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  • "Is this Reagan versus Carter?" (Did I hear Hannity correctly?

    04/25/2012 4:21:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 54 replies
    4/25/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Hannity's show "Hannity's America," last night I could swear that near the end of his show he asked those on the invited panel "Is this Reagan versus Carter?" Did anyone watch his show last night and hear this, as he said this pretty fast? As if Romney is Reagan. Obama is Carter, but Romney is no Reagan. Romney is a Rinocrat.
  • Thomas Kinkade's Death Pits Wife Vs. Girlfriend Over Painter's Secrets

    04/25/2012 9:46:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/25/2012 | Aly Weisman
    Artist Thomas Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light" left more of a dark scene after he passed away earlier this month at the age of 54. Famous for his mass-produced, idyllic images of baseball fields, cottages along rivers and scenes from Disney films, Kinkade was more troubled in his personal life than his paintings suggested. Reports of heavy drinking (Kinkade's brother said he had recently relapsed) and a volatile relationship with his girlfriend came out after the famous painter's untimely death. Kinkade had been living with his girlfriend, Indian-born Amy Pinto Walsh, after he and his first wife, Nanette,...
  • 53% of New Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed; Rude Awakening for Class of 2012

    04/25/2012 9:41:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    MISH's Global Economic Analysis ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The USA Today reports graduating class of 2012 is in for a rude awakening as Half of new graduates are jobless or underemployed. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that's confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans. Median wages for those with bachelor's degrees are down from...
  • Peter Schiff: Obama is a socialist and is ignorant of history and economics.

    04/25/2012 9:31:32 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/22/2012 | Peter Schiff
    Good clip. Destroys Obamanomics and this ignrant con man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZPB50QtLqo
  • Politics and Money

    04/25/2012 8:57:15 AM PDT · by JimVT · 4 replies
    A friend | April 24, 2012 | Unk
    Romney, Kerry and Kennedy
  • Rich. Weird. Romney

    04/25/2012 7:39:24 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 69 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2012 | Alex Pareene
    Mitt Romney is weird. When the Obama reelection campaign early in the cycle made the mistake of indicating that its strategy would be to imply that Mitt Romney is weird by repeatedly telling Politico that it planned on calling Mitt Romney weird, Romney’s camp countered by causing a brief and not particularly sincere media brouhaha over whether “weird” is code for “Mormon.” Plenty of Americans think Mormons are weird, yes, but in this case, the simple fact is Mitt Romney is weird, entirely apart from his religion.-SNIP- All video of him attempting to interact with normal humans is cringe-inducing, as...
  • Nine Countries Where Everyone Has A Job

    04/25/2012 6:37:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/25/2012 | Michael B. Sauter and Charles B. Stockdale
    Earlier this month, polling agency Gallup released its 2011 global unemployment statistics for 148 countries. Of the nations Gallup surveyed, nine had unemployment rates below 5%. The majority are in Asia, with the remainder in central or eastern Europe. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed these nine countries to determine the underlying causes of their extremely low jobless rates. We looked that this in light of the fact most economists believe that 5% unemployment or less is considered “full employment” because of the normal turnover in jobs, the portion of workers seeking better jobs, and the number of young people who join...
  • (Weird History) In 1958 America Accidentally Dropped a Nuclear Weapon on Two Little Girls’ Playhouse

    04/24/2012 10:28:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls’ playhouse For certain rural residents of the Carolinas during the Cold War, apocalyptic anxiety hit disturbingly close to home. In 1958 and 1961, the American Air Force lost nuclear weapons over the skies of South and North Carolina, respectively, raining potential apocalypse on the folks below. In both incidents, complete catastrophe was avoided thanks to that ever-potent combination of foresight and unmitigated dumb luck. And in the former incident, the bomb fell square on some unsuspecting children's playhouse. The first accident occurred over Florence, South Carolina on March...
  • New England's lack of violence reaps economic benefits

    04/24/2012 7:33:53 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24April2012 | Scott Malone
    BOSTON (Reuters) - The rural New England states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are the most peaceful U.S. states, a distinction that gives them an economic advantage over the most violent, including Louisiana, Tennessee and Nevada. Violence and its aftermath cost the entire U.S. economy some $460 billion last year, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace's second annual United States Peace Index, which was released on Tuesday.
  • Vanity: And Remember How The Left Bashed Romney For Only Getting 25% Of The Vote? Not Tonight!

