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  • POPE STRESSES STRENGTH, COURAGE, HOPE IN NEW YEAR

    01/02/2014 3:49:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 2, 2014 | Francis D'Emilio
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other's differences and where enemies recognize that they are brothers.
  • New Year festivities banned in Saudi Arabia

    12/31/2013 3:59:21 AM PST · by Altenkrug · 16 replies
    arabianbusiness.com ^ | Dec 30, 2013
    Saudi religious police warn against celebrating New Year’s Eve Monday, 30 December 2013 10:50 AM Saudi Arabia’s religious police has warned that “punitive measures” will be taken against those who celebrated New Year’s Eve on December 31, Arabic daily Okaz reported. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vices (Haia) based its warning on a religious edict issued by the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars banning such celebrations, the newspaper said. The conservative Islamic kingdom follows the Muslim lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar, which stems from the Christian religion. Its new year is based...
  • 2014 New Year’s Resolution for all True Patriots

    01/01/2014 7:21:01 PM PST · by DonMashak · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/31/2013 | Don Mashak
    For about 5 years now, various Americans from across the political spectrum have talked about taking back their country and restoring strict adherence to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Patriots; There has been a lot of talk, not much action and even less success. In truth, there has been an even further erosion of our liberties as our government continues to expand its power and because less transparent and accountable to WE THE PEOPLE. With that perspective, it seems essential that WE THE PEOPLE commit to a 2014 New Years Resolution focused on turning back this erosion of our...
  • Conservative New Year's Resolutions

    01/01/2014 4:39:26 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 3 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | January 1, 2014 | RightWingPatriot
    Rightwingpatriot.com would like to wish everyone a happy new year. Let us hope and pray that some sanity is restored to our country in the upcoming year and that, as a nation, we can alter our downward course and set ourselves back onto the path of prosperity and liberty. Let us make a new year's resolution to work harder to support and elect conservatives to all levels of government: local, state, and federal. We need to kick out of office those who do not hold to conservative principles and seek to limit the size and scope of governmental power. Once...
  • Five Mainstream Republican Resolutions for 2014

    12/31/2013 1:39:14 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 31, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Every New Year’s, we write personal lists of resolutions for ourselves. Lose the weight, advance the career, learn a skill, write that book. A good concept, especially if we really do accomplish some of them! But the problems America faces today aren’t going to be resolved that way. We are being impoverished by a leviathan state, and problems caused by government action can only be solved by government action. There’s no point in my proposing any resolutions to the Democratic Party; as a non-member, I have no right to expect them to listen to me. But as a lifelong Republican,...
  • Celebrate New Year’s at Applebee’s — for $375 Per Person

    12/30/2013 1:56:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 30, 2013 | Charles Passy
    But once a year, Applebee’s goes high-end. The chain’s franchise-owned restaurant in the heart of New York’s Times Square offers a $375-a-person New Year’s Eve bash that’s billed as “a night to remember.” (Those under 12 can get in for $250.)
  • Controversial Float Spurs Call to Boycott 'Tournament of Roses' Parade (Video)

    12/30/2013 7:55:49 AM PST · by montag813 · 40 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-30-2013 | TRN
    The same Disney that suspended 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson from its A&E network for expressing his religious views about homosexuality (until being forced to reverse it after a massive viewer revolt), clearly has no problem pushing the homosexual agenda in the faces of millions of Americans who watch the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on its ABC network on New Year's Day. That's right. Two Los Angeles men plan to celebrate their "gay marriage" on a float in this year's parade in Pasadena, California. The move has understandably sparked controversy and even a boycott. Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42,...
  • The Great New Year Stampede: Americans Rushing to beat Obamacare and gun bans.

