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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ Living Prayer ~ 30 December 2012

    12/29/2012 5:04:10 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 126 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    † † † † LIVING PRAYER Brother Lawrence was a monk who lived almost 300 years ago and worked in the galley of his monastery. He wrote a book, The Practice of the Presence of God, which today is considered a classic in the area of Christian devotion. Brother Lawrence spent much of his time in the monastery scullery scrubbing pots and pans. He also had a collateral duty as the monastery cobbler. In these jobs, he said, he learned to glorify God in simple tasks and to pray with his hands. By bringing to each small job the...
  • Hanoi Jane Fonda Tried to Save the Lives of IRA Hunger Strikers

    12/29/2012 5:03:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Saturday, 29 December 2012 | Adrian Rutherford
    Hollywood actress Jane Fonda lobbied the British Government to intervene and stop the 1981 hunger strike, newly released files reveal. The two-time Oscar winning star sent a telegram to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urging her to grant the prisoners political status. Her message was sent in May 1981, at the height of a crisis which saw 10 republican prisoners starve themselves to death. The telegram, dispatched to Downing Street, is also signed by her then husband Tom Hayden, a US social and political activist. It states: ďPlease save the lives of the hunger strikers by granting them political status. ďThe...
  • Cato Institute study statistics on concealed weapons cited on The Rush Limbaugh Show

    12/29/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by yoe · 4 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | December 2, 2012
    From a Rush Limbaugh show....Cato Institute Radio Highlight............
  • Pizza Hut Delivery Man Demoted After Defending Himself Against Attackers

    12/29/2012 4:56:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 29, 2012 | Tim Brown
    Sam Swicegood, a Pizza Hut delivery man in Maryland fought off a group of attackers as he was attempting to deliver pizzas, and what happens? Pizza Hut gave him a demotion. According to Swicegood, he was sucker punched, which caused his glasses to ‚Äúfly off.‚ÄĚ He then dropped the pizzas he was carrying and began to swing a small piece of a tent pole he had at his attackers, while covering his face. ¬ďIt¬ís a little fiberglass road I had up my sleeve not thinking I would actually have to use it but more or less having a little comfort...
  • Time for a yard sale? Selling excess property could net government billions

    12/29/2012 4:52:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | William LaJeunesse
    When families face a budget crunch, they have but a few options -- spend less, make more or starting selling stuff. So why doesn't the federal government do the same? Given the current state of the country's finances, many are wondering if it is time for the federal government to sell what it doesn't need -- basically, hold a yard sale. The federal government is sitting on billions in assets that are either sluggish or just dead weight. That includes federal land, buildings and other structures. Two years ago, President Obama's deficit commission identified 64,000 buildings and structures that it...
  • To Boost School Security, Lawmakers Push to Increase Access to Guns

    12/29/2012 4:45:54 PM PST · by native texan · 10 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 28, 2012 | Morgan Smith
    While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make firearms more available, and their discussions have included increasing access for teachers and other school personnel. Ahead of the 83rd legislative session, bills have been proposed with that mission in mind. The efforts have drawn the praise of statewide elected officials including Gov. Rick Perry.
  • Records identify staffer who invited Jill Kelley to the White House

    12/29/2012 4:03:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/29/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    And the Central Command web site says Gottlieb was detailed from the White House for a time to a joint inter-agency task force focusing on detainee operations in Afghanistan. He was in Kabul from January 2010 through March 2011, according to a biography. Gottlieb, as a White House employee, is allowed to bring guests to dine in the White House mess -- basically an employee cafeteria.
  • Obama 2008 - "I Am Not Going To Take Your Guns Away, That Just Ain't True"

    12/29/2012 3:32:45 PM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    youtube ^ | december 29, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkUpp22fHyw
  • Writer Dwight R. Worley not shown as gun permit holder on Journal News internet map

    12/29/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    12/29/12 | Libloather
    Did some digging. From Dwight R. Worley's own piece at the Journal News website and Angry White Dude - Journal News reporter Dwight R. Worley owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011.I went to the Journal News map. There is no red dot on his address showing that he is a permit holder. To be fair, they may not have updated all of the info on that website yet. BUT, there are red dots shown in his area.
  • Sam Colt and the Law of Self-Preservation