    04/24/2012 7:07:05 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 37 replies
    Especially MSNBC and the liberal baffoons on FOX. How many times did we hear, But Romney can never take in more than 25% of the vote? What an assinine thing to boast on live TV! There were 8 or 9 of them running at one time, did anyone expect any candidate to get 50% from the start? We had about 5 or 6 great candidates from the start. But most of us had a gut feeling it was going to be Romney in the end. Now those clowns on MSNBC can be more identified with the 7 dwarfs.
  • The History of U.S. Paper Money

    04/24/2012 6:25:55 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 19 replies
    Numismaster.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Arlyn G. Sieber
    Excerpted from Warman’s Coins and Paper Money by Arlyn G. Sieber, available from http://www.ShopNumisMaster.com. During the Revolutionary War, the states and Continental Congress continued to issue paper money, but its backing in hard currency was spotty at best. Inflation ensued, and the notes’ values plummeted. Some were called “shinplasters” because early Americans put them in their boots to help keep their feet warm. The saying “not worth a Continental” had its roots in the devaluation of Continental currency. Designs on state notes varied, but most featured inscriptions within elaborate borders. Coats of arms and crowns were also common. During the...
  • This type of thing happens, when you don't Stand your Ground Laws

    04/24/2012 6:06:27 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 9 replies
    WKRG5 ^ | April 24 2012 | Trueblackman
    You have no heard about this in the MSM because it would have been a good case for why Stand your Ground Laws are need and it is time to start calling the race hustlers out for the mess that the rest of us have to put up with after they and the media leave town!
  • Mad Cow Disease Found in US Cow

    04/24/2012 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2012 | Carrie Gann and Dan Childs
    The Department of Agriculture today confirmed a case of mad cow disease found in a dairy cow in central California. In a press briefing today, John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said the cow's meat did not enter the food supply and the carcass will be destroyed. The animal was found at a rendering facility run by Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif. The disease was discovered when the company selected the cow for random sampling, Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey told The Associated Press. The Agriculture Department confirmed today that the cow is the fourth discovered in...
  • Vanity: Sustainable cities & "collective intelligence technologies"

    04/24/2012 9:57:35 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 10 replies
    4/24/2012 | me
    While doing my morning sustainability research i found myself coming across Siemens website, which has done a little updating since my last visit. Within moments i found myself in a .pdf on "smart" neighborhoods to come in NYC, and one of the major subjects discussed is "community intelligence". This raised a brow obviously. A snip: "Being a part of a community meets a basic human need. Knowing your surroundings, having access to relevant local information, and feeling closely connected to your neighborhood—and to the City—builds trust. As New York City continues to grow, residents are at risk of losing their...
  • 53 Percent Of All Young College Graduates In America Are Either Unemployed Or Underemployed

    04/24/2012 9:32:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 04/24/2012 | Michael Snyder
    If you are in college right now, you will most likely either be unemployed or working a job that only requires a high school degree when you graduate. The truth is that the U.S. economy is not coming anywhere close to producing enough jobs for the hordes of new college graduates that are entering the workforce every year. In 2011, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed. Millions upon millions of young college graduates feel like the system has totally failed them. They worked hard in school...
  • America's poorest county: Proud Appalachians ... in region where 40% fall below poverty line

    04/24/2012 6:36:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 64 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 23 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It was a county formed 19 years before the Civil War. But in the towns lying between borders in Owsley, in the coal fields of eastern Kentucky, a portrait of Americans shows a community that appears frozen in time, where many still live without water or electricity. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Appalachian county has the lowest median household income in the states - a staggering 41.5 per cent of residents falling below the poverty line.
  • Are We Sliding Backward on Teaching Evolution?

    04/24/2012 4:21:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/24/2012 | Adam Cohen
    Tennessee was the center of the national debate when it prosecuted John Thomas Scopes for the crime of teaching evolution. Now, 87 years after the Scopes “monkey trial,” Tennessee is once again a battleground over the origins of man. This month, it enacted a controversial new law — dubbed the “monkey bill” — giving schoolteachers broad new rights to question the validity of evolution and to teach students creationism. The Tennessee legislature has been on a determined campaign to impose an ideological agenda on the state’s schools. Last week, the house education committee passed the so-called “Don’t say gay” bill,...
  • Driver sues NASCAR, claims he was excluded from diversity program for being ‘too Caucasian’

    04/23/2012 5:33:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    SportingNews ^ | 04/19/2012 | Bob Pockrass
    An aspiring stock-car driver is suing NASCAR, claiming he was denied the opportunity to compete in NASCAR’s diversity program because he looks “too Caucasian.” NASCAR argues that in trying to change the “face” of the sport, it has the right to select drivers for its diversity program based on skin color, attorneys for the sanctioning body and its former diversity program administrators have told a U.S. District court. Michael Rodriguez, a driver from Pennsylvania, says in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court that he was denied the opportunity to compete in the 2005 and 2006 Drive For Diversity combines....
  • What is Romney's plan? Rubio's Quasi-Dream Act, a Daniel D. Portado (Self-Deportation) plan, ...?

