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Waitress in Anti-Gay Note Dispute
Was Dishonorably Discharged
From Marines: Source
WNBC [NYC], by Brynn Gingris    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/3/2013 10:26:28 AM     Post Reply
The New Jersey waitress whose story has been questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip on a restaurant bill was discharged under dishonorable terms from the Marines last spring after she stopped showing up, NBC 4 New York has learned. (Snip)NBC 4 New York learned Wednesday from a Pentagon source that Morales was dismissed from the Marine Reserve Corps in May because she wasn´t attending drills. It wasn´t immediately clear how often those drills were held, and Morales did not respond to a request for comment. Morales was formally discharged, or released from the Marines,

Mystery Patron Leaves Thousands
In Tips In Name Of Jesus
CBS LA [CA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 10:23:01 AM     Post Reply
HOLLYWOOD— A mystery patron is leaving thousands of dollars in tips in the name of Jesus at restaurants and bars across the country. For the past three months, an Instagram account with the username tipsforjesus has been posting pictures of receipts from eateries in Chicago, San Francisco, Indiana, and Los Angeles with tip amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000. The account reads, “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.” The person recently left a server at The Hungry Cat in Hollywood a $1,000 tip on a nearly $266 bill. “The server came up to me and said, ‘Somebody

MSNBC host to interview Obama
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 10:21:57 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will travel to American University on Thursday for a discussion with MSNBC host Chris Matthews and students from the school. The interview comes as the White House is ramping up efforts to sell ObamaCare to consumers, an effort stymied by technical problems plaguing the federal healthcare exchange website.The White House is planning a public relations blitz ahead of the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline. Individuals hoping to purchase coverage by Jan. 1 must complete their application for health coverage by that date. Central to that effort will be convincing young voters to sign up for coverage, and reminding college-aged

  


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Insurers Are Offered
Assistance for Losses
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 10:20:34 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year. The administration floated several proposals on Monday to “help offset the loss in premium revenue and profit” that it said might occur if insurers went along with President Obama’s request to reinstate canceled policies. Millions of people have received notices saying their policies were being canceled because they did not comply with minimum coverage requirements of the new health care law. In a notice published Monday in the Federal

CNN’s Jeff Zucker Reveals Plans
to Change from News Network
into Place with ‘Attitude’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 10:12:15 AM     Post Reply
In an era when cable news is dominated by opinion programming, CNN staked out a position ostensibly in the middle by focusing primarily on broadcasting straight news over personality-driven programming. That is going to change. CNN President Jeff Zucker recently told Capital New York that the straight newscast model is unsustainable. He revealed his intention to change the network into a place with unique “attitude and a take.” “We’re all regurgitating the same information. I want people to say, ‘You know what? That was interesting. I hadn’t thought of that,’” Zucker told Capital New

Federal gun charges decline
despite Obama executive action
Yahoo News, by Liz Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 10:11:54 AM     Post Reply
More than a year after the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Obama’s directive to amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws hasn’t made much difference in how many people are charged with gun crimes. U.S. attorneys that prosecute such cases charged 11,674 people with breaking federal gun laws in the fiscal year that ended in September, compared to 11,728 people the year before. “The federal gun charge numbers are not an accurate reflection of the Department´s efforts to investigate and prosecute gun violence,” said Allison Price, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, in a statement. “The fact that we may

Din of Spin: Obama´s
Dangerous Balance
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/3/2013 10:10:26 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is striking a dangerous balance. Starting today, he must simultaneously refocus Americans on the potential benefits of Obamacare without shredding his credibility further by minimizing its flaws. That dilemma had White House officials twisted in knots Monday. On one hand, they acknowledged that the cornerstone federal website is not working as smoothly as it should. But you could hardly hear the disclaimer over the din of spin, as the White House launched an aggressive "offensive" from a defensive crouch. "Healthcare.gov met our self-imposed November 30th deadline and even as we continue to make improvements to the website, we´ll also remind

  


  

Glitch: Some Obamacare Enrollees
Not Really Enrolled
Breitbart Conversation, by Elizabeth Shield    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/3/2013 10:08:58 AM     Post Reply
Some people who have managed to complete the burdensome and glitch-filled process of signing up for Obamacare are learning they are not really enrolled at all. "Obama administration officials acknowledged today that some of the roughly 126,000 Americans who completed the torturous online enrollment process in October and November might not be officially signed up with their selected issuer, even if the website has told them they are." Technical problems transferring information from the website to insurance companies have troubled the system since the program´s rollout. Experts report that the website appears to function properly, but in the back end of

HealthCare.gov: Reviews mixed
for revamped website
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 10:04:43 AM     Post Reply
The new Healthcare.gov is getting mixed reviews after its first major test. Many people who tried the revamped health insurance website say it is working better, while others say they´re still having trouble. Starting Tuesday, President Barack Obama launches a new effort to highlight the positive side of the Affordable Care Act. In a speech at the White House, the president will tout the benefits already provided under the Affordable Care Act, and the risks he sees in trying to repeal that law. Democrats running for re-election next year remain panicky. This is the president´s first concerted effort to calm them