    01/03/2013 7:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a New Year stampede developing that we have not seen for a long time. Gun stores are swamped with panicking customers. They are looking for handguns, semiautomatic rifles, and as much ammunition as they can afford. But buyers are not just camouflaged hunters, conspiracy theorists, and gun hoarders. Instead, many of those purchasing firearms and ammo are so-called ordinary people, convinced that this administration will soon begin to centrally register — and then ban — far more than assault rifles. There were probably lots of reasons why Adam Lanza shot 26 innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook...
  • Let Not Our Hearts Be Troubled in 2013

    01/01/2013 9:36:18 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 20 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 1, 2012 | JP
    Elizabeth, a 13-year-old British girl, had a favorite poem, which was published in a small book, titled “The Desert,” which was authored by a hardly-known poetess, Minnie Louise Haskins. “Lilebet,” as the young lass was affectionate known by her family, so loved the poem that she shared it with her father. And he, in turn, shared it with all of Britannia. You see Lilibet’s dad was King George VI. And in a 1939 broadcast, marking the holiday season, he read aloud the poem his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, entrusted to him. Haskins’ Spirit-filled prose resonated with the British...
  • Key West Drops Drag Queen to Start 2013

    01/01/2013 4:34:29 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | January 1, 2013
    Key West Florida rings in the New Year by dropping a drag queen, who rides down in a high heeled shoe. "Sushi," as she calls herself, has been doing this for 16 years.
  • Town may use road kill for possum drop

    12/31/2012 7:07:55 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 | AP
    A New Year's Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won't involve a live possum.
  • Puncture the cocoon of denial

    01/02/2012 3:32:02 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/2/12 | Mark Steyn
    Ring out the new, ring in the old. No, hang on, that should be the other way around, shouldn't it? Not as far as 2011 was concerned. The year began with a tea-powered Republican caucus taking control of the House of Representatives and pledging to rein in spendaholic government. It ended with President Obama making a pro forma request for a mere $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. This will raise government debt to $16.4 trillion – a new world record! If only until he demands the next debt-ceiling increase in three months' time. At the end of 2011,...
  • A Gloomy New Year's Forecast

    01/02/2012 7:33:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/02/2012 | Irwin Seltzer
    Now that you have read the results of the various economic forecasting models that have served so many so badly in recent years—they are predicting the U.S. economy will grow in 2012 at an annual rate of between 1.5 percent and 2 percent—let me offer an alternative way of looking at things. It is called ‘pick your if.’ If you believe that the recent decision of the European Central Bank to make unlimited cash available to eurozone banks for the next three years, and that the meeting next week of German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicholas Sarkozy will...
  • New Year's Thoughts

    12/31/2011 8:23:19 PM PST · by TBP · 9 replies
    Me | NOW | Moi
    “In my end is my beginning.” – T.S. Eliot, East Coker As we come to the end of another year, we remember that endings are merely beginnings, as Eliot reminds us. “In my end is my beginning” is the final phrase of his poem East Coker, second of the Four Quartets. We are reminded that for the new to come in, the old must be released. So as we enter a new year, a new experience, we remember to stand in the field of possibility. A new year is an opportunity to begin again. In Rent, Jonathan Larson reminds us...
  • New Year's Thoughts

    12/31/2011 8:22:58 PM PST · by TBP · 2 replies
    Me | NOW | Moi
    “In my end is my beginning.” – T.S. Eliot, East Coker As we come to the end of another year, we remember that endings are merely beginnings, as Eliot reminds us. “In my end is my beginning” is the final phrase of his poem East Coker, second of the Four Quartets. We are reminded that for the new to come in, the old must be released. So as we enter a new year, a new experience, we remember to stand in the field of possibility. A new year is an opportunity to begin again. In Rent, Jonathan Larson reminds us...
  • Happy New Year and Thanks To All Of You (Video Vanity)

  • Samoa Moves West on International Dateline [44 miles = 1 Day]

    12/29/2011 4:00:58 PM PST · by SES1066 · 12 replies
    Fox News Special Report
    The South Pacific Nation of Somoa is moving the International Dateline from west of their country to east as of their local midnight. Friday, December 30 2011, will not occur in that country.
  • OK It's time for a prediction thread, This time a 2fer!