    12/29/2012 3:28:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2012 | Glenn Fairman
    "God made man but Sam Colt made them equal." Yet is said that the 2nd Amendment follows hard upon the 1st so as to serve as its bodyguard -- providing the added incentive of coercive force by a wary citizenry to guarantee that those initial cherished liberties, expounded by our Founders, did not go the way of the 10th Amendment. The 2nd Amendment, interpreted as the right to bear arms by a free people, has not escaped that yawning chasm that has opened up between the political Right and Left, and the rationale behind this stratification falls along the same...
  • Bill Gates and Eugenics: The world needs fewer people

    12/29/2012 3:18:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 94 replies
    Gates: Software billionaire Bill Gates, who previously has advocated the reduction of the human population through the use of vaccines, and his wife Melinda marked the 100th year since the First International Eugenics Congress in London with a ďfamily planningĒ summit with abortionists and the United Nations. The July 11 event, co-hosted by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, included organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes International and the U.N. Populations Fund, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Critics pointed out the summit was held 100 years after the July 1912 eugenics conference led by...
  • Time to Contact Gannett Board For Reaction to Invasion of Privacy to Legal Gun Permit Holders?

    12/29/2012 3:09:11 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, liberal New York newspaper The Journal News published the names and addresses of legal permit holders in two counties online and in print. If that wasnít bad enough, this weekend, the Gannett owned Journal News announced that it will publish more names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits in the New York area. Enough is Enough. Two other outlets have posted names and personal contact info for the employees of this Gannett owned paper. Isnít it about time the Gannett Board of Directors were contacted for their official reaction to this controversial practice? Do these board members...
  • Washington lawmaker wants guns in schools

    12/29/2012 3:04:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 29 December, 2012 | AP
    A freshman GOP lawmaker wants to allow teachers to carry guns in Washington schools. KATU-TV reports Rep. Liz Pike from Camas says she will file a bill to change state law and allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom.
  • Bolivia expropriates Spanish energy subsidiaries

    12/29/2012 3:03:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    ap ^ | 12/29/12 | ap
    Morales said he had "been forced to take this step" to ensure that electric service rates remain "equitable" in the regions of La Paz and Oruro. The Spanish government said in a statement that it regretted Bolivia's decision to nationalize companies that included "Spanish, Argentine and American companies among its shareholders."
  • Evan Thomas: 'White Men Dropping Out of Workforce' -'Going Hunting, Fishing'

    12/29/2012 2:42:23 PM PST · by drewh · 125 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 29, 2012 | 10:40
    Former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas made a bizarre statement on PBS's Inside Washington Friday. "Unexplored story of the year: white men dropping out - dropping out of the workforce, dropping out of elections, just plain dropping out, getting social security, not doing anything, going hunting, fishing, just not in the game" (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo): Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/12/29/evan-thomas-white-men-dropping-out-workforce-going-hunting-fishing#ixzz2GU1AePnH
  • Woman Accused of Hate-Crime Murder in Subway Push

    12/29/2012 2:39:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | MARC SANTORA
    Mr. Brown said that the woman was motivated by hatred, telling the police, that she ďpushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers Iíve been beating them up.Ē Ms. Menendez conflated the Muslim and Hindu faiths both in her comments to the police and in her target for attack, officials said.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Customers Complain About Guns Paid For, But Not Delivered

    12/29/2012 2:33:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | december 28, 2012
    Kellner says the store advertised them for $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. They got two of them, then received this letter from Dickís on Christmas Eve, telling customers, itís not fulfilling any more orders.
  • Modern Science Writers Leave Science Behind

    12/29/2012 2:12:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | December 28, 2012 | Alex B. Berezow
    The co-author of a book on partisan science recently examined by Pacific Standard argues that our reviewer was a little too partisan himself. Any book that touches upon politics almost automatically angers half of the American public, regardless of what is written inside of it. It takes a special personóan objective, open-minded and self-critical oneóto read and learn from a science book that criticizes people with whom the reader likes and agrees with politically.Recently, Pacific Standard published a review (ďRed Science, Blue Science,Ē January/February 2013) by Wray Herbert, a pop psychology writer,of political writer Chris Mooneyís book The Republican Brain...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

    12/29/2012 2:02:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | AP
    HOUSTON (AP) ó A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bushís condition continues to improve and that he was moved Saturday out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room.
  • Poll: Bayit Yehudi a Solid Third, Now Closing in on Labor

    12/29/2012 2:00:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/12 | David Lev
    The latest polls showed that last weekend's dust-up over Naftali Bennett's stance on how IDF soldiers who are uncomfortable with immoral orders are supposed to react has not had a negative impact on the Bayit Yehudi party's standing with the public. If anything, the controversy seems to have helped the party's prospects. Bayit Yehudi is now polling to come in as the third largest party in the Knesset, and is closing in to become the second largest. The party, headed by Bennett, continues to nip at the heels of the joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list, and the latest weekly poll by...
  • Livni Blames Bennett for Violence. Bennett: Huh?

