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  • Piers Morgan: Hey, let’s amend the Bible ("Bible and Constitution basically, inherently flawed.”)

    12/27/2012 6:48:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/27/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And not just the Bible, but Piers Morgan wants to amend the Constitution, too. It's a darn good thing that the CNN host needed work badly enough to emigrate to a place that he finds so disagreeable. What did we ever do without him?CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO I have no issue with the concept of amending the Constitution --- and neither did the founders, who accepted that it might prove flawed for later use. That's why they included the mechanisms for amending the foundational document of American law within it, mechanisms that have been used 17 times since...
  • Hillary Clinton does NOT have brain cancer: Officials slam 'nonsense' claims

    12/27/2012 6:39:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | December 26, 2012
    Complete Headline: Hillary Clinton does NOT have brain cancer: Officials slam 'nonsense' claims debilitating illness was behind collapse and decision to step down The National Enquirer claims brain cancer is behind Clinton's recent collapse and that she is facing a barrage of medical tests State Department labelled the claims 'absolute nonsense' and insists she is recovering well at home The Secretary of State suffered a concussion after she collapsed in her home earlier this month On Friday, President Barack Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to replace Clinton after she chose to step down Government officials have vehemently denied claims...
  • Fiscal Endgame (NYT makes case for going over cliff)

    12/27/2012 6:36:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 26, 2012
    But failure to reach a deal by year-end would also bring about deeper and more immediate pain for low- and middle-income Americans. No deal means the end of federal unemployment benefits, averaging $290 a week. Some two million people would be cut off immediately, and nearly one million more who would be cut off in the first quarter of 2013. It means the end of the 2 percent payroll tax cut, which, for the past two years, has reduced taxes for 125 million households, boosting pay by nearly $1,000 a year for the typical household making $50,000. It also means...
  • The GOP's Budget Problem (Inexplicably, Republicans simply will not make the budget case in public)

    12/27/2012 6:33:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2012 | Greg Richards
    Just how much trouble is the federal budget in? The coverage by the MSM of the fiscal cliff negotiations is not enlightening on this point. For reasons that most of us in the American Thinker community and observers such as Thomas Sowell find inexplicable, the Republicans simply will not make the budget case in public. This is true whether it is Boehner and McConnell in Congress or Romney during the campaign. Instead we get snippets from our side when they get in front of a microphone of "$1.2 trillion" or "everything is on the table" or "keeping the Bush tax...
  • Shall Be White as Snow!

    12/27/2012 6:26:30 AM PST · by kindred
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friend along the Christmas and winter theme I was thinking today about the wonders of... snow. Yes snow! Something one either hates or loves but whether you despise it or enjoy it, snow in it's self is an absolute wonder of Almighty God's ETERNAL creative genius (Job 38:22-23, Psalm 104:24, Prov. 3:19). As I was thinking of snow... the Bible verse from Isaiah 1:18 came to mind. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall...
  • Archeologists Make Rare Discovery West of Jerusalem

    12/27/2012 5:54:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 26, 2012
    Archeologists made a rare discovery at Tel Motza, to the west of Jerusalem, recently: evidence of the Jewish religious practices and rituals in the early days of the Kingdom of Judah. Among the finds are a ritual building and a cache of sacred vessels some 2,750 years old. Anna Eirikh, Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz, the directors of the excavation, released a joint statement provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in which they said: “The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual...
  • West Longs for Jew-Free Zones in Jerusalem

    12/27/2012 5:50:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 27, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - West Longs for Jew-Free Zones in JerusalemPosted By P. David Hornik On December 27, 2012 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Israel plans to step up the building of residences within the settlement blocs and—drawing particular ire—in parts of Jerusalem that were under Jordanian occupation from 1949 to 1967. The Jerusalem plans include housing for both Jews and Arabs.In this holiday season, those plans should be cause for rejoicing instead of heightened rebukes. The city’s status as a hub of three religions, and also of tolerance, pluralism, and across-the-board demographic growth,...
  • 52% of Rapes in Rome Committed by Immigrants, 59% in Milan, 40% in Italy

    12/27/2012 5:49:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 39 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 26, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - 52% of Rapes in Rome Committed by Immigrants, 59% in Milan, 40% in ItalyPosted By Daniel Greenfield On December 26, 2012 @ 10:13 pm In The Point | 6 Comments Muslims in Milan doing their part to keep Milan violent and rapey   “He was horrible, he had no teeth, his face disfigured by scars”. This is how one of the latest victims of rape in Milan, a businesswoman of 42, described her attacker, Mohamed K., 32, an Iraqi illegal immigrant already convicted for theft, assault and wounding. Last week, when she was going...
  • Murder by Numbers: Today's murder rate is essentially at a low point of the past century.

