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  • Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism

    10/20/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by EBH
    UPI ^ | 10/20/2014 | Peter Moricici
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism. When the euro was adopted in 1999, domestic prices -- the face values for bonds and loans -- and bank accounts were translated into euros according to prevailing exchange rates for national currencies at the time. Initially, the single currency posed few significant problems. Over time, however, differences in labor market policies and geographic conditions that are difficult for governments to alter caused productivity to grow more rapidly in Germany...
  • Apple bulldozes Street with record quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion

    10/20/2014 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014 ˇ 4:34 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Thomson Reuters‘ analysts consensus called for Apple to report net income of $1.31 per share on revenue of $39.84...
  • Cornell gives deer tubal ligations, everything goes wrong (hilarious liberal lunacy alert)

    10/20/2014 2:19:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 2 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 15, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    We previously wrote about the deer sterilization program run by the Village of Cayuga Heights, NY, which borders the Cornell University campus and has large deer and faculty populations. After years of bitter debate, Cayuga Heights decided that the deer population would be controlled through sterilization at enormous expense: NY Town spends $2,984 per deer in sterilization programBecause Reproductive Health Care Is A Cervine Right The Cayuga Heights deer control was mostly a failure because, you know, deer move around, so sterilizing deer in Cayuga Heights didn’t prevent new deer from coming into the area. And so on. As far...
  • Sharpton returning to Ferguson for 4 days to draw nat'l attention to death of unarmed teenager Brown

    10/20/2014 2:15:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mia De Graaf
    The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to hold a four-day tribute for the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson at the end of this month. Sharpton will be in the Missouri town from October 31 to November 4 in reference to the four hours that the teenager's body was left lying on the street. Sharpton is leading a wave of outcry after a Friday report suggested that investigators do not have enough evidence to charge a police officer over the shooting of Michael Brown. Details revealed by the New York Times included the first account of the shooting...
  • Leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

    10/20/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Yahoo Sports / AP ^ | 10-20-2014
    The nation's four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA want to stop New Jersey's plans to allow legal sports betting, just days before it's due to start. They filed legal papers in federal court in Trenton on Monday, seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting. Monmouth Park, a horse track, is the only location that has said it's ready to accept wagers. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Friday that effectively repeals the state's laws against sports gambling.
  • EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION QUIETLY PREPARES 'SURGE' OF MILLIONS OF NEW IMMIGRANT IDS

    10/20/2014 2:09:52 PM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/20/2014 | Breitbart
    Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun. Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In...
  • Cardinal Burke to CWR: confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy...

    10/20/2014 2:07:47 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/18/14 | Carl E. Olson
    Late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions sent as a follow-up to his October 14th interview with Catholic World Report. He confirmed that he is leaving his positiion as Prefect, remarked on the reactions against the Relatio released this past Monday, reflected on the importance of the texts issued by the ten small groups, and commented on the recent controversy over an interview given by Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany. CWR: Not to discount or question other reports, but can you confirm that you will indeed be leaving...
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • Obama and the Ebola Bus Line

    10/20/2014 1:58:21 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 20, 2014 | James S. Robbins
    President Obama has been going out of his way to assure the world that you can’t catch the Ebola virus by riding on a bus. In a September 2 video message to West African countries suffering from Ebola outbreaks, the president assured people that they cannot get the disease through “casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus.” ... But compare Mr. Obama’s laid-back attitude to responses in countries that have more than a mere briefing-book knowledge of the Ebola threat. Tarnue N. Jeke, Managing Director of the Liberian National Transit Authority (NTA), takes a more serious view...
  • Mark Begich Running Out of Gas in Alaska

    10/20/2014 1:56:37 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/20/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign for re-election is running out of gas as Republican candidate Dan Sullivan continues to solidify his lead in the polls. Alaskan voters will put up with a lot, but in 2014, it increasingly appears that membership in President Barack Obama's party is not one of them. Sen. Begich tried early to distance himself from President Obama, as many political observers believed he was one of the strongest Democratic candidates running in a red state. After President Obama’s State of Union address in January, Begich said that he would not welcome him to the state with open...
  • A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

