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Soccer Punch: How Qatar
Came to Host the
2022 World Cup
Newsweek, by Philippe Auclair    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 12/7/2013 11:05:26 PM     Post Reply
It is possible to view the prospect of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with concern, even horror. It is also possible to admire the drive and single-mindedness the emirate has shown in pursuing its dream to host the tournament. This dream – to use a word used prominently in Qatar’s promotional campaign – is nothing less than the stunning, self-willed transformation of a micro-state (it’s smaller than Connecticut) that was under British rule until 1971, when its population was less than 100,000 (it’s close to 2 million now). Qataris were mocked by their neighbors as backward desert-dwellers, barely settled

Climate change warning: Killer
winter storms for next Thirty years
Daily Star [UK], by Matthew Young    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/7/2013 8:56:30 PM     Post Reply
Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt “obliged” to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed more than 5,000 people. Sir Brian said: “Given the tragic events this

Video: PJM’s J. Christian Adams Talks
with Megyn Kelly about Activist
Immigration Lawyers at DHS
PJ Media, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/7/2013 8:30:31 PM     Post Reply
PJ Media columnist J. Christian Adams appeared on The Kelly File on Fox News on Friday to talk about his recent article detailing how the Department of Homeland Security has recently hired activist immigration attorneys who worked for pro-amnesty, pro-asylum, and open borders groups in the past. Now, sources inside DHS have provided PJ Media with the employment history and pro-amnesty backgrounds of the newly hired lawyers who will be enforcing federal immigration laws. The ideological histories of these new DHS lawyers undermine confidence that the federal government will vigorously enforce federal laws, notwithstanding any congressional “mandates” to do so.



Japan’s Abe Secures Passage of
Secrecy Law as Opposition Revolts
Bloomberg, by Isabel Reynolds & Takashi Hirokawa    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/7/2013 8:29:01 PM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured final passage of a bill granting Japan’s government sweeping powers to declare state secrets, a measure aimed at shoring up defense ties with the U.S. that prompted a public backlash and revolt by the opposition. The upper house of the Diet gave final approval of the measures in Tokyo late yesterday after opposition parties first forced a no-confidence vote in Abe’s government in the lower house. The wrangling over the bill forced the government to extend the parliamentary session, due to end yesterday, for two more days. The bill, which forms part of Abe’s broader push to

Mandela, the man once branded
a ´terrorist´ by the US
Agence France-Presse, by Jo Biddle    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/7/2013 8:23:21 PM     Post Reply
Washington - In 2008 just before his 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present, striking him from a decades-old terror watch list and ending what US officials called "a rather embarrassing matter." By then the anti-apartheid icon had long left behind the jail cells where he was incarcerated for 27 years, and was already enjoying retirement and his status as one of the most revered statesmen of the 20th century after becoming South Africa´s first black president. In past years, US officials have beaten a path to his door in his family village hoping some of his almost

No. 9 Baylor thumps Texas
to win Big 12 title, Fiesta berth
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 8:14:54 PM     Post Reply
WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty and ninth-ranked Baylor closed out their old stadium with quite a fiesta. In what became a de facto Big 12 championship game after Oklahoma State lost to Oklahoma, Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime and the Bears won the their first title in the league with a 30-10 victory over No. 25 Texas on Saturday. The Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12), who never even had a winning record in the Big 12 before coach Art Briles arrived six years ago, have the first 11-win season in school history and

Bank tabulated business
linked to China hiring
New York Times, by Ben Protess and Jessica Silver-Green    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 12/7/2013 8:01:31 PM     Post Reply
Federal authorities have obtained confidential documents that shed new light on JPMorgan Chase´s decision to hire the children of China´s ruling elite, securing emails that show how the bank linked one prominent hire to "existing and potential business opportunities" from a Chinese government-run company. The documents, which also include spreadsheets that list the bank´s "track record" for converting hires into business deals, offer the most detailed account yet of JPMorgan´s "Sons and Daughters" hiring program, which has been at the center of a federal bribery investigation for months.



Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out
of’ requires billions more in
unemployment benefits
Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 7:16:27 PM     Post Reply
Although the jobless rate in November fell to its lowest level since he took office, President Obama called on Republican lawmakers Saturday to spend tens of billions on unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month. “It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. But he said the “economic lifeline” is in jeopardy. “All because Republicans in this Congress — which is on track to be the most unproductive in history — have so far refused to extend it” Mr. Obama said. If Congress doesn’t act before lawmakers leave on their holiday break, about

Exclusive: ´Knockout Game´
victim speaks out
WABC-TV [New York, NY], by Phil Lipof    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/7/2013 7:03:05 PM     Post Reply
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The victim of a vicious knockout attack in New Jersey is speaking out for the first time. He was cold-cocked, and hit not just with a fist, but with a glove with hard plastic knuckles. Two of the four attackers are still on the run. "All of a sudden, I was trying to watch my back and these two came around front and punches my face," the victim said. The 36-year-old restaurant worker does not want his name or face on television, and who could blame him? He still has headaches from a concussion and six

´Good Tidings and Great Joy´:
Sarah and Todd Palin´s Christmas
Gift Guide
Breitbart Big Government, by Peter Schweizer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 7:00:29 PM     Post Reply
Think all there is to say about the War on Christmas has already been said? Think again. With her trademark fearlessness and verve, Governor Sarah Palin’s new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, offers readers an impassioned, informative, and unapologetic defense of the sacredness of the season. “If I’m for Christmas, it’s only because I’m for Christ,” writes Gov. Palin. “There is no ultimate peace apart from Christ, and it is Christ who empowers every act of ‘goodwill toward men’ in our otherwise fallen hearts.” The book’s blending of personal experience with discussions of political

Obama: Chances for final
Iran deal 50-50 or worse
Associated Press, by Bradley Kllapper & Darlene Superville*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 6:55:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons. During a question-and-answer session with a pro-Israel audience, Obama said he wasn´t naive about the odds for a successful final agreement between world powers and Iran next year, building on the recent six-month interim deal.(Snip) The president´s remark was somewhat startling. Obama has tried to allay the fears of many Israelis and some Americans that his administration last month promised to ease economic pressure too much



Massive Harvard Grade Inflation Revealed
Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 6:33:23 PM     Post Reply
You can always tell a Harvard man; he’s the one with a series of scarlet A’s on his report card. This week, Harvard’s Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris admitted to the university newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, that the most common grade for Harvard students is an A. What’s the median grade? Would you believe A-minus? The reason Harvard is coming clean about its grade inflation is that they were prodded by professor Harvey C. Mansfield, who said in the Crimson that the inflated grades at the university are “indefensible … a failure on the part of this faculty

Exclusive--Texas Lt. Governor:
We Shut Down the Border Ourselves
Breitbart Big Government, by Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 5:12:51 PM     Post Reply
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border. The Lt. Governor spoke with me in an interview for Breitbart News; he stated: “In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks. We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high altitude aircraft, gun boats, and more," he explained. “Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort.” “The border issue is just

LudditeCare: A Federal Agency
That Still Uses Floppy Disks
PJ Media, by Ed Driscoll    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 5:09:15 PM     Post Reply
Last month, the New Yorker made rare sport of its fellow leftists, by featuring on its cover Kathleen Sebelius crossing her fingers, a pensive looking Barack Obama with Gordon Gekko’s giant mid-’80s brick of a cell phone, and a pocket protector-wearing young nerd (Jay Carney?) inserting into a White House computer equipped with a sclerotic CRT monitor, yet another piece of technology from the early pioneering days of personal computers, a floppy disk. As Malcolm Muggeridge noted a half century ago, there is no way for any satirist to improve upon real life for its pure absurdity. Yesterday, the New York

So You Want to Buy a Vineyard
Wall Street Journal, by Lettie Teague    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/7/2013 4:47:13 PM     Post Reply
THE DREAM OF owning a winery is one that many may harbor but few are actually able to fulfill. The expense is considerable and the odds of success are incredibly long. Yet the list of actors and athletes, financiers and film directors who aspire to see their name on a label simply goes on and on. (Snip)Even though Manuel Pires was born in Portugal´s Douro Valley wine region, he aspired to own a winery in Napa Valley from his very first visit, many years ago. Why not in the Douro? "Because I am an American," replied Mr. Pires, whose family



Pearl Harbor survivors gather in
Hawaii to remember day of infamy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:04:29 PM     Post Reply
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — About 2,500 people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. The crowd observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. A vintage World War II-era airplane — a 1944 North American SNJ-5B — flew overhead to break the silence. The Hawaii Air National Guard has used its fighter jets and helicopters to perform the flyover for many years, but federal budget cuts prevented it from participating this year. About 50 survivors returned

ObamaCare had 25 percent
error rate in enrollment rollout
New York Post, by Carl Campanile    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 3:26:22 PM     Post Reply
One in four applications for ObamaCare was botched during the process of forwarding the electronic files to insurers over the last two months, officials admitted Friday. The startling 25 percent error rate for October and November means that thousands who signed up on Healthcare.gov during that time could face problems when they try to use their new policies starting Jan. 1. The error rate fell to 10 percent this month, after repairs were made to the troubled Web site. But insurance-industry leaders are warning that the transmission situation is far from resolved. “The new process put in place this week is