    12/27/2012 5:41:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2012 | Randall Hoven
    Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse. As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over. Now's the time for action, and real change on gun control."Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action. The reason is simple: the murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward. In fact, the murder rate in 2011 was the lowest since 1961: 4.7 murders per 100,000 people. In only 5 years since 1910 has it...
  • [AZ] IRC seeks exemption from legal review [Redistricting Map]

    12/27/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | December 27, 2012 | Howard Fisher
    PHOENIX -- Members of the Independent Redistricting Commission want a federal court to block them from being questioned about the legislative maps they drew. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court, attorneys for the five commissioners said their actions are protected by "legislative privilege," a legal concept that generally prevents lawmakers from being questioned or sued about how they reached a decision. And they want a three-judge panel hearing the case to preclude lawyers for the challengers, from being allowed to ask them about it in pretrial depositions. But Joe Kanefield, one of the commission's attorneys, said this is...
  • A Blow to the College-Industrial Complex

    12/27/2012 4:08:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 74 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 12-27-12 | Heather McDonald
    The New York Times seems concerned that teens in the fracking belt of eastern Montana are opting to work in the new oil-field economy right after high school rather than going straight on to college. A front-page story warns: Taking a job is “a lucrative but risky decision for any 18-year-old to make, one that could foreclose on his future if the frenzied pace of oil and gas drilling from here to North Dakota to Texas falters and work dries up.” Let’s see. Where is a teenager more likely to learn the basic and transferable virtue of showing up every...
  • The Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 27, 2012 (Q&R on vacation)

    12/27/2012 2:53:19 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • The Year the Dreams Died

    12/27/2012 2:30:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/27/12 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The year 2012 saw the triumph of cold reality over pie-in-the-sky fantasies. Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change amid hopes that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises. Instead, Obama’s campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the...
  • Chicago parking meters will be USA’s most expensive

    12/27/2012 2:20:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 9:49 PM EST
    Chicago soon will have the nation’s most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year’s Day, meters in the city’s downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hour—up from $5.75. …
  • China tightening controls on Internet

    12/27/2012 2:11:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 2:30 AM EST | Joe McDonald
    China’s new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses. The measures suggest China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, and others who took power in November share their predecessors’ anxiety about the Internet’s potential to spread opposition to one-party rule and their insistence on controlling information despite promises of more economic reforms. … This week, China’s legislature took up a measure to require Internet users to register their real names, a move that would curtail the Web’s status as a freewheeling forum to complain, often anonymously,...
  • China tightens controls to deter self-immolations

    12/27/2012 1:57:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 3:54 AM EST
    Chinese authorities are tightening controls in an ethnic Tibetan region where at least 10 people have set themselves on fire last month to protest Chinese rule. … China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the spate of self-immolations. …
  • New laws address gays, children, immigration

    12/27/2012 1:45:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 6:20 PM EST | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration. … Voter-approved laws allowing same-sex couples to marry take effect in Maryland in January and in Maine on Saturday. California also approved a law exempting clergy members opposed to gay marriage from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. In California, a first-of-its-kind law bans a form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight but is on hold during a court challenge. The law would ban...
  • “Monsieur” John Kerry and the French connection

    12/27/2012 1:33:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 25/12/2012 | Jon Frosch
    Reacting to President Barack Obama’s recent nomination of John Kerry as the next US secretary of state, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius praised his future counterpart’s “personal commitment to Franco-American friendship”. The comment was a reference to a poorly-kept “secret” that dogged the former Democratic presidential candidate during his bid to unseat then-incumbent George W. Bush in 2004: Kerry has a French connection. … But the politician’s “Frenchness” has not always been an advantage. While running for president in 2004, Kerry was ridiculed by Republicans for his closeness to the country seen as having spurned the US by refusing to...
  • Hungary bars foreigners from buying farmland

    12/27/2012 1:26:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 22 December 2012 | 20H05 | (AFP)
    Hungary has amended its constitution to bar foreigners from buying farmland, a move the government called “historic,” but one that could cause friction with the European Union. Foreigners are already blocked from buying farmland under a temporary measure that formed part of Hungary’s EU accession agreement in 2003. But that measure, aimed at helping Hungary avoid seeing its land prices soar to catch up with other EU states including neighboring Austria, was originally set to expire in 2011, though was extended until the end of April 2014. …
  • The French death rattle

    12/27/2012 1:17:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    European Voice ^ | 21.12.2012 / 09:00 CET | Brigitte Granville
    Moody’s announcement in November that it had downgraded France’s sovereign-credit rating by one notch from its AAA rating prompted one blogger to poke fun at rating agencies’ tendency either to get things completely wrong or to suddenly recognize a crisis that had long been staring them in the face. The blogger joked: “If this recognition by a rating agency that France has problems is an example of the first failing, a recovery must have begun; if it is an example of the second failing, the country faces a dire reckoning.” … The underlying explanation lies in the culture and prejudices...