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Ever wonder what an NFL game
flyover looks like from up there?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/8/2013 9:18:31 AM     Post Reply
Most days here we´re talking about relatively serious stuff -- politics, political maneuvering, political tactics, political speeches, political gaffes, political scandals. Oh, and politicians. Like the Chicagoan currently inhabiting the White House with his mother-in-law while teaching America about his adopted hometown´s chronic style of political ops. We´re all sorry about that. Anyway, today we´re doing something completely different. It's Sunday, which means the National Football League. And it's December, which means the playoffs are shaping up. We're not writing about the games though. We're writing about the show biz side

My Interview With Madoff
Wall Street Journal, by Sital Patel    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/8/2013 8:46:02 AM     Post Reply
"I will be pleased to have you visit," read the email that landed in my inbox this spring. It was signed, " Bernard Madoff. "That exchange led to a two-hour meeting in May with the most notorious fraudster on Wall Street, during which Mr. Madoff pointed fingers at others and said his decadeslong Ponzi scheme wasn´t really his fault. He was dismissive of regulators and whistleblowers, calling Harry Markopolos —a fraud investigator who warned the Securities and Exchange Commission about Mr. Madoff—an "idiot." The federal prison in Butner, N.C., looks more like a small college campus than a penitentiary.

NBC, ABC News Press White House
on Secret Sebelius Meetings
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 8:31:43 AM     Post Reply
During Friday´s White House briefing, Jonathan Karl of ABC News and Peter Alexander of NBC News both pressed White House spokesman Jay Carney on a Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report that found President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had met only once during the three and half years after the passage of ObamaCare. (Video) After Alexander asked about the GAI report, Carney bizarrely suggested that Alexander should have called him to ask the question. Apparently, Carney would have preferred not to have to answer the question on camera -- and for good



Whose sarin?
London Review of Books, by Seymour Hersh    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/8/2013 8:27:45 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,

POTUS Subverted DOJ Investigation
During Chris Matthews Interview
Breitbart the Conversation, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 8:26:55 AM     Post Reply
In his attempt to downplay the IRS scandal during his soft-ball interview with Chris Matthews, Thursday, the President of the United States subverted the ongoing DOJ investigation of the scandal. Obama declared that the IRS office in Cincinnati was merely trying to "streamline the system" for “bureaucratic reasons” and that agents weren’t intentionally singling out “Tea Party folks.” Via White House Dossier: "If on the other hand, you’ve got an office in Cincinnati in the IRS office that I think for bureaucratic reasons is trying to streamline what a difficult law to interpret about whether non-profit is actually a political

Report: Obama Administration Knew Syrian
Rebels Could Make Chemical Weapons
BuzzFeed, by Rosie Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/8/2013 8:24:45 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration knew that a Syrian rebel faction had the ability to make chemical weapons but omitted that knowledge when building their case for a strike on Syria, an explosive new report alleges. Seymour Hersh reports in the London Review of Books on Sunday that President Obama, while pitching the administration’s case for war, “failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been

Congressional delegation now
expected to attend Mandela
memorial service
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 8:23:31 AM     Post Reply
A congressional delegation is expected to go to Nelson Mandela’s memorial services in South Africa and is scheduled leave Sunday, Fox News learned Saturday. It is unclear who House Speaker John Boehner is sending, but members of the Congressional Black Caucus are expected to be on the trip. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama also will travel to South Africa next week to honor Mandela, the White House said Friday. Former President George W. Bush, as well as Laura Bush, plan to travel with the Obamas on Air Force One to the services, a spokesman confirmed.



Was Mitt Romney right
about US health overhaul?
Boston Globe, by Tracy Jan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/8/2013 8:19:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The warning resounded through the 2012 presidential campaign. Massachusetts’ groundbreaking health reform, Republican nominee Mitt Romney said, would never work for the country as a whole. Democrats widely dismissed Romney’s comments as politically opportunistic, an effort to distance himself from the plan he backed as governor. Now, given the epic scale of problems that have bedeviled the rollout of President Obama’s plan, some state legislators, insurance and hospital executives, and others around the country are returning to Romney’s refrain. Was the Massachusetts plan, in hindsight, really the best blueprint for the nation? “They should have allowed more flexibility on a state-by-state

Senate Dems Push Obama
Nominees, GOP Bides Time
Associated Press, by Alan Fram    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 8:17:43 AM     Post Reply
Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate´s minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama´s nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs. Despite last month´s Democratic power play, Senate Republicans retain the power to slow, though not derail, Obama´s appointments. Left unchanged were other rules that the out-of-power party could use to grind the chamber´s work to an excruciating crawl. That ranges from requiring clerks to read voluminous bills and amendments to forcing repeated procedural votes. "There are so many ways of slowing things down in the Senate," said

