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Juking the ObamaCare Stats
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 8:04:23 PM     Post Reply
Most of Washington seems to have bought the White House claim that the 36 federal exchanges are finally working, and glory, glory, hallelujah. But if that´s really true, then what explains the ongoing secrecy and evasion? On Wednesday the Health and Human Services Department continued its Victorian-era strip tease and allowed a glimpse into the Affordable Care Act´s "enrollment" for November. Out of respect for a free press, reporters ought to boycott these releases because they´re so selective that they reveal little about real enrollment. But we´ll try to parse the data as best we can without the White House high

Sexiest Man Alive Embraces
Obamacare to Boost Enrollment
Bloomberg News, by Mike Dorning    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 7:55:14 PM     Post Reply
The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow. With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Reprising a tactic President Barack Obama successfully employed in his 2012 re-election, organizers

´Urgent situation´ on International Space Station
as cooling system fails with six astronauts aboard
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 7:31:05 PM     Post Reply
NASA ground control is scrambling to fix an ´urgent situation´ on the International Space Station after a cooling system failed with six astronauts aboard. NASA reported the problem about 5.45pm EST after the integral system stopped working. Initial reports indicate the crew of the $150billion space lab are safe. However, an emergency space walk may be necessary to repair the coolant leak, NBC News reports. Two Americans are among the six crew members. They are Rick Mastraccio, a 53-year-old mission specialist with a background in engineering, and Mike Hopkins, a 44-year-old U.S. Air Force Colonel. Also aboard are Russians Mikhail Tyurin, Oleg Kotov and



Budget Fight Masks the Real Threat
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 7:26:29 PM     Post Reply
Federal Spending: The hue and cry over the two-year budget deal masks the real threat facing the country — the vast and potentially permanent expansion of government by President Obama during his first five years in office. Michael Needham, who heads Heritage Action for America, called the budget deal put together by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a "step backward." He´s right. The plan relies on some of the worst budget gimmicks around. It boosts spending in the next two years by $63 billion, for example, while spreading the promised $85 billion in cuts over 10 years. But it is,

Colin Powell, Once GOP
Dream President, Is Socialist
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 7:22:10 PM     Post Reply
Revelation: Colin Powell, George W. Bush´s secretary of state, has confirmed the suspicion that derailed his plan to run for president: He´s not just a liberal, but a socialist. It´s been a long time ago now, but Powell was once the dream Republican presidential candidate for a lot of pundits, campaign experts and ordinary Americans who appreciated his outstanding military service and pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps success story. Now we find that Powell is with the extreme left of the Democratic Party on health care, supporting European-style single-payer socialized medicine. "I don´t see why we can´t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what

Obama´s Handshake With
Castro A Deal With The Devil
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 7:17:14 PM     Post Reply
Diplomacy: President Obama extended a hearty handshake to Cuba´s iron-fisted dictator Raul Castro just as the latter was beating up dissidents back home on the eve of Human Rights Day. No good will come of this. After six months of secret talks through Cuban emissaries — secrets kept from the American people, not Cuba´s dictatorship — the time seemed right for a flailing U.S. president and a dictator on the skids to shake hands and make nice at Nelson Mandela´s funeral in South Africa. For some shallow observers, it was all about Mandela´s legacy of everyone getting along. But it´s bad for the

Hollywood Reporter´s Women
Breakfast: Oprah Winfrey, Maria
Shriver, Sherry Lansing Bring
Star-Packed Room to Tears
Hollywood Reporter, by Rebecca Ford    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:52:26 PM     Post Reply
The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor the Power 100 and present Oprah Winfrey with a leadership award named for former Paramount and 20th Century Fox exec Sherry Lansing. Lansing took the stage at the packed event, sponsored by Lifetime, Gucci, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Roberto Coin, Guggenheim, City National Bank, the Gersh Agency, Loyola Marymount University and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, to speak about Winfrey, whom she called one of her personal idols. "You conduct your life in



76-Year Old Burglary Victim Thwarts Theft
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/11/2013 6:23:47 PM     Post Reply
On December 10th, 76-year old Leon Winder found a burglar hiding in his closet. He opened fire and later told reporters, "I was firing on him and he couldn´t say nothing." According to WVEC of Norfolk, Virginia, Winder called 911 after hearing strange noises in his home. When Winder went into a barbershop attached to his house he found a coat on the floor. As he bent down to pick it up, he saw 37-year old John Buck Fields hiding in the closet and shot at him twice. Said Winder, "He didn´t say nothing. I was firing on him and he couldn't say nothing." The wounded burglar fled the house and was later captured by police.

