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Jerry Sandusky seeks less harsh
Pennsylvania prison setting
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2012 4:59:00 AM     Post Reply
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A lawyer for former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky said Friday his client has gotten his fighting spirit back after his child abuse conviction and sentencing and hopes prison officials will find a way to house him under less restrictive conditions than he currently experiences.Karl Rominger said after spending several hours with Sandusky at Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday that Sandusky´s outlook has improved since he was sentenced two months ago to decades behind bars.

Obama urged to boycott
Gangnam Style singer´s concert
after ´sick´ pop sensation
Psy outraged America with vile
hate songs aimed at U.S.
soldiers and their families
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2012 4:57:17 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is being urged not to attend a concert in Washington where the 34-year-old ´Gangnam Style´ rapper is expected to perform after it emerged that he once sang about killing Americans. A petition was started on the White House website urging organizers of the Dec. 21 ´Christmas in Washington´ show to uninvite the rapper, known as PSY, from performing. The petition rapidly made the rounds on social media websites as thousands took to Twitter, Facebook and online message boards to react to the vitriolic lyrics that PSY once sang about slowly killing American troops and their families.

Press fear Obama
private swearing in
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2012 4:51:11 AM     Post Reply
The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association,



NYT: Obama retreating on “red line”
for Syrian chemical weapons
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2012 4:50:34 AM     Post Reply
In the summer of 2012, Barack Obama talked tough about “red lines” for Syria and the regime’s chemical weapons. In a rare press conference on August 20th, the President warned Bashar Assad that the US was prepared to act if Assad began to move his chemical weapons as a precursor to their use, emphasis mine: I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies

Why America Is Going To
Miss The Bush Tax Cuts
Forbes, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2012 4:44:42 AM     Post Reply
President Obama seems to have a strategy to terminate all of the Bush tax cuts, not just those for “the rich,” as he has been saying since 2008. He is offering the Republicans exactly zero concessions in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. No spending cuts, no entitlement reform, no compromise on the rates. It is entirely my way or the highway, and if the Republicans refuse to do everything exactly as he demands, he will let the Bush tax cuts expire entirely, for the middle class and working people

Sources: Gov. Nikki Haley to Appoint
Henry McMaster to US Senate
PJ Tatler, by Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2012 4:40:24 AM     Post Reply
The Tatler has learned that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is almost certain to appoint former South Carolina Republican Party Chair and former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster to fill the unexpired term of retiring Senator Jim DeMint. McMaster was a prominent supporter of Haley in a contentious GOP primary. Haley has reportedly already informed key South Carolina politicians of her decision. Yesterday I blogged that Haley should appoint Congressman Joe Wilson to this post, or in the alternative, Tea Party favorite Rep. Tim Scott. A Republican in Washington in 2012 must have experience

Japan poised to shoot
down North Korean missile
Telegraph [UK], by Julian Ryall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2012 4:34:40 AM     Post Reply
The order to destroy the missile should any part of it threaten to fall onto Japanese territory was issued after a meeting of the Security Council of Japan met and was informed that North Korea has begun filling a fuel tank alongside the launch pad at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in preparation for the launch. Japan has already deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile batteries in Tokyo, as well as in Okinawa and at locations along the northern and western coasts facing the Korean Peninsula. Three Japanese destroyers equipped with the advanced Aegis detect-and-destroy weapons system have been deployed



Govt. borrows 46 cents
of every dollar it spends
Washington Times [DC], by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2012 4:29:27 AM     Post Reply
The federal government borrowed 46 cents of every dollar it has spent so far in fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1, according to the latest data the Congressional Budget Office released Friday. The government notched a $172 billion deficit in November, and is already nearly $300 billion in the hole through the first two months of fiscal year 2013, underscoring just how deep the government’s budget problems are as lawmakers try to negotiate a year-end deal to avoid a budgetary “fiscal cliff.” (Snip) All sides agreed to discretionary spending cuts and automatic spending cuts last year,

White House faces furor
over Psy’s anti-U.S. lyrics
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/8/2012 1:16:29 AM     Post Reply
The White House deleted a petition Friday on its web site demanding that President Obama rescind an invitation to “Gangnam style” rapper Psy to sing at a Christmas concert in Washington, due to the performer’s anti-American rants. The petition was signed by about 500 people who object to the singer’s scheduled performance, which Mr. Obama is to attend. But the White House said it took down the petition because it violated the terms of participation on the administration’s “We the People” web site. Psy, a 34-year-old South Korean performer whose “Gangnam style” video is the most-watched

