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27 Everyday Things You
Never Knew Had Names
BuzzFeed.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 11/25/2012 8:13:33 AM     Post Reply
This is just a staff treat for the last day of a long holiday week. If you´ve run out of things to talk about around the leftover table, this should help.

China lands J-15 jet on
Liaoning aircraft carrier
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/25/2012 7:15:29 AM     Post Reply
China has successfully landed a jet fighter on its new aircraft carrier for the first time, officials say. A Chinese-made J-15 fighter landed on the 300m (990ft) former Soviet carrier during recent exercises, China´s defence ministry said on Sunday. The Liaoning, China´s first aircraft carrier, entered into service in September. China says the vessel has had extensive sea trials and will increase its capacity to defend state interests. Analysts say the aircraft carrier will allow Beijing to help project its military might in territorial disputes. China´s state TV showed a hook on the rear of the J-15 catching hold of

War Is the Answer
Front Page, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 11/25/2012 6:57:36 AM     Post Reply
For the last hundred years the best and brightest of the civilized world have been engaged in the business of peace. In the days before the Nobel Peace Prize became a joke, it was expected that scientific progress would lead to moral progress. (Snip) Since the League of Nations folded, the warring peoples of the world have added the atom bomb, the suicide bomber, the jet plane, the remotely guided missile, the rape squad, the IED, the child soldier and the stealth fighter to their arsenals.



More shoppers seek to avoid the
madness of stores as Black Friday
online sales soar by more than 20%
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/25/2012 6:51:18 AM     Post Reply
Many Black Friday bargain hunters decided they rather race to their laptop than the parking lot of their local shopping mall as online sales shot up 20.7 percent this year. Nearly a quarter of shoppers scouted retailers online, as traditional brick-and-mortar stores try to find ways to best adapt to sales trends. And the boom in web sales looks set to continue in the forthcoming week, as online retailers look forward to the advent of ´Cyber Monday´, traditionally the biggest internet shopping day of the year. ´This year´s holiday shopper was hungry for great deals and retailers didn´t disappoint,´

A case beyond parody
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/25/2012 6:36:00 AM     Post Reply
Rotherham council and its social workers have become representatives of all that is wrong in public-sector life today. The decision to remove three children from foster parents on the grounds that the fosterers are Ukip members was politically partisan and cruel to the children. Joyce Thacker, the council’s director of children and young people’s services, recites the mantra of protecting the children’s “cultural and ethnic needs” to defend the indefensible.[ Snip] Victimising foster parents because of their support for a respectable, non-racist political party (Ukip is, after all, fielding a black candidate in the Croydon North by-election)

UKIP leader´s fury after member is
banned by Barnardo´s from
caring for children
Daily Mail [UK], by Brendan Carlin*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/25/2012 6:28:47 AM     Post Reply
A row over two UKIP members having their foster children removed took a new twist last night when another woman claimed she had been barred from looking after children because she was a party candidate. Nigel Farage, UKIP leader, condemned ‘another appalling case of discrimination’ after former district nurse Anne Murgatroyd said she had been prevented from volunteering as a mentor for young adults by leading children’s charity Barnardo’s. Ms Murgatroyd, a mother of three, claims she told the charity of her political affiliation and was told it would ‘not be appropriate’ for her to

British Court Convicts Woman
of Racism for Calling Woman
from New Zealand “Australian”
Front Page, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/25/2012 6:08:38 AM     Post Reply
I’m not sure when exactly accusations of racism became completely meaningless. It’s like trying to figure out when exactly the Roman Empire fell. We can’t agree on an exact date, but it’s hard to miss all the rubble. Our latest Adventure in Racism comes from the UK, which has been trying to beat the US in the Politically Correct Olympics where everyone competes by claiming to the victim and demanding government intervention on their behalf until society collapses and everyone reverts back to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.



Seitz on Dallas’s Larry Hagman
New York Magazine, by Matt Zoller Seitz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 6:04:47 AM     Post Reply
Larry Hagman, who died Friday of cancer at 81, wasn’t just a gifted actor. He was a great star who pulled off one of the most unlikely reinventions in American TV. Whether playing the befuddled Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie or raising hell as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, there was always an alertness and joy in his acting, but the breadth of Hagman’s talent becomes undeniable when you put those key roles next to each other. On Jeannie, a sprightly, casually sexist 1960s sitcom about an Air Force officer and his gal-Friday-in-a-bottle,

Moonbats’ remorse
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 5:48:14 AM     Post Reply
Sin in haste, repent at leisure. One of the few silver linings in the dark cloud of Obama’s re-election is that millions of moonbats and Beautiful People who voted this month to continue our long national nightmare are now discovering, much to their chagrin, that they’re as screwed as all the “bitter clingers” who still go to church on Sunday. Not that it was any big secret, but it’s asking an awful lot of the dumbed-down modern electorate to pay attention to its own best interests.

