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A closer look at the Benghazi lie
Washington Times, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:50:08 AM     Post Reply
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was

Dan Rather´s CBS Revenge Tour
Continues With Piers Morgan Tonight
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:47:55 AM     Post Reply
Dan Rather, whose long tenure at CBS came to an unceremonious end in 2006 shortly after his own 60 Minutes report about then-president George W. Bush´s military service was retracted, decided to weigh in on the show´s current accuracy issues. There´s no love lost between Rather and CBS these days. After Rather was basically made to "retire" from the network a year after he´d lost his evening anchor spot, he sued CBS for $70 million (the case was dismissed). CBS did not include Rather in its JFK assassination 50th anniversary coverage last month, even though he worked for the network in

Equality for Convicts?
WeeklyStandard, by Terry Eastland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:41:58 AM     Post Reply
A question: Are Texas and all its agencies and local governments breaking the law? The answer is that they probably are, according to the Obama administration and its Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, isn’t waiting for the EEOC to investigate and bring charges. Last month, in a preemptive strike, he sued the commission. The case is Texas v. EEOC. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Under the law as amended by Congress, the

  


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Why Is Katie Couric
Promoting Vaccine Skeptics?
Politico Magazine, by Tara Haelle    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2013 4:34:58 AM     Post Reply
When a former hard-hitting news anchor’s daytime talk show suffers dangerously slipping ratings, what’s the next step? If it’s Katie Couric, the answer is to trade a history of responsible reporting for irresponsible scaremongering. In her segment last week on the HPV vaccine, Couric delivered a blow to both public health and her image. The question now is what Couric – if she’s willing – can do to repair the damage. It’s a sad turn of events for Couric, once known for drawing attention to public health issues such as colon cancer, which killed her husband. The former CBS anchor, soon

The New York Times’ ‘homeless’ hooey
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2013 4:31:05 AM     Post Reply
If a five-part opus in The New York Times by Andrea Elliott is to believed, we live in a hard-hearted city. But if you read closely, it suggests just the opposite. Begin with the family at the center of this story. The mother, father and eight kids aren’t really homeless at all. True, they live in housing meant for “homeless families.” But their 540-square-foot unit gives them a solid roof over their heads, in addition to city-provided meals and services. One city official tells us Elliott and the Times ignored many key facts about the family and that its situation is “atypical.” “New

The world remembers Mandela:
Global leaders arrive in South
Africa as 100,000 gather in
Soweto for historic memorial service
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 4:28:24 AM     Post Reply
World leaders have gathered in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service for the former president of South Africa, five days after he died at the age of 95. Barack Obama was pictured arriving after a 17-hour flight from Washington on board Air Force One, during which he rode with his wife Michelle, former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton. He has been given a prominent role in the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela - but may face awkward moments if he comes face to face with controversial leaders

‘Income Inequality’ —
The Biggest Lie of All
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:27:02 AM     Post Reply
In the last few days Barack Obama has attempted to change the subject of public discourse from healthcare to income inequality, which he has dubbed “the defining challenge of our time.” Now he tells us! Since POTUS hasn’t paid much attention to this problem for the first five plus years of his administration, even with African-American unemployment through the roof and the middle class disappearing from American economic life, and with Rand Paul (of all people) the only one to come up with a concrete suggestion of how to elevate people out of poverty, as he has recently with Detroit, this should

  


  

American bourbon now better than
Scottish whiskey: U.K.-born expert
Washington Times (D.C), by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 4:24:29 AM     Post Reply
Jim Murray, an English writer and one of the world’s top whiskey critics, believes Scottish malt is no match for American whiskey. “Generally speaking, bourbon … has overtaken Scotch,” he said, according to the Telegraph. Mr. Murray, who wrote “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible,” argues that Scotland’s decrease in quality whiskey is due to the use of sulphur candles to sanitize some barrels that have been used to age sherry, giving it a “bitter finish.” Bourbon, however, is aged in virgin oak casks, which do not require sulphur treatment, the Telegraph said. “The best whiskey is coming not from Scotland any

The emerging budget deal is a
small victory for Republicans
The Week, by Peter Weber    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:24:02 AM     Post Reply
T he good news for Congress is that if both houses pass a budget deal by Friday, they get to go home for Christmas break with no high-stakes fiscal grudge match awaiting them when they get back. And the prospects for passing a budget deal being hammered out by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), maybe even without the histrionics of recent years, seem to be pretty good. (Snip)Democrats will probably also have to swallow an increase in the amount that federal employees have to contribute to their pensions — a provision especially anathema to Maryland´s powerful

