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  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • John Kerry's Record in Latin America

    12/24/2012 11:31:44 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2012 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    ... Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn't that he opposes U.S. intervention—far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet. But it won't be good for poor countries or for U.S. interests. Latin America knows all too well the dangerous combination of Mr. Kerry's arrogance and, to be polite, let's say, naiveté. In 1985, in the midst...
  • Next-generation handcuffs deliver electric shocks, drugs to detainees

    12/24/2012 11:18:05 AM PST · by JOAT · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 10 December 2012 | Mike Flacy
    Definitely an interesting, if not controversial, invention for the field of law enforcement, a new set of handcuffs delivers electric shocks like a taser. Covered in detail on Patent Bolt recently, a patent application for an advanced set of handcuffs was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark office during late November 2012. Filed by a group called Scottsdale Inventions during late 2010, technology that could potentially go into the handcuff design includes an accelerometer, a location sensing device, a microphone; a camera and a biometric sensor to measure a detainee’s physical state. However, the group has also designed the...
  • Another Danger! Chocolate Pudding

    12/24/2012 11:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 24, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t like bloated government. It undermines economic performance by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy and often leads to destructive tax policy. But when trying to build support for good fiscal policy, it often helps to cite specific examples of wasteful and foolish government. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been comparing examples of government stupidity and political correctness in the United States and the United Kingdom.After all, how many people would want to pay more taxes after reviewing these bizarre episodes of government in action?From the United Kingdom A job-placement center got in trouble for discriminating...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/24/2012 11:07:39 AM PST · by Faith · 19 replies
    December 24, 2012 | Faith
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse.And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2

    12/24/2012 11:07:24 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 19 Dec 12 | MrColionNoir
  • Ansar al Sharia Tunisia releases pictures of FBI agents

    12/24/2012 10:47:00 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies ^ | 23DEC12 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A media outlet for Ansar al Sharia Tunisia has released pictures purportedly showing three FBI agents who interviewed Ali al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The release of the pictures on jihadist forums was first noticed by the SITE Intelligence Group. The US government had been seeking access to Harzi for more than two months, since he was arrested in Turkey and deported to his native Tunisia in October. Harzi's lawyer told the Associated Press yesterday (Dec. 22) that the FBI had finally been given permission to interview him. The interview last...
  • The story behind Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential campaign to President Obama.

    12/24/2012 10:43:51 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 48 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2012 | By Michael Kranish
    It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of Ohio or the election. The race is “unmistakably moving in Mitt Romney’s direction,” the memo said. But the claims proved wildly off the mark, a fact embarrassingly underscored when the high-tech voter turnout system that Romney himself called “state of the art” crashed at the worst moment, on Election Day. To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.
  • A Christmas Reminder of Our Dual Citizenship

    12/24/2012 10:38:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 24, 2012 | Terry Paulson
    Over half of voting Americans are pleased to see Barack Obama continue for a second term while just under 50% are wondering how voters could reelect him after such a dismal record of broken promises. As believers, we ask--Is God guiding us, punishing us, or reminding us again of what truly counts in the Kingdom of God. After all, at this time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ when God chose to lower himself into our playpen that by His grace we might join the family of God, we wonder what God is doing to...
  • Michael Graham Exits WTKK

    12/24/2012 10:18:56 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    All Access ^ | 12/24/12 | All Access
    Earlier speculation that GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK/BOSTON is considering a format change sooner rather than later (NET NEWS, 12/11) may be getting closer to reality with the news that station veteran and current afternoon host MICHAEL GRAHAM has left the building. His departure follows that of middayer DOUG MEEHAN (NET NEWS, 12/17). The fate of other staffers is still unconfirmed; the station is currently airing "best ofs" of morning duo JIM AND MARGERY. We'll have more details on anything else as soon as we can confirm them. In the meantime, GRAHAM is actively looking for his next opportunity.
  • [In 2001] [Eight] Pupils die in Japan knife massacre [he didn't need a gun to massacre children]

