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WashPost´s Endorsement Of Kerry:
Curious And Curiouser
Cybercast News Service, by Ken Blackwell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 9:47:01 PM     Post Reply
The editorial staff of the Washington Post surely meant well. They wanted readers to think that Sen. John Kerry´s vast experience in foreign policy over four decades equips him to serve as Secretary of State in the second Obama administration. (Snip) As to his qualifications for that role, we´re reminded of Frederick the Great´s response when he was urged to make a less than stellar general a field marshal. Reminded the only-occasionally victorious general had been in every battle for years, Frederick pointed to his mount: "So has my mule. Must I make him a field marshal, too?"

Time’s Klein: Last Time Conservatives
Were Rational, ‘Norquist Was in Diapers
and Limbaugh Was a Disc Jockey’
NewsBusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 9:24:07 PM     Post Reply
Time magazine’s Joe Klein can’t get his basic biographic facts straight, but he’s sure the “fiscal cliff” impasse should be blamed on Grover Norquist on Rush Limbaugh for leading a conservative culture “removed from reality” and “extreme in the most egregious way.” On CBS’s Face the Nation, after Peggy Noonan regretted how President Barack Obama allows “dreadful enervating dramas” while Ronald Reagan was big enough to make deals with Speaker Tip O’Neill, Klein sputtered: “When Ronald Reagan was President, Grover Norquist was in diapers and Rush Limbaugh was a disc jockey,

Questcor Finds Profits, at $28,000 a Vial
New York Times, by Andrew Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 9:11:54 PM     Post Reply
Anaheim, CA - THE doctor was dumbfounded: a drug that used to cost $50 was now selling for $28,000 for a 5-milliliter vial. (Snip) How the price of this drug rose so far, so fast is a story for these troubled times in American health care — a tale of aggressive marketing, questionable medicine and, not least, out-of-control costs. At the center of it is Questcor, which turned the once-obscure Acthar into a hugely profitable wonder drug and itself into one of Wall Street’s highest fliers. At least until recently, that is. Now some doctors, insurance companies and investors are beginning to have doubts about

  


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Obama Faults U.S. ‘Sloppiness’
in Fatal Benghazi Attack
New York Times, by Eric Schmitt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 8:56:43 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama, in his most detailed comments on an independent inquiry’s report on the attack against the American diplomatic compound in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, said Sunday that the security and management flaws identified were “huge problems” that reflected “sloppiness” in how the State Department safeguards its missions abroad. (Snip) “My message to the State Department has been very simple, and that is we’re going to solve this,” Mr. Obama said. “We’re not going to be defensive about it; we’re not going to pretend that this was not a problem —

US plane reportedly leaves Iran
after making emergency landing
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 8:43:31 PM     Post Reply
Tehran, Iran - A small American commercial plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported. The plane was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran Airports Company, told the TV station. Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran for Arab countries in the Gulf, but the plane remained under repair in the airport. He said the plane took off from Iran Sunday upon arrival of needed spare parts and completion of

60,000 patients put on death pathway
without being told but minister still says
controversial end-of-life plan is ´fantastic´
Daily Mail [UK], by Jason Groves*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2012 8:42:51 PM     Post Reply
Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday. A third of families are also kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones. Despite the revelations, Jeremy Hunt last night claimed the pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’. In comments that appeared to prejudge an official inquiry into the LCP, the Health Secretary said ‘one or two’ mistakes should not be allowed to discredit the entire end-of-life system. But Elspeth Chowdharay-Best of Alert, an anti-euthanasia group, said: ‘The Pathway is

Secretary Clinton in hospital with
blood clot stemming from concussion
Fox News & Associated Press, by Pat Summers    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/30/2012 8:35:12 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a hospital in New York with blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained several weeks ago. Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement that during a follow-up exam, Clinton´s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours. Doctors will continue to monitor Clinton´s condition to determine if further action is necessary.

  


  

Wind turbines ´last for half as
long as previously thought´ as
study shows they show signs of
wearing out after just 12 years
Daily Mail [UK], by Tamara Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2012 8:34:18 PM     Post Reply
Wind farms have just half the useful lifespan which has been claimed, according to new research which found they start to wear out after just 12 years. A study of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain--the largest of its kind--sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 years, which is used by the Government to calculate subsidies. Professor Gordon Hughes, an economist at Edinburgh University and former energy advisor to the World Bank, predicts in the coming decade far more investment will be needed to replace older and ineffective turbines--which is likely to be passed

The Wildcatter: Corpus
Christi´s Gregg Robertson,
key member of Eagle Ford
discovery, named 2012 Newsmaker
of the Year
Corpus Christi Caller-Times [TX], by Mark Collette    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 6:30:00 PM     Post Reply
CORPUS CHRISTI — The brown boxes sat like building blocks stacked 15 feet high in endless rows of towering metal shelves at a University of Texas research campus in Austin.Hidden here was the final piece of the puzzle that would change South Texas forever. It lay in shards in one of more than a half million of the cardboard boxes. It was an infinitesimal clue, a mere smattering of dust in a sprawling warehouse the size of three football fields, a staggering library filled with volumes of solid rock. Only Gregg Robertson knew where to look.

