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The hardwired difference between
male and female brains
could explain why men
are ´better at map reading´
Independent (UK), by Steve Conner    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/2/2013 10:39:46 PM     Post Reply
A pioneering study has shown for the first time that the brains of men and women are wired up differently which could explain some of the stereotypical differences in male and female behaviour, scientists have said. Researchers found that many of the connections in a typical male brain run between the front and the back of the same side of the brain, whereas in women the connections are more likely to run from side to side between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This difference in the way the nerve connections in the brain are “hardwired” occurs during

U.S. sends submarine-hunting
jets to E. China Sea post
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:32:35 PM     Post Reply
U.S. military authorities dispatched the first of six top-tech submarine-hunting jets to its Okinawa post near the disputed East China Sea, a move sure to ratchet up tensions among China and the United States. The Navy plans to send in a total of six P-8 Poseidon patrol craft, aimed at bolstering the United States’ ability to root out submarines in the area, Reuters reported. The deployment was planned months ago, but nonetheless comes as China declared an air defense zone above islands that it’s fighting Japan to control. President Obama, in response to the declaration, flew in two B-52 bombers

Obama administration: Private
sector runs better websites
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:29:36 PM     Post Reply
On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans flock to popular websites such as Amazon.com to begin holiday shopping — and most do so without encountering any technical problems or glitches. Those visiting HealthCare.Gov, however, still are experiencing delays, a fact that demonstrates how the private sector simply is better than the government when it comes to building a functional website, according to the White House. “What is absolutely the case is the private sector does some things very well and better than the government can, and running effective websites may be one of them, is one of them,” White House press



Health-care enrollment
on Web plagued by bugs
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:26:28 PM     Post Reply
The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month. The errors affect roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own. The mistakes include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family

Piers Morgan: ´The Perfect
Barack Obama, Who´s a
Perfect Physical Specimen´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/2/2013 10:20:24 PM     Post Reply
CNN host wondered out loud on his show this evening whether the physically unfit Chris Christie could follow the "perfect physical specimen" Barack Obama into the White House: "After the perfect Barack Obama, who´s a perfect physical specimen to many people´s eyes, does it matter?" Morgan asked his guest. "Or is actually somebody very different, someone who´s much more of a regular kind of guy who likes cheeseburgers and beer, but appears to be a straight talker, somebody perhaps more of a straight talker than it appears Barack Obama turned out to be?"

Tiger Beat... White House
Beat... Who Can Tell?
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:12:14 PM     Post Reply
These have been tough times for the Obammysoxers of the US media. So many mean-spirited right-wing extremists want to blow up out of all proportion one itsy-bitsy website and a few million bad-apple health insurance cancelations. But fortunately there are lots more important things for the expensively credentialed news journalist to cover. Hence the Associated Press’s hold-the-front-page news on five NEW things you never knew about President Obama! Number One: He sings in the bathroom! Number Two: The mother of a Pakistani roommate taught him to cook “an exciting lentil dish known as daal”! Number Three: He once got a

Alaskan Misled about
Her O’care Premiums
Now Can’t Cancel Plan
National Review Online, by Sterling Beard    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:07:02 PM     Post Reply
Could the only thing more difficult than signing up for Obamacare be canceling it? Lara Imler, an Anchorage-based hairstylist, managed to enroll in Obamacare, but problems with her application — her new insurer didn’t have it and nobody she reached on the HealthCare.gov hotline could help her figure out why; she also discovered that the exchange under-calculated the subsidy she was supposed to receive by $50 — made her want to cancel her enrollment. “If you look at my profile on the website it shows my full subsidy, but it says I’m only using part of it,” Imler told Alaska Public Radio.



Alabama fan shot dead outside
football party after she said she
didn´t care that Crimson Tide
lost to rival Auburn
Daily Mail (UK), by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: muncsdad- 12/2/2013 9:50:25 PM     Post Reply
An Alabama fan was shot dead after a fight outside a football-watching party shortly after the Crimson Tide lost in a stunning upset to the Auburn Tigers Saturday. Michelle Shepherd was attacked by fellow fans of the University of Alabama after she commented that she didn´t care that much that the team had lost, her sister says. Saturday's 34-28 loss to in-state rivals the Auburn Tigers in a remarkable last-second touchdown means Alabama lost its No. 1 ranking and, likely, its chance to play for a third-consecutive national championship. Ms Shepherd, a mother of three and a career social worker