    12/29/2011 1:18:23 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 55 replies
    29 Dec 2011 | US Navy Vet
    So what will the Washington Post's Headline be the day BEFORE Election 2012? The day AFTER?
  • Kathy Griffin to Co-host CNN's New Year's Eve Show

    12/20/2011 7:08:48 AM PST · by Baynative · 61 replies
    Newsbusters blog ^ | 12/19/11 | Noel Sheppard
    “Get ready, America. Pull up a chair and a box of your finest wine, because you’ve never seen a New Year’s Eve show like this,” said Griffin. “Kathy Griffin scares me. I’ve said this often to CNN management directly and through my attorneys,” joked Cooper.
  • Chinese Year of the Rabbit Begins

    02/03/2011 9:54:52 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    accuweather.com/blogs ^ | 3 Feb 2011 | unattributed
    Chinese Year of the Rabbit officially comes today, or it already came Wednesday due to a 12-hour time difference between the U.S. and China. Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival according to the literal translation of its Chinese name, is the most significant holiday for more than one quarter of the world's population. It begins on the first day of the first month of the lunar - lunisolar more accurately - calendar, based on exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and the phases of the moon by ancient Chinese astrologists. Though the exact date of Chinese...
  • 2011's young, its guidebook reliable

    01/17/2011 10:35:22 AM PST · by kathsua
    Hutchinson News ^ | 1/05/11 | Doris Schroeder
    Look at me: I have only arrived in this place called a world for a few days and I have much to learn. I keep looking around more and more and am trying to figure out what is going on. When I came into the world, there were bright lights all around me and people dressed in many colors, if that's what you call it. ----------advertisement----------- They were all watching me, and so I did the only thing I knew how to do: I cried. I heard something called "the news" in the background and that really scared me, so...
  • New Year's resolution for America: stop the fiscal insanity

    01/04/2011 10:44:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Review Messenger ^ | 01/04/2011 | Prof. Mark Hendrickson, Grove City College
    As we enter the New Year, the financial landscape is littered with essentially bankrupt governments. Governments at every level are in dire financial straits. During the last decade’s governmental spending binge, total state and municipal bond debt has nearly doubled to almost $3 trillion, while federal debt rose over 150 percent from under $6 trillion to almost $14 trillion. Several dozen cities, including Harrisburg, Los Angeles, and Detroit, teeter on the brink of insolvency. Municipal bonds, once considered ultra-safe, are approaching junk status. State governments from coast to coast are broke. From Republican Governor Chris Christie’s New Jersey on the...
  • My Top Ten 2010 news stories, and a flibbertigibbet media

    01/03/2011 10:47:18 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-01-10 | Mataharley
    'toon by Hungarian caricature artist, Zsoldos. View more of his works here!2010 brought us lots of notable events... some legitimate news, with proper and balanced coverage on the events... i.e. the drama and joy of the Chilean miner rescues, the eruption of the Iceland volcano that brought many a Euro airport to a standstill, Kagen's nomination to SCOTUS, N. Korea torpedoes a S. Korean warship, McChrystal's resignation following his Rolling Stone interview, and Juan Williams getting canned from NPR. But when you have 24/7 cable news channels... most just replaying the same storylines but with different talking heads... there are...
  • Predictions: 2011

    01/03/2011 9:02:20 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 3 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 3, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    As we put 2010 into the history books, here's a few things to look for over the next 12 months: Katie Couric will say something stupid. Maybe she was still riding high from all the back-slaps she got for her 'interview' with Sarah Palin. Maybe she was reading her own press clippings. Maybe she's just an idiot in way over her head as a news anchor. Whatever the cause, there is no one in the journalistic world who can be relied on to spew eye-rollers more than Couric. She closed out 2010 with her now infamous suggestion that there be...
  • Putin says Russian officials must spend dark New Year's Eve

    01/01/2011 8:40:24 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec 31, 2010
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday three top Russian officials should spend New Year's Eve in the dark after failing to fulfill their promise to repair damaged power lines. "You said everything would be fine by 1800 (1500 GMT)," Russia's de facto number one said in nationally televised comments to the three. "You should not have said anything if you were not sure," he added during a meeting that included the governor of the Moscow region as well as federal energy minister and the head of the local power utility. The televised comments were followed an hour later by news...
  • Anno Domini—The Significance of New Years

    01/01/2011 2:39:01 AM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 17 replies
    MSMB ^ | January 1, 2011 | Rob W. Case
    It’s 11:59pm and the countdown begins. We are about to transition out of the current year and enter into the New Year. Anticipation runs through. We are about to start something new. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Happy New Year!!!! Bands all across the world play the timeless classic song, “Auld Lang Syne,” and people everywhere go in to the new year with a set of goals to help better their lives, and at least some form of willingness to hopefully eliminate some of the bad habits that drag them down and take the focus...
  • Happy New Year FR!

