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In cable the day he died,
U.S. ambassador warned Clinton
about Benghazi security
Washington Guardian, by John Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2013 10:14:23 AM     Post Reply
Just hours before he died in a terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Ambassador Chris Stevens sent a cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton painting a chaotic, violent portrait of the eastern Libya city and warning that local militias were threatening to pull the security they afforded U.S. officials. Militia leaders told U.S. officials just two days before the attack that they were angered by U.S. support of a particular candidate for Libyan prime minister and warned “they would not continue to guarantee security in Benghazi, a critical function they asserted they were currently providing,”

Gun issue could
decide midterm elections
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Matt Mackowiak    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/22/2013 10:12:47 AM     Post Reply
Only six votes truly matter in the fight over gun control. Five are vulnerable Senate Democrats from deeply red states. The five senators (with Obama 2012 vote percentages) are Mark Begich of Alaska (40.8 percent), Max Baucus of Montana (41.7 percent), Tim Johnson of South Dakota (39.9 percent), Mark Pryor of Arkansas (36.9 percent) and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana (40.6 percent). (Snip) Red-state America cannot stand being lectured by wealthy Northeastern liberals about guns, when most of them have never fired one, cannot tell the difference between semi-automatic and automatic and have their children in private

Rooney Rule eyed for coordinators
ESPN.com, by Chris Mortensen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:11:45 AM     Post Reply
The NFL has discussed an expansion to the Rooney Rule under which teams would be required to interview minority candidates for vacant coordinator jobs, league sources told ESPN. The NFL expressed its disappointment in a statement after 14 head coach and front-office jobs were filled without one minority being hired. The league indicated changes were being discussed. No decision has been made, but the NFL likely will mandate that teams with returning head coaches include minority interviews for coordinator vacancies, hoping to broaden the pool of potential head-coaching candidates, one source said.

  


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Let elderly people
´hurry up and die´,
says Japanese minister
Guardian [UK], by Justin McCurry    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/22/2013 10:11:45 AM     Post Reply
Tokyo-Japan´s new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens of millions of voters by suggesting that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country´s finances.Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care.(Snip)Aso´s comments are likely to cause offence in Japan, where almost a quarter of the 128 million population is aged over 60. The proportion is forecast to rise to 40% over the next 50

McDonald´s pays out $700k
to Muslims after falsely
saying its food was halal
Daily Mail [UK], by Suzannah Hills    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/22/2013 10:10:32 AM     Post Reply
McDonald´s has paid out $700,000 to members of the Muslim community after one of its franchise restaurants in Michigan falsely advertised its food had been prepared according to Islamic dietary laws. A Muslim Detroit resident, Ahmed Ahmed, claimed he bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald´s but found it was not halal - meaning it did not meet Islamic requirements for preparing food. The restaurant is one of two in Dearborn which sells halal products to cater for an area with one of the nation´s largest Arab and Muslim communities. Mr Ahmed then approached lawyer Kassem

Shep Smith On Lukewarm Gun
Control Support: ‘If We Stuck
With The Polls, We’d Have Had
Slavery A Lot Longer’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 10:08:06 AM     Post Reply
In a conversation with The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard, Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith expressed his frustration with the lack of demand among lawmakers in Washington for new gun control measures. Stoddard observed that there is no consensus in public opinion polling data on gun control, and even less consensus among lawmakers on what new measures to adopt. Smith countered by insisting that had America’s lawmakers relied on polling data alone, “we’d have had slavery a lot longer than we did.” (Snip) Smith noted that President Barack Obama made some promises during the campaign which he must

Sarkozy´s plans ´to dodge
new 75% French tax rate
by moving to London with
wife Carla and setting up
£1bn private equity fund´
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Allen    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/22/2013 10:02:02 AM     Post Reply
Paris- Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing to move to London to set up a billion pounds plus investment fund, it was claimed today. If the move goes ahead, the controversial Frenchman will become the latest to escape a potential top tax rate of 75 per cent in his home country. He and his former supermodel third wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would be likely to settle in an affluent district like South Kensington – so becoming the most high profile Gallic celebrity couple in the city. But the former president is under investigation for corruption in France,