    04/23/2012 4:04:10 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 12 replies
    4/23/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I can't keep up with what Romney is supposedly going to go with concerning illegals. First it was the ridiculous idea from Romney that illegals will self-deport. Remember Daniel D. Portado? Then there was the buzz that some kind of Kobach plan would emerge. Now there is supposedly going to be some type of Rubio Quasi-Dream Act. Who knows what Romney is going to go with. I guess more poll testing, and/or focus group work from the Romney campaign is needed before a plan emerges.
  • The Green Nazi Tycoon Alfred Toepfer

    04/23/2012 9:44:19 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-22-2012 | Mark Musser
    Many environmentalist are extremely rich - Al Gore, James Cameron, Robert Redford, and Ted Turner just to name a few, not to mention so many wealthy foundations that contribute to the green movement. The Nazis had their green tycoon too. His name was Alfred Toepfer ...
  • The Gun Is Civilization

    04/22/2012 11:13:15 PM PDT · by Mier · 10 replies
    The Gun Is Civilization THIS IS THE BEST WORDED PRO-GUN ARGUMENT THAT I HAVE EVER READ. And, from a Marine! ! ! ! As the Supreme Court hears arguments for and against the Chicago, IL, Gun Ban, I offer you another stellar example of a letter (written by a Marine), that places the proper perspective on what a gun means to a civilized society. Interesting take and one you don't hear much... Read this eloquent and profound letter and pay close attention to the last paragraph of the letter..... "The Gun Is Civilization" By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret) Human...
  • BMW tries to run over Constable

    04/22/2012 5:31:26 PM PDT · by SoftwareEngineer · 9 replies
    The Tribune (of Chandigarh, Panjab) ^ | April 22, 2012 | Tribune News Service
    Chandigarh, April 22 Four youths attacked a constable attached with the security of UT SSP Naunihal Singh last night. Constable Bhim Singh had a miraculous escape as the four tried to run their BMW over him on the road separating Sectors 10 and 16. All the four were later arrested in an attempt to murder case. The accused include an Australia returned youth and a juvenile. The police has arrested Bhavjeet Singh, Sahil Saini, Vikram Sachdeva and a student of class XII, all residents of Kharar. Bhavjeet’s father Palwinder Singh owns the BMW. The police said the accused had returned...
  • Upholding the Rule of Law in Season and out of Season

    04/22/2012 6:17:17 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | April 20, 2012 | Todd Zywicki
    One common assertion arising from the onset and resolution of the 2008 financial crisis is the belief that it proves the purported need and propriety of the government acting in a swift and discretionary manner and not have its hands tied by the constraints of the rule of law. Yet a close examination of the most recent crisis as well as those of the past reveals the exact opposite truth: adherence to the rule of law is actually more important during periods of economic crisis, both to restore short-term economic prosperity during the crisis as well as for the long-term...
  • "You are required by U.S. Law to respond to this survey"

    04/21/2012 10:54:33 AM PDT · by pabianice · 76 replies
    US Government Department of Thuggery | 4/21/12
    Several weeks ago I received a letter addressed to "Resident." Inside was a 28-page American Community Survey form in which I was supposed to reveal to the government every detail about my life. Today, "Resident" received it again along with a threatening letter requiring me to complete the survey. I intend to chuck this one, too. Has anyone else had this experience?
  • Cod-damn gorgeous! The chip shop girl who has 'Britain's most beautiful face'

    04/21/2012 5:42:32 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 137 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20th April 2012 | Paul Harris
    'Leonardo Da Vinci spent a lifetime trying to paint one. Scientists and mathematicians have puzzled for centuries over what makes one, while cosmetic surgeons have amassed fortunes striving to create one. And Florence Colgate? Well, she simply has one. The 18-year-old student is blessed with what is described as the perfect face. It matches an international blueprint for the optimum ratio between eyes, mouth, forehead and chin, endowing her with flawless proportions. In theory, that needn't necessarily cause her to appear anything more than symmetrical (in which department, incidentally, she is also faultless). But the blue-eyed blonde's mathematical dimensions have...
  • Romney Hires Out Gay Spokesman to Tackle Foreign Affairs and National Security Issues