Sunday Reflection: Dividing
Catholics from their church
Creators Syndicate, by Terrence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/25/2012 5:44:57 AM     Post Reply
"Catholicism teaches that it is a sin to use, provide, or otherwise support contraception." These words are not from the Catholic Catechism or a sermon by a Catholic bishop. They are excerpted from the preliminary injunction U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued last month. It temporarily stopped the Obama administration from forcing a family-owned outdoor power equipment company to comply with an Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health care plans to provide women (but not men) with coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

´Downton´ Forever
Atlantic, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/25/2012 5:40:06 AM     Post Reply
Tea and crumpets, it´s a time to celebrate! Your favorite English period drama, Downton Abbey, has been renewed for a fourth season by ITV, the British channel that produces it. You haven´t even seen the third season (or, "series" as they say in merry ol´ England) of the show yet because stodgy PBS refuses to air it in the U.S. until January. Unless you have already seen it because you couldn´t wait any longer and opted for a less than legal viewing experience. Or you happen to be the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama,



Pentagon spends $1.5 million
to develop its own jerky
Washington Guardian, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 5:35:06 AM     Post Reply
The Defense Department´s Foreign Comparative Testing program is supposed to study weapons and combat technology and determine the appropriate gear for U.S. troops. That usually means testing body armor, batteries for battlefield electronics and mine-clearing systems. But the program strayed from its normal work recently to study the culinary skill of turning thin strips of beef into jerky. The goal, officials say, was to make a beef jerky that was more like a Fruit Roll-Up -- tastier and cheaper -- than than the traditional grocery store fare. The project, however, cost taxpayers $1.5 million and is unlikely to improve battlefield performance.

Jaws ’12
American Spectator, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 5:29:12 AM     Post Reply
FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become

Doubt of the benefit
New York Post, by Casey B. Mulligan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 5:26:43 AM     Post Reply
More families used food stamps this past Thanksgiving than ever in history, while Congress is pushing to extend benefits — again — for the longterm unemployed. But what if such aid isn’t helping us weather the recession, but instead prolonging it? The White House, and other believers in Keynesian policy refer to subsidies to the unemployed, poor and financially distressed as “automatic stabilizers” and insist that subsidies have a large positive effect on national income. Yet when the subsidy spigots were opened wide in 2008 and 2009, labor market activity contracted sharply, and stubbornly refuses to rebound.

Post Finally Digs into
Growing Petraeus Scandal
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/25/2012 5:20:30 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post has been greatly embarrassed by the fact that its local editor Vernon Loeb was the ghost writer for the David Petraeus biography by Paula Broadwell and admits he was “clueless” about their sexual relationship. The paper is now making up for lost time. On Thursday, the Post published an article that debunked claims by Petraeus, who was Obama’s CIA director, that he had never given Broadwell classified information. The story by Carol D. Leonnig, Sari Horwitz and Anne Gearan reveals that Petraeus aides and other high-ranking military officials were often tasked by Petraeus



A Game, and a Man,
They Would Never Forget
New York Times, by Jere Longman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/25/2012 5:17:07 AM     Post Reply
Dennis Surratt crouches beneath center, a quarterback second-guessing a play sent in by his coach. The score is 0-0 just before halftime in one of the rarest and longest high school football games ever played. The weather is so bad that the radio announcer says, “Last time it rained like this, somebody built an ark.” The play, tackle trap left, requires nimble footwork and tricky ball-handling in the wing-T offense. Surratt is worried that he may stumble in mud so thick that the announcers struggle to read the numbers on the players’ jerseys.

In Praise of Half Measures
Weekly Standard, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 5:12:45 AM     Post Reply
As soon as the presidential election was over and the exit polling results began to pour in, some on the right (and many outside it) started arguing that the Republican party needed to change its tune on immigration. To avoid being left behind by the country’s changing demographics, the argument goes, the GOP must vastly improve its appeal to Hispanic voters, and the way to do this is to hop on the bandwagon of “comprehensive immigration reform,” which means a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants now in our country illegally, greater openness to more legal immigration,

Do We Still Need
the Voting Rights Act?
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 5:06:15 AM     Post Reply
Sometime early next year, the Supreme Court is expected to invalidate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the most powerful and effective tool that the United States government has to combat discriminatory election practices. (Snip)Section 5 is one of the most unique civil-rights laws because it does not apply to most of the country. Instead, with a handful of exceptions like Alaska, Arizona and part of New York City, it applies only to states in the South—to be specific: all of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, most of Virginia, part of North Carolina

