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  • Re-branding Guevara: Che the Butcher

    09/17/2012 6:54:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 17, 2012 | John Fund
    The stern photo of revolutionary Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda in 1960 is one of the most reproduced images on the planet, appearing on posters, flags, postcards, T-shirts, and even bikinis. Sadly, the ubiquitous appearances of Che — hailed today usually by his first name only — demonstrate the near-total failure to educate people about the blood-soaked cruelty he really represented. But there are, thankfully, some limits to the use of Che’s famous image — if people complain. A recent e-mail sent by the Environmental Protection Agency to mark Hispanic Heritage Month included Korda’s image of Che along with...
  • “This is the Wild West”(At America's largest traveling gun show, ammo's cheap)

    09/17/2012 6:53:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    salon.com ^ | 16 September, 2012 | Chris Arnold
    Crossroads of the West bills itself as the biggest traveling gun show in America, a bastion for constitutional rights where freedom lovers can exchange weapons, ammunition and ideas. The 35-year-old company promotes events in four states – Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah – and last year’s shows drew more than 407,000 customers at up to $16 bucks a pop. Last weekend, Crossroads occupied the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, and although these expos swing through the area regularly, the parking lot filled up fast. There’s a seasonal element to the high traffic. Monsoon thunderstorms have cooled the desert lately, and...
  • Priorities: State Department spends 70k providing Obama’s memoir to embassies

    09/17/2012 6:52:53 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 10 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | Sept.17 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Almost a year ago, The Washington Times reported that the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, spent approximately $38,000 in 2009 on copies of President Barack Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” Last week, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attack on our shores by al-Qaeda, that same embassy came under fire and remains so to this day.
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll [49 days to election; BO at -15]

    09/17/2012 6:52:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 9/17/12 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided... Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15
  • Darkest atrocities of Nazis laid bare in secret recordings

    09/17/2012 6:52:35 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th September 2012 | Alan Hall
    'Some of the most brutal and horrifying atrocities of the Nazis at war are laid bare in secretly recorded conversations of captured German soldiers published in Britain for the first time today. The prisoners, mostly ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen as opposed to SS hardliners, are overheard bragging about shooting women and children for sport as well as raping and slaughtering innocent civilians. But unbeknown to them, British and U.S. intelligence were secretly eavesdropping on their private chats. Transcripts made from the astonishingly candid recordings sat gathering dust on the shelves of the National Archives in Kew, all but forgotten...
  • Obama What Me Worry Sign's Being Burned

    09/17/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT · by pansgold · 5 replies
    IX / XVII / MMXII | pansgold
    Here's the poster many of the rioters in the Middle East are burning along with U.S. Flags.
  • KISS THE MIDDLE EAST GOOD BYE

    09/17/2012 6:46:59 AM PDT · by shortstop · 49 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 09/17/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    How about this. How about we pack up and come home. How about we tell them we’re not giving them another dime, How about we tell them to go screw themselves.p How about we leave them to live their Stone Age lives with their savage culture and their fanatic religion.p We’ve been bankrolling and defending any number of Muslim nations over the last decade and where has it gotten us? Our ambassador is dead, our embassies are under attack and our “allies” are shooting us down. It’s time to take the hint. It’s time to give them the finger. We’ve...
  • Criminal Charges Brought Against Man for Pouring Ink Over Christ the Savior Cathedral Icon [Russia]

    09/17/2012 6:46:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/17/12
    Moscow, September 17, Interfax - Criminal charges have been brought against the man who poured ink over an icon at the Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral, the city police department told Interfax. "A Central Administrative District police investigator initiated the opening a criminal case on counts of hooliganism (Russian Criminal Code Article 213) against the man who poured ink over an icon at the Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday," it said. The motion was sent to the prosecutor's office for approval. Man pours ink on icon in Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • Oil boom makes South Texas schools 'wealthy'

    09/17/2012 6:45:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    ap ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012
    Eight rural South Texas school districts helped by tax revenues from the Eagle Ford shale energy boom have been designated under state standards as "wealthy," meaning they may have to surrender some of that money to poorer districts. The boom has been fueled by hydraulic fracturing, which produces oil and natural gas, and higher mineral rights taxes. Cotulla Superintendent Jack Seals said equally booming wages mean he can't compete with the pay to fill jobs as school custodians and cafeteria workers. "It's really hard to try to compete with the private sector at this time because the oil field wages...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Romney continues to lead, up 2 today)

