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UK ´could speed up
Afghanistan pull-out´
Daily Express [UK], by Lianne La Borde    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:30:39 AM     Post Reply
Cameron has hinted that Britain´s withdrawal from Afghanistan could be speeded up amid speculation that the force size could be nearly halved next year. The Prime Minister and US President Barack Obama in a video call agreed the plan for all combat troops to leave by the end of 2014 was "on track". That meant there would be "further opportunities" for service personnel to be brought home over the next 12 months, according to the leaders. Downing Street said Mr Cameron also discussed Syria, Iran and the Middle East peace process during the hour-long call yesterday afternoon. A spokeswoman

How to beat winter
vomiting outbreak
Daily Express [UK], by Heidi Dore, Mark Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 5:26:14 AM     Post Reply
Britain is in the grip of a winter vomiting bug crisis, as experts admit a million people may have been hit. The rapidly-spreading outbreak of norovirus, which causes fever, headaches, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea, is wreaking chaos across the NHS. Sixty-one hospitals have had outbreaks with 49 ward closures this month alone. Health officials last night pleaded with sufferers to remain at home and not risk infecting others by going to hospitals or GP surgeries.[Snip] Doctors said cases of the highly contagious bug are up by a staggering 83 per cent on last year. Experts admit they are baffled

´In Cold Blood´ Killers Exhumed, Investigators
Hope to Solve 53-Year-Old Cold Case
ABC News, by Alyssa Newcomb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:25:17 AM     Post Reply
The bodies of the killers who were the basis of Truman Capote´s true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed today in Kansas, as authorities hope to crack a 53-year-old cold case using DNA. After committing the "In Cold Blood" murders of Herbert Clutter, his wife and two children on Nov. 15, 1959, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock hit the road, hiding out from law enforcement in Mexico and Florida, among other places, according to Capote´s book and law enforcement accounts. They were ultimately captured in Las Vegas. But it just so happens that Smith and Hickock



Black Unemployment: Just
Don’t Mention the Immigration!
National Review Online, by Mark Krikorian    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:22:35 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post has run three stories in the last few days on the high unemployment rate among black workers, and only one makes even passing reference to immigrant competition. As context, my colleague Steve Camarota has just published a detailed look at unemployment, breaking out subgroups in a way that BLS doesn’t, and he found that unemployment among native-born black Americans is roughly double that for immigrants. And remember, people are only counted as “unemployed” if they’re actually looking for work, so this isn’t a matter of idleness.

King of deadbeat dads nabbed
New York Post, by Alex Dickinson & Kieran Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/19/2012 5:16:32 AM     Post Reply
Time to pay up! The worst deadbeat dad in the country — a Long Island man who owes more than $1.2 million in child support — has been nabbed at the airport in Los Angeles airport after the Philippines gave him the boot. Robert Sand, 50 was collared by US marshals Monday after a decade on the run, officials said. The former car auctioneer fled to Florida and then Thailand after divorcing his wife, Lisa Sand, after 10 years of marriage in 1996, officials said. He left her and his two children in the lurch for $750 weekly child-support payments,

Senate Dems Distance Themselves
from Hagel´s ´Jewish Lobby´ Remarks
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/19/2012 5:12:07 AM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats are questioning a statement made by former Republican senator Chuck Hagel that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” in Washington. The comment has resurfaced now that Hagel is rumored to be Barack Obama’s top choice to head the Pentagon. He used the term in a 2008 interview. “I know there are some questions about his past comments and I’ll want to talk to him and see what his explanation is,” said Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal. “Yes, it would give rise to question, but there are so many very significant issues and factors to be considered,

Cerberus Divestment Decision Is a
Risky Way to Combat Gun Violence
Daily Beast, by Alan M. Dershowitz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 5:00:41 AM     Post Reply
I’m a strong opponent of privately owned assault weapons of the kind used in the Newtown massacre. But I’m also opposed to most forms of divestment, boycott, and blacklisting. So I had a decidedly mixed reaction when I read about Tuesday’s decision by Cerberus Capital Management to sell its stake in a company that manufactures semi-automatic weapons, and the statement from the California teacher’s retirement system that it was reviewing its investments in companies that deal in such weapons. Having come of age during the height of McCarthyism, blacklists, and boycotts,



His Birmingham Moment?
Vanity Fair, by Todd S. Purdom    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 4:53:23 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama’s pitch-perfect public statements on the Sandy Hook shootings summed up the grief and shock that even the most distant observer—and certainly every parent—must feel about last Friday’s unspeakable events. But I think I detected an even more personal elegiac note: regret that he himself has not done more to grapple with the issue of guns. “Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?” the president asked in Newtown, Connecticut, on Sunday.

