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Mid-East governments sign Red
Sea-to-Dead Sea water deal
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 2:52:19 PM     Post Reply
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are expected to sign a water co-operation agreement aimed at saving the rapidly drying Dead Sea. The agreement, to be signed on Monday, will build a pipeline to carry water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea and provide drinking water to the region. The Dead Sea is dropping by as much as 1m (3.3ft) a year as the River Jordan is depleted for use in irrigation. But critics fear the plan´s impact on the Dead Sea´s fragile ecosystem. Such a project has been under discussion for years. With peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians apparently stagnating,

Obama’s Budding Nanny State
Politico, by Richard Williams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:49:30 PM     Post Reply
Parents often try to motivate their children with rewards, from stickers to ice cream to toys. Thousands of books and websites offer suggestions for how to get kids to do homework or clean up their rooms. But is it a mayor’s job to motivate you to drink less soda? Is it government’s job to urge you to sign up for health care by way of schools stealthily sending messages home through your children? Should bureaucrats find ways to change your mind about which washing machine you buy? Whether you realize it or not, this so-called “nudging” of consumer choice, at the

Four questions for
Melissa Harris-Perry
Politico, by Dylan Byers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:41:03 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC´s Melissa Harris-Perry said Sunday that "Obamacare," the nickname for President Obama´s healthcare legislation, was a “derogatory term... conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man." Four questions for Harris-Perry, who was unavailable for an interview, according to an MSNBC spokesperson: 1. Was "Hillarycare" a derogatory term conceived of by wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a woman? 2. Was "Reaganomics" a derogatory term conceived of by wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart



Somebody Tell Democrat Ann Kuster
That Her Response About Benghazi
Is the Worst We´ve Ever Seen
Independent Journal Review, by Bubba Atkinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:28:03 PM     Post Reply
The star of this video is Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster, representing New Hampshire’s 2nd District. A few things here… She doesn’t know what’s going on with the issue and looks like an idiot when addressing it (House Resolution 36). She ignorantly rudely hilariously laughably states that she is in her district to talk about the Middle East (to be clear Benghazi is very obviously considered part of the Middle East). Then the crowd is informed by what is presumably an aide of some sort that they are going to “stick to the format” …so no one even gets an actual answer. Is this who

Obama: Eliminating Every ‘Nut and Bolt’
of Iran’s Nuclear Program Not an Option
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:19:35 PM     Post Reply
President Obama argued at the weekend that it was unrealistic to envisage an agreement with Iran requiring a complete end to uranium enrichment. But Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu countered that turning up the pressure could deliver “a better deal,” describing the issue as “the paramount challenge of our generation.” Both leaders took part in the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum – Obama on Saturday, Netanyahu by satellite link on Sunday – with Iran dominating both appearances. Technical experts from Iran, the U.S. and the other five powers involved in the negotiations are due to meet in Vienna from Monday to discuss

Hagel orders US support in
Central African Republic mission
Fox News & Associated Press, by Justin Fishel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:14:58 PM     Post Reply
DEVELOPING ... Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the U.S. military to transport Burundian troops to Central African Republic, amid sectarian violence in that country. ORIGINAL STORY ... The Pentagon is considering requests to send U.S. military support to Central African Republic, a senior U.S. official said, as the country is racked by sectarian fighting which recently prompted France to deploy troops to its former colony. The development comes amid warnings that the historically unstable country could be on the verge of genocide. If the order to assist French and African Union forces currently operating in the country comes down, it would likely come in

Duck Dynasty Star: ´They Told Us
To Stop Praying To Jesus So It
Wouldn´t Offend Muslims´
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:10:50 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Sports Spectrum magazine Willie & Phil Robertson, stars of the top-rated cable television show Duck Dynasty, discuss fake bleeps, and the A&E networks editing out when they pray ‘in Jesus’ name.’ When the producers of Duck Dynasty asked the stars to stop saying “in Jesus’ name” during prayers because it might offend Muslims, Phil Robertson stood his ground and gave an eye-opening response. “So they would just have me saying, ‘Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name?’ They said, ‘Well those editors



Knockout Game Goes Terribly RIGHT
as Woman Wails on Her Attacker
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:02:32 PM     Post Reply
Well, this participant of the knockout game probably will reconsider future engagements after being beatdown by the woman he punched and her boyfriend. The video shows the assailant targeting the woman, who doesn´t go down after he lands his punch. She turns around and starts punching him repeatedly in the head - but, only after her boyfriend delivers an epic kick to the face. According to OpposingViews.com, the incident occurred in a Las Vegas, Nevada shopping mall.

