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Burial at last for recovered remains
of Vietnam War pilot
Columbus Dispatch [OH], by Jessica Wehrman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 7:56:23 AM     Post Reply
ARLINGTON, Va. — On a chilly airport tarmac in Washington, D.C., the four daughters of Air Force Col. Francis Jay McGouldrick Jr. stood hand in hand yesterday, waiting for their father to come home. He’d been gone since Dec. 13, 1968, when he disappeared after a midair collision with another aircraft over Laos’ Savannakhet province. His girls were ages 4 to 13 at the time. Since then, they’ve waited in a strange sort of purgatory, never certain that he was gone. Delta Flight 938 from Atlanta touched down at 10:50 a.m. and slowly rolled up to Gate 19. The girls,

Gun-Control Dishonesty
National Review, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/13/2013 7:31:13 AM     Post Reply
Earlier in the year, as the gun-control movement tried clumsily to transform an abomination into a cudgel, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker distilled its problem into a single sentence. “Nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Parker contended plainly, “and everybody knows it.” This was abundantly clear at the time, and it is even more so in retrospect. And yet I must nitpick ever so slightly with Parker’s excellent contention, for it is missing the crucial word “almost.” Almost everybody knows it. The public seems to know it. Legislators

Pelosi on budget deal: ‘Embrace the suck’
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/13/2013 7:11:50 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it



Culture of Corruption: The
Dems´ Dangerous DHS Pick
Creators Syndicate, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/13/2013 6:52:00 AM     Post Reply
The "S" in President Obama´s DHS doesn´t stand for "security." It stands for "sleaze." In the wake of Dirty Harry Reid´s sabotage of the filibuster, Democrats have rammed through the Senate nomination of a shady Chicago crony associated with dangerous Clinton corruption and at least two visas-for-sale schemes. The White House wants Alejandro Mayorkas to helm the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security. It speaks volumes about this ethics-challenged administration that the most qualified person it could find for this important post is a government DHS hack currently under investigation by other DHS hacks. More on that in

Cyber weapons: this century´s nukes?
Telegraph [UK], by Jamie Bartlett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 6:39:43 AM     Post Reply
In June 2013 the doors of cell block A suddenly swung open in the Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Centre in Miami, Florida. And block B. In fact, every cell door in the prison. The reason? A computer malfunction. The prison had recently linked its security locks to the internet. More and more things are going online, most worryingly our "critical national infrastructure"--a technical term for what essentially means "if it breaks we’re all f–––––"--water systems, power grids, telecommunications, banking services. Connectivity makes them vulnerable to disruption too: from hackers, from serious criminals who are increasingly inching online, from hostile foreign

Fracking boom frees the
US from old oil alliances
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 6:26:06 AM     Post Reply
Fatih Birol is one of those people who run the world without the man in the street ever having heard of them. From a discreet office in Paris, he keeps an ever-sensitive finger on the world´s pulse. [Snip] In 2007, he was among the first to spot that China´s emissions of greenhouse gases were about to overtake America´s--a key factor in world talks on climate change. Last year, he made another striking prediction: he forecast the eclipse of an unchallenged energy giant. Saudi Arabia would shortly be overtaken as the world´s biggest producer of crude oil by its most important

Bus drivers and bank staff
to look for dementia
Telegraph [UK], by Georgia Graham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 6:17:22 AM     Post Reply
Tens of thousands of pharmacists, bus drivers and bank staff are being trained to recognise the signs of dementia as part of a “front-line force” against the disease. [Snip] Jeremy Hunt, the Heath Secretary, said “every section of society” must “step up” to help tackle the illness, which affects 800,000 people in the country. “Britain’s biggest companies will build up a front-line force of thousands of people able to spot the signs of dementia and understand the needs of sufferers, helping people with the disease to live a normal life for longer,” Mr Hunt told The Daily Telegraph.



