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Elton John blasts Russia’s anti-gay
laws during Moscow concert
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/8/2013 5:09:59 PM     Post Reply
Elton John used his sold-out show in Moscow on Friday night as an opportunity to criticize Russia’s controversial laws banning the “propaganda of homosexuality” to minors. “You’ve always embraced me and you have never judged me,” he said in reference to a long line of visits to Moscow, Agence France-Presse reported. “I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the (homosexual) community here in Russia,” he said. “In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. Harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.” Mr. John refrained from criticizing Russian President

Satanists plan statue to stand
alongside Ten Commandments
in Oklahoma
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 4:40:14 PM     Post Reply
In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including Satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument outside the statehouse. The Republican-controlled legislature in the state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorised the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009. It was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts, who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit

Obama Honors Pearl Harbor
Dead with Picture of Himself
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 4:11:33 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of

  


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Netanyahu cancels South Africa
trip over high travel costs
Haaretz, (Israel), by Barak Ravid     Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/8/2013 4:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a last minute decision not to participate in a memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela, despite having notified the South African government that he would attend the event. The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister in Johannesburg. The Prime Minister’s Office found that the trip would have cost roughly 7 million shekels ($2.4 million) – 2.8 million shekels for chartering a private El Al plane and a further 3.2 million shekels for

Are you ready for some snowballs?
Fierce winter storm forces Philadelphia
Eagles to battle Detroit Lions in
blizzard-like conditions
Daily Mail (UK)/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 4:01:44 PM     Post Reply
As an unrelenting wintry storm threatens to choke the Mid-Atlantic into Sunday evening, intrepid NFL players duked it out in Philadelphia amid white-out conditions. The potent system battered the South and Midwest in recent days and now, as it creeps East, it has the Eagles and visiting Detroit Lions both battling major snow. While the blizzard has professional athletes struggling to stay ahead of the weather, a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is delivering a sloppy smorgasbord from the Mid-Atlantic through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

David Gergen: Report on
Obamacare Prep Shows ´No
One in Charge´ of White House
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 4:01:03 PM     Post Reply
A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance." "I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care," Gergen caveated, "but the whole

Iran presses ahead with
uranium enrichment technology
Reuters, by Isabel Coles*    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 12/8/2013 3:45:59 PM     Post Reply
DUBAI - Iran is moving ahead with testing more efficient uranium enrichment technology, a spokesman for its atomic energy agency said on Saturday, in news that may concern world powers who last month agreed a deal to curb Tehran´s atomic activities. Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying that initial testing on a new generation of more sophisticated centrifuges had been completed, underlining Iran´s determination to keep refining uranium (snip) Some experts believe the IR-2m can enrich uranium 2-3 times faster than the IR-1.

  


  

An effective eye drug is available
for $50. But many doctors choose
a $2,000 alternative.
Washington Post, by Peter Whoriskey & Dan Keating    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 3:27:17 PM     Post Reply
The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company. But one holds a clear price advantage. Avastin costs about $50 per injection. Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection. Doctors choose the more expensive drug more than half a million times every year, a choice that costs the Medicare program, the largest single customer, an extra $1 billion or more annually. Spending that much may make little sense for a country burdened by ever- rising health

Owens´ Olympic gold medal
sells for record $1.4M
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 3:16:26 PM     Post Reply
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.— An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction. SCP Auctions said Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday. "We just hope that it´s purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that," Owens´ daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin of Chicago, told The Associated Press before the sale. The auction house said Burkle, who also owns William Faulkner´s Nobel Prize

Bridgewater restaurant: Waitress
who says she received anti-gay
note will no longer work here
NJ.Com, by Meghan Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/8/2013 3:14:41 PM     Post Reply
A waitress, who last month said she was left an anti-gay note instead of a tip, will no longer have a job at the Bridgewater establishment where she served, the restaurant announced Saturday night. Gallop Asian Bistro, in Bridgewater, wrote on its Facebook page Saturday night that the results of its investigation into the allegations made by Dayna Morales — and those made against her — were inconclusive, and has come to an agreement with the waitress that she would no longer work at the restaurant. "The Gallop Asian Bistro has taken seriously the allegations made by Ms. Dayna Morales, and those

State Department defends $1 million
sculpture for London embassy
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 2:08:19 PM     Post Reply
The State Department on Friday defended its decision to commission a $1 million sculpture for the American embassy in London just days before the partial government shutdown in October. The department awarded the contract for the granite sculpture to Sean Scully, an Irish-born American artist, as part of its Art in Embassies program, which curates exhibitions for American embassy and consulate facilities. "Like much of the art purchased by this program, this piece was purchased under the market price after considerable negotiation with both the artist and the gallery. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas," spokeswoman

  


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In Kiev, Protesters Topple
Statue Of Vladimir Lenin
NPRNews, by Eyder Peralta    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 2:02:15 PM     Post Reply
Anti-government protesters in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev have toppled a statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. Instagram user Arthur_potachik : (Video) NPR´s Corey Flintoff, who is in Kiev, told our Newscast unit earlier today that opposition groups in the country are calling for a million people to rally against government plans to forge stronger ties with Russia. "Thousands of protestors have been camping out here in Kiev´s central square, but organizers are calling on people from around the country to join them," Corey said. "The protest started as a response to President Viktor Yanukovych´s decision to reject a trade

