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Report: Top Secret Drone
Under Development
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/12/2013 1:39:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A secret surveillance drone is under development by Northrop Grumman, reports Aviation Week. The unmanned aircraft is still classified and is being tested at the notorious Area 51 in the Nevada desert. There’s been no official word from either the Pentagon or Northrup, but Aviation Week says the drone is called the RQ-180 and will go into service in the Air Force in 2015. The drone is equipped with stealth technology, advance radar, radio-frequency sensors and cameras, says the trad

Palestinians draw parallels with
Mandela´s anti-apartheid struggle
Guardian, (UK), by Harriet Sherwood    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 12:50:14 PM     Post Reply
The death of Nelson Mandela has given fresh impetus to Palestinian efforts to portray the Israeli occupation as a form of apartheid that should be confronted with a similar international campaign that took on South Africa´s white regime. Mandela´s message of solidarity from a 1997 speech in which he said "our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians", has been repeatedly invoked across Palestine in the past week. Demonstrators carried posters of Mandela who also strongly criticised Israel´s close ties to the apartheid government, at regular weekly protests against Jewish settlements and the vast concrete and steel separation barrier in

It’s Time For Republicans
To Think Strategically
Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 12:42:47 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., revealed their budget plan to the world. I would say it was immediately met with complaints, but those complaints started before it was introduced. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. But are there other plans? No. Outside groups called for opposing it before they’d read it, Members of Congress said they’d vote against it before they knew what was in it. I’d like to take these people with me to buy lottery tickets since they seem to have some form of clairvoyance. I get the anger of conservatives, I’m right

  


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Iowa voting crackdown
finally yields arrests
Quad-City Times, (IA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 12:42:42 PM     Post Reply
Iowa’s highly touted crackdown on improper voting finally has resulted in some arrests that appear to justify Secretary of State Matt Schultz’ concerns. (snip)On Sept. 26, Tehvedin Murgic of Dallas County pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of voter misconduct in the 2010 election. He was fined $1,325. Schultz’ investigators busted Nickie Dean Perkins for failing to disclose his felony convictions when he registered to vote in 2012. Another investigation centers on Linn County voter alleged to have submitted an absentee ballot in another’s name. That investigation is pending. After reporting on several elections decided by one vote, we can commend Schultz

American Airlines buys 90
jets from Embraer, Bombardier
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 12:33:03 PM     Post Reply
Washington- American Airlines kicked off its freshly minted status as the world´s largest carrier Thursday with an aggressive order for $3.9 billion worth of regional jets from Brazil´s Embraer and Canada´s Bombardier. Three days after completing its merger with US Airways, the new American said it had inked deals to buy 30 CJR900 NextGen aircraft from Bombardier, and 60 Embraer E175s. Bombardier said its deal was worth $1.42 billion, while Embraer put a $2.5 billion value on its order. American also has options to buy an additional 40 CJR900s and 90 E175s. American said the 76-seat regional jets ordered will

Issa Accuses Sebelius, Health Department
Of ‘Criminal Obstruction’
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/12/2013 12:27:32 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is being accused by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., of “criminal obstruction.” Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated in a letter to Sebelius that the Health and Human Services Department instructed Creative Computing Solutions – a contractor that worked on HealthCare.gov — not to comply with the committee’s investigation. “The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of ObamaCare is well known,” the letter obtained by CBS News says. “The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional

NBC plans encore airing of
´The Sound of Music Live´
Los Angeles Times, by Patrick Kevin Day    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 12/12/2013 12:22:13 PM     Post Reply
Good news for Julie Andrews! The star of the 1965 film version of "The Sound of Music" told the Associated Press on Monday that she had not seen the live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" starring Carrie Underwood on NBC last week. Now the network has plans to re-air the three-hour production on Saturday at 8 p.m. "The Sound of Music Live" originally aired on Thursday and was a huge success for the network, which took a risk with a live broadcast of a musical that's been around since 1959. The first airing had a total audience of 18.6 million viewers, which outperformed the network's expectations.

  


  

Guillory won’t run for U.S. Senate,
eyes lt. governor
The Advocate (LA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ruready?- 12/12/2013 12:19:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — State Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, said he is most likely going to run for lieutenant governor in 2015, rather than pursue a U.S. Senate bid next year. Guillory, 69, has seen his popularity rise among conservative circles since switching from the Democratic Party earlier this year. The change made him the only black Republican in the Louisiana Legislature. Since then, Guillory has said he would consider running either for the Senate against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., or for the lieutenant governor seat that Lt. Gov. Jay Darden is expected to vacate in his bid to become governor.