A Lack of Selfie-Awareness
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/13/2013 6:13:04 AM     Post Reply
Obama, you rascal! Who knew? And he recruited his catch with no help from any state trooper, even with Bill Clinton nearby. And to think he did it all right in front of the missus. Certainly a cowering Bill never tried anything funny if Madam Hillary was in the vicinity. The rest of it was rather predictable. From David Maraniss’s biography we knew that pre-Michelle the Lothario liked his girlfriends to be composites. One look at the dirty flirty Danish PM and you have the spitting image mix of Cameron Diaz and Laura Linney. Mrs. O won’t forgive us this, but

Obama’s not finished —
but Democrats may regret it
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 5:08:54 AM     Post Reply
When supporters of Barack Obama feel compelled to write articles hotly declaring that the president isn’t finished, as many have this week, you know one thing: The idea that he might be finished is very much on their minds. In one sense, the argument is entirely unnecessary. Of course Obama isn’t finished. He’s the president, for God’s sake. Even if his troubles persist and deepen, he still bestrides the narrow world like a Colossus. After all, George W. Bush was “finished” once Republicans lost control of the House and Senate in 2006, yet he managed to turn the Iraq War around with

Looking Back: 19 of the
Most Iconic Photos of 2013
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 5:01:49 AM     Post Reply
As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look at a few of the year’s most powerful photos… #1 – Senator Ted Cruz’s daughters watch with delight as he speaks out against Obamacare for 21 hours straight. He pauses to read them Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” just before their bedtime.(Snip for photo)#2 – Former President George W. Bush uses Instagram to show off his granddaughter, Mila, on Grandparents Day.(Snip for photo)#3 – Astronaut Karen Nyberg gets up close and personal with the International Space Station.

Beneath Yellowstone, a volcano
that could wipe out U.S.
News.com.au, by James Seidel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:53:02 AM     Post Reply
It’s the awe-inspiring pride of the United States – and it harbors a deadly power that could kill us all. Yellowstone National Park is pristine wilderness, full of scenic landscape and iconic hot-pools and geysers that attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. But it’s what lies beneath that has scientists scurrying. We’ve long known that Yellowstone is merely the skin on top of a supervolcano – a giant pool of magma sitting just under the Earth’s surface. Exactly how giant has been the subject of much speculation. Until now. A team from the University of Utah have told the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting



Wife of Pastor Imprisoned in
Iran Says U.S. Government
Abandoned Her Husband
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:46:22 AM     Post Reply
The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, a religious prisoner in Iran, said the U.S. government has abandoned her husband during a congressional hearing on Thursday. Naghmeh Abedini told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that she was dismayed after learning that her husband’s imprisonment was not raised during the recent nuclear negotiations between Iran, the United States, and other world powers. Saeed Abedini was detained last year for starting Christian house churches in Iran and was later sentenced to eight years in prison for “undermining the national security of Iran.”

Obamacare Disinformation Runs Deep
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:43:30 AM     Post Reply
‘Obamacare was sold on a trinity of lies.” That ornate phrase, more suitable for the Book of Revelations or perhaps the next installment of Game of Thrones, comes from my National Review colleague Rich Lowry. But I like it. Most people know the first deception in the triumvirate of deceit: “If you like your health insurance you can keep it, period.” The second leg in the tripod of deception was “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But the third plank in the triad of disinformation hasn’t gotten much attention: Obamacare will save you, me, and the country a

National Health SHAMBLES: Three
damning reports describe mothers
abandoned during labour, serious
hospital blunders every day and*
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 4:38:46 AM     Post Reply
Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor. The reports come only a day after the NHS watchdog detailed a catalogue

The Left´s Reality Problem
Politico Magazine, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:38:19 AM     Post Reply
The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. Bush years deriding the right for disdaining reality itself and waging an associated “war on science,” such was its purported hostility to evidence. The meme arose from a high-handed blind quote from a Bush senior adviser to journalist Ron Suskind; the adviser said that people in the “reality-based community” underestimated how the United States could alter the state of things through the exercise of its power. The left happily adopted the appellation “reality-based community.” (You can still find T-shirts and bumper stickers online.) It congratulated



Where Obamacare enrollment
stands in each state
Reuters, by Shane Ferro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:34:02 AM     Post Reply
As enrollment starts to increase, the government has started using manual work-arounds for the various software errors that plague HealthCare.gov. About 365,000 people have signed up for private insurance in the last two months, and 5 million visited the site in the first week of December, according to Reuters.(Snip for graph)Here’s more on what’s still missing from the site: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described the manual procedure as a temporary measure for software applications that have not yet been built, tested and incorporated into the massive system behind the HealthCare.gov website. Still missing are an automated system for verifying

