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Vegas Rules: Harry Reid pushed
feds to change ruling for casino’s
big-money foreigners
Washington Times [DC], by John Solomon and David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 1:30:36 PM     Post Reply
EXCLUSIVE: The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times. The move to overturn what is normally a non-appealable visa decision came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some of the visa applicants from Asia, and it ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have donated heavily in recent years to Democrats, the documents show. It also ensnared Mr. Obama’s current

Sending Holiday Season Regards
to our Conservative Warriors
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 1:27:15 PM     Post Reply
Pleasantly surprised and a bit shocked, I enjoyed religious Christmas carols playing in the elevator of a major hotel. Progressive bullies are relentless in their quest to repeal the celebration of Jesus´s birthday, Christmas, declared a federal holiday in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Illustrating the effectiveness of the progressives´ intimidation, anonymously, signs are being stealthily posted in public areas: "It´s OK to say Merry Christmas." The progressives´ assault on Christmas leads me to MSNBC-TV host Martin Bashir´s degrading and disgusting punishment suggested for Sarah Palin (i.e., that someone defecate in her mouth). While watching the deplorable MSNBC segment,

´NSA uses Google cookies to track
targets,´ reveals latest Snowden leak
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 1:25:10 PM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency has been accused of using Google cookies to pinpoint targets the government wants to hack. In a NSA presentation slide released by Edward Snowden and seen by the Washington Post, the agency appeared to be using internet tracking techniques usually used by advertisers. While the Pref Cookies reportedly being used don´t reveal personal information, they can uniquely identify a person´s browser. The NSA and GCHQ in the UK have been using the tracking files to identify potential targets who are using the internet, according to the documents. As well as listing visits to websites, the cookies

  


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Britain and US suspend
non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels
Reuters, Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 1:03:30 PM     Post Reply
The US and Britain have suspended all non-lethal assistance in to northern Syria after forces from the new Islamic Front seized headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition’s Supreme Military Council. Fighters from the Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) bases at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey late on Friday. Turkey shut its side of the border crossing, in Hatay province, due to a reported increase in clashes on the Syrian side, customs sources told the Reuters news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from

Politicians should drop the selfies and Twitter.
We don´t want them to be human
Telegraph [UK], by Martha Gill    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 12:58:11 PM     Post Reply
There’s a YouTube clip I can’t stop watching called “Margaret Thatcher don’t want to jump”. The then Prime Minister has just reached the end of a TV interview, and the presenter is asking her to “make a little jump”. “Why?” It’s “just a gimmick” that all her guests do. Thatcher raises an eyebrow. “I bet that you wouldn’t do it,” says the presenter, becoming at the same time conciliatory, wheedling, insistent. “Just a little jump.” Come on. “Gorbachev did it.” “But what”, inquires the Iron Lady icily, “is the point of it?” “It just shows another side

Report: Reid and staff
intervened to expedite
visa applications for
Vegas hotel investors
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2013 12:54:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a Las Vegas casino hotel after pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, the Washington Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing internal government documents, said the decision to overturn a prior, normally non-appealable visa decision ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have been heavy Democratic donors. The paper said it also came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some Asian applicants. Reid, who represents Nevada, personally reached out to the top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, setting in motion a process that

Professional groups aren´t
spearheading California´s doctor
rebellion against Obamacare
Washington Examiner [DC], by Richard Pollock    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/11/2013 12:50:48 PM     Post Reply
California’s budding doctor rebellion against Obamacare appears to be genuinely spontaneous, lacking leadership from a single individual or organization. As the Washington Examiner has reported in recent days, an estimated 70 percent of California´s physicians -- ranging from general practitioners to specialists -- are "just saying no" to Obamacare´s Covered California health insurance exchange. Although it appears leaderless, some observers believe that very spontaneity may make the doctor rebellion a formidable force in California’s health-care future. “Doctors are realizing what is happening and spontaneously they are acting like this. There’s a movement growing,” said Sally Pipes, president of the San Francisco-based

  


  

