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A Christmas gift for atheists --
five reasons why God exists
Fox News, by William Lane Craig    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:27:07 AM     Post Reply
For atheists, Christmas is a religious sham. For if God does not exist, then obviously Jesus’ birth cannot represent the incarnation of God in human history, which Christians celebrate at this time of year. However, most atheists, in my experience, have no good reasons for their disbelief. Rather they’ve learned to simply repeat the slogan, “There’s no good evidence for God’s existence!” In the case of a Christian who has no good reasons for what he believes, this slogan serves as an effective conversation-stopper. But if we have good reasons for our beliefs, then this slogan serves rather as a conversation-starter.

James Bond: License to Swill
ABC News, by Sydney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:22:31 AM     Post Reply
Ever wonder why James Bond prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred? Three U.K. doctors set out to find out whether 007 developed the preference because of an alcohol-induced tremor in his hands, and published their findings in the British Medical Journal´s annual tongue-in-cheek December edition. "Ideally, vodka martinis should be stirred, not shaken," Dr. Patrick Davies, a pediatric intensive care specialist at Nottingham University Hospitals, and his colleagues, wrote in the paper. "That Bond would make such an elementary mistake in his preferences seemed incongruous with his otherwise impeccable mastery of culinary etiquette." So they spent seven months reading all

Now Top US Diplomat,
Kerry Returns to Vietnam
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:18:32 AM     Post Reply
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- Forty-four years after first setting foot in Vietnam as a young naval officer, John Kerry has returned once more, this time as America´s top diplomat. Making his 14th trip to the southeast Asian nation since the end of the war that profoundly influenced his political career and foreign policy thinking, Kerry arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. Kerry wants to bolster the remarkable rapprochement with the former U.S. enemy that he encouraged and helped engineer as a senator in the 1990s. The Vietnam war ended in 1975 and led to a U.S.

  


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Secret Service Must
Rely on Locals Abroad
Associated Press, by Alicia Caldwell & Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:15:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In the hours before President Barack Obama arrived at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House staff was in the dark on key details. Where would the president and Michelle Obama sit? When was Obama supposed to speak? Who else would be on stage when he did? The result was an array of confusion and security risks that typically would not be tolerated by the Secret Service in the United States, underscoring how the agency is often at the mercy of foreign governments to make arrangements when the president travels overseas. While there were metal detectors

Bill de Blasio Walks Away From White House
Meeting With Sweeping National Hopes
New York Observer, by Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 12/14/2013 1:12:12 AM     Post Reply
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which included 15 other newly-elected mayors, Mr. de Blasio said it was clear to him that the fight against inequality–which formed the centerpiece of his campaign–was gaining steam far beyond the five boroughs. “You can’t have a room full of mayors–literally every corner of the country–all spontaneously saying to the president of the United States the same exact things from their own experience: Something’s going on here …

Budget deal in Congress
raises White House hopes
on other priorities
Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/13/2013 11:43:05 PM     Post Reply
A round of successful deal-making on Capitol Hill has altered the political dynamic in Washington, raising hopes within the Obama administration that stalled second-term priorities such as immigration might still have a chance at success. The key movement has come in the House, where members of both parties overwhelmingly approved a two-year budget deal and where Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) declared war on the tea party groups that have bedeviled him. The developments heighten the possibility of progress on issues such as immigration, which has been at the top of President Obama’s agenda since he won more than 70

U.S. Senators introduce bill to
eliminate corn ethanol mandate
Reuters, by TIMOTHY GARDNER    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 12/13/2013 11:42:16 PM     Post Reply
A group of 10 U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, arguing that current law raises the cost of food and animal feed and damages the environment. The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)that dictates that rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel.

  


  

Karl Pierson identified as
Arapahoe High School gunman who
shot student while targeting librarian
ABC 7 [Denver CO], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 10:59:26 PM     Post Reply
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Karl Halverson Pierson was the Arapahoe High School student gunman who shot a student inside the school while seeking "revenge" on a staff member, the Arapahoe County Sheriff confirmed Friday night. Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school´s librarian, Tracy Murphy -- who was head of the school´s debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team, sources told the CALL7 Investigators. "We were just in the library doing some work and we heard a loud bang. I thought it might have been someone dropping something, but

Steve Harvey Interviews Obama,
Avoids Politics, Defends Presidential Selfie
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 10:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Steve Harvey got the chance for a one-on-one interview the President of the United States this week, a rare opportunity for a journalist let alone a comedian. Harvey made one item clear up front about his exclusive chat--he didn´t ask President Barack Obama any political questions. With that messy business out of the way, Harvey threw Obama a series of holiday-themed softballs according to the comedian´s recap of their Q&A. Later, Harvey described the interview to the press and even defended Obama from taking a "selfie" at a great leader´s memorial service, an action so tacky even Jon Stewart said it

