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US servicewomen sue
US military over combat ban
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/27/2012 2:22:24 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — A group of US servicewomen is suing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over the Pentagon´s long-standing policy barring women from thousands of ground combat positions, they announced Tuesday. Four female soldiers, including two who won Purple Hearts for bravery in action in Afghanistan, slammed the policy as an "injustice to the women ... who continue to put their lives on the line for their country." "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be an Air Force pilot, and I have proven my ability every step of the way," said Major Mary Jennings Hegar

Most young people with HIV
don´t know they´re infected
USA Today, by Liz Szabo    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 11/27/2012 2:18:45 PM     Post Reply
More than 30 years after the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, young people are again taking dangerous risks with their lives, according to a new report from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention. About 1,000 young people ages 13 to 24 are newly infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, each month, according to new data released for the first time. About 60% of HIV-positive young people have no idea that they´re infected, according to the report released Tuesday. Young people ages 13 to 24 account for more than a quarter of the 50,000 new HIV

Saudi Arabia´s new "tracking"
system for women
The ECN Daily, by Kasey Panetta    Original Article
Posted By: frede- 11/27/2012 1:39:12 PM     Post Reply
When you work in the tech world, your days are usually full of creative people doing incredible things; on the darker days, you occasionally stumble on people (or governments) using technology in ways that make your skin crawl. This week’s example? Saudi Arabia is sending a text message to the guardian—usually a husband, father, or brother—of any woman who attempts to exit the country.

  


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It Will Take a Moral
Movement, Girls
American Thinker, by Christopher Chantrill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 12:43:41 PM     Post Reply
After the election, conservatives are still full of foreboding -- and also a pessimistic hope. Want to know how to spell "default"? asks Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. It goes like this: "entitlement reform." Or this from Randall DeSoto: it takes about ten years for Americans to get it together and form a political movement for change. As in 1765 to 1776, 1850 to 1860, and so on.(Snip) But now liberals think the weather is set fair, what with the black and the Hispanic vote, ObamaCare, and beneficial financial and environmental regulations about to transform America.

Who´s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 12:39:06 PM     Post Reply
Were the average Republican asked for a succinct statement of his views on taxation, he or she might respond thus: "U.S. tax rates are too high for the world we must compete in. The tax burden — federal, state, local, together — is too heavy. We need to cut tax rates to free up our private and productive sector and pull this economy out of the ditch." This core conviction holds the party together. Yet today the leadership is about to abandon this conviction to sign on to higher tax rates or revenues, while the economy is nearing stall speed. Yet, two years ago, President Obama himself extended the Bush tax cuts

Radio´s Laura Ingraham off the air
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 12:36:17 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham is off the air - at least temporarily. She said Tuesday that she´s leaving her distributor, Talk Radio Network, after more than nine years because her contract is up. Ingraham said she is in discussions with other distributors about her show, which currently airs on 325 stations nationally. Talkers magazine says the conservative Ingraham is the most-listened to woman on radio, with an estimated 5.75 million listeners a week. Talkers said that ranks her among the top eight radio hosts overall.

Kansas vote was much
different from nation
Wichita Eagle [KS], by Bob Beatty    Original Article
Posted By: wildcat1- 11/27/2012 12:19:36 PM     Post Reply
Kansas has gone for the Republican nominee for president since 1968, and 2012 was no different. Mitt Romney defeated President Obama by 22 percentage points (60 to 38 percent) in the Sunflower State, an increase of 8 percentage points over GOP nominee John McCain’s vote share in 2008. Nationally, Obama defeated Romney by 3.3 percent (50.8 to 47.5 percent).

  


  

China´s Communist Party newspaper
falls for Onion story about Kim Jong Un
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 12:00:24 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - The online version of China´s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive" -- not realizing it is satire. The People´s Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline "North Korea´s top leader named The Onion´s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012." Quoting the Onion´s spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote: ""With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame,

Seeing No Evil
National Review Online, by Dennis Prager    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 11/27/2012 11:53:43 AM     Post Reply
If you want to understand why President Obama was reelected despite a largely unsuccessful presidency and almost unprecedentedly high and continuous unemployment, just look at the Cuban-American vote. (Snip) Democratic presidential nominees went from 25 percent of the Cuban-American vote in 2000, to 29 percent in 2004, to 35 percent in 2008, to 48 percent in 2012. We obviously have a dramatic trend here. Now, why would that be? There are two reasons: No experience of evil, and American education. The first generation of Cuban-Americans had escaped Communist evil.

