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  • Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy

    12/18/2014 10:20:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17DEC2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    It was the city on the verge of collapse, perhaps the ultimate example of how a one-time metropolis turned into a sad memory. For the past four decades or so, Detroit, once a mecca for immigrants and the heart of America's industrial revolution, not to mention pop culture, turned into a virtual ghost town. Businesses shut their doors and residents fled by the masses, from a peak of 1.8 million to around 700,000 today. The rapid decline of the auto industry, which the city once so proudly called its lifeline, unearthed a catastrophic failure. One of the nation's major cities...
  • Pregnant Sydney siege hostage... tribute to Katrina Dawson who shielded her from gunfire

    12/18/2014 9:46:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th December 2014 | Ashlee Mullany
    A PREGNANT woman held hostage in the Sydney siege has remembered her close friend Katrina Dawson as “the most wonderful person I have ever met”. Julie Taylor was held captive for almost 17 hours inside the Lindt cafe, alongside her work colleague Ms Dawson, who reportedly shielded her from gunfire in the final dramatic moments of the siege. “Her bravery and strength was, and continues to be, a comfort and inspiration for me,” Ms Taylor said in a statement today. “She invested every moment of her life in her friends and family, and will be greatly missed by everyone who...
  • Riot police arrest man (of middle Eastern appearance) at Auburn Tennis Club (Sydney)

    12/18/2014 9:24:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th December 2014
    ABOUT 20 police, half a dozen in riot gear, have descended on the Auburn Tennis Club in Sydney, arresting a man of Middle Eastern appearance. Moments before the arrest three police vehicles were outside the business premises of Amin Khademi, a former business partner of Sydney siege gunman Haron Monis, in South Granville.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013

    12/18/2014 8:56:07 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 2 replies
    US Dept Justice ^ | December 2014 | Sofi Sinozich & Lynn Langton
    For the period 1995–2013, females ages 18 to 24 had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to females in all other age groups. Within the 18 to 24 age group, victims could be identified as students enrolled in a college, university, trade school or vocational school or as nonstudents. Among student victims, 20% of rape and sexual assault victimizations were reported to police, compared to 32% reported among nonstudent victims ages 18 to 24.
  • School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up

    12/18/2014 8:26:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 18, 2014 | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up Dec 18, 2014 By SYDNEY LUPKIN PHOTO: 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, who was born without eyes, had his cane taken away and replaced with a pool noodle by the North Kansas City School District on Dec. 15, 2014. A school took away an 8-year-old blind boy's cane as punishment for acting up and replaced it with a pool noodle, his father told ABC News today. Dakota Nafzinger, who was born with no eyes, was listening to his music on the school bus when the driver took it away from him,...
  • Bill Cosby used a 'friend' to court wife of Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno and then set her up

    12/18/2014 7:42:42 PM PST · by SteveH · 32 replies
    uk daily mail ^ | 12/19/2014 | lycia naff
    'He told me 'probably to the bathroom'. 'Things really seemed odder now. We kept playing. Bill beat me. And just as I was ready to put the pool cue down he came forward at me. I thought he was reaching for the pool cue. But he came at me and grabbed me in such a powerful way. Grabbing me. I had never been treated so roughly and he pulled me hard to him, so hard. 'He was much bigger than me. Much bigger and he pulled me so hard and so rough. I had never been treated so roughly and...
  • Cairns: Eight children found dead at property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:39:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014
    EIGHT children have been stabbed to death at a house in north Queensland. The Queenlsand Police Service have released a statement regarding the incident. Police were called to the Murray Street residence in Manoora around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years. The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.
  • The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand

    12/18/2014 7:04:32 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | WIL S. HYLTON
    ...Bill Darron drove down the alley behind Laura Hillenbrand’s house (with) a Norden bombsight. Since 1987, Hillenbrand has been sick with chronic fatigue syndrome, which has mostly confined her indoors for the last quarter century. When she explained this to Darron, he agreed to bring the Norden from New Jersey on his next visit to Washington. Now, as he made the final calibrations, Hillenbrand returned to the room, and he offered her a brief tutorial. He showed her how to position herself above the monocular eyepiece, guide the cross hairs toward a target on the map, then lock the sight...
  • Ex-'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden indicted on rape charges