    04/21/2012 2:18:16 AM PDT · by pavlova · 39 replies
    Metro Weekly ^ | April 19, 2012 | Chris Geidner
    Mitt Romney's campaign tonight announced that it has hired Richard Grenell, an out gay former George W. Bush administration official, to serve as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's "national security and foreign policy spokesman," according to a report from The Washington Post that did not mention Grenell's sexual orientation. Grenell served through September 2008 in the Bush administration as a spokesman to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- and told The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld as he left the administration that it was his hope that New York would have marriage equality soon and that he would one day...
  • Australian woman gets workers comp after sex injury on business trip

    04/20/2012 7:54:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    The Daily Telegraph in Sydney ^ | 04/19/2012 | Amy Dale
    An Australian woman who was injured in 2007 while having sex during a business trip has been awarded worker’s compensation. The woman, a human resources employee in a government agency, was having sex with a male friend in her motel room when a lighting fixture fell off the wall and and injured her nose and mouth ... The woman sued for compensation, saying that since her employer reserved and paid for the room, the injury happened “during the course of her employment.”
  • Middleman suffers the insufferable

    04/20/2012 7:14:25 PM PDT · by liesveld · 2 replies
    Mad City Quanta ^ | 20 March | JDL
    Cartoon
  • (Vanity) A Lesson From Thucydides, or, Will We Learn From History

    04/20/2012 5:30:21 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 15 replies
    This is a passage from chapter XXV, from the subsection Oligarchical Coup d'Etat at Athens. <snip> But this was a mere catchword for the multitude, as the authors of the revolution were really to govern. However, the Assembly and the Council of the Bean still met notwithstanding, although they discussed nothing that was not approved of by the conspirators, who both supplied the speakers and reviewed in advance what they were to say. Fear, and the sight of the numbers of the conspirators, closed the mouths of the rest; or if any ventured to rise in opposition, he was presently...
  • Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

    04/20/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours The Simpsons have the monorail. Futurama has the Tube Transport System. The difference is that tube-transport is a fantasy — at least for now. The folks at ET3 want to make what they call "Evacuated Tube Transport" a reality. Their proposed maglev system would be capable of propelling six-person-capacity cylinders to speeds of over 4000 miles per hour, making it possible for people to travel from New York to L.A. in just 45 minutes, or from New York to Beijing in two hours. What's more, ET3...
  • German sex tax men tackle prostitutes

    04/19/2012 9:55:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 19 Apr 12
    Stuttgart tax men are facing the daunting task of measuring the floor space in all the southern German city's brothels, after a new “per square metre” tax was introduced on the oldest profession. The collectors initially resorted to extensive internet research to find all the sex businesses in the city – but found their computers blocked from the relevant sites. "The first problem was that, as public officials, those pages are actually out of bounds for us," said Stuttgart tax collector Rolf Kiener. Once the necessary special permission was granted, Kiener and his colleagues were initially shocked. "It's rather eye-opening...
  • Welcome to Chez Obama ManDog Fusion Cuisine

    04/19/2012 6:39:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Have you tried the new fusion cusine Man-Dog, that’s sweeping the sidewalks of international capital? Welcome toChez Obama Man-Dog Where a side of Man can share a dinner plate with his best friend Serving classic North White American male specialties, special variety of canine species Today’s specials *Guantanamo-raised free range white North American male raised on forced-fed socialist diet flash–roasted Islamic suicide bomb-style, barbecued cubes of man flesh on open pit of incendiary Bible flame *Northeastern capitalist pig male American male 100% pure socialist propaganda fed diet served Chef Obama-style on open pit flame of burning US Constitution parchment flame...
  • Rep. Schakowsky introduces WORK Act allowing low-income moms the option that Ann Romney got

    04/19/2012 4:34:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    4/19/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Rep. Schakowsky (D) has introduced a bill, the WORK Act, Woman's Option to Raise Kids, giving federal assistance that would supplement TANF benefits (for the first 3 years), because under current law a woman (poor or not) raising kids does not have her work raising kids counted as real "work." Dems are attempting to use Ann Romney's words against her. Ann Romney said that staying home and raising kids is "work." and Dems are countering that by saying that it shouldn't be just people like Ann Romney that should get to stay home and "work." Schakowsky believes that poor women...
  • Does Anyone Really Believe The New 46/46 Poll Coming From CBS? Obama at 46%? Laughable?