Republican senators say Rice meeting
just leaves more questions unanswered
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 11:50:05 AM     Post Reply
Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they left the meeting with more unanswered questions about her comments after the deadly September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. “I am more disturbed now than before,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. The Capitol Hill meeting lasted about 90 minutes and also was attended by acting CIA Director Michael Morell. Graham was joined by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire, and John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McCain, GOP senators rip Rice
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 11:47:04 AM     Post Reply
John McCain and other Republican senators said Tuesday they would oppose elevating Susan Rice to Secretary of State until she and other officials answer more questions about the Sept. 11 attack in Libya. "We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn´t get," McCain said after meeting with the United Nations ambassador who could be President Obama´s next nominee for the State Department. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who also attended the meeting, said of Rice: "I would hold her nomination until I had additional answers to questions"

  


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Powerball: Got the fever yet?
Pen Bay Pilot [Camden, ME], by Chris Wolf    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 11:40:01 AM     Post Reply
Just let a record Powerball Jackpot come around and it awakens a desire in most of us. We even begin to figure out how we will spend the money before we even buy the winning ticket. The question you ask is: Is all that money worth the one in 175,223,510 odds that you might actually pick the right numbers, or will you simply be out $2? The chances of winning $4 on Powerball are one in 55, so the chance is believable your original investment of $2 will net you $4. Gary Fowlie, of Village Variety in Camden, said this has been the best lotto sales he's seen in four to five years.

Israel official in
trouble over Obama gibe
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 11:21:17 AM     Post Reply
An Israeli military official is under fire for a Facebook photo in which he has dark mud smeared on his face with the caption "Obama style." From ABC News: "Sacha Dratwa posted the photo in late September, but since the furor he has restricted access to his account. (Snip) "In the photo, Dratwa appears to be smeared in mud from the Dead Sea, a popular activity for many visiting and living in Israel. Dratwa responded to a user on Twitter accusing him of racism saying, ´I´m not a racist, please stop [spreading] lies about me.'

The Oprah brand is old, wheezy
and tired--just like the seniors
who are taking over her fan club
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/27/2012 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
Marie Antoinette’s advice to the poor was “let them eat cake.” Oprah Winfrey’s response to world recession has been to release her own line of organic food. According to Forbes, she has filed for trademarking “Oprah’s Organics”, “Oprah’s Harvest” and “Oprah’s farm.” Oprah’s products include salad dressing, frozen vegetables, massage oils, skin care products and hair sprays--a little bit of luxury for her millions of devoted followers.[Snip]The rest of the country will have to eat and wash their hair with things that don’t have a famous person’s name randomly stamped on them

Accused WikiLeaker Manning
says he was punished before trial
Baltimore Sun [MD], by Matthew Hay Brown    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 11/27/2012 11:11:28 AM     Post Reply
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is due back at Fort Meade this week, where lawyers for the alleged WikiLeaker plan to argue that he was punished at a military brig before his case had been heard — grounds, they say, to dismiss all charges against him. (Snip) Manning, 24, is the only suspect arrested in the largest leak in U.S. history. He is accused of sending raw field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world and a video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad to be published by WikiLeaks. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

  


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The NHS can’t go on being
free if selfish baby boomers
consult GPs for the slightest
aches and pains
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew M Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/27/2012 11:08:39 AM     Post Reply
The NHS can’t go on like this. Patients today--baby boomers, especially--bother the doctor with minor complaints when their grandparents would have grinned and borne it, and have unrealistic expectations of what the health service can provide. The system is at breaking point. The solution? We are going to have to start paying for some medical services at the point of delivery.[Snip]“It probably can limp on for the rest of this decade,” warns Dr Lee, “ but the reality is the pressures coming from the baby boomer generation and their expectations of health care, their perceptions of pain and suffering

Venezuelan Judge Who Angered
Chávez Says She Was Raped
While in Prison
New York Times, by MARÍA EUGENIA DÍAZ and WILLIAM NEUMAN    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/27/2012 10:40:47 AM     Post Reply
CARACAS, Venezuela — An arrested judge at the center of one of Venezuela’s most prominent human rights cases was raped while in prison and then had an abortion behind bars after becoming pregnant, according to the judge’s lawyer and a book published last week in Caracas that has stirred new controversy around the case. The judge, María Lourdes Afiuni, was imprisoned in December 2009 after one of her rulings angered President Hugo Chávez. Human rights activists say her jailing was arbitrary and shows the lack of judicial independence in Venezuela.