    12/18/2014 6:57:53 PM PST · by South40 · 59 replies
    FoxNews (MSN) ^ | 18 DEC 2014
    Former “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden was indicted on Wednesday in East Baton Rouge Parish on three counts of rape, according to The Times-Picayune. The 49-year-old former reality star was memorably charged with aggravated rape and forcible rape back in September after he was accused of raping his daughter almost daily beginning when she was 11 years old.
  • CAPTION THIS: OBAMA WITH CUBAN CIGAR (Vanity: Humor)

    12/18/2014 6:51:50 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 19 December 2014

    12/18/2014 5:57:25 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 61 replies
    December 18, 2014 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. and even cocoa.Got that shopping done?Got presents wrapped?Decorations done? No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a drink and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay....
  • No protests over Nebraska State Capitol Nativity scene; is a Festivus pole on the way?

    12/18/2014 5:37:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Omaha.com ^ | 12.18.14 | Paul Hammel
    LINCOLN — Christmas carols and prayers — and no protests or obvious objections — marked possibly the first-ever Nativity scene at the State Capitol on Thursday.  The small display, a cedar manger about 6 feet across and 4 feet high, was made possible by a Catholic-associated attorneys association that is seeking to place Nativity scenes in state capitols and other public places across the country. "We want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas," said Omaha attorney Christine Delgado, who heads the Omaha branch of the Thomas More Society.  While Nebraska’s display hasn't been controversial so far, efforts to...
  • Magazine Admits Changing Title on Michigan Professor's Column (It's OK to Hate Republicans)

    12/18/2014 5:21:58 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Fox ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff
    A magazine that published a column by a University of Michigan professor titled "It's Okay to Hate Republicans" said late Thursday that it had crafted that headline without her knowledge and had swapped it for the original one, "We Can't All Just Get Along." In These Times also said in an Editor's Note that after the professor protested, saying the new title was not representative of her piece or its main points, it had restored the original one and had "also removed from the Comments section all threats to the author's life and personal safety."
  • Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

    12/18/2014 4:47:23 PM PST · by inkling · 19 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists are happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. “All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in...
  • THE INTERVIEW vs. Benghazi YouTube: White House Reactions (VANITY)

    12/18/2014 4:37:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 4 replies
    I seem to remember Obama & Company lamenting our First Amendment and calling the offensive to Muslims YouTube video terrible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSooz2wXpes North Koreans are insulted, "Go to the movies." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQKJBHP8mY4
  • New rules protect transgender workers against discrimination

    12/18/2014 4:05:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Transgender employees will be protected from workplace discrimination in the public sector, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Previously, workplace discrimination laws in the public sector excluded discrimination on the basis of a person’s gender identity, the Justice Department noted. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the federal government’s views on this issue have “evolved over time.”"I have determined that the best reading of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder wrote in a memo to DOJ officials. Public sector workers who are gay are already...
  • Jeb Bush Must Explain His Support For Common Core

    12/18/2014 3:39:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 40 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Election 2016: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one-size-fits-all national education standards that would turn schools into re-education camps for the left. His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters. As is the tradition these days, Jeb Bush, brother of one former president and son of another, has announced via social media that he is preparing to run for president, setting the stage for another Bush-Clinton contest in 2016 should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get the Democratic nomination. To be the Republican nominee, Bush must run a gauntlet of primaries where he'll need to persuade Tea Party...
  • Stockholm Syndrome and Hollywood

    12/18/2014 3:36:06 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 14 replies
    Showbiz411 ^ | - December 18, 2014 | Roger Friedman
    "“The Interview”: Orgy Scene with Kim Jong Un and James Franco Might Have Caused Concern"
  • Faith in Apple’s future as Woz becomes an Aussie