Michelle the jealous wife media-designed?
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/11/2013 12:13:51 PM     Post Reply
Like the rest of him, Barack Obama’s mass circulated photos from photo-ops like yesterday’s Mandela Memorial, are phony. The photo of Obama tweeted by the White House on Dec. 5 in response to Nelson Mandela’s death was taken six months earlier at the Robben Island prison where Mandela spent 27 years of his life. You can call ‘Obama Behind Bars in Robben Island Prison’ Obama’s prepper picture. While America is being held in an ObamaCare stranglehold, blood pressure shot up when a photo of Obama shaking Cuban President Raul Castro’s hand went viral on the Net yesterday. As that photo was still burning

TV tonight: ‘Duck Dynasty;’ from
family values to a valuable family
Washington Times (D.C), by Lisa King    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 11:59:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013–The fourth season of “Duck Dynasty” has already ended. But rejoice! We will get one more dose of the Robertson clan tonight when their Christmas special airs at 10 p.m. on A&E. This Christmas episode, cleverly titled “O Little Town of West Monroe,” will feature the camo clan performing a live Nativity scene for their local church. There will also be a lot of discussions among famkly members about choosing the right Christmas presents for each other. But for a family worth 83 million dollars, you can bet those presents will be piled high under their various

$1.7 Million of marijuana seized
at Falfurrias check point
KVEO [Brownsville TX], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 11:53:50 AM     Post Reply
FALFURRIAS, TX — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana Monday at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North. During an inspection at the checkpoint, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in a tractor-trailer. Agents used a mobile X-ray device to scan the vehicle, which revealed the marijuana hidden inside crates. When the agents opened the crates they found concrete benches and bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, which has an estimated value of more than $1.7 million, was seized

Sebelius Frustrates GOP Rep.
by Insisting Obamacare Enrollment
Hub ‘Has Worked Beautifully’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 11:47:12 AM     Post Reply
A tense exchange erupted during a congressional hearing into the problems associated the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) probed Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius over whether the ACA’s payment and enrollment systems are functioning, given reports which indicate they are not. He let out a heavy sigh when Sebelius insisted that “The [Federally-Facilitated Marketplace] hub has worked beautifully from start to finish.” Burgess quizzed Sebelius about a private accountability report she commissioned six months prior to the website’s launch which indicated that the ACA exchanges website was going to experience a number of

  


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Wallace: I´m A Coburn/Axelrod
´Groupie´; Coburn: Budget Deal ´Sells Out´
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 11:41:58 AM     Post Reply
Nicolle Wallace played the quintessential DC insider on today´s Morning Joe, proclaiming herself a "groupie" of both conservative Senator Tom Coburn and liberal partisan David Axelrod, while also saying she was "inspired" by Paul Ryan´s leadership in forging a budget compromise deal. But the Sooner senator wasn´t letting the inside-the-Beltway bonhomie blunt his criticism, saying the budget deal "sells out" what needs to be done, and gives up "core values." View the video after the jump.I´ll be back with the transcript. Note: Axelrod arguably had the best line. When Wallace said he was smiling because of the internal GOP rift

Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/11/2013 11:19:55 AM     Post Reply
Nothing is more important in agriculture than place. What is successful on one kind of soil in one kind of climate won’t necessarily work in another place with a different soil or different weather patterns. Farmers have always gained the knowledge necessary to understand a place through hard-won and rarely transferable experience. What farmer Brown knows about his land might travel down the road a few miles, but it is less applicable on a similar farm in a different part of the country. This idea of place is what drives the local food movement. Wineries brag about the perfection of

Boehner Unloads At Conservative
Groups That Oppose The Budget Deal:
´This Is Ridiculous!´
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/11/2013 11:16:54 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans

China state media under fire
for arguing the benefits of smog
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/11/2013 10:50:42 AM     Post Reply
Commentaries by two of China´s most influential news outlets suggesting that the country´s air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media.In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party´s official People´s Daily, both tried to put a positive spin on China´s smog problem.The Global Times said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while CCTV listed five "unforeseen rewards" for smog, including helping Chinese people´s sense

  


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Brooklyn declared ‘lesbian
capital’ by boro president
New York Post, by Leonard Greene    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 10:45:33 AM     Post Reply
He’s running out of superlatives, but Borough President Marty Markowitz managed to come up with one more Tuesday: Brooklyn is the “lesbian capital” of the Northeast. The borough’s bubbly chief cheerleader gave the unusual shout-out during a radio interview on WNYC. “We remain the lesbian capital of New York City and the Northeast,” Markowitz proclaimed. “In other words, we have a much larger lesbian population in Brooklyn. New York City is fortunate to have a large LBGT community, but in Brooklyn in particular, the lesbian community, there’s no question it’s the capital of the Northeast. “They’ve made unbelievable contributions to the quality of life

