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Syrian exodus reaches
Europe´s doorstep
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/13/2013 4:19:56 PM     Post Reply
The shipwreck off Malta that claimed the lives of more than 30 migrants revealed yet another facet of Syria´s humanitarian nightmare, the largest displacement of people in decades. Since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 some seven million people, nearly a third of the population, have been displaced, with two million of them fleeing across the border, according to UN figures. (Snip) Some 47,000 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe, leading to calls from several nations for a unified EU response which has yet to materialise. Since the start of the year, Syrians have filed some 13,000

Thousands riot in Russia over
migrant-blamed murder
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/13/2013 4:10:01 PM     Post Reply
Thousands rioted Sunday in Moscow, bashing in the doors and windows of a shopping centre and beating up security guards in a nationalist protest sparked by a murder blamed on a migrant. The crowd, chanting "Russia for Russians", also beat down the doors of a nearby vegetable warehouse where many immigrants were working, an AFP photographer reported. (Snip) The riot in Moscow´s southern Biryulyovo district broke out over the killing Thursday of a 25-year-old local man who was stabbed to death as his fiancee watched. The murderer fled the scene but was caught on surveillance cameras that suggested he could

Obama´s Evasive Letter to
Benghazi Victim´s Father
Breitbart Big Peace, by Diana West    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/13/2013 4:09:52 PM     Post Reply
On September 11, 2013, Charles Woods appeared on Fox News´s Hannity and read aloud four questions about Benghazi from a letter he’d sent to President Obama. Woods, whose son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, added: “What we want are not just answers. We also want the truth.” President Obama has now written in reply to Woods’ letter. This marks the president’s first response to direct questions about Benghazi since May of this year when he answered one question at a press conference. That particular question concerned aftermath “talking points,” not the

  


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A job engine sputters
as hospitals cut staff
USA Today, by Paul Davidson and Barbara Hansen    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 10/13/2013 4:06:50 PM     Post Reply
Hospitals, a reliable source of employment growth in the recession and its aftermath, are starting to cut thousands of jobs amid falling insurance payments and in-patient visits. (Snip) This month, Indiana University Health laid off about 900 workers as part of a move to trim its budget by $1 billion over five years. Vanderbilt plans to eliminate 1,000 jobs by year-end to help shave operating costs 8% a year. And the Cleveland Clinic is offering buyouts to 3,000 employees as it shaves its annual operating costs by $330 million. "This is a challenging time for the health care industry," says

Crowd storms World War II
Memorial
WTOP [Washington,DC], by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 10/13/2013 3:55:59 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown. Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted "Tear down these walls!" and sang "God Bless America" as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

McCain: We Need Biden´s Help
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 10/13/2013 3:53:28 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) asked for Vice President Joe Biden to step in and help broker a deal over the government shutdown, stating, “maybe we need to get Joe Biden out of the witness protection program.” He said “I’m glad that negotiations are going on. I’m disappointed that twice…we were close to a deal and the Democrats moved the goalposts, in light of the polling data.” McCain criticized President Obama for not being as active as President Clinton was during the 1995 shutdown, stating he was “disappointed” in Obama. Democrats, McCain continued, needed to

Palin: Lonegan Campaign
Has "Momentum"
Breitbart Big Government, by Kevin Scholla    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 10/13/2013 3:48:08 PM     Post Reply
NEW EGYPT, N.J. — A tidal wave hit Ocean County, New Jersey on a windy Saturday afternoon. It came all the way from Alaska. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was met by an enthusiastic crowd when she joined The Tea Party Express and Mark Levin to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan. The rally was held at New Egypt Speedway, a fitting backdrop considering how fast Lonegan has soared in the polls. "Something big is happening here. It´s called momentum," Palin said. "You have the momentum with Steve´s campaign."

  


  

Girls ´harassed´ in school
bathroom by transgender student
told his rights trump their privacy
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 10/13/2013 3:39:10 PM     Post Reply
The rights of a transgendered Colorado high school student are being put ahead of girls the boy harasses in the girls bathroom. A male student at Florence (CO) High School who claims to be transgendered has caused controversy by harassing female students in the girls room, but will not face any discipline – this despite vocal protests from the girls’ parents. ‘The boy’s rights as a transgender trump their daughters’ privacy rights,’ the school has told concerned parents, according to CBN. Unidentified because all involved are minors, the students are being threatened with removal from sports teams or even hate crime charges

Red Cross workers kidnapped in Syria
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/13/2013 3:18:08 PM     Post Reply
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says gunmen have abducted six of its workers and one Red Crescent volunteer in north-west Syria. The aid agency has had no contact with the gunmen, an ICRC spokesman says. Earlier, Syrian state media said gunmen had opened fire on Red Cross staff travelling on the road between Sarmin and Saraqeb in Idlib province. [Snip] A convoy carrying six ICRC staff members and one Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer was intercepted by unidentified armed gunmen near the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province, ICRC spokeswoman Rima Kamal told the BBC.