    10/20/2014 1:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 20, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization. Cardinals and patriarchs from the Middle East together with top officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State and interested dicasteries attended the Oct. 20 summit with the Pope, which was called a ‘public ordinary consistory’. A consistory is a meeting of cardinals which can be...
  • Confirmed: Israel to Supply Gas to Egypt in $4 Billion Deal

    10/20/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    An Israeli firm will supply Egypt with natural gas, a company spokesman said Monday, more than two years after sabotage halted the flow of Egyptian gas to Israel. For more than a decade Israel relied on Egypt for roughly 40 percent of its gas needs in line with an export accord signed in 2005 by the two countries which are bound by a peace treaty. But in April 2012 Egypt annulled the contract, saying Israel had not met the financial obligations of the agreement, in a decision that came amid a spate of bomb attacks that targeted the pipeline used...
  • Khamenei: 'West Bank' Should Hound Israel Like Gaza

    10/20/2014 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Mark Langfan
    Fars, the semi-official press agency of Iran, has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the visiting Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, in Tehran on Thursday, "The enemy [Israel] should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza." The comments came at the same meeting in which Shalah praised Iran's own role in the conflict. “The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your [Islamic Jihad’s] ‘victory’ and resistance [in Gaza], and hope that the back-to-back ‘triumphs’ of resistance groups will continue until final victory,” Iran's Supreme...
  • Footballer Dies After Unsuccessful Bakflip Goal Celebration (video)

    10/20/2014 1:44:37 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    Naij.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Clement Ejiofor
    An Indian footballer has died after a backflip goal celebration went tragically wrong during a match last week in north eastern India.  Peter Biaksangzuala attempted to perform the acrobatic celebration after scoring for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC against Chanmari West FC in the 62nd minute. Biaksangzuala fell on his head badly damaging his spinal cord. Team-mates immediately rushed to his aid and he was immediately rushed to local hospital. Unfortunately,  after five days of intensive treatment, as doctors attempted to heal his injuries, the footballer passed away on Sunday morning after being put on a ventilator.
  • Netanyahu Furious over Jerusalem Anarchy, Demands Crackdown

    10/20/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Gil Ronen
    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has spelled out his plan for restoring order to neighborhoods in Jerusalem where Arab attacks on Jews have become daily occurrences, and said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also forcefully demanded action by the security forces in a recent high-level discussion. Barkat enumerated the neighborhoods currently under attack – from Armon Hanatziv, Har Homa, and Gilo in southern Jerusalem, through the Mount of Olives area, Issawiya and Silwan, northward to Shuafat and Beit Hanina, where the Light Rail has repeatedly come under brutal attack. He commended Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who he said took very seriously...
  • Isis: a CIA-Mossad-MI5 creation?

    10/20/2014 1:42:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Philippine Inquirer ^ | 10/20/2014 | Bernie V. Lopez
    The term “conspiracy theory” refers to a covert geopolitical grand plan that cannot be proven (hence a theory) but can be discerned (meaning there is “evidence”). It is like smelling a rat that cannot be found. When the “evidence” becomes overwhelming, the theory begins to move into a gray area toward reality. It is therefore up to readers to make their own conclusions. The “theory” that the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (Isis) was created by the US-Israeli-UK triumvirate is all over the Internet. The supposed grand plan hits two birds with one stone: to pit Arab against Arab...
  • Pumpkin Festival Cited as Terror Target Hit by Drunken Riots

    10/20/2014 1:37:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    nbc ^ | 10-20-2014 | ROBERT WINDREM
    As black-clad police moved in on a group of students Saturday during beer-soaked riots that disrupted Keene, New Hampshire’s annual Pumpkin Festival, the students began to chant, “Bring out the BearCat! Bring out the BearCat!” The Keene State students, who faced tear gas and pepper spray pellets, were trying to taunt local cops into using their ultimate weapon, a $286,000 armored personnel carrier. Keene got the armored vehicle for free from the federal government in 2012 after citing a potential terrorist threat to the festival. The city’s claim of a terror threat to the Pumpkin Festival, which draws thousands tourists...
  • Is Israel Moving Closer to Full Sovereignty in Judea-Samaria?