Police: 5 dead, at least
20 injured in bus crash
on icy I-84
KATU [Portland OR], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 5:52:49 PM     Post Reply
PENDLETON, Ore. – At least five people died after a passenger bus slid off the ice on Interstate 84 and crashed 200 feet down an embankment Sunday morning, police said. Another 20 people were injured in the crash and taken to hospitals. State Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings said the bus slid off the westbound lanes east of Pendleton at around 10:30 a.m. The bus crashed through a guardrail and slid several hundred feet down an embankment before coming to a stop. Hastings said rescuers are using ropes to pull people from the crash scene back to the highway.

The EU: so where did
it all go wrong?
Telegraph [UK], by Andrew Gilligan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2012 5:51:06 PM     Post Reply
It is exactly 40 years since a cautiously enthusiastic Britain joined the Common Market. Today, few are celebrating. In the first week of 1973, the week Britain joined the Common Market, the Government put on a festival of European culture so that the British people could share what their Prime Minister, Edward Heath, called his “heart full of joy” at their country’s shiny new Euro-future. [Snip] A plan to borrow the Bayeux Tapestry and show it in Westminster Hall was dropped after it was pointed out that the butchery of Saxons by Normans was hardly a suitable theme

  


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Reid: GOP move ‘desperation’
Washington Post, by Rachel Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 5:22:39 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed Republicans’ attempt to bring Social Security reform into “fiscal cliff” negotiations as “desperation.” “Here’s the situation,” Reid told reporters as he came out of a nearly two-hour meeting with fellow Democrats.”I hear that some Republican senators of the caucus said that they shouldn’t have done CPI and that’s true, they shouldn’t have done that in the first place, it was desperation. We’re still left with a proposal they’ve given us that protects the wealthy and not the middle class. I’m not going to agree to that.” Asked if he was going to

David Gregory Asks Obama
´Is This Your Lincoln Moment?´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 5:17:55 PM     Post Reply
Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory´s fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday´s Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year´s top ten. "Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary): PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Winston Churchill used to say that we Americans, you know, we try every other option before we finally do the right thing. After everything else is exhausted, we eventually do the right thing. And I think that that´s true for Congress as well.

Al Qaeda´s Yemen branch
offers bounty for killing
US ambassador, troops
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 5:11:37 PM     Post Reply
Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen is offering a bounty of gold worth $160,000 to anyone who kills Gerald M. Feierstein, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen. According to the Associated Press, the group announced that it will pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. The group offered 3 kilograms of gold, worth about $160,000, for killing Feierstein, and said it will pay 5 million Yemeni riyals ($23,000) for anyone who kills an American soldier. The offer is valid for six months, the AP reported.

The Fiscal Cliff for Fun and Profit
PJ Media, by Stephen Green    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2012 4:02:50 PM     Post Reply
Laws are made by men, not gods — but you’d never guess that from the talk coming out of (and about) Washington these days. Democrats behave as though the Clinton tax rates were carved into stone by lightning on Mount Sinai. Republicans want you to believe the same thing about the tax rates enacted just a few years later under President Bush. And the Fiscal Cliff? “Why, that’s a geological formation — an act of God if there ever was one. It’s not our fault if we’re going over it!” Right. And I’m the Pope of Siam.

  


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The gospel according to David
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 3:40:41 PM     Post Reply
Watching David Gregory interview Barack Obama on “Meet the Press this morning, I wondered if Obama might have offered to wash Gregory’s feet after the show. Gregory appears to be a disciple of his Lord the President. Gregory seeks to disseminate the Obama gospel. “Is this your Lincoln moment?” Gregory actually asked him. And that may not have been the worst of it. Gregory should have prefaced the broadcast of his taped interview with a warning: Watching this interview may cause motion sickness.