    04/19/2012 3:32:50 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 30 replies
    Most respectable polling outfits show Romney ahead by three to five points. Yet CBS has it an even 46 points each. Hmm, wasn't it CBS who also polled in the final two weeks of the 2008 election showing Obama beating McCain with an Eleven Point Spread? It was something like; McCain 38% Obama 53%? (don't recall the actual numbers). Then again, us conservatives don't take any poll involving CBS/Compost/ABC/NBC seriously anyway. CBS will likely never present a poll showing Romney ahead of Doggman via 55% to 45% lead.
  • Ann Romney Never Worked? Has Obama Ever Worked A Day In His Life? No!!

    04/19/2012 12:07:27 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 15 replies
    This would make a great RNC/Romney Ad. Obama has never actually worked. We all know that. Obama has never worked for any business where you punch in and get something accomplished. Even as a "Part Time Senator" he never actually worked,just "Voted Present". As President, his main priority was to steal from the rich to hand out to his Chicago Thug Buddies/Unions, and use many of the "Stolen Tax Millions" to pay for his lavish vacations and Moochelle's European vacations. And the hell if he used the tax income form struggling Average Working Americans. Then again, Thats The Liberal Way...
  • ***The Gov't is Greedy and the real 1%***

    04/18/2012 4:29:12 PM PDT · by The Wizard · 3 replies
    Stardate:1204.18
    I just felt that someone needed to point out that the greedy we hear about is the government........and the 1% enemy of America is the government under the direction of this fool in the white house, and it will never matter that he was "president" or anything else, history will remember him as an enemy of the country and all it's possibilities and goodness Nothing this little man can do will change what he will be remembered as.....a loser who never understood what he had, what he could have done, and the great nation he was elected in..... History will...
  • Korea's Got talent homeless kid (from 5 YO) leaves everyone in tears

    04/18/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 6/12/2011 | Korea's got talent
    It is a little old but the story is timeless. This kid was on his own since he was 5 years old! God granted him a huge voice and, well, see for yourself. I really, really, really hope this is true. Not that I want any kid to go through what this kid describes, but that my tendency toward kindness not be beaten back into cynicism (I did the best checking I could and did not see anything to gainsay his story). Apparently he finished 2nd but his yt page has 39 million "likes" -- 39 million and 1 if...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds...
  • UC Berkeley economists contribute to just-released “Occupy Handbook”

    04/17/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    UC Berkeley News Center ^ | 17 April 2012 | Public Affairs
    BERKELEY — “The Occupy Handbook,” a new publication examining the factors contributing to the Occupy Wall Street movement – as well as where it stands now and where it goes next – contains contributions by leading economic scholars, including UC Berkeley’s own economists Emmanuel Saez, Brad DeLong and Robert Reich. The book hit the bookstore shelves today (Tuesday, April 17). Saez is well known for his work on income inequality; DeLong is an economic historian with one of the most popular blogs dealing with economics and politics; and Reich recently described himself in a blog post as “a class worrier”...
  • Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator

    04/17/2012 7:25:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 95 replies
    Live Science ^ | 17 April 2012 | Owen Jarus
    Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator A small bronze statue dating back nearly 2,000 years may be that of a female gladiator, a victorious one at that, suggests a new study. If confirmed the statue would represent only the second depiction of a woman gladiator known to exist. The gladiator statue shows a topless woman, wearing only a loincloth and a bandage around her left knee. Her hair is long, although neat, and in the air she raises what the researcher, Alfonso Manas of the University of Granada, believes is a sica, a short curved sword used by gladiators....
  • I was minding my own business, doing some research .. (vanity)

    04/17/2012 3:32:31 PM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    with assist from answers.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | knarf
    I used to spend hours in a library going from book to fascinating book ...
  • Now biomass is the environment's enemy?

    04/17/2012 10:56:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Brunell
    When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead and diseased timber, put idled loggers and millworkers back to work and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. But since voters narrowly approved the initiative in 2006, many of those same activists are battling against biomass projects.
  • Is this freedom?

