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North Korea´s Disappearing Man
American Spectator, by Peter Hannaford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 6:30:50 AM     Post Reply
If you run a police state such as North Korea (a.k.a. “The People’s Republic of North Korea”) publicity is almost always bad, so you avoid it if possible. There are occasional exceptions and the North Korea authorities spotted one a month ago. A guided tour group was about to leave after a week’s visit when, in a last-minute review of the passenger list, an operative noticed that one of the visitors had not only been a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, but also may have been in counter-intelligence. With that, they took Merrill Newman, a retired California businessman,

Fewer beds mean NHS is
operating close to the bone
Daily Express [UK], by Ross Clark    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 6:27:44 AM     Post Reply
There is a philosophy taught in business schools called Just in Time which preaches that factories should be run as leanly and efficiently as possible. Rather than paying to keep people and machinery on standby you reduce the capacity of a production line to the level at which it can just about cope with demand. It is a more profitable way to run a factory but I am not sure I would be so keen on the theory if I had been lying in the back of an ambulance for six hours and 22 minutes waiting for a hospital bed

France accused of encouraging thousands
of migrants to enter Britain illegally
Daily Express [UK], by Giles Sheldrick    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 6:20:58 AM     Post Reply
France last night stood accused of encouraging thousands of ­refugees to attempt to enter ­Britain illegally after a homeless shelter dubbed “Sangatte II” was opened in Calais. [Snip] Yesterday in Calais there were at least 500 refugees, some of whom had spent two years travelling from countries such as Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and Pakistan. The Daily Express was the first British newspaper inside one makeshift tent city where ­desperate men and women, some with children only a few months old, are prepared to risk their lives to reach to the UK. Alongside penniless vagrants at the shabby litter-strewn site

  


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Obama misses start of Mandela memorial
service ceremony ´after getting stuck in
traffic´ as Bush, Carter and Clinton
make the trip to South Africa
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 6:12:17 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who

NASA Curiosity rover discovers
evidence of freshwater Mars lake
Washington Post, by Joel Achenbach    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 6:00:29 AM     Post Reply
NASA’s steady reconnaissance of Mars with the Curiosity rover has produced another major discovery: evidence of an ancient lake — with water that could plausibly be described as drinkable — that was part of a long-standing, wet environment that could have supported simple forms of life. Scientists have known that the young Mars was more Earthlike than the desert planet we see today, but this is the best evidence yet that Mars had swimming holes that stuck around for thousands or perhaps millions of years. (It would have been very chilly — bring a wet suit.) The findings were being

Obama, George W. Bush and Hillary
Clinton Share Flight to Funeral
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 5:55:47 AM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG — President Obama, his predecessor, and the woman who might be his successor crossed the Atlantic together Monday in an example of extended bipartisan togetherness to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service Tuesday. For more than 16 hours, Mr. Obama hosted former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton aboard Air Force One — part of a global pilgrimage that is expected to bring as many as 100 world leaders to South Africa. (Snip) On board the presidential aircraft as it flew to South Africa, White House aides said Mr. Obama

Saudis to Obama: We Will Not
Tolerate a Nuclear Iran
American Thinker, by Karin McQuillan    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/10/2013 5:43:05 AM     Post Reply
Individuals who have even visited Israel, or who observe Judaism, or who carry a Bible are banned from Saudi Arabia. Yet Saudi Arabia´s Israel-hating King Abdullah just flew in an Israeli scientist to have dinner with him, to enjoy some royal hospitality, accept a medal and the $200,000 "Arab Nobel Prize." It´s a not-so-subtle message to President Obama: the unthinkable can happen, so don´t assume the Saudis won´t join with Israel to bomb Iran. Obama´s new Iran policy moves the Mid-East closer to war over oil and religion -- Sunni Saudis versus Shia Iranians. There is no more strategic commodity than

  


  

Wily alligators use twigs
as lures to feed on birds
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Bo Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 5:29:33 AM     Post Reply
Those big, beady, reptilian eyes glaring up from the water surface? They´re not just looking at you. They´re thinking it over. American alligators, and their cousin Indian marsh crocodiles, apparently have figured out that if they balance twigs on their snouts, wading birds will try to snatch them for nests. For the quick-snapping gator, that´s free lunch. In other words, the beast with a brain the size of a bean knows how to use it. That could make a person think twice about trying to outwit a "dumb" gator in Lowcountry waters. A recently released study--published in Ethology, Ecology and

