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Americans see a US in
decline, finds Pew survey
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 5:22:57 PM     Post Reply
For the first time in 40 years, a majority of Americans say the US plays a less important and powerful role in the world than it did a decade ago. The Pew survey also found that 70% of Americans saw the US as less respected than in the past, nearly the same (71%) as under President George W Bush. More than half of Americans (52%)--for the first time in 50 years--said the US should "mind its own business". Some 56% disapproved of President Barack Obama´s foreign policy. Fifty-three percent of the public felt the US played a less important or

The Syrian civil war is breeding
a new generation of terrorist
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 5:19:48 PM     Post Reply
As adventures go, it might seem that there are few more worthy causes than fighting for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal dictatorship in Syria. [Snip] With the death toll now well past 100,000 after nearly three years of bloodshed, it is easy to understand why so many young men and women in the West, incensed by the Assad regime’s disregard for human life, would want to offer their services to help overthrow this vile regime. Just like the Spanish civil war in the Thirties, the Syrian conflict has all the makings of an international cause célèbre, with well-intentioned

Marco Rubio: ´if the UK wants
to leave the EU, that´s your
business´. Someone tell Obama
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 5:14:37 PM     Post Reply
Marco Rubio gave a speech at Chatham House today where he said something that made my ears p---k up. After telling us that he wants to see the Ukraine move towards Europe and the European Union to be stronger (at which I shook my head vigorously) he added that whatever relationship the UK wants to have with the EU is up to us--and that our decision to stay or go shouldn´t affect the Atlantic alliance. At that, my head nodded happily. It´s an important statement from this important man in two regards. First, it was obviously meant to tap into



Daily Beast´s Kohn: Founding Fathers Would
Be FOR the HHS Contraception Mandate
NewsBusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 5:00:08 PM     Post Reply
Does the Daily Beast´s Sally Kohn not have an editor? Or does she just have one who simply doesn´t care that she utterly embarrasses herself when she insists the Founding Fathers would approve of ObamaCare´s contraception mandate? "To put it mildly, our forbearers [sic] would be appalled by how right-wing conservatives are trying to use government to force their religious views on all of us. Make no mistake, this is what Hobby Lobby wants to do—use government to push a conservative religious agenda, " Kohn groused this morning in "When Religion and Liberty Collide": After all, Congress passed the Affordable Care

Seventh grader files lawsuit after
school staff destroys prayer flyers
Fox News, by Sarah J. Clark    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/3/2013 4:50:34 PM     Post Reply
Bonner Springs, Kan. — A middle school student is fighting back after she was banned from posting flyers promoting “See You at the Pole,” a prayer event that’s held every year at public schools across the nation. According to court documents, a school counselor ‘forcefully’ told the student, identified only as K.R., her flyers were “illegal,” citing separation of church and state. Court documents state the counselor confronted K.R. after school hours during a school dance in front of her friends. The flyers were subsequently taken down and destroyed by school staff. K.R., a seventh grader at Robert E. Clark Middle School,

Georgia School Confiscates
Christmas Cards
Townhall.com., by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 12/3/2013 4:37:20 PM     Post Reply
For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – until Monday. When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers’ Christmas cards had been removed – under orders from the Georgia school’s administration. Robb Kicklighter’s wife is a third grade teacher at the school. He said many teachers are disgruntled by the school’s decision to confiscate the Christmas cards. “They took down the cards so the kids can’t see them,” he told me. “Some of the cards had the word ‘Christmas’ and

Obama´s uncle granted legal residency
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 4:31:55 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s uncle was granted legal residency in an immigration court in Boston on Tuesday. Judge Leonard I. Shapiro of the Justice Department’s U.S. Immigration Court approved Onyango “Omar” Obama’s application for legal residency in the United States, according to the Boston Globe. He faced the threat of deportation at the hearing. The paper’s immigration reporter, Maria Sacchetti, live-tweeted the proceeding. “Thank you, your honor,” Obama said, according to Sachetti’s Twitter feed. Shapiro said he believed Omar Obama “was a gentleman, a good neighbor, paid his taxes, and met the criteria for legal permanent residency, commonly known as a green card,” according to



White House Furor
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/3/2013 4:25:02 PM     Post Reply
There´s a furor at the White House, and they did NOT SEE it coming. Also, Republicans came under attack over the weekend for a well-intended but impolitic tweet observing the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks´s arrest for defying segregation on a Montgomery, Ala., municipal bus. "Today we remember Rosa Parks´ bold stand and her role in ending racism," read the tweet from the Republican National Committee´s institutional account. "Of course, there´s nothing controversial about celebrating a woman today who played a big role in the American civil-rights movement," writes National Journal´s Matt Berman. "What is bothering some people today, though, is the