  


  

Obama´s No-Show
at the OK Corral
American Thinker, by Geoffrey P. Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/22/2013 10:00:35 AM     Post Reply
And now president Obama has delivered his locked-and-loaded twenty-three point Executive Order for curing violence in America. Breathless previews predicted the president would call for a 21st Amendment copycat. Instead, Obama pledged to nominate an ATF Director, a position officially vacant but occupied by acting appointees since George W. Bush was in the White House. The One then ordered federal law enforcement to trace ownership of guns used in a crime -- no doubt inspired by "Handgun Crime Rules For Dummies". Twenty-one other air-pistol salutes

Obama´s Impassioned Defense
of Activist Government
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 9:59:02 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address Monday to offer an aggressive, unapologetic defense of activist government and to call for a new spirit of unity even as he seeks to move the country even further left. But in celebrating the power of the government to lead the nation forward, Obama breezed past the costs of an ever-growing public sector and made only passing mention of the country’s most urgent problem as he took the oath to lead it: debt. The United States is now $16.4 trillion in debt. We’ve accumulated more than a third of that

Valerie Jarrett: ´You´re Going
to See the President Traveling
Around the Country More´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/22/2013 9:54:36 AM     Post Reply
After two years of frequent flying and constant campaigning that took him all around the country, President Obama isn´t finished: "You´re going to see the president traveling around the country more," Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Monday, Inauguration Day. Host Joe Scarborough asked Jarrett how President Obama plans to avoid the difficulties that have beset other presidents in their second terms. "Well," replied Jarrett, "you have to stay focused, and you have to develop an agenda that reflects the priorities of the American people. I think the president has done that.

Obama vows to give every American
the chance to pay more taxes
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/22/2013 9:41:12 AM     Post Reply
Fallon: Cirque du Soleil like many companies has announced that it is cutting jobs--400 of them, in fact. So on the downside, hundreds of clowns will lose their jobs. But on the bright side, it’ll free up, like, two spaces in the parking lot. Fallon: Both parties in Washington are writing a new bill to reduce mammogram and prostate exam costs. But don’t worry, they’ll still be free at the airport. Fallon: Mallory Hagan is the new Miss America, from Brooklyn.

  


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Child services report ‘troubling’
Boston Herald, by Matt Stout    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 9:22:44 AM     Post Reply
Forty children died in 2011 while under the state’s watch, including five youths who were gunned down, seven who committed suicide and a dozen babies — some sleeping in an adult’s bed — who were deemed victims of sudden and unexpected infant deaths, according to an alarming report one outraged lawmaker called “troubling and frustrating.” The report by the Office of the Child Advocate, the state’s independent watchdog, also shows fatalities among kids under the care of various state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families, are on the rise, jumping from 36 in 2010 and

Mickelson backtracks on further
comment on taxes after speaking
out over high rate
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 9:16:40 AM     Post Reply
Golf star Phil Mickelson says he regrets publicly commenting that he may have to leave California over high taxes, saying he should not have spoken out on such a personal topic. In a statement to Fox News late Monday, Mickelson apologized to anyone he may have "upset or insulted" with the comments that his high tax bracket was causing him to consider “drastic changes” in his life, including possibly moving his family out of state and even retiring from the game of golf. "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions

Files show how LA church
leaders controlled damage
Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/22/2013 9:14:02 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children.

What Obama really said in that
inaugural speech (And what he left out)
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/22/2013 9:11:38 AM     Post Reply
Not many inaugural addresses go down in history books as memorable, especially second inaugural addresses. Despite the incumbent Democrat´s pride in his speechmaking skills, Barack Hussein Obama´s first inaugural speech was memorable in 2009, not for anything he said, but for the fact that an African American was saying it.[Snip] Officials estimated Obama´s inauguration crowd about half the 2009 gathering. Much of the media coverage of Monday´s 2,100-word speech focused on the downright liberal nature of the agenda Obama outlined, although he did not say the words "liberal" or its preferred code word "progressive."