Kinnock´s son, gay rumours and
a flirty blonde Prime Minister:
Meet the very unusual Danish leader
who dragged David Cameron and
Barack Obama into that embarrassing
´selfie´ row
Daily Mail (UK), by Paul Bracchi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 12:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Her sexy wardrobe (and racy reputation) have earned her the nickname ‘Gucci Helle’ in her native Denmark. It’s the kind of profile you would normally associate with, say, a footballer’s wife, or a model, not a prime minister. But then Danish leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 46, who dragged Barack Obama and David Cameron into that embarrassing ‘selfie’, is not a typical head of state, not by British standards anyway. How many premiers, for example, when heckled at a public meeting about their wardrobe would have replied bluntly: ‘We can’t all look like s***.’ Or boarded a military plane to wartorn Libya

Maddow´s First Washington Post
Piece: ´How George W. Bush Failed The GOP´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 11:58:47 AM     Post Reply
Boy, that didn´t take long, did it? The Washington Post announced Wednesday that MSNBC´s Rachel Maddow would be writing a column for the paper once a month, and on Thursday, there was her first piece. Any guesses on the topic? Bashing George. W. Bush, of course. What would you expect from this unapologetic liberal shill? Titled "How George W. Bush Failed The GOP" - clever, isn´t she? - the piece rips the former President for not leaving behind members of his administration that have subsequently amounted to anything in the political arena:In the eight years of the George W. Bush

Mob hunts down Muslims
in Central African Republic
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/12/2013 11:57:00 AM     Post Reply
BANGUI, Central African Republic — African peacekeepers fired into the air Thursday in Central African Republic’s chaotic capital, trying to disperse a mob bent on hunting down and killing Muslims taking refuge in a church compound. The unrest in Bangui underscored the rage and uncertainty that remains in the capital of the Central African Republic, despite the arrival of 1,600 French soldiers and patrols by regional African peacekeepers. The two forces are seeking to stabilize this impoverished, now lawless, country after more than 500 people were killed last week in sectarian bloodshed.

  


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Jonah Goldberg: ‘Truly Unfortunate
Souls’ Taking Health Care
Advice from Maroon 5 Singer
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 11:55:53 AM     Post Reply
Following news that Maroon 5 frontman and People-anointed Sexiest Man Alive Adam Levine will be stumping for Healthcare.gov, National Review editor Jonah Goldberg figured there must be a couple of people who will be swooned into health care coverage by the scribe of “Moves Like Jagger.” “It might work at the margins,” Goldberg told Fox News. “I am sure there some truly unfortunate souls out there who think the lead singer from Maroon 5 is the guy to take health care advice from.” Goldberg said the bigger issue for the Obama administration was not getting young people to sign up

Chris Matthews: At Least
the ‘Thrill Up My Leg’ Came
From Obama, Not Palin
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 11:52:11 AM     Post Reply
If there’s one off-the-cuff remark that will follow Chris Matthews for the rest of his career as a pundit, it has to be time time in 2008 when he said, in reference to a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama, “I felt this thrill going up my leg.” It’s the one line for which conservatives love to make fun of him most, and he knows it. During a Wednesday evening debate over divisions within the Republican Party, Matthews chose to voluntarily reference the infamous quote and defend the sentiment behind it. Republican strategist Steve Schmidt was denouncing the current state of

ESPN Rejects Catholic Hospital Ad
Because ´Jesus,´ ´God´ ´Problematic´
Breitbart, by Breitbart Sports    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/12/2013 11:26:51 AM     Post Reply
ESPN has reportedly rejected a Christmas commercial from a St. Louis area Catholic hospital because the network found the mention of "Jesus" in the ad to be "problematic." Bill O´Reilly, the host of Fox News´ O´Reilly Factor, said on Wednesday that an ad from the Cardinal Glennon Children´s Foundation was turned down by ESPN even though it is run on other networks in the area. The commercial mentions that thousands of people in the community send "messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays." "At... Cardinal Glennon Children´s Medical Center, we celebrate

Arizona detective resigns after
discovering she is illegal immigrant
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: konocti95- 12/12/2013 11:26:36 AM     Post Reply
A detective for Arizona´s state police force has resigned following the discovery that she was living in the country illegally after being brought to the U.S. from Mexico by her family at a young age, the agency said Wednesday. The former detective, Carmen Figueroa, apparently was told by her family that she was born in the U.S., though she was actually born in Sinaloa, Mexico, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves.

