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Taxpayers looking at $1B
bill for ObamaCare site
New York Post, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 3:19:20 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Taxpayers can expect to get stuck with a more than $1 billion bill for the creation and repair of the federal ObamaCare Web site, a top House Republican warned. “The fact is, eventually they’ll get this Web site working at the cost of probably over a billion dollars,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) said on Fox News Channel. The Obama administration did not respond to The Post’s questions Thursday about the tab for the round-the-clock “tech surge” deployed in mid-October to repair HealthCare.gov. The cost of building the bug-ridden site, which launched Oct.

The Real Benghazi Scandal
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 3:14:04 PM     Post Reply
On the list of scandals that plagued the Obama administration this past year, Benghazi has been the one the White House, Democrats, and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media dismissed with the greatest of ease. Unlike the IRS scandal, which though it has faded from the news had obvious constitutional and political implications, or the various spying scandals involving news organizations and the National Security Agency, which outraged large numbers of ordinary Americans, Benghazi was put down as a manufactured story that had little traction. Part of it was due to the obsessive, though understandable, focus of Republicans on the

Texas, Israel and Perry 2.0
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 2:42:58 PM     Post Reply
In late October, Texas Gov. Rick Perry went to Israel, not a surprising trip for a potential presidential candidate whose pro-Zionist views are well known. However, less widely known is his role in a breakthrough of sorts in academia and U.S.-Israeli relations. The Jerusalem Post reported: Texas A&M University will open a branch in Nazareth by October 2015 . . . The new institution, to be called the Peace Campus, will promote coexistence for the sake of education with a student population combining Arab, Jewish and foreign students. The faculty will be drawn from Arab, Jewish and international scholars. .



Obamacare ´Strike Team´ Member: People
Losing Their Plans Is a ´Good Thing´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 2:40:59 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of President Obama´s Obamacare "strike team," says it´s a "good thing" that people are losing their old health care plans: "Because a lot of those people, they did have policies that didn´t meet the minimum standards. That´s just not a theoretical discussion. There´s a reason you have minimum standards. There are people out there who have insurance that´s really an illusion of coverage. They have immense deductibles, they have annual and lifetime caps. There´s so many people out there with what I call phony insurance policies and the fact that they´re going to lose those

Police block Mexico hospital,
6 may have radiation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/6/2013 2:28:54 PM     Post Reply
PACHUCA, Mexico — Federal police blocked access Friday to a central Mexico hospital where six people were reported to have been admitted with radiation exposure. An official familiar with the case confirmed Mexican media reports that the six have been admitted to the general hospital in the city of Pachuca and may have been exposed to a stolen source of cobalt-60. The official, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media, said only one person was dizzy and vomiting, which are symptoms of radiation poisoning.

Chris Matthews gets all biblical
in praising Obama
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 2:27:47 PM     Post Reply
I could only stand watching a couple of minutes of the Chris Matthews interview of the president before flipping back to the dog channel. Biased TV is boring TV and Matthews didn´t disappoint. "He came to us. He came amongst us." said Mr. Tingles. Mary Katherine Ham: And, lo, the president came upon them, and the glory of the president shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. As for the interview itself, it was "extraordinary," according to other MSNBC contributors. It includes such insights as Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the greatest veeps of all time. And, the

Food Stamps Fund Left-Wing Media
American Thinker, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 2:25:47 PM     Post Reply
The hippy-fueled magazine Mother Jones that helped torpedo Mitt Romney´s campaign wants your tax dollars to fund its crusade for the radical transformation of American society. Specifically, the extremist, George Soros-funded rag that published the story of Romney´s ill-received "47 percent" comments is counseling its interns to apply for taxpayer-funded food stamps so they can survive their voluntary servitude in ultra-expensive San Francisco. The locus of latte liberalism where the muckraking publication is headquartered has the highest rents in the nation. In a feature story about how rotten left-of-center magazines are to their interns, left-winger Charles Davis reports at Vice: One former MJ



Birds Will Attack
Amazon´s Delivery Drones
Slate, by Nicholas Lund    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/6/2013 2:24:55 PM     Post Reply
Konstantin Kakaes had a lot of good evidence to work with for his article debunking the promise of Amazon’s drone deliveries. The FAA doesn’t allow autonomous flight. Drones are too small and unreliable. They’ll cost Amazon a fortune to maintain and oversee. Kakaes had so many facts in his favor, but he left out a big one: Birds are going to hate these drones.(Snip)The difference for Amazon’s drones is that the birds will be chasing them. Unseen to us, the skies are checkered with fiercely defended bird territories. Open-country raptors—hawks, eagles, kites, harriers, etc.—don’t take kindly to interlopers on their

Islamic Jihad on Christian
Nuns: A History
American Thinker, by Raymond Ibrahim    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 2:23:59 PM     Post Reply
Yet another phenomenon with a long paper trail in Islamic history has just taken place, even as the Western "mainstream" -- little acquainted with true history or reality -- dismisses it as an aberration. Asia News has the details: Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula [an ancient Christian community where Christians were earlier forced to convert to Islam or die]... "Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon [Dec. 2]. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious," Mgr Zenari said ....