  


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New Zealand environmental
advocate launches campaign
to ban cats as pets
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 9:10:14 AM     Post Reply
WELLINGTON, New Zealand –Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign. Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation´s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil´s horns. The opening line: "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer." He doesn´t recommended people euthanize their current cats --

McDonald´s settles $700,000
suit over Islamic diet in US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 9:04:30 AM     Post Reply
DEARBORN, Michigan –McDonald´s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald´s and Finley´s Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers. Ahmed´s attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he´s "thrilled" with the preliminary deal that´s expected to be finalized March 1.

Alicia Keys reworks hit song
for inauguration: ‘Obama’s on
fire - hotter than a fantasy’
Washington Examiner [DC], by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 8:59:21 AM     Post Reply
Last night at the inaugural ball, singer Alicia Keys reworked her hit song ‘Girl on Fire’ to feature President Obama – on fire. “She’s getting a round of applause from me,” CNN’s Piers Morgan noted after the song was over. “She may have just given the best free concert in the world!” Read the new lyrics below: He’s president and he’s on fire, hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway -He’s living in a world, and it’s on fire -Filled with catastrophe, but he knows he can fly away -

Inside the 2013 Inaugural Ball
Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/22/2013 8:53:28 AM     Post Reply
9:54 p.m. -- Stevie Wonder is taking the stage at the Inaugural ball. The crowd has thinned considerably since the Obamas danced. (Snip) 9:14 p.m. -- A hitch before the president´s arrival. The escalators going up to the next level have stopped working, forcing several people who want to leave the ballroom to trek up the stairs in heels and "good clothes." Overheard on the escalators: "This sucks. I could have stayed home and watched this on TV." (Snip) A D.C. couple was taking in the inauguration spectacle from their front stoop a block away, sitting and sipping wine
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Second Houston-area man
confirmed dead in Algeria
Houston Chronicle, by Harry R. Weber & Dan Wallach    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 8:52:07 AM     Post Reply
The State Department on Monday identified a second Houston-area resident as among the Americans killed during the hostage siege at an Algerian oil field. A spokewoman said Victor Lynn Lovelady was killed in the siege — dashing the hopes of family members who said last week they were told Lovelady, 57, was alive but still being held hostage. His brother, Michael Lovelady of Nederland near Beaumont, told the Beaumont Enterprise Monday morning that the family received preliminary notification on Saturday that Victor Lovelady was dead.

  



Courts Strike Down Challenges
to Right to Work
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 8:46:37 AM     Post Reply
A pair of federal courts struck down union challenges to labor reforms in Indiana and Wisconsin last week, preserving major Republican gains aimed at cutting costs and attracting business. Federal Judge Philip Simon on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit aimed at preventing Indiana from becoming the first right-to-work state in the Midwest. He rejected the union’s contention that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and the legislature overreached in pursuing labor reforms. “None of the legal challenges launched by the union here to attack Indiana’s new Right to Work law can succeed,” he wrote. “The electorate can ultimately decide whether [lawmakers’] judgments

Sasha Obama yawn, Michelle
Obama eye roll entertain during
inaugural festivities
United Press International, by Gabrielle Levy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/22/2013 8:43:00 AM     Post Reply
At just 11 years old, Sasha Obama has lived most of her life in the limelight, first as the daughter of a rising star candidate, then as the youngest member of the first family. In addition to the pressure to excel at all the things most 11-year-olds must deal with--homework, after school sports, navigating the awkward pre-teen phase--Sasha has to sit attentively at many of her dad´s long speeches under the watchful eyes of the cameras and millions of views across the country. Most days, she wears it well, bearing official events with patience beyond what

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