get my car and my car was gone," said 86-year-old Tiny Alice Cox. Cox, a working woman, turned her back for a split second while shopping at the Rossville Bi-Lo. That's all it took for the suspect to snatch her purse right out of her...
  • ABC News Zimmerman Video Re-Visited ... Agenda Become More Clear

    12/13/2012 7:07:59 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 37 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2012 | Sundance
    As you may remember, on March 29th we were reviewing another “exclusive” ABC release of George Zimmerman at Sanford Police Dept, when we noticed something odd, the video was/is actually a recording of a monitor. Initially we thought that meant it was not an official release. We were wrong. ABC was given a digital Hi-def copy from the outset.We now know that ABC was the first to possess a digital copy of the actual CCTV recording. But they chose instead to use a lesser quality, and far lower definition, video. (This is what they aired) Here’s the story: On March...
  • Stem cell 'sticky spots' recreated by scientists

    12/13/2012 6:51:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 13, 2012 | NA
    Randomly distributed sticky spots which are integral to the development of stem cells by maximising adhesion and acting as internal scaffolding have been artificially recreated by experts from the University of Sheffield for the first time. Using synthetic foam type materials to mimic the natural process – known as the extracellular matrix or ECM – scientists, from the University of Sheffield and University of California San Diego, created the random stickiness required for stem cells to properly adhere. The findings will better inform researchers across the world of how to make their biomaterials appropriately sticky for stem cells to grow....
  • NBC's Chuck Todd: Susan Rice 'victim' of conservative 'advocacy media'

    12/13/2012 6:44:59 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd today called U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice a "victim" of conservative "advocacy media" while addressing her decision to withdraw from consideration for secretary of state. "She became victim of the attacks. ... and it was all driven, in many cases, by conservative outlets who were making her the center of the Benghazi story," Todd told MSNBC's Martin Bashir. "There were legitimate questions to ask about the Benghazi story, but the idea that she belonged in the center of those attacks never made a lot of sense. She sort of became a victim of this....
  • State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

    12/13/2012 6:33:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12/13/12 | Josh Rogin
    The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that´s not a done deal. Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today. Congress expects Clinton to testify Dec. 20 about the results of the Accountability Review Board, State´s internal review on the events leading up to and during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi
  • Hollande’s World: French in Denial as Crisis Deepens

    12/13/2012 6:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | Romain Leick
    In the midst of the economic crisis, France’s Socialists are denying reality. The minister of industrial renewal is calling for nationalization of some industries, while the president shies away from necessary structural reforms. Business leaders fear the clock has been turned back 30 years. … France’s business leaders felt as if they had been set back 30 years, to a time when the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, François Mitterrand, began his term with a wave of nationalizations and, after two years, was forced to reverse his policy. Some even drew a comparison with 1945, when the government...
  • Berlin (CT) neighbors get chance to speak out against gun range proposal

    12/13/2012 6:21:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    A proposal by gun store owners to open an indoor gun range in a residential neighborhood in Berlin has homeowners concerned saying it is close to their families. The Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public. According to the town of Berlin's website, the proposal is to add an indoor gun range to the west side of the Berlin Turnpike in connection with an existing gun shop, BMG Guns & Ammo. The gun shop currently doesn't have gun range for people to practice, which is...
  • Colorado governor John Hickenlooper says it's time to talk gun control

    12/13/2012 6:21:06 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 19 replies
    DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance on the issue nearly five months after the Aurora movie theater massacre shocked the nation. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hickenlooper DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said "the time is right" for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance on the issue nearly five months after the Aurora movie theater massacre shocked the nation. said enough time has passed since the tragedy and that the legislative session in January would...
  • The "Black Quarterback" Is Dead

    12/13/2012 6:17:29 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Shadow League ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Vincent Thomas
    Last month, Cam Newton was one of two GQ cover boys – the other was Tim Tebow. The Tebow piece, like so many written about him, was partly an assessment of Tebow’s cultural standing. The title referred to him as a “Sunday Savior” and featured pictures, taken during his Florida Gators days, of him in a pose that conjured Jesus Christ on a cross. You get the feeling that, at some point, we’re going to start referring to the man as a “Christian quarterback.” Meanwhile, in Newton’s 2,500-word profile, there was no mention of being a “black quarterback” – the...
  • Judge Dismisses Capt. Paul Fields' Case Against City Of Tulsa

    12/13/2012 6:16:06 PM PST · by wtd · 10 replies
    Newson6 ^ | 12/13/2012 | newson6
    TULSA, Oklahoma - A federal judge has ruled against Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields and his law suit against the City of Tulsa. He had sued the city after being disciplined for refusing to attend or order his officers to attend a law enforcement appreciation day event at a mosque. Fields said following that order violated his religious rights. The judge said Fields did not have to attend, but had the option to send others, so his religious rights were not violated. The judge added, even if Fields had been ordered to go, he did not have to partake of...
  • Susan Rice: Why I Withdrew

    12/13/2012 6:06:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Amb. Susan Rice
    On Thursday I asked that President Obama no longer consider me for the job of secretary of state. I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in. But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security. These are...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-13-12

    12/13/2012 5:50:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-13-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir | Government Corruption Whistleblower

    12/13/2012 5:49:20 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir Sibel Edmonds, 2012 U.S. government translator — and whistleblower — Sibel Edmonds found evidence of corruption at the highest levels of government--and suffered for it. Sibel Edmonds' "Classified Woman" The New American 12 December 2012 Imagine that you have a Top Secret clearance and are privy to some of our country's most sensitive national security information. In that capacity, you discover that some of the highest elected and appointed political leaders in the land are engaged in espionage and treason, accepting bribes and selling weapons and information (including nuclear weapons...
  • Assad Fires Scuds To Stop Al Qaeda Arm Seizing Chemical Arms at Al Safira

