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Belligerent Zeke Emanuel Again
Helps the Anti-Obamacare Cause
in Sunday Chris Wallace Interview
NewsBusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:36:44 PM     Post Reply
Fox News Sunday´s Chris Wallace was not in the mood to put up with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel´s standard-issue leftist guff on Sunday (video here). Last night, I noted that the pressed Emanuel until he forced a "yes" out of him to a simple question: "Didn´t he (President Obama) say, ´If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.´" That move brought out Emanuel´s ridiculous contention that what Obama somehow really meant was, "If you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice." Everyone but you

Ben Affleck on Republican Actors:
´I Probably Wouldn’t Like
This Person If I Met Him´
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:23:05 PM     Post Reply
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I

Democratic Party has
no more centrists
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:11:30 PM     Post Reply
When I first heard the claim, I thought it was a mistake or hoax. A talking head was describing a raging war in the Democratic Party between progressives and centrists. Centrist Democrats? Aren’t they already extinct? Yes, they’re gone, the dodo birds of politics. But the chattering classes, needing something to chatter about and slow to face facts about their darling liberals, are just discovering that the party of Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio bears little resemblance to the party of FDR, JFK and even Bill Clinton. Oh, please. Some of us have been saying this for years. The Democratic Party has

  


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Sarah Palin to Host New Outdoor
Show ‘Amazing America’ on The
Sportsman Network
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 12:10:34 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will host a new outdoors show on The Sportsman Network, set to begin airing in 2014. The weekly show, entitled Amazing America, will showcase Palin’s “red, white, and blue” lifestyle. Palin is no stranger is television, having starred in her own reality show in 2011, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which lasted only nine episodes. (Hey, remember this?) Palin won’t be the only right-wing figure on the network, as Ted Nugent hosts his own hunting show, Wanted Ted or Alive. Currently promoting her Christmas book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, Palin recently became

Obama expected to speak
at Mandela memorial
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 12:02:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will make remarks on Nelson Mandela´s legacy during a memorial service Tuesday for the late South African freedom fighter, officials said Monday. "We do expect President Obama to speak as part of the program," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The president and first lady Michelle Obama departed Monday for Johannesburg, where a Mandela memorial service will be held in a soccer stadium. Obama, who will also spend time with the Mandela family, is not scheduled to hold any bilateral meetings with foreign leaders while in South Africa, Rhodes said. Rhodes also said the

White House Slams Pulitzer Winner’s
Allegation It ‘Cherrypicked’
Evidence Against Syria
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 11:56:39 AM     Post Reply
The White House denied allegations from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh that it “cherrypicked” data to make the case against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Hersh published the charge in the London Review of Books on Sunday: 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:

Mandela Was Well Armed
Cybercast News Service, by Rich Galen    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:50:40 AM     Post Reply
I have a rule about Tweeting: If I delay for even a nano-second from pressing the "Tweet" button, I don´t send it. This was an example of something that I did not send yesterday afternoon: How much of the keening over the death of Mandela is by people feeling guilt over largely ignoring his having been in jail for 3 decades? I didn´t send that, because I wasn´t sure of who was in charge of what during the 27 years that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated from 1962 to 1989. Now I do. In those years -- for every single day of those 27 years

  


  

Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Obamacare’
a ‘Derogatory Term’ Conceived by
‘Wealthy White Men’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 11:48:29 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly

School Board Posts 17 Legal Talking
Points for Limiting Religious Liberty
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:47:43 AM     Post Reply
Last week, CNSNews reported that a Georgia school in Bulloch County decided to confiscate the Christmas cards that were posted along the hallways over the Thanksgiving break. Traditionally, the school always had Christmas cards posted, but school administrators decided to un-deck the halls. The Bulloch County Board of Education has even posted on its website under "Press Releases" (12/3/13) seventeen "Case Law Talking Points" on why it has the power to ruin the holidays by banning free speech: 1. With regards to the issue or religion, the First Amendment provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or

An Education in College Justice
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 11:47:11 AM     Post Reply
Joshua Strange will never forget the girl he met in May 2011. Both were underclassmen at Alabama´s Auburn University when a common acquaintance introduced them. "We instantly became attached at the hip and did everything together," she recalled six months later. "I rather quickly moved into his place. . . . Everything was great until pretty much June 29." That night, an intimate encounter in Mr. Strange´s bed went wrong. She called police, who detained him for questioning. She said she had awakened to find him forcing himself on her; he said the sexual activity was consensual and initiated by

Rand Paul: ‘Nothing for Free’
Under Obamacare
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:45:37 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare supporters may tout free preventive care, free immunizations, and free cancer screenings, but when it comes to the Democrats’ health care law, nothing is free, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Sunday. “First of all, there is nothing for free. You’re going to pay for it, and we’re paying for it through higher premiums,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday.” “The Republican plan is freedom of choice -- more choices, not less. Obamacare narrows your choices. We´re for competition. We´re for selling insurance across state lines. And above all, we´re for driving premiums down. The problem under the old system was premiums

  


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Hagel: Full U.S. Retreat From
Afghanistan ´A Very Real Possibility´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Although he didn´t call it a "retreat," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that all American troops will have to leave Afghanistan in 2014 unless Afghan President Hamid Karzai signs a security agreement with the United States. "Well, you can use any term you want, ´retreat´ or ´not renewing our efforts here post-2014.´ You can say it any way you want. But what I´m saying is, unless we have the security of an agreement to protect our forces, then we´ll have no choice. We´ll -- we will not be able to stay," Hagel told CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan. The interview

