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Sarah Palin blasts ´War on Christmas´
during Liberty University visit
Lynchburg News & Advance [VA], by Barrett Mohrmann    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 6:20:58 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke today at Liberty University, blasting what she called a "war on Christmas" and promoting her latest book. Palin, LU Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. and college spokesman Johnnie Moore, sat atop the stage at convocation to discuss Palin´s career, her beliefs and her book - "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas." (Snip) "[Palin is] attacked more than anyone I can remember," Falwell said Wednesday. However, her remarks this morning were met with thunderous waves of applause from the surrounding students.

Obama´s new dog Sunny knocked
over a little girl at the White
House Christmas decoration
ceremony- but then made up for
it with a kiss
Daily Mail (UK)/Associated Press, by Meghan Keneally & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 6:11:59 PM     Post Reply
The Obama´s younger dog is still getting used to the spotlight as it made a major faux pas during a White House ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Sunny Obama jumped up on a toddler who was a guest at the unveiling of the official Christmas decorations, pushing the little girl to the ground. The girl, later identified as Ashtyn Gardner, is one of the hundreds of children from military families who were on hand to help the First Lady display this year´s decorations. Scroll down for video -Two life-sized replicas of the Portuguese water dogs made of satin ribbons are one of

Venezuelan Embassy in Kenya
allegedly involved in drug-trafficking
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2013 6:10:39 PM     Post Reply
A witness in the case of the murder of Venezuelan Ambassador Olga Fonseca in Kenya 2012 told a court in Nairobi on Wednesday that the diplomatic mission would use the diplomatic bag for drug-trafficking purposes. "I am aware that the embassy was used to traffic drugs using the diplomatic bag," said former embassy driver Kevin Lameck, AFP reported. Fonseca, aged 57, was found strangled to death in her residence in Nairobi in July 2012. Seven people have been accused in the case, including Dwight Sagaray, the then first secretary of the embassy. Lameck´s statement was issued during cross-examination by Sagarya´s defense Lawyer Katwa Kigen.



Colombian rebel group ELN
seizes town in southwest Venezuela
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Lorena Évelyn Arráiz    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2013 6:07:42 PM     Post Reply
A group of 25 people identified as members of Colombian rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) evicted some 150 people out of a tourist resort south Táchira state, specifically in La Espuma town, southwest Venezuela, local press reported. According to newspaper El Diario de Los Andes, the troops carried rifles and were dressed in military uniforms. They kicked people out of their rooms. They asked for the owner´s location and ordered people to leave, saying "this is ours now." El Diario de Los Andes informed the guerrilla group gave inhabitants until Monday to leave town, claiming it was now under the ELN´s control. Based

Abortion in the Obamacare Exchanges
National Review Online, by Chuck Donovan & Genevieve C. Plaster    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:44:57 PM     Post Reply
December 1 has come and gone with fresh assurances from the Obama administration that the federal exchange website, HealthCare.gov, will work for approximately 80 percent of its visitors. A review of the website, and the state of the health-care plans offered via the state exchanges, suggests that the problem of absent or incomplete information regarding plans that exclude coverage of elective abortions and abortion-inducing drugs and devices is far from fixed. The problem is multi-layered. First and foremost, the federal exchange continues to offer little or no information on abortion coverage, and what does exist there is profoundly misleading. A search

Mysterious China-themed ´city´
proposed in New York´s Catskills
Fox News, by Cristina Corbin    Original Article
Posted By: Ravenhaven- 12/4/2013 5:44:19 PM     Post Reply
U.S. immigration officials are considering a proposal from Chinese investors to create a multibillion-dollar development in New York’s Catskills called "China City" -- raising concerns among critics about the potential cost to U.S. taxpayers and, according to one analyst, the possibility it could be a "stalking horse" for the Beijing government. A spokesman from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told FoxNews.com that the proposal for Thompson, N.Y., has not been approved but is under consideration. The mysterious proposed development appears to be a step beyond the types of ethnic enclaves

Dem. Rep.: My Granddaughter Had Glitches
Like Obamacare, But I Didn’t Get Rid of Her
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:38:40 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are getting desperate in the defense of their troubled health-care law, with one congressman comparing the law’s troubled rollout to problems with his baby granddaughter. “I’ve got a one-year-old granddaughter, and on Thanksgiving Day she had a number of little glitches, but we’re not ready to throw her away because of a glitch here and there,” Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.) said on MSNBC on Tuesday. “Most things in the beginning stages are going to be difficult to pull off.”



