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Tiny Vermont Gets $208 Million
to Build Disastrous Obamacare
Exchange; Where Are the Press Watchdogs?
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 11:23:35 AM     Post Reply
In mid-November, Americans for Tax Reform compiled a list of federal spending on state Obamacare exchanges totaling a breathtaking $4.5 billion. One number on the list stands out from the rest — and it´s not California´s, though its $910 million amout is awful, disproportionate, and surely highly wasteful (before considering scalability concerns, the fixed costs of building a web site should be close to the same regardless of a state´s population). The big eye-catcher is tiny Vermont´s staggering $208 million. The nation´s second-least populous state (626,000 as of 2012) has 0.2 percent of the U.S. population, but has received 4.6

Obama Remembers Newtown:
‘These Tragedies Must End’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 11:19:26 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, President Barack Obama devoted his weekly address to the nation to remember the massacre of children and school teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, one year ago today. Obama said that the nation “must do more” to prevent future tragedies like what occurred at Newtown. “These tragedies must end,” the president insisted. “More than the tragedy itself, that’s how Newtown will be remembered,” Obama said in his weekly address. “And on this anniversary of a day we will never forget, that’s the example we should continue to follow,” he continued, “because we haven’t yet done enough to make our communities

China successfully soft-lands
probe on the moon
Associated Press, by Louise Watt    Original Article
Posted By: MattMusson- 12/14/2013 11:10:21 AM     Post Reply
BEIJING — China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon. The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process. The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called ‘‘Yutu,’’ or ‘‘Jade Rabbit,’’ the goddess’ pet. After landing Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang'e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.
Link corrected by Staff.



The Cruzification of Marco Rubio
Daily Beast, by Michelle Cottle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 11:02:55 AM     Post Reply
The junior senator’s blatant pandering in bashing the budget deal shows the shameless lengths he will go to get back into the GOP base’s good graces. Let’s give it up for Marco Rubio! After months of getting his butt whipped in the rabid-obstructionism department by Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Florida emerged the hands-down winner in the race to trash the Murray-Ryan budget deal. The entire political chattering class expressed awe this week at just how quickly Rubio’s team pushed out his “this deal sucks” statement. It was as though some poor staffer had been assigned to sit around 24-7

Life after Oprah
ESPN, by Joe Lindsey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 10:57:50 AM     Post Reply
Armstrong spoke with veteran journalist Joe Lindsey of Bicycling magazine in his Austin, Texas, home for almost two hours. We´re running the full transcript from that conversation at Armstrong´s request. Joe Lindsey: What´s life like for you these days? Lance Armstrong: It´s obviously changed drastically. I´m talking more from a scheduling standpoint. Twelve months ago, 15 months ago, things were pretty hectic, busy. I was working full time on the [Livestrong] foundation, working full time competing in Ironmans and the training, the travel, sponsor obligations, etc. That took up a lot of time, and now, seemingly, almost overnight that vanished. So

What´s the best way to spot if
someone´s lying? Just ask them:
Study finds frequent fibbers
are more than happy to admit it
Daily Mail [UK], by Damien Gayle    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 10:28:39 AM     Post Reply
How do you catch out habitual liars? Well, according to the latest research, there´s an incredibly easy way - and it´s got nothing to do with their noses. Simply ask them. A Dutch study has found that people who regularly lie are more than happy to admit it. It´s thought that habitual liars possess psychopathic traits such as a lack of remorse or guilt, which means they see no problem with honestly admitting to telling fibs. To test that theory, 527 people were surveyed to find out how often they had lied in the past 24 hours. Forty one per

Christie ally steps down in wake of
George Washington Bridge scandal
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jenna Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/14/2013 10:24:43 AM     Post Reply
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie’s top appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey resigned Friday amid questions over whether he ordered a traffic jam at the world’s busiest bridge as political payback. The Republican governor accepted the resignation of Bill Baroni, the agency’s deputy executive director, effective immediately, and praised the former state senator’s four-year stint at the bi-state agency. (Snip) Late last month, Baroni testified before a state Assembly committee that three lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were closed Sept. 9 to 13 to conduct a traffic study.



