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  • Egyptian Protesers Defy Morsi's Imposed Curfew

    01/28/2013 3:06:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez Monday night, defying Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's imposed curfew as part of the state of emergency he declared... The anti-government crowds chanted "Down with Mohamed Morsi, down with the state of emergency."
  • Iran Denies Reports of Explosion at Underground Nuclear Facility

    01/28/2013 3:03:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran has denied reports that surfaced over the weekend about an explosion at its at its underground Fordow nuclear plant. According to a report in the Iranian IRNA news agency, the deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Seyyed Shamseddin Barbroudi, said on Sunday that that there has been no explosion whatsoever in the Fordow nuclear facility. The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said that the reports of the blast were nothing but “Western-made propaganda,” according to IRNA. On Friday, the American WND website reported that an explosion had occurred...
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Groundbreaking Drawings of the Unborn

    01/28/2013 2:59:58 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Between 15010 and 1512, Leonardo da Vinci drew the human fetus with startling and unprecedented accuracy.According to Arizona State Univeristy’s Embryo Project Encyclopedia, Leonardo is regarded as “the very first in history to correctly depict the human fetus in its proper position within the womb. He was also the first to expertly draw the uterine artery and the vascular system of the cervix and vagina.”Scientific advances, beginning with Leonardo and culminating in the ultrasound, have played no small part in helping us recognize the fetus’ human face. These chalk and ink images, then, should be seen as a minor milestone...
  • Grandmother gets 50 years in fatal stabbing she claims to not recall (Chicago)

    01/28/2013 2:53:08 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | RUMMANA HUSSAIN
    A South Side grandmother was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for murdering her next-door neighbor in frenzied stabbing she said she doesn’t remember. Phyllis Hart Carpenter attacked Benjamin Cole in the most “brutal and violent” manner by slashing him 59 times, Cook County Judge Arthur Hill said. And even if Cole, 60, had tried to sexually assault her in his apartment as Carpenter claims, “How many stab wounds [does she need] to defend herself? When does that cross the line to rage and revenge?” the judge asked. Assistant public defenders Julie Koehler and Sandra Parris argued during Carpenter’s...
  • Grief grips neighborhood

    01/28/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 26, 2013 | Ana Ley
    A day after watching a 6-year-old neighborhood boy fly through the air when he was fatally struck by a teenage driver suspected of being intoxicated, Jane Withers refused to leave the spot where the boy's mother tried in vain to save him. Overcome by the magnitude of the tragedy that left Brandon Abrams' family grieving and a 17-year-old jailed on intoxication manslaughter charges, Withers helped set up a makeshift memorial soon after the incident at 6 p.m. Thursday in her Northwest Side neighborhood. Brandon was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when he was struck. According to...
  • STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON THE BIPARTISAN FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

    01/28/2013 2:34:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    Senator John McCain ^ | January 28, 2013 | Senator John McCain
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following statement on the bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform released today with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ):  “The introduction of these principles is the first step in what will be a very difficult, but achievable, reform to our immigration system.  “No one here needs reminding that the last major attempt at immigration reform was over six years ago. Now we will again attempt to commit the remaining resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, January-28-2013

    01/28/2013 2:30:47 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 49 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Kirstin Powers: '60 Minutes' Interview 'Was Something You'd Expect From State-Run Media'

    01/28/2013 11:33:11 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Kirstin Powers
    Liberal Fox News Contributor and Daily Beast columnist Kirstin Powers on the Obama-Hillary Clinton "60 Minutes” interview: “It really was something you’d expect from the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda… This was a joke. You look at it and just not challenging basic things…”
  • HS2: “Rushed” plans will drive high speed rail link through heart of rural England, say Tory MPs

