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Unusual number of Arctic
snowy owls seen in US
Associated Press, by Mary Esch    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:10:55 PM     Post Reply
Albany, N.Y. — Snow-white owls with luminous yellow eyes are thrilling bird-watchers as the magnificent birds set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal Arctic range. Snowy owls, familiar to children as Harry Potter´s pet, made a noticeable appearance in the northern half of the U.S. in 2011. Bird-watchers recently report on eBird.org snowy owl sightings in dozens of locations across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C. The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or lemmings are scarce, young ones fly south. "Snowy owl populations are

The United States of ... France
Cybercast News Service, by Rich Galen    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:07:39 PM     Post Reply
While we have been totally focused, for the past two months, on the amount of time it takes a webpage to load on healthcare.gov, the rest of the globe appears to be continuing to spin. And it appears to be spinning away from us. After more than a decade of what is known as kinetic action in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, Americans are tired of being the alpha dog in the global pack. According to a poll released by the Pew organization, The public thinks that the nation does too much to solve world problems, and increasing percentages want the U.S.

Obamacare´s Perilous Protection
Plan for Debtors
Cybercast News Service, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:04:37 PM     Post Reply
"Uh-oh." That´s the sound being uttered in doctors´ offices and hospitals across the country as medical providers realize they´re getting stuck with another bottomless Obamacare bill. While the White House desperately tries to pivot from the havoc wrought by the "Affordable Care Act," its hidden regulatory bombs keep exploding. I heard about the latest problem this week from an eye doctor friend who received a letter from a Colorado-based insurer informing her that she´s essentially on the hook for Obamacare´s payment grace period for debtors. The optometrist is bracing for a flood of similar letters from other insurers. Like countless other



1,148,000 Fewer Americans Have
Jobs Today Than 7 Yrs Ago
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:01:32 PM     Post Reply
1,148,000 fewer Americans held jobs this November than did seven years ago in November 2006, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Back then, according to BLS, 145,534,000 Americans held jobs. This November, according to BLS, only 144,386,000 Americans hold jobs. That is a drop of 1,148,000 in the number of Americans working. This decline in the number of Americans who actually have jobs has come even though the size of the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population and the size of the nation’s civilian labor force have both grown significantly over the last seven years. The civilian noninstitutional population is

Youth Unemployment: 20.8%
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:58:39 PM     Post Reply
The unemployment rate for young people, ages 16 to 19, went down slightly between October and November, from 22.2% to 20.8%, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but it is still nearly three times greater than the national unemployment rate of 7%. The BLS data, seasonally adjusted, show the following unemployment rates for youth (ages 16 to 19) and the actual number of youth unemployed in the United States for the last six months. Rate & Number of Persons Unemployed, Age 16 to 19 November: 20.8% -- 1.18 million unemployed October: 22.2% -- 1.26 million unemployed September: 21.4% -- 1.24 million

Obamacare Reg Treats Congress
That Spent $3.5 Trillion as a
‘Small Business’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:56:41 PM     Post Reply
An Obamacare regulation issued by the Office of Personnel Management in October treats the U.S. Congress—which employs more than 11,000 staffers and which spent $4,329,000,000 on its own operations and $3,454,253,000,000 to fund the full government in fiscal 2013--as a “small business.” OPM did this so that the Treasury can pay federal subsidies of up to $11,378 per year to help members of the House and Senate and their staff buy health-insurance plans in the Obamacare “Small Business Health Options Program” (SHOP) Marketplace set up for “small employers” in Washington, D.C. The regulation treats this federal tax subsidy paid by

60 Straight Months of Unemployment
at 7% or Higher
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:54:14 PM     Post Reply
November marked the 60th straight month that the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate has run at 7 percent or higher, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment in November was 7.0 percent, said BLS. That was the lowest it has been since November 2008, but also extended the second longest streak of 7.0 percent or higher unemployment since the BLS started tracking national unemployment in 1948. The longest streak of 7.0 percent or higher unemployment was the 68 months from May 1980 through December 1985. In November itself, the employment situation improved in the United States,



41% of Net New Jobs in November
Were in Government
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:52:13 PM     Post Reply
Federal, state and local governments hired a net additional 338,000 workers in November, equaling 41 percent of the total of 818,000 net additional jobs created in the United States during the month. At the same time, the unemployment rate for government workers fell from 4.4 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November. (The overall national unemployment rate fell from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent.) In October, governments around the country employed 19,726,000 people, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In November, that rose to 20,064,000—a net increase of 338,000 people employed by government. Overall, in October, 143,568,000