    09/17/2012 6:44:05 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 17th 2012 | Rasmussen Reports
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. See daily tracking history. (please follow link for full story)
  • Important From Afghanistan (Report: Ops suspended, ISAF to separate from Afghans)

    09/17/2012 6:42:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    MichaelYon-online.com ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012 | Michael Yon
    Two sources report similarly: "ALL OPERATIONS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. A 3 STAR MUST APPROVE ANY ACTIONS. ADDITIONALLY, ALL ISAF FORCES ARE TO SEPARATE FROM THEIR AFGHAN COUNTERPARTS." END
  • Rasmussen 9-17: Romney - 47, Obama - 45

    09/17/2012 6:42:01 AM PDT · by mrs9x · 52 replies
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com ^ | 9-17-12 | www.rasmussenreports.com
    Romney attracts the vote of 47% of voters, while Obama has 45% of voters. With leaners, the race is tied at 48%.
  • How Republics Fail: The media's degrading hero worship trivializes an election.

    09/17/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT · by chickadee · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | September 17, 2012 | Michael Knox Beran
    Having been corrupted into a semi-official state press, America’s mainstream media is now transforming the most important election in a generation into the political equivalent of an episode of The Bachelor. Liberalism’s scribal class is actually pleased that the contest has become a referendum not on the president’s record or his plans but on his charisma and popularity. In the kingdom of vapor, substance has no place. This is how republics die, in thrall to the inane, the frivolous, and the inconsequential. A liberalism incapable of persuading the public to embrace its policies has been converted by its media tribunes...
  • An Evil Errand, and a Dereliction of Duty

    09/17/2012 6:38:35 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9/16/12 | Mario Loyola
    Let’s leave aside how shameful it is to argue that the anti-American violence which has swept much of the Muslim world was not targeted at America generally. We have overwhelming evidence that it was (e.g., “USA Go To Hell!”). Let’s leave aside the even greater shame of apologizing for a 14-minute spoof in order to spare the tender feelings of people who attack churches, burn Bibles, propagate incitements and blood libels like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, degrade women and homosexuals and virtually every ethnic minority they come in contact with, and celebrate when Americans are killed. Let’s...
  • Who Knew Stephen Colbert Was a Faithful Christian?

    09/17/2012 6:32:47 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 36 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 17, 2012 | JP
    I’ve never really cared much for Stephen Colbert, whose cartoonish portrayal of a conservative political pundit has earned his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” three Emmy nominations from his politically liberal Hollywood peers. But I discovered this past weekend that there is more to the comedian than I previously thought; something that even regular viewers of his satirical “news” show would find surprising. Colbert is a man of faith. A lifelong Catholic, the funnyman told an audience of some 3,000 students at FordhamUniversity, a Jesuit institution in the Bronx, New York, “I love my church – warts and all.”...
  • Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars Expected To Be Withdrawn From Swiss Banks Amid Tax Evasion Crackdown

    09/17/2012 6:24:50 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    TBI - Reuters ^ | 9-17-2012 | Emma Thompson
    Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars Expected To Be Withdrawn From Swiss Banks Amid Tax Evasion Crackdown Emma Thomasson, ReutersSep. 17, 2012, 4:46 AM ZURICH, Sept 17 (Reuters) - UBS expects Swiss banks to see European clients withdraw "hundreds of billions of francs" as a result of steps to stop foreigners using secret accounts to evade taxes. Juerg Zeltner, head of UBS wealth management, reiterated an estimate he gave in May that Switzerland's biggest bank could see outflows of 12-30 billion Swiss francs ($12.8-31.9 billion) from total European assets under management of over 300 billion. "As a consequence of the realignment...
  • Steve Ballmer: There's no doubt Windows 8 will be a success (Official Release October 2012)

    09/17/2012 6:23:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/17/2012 | Todd Bishop
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is convinced that Windows 8 will be a winner, he doesn’t seem too impressed with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and he expects Microsoft to build on its core capability in software to become more of a “devices and services” company in the next five to 10 years.Those are a few of the takeaways from a wide-ranging interview with Ballmer published online by the Seattle Times Saturday evening, providing some insights into the Microsoft CEO’s mindset as the company prepares for the pivotal launch of Windows 8 this fall.At one point in the interview, Seattle Times reporter Janet...
  • Top Romney Staffer Denies Campaign Disarray

    09/17/2012 6:21:43 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 34 replies
    abcnews ^ | 9/17/12 | AP
    <p>A top strategist for Mitt Romney confirmed Sunday night that “speeches go through lots of processes and editing” after Politico first reported there were competing versions of Romney’s Tampa, Fla., convention speech. The speech Romney ultimately delivered was criticized for failing to mention Afghanistan.</p>
  • HUSSMAN: Market Conditions Have Hit The Single Worst Point That We Have Ever Observed

