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Rep. Tom Cotton Made an Offer to
Obama That He Should Accept, But
Won´t Because It Will Hurt His Image
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 10:12:06 AM     Post Reply
As the White House launches a three-week public-relations blitz to try and sell ObamaCare to the American people, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is inviting Barack Obama to bring his “road show” road show” to Arkansas to see the troubled healthcare law’s effect on the people of his state. “This week, President Obama announced a 23-day PR blitz to tout his signature program, ObamaCare. I’d like to invite the President to bring his ObamaCare roadshow to Arkansas, so he can see firsthand the devastating effects the law is having on Americans who live outside Washington DC.” Well played, Congressman, but don’t hold your

All too soon, ObamaCare
will give us ´Standing´
American Thinker, by Deane Waldman    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/7/2013 9:55:54 AM     Post Reply
Among the many blessings granted us by ObamaCare (PPAHCA), a new one will be coming soon, starting in January 2014. We will acquire "standing." Legally, the word standing refers to the "ability to initiate a lawsuit." (snip) Those treatments deemed "Not Cost Effective" will become unavailable, even when that care is what you need to stay alive. Thus, insured or uninsured, as a direct result of government action, you are less able or unable to get the care you need in 2014 after ObamaCare implementation. You now have legal standing.

S.C. sheriff refuses to
lower flag for Mandela
USA Today, by Eric Connor    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 9:54:43 AM     Post Reply
In South Carolina, the American flag that flies over the Pickens County Sheriff´s Office will be raised high over the weekend despite an order by President Obama that flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela. Sheriff Rick Clark told GreenvilleOnline.com that he is ordering the flag be raised on Sunday because the honor of lowering flags to half-staff should be reserved for Americans. "The flag at half-staff is for Americans´ ultimate sacrifice for our country," Clark said. "We should never stray away from that." The flag is currently flying at half-staff in honor of

  


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Conservative Grassroots Challenge
Chamber of Commerce in Idaho Race
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/7/2013 9:53:55 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting more brazen in its fight to control the Republican Party, as the primary in Idaho between Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith shapes up to be a major front in the war. Beginning Friday, the Associated Press reports, the Chamber will run an ad in Idaho supporting Simpson. "Mike Simpson, conservative, Idaho strong," the ad’s announcer says, according to early copies reviewed by the AP. The ad states that “the nation's free enterprise system is under attack” and shows Nancy Pelosi holding a gavel like one used by the Speaker of the House.

The Major Problem With Electric Cars
Time Magazine, by Brad Tuttle    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 9:41:06 AM     Post Reply
Mitsubishi is the latest in a long line of automakers to slash prices on an electric car, the unpronounceable, unfortunately named i-MiEV. The model is now the cheapest EV on the market, yet it’s still hard to imagine many drivers excitedly running out to buy one. Overall, American consumers are paying more for cars. The average price paid for a new light vehicle in November was $32,769, up 3% compared to October, and 1.1% year over year, according to Kelley Blue Book. Yet as average prices rise, one segment of the new car market has gotten markedly cheaper. “Electric vehicles had

Politico Destroys White House Claim
of Secret Obama-Sebelius Meetings
Breitbart's Big Journalism, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/7/2013 9:37:57 AM     Post Reply
Late Friday afternoon, Politico Magazine published an update dismantling White House claims that President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held “dozens” of unrecorded one-on-one working meetings over the last three-and-a-half years leading up to Obamacare´s unveiling. The update, written by Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer, refuted Friday comments by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. In a telling exchange between Carney and NBC News reporter Peter Alexander and ABC News reporter

Judging blogs by their comment threads
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 9:37:42 AM     Post Reply
The FT’s former correspondent at the European Parliament used to ask me the same question at every press conference. “So does this mean you voted the same way as Jean-Marie Le Pen?” It’s amazing how many people want to judge a proposal, not by its merits, but by its incidental supporters. We need only state their implication openly – that you should drop an otherwise sensible idea because someone you don’t like agrees with you – to see how absurd it is. Yet people carry on doing it. It’s the phenomenon that lies behind Godwin’s Law, the observation that all Internet discussions,

  


  

GOP on ObamaCare: It´s time Obama
delayed the law for all Americans
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/7/2013 9:36:06 AM     Post Reply
Merry Christmas, everyone, and hello, my name is Renee Ellmers, and I represent North Carolina’s Second Congressional District. Like many of you, I’m frustrated with the president’s health care law, especially where jobs and working families are concerned. I say this not only as a congresswoman and chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee; I say it as a nurse and the mother of a son in college. After all, it’s often women who make the health care decisions for our families. We put a lot of time and thought into these choices and how they’ll affect our budgets. So by canceling your insurance — despite a promise

15 Of Nelson Mandela’s
Most Inspiring Quotes
Buzzfeed, by Jessica Testa & John Gara    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/7/2013 9:35:05 AM     Post Reply
The former South African president died Thursday at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words. 1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 2. "Never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. " 3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." (Snip) 12. "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person

Obama Recalls an Aide to
Guide Health Care Law
New York Times, by Jackie Calmes    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 9:31:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration continues the aggressive public defense of the Affordable Care Act it began this week, the president will get some help from his former chief congressional lobbyist, Phil Schiliro, who is returning temporarily to the White House almost exactly two years after he left. Mr. Schiliro’s job, which is expected to last a few months, is to help protect the health care law from legislative attacks by repeal-minded Republicans in Congress, and to quiet dissent from politically vulnerable Democrats seeking to distance themselves from the law and the president ahead of the midterm congressional elections.

