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WWII fighter pilot’s dog tags returning
to family after nearly 70 years
News-Journal [Clovis, NM], by Emily Crowe    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 7:35:17 AM     Post Reply
A World War II fighter pilot’s dog tags will be returned to their rightful heirs this Veterans Day after a nearly 70-year trek home to the United States. Air Force Lt. Jack Robbins’s plane was shot down by enemy fire on June 24, 1944, near St. Giles, France, and a French family hid and cared for him for several weeks until Germans evacuated their farm. Robbins was captured and spent the next 10 months as a prisoner of war. He lost his dog tags somewhere along the way. Robbins escaped imprisonment in April 1945, returned to the United States, and became a farmer

Former NFL quarterback Tim
Tebow considering a career
in college broadcasting
Yahoo! Sports, by Anwar S. Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 11/11/2013 7:28:32 AM     Post Reply
Tim Tebow has been unable to land an NFL job since the New England Patriots released him earlier this year, but it appears he is preparing for a second career. According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Tebow is still interested in landing an NFL job. However, he could end up in a college broadcast booth or studio next year. Tim Tebow hired prominent broadcast agent CAA’s Nick Khan to join Jimmy Sexton in repping him. If no NFL, will look at college TV jobs. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013 This is the first time there has been any indication Tebow might

Obamacare: Who’s Crying Now?
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 11/11/2013 6:49:40 AM     Post Reply
It is wrong, of course, to take pleasure in the misfortune of others. Still, I must confess that I have derived no small amount of schadenfreude from news stories about Obamacare advocates who have been adversely affected by the not-so-Affordable Care Act. It would take a stronger man than yours truly to suppress a smile as the law’s media pimps whine about their cancelled health plans, when smug urban progressives get mugged by the reality of “reform,” and lifelong Democrats publically denounce President Obama as a brazen liar while declaring their intention to become foot soldiers for the Republican Party.



Veterans: Thank You, Thank You
Townhall, by Katie Kieffer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 6:48:16 AM     Post Reply
Veterans, we think about you all the time. Sometimes we fail to tell you. Today, on Veteran’s Day, we put our admiration for you into words. World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. We will start with you. You fought for our freedom. You watched your closest friends fall by your side and you were heartbroken, knowing it could have been you. You shoulder the burden of painful and haunting memories. Many of you have physical wounds; you sacrificed your warrior’s body for us, people you never met. You use a cane or a wheelchair now because of your choice

Meet The seemingly
unfireable female firefighter
New York Post, by Susan Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 11/11/2013 6:38:44 AM     Post Reply
She’s the Teflon probie. Despite failing a required FDNY running test five times, Wendy Tapia was allowed to graduate from the Fire Academy and become a firefighter. On Dec. 2, she is taking the test for an unprecedented sixth time. Tapia was one of only five women among 285 new firefighters who graduated from the FDNY’s Randall’s Island training academy on May 17. The class was hailed as the most diverse group of rookies ever, all of them EMTs or paramedics seeking promotion to firefighter. She joined a group of just 35 women among the 11,000 Bravest. But Tapia, 31,

EU and US to resume trade deal talks
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/11/2013 6:34:19 AM     Post Reply
The EU and US are to begin a second round of negotiations towards creating the world´s biggest free-trade deal. Talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) had been set for October, but were postponed because of the US government shutdown. Relations have become strained after claims that the US listened to German leader Angela Merkel´s mobile calls. [Snip] Mr Schmieding said one area where agreed standards could help bring down costs was in the automotive trade, if the US and Europe could decide on agreed standards for cars. However, he says that potential stumbling blocks include the areas of personal data

Starvation and fear in the land laid waste by
200mph typhoon that killed at least 10,000:
Dazed survivors scour the streets for food
and mobs attack aid trucks in Philippines
Daily Mail [UK], by Becky Evans*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/11/2013 6:25:33 AM     Post Reply
Desperate survivors of the devastating Philippines typhoon told how they had to steal from the dead to eat. In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters. Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees. [Snip] Dazed survivors walked the streets ‘like zombies looking for food’ while looters ransacked shops and mobs attacked aid trucks loaded with food, tents and water.



Dems: Christie can be beaten
The Hill (Washington DC), by Niall Stanage    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 6:25:09 AM     Post Reply
Democrats insist they can thwart Chris Christie if he seeks the White House in 2016 despite the broad appeal he showed in winning reelection last week. Even though the New Jersey governor secured more than 60 percent of the votes against state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), Democratic strategists in the Garden State and beyond believe he has vulnerabilities they could exploit in a national election. Above all, they assert that Christie’s famously combative style could result in a loss of self-control during the heat of a presidential campaign. Steve Elmendorf, who served as deputy campaign manager for then-Sen. John Kerry’s

