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  • Donald Hornig dies at 92: Ex-Brown president developed atomic bomb

    01/23/2013 5:14:27 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Donald F. Hornig, a scientist, former president of Brown University, and a key member of the Manhattan Project, has died at 92-years-old. The Associated Press reports that he passed away following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Hornig was a physical chemist who studied at Harvard before working on the Manhattan Project from 1944-1946. The Manhattan Project was the government program that developed the atomic bomb for use in World War II. When asked, in a 1968 interview, about the first atomic detonation, Hornig recalled, "The minute the firing needle dropped off and I knew it had detonated, I dashed out...
  • A Brief History Of Secretary Salazar’s Failures At Interior

    01/23/2013 5:12:18 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 17, 2013
    With the imminent return of Ken Salazar to Colorado, and talk of his future political aspirations bubbling up in the papers, we thought it a good time to recount a brief history of Secretary Salazar’s failures at the Interior Department. ... First and foremost amongst Salazar’s fiascos is the BP oil spill. The Deepwater Horizons disaster is firmly etched in the American conscience as an example of bumbling incompetence and haphazard, if not non-existent, leadership. Salazar mucked up his role so badly that unnamed White House sources spanked him publicly in The Washington Post as an “erratic spokesman” who was...
  • Threat to Israel Explained on Capitol Hill

    01/23/2013 5:10:28 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13
    The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET, which is Hebrew for “truth), held a series of discussions on Capitol Hill Thursday, to a standing room only crowd of over 80 Congressional staffers, foreign diplomats and citizen activists, focused on the geopolitical and ideological threats facing the nation of Israel. The talks were part of EMET’s Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Seminar Series, a monthly briefing series held on Capitol Hill, intended to inform members of Congress and their staff on Middle East national security matters. Speaking first was Mark Langfan, who specializes in producing 3d topographical maps of Israel and...
  • Nebraska OKs Pipeline; Now It's Climate Myth Vs. Jobs

    01/23/2013 5:09:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | January 23, 2013
    Energy: With a clean bill of health from the Cornhusker State's governor, only the president's green base and the State Department's shared belief in nonexistent climate change stands in the way of jobs and growth. As we noted earlier, Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality recently gave the revised Keystone XL pipeline route from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, through that state a thumbs up. Not surprisingly, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved the revised Keystone XL pipeline proposal through his state, seemingly removing the last excuse for the Obama administration to delay the economy-boosting pipeline. Yet even before the...
  • The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat

    01/23/2013 5:09:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 99 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2013 | RYAN SMITH
    America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday's news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise. It appears that female soldiers will be allowed on the battlefield but not in the infantry. Yet it is a distinction without much difference: Infantry units serve side-by-side in combat with artillery, engineers, drivers, medics and others who will likely now include women. The Pentagon would do well to consider realities of life in combat as it pushes to mix men and women on the battlefield. Many articles have been written regarding the relative...
  • Update: Inaugural Official--Beyonce' 'Did Not Sing Live' Decision Made Night Before Inauguration Day

    01/23/2013 5:05:35 PM PST · by drewh · 26 replies
    Click Orlando.com/CNN ^ | Updated On: Jan 23 2013 07:25:53 PM EST | By Jim Acosta CNN National Political Correspondent
    An inaugural official who asked not to be identified told CNN Wednesday that pop star Beyonc233; lip-synced her performance on Inauguration Day. "She did not sing live," the official told CNN. A pre-recording of the artist's rendition of the National Anthem was played instead. What was heard by spectators and viewers was the sound of that recording, according to the official. The official said Beyoncé made the decision herself the night before Inauguration Day. Quick Clicks Famous lip-syncers caught in the act Beyoncé arrived so late Sunday night she did not have time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band,...
  • Israel at UN: Mali Threatens France? Gaza's in our Living Room

    01/23/2013 5:04:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/1/13 | Annie Lubin
    As the world begins to lend international support to a French-led military intervention against Islamic terrorists in Mali, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday brought the issue home, comparing the situation in northern Africa to Israel’s fight against terrorism in Gaza. “France’s foreign minister said this month that his country was fighting to prevent the creation of an Islamist terrorist enclave ‘at the doorstep of France and Europe.’ If Mali is on France’s doorstep, Gaza is in Israel’s living room,” Ron Prosor said. Speaking at the UN Security Council’s monthly open debate on the Middle East, the Israeli...
  • Ted Turner's son vying in SC congressional primary (R)

    01/23/2013 5:03:37 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/23/13 | Bruce Smith
    Teddy Turner inherited his love of sailing from his father, media magnate Ted Turner. But there is less of a family resemblance when it comes to politics. While the elder Turner leans Democratic, Teddy Turner is running as a Republican in a crowded race for an open South Carolina congressional seat created by a U.S. Senate appointment. "My dad asked, 'What's the minimum amount I can give because you're a Republican?'" Teddy Turner, 49, said. "My dad has been asking for years, 'How the heck did you become so conservative?'"
  • The Cleansing of Mrs. Clinton's Record

    01/23/2013 5:02:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Hi, friends. It was a puke fest. It was unlike anything I've ever seen. It was right out of a banana republic. And I've seen it all. I mean, in my 62 short years I've seen a lot. I've never seen groveling, butt kissing, sucking up. I've never seen anything like Hillary Clinton's appearance before a joint congressional committee on that Benghazi guy who went nuts over there in Libya. And I guess everybody's favorite part, she lost her cool at one point. By the way, she opened up crying, which is part of the script. But...
  • So what if abortion ends life? (Barf Alert)