    09/17/2012 6:18:51 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 7-17-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    HUSSMAN: Market Conditions Have Hit The Single Worst Point That We Have Ever Observed Joe WeisenthalSep. 17, 2012, 4:19 AM As markets hit multi-year highs (in part due to positive action from the Fed and the ECB), fund manager John Hussman says something dramatic: As of Friday, our estimates of prospective return/risk for the S&P 500 have dropped to the single lowest point we’ve observed in a century of data. There is no way to view this as something other than a warning, but it’s also a warning that I don’t want to overstate. This is an extreme data point,...
  • Sep 17, 1916: Manfred von Richthofen shoots down his first plane

    09/17/2012 6:15:19 AM PDT · by KingOfVagabonds · 17 replies
    History.com ^ | 9/17/12 | History.com
    On this day in 1916, the German air ace Manfred von Richthofen—known to history as the "Red Baron"—shoots down his first enemy plane over the Western Front during World War I.
  • And Now Let Us Gasp In Astonishment At What Just Happened To The Newspaper Business

    09/17/2012 6:11:36 AM PDT · by DManA · 81 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/15/12 | Henry Blodget
    Below, via Mark J. Perry and Bill Gross, is a chart we've run before. It shows inflation-adjusted newspaper advertising revenue over the past 60 years. Thanks to the precipitous decline in the last ~7 years, the industry is now back to where we it was in 1950. And it's only slightly better off when you factor in online revenue. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/newspaper-advertising-collapse-2012-9#ixzz26jSCZVzI
  • Wonkbook: Romney campaign in disarray

    09/17/2012 6:10:05 AM PDT · by upchuck · 74 replies
    WaPo ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei reveal the disarray within the struggling Romney campaign: ”Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top strategist, knew his candidate’s convention speech needed a memorable mix of loft and grace if he was going to bound out of Tampa with an authentic chance to win... So Stevens, bypassing the speechwriting staff at the campaign’s Boston headquarters, assigned the sensitive task of drafting it to Peter Wehner, a veteran of the last three Republican White Houses and one of the party’s smarter wordsmiths. Not a word Wehner wrote was ever spoken. Stevens junked the entire thing, setting off a...
  • Report: Obama crams for debates, works to keep answers concise

    09/17/2012 6:09:34 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/16/12 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama is cramming for his three prime-time debates with Mitt Romney next month by practicing brief and concise answers, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod told Reuters. A gifted orator, Obama has a tendency to give long, detailed answers that the campaign worries could come across as aloof during a televised debate. In his debate prep with sparring partner John Kerry (D-Mass.), Obama has been working on keeping his answers short after four years when he's rarely had to submit to rapid-fire questions. “He's got to speak shorter, that's all,” Axelrod told Reuters. “He just hasn't had to do that...
  • Seattle Times launches social media campaign for marriage equality referendum 74

    09/17/2012 6:08:50 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Sep 15 2012 | Staff
    [The Seattle Times is doing something highly unusual and irregular by endorsing Referendum 74 (marriage "equality") and then launching an all out social media campaign, called in its Editorial page "The I Do Effort", asking readers to clip out the placard in the Sunday Times, and to "take a photo of you, your partner or your family holding this sign and share it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IDo74. You can also email the photo to ido@seattletimes.com."]
  • American consulate in Pakistan under siege, one rioter killed

    09/17/2012 6:03:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>One person was killed and dozens of people were injured when anti-American protesters tried to storm the American Consulate in the southern port city of Karachi and clashed for several hours with the police and paramilitary troops on Sunday evening, rescue workers and police officials said.</p>
  • Ultimatum to US: ‘Criminalise blasphemy or lose consulate'

    09/17/2012 6:02:58 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 42 replies
    Tribune ^ | September 17, 2012 | Rana Tanveer
    LAHORE:  Several Muslim parties and a Christian group held rallies on Sunday to protest against a movie released in America.Around 10,000 people participated in the main rally organised on The Mall by the Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool (THR). The participants marched from Nila Gumbad to Masjid-i-Shuhada on The Mall. Despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, the road remained blocked for vehicular traffic from noon to 6pm.The rally was addressed by Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, THR head Ameer Hamza, JD leader Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Pakistan Muslim League (Zia) head Ijazul Haq, Jamaat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) leader Asim Makhdoom...
  • CBS: Obama Leads in Our D+13 Poll