    10/20/2014 1:37:00 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-20-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Members of Knesset, Orit Struk and Yariv Levin, heads of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, have prepared ten laws for applying sovereignty over ten different areas in Judea and Samaria. We discussed with MK Struk the laws that have been proposed and that are awaiting for the right moment to be moved along in the path of parliamentary legislation. “The laws of sovereignty are actually intended for the application of Israeli sovereignty gradually over the areas of settlement in Judea and Samaria, which is called Area C, in keeping with the idea that the entire process of...
  • Appointments: A Rarely Recognized Gubernatorial Power

    10/20/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    There is generally little recognition of how many appointments to boards, commissions and other governmental bodies a governor has authority to make, or how many members of such bodies a governor could remove. Some of these boards and panels are trifling, while others wield considerable power. Gov. Rick Snyder exercised his authority over the Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) – the dummy employer used for the forced unionization of Michigan’s home-based caregivers – when he replaced all of its members on the eve of the 2012 election. This was the action that finally led to the end of the...
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 22 replies
    The National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Marilynn Wadden, a retired elementary school teacher, was smiling as she settled into her seat at a Democratic field office here and began making calls for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. "We love this," Wadden says of the computer system that is doing the dialing for her. "It is just such a joy." Two years ago, when Wadden was making calls as a volunteer for President Obama, she had to punch numbers into the phone herself, write down voters' answers on paper, and then hand off the sheets to a data-entry team. "Now, we're kind of doing the data...
  • Plea to honour father who foiled Sydney Harbour mini sub (Japanese attack on Australia - WWII)

    10/20/2014 1:29:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 21st October 2014
    THE Australian sailor who was the first to identify and then attack a Japanese midget submarine in Sydney Harbour in 1942 has been written out of history because of spite, according to his son Brian Anderson. Mr Anderson says the heroic actions of his father, Warrant ­Officer Herbert Anderson, were glossed over in official reports ­because he had clashed that evening with his “drunken” commander, Rear Admiral Gerard Muirhead-Gould. Now Mr Anderson has ­appealed to Tony Abbott to correct the record after an eight-year legal battle with Defence to seek recognition for his father’s ­actions, which he claims saved many...
  • Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission to West Africa Won’t Get Full Protective Gear

    10/20/2014 1:27:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Nashville Public Radio ^ | 10/20/2014 | Blake Farmer
    Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday. “They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military...
  • Awesome Photo Shows Monster Sunspot Aiming Our Way

    10/20/2014 1:23:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jason Major off
    According to Spaceweather.com AR2192 has grown considerably over the past few days and has the potential to unleash M- and X-class flares in our direction now that it’s moving into Earth-facing position. It’s currently many times larger than Earth and will likely get even bigger… in fact, during this week’s partial solar eclipse AR2192 should be visible with the naked (but not unprotected!) eye for viewers across much of North America.
  • Obama's Latest Speech About The Economic "Recovery" Results In Mass Audience Exodus (Video)

    10/20/2014 1:22:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday, Obama made a rare campaign trail appearance in Maryland where he spoke in support of Democratic candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, proceeded with his usual bulletin of reading fabricated economic data off the teleprompter in which he highlighted improvements in US unemployment (if not the 46.5 million people on foodstamps or the 93 million Americans out of the labor force), a rebounding housing market (just as the bouncing dead cat is once again dead), the benefits of health insurance (if no mention of the disaster for small businesses that Obamacare now definitively is) a resurgent manufacturing sector (just...
  • Marco Rubio Plans To Introduce A Bill To Ban Visas From Countries Affected By The Ebola Epidemic

    10/20/2014 1:19:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Hunter Walker
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) plans to introduce legislation that would ban new visas for people from the three countries affected by the Ebola epidemic; Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In a statement from his office on Monday, Rubio described a visa ban as a "common sense" restriction. "While Ebola’s deadly reach has proven to be a complex and unique international challenge, the many uncertainties surrounding this virus continue to threaten U.S. national security," Rubio said. "Our biggest priority is ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to limit the spread of Ebola, contain it at the source, and protect Americans."...
  • The New York Times Gets Greenglass Wrong