Remembering the greats
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 1:09:16 PM     Post Reply
(Video) With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost one of its greatest leaders. When Time magazine compiled its list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century in the late 1990s, Mandela was one of just 20 in the category of most influential leaders and revolutionaries, along with our own civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Among others on the list: Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and Israel´s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. And, in a nod to evil´s influence,

Short-cut to produce hydrogen
seen as step to cleaner fuel
Reuters, by Alister Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 12/8/2013 1:03:00 PM     Post Reply
OSLO - Scientists have produced hydrogen by accelerating a natural process found in rocks deep below the Earth´s surface, a short-cut that may herald the wider use of what is a clean fuel, a study showed on Sunday. Used in rockets and in battery-like fuel cells, hydrogen is being widely researched as a non-polluting fuel, but its use is so far hampered by high costs. A few hydrogen vehicles are already on the roads, such as the Honda FXC Clarity and Mercedes-Benz F-Cell, and more are planned. Researchers in France said aluminum oxide speeded up a process by which hydrogen

“Robbing” and the “War on Christmas”
Canada Free Press, by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/8/2013 12:39:52 PM     Post Reply
Psychological projection was described by Sigmund Freud as an immature “defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously rejects his or her own unacceptable attributes by ascribing them to objects or persons in the outside world.” (Sigmund Freud, Case Histories II, p. 132) So it is that Democracy for America, the progressive organizational arm of the Democrat Party, agitating their voting constituents against the rest of the country, has sent out a memo, accusing Republicans of waging a War on Christmas – “Well, this year there is a real ‘War on Christmas;’ and it’s not being waged by the ACLU or the

  


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Obamacare Website Leads
Customers to Fraudulent Website
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 12:35:46 PM     Post Reply
And now there is another problem with the Obamacare rollout: the Washington, D.C., insurance exchange has led customers enrolling to a fraudulent website. Richard Sorian, director of communications, education and outreach for the exchange, claimed that there have only been two reports asserting that the customers have been misled. He explained to The Hill, “It’s one of those phishing expeditions that unfortunately arise when our website center is being frequented by the public. It’s not something internal to our system. We’re investigating to see if we can find out what’s going on.” Although officials working with the government

Ezekiel Emanuel: If You Like
Your Doctor, You Can Pay
More Under Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 11:40:25 AM     Post Reply
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their

Kurtz Bashes Matthews’ Obama
Interview: Worse Than Softball,
‘It Was Whiffle Ball’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 11:15:49 AM     Post Reply
Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz brought all of his sports metaphors to a segment about Hardball host Chris Matthews’ recent interview with President Barack Obama, arguing that the sympathetic interview may have played to the MSNBC base but did little to advance Obama’s point of view. “I expected Chris Matthews to deliver a sympathetic friendly interview with President Obama,” Kurtz said. “But I wouldn’t even say he was pitching softballs—I’d describe it as whiffle ball…This is a guy who loves to interrupt his guests, right? He let the president go on and on.” “I would have thought, just to cover

The Best Tourist Attraction In Every State
Business Insider, by Paige Cooperstein & Julie Zeveloff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 11:12:28 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.

Rand Paul: ´Ordeal´ of public
office, family treatment may nix
2016 White House run
The Hill (Washington DC), by Erik Wasson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/8/2013 11:10:28 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said that the life of a national politician can be an “ordeal” and the impact of uncivil treatment on his family could nix any 2016 presidential run. “It really is an ordeal to be part of public life...I also hate it when family is attacked and they get into the news,” he said on "Fox News Sunday." Paul said that some weeks, “the haters and the hacks go after” him and other weeks he has a more positive view. The Kentucky senator said he and his family would take about a year to decide

  



Crime and Punishment in a Free Society
Reason Magazine, by Sheldon Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 11:06:49 AM     Post Reply
Would a free society be a crime-free society? We have good reason to anticipate it. Don’t accuse me of utopianism. I don’t foresee a future of new human beings who consistently respect the rights of others. Rather, I’m drawing attention to the distinction between crime and tort — between offenses against the state (or society) and offenses against individual persons or their justly held property. We’re so used to this distinction, and the priority of the criminal law over tort law, that most of us don’t realize that things used to be different. At one time, an “offense” that was

Obama´s Democrat enemies
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/8/2013 10:47:38 AM     Post Reply
I claim no special insider knowledge of the Democratic Party´s inner workings, but still I am rather certain that discontent with President Obama is bubbling beneath the veneer of public unity behind the Nation´s First Black President. (snip) 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.

Containing Iran is the least awful choice
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/8/2013 10:46:22 AM     Post Reply
In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program.” But if the program, now several decades old, had really been “halted” shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium. (snip) Iran’s nuclear program is alarming because Iran’s regime is opaque in its decision-making, frightening in its motives (measured by its rhetoric) and barbaric in its behavior.

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