Vandals Trash Brighton Church,
Destroy Painting Of Pope
CBS Local (Boston, MA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/3/2013 4:17:22 PM     Post Reply
Boston — Police are searching for answers after a Brighton church was vandalized by three teenagers. Police say sometime between 3 p.m. on November 23 and 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 25, the teens damaged three doors and broke into Our Lady Of Presentation Church on Washington Street. Residue from two fire extinguishers was found all over the church floors. A portrait of Pope John XXIII was found on the second floor, cut up and defaced with phrases such as “Devil’s Star,” “(Expletive) God” and “Scooby Doo.” The church organ was destroyed and a gold crucifix was removed from the altar and placed near

Multiple Obamagasms: Top 10
Most "Tingling" Quotes
From Chris Matthews
Media Research Center, by Scot Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 4:04:43 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest

Obama Gets Standing Ovation
from His Staff After Asserting
Obamacare Won’t Be Repealed
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 4:00:11 PM     Post Reply
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for



Giving Richard III a reburial
fit for a medieval king
BBC News, by Sean Coughlan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/3/2013 3:50:43 PM     Post Reply
The first glimpse of how Richard III could be reburied has been revealed, with the service to be shaped by the scholarly detective work of an Oxford University academic. Alexandra Buckle, from St Anne´s and St Hilda´s colleges, has reconstructed how an authentic medieval reburial service should be conducted. (Snip) Richard III, found by archaeologists last autumn below a Leicester car park, would have attended such reburials in his own lifetime, including for his own father. And when this last king of the Plantagenet dynasty is reburied next year, with Leicester Cathedral the planned resting place, Dr Buckle´s discovery is likely to form an

City Shuts Down 11-Year-Old
Selling Mistletoe to Fund Braces
Breitbart´s The Conversation, by Jon David Kahn    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/3/2013 3:49:14 PM     Post Reply
An 11-year-old Oregon girl who wanted to help her father pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, found herself embroiled in city bureaucracy. On Saturday, Madison Root went to the downtown market to sell fresh mistletoe she cut and wrapped herself from her uncle’s farm in Oregon. She told KATU News, “I felt like I could help my dad with the money.” However, a private security guard hired by Portland Saturday Market blocked her path to a straighter smile by telling her to stop selling the mistletoe, citing city rules that ban conducting business or soliciting at a park

Running up the tab: State Dept.
bought $180,000 in liquor
before shutdown
Washington Times (D.C), by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 3:48:57 PM     Post Reply
While the rest of the government prepared to shut down this fall, the State Department was busy stocking up on embassy liquor supplies. In September, the final month of the fiscal year, the State Department spent about $180,000 — and racked up a total of more than $400,000 for the whole year, three times the entire liquor tab for all of 2008. The liquor bill, split among purchase orders placed at embassies around the world, included some major last-minute pre-shutdown splurges: • $5,625 in “gratuity wine” at the embassy in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 29, followed by $5,925 in

Hasidic man assaulted by woman
becomes 10th possible victim of the
´knockout game´ in New York
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/3/2013 3:44:29 PM     Post Reply
A Hasidic man walking along a New York street on Sunday night became the latest victim of the ´knockout game´ - sucker-punched by a woman who laughed hysterically as he lay on the floor. The 26-year-old victim, Eli Leidner, was set-upon at 10.40 pm in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Big Apple and becomes the 10th victim in recent months of the violent unprovoked assaults. The attacks have predominantly occurred against Jewish people in which the goal of the controversial street game is to strike a random person unconscious with only one punch as they walk by. ´I believe it´s a knockout,´ Leidner



The Very Best of ‘Right-Wing Art’
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 3:24:16 PM     Post Reply
The art world is almost always associated with cultural and political leftism, but you may be surprised to know that on the Internet there exists a substantial world of art rooted in conservative beliefs. Daily Caller opinions editor Jordan Bloom has started a Tumblr compiling all the so-called “right-wing art.” From the terrible to the talented to the offensive to the bizarre, Bloom exhibits a growing series of conservative art that is sure to provoke a variety of responses, depending upon the viewer. Check out the full blog here. Some of the highlights

Obama Breaks Glass on Chris Matthews:
The Latest in a String of Panicky Decisions
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/3/2013 3:07:15 PM     Post Reply
For years, MSNBC host Chris Matthews has been sitting patiently behind the emergency glass waiting for President Barack Obama to come wildly swinging the ax of panic. As recently as August, Matthews cited Obama’s careful avoidance of the network, which just last month was forced to discipline two hosts for conduct so indefensible they could not continue to represent MSNBC, as an indication of his and his colleagues’ neutrality. On Tuesday, the air raid sirens blared and the president came screaming out of the fog begging for aid. Matthews’ interview with the President of the United States will air on

