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  • Afghan policewoman kills US military adviser inside Interior Ministry

    12/24/2012 9:48:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bill Roggio
    An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member of the Afghan security forces. The policewoman, who was identified as Nargis, is "assigned to the gender and equality department" at the Afghan Interior Ministry, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. "She fired one shot at the advisor, a construction engineer, in the head at close range," according to the Afghan news agency. The policewoman's motivation for shooting the civilian adviser is not know. She is...
  • The Cliff That Isn't

    12/24/2012 9:38:39 AM PST · by Shout Bits · 16 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 12/24/2012 | Shout Bits
    Washington is abuzz about the Fiscal Cliff, a combination of tax increases and modest cuts in spending growth. Since the Old Media and most of Washington always favor tax increases, the fear must be over spending. But even with the cuts, Washington will remain overfunded. So, what is not to like about the Fiscal Cliff? The Cliff allows for tax rates to return to those Pres. Clinton approved in the early 1990's. Most taxpayers will see their rates increase and some people who now pay no income tax will have to begin paying. In a 2007 primary debate, Pres. Obama...
  • When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire

    12/24/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by Errant · 70 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Staff Writers
    It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), together with colleagues from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) have found evidence that the reverse process also occurs: Climate affects volcanic activity. Their study is now online in the international journal "Geology". In 1991, it was a disaster for the villages nearby the erupting Philippine volcano Pinatubo. But the effects were felt even as far away as Europe. The volcano threw up many tons of ash and other particles into the atmosphere causing...
  • Russell Wilson defied all odds to become the talk of the NFL (football, family, faith)

    12/24/2012 9:24:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    seattle slimes ^ | 12-2012 | Danny O'Neill
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tammy Wilson is referencing scripture, 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Verse 7, and looking through her purse to find her Bible. Turns out it's in her work bag, which just means she'll go from memory. "It's not the countenance of a man nor the height," she begins. "But the heart." And then Russell Wilson's mother begins to speak of the difference between fact and truth. The fact that her son, the Seahawks' quarterback, stands short of 6 feet does not define the truth of his abilities. And the fact her husband was once feared brain dead did not...
  • Penn Jillette schools 2 libs on what to do about mass shootings

    12/24/2012 9:22:42 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    These libs are out of control. One of them is Nicole Lapin who is a former CNN financial reporter who wants to ban all semi-automatic weapons because they ‘can be turned into machine guns’. Yeah, she really said that. She also said that if the Sandy Hook shooter had walked in with a handgun, that he could have only killed 2 people. Yeah, just like in the 1800s? Oh wait, those were six-shooters. Well, seems clear she is far more beautiful than she is bright.
  • USAID Still Seeks Contractors for Syrian Operations

    12/24/2012 9:19:45 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Private contractors capable of helping the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) prepare for potential future actions in Syria still are being sought by the agency. USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) last week extended until Dec. 28 the deadline for Personal Service Contract (PSC) applications for two positions based in Turkey: OTI Country Representative-Syria (Solicitation #SOL-OTI-13-000010) and OTI Deputy Country Representative-Syria (Solicitation #SOL-OTI-13-000011). USAID in 1994 created OTI: as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide...
  • CLASSIC REWIND - 1965: 'If I Were the Devil' (Warning for a Nation) - Paul Harvey

    12/24/2012 9:13:29 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1965 | Paul Harvey
    YouTubeIf I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 3

    12/24/2012 9:10:30 AM PST · by frithguild · 2 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory ran a Molten Salt Reactor for over 55,000 hours from 1970 to 1976. It used molten thorium fluoride salts as fuel, which in its liquid state is a clear blue liquid. Thorium is fertile, not fissile, so the Oak Ridge reactor achieved criticality with the introduction of U-239 and later U-233 as a source of neutron radiation. A Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) operates at atmospheric pressure, maintaining a peak temperature of 1,300 degrees F. A LFTR will not go kerpow like Fukushima Daiichi because you do not need power to cool fuel rods...
  • Rare Earth China Syndrome, Pt. 2