    01/23/2013 4:57:50 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | January 23, 2013 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Of all the diabolically clever moves the anti-choice lobby has ever pulled, surely one of the greatest has been its consistent co-opting of the word “life.” Life! Who wants to argue with that? Who wants be on the side of … not-life? That’s why the language of those who support abortion has for so long been carefully couched in other terms. While opponents of abortion eagerly describe themselves as “pro-life,” the rest of us have had to scramble around with not nearly as big-ticket words like “choice” and “reproductive freedom.” The “life” conversation is often too thorny to even broach....
  • NYC lawyers spar with beverage industry in court over large soda ban

    01/23/2013 4:55:17 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    New York City defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks today as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health. The first courtroom arguments in the closely watched case ended without an immediate ruling — and with opponents saying they planned to ask a judge to delay enforcement during the suit, which has broached questions of racial fairness alongside arguments about government authority and burdens to business. The NAACP's New York state branch and a network of Hispanic groups have joined a legal effort...
  • $20 trillion shale oil find surrounding Coober Pedy 'can fuel Australia'

    01/23/2013 4:51:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Adelaide Advertiser ^ | 24th January 2013 | Cameron England
    SOUTH Australia is sitting on oil potentially worth more than $20 trillion, independent reports claim - enough to turn Australia into a self-sufficient fuel producer. Brisbane company Linc Energy yesterday released two reports, based on drilling and seismic exploration, estimating the amount of oil in the as yet untapped Arckaringa Basin surrounding Coober Pedy ranging from 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of oil. At the higher end, this would be "several times bigger than all of the oil in Australia", Linc managing director Peter Bond said. This has the potential to turn Australia from an oil importer to an...
  • More skeletons in BBC closet: 83-year-old broadcaster charged with rape

    01/23/2013 4:41:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | IANS
    London - Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault. The 83-year-old BBC presenter is accused of raping a 22-year-old woman in 1976. He is also charged with 14 offences of indecent assault against 10 girls aged nine to 16 between 1967 and 1986, The Sun reported. The charges are related to new alleged victims but not linked to his previous court appearance on sex abuse charges, which he has denied. Hall was arrested on Tuesday morning after attending a police station by appointment. He was bailed to face Preston...
  • Do You Feel Illegal Immigrants Should Be Allowed To Stay In The US?

    01/23/2013 4:35:10 PM PST · by zeestephen · 34 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 23 January 2013
    MSN.com Poll - 19% Yes - 77% No - 4% Not Sure - 560,000 Responses
  • Man who lost nose to cancer will grow a new one on his arm

    01/23/2013 4:32:45 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/23/2012
    A man who lost his nose to cancer is growing a new one – on his arm, The Belfast Telegraph reported. Scientists are using the unnamed man’s bone marrow cells to grow a new nose on two nose-shaped scaffolds in the lab. Professor Alex Seifalian from University College London told Focus Magazine that an extra nose is being made “just in case someone drops one.” Once the noses are fully grown, one of them will be implanted in the skin on the man’s arm, which will give the nose some skin.
  • Obama's Honeymoon With Hip-Hop Is Over

    01/23/2013 4:25:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    TNR ^ | January 23, 2013 | Eric Nielson
    The Lupe Fiasco debacle only highlighted a deeper fissure. Lupe Fiasco at Sunday's concert. (NowThisNews) At a pre-inaugural party three nights ago, rapper Lupe Fiasco lived up to his reputation for stirring controversy when he played an extended, 30-minute version of his anti-Obama track “Words I Never Said.” For this, he was thrown off the stage by security guards. It’s unclear whether Fiasco was booted for repeating the song’s lyrics ad nauseam or for what StartUp RockOn, the concert’s organizer, described in an official statement as a “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance.” The debacle raises legitimate questions about the wisdom of...
  • Democrat Wishes Hillary Success in 2016 -- During Benghazi Terrorism Hearing

    01/23/2013 4:20:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Delegate Eni Faleomavaega Jr. (D-American Samoa) used his time during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to essentially give his endorsement for Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, saying, "I salute you and I look ahead to 2016, wishing you much success and extending to you my highest regards." “It is no good for any of us to use this tragedy for political gain,” Faleomavaega said at Wednesday’s hearing.
  • NYPD will begin testing a new high-tech device that scans for concealed weapons

    01/23/2013 4:20:48 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 23, 2013 | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
    Get ready for scan-and-frisk. The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday. The department just received a machine that reads terahertz — the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects — and allows police to view concealed weapons from a distance. “If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object,” Kelly said. A video image aired at a Police Foundation breakfast Wednesday showed an officer, clad in a New York...
  • Boycott of Harrisburg show over assault weapon ban snowballs

    01/23/2013 4:17:53 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    Patriot News ^ | January 23, 2013 | David Wenner
    Rob Kaufhold's gut told him it would get "ugly" when the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show banned the presence of assault rifles and high-capacity magazine rounds. The explosiveness of the gun control issue, and the power of social media, he believed, would assure that. His instincts were looking good Wednesday, as a growing list of vendors and celebrities announced they would boycott North America's largest outdoor show, which is set to begin Feb. 2 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The owner of Lancaster Archery Supply said he quickly concluded outdoor enthusiasts would hold it against his business if...
  • Beyonce' Should Have Sung the National Anthem Live

    01/23/2013 4:17:43 PM PST · by drewh · 22 replies
    US News and World Report Magazine ^ | four hours ago | Susan Milligan
    There's no rational reason to care whether Beyonce was lip-syncing or really singing when she performed at the presidential inaugural Monday. But the disclosure was troubling nonetheless. It's not that we were all cheated, exactly. No one paid to stand outside in the cold to watch the ceremonies (though presumably the well-connected and the sponsors had no trouble getting bleacher seats). It's that Beyonce looked overwhelmed with emotion as she belted out the national anthem, giving the impression that her performance reflected her excitement about Obama being re-elected, or better yet, just pride in American democracy. The fact that she...