    12/29/2012 1:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Tzipi Livni, who is running for Knesset at the head of an independent party, blamed Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for the violence at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El Friday. "Bennett and the extremist rabbis led people to that hilltop on purpose, in order to create friction with IDF soldiers and a situation in which they would refuse orders," Livni wrote on her Facebook page. "These extremists led the people there on Sabbath eve in the knowledge that our children, the IDF soldiers, would have to evict them," she explained. "Netanyahu, who continues to wink toward the extremist...
  • Budget struggle raising anxiety for health care

    12/29/2012 1:46:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dece 29, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Confused about the federal budget struggle? So are doctors, hospital administrators and other medical professionals who serve the 100 million Americans covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Rarely has the government sent so many conflicting signals in so short a time about the bottom line for the health care industry. Cuts are coming, says Washington, and some could be really big. Yet more government spending is also being promised as President Barack Obamaís health care overhaul advances and millions of uninsured people move closer to getting government-subsidized coverage. ďImagine a person being told they are going to get...
  • Youths Leave Outpost at Sabbath's End

    12/29/2012 1:45:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of youths who stayed at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El over the Sabbath, left the community after the Saturday evening havdala prayer. The youths spent the Sabbath at the outpost along with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, and Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba. The two rabbis had driven to nearby Ofra Friday, to negotiate an agreement according to which security forces would stop trying to evict the youths, and the youths would leave voluntarily at the Sabbath's end. The IDF was forced to stop an eviction from a Shomron outpost on Friday afternoon when...
  • In Zoabi Video, Lieberman Sings in Arabic

    12/29/2012 1:36:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Arab Balad party's election video is an animated clip showing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and several nationalist MKs singing Hatikva in to a Middle Eastern tune. Video In the clip, Lieberman explains that he was the one who proposed a law requiring citizens to pledge allegiance to the state of Israel in order to be eligible for an ID card. He then announces that he has now become convinced that the tune of Hatikva Ė Israel's national anthem Ė should be changed so that Arabs feel comfortable singing it as well. The well-executed clip follows, with MKs Aryeh Eldad,...
  • Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN

    12/29/2012 1:20:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | ap
    (AP) Arab League chief says Palestinians to petition UN By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said Saturday that two decades of talks with Israel have been "a waste of time" and that Palestinians will soon take a new statehood bid to the U.N.
  • Air board chair on pundits' list for EPA

    12/29/2012 1:15:22 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 28, 2012 | Wyatt Buchanan
    The woman who led California through the development and implementation of some groundbreaking environmental policies could soon be headed to Washington, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week, and already people are speculating about who will next head the agency. One name on nearly every pundit's short list: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. Nichols would be a controversial pick, as would most any candidate with a strong environmental record. She was rumored to be a finalist four years ago, but President Obama picked Jackson, a chemical engineer who had served as former...
  • Congressmen: Obama 'Reckless' to Arm Egypt with F-16 Fighter Jets

    12/29/2012 1:13:30 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    On Thursday Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) criticized the Obama administration for sending twenty F-16 fighter jets to the new Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government. "It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood," Poe explained. "This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter."
  • Generation Obama: Unemployed, Debt-Ridden, and Homeless

    12/29/2012 1:12:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Celia Bigelow
    It might seem easy to say, ďyou get what you vote for,Ē to the millions of young voters who supported President Obama and now canít find work. But, with a record number of young Americans becoming homeless, blaming the victim of President Obamaís well-crafted rhetoric doesnít seem right. In one of his last campaign speeches, President Obama told a crowd of people at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, ďWe tried our ideas; they worked. The economy grew. We created jobs.Ē This sham President Obama cooked-up is nothing short of immoral for the millions of young Americans that have been living in...
  • Russian Gun Lobby Seeks Right To Bear Arms

    12/29/2012 1:11:21 PM PST · by DBeers · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kates
    MOSCOW -- The mass shooting last week at an elementary school in Connecticut sparked calls for stricter gun control laws in the United States. But thousands of kilometers away, the fledgling gun lobby in Moscow drew a different lesson: Gun laws in Russia should be liberalized. And while the powerful U.S. gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association, waited four days before issuing a public statement on the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Moscow-based Right To Bear Arms made its voice heard within hours with an announcement on its website calling for increased...
  • David Gregory to interview Obama on \"Meet the Press\" (Sun Dec 30)