Obama’s speech at Mandela memorial
will cost taxpayers $500,000 per minute
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 5:23:08 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s expected 10-minute speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial will cost taxpayers at least $500,000 per minute. That’s not counting any cakes and coffee he and his inner circle consume aboard Air Force One during the 18,000-mile round trip to Johannesburg, via Dakar, in Senegal. The 28-hour two-way flight will cost $5 million because the four-engined Boeing 747 costs roughly $180,000 an hour to operate, according to a May 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service. The cost includes jet fuel and subsequent maintenance of the aircraft’s engines, electronics and hotel-class facilities. Obama has been accompanied by the First Lady, Attorney General Eric

Impeachment Talk Is Shutdown Rerun
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 5:19:03 AM     Post Reply
Last week the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the way President Obama has overstepped his authority in enforcing—and not enforcing—the law with respect to ObamaCare and other topics. Though, as National Review noted in a report on the event, the members initially shied away from the “I” word, some eventually warmed to the notion that impeachment was an appropriate response to his decisions. That willingness to tiptoe up to a discussion about impeachment was celebrated by liberals like the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank who saw the hearing as a partisan waste of time as well as an

Dylan Byers: MSNBC Is Everything
the Left Accuses Fox News of Being
Breitbart the Conversation, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 5:15:57 AM     Post Reply
Today Politico´s Dylan Byers got tough on MSNBC with two posts calling into question the channel´s journalistic credibility. Byers started the day by going after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for something she said over the weekend. Harris-Perry claimed Sunday that the term Obamacare was an attempt by white people to denigrate a black President. Byers pointed out that "Hillarycare" and "Reaganomics" seem like similar appellations and asked, in light of these, how "Obamacare" could be implicitly racist while the other terms are not. It´s not clear whether Harris-Perry responded to Byers´ challenge privately but she did not tweet (or anything

  


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Nelson Mandela: the long goodbye
Telegraph [UK], by Harry Mount    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 5:13:31 AM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and his funeral on Sunday may not produce the biggest gatherings ever in Africa. [Snip] A barnstormer of an address can be expected from President Obama – who has said the battle against apartheid sparked his first political activities. But what a logistical and security nightmare it will be. The public won’t need any accreditation to get into the stadium. And someone is going to have to do a very deft seating plan--David Cameron will not want to be sitting too close to Raúl Castro and Robert Mugabe. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran may finally be

Stockman Will Primary Cornyn
National Review Online, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 5:06:24 AM     Post Reply
At the very last minute, Representative Steve Stockman filed today to run challenge Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas in the 2014 elections. Stockman, a darling of the grassroots with a penchant for controversial Twitter statements and headline-grabbing comments, is a very, very long shot.(Snip)Because Stockman filed so late, there aren’t any especially prominent East Texas Republicans running to fill his congressional seat, in southeast Texas’s 36th congressional district. As of 3:56 p.m., only Phil Fitzgerald, a former judge, and John Amdur (the address listed is a Houston P.O. box) have also filed to run for his seat. The surprising

Intelligence and the internet:
watching those who are watching us
Telegraph [UK], by Malcolm Rifkind    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 4:58:31 AM     Post Reply
Eight of America’s biggest internet companies, which include Google and Apple, have joined forces and written to President Obama expressing concern at bulk data collection in the US and its implications for the integrity of the internet and the privacy of the citizen. This is an important matter for the UK as well. The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC), which I chair, announced recently that we will be conducting a full inquiry into the intelligence aspects of privacy and security in Britain. We will, in the next few days, be inviting written submissions of evidence both from ministers

Obama’s Pattern of Appeasement
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:54:02 AM     Post Reply
Watching the twists and turns of American foreign policy while reading Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is an unnerving experience. Clark’s history, unlike many on the outbreak of World War I, starts not with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914, but a dozen or so years earlier. He examines the muddled internal politics behind the foreign policies of major and minor powers — and how often they were incomprehensible to each other. He also shows how different powers formed shifting and sometimes unlikely alliances, with fateful consequences. Britain ended her

  


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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

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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