Natural gas exports: A
boon to the economy
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/8/2012 1:14:24 AM     Post Reply
USUALLY, OPPONENTS of freer trade argue that Americans shouldn’t be buying so many cheap products from abroad, sending their cash overseas. But when it comes to exporting some of this nation’s abundant supplies of natural gas, those who oppose opening up to the world turn that logic on its head — arguing, strangely, that Americans shouldn’t be trying to sell this particular product to other nations, bringing money into the country in the process. Both arguments are unconvincing, and for the same reason: When countries can buy and sell to each other, their economies do what they are best at

In Michigan, heart of
organized labor, Republicans
push to limit union power
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/8/2012 1:12:22 AM     Post Reply
Republicans in Michigan are acting swiftly to adopt broad limits on the ability to organize workers, as the war over organized labor moves into the state that gave rise to modern industrial unions. Unbowed by their party’s thumping at the polls nationally last month, Republicans who control Michigan’s legislature approved measures in the lame-duck session this week that would make Michigan a “right to work” state, effectively banning unions there from requiring workers to pay labor dues.



Agencies set up plans to
manage cuts if Congress,
Obama fail to reach deficit deal
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/8/2012 1:09:02 AM     Post Reply
Federal agencies are sharpening their plans to carry out drastic, automatic spending cuts starting Jan. 2 if the Obama administration and Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction strategy in the coming days. Some agencies envision furloughs for federal workers, while others are mapping out a course to slow hiring and outside contracting and put programs on hold if the across-the-board reductions known as a sequester kick in. For millions of Americans, the “fiscal cliff” would mean immediate tax hikes, but for federal employees it also signals big adjustments

Heat is on South Korean rapper
Psy for anti-American rap
Washington Post, by Max Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/8/2012 1:07:18 AM     Post Reply
Psy, the South Korean rapper whose viral pop hit “Gangnam Style” has been viewed more than 900 million times on YouTube, participated in two anti-American performances about a decade ago, a story that finally trickled into English-language media this week. Although the K-Pop star quickly issued a public apology, the controversy could build, as Psy is slated to perform Sunday night at “Christmas in Washington,” the annual holiday concert held at the National Building Museum, with President Obama and his family in attendance. As of Friday evening

Clinton to Testify on Benghazi
Attack at Open Hearing
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2012 1:02:27 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon testify before US lawmakers at an open-door hearing about the deadly September attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, a top lawmaker said. Clinton will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs "to discuss, in an open hearing, the findings and recommendations" in a State Department report on the attack, committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on Friday. (Snip) No specific date was given for Clinton´s testimony. It was however unlikely that she would testify next week, as she is due to leave Monday on a trip to north Africa and

Pakistan tribal sources say
U.S. drone strike kills
al Qaeda commander
Reuters, by Jibran Ahmad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2012 12:53:38 AM     Post Reply
Peshawar, Pakistan - Tribal sources from Pakistan´s northwest said on Saturday a U.S. drone attack had killed a senior al Qaeda commander in the latest blow to the militant Islamist group that has been targeted in many similar attacks. Abu Zaid was killed, along with 10 other people, in the drone strike on a hideout in Pakistan´s North Waziristan, one of the tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan, early on Thursday, the sources said. Zaid had just moved to the hideout a few days ago, they said. Pakistani security officials based in North Waziristan said



Rice in Limbo as
Nomination Remains Uncertain
New York Times, by Mark Landler*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2012 12:39:24 AM     Post Reply
Washington - It did not take long for Susan E. Rice and her champions at the White House to realize that the Republican furor over the Benghazi attack was not going away after the presidential campaign ended. One of her fiercest critics, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, made that clear on the Sunday after the election when he said he would oppose any attempt to make Ms. Rice the secretary of state, citing the account she gave in television interviews of the attack in Libya that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist tweets
he´s joining Democrats
Associated Press, by Gary Fineout    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2012 12:22:56 AM     Post Reply
Tallahassee, Fla. - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected the state´s chief executive as a Republican and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent, announced on Twitter on Friday night that he´s switching to the Democratic Party. The announcement fanned speculation that Crist would seek to regain his old job from Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. Crist sent out a tweet that said, "Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President (at)Barack Obama!" The tweet included a photo of a smiling Crist and his wife Carole

There is no debt crisis
Fox News, by Sally Kohn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 10:20:11 PM     Post Reply
After the Great Depression and in the lead up to World War II, the United States debt to GDP ratio was over 100%. And what did we get for that? Not only the resolution of a major world conflict but the New Deal, a package of government stimulus programs that rebooted the economy and created two generations of broadly shared prosperity in America. Today, the debt to GDP ratio is 60%. So what exactly is the crisis? Some economists say the more correct measure is the ratio of interest payments to GDP, in which case our current interest-to-GDP ratio

Don´t air your dirty laundry
here! Wealthy NYC suburb
makes it illegal to hang clothes
outside since it looks ´low class´
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 10:09:39 PM     Post Reply
Residents of a wealthy village near New York have been ordered not to hang their laundry outside their homes as it makes them look ´low class.´ The board of Great Neck on Long Island has passed a law which makes it a criminal offense to use a clothesline in front of your home. The punishment if they are caught is a fine of up to $1,000 (£620) or, in severe cases, 15 days in jail. The law was brought in after the village´s building department superintendent Norman Nemec received a complaint about a front garden.