Cheerful Tidings
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/13/2013 10:26:07 PM     Post Reply
Six generations after The New York Sun — in the most famous newspaper editorial ever issued — reassured Miss O’Hanlon, age eight, that, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” we are called upon again. This time it’s not Miss O’Hanlon’s “little friends,” as she put it in her letter to the Sun, who are insisting there is no Santa. It’s a professor, at Harvard University no less, who has been consulted by Politico, which is reporting that the teacher is denying the existence of Saint Nick. So a telegram from a reader asks us to “weigh in.” An editor’s

Federal jury indicts 21
in cocaine trafficking ring
The Daily Times (Maryville, TN), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Heil Liberals- 12/13/2013 10:18:23 PM     Post Reply
KNOXVILLE — Blount County authorities were part of an investigation involving a cocaine trafficking ring against 21 individuals who were living in Knoxville. A federal grand jury returned a 58-count indictment Dec. 3 against the suspects, charging them with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, money laundering, and gun charges.

  


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White House´s Obamacare
tweet goes awry
Chicago Tribune, by Scott Kleinberg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 10:07:47 PM     Post Reply
#GetCovered? More like #GetReal. When the White House posted a tweet about Obamacare featuring the president holding a sign, it probably didn´t expect the kind of reaction it got. The message, which was posted last night on the official White House Twitter feed, was simple enough: "Nobody should go broke just because they get sick." It urges people to #GetCovered under Obamacare. The photo in the tweet shows the president holding the sign with the message, but the sign contained ample space for people to create their own messages with Photoshop or other editing software. And create they did. Some were

A Government Separated
from the People Cannot Stand
American Thinker, by Lawrence Sellin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 9:37:41 PM     Post Reply
In his 1952 book The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, Israeli historian J. L. Talmon described a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government. The federal government has become such a system, an entity unto itself operating outside of Constitutional constraints and unaccountable to the American people. The United States is now controlled by a Democratic and Republican ruling class that transcends government and sees itself as distinct from the rest of society and as the only element that may

Carney bristles at ´Lie of
the Year´ designation
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 9:36:38 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Friday said President Obama had "in a very honest way addressed" questions over his statement that individuals could keep their health care plans under ObamaCare, named by fact-checker PolitiFact as "Lie of the Year." "The president, in an interview earlier this fall, took this question head-on and expressed his concern for those individuals, those Americans, who received cancellation notices and were potentially adversely impacted by or affected by that," White House press secretary Jay Carney said. But the White House spokesman went on to jab the fact-checking organization, who in 2012 had declared the president´s statement "half true." "You

Megyn Kelly Addresses White Santa
Remarks, Slams Critics’ ‘Knee-Jerk
Instinct’ to ‘Race-Bait’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 9:33:29 PM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly got quite a bit of attention for a segment she did Wednesday night on the unbearable whiteness of Jesus and Santa Claus. Kelly said she was just being “tongue-in-cheek” with her remarks and wasn’t at all being serious, lamenting the humorlessness of her critics in the media. Kelly played a montage of the most critical bits of her initial segment, taking particular note of her critics’ “knee-jerk instinct” to “race-bait,” making it clear she was not “motivated by any racial fear or loathing.” Kelly was roundly mocked for the segment, not only on Comedy Central, but on cable news competitors

  


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Study shows it was warmer
in Roman times than today
Hotair.com, by Jeff Dunetz    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 9:32:32 PM     Post Reply
Scientists may have figured out why Romans wore togas and the global warming theorists are not going to be pleased. A new study by Swiss scientists finds the earth was warmer during Roman and Medieval times than it is today, which indicates that greenhouse gases may not be the driving force behind the modern global warming trend. The study, by scientist Leif Kullman, analyzed 455 “radiocarbon-dated mega-fossils” in the Scandes Mountains and found that tree lines for different species of trees were higher during the Roman and Medieval times than they are today. Not only that, but the temperatures were higher

Benghazi, Libya, has become
training hub for Islamist fighters
McClatchy News Service, by Nancy A. Youssef    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 9:30:14 PM     Post Reply
BENGHAZI, Libya — Every week, about a dozen Syrians arrive at Benghazi’s airport for what’s described as insurgent training. When they fly out, they’re carrying fake Libyan passports, according to three officials familiar with the comings and goings of foreigners at the airport. The accounts of the officials, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, are more evidence that this city in Libya has become a regional hub for Islamist extremists seeking to hone their combat skills. Fighters from Tunisia and Algeria also are thought to be training here, driving across Libya’s borders to reach Benghazi, the

O-Care contractor to
comply with Issa subpoena
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 8:31:27 PM     Post Reply
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Friday that an ObamaCare contractor would comply with a subpoena he issued, despite efforts by the Obama administration and some Democrats to keep the documents out of his hands. After consulting with its legal counsel, MITRE Corp., a contractor working to assess security issues with the ObamaCare website, determined that it “has no alternative but to comply with the terms of a Congressional subpoena absent some form of judicial intervention.” MITRE was the second ObamaCare contractor to say on Friday it would comply with the disputed subpoena, following CSSi. “MITRE’s decision is