Benghazi’s Back — Sort Of
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 4:48:14 AM     Post Reply
Benghazi is back. In a way. The awaited special report by an independent review panel led by retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and the former Joint Chiefs chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, has been delivered to Congress and offered few revelations, at least according to the Associated Press. The report appeared to break little new ground about the timeline of the Benghazi attack during which Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, information specialist Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods — who were contractors working for the CIA — were killed.

If ObamaCare is such a great deal …
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 4:43:32 AM     Post Reply
… why aren’t more states going for it? Investors Business Daily points out the apparent contradiction: Under ObamaCare, states were supposed to agree to set up so-called insurance exchanges — which would act as a clearinghouse for government-approved health plans and distribute the insurance subsidies included in the law. But just 18 states have agreed to build them. The rest — which include eight run by Democratic governors — are leaving it to the federal government to do the dirty work of setting up these massively complicated exchanges.

Why Are Mass Shooters
Almost Always Men?
Discovery.com, by Sheila Eldred    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 4:39:00 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, dozens of questions remain unanswered. But one common trait of most mass shootings is rarely discussed, much less clarified: Why are the perpetrators almost always men? "Mass murderers are almost always male (I´d say at least 98 percent), most often have a motive (e.g., revenge), and most have a definitive tie to the victims -- or the victims symbolize something to the killer," said Marissa Harrison, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, citing research she´s conducted or reviewed. Evolutionary psychology suggests that a threat to status could be a trigger



LaPierre: NRA will speak Dec. 22
to Newtown tragedy
Human Events, by Neil W. McCabe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 3:38:31 AM     Post Reply
The executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association ended its communications blackout with a Dec. 18 statement about the Dec. 13 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. “The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown,” said Wayne LaPierre, who has led the NRA since 1991. “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and

The incredible ´alien´ skulls
discovered in a Mexican cemetery
Daily Mail (UK), by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 2:30:06 AM     Post Reply
It is an astonishing image that could have come straight from the plot of a Ridley Scott movie. Archaeologists in Mexico today revealed the astonishing skull of a person suffering from a cranial disfiguration. Believed to be 1,000 years old, the find was made near the small Mexican village of Onavas. Scroll down for video -The find is believed to be the first in the region showing the practice of binding a skull to change its shape. ´Cranial deformation in Mesoamerican cultures was used to differentiate one social group from another and for ritual purposes,´

Review board raps State
for poor security in Benghazi
Washington Times [DC], by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 2:12:44 AM     Post Reply
The mandatory State Department internal inquiry into the deadly Sept. 11 terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya slams bureaucrats for “grossly inadequate” security but says that poor leadership could not be punished under department regulations. The report blames inadequate security at the mission on “Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” of State Department headquarters, where officials turned down repeated requests from diplomats on the ground for more security, both at the embassy in Tripoli and in Benghazi. The failures, at State’s Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs Bureaus in Washington,

Britain will be weaker
without EU, says USA
Telegraph [UK], by Alex Spillius    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 1:23:36 AM     Post Reply
The White House has warned Britain that its position on the world stage could be significantly weakened by leaving the European Union. The Obama administration has expressed concern at what US officials see as Britain´s slide towards the European exit door. Washington firmly believes that the departure of its strongest partner in Europe would also reduce American influence on the continent, as Britain so often shares American views.[Snip] After observing the rise in popularity of Ukip and the rise of anti-European sentiment generally, the issue was raised by President Barack Obama in a video-conference call with the Prime Minister



Barack Obama lectures Britain on EU
membership: the US president looks
arrogant as well as clueless
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 1:22:56 AM     Post Reply
The White House is warning the British government against leaving the European Union, claiming this would weaken Britain’s standing on the world stage, and thereby London’s relationship with Washington.[Snip] Barack Obama’s extraordinarily arrogant and clueless direct intervention in the internal affairs of Great Britain echoes the remarks of his Ambassador to London, Louis Susman, who told a private meeting of British MPs back in January 2011 that “the UK needs to remain in the EU,” and “all key issues must run through Europe.” It also reflects a deep-seated vein of support for European integration that runs through

Benghazi review finds
systematic security faults
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/18/2012 11:06:24 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management and leadership failures at the State Department led to "grossly" inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi. "Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," the panel said.

