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  • Who Killed Men's Hats?

    05/13/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 111 replies
    NPR ^ | May 4, 2012 | Robert Krulwich
    ... So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in midcentury America? The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless. But I am the son of a hat designer. And my father, Allen S. Krulwich, had a different explanation. The president who de-hatted America, he thought,...
  • In the American west: An ocean of oil

    05/13/2012 7:36:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7:31 pm on May 13, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you missed it – and you very well might have, since the media was too busy talking about gay marriage to be bothered – a rather remarkable thing happened in Washington this week. An auditor from the GAO testified before the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on the subject of energy. But instead of hearing about how horrible things are, she calmly delivered something of a bombshell. “The Green River Formation–an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming–contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale,”Anu K....
  • Romney's passive response to Obama's change of tune on gay marriage

    05/13/2012 7:34:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 32 replies
    Boston Globe | May 13, 2012 | Garrett Quinn
    The most striking thing about President Obama's flip-flop evolution reversal on gay marriage was how weakly the likely Republican standard bearer, Mitt Romney, has gone after him for it. Shortly after the Obama's change of heart went public Romney addresed it at press conference in Oklahoma. Watch here as he gives a mostly tempered response when asked about his views on gay marriage. Not only did Romney answer that question with no passion but he repeatedly called his position on the issue "his preference". At first glance it seems hard to understand why his campaign would not capitalize on this...
  • Russia Testing Italian Tank

    05/13/2012 7:33:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 12/05/2012
    Russia Testing Italian Tank Italy's Centauro wheeled tank © Photo Jeffery Russell Russia is testing Italy's Centauro wheeled tank and considering building it under license, a representative of the Oto-Melara company which makes the tank said on Saturday. "The first two machines with 105-mm and 125-mm guns are on trial at a Moscow Region proving ground," he said. Two more Centauros with 120-mm and 30-mm guns will also join the trials in another six weeks. "The tanks will take part in laboratory, driving and firing trials," the Oto-Melara representative said. When the trials are complete at the end of this...
  • Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near

    05/13/2012 7:19:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Euro Weekly Online ^ | 12 May 2012 | Linda Hall
    Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near SPAIN’S Navy is considering mothballing the Principe de Asturias aircraft carrier as well as six Santa Maria-class frigates. The ships would remain on “restricted duties” awaiting a return to operational duties, Navy sources said. This could be the first step towards decommissioning the ships, experts believe. The medium term economic situation was unlikely to improve and ships deteriorate quickly when not in constant use, they pointed out. The vessels’ age also meant that they would require such substantial refits before returning to active service that this might not be cost-effective. By 2018 the...
  • The real news today: Obama was always for faux marriage

    05/13/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | 5-12-12 | Selwyn Duke
    So another mask has dropped. Barack Obama made history Wednesday in becoming the first president to announce support for faux marriage. And on January 20th, 2009 he made history in becoming the first president who supports faux marriage.
  • Eco-warrior, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson faces charges in Germany

    05/13/2012 7:12:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 14, 2012 10:05AM | unattributed
    A FOUNDER of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, has been arrested in Germany, the group has said. Captain Watson was arrested for the alleged violation of ships traffic in Guatemalan waters in 2002, over his involvement in interrupting the activities of a shark finning operation. A statement released by the group said Captain Watson had been given orders by Guatemalan authorities to intercept the boat, Varadero, and escort the crew to port to be prosecuted. "While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew," the...
  • CO anti-fracking group hopes New York Times ad wins first lady’s support

    05/13/2012 6:40:22 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 28 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | May 13, 2012 | Richard J. Ortner
    In a full-page advertisement in Saturday’s New York Times, Mrs. Obama was asked to help hit the pause button on the controversial oil and gas drilling procedure. The ad, sponsored by the group “The Mother’s Project,” was co-signed by several Colorado groups, including ones in Green Valley Ranch and Aurora. Janet Damon of “Green Valley Ranch Families Against Fracking” said she hopes national leaders “from our First Lady Obama to our President to the wives of other congressmen would look and say this is something no mother should have to worry about.” Damon and Sonia Skakich-Scrima of “What the Frack?!...
  • Young Migrants risk their lives to reach the Texas border

    05/13/2012 6:31:39 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 13, 2012 | Angela Kocherga
    MONTERREY, Mexico—Federal authorities in Mexico are investigating a mass murder after 49 mutilated bodies were dumped on highway leading to the Texas border. Investigators say identifying the victims will be difficult since the bodies were missing their heads, hands and feet.These days the risky road north to the Texas border is more dangerous than ever but young immigrants still make the trip.Texas Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to President Obama complaining the state is coping with a surge in illegal immigrants who are minors and traveling alone.At a migrant shelter in Monterrey, men share tips and horror stories about...
  • SNAP reform an urgent need

    05/13/2012 6:22:31 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 13, 2012 | Editorial
    Last month, House Republicans unveiled a plan to cut the federal budget by $261 billion over the next decade. One of the cornerstones of the proposal is a substantial cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food-stamp program. Democrats have resorted to their usual demagoguery in the face of spending-cut proposals by the GOP. "We're literally going to take it out of the mouths of babes. It's outrageous," said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. Around the same time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) weighed in on the future of SNAP, which is administered by...
  • Agony aunts for criminals - and scorn for the rest of us (UK Prison Guard Recruitment)