GE, Walmart, AT&T, Google Among
Center for American Progress Donors
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/13/2013 8:28:47 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, the Obama- and Clinton-allied Center for American Progress finally revealed its long-sought corporate donor list after heavy pressure arising from CAP’s quasi-lobbying history. That scrutiny ratcheted up following the announcement that CAP founder John Podesta would be formally joining the Obama administration. Both Politico and The New York Times called for the donor list to meet the public eye. And so CAP handed over the list to the leftist Huffington Post. Incredibly, its 2013 donor list contains a myriad of massive corporations, including Apple Inc., AT&T, Bank of America, BMW of North America, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Discovery, GE, Facebook,

Would-be Wichita bomber Terry Lee
Loewen inspired by al Qaeda magazine,
Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 7:52:37 PM     Post Reply
You´d never know it from the Justice Department press release, but the "homegrown violent extremist" charged with planning a suicide attack against a Kansas airport decided to carry out the attack after studying the writings of the late al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. “Lone wolves -- homegrown violent extremists remain a very serious threat to our nation´s security," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste. Terry Lee Loewen, 58, the man charged with trying to bomb Wichita´s Mid-Continent Airport, is no Timothy McVeigh. He´s only "homegrown" in the sense that he´s from the United States; the inspiration for the attack

  



Media Matters Shifts Focus
to New Media Targets
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/13/2013 7:47:58 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, Media Matters for America announced victory in its longtime war with Fox News. The George Soros-funded organization announced to Huffington Post that “in the coming years, Fox will no longer be the center of Media Matters’ universe.” Vice President Angelo Carusone explains, “The war on Fox is over. And it’s not just that it’s over but it was very successful. To a large extent, we won.” How, exactly, did Media Matters win if Fox News remains a prohibitive ratings monster against competitors MSNBC and CNN, and retains far more of the public trust than either of those networks?

Obama Has Failed Basic Duty
To ´Faithfully Execute´ Nation´s Laws
Investor´s Business Daily, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 7:39:28 PM     Post Reply
Tell Santa to bring President Barack Obama a stocking stuffer: a copy of the U.S. Constitution with the words "Laws be faithfully executed" underlined in red. Those words define the president´s most important duty. But Obama, himself a constitutional lawyer, is ignoring the Constitution and governing like a dictator. His latest ploy exempts unions from a fee the Affordable Care Act (ACA)imposes. Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, who voted for Obama and professes to agree with him on health care and other issues, didn´t mince words when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 3. He warned that Obama´s

HHS ´encourages´ insurers to fix
problems created by Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 6:36:55 PM     Post Reply
During the Obamacare rollout, stories have spread about millions of Americans losing their current health insurance coverage, preferred doctors and hospitals as plans restrict networks to comply with the law, and losing their prescription drug coverage. On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services said it was “strongly encouraging” insurers to help the department fix a raft of problems created by the rocky rollout of President Obama’s health care law. Among the guidance the HHS announced: — It is requiring insurers to accept payments until Dec. 31 for coverage starting on Jan. 1. It is also “urging” insurers

By cracking cellphone code, NSA has
capacity for decoding private conversations
Washington Post, by Craig Timberg & Ashkan Soltani    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/13/2013 6:26:10 PM     Post Reply
The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions of calls and texts that travel over public airwaves every day. While the military and law enforcement agencies long have been able to hack into individual cellphones, the NSA’s capability appears to be far more sweeping because of the agency’s global signals collection operation. The agency’s ability to crack encryption used by the majority of cellphones in the world offers it wide-ranging powers to listen in

After Gutting the Sequester, Will
Paul Ryan Push Amnesty Next?
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 6:17:54 PM     Post Reply
At The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes writes of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan´s (R-WI) recent budget deal: "Now that [the sequester´s] caps have been breached once, they’re bound to be tossed aside again. And the greatest tool for curbing the growth of government in the lifetime of most Americans will be lost." Barnes is dead right. Ryan can claim that his deal with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) preserved most of the sequester. But once those first two years were breached, the odds that all the other years will also be rescinded, skyrocketed. The sequester may not

Kimmel Presents Fox´s ´Version´ of
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: ‘Mr. Potter
and the Commies of Bedford Falls’
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 6:11:55 PM     Post Reply
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel began his program Thursday evening bashing the Fox News Network. After mocking Megyn Kelly and contributor Monica Crowley for claiming that the historical figures Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white, he presented a trailer for a Fox News version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” wherein Henry Potter is the hero trying to preserve Bedford Falls as an example of free market capitalism against the wishes of the evil, draft-dodging, communist George Bailey (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): Kimmel began by mocking those that believe there’s a liberal war on Christmas, and then addressed the brouhaha

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