When will Obama decide
to make a deal?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 3:35:14 PM     Post Reply
The president never quite sounds like a man who wants a deal. He instead invariably sounds like a pol seeking advantage over opponents, which is peculiar given that he faces no future election but will face a GOP House majority for at least two more years. He wants the other side to lose more than he wants a substantial deal to improve our fiscal situation. The Post reports that Senate discussions on a fiscal cliff-avoiding deal have experienced a “major setback.” Presumably, Democrats won’t include any serious spending cuts to accompany revenue hikes. This predictable result

Source: Fiscal cliff talks
see major setback
CNN, by Dana Bash    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2012 3:27:37 PM     Post Reply
Washington – A Democratic source familiar with the talks tells CNN they have hit a “major setback” because Republicans are now insisting that any fiscal cliff deal include “chained CPI," which Democrats consider a “poison pill.” The Democratic source says they understand the president offered this in talks with House Speaker John Boehner, but Democrats say that was in the context of a larger deal - in exchange for changes to the way the debt ceiling is approached - which is not in the plan anymore.

Death toll of 18,960 in
Venezuela so far this year
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by MARÍA ISOLIETT IGLESIAS, DEIVIS RAMÍREZ    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2012 2:46:13 PM     Post Reply
Killings skyrocketed, even though no statistical cut-off has been made yet. Based on the numbers managed at the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Agency (Cicpc), through Monday, December 17, murders nationwide totaled 18,960. This means that every two hours five Venezuelans were slain, that is, 66 in every 100,000 inhabitants. Last year ended at 18,850 murders. Therefore, while this year has not ended yet, it overtakes the number of 2011, at least by 110. This is true, regardless of the 21st security plan implemented by the Venezuelan government. "All Life in Venezuela" Mission

Obama talks about ´worst
day of my presidency,´
goals for next term
CNN, by Steve Almasy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 1:20:52 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama appeared on NBC´s "Meet The Press" on Sunday, talking about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations and priorities for his administration in his second term. The president told host David Gregory that he was optimistic something will be worked out to keep tax rates from rising on Tuesday -- but if not, his first piece of legislation for the next Congress will be a bill to reduce tax rates on most Americans. The president also spoke about his second term and what he wants to accomplish. Here are highlights of what he said:

  



Obama hikes pay of
select officials
Boston Herald, by Gary J. Remal    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 1:09:34 PM     Post Reply
As millions of Americans face smaller paychecks if the government fails to act to avoid the fiscal cliff, President Obama has raised the ire of some conservative critics by quietly handing over pay hikes — estimated to cost more than $1 billion a year — to Congress, high-ranking federal officials, judges and Vice President Joe Biden. “It’s a bad idea because Americans everywhere are hurting due to the fragile economy and the fiscal cliff,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “If the government is asking people to take a hit, surely senior government officials should take the hit, too.”

Obama´s NLRB Plays
Santa to Unions
Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 1:04:52 PM     Post Reply
While politicians have kept the focus on the fiscal cliff and displaced anger toward law-abiding citizens who own guns, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was able to quietly overturn longstanding precedents to give unions some Christmas gifts that will ultimately hand them a windfall. In the steamrolling style that is now the hallmark of the Obama administration and its extensions, the NLRB voted 3-1 to gut the Supreme Court’s 1988 Communication Workers of America v. Beck decision, whereby union workers in non-right-to-work states were able to withhold the portion of their dues that unions spend on political activism.

Officials warn against
firing guns in air
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2012 1:00:28 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES- Los Angeles officials have warned people against firing guns into the air when celebrating the New Year -- anyone caught doing so could face a $10,000 fine. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said firearm misuse is on everyone´s minds going into the holiday, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.(Snip) Villaraigosa said authorities will pursue criminal charges for anyone caught in possession of a weapon in public. Anyone found guilty faces a fine of up to $10,000 and a possible three-year jail sentence.

Newark´s Shabazz High School
fights for survival, on the
shoulders of its athletes and staff
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Matthew Stanmyre    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/30/2012 12:30:14 PM     Post Reply
Newark — The buses were quiet and dark as they rolled home toward Newark´s South Ward. Inside, rows of bruised, muddy football players from Malcolm X Shabazz High School said nothing. The only sounds were sniffles and muffled crying. The 2012 high school football season had just ended without a state championship — the way every season ends at Shabazz. The head coach, Darnell Grant, sat glassy-eyed in the front of the lead bus, heartache building in his chest.(Snip) When he arrived at Shabazz in 2010, Grant found a school choked by chaos. Gangs fought inside and outside the main buildings.

Western Character Actor
Harry Carey Jr. Dies at 91
Daily Mail, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Liblady- 12/30/2012 12:22:21 PM     Post Reply
Western character actor Harry Carey, Jr. died on Thursday aged 91. His daughter Melinda confirmed that he passed away from natural causes surrounded by family at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, California. She said on Friday: ‘He went out as gracefully as he came in.’
Staff has split headline.

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