Accidental Hero
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/2/2013 9:48:00 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s foreign policy clout it growing from an unexpected source. First some background. In the Caribbean, where Venezuela’s PetroCaribe diplomacy once ruled the roost, the Chavez enterprise is on the verge of collapse. The reason is it’s going broke from more competition. (Snip) It is being beggared by not only the mismanagement of the Venezuelan oil industry but by fracking. Megan McArdle explained that scarcity — artificial or natural — was OPEC’s friend. Abundance was its enemy. "As long as prices were high, all of this was fine; Saudi and everyone else were pumping a lot and taking in

How Much Trouble
Are the Democrats In?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 9:42:29 PM     Post Reply
The generic Congressional ballot is a pretty good proxy for the parties’ standing with voters. It is surprisingly volatile: you might expect that preferences for one party over the other would change slowly, over generations, but in fact the generic ballot number is quite sensitive to the news cycle. That said, the normal state of the generic ballot question is for Democrats to lead. Equality in the generic ballot generally translates into a big year for Republicans. So when Republicans pulled even or took a slight lead in generic preference polling a week ago, wiping out the big lead the

Study: Having daughters
makes households more
likely to be Republican
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 9:39:26 PM     Post Reply
Hm. In newly published findings that challenge earlier research, Dalton Conley of New York University and Emily Rauscher of the University of Kansas found that having more daughters than sons and having a daughter first “significantly reduces the likelihood of Democratic identification and significantly increases the strength of Republican Party identification.” Not only is the daughter effect statistically significant, it’s substantively large. They found that overall, “compared to those with no daughters, parents with all daughters are 14% less likely to identify as a Democrat….[and] 11% more likely to identify as a Republican than parents with no daughters,” they write



Online Obamacare Enrollment
Surges in November, but Still Lagging
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/2/2013 9:36:46 PM     Post Reply
Around 100,000 Americans successfully signed up for health insurance in November through the troubled federal online marketplace, HealthCare.gov, a person familiar with the preliminary data confirmed to ABC News. The figure reflects a surge in enrollment as software and hardware fixes to the site were made over the course of the month. In October, only 26,000 people could successfully enroll in Obamacare plans, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. "We´ve been working 24/7 to make improvements, and more consumers are successfully shopping online and enrolling in a health plan each week," Health and Human Services Secretary

Reward offered for missing
Kentucky bourbon
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:30:30 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities solve the disappearance of hundreds of bottles of pricey bourbon. The 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye were taken from the Buffalo Trace Distillery at Frankfort in mid-October. The missing whiskey is valued at more than $26,000, and the case has become a compelling mystery in a state that produces 95 percent of the world´s bourbon. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Monday the reward could provide "a heck of a Christmas" for someone

Obama Asks Americans to Join
#WHYouth for Online Session
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:26:12 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, the White House tweeted out that it wanted Americans to join a Google Hangout with Obama ally Kal Penn on Obamacare. The White House recommended that Americans ask questions with “#WHYouth”: [Tweet] The Google Hangout touted, “Calling All Young Americans: Youth Summit Preview.” The hashtag #WHYouth prompted all sorts of Hitler Youth-related mockery: [...more Tweets]

Landmark moment in making:
judge to rule on Detroit bankruptcy
Reuters, by Joseph Lichterman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:16:47 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT- The largest-ever municipal bankruptcy petition in U.S. history faces a watershed moment on Tuesday, as the judge overseeing Detroit´s bankruptcy case is scheduled to rule whether the city is eligible for protection from creditors - an event that has citizens, public officials, creditors, retirees and others awaiting the judge´s words and preparing responses. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday to announce his decision, which will be followed by the release of a written opinion. Rhodes´ ruling will begin a new chapter in the case that first arrived in federal court



Obama´s ´Tech Surge´
Consisted of Six People
Breitbart the Conversation, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:10:31 PM     Post Reply
President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and promised a "tech surge" to fix healthcare.gov. In reality, the surge was a tiny influx of "about a half-dozen people." In a multi-page story on the effort to rebuild the troubled website, the NY Times reported Saturday that one of the President´s fixes was actually a bit of hyperbole. The "tech surge," which the President announced during a Rose Garden speech last month, was not a wave of software engineers. It was a tiny handful of people: In fact, the surge centered on about a half-dozen people who had taken leave from