Barack Still Wants More Buggy Whips
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 2:20:25 PM     Post Reply
Cast your mind back a couple of years, sayeth the Ghost of Christmas Past, when the Magnificent O had only begun to tarnish his brand. Then our fab prez had this to say about the evils of... ATMs, per Russell Roberts at the Wall Street Journal: "There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers," he said. "You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don´t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and

Matthews: South Africa’s White
Apartheid Leaders Were More
Patriotic Than GOP
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 2:17:19 PM     Post Reply
Fresh off his interview with President Barack Obama, MSNBC host Chris Matthews appeared on Now with Alex Wagner to review what the president said and to express his thoughts on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Matthews linked the GOP to South Africa’s white apartheid advocates and declared that those who facilitated the transition to Mandela’s presidency were more patriotic and had greater regard for their country than the Republicans in Congress. Matthews acknowledged a point that Rev. Al Sharpton had made earlier in this broadcast where he noted that the last apartheid president, F.W. de Klerk, recognized



Emails show CMS knew small-business
exchange would not be ready
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 2:11:43 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration knew as early as August that the small-business portal on healthcare.gov would not be ready by the Oct. 1 launch, but delayed admitting those problems until Nov. 27, according to documents released by House Republicans on Friday. In one colorful email exchange in mid-August, Henry Chao, the administration official charged with the development of the online insurance marketplaces, expressed frustration with delays from the private contractor working on the website. When the contractor suggested a new date of Nov. 15 for the launch of the small-business portal of the website, Chao bluntly asked: “Can we sign this

White House denies report
Obama, Sebelius rarely met
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 2:03:16 PM     Post Reply
The White House dismissed a report suggesting that President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did not meet ahead of the botched rollout of Obamacare. Obama press secretary Jay Carney said the claim was based on a “ridiculously false premise.” “Kathleen Sebelius comes frequently and she meets frequently with the president,” he said. “She’s here a lot and meets with the president with regularity.” “It’s safe to say Secretary Sebelius spent a lot of time here,” he added, noting the administration’s focus on health care reform. The report from Politico Magazine noted that a Government Accountability Institute analysis of the president’s

A healthcare navigator in
unfriendly waters
Los Angeles Times, by Brian Bennett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 1:59:13 PM     Post Reply
Murfreesboro, N.C.- Snow came early to the cotton and sorghum fields here, sending dozens of cash-strapped families to the food bank on a recent afternoon for frozen chickens, cucumbers and canned green beans. Quinetta Rascoe was waiting for them. Wearing a bright pink overcoat, a glittery rainbow scarf and an infectious grin, Rascoe climbed out of a Toyota sedan carrying a stack of Obamacare brochures. She eyed about 60 cars that were snaking into the parking lot behind Murfreesboro Baptist Church, prompting an unusual traffic jam one block off the town´s dozy Main Street. The food truck was late, and

Men stole roof of Paul Walker´s
Porsche after crash, detectives say
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Winton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 1:53:07 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles County sheriff´s detectives allege that two men stole the t-top roof panel of a $400,000 Porsche after it crashed Saturday in Santa Clarita, killing "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker and another man. The department announced Thursday that one man was in custody and that another suspect was expected to surrender to detectives soon. The one suspect, 18-year-old Jameson Witty, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and tampering with evidence. He was being held on $20,000 bail, officials said. In a news release, the Sheriff´s Department said the alleged theft occurred while the Porsche was being towed away.