    12/24/2012 10:17:06 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | June 8, 2001
    A knifeman has killed at least eight pupils in a rampage at their school in western Japan. Officials say more than 20 other pupils were hurt, along with several teachers. Some are seriously ill in hospital. It is believed the children were aged six or seven.
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    12/24/2012 10:09:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 25, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, "What you don't know would make a big book." Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, "What you don't know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica." At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all. Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation's resources over...
  • Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announces he will not run for US Senate in Massachusetts

    12/24/2012 10:08:14 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Boston Globe-Democrat ^ | 12/24/12 | Martin Finucane
    Edward M. Kennedy Jr. announced today he would not run for US Senate in Massachusetts, removing a potentially formidable contender for the seat that will be left vacant if US Senator John F. Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement. Kennedy lives in Connecticut but also owns a house at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. He is the son of the late...
  • How Boehner Can Stop Tax Hikes, Save His Speakership

    12/24/2012 10:04:48 AM PST · by yoe · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | December 21,. 2012 | Editor
    Budget: Plan Boehner — also known as Plan B — has failed in the House because the Republican speaker couldn't get the Republican members to follow him. So what should they do now? Wait until next year. [snip] Not that a vote would have mattered: Harry Reid's do-nothing Senate — it hasn't passed a budget in more than three years — would not have even taken up the bill. [snip] Let him send his budget to Congress in February, as required by law, and show his plans for escaping the cliff. {snip}After all, won't Obama be responsible for the tax...
  • Afghan policewoman kills US military adviser inside Interior Ministry

    12/24/2012 9:48:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member of the Afghan security forces. The policewoman, who was identified as Nargis, is "assigned to the gender and equality department" at the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. "She fired one shot at the advisor, a construction engineer, in the head at close range," according to the Afghan news agency. The policewoman's motivation for shooting the civilian adviser is not know. She is...
  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • CLASSIC REWIND - 1965: 'If I Were the Devil' (Warning for a Nation) - Paul Harvey

    12/24/2012 9:13:29 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1965 | Paul Harvey
    YouTubeIf I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”...
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • In the name of the Name: Monks who were suppressed by the Tsar’s navy

    12/24/2012 9:04:31 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 22, 2012 | Unattributed
    A century ago next year, one of the most extraordinary events in the modern history of Christianity took place there. In the summer of 1913 the Aegean was penetrated not by pleasure-craft, but by the navy of the Russian tsar. A gunboat and later two transporters, complete with a party of marines, sailed up to a giant monastic house. A Russian archbishop tried negotiating with a bitterly divided community. When that failed, the troops opened up with a water-cannon, directed at the cells of monks on the losing side in a theological argument. For six years the Russian monks of...
  • Caption this picture [Protests intensify over Delhi, India gang rape]

    12/24/2012 8:57:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
  • Did Assad use poison gas on a rebel-held neighborhood in Homs?

    12/24/2012 8:55:08 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/12 | Rick Moran
    Al-Jazeera is reporting that medics treating casualties in a rebel neighborhood in the city of Homs believe that some of the wounded were victims of a poison gas attack. Here's the video. (Warning: The video graphically shows a victim struggling to breathe.) Here's another video with more apparent victims of a gas attack. Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a poisonous gas sprayed by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said. Activists also told Al Jazeera that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing...
  • UNC probe reveals academic fraud (African-American Studies dept)

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    ESPN ^ | 12/20/2012
    A three-month investigation into academic fraud at the University of North Carolina revealed that not only student-athletes were given added academic benefits within the school's African and Afro-American Studies department. Rather, students at large benefited from anomalies specific to the department, such as unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time. "This was not an athletic scandal," former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin told UNC's board of trustees. "It was an academic scandal, which is worse." The independent investigation, headed by Martin, shows that irregularities in the African and Afro-American Studies department went...
  • Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 23 December 2012 16.30 EST | Julian Borger
    Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a...

    12/24/2012 8:48:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 23, 2012
    After it surfaced that Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen had been voting in two states she dropped out of her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September
  • anyone else having problems viewing the main page?

