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Reagan Freed South Africa
American Thinker, by Frank Friday    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 6:06:07 AM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela is being rightly eulogized as a great force for peace and freedom. Though a deeply flawed man, his moral growth allowed him to voluntarily relinquish power, much the same as George Washington. This is an example being taken to heart on the African continent, which may now be fitfully entering a more hopeful era, in contrast to the 50-year bloody disaster of post-colonialism. What won´t be talked about much is that this was only possible because the West won the Cold War and allowed disillusioned Marxists like Mandela in South Africa (or Gorbachev in the Soviet Union) to

American citizen Merrill Newman
deported from North Korea
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 6:01:10 AM     Post Reply
An elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained in North Korea for more than a month for alleged hostile acts is on his way home after being "deported" to China. North Korean state media said Saturday that 85-year-old Merrill Newman was released because he had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and medical condition. It was not clear if his confession was coerced. He was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. "I´m very glad to be on my

Enrollment Errors Put Medical
Coverage at Risk
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 5:55:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that the enrollment records for roughly a quarter of all the people who signed up for health insurance on its website in October and November could contain errors, raising questions about whether those consumers would get coverage in time to pay for their medical care next month. Even now, the administration said, it may be sending incomplete or erroneous information to insurers for one in every 10 people who enroll. The disclosure added yet another complication to a long list of technical troubles that have hampered the rollout of President Obama’s health care

  


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Biden decries China
squeeze on US media
BBC News [UK], by Anthony Zurcher    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 5:53:18 AM     Post Reply
China is putting the squeeze on the New York Times and Bloomberg News, and it could have severe consequences for press freedom. The nation has blocked internet access to the two organisations´ websites, denied access to key events, such as the recent meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and delayed visa renewal for more than two dozen reporters. [Snip] "Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,´´ Biden said at a meeting with business leaders earlier that day, as

Obama´s Wretchedly Convoluted Presidency
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:51:16 AM     Post Reply
One definition of a pathological liar is someone who lies where the truth would serve just as well. When President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, was arrested in 2011 for drunk driving, the truth — that Obama had stayed with his uncle years earlier for several weeks as a Harvard law student — would have served the president just fine. No potential Obama voter would have held it against him that an uncle he had stayed with two decades earlier was picked up for DUI. Yet the White House went with a lie, claiming that Obama had never met his uncle. Now that

New York City confiscating
rifles and shotguns
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:49:19 AM     Post Reply
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences. New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners. “It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are

WTO agrees global
trade deal worth $1tn
BBC News [UK], by Andrew Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 5:45:44 AM     Post Reply
Ministers from 159 countries have reached a deal intended to boost global trade at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The World Trade Organization´s first comprehensive agreement involves an effort to simplify the procedures for doing business across borders. There will also be improved duty-free access for goods sold by the world´s poorest countries. The deal, which could add about $1tn to world trade, gives developing nations more scope to increase farm subsidies. "For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered," said WTO chief Roberto Azevedo, as the organisation reached its first comprehensive agreement since it was

  


  

Pearl Harbor ceremony marks
72nd anniversary of bombing
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:45:15 AM     Post Reply
PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII – About 3,000 people are expected to gather at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. About 70 World War II veterans and survivors of the Dec. 7 bombing plan to attend the morning ceremony on the shore overlooking a memorial to the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the attack. The event will begin with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. There will be a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. A guided missile destroyer will pass by

Defense Officials Defend
Santa’s Fighter Jet Escort
Wall Street Journal, by Julian E. Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:42:22 AM     Post Reply
Senior defense officials are defending the decision to have fighter jets escort St. Nick this year on the North American Air Defense Command’s Santa tracker website. The NORAD website each December posts videos of Santa Claus entering different countries and cities around the world. This year, some of the videos will show fighter planes escorting the sleigh, a decision that has drawn criticism from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and others. But a senior defense official traveling this week with Secretary Chuck Hagel as he visited Bahrain said the military escorts for Santa are necessary given “the proliferation of air defense