    01/28/2013 2:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:09PM GMT 28 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    The Department for Transport has unveiled its plans for the northern section of the controversial HS2 railway, but has faced anger from Tories representing constituencies along the route who say it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and “blight” lives. The 225-mph trains will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. It emerged that plans to connect the Ł32-billion ($50 billion) train line directly to Heathrow have been put on hold until the Davies Commission on airport capacity has reported. …
  • Gun background checks surged in last 6 weeks

    01/28/2013 2:13:30 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Gun sales soared at the end of last year, and the trend has continued into 2013. Since 1998, eight of the 10 highest days for gun background checks have taken place since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, according to the FBI. Background checks are the most reliable way to track the number of gun sales, and data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System show that over the last 6 weeks, these checks have reached their highest levels in fifteen years.
  • Conservatives Have Messaging, Not Message Problem, Leaders Say

    01/28/2013 2:11:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | By Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON – A central message heard from many of the speakers at this weekend's National Review Summit, "The Future of Conservatism," was that conservatives do not need to change their message, but need to do a better job at communicating their message. "I believe that conservative values, they're the right values. We don't need to change them, we need to change the way we message them," said Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. Former Congressman Artur Davis, who recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party, agreed that conservatives have done a poor job at communicating their message....
  • Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

    01/28/2013 1:58:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin's Twitchy ^ | 1/28/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?..........
  • Iran Launches Monkey Into Space

    01/28/2013 1:57:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Randy Kreider
    Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a monkey into space, according to Iranian state media, in what Iranian officials call a "prelude to sending humans into space." The monkey was sent in an "indigenous bio-capsule" called Pishgam, which is Farsi for "Pioneer," according to Iran's Press TV. Pishgam reached an altitude of more than 75 miles and made a successful return, according to Iranian news agency Fars. The head of Iran's space agency, Hamid Fazeli, said that Iran decided to send a monkey "because of biological similarities between humans and monkeys," according to Press TV. Iran's space agency had...
  • Politico: Obama Team Coordinated Gun Control Efforts With Mayor Bloomberg

    01/28/2013 1:54:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    The Blaze via Politico ^ | 1/28/2013 | Erica Ritz
    Do you ever feel like matters become top-priority political issues practically overnight, with politicians across the country utilizing the same phrases, stories, and themes to drive their points home? In the case of gun control, there seems to be a new narrative that hunting is an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution, but that guns deemed too big or threatening for hunters will be banned. In the case of linguistic synchronization, the phrase “gun control” appears to be falling from favor in left-leaning circles, only to be replaced by “reducing gun violence.” It’s hardly a secret that top politicians meet...
  • Hillary's Strange Testimony

    01/28/2013 1:54:31 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 1/27/2013 | Pam Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts 'sorry end to pathetic stint as secretary of state' History will remember Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s performance before senators and House members at the congressional Benghazi hearings as a stunning indictment of her profound failures and those of Obama administration.
  • ‘The Problem Is Not Gun Laws’: Watch the Emotional Speech

    01/28/2013 1:47:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/28/2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School appeared before a subcommittee of the Connecticut Legislature on Monday to speak about gun control. While some used the platform to promote stricter firearms legislation, at least one parent became passionate, claiming that there are more than enough laws on the books, that current regulations simply need to be enforced and that the nation needs to embrace personal responsibility.
  • Taco Bell pulls ad that mocked veggies

    01/28/2013 1:37:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Miami Heral ^ | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Taco Bell is pulling a TV ad after receiving complaints that it discouraged people from eating vegetables. -snip- The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group, this weekend urged people to tweet their complaints about the ad and the chain quickly made the decision to pull it.
  • Appeals court to EPA: ... being a little overly optimistic with the biofuels, there?