Water is contaminated at LAX´s
Tom Bradley Terminal
Los Angeles Times, by Dan Weikel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 3:20:38 PM     Post Reply
Something bad has been in the water at Los Angeles International Airport for the last several weeks. With the city in the midst of a sweeping $2-billion transformation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, airlines that use the facility´s old and new gates have been unable to replenish their aircraft with drinking water because of contamination in the building´s plumbing. According to airport emails obtained by The Times, the water is brown and contains high levels of bacteria and particles of copper, brass and rust. Officials have conducted a review to see if contamination has also surfaced in the water

Albanian mom to three American children
who was told she had to leave U.S. is
given a year´s reprieve from deportation
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow and Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 2:49:26 PM     Post Reply
An illegal immigrant from Albania with three American-born children who was to be deported Tuesday has been granted a reprieve, gaining at least one more year in America. [Snip] Precetaj received a call from authorities Friday afternoon telling her to report to the immigration office in Detroit for the removal of her tether. While there, she was given a letter which informed her that her stay of removal request had been granted for one year. ´Now I can [chaperone] my son’s field trip to Ohio,´ Precetaj told the Detroit Free Press. The Free Press notes that when Precetaj´s one year

US reassures Gulf states
amid Iran nuclear deal fears
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/7/2013 2:37:04 PM     Post Reply
Chuck Hagel, the US Defence Secretary, today sought to reassure Gulf states concerned about the recent nuclear deal with Iran by providing an unprecedented breakdown of America’s military presence in the region. Several leading pro-Western Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have expressed displeasure about the recent interim agreement reached with Iran in Geneva over its nuclear programme, fearing that it could result in the U.S. abandoning its long-established ties with Gulf states in return for better relations with Tehran. But speaking at the annual Manama Dialogue international security conference in Bahrain, Mr Hagel went out of his way


IRS using Google Maps to
spy on taxpayers
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Josh Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 2:22:19 PM     Post Reply
Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google Maps as part of their tool kit to audit taxpayers and organizations, The Daily Caller has learned. A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association. “The road consists of a two-mile loop around the inside of the property. It goes not have any sidewalks or bicycle lanes. The examining agent printed and copied a map from Google Maps (www.google.com) into

Obama Threw Some Serious Shade At MSNBC’s
Chris Matthews And Everybody Missed It
BuzzFeed, by Dorsey Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/7/2013 2:21:42 PM     Post Reply
During his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Mathews, President Obama told the MSNBC host that he believes the media prefers to focus on negative stories because “that’s what gets attention.”Obama specifically cited the critical reaction of “some so-called progressives” to accusations that the White House or Democrats had directed Internal Revenue Service to target certain conservative groups. By the way, Chris, I’ll point out there’s some so-called progressives [PAUSES] and, you know, perceived to be liberal commentators, who during that week were just were outraged at the possibility that these folks, you know, had been, at the direction of the Democratic

More men speaking in
girls´ ´dialect´, study shows
BBC (UK), by Melissa Hoganboom    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/7/2013 2:05:14 PM     Post Reply
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of

Wintry weather lashes parts of U.S.;
4 freeze to death in S.F. Bay Area
WPEC-TV [West Palm Beach FL], by Harrison Barrus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 1:10:16 PM     Post Reply
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- After cold rain and winds lashed the Southwest and other parts of the country Friday, millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend as the cold snap was forecast to continue causing problems and trekking northeast. Face-stinging sleet, thick snow and blustery winds led to slick road conditions, school closures, power outages and event cancellations as the wintry blast dropped temperatures to freezing and below from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee on Friday. In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area while

Police: Newlyweds killed Pa. man for thrills
USA Today, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 12/7/2013 1:04:36 PM     Post Reply
A couple married just three weeks lured a Pennsylvania man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said. Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday night that he and his wife, Miranda, had planned to kill before but their plans never worked out until last month when Troy LaFerrara responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money. Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, both face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara´s death. His body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city northwest

Day of Infamy at Pearl Harbor
Breitbart Big Peace, by Jarrett Stepman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 1:03:41 PM     Post Reply
Gen. Billy Mitchell, one of the fathers of the American Air Force, made the bold claim in 1925 that Japan would attack the militarily unprepared United States “by striking first at Hawaii, some fine Sunday morning.” Most thought Mitchell was insane, his prediction ludicrous, and few had the desire for a new build-up of arms and military power. On a fine Sunday morning, 72 years ago, a wave of Japanese fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo planes came screaming over the hills of Oahu, Hawaii. As they approached Pearl Harbor, Japanese Commander Fuchida Mitsuo radioed back to his fleet the code

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