    09/17/2012 6:02:05 AM PDT · by radioone · 20 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9-16-12 | Mike Flynn
    Anyone following the presidential campaign through the prism of media polls is doing themselves a serious disservice. Virtually every one uses a polling sample that is so heavily-skewed towards Democrats that it distorts the actual state of the campaign. Of course, that is a feature, not a bug of the polls. The polls are specifically designed to drive a narrative that Obama is surging and Romney is struggling. Increasingly, though, the polls are having to go to ridiculous efforts to support this meme. Friday's CBS/New York Times poll, for example, uses a D+13 sample of registered voters. This is absurd....
  • A Fine for Doing Good

    09/17/2012 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Pontiac
    WSJ On-Line ^ | September 16, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    In a complaint filed Wednesday and settled the same day, Justice claimed that California-based Luther Burbank Savings violated the 1968 Fair Housing Act and 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act by setting a policy that had a "disparate impact" on minorities. Between 2006 and mid-2011, 5.2% of Luther's single-family residential mortgage loans went to African-Americans and Hispanics, compared to an average of 41.7% for other lenders in the area. The complaint doesn't cite evidence of intentional discrimination because there wasn't any.
  • Republicans Will Win because We Know What's at Stake

    09/17/2012 5:59:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/17/2012 | Karin McQuillan
    The Romney election team has decided the most effective course to re-election is through centrist voters. They have chosen to contrast Romney's effectiveness versus the nation's disappointed hopes in Obama. That may be the right approach to win the small handful of swing voters. But that isn't why we will win this election. We will win because conservatives know what is at stake and we know we can't afford to lose. That is why the Tea Party base is going to work their butts off to get out the vote. That is how we took back the House in 2010....
  • Best Seller, "50 Shades of Grey Trilogy" Normalizing Child Sex Abuse

    09/17/2012 5:55:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/17/2012 | M. Catharine Evans and Ann Kane
    Why isn't the blockbuster trilogy "50 Shades of Grey" just another bosom-busting trashy romance novel? After all, the endless sex scenes should have relegated the books to the erotica section in bookstores. Instead, they have been mainstreamed to an adulating population begging for more. Looking farther into the pedestrian prose of author E.L. James, aka Erika Mitchell Leonard, we find more than just a titillating tome. It's hard to believe that this story ever made it out of the online venue called "fan fiction." In a normal world, the author would have been ostracized by literary critics for her lack...
  • How Republics Fall: The Fourth Estate’s degrading hero worship trivializes an election.

    09/17/2012 5:52:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2012 | Michael Knox Beran
    The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex at the convention in Charlotte last month was the first sign that its attachment to President Obama, always fawning, had become morbid. In spite of the anemic economy and a real unemployment rate above 11 percent, the high priests of pontificating liberalism were giddy with euphoria. The Democrats “put on a nearly flawless convention,” Paul Begala opined, and it was soon all but incontrovertibly established that, come November, the president — beautiful, magical, and lovable as he was — would vanquish his boring opponent. The media savants sympathized with the delirium of Charlotte...
  • What If There Is NO President by January 20th

    09/17/2012 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 31 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-17-12 | J.D. Longstreet
    It COULD happen. At least, SOME of the political experts are saying it COULD happen. I think America should be prepared for every sort of political gymnastics conceivable come Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. Battalions of lawyers are set to spring into action if there is a hint that Obama may lose. Planning and preparations for such an eventuality have been in progress since the early days of the Obama Administration. Tying the election up in the courts is the plan. And these people are serious! So what happens if, indeed the US election is tied up in the judicial system...
  • The Rapture Index hits an all time high

    09/17/2012 5:47:53 AM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 43 replies
    2009 High 169 2010 High 174 2011 high 184 2012 high 184 2009 Low 157 2010 Low 168 2011 Low 172 2012 Low 176 Record High 185 Record Low 57 17 Sept 12 12 Dec 93
  • Wind Lobby v. James Valvo (Wind Energy Association argues that tax credits don't cost tax payers)

    09/17/2012 5:47:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2012 | Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association.
    A recent column in National Review Online by James Valvo (“Disinherit the Wind,” September 10), contains numerous errors with regard to the federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), the policy driver behind the rapid growth in U.S. wind energy and associated jobs and American manufacturing since 2005. Let’s set the record straight: The PTC is tax relief that only rewards results and doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. It pays for itself, through federal, state, and local taxes paid by the expanded industry, including wind-farm operators and their employees. As Republican strategist Karl Rove said recently, “It is a market mechanism,...
  • Jewish-Christian Elcesaites