What a food stamp budget REALLY
looks like: CEO who lived on
$36 of groceries for a week reveals
just how hungry it made her
Daily Mail (UK), by Margot Peppers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 2:58:53 PM     Post Reply
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said

Consumer Reports Changes
Verdict on Obamacare Website,
Tells MSNBC: ‘It’s Time’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 2:52:57 PM     Post Reply
After advising consumers to steer clear of Healthcare.gov in October, Consumer Reports health care expert Nancy Metcalf told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Tuesday morning that the federal health care exchange website was improved enough following the Obama administration’s frantic month of repairs that users could confidently use it. Consumer Reports had earlier told its readers not to even bother with the website through the first month, a provisional verdict it later said had been misrepresented. “Now we’re saying, ‘it’s time,’” Metcalf said, in particular praising the new window-shopping function, in which users can peruse health plans without registering with the site.

U.S. students lag around average
on international science, math
and reading test
Washington Post, by Lyndsey Layton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 2:45:32 PM     Post Reply
Scores in math, reading and science posted by 15-year-olds in the United States were flat while their counterparts elsewhere — particularly in Shanghai, Singapore and other Asian provinces or countries — soared ahead, according to results of a well-regarded international exam released Tuesday. While U.S. teenagers scored slightly above average in reading, their scores were average in science and below average in math, compared to 64 other countries and economies that participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which was administered last fall. That pattern has not changed much since PISA was first administered in 2000. “Our


Matthews Previews Obama Interview:
POTUS ‘A Brilliant Writer’ Who
Turns in Paper with ‘Misspellings’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 2:29:13 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday night, MSNBC host Chris Matthews will sit down with President Barack Obama for an interview which will, in part, focus on the problematic roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Matthews said that he intends to grill the president on this failure and contended that this incident was akin to “a brilliant writer” who, despite a “great theme,” turns in an essay full of technical flaws. “I’ll be talking about executive accountability and the strange way of this roll out, as it has occurred,” Matthews told MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell. “I think I would compare it, Andrea, to a

Expert Testifies to Congress that
Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could
Lead to Overthrow of Government
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 2:26:41 PM     Post Reply
During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave. He said that the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to an armed revolt against the federal government. On Tuesday, Michael Cannon, Cato Institute’s Director of Health Policy Studies, testified before a congressional committee about the dangers of the president’s legal behavior. “There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does

Boehner blasts Senate Democrats
for farm bill, budget standoffs
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 2:23:33 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday accused Senate Democrats of holding up year-end agreements on the farm bill and the budget. “It is time for the other chamber to get serious about getting its work done,” Boehner said after a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference. The Speaker said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had each made multiple serious offers to their Democratic counterparts on House-Senate conference committees on the farm bill and budget, respectively. But in both cases, Boehner said, “we can’t get Senate Democrats to say ´yes.´ ” A five-year farm bill and

Could Barack Obama´s approval
fall as low as George W. Bush´s?
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 12/3/2013 2:22:46 PM     Post Reply
In a new interview with ABC, President Obama concedes that the disastrous rollout of Obamacare has taken a toll on his approval ratings. But he believes the public´s opinion of his work will rise again. "I´ve gone up and down pretty much consistently throughout," Obama said. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up." That certainly sounds comforting for the president and his supporters. But is it true? Actually, there´s no reason Obama´s approval ratings might not continue to slide. In fact, for more than a year, Obama´s ratings have

Boehner hires legalization
advocate to advise on immigration
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 2:12:46 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John A. Boehner has hired a longtime advocate of legalizing illegal immigrants to be his immigration policy adviser, encouraging immigration activists but angering those who want to see a crackdown and who say Mr. Boehner’s move signals he still wants an “amnesty” bill to pass. Rebecca Tallent, whom Mr. Boehner’s office confirmed it was hiring, worked on immigration issues for Sen. John McCain and former Rep. Jim Kolbe. Both of those Arizona Republicans led the push for legalization within the GOP. Ms. Tallent will leave her job as immigration policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center to start in

Endangered Crustacean Could
Delay Metro Plans in Maryland
Cybercast News Service, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/3/2013 2:12:23 PM     Post Reply
The discovery of the tiny Hay´s Spring amphipod, a federally protected endangered species, in the waters of Rock Creek Park could delay plans for the Purple Line train to be added to the D.C. Metro rail system. According to the Rock Creek Conservancy, the amphipod is a ½-to1-inch colorless, eyeless crustacean that uses hairs to move about and find food. The Conservancy’s website also states that Rock Creek is the only place in the world that the amphipod is found. The Washington Post reported on Friday that environmentalists claim the findings of the crustacean were omitted from the final environmental impact report

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