AG McDaniel admits
´inappropriate´ relationship
Associated Press, by Andrew DeMillo    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/18/2012 11:02:25 PM     Post Reply
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat and the only announced candidate for governor in 2014, admitted Tuesday that he had an inappropriate relationship with a Hot Springs attorney after court documents were filed alleging they had a sexual affair. McDaniel, who has been married since June 2009, said he had a relationship with Andrea L. Davis, an attorney who represented a group of parents who successfully sued the state over its school choice law. McDaniel´s office represented the state in that case. "With respect to Ms. Davis, I met her during the 2010 campaign

McCain rejects torture
scene in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Associated Press, by Donna Cassatta    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/18/2012 11:02:16 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” suggests that the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques led to Osama bin Laden. Republican Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick — because it’s wrong. McCain has said the waterboarding of al-Qaida’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, did not provide information that led to the bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. McCain said Tuesday that he was provided a copy of the movie and the filmmakers fell “hook, line and sinker” for the notion that enhanced interrogation provided the critical information. The Senate Intelligence Committee

The Times Embarrasses
Itself on Guns–Again!
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/18/2012 10:53:20 PM     Post Reply
It’s too bad the members of the New York Times editorial board don’t sign their editorials. If they did, we could ridicule them by name. The Times, as an institution, has chosen to place ideology above accuracy. That decision was on display yesterday when the paper editorialized–how many times is it now, one wonders?–against guns. The headline sums up the paper’s point: “In Other Countries, Laws Are Strict and Work.” America, in the view of the Times, is the ugly stepchild among the world’s nations


Bolton: Clinton Suffering from
´Diplomatic Illness´ to Avoid
Benghazi Testimony
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/18/2012 10:47:52 PM     Post Reply
Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton implied Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is exaggerating her illness so that she does not have to testify before Congress about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Bolton, who served under President George W. Bush, said Clinton was suffering from a "diplomatic illness" in order to avoid testifying before she has had time to fully digest the findings of the Independent Advisory Review Board. Clinton received the Board´s classified report on Monday; a State Department spokesperson on Tuesday

Connecticut killings a
result of moral decay
Washington Times, by Ted Nugent    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/18/2012 9:29:46 PM     Post Reply
There’s something terribly wrong. Something stinks. Something is rotten in America. Something is causing young loners to pick up guns and slaughter people. Cops, psychologists, sociologists, politicians and various other talking heads will jabber incessantly about why they think a young man snapped and killed a bunch of bubbly young children who were looking forward to Santa Claus. They will offer their opinions on what they think can be done to stop future psychotics from committing mass murder. They all will be guessing. Some blabbermouths already are using the Connecticut school massacre to promote their anti-gun agenda even though more

Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is
Sharply Critical of State Dept.
New York Times, by Eric Schmitt & Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/18/2012 9:20:57 PM     Post Reply
Washington - An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticizes the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and relying on untested local militias to safeguard the compound, Congressional and State Department officials said Tuesday night. The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and C.I.A. annex that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the American

Chuck Hagel is not the right
choice for defense secretary
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/18/2012 9:02:48 PM     Post Reply
FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team. He would not, however, move it toward the center, which is the usual role of such opposite-party nominees. On the contrary: Mr. Hagel’s stated positions on critical issues, ranging from defense spending to Iran, fall well to the left of those pursued by Mr. Obama during his first term — and place him near the fringe of the Senate that would be asked to confirm him.

Boehner´s Plan B Exposes
Obama´s Grade-A Tax Lie
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2012 8:38:30 PM     Post Reply
Tax Policy: For years, President Obama said he just wanted to raise taxes a little bit on millionaires and billionaires. So guess how he responded when House Speaker John Boehner proposed to do just that. Boehner´s "Plan B" would extend the Bush tax rates on everyone except those making $1 million or more. The plan is a bad one economically and will do nothing to cut the deficit. But by offering it, Boehner did manage to call the lie on Obama´s endless public claims about whose taxes he wants to raise. During the campaign, for example, Obama said his plan

Instagram withdraws policy change
won´t put users´ photos in ads
Los Angeles Times, by Salvador Rodriguez    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/18/2012 8:36:30 PM     Post Reply
Instagram has said it will remove language from its new terms of service that would have allowed users´ photos to be part of advertisements that would run within the photo sharing social network. Kevin Systrom, the social network´s co-founder, said Instagram doesn´t currently have plans to run such ads, so it will remove that language from the terms of service that kick in Jan. 16. "We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question," Systrom said in a blog. Systrom said Instagram was listening to its users and would fix any

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