    04/17/2012 7:56:47 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 4 replies
    Me ^ | 4/17/2012 | Me
    What is Freedom...is it getting things FREE-dom? I was thinking about this today. Is being fed a meal without working for it freedom and a right? Is having a place to sleep without working for it freedom and a right? Is getting a free pool, a den and lighting at no charge a freedom and a right? I would suggest going to the New York Zoo in any major city and tell me if the Lions, Bears and animals at that Zoo are truly free. They get fed, housing, taken care of and have everything they "need"....but are they free?...
  • Question: Except for military. What has the government done to make you proud?

    04/17/2012 7:28:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | Apr 17, 2012
    Glenn Beck is asking his listeners now on his radio program the question: "Except for the military. What has the government done to make you proud?" My answer: NOTHING. Any thoughts? Your answers?
  • New details in Summer Moody shooting; Alabama laws may bear similarities to Trayvon Martin case

    04/17/2012 7:24:01 AM PDT · by rightly_dividing · 15 replies
    Press-Register via Al.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Connie Baggett, Press-Register
    BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A former Baldwin County High School standout volleyball player — shot on a remote Delta island at the scene of an alleged break-in gone wrong — was described by her mother Monday as struggling for life while her family waited for results from the latest CT scans. Terri Lewis said she was hoping that the third test would show 17-year-old Summer Moody has a "fighting chance" at survival. Moody was shot in the head at about 4 a.m. Sunday on Gravine Island in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. Press-Register reporters...
  • 'Prom season spending is out of control': Visa responds to survey revealing poorest U.S. families..

    04/17/2012 6:41:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2012 | Olivia Fleming
    It's prom season again, and this year families with teens are expected to spend an average of $1,078 for their child's Cinderella night . This figure is up from $807 last year, according to data from a survey released today by Visa, based on 1,000 telephone interviews conducted at the end of last month Jason Aldreman, senior director of global financial education at Visa Inc, said in a statement: 'Prom season spending is spiraling out of control as teens continuously try to one-up each other.' ........................................................ Spending beyond their means, those who make between $20,000 and $29,999 a year will...
  • Axelrod: No plans for Obama to donate extra to defray deficit despite low tax rate.

    04/16/2012 9:51:16 PM PDT · by Mier · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published April 15, 2012 | FoxNews
    A top campaign adviser to President Obama made clear Sunday that the president has no plans to chip in extra money from his own income to defray the deficit -- and would insist that the tax system itself be changed so that the wealthy pay more. Campaign strategist David Axelrod was asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether the president might contribute more to the U.S. Treasury after the release of his tax returns showed Obama paid a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. The president and first lady Michelle Obama paid an effective rate of 20.5 percent on gross...
  • Forget Travel If You Owe The IRS

    04/16/2012 1:55:48 PM PDT · by freedommom · 40 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 04/07/2012 | Robert W. Wood
    If he were in charge of travel, the Soup Nazi might say, “No Passport for you!” In real life, travel may seem unrelated to taxes, except perhaps for those annoying airport taxes on international destinations. But a bigger tax and travel connection could keep you at home—permanently. A tax law quietly proposed a few months ago—Owe IRS Taxes, Lose Your Passport—is quietly gaining momentum. Now more people have noticed. If you owe the IRS? You’re not going anywhere if this law passes. In America, we love to tinker with our tax laws. Congress is always introducing one bill or another...
  • Education: Speaking In Forked Tongues

    04/16/2012 1:17:15 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Why Bilinguals Are Smarter," a recent column in the New York Times, suggests that children raised in two-language homes tend to have higher IQs, because their brains are forced to be more nimble. Let's stipulate that this is true. Still, I think there's more to the story. I suspect that any intellectual activity -- playing piano, chess, daily nature walks, video games, learning the constellations -- would tend to speed up intellectual development. A lot of times our modern educators will smugly insist: don't go too fast; children need to be ready to learn! But if parents are speaking two...
  • Breaking the Two Party System

    04/16/2012 11:42:06 AM PDT · by Some Lib on the Wrong Forums · 71 replies
    Hello freepers, I'm a registered Democrat, but I'd really rather not be. I would much rather sign myself onto some progressive party as I feel they would better represent me, my views and my country. However, if I were to do so in the current political environment I would be throwing my vote away and by not voting for the Democrat I'm helping the Republican candidate inch closer to a plurality. Similarly, I'm sure plenty of you guys would much rather have a strong Libertarian Party or some sort of Evangelical Party instead of being lumped in with the rest...