    12/13/2012 5:48:53 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 13, 2012, 10:50
    By the blacklisting Tuesday, the Jabhat al-Nusra group fighting in Syrian rebel ranks as “a foreign terrorist organization” and affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq, Washington faces four quandaries: 1. The 10,000 fighters of this al Qaeda affiliate are the best-trained and most professional component of the Syrian rebel front;. 2. Jabhat al-Nusra fields 3,000 fighters out of the mostly Free Syrian Army’s 14,000 rebels fighting in and around Aleppo. They also constitute the assault force’s spearhead. 3. The Islamists are at the sharp front edge of the rebel force battling for control of the Syrian army’s biggest chemical weapons...
  • Syria government 'losing control' - Russian official

    12/13/2012 5:48:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012
    A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces. President Bashar al-Assad's forces are "losing more and more control and territory", deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. He said Russia, one of Syria's staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens. Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels. Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said the organisation had detected the launch of such short-range missiles, saying it showed an "utter disregard" for the lives of the Syrian people. 'Unacceptable...
  • Geologists: Shale gas likely under Connecticut River Valley, but would be hard to exploit

    12/13/2012 5:47:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Fracking, the controversial method of extracting shale gas or other petroleum from deep below the earth's surface, might be possible in the Connecticut River Valley, geologists say. But the rock deposits likely to bear gas are thin here and difficult to access, making commercial exploitation of the resource unlikely in the near future. “It's not hard to hit,” said James L. Coleman Jr., a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “It's hard to do anything with once you get it.” Coleman was one of the speakers Thursday at a day-long conference on the future of shale gas, hydraulic fracturing...
  • American Majority Action: We can get the votes to #FireBoehner

    12/13/2012 5:37:06 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10:23 pm on 12/10/2012 | Martin Bashir/John Flowers
    <p>The spokesman of one of the organizations leading this fight told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir today that they’re feeling confident of a House Speaker TBD come 2013. When asked if they can get the 16 votes they say are needed to depose John Boehner as Speaker, American Majority Action’s Ron Meyer, Jr, said, “Yes, we can get that number.”</p>
  • The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend

    12/13/2012 5:30:21 PM PST · by tje · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 12, 2012, 4:36 PM | Michael Kelley
    NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime. Known as the "double tap," the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders. A 2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called double taps a "favorite tactic of Hamas" and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists
  • Big Labor Bosses Make Way More than Michigan Workers (But aren't leftists for the little guy?)

    12/13/2012 5:29:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12-13-2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    December 13, 2012 Big Labor Bosses Make Way More than Michigan Workers By Jillian Kay Melchior It pays big to be a union boss. That’s something to remember as Big Labor leaders decry Michigan’s new right-to-work law. After all, those union dues are supporting their rock-and-roll lifestyles.About 45 different unions operate in Michigan — and 33 of those unions’ presidents make enough yearly to be considered millionaires by Obama’s definition.The latest numbers from the Office of Labor Management Standards show that when General President Michael Sullivan retired from the Sheet Metal Workers Association last year, he was drawing $1,043,023 in...
  • Politically correct Santa gives up the pipe

    12/13/2012 5:21:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | December 12, 2012 | Leanne Italie (Associated Press)
    NEW YORK (AP) - Santa has kicked the habit in time for Christmas. No, not the sugar plum habit, or his fur-wearing habit, or his penchant for romping recklessly around open flame. No, gentlepeople, this is the year the man in red gave up pipe tobacco, at least in a new book version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" that has received attention from some lofty corners, including the American Library Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Teacher Faces Suspension for Sharing Bible Verse (NJ)

    12/13/2012 5:20:46 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 50 replies
    A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, faces a 90-day suspension after he was accused of sharing a Bible verse with a student – and then giving the child a Bible. The Phillipsburg School Board said Walter Tutka broke two policies – distributing religious literature on school grounds and another policy that directs teachers to be neutral when discussing religious material. The controversy has generated outrage among the region’s religious community – with many claiming that Tutka is being “persecuted” for simply being a Christian. The electrical company retiree is a well-respected member of the community. “Just remember, son,” Tutka...
  • Surprise: Emergency Sandy legislation full of millions in non-Sandy spending

    12/13/2012 5:19:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    The argument from those stuffing this thing like a Christmas goose is that we should pay no attention to the fact that they’re up to their elbows because the suffering of those in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is far too great to expend time or energy on passing a clean bill—WHY DO YOU HATE STORM VICTIMS?! It’s hard to think of another situation in which spending far more than one should on things that have nothing to do with helping people in the course of allegedly helping people is considered compassionate while questioning such spending is considered stone-hearted. How’d...
  • Canada joins Western countries rejecting UN Internet treaty

    12/13/2012 5:14:27 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Brian Murphy
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Canada is refusing to sign a United Nations telecommunications treaty over fears it would give governments control over the internet. Canada is part of a Western bloc, including the U.S., Britain, and several European nations, that is snubbing the new treaty which was expected to be signed Friday at the end of ten days of hard negotiations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications. A rival group — including China, Russia, Gulf Arab states, African nations and others — favoured UN backing for stronger government sway over Internet affairs and claimed the Western dominance of...
  • 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,...