Pictured: Teen brothers accused
of killing Iraq war veteran after
arranging to sell him iPad on Craigslist
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye & Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 4:20:01 AM     Post Reply
Brothers Tryon, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, were formally charged Monday in the shooting death of Sergent First Class Jim Vester, 32, after arranging to sell the 12-year military veteran an iPad on Wednesday. According to phone records released by the police, the Indianapolis father wanted to buy an iPad from the brothers as a Christmas present for his parents based off of their Craigslist ad. At 3:05pm, Vester texted: ´Can I get your address´. At 3:14pm, the suspects texted him to meet at 920 Wyckford Dr. Vester arrived at the address at 3:49pm and texted: ´are you here?´ and the

Races to watch: Will Obamacare
sink Democrats in 2014?
NBC News, by Jessica Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:16:35 AM     Post Reply
Three years after President Barack Obama admitted that his party took a “shellacking” in the midterm elections, Republicans are setting their sights on another political wave in 2014. It’s a new battle, but the GOP is using the same weapon: public skepticism over Obamacare. In 2010, Republicans rode a wave of frustration over the economy and health-care overhaul, recapturing control of the House of Representatives. This time around, they’re focused on keeping that majority and looking toward gains in the Senate – and they’ll rely on the bungled HealthCare.gov rollout to fuel voter support. As the hobbled website becomes more functional, the

  


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America’s clash of
generations is inevitable
Washington Post, by Robert J. Samuelson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 4:08:38 AM     Post Reply
We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it’s ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for their aging parents. For families, these collective obligations may work. But what makes sense for families doesn’t always succeed for society as a whole. The clash of generations is intensifying. Last week, a federal judge ruled that Detroit qualifies for municipal bankruptcy. This almost certainly means that pensions and health

Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich Defend
Mandela Against GOP Critics
ABC News, by Nicki Rossoll    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 4:05:01 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz defied critics angry that he eulogized Nelson Mandela and left for South Africa today as part of a 23 member congressional delegation going to honor the former South African president and anti-apartheid hero. “He endured decades of imprisonment and steadfastly continued his fight for equality. And, when justice prevailed in his battle against apartheid, and Mandela was elected president of his nation, he nobly chose reconciliation instead of retribution — a legacy for which he will be remembered forever,” Cruz, R-Texas, said. Cruz’s press secretary, Catherine Frazier, also rejected the arguments of those who criticized Cruz for lauding Mandela. “Mr.

Food Stamp Nation: Child
Homelessness Spikes in NYC
Breitbart Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 3:59:33 AM     Post Reply
Andrea Elliott, in her NY Times article "Invisible Child," articulates the disheartening existence of a family living on the meager support of government welfare. She invites her readers to look through the eyes of Dasani, the family´s 11-year-old girl. The family has a complex relationship with the welfare programs that both keep them afloat and keep their situation hopeless. Liberals advocate that welfare programs are designed to help the least fortunate and that they demonstrate a society’s compassion. However, sometimes too much compassion by the state can devolve into what recovering drug addicts would call "enabling." Moreover, the "compassionate environment"

Hero Bin Laden doctor decries
treatment in letter smuggled
out of Pakistani prison
Fox News, by Sib Kaifee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 3:59:32 AM     Post Reply
The hero doctor jailed in Pakistan for helping the U.S. kill Usama bin Laden bared his frustration with the country’s tribal court system in a letter smuggled out by a supporter last week. “My legal right to consult with my lawyers is being denied,” wrote Dr. Shakil Afridi, who worked with the CIA on a vaccination ruse that helped confirm the Al Qaeda leader’s presence in an Abbottabad compound, paving the way for the May 2011 SEAL mission in which he was killed. The one-and-a half page letter, handwritten in Urdu and smuggled out of the Peshawar Central Jail, comes as Afridi

  


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Tech Firms Vie to Protect
Personal Data, Profits
Associated Press, by Michael Liedtke & Marcy Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 3:53:58 AM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government´s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people´s online habits. The industry´s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users´ email and other sensitive information. Microsoft´s general counsel, Brad Smith, warned in a blog post last

Police: ‘Knockout game’ type
crimes hit Richmond streets
WTVR-TV [Richmond, VA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/10/2013 12:01:11 AM     Post Reply
Richmond, Va. – There is a group of teenagers going around Richmond and knocking out people on the streets, Richmond Police Det. W. Cutshall said. The teens then steal whatever they want from the victim. “It’s two to three, sometimes four male juveniles knocking pedestrians or bicyclists to the ground,” Det. Cutshall said. “When they knock them to the ground, they begin punching them and kicking them and taking whatever they have in their possession.” (Snip) The victims’ injuries in the attacks have grown more serious recently, he added. In some instances victims have been knocked unconscious or lost teeth in the