Obamacare highlights
Barack Obama´s inverse genius
Washington Examiner, by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/4/2013 5:27:30 PM     Post Reply
The inverse genius of Barack Obama becomes more of a marvel each day. Is it a rule of politics that great measures shouldn’t pass on slender majorities? He enacted a huge bill with majorities running against it, and he and the system haven’t been the same since. Is it agreed that the "greatest good for the greatest number" should be the goal of all parties? He’s reducing the good of the many for the partial relief of the few. Is the justification for redistribution to spread wealth and well-being among as many as possible? He’s spreading angst and anxiety to millions and millions who,

Obama calls on bartenders to
host happy hours for Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:22:44 PM     Post Reply
During today´s White House Youth Summit, President Obama called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law — including plying their customers with cheap booze. "If you are a bartender, have a happy hour," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don´t have it." Obama also encouraged young people who are student body presidents or workers at nonprofit organizations to help people get enrolled. "If you´ve got a radio show, spread the word on air," Obama added. Obama called on young people´s sense of patriotism to join

The Left´s Unbridled Assault on the
Traditional American Family Continues
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:17:23 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the assault on the traditional, standard American way of life continues unabated, and it is being conducted by a minority of people in this country. There´s an amazing poll out there today from the Investor´s Business Daily, Investors.com which illustrates just what an extreme minority today´s Democrat Party and the American left really is, in terms of minority, in terms of thinking, the body of thought in this country represented by them. It´s stunning, but at the same time it´s optimistic in a sense to learn just how insignificant in numbers they are. Now, that doesn´t tell

Obama Cites Pope, Says America is Worst
Place in the World for Income Inequality
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:10:18 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: In Washington, President Obama is out talking to his left-wing extremist buddies at the Center for American Progress, a town hall on the education arts recreation campus. He´s talking about the economy and income inequality. OBAMA: Starting in the late seventies, this social compact began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world let companies shift jobs anywhere -- and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost of their leverage. Jobs paid less, and offered fewer benefits. As a trickle-down ideology became more prominent,



The Time Thief
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 5:05:52 PM     Post Reply
NBC´s Michael O´Brien had some fun yesterday paraphrasing President Obama´s latest infliction on the ears of America: "Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he´s in office." "Going nowhere" could mean either "here to stay" or "unable to progress." A look at the text of the president´s remarks makes clear, as if you have any doubt, that he means it in the former sense: "We´re not repealing it as long as I´m president, and I want everybody to be clear about that. . . . We´re not going to walk away from it."

California Adopts Failed Venezuelan
Model Of Energy Management
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/4/2013 5:01:40 PM     Post Reply
Socialism: Venezuela´s President Nicolas Maduro unveiled his big plan for socialism Monday night, just as a blackout engulfed the country. Sure, it´s comical. But it´s less so upon realizing that California may see the same thing. The downward slide in Caracas is becoming more of a cautionary tale than just a freak show of Stalinist communist throwbacks run wild. In California, energy officials warn that the state and others like it face a catastrophic collapse of its power grid due to the many green energy schemes that have made managing energy flow difficult. "Energy officials worry a lot these days

Why Millennials Can’t Grow Up
Slate, by Brooke Donatone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/4/2013 4:33:26 PM     Post Reply
Amy (not her real name) sat in my office and wiped her streaming tears on her sleeve, refusing the scratchy tissues I’d offered. (Snip) It became increasingly difficult to balance school, socializing, laundry, and a part-time job. She finally had to dump the part-time job, was still unable to do laundry, and often stayed up until 2 a.m. trying to complete homework because she didn’t know how to manage her time without her parents keeping track of her schedule. I suggested finding a job after graduation, even if it’s only temporary. She cried harder at this idea. “So, becoming an

Obama: ´Profoundly unequal´
economy a ´fundamental threat´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 4:01:52 PM     Post Reply
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long



NSA tracking cellphone locations
worldwide, Snowden documents show
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 3:53:24 PM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable. The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community

Oops: House Dem mistakes
satire blog for news source
to hit Obamacare critics
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/4/2013 3:46:48 PM     Post Reply
There was an awkward moment at today´s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Obamacare when a New York Democrat rapped GOP critics with quotes from a satirical New Yorker feature, The Borowitz Report. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, while calling it her own “distinguished comedic think tank,” quoted from several stories in the Borowitz satire blog as if they were accurate, most notably one in which author Andy Borowitz joked that Republicans are complaining that the problem-plagued Obamacare website is working too fast. She later called the blog a “distinguished report.” Maloney said, “The distinguished report went on to criticize

Not A Joke: Video called ‘Forget
About The Price Tag’ wins HHS grand
prize for promoting Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 3:38:31 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a YouTube video entitled “Forget About The Price Tag” as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare. The video contest, announced in August — in partnership with a group called Young Invincibles — encouraged participants to produce clips filled with pro-Obamacare messaging. HHS’s grand prize-winning video, announced Monday by the White House, features a young woman named Erin McDonald singing an Obamacare-loving version of Jessie J’s hit single, “Price Tag.” Without a hint of irony, McDonald sings her chorus: “Ain’t about

