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Sarah Palin to Host Outdoors Show
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 5:01:48 PM     Post Reply
New York - The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle. The program, "Amazing America," will debut next April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, less than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared to people interested in hunting, fishing and shooting. Palin´s show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein. "It´s very important to have somebody of her stature as a personality on Sportsman because it validates the whole category for

Invisible Child
New York Times, by Andrea Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 4:50:22 PM     Post Reply
She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate. Slipping out from her covers, the oldest girl sits at the window. On mornings like this, she can see all the way across Brooklyn to the Empire

United Airlines Locks Sleeping
Passenger in Plane
Associated Press, by Michael Graczyl    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 4:45:17 PM     Post Reply
Houston - As the captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Wagner is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when he nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn´t wake him. "That´s the norm for me," Wagner said. "A little jolt wouldn´t bother me." He awoke to a traveler´s nightmare. He opened his eyes to a dark and locked plane parked at Houston´s Bush Intercontinental Airport. "I looked down the aisle, there was nobody on the plane," Wagner said Monday from California,

  


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Mandela Tribute From NBC´s
Gregory Turns Into Obama Love Letter
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 4:40:46 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday´s NBC Meet the Press, host David Gregory used the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela to lecture American politicians: "Mandela refused to be consumed by hatred and insisted on working toward a common purpose with his political foes. That, seems to me, is what is missing from this era of argument in Washington." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] However, Gregory portrayed President Obama as the victim of such polarization, rather than one of its instigators: "The election of our 44th president was similarly an example of how countries can overcome

Chuck Todd: White House Restricting
Photo Access a ‘Version of Propaganda’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 4:12:51 PM     Post Reply
For the last few weeks, the media has been having a quiet debate about whether or not to take a stand against using official White House photos in protest against being shut out of many White House events. On Monday, MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd took things a step further, calling the limited press access “a version of propaganda.” Todd qualified that statement to make it clear he’s not saying this is out-and-out, overt propaganda, but argued it does come across to people as such when outside photographers aren’t allowed access. AP photojournalist Charlie Dharapak agreed, adding that it’s a “visual press

´A public safety disaster´:
Obamacare could force THOUSANDS
of volunteer fire departments to close
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 4:12:45 PM     Post Reply
Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act. ´I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News. ´Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.´ The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term ´volunteer´ literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they´re on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them

Why have scientists stopped doing science?
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 4:08:50 PM     Post Reply
Recently I´ve acquired a second career poisoning the minds of the young in schools. Even in the very posh ones, there´s always an element which is mildly appalled that someone like me has been allowed anywhere near their precious charges. Science departments, I find, are particularly resistant and I quite understand why. Being mostly Guardian readers they have this caricature image in their heads of what James Delingpole is like: he´s a wanton controversialist; he´s anti-science; he´s a denier in the pay of Big Oil who harasses all those wonderful principled scientists doing their best to warn us of impending

  


  

Stores agree to ‘Customers’ Bill of
Rights’ after ‘shop and frisk’ fiasco
New York Post, by Amber Sutherland & Bruce Golding    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 4:06:12 PM     Post Reply
Many of the city’s major clothing stores tried to defuse the “shop and frisk” scandal on Monday by agreeing to an anti-profiling policy demanded by civil-rights activists led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Barneys, Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and the Gap are among the retailers that promised to post and abide by a “Customers’ Bill of Rights” in the wake of allegations that some black shoppers were targeted for questioning by cops after purchasing pricey items. The move followed a sluggish start to the Christmas shopping season, which is unusually short this year due to late date

Twitter needs to look after its
share price. Are you ready for
your personal data to be sold?
Telegraph [UK], by John Silk    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 4:03:34 PM     Post Reply
It´s been a month since Twitter floated on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and we´ve already seen more than $6 billion drop off its market cap. As with every recent tech IPO, there´s always a big furore and gigantic valuation, following by the creation of lots of rich people, and then the share price starts to slide as everyone sobers up and starts to think more clearly. Just look at Facebook--once the excitement of the 2012 flotation had died down, the stock price plummeted to around half of its initial offering, and stayed there for a year.

