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At least someone´s happy! Nevada´s legal
prostitutes say they can finally get health
insurance thanks to Obamacare*
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: ohyababy- 12/2/2013 10:08:45 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s beleaguered health care programme has received a ringing endorsement - from Nevada´s legal prostitutes. The controversial scheme - otherwise known as Obamacare - is accused of being too expensive by some critics and faced anger after crippling glitches on its website prevented many from signing up when it first launched. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has enabled the legal prostitutes to get health insurance cover for the first time. 'Having this profession, we aren't exactly offered group health insurance... I'm excited,' Taylor Lee, who works at Moonlight Bunny Ranch, told Nevada's news4.

Why Everyone Will Totally
Read This Column
Wall Street Journal, by Farhad Manjoo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:46:41 AM     Post Reply
Neetzan Zimmerman doesn´t like to be called a machine. That word implies something cold and inhuman about how he works, and Mr. Zimmerman believes that what makes him so good at his job is precisely the opposite sensibility: Unlike a computer, he understands the emotions that might compel a human being to click on something online. Mr. Zimmerman is a 32-year-old editor at the news-and-entertainment site Gawker, where he´s responsible for posting "viral" content—videos, photos, crazy local news stories—that readers can´t resist sharing with everyone they know. "Mom Fined $140 Every Day Until She Circumcises Her Child" or "Black Man

Critical thinking hallmark of
Common Core class
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:41:15 AM     Post Reply
MIDDLETOWN, Del.- Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson´s fifth-grade classroom. Today´s students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend? "It´s hard. But you can handle this," Lawson tells them. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in kindergarten through high school. In 45 states and the District of Columbia, Lawson and and other teachers are starting to use the standards

  


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With new HIV research, FDA
may let gay men donate blood
Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/2/2013 9:41:09 AM     Post Reply
A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since. Supporters of the policy say politics, not science, is driving the proposed change, which would heighten the risk of

US Calls Netanyahu ´Desperate and Weak´
Israel National News, by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/2/2013 9:36:23 AM     Post Reply
Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu´s remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”

Black president admits profiling
immigrants by their appearance
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/2/2013 9:10:35 AM     Post Reply
So, Barack Hussein Obama can tell where Americans are from just by looking at their faces. Imagine if he also knew their funny foreign names or detected defective English. How would Obama react if someone determined his birthplace by looking at that face of his? And what evil or good dreams lurk within that obviously wily Chicagoan´s mind. You didn´t see much about this Obama statement in the mainstream media last week. With the ObamaCare disaster all cleaned up, its website humming perfectly and the U.S. economy now roaring strongly, Obama lit out for West Coast fundraising.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform:
The Part Justifies the Whole
National Review Online, by Mark Krikorian    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 9:02:37 AM     Post Reply
One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces. This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals. Likewise with the religious hierarchs’ argument about amnesty more generally. The Catholic bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals argue that the claimed moral imperative for legalizing illegal aliens necessitates

  


  

Kerry Tries to Convince Senate that UN
Treaty Won’t Affect U.S. Sovereignty
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermeño    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 8:57:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry vowed in a hearing before the congressional recess to work with senators on caveats to a stalled United Nations disabilities pact, as some concern about threats to U.S. sovereignty remains among Republicans. “We want senators to feel comfortable so we’re prepared to address legitimate concerns,” Kerry told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. “We want to act in good faith…so you’re not feeling like you’re entering into a quicksand deal.” The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) opened for signature in 2007 and came into effect in May 2009 after 20 parties had

Has Obamacare Been Rescued
by the Administration´s ´Tech
Surge´? Don´t Bet On It
Reason, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 8:54:06 AM     Post Reply
Is Obamacare back in action? For the last two months, Healthcare.gov, the federally run insurance portal at the heart of the law, has experienced numerous technical troubles. The administration vowed to fix those problems by the end of November, and today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had met the goal of making sure that the site “worked smoothly” for the “vast majority of users.” In a conference call this morning, a spokesperson for HHS said, “we believe we have met that goal.” A six-page progress report released by the administration this morning touts technical progress