Texas Principal Put On Leave
For Banning Spanish In School
Fox News Latino & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 3:21:31 PM     Post Reply
A Texas middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after she banned the speaking of Spanish by students while in class. In Hempstead, a town of about 6,000 about 50 miles northwest of Houston, a school district spokeswoman confirmed that Amy Lacey has been placed on leave pending investigation of her Nov. 12 announcement over the intercom at Hempstead Middle School. More than 50 percent of the school enrollment of about 330 students is Hispanic. KHOU-TV of Houston reports a letter was sent by the district to school parents on December 2 assuring that neither the district nor

Poll: 52% of Young Adults
Want Obama Recalled, 57%
Oppose ObamaCare
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 3:19:11 PM     Post Reply
A stunning new poll of young adults aged 18 to 29 shows that in large numbers, they have turned against President Obama and ObamaCare. Among the youngest in this group, those aged 18-24, a full 52% support a recall effort that would throw Obama out of office. The number is only a little better among 18-29 year-olds, 47%. Individual members of Congress actually fare a little better with 45% of Millennials favoring a recall. A majority do, however, favor recalling Congress as a whole. Since his reelection, Obama´s overall approval with young adults has plummeted 11 points to just 41%;


Unions vow legal fight as lawmakers
OK pension overhaul
Chicago Tribune, by Ray Long & Monique Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 3:07:21 PM     Post Reply
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state´s most pressing financial problems. The collective exhale from the state´s political leaders may be short-lived, however. Even before Gov. Pat Quinn carries through with his promise to sign the bill, unions are prepping a lawsuit to try to overturn it. They contend the benefit cuts are unconstitutional and unfair to employees and retirees. Supporters hailed the bill as a solution that would "ensure retirement security" for current and

Republicans eye Obama lawsuit, but
party leaders are not on board
The Hill [Washington, D.C.], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 3:05:33 PM     Post Reply
Republican lawmakers bashed the Obama administration at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday for opting not to enforce core parts of the Affordable Care Act, such as minimum requirements for individual healthcare plans. Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.), the chairman of the Judiciary panel’s Constitution and Civil Justice subcommittee, said Congress should sue the administration to spur Obama to enforce the healthcare law as written. “I think that’s the only choice we have, and that’s not just on ObamaCare, that’s on a host of different things,” Franks told The Hill. “He simply embodies a breathtaking arrogance that ignores the law he’s sworn to

Glenn Beck and S.E. Cupp Are
Getting a Full Hour to Themselves
on CNN This Friday
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 3:00:36 PM     Post Reply
If you need a minute to scrape your brain from the ceiling, go ahead, because this is quite stunning. This Friday, conservative commentator and Crossfire co-host S.E. Cupp is guest-hosting Piers Morgan Live, and her guest for the full hour is Glenn Beck. On CNN. That’s right, this is actually happening on a non-Fox News network. Beck’s been making the media rounds to promote his new book Miracles and Massacres, even returning to his old Fox stomping grounds to go one-on-one with Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. But this time, Beck is taking an even farther walk down memory lane,

Administration to review facial
recognition technology
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Kate Tummarello    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/4/2013 3:00:32 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration on Tuesday said it plans to review the privacy implications of facial recognition technology. Lawmakers and privacy advocates have expressed fears that tech companies and government agencies are using facial recognition technologies to track people, often without their knowledge. The Commerce Department said it recognizes those concerns and will work with tech groups, privacy advocates and online advertising trade associations to identify them. “Facial recognition technology has the potential to improve services for consumers, support innovation by businesses, and affect identification and authentication online and offline,” said Larry Strickling, the administrator of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). “However, the

Obama dog knocks over toddler
The Hill [Washington, D.C.], by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 2:57:24 PM     Post Reply
Sunny, the Obama’s new puppy, knocked down a two-year-old girl Wednesday who was visiting the White House for the unveiling of the holiday decorations. Sunny and Bo were brought into the State Dining Room to visit children who were taking part in holiday crafts. The year-old puppy tried to escape her handler, knocking down 2-year-old Ashtyn Gardner in the process. The little girl got up quickly and her dad John said she was fine. Michelle Obama was present and helped Ashytn to her feet. The First Lady later checked on the little girl again. Obama was unveiling the 2013 holiday decorations and had invited

Harvard Hands Out A’s Like Candy,
But Dean’s Not Worried
ABC News, by Colleen Curry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 2:53:36 PM     Post Reply
Are students getting smarter or is college just getting easier–even at Ivy League heavyweight Harvard? That’s the question on the minds of Harvard professors today after the school announced that the most frequently awarded grade is an A. Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris told the Harvard Crimson this week A is the most frequent grade and A- is the median grade. Harvard released the grades in response to a question by professor Harvey C. Mansfield, who has long disparaged “grade inflation.” The professor was quoted in the Crimson as saying the high grades are “indefensible” and represent “a failure

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