ABC Swoons Over ´Absolutely Ravishing´
Michelle Obama and Her ´Big Fashion Win´
Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 3:59:50 PM     Post Reply
All three networks on Monday morning highlighted the appearance of the Obamas at the Kennedy Center Honors, but only ABC fawned over "fashion win" of First Lady. Lara Spencer enthused that " one of the stars of the show was Michelle Obama." An excited Spencer explained that Mrs. Obama looked "absolutely ravishing in a flowing teal gown as she accompanied President Obama." The co-host declared, "Another big fashion win for the First Lady. CBS This Morning offered a full report on the various performers who were honored, but co-anchor Charlie Rose avoided ABC´s superlatives.

The case for (controlled) immigration
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 3:58:05 PM     Post Reply
Immigration--controlled, legal immigration--can bring advantages to the destination state. That sentiment is often trotted out as kind of obligatory throat-clearing before a politician goes on to call for restrictions, a neat example of the Everything-Before-The-But-Is-Bullsh*t hermeneutic rule (“I am the first to say that I recognise the benefits of successive immigrants from the Huguenots onwards, but there comes a moment when we reach saturation point…”) Except that it isn’t bullsh*t; at least, it needn’t be. Immigration can be either good or bad, depending on how it is managed. Unrestricted, unplanned settlement is usually disastrous.

  


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CBO:Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income
Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%, Got
Average of $18,950 in ´Transfers´
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 3:57:53 PM     Post Reply
The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office. At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010. Taxpayers in the top 40 percent of households were able to pay more than 100 percent of net federal income taxes in 2010 because Americans in the bottom 40 percent actually paid negative income taxes, according to the CBO study entitled, “The Distribution of Household Income

Christian mobs attack Muslims
in Central African Republic
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 3:54:21 PM     Post Reply
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the largely deserted street in Central African Republic’s capital. Through the drizzle, they spotted a man in a flowing white robe traditionally worn by Muslims, hand-in-hand with his adolescent son. The style of dress was enough to confirm that this was their enemy. Hungry for revenge, the crowd descended upon the pair. The man’s terrified son broke away, and fled on foot, abandoning his father as the knife-wielding mob clutched the middle-aged man. Muslim rebels

The Slow, Painful
Education of Barack Obama
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 3:44:02 PM     Post Reply
George Will wryly notes that our young president is benefiting from his lengthy spell of on-the-job training. Too bad the nation has to suffer through it. “The education of this president is a protracted and often amusing process . . . as he continues to alight upon the obvious with a sense of profound and original discovery,” Will said. “The president is saying, ‘the trouble with big government is it’s so darn big.’ And like a lot of other big organisms — dinosaurs spring to mind — it has a simple nervous system, it’s sclerotic, it’s governed by inertia, and

Cell Providers Collect Millions From
Police for Handing Over User Information
U.S. News & World Report, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/9/2013 3:43:59 PM     Post Reply
Major U.S. cellphone providers received more than $20 million from law enforcement agencies in conjunction with more than 1.1. million user information requests in 2012, according to documents released Monday by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. Five of the seven companies queried offered precise or ballpark figures for the revenue they received from law enforcement in 2012. AT&T said it received $10,298,000, T-Mobile USA said approximately $11 million, Verizon Wireless said less than $5 million, U.S. Cellular said $241,000 and C Spire said $55,000.

  


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TSA agent confiscates
sock monkey´s toy pistol
KING News 5 [Seattle], by Susan Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 12/9/2013 3:40:38 PM     Post Reply
"Rooster Monkburn" the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis. Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash. says she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday. May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.

Gay teacher fired after applying
for marriage license
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 3:39:18 PM     Post Reply
Philadelphia — A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school was fired Friday after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license. Michael Griffin was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of his contract. Father James McCloskey, the school’s headmaster, said in a statement that faculty at the school are required to follow church teachings, NBC Philadelphia reported. He said in the statement that Griffin’s decision “contradicts the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings

Bush´s Former Secretary of State,
Colin Powell, Wants to Socialize
U.S. Health Care
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 3:33:37 PM     Post Reply
Republican and former Secretary of State Colin Powell wants the United States to adopt a universal health care system similar to those in Canada, Japan and Europe. At a celebration breakfast for prostate cancer survivors, Powell talked about his own cancer recovery, which he attributed to the “high-quality universal health care” offered by the U.S. military. He also talked about his wife, Alma, who recently had a serious health scare but was able to access the help she needed. He compared their experiences to a neighbor whose insurance didn’t cover certain medical tests: “Every country I’ve visited, every developed country, they have