‘Vast Majority’ of Exchange’s
Paper-Application Responses
Still Not Mailed
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 10:16:48 AM     Post Reply
Every time you read a news story, column, or commentary about Obamacare that begins, “Now that the web site is fixed” or “Now that the site is working,” laugh a bit. They’re using “not crashing for users” as a synonym for “fixed” or “working,” but there’s a lot more that the site has to do — and it still isn’t. Today’s Washington Post features Julie Bataille of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services, explaining that the computer system is still not working correctly for administrators who need to process paper applications. First she states that some

Iran hails voyage of Fargam
the space monkey
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/14/2013 10:12:14 AM     Post Reply
Iran said on Saturday that it had safely returned a monkey to Earth after blasting it into space in the second such launch this year in its controversial ballistic programme. President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, in a message carried by the official IRNA news agency. The report added that the rocket reached a height of 120 kilometres (75 miles). In January, Iran said it had successfully brought a live monkey, which it named Pishgam (Pioneer), back to Earth from orbit. But the experiment´s success was disputed, when a different monkey was presented to the media after the landing. An earlier

Muslim protestors demand restaurants and
shops stop selling ´evil´ alcohol warning
them they face 40 lashes if they carry on
Daily Mail, (UK), by William Turvill    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/14/2013 9:54:40 AM     Post Reply
Dozens of Muslim protestors gathered to demand that businesses stop selling alcohol in a popular East London area yesterday. The group, led by former Al-Muhajiroun leader Anjem Choudary, warned restaurants and shops in the Brick Lane area that they face 40 lashes if they continue to sell the product, which is banned under Sharia Law. Around 60 men and women in burkhas handed over warning letters to Muslim-owned businesses in the area after the protest was initially delayed by a small number of English Defence League members staging a counter-protest.(snip) Choudary told the crowd: ‘The shops are run by Muslims

Pat Toomey on the fiasco of his
attempted ObamaCare enrollment
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/14/2013 9:52:01 AM     Post Reply
I’m Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. These days, lots of Americans think Members of Congress are out of touch, and you know, at times there’s some truth to that. But there’s at least one instance in which many Members of Congress are feeling the very same pain that the rest of America is feeling. And that’s with this new health care law. Now, I don’t think anyone should be forced onto ObamaCare. But as a Senator, ObamaCare forced me and my family onto an exchange for health coverage. Just last week, my wife, Kris, tried to sign up on the health exchange website that’s available to us. Now, my wife is a very sharp woman,



Arapahoe High Gunman: Republicans
Are the Party of ´Let ´em Die´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/14/2013 9:40:19 AM     Post Reply
Early news reports have identified the Arapahoe High School gunman as Karl Halverson Pierson, an 18-year-old student. Pierson is believed to be responsible for wounding one other student before shooting and killing himself with a shotgun. The Denver Post reports that Pierson had "very strong political beliefs" and that one Facebook post he authored tore into Republicans as political party that wanted to let people die: "[Y]ou republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ´em Die, Climate Change: Let ´em Die, Gun Violence: Let ´em Die, Women´s Rights: Let ´em Die,

Obama reminds us of Newtown´s horrors
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/14/2013 9:12:09 AM     Post Reply
One year ago today, a quiet, peaceful town was shattered by unspeakable violence. Six dedicated school workers and 20 beautiful children were taken from our lives forever. As parents, as Americans, the news filled us with grief. Newtown is a town like so many of our hometowns. The victims were educators and kids that could have been any of our own. And our hearts were broken for the families that lost a piece of their heart; for the communities changed forever; for the survivors, so young, whose innocence was torn away far too soon. But beneath the sadness, we also felt a sense of resolve — that these tragedies must end,

Young Marine’s death a
reminder war’s not over
Boston Herald, by Peter Gelzinis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 8:53:00 AM     Post Reply
It was just a year ago last November and Lauren Weber remembered it as a “joyous event.” Her entire family journeyed from Fairhaven to Parris Island to watch her kid brother, Matt, fulfill the dream of his 18-year-old life and become a Marine, as his father had 40 years before. “My little brother was born to be a Marine,” Lauren said yesterday. “Matt idolized my dad, who was a Marine who fought in Vietnam. The whole family was there to celebrate Matt’s achievement and we were all so very proud.” And yet, nestled in the pride that warmed this family’s collective heart was the cold realization that just like his father,

Houston school board votes
to ban ´offensive´ mascots
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 8:48:05 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON – The Houston school district board has given preliminary approval to a new policy that would prohibit offensive or culturally insensitive mascots. The new policy calls on schools to show respect and cultural sensitivity in nicknames and mascots. The use of any race or ethnic group will be prohibited, the Houston Chronicle reported. (Snip) While the new policy does not refer to specific nicknames or types of mascot, the school district has said that three campuses — the Lamar High School Redskins, Hamilton Middle School Indians and Welch Middle School Warriors — would be affected. A fourth school, Westbury High,



John McCain, Susan Collins Voting
for Cloture on Budget Deal
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 8:45:00 AM     Post Reply
Four Senate Republicans -- Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME) (who is facing a primary challenger), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Richard Burr (R-NC) -- are planning to vote for cloture on the budget deal that Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) brokered that raises spending beyond the sequestration levels by raising taxes. There are 53 Democrats and two Independents that caucus with Democrats. Since 60 votes are needed for cloture, one more Republican vote will be needed. The House passed the deal on Thursday. According to Politico, if a few Democrats decide not to vote for

