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Obama tries to calm Israeli fears over
Iranian nuke deal ‘not based on trust’
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 5:16:56 AM     Post Reply
President Obama acknowledged Saturday that he’d prefer to see a much harsher agreement with Iran, one that not only shuts down the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program entirely but also eliminates all of its “military capabilities.” Such an option, however, isn’t on the table and is simply unrealistic, the president said, which is why critics of the recent deal with Iran — both domestically and across the globe, particularly in Israel — should be content with what has been achieved thus far. “If we could create an option in which Iran eliminated every single nut and bolt of their nuclear program

Bernie Madoff Still Doesn´t
Care What You Think of Him
Atlantic Wire, by Adrian Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:13:40 AM     Post Reply
There is a way that one expects visits with jailed criminals to go: typically, there´s guilt, contrition, the accepting of responsibility. Not so with Bernie Madoff, serving 150 years, the executor of the world´s most famous Ponzi scheme. As the five-year anniversary of the discovery of his crime approaches — is that even something worth keeping an anniversary for? — The Wall Street Journal´s Sital Patel sought out comment from the convicted fraudster. What she found over a two-hour sitdown at a comfy Butner, N.C. prison was a man who basically pointed fingers while raising other fingers, to boot. Haters, it

Habeas Chimpanzee
Weekly Standard, by Wesley J. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 5:10:27 AM     Post Reply
"Tommy” and other chimpanzees are the subjects of several lawsuits in New York seeking writs of habeas corpus and “immediate release from illegal detention.” These lawsuits, the doing of the Nonhuman Rights Project, are not a surprise. As already noted in these pages (“Animal Desires,” April 9, 2012), NRP volunteer lawyers have spent years researching the common law of states, looking for legal precedents that can be twisted to support declaring intelligent animals such as chimps and dolphins to be “legal persons.” The New York litigation is based on a 1772 King’s Bench ruling that ordered an escaped and recaptured



The venom between Barack
Obama and Charlie Rangel
New York Post, by Michael Gartland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 5:07:21 AM     Post Reply
They’re two of the most powerful African-American politicians in the land. And by most accounts, President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel hate each other. The most recently revealed salvo in their war of words — Obama’s assertion that Rangel is a “hack,” according to the political tome “Double Down” — is just one element of a long-dysfunctional relationship. Rangel supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary, but the seeds of mutual disdain were planted before that, according to Democratic insiders and staffers for both pols.

No Fault Government Contracts
American Spectator, by Gerald D. Skoning    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:04:19 AM     Post Reply
The Navy recently christened the USS Gerald Ford in Newport News, Virginia, with considerable fanfare and the traditional smashing of a bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship — the most technologically advanced aircraft carrier the United States has built. The fancy new ship cost taxpayers $13 billion, including a shameful $2.5 billion cost overrun! That’s an overrun of almost 20%, hardly a rounding error. Really? A $2.5 billion overrun. I’m sure taxpayers are scratching their heads wondering who will pay that outrageous tab. Well, since the carrier is being built under a cost-plus, incentive-fee contract , the Navy pays

Mike Huckabee eyes 2016 presidential
bid; pastors press him to run
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 4:54:44 AM     Post Reply
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate turned media personality, is looking at another bid for the presidency, this time backed by ministers eager to put an evangelical into the White House. Huckabee will test the waters when he returns home to Little Rock, Ark., December 12-13 to address the Arkansas Renewal Project, part of evangelical organizer David Lane´s American Renewal Project. Huckabee had the support of pastors in his 2008 fight against eventual winner Sen. John McCain. Among the potential candidates looking at a GOP bid, Huckabee is closest to the pastors. He is a social conservative who

Rushing for the Arctic’s Riches
New York Times, by Michael T. Klare    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 4:51:34 AM     Post Reply
AMHERST, Mass. — WHILE many existing oil and gas reserves in other parts of the world are facing steep decline, the Arctic is thought to possess vast untapped reservoirs. Approximately 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil deposits and 30 percent of its natural gas reserves are above the Arctic Circle, according to the United States Geological Survey. Eager to tap into this largess, Russia and its Arctic neighbors — Canada, Norway, the United States, Iceland and Denmark (by virtue of its authority over Greenland) — have encouraged energy companies to drill in the region. For Russia, which recently seized



Nobody’s This Stupid and Incompetent
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 4:44:12 AM     Post Reply
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment

Eric Holder’s kickbacks
for community organizers
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 4:39:01 AM     Post Reply
The government has quite the tidy little deal going in terms of getting money out of large banking interests lately. The latest example was the $13B dollar “settlement” reached with JP Morgan, which certainly must have taught them a thing or two. But some observers have been digging into the details of the deal and finding that it might be even sweeter for certain progressive interest groups than anyone had previously imagined. Rather than simply settling for the smug satisfaction of seeing some Wall Street Fat Cats get taken down a peg or two, how about getting your hands on