    01/28/2013 1:37:03 PM PST · by rusty millet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency is getting taken to court left and right for their many overzealous regulations and intrusions into private industry, with varying results– but on Friday, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that, why no, the EPA may not punish the oil industry for their noncompliance with the EPA’s lofty Renewable Fuels Standard mandates in failing to blend a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product, seeing as how those biofuels are not actually available.
  • David Cameron’s wife Samantha is the “driving force” behind gay marriage (per cabinet minister)

    01/28/2013 1:34:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30AM GMT 26 Jan 2013 | Tim Walker
    Mandrake reported on Friday that David Cameron’s mother, Mary, had been asked why the Prime Minister was pressing ahead with plans to change the law in favor of same-sex marriage when it was alienating so many of the Conservative Party’s natural supporters. “I know, but David just won’t be told,” the retired Justice of the Peace replied. The answer may be close to hand: a cabinet minister points to Samantha Cameron’s influence on her husband. “Samantha is the driving force behind the policy,” claims the minister. The baronet’s daughter, who is a creative consultant at Smythson, the Mayfair luxury goods...
  • Churchgoers robbed at gunpoint in East St. Louis [Illinois: The Gun Free State]

    01/28/2013 1:30:35 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 18 replies
    STL Today.com (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | 1/28/2013 | FROM STAFF REPORTS
    EAST ST. LOUIS • About 100 people were attending a musical event at a small church here when several masked gunmen burst into the church and demanded money and valuables, members and attendees said Monday. The attendees, who did not give their names for fear of retaliation, said at least three robbers ordered people at the music event to the floor and took cash from them in the holdup about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at IRA Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 1701 Belmont Avenue. The gunmen were wearing bandanas over their faces, according to police and witnesses. Witnesses did not get...
  • Army, Police To Trace Status Of Missile Launcher At Gun Buyback

    01/28/2013 1:21:08 PM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    KOMOnews.com ^ | 28 January 2013
    Seattle - The item, a single-use device that had already been used, is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile.
  • Barbara Walters Has Chickenpox, Remains Hospitalized

    01/28/2013 1:21:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 59 replies
    Barbara Walters has been in the hospital for more than a week after she fell and hit her head during pre-Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. — and now the View co-host has contracted the chickenpox. While doctors were monitoring Walters after her fall, they noticed her fever was not subsiding and eventually determined that it was due to chickenpox, according to The Associated Press.
  • Conservative media watchdogs push back on Obama's Fox News attack

    01/28/2013 1:20:08 PM PST · by walford · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Fox News
    "...If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it," [President Obama] said.
  • Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 1:18:09 PM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control. In the video, Bloomberg is seen surrounded by security. Mattera approaches Bloomberg and asks, “In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?” Bloomberg’s reply: “Uh, you, we’ll get right back to you.” “Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans?” Mattera asks as the mayor walks away....
  • Don’t Gut Our Military: $150 Billion in Commonsense Proposals to Prevent Sequestration

    01/28/2013 1:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    The Foundry - Heritage Foundation ^ | 28 Jan 13 | T. Elliot Gaiser
    Unless Congress acts, March 1 will trigger a $55 billion-per-year ($45 billion in 2013, as the fiscal cliff deal delayed the cuts for two months) cut in national defense, known as sequestration, which will weaken the United States’s ability to defend itself. But this does not have to happen; Congress should cut other spending to prevent the debilitating cuts to defense. National defense, unlike most other discretionary programs, is a central constitutional duty and today represents only 17 percent of the budget. Yet nearly half of the Congress-mandated sequestration cuts—$492 billion—would come from defense. These across-the-board cuts threaten our...
  • Obama's secret skeet shooting

    01/28/2013 12:51:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "When he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends to relax, not to produce photographs," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday. He said he had never seen any pictures of Obama skeet shooting. ~~SNIP~~ "He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I'm not sure how often he’s done that." According to CBS News' Mark Knoller, who keeps statistics on the president's movements, Obama has visited Camp David 29 times, spending a total of 72 days there since taking office.
  • Reid Remarks On Common-Sense Immigration Reform