A Vatican Soap Opera
Daily Beast, by Barbie Latza Nadeau    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/8/2013 8:16:41 AM     Post Reply
In what could be a scene straight out of The Thorn Birds, a once high-ranking priest will finally marry the mother of his child, who happens to be the daughter of a former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. During his time as a priest, Father Thomas Williams officiated over countless weddings. This weekend, Williams, who left the priesthood in May after admitting he fathered a child out of wedlock, will be on the other side of the altar. The former priest will wed Elizabeth Lev Glendon in a private wedding at an undisclosed location in the United States. Theoretically, the wedding cannot be held in a Catholic church—both because Williams

Among ´Obama Coalition,´
Obama approval plunges
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/8/2013 7:58:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama won re-election with the rock-solid support of what has become known as the "Obama Coalition" -- young people, minorities, women, and low-income voters. Without a firm foundation -- and high turnout -- among those groups, Obama would not be in the White House today.Now, little more than a year after the president´s re-election, his job approval rating has fallen among all segments of the American electorate. But it has fallen the most among those who did the most to elect him. For example, according to a new Gallup compilation, Obama´s job approval rating among Hispanic Americans has plunged from



What we owe our kids on climate
CNN, by James Hansen    Original Article
Posted By: poison spring- 12/8/2013 7:16:40 AM     Post Reply
Science has brought us incredible gifts: life-saving vaccines and clean water, air travel and instant communication. Modern life is built upon the knowledge that the scientific community has gathered and that society -- markets, governments, workers -- put to use. We have our ancestors to thank. But will our descendants thank us? Have we put to good use the knowledge we are gaining today to help those who will come after us? That question is now before one of the highest courts of the United States. As a scientist who has spent the past half-century documenting how mankind is fundamentally altering our climate,

Santa trumps the Grinch under
Texas’ new Merry Christmas law
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 6:03:01 AM     Post Reply
The Grinch — and anyone else trying to dampen the holiday spirit — should stay away from Texas this year. A group of Texans is coming out in full force to protect Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations and to make sure students, teachers and parents have the right to observe their holidays at school. “It’s time to end the war on Christmas and stop forcing our schools to bow at the altar of political correctness,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, which is spearheading a Merry Christmas Texas effort. After legal battles that prevented a student a decade ago from handing

Obama says odds of final Iran
deal not ´more than 50-50´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mambo 5- 12/8/2013 5:51:34 AM     Post Reply
President Obama said Saturday that he believed that the chances of a final, comprehensive nuclear agreement being struck with Iran are less than 50-50. However, Obama defended the interim deal struck between the U.S., Iran, and five other world powers last month in Geneva, saying that diplomacy had to be tested as a solution to the crisis and was the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring automatic weapons. "If you ask me what is the likelihood that we´re able to arrive at the end state ... I wouldn´t say that it´s more than 50-50," Obama said. "But we have to try."

Out of work and hope
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:39:46 AM     Post Reply
Under most circumstances, a falling unemployment rate would be cause for great cheer. These are not most circumstances. America is now a country where the official count of joblessness is dropping largely because so many people have stopped looking for work. Under the government’s statistical rules, those who have thrown in the towel are no longer counted as unemployed. Perversely, this drives the rate down. Combined with weak job growth, the trend produced happy-sounding 7% unemployment, the lowest rate in five years. In fact, though, the labor force participation rate, a solid measure of the country’s connection to paychecks,



Thanks for your impersonal and
self-serving holiday card. It’s lovely.
Washington Post, by Eric Hoover    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:31:08 AM     Post Reply
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo

Twisting the truth till you cry uncle
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 5:27:03 AM     Post Reply
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the

Obama Stars in The No-Name
Law That Sank His Party
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/8/2013 5:27:02 AM     Post Reply
When the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA (Affordable Care Act) over majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the president´s signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator, ObamaCare. Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we´d grow to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.

The Modern Christmas Songs
You’ve Been Looking For
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 5:22:54 AM     Post Reply
Because you probably need a respite from gloomy Obamacare news… Putting Together My Christmas-Party Mix Tape Over in the Corner, Shannen Coffin offers his worst Christmas songs. To end the week on a cheerier note, let’s try to find some of the good modern Christmas songs. In response to the Jolt section on the post-war boom in good Christmas carols, some folks argued that there were no good modern Christmas songs or carols, and I’d pretty adamantly disagree. Given all the musicians, singers, and bands that have existed since, say, 1960, some of them were inevitably destined to write, compose,

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

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