    12/18/2014 2:58:24 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    Financial Review ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Paul Smith
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has officially become an Australian resident, is planning to make the Apple Isle his home – appropriately enough – and says one day he’d like it said he lived and died an Australian. The man who formed Apple with Steve Jobs in California back in 1976 has just had ­“permanent residency” stamped in his passport. He originally applied for Australian citizenship in 2012. He’s since taken steps to move more aspects of his life Down Under; in October he became an adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney. He says he’s thinking about a...
  • Liberalism: The Most Gutless Choice You Can Make

    12/18/2014 2:56:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Liberalism is the most gutless choice you can make, and I mean precisely that. When I say that conservatism is an applied process or behavior, I know that sounds confusing because you may think that I'm saying conservatism isn't natural, it is. But liberalism is the dominant belief system in our culture today because of the media. Pop culture is populated by people who think that way, and it's considered to be what's hip, and that's what everybody wants to be. Everybody wants to be hip and cool, and most people aren't hip. Most people aren't cool. But everybody...
  • Obama Condemns Torture, Then Props Up Cuban Regime Infamous for Torture

    12/18/2014 2:39:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I checked the e-mail during the break. Somebody said, "I don't understand what you mean that liberalism's a gutless choice. You need to explain that." I'll give you a story here in just a second. I'll explain, after the break coming up at the bottom of the hour. It's about my first trip to Hollywood and being pitched on the possibility of hosting my own TV show. It's a fascinating story. I've told it before, but it's so long ago, you've probably forgotten it. If you have not forgotten, if you remember, you'll find it fascinating anyway. It makes...
  • Artificial Intelligence Isn’t a Threat—Yet

    12/18/2014 2:38:44 PM PST · by presidio9 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Gary Marcus
    “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” —Stephen Hawking, Dec. 2 Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested? Is the development of AI like “summoning the demon,” as tech pioneer Elon Musk told an audience at MIT in October? Will smart machines supersede or even annihilate humankind? As a cognitive scientist and founder of a new startup that focuses on “machine learning,” I think about these questions nearly every day. But let’s not panic. “Superintelligent” machines won’t be arriving soon. Computers today are good at narrow tasks...
  • This Is What America Has Become

    12/18/2014 2:30:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, what do you want to start with? You want to start with Cuba? Or you want to start with the Sony/North Korea hack? You want to start with showbiz first? All right. Because you know they're linked. They are intertwined. I'll be happy to explain it. I just hope -- well, let me just say at the beginning, my purpose here is not to dispirit anybody. It's quite the opposite in fact. I'm not trying to depress anybody with the take that I'm gonna have on this today. I'm trying actually to wake people up. Not...
  • Punished for Referencing Bible, Military Chaplain Tells His Side of the Story

    12/18/2014 2:26:05 PM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://dailysignal.com ^ | december 18, 2014 | kelsey harkness
    In his first-ever media interview, the military chaplain who was punished for making references to the Bible during a suicide-prevention seminar last month says he was simply doing his job. “What I had tried to communicate with my audience is that depression can be conquered, depression can be overcome, and there are a myriad of ways of dealing with depression,” the chaplain, Capt. Joe Lawhorn, told The Daily Signal in a Skype interview. “In this particular case,” Lawhorn explained, “I had struggled myself personally with the issue at hand I was teaching.”
  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 2:25:06 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 Last updated at 19:02 GMT | Richard Bilton, BBC
    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off. Other workers were filmed falling asleep. Apple say they will investigate any concerns brought to them. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai. [VIDEO]
  • Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev back in court

    12/18/2014 2:18:26 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2014
    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.
  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 2:18:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 Last updated at 19:02 GMT | Richard Bilton, BBC
    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off. Other workers were filmed falling asleep. Apple say they will investigate any concerns brought to them. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai. [VIDEO]
  • Famous Today, Forgotten Tomorrow (We've forgotten Hope & Crosby. Will we forget the Beatles?)