Smog at extremely hazardous
levels in Shanghai
Associated Press, by Eugene Hoshiko and Didi Tang    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:48:28 PM     Post Reply
Shanghai -- Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China´s financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city´s spectacular skyline. The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city´s streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events. "I feel like I´m living in clouds of smog," said Zheng Qiaoyun, a local resident who kept her 6-month-old son

Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop
deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:43:52 PM     Post Reply
The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths. A connection between the sharp increase in American deaths and restrictive rules of engagement is difficult to confirm. More deaths surely stemmed from ramped-up counterterrorism raids and the Taliban’s response with more homemade bombs, the No. 1 killer of NATO forces in Afghanistan. But it is clear that the rules of engagement, which restrain troops from firing in order to spare civilian casualties, cut back on

Doughnut Rambo: Cambodian refugee finds
success, friendship in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sun, by Eli Segall    Original Article
Posted By: lvmatt- 12/6/2013 12:41:25 PM     Post Reply
Sothy Seang drives to the Donut Hut in east Las Vegas almost every night around 7. He unlocks the door, turns on the lights, starts the fryer and makes hundreds of donuts. He doesn’t leave until after 11 a.m. the next day.(snip) But to Seang, life in Las Vegas is paradise on Earth. Before coming to America, the Cambodian native survived the horrors of Pol Pot, the communist dictator who killed at least 2 million people. Today, he is a gung-ho patriotic American citizen.



Same-Sex Weddings 17 Percent
of Washington Marriages
Associated Press, by Donna Gordon Blankinship    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:41:02 PM     Post Reply
Seattle - Gay weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages were legal in the state, state officials reported Wednesday. About 7,071 same-sex couples got married in Washington between December 6, 2012, and the most recent complete month of data, September 2013. There were 42,408 total marriages in the state during that time, according to the Washington State Department of Health. So far, most of Washington state´s same-sex marriages, 62 percent, were between two women. Washington is one of 15 states plus the District of Columbia where gay marriage is legal, but few have

Will this be the biggest funeral
in history? Mandela to have 10-day
state memorial and Obama, Clinton
and Cameron are expected to attend*
Daily Mail (UK), by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 12:38:16 PM     Post Reply
Elaborate funeral plans have been set in motion in South Africa following the death of the country’s revered first black president Nelson Mandela. The memorial, expected to last ten days, will be an unparalleled event in South Africa’s history, drawing a plethora of foreign dignitaries of every stripe, royals and a smattering of celebrities. South African President Jacob Zuma ordered the nation´s flags to be flown at half-mast beginning today and to remain that way until after Mandela´s funeral, which he announced would be held next Sunday. Scroll down for videos -Hours after his death last night, a black SUV-type

Private company plans US´s first
controlled moon landing in 40 years
Fox News, by Jeremy A. Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:35:47 PM     Post Reply
A U.S. spacecraft hasn’t made a controlled landing on the moon since Apollo 17 left the lunar surface on Dec. 14, 1972. That’s about to change. Moon Express will unveil the MX-1 spacecraft at the Autodesk University show in Las Vegas on Thursday evening -- a micro-spacecraft that will in 2015 mark the first U.S. "soft" landing since the days of the Apollo program, FoxNews.com has learned. The craft looks for all the world like a pair of donuts wearing an ice cream cone, and the tiny vehicle clearly isn’t big enough for a human being. But it is big enough to

British press horrified as London’s
new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 12:30:53 PM     Post Reply
London — Free speech is good, but sometimes dangerous in practice. Saying what you think can get you sacked in America even if it’s something that most people think. Practicing free speech here in the old country is risky, too, but saying the wrong thing appears to be a misdemeanor, not yet a felony. Boris Johnson, the irrepressible mayor of London, said some provocative things the other day to a private think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, and political London — mostly the scribblers, anyway — has been in a tizzy since. The mayor playfully invoked Gordon Gecko, who exists only



Obama celebrates end of
Hanukkah at White House
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 12:30:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama marked the end of Hanukkah with not one, but two receptions at the White House on Thursday.He noted a rare quirk in the calendar that overlapped Thanksgiving and the start of the eight-day Jewish holiday. At the first gathering, Obama recognized guests who are credited with coming up with some unusual names for the joint holiday, such as "Thanksgivukkah," a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and "menurkey," a blend of the words menorah and turkey. Menorahs were lit at both receptions. The White House said it expected about 500 people at each. American Jewish leaders and representatives

Jen Arnold, Star of TLC´s The Little
Couple, Reveals She Has Cancer
People Magazine, by Alicia Dennis    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/6/2013 12:26:10 PM     Post Reply
Jen Arnold, star of the hit TLC series The Little Couple, is battling a rare form of cancer. The Houston-based neonatologist, 39, and her husband Bill Klein, 38, are parents to son Will, 3, whom they adopted from China, and daughter Zoey, 2, whom they recently brought home from India. But what should have been a time of joy and celebration for the reality stars has been bittersweet, as Arnold reveals in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. "I have recently been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and am currently undergoing treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy.” Arnold says.