  


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Obamacare´s opportunity cost
American Thinker, by Rosslyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/12/2013 11:23:41 AM     Post Reply
How much in actual health care could have been paid for with the taxpayer amounts currently being spent on developing websites for people to sign up for health insurance plans they aren´t happy with?. Consider Oregon. According to the most recent numbers from the Kaiser Foundation the average cost of one day of in patient hospital care in Oregon was $2,967. Oregon has 36 hospitals with a total of 5916 beds, $300 million in state and federal funds used for Oregon to build its website. would pay for 101,112 days of hospitalization - enough to fill every hospital bed in Oregon

Payment Due: The Obamacare
Deadline No One Is Talking About
ProPublica, by Charles Ornstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 10:55:00 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this morning that nearly 365,000 Americans had signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare. The vast majority came from 14 states running their own insurance exchanges, while 137,000 came by way of HealthCare.gov, the much-faulted federal Web site that handles enrollment for the remaining states. But amid the rush to enroll as many people as possible by the Dec. 23 deadline, there’s a huge caveat that isn’t getting much public attention: For coverage to take effect on Jan. 1, enrollees must pay their first month’s premium on time. (The deadline varies

Lament of the Plutocrats
Politico, by Ben White and Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/12/2013 10:52:51 AM     Post Reply
On a recent afternoon, executives at Goldman Sachs invited a few hundred major investors to the auditorium of the firm’s gleaming headquarters in lower Manhattan. The bankers and their guests filed into the sleek, futuristic room and turned their eyes to Hillary Clinton. Ordinarily these masters of the universe might have groaned at the idea of a politician taking the microphone. In the contentious years since the crash of 2008, they’ve grown wearily accustomed to being called names—labeled “fat cats" by President Obama and worse by those on the left—and gotten used to being largely shunned by Tea Party Republicans for

Planned Parenthood received nearly $1.5
million a day in government funding
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 10:29:55 AM     Post Reply
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.

A photo that makes me tremble a
little for the future of the Free World
Daily Mail [UK], by Stephen Glover    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 10:28:01 AM     Post Reply
Why did 91 heads of state and 71 so-called eminent persons fly from all the corners of the earth to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday? Most of them will doubtless have wanted to pay their respects to one of the great men of our age. [Snip] There can be jokes and laughter. But there is no room for larking about, especially if you are one of the leaders of the Free World. Larking about may scarcely cover the behaviour of President Barack Obama, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, and our own David Cameron during the memorial service.

  



Megyn Kelly, superstar
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/12/2013 10:15:37 AM     Post Reply
The liberal media starts to take the measure of a media figure they must be afraid of. Make that very, very afraid. Dan Zak of the Washington Post has a long and interesting article on Megyn Kelly, whose new show on Fox News Channel has become a major hit (snip)My gut instinct tells me that a media career, however successful, will not be the end point of Megyn Kelly´s professional achievement. In fact, I faintly recall that once upon a time there was a media figure with incredible charisma, intensity, and likability who decided that the nation needed conservative politics

Obama shook Raúl Castro´s hand
after SIX MONTHS of secret
U.S.-Cuba talks, report claims
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 10:13:22 AM     Post Reply
The handshake seen ´round the water cooler was no fluke, it turns out. When President Barack Obama approached the podium at Nelson Mandela´s memorial service and made a beeline for a row of foreign leaders--stopping first to shake Cuban dictator Raúl Castro´s hand--it came after representatives from the two historically antagonistic nations had already been in talks for six months. ´[B]ehind the scenes,´ two Daily Beast national security reporters wrote on Tuesday, ´U.S. and Cuban officials have held midlevel discussions in Havana and Washington on a range of issues, including direct postal service, migration issues, disaster response, and search and

New York boy, 6, asks Santa
for an Xbox and prosthetic arm
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MattMusson- 12/12/2013 10:07:57 AM     Post Reply
A Long Island boy, 6, who was born without part of his left arm, whispered a wish into Santa Claus’ ear during a recent visit: he would like prosthetic arm so he can finally play an Xbox One, MyFoxNY.com reports. Insurance does not cover a prosthetic limb for Christopher Kiezek because it was determined that medically it is not necessary to his life. But Robert Jackson, a friend of the family, heard about the boy’s secret wish and started fundraising. “I cried,” Jackson told the station, upon hearing the request. He hopes to raise $25,000 by Christmas. Kiezek, who just recently started to take up fishing,

Mandela memorial selfie: If President Obama
acts like this, don’t blame teenagers
Telegraph [UK], by Allison Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 10:05:26 AM     Post Reply
Are you a Fomo sapiens? Judging by his behaviour at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Barack Obama is a member of this new sub-species. So is our own Prime Minister, who should know better. The “Fomo” stands for Fear of Missing Out, a defining characteristic of a generation with itchy thumbs and short attention spans. Fomo sapiens cannot leave its phones, tablets or laptops alone, no matter how inappropriate the occasion. Checking your texts or updating your Facebook status during a funeral, for instance, or taking a happy-snap of yourself with a couple of mates during a memorial service. Those, I

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