Game of Fools
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/11/2013 6:15:22 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s foreign policy record remains intact. Across the world from which he is withdrawing American power and influence, governments are recognizing that where once a superpower resided, now only a shadow remains. First it was left to the Communist Chinese to admonish us against spending too much. Then they began a campaign to replace the dollar as the reserve currency of the world. The French led us into Libya because they needed to protect their oil interests there. Then Vladimir Putin bamboozled Obama into an agreement on Syria which goes against America interests by enabling Assad to remain in power

Marine A must face justice, but
the law has its limits in warfare
Telegraph [UK], by Boris Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 6:13:51 AM     Post Reply
You can see why so many people have raised eyebrows at the verdict against the soldier known as “Marine A”. This is the man convicted of murder for taking the life of a Taliban fighter while on patrol in Helmand in September 2011 – the first serviceman to be convicted of murder in both the Iraq and the Afghan conflicts. “Murder?” people say. This didn’t take place in some suburban living room. This was on a field of battle, and the man who died was an enemy combatant, a jihadi who would almost certainly have rejoiced to blow the whole

Kerry: Obama prepared to
use force in Iran
Washington Times (D.C), by David Sherfinski & Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 6:09:47 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration’s carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb. “We can’t let mythology and politics start to cloud reality,” said Mr. Kerry, who dismissed criticism that the administration has done a poor job leveraging American power in international talks — the latest round of which closed over the weekend without a breakthrough — over Iran’s



To sculptor, spirits of Navy SEALs
heroes are still alive
Washington Times (D.C), by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 6:03:11 AM     Post Reply
They loom over him, brandishing their weapons, their gaze steady. The sculptor can feel the presence of the heroes he honors in clay and bronze, U.S. Navy SEALs all. And all of them gone. “I am an intuitive artist. I believe and I feel that their spirits are in the room when I am working, and that they’re helping me finish that work,” said Greg Marra, a Florida sculptor who is a man on a mission. He is determined to tell the stories of fallen American warriors. “I know it sounds crazy, but I feel their presence. That’s what happens

A Republican Party That
Can´t Win Vs. A Democratic
Party That Can´t Govern
Forbes, by J.T. Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:54:15 AM     Post Reply
America appears to be witnessing the Party that Can’t Win, versus the Party that Can’t Govern. From the self-inflicted fiscal crisis to Obamacare’s failed unveiling, Washington could hardly appear worse. While long-term success awaits the party that can win and govern, right now neither party seems able to do so. The fiscal crisis was of Washington’s own making. Although they did not do it singlehandedly, Republicans took the bulk of the blame for it. Republicans’ biggest failing was attempting to force the White House to acquiesce in a high-stakes struggle with a low probability of success. From the beginning, they knew

History Channel plans to remake
historically problematic ‘Roots’
New York Post, by Eric Fettman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:50:06 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of successful slavery-themed movies like “12 Years a Slave,” “The Butler” and “Lincoln,” the History Channel just announced plans to remake “Roots,” the landmark 1977 mini-series that drew record ratings. How will they handle the hoax problem? “Roots” was based on the late Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning runaway best-seller, which was billed as a factual account (albeit with some fictional embellishments) of his family’s history from Africa through slavery in the South to present times. All this was said to be based on generations of oral history corroborated by painstakingly researched outside documents. But as I wrote in these

If Americans can´t trust Obama,
why should the world trust him
on Iran´s nuclear program?
Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:47:15 AM     Post Reply
As millions of Americans grapple with letters from their insurance companies notifying them that their policies have been cancelled despite President Obama´s repeated promises over a five year period that it wouldn´t happen, it´s become clear that Americans have no reason to trust his word. It also reinforces why there´s no reason for the rest of the world to believe another famous pledge: "I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say." Despite Secretary of State John Kerry playing footsie



Repeal is the Only Fix
RedState, by Erick Erickson    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 11/11/2013 5:43:35 AM     Post Reply
There are, winding their way through the House and Senate, several Republican proposals to fix or ameliorate the effects of Obamacare. I get the desire to message. The Republicans are always messaging. Heck, back in 2009, the GOP offered up a series of amendments to contrast Republican ideas on healthcare to Democrat ideas. Senator John Kyl, then the Republican Senate Whip, went on Bill Bennett’s radio show to talk about the GOP effort to stop Obamacare and said, “I think we can be fairly upfront about it. Our strategy is not actually to delay and not take votes. . . .Our strategy

IRS lost $4 BILLION to identity thieves
in 2012 as it targeted the tea party
Daily Caller, by Katie McHugh    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/11/2013 5:42:58 AM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service sent $4 billion to identity thieves filing fraudulent tax returns in 2012, at the same time it was devoting resources to invasive politically targeted audits of not-for-profit groups, according to a recent report released by Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George. The IRS, which is now overseeing Obamacare’s complicated implementation and collecting its tax penalties, sent 343 tax refunds to a single address in Shanghai, and another 655 tax refunds one in Lithuania, according to CBS News. A statement detailing a similar report filed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found 1.1 million fraudulent tax returns