    01/28/2013 12:48:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 1/28/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    I applaud [the bipartisan group of eight] Senators for setting partisanship aside to tackle a crucial issue facing our nation. This is a positive first step.”“I pledge that I will do everything in my power as Majority Leader to get a bill across the finish line.”“With bipartisan support building in both houses of Congress and a President who is eager to solve this problem, there is no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.”Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about immigration reform. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.Last...
  • Amnesty Plan Equals 'Unlimited Future Illegal Immigration'

    01/28/2013 12:47:51 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | David Yonkman
    An agreement over sweeping overhaul of immigration law reached by a bipartisan group of leading senators has quickly drawn its critics. The outline of the plan covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, expected to be announced later this afternoon, has a long wayto go before the thorny details are worked out. But the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation's inefficient patchwork of immigration laws. It is already...
  • Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting

    01/28/2013 12:33:15 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-28-2013 | Joel Gerhke
    January 28, 2013 Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting Joel Gerhke President Obama said that he “goes skeet-shooting all the time,” a comment that apparently has the White House press corps a little suspicious. A reporter today asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney how often Obama goes shooting and why hasn’t the press corps heard about this before? Carney simply referred her to Obama’s statement. Is there a photo of the president shooting? “There may be, but I haven’t seen it,” Carney replied. He didn’t mention if he had personally seen Obama go shooting.
  • Obama Calls, Congratulates Netanyahu- President calls Netanyahu, almost a week after he came in

    01/28/2013 12:22:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 1/28/13 | Gil Ronen
    The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Monday, almost a week after Netanyahu's ticket won the most seats in Israel's parliamentary election. Obama reportedly called and congratulated Netanyahu on his success in the election. He said that he looked forward to working with Israel's next government, and affirmed his commitment to a strong U.S. relationship with Israel and to promoting regional peace and security. Relations between Obama and Netanyahu were strained during Obama's first term. Supporters of Obama accused Netanyahu of interfering in the U.S. election in favor of Obama's...
  • Boy Scouts of America considering dropping its ban on gay members

    01/28/2013 12:21:34 PM PST · by Ron C. · 238 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Greg Norman
    <p>The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members, according to a spokesman.</p> <p>“The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,'' spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs."</p>
  • White House takes credit on immigration deal

    01/28/2013 11:58:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue. "I think it's important before we let the moment pass to acknowledge that the progress we're seeing embodied in the priniciples put forward by this bipartisan group is happening for a reason: I think it's happening because consensus is developing in the country, a bipartisan consensus, and it's happening because the president has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue," Carney said. He said that when immigration reform failed in 2010, Obama...
  • Up to a third of Barnes & Noble stores to close, report says

    01/28/2013 11:51:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/28/13 | Tiffany Hsu
    Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group. That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
  • (Jeb) Bush Attacks Rubio Plan as He Eyes 2016

    01/28/2013 11:50:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 01:02 PM | Lisa Barron
    Neither former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., nor Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. have announced their plans to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but both are already speaking and acting like contenders, going head to head on issues such as immigration and education reform. Bush said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week that efforts to tackle immigration reform on a piecemeal basis are “short-sighted and self-defeating.” …
  • What did Republicans win in the immigration deal? (No guarantee on border security!!)

    01/28/2013 11:46:05 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday January 28, 2013 | Greg Sargent
    It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure. Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes; neither will actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security. The citizenship process will be...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,January 28-February 1,2013

    01/28/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | January 28-February 1,2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • 4 dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

    01/28/2013 11:36:06 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Oman Observer ^ | 29 January 2013 | anon
    BRISBANE, Australia - Helicopters plucked dozens of stranded Australians to safety in dramatic rooftop rescues Monday as severe floods swept the northeast, killing four people and inundating thousands of homes. ... Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that an acute emergency was unfolding in Bundaberg ...
  • Farrakhan: Right To Bear Arms An Outdated Concept

    01/28/2013 11:31:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 28,2013 | CBS DC
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In the third installment of his 52-week sermon series, Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ridiculed the “volatile” American right to own weapons
  • FReepers: Never give up your guns!! [FReepathon thread XII]