The Black Death is back
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:26:55 AM     Post Reply
T he Black Death is back. One of the most devastating pandemics in human history, the Black Death — also known as the plague — killed more than 25 million people in Europe, Asia, and North Africa at its peak between 1348 and 1350. And it has re-emerged in Madagascar. Last year, 60 people died there from the bubonic plague — the highest death toll in the world. And last week, 20 people from a single remote village died from it. Madagascar’s Pasteur Institute, which confirmed that the deaths had occurred due to plague, is worried that the plague may now spread to towns

The good guys have lost in Syria –
only the bad guys are left fighting
Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 4:25:56 AM     Post Reply
For Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels, 2013 has been a year of disillusionment and crushed hopes: hopes that the US would follow through on promises of arms in the spring; hopes that US, French, and British missiles would shatter Assad’s military forces in the summer; and hopes that they could survive in between Assad’s murderous forces on one side, and Islamist and jihadist rivals on the other. Syria’s moderate rebels are collapsing. Western policy, including hope for next year’s peace talks, is crumbling with them. This week, the US and Britain suspended non-lethal aid--such as communications equipment and trucks

Mr. Ryan’s Dilemma
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:23:33 AM     Post Reply
Excuse me, but I’m a little confused. Just why are “movement” conservatives and libertarians so angry with Paul Ryan about the budget deal he made with Patty Murray? Now, of course, I understand why some politicians are angry, or pretending to be. They’re Ryan’s competition for POTUS in 2016, assuming the Wisconsin congressman wants to run. They’re positioning themselves for a campaign. But the rest of us? Let’s stipulate this: No conservative or libertarian is going to get what he or she wants on government spending — or even anything remotely close to it — without winning the Senate in 2014 and

Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to
Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws. "President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive


White House press corps tees
off on Jay Carney over access
Politico, by Jose Delreal    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:17:13 AM     Post Reply
A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama. Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns, noting that the administration has been meeting with the White House Correspondents’ Association. He did not, however, give further details about what steps are being taken to expand access. “I can commit to you that we are working and have been working on expanding access where we can,” Carney said. “Let me be clear, that is the view from the very top.” The issue of access has long been

Congratulations, Barack Obama, on
winning PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”!
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:11:55 AM     Post Reply
As my pal Nathan said, this might be the first award he’s gotten that he truly deserved. But give him time. A few more years of dithering until Iran has a nuclear weapon and he might earn that Nobel Peace Prize after all. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law. But the promise was impossible to keep. So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.Boiling down the complicated health

A Splash Or A Wave? A First Look
At The 2014 U.S. Senate Races
The Federalist, by Brandon Finnigan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:08:26 AM     Post Reply
The GOP has been struggling to recapture the Senate majority for nearly a decade. Now, the sixth year itch, a plethora of vulnerable red-state Democrats, and Obamacare’s unpopularity appear to be forming a perfect storm – if the Republicans want it. Six years ago, the Democrats were riding high: after winning the Senate back two years prior amidst scandals and the Iraq War, they improved their gains greatly, coming within a seat of a supermajority (which then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter happily granted just a few months later). This was accomplished with a mix of reasonably close overthrows of sitting Republicans (Sununu,

For Mustang Million Competitors,
Turning Wild Horses Into Gentle
Beasts Means Big Money
ABC News, by JuJu Chang, Michael Cappetta*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:05:29 AM     Post Reply
A wild mustang trainer from Texas, a former champion in one of the most competitive horse events in the country, faced a new challenge this year. He had to train his daughter on how to tame and prepare a wild horse for Texas´ Mustang Million competition in just 120 days, all for a chance at winning hundreds of thousands of dollars to help their family. The Mustang Million is annual event that awards $1 million in total prize money to trainers who can prove they are the best at breaking wild mustangs into trusting partners. Trainers from across the United States flock

House GOP Conservatives
Help Propel Budget Bill
Associated Press, by Andrew Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:01:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama´s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative organizations that sometimes raise money by stoking conflict within the Republican Party. At the same time, Democrats who were

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