    09/17/2012 5:45:08 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Catholic encyclopedia ^ | 2009 | Catholic Encyclopedia
    A sect of Gnostic Ebionites, whose religion was a wild medley of heathen superstitions and Christian doctrines with Judaism. Hippolytus (Philosophumena, IX, 13-17) tells us that under Callistus (217-222) a cunning individual called Alcibiades, a native of Apamea in Syria, came to Rome, bringing a book which he said had been received from Parthia by a just man named Elchasai (’Elchasaí; but Epiphanius has ’Elksaí and ’Elkessaîoi; Methodius, ’Elkesaîos, and Origen, ’Elkesaïtaí). The contents of the book had been revealed by an angel ninety-six miles high, sixteen miles broad, and twenty-four across the shoulders, whose footprints were fourteen miles long...
  • If The Election Were Held Today Barack Obama Would Win

    09/17/2012 5:44:26 AM PDT · by granada · 75 replies
    RedState ^ | September 17th, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    Contra Dick Morris, Mitt Romney is not winning this election. At least Mitt Romney is not winning the election right now. Conservatives are obsessing over every poll, the turn out models used, and the media bias that is on ful display. Yes, some of the polling models seem screwy, though we all forget the pollsters apply a secret sauce known only to them on top. Yes, reporters are fully beclowning themselves to get their god-king re-elected. But while we may be focused there, the fact is the Romney campaign isn’t functioning well. Lucky for you and me the election is...
  • Details of bin Laden raid leaked first by aides

    09/17/2012 5:41:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    .......The most detailed account appears to be an article titled “What happened that night in Abbottabad” in the Aug. 8, 2011,issue of the New Yorker. Citing authorized interviews,it offers direct quotes from Ben Rhodes,a deputy national security adviser for strategic communications;Mr. Obama’s counterterrorism adviser,John Brennan;and Marine Gen. James Cartwright,then-Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman. It also includes statements from a “senior Obama adviser.” The article’s sequence of events closely mirror what Mr. Bissonnette wrote:The Black Hawk helicopters’ route,how the SEALs entered the compound, how they moved from room to room,the weapons used,how security was maintained around the perimeter,the killing itself,...
  • The Ray Fair Election Model Predicts a Close Result for November 2012

    09/17/2012 5:34:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Fair Model ^ | 09/17/2012 | Prof. Ray Fair
    According to the Salisbury Post: _________________________________________ For several decades one economist has been tracking the relationship between the economy and presidential elections. His name is Ray Fair, of Yale University, and his updated book on this work, simply titled “Predicting Presidential Elections,” just hit the bookstands. Now Fair doesn’t claim that only economics matters to how we vote. But he does argue that economics is very, very important, and he has put his model of presidential election predictions to the test for almost of century of contests. Before I tell you how good Fair’s predictions have been, let’s see what...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 17, 2012-- persiflage

    09/17/2012 5:30:38 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 86 replies
    9/17/12 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/17/12 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". persiflage; noun . light, bantering talk or writing. 2. a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject. Etymology: 1757, from Fr. persiflage, from persifler "to banter," from L. per- "through" + Fr. siffler "to whistle, hiss," from collateral form of L. sibilare "to hiss," possibly of imitative origin. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Senate report highlights Social Security disability benefit abuses

    09/17/2012 5:30:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 9-13-12 | mark flatten
    A woman was awarded Social Security disability benefits because of "crippling hand pain" from carpel tunnel syndrome, but still managed to work as a bartender. A judge coached a disability applicant to lie about paying rent to boost his payments from the government. ‘I think you could flip a coin for anybody who came before the Social Security commission for disability and get it right just as often as the ALJs do, - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.’ A man with history of cocaine addiction was approved for disability because of back pain and headaches, which he claimed could be controlled...
  • Demonstrators Mark 1st Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street [Obama Fans Interrupt Business]

    09/17/2012 5:20:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    WNYC-TV ^ | September 17, 2012 | Brigid Bergin
    Protesters plan to take to the streets of New York City to mark the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. After a weekend of events in Manhattan —and multiple arrests —demonstrators intend to gather in spots across lower Manhattan on Monday to disrupt the start of the workday. The groups, which meet at 7 a.m., will organize around issues that appeal to the concerns of protester. There will be zones for debt, education, environment and the 99 percent. Once people are assembled, the groups will wind their way towards the stock exchange where they expect to form the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (9/17/12)[Prayer]