    01/28/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 568 replies
    Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!!...
  • Obama congratulates Netanyahu on 'plurality' win

    01/28/2013 11:20:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to offer his reserved congratulations on the Likud party's victories in Israel's recent parliamentary elections, the White House said. Obama, the White House said in its readout of the call, lauded Netanyahu on "his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats."
  • Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person

    01/28/2013 11:17:42 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    CNN.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Ben Brumfield and Kyung Lah
    Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite. A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital's lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state's Supreme Court to decide. [...] Representatives of the Catholic bishops of Colorado declined to comment on the legal proceedings, but said they will review the litigation and Catholic Health Initiatives' practices "to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church." Catholic...
  • Harry Belafonte has some hunches what Dr. King might have said (NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL)

    01/28/2013 10:41:14 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 18 replies
    Chicag ^ | January 27, 2013 10:28PM | Thomas Conner tconner@suntimes.com
    Harry Belafonte in recent years has been positively Kanye-esque in his outspokenness. The 85-year-old singer — a revered icon in American pop music, the King of Calypso, the resonant voice behind the 1956 classic “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” — has tallied headlines for his frank opinions on matters ranging from U.S. foreign policy to race relations. In 2002, Belafonte likened Secretary of State Colin Powell to a “house slave” for his acquiescence to the invasion of Iraq. He called President George W. Bush “the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world” during a 2006 meeting...
  • Shell’s latest offshore platform arrives in Texas

    01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months. Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date....
  • Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers

    01/28/2013 10:28:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The containers are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable numbers/letters probably for inventory, routing, etc. Reader Don sent this in recently: Jim – I passed a convoy of olive drab unmarked 40 foot tractor trailers each with four 10 yard ammo bunker boxes chained to them and unmarked armored Hum-Vee’s heading north on I-95 in Brevard County, Florida this past Thursday morning. The “govt” is positioning these ammo storage boxes, I have been told, in strategic places in population centers around the country. They are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable...
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

    01/28/2013 10:24:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 January 2013
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.
  • Article: "Do People Live Longer among Trees?"

    01/28/2013 10:21:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 28, 2013. | Brian Thomas
    Do People Live Longer among Trees? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Could living near trees possibly affect human health? Increasingly, studies indicate that trees can improve human health. Evolution doesn't expect this, but biblically speaking, trees and people have close ties. New research included steps to demonstrate that living longer was not linked to living among trees, but instead linked to more sensible factors "like income, race, and education," according to the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service based in Portland.1 But the researchers found that cardiovascular health clearly declined in people from very different ethnic, income,...
  • Examiner Editorial: Hillary Clinton was not a great secretary of state

    01/28/2013 10:19:20 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2013 | Examiner Editorial Staff
    f there was one constant through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearances before congressional committees Wednesday, it was that lawmakers fell all over themselves heaping praise on her for the job she has done. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was typical, saying: "Madame Secretary, you have represented us with tremendous strength and poise. You have won us friends." (snip) What on Earth are they referring to? American foreign policy under Secretary Clinton has been one disaster after another. She may not deserve blame for all of them -- or even most of them -- but it defies common sense to call...
  • Great Divide - How Citizens & Cops Are Containing Uncle Sam

    01/28/2013 10:16:30 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 20 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/28/2013 | Guy Smith
    If you really want to annoy somebody, do their job for them in a very public way. This is an angle of the growing separation between American localities and the federal government. From general discontent, to increasing non-participation, to open calls for secession, the public in most states have had enough and are actively driving wedges between themselves and Uncle Sam. When states and local law enforcement join the party, then it is only a matter of time before realignment or divorce becomes reality. After calling for inept, unworkable and unproductive gun control laws (forgive the redundancy), Barack Obama has...
  • NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

    01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 174 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 9:55:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/28/13 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.