Lower 2014 income can net
huge health care subsidy
San Francisco Chronicle, by Kathleen Pender    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/13/2013 3:09:46 PM     Post Reply
People whose 2014 income will be a little too high to get subsidized health insurance from Covered California next year should start thinking now about ways to lower it to increase their odds of getting the valuable tax subsidy. "If they can adjust (their income), they should," says Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation. "It´s not cheating, it´s allowed." Under the Affordable Care Act, if your 2014 income is between 138 and 400 percent of poverty level for your household size, you can purchase health insurance on a state-run exchange (such as Covered California) and receive

NFL ban off-duty cops from
carrying guns into stadiums
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/13/2013 2:50:57 PM     Post Reply
Off-duty cops are no longer able to carry their weapons to NFL stadiums according to a new policy. Texas is the only state in which an off-duty cop can carry his gun into the stadium. When checking in, a cop can use a special gate and inform stadium officials of where they will be seated with their gun. The head of Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Bob Cherry, is outraged by the NFL´s decision. Cherry believes that post 9-11 terrorist times call for more security all the time--even off-duty. The NFL statement to WBAL Radio says that off-duty cops at

  


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Red Andy, the Labour hopeful
who says Stalin improved living
standards and the Berlin Wall
was ´a great success´*
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/13/2013 2:40:49 PM     Post Reply
‘Red’ Ed Miliband is keen to play down suggestions that Labour has ‘lurched to the Left’ under his leadership. But the message doesn’t seem to have reached leafy Chippenham, where the party has just selected an apologist for Stalin as its candidate for the next General Election. (Snip) He has called the Berlin Wall ‘a great success’ and praised the ‘significant improvement in working class living standards’ during Stalin’s Great Terror. He described the attacks on Pearl Harbour as the ‘opening salvo in a war between two rival imperialisms’ – equating America with wartime Japan under Emperor Hirohito –

World Bank head Jim Yong Kim
warns US is ‘five days away from a
very dangerous moment’ because of
the government’s borrowing crisis
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 10/13/2013 2:32:31 PM     Post Reply
The president of the World Bank on Saturday warned the United States was just ´days away´ from causing a global economic disaster unless politicians come up with a plan to raise the nation´s debt limit and avoid default. ´We´re now five days away from a very dangerous moment. I urge U.S. policymakers to quickly come to a resolution before they reach the debt ceiling deadline...Inaction could result in interest rates rising, confidence falling and growth slowing,´ World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a briefing following a meeting of the bank´s Development Committee. ´If this comes to pass, it

Rally at World War II Memorial
Ends at White House
NBC 4 [Washington DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/13/2013 2:29:13 PM     Post Reply
Protestors of the government shutdown began at the World War II Memorial early Saturday morning and ended at the White House gates and fence Saturday afternoon. The group was upset with the closure of memorials in Washington due to the shutdown stalemate. The original WWII protest was organized by the Million Vet March group, but took on a more political tone. According to NBC News, the president was in the White House at the time the protesters arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Video from cameras on the White House lawn showed people carrying barricades, presumably from the WW II memorial,

Candy Crowley Asks Rand Paul
If He’d Consider Becoming a Democrat
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/13/2013 1:52:57 PM     Post Reply
Does Candy Crowley work for CNN or the Democratic Party? It was tough to tell Sunday when after the State of the Union host asked guest Rand Paul (R-Ky.) if recent polling indicated the beginning of the end of the Republican Party, she actually asked him if he’d ever consider becoming a Democrat (video follows with transcript and commentary): During her conversation with Paul, Crowley predictably showed a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing Republicans taking the brunt of the blame for the recent government shutdown. “Do you think, as many have now started talking about, and I grant

  


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Pentagon unit held ´phony´ ceremonies
for MIAs, using planes that can´t fly
NBC News, by Bill Dedman    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 10/13/2013 1:22:03 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called "arrival ceremonies" for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men and women returning that day from old battlefields. After NBC News raised questions about the arrival ceremonies, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn´t even fly but were towed into position. The solemn ceremonies at a military base in Hawaii are a sign of the