´Please spare my little girl´:
How Mexico´s fearless female
mayor sacrificed herself to
save her daughter´s life as she
was abducted by drug gang,
tortured and executed
Daily Mail [U.K.], by Sam Webb    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/27/2012 10:29:36 AM     Post Reply
The woman mayor who was kidnapped and murdered by a Mexican drug gang pleaded with her attackers for her young daughter’s life, it emerged today. Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia. The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal. They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors’ car willingly.

Hillary Clinton: Being Methodist
is fundamental to who I am
Daily Mail (UK), by Leslie Larson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 10:26:00 AM     Post Reply
As the Secretary of State is expected to soon announce her departure from the Obama administration, she has spoken in a surprisingly candid manner about the importance of her Christian faith on her career in public service. Hillary Clinton, who was raised in the United Methodist Church, once said her heritage instilled in her the ´obligation´ to relieve suffering but now the 65-year-old has gone even further, calling her faith ´fundamental´ to her identity. The personal statement by the former first lady turned senator turned cabinet member comes amid the unending speculation that she has her eye

Exclusive: ´He´s being
exploited by the church´:
Two and a Half Men star
Angus T Jones´ mother voices
fears after his extraordinary
religious rant
Daily Mail (UK), by Julie Moult & Lizzie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 10:16:03 AM     Post Reply
The mother of Two and A Half Men star Angus T Jones has spoken out to say he is being ´exploited´ by his church after he branded his hit show ´filth´ in an extraordinary religious rant. Carey Jones, 42, told MailOnline she was worried for her famous son. ´I´m concerned he´s being exploited by the church,´ she explained, but refused to comment further. The 19-year-old - who makes $350,000 per episode playing Jake - was seen urging fans to ´turn off´ in a new video for the Forerunner Chronicles.

  



Painting Depicts Obama
as Crucified Christ
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: Srhea- 11/27/2012 10:08:50 AM     Post Reply
A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th. The painting is called “Truth” – and shows the president with his arms outstretched. A crown of thorns rests on his head.
It was originally supposed to debut nearly four years ago at New York City’s Union Square. But that event was cancelled due to public outrage.
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Muslim Brotherhood calls
off Tuesday march
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 9:57:16 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO- The Muslim Brotherhood announced it canceled a march on Cairo University following discussions with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Egyptians continued demonstrations Tuesday in Cairo´s Tahrir Square to protest Morsi´s decision to assume judicial authority. His office said the move was temporary and made in an effort to facilitate constitutional developments. Saad Katatni, chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party, said Tuesday that he welcomed Morsi´s clarification on temporary authority. Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood´s candidate for president.

How Traditional Values
Shape the NFL
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/27/2012 9:55:44 AM     Post Reply
On the long Thanksgiving weekend, five regular starting NFL quarterbacks of at least partial African descent took the field for their respective teams. Beyond their obvious talent, all five share a common background, one that is now rare in the African American community and becoming anomalous in American society writ large: each grew up in a Christian home with a mother and a father. More so than foot speed or even arm strength, this is the variable that elevates them above their peers.

Have you noticed more voters choosing
one party to run their state?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/27/2012 9:54:42 AM     Post Reply
In another one of his insightful essays, Michael Barone notes the obvious post-election status quo of divided government in Washington -- Republican House, Democrat Senate and White House. But at the state level, Americans across the country are clearly opting for more one-party rule where the political rubber meets the local roads. No one ever accused American voters of consistency. By next month, Barone calculates, 25 states comprising 53% of the population will be under the political rule of Republicans in the governor´s office and controlling both houses of the legislature.

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