Joe Biden´s Gaffe-Filled Asia
Trip, as Told by China, Japan
and South Korea´s Media
Atlantic, by Arit John    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/7/2013 5:39:46 AM     Post Reply
This week Vice President Joe Biden found himself in a tense situation as he visited Japan, China and, currently, South Korea. What was meant to be a routine visit to the three countries turned into a diplomatic peace keeping mission regarding China´s expanded air zone, and the media there has been keeping tabs on how well Biden´s doing. Japan and South Korea are upset with China because it expanded its air zone into their air zones on November 23. China thinks Japan started it — it being the escalation of tensions — but the world points out that China announced

Our ideological president
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/7/2013 5:33:04 AM     Post Reply
At a fundraiser in Seattle on the day before Thanksgiving, President Obama told a group of Democratic donors, apparently without a hint of irony, “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” One wouldn’t know it from the ponderous 48-minute oration on income inequality that he delivered in Washington on Wednesday. Mr. Obama devoted the majority of it to the cause of lamenting a “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” that he says is jeopardizing the middle class. The unraveling of the “social compact,” he said, began in the late ‘70s. “The result is an economy that’s become profoundly unequal,

  


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Impeachment Lessons
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:22:15 AM     Post Reply
Well whaddya know: The topic of impeachment reared its head at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. Jonathan Strong’s report here at NRO noted the wincing consternation of GOP-leadership aides at utterances of the “i-word” during the testimony of prominent legal experts. For the Republican establishment, it seems, history begins and ends in the 1990s: No matter how times have perilously changed, any talk of shutdowns or impeachment is bad, bad, bad. Yes, the Obama “uber-presidency,” as left-of-center law professor Jonathan Turley called it, has enveloped the nation in what he conceded is “the most serious constitutional crisis .

Harry Reid: I Pay $4,500
More for Health Insurance
Because of Obamacare
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:19:49 AM     Post Reply
Senate majority leader Harry Reid tells the Reno Gazette Journal that the Affordable Care Act has made his health insurance a lot les affordable: "[U]nder Obamacare, my insurance costs me about $4,500 more that it did before. Yes, because it is age-related and it wasn’t like that before.” Reid isn´t exactly hurting for cash, but leading Democrats once promised that Obamacare would bring down the cost of insurance for everyone: "If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums," Barack Obama said

Warning: Jobless rate may be rigged
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:16:05 AM     Post Reply
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by

Slowly They Modernize: A Federal
Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks
New York Times, by Jada F. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:11:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The technology troubles that plagued the HealthCare.gov website rollout may not have come as a shock to people who work for certain agencies of the government — especially those who still use floppy disks, the cutting-edge technology of the 1980s. Every day, The Federal Register, the daily journal of the United States government, publishes on its website and in a thick booklet around 100 executive orders, proclamations, proposed rule changes and other government notices that federal agencies are mandated to submit for public inspection. So far, so good. It turns out, however, that the Federal Register employees who take in

  


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Are Republicans Sabotaging Obamacare
with Fraudulent Websites?
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 5:02:58 AM     Post Reply
Here’s the latest chapter in The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. According to Forward Progressives: There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t win, cheat like hell” and it’s apparently the motto that the GOP has taken to heart across the country in their latest attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. What does their newest attempt involve? Creating fake websites with misinformation that look like state insurance exchanges in order to confuse consumers trying to find out what their new insurance options are under Obamacare. Forward Progressives cites three websites recently shut down by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, including kynect101.com, which, according to the

Uh oh: House Democrats
ready to blow up Obama’s
nuclear deal with Iran?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:57:08 AM     Post Reply
The problem with O asking them to eat one crap sandwich after another on ObamaCare is that eventually there’s no room for dessert. They abandoned him when he asked for congressional approval to bomb Assad. They’re not going to abandon him on this too. Are they? The worry is that Dem Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two House Dem, may join with GOP Rep. Eric Cantor on a resolution or bill that will either criticize the current temporary deal with Iran, or call for a new round of sanctions, or set as U.S. policy some strict parameters on a final deal with