    12/18/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 106 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Jim Fusilli
    Tributes to two of the most famous American entertainers of the 20th century serve as a reminder of how fame flees. The entertainers are Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the reminders are the documentary “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” which had its premiere last week (and will run again on Dec. 26 ) on PBS, and “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” a new biography by Richard Zoglin. Neither Crosby nor Hope have much cachet with contemporary consumers of art and culture, but the accounts of their careers make convincing cases that their contributions still influence their respective fields, even if...
  • As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up

    12/18/2014 2:01:54 PM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies
    nytimes ^ | DEC. 15, 2014 | Claire Cain Miller
    Economists long argued that, just as buggy-makers gave way to car factories, technology would create as many jobs as it destroyed. Now many are not so sure. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items to people’s rooms. Last spring, a software algorithm wrote a breaking news article about an earthquake that The Los Angeles Times published. Although fears that technology will displace jobs are at least as old as the Luddites, there are signs that this time may really be different. The technological breakthroughs of recent years — allowing machines to mimic the human mind — are...
  • Come on, man: Paramount bans showings of Team America: World Police in place of The Interview

    12/18/2014 1:09:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Oh, the irony. After Sony cancelled the release of The Interview, a few theaters declared that they would show the 2004 hit Team America: World Police in its place as a protest against threats to free expression. That film also derided the government of North Korea, as well as the liberal Hollywood establishment that catered to anti-American despots in what was a prescient (if irreverent and very R-rated) satire.As if to emphasize the latter critique, two cinemas have announced that Paramount Pictures has forbidden them to show the film publicly: At least two movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has...
  • Charming Story Mrs. Obama Told Two Years Ago, She Now Casts as Racist Incident

    12/18/2014 1:02:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 58 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yesterday we made mention of the fact that Barack Obama was running around talking about the fact that one time, that time long ago, he was insulted that somebody thought he was a valet. Not when he was president. Over seven years ago, somebody thought he was a valet, and that meant the United States was racist. That meant that he had a legitimate chip on his shoulder, and his wife was running around saying (summarized), "Yeah, I went into Target, and I was first lady. Now, I was in disguise, but I went into Target and somebody asked...
  • IRS warns of possible shutdown (AWWWW)

    12/18/2014 12:49:09 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 54 replies
    POLITICO LLC ^ | | 12/18/14 | By Rachael Bade
    The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there. Story Continued Below . . “There is no way we can say right now that that won’t happen,” Koskinen told reporters at a press conference on the upcoming tax season. “Again, I would stress that would be the last...
  • Australians left bloody but unbowed

    12/18/2014 12:31:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014 | Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo
    IT feels like terror has come to our home town. After this week’s events, Sydney joins New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Ottawa on the list of great cities visited by politically motivated ­violence since 2001. ..... Australians are not innocents when it comes to terrorism. Nearly a dozen Australians were killed in the September 11 attack in 2001. A year later, 88 died in the Bali bombings in Indonesia. Australians died in the 2005 Bali bombings, the 2005 London bombings, and the 2009 Jakarta hotel ­attacks. All those incidents took place thousands of kilometres away. This event occurred in...
  • Girl, 15, stopped from joining Isil by anti-terror police on plane at Heathrow

    12/18/2014 12:25:43 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-17-2014 | Tom Whitehead
    A 15-year-old girl was prevented from joining the terror group Isil after police dramatically stopped her plane on the runway at Heathrow. The youngster, from Tower Hamlets, London, had secretly saved up money for her flight without her parents’ knowledge and tried to flee to Syria. But counter-terrorism officers, who had been tipped over about her plans, raced to the airport and stopped her plane which had already begun taxiing on to the runway. The flight, which was heading to Turkey, was turned around while officers took the youngster off and returned her to her family. However, in an unrelated...
  • Muslim funeral directors say they will not accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis

    12/18/2014 12:17:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19th December 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Sydney's head Islamic funeral director has said that no Muslim funeral home will accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis, suggesting instead that authorities dump his body at sea. The body of Monis remains in the morgue, and has yet to be claimed. It is set to be be released before Christmas. The body will be given a simple funeral by the Department of Health if his partner does not claim it, reports Daily Telegraph. When asked about the fate of the 50-year old extremists body, Amin Sayed, the funeral director within the Lebanese Muslim Association, said 'we...
  • Paramount reportedly bans showings of "Team America" Theaters Say