    12/31/2010 9:00:14 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 109 replies
    January 01, 2011 | No Author
  • New Years Resolution Thread! (pure 100% unadultured VANITY thread!)

    12/31/2010 9:12:59 PM PST · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 60 replies
    Мой мозг | 1/1/11 | Self
    Post them if you got them.
  • Happy New Year!

    12/31/2010 1:02:34 PM PST · by Allegra · 97 replies
    A Leaky Trailer in Baghdad | Little Ol' Me
    I know I'm not the very first FReeper to see 2011 come in, but I beat a lot of y'all in the US (neener, neener) and just wanted to post a fun, albeit completely useless vanity thread. (I really ought to be ashamed, but sorry to say, I feel no remorse.) :-) Yes, it just became 2011 on the Weird Side of the World and so far, it doesn't hurt and I'm rather enjoying that new year smell.
  • ***THE OFFICIAL END OF 2010 FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    12/31/2010 7:48:04 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 61 replies
    “Top 10 2010 – 2011 New Year’s Eve Jokes” 10. 2011 is not a leap year, so … NO JUMPING!9. Auld Lang Syne inevitably gets mispronounced.8. Jumpin’ Jupiters! The Earth has spun around the Sun one more time. Hooray!7. New Year’s Eve is like a box of surprises. You never know if you’ll get any chocolates.6. Be a Rebel: Celebrate the Old Year.5. The End of the year is Nigh. That means more soon-to-be obsolete techno junk is coming your way.4. Father Time is old. Just one look at him and you could see he was long in the...
  • Kind of refreshing.. New Poll shows most will start the New Year with a Prayer..

    12/29/2010 7:34:54 PM PST · by cakid1 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 12-29-10 | cakid1
    How will you start the New Year? You would think the answer would be something like ..I plan to ring in the New Year with: Family.. Friends Or Celebrating.. But a new Rasmussen Reports poll shows the majority of Americans will ring in the new year with ... A prayer
  • Rose Parade float honors Ronald Reagan

    12/27/2010 1:01:54 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 78 replies · 39+ views
    Whittier Daily News ^ | Dec. 22, 2010 | Frank C. Girardot
    PASADENA - The centennial celebration of Ronald Reagan's birthday begins New Year's Day, when a float dedicated to the 40th president will make its way down Colorado Boulevard. The 55-foot-long float is designed by Fiesta of Irwindale. It features a 26-foot-high bald eagle and 11 black-and-white photographs of Reagan, which will be decorated with onion seeds, poppy seeds and crushed sweet rice. "President Reagan always believed America's best days were ahead. At a time when many Americans look forward to a New Year with a similar optimism and pride, we at the Reagan Foundation are honored to be invited to...
  • Happy New Year! 73 New Tax Hikes Take Effect

    01/12/2010 1:16:05 PM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 9 replies · 1,164+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | Monday, January 4, 2010 | Ryan Ellis
    It might surprise many people to learn that not one, not two, but seventy-three new tax increases went into effect on January 1, 2010. This was the result of Congress letting temporary tax relief expire. They still have time to put the tax relief back in place before the end of the year, but they are gone for now. A complete list of them is maintained by the Joint Tax Committee. Here are some of the more recognizable tax relief which expired: * The first-time homebuyer credit ($10.8 billion) * The research and experimentation tax credit ($6.97 billion) * The...
  • N. Korea: New Year's Statement Propaganda Posters