Democrats admit reboot needs
stronger White House team
The Hill, by Amie Parnes and Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/2/2013 8:52:24 AM     Post Reply
Former administration officials and Democratic operatives say President Obama is ill-served by his current White House staff and must reboot his second term team following the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. First-term insiders argue the White House’s weakness was defined by a lack of preparedness, messaging blunders and failure to keep the president informed. They say Obama’s team lacks depth after the departures of longtime advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs and Patrick Gaspard, and suggest new people must be brought on. “You basically have [White House senior adviser Dan] Pfeiffer and [deputy chief of staff] Rob Nabors running the show politically, and

The Schizophrenia of Barack Obama
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/2/2013 8:49:36 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is a man with only one core conviction. He has, as the basic foundation of his otherwise disorganized and uncertain belief system, the irrefutable tenet that the United States, because of its European roots, has been the epitome of oppression and arrogance throughout its history. Therefore, he is able to rationalize the need to say or do anything as the transformation of American society and the end of the pre-eminent status of the United States are his sole objectives. He has, thus, adopted a pre-meditated schizophrenic personality wherein he comports himself as an apologist and appeaser on the

  


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Obamacare website-maker runs failed
Army Human Terrain System program
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/2/2013 8:25:02 AM     Post Reply
The company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website also runs the Army’s disastrous Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been accused of fraud, sexual harassment and racism. The much-maligned Human Terrain System (HTS), launched in 2007, sends academics from social science fields like anthropology and linguistics into war zones to help soldiers understand the local population. The Army spent $58 million on the program in 2013, down from $114 million in 2011. CGI Federal, the U.S. arm of the Canadian CGI Group and the designer of the failed Obamacare website, attempted a

‘Bizarre behavior’ could be risk
to Christie White House run
New York Post, by Frederick U. Dicker    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 7:47:08 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie’s “bizarre behavior’’ in refusing to say he’ll support a possible GOP challenger to Gov. Cuomo next year could derail his chances to become president, state and national GOP insiders have told The Post. “Christie already has a problem with many Republicans refusing to forgive him because of his embrace of [President] Obama and his socially liberal policies,’’ said a nationally prominent GOP operative. “But this bizarre behavior in suggesting he won’t help a Republican defeat a Democratic governor, and a Cuomo no less, could finish off his chances of becoming his party’s nominee for president in 2016,’’ the

Heritage Foundation´s Index
of Dependence exposes
the ´living wage´ lie
Washington Examiner, by Editorial Writer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 7:37:50 AM     Post Reply
Liberal activists across the nation have since 1994 demanded a “living wage,” which, depending on who is doing the defining, means the amount required to cover the basic needs of an individual or family. As with so many arguments made by the Left, the living wage appeal sounds reasonable. After all, why shouldn´t an employer pay employees at least enough for them to have decent housing, clothes, food, transportation and educational opportunities? But there is a big lie behind this seemingly reasonable argument, namely that the employer is responsible for providing a person´s basic needs, not the individual himself. The

ObamaCare Mission Accomplished
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 7:21:49 AM     Post Reply
Great news: The White House says that Healthcare.gov and the 36 federally run insurance exchanges are finally good to go. The only thing missing from Sunday´s relentlessly upbeat progress report was President Obama in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner. Sunday´s eight-page report was intended to meet Mr. Obama´s deadline for fixing the site after its October 1 debut was a calamity. But the more important goal was political—namely, claiming enough progress to prevent Democrats on Capitol Hill from joining the GOP demand for delaying the individual mandate to buy insurance or even the entire program. Most Democrats are eager

  


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‘Huge Malevolence Out There’:
Feinstein Says We’re Not
Safer from Terrorism Today
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 7:18:21 AM     Post Reply
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said this morning that we’re not safer from terrorism today than we were just one or two years ago. “I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up,” she said this morning on CNN. “There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnatometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups that ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.” Her House counterpart, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said he “absolutely”

SCOTUS, Hobby Lobby & Media Malpractice
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/2/2013 7:08:52 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear two constitutional challenges to the HHS contraception mandate has frightened Obamacare’s media cheerleaders into launching another of their propaganda campaigns designed to protect the “reform” law from itself. Those Americans still naïve enough to rely on establishment news outlets for information on current events are being told that Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius are part of a sinister conspiracy to restrict access to birth control, endow corporations with religious rights, and escalate the “war on women.”