7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You
Probably Won’t See In The U.S. Media
Buzzfeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/7/2013 4:56:06 AM     Post Reply
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a

Can Democrats Recover From
the Obamacare Catastrophe?
National Journal, by Charlie Cook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:51:40 AM     Post Reply
Most graphs of polling data show shifts that are very gradual. (Tracking real-time changes in poll results often is about as exciting as watching paint dry.) Recently, however, the HuffPost Pollster website produced a graph of national polling on Congress that showed one of the most dramatic shifts I´ve ever seen in 40 years of involvement in politics. It charts responses to the question of whether voters would like Republicans or Democrats to control the House. The year began with Democrats 8 points ahead of Republicans on the generic congressional ballot test, 46 percent to 38 percent. The GOP had come

Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money
Time, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:48:54 AM     Post Reply
As we enter the drama-filled final week of the regular college football season and the final month of the National Football League’s schedule, forget about GM and Chrysler, Solyndra, or even cowboy poetry readings. Fact is, nothing is more profitable, more popular, and more on the public teat than good old American football. That’s right. You, dear taxpayer, are footing the bill for football through an outrageous series of giveaways to billionaire team owners and public universities that put pigskin before sheepskin. It’s just not right when governments shovel tax dollars at favored companies or special interests, even when those firms

  



Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett
worth $12 million, appraiser says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 4:46:32 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O´Neal is worth an estimated $12 million, an appraiser told a jury Friday. New York art appraiser Lee Drexler testified in a lawsuit by the University of Texas at Austin against the actor in which the school is seeking to gain possession of the Fawcett portrait for its art museum. O´Neal contends the artwork was given to him as a gift by Warhol and did not belong to Fawcett when she died in 2009. The "Charlie´s Angels" star left all her artwork to the university; her gift

DC Mayor Compares Lack
of Autonomy to
Struggles of Nelson Mandela
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 4:43:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON–D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray compared the District of Columbia’s lack of autonomy and voting rights to the struggles Nelson Mandela endured, explaining Friday that residents connect so much with the South African leader because “we have not achieved full equality in this city.” “When we can’t have the authority to be able to spend our own money, and all our local laws need to go to the national legislative body in order to be approved, when we experience taxation without representation every day, when we don’t have a voting member of the national legislative body, I think the people can

Rappelling Elves Delight
Patients in Indiana Hospital
ABC News, by Sidney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 4:38:24 AM     Post Reply
Christmastime can still be magical in the hospital, which the patients of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health learned this week when elves rappelled down the side of the 10-story building. Dressed in pointy shoes and hats and decked out in red and green, the elves suddenly appeared outside patients´ windows to wave and smile. Meanwhile, Santa himself made his way through the inside of the hospital to visit with patients and their families and give out gifts. "Many of our patients can´t be home for the holidays," Melissa Sexton, the hospital´s special events coordinator, said in a statement. "Our

Dangerous Times: Inspector
Clouseau Brings Peace
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/7/2013 3:35:55 AM     Post Reply
A nuclear arms race is now arising in the Middle East, starting with an Iranian nuke, then a Saudi and Egyptian one. Nobody knows the end game. Obama´s biggest legacy may be worldwide instability for years to come. This administration is coming to an end. If you take away its corruption and thuggery, its constant scapegoating, its weird cast of characters, its astronomical spending, its drone killings of terrorists who were supposed to be dead last year, and its healthcare debacle -- everything comes down to imperial overreach.

House to Grill Sebelius on Lack
of Meetings with Obama
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/7/2013 12:08:36 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify before Congress next Wednesday and will likely be grilled about a shocking Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with her since Obamacare passed over three years ago. On Friday, the White House and the Health and Human Services Department said Obama and Sebelius meet "regularly," but the only firm date that was given was an alleged meeting between Obama and Sebelius on Thursday, a day after the GAI report was released. Sebelius is scheduled to testify before the House

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