The Most Anticipated Chess Match In
Decades Is Off To A Disastrous Start
Business Insider, by Joe Wiesenthal    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:38:46 AM     Post Reply
The most anticipated chess match in decades is happening right now in Chennai, India. The match pits current world champion Viswanathan Anand against the 22-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who is the highest-rated player in the world. One obvious reason the contest is so exciting is that Carlsen is a young prodigy, while Anand (43) is part of an older generation. The pair are playing a best-of-12 series. If neither side has won a majority of games by that point, a series of tiebreaker games will be played. Garry Kasparov, probably the most famous chess player of all-time, wrote here that a Carlsen

John Kerry’s Middle East dream world
Washington Post, by Jackson Diehl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:34:05 AM     Post Reply
Imagine a world in which the Middle East is not descending into carnage and chaos but is on the brink of a monumental series of breakthroughs. By next spring,Iran’s nuclear program will be secured and Egypt will be a liberal democracy. Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has stepped aside. And, not least, Israelis and Palestinians have settled on the terms for a Palestinian state. This is the world that John Kerry inhabited as he shuttled across the world last week: a fantastical realm created by his billowing vision of what he can accomplish as secretary of state. Meanwhile, on this planet, aid

Background Checks as the New Racism
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:31:47 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has a schizophrenic attitude toward requiring people to go through criminal-background checks. Last week, Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) grilled Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, about why the 45,000 “navigators” who assist people in signing up for Obamacare aren’t required to undergo a criminal-background check, even though they handle sensitive personal information. “So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” Cornyn asked her. “That is possible,” said Sebelius, noting that states could always impose their own requirements — as some have done. The risk


The Man to Reestablish the GOP—Maybe
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:27:58 AM     Post Reply
If the battles roiling the Republican Party over the last four years were a Star Wars film, last week’s elections might be titled “The Establishment Strikes Back.” No matter what you call it, the star is Chris Christie. After suffering repeated indignities at the hands of conservative activists and political neophytes, the party’s donors, consultants, and less Tea Party-friendly politicians reminded the country that they too can win—and also sit on their hands whenever the GOP nominates candidates they dislike, just as much as any grassroots conservative group. But this bit of conventional wisdom, while truer than most, can be overstated. The

The Show Must Go On
Weekly Standard, by The Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/11/2013 5:25:43 AM     Post Reply
There are few better examples of the fecklessness of the Obama presidency than the sight of the huckster-in-chief speaking at a conference to sell foreign companies on the advantages of investing in the United States, which is what he stooped to on October 31 at the SelectUSA Investment Summit. There are two possible reasons for him to have done this: The first is that he really thinks that he can give a speech and spur foreign direct investment. That perspective is, of course, asinine, and would be the Washington equivalent of a Pacific island cargo cult. It’s not like a

Chris Christie for President?
Townhall.com, by Rachel Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 11/11/2013 5:24:37 AM     Post Reply
Last week, it came out that New Jersey‘s Republican Governor Chris Christie refused to campaign for Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race, which no doubt contributed to Cuccinelli’s loss. The jovial, fun-loving, charismatic Christie is wildly popular, with the second highest approval rating of Republican governors. He won re-election in Democratic-stronghold New Jersey by a landslide last week, with 60 percent of the vote to his Democrat challenger’s 39 percent. Christie and the Republican establishment wrote the Virginia gubernatorial race off; the RNC spent only one-third as much money on the race than it did in 2009. Even so,

Dear Governor Christie
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/11/2013 5:22:05 AM     Post Reply
I KNOW, governor, I know: It’s still too early for presidential speculation, you’re just focused on the job at hand and any talk of 2016, while flattering, is purely hypothetical. But just in case you do have some faint, slight, extremely modest interest in parlaying your landslide re-election into a presidential bid, here are four 2016 “don’ts” to keep in mind: Don’t be Jon Huntsman. This sounds easy enough, but obvious pitfalls are still worth pointing out. For the next two years, you’re going to be hailed up and down the Acela Corridor as the Great Moderate Hope, the anti-Tea Party

Falling European satellite
burns up upon re-entry
CNN, by Matt Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/11/2013 5:17:20 AM     Post Reply
A 2,000-pound European satellite burned up as it re-entered Earth´s atmosphere early Monday, controllers reported. Re-entry was made close to 1 a.m. Monday (7 p.m. ET), the European Space Agency said. "As expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported," the space agency said. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer -- a European Space Agency satellite known shorthand as GOCE -- crossed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica upon its re-entry. The 5-meter (16-foot) satellite was launched in 2009 to map variations in the Earth´s gravity in 3-D,

Getting Real Why
Cuccinelli Was Defeated
Townhall.com, by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 11/11/2013 5:14:49 AM     Post Reply
Politics is in the eye of the beholder. Post-mortems now gushing forth about why Ken Cuccinelli, conservative Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a business-as-usual political retread from the Clinton crowd, tell us more about who produces this punditry than what reality actually might be. We’re hearing that the Tea Party killed Cuccinelli (according to the Wall Street Journal editorial page they “stabbed him in the back”) with the government shutdown and that, once again, a socially conservative Republican candidate has shown he can’t win the votes of women.

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