Bob Filner sentenced in battery,
false imprisonment cases; no jail
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Perry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/9/2013 1:49:58 PM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO — A Superior Court judge Monday accepted the major terms of the plea bargain of ex-Mayor Bob Filner, sentencing him to 90 days of home confinement with no jail time. Filner pleaded guilty in October to a felony charge of false imprisonment and two of misdemeanor battery, all involving women. Under terms of the plea bargain, Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta ordered Filner to serve 90 days of home confinement starting Jan. 1. He also reduced his city pension and fined Filner approximately $1,500. The judge placed Filner on probation for three years. If he violates probation, he

Northeast states push EPA on
Midwestern, Southern emissions
Washington Examiner, by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 1:49:42 PM     Post Reply
Eight Northeastern states petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to require a group of "upwind" Midwest and Southern states to more aggressively reduce smog-forming pollutants from power plants that drift across their borders and pose health risks. The states, all represented by Democratic governors, said the petition was a last resort after trying to persuade the leaders of the upwind states — Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — to reduce harmful emissions that cause respiratory problems, such as asthma. "We need the EPA´s help to clean our air," said Delaware Gov. Jack

Al Jazeera Fires Reporter Who
Questioned Objectivity of Arafat Coverage
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/9/2013 1:35:32 PM     Post Reply
An Al Jazeera investigative reporter who worked on the network’s high-profile probe into Yasser Arafat’s death was fired last Monday after raising concerns about the objectivity of the network’s Arafat coverage. Since 2012, Al Jazeera has aggressively promoted the controversial theory that Arafat was assassinated with polonium in 2004 and did not die of natural causes. Investigative journalist Ken Silverstein, who joined Al Jazeera two months ago and co-wrote the network’s November scoop about a team of Swiss scientists that found unusual traces of polonium-210 in Arafat’s bone samples, was fired after he refused to travel to Paris to cover



Liberals want to stop men
from checking out women
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 1:23:03 PM     Post Reply
In the progressive future, men will not be able to look at women’s bodies because that is a terrible thing to do — and science says so. Researchers have offered a definitive report into the science of the male “objectifying gaze” in the December 2013 volume of “Sex Roles: A Journal of Research” (Volume 69, Issue 11-12, pp 557-570). “Although objectification theory suggests that women frequently experience the objectifying gaze with many adverse consequences, there is scant research examining the nature and causes of the objectifying gaze for perceivers. The main purpose of this work was to examine the objectifying

How Adam Lanza Wrecked
Obama´s Second Term
National Journal, by Alex Seitz-Ward    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 1:22:32 PM     Post Reply
There are plenty of reasons this is the lowest point of Barack Obama´s presidency. He hasn´t fulfilled a major legislative campaign promise, his signature second-term immigration initiative is paralyzed, and the administration may never entirely recover from the unforced errors surrounding the Affordable Care Act´s rollout. But don´t blame these problems alone for Obama´s record-low 40 percent approval rating. In truth, his agenda went off the rails on a crisp December morning last year, when Adam Lanza strolled into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 children and six adults. Obama hasn´t gotten back on track since. The Connecticut massacre set in

Obama bombs Facebook with
pro-Obamacare missives
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:52:22 PM     Post Reply
Pro-Obamacare messages are being plastered on Americans’ Facebook pages by President Barack Obama’s most faithful supporters, many of whom need a morale boost, according to a new email blast from the president’s front-group. “Next time you hear from the Obamacare naysayers in your life, here’s something you can send them… 29,000 Americans successfully signed up in just the first two days of the week,” says the Dec. 7 announcement from Obama’s “Truth Team” The email is signed by Erin Hannigan, the health care campaign manager for the president’s Organizing for Action nonprofit.

Cruz SLAMS the ‘lawless
implementation of Obamacare’
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:46:29 PM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz may no longer be the solicitor general of Texas, but the Republican senator has penned a legal memo about the White House’s “lawless acts on Obamacare.” The Daily Caller was provided an early look at the memo, set for release Monday. This is the second time Cruz has released a report for his “The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power” series. Monday’s report focuses on the Obama administration’s implementation of the healthcare law and why Cruz believes the law is unconstitutional. “There is no clearer example of the Obama Administration’s abusive view of federal power



Bill Clinton condemns NSA’s
reported collection of economic data
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/9/2013 12:43:09 PM     Post Reply
Former president Bill Clinton in a new interview condemns the National Security Agency´s reported collection of industrial data as part of its surveillance programs. Reports based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden have shown that the NSA collected financial data from the network of Brazil´s state-run oil company, Petrobras. Clinton is in Brazil this week. "We should never collect economic information under the pretext of security," Clinton told O Globo, a newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, according to a translation. Clinton is in Rio for the Clinton Global Initiative, which is bringing together business and political leaders from South America. Clinton has previously said

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

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

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