    12/24/2012 8:39:11 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 75 replies
    stoopid computer | today | racebannon
    All I see is the sidebar for breaking news on my left, and I logged out and logged in again I am going to taqke a shower, keep posting if anything new happens!
  • Ted Kennedy Jr. eyes Senate bid

    12/24/2012 8:26:21 AM PST · by Astronaut · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/24/2012 | Newsmax
    Ted Kennedy Jr. is seriously considering a run for the US Senate seat of John Kerry if, as expected, the Massachusetts senator becomes Secretary of State. Kennedy's brother, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, told the Boston Globe that leading Democrats, including Senator Charles Schumer of New York, want his brother to consider a campaign to replace Kerry and hold the seat for Democrats.
  • Ted Kennedy Jr. eyes Senate bid

    12/24/2012 8:25:56 AM PST · by Astronaut · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/24/2012 | Newsmax
    Ted Kennedy Jr. is seriously considering a run for the US Senate seat of John Kerry if, as expected, the Massachusetts senator becomes Secretary of State. Kennedy's brother, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, told the Boston Globe that leading Democrats, including Senator Charles Schumer of New York, want his brother to consider a campaign to replace Kerry and hold the seat for Democrats.
  • Tea party stays on the sidelines as Obama, Republicans in Congress tackle fiscal cliff

    12/24/2012 8:18:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/2012 | By Jerry Markon
    The tea party movement has been nearly invisible in the intensive lobbying campaign over the “fiscal cliff,” even as Congress and the White House debate the issues of government spending and national debt that are at the core of the movement’s identity. In many ways, the tea party was made for this moment. The grass-roots opposition to President Obama’s agenda that arose in 2009 has been so focused on fiscal concerns that leaders once prevented speakers at tea party rallies from even discussing abortion and other social issues. And in fact, it is the tea party that helped bring the...
  • For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall (college is racist!)

    12/24/2012 8:17:55 AM PST · by pabianice · 60 replies
    NY Fishwrap ^ | 12/24/12 | DeParle
    GALVESTON, Tex. — Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor — black boots, chains and cargo pants — but undermined her pose of alienation with a place on the honor roll. She nicknamed herself after a metal band and vowed to become the first in her family to earn a college degree. “I don’t want to work at Walmart” like her mother, she wrote to a school counselor. Weekends and summers were devoted to a college-readiness program, where her best friends, Melissa O’Neal and Bianca Gonzalez, shared her drive to “get off the island” — escape the prospect...
  • National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies (list of corporations)

    12/24/2012 8:15:02 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 23 replies
    The following organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI "Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws." Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions. snip=========== Anti-Gun Corporations/Corporate Heads The following listing includes the most prominent national corporations that have lent their corporate support to gun...
  • Netanyahu's Christmas Message

    12/24/2012 8:14:43 AM PST · by Piranha · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 24, 2012 | Netanyahu
    Merry Christmas to all, from your Jewish friends and from the State of Israel.
  • Yes, gay is a choice, get over it.

    12/24/2012 8:14:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    According to Peter Schmidt in the Chronicle of Higher Education, yet another individual working in higher education has been demolished for saying the wrong thing about homosexuality. The basis on which to define people as "anti-gay" has, however, taken a turn to the absurd (and eerie). Unlike Angela McCaskill, who was nearly fired from Gallaudet University for signing a petition on gay marriage, Crystal Dixon of the University of Toledo was fired for writing an editorial in a local newspaper. She referred to Exodus and mentioned people who chose to leave the gay lifestyle. For this column I will stick...
  • Another bright day in multicultural Sydney

    12/24/2012 8:10:02 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 23 Dec 12 | Andrew Bolt
    A news roundup from today’s Sydney Morning Herald, giving another bracing insight into the success of our immigration program. Item one: When two men in traditional Middle Eastern dress sat down with the owner of a Bankstown restaurant recently, they were after only one thing. At first they shared a hookah pipe and chatted amiably about religion, but the conversation quickly turned to extortion: they wanted $50,000 in exchange for ‘’protection’’. The terrified restaurant owner told Fairfax Media they asked him a menacing question he was sure was rhetoric: ‘’Have you heard of Brothers 4 Life?’’ It’s a question many...
  • (Vanity) Could the Government use Eminent Domain to take Guns?