MSNBC Anchor: Obamacare = N-Word
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 11:35:17 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry evidently exists to say ridiculous things. The same radical who declared that all children belong to the state said Sunday that “Obamacare” is the new “n-word.” (Video) “Good morning, I’m Melissa Harris-Perry. I want to talk today about a controversial word,” the Tulane professor began Sunday’s show. “It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame, and divide, and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of

Twitter, Facebook and more demand
sweeping changes to US surveillance
Guardian [UK], by Dan Roberts & Jemima Kiss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 11:29:28 PM     Post Reply
The world´s leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public´s “trust in the internet”. In their most concerted response yet to disclosures by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and AOL have published an open letter to Barack Obama and Congress on Monday, throwing their weight behind radical reforms already proposed by Washington politicians. “The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of

Stockman not running for reelection;
will challenge Cornyn
Houston Chronicle, by Gary Martin & Will Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 11:20:52 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand who has been dogged by ethical questions and campaign debt, withdrew as a candidate for re-election Monday and instead filed as a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The filing gives Cornyn the Tea Party challenge in the Texas Republican primary that he long sought to avoid in a state where the GOP electorate has moved increasingly to the right. Stockman has prided himself on being one of the most conservative members of Congress. Soon after arriving, he refused to suport Rep. John Boehner for Speaker of the House, voting only “present.” He

  



HealthCare.gov’s problems don’t
mean Obamacare will fail
Washington Post, by Ezra Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 10:43:45 PM     Post Reply
he first two months of Obamacare created a rare convergence between supporters and opponents of the law: Everyone agreed that the rollout was a disaster. The consensus reached all the way up to President Obama himself, who went so far as to list the "poor execution on my administration’s part" alongside the GOP´s "reckless shutdown" as reasons that "frustrations with Washington are at an all-time high." It was like an Obamacare miracle. But with HealthCare.gov improving, the convergence is ending. For Obamacare´s supporters, the IT problems really were IT problems. Now that the Web site is working the law will

18 Los Angeles sheriff´s deputies
arrested in federal jail investigation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/9/2013 10:41:09 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff´s deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation´s largest jail system. The charges were announced at a press conference after 16 of 18 defendants were arrested earlier in the day. They were expected to be arraigned later in U.S. District Court. (Snip) One federal indictment filed Nov. 20 named seven deputies charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. It is unclear from the indictment whether they are currently employed

No tailgating at Super Bowl
ESPN, by Jane McManus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 10:24:17 PM     Post Reply
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Forget about setting up those kegs or buffet tables in the parking lot before this season´s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. There will be no tailgating, according to the game´s committee CEO, Al Kelly. "You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," Kelly said. "And provided you´re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you´ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you´re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you´re not going to be able to take out

"I´m Putting My Life At Risk, Literally!":
Kanye West Compares Dancing on Stage
to Being a Cop or Soldier
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 10:19:09 PM     Post Reply
Kanye West speaking with SaturdayNightOnline.com host Garrett, West Saturday night “Like, I’m just giving of my body on the stage; I’m putting my life at risk, literally!” “When I think about when I’m on the ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing,’ and ‘Coldest Winter’ moment, like that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped… You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”

Ted Cruz sees legal landmines
ahead for Obamacare
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 10:17:09 PM     Post Reply
One of Congress‘ staunchest critics of Obamacare released a report Monday that cheers on legal challenges to the overhaul and says the White House overstepped its authority by delaying aspects of the law. Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican who helped engineer a lengthy government funding stalemate earlier this year in a bid to block money for the new health care law, said many aspects of the Affordable Care Act are “constitutionally or statutorily suspect” and that the entire law should be repealed. While a repeal is unlikely so long as Democrats control the Senate and White House, Mr. Cruz said

Next Obama Witch Hunt:
Racism In Auto Lending
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 10:15:55 PM     Post Reply
Power Abuse: Emboldened by its shakedown of mortgage lenders, the administration is now accusing car lenders of racism. On what grounds? It refuses to say, raising suspicion of another witch hunt. Some of the nation´s largest auto lenders, including Ally Bank, are now under federal investigation for allegedly discriminating against black and Latino borrowers — a deplorable crime, if true. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is heading the new crusade with help from the Justice Department. It claims it has "statistical evidence" showing car lenders and dealers marking up loan prices for minorities vs. whites.

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