Hilarious: NYC artists and
independent professionals
realize ObamaCare targets them
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/14/2013 8:27:14 AM     Post Reply
The New York Times is wringing its hands over the damage being done to the city´s artists and independent professionals by Obamacare. The sort of people who worship at the altar of Obama and who regard the Times and its editorial pronouncements (including those on Obamacare) as holy scripture. Cliff Their writes, "I haven´t laughed so hard in a long time." Anemona Hartocollis of the Gray Lady writes: Many in New York´s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama´s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and

President Obama nominates the
first ever female 4 Star Navy admiral
Daily Mail [UK], by Andrea Klausner    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/14/2013 7:37:05 AM     Post Reply
The United States named a new Full Admiral in Washington, D.C. Friday--and it´s an African American woman. She´s will be the first ever female in Naval history to win a fourth star assuming the Senate approves President Obama´s nomination. The Navy announced her nomination in an official release. Vice admiral Michelle Howard,53, is currently the deputy chief of naval operations, plans, and strategy. She will serve as the Navy´s second ranking officer, (Snip) Although when asked about whether she faces racism within the service she responded, ´Sexism within the service, and racism outside the service.´

Congress to block Turkey using
US funds to buy missile system
from blacklisted Chinese firm
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/14/2013 7:33:39 AM     Post Reply
The US Congress is set to adopt a law next week forbidding Turkey from using American funds to acquire a $4 billion missile system from a Chinese company blacklisted by Washington. The United States has voiced deep concern over Turkey´s decision in September to enter negotiations with China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation for its first long-range anti-missile system. CPMIEC, which makes the HQ-9 missile system, is under US sanctions for selling arms and missile technology to Iran and Syria. Turkey´s move also irritated its allies in Nato, which has said missile systems within the transatlantic military

The Decline and Fall
of American Deterrence
American Thinker, by Richard Winchester    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/14/2013 7:32:52 AM     Post Reply
A few days ago, America experienced the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At the end of September, the world observed the 75th anniversary of the Munich Agreement, whereby Britain and France surrendered Czechoslovakia´s Sudetenland to Hitler´s Germany. Nazi Germany annexed most of the rest of Czechoslovakia within months, and invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, thus beginning the Second World War. What do Pearl Harbor, the Munich Pact, and Germany´s invasion of Poland have in common? The common thread running through these events is that western democracies´ military weakness tempted


Megyn Kelly Responds to Santa
Claus Critics: Get a Sense of Humor
NewsBusters, by Matthew Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/14/2013 7:30:50 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly took on the left-wing hate mob that has come after her following a humorous segment that she featured on her program Wednesday evening in which she and her guests staged a mock debate over the racial identity of Santa Claus. To the haters, Kelly had a message tonight: Lighten up and learn to realize what satire is. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show but sometimes that is lost on the humorless,” she said. Since the Wednesday segment, an absurd controversy has been swirling around the newly minted primetime host in which Foxophobic television and internet outlets seemed unable

´Help´ for Hoarders
American Thinker, by Fay Voshell    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/14/2013 7:21:29 AM     Post Reply
Ronald Reagan knew the progressive rationale so well that he could sum it up in one pithy phrase: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ´I´m from the government and I´m here to help.´" Progressives usually wrap their agenda in pretty packages topped with a big bow of "helpfulness." Worse, they may even use the word "love." The tiny state of Delaware, which is where I live, is overwhelmingly liberal in composition, so the state, which seems to be a sort of testing ground for every notion the current federal administration comes up with, is filled with "helpful" and "loving" progressive initiatives. But it appears the state

The Road to Genocide is
Paved with Liberal Intentions
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/14/2013 7:16:18 AM     Post Reply
With all the recent talk about Nelson Mandela the myth and the modicum of talk about Mandela the man, it´s a good opportunity to discuss another myth: that of apartheid. Oh, I know, modernist dogma dictates we behave not just as if the South African system Mandela so stridently fought was not only unsustainable, but also completely unfathomable. After all, the idea of second-class status for any group is anathema to Westerners (unless it happens to be non-Muslims in Islamic lands, of course). I was just a teenager when world pressure to end apartheid started to reach a fever pitch. My immediate reaction was that the intended

GOP to Us: We Can´t Win, So Shut Up
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/14/2013 7:08:12 AM     Post Reply
RUSH: It´s Open Line Friday, Rush Limbaugh, serving humanity simply by being here. Colorado Springs, Dave, you´re up first. It´s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Oh, my gosh, Rush. (chuckling) What an honor. How are you doing? RUSH: I´m doing great, sir. Thanks for calling. CALLER: Oh, excellent. Hey, I just wanted to call. You know, I am just fed up unbelievably with the Republicans. They sit there, like you said, they have a hundred votes to try to get rid of Obamacare and then when push comes to shove, the red line is in the sand, they

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