Sacrilege: Did the ´Glee´
Christmas Go Too Far?
Townhall, by Cortney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 1:48:11 PM     Post Reply
There was a tale of two Christmases on TV last night. Over at NBC, Carrie Underwood led the cast of “Sound of Music Live!” in a joyous rendition of the Julie Andrews classic. While no one involved in the production is likely to win an Emmy anytime soon, the singing was flawless and it was a squeaky clean program that lived up to its “TV G” rating. Over at Fox it was another story. Glee’s “Previously Unaired Christmas” should have stayed true to its name and remained a lost script, considering it was complete with a bisexual Santa, transgender Virgin

How Mandela´s struggle an ocean
away inspired Obama the activist
Guardian [UK], by Paul Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 1:46:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington -The young black university student who walked up to the microphone at an anti-apartheid rally in 1980 was, by his own admission, cynical about the virtues of political activism. Barack Obama had spent his early years of college submerged in books by African American writers by the likes of James Baldwin, W E B Du Bois and Malcolm X, wrestling with his own mixed racial identity. But it was the campaign for equality thousands of miles away in South Africa that first spurred Obama, then aged 19, into action: taking part in a divestment rally in his sophomore year

Wasserman Schultz Calls It a ‘Riot’
That GOP Training Members on
Sensitivity to Women
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 1:35:06 PM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz laughingly called it a “riot” that the GOP would be schooling its members on how to better appeal to women voters. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at his weekly press conference yesterday that he believes his caucus is making progress on that front. “Well, I try to get them to be a little more sensitive. You know? You look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican caucus,” Boehner said. “And, you know, some of our members just aren’t as sensitive

Olympic outsourcing: Team USA
snowboarders´ uniforms foreign-made
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/6/2013 1:23:37 PM     Post Reply
The newly-unveiled uniforms for the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team are star-spangled and red, white and blue — but they´re not made in America. The hodgepodge design, which designer Burton Snowboards says was inspired by a vintage quilt, features the faded colors of Old Glory and stars on the shoulder, base-layer henleys, hats and gloves. But like Ralph Lauren, which designed U.S. Olympic gear for the 2012 games in London, Vermont-based Burton is now defending its decision to use a global set of vendors to complete the job ahead of the Sochi Games, which begin on Feb. 7.

When Barry Met Kathy
Politico, by Peter Schweizer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 1:20:56 PM     Post Reply
Journalists and pundits have begun offering lengthy postmortems to explain the causes of the ruinous Obamacare rollout. The debacle’s scale has surprised even progressives who supported the Affordable Care Act. After all, surely three and a half years provided ample time to prepare for a program President Obama calls his “most important initiative.” Six weeks ago, Obama privately conceded to his advisers, according to the New York Times, “we created this problem we didn’t need to create … and it’s of our own doing.” So how did it happen? Here’s one theory, backed by new data: not enough meetings. Amid the Obama administration’s


Levin: Glad Liberal Profs Finally
Speaking Out Against Obama’s
Power Grab
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:19:19 PM     Post Reply
Landmark Legal Foundation (LLF) president and radio talk show host Mark Levin says he welcomes George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley’s recent acknowledgement that the concentration of presidential power under President Obama poses a “severe” danger to the nation. “I thought I was hearing an echo. I’ve been complaining about the Obama imperial presidency for several years now,” Levin told CNSNews.com. “It’s nice to have a liberal law professor testify before Congress that we have a president who is out of control. "In fact, I’ve gone further and said that we have entered a post-constitutional period…A lot of professors

Democrat: Raise Gas Tax To
Make Up Lost Revenue From
Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:16:23 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) says his plan to nearly double the federal gas tax is needed because the tax hasn’t been raised in years and a decrease in fuel tax revenues has occurred due to the improved fuel efficiency of vehicles. When discussing his proposal on Fox News Dec. 3, Blumenauer said, “First of all, we haven’t raised the gas tax in 20 years. “During that time, the amount that the average motorist pays per mile that they drive because of increased fuel efficiency and inflation has been cut in half,” he continued. Blumenauer introduced a House bill this week

Obama: ‘Biden Will Go Down In
History As One Of The Best
Vice Presidents Ever’
CBS News [D.C.], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/6/2013 1:15:19 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,

Synthetic drug may have
led to crime rampage
Tampa Tribune, by Keith Morelli    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/6/2013 1:14:55 PM     Post Reply
TAMPA — Charlie Bates, the man who muscled his way into three apartments near the University of South Florida three months ago, sexually assaulted four students and terrorized dozens of others, was under the influence of methylone, a synthetic drug common in bath salts that can unhinge the user from reality. Bates, 24, was chased down by law enforcement officers the next day and killed during a shootout on U.S. 301 just east of Tampa. The autopsy showed extremely high levels of methylone in Bates´ body, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner´s Office. “The levels in his system were

South Africa Loses Its ´Greatest
Son´: Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/6/2013 1:13:26 PM     Post Reply
South Africans had been preparing themselves for many months, but when the news broke late on Thursday night local time it still came as a shock: Nelson Mandela, one of the most widely-admired and recognizable figures of the 20th century and beyond, had died, aged 95. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in televised statement. “Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.” Tributes flooded in from across the world; news organizations set aside schedules to

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

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