Stanley Fischer Reportedly Tapped
To Be Next Fed Vice Chairman
Forbes, by Samantha Sharf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:19:50 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama reportedly plans to nominate Stanley Fischer to be the next vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. The former Bank of Israel Chief would take over for Janet Yellen when she leaves the post to become Fed chairwoman. Fischer, a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Israel, served as the head of Israel’s central bank for eight-years before stepping down on June 30 of this year. Later this summer, the economist sung the Fed’s praises on the Charlie Rose Show. “The United States managed — although it is hard for Americans to believe — managed the crisis better than

Republican establishment bites back
Yahoo News, by Chris Moody    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:13:32 PM     Post Reply
Walking out of a private conference room beneath the Capitol Building on Tuesday, Republican House members looked tired. Not the typical "I-had-a-bad-night’s-sleep" tired but something deeper — a look of battle exhaustion. Unlike past meetings in the same place during periods of fever-pitched warfare with Democrats, it appeared — for the first time in a long time — the fire in their bellies that drove them to shut down the government and risk federal default, was, for now, no longer evident. These Republicans had just been briefed on a new, bipartisan budget blueprint that would establish long-term federal government spending

Prosecutor: no domestic
charges against Zimmerman
Associated Press, by Curt Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:10:25 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI- George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday. Samantha Scheibe´s decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence would have made the case difficult to prove, State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement. "There is no reasonable likelihood of a successful prosecution," Archer said. Zimmerman, 30, had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following a Nov. 18 confrontation at the central Florida house he shared with



Shimkus on Sebelius: ‘It’s Like
Talking to the Republic of Korea’
Cybercast News Service., by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:05:36 PM     Post Reply
In a contentious exchange with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over her repeated claims that mandated health services do not raise costs for consumers in the form of higher insurance premiums, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) waved his hand in apparent surrender and said to her, “It’s like talking to the Republic of Korea or something.” Shimkus apparently was referring to North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where the Communist rulers there spout pro-government propaganda that is then glowingly reported by state-run media.(Video)

Rachel Maddow to Write Monthly
Column for the Washington Post
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:00:51 PM     Post Reply
"The journalistic bond between The Post and MSNBC just grew a bit stronger, as the paper’s opinion section announced that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be writing a monthly column." So began Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple´s announcement Wednesday concerning the addition of the perilously liberal Maddow to the Post opinion page.Honestly, if you were the Post, would you want your relationship with the so-called "news network" considered by most to be the biggest farce in journalism to grow stronger? After the high profile dismissal of Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, is this really the time to be adding

The story behind "that selfie"
Agence France Presse, by Roberto Schmidt    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:57:31 PM     Post Reply
So here’s the photo, my photo, which quickly lit up the world’s social networks and news websites. The “selfie” of three world leaders who, during South Africa’s farewell to Nelson Mandela, were messing about like kids instead of behaving with the mournful gravitas one might expect. In general on this blog, photojournalists tell the story behind a picture they’ve taken. I’ve done this for images from Pakistan, and India, where I am based. And here I am again, but this time the picture comes from a stadium in Soweto, and shows people taking a photo of themselves. I guess it’s a

Guy Who Took Photo of Obama
Selfie Tells Internet to Get a Life
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:55:56 PM     Post Reply
Roberto Schmidt, a German-Colombian photojournalist based in India, saw a moment worth capturing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Soweto, South Africa on Tuesday, and capture it he did: the ‘selfie’ taken by President Barack Obama along with two other world leaders and next to a p1$$3d-off seeming Michelle Obama, immediately went viral. Mediaite sure covered it, as did most internet publications, and by early afternoon it was gristle for cable news commentators on both the left and the right—much to Schmidt’s dismay. “It’s a sign of our times that somehow this image seemed to get more attention than the event



More Hidden Taxes Funding ObamaCare
MY9NJ.com, by Ronica Cleary    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:46:59 PM     Post Reply
Oakridge, New Jersey - There have been many taxes put in place to help fund Obamacare that are rarely discussed in the media. Michael Studnick, a certified public accountant with Studnick & Associates in Oakridge, New Jersey explained some of the new taxes placed on earned and unearned income. The new earned income tax to help fund Obamacare is 0.9%. "Earned income is compensation from participation in a business, including wages, salary, tips, commissions and bonuses," Studnick explained. This tax will be placed on any income earned over $250K for those who are married and filing jointly. The new unearned income tax is more

White House: Iranian Ballistic
Missile Test Not a Deal Killer
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:44:58 PM     Post Reply
The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Iran’s most controversial nuclear work. The White House clarified its stance just days before Iran is scheduled to launch another ballistic missile some 75 miles into the atmosphere. The statement contradicts recent remarks indicating that such a test would in fact violate and nullify the weeks-old agreement, which provides Iran with some $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for a partial six-month freeze of its uranium enrichment program. A White House National Security

Experts snap at memorial selfies
Politico, by Lucy McCalmont    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:40:14 PM     Post Reply
Nothing good can come of bringing an iPhone to a memorial service. That’s the consensus of etiquette experts who said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was no time for a picture-perfect moment, but differed over whether it amounted to a serious protocol violation. “I don’t think this was the best time and place, but I also don’t think it was a horrible error in judgment,” Lizzie Post, co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, told Politico. During Tuesday’s service in Johannesburg, a wire service photo of Obama posing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister

Hack Podesta Hired
to Shred Constitution
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:32:01 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: John Podesta again has been brought in by Obama to fix this mess, the mess being Obama´s plummeting approval numbers. Now, there is nothing that Podesta can do to repair the damage that´s been done in terms of Obama´s honesty, the perception of his trustworthiness, there´s nothing he can do. So what do liberals do in this case? Now, there´s a truism, folks, gosh, I wish everybody understood this. Liberalism is, no matter what you think, still the minority viewpoint in this country. Among informed people, it is the minority viewpoint. There are a lot of people that vote Democrat and support liberals that have no idea

RSC fires executive director
Politico, by Jake Sherman*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:31:09 PM     Post Reply
The conservative Republican Study Committee, the bastion of right-wing strategy on Capitol Hill, has fired its longtime executive director Paul Teller, accusing him of leaking conversations with lawmakers. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chairman of the RSC, asked for his resignation, according to a senior Republican aide. Scalise announced the move at a Wednesday RSC meeting on Capitol Hill, a lawmaker present told Politico. “Paul was divulging private, member level conversations and actively working against strategies developed by RSC members,” said the senior GOP aide familiar with the group.


The Match.com Theory
of GOP Marketing
National Review Online, by Fred Schwarz    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:29:13 PM     Post Reply
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how Republicans need to improve their appeal to women, especially unmarried ones. Commentators offer various advice; a longtime Republican strategist says “GOP congressional leaders should unveil a comprehensive women’s agenda” and “legislation that has a positive [message] that will help female voters in an attempt to soften their image.” The RNC’s much-hyped Growth and Opportunity Project cautions that: Republicans need to talk about people and families, not just numbers and statistics. . . . Women need to hear what our motive is . . . Those are things that cannot be

"Why is Our Government
Doing This to Us?"
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:22:27 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I´m looking at the latest Obama polling data. Folks, there´s a crack in the dike, and I don´t think there´s anything to fix it. A hole in the dike, a crack in the dike, or something. It is bad. And I don´t think that there´s anything they can do about it. They brought in John Podesta, they brought him in from his think tank that George Soros buys, Clinton´s former chief of staff, and all Podesta is is a hack. Podesta is a tactician, and he comes up with strategies and tactics to hopefully destroy conservatives and Republicans. That's not gonna save Obama. The conservatives and Republicans don't have anything to do with this.

GOP Suffers Shutdown Shell Shock
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:08:36 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I had a number of e-mails from people who thought that I dropped the ball yesterday because I didn´t mention the upcoming budget deal. People thought... The Stick-to-the-Issues Crowd thought that I had dropped the ball. I was spending too much time on jocularity and frivolous, fun things, when the Republicans were about to give away the bank in budget negotiations with Patty Murray and the Democrats. I didn´t drop the ball; I just didn´t discuss it for a very simple reason: There´s nothing I could have done. There´s nothing I could have said on the radio yesterday. There's no interview I could've conducted that was going to

The Biggest Selfie
Boo-Boo Since Weiner
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:00:37 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Are you aware of the controversy over that selfie Obama took of himself and the prime minister of Denmark and David Cameron? And there´s more than one photo. I mean, this guy, folks, we gotta be up front here. There is no question Obama was enjoying whatever was going on between the two of them. He took a selfie in the middle of the ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and in all of the pictures Michelle is not looking pleased, not involved, not engaged, not looking happy. In fact, in the series of photos that have been taken, Obama gets up to leave to go make his speech, and when he comes back, Michelle has taken his seat

Book on ´submissive wives´
becomes hit in Spain
Telegraph [UK], by Fiona Govan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/11/2013 4:46:16 PM     Post Reply
A book advising newly-wed women on how to be "submissive" has become a publishing phenomenon in Spain while outraging feminists who have called for it to be banned. The polemic book by married Italian author Costanza Miriano titled ´Cásate y sé sumisa – Get Married and Be Submissive – was published by the Catholic Arbishopric of the southern city of Granada in November and soared up the bestseller list. The book, which was a bestseller in Italy, preaches a message of "loyal obedience, generosity and submission" on the part of the new wife and offers nuggets of advice for the newly-wed on how to please one's husband.

Mumia supporters liken his
imprisonment to Mandela´s
Philadelphia Weekly, (PA), by Randy LoBasso    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 4:37:07 PM     Post Reply
Temple student Walter Smolarek remembers feeling energized when he heard Mumia Abu-Jamal’s voice directed at him. “People, especially young people, can and must build movements that can force politicians to address issues of social justice,” Abu-Jamal, a radical who was convicted of the 1982 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, said in a taped recording played at the Asian Arts Initiative on Saturday. (Snip) Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad, 29, agrees—and believes Abu-Jamal may be this generation’s Nelson Mandela. “Mumia is doing more in jail than most people are doing out in the world,” she says. “He’s still writing,

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