    12/18/2014 11:39:37 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 74 replies
    Deadlone ^ | 12/18/14 | David Lieberman
    Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview. The Austin-based chain says that Paramount has now decided not to offer South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 2004 satire that focuses on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Alamo says that the cancellation at its Dallas theater is “due to circumstances beyond our control” and says it will offer refunds to those who have already bought tickets. Cleveland’s Capitol Theater also tweeted that Team America “has been canceled by Paramount Pictures.”
  • President Obama Rewards Media Matters with a Political Nomination

    12/18/2014 11:20:06 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 7 replies
    P.J. MEDIA ^ | December 18, 2014 | No Attribution
    With a quiet, almost unnoticed nomination just before Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama rewarded Media Matters for its help in attacking reporters and critics of the administration. At the same time, he virtually guaranteed that a federal agency that is supposed to improve the administration of elections will instead become a partisan battleground intended to help his political party. On Nov. 19, the White House issued a press release announcing that it was withdrawing the nomination of Myrna Perez, a lawyer at the Brennan Center, to be a commissioner on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). It instead nominated Matthew S....
  • Bill O’Reilly: Black people should wear “Don’t get pregnant at 14 T-shirts"

    12/18/2014 10:23:11 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 55 replies
    Salon ^ | Joanna Rothkopf
    On Wednesday evening’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly spoke with Martin Luther King III, a human rights activist and Martin Luther King Jr.’s oldest son, who discussed victimhood in the black community and learning to overcome setbacks and achieve success. O’Reilly was, expectedly, thrilled. “I don’t mind President Obama saying to LeBron James, ‘Look, I’m with you.’ And that’s what he did,” O’Reilly mused. “But he also has to provide some leadership in the sense of saying just what you said. Just exactly what you said. You know what, we fight the injustice and we realize it’s there,...
  • Burglars Regret Returning to This ‘Hood After Heat-Packing Alabama Couple Spoils Their Plans

    12/18/2014 10:43:01 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 12/16/14 | Victoria Taft
    How did this Alabama family handle it when they saw the people who broke into their house and stole their Christmas presents? They drew their pistols, followed the suspected bad guys and stopped them at gunpoint until police got there. On Sunday afternoon, Chris Wyatt and other family members were able to recognize the people who’d broken into their house on that Friday from home surveillance video. The burglars were apparently back in the neighborhood trying to ruin Christmas for a few more boys and girls. Once confronted, of course, the suspects had their own story. Chris Wyatt told WBRC...
  • Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper: You’ll need the government to educate your children

    12/18/2014 10:19:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Redstate catches an unguarded moment with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a lunch earlier this week where he speaks extemporaneously and gives us a peek into what he believes the proper role of government to be. You might be surprised at just how little responsibility he feels you should take for yourself. Government should do what people individually canÂ’t do, or canÂ’t do well themselves. You know, educating our young people, [emphasis added] making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safeÂ…that our economic system is robust, but at the same time fairÂ…that every...
  • Welcome To Belgistan - The New Muslim Capital Of Europe [Eurabia]

    12/18/2014 10:13:48 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    CBN ^ | 03/21/2012 | Kade Hawkins
    Islam in Europe...
  • Colleges: Women Have a Role to Play in Ending Rape. Feminine Modesty holds the key.

    12/18/2014 10:13:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/17/2014 | Erica Wanis
    Before circumstances and Providence brought me to a small, Christian liberal arts college in a sleepy northern Virginia town, I spent three years studying at the University of Illinois followed by a two year stint in the Army. Needless to say, I spent much of my early twenties participating in American party culture, and I'm lucky I made it through those years relatively unscathed. Looking back, I made a lot of foolish decisions. I put myself in a lot of compromising situations that could have easily taken a dark turn. What I have to say in the following paragraphs, then,...
  • Romney urges Sony Pictures: Fight back and release “The Interview” for free online