    10/20/2014 1:17:52 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 17, 2015 | Allen Hornblum et al.
    A front-page obituary of David Greenglass published this week in the New York Times is seriously flawed. Not only does it contain inaccurate statements of fact, it also misrepresents the views of historians about the Rosenberg atomic espionage case. The obituary stated that there is a “consensus among historians” that “the Greenglass-Rosenberg atomic bomb details were of little value to the Soviets, except to corroborate what they already knew, and that Ethel Rosenberg had played no active role in the conspiracy.” As five historians who have written six books on Soviet espionage, three specifically on the Rosenberg network and three...
  • Suddenly, Google Looks Shaky [Reports Lower than Expected Revenue Growth]

    10/20/2014 1:14:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/2014 | Nicholas Carlson
    Last week, Google reported slower-than-expected revenue growth during the third quarter. Investors punished the company with a stock sell-off, and now Google shares are trading at $511.17, well below a 52-week high of $604.83.In a story on the disappointing earnings, BI's Jillian D'Onfro pinpointed Google's problem: its big business, search advertising, isn't growing as fast as it used to. In fact, it hasn't grown so slowly since six years ago.To be very specific: People didn't click on Google search ads as much as everyone thought they would during the quarter."Growth in paid clicks didn't accelerate as much as analysts expected...
  • Web site hosting choice

    10/20/2014 1:12:15 PM PDT · by Monterrosa-24 · 21 replies
    self | Monterrosa
    FRiends, I need to tap Freeper expertise. My little business needs a web site and I was wondering what my FR comrades thought of godaddy.com, domain.com, wikihow.com, namecheap.com and any other web-hosting sites that folks may have experienced. I have a storefront coffee and chocolate shop and I'm thinking of adding shipping to our gift basket offers. Our business is very new and small but we have some great lines of Belgium chocolate and value-packed gift baskets with teas, coffees, chocolates, and premium cookies.
  • Obama Doesn't Want to Be Supreme Court Justice: 'Too Monastic For Me'

    10/20/2014 1:11:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/20/2014 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama does not want to be a Supreme Court justice. He calls it "too monastic" for his own personality. Besides, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama acknowledges that he needs to get out of the "bubble" after what will be eight years as president of the United States. “I love the law, intellectually,” the president tell the New Yorker, which says he sounds "tempted" at the idea of being on the Court. “I love nutting out these problems, wrestling with these arguments. I love teaching. I miss the classroom and engaging with students. But I think...
  • Death Toll From GM Ignition Switch Defect Reaches 29

    10/20/2014 1:08:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Auto World News ^ | 10-20-2014
    Since Aug. 1, approximately 1,517 claims for compensation for serious injuries or deaths to have been caused by the issue had been received, according to Reuters, citing a new report by the office of Kenneth Feinberg, who GM has hired to run the program. All of the claims were received and approved as of Friday. GM has been in hot water for most of 2014 for waiting 11 years to start recalling millions of vehicles with ignition-switch issues that were linked to fatalities. The switch can slip out of position, causing vehicles to stall and disable air bags. The defect...
  • Curbing Obama Power Grabs

    10/20/2014 1:07:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats. But he certainly knew his concerns and opinions meant nothing, changed nothing, accomplished nothing. And then he voted 97% of the time with Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Dictator Harry Reid Reid has kept over 300 bills bottled up, squelched almost all proffered Republican amendments on anything that did move, and used the “nuclear option” to end the longstanding 60-vote rule and wipe...
  • Does Nina Pham's Dog Have Ebola? Answer Expected Soon

    10/20/2014 1:07:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/20/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Ebola patient Nina Pham’s dog will be tested for the deadly virus, Dallas officials said Sunday, ending uncertainty about measures to ensure public safety before the King Charles Spaniel is released from quarantine. The dog, named Bentley, was moved to an undisclosed location Oct. 13, two days after his owner tested positive for Ebola. Though Bentley has exhibited no symptoms, he will be placed in a special kennel Monday for the first in a series of feces and urine collections. The samples will be tested for Ebola at an unidentified lab.
  • Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video (8th week of jury deliberations)