How to repair the social fabric:
War-torn Afghanistan opens its
first synthetic fibre factory
(with a little help from the U.S.)
Daily Mail (UK), by Nick Enoch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/13/2013 1:09:29 PM     Post Reply
As clouds of cotton swirl around him, a labourer - protected by headscarf and glasses - plays his part to boost Afghanistan´s economy. He is one of the workers in the country´s first synthetic fibre manufacturing plant, which opened last Tuesday. The Paktika Shaheen factory, in Kabul, was set up with $2million of investment from the U.S. and will initially provide employment for around 300 workers.At the opening ceremony, factory chairman Haji Sheikh Mohammad told Wadsam News it would recycle plastic bottles to make fibre for artificial cotton and carpets. And according to officials, the site can produce seven tonnes

"Million" vets are in DC to
demand their monuments be opened
Washington Times (D.C), by Susan L Ruth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/13/2013 12:57:54 PM     Post Reply
Washington {Updated}: Thousands of protesters have arrived at the World War II memorial this morning to protest the closure of the memorials during the government shut down. The protestors have removed the barriers and have entered the monument. Senators Mike Lee - Utah and Ted Cruz - Texas as well as Sarah Palin were among the crowd that chanted “Tear down these walls” and sang patriotic songs according to local news coverage from WTOP, as the barriers were removed. About 15 tractor trailer trucks from the Ride for the Constitution protest, which took place two days ago,

´We Are Marching to the White House´:
´Million Vet March´ Descends on
Washington, Barricades Torn Down
Breibart's Big Government, by Breibart News    Original Article
Posted By: tyshab- 10/13/2013 12:54:32 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday, protesting the barricades placed at memorials around Washington D.C. by the vindictive Obama administration, veterans removed the barricades and proceeded to take them to the White House. Multiple people tweeted photos of the barricades being removed and taken for presidential inspection:

JPAC admits to phony ceremonies
honoring ‘returning’ remains
Stars and Stripes, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/13/2013 12:42:51 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains returning that day from old battlefields. The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn’t even fly, and were towed into position. The story was first reported on nbcnews.com. The ceremonies at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii are held up as a sign of the nation’s commitment to

  



Crowd storms World War II Memorial
WTOP (Washington DC), by Jamie Forzato    Original Article
Posted By: tyshab- 10/13/2013 12:36:50 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown. Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted "Tear down these walls!" and sang "God Bless America" as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

MURRAY: Obama ‘clueless
about this country in some
profoundly disturbing ways’
Daily Caller, by Ginni Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/13/2013 12:06:36 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama successfully portrayed himself as a uniting candidate during the 2008 election, but his actions in office deepened the partisan divide, author and American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview. “In the 2008 campaign, I actually believed that [Obama] was going to try to be a president who would bridge the partisan divide and compromise,” Murray said. “His rhetoric was really pretty good, and his behavior since he got into office has been the polar opposite. And it is getting worse rather than better.” Obama’s carefully cultivated demeanor of sophistication drew

146,000 Michiganders, at least,
face loss of cheap policies under
new health care reform rules
Detroit Free Press, by Robin Erb    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/13/2013 12:05:46 PM     Post Reply
At least 146,000 Michiganders — and possibly thousands more — with health coverage purchased directly from insurers now are learning their polices will end Dec. 31 because they don’t meet the minimum requirements of the federal health care act. Under the law, each policy must cover essential benefits in 10 categories. Instead of beefing up these policies, insurers are opting to drop them, advising consumers to consider other policies that are now available either from the insurers directly or though the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the state exchange. The policies that are ending were often less expensive

Will North Korea ever learn Photoshop?
News.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/13/2013 12:02:24 PM     Post Reply
Once again North Korea has been caught faking officials photos. The secretive state has a reputation for doctoring images of the regime and in the past it has been accused of photoshopping shots of war exercises to make its military look bigger, and releasing photos of non-existent missiles. The latest alleged deception is a scene showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his staff at a new children’s hospital under construction in Pyongyang. It was put out by the the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and online users immediately seized on it as a fraud. “Can someone please help the North Korean government

Assessing the Government
Shutdown: The Long View
Power Line, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/13/2013 11:57:45 AM     Post Reply
The conventional wisdom right now is that the government shutdown ranks somewhere between a debacle and a catastrophe for Republicans, and their abject surrender is expected before too much longer. I’m not so sure. While I thought the shutdown was a dubious and unwise tactic, I think taking a longer view may cast a different light on the scene. First of all, like the sequester, have the majority of Americans noticed its effects beyond what the media has been screaming about? The bullying tactics of forcibly shutting off public spaces like the World War II memorial on the mall has surely

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