    12/24/2012 7:52:27 AM PST · by jakerobins · 34 replies
    I know the Gov't can take private property for public purpose and for public "safety". Could they offer Compensation and take peoples guns "for public safety"? Do you think the Supreme Court would find this UnConstitutional? Any thoughts Freepers? I know My knowledge of the law is very limited......
  • Gas used in Homs leaves seven people dead and scores affected, activists say

    Syria Live Blog 6 Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a "poisonous gas" used by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said.Activists also told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing difficulties.Residents said they did not know the nature of the gas used."The situation is very difficult. We do not have enough facemasks. We don't know what this gas is but medics are saying it's something similar to Sarin gas," Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, told...
  • The Madness of Keynesian Economics

    12/24/2012 7:50:37 AM PST · by Moseley · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    President Barack Obama demands more stimulus spending to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Obama increased the national debt $6 trillion to $16 trillion. Yet the Democrats' 'cure for what ails ya' is even more spending. Obama demands around $75 billion in new spending to stimulate the economy in 2013. "Keynesian Economics" is the insane belief that the economy can be stimulated by government spending. It provides the excuse to depart from common sense that allows politicians to ignore the alarm bells. It is ludicrous mainly because our government doesn't have any money to spend. If the government had a surplus saved...
  • Gun Owners, Segregationists, and Jim Sleeper

    12/24/2012 7:43:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Jim Sleeper, a “lecturer in political science” at Yale, wrote the following in today’s Huffington Post: The astonishing “new normal” of heavy gunfire that took hold in Newtown long before last week’s massacre only reinforces the parallel I drew here last week between today’s gun enthusiasts and yesterday’s racial segregationists.… To understand what we’re up against here, understand that many other gun enthusiasts think of themselves this way, too — and that they see their critics as moralists addled by silly delusions about human nature. They alone uphold honor against depravity: Southern segregationists thought their way of life necessary to channel the...
  • Islamists in Mali renew attacks on Timbuktu tombs

    12/24/2012 7:43:48 AM PST · by LSUfan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 Dec 12 | Unattributed
    Islamist gunmen destroyed several tombs in Timbuktu on Sunday, residents said, days after the United Nations authorised African states to ready a force to take on al Qaeda-linked groups in Mali's northern desert zones. "Since 0800 (GMT) this morning, the Islamists have been destroying tombs again," Youssouf Toure, a resident of the ancient trading town, told Reuters by telephone. "(They are) targeting new ones and the ones they destroyed several months ago," he added. Residents said the attacks on traditional Sufi Islamic shrines were being carried out by about 15 heavily-armed fighters, some weilding pick axes. At least two previously...
  • Figures. Obama’s Life Story at Senator Inouye’s Funeral Doesn’t Jibe With History

    12/24/2012 7:43:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | december 23, 2012 | jim hoft
    It’s already been discussed that Barack Obama’s eulogy at Senator Inouy’s memorial in Washington DC was a tribute to himself and not the late Hawaiian senator. Obama spoke for 10 minutes about himself and his life story, barely mentioning the life of Senator Inouye. But it’s worse than that. Barack Obama distorted his life story in order to include Senator Inouye in his talk. Jack Cashill at American Thinker reported:
  • Rock Throwing at Jews as a Sport

    12/24/2012 7:40:21 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Unfortunately, this doesn't make the news much, but almost every day Jews are being stoned by Arabs in Judea and Samaria. Here you an see how they ambush a convoy of army jeeps. The bad news is that this also happens to civilian cars, with mothers, elderly and children. Rocks can kill and seriously injure, yet the world media is silent.
  • School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards

    12/24/2012 7:29:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period....
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 7:25:36 AM PST · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 Dec 12 | By Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • Sabera: I was flogged 101 times ( ROP - Afghanistan )

    12/24/2012 7:21:45 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    RAWA ^ | December 22, 2012
    she was raped. ... Sabera is a resident of the Jaghori district of Ghazni province. About four months back, she was accused of having illicit relations with a 24-year old boy and was flogged under the orders of clergymen and local influential people in a field court. This matter drew serious reactions from the government of Afghanistan, the National Assembly and human rights organizations around the world. While talking to Sabera, I asked her what she was thinking when she was being flogged in front of hundreds of people? She answered, “They took me to a desert. There were many...
  • China’s new military transport plane exposed. And it looks like a C-17, An-70, A400M hybrid.