    10/20/2014 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.</p> <p>Monday was the 25th day of deliberations by the jury of eight women and four men. They asked to see the tape, which had been shown during the trial.</p>
  • Man escapes alimony after wife admits she's a genie

    10/20/2014 1:00:00 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 34 replies
    KHOU ^ | 10-18-2014
    This story about a divorce in the United Arab Emirates begins in not-so-unusual fashion: A wife refuses to sleep with her husband, and he is not pleased. Then it gets weird: She tells him to talk to her parents, who explain that their daughter can't have sex with him because she is, in fact, a supernatural creature called a jinn that the BBCequates to a genie. This results in divorce. But if the excuse was a tall tale, the joke's on the ex-wife, because a court in Dubai ruled that she is not entitled to alimony, reports Gulf News. Reason?...
  • Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]

    10/20/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    KCCI News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Brian Walker CNN
    ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location. First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen. At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the...
  • Supreme court to decide whether US government can 'strip' felons' gun rights

    10/20/2014 12:55:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/20/2014 | Staff
    Former border patrol agent, convicted on drug charges, appeals to high justices after lower courts bar him from selling weapons. The Supreme Court will decide whether the federal prohibition on firearms for felons terminates all ownership rights. The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a Florida man convicted on drug charges and forced to give up his firearms under federal law could sell the guns or transfer ownership to his wife or a friend. The court agreed to hear an appeal filed by Tony Henderson, a former US border patrol agent who was convicted of distributing marijuana...
  • Dallas police: Alleged pizza delivery man robber foiled by Caller ID

    10/20/2014 12:40:34 PM PDT · by Texican72 · 12 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tristan Hallman
    New special at Pizza Hut and the Dallas Police Department: Rob a delivery man of a large pepperoni pizza and cash, get a felony aggravated robbery charge thrown in free. Police say Jorge Armando Flores Montenegro 19, admitted to police that he helped rob a pizza delivery man Wednesday night after he was foiled by Caller ID, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Police tracked back the phone number used in the order for a “Jorge Flores.” And they found a previous address matched the delivery address.
  • Two of my favorite things about the 80’s in one graphic

    10/20/2014 12:36:06 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 17 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-20-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Back to the Future is by far one of my all-time favorites. When I was in college I would play my (newly purchased) DVD's of the trilogy while I worked on my illustration projects. It helped me keep time on how long I was working on something. For a while I had it all practically memorized.
  • 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' deemed sexist, racist for using word 'black'

    10/20/2014 12:34:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 66 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/20/14
    It seems that for a growing number of leftists, literally everything is racist. On Friday, the Daily Caller reported that child care centers in a Melbourne, Australia, suburb, are changing the lyrics of the centuries-old children's song "Baa Baa Black Sheep" because the word "black" has racist connotations. Additionally, one line is said to be sexist. "Staff at childcare centres in the south-eastern suburbs told the Herald Sun the lyric was being changed because of concerns over the racial connotations of 'black,' and to reflect a multicultural community,” the Australian Herald Sun reported. Teachers also told the publication that one...
  • Ted Cruz: Republican priorities for 2015 (GO TED!!!)

    10/20/2014 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Hostage · 28 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    By all signs, Americans are preparing to send Washington a clear message in the 2014 elections. The question is, will Washington listen? Republicans, poised to take control of Congress, should set our sights on three big goals to make Americans feel confident in their futures once again: Jump-start the economy, safeguard constitutional liberties and strengthen our national security. Here are critical priorities for the 2015 Congress: 1. Embrace a big pro-jobs, growth agenda. More energy means more jobs. Build the Keystone XL pipeline. But, at the same time, we need an energy policy that’s bigger than Keystone. An effective energy...
  • Ebola Has Already Mutated More Than 300 Times