Ex-New York Observer editor Kaplan dies at 59
Associated Press, by Karen Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 12/2/2013 6:58:10 AM     Post Reply
Peter Kaplan, the former editor of The New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," has died. He was 59. Kaplan died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009. The salmon-colored weekly has a reach beyond its circulation of about 50,000 because it is read by the Manhattan-based movers and shakers it covers. Kaplan was credited with honing the paper´s snarky tone and with hiring writers who became influential voices of their era. Bushnell´s column about love

Obamacare: Deadline to fix website passes
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:53:29 AM     Post Reply
A deadline to overhaul the website of President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform law has passed but it is unclear if all the glitches have been fixed. Technicians worked around the clock to meet the midnight deadline but the site was due to go offline for maintenance early on Sunday. The BBC´s Katy Watson in Washington says the test will come as people return from Thanksgiving holidays. [Snip] White House officials said the HealthCare.gov site was working well on Saturday after overnight hardware upgrades to boost its capacity. Software fixes to improve speed and reduce errors were planned for overnight Saturday

The Coming Oil Wars
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 6:49:01 AM     Post Reply
Accidental wars only happen in the movies. What’s happening now in the East China Sea is a calculated Chinese provocation that could lead to war. At the same time, the Argentine-engineered crisis in the waters off the Falkland Islands is just as dangerous because Argentina may be more reckless than it was when Margaret Thatcher defeated it and Britain is so much weaker. It is of such events that wars can be made. War for oil isn’t new. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, its principal grievance was the American decision to cut off most of its oil supply. On November

  



Karzai´s refusal to sign security pact
´reckless´, Obama allies warn
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:43:36 AM     Post Reply
Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, was sharply criticised by allies of President Barack Obama on Sunday for refusing to sign a new US-Afghan security agreement. Tom Donilon, Mr Obama´s national security adviser until earlier this year, said Mr Karzai was “reckless” for risking a situation in which no US or allied troops would remain in his country after next year. “I think it´s reckless in terms of Afghanistan, and I think it also adversely impacts our ability to plan coherently and comprehensively for post-2014,” Mr Donilon told ABC News. Mr Karzai last week said he would not agree to

New study from China
helps to prove the Abortion-
Breast Cancer Link
American Thinker, by Mary L. Davenport, MD    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 6:38:37 AM     Post Reply
In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions. This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out

Anarchy in Kiev: Police cower from
chain-wielding protestors and mob
hurling petrol bombs as Ukraine teeters
on the brink of revolution after 300,000
people take over Independence Square
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:37:13 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine is on the brink of anarchy and revolution tonight as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanded the resignation of pro-Russian authoritarian president Viktor Yanukovych. There were deep fears that the popular uprising could spark a bloody crackdown and state of emergency from the frightened authorities. ´A revolution is starting in Ukraine,´ declared opposition leader Oleh Tyagnybok, as a national strike was called for tomorrow in support of early presidential and parliamentary elections. ´The government and president must resign,´ demanded world boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, as he urged police to disobey orders from the authorities. ´Do not

The most astonishing pictures of 2013:
Renowned news agency releases its best
photos of the defining moments of the year
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:26:22 AM     Post Reply
From President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration and Kenya’s horrific Westgate Mall massacre to the on-going Syrian war, destructive winter storms, deadly fires and twerking, the year of 2013 has seen everything. As the end of the year approaches, news agency Reuters has selected some of the most dramatic moments and striking imagery from their global coverage of news, entertainment and sport. We see the moment an Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem; and the shocking moment a 31-year-old runner gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth

Nobel Prize-winning economist
warns of US stock market bubble
that could be ruinous for the country
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:18:19 AM     Post Reply
An American who won this year´s Nobel Prize for economics believes sharp rises in equity and property prices could lead to a dangerous financial bubble and may end badly, he told a German magazine. Robert Shiller, who won the esteemed award with two other Americans for research into market prices and asset bubbles, pinpointed the U.S. stock market and Brazilian property market as areas of concern. ´I am not yet sounding the alarm. But in many countries stock exchanges are at a high level and prices have risen sharply in some property markets,´ Shiller told Sunday´s Der Spiegel magazine. ´That

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