ATF Ruins the Lives of Disabled
Teenagers to Solve a Problem
the Bureau Created
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 3:29:23 PM     Post Reply
If you don´t already know by now, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms can´t even run a store without royally screwing up. Nearly one year ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on an ATF sting gone bad when the bureau tried to catch bad guys by setting up a store. The sting ended in a damaged rent space, $35,000 in stolen goods and with a fully automatic machine gun lost on the city streets. Now it appears ATF failed during another store front sting and is punishing teenagers they convinced to help them by throwing them in jail. We´re talking

California’s ObamaCare exchange
hands out consumer contact info
without permission
Human Events, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 3:22:55 PM     Post Reply
There are going to be some epic data theft and hacking stories to come from the sad history of ObamaCare. They’re probably already happening. There has been a repeated history of both state and federal authorities concealing security breaches until forced to discuss them by freedom-of-information requests. These authorities are keenly aware of what a few big hacking stories will do to a system that’s already far less popular than it needs to be, with a reputation for technological ineptitude among the young people it desperately needs to milk for cash. But the hackers will have to get in line

  



Protesters block Google bus in S.F. Mission
San Francisco Chronicle, by Ellen Huet    Original Article
Posted By: SkyTexas- 12/9/2013 3:13:35 PM     Post Reply
A group of protesters surrounded and blocked a Google employee commuter bus for more than a half hour Monday morning at a Muni bus stop at 24th and Valencia streets in San Francisco’s Mission District. The buses have, for some, become a symbol of tech-fueled gentrification, economic inequality and soaring housing prices in the city. The bus, which was headed to Google’s Mountain View campus, had riders on board. A dozen protesters stood around the bus with signs saying “Public $$$$, Private Gains,” “Stop Displacement Now,” “Fine $271, Total Fine $1 Billion,” and “Warning: Two-Tier System.”

Dems Confident the Worst
Is Over on Obamacare Hit
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 3:08:45 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief over what effectively passes as a re-launching of the Obamacare website, with some lawmakers now expressing optimism that the healthcare reform law will fall to their political benefit. Democratic office-holders like Sen. Mary Landrieu, of Louisiana, expected to face a tough 2014 re-election campaign, are once again embracing the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans argue the Affordable Care Act remains problematic and unsalvageable for a long list of reasons that extend well beyond a website, citing concerns about issues ranging from security to individuals losing their insurance coverage. “The American people

Baby she was born to ride!
Bruce Springsteen watches proudly
As daughter Jessica show
jumps dressed as white swan
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/9/2013 3:05:18 PM     Post Reply
She´s no stranger to the equestrian stage. And Jessica Springsteen competed at the Style & Competition for AMADE at the 2013 Gucci Masters on Saturday as her proud parents Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa watched. The 21-year-old, who has represented the U.S.in the 2012 FEI Nations Cup and the Show Jumping World Cup, dressed as a white swan, wearing a form fitting princess style bodice, an off-white tutu and white feather accessories. Her trusty chocolate steed was also adorned with white feathers. British model Edie Campbell participated show jumped too, wearing the darker counterpart to Jess´s costume.

Putin Dissolves Russian News
Agency, ‘Tightening State Control’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 3:04:04 PM     Post Reply
Russian President and 2005 Super Bowl champion Vladimir Putin unexpectedly dissolved RIA Novosti, a state news agency, along with its radio affiliate on Monday, a move the agency itself said would “appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.” The agencies will be combined into Rossiya Segodnya and headed by Dmitry Kiselyov, a Russian news anchor who recently provoked controversy over his on-air homophobic remarks, an appointment sure to heighten tensions over Russia’s anti-gay policies ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The New York Times reported that the decree caught even the

Where’s the Outrage? Bush Pollster
Asks if American ‘Apartheid’ Best
Resolved Through Violence
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 2:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Americans who travel abroad are often afraid to discuss United States politics with foreign observers. This is not an entirely unfounded belief, but it is elevated beyond any appropriate proportion. Most American travelers overseas find the citizens of foreign nations who are well-versed in global affairs more curious about than resentful of American politics. One theme that America’s wayfarers will find is how surprised foreign citizens are by the fact that American political fights are so vicious, that national elections are regularly disputed, that millions of disaffected citizens routinely take to the streets to protest the government, and political violence is

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