Putting Some Facts in
the Tax-the-Rich Debate
Wall Street Journal, by David Wessel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 4:59:48 AM     Post Reply
The debate over taxes–and particularly federal income tax rates on upper-bracket taxpayers–is in full flower right now. There are arguments over the potency of tax rates to influence worker and business behavior and over the way the U.S. economy functions and over “fairness.” To pepper the arguments with a few facts, turn to the very latest compendium of income-tax data, conveniently published this week by the Internal Revenue Service in its Statistics of Income Bulletin, Fall 2012 issue. These aren’t estimates from economic models: They’re the full, final tally.

Aw Shucks, Why Not Let
the UN Control the Internet?
PJ Media, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 4:55:27 AM     Post Reply
Here it comes again — another United Nations-sponsored grab to control the Internet. Next month, Dec. 3-14, the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding a conference in Dubai, at which UN member states will meet to update the ITU treaty arrangements for international communications. The window will be open for everything from proposals for UN-regulated and administered fees to, as The Hill reports, language from China and Iran, which, in an effort to share with the world at large their own domestic practices, “could lead to online censorship and government monitoring of Web traffic.”


Test run – nabbing Jesse Jackson jr’s seat
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/25/2012 4:50:34 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes you just have to latch on to what’s seems like an obviously crazy idea and run with it. If nobody ever grabbed for a rather insane looking brass ring, we’d have never had the turducken. It is with this wild eyed spirit of possibilities rising from the ash fields that I propose giving serious consideration to a plan suggested by Moe Lane at Red State. The seat in the the US House of Representatives most recently held by Congressman Jesse Jackson jr is now rather famously open. So here’s the plan.

Charlie Brown and the
´Little Rock Nine´
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 11/25/2012 4:39:50 AM     Post Reply
In 1957, outside Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, a white mob, together with the National Guard ordered there by Governor Orval Faubus, attempted to block nine black students from entering school. A federal court injunction ordered police to escort the African-American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, into the high school. In response to a letter from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., President Eisenhower instructed the Arkansas National Guard and federal troops to protect the students for the remainder of the school year.

´Dear God will you please
take care of my dog´:
Heartwarming story of girl
who mailed letter to
heaven... and post office
worker who wrote back to her
Daily Mail (UK), by Nina Golgowski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 4:02:00 AM     Post Reply
When Abbey, the beloved 14-year-old dog of the Scrivener family died, one little girl´s grief was eased in the most touching of fashions. Telling her parents that she wanted to write a letter to God, four-year-old Meredith dictated a note to her mother and together they traveled down to their post office in Brook Hollow, Texas to post it. Two weeks later to their amazement, the family returned home to find a package wrapped in gold on their front porch addressed to ´Mer´ and signed ´God, and one of his special angels.´Inside the mysterious package was

Would you like fish eggs
with that? America´s first
ever caviar vending machine
installed in Los Angeles mall
turns expensive delicacy
into fast food
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/25/2012 3:44:51 AM     Post Reply
Vending machines are usually crammed with junk food, not expensive delicacies reserved for the rich and famous. But this version, in a packed out Los Angeles mall, dishes out the finest caviar the United States has to offer, all at the press of a button. Beverly Hills Caviar unveiled one of the country´s first ever caviar vending machines at the Burbank Towne Center this week.(Snip) And the prices match the machine´s contents, ranging from about $50 up to $500, according to CBS Los Angeles.

You reap what you sow: Austerity now!
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 11/25/2012 2:10:43 AM     Post Reply
Here we are again.$2 trillion later, we are back at the precipice, looking over the edge into financial chaos, and all anyone can seem to say is “Ain’t love grand?” as they talk about how Republicans and Democrats should be able to get along and come up with a “grand” compromise, when everyone knows that all a compromise would buy you is another $2 trillion of debt, something we didn’t even really need in the first place.

Obama buys books in Va. to
promote independent shops
Associated Press, by Joe Gorlik    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/24/2012 11:18:13 PM     Post Reply
Arlington, Va. - President Barack Obama made a quick trip to a Virginia bookstore for some Christmas shopping. The president took his daughters, Sasha and Malia, to One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Saturday afternoon. The White House says Obama was promoting an effort called “small business Saturday” to encourage shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses after Thanksgiving. At the store, Obama held up his BlackBerry, apparently looking up a book title as he spoke with shop owner Eileen McGervey. He said “preparation” was the key to his shopping.

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