Boehner faces ´unrest´ in House
over committee snubs, tax concession
Fox News, by Carl Cameron & Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 9:59:28 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner is facing mounting criticism from the conservative wing of the party for allegedly punishing certain members over their voting record, with some suggesting his speakership could be at risk. The odds right now of Boehner losing his post are quite low, barring the sudden entry of a challenger who galvanizes the rest of the caucus. But two developments have raised hackles among conservative members and advocacy groups, prompting grumbling about Boehner´s position. They´re disappointed, for one, that he offered to put increased revenue on the table as part of fiscal crisis talks.


Top 10 Excerpts from Zimmerman
vs. NBC News Complaint
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 9:53:56 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, George Zimmerman filed suit against NBC News and three NBC producers he accuses of intentionally painting him as a racist. Zimmerman and his attorneys have now done what many in the new media only dream of doing, holding the major media responsible for their biased and misleading output. The language in the complaint is blunt. It calls NBC´s coverage "yellow journalism" and refers to "journalistic crimes." Most broadly, the complaint accuses NBC of trumping up a racism narrative for ratings, with a name check of the Today Show and Rev. Al Sharpton in particular.

MSNBC Anchor Sneers:
´Is the South Ready
for a Black Senator?´
NewsBusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 9:49:02 PM     Post Reply
Following Senator Jim DeMint’s abrupt resignation to run The Heritage Foundation, much has been made over who South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley might name to replace him. One name mentioned is that of African American Congressman Tim Scott, a prospect which prompted MSNBC anchor Richard Lui to sneer: "... Is the South ready for a black Senator?" On Friday’s MSNBC Live, Lui baited fellow MSNBCer Melissa Harris-Perry into trashing the South as intolerant. Surprisingly, she did not fall into this trap. [See video below page break. MP3 audio here.]

CNN Contributor Van Jones:
´Treasonous´ Republicans
Want ´To Let the Bodies
Pile Up on the Beach´
Media Research Center, by Ian Hanchett    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 9:42:28 PM     Post Reply
CNN Contributor and former Green Energy Czar Van Jones told a crowd at UC-Berkeley that President Obama was a lifeguard (albeit one with "big ears and a funny name") who was trying to save the American people and Republicans wanted to "cut the rope," and "let the dead bodies pile up" so they would fire Lifeguard Obama. Jones also said Republicans wanted to "let students drown in debt," make veterans suffer, and throw poor people out on the street.

Priest abuse files may be released
without church officials´ names
Los Angeles Times, by Harriet Ryan & Victoria Kim    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/7/2012 9:36:24 PM     Post Reply
In its landmark $660-million settlement with victims of sexual abuse five years ago, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to make public the confidential personnel records of all priests accused of molesting children. (Snip) But the documents have been scrubbed of what many regard as the most important information: the identities of the members of the church hierarchy who reshuffled abusers. The names of the former cardinal, Roger M. Mahony, and the bishops and vicars who handled molestation complaints for him have been redacted by church lawyers at the direction of a retired federal judge

France funding Syrian rebels
in new push to oust Assad
Guardian [UK], by Martin Chulov    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 12/7/2012 9:33:57 PM     Post Reply
Ankara - France has emerged as the most prominent backer of Syria´s armed opposition and is now directly funding rebel groups around Aleppo as part of a new push to oust the embattled Assad regime. Large sums of cash have been delivered by French government proxies across the Turkish border to rebel commanders in the past month, diplomatic sources have confirmed. The money has been used to buy weapons inside Syria and to fund armed operations against loyalist forces. The French moves have stopped short of direct supply of weapons –

Pop-Star James Taylor:
‘I Really Suffered’ Under
8 Years of ‘Cheney/Bush’
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2012 9:20:08 PM     Post Reply
James Taylor said he “really suffered” under eight years of “Cheney/Bush,” while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Friday about election reform. “It was sort of natural, being so politically active over the years, that I would get involved in the campaign of 2008,” Taylor said. “I really—I was hugely motivated also by eight years of Cheney/Bush, and I say it in that order on purpose.” “Those were—it was a tough time for me,” he said. “I really suffered.” “It made me deeply ambivalent about my country that we would

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