    12/29/2012 1:07:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/28/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    <p>So what gives? Why is the President suddenly appearing on Meet The Press? Could it be to help Gregory out of his troubles? This is obviously a presidential back patting for Gregory so that maybe the D.C. police will back off.</p>
  • Tesla CEO Buys $17 Million Mansion; Got $465 Million Govt. Loan

    12/29/2012 12:58:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Wynton Hall
    Taxpayers footed the bill for a $465 million loan to troubled electric carmaker Tesla as part of President Barack Obamaís ďgreen energyĒ stimulus. But Teslaís CEO Elon Musk is now riding high with the purchase of his new $17 million mansion. Mr. Muskís 20,248-square-foot hilltop mansion boasts breathtaking views, a two-story library with rolling ladder, a home theater, and a five-car garage to house his taxpayer-subsidized, pricey Tesla vehicles.
  • What You Donít Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood

    12/29/2012 12:49:03 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 35 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | 12/27/12 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    In the wake of the Newtown massacre, the bright lights at Gannetís The Journal News decided it was high time to criminalize ordinary, law-abiding gun owners in the area. Under the guise of providing ďpublic information,Ē the Journal Newsí editorial hit squad, led by publisher/hitwoman Janet Hasson, created an interactive digital map on their lohud.com website showing the exact address of every pistol permit holder in Rockland and Westchester County.
  • Boston Globe Says Django Unchained Conjures 'House Negroes' Like Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain

    12/29/2012 12:48:49 PM PST · by drewh · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | by Christian Toto
    The Boston Globe's review of "Django Unchained" stands as a prime example of stellar movie criticism. Critic Wesley Morris clearly spent hours crafting his thoughts, likely in tribute to the film's artistic excellence. Yet Morris' column contains a paragraph that could be considered even uglier than the violence pulsating through director Quentin Tarantino's genre mashup. Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. Heís conjuring the house...
  • Attorney Seeks To Sue Connecticut After School Shooting

    12/29/2012 12:43:56 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 29 December 2012
    $100 million lawsuit on behalf of a student who survived.
  • Ron Paul Leaves Congress as One of the Most Conservative Members Since 1976

    12/29/2012 12:40:59 PM PST · by mangonc2 · 45 replies
    Poltic365 ^ | 12/29/2012 | Christopher Goins
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), libertarian hero and constitutionalist congressman, will end the last term of his political career as the number two conservative in the House of Representatives behind Jeff Flake (R-AZ), according to a ranking system of all members of congress created by two political science professors. The "DW-Nominate" ranking system, created by University of Georgia political science professor Keith Poole and New York University professor Howard Rosenthal, ranks all 636 legislators in the House and the Senate and is available on Voteview.com. According to the rankings, Paul held the number one spot for multiple years, despite being behind...
  • Fateh Missiles and Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation to Bolster Assad

    12/29/2012 12:26:13 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 29, 2012, 11:23 AM
    French and Israeli intelligence sources affirmed Saturday, Dec. 29, that, contrary to reports appearing in the United States Friday, Iran has accelerated rather than slowed down its 20-percent grade enrichment of uranium and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capacity. Furthermore, for the moment, there is not the slightest indication that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has any intention of accepting the Obama administrationís latest plan for a nuclear deal. This plan would require Iran to discontinue production of 20-percent enriched uranium (which can be quickly converted to weapons grade material), and confine itself to producing low 5 percent uranium...
  • U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

    12/29/2012 12:07:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Bowman
    Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that...
  • Franceís highest court rules proposed 75% supertax rate unconstitutional

    12/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:26PM GMT 29 Dec 2012 | Kim Willsher
    French president FranÁois Hollande suffered a damaging setback yesterday when Franceís highest court ruled his proposed 75% ďsupertaxĒ rate unconstitutional. The measure, which is blamed for an exodus of wealthy French abroad, was a pillar of the Socialist leaderís successful Spring election campaign. But in an unexpected blow, Franceís Constitutional Council ruled that the tax band did not guarantee equality for taxpayers because two households with the same total revenue could end up with different tax bills. Although the tax would have hit only around 1,500 people, it was seen as the totem in Hollandeís political manifesto, which said it...
  • 'Suha Arafat admits husband premeditated Intifada'