    12/24/2012 9:10:02 AM PST · by frithguild · 1 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    All you need to know as an American politician or bureaucrat is that Thorium is bad, because it is radioactive. Thorium was discovered in 1828 by the Norwegians who named it after the God of Thunder. At one time, annual U.S production of brightly glowing thorium mantles in gas lamps stood at 40 million units. But as we in the U.S. matured from a manufacturing powerhouse, we learned that nearly all naturally occurring thorium exists as thorium-232, which undergoes alpha decay with a half-life of about 14.05 billion years. Alpha decay consists of two neutrons and two protons, basically...
  • Our Rare Earth China Syndrome

    12/24/2012 9:09:32 AM PST · by frithguild · 3 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 12/23/2012 | frithguild
    We have a lot of stupid people the United States governments. ItÂ’s not their fault. The creators of our Constitution designed a system that should rarely entangle itself in highly profitable transactions that involve innovative products or strategies. As a result, our economy historically bids the most driven and intelligent away from government jobs. Government, then, finds a governing formula that works, and sticks to it, often no matter what. China, as every American senses, differs. There, the government bears no shame in announcing that it is the sole source of all beneficial economic activity. In this way, the...
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • Free Republic problem

    12/24/2012 9:06:10 AM PST · by No One Special · 26 replies
    12/24/2012 | me
    Free Republic is only showing a few posts at http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index. When one goes to the next page a lot of posts are skipped. Anyone else seeing this?
  • In the name of the Name: Monks who were suppressed by the Tsar’s navy

    12/24/2012 9:04:31 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 22, 2012 | Unattributed
    A century ago next year, one of the most extraordinary events in the modern history of Christianity took place there. In the summer of 1913 the Aegean was penetrated not by pleasure-craft, but by the navy of the Russian tsar. A gunboat and later two transporters, complete with a party of marines, sailed up to a giant monastic house. A Russian archbishop tried negotiating with a bitterly divided community. When that failed, the troops opened up with a water-cannon, directed at the cells of monks on the losing side in a theological argument. For six years the Russian monks of...
  • Caption this picture [Protests intensify over Delhi, India gang rape]

    12/24/2012 8:57:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
  • Did Assad use poison gas on a rebel-held neighborhood in Homs?

    12/24/2012 8:55:08 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/12 | Rick Moran
    Al-Jazeera is reporting that medics treating casualties in a rebel neighborhood in the city of Homs believe that some of the wounded were victims of a poison gas attack. Here's the video. (Warning: The video graphically shows a victim struggling to breathe.) Here's another video with more apparent victims of a gas attack. Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a poisonous gas sprayed by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said. Activists also told Al Jazeera that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing...
  • UNC probe reveals academic fraud (African-American Studies dept)

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 28 replies
    ESPN ^ | 12/20/2012
    A three-month investigation into academic fraud at the University of North Carolina revealed that not only student-athletes were given added academic benefits within the school's African and Afro-American Studies department. Rather, students at large benefited from anomalies specific to the department, such as unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time. "This was not an athletic scandal," former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin told UNC's board of trustees. "It was an academic scandal, which is worse." The independent investigation, headed by Martin, shows that irregularities in the African and Afro-American Studies department went...
  • Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

    12/24/2012 8:51:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 23 December 2012 16.30 EST | Julian Borger
    Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a...
  • DEMS IN MARYLAND, NJ, NY AND MASSACHUSETTS FACE PRISON TIME FOR VOTER FRAUD

    12/24/2012 8:48:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 23, 2012
    After it surfaced that Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen had been voting in two states she dropped out of her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September
  • Who Killed Christmas?

    12/24/2012 8:43:49 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 12/24/2012 | Don Feder
    It may seem strange for a Jew to write about his favorite Christmas memories, but my happiest are from Christmas Eve in the early 1960s, in Johnstown, the town where I grew up in upstate New York. I usually helped out late in my father’s store, wrapping packages and ringing up sales, work that required no familiarity with the merchandise – ladies clothing – of which I had none. I can still make change in my head, but, alas, have lost my package-wrapping skills over the years. Even though I knew there’d be no presents waiting for me under the...
  • anyone else having problems viewing the main page?

    12/24/2012 8:39:11 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 75 replies
    stoopid computer | today | racebannon
    All I see is the sidebar for breaking news on my left, and I logged out and logged in again I am going to taqke a shower, keep posting if anything new happens!