Abolish the TSA
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 12/3/2013 9:58:32 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the United States took a number of rapid actions. One was the passage of the Patriot Act, which I regarded as a mistake then, and which doesn´t seem much better now. Another was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, a bureaucratic monstrosity that doesn´t seem to have done much to keep us actually, you know, safer. And another was the federal takeover of aviation security by the Transportation Security Administration, which also seems to have been a bust. There´s now some talk about repealing or revising the Patriot Act, and the

Jezebel Editor Apologizes for
Wishing Scott Walker Dead
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 9:56:17 AM     Post Reply
After news of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker´s death in a fiery one-car crash hit the Internet Saturday night , Erin Gloria Ryan, editor of the left-wing website Jezebel (which is part of the Gawker network), tweeted that she wished it had been Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker instead. [Tweet] Ryan´s first reaction to the controversy was to mock Later Ryan repeatedly apologized, including to Walker directly, and deleted what she admitted was "an incredibly tasteless joke."

  


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Kardashian family reveals 2013
Christmas card: Kim Kardashian
and sisters get glam
New York Daily News, by Chiderah Monde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 9:55:36 AM     Post Reply
The annual Kardashian family Christmas card photo is out, but there´s no sign of any holiday cheer in it. The clan of Kardashian-Jenner women posed in elegant black gowns and eccentric headwear for the high-fashion photo, shot by famed photographer David LaChappelle. While Kim Kardashian, 33, is the standout stunner in her floorlength keyhole dress, everyone - including matriarch Kris Jenner, 58 — showed off a little leg for the odd Casino Hollywood-themed shoot. "I loved working with David LaChapelle," Jenner told E! News. "It was amazing and it was so much fun!" Noticeably missing from this year´s card is

Cancer Patient and ObamaCare Critic
Says He´s Being Audited by IRS
Cybercast News Servce, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/3/2013 9:40:38 AM     Post Reply
A cancer patient, who publicly discussed the cancellation of his insurance under ObamaCare, now says he has been informed by the Internal Revenue Service that he is going to be audited. Bill Elliot appeared on Fox News on November 7th to discuss the cancellation of his insurance. He claims he was told that his cancer was considered “beyond the catastrophic previous condition” and his plan was being canceled because of ObamaCare regulations. Elliot, who has Stage 4 cancer, informed viewers he wasn’t going to pay the $1,500 a month for the new plan being offered, preferring not to burden his

The Climate Change Climate
Keeps Changing, but the
Carbon Tax Is Eternal
American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/3/2013 9:38:32 AM     Post Reply
As the old saying goes, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows — or doesn’t blow nearly as much as in earlier years, as the data show for tornado activity in the United States, and for tornadoes and cyclone activity more generally. The global warming/climate change industrial complex, confronted with growing bodies of scientific analysis and data both inconsistent with climate change orthodoxy and difficult to dismiss, slowly is coming unglued, producing analyses that conflict and ancillary effects — in particular, the collapse of “carbon trading” programs — not helpful to the cause.

Sports car enthusiasts saw Paul
Walker as one of their own
Los Angeles Times, by Kate Mather*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/3/2013 9:38:28 AM     Post Reply
On weekends or late at night, the whine of high-performance engines echoes across an industrial park and nearby hills in Santa Clarita. In daylight, dramatic skid marks on the mostly unlined roadway are evidence of racing and burnouts. Speed aficionados know the spot well, on the far side of the 5 Freeway from the Magic Mountain theme park. They come to try their hand at "drifting," over-steering so that the tail ends of their Nissans and Mitsubishis slide and shimmy through a spot called Hercules Curve. Last Saturday, it was Paul Walker, star of the "Fast & Furious" film series — who

  


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The faux conservative war in Kentucky
Washington Times (D.C), by Judson Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 9:27:47 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— In the Bluegrass state, there is a war being waged by two faux conservatives. One is Mitch McConnell. He is the Senate Minority Leaders and the incumbent in Kentucky. The other is Matt Bevin, who is his challenger. Bevin is a businessman, originally from Maine, who moved to Kentucky in 1999. McConnell is now regarded as the Godfather of Kentucky politics. Neither is a conservative. McConnell is symptomatic of what is wrong in Washington. He has been there since 1985. He is known around Washington as a deal maker, and that is the huge problem with Mitch McConnell. Last year, when