The Tragic Death Of The Funeral
The Federalist, by Chad Bird    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 4:36:22 AM     Post Reply
Like most people, I don’t particularly relish encounters with death. But, welcome or not, I’ve had my fair share. I’ve clasped a woman’s hand as her breathing slowed, became sporadic, and finally ceased. Through the cramped hallways of an ancient farmhouse, down which no stretcher could be maneuvered, I helped heft the sheet-wrapped body of a family’s matriarch to carry her to the waiting hearse. When a small Oklahoma church mourned a member who’d fallen asleep at the wheel, late at night, early in life, I was there, thinking of the joyless “Joy the World” the band of believers had

Gene Therapy Scores Big
Win Against Blood Cancers
Associated Press, by Marilynn Marchione    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 4:25:05 AM     Post Reply
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients´ blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results. "It´s really exciting," said Dr. Janis Abkowitz, blood diseases chief at the University of Washington in Seattle and president of



Progressives & patience:
A look at how we got Obamacare
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/8/2013 3:54:23 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare didn’t happen overnight. For the last 75 years, progressives have trotted out the idea of compulsory health care or subsidized national health insurance every decade or so, been defeated, and then gone back to the drawing board.Their tenaciousness finally paid off in 2010 when Congress by the narrowest of margins passed a bill with no Republican votes, and President Obama signed into law his “signature” achievement. No wonder Vice President Biden took the opportunity on that occasion to tell the president that passing health-care reform was a “big f---ing deal.”But now that the fruits of national health insurance are

Philippines aid scandal: Food flown
in from Britain ends up in shops
hundreds of miles from typhoon
Mail on Sunday [UK], by Simon Parry    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 3:18:29 AM     Post Reply
Crucial aid sent from Britain to help the victims of typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines is being siphoned off and sold for profit by corrupt local officials. Emergency supplies delivered by military helicopters have turned up on the shelves of shops in affluent districts of the capital Manila---hundreds of miles from the disaster zone. And shelter equipment purchased using British donations has been locked up in government warehouses and stockpiled alongside rice and other food intended for victims of last month’s catastrophe, The Mail on Sunday has learned. [Snip] ‘Only a tiny percentage of the aid is getting through.

Public demands Royal Marine who
murdered Taliban fighter should
have his sentence halved
Sunday Mail [UK], by Simon Walters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 3:05:07 AM     Post Reply
The Royal Marine jailed for at least ten years for murdering a badly wounded Taliban insurgent should have his sentence halved to a maximum of five years. That is the overwhelming view of the public in a poll conducted for The Mail on Sunday--the first survey since the sentence was imposed on Sergeant Alexander Blackman. A total of 39 percent disagree with the ten-year minimum life sentence for Sgt Blackman, with 37 percent in favour. However, almost six out of ten say he should serve a maximum of five years behind bars. And one in three say he should not

In Lunacy, Veritas
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 2:27:41 AM     Post Reply
Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what I heard Reverend Sharpton say a moment go in five years. The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election



Team of destiny: Auburn´s
magical turnaround will land Tigers in
BCS National Championship Game
al.com, by Joel A. Erickson    Original Article
Posted By: muncsdad- 12/8/2013 12:09:24 AM     Post Reply
ATLANTA, Georgia -- What seemed like a pipe dream in mid-November is now a reality. Only a year after total collapse, Auburn is heading to Pasadena to take on Florida State in the BCS national championship game. Three hours after No. 3 Auburn finished beating No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship and started stumping to be chosen over an undefeated Ohio State team, Michigan State erased any debate by beating the Buckeyes 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.

Kerry: Israel will be safer the
day Iran deal is implemented
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Michael Wilner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2013 12:05:53 AM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated on Sunday that Israel will be safer the day the recently-reached deal on Iran´s nuclear issue is implemented. Kerry, addressing the Brookings Institution´s annual Saban Forum, recognized Israel´s concern over Tehran´s disputed nuclear ambitions, saying the possibility of a weaponized nuclear Iran stood as an existential threat to Israel. "We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Period. Not now, not ever," he said.

Calif. health exchange
shares data without consent
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/7/2013 11:32:13 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - The California health exchange says it´s been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage. (Snip) Officials with Covered California, the exchange set up in response to the federal health law, said they began providing names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses if available this week in a pilot program. They said they thought it would help people meet a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1. The state doesn´t know exactly how many people

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

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