    12/24/2012 7:17:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 24, 2012 | David Cenciotti
    China’s new military transport plane exposed. And it looks like a C-17, An-70, A400M hybrid. Posted by Alert5 today, the following image shows the first photographs of China’s new four-engine military airlifter. The large military transport aircraft is allegedly designed Y-20 and, nose aside, its shape is almost identical to that shown in a series of artist’s impressions that have appeared on Chinese media outlets. Indeed, the aircraft depicted in the detailed renderings you can find in this post seems to be a turbojet clone of the Airbus A400M Atlas four-engine turboprop, whereas the one depicted on the ground in...
  • Candles in Solidarity: Christmas 1981 — Ronald Reagan on the Christ child and the media.

    12/24/2012 7:07:56 AM PST · by rhema · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/24/12 | Paul Kengor
    This time 31 years ago, December 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan delivered a moving Oval Office address to the nation. The subject was Christmas and events in Poland. [ . . . ] It was a stirring moment, with the Poland drama the big story. Yet, there was another story behind the speech that isn’t remembered, but is likewise revealing. Reagan had started the speech with a wonderful opening about the reason for the season: the Christ child. . . . At this special time of year, we all renew our sense of wonder in recalling the story of the...
  • Ukrainian Lawmaker Targets Jewish Actress with Racial Slur

    12/24/2012 7:01:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A Ukrainian lawmaker from the far-right Svoboda Party has provoked international condemnations after referring to Jewish actress Mila Kunis as a “zhydovka”, a Ukranian slur that translates to “dirty Jewess,” on his Facebook page. “She is not Ukrainian, she is a Jewess by birth. She is proud of this and the Star of David,” politician Igor Miroshnichenko wrote on in the online message. “[S]he says nothing and expresses nothing positive about the country in which she was born. I can’t bring myself to say she is Ukrainian. Let her love America or Israel, people must not attach her to the...
  • Ben Affleck On Possible Senate Run: ‘One Never Knows’ [Drooling Media] I

    12/24/2012 7:01:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies ^ | 12/23/12 | Anjali Sareen
    On CBS’s Face The Nation this week, host Bob Schieffer asked Ben Affleck point blank, “Have you ever thought about running for public office?” Although he attempted to deflect the question by noting “the state of Massachusetts currently has two extraordinary Senators,” he ended up saying, “well, one never knows.” Schieffer noted there might be a vacancy for him soon, with Senator John Kerry being tapped to be President Obama‘s next Secretary of State. Affleck said, “I’m not one to get into conjecture,” but then said, “I like to be involved.”
  • Charges filed following death of 2 children in West Englewood blaze

    12/24/2012 6:59:45 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Peter Nickeas, Lolly Bowean, and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Two women are facing child endangerment charges following the death of two children during a fire early Saturday in their West Englewood neigborhood home. Tatiana Meakens, 23, and Britany Meakens, 22, both of the 6400 block of South Paulina Avenue, were both charged with two felony counts each of endangering a child causing their death and two misdemeanor counts each of endangering the life and health of a child, according to a statement from Chicago Police Department News Affairs. They are expected to appear in court Monday on the charges.
  • The Last Two Times Corporate Insiders Got This Bearish, Stocks Went On To Dive

    12/24/2012 6:57:55 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI - Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 12-24-2012 | Cullen Roche
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  • Germany offers cruise missiles at half price

    12/24/2012 6:56:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2012-12-23 | By Lee Tae-hoon
    Germany offers cruise missiles at half price By Lee Tae-hoon A German-based defense company will offer to sell its cutting-edge air-to-ground stand alone cruise missiles to Seoul at almost half its 2009 initial offering price of 3.6 billion won ($3.4 million), multiple sources said Sunday. An industry source said TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG) has decided to lower the price of a TAURUS missile to 2.2 billion won to overcome challenges that non-U.S. companies face in entering Korea’s growing defense market. “We acknowledge barriers in entering the Korean market as the United States, which has roughly 28.500 troops here, continues to...