Pope Francis beats out Edward
Snowden and twerking Miley Cyrus
to be named Time´s 2013 Person of the Year
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 10:43:46 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by Time magazine - edging out NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden into second place. Pope Francis, 76, who was elected in March to lead the world´s 1.2 billion Catholics, was announced as the winner this morning by Time magazine editor Nancy Gibbs on the Today show - no doubt bringing a sigh of relief to those who feared that singer Miley Cyrus of twerking infamy could be propelled to first place by a swell of internet votes. The other five final contenders in the running for the prestigious honor

Behind-the-scenes photos reveal
George W. Bush proudly showing
off his artwork and dining with
the Obamas on Air Force One
during journey to South Africa
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 10:36:13 AM     Post Reply
A series of intimate behind-the-scenes photos aboard Air Force One have revealed the moment George W. Bush proudly showed off his artwork to Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama - and they look impressed. Other images reveal him sharing a joke with the president and casually chatting ahead of dinner as they flew to South Africa for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service. The luxury aircraft hosted a political reunion on Monday, as the two Presidents and three first ladies - Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton - were on board. The Obamas retired to the President´s office and regular cabin at

First lady swaps seats with Obama
after he takes selfies with Danish
PM during Mandela ceremony
United Press International, by Evan Bleier    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 10:04:11 AM     Post Reply
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013

Indian Court Reinstates Law
Banning Gay Sex
Wall Street Journal, by Preetika Rana    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/11/2013 9:56:19 AM     Post Reply
NEW DELHI — India´s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court´s ruling that decriminalized gay sex, a move condemned by gay rights activists as a big step backward in their struggle for acceptance in this largely conservative country. In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled that a 19th-century provision in the country´s penal code that prohibited people from engaging in "carnal acts against the order of nature" should not apply to consenting adults, including same-sex couples.The Supreme Court rejected that decision Wednesday, saying the old law was still constitutionally valid and could only be changed or erased through Parliament, not

  



U.S. Halts Aid Delivery To Syria’s
North Following Islamist Gains
BuzzFeed, by Mike Giglio    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 9:51:26 AM     Post Reply
ISTANBUL, Turkey — The United States has suspended delivery of non-lethal aid into northern Syria due to concerns over gains by Islamist rebels there, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The suspension halts direct U.S. assistance to Syria’s rebel-held north, long an opposition stronghold and the focal point of U.S. efforts to support the country’s moderate opposition. The affected aid includes supplies such as food and medicine, as well as vehicles and communications equipment. (Snip)The suspension comes in response to a worrisome development for the Free Syrian Army, or FSA, the moderate rebel coalition backed by the U.S. and its western

Santa Claus Should Not
Be a White Man Anymore
Slate, by Aisha Harris    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 9:47:03 AM     Post Reply
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what

A long flght back
home for Barack
American Thinker, by Rosslyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/11/2013 9:28:25 AM     Post Reply
Check out the pictures below. Did an irate Michelle make misbehaving Barry switch seats at Mandela´s funeral?

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If you fix it, they will come: Customers
trickle to revamped Obamacare sites
Washington Times, by Thomas Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/11/2013 9:25:56 AM     Post Reply
Nearly 365,000 people selected a private health plan on state Obamacare markets through the end of November — a sign that people are flocking to the patched-up federal website, HealthCare.gov — although the new pace falls short of long-range projections for an inaugural sign-up period that ends in March. The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced a total of 364,682 enrollees in private health plans from all states in Oct. 1-Nov. 30. The release came shortly before agency Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was slated to testify before Congress about the state of the health care law’s implementation. The new report

Police: Archbishop Desmond Tutu´s
home robbed same day he attended
memorial for Nelson Mandela
Associated Press, by Ray Faure    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/11/2013 9:10:05 AM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG — Police in South Africa say retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu´s home was robbed while he was away to attend a memorial honoring Nelson Mandela. A statement Wednesday from the South African Police Service said the robbery of Tutu´s home in Cape Town happened between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday. That was the day the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and foe of apartheid spoke at the memorial service at a soccer stadium in Soweto township of Johannesburg. Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and musician Bono wave to mourners during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela

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