Carney: Americans ´Don´t
Want an Effective Website´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 9:27:24 AM     Post Reply
Yes, the launch of healthcare.gov was "unsuccessful," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday. But that´s beside the point, he suggested: "I think the heart of the matter is, was the launch of the website unsuccessful? The answer is yes. Was it absolutely our responsibility to take every measure necessary to make the fixes we could make so that that website functioned more effectively for the Americans who want -- they don´t want an effective website. They want health insurance. They want affordable, quality coverage. And that´s what we´re working to achieve." Most of the questions directed at

Obama’s obesity epidemic
Washington Times (D.C), by James Bovard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 9:24:13 AM     Post Reply
Federal food programs are now feeding more than 100 million Americans. The number of recipients has soared in recent years, thanks in part to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to abolish childhood hunger by 2015. The food-aid explosion is worsening the nation’s obesity epidemic, though, and making a mockery of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. The Obama administration is aggressively expanding the largest federal food program, bankrolling food-stamp recruiting drives and swaying states to waive asset and income limits for applicants. The result is a boost in enrollment to almost 48 million. Numerous studies going back to the 1970s have

EPA Chief: ´No More Urgent Threat to
Public Health Than Climate Change´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 9:22:37 AM     Post Reply
Ahead of her upcoming trip to China, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told a liberal advocacy group in Washington on Monday that she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment: "And I really see no greater issue and no more urgent threat to public health than climate change." McCarthy said the goal of her trip is to support the Chinese "in meeting their air pollution challenges," and she said China has much to learn from the United States. "Climate change is not just a public health and safety issue," McCarthy told the Center for American Progress. "I consider it to

Obama political group sets house parties
for Newtown shooting anniversary
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/3/2013 9:15:29 AM     Post Reply
Never let a crisis -- or tragedy -- go to waste. So, here we are now with a weakened ObamaNation building an organizing event around the awfulness in Newtown, where a 22-year-old nut-job killed 20 innocent youngsters and six adult caretakers. No horrified parent or adult watching Connecticut a year ago needs reminding of what a national gut-kick that was. President Obama, of course, went to Newtown to utter another empty vow.

  



Obama´s misguided Tehran-
bound ´Peace Train´
United Press International, by James Zumwalt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 9:14:24 AM     Post Reply
HERNDON, Va.- Listen closely as the Obama administration touts the Nov. 24 Geneva nuclear deal struck between the P5+1 countries (the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, plus Germany) and Iran. The distant echo, "history repeats itself," resonates. Obama spin doctors will credit diplomacy with prevailing -- the world taking pause to step back from the precipice of war. But U.S. compliance will eventually cause 21st-century historians to tell a different story: As the P5+1 countries stepped back, Iran stepped forward. Once again, future generations will wonder how obvious warning signs were ignored. Democracies will be ostracized for failing to

Will Obama’s 3rd term be granted
by the ‘Me First Generation’?
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/3/2013 9:12:25 AM     Post Reply
In a world where the New York Times can posit that the ‘Knockout Game’ Trend has no import—and gets away with it—no one can know the future, but with the way things are going it is only commonsense to worry your way into trying to do something about it. People old enough to remember 70 years of Communism in the Soviet Union and its satellites before communism made its hurried move for a safe North America landing, stand their ground against the misery of Marxism planned for America by President Barack Obama. But young people, who now over populate the ‘Me

We Live in a World of Lies
Townhall, by Dennis Prager    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/3/2013 8:59:58 AM     Post Reply
Remember the terrible murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998 -- tortured, beaten and left hanging on a fence to die -- because he was gay? The American people were led from the outset to believe that Shepard was the victim of a hate crime, murdered because he was gay. And that is how virtually every American still views the story. In the words of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), "Matthew Shepard is to gay rights what Emmett Till was to the civil rights movement." A play based on Shepard´s killing, "The Laramie Project" became, according to the Wall

Democrats Face Battles in
South to Hold the Senate
Wall Street Journal, by Janet Hook    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/3/2013 8:54:27 AM     Post Reply
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Sen. Mark Pryor, speaking to a group of college officials, recently offered a biblical solution to Washington´s gridlock. Politicians should follow the teachings of Jesus, the two-term Democrat said, quoting from the Sermon on the Mount. Dale Leatherman, an administrator at a Baptist college, warmed up to the Arkansas senator after those remarks but said he still couldn´t imagine voting for Mr. Pryor next year. "Even though he personally supports conservative ideas," Mr. Leatherman said, "I struggle with the fact that he´s part of a party that does not." The ability of Democrats to keep control of the Senate in 2014

Obamacare´s New Goal:
Stay Alive Until 2015
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/3/2013 8:50:55 AM     Post Reply
So Nov. 30 has come and gone, the day that President Barack Obama promised HealthCare.gov would be up and working. And his administration says that the site is working, dramatically better than when it first went up. On the other hand, anecdata suggest slow enrollment. So what does it all mean? Is the website working? Is Obamacare saved? To answer that, let’s break down the details a bit. First, the good news: Compared with the chaos of October, the consumer experience is much better. It could hardly have gotten worse;

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