    12/29/2012 11:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2012
    In interview, Palestinian leader's widow says Arafat decided to launch Intifada after Camp David, according to research institute. Yasser Arafat's widow Suha admitted that the late Palestinian leader premeditated the Second Intifada, in an interview with Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. ďImmediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return.Ö Camp David had failed, and he said to me: ĎYou should remain in Paris.í I asked him why, and he said: ĎBecause I am going to start an Intifada. They want...
  • A Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

    12/29/2012 11:35:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    US News ^ | 12/29/2012 | M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing. "The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," Bloomberg said Friday in a statement announcing that homicides in the city this year had fallen to 414 ó the fewest since it started keeping such statistics in 1963. About the same time Friday, Chicago police were trying to get the message out that their city hadn't actually recorded its 500th homicide this year, as was being reported. A few hours later, they had to backtrack and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, "the city has seen its...
  • Sandy Hook Massacre CT Attorney Blames State Wants to Sue for $100 Mil

    12/29/2012 11:24:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 12/29/12 | tmzstaff
    The state is immune from most lawsuits, which is why Pinsky must ask for permission to even file the suit. No decision has been made whether or not the suit will go through.
  • Facebook bans Ghandi quote as part of revisionist history purge

    12/29/2012 11:20:37 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 70 replies
    The Natural News website ^ | 12/27/2012 | Mike Adams The Health Ranger
    (NaturalNews) The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads: "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446. This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook's censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a "final warning" that one more violation of their so-called "community guidelines" would result in our account being permanently deactivated. They then demanded we...
  • Michigan governor making his way through 282 bills

    12/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBT ^ | 12/29/12
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) ó Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy working his way through the 282 bills passed by the Legislature during the final weeks of the 2012 session. The governor's office said he signed 53 bills on Friday and vetoed four. He has acted on a total of 186 bills and 95 are pending review.
  • Obama Proposes Last Minute "Mini Deal," Adding Milk Lobby Bonus

    12/29/2012 11:07:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The one thing I am always afraid of in budget negotiations is that virtually nothing is done, or worse yet, something counterproductive is done. Obama's latest Fiscal Cliff "Mini-Deal" Proposal is exactly the kind of counterproductive nonsense I am talking about. Assuming the above Atlantic Wire article is correct ...   The deal would delay or replace the vast majority of spending cuts called for in the automatic sequester. The deal would extend unemployment benefits The deal would stop planned cuts to Medicare reimbursements Out of the blue, and probably an attempt to buy farm-state votes, the deal purportedly would include...
  • Phila. police tie construction-site arson to union sabotage

    12/29/2012 11:03:52 AM PST · by NittanyLion · 24 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Dec 29, 2012 | Inga Saffron
    The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor.
  • Hollywood star Matt Damon takes on energy industry with fracking film Promised Land

    12/29/2012 11:02:38 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | Jacqui Goddard
    Matt Damon's film is set to intensify debate on fracking As one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors with a reputation for straight-talking, he has made little secret of his willingness to confront thorny political and social issues. Now Matt Damon is facing off against one of America's most powerful institutions - the oil and gas industry - in a film that represents a new battleground for environmentalists' campaigns against fracking. Promised Land, which goes on nationwide release in the US this week, is set to intensify debate on the controversial drilling technique to such an extent that the industry has...
  • Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

    12/29/2012 10:50:50 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    RT ^ | 21 December, 2012
    Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia. Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the countryís demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit. ≠The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nationís demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues. After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for...
  • Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

    12/29/2012 10:49:54 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    RT ^ | 21 December, 2012
    Yelena Nikolayeva with her newborn son who became the Earth's seven billionth resident, in the labor ward of the Kaliningrad Perinatal Center, Russia. Russiaís Deputy Prime Minister has announced some optimistic news regarding the countryís demographics, which shows that initiatives by the Kremlin may be beginning to bear fruit. ≠The annual birth rate in Russia is expected to eventually hit 2 million, which is good news for the nationís demographic and social outlook, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said in remarks at a conference on demographic issues. After years of dismal demographic rates, the news comes as a relief for...
  • Utah birth rate drops for 4th year in a row

    12/29/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    ksl ^ | December 26th, 2012 | Devon Dolan
    SALT LAKE CITY ¬ó Utah has had one of the nation's highest birth rates for quite a while, but over the last four years couples have chosen to have fewer children. One big reason for that: money, and the lack thereof. Most any parent will tell you having a child is their greatest blessing ‚Āł the more than 51,000 infants born in Utah this past year are living proof of that. But the number of Utah births is decreasing. "We have seen a decline since 2006, 2007 ¬ó those were our biggest years. Those years we had about 60,000 babies...