Dalai Lama not to attend
Mandela funeral
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:41:05 AM     Post Reply
Dharamsala (India) - The Dalai Lama, who has twice since 2009 been denied a visa for South Africa, is not planning to attend his fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela´s funeral, his spokesman said Sunday. "He has no plans to go," spokesman Tenzin Takhla told AFP in the northern Indian hilltop town of Dharamsala where the Tibetan spiritual leader is headquartered. Takhla did not say why the Dalai Lama would not attend Mandela´s national memorial service on Tuesday or the December 15 burial at his boyhood home of Qunu. But the Dalai Lama was controversially denied a visa to South Africa

Carter worse than Obama?
At least Carter didn´t fib
Fox News, by Liz Peek    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 11:36:56 AM     Post Reply
Many observers, including myself, have drawn unflattering comparisons between the disastrous administration of Jimmy Carter – considered by many our worst president ever - and that of President Obama. On reflection, I think we’ve been unkind to Mr. Carter. While he had many faults, Carter seldom lied. On the other hand, President Obama seems to have a complicated relationship with the truth. Most recently – and absurdly- White House spokesman Jay Carney was left to explain that President Obama had indeed met his uncle Onyango Obama– the one who is in the country illegally – despite statements to the contrary made

Budget negotiators looking
at military pensions
Politico, by David Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:36:17 AM     Post Reply
Can savings from military pensions be part of the solution to avoid deeper cuts from defense next month? That’s an important question facing House-Senate negotiators as they try to close out a deal this week to avoid another round of sequestration in January and restore some certainty to the appropriations process for the remainder of this Congress. The two sides appear close but Democrats are anxious about the level of savings being sought by Republicans from civilian federal workers. Finding some money on the military side of the equation could lessen this burden and make the package more equitable too from a

  


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Brazil´s child sex trade soars
as 2014 World Cup nears
Guardian [UK], by Adriana Brasileiro    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:29:49 AM     Post Reply
A tiny figure in minuscule white shorts and a pink strapless top leans against a metal fence outside a school in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, north-east Brazil. She has gloss-coated lips, and her yellow headband, holding back long hair, glows in the lamplight along Juscelino Kubitschek Avenue, which connects the city to the Castelão arena, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup. A car pulls up. The girl climbs in. This is a common scene around the stadium in Fortaleza, considered Brazil´s child prostitution capital and a magnet for sex tourism, according to local authorities. Transvestites also work the

Air Force removes Nativity scene
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 11:29:38 AM     Post Reply
The Baby Jesus has been kicked off Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, according to an organization who relishes any opportunity to eradicate Christianity from the U.S. military. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation praised officials at Shaw Air Force Base for removing a Nativity scene located near Memorial Lake on Friday. The traditional Nativity included plastic statues of Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and an assortment of animals. Apparently, an undisclosed number of Airmen were so emotionally troubled by the sight of a manger scene that they immediately notified the MRFF.

You got my brother
but you didn´t get me
Richard Fernandez, by PJ Media    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/9/2013 11:28:59 AM     Post Reply
Seymour Hersh’s expose in the London Review of Books, which the Washington Post allegedly refused to publish accuses Barack Obama of lying about the Syrian chemical weapons attack which nearly triggered a US attack on Assad. Hersh makes two key assertions: First, Obama retroactively cooked up the narrative that the Assad regime was responsible for the infamous sarin attack on civilians in Eastern Ghouta. Second, that the rebel al-Nusra Front, a jihadi faction of the rebel alliance, might plausibly have been the real culprits. Seymour Hersh’s expose in the London Review of Books, which the Washington Post allegedly refused to

Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to
make Mandela death about himself
Washington Times [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/9/2013 11:19:54 AM     Post Reply
Radio host Rush Limbaugh accused President Obama on Friday of trying to do “everything and anything he can to link himself to” Nelson Mandela after the former South African president’s death. “Now, forgive me, but if you are a low-information voter and you’re watching the CBS Evening News last night, you would come away with the impression that the important thing about Nelson Mandela’s death was that he had looked up Barack Obama when he came to town and had a picture of Obama when he died,” Mr. Limbaugh said on his show Friday. “Classic, folks. Absolutely classic — and the

Happiness is resisting answering your
mobile: People who can ignore texts
or calls are likely to be more contented
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:15:52 AM     Post Reply
If you are constantly on your mobile phone, most onlookers might think you have lots of friends and a busy social life. However, those attached to the phone are likely to be less happy than those who can resist a ring or a message alert, says a study. Avid mobile phone users also suffer from higher anxiety while students see their class work suffer with lower marks than those who are able to switch off. Researchers studied more than 500 students to look at their daily phone usage and gauge how it affected their outlook on life. They found that far from making people

  



Tech companies call for an
end to NSA online snooping
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:12:43 AM     Post Reply
Leaders of the world’s eight largest Internet companies Monday urged President Obama to end online mass surveillance and bulk data-gathering, like that revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. Top executives from AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo published an open letter to the president and Congress in newspaper and online adverts. They called for a bold effort to make the United States a model for how governments across the world ought to handle the vast quantities of detailed, real-time data that all citizens’ electronic communications leave in the hands of technology companies. “We urge the

Doctors boycotting California´s
Obamacare exchange
Washington Examiner, by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/9/2013 11:09:34 AM     Post Reply
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state´s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won´t participate, the head of the state´s largest medical association said. “It doesn´t surprise me that there´s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

Family, politicians battle
over "Brand Mandela"
Reuters, by Peroshni Govender, Jon Herskovitz*    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:06:07 AM     Post Reply
Johannesburg - From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it´s so sought after - and the source of occasional squabbles. Following his death on Thursday at the age of 95, the scramble for control of the Mandela legacy - both financial and moral - will involve his family, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation he set up to protect his broader message. At stake is the inheritance that will go to Mandela´s more than 30

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