    01/06/2010 4:05:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 840+ views
    DailyNK ^ | 01/06/10
      New Year's Statement Propaganda Posters  ▲ 'A decisive change in the people’s lives!' North Korea has released new propaganda posters related to the 2010 New Year’s Statement.  The poster of a woman and her child smiling brightly surrounded by food speaks of the main slogan of the New Year’s Statement: “Bring about a decisive change in the people’s lives by accelerating once again light industry and agriculture this year, as we look to the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Party!” ▲ 'The day of the strong and prosperous state is just around the corner,' with, at...
  • Calendar controversy; December 7 is Islamic New Year

    01/06/2010 9:14:50 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 5 replies · 851+ views
    CBS12 ^ | 1/5/10 | Summer Knowles
    December 7, 1941, the date that lives in infamy, is now causing a bit of controversy. Some people have noticed that 2010 calendars do not recognize Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, but instead
  • Kathy Griffin Banned From CNN

    01/05/2010 3:10:27 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 47 replies · 2,189+ views
    Popeater ^ | January 5, 2010 | Rob Shuter
    Hopefully Kathy Griffin's New Year's resolution was to be on CNN less, because the foul-mouthed comedienne has lost her visitor's pass to the cable network after dropping the f-bomb on this year's show. Sorry Kathy, but we don't think Fox News will be knocking down your door now that you're available! More on Kathy's banning, plus Rosie O'Donnell's new love and more after the jump! Following her very controversial F-bomb-dropping New Year's Eve hosting gig, CNN executives have decided Kathy Griffin will NOT be getting a 2011 invite. "She was a total embarrassment to the network that calls themselves 'The...
  • [Bitpig] 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT

    01/02/2010 9:34:10 PM PST · by B-Chan · 9 replies · 1,124+ views
    The Bitpig Rant ^ | 2010.01.02 | Bitpig [B-chan]
    Charles Darwin once famously wrote of his gradual loss of ability to enjoy music or any of the other simple joys of life, post-Theory; and I must say that at times I understand what he meant. For entirely different reasons (chemical, not spiritual), I, too, often feel incapable of discerning the bright joys of quotidian life as I used to. Yet even though the smell of life's roses goes sometimes undetected by my nose, I have faith that roses still smell sweet — and that faith is enough. So it was in 2009. Though in many ways a cherry pit...
  • Happy New Year – Happy Election Year!

    01/01/2010 11:54:05 AM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 170+ views
    Main Street Radical ^ | 1/1/2010 | James Devere
    In November of 2010 we take back the country. As 2010 dawns, elected officials have to be eyeing November with some apprehension. 2010 will see the answers to a number of questions that have arisen in 2009. How much Socialism can be pushed on the American public over the next 11 months? Can the Republicans...
  • NEW YEAR'S DAY: TAKING PERSONAL STOCK

    01/01/2010 8:22:37 AM PST · by freedomyes · 194+ views
    Townhall ^ | Jan 1 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Humility, Bill knew, is understanding one's place before Creator God. It is recognizing the biblical definition of the mortal to be fact — that we are indeed as dust, cracked clay, or a wheat strand blowing in the wind.
  • What Is Your New Year's Resolution?

    01/01/2010 6:25:19 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 74 replies · 1,565+ views
    Self | January 1, 2010 | PJ-Comix
    What is your New Year's Resolution. Of course, the most popular (and broken) of all New Year's Resolutions is the Resolution to lose weight. Somehow I have the feeling there is someone out there right now whose New Year's Resolution is to invent a weight loss pill that actually works so he can beoome richer than the Phizer folks who invented Viagra. Anyway, I would like to hear what the New Year's Resolutions of my fellow Freepers are. I will start the ball rolling by telling you my personal New Year's Resolution. Unlike my New Year's Resolutions in previous years,...
  • You've posted a total of 54 threads and 17,495 replies.

