December 2012

Hate the ‘fiscal cliff’? It’s on the 2013 list of words to ban

December 31, 2012
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As the country stood perched on a “fiscal cliff,” legions of word lovers stood up and declaimed “Enough!” It’s not their taxes they were angry about. No, they were angry with that odd, melodramatic metaphor itself, and how overused it is.

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Stocks leap higher on ‘fiscal cliff’ hopes

December 31, 2012
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Stocks staged a rally Monday afternoon on signs a deal in the “fiscal cliff” was near, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing up 166 points, or 1.3%.

Jumping higher were the Nasdaq composite, up 60 points or 2% and the S&P 500, gaining 24 points or 1.7%.

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Wow: Dash cam footage of Moscow plane crash

December 30, 2012
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Check out this 32 second video below. That’s a tire from the jet liner. There are three or four more videos in this search – see 2 – 6 down. Then check out Mail Online for still pics and such. (more…)

Police Departments considering how to confiscate weapons In event of ban

December 22, 2012
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Welcome to Amerika! h/t Free Republic

Amid talk of reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago, police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, among the departments considering taking action is the NYPD. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said if Congress...

No, really: Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts

December 22, 2012
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Seriously? Let them starve. Dropping some weight will probably do them good. How much mail is BS solicitations these days, anyway? Almost all of my serious business is conducted electronically.

Six former and current postal workers, part of a group called Communities and Postal Workers United, are calling the strike “six days...

Video: British middle-aged wives perform “Sexy Housewives Gangnam Christmas Special” to raise $ for breast cancer research

December 21, 2012
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Well, it’s for a good cause!

… a group of British middle-aged wives and mothers have come together to perform a parody of the song titled “Sexy Housewives Gangnam Christmas Special.” The women hope to raise money for breast cancer research and have created a JustGiving website that already has collected more...

Jon Hammar, U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on gun charge to be released today

December 21, 2012
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The U.S. Marine held on a gun charge in Mexico is set to be released to day according to a report via Fox News Radio. Hammar’s Mother apparently called in with the news.

Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar’s case issued a ruling in his favor and...

Carol Wittschieben: Drunk science teacher unconscious, 4X legal limit in lab at top PA high school

December 21, 2012
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She blinded me with Science and blinded herself with Vodka. Geez.

A high school chemistry teacher was found passed out drunk with a blood alcohol reading four times the legal limit for drivers – half way through teaching an advanced chemistry class.

Carol Wittschieben, 42, was found unconscious in a Pennsylvania school laboratory...

Gay marriage activist Ronnie D. McMillian charged with repeated threats to Bachmann and Jindal’s offices – not a Tea Party kinda guy

December 21, 2012
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Read this two-page story on Ronnie D. McMillian, 27, of New Jersey to see the type of hand-holding he’s getting. Mom even showed up in court -oh and he showed up in flip flops. I wonder how the media would handle this were he one of those evil Tea Party...

Man charged with spewing vulgar, threatening calls to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office

December 21, 2012
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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged with making three rapid-fire vulgar and physically threatening phone calls this week to the St. Cloud-area office of Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, about two and a half months after similarly targeting Louisiana’s governor with promises of bloodshed.

Ronnie D. McMillian, of Hawthorne,...

Meet Tom Steyer, Obama’s richest green energy crony

December 21, 2012
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Move along, nothing to see here. He’s not one of those evil rich Republicans.

Those curious to know how Washington functions in the era of Barack Obama would benefit from reading a Dec. 17 item by Al Kamen in the Washington Post. Its 333 words pretty much sum things up.

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Pope Benedict XVI: People are manipulating God-given gender to suit sexual choices, destroying the “essence of the human creature”

December 21, 2012
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Note how the media always takes a defense of traditional values and turns it into something ‘anti,’ or ‘an attack’ in their headline.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy — one of his most important speeches of the...

Michael Moore: White People Want Guns Because … Black People

December 21, 2012
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If you look around at pics of Moore, he always has his mouth open. I don’t think he’s as relevant as he was a few years ago – maybe just his latest cry for attention beyond whatever echo chamber he’s in these days.

And I was fascinated in that subject when making...

‘Goth’ student John George suspended, Facebook post of big Santa ‘surprise’ seen as threat of violence

December 21, 2012
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As horrific as it was, yes, people may be getting a wee bit carried away with some of the post-Newtown reaction.

A high school student who said that he was planning on dressing up like Santa and giving out candy to his classmates was suspended because of a Facebook post that parents...

MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism “quantum spin liquid” (QSL)

December 21, 2012
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Cool:

A state of magnetism predicted in 1987 has been observed for the first time at MIT, with researchers saying that it might one day find applications in storage and communications technologies.

The “one day” is still quite some way off, however, with the researchers only at the very beginning of observing the...

NRA to ‘Offer Meaningful Contributions’ on Preventing Gun Violence at 11 AM Presser

December 21, 2012
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I guess we’ll see what we’ll see – what’s the worst the media can do, shoot them? I’d like to see them offer free guns and training to selected educators. But I’m not sure what liability issues that might involve.

The NRA will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., just...

Mila Kunis Targeted By Anti-Semitic Ukrainian Politician

December 21, 2012
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Via TMZ, link below.

Jewish organizations around the world are furious with the Ukrainian government … after a Ukrainian politician used an Anti-Semitic slur in a Facebook rant about Mila Kunis.

The man who set off the controversy is lawmaker Igor Miroshnichenko — who had written that Mila (a Jew who was...

North Korea charges detained American Kenneth Bae with crime against state

December 21, 2012
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Kenneth Bae is accused of possessing a hard disk containing footage of the government executing defectors and dissidents. If convicted he’s facing 5 – 10 years of hard labor.

North Korea said on Friday it had detained an American tourist on charges of perpetrating a crime against the state and is putting him through...

Sarah Palin slams Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ pick as displaying its “irrelevancy”

December 20, 2012
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Somewhat tongue in cheek:

Sarah Palin on Wednesday slammed Time magazine for naming President Barack Obama “person of the year,” saying the publication was displaying its “irrelevancy.”

“Time magazine, I think there is some irrelevancy there, to tell you the truth,” the former Alaska governor said Fox News’s “On the Record with...

Facebook Puts Its Ad Network On Hold

December 20, 2012
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Facebook has, for now, shuttered the development of its advertising network, reports AllThingsD.

Although the firm had been testing the system, its competitor to Google’s omnipotent AdSense, with a view to putting Facebook ads on other developers’ mobile apps, it’s also put a stop to the plan of running ads on...

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