Why Nelson Mandela was on
a terrorism watch list in 2008
Washington Post, by Caitlin Dewey    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 9:29:26 AM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela is being remembered across the world (and political spectrum) for his heroic, life-long battle against apartheid and injustice in South Africa. But with all the accolades being thrown around, it’s easy to forget that the U.S., in particular, hasn’t always had such a friendly relationship with Mandela -- and that in fact, as late as 2008, the Nobel Prize winner and former president was still on the U.S. terrorism watch list.(snip)Eventually, of course, the U.S. did pass economic sanctions, which are widely credited for helping topple -- at least in part -- the apartheid regime. Mandela went on

  


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Obama: Millions of Americans
are still looking for work
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/7/2013 9:13:08 AM     Post Reply
The holiday season is a time for remembering the bonds we share, and our obligations to one another as human beings. But right now, more than one million of our fellow Americans are poised to lose a vital economic lifeline just a few days after Christmas if Congress doesn’t do something about it. Our top priority as a country should be restoring opportunity and broad-based economic growth for all Americans. And yesterday, we learned that our businesses created about 200,000 jobs in the month of November. That’s more than 8 million new jobs in the last 45 months. And the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in five

N.H. rep draws wrath
of misogynist moonbat
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: dwillyc- 12/7/2013 9:00:10 AM     Post Reply
Yes, Katherine Clark, there really is a war on women, but it’s not the fantasy you’ve been spinning out on the campaign trail.The real war on women is being prosecuted by misogynist Democrat hacks attacking and harassing women and getting away with it because they’re in a protected class — moonbats.Let’s run down this year’s list of Democratic warriors against women — Elliot (“Client No. 9”) Spitzer, Carlos Danger, ex-San Diego mayor Bob Filner, Martin Bashir, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, not to mention a bunch of lesser-known New York Democratic ward heelers who’ve been smashing glasses in their girlfriends’ faces, demanding their staffers don’t wear panties, etc.

´Muslim Patrol´ jailed for harassing couple
holding hands and men drinking in a bid
to enforce Sharia law in East London
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 8:59:18 AM     Post Reply
Three members of a so-called ´Muslim Patrol´ were today jailed at the Old Bailey for repeatedly trying to enforce Sharia law in East London. Jordan Horner and another Islamic extremist told one couple they could not hold hands while walking down the street, because it was in a ´Muslim area´. The radicals also attacked a group of men drinking in the road, and told a woman she would face ´hell fire´ because of the way she was dressed. Horner, 19, Ricardo MacFarlane, 36, and a 23-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons were sentenced to 68 weeks, 12

Chris Matthews Elated By Obama:
"He Came To Us Today, He Came Amongst Us"
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/7/2013 8:52:43 AM     Post Reply
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s

  


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Primary school removes Enid Blyton
Famous Five children´s classics so
it could win a race equality award
Daily Mail [UK], by Craig Mackenzie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 8:52:05 AM     Post Reply
A primary school has banned Enid Blyton children´s stories so it could win a race equality award. The Famous Five classics were dumped because they had ´inappropriate ethnic stereotypes´ with references to gypsies, golliwogs and a dog with a name starting with ´N´. [Snip] Two of the offending stories were Blyton´s Five Go To Mystery Moor and The Children of Kidillin. The much-loved author wrote more than 600 books before her death in 1968. In the 1990s some of her stories were edited to remove parts that were considered racist, sexist or anti-Semitic. Deputy head Phil Clarke said many of

Dozens reported killed in
north Kenya ethnic clashes
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 8:39:31 AM     Post Reply
Dozens of people have died in northern Kenya in a week of fierce clashes between rival ethnic groups, aid sources and reports said. The ongoing unrest, centred around the town of Moyale in Marsabit county on the frontier with Ethiopia, has seen villages burned down and many families forced to flee over the border. According to the Standard newspaper, at least 27 people have been killed and thousands more displaced over the past week. Kenyan peace and anti-tribalism campaigner Jaffer Isaak said he believed the toll was somewhere between 70 and 120 dead, while an independent international aid source, who asked not to