    12/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    By gum, he sounds like presidential material to me. Your move, Jeb. .@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014 More than 13,000 retweets as I write this. Clearly there’s a demand for countermeasures among an American public that doesn’t like the idea of foreigners, especially savages like the Kim cabal, holding veto power over their culture. (Too bad China, Kim’s chief patron, already sort of does.) Am I right, though, in thinking that no major Republican pol aside from Romney has said anything...
  • LA To San Fran In 30 Minutes? Hyperloop CEO Says Speed Tube Could Become Reality

    12/18/2014 9:56:26 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 51 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | December 17, 2014
    PLAYA VISTA (CBSLA.com) — It takes about six hours to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco – depending on your speed – and more than an hour to fly. But in the future, the trip may take a matter of minutes. Designers of the speed tube called Hyperloop say they are one step closer to making that happen. Tesla founder Elon Musk says the technology is being developed with the help of about 25 UCLA graduate architecture students at a facility in Playa Vista. Hyperloop has teamed up with the students to create the tube technology, designed to connect...
  • Missouri bill would require father's permission for a woman to get an abortion

    12/18/2014 9:27:18 AM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    kansas city star ^ | 12/18/2014 | SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called "legitimate rape." If passed, state Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require women to obtain notarized written permission from the father to terminate a pregnancy. The mandate would be waived for rape and incest. An identical bill by the Harrisonville lawmaker died in committee last session. "Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it," Brattin told Mother...
  • The Fed Continues to be Blind

    12/18/2014 9:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Fed made its much awaited FOMC Announcement. Pundits poring over the statement have generally concluded as does the Financial Times, that Fed Signals Tightening by Mid-2015. Why? Because the Fed dropped its forecast that it will keep low interest rates for a "considerable time". Now the Fed says it can be "patient" in judging when to start raising rates. The Financial Times claims the "new language is designed to reassure markets that rate rises are not imminent." If rate hikes are not imminent, what difference does the change make? Three Dissents Hawk: Richard Fisher objected because "improvement in the U.S....
  • District won't revise abortion content in textbook

    12/18/2014 9:23:07 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | staff
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area school district will not edit a high school honors biology textbook to remove content to comply with a state law on abortion-related instructional material. The Gilbert Unified School District board agreed during a meeting Tuesday to find an alternative solution that does not involve redacting the textbook, the Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/1z4FP7y ). Superintendent Christina Kishimoto had asked the board to reverse its request, saying editing the copyrighted book could open the district to legal issues. At issue is a chapter in the textbook, "Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections," that discusses abstinence, birth-control methods, tubal...
  • Sac City Council funds Planned Parenthood programs

    12/18/2014 9:13:37 AM PST · by Morgana
    KCRA ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Kevin Oliver
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —City Council member Angelique Ashby is among the most fiscally conservative of her colleagues, when it comes to spending her discretionary funds. Compared to other City Council members, last year Ashby spent the least -- about $35,000 on community service programs and local events. But that included giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. When we asked Ashby about that expenditure, it led to the end of our interview. "I donated to a scholarship. The money that I gave only could go to a scholarship fund for young single moms already selected to go to college,"...
  • Washington D.C. Passes Bill to Force Pro-Life Groups to Hire Abortion Activists

    12/18/2014 9:10:31 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Sarah Torre
    Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill that could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective abortions in their health plans and require even pro-life organizations to hire individuals who oppose their views on abortion. The bill will now go to Mayor Vincent Gray for approval. This latest attempt to violate the freedom of individuals in the District should spur Congress to better protect the conscience rights for all Americans. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” specifically prohibits employers from discriminating in “compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment” on the basis of an individual’s...
  • Good News on Young People and Gun Control

    12/18/2014 9:10:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I periodically share polling data on issues ranging from which nations most support capitalism to the degree to which government is a leading cause of stress.Or how about the poll of Americans on the best and worst Presidents since World War II, or the survey data on what share of government spending is wasted.Today, weÂ’re going to expand on that collection by reviewing some potential good news about attitudes of young people and attitudes about guns. But this isnÂ’t about how young people owning guns, or how they feel about guns.Instead, weÂ’re going to review two separate pieces of information,...