    09/17/2012 5:17:50 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/17/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Creation Rosh Hashanah 1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 6. And...
  • Regulatory Tsunami to Hit if Obama Wins Second Term

    09/17/2012 5:17:07 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/16/2012 | John Merline
    Last fall, President Obama decided to cancel a hugely expensive new EPA rule designed to cut smog levels across the country. Obama said he did so out of concern about the rule’s impact on jobs. It was just one of many costly regulations the Obama administration has put on hold or delayed in the run-up to the election, as the president tried to dispel the impression that he’s anti-business. “I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty,” Obama said when he put the brakes the smog standard, “particularly as our economy continues to recover.”...
  • If Caucasus erupts, war could spread

    09/17/2012 5:12:22 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 9 replies
    Star Online (Malaysia) ^ | September 11, 2012 | Timothy Heritage and Francesco Guarascio
    LINE OF CONTACT, Azerbaijan (Reuters) - A dusty trench, interrupted every few metres by lookout posts and gun positions, winds its way as far as the eye can see. "Put your head above the trench and they'll shoot you," says a young ethnic Armenian soldier, peering through a narrow slit in a concrete watchtower at Azeri lines 400 metres away where he says snipers lie in wait. The bullets fly both ways. On the other side of the minefields, Khosrov Shukurov's daughter was recently shot in the arm. The 70-year-old Azeri farmer keeps his cows on leashes to stop them...
  • The Cost of Wind-Energy Jobs:“Industry creates jobs” argument is the last refuge of a subsidy seeker

    09/17/2012 5:12:12 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 5 replies
    national review ^ | 9/17/2012 | r bryce
    Proponents of wind-energy projects frequently claim that wind is free. That may be true, but creating jobs in the wind-energy business is a very expensive proposition. The battle over the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind, which amounts to 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour and expires at the end of the year, is heating up. Last month, the Senate Finance Committee approved a plan to extend the PTC. Republican nominee Mitt Romney has said that, if elected, he will let the credit expire. President Obama wants to extend it: Last week, in a speech at the Democratic National Convention, he...
  • What an iSore: Apple's massive new 100-acre solar farm (NC)

    09/17/2012 5:11:59 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 41 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | UPDATED: 12:17 EST, 14 September 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Huge, ugly and cluttered, it is almost the antithesis of Apple's iconic design style. Apple has almost finished work on a massive solar farm next to its data centre in North Carolina, hoping to boost its green credentials - but scarring the landscape with a 100-acre eyesore at the same time.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,September 17-21,2012

    09/17/2012 5:01:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://hartford.cbslocal.com/ ^ | September 17-21, 2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Sřren Kierkegaard - The Divine

    09/17/2012 5:00:43 AM PDT · by Renderofveils · 10 replies
    Papers and Journals: A Selection | 16 August 1854 | Sřren Aabye Kierkegaard
    The Divine Man is a 'social animal,' and what he believe in is the power of association. The human idea is therefore this: Let us all unite - if possible, all the kingdoms and countries of the earth, and this union in pyramid form, which evinces the ever higher and higher, supports at its peak an Over-King. He must be considered closest to God, as close indeed to make God anxious and pay him attention. In Christian terms the situation is just the reverse. Such an Over-King will stand furthest from God, just as the whole enterprise of the pyramid...
  • Little Johnny! (Vanity)

    09/17/2012 4:59:39 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 8 replies
    9-17-12 | Unknown
    The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship. Little Sally led off. "I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30" she said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success." "Very good", said the teacher. Little Debbie was next. "I sold magazines" she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events." "Very good, Debbie", said the teacher. Eventually, it...
  • As Violent Anti-Japan Protests Spread Across China, 1,000 Fishing Boats Headed To Disputed Islands

    09/17/2012 4:56:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    World Crunch ^ | 09/17/12
    UPDATE: As Violent Anti-Japan Protests Spread Across China, 1,000 Fishing Boats Headed To Disputed Islands NHK, KYODO, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, THE DAILY YOMIURI (Japan), CHINA DAILY, XINHUA (China), THE STANDARD (Hong Kong), THE GLOBE AND MAIL (Canada) Worldcrunch Around 1,000 Chinese fishing boats are expected to arrive in waters near the Senkaku Islands claimed by China later Monday, reports Kyodo news, in what may be Beijing's additional countermeasures over Japan's nationalization of the islets. If a large number of Chinese vessels intrude into Japanese territorial waters around the Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, says Kyodo, it could trigger...