    12/31/2009 11:36:13 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 148 replies · 2,938+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 1 January 2010 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    Have not done this in a while and I know we all love it lol. I have been posting this every now and again, but don't believe I have seen one this year. :) Let's just have a fun post today.
  • Sydney New Year Fireworks Display

    12/31/2009 9:05:50 PM PST · by TonyfromOz · 6 replies · 448+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 01 Jan 2010 | TonyfromOz
    See the full 12 minute New Year fireworks display from Sydney Australia. The theme was this month's second full Moon, called the Blue Moon.
  • Perdogg Predictions 2010 (post your predictions)

    12/12/2009 10:36:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 51 replies · 1,840+ views
    Perdogg's Crystal Ball | 12.12.09 | Perdogg
    Recape Predictions for 2009 Business/Economy 1) The last half of 2008 will be declared a recession and it will continue through the first quarter. We will have little growth in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, modest growth in the 4th quarter. >Right 2) The Dow will finish at 11,500 on the last trading day of 2009, which will be Thursday, December 31st. >probably not 3) Dollar at the end of 2009 will equal € 1.32 > No ADD strikes again. I meant to say 1 Euro = $1.32 - No either way 4) Unemployment will peak in early fall. >TBD...
  • New Year revelers ready for better times in 2010 (New Year Resolutions, Anyone?)

    12/31/2009 9:20:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 292+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/09 | Rohan Sullivan - ap
    SYDNEY – Under explosive bursts of crimson, purple and blue, more than 1 million New Year revelers in Sydney got one of the world's biggest parties started Thursday — bidding farewell to the tough year that was 2009 and welcoming a new decade. As the family-friendly, pre-midnight fireworks show illuminated Australia's largest city, preparations were under way across the world for pyrotechnics, parties and prayers in the final countdown to herald the end of the period dubbed "the Noughties." The mood of celebrations was tempered in some places by the effects of the financial downturn, which bit hard in 2009,...
  • Happy New Year Card

    12/27/2009 10:27:35 AM PST · by jay1949 · 2 replies · 354+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | December 27, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    From the Currier & Ives vault, and slightly re-colored by your faithful correspondent, a card to wish you and yours a Happy New Year.
  • Best 5 Movies of the 00s?

    12/10/2009 7:56:02 AM PST · by MNDude · 197 replies · 3,786+ views
    What would everyone consider the best 5 movies of this last decade?
  • China fears riots will spread as boom goes sour

    01/25/2009 3:20:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies · 1,358+ views
    Guardian ^ | 01/25/09 | Tania Branigan
    China fears riots will spread as boom goes sour Today millions will leave the cities to return to their rural family homes for the new year celebrations. But this year Beijing hopes the newly jobless revellers will stay there - to prevent a fresh wave of unrest in the cities Tania Branigan in Dongguan Sunday 25 January 2009 They surged into the grimy streets around the factory: first scores, then hundreds, then more than a thousand, as word spread and tension loaded the stale, grey air. The boldest overturned a police van and smashed up motorcycles, then tore through the...
  • Boozy Britain's bloody New Year: A 999 call every seven seconds

    01/02/2009 6:58:53 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 36 replies · 1,176+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 01.02.09 | Neil Sears
    Violence scarred celebrations and led to a bloody New Year across the country as emergency services endured a chaotic end to 2008. Ambulance control centres reported receiving 999 calls as often as once every seven seconds - the second highest volume of calls since the Millennium - as binge drinkers turned nasty in the freezing temperatures. Many of the calls related either to alcohol-fuelled assaults or excessive drunkenness.
  • More than a thousand cars torched on New Year's Eve (France)

    01/01/2009 4:25:32 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 54 replies · 1,735+ views
    Update: The French press reported that the Interior Ministry released a final "verified" count of 1,147 vehicles burned in France over New Year's Eve. The number is up 30.64% from last year's total, 878. REUTERS - At least 445 cars were torched over the night of New Year's Eve in France, a 20 percent rise on last year, but there were relatively few clashes with police, the Interior Ministry and police said on Thursday. Car burnings are regular occurrences in France but the registering the New Year's Eve total has become something of a tradition since they achieved symbolic status...
  • ** Official 2009 Prediction Thread ** Place your Predictions Here

    12/31/2008 9:34:55 AM PST · by Scythian · 106 replies · 29,961+ views
    Okay, I'll start: 1) Blagojevich walks scott free 2) My salary continues to remain stagnate 3) The bailout results in a massive debt to taxpayers with zero benefit to them 4) Iran aquires nuclear weapons and we (including Bush) failed to do anything about it 5) Jamie Gertz continue's to become even more attractive as she ages