State conservative groups plan
public sector assault
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 12:21:26 PM     Post Reply
ARLINGTON, Va.- Conservative groups in 34 U.S. states plan coordinated assaults on taxes, healthcare, public sector pensions and the environment, organizing papers indicate. They also plan a strategy to push for expanded access to school vouchers to encourage home schooling, the documents published by Britain´s Guardian indicate. The newspaper published the papers in conjunction with the Texas Observer in Austin and the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. The documents can be found at tinyurl.com/UPI-SPN. The conservative strategy, organized and coordinated by the State Policy Network in Arlington, Va., includes proposals to cut public sector pensions, lower government-worker wages, eliminate income taxes,

Obama dismisses IRS targeting of
conservatives: ‘They’ve got a list,
and suddenly everybody’s outraged’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 12:21:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday. Obama was at American University to sell his flailing health care law to the young people upon which the insurance exchanges heavily rely. As promised, Matthews allowed him to make his pitch with no tough questions or pushback. But the interview became interesting when the Hardball host asked why Americans were growing increasingly skeptical of government. Obama noted that the media never seems interested in government success stories. “When we do

Billionaire Steve Case says
immigrants will offset middle
class job losses
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 12:14:46 PM     Post Reply
Middle class Americans face a tough future because robots and machinery are eliminating their jobs, according to Steve Case, an entrepreneur who earned roughly $1 billion by creating the first successful internet firm, America Online. But Congress could help the situation by passing an immigration bill that would import some foreign entrepreneurs and almost 30 million low-skilled workers over the next decade, Case told an audience of D.C. lobbyists and lawyers gathered on Tuesday by the business-backed Bipartisan Policy Center. “I think it’s [a] tough” task to protect the middle class, Case said after being asked a question about automation by an


Report: Obama Regulatory Agenda Will
Cost $143 Billion to Economy Next Year
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 12:06:26 PM     Post Reply
Upcoming regulations from the Obama administration in 2014 would cost the private sector $143.3 billion, according to a new report. The American Action Forum (AAF) examined the “unified agenda,” which lays out “regulatory priorities” for the next year, and was released shortly before Thanksgiving. The report documents regulations for 2014 from Obamacare, the EPA, Department of Energy, and others, revealing a regulatory system on “autopilot” that covers everything from calorie postings in vending machines to efficiency standards for portable air conditioners. The agenda includes 15 new “major” rules, which will cost at least $100 million per rule. Some of the more wide-ranging regulations,

Bungling the Easy Stuff
Time Magazine, by Steven Brill    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 12:00:20 PM     Post Reply
One of the patients featured in the TIME cover story I wrote last March--"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"--was Emilia Gilbert, a school-bus driver. Gilbert was 61 years old in 2008 when she slipped and fell one evening in her backyard in Fairfield, Conn. She was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital, where she was treated for some cuts and a broken nose. She left a few hours later with a bill for $9,418, which included $6,538 for CT scans and $239 for a routine blood test. The charges, I found, were based on something called

Obama expected to
attend Mandela service
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 11:58:34 AM     Post Reply
Expect President Obama to confirm soon he will attend services in South African for the late Nelson Mandela. Officials have held off on a formal announcement as travel plans, logistics, and security are worked out; services for Mandela will be part of a mourning period in South Africa that will last about 10 days. The South African government has scheduled the state funeral for Dec. 15, a week from Sunday. There is also a memorial service scheduled for Dec. 10, which is Tuesday. In the meantime, Obama has directed that American flags be lowered to half-staff through Monday in honor of the freedom

‘President Latch-on’ knows
how to find the limelight
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/6/2013 11:58:23 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama never even once visited the iconic Nelson Mandela while he was still alive, but count on him hogging all the limelight he can at the freedom hero’s funeral. It is a matter of public record that Obama ignored Mr. Mandela during all four years of his first term as president. Michelle Obama briefly visited Mandela during her 2011 South African trip before going on safari with her two daughters. During Obama’s June 2013 South African trip, Obama “deferred” to the family of an ailing Mandela by not visiting Mandela at his sick bed. Does anyone notice how Obama excels at latching

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