    05/13/2012 6:18:10 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2012 | Peter Hitchens
    The British State treats us, the good, kind and law-abiding, with officious scorn. We have learned, when we are the victims of crime or disorder, that the police don’t need us, and they expect the same in return. If we dare to travel abroad, we are terrorist suspects on the way out, to be poked and humiliated, and serfs on the way back in, herded, hectored and corralled. If we try to pay our taxes honestly and on time, we are held on the phone for half an hour. Happy families are torn apart in secret courts, where guilt is...
  • ROMNEY FLIP-FLOPS ON GAY ADOPTION

    05/13/2012 6:11:10 PM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12 | Fox
    A day after Mitt Romney said he was “fine” with gay adoption, he took it back. Suddenly, it’s not “fine.” He said on Thursday: “And if two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child — in my state, individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something that people have a right to do. But to call that ‘marriage’ is something that, in my view, is a departure from the real meaning of that word.” On Friday,he was asked, in...
  • Attack of the Tea Party Zombies

    05/13/2012 5:44:23 PM PDT · by tentmaker · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/13/2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Readers who heed what the media says would have thought the tea party bitter clingers were dead, so this week's election results must have seemed to them like the attack of the zombies. The zombies made their appearance known in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Utah. Less than a year ago a Washington Post blogger contended the tea party was running out of steam, that Senators Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar and Orrin Hatch looked to easily win re-election against tepid tea party opposition.
  • Gay marriage shows how social issues pay for Dems

    05/13/2012 5:43:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/13/12 | Timothy P. Carney
    "Gays are the next Jews of fundraising," declared Rahm Emanuel, who is now an Obama confidant, while hustling for donors for Bill Clinton back in 1992. In that light, Obama's endorsement of gay marriage was at least the equivalent of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel -- a symbolic and controversial action that excites a donor base. Jon Cooper, a gay Long Island legislator and an Obama fundraiser, told the Capital, a New York news site, that Obama's "expressing his personal support for same-sex marriage is going to make my life immeasurably easier raising money from LGBT donors and...
  • Newsweek names Obama 'The First Gay President'

    05/13/2012 5:42:01 PM PDT · by aruanan · 53 replies
    MAILOnline ^ | 13 May 2012 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    In a gutsy move, Newsweek has released the cover of their next issue, on the cover of which they depict President Obama with a rainbow halo and the title of 'The First Gay President'. The news-magazine, which hits stands Monday, is using the shock factor of labeling the straight, married, father-of-two President to draw attention to itself. Tina Brown, who heads the magazine and it's sister website The Daily Beast, is known for her appreciation of controversial covers to help boost public interest and sales. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk
  • Patriot's History TV/video now in development

    05/13/2012 5:21:33 PM PDT · by LS · 15 replies
    We have begun development of a TV series based on my "Patriot's History of the United States." Here is the "vision trailer" that gives a taste of the entire series. http://vimeo.com/40949423 password: rockin Long way to go, lots of funding to raise, and so far, I have to say, we have not received anything but good wishes from ANY of the conservative organizations (who shall remain nameless :) If you're interested in helping, please Freepmail me.
  • The Left’s Seven Tragic Terror Lies

    05/13/2012 5:12:25 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 2 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | May 11, 2012 | Ralph Peters
    If they did not put our troops, our citizens and our country at risk, the Left's fantastic lies about terror and terrorists would be hilarious. The Left's self-righteous nonsense in this sphere has no grounding in empirical or historical reality, but, then, reality has long been a greater threat to the Left than Islamist fanatics (the last thing any Leftie wants to do is to face the vast human wastage generated by the addictive, enervating and morally debilitating hook-the-poor social programs of the last five decades).
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: LCpl Christopher Blake Rodgers ~ May 14, 2012

    05/13/2012 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 81 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces. Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today! ~ Hall of Heroes ~ LCpl. Christopher Blake Rodgers Info from here.             Today is a special Hall of the Heroes.  On May 11, as I was perusing the world of Twitter, I ran across a story I want to share with you.  The gentleman I "met" is a Gold Star Dad, and his son is today's hero.  I am sending a link to this thread to...
  • Gun Talk Radio 5/13/12

    05/13/2012 4:59:45 PM PDT · by mylife · 54 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 5/13/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 5/13/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Student banned from prom following incident (You have to read to believe)

    05/13/2012 4:54:24 PM PDT · by mnehring · 58 replies
    CENTER, TX (KSLA) - An East Texas student was told he could not attend prom because of an incident involving a drama department prop. Center High School juniors and seniors will go to prom Saturday night, but Center High School Student Avery Tindol will not be among them because of an incident involving a toy gun. Tindol says he and other students were cleaning out the drama room's prop closet when he was handed a toy gun before the bell rang dismissing class. "I realized I had it in my pocket and as soon as a did I took it...