    10/20/2014 12:22:27 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/20/14 | Kevin Loria
    As alarming as that number of changes may seem, viruses mutate when they replicate all the time. When viruses replicate, which is what they do inside a person they've infected, they make copies of their own genetic material. When making these genetic copies, RNA viruses like Ebola are "notoriously bad" at doing so accurately, according to Vincent Racaniello, a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. "Notoriously bad" here means that they mutate a lot, which can be good for the virus if a change makes the organism better able to survive. In the...
  • Burlco students kept home from school amid Ebola fears

    10/20/2014 12:22:21 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 24 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Oct. 20, 2014 | Emily Babay
    Some students in Burlington County are being kept home from school due to fears stemming from the Ebola outbreak. A message on the Maple Shade School District's website says students who have spent time in an unspecified part of eastern Africa were scheduled to begin classes in the district today.
  • How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas? [Subsidies and 'Carbon Laundering']

    10/20/2014 12:15:18 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 13 replies
    Stephen J. DUBNER: As you likely know, the American automobile company Tesla makes some of the most desirable–and expensive–electric cars in the world. The company is currently valued at roughly $31 billion. Compare that to the $55 billion market cap of the Ford Motor Company.Tesla, however, last year sold fewer than 25,000 cars while Ford sells more than 6 million vehicles a year, or roughly 240 vehicles for every single Tesla. Tesla currently has just one vehicle in production, the Model S luxury sedan. In the U.S. the starting price is a bit more than $70,000.Americans buy more Model S’s...
  • Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts

    10/20/2014 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 18, 2014 | Manoj Jain, MD MPH
    A few weeks ago an emergency room doctor called our infectious disease physician group concerning a patient who had returned from Liberia and was having nausea and vomiting. Several of the patient's family members had died of Ebola. As panic struck us, our decisive question was: When did he return from Liberia? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for screening and isolating patients for possible Ebola infection are clear: Any person who is presenting with symptoms (which include fever, headache, vomiting and stomach pain) along with a history of travel to West African countries including Liberia, Guinea and...
  • The New York Times; Unrepentant Communist Enabler

    10/20/2014 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    This week the New York Times ran two editorials pleading for a U.S. economic lifeline to the Castro brothers’ terror-sponsoring regime (i.e. to end the so-called embargo.) One editorial ran on Sunday the other on Tuesday. The second editorial contains the following:“Fidel Castro…has largely vanished from public view in Cuba. But the 88-year-old former president (italics mine) has not altogether abandoned the business of telling Cubans what to think.”Is the Times --at long last!--acknowledging a totalitarian streak in the longest-reigning Stalinist dictator of modern history? Sure sounds like it. Now please pay close attention as the editorial continues:“On Tuesday, Mr....
  • Govt Stops New Funding and Calls for Voluntary Pause on Research of Pandemic Potential of Pathogens

    10/20/2014 12:08:06 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 20, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    While federal and state agencies institute new policies and procedures in light of Ebola making an appearance in the U.S., the White House has called for a suspension on research involving other viruses with deadly potential for the time being. On Friday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced its moratorium on funding new “gain-of-function” research, saying it plans to further assess its risks and benefits. It also called for a voluntary stop on current research in this field. “Because the deliberative process launching today will aim to address key questions about the risks and benefits of...
  • City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

    10/20/2014 12:08:03 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/20/14 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.</p> <p>Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.</p>
  • Monica Lewinsky gives speech, joins Twitter

    10/20/2014 12:02:15 PM PDT · by McGruff · 70 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/20/2014
    Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, returned to public life on Monday, giving her first speech in 13 years and joining Twitter...
  • Turkey Says It Will Aid Kurdish Forces in Fight for Kobani

    10/20/2014 12:01:36 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 20 Oct 14 | KAREEM FAHIM and KARAM SHOUMALI
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey — Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants from the group called the Islamic State who have besieged the Syrian town of Kobani for more than a month, the Turkish foreign minister announced Monday. The decision represents an important shift by the Turkish government, which has angered Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington for weeks by refusing to allow fighters or weapons to cross its border in support of the Kurdish fighters defending the town. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister,...