Air Trafgic Glitch Sparks
Big Flght Delays in UK
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/7/2013 8:25:48 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — Scores of flights were delayed or canceled at Britain´s busiest airports Saturday because of a technical problem at a main air traffic control center. National Air Traffic Service, which controls the crowded airspace over England, said it was having a problem switching between nighttime and busier daytime operations at its control center in Swanwick, southern England. Spokeswoman Juliet Kennedy said the glitch was preventing staff opening new control positions to deal with busier daytime traffic, meaning the service was struggling to handle the volume of flights. "At the moment we don´t know when we will be able to

Covered California gave
consumers´ contact info to agents
Los Angeles Times, by Chad Terhune    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/7/2013 7:38:59 AM     Post Reply
Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California´s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn´t ask to be contacted. The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time. But some insurance brokers and consumers who were

Saving the Net from the surveillance state:
Glenn Greenwald speaks up (Q&A)
CNET News, by Edward Moyer    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/7/2013 7:27:34 AM     Post Reply
Big Brother may be watching you. But Glenn Greenwald is watching Big Brother. That´s not a bad take on how the 46-year-old constitutional-law attorney turned crusading journalist turned thorn in the side of the NSA might describe his mission. At least in part. Greenwald is doing more than just watching. By combing through the tens of thousands of classified NSA documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden -- and publishing in newspapers around the globe report after report on the secretive agency´s mass-spying activities -- he´s got the whole world watching too.

  



Rebecca Pearce, director of Maryland’s
ailing health insurance exchange, resigns
Washington Post, by John Wagner & Lena Sun    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/7/2013 7:07:03 AM     Post Reply
The Maryland official who directly oversaw the rollout of Maryland’s health insurance exchange resigned Friday amid continuing technical problems that have hampered the state’s online enrollment efforts.After an emergency session Friday night, the board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange accepted the resignation of Rebecca Pearce, its executive director, and thanked her in a statement for working “tirelessly and with tremendous dedication” for more than two years. In recent weeks, the lagging enrollment and online glitches have embarrassed the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and become a political liability

Navy veteran, 92, recounts that fateful day
Boston Herald, by Kathryn Breen    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 6:50:37 AM     Post Reply
Ray Frazee said he can still remember the enemy plane coming straight at him as he stood on the deck of the USS Argonne docked in Pearl Harbor more than seven decades ago today. “It feels like you’re still there, you’ll never forget something like that,” the 92-year-old Wellesley man told the Herald yesterday. “One of my very best friends was killed that day,” he added, saying he notified the parents about their son’s death. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on the Hawaiian naval base where about 2,400 Americans were killed during that day of infamy in 1941. Frazee, a flute

Thursday Cable Ratings: Matthews’
Obama Interview Beats Greta
at 7pm, #2 in Demo Overall
Mediaite, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 6:32:30 AM     Post Reply
Chris Matthews‘ exclusive interview with President Barack Obama was #1 in the 25-54 demo at 7pm and the second highest-rated show in the demo for all of cable news, despite airing during other network’s live coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death. With 298K viewers in the demo, MSNBC’s Hardball beat Fox’s On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, which had 218K, in the 7pm time slot. The only show with more viewers in the demo than Hardball was Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, which had 405K viewers at 8pm. With 1.296M total viewers, Matthews came within 3K of Greta Van Susteren, who

What has a shadowy US government spy
agency just shot into space? Top-secret
group that boasts ´nothing is beyond our
reach´ blasts classified rocket into orbit
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail, Associated Press Staffs    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 6:27:28 AM     Post Reply
Despite ongoing anger about how the U.S. government is snooping on people around the world, one agency is still keen to boast about its spying - with a creepy cartoon octopus and an alarming logo. A top-secret rocket carrying spy satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office launched from the central California coast late on Thursday, and it had a large badge emblazoned on the side The new logo features a huge and sinister octopus, with just one angry eye visible, as it wraps its tentacles round the globe. Written underneath is: ´Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach.´

Rare warplane that survived
Pearl Harbor attack returning to US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 6:13:48 AM     Post Reply
ALBANY, NY –A New York-built American fighter that´s one of the few remaining still-airworthy planes to survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being donated to a Massachusetts-based organization that flies World War II aircraft at living history events across the nation. Robert Collings, executive director of the Stow, Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation, said that the purchase of the Curtiss P-40B Warhawk from an aviation museum in England was completed this week. The plane will be disassembled and shipped to the United States, where it eventually will fly over Buffalo and other cities, with plans to participate in the 75th

Biden visits DMZ as NKorea
releases US tourist
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 6:10:38 AM     Post Reply
OBSERVATION POST OUELLETTE, South Korea— U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stepped foot into the no-man´s land between North and South Korea on Saturday, peering out at the furtive nation hours after it released an American tourist the regime had detained for more than a month. Surrounded on three sides by North Korea, Biden and his granddaughter, Finnegan, looked through binoculars at the enemy soil less than 100 feet away. On the other side of the demarcation line, North Korean troops could be seen staring back. "Welcome to the edge of freedom," said Lt. Col. Daniel Edwan of the U.N. Command

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