Obama Is Down, but Not Out
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 9:01:13 PM     Post Reply
New Black Panthers. Fast and Furious. NSA domestic spying. Spying even on reporters. Solyndra. Pigford-settlement fraud. Contempt of court concerning offshore drilling. IRS harassment of conservative groups. E-mail lawbreaking at the Environmental Protection Agency. All sorts of reversals, embarrassments, and scandals at the Department of Justice, including egregious trial misconduct. And, of course, the incompetence and cover-ups related to Benghazi. Every time decent people think the scandals and embarrassments circling Barack Obama will sink this presidency, we look up and see Obama still there — chin jutting out, countenance haughty, voice dripping with disdain for conservatives — utterly unembarrassed, utterly undeterred

Guns & Ammo: NFL Vetoes Gun
Company´s Super Bowl Ad, Even
Though Ad Follows Guidelines
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 8:59:51 PM     Post Reply
Guns & Ammo magazine is reporting that the National Football League has nixed a prospective Super Bowl ad produced by Daniel Defense, a firearms manufacturing company based in Georgia, despite the fact that the ad in question does not even violate the league´s official advertising policy. [h/t Stephen Gutowski, formerly of NB sister site MRCTV.org, now with Capitol City Project] "The commercial, which focuses on themes of personal protection and fundamental rights, was originally created by Daniel Defense to run in any network TV station at any time," G&A editors noted in a November 27 post, adding (emphasis mine; WATCH

For Democrats in 2014, the
Web site is not the problem
Washington Post, by Marc A. Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 8:46:46 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are praying that this weekend’s relaunch of the Obamacare Web site will save them from an electoral bloodbath in 2014. Their hopes are misplaced. Here are five numbers that suggest that public anger over Obamacare will only grow as Election Day 2014 approaches: 5.5 million. That is how many people the administration needs to sign up in just 23 days because Obamacare drove them out of their health-care plans. That’s some 240,000 sign-ups every single day, just to break even. Getting that many enrolled in a few weeks would be extraordinarily difficult even if the Web site were working

Rep. Ellison: Obama Showed
‘Integrity’ by Apologizing for
Obamacare ‘Misunderstanding’
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 8:39:23 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota just happens to be a Muslim. He also happens to be a certified, looney tunes, 100% Obama apologist. Sheesh — even the New York Times wasn’t as forgiving of Mr. Obama’s tall tales about the American people being able to keep their insurance if they wanted. Does Ellison really expect anyone to believe this? Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) did his best to spin President Obama’s debunked promise about Americans keeping their health care plans if they liked them Sunday on This Week, saying Obama showed “integrity” in apologizing to Americans who “misunderstood” him about the Affordable Care


Documents reveal British banned
Geller and Spencer because of
their ‘pro-Israeli views’
Daily Caller, by Pamela Geller    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 8:25:21 PM     Post Reply
The British government tried to cover its tracks. But a new cache of documents Robert Spencer and I have received in our battle to overturn our being banned from Britain reveal that a chief reason why we were banned from the country was because we strongly support Israel. As part of our lawsuit against the Queen of England and the Home Secretary et al, we have received numerous documents between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Office of Security and Counterterrorism, and the Home Secretary. In one of them, an official in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office whose name was

Bird steals camera in
Australia, records journey
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/2/2013 8:12:32 PM     Post Reply
Sydney — A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country’s remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle’s caper. The bird’s flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May, hoping to record images of crocodiles. The camera, which is about

A White House Denial
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/2/2013 8:09:48 PM     Post Reply
The White House is denying a report that President Obama is hatching plans for a visit to Tehran. We wouldn’t want to say we don’t believe the White House. But neither would be surprised if a presidential trip is being explored. A summit with the Iranian mullahs, or their “democratically elected” front-men, must be awfully tempting to Mr. Obama. How else to avoid a debacle in the 2014 by-election, after the end of illusions in respect of Obamacare? The report that Mr. Obama is planning a trip was reported by one of the three biggest Kuwaiti papers, Al-Jarida. It plays into

Shock poll: Hillary Clinton´s approval
ratings underwater, Benghazi blamed
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 8:09:17 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic

Obamacare is here to stay
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/2/2013 8:08:16 PM     Post Reply
Winds were calm in the capital on Monday, except in the immediate vicinity of the White House, where gale-force exhalations were blowing out of the West Wing. After the administration’s claim Sunday that star-crossed HealthCare.gov had been repaired with “private sector velocity,” and the site’s relatively smooth functioning on Monday, Obama administration officials moved with aerospace-sector velocity to celebrate meeting their self-imposed deadline.

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