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Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino
Serves GOP Establishment ´Divorce Papers´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/14/2013 12:30:29 PM     Post Reply
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who is running for Congress as a Republican in Maryland´s Sixth Congressional District, wants a divorce from the Republican establishment. "Consider yourself served," he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday after those in the GOP establishment, like House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), slammed conservatives for opposing the budget deal that would raise spending beyond the sequester levels. In "An open letter to the establishment GOP," Bongino wrote, "I am serving you with divorce papers. For those who are unaware of what happened, the establishment wing of the Party has openly

World finally catches
up with Rube Goldberg
USA Today, by David Colton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 12:17:15 PM     Post Reply
Has the world finally caught up with Rube Goldberg? As daily life gets more complicated -- just how many steps does it take to activate a cellphone these days? -- the mechanized whimsy of Goldberg´s crazed contraptions seems more relevant than ever. In nearly 50,000 cartoons over a 72-year career, newspaper cartoonist Goldberg (1883-1970), found the long way around for every task imaginable, creating inventions so insane that the term Rube Goldberg Machine made it into the dictionary. Want to wipe your chin while slurping soup? Simply attach your spoon to a string which, when tugged, flips a cracker to

Rep. McClintock: Spending Spree in
Budget Deal Paid for by ´Higher Taxes´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/14/2013 12:16:33 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) said he voted against the budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) because the spending spree will be paid for with higher taxes. "Some of the discussion has focused on how much of the spending spree will be paid with higher taxes. The answer is, ´all of it,´" McClintock said. "Once government spends a dollar, it has already decided to tax that dollar – the only questions that remain are who gets the bill and when." The deal, which increases spending beyond the sequester levels and raises so-called



Real-life Lassie: Border Collie
leads rescuer to injured owner
Yahoo! News, by Charlene Sakoda    Original Article
Posted By: texaspast- 12/14/2013 12:13:15 PM     Post Reply
Cici, a black and white border collie mix was frantically running along Jackson, Missouri´s busy Jackson Boulevard dragging her leash behind, when she was spotted by caring driver, Jefferson Fox. Fox was headed to Cape Girardeau at the time and told KFVS Heartland News, "I thought [she] was going to get hit, so I turned in at Shawnee and parked my car, ran down this embankment and found the dog at the next couple of houses."(snip) “The dog was very purposeful in its efforts to get me to come back to the house and I’m sure that it was out

No sign Rep. Bobby Rush paid rent
for South Side office; contributions
helped bankroll his church, wife
Chicago Sun-Times, by Chuck Neubauer & Sandy Bergo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 12:04:55 PM     Post Reply
F or the past dozen years, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., hasn’t reported paying any rent for his campaign office, records show, in what experts say could be a violation of federal election law or House ethics rules. It’s one of a series of questionable practices an investigation by the Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times found involving Citizens for Rush, the South Side congressman’s campaign committee. Rush’s campaign also has: ? Subsidized the South Side church founded by Rush, who is the congregation’s pastor, giving Beloved Community Christian Church more than $196,000 since June 2004. ? Paid Rush’s wife Carolyn Rush a

Desmond Tutu Left Off the
Mandela Funeral Guestlist
Atlantic Wire, by Adrian Lee    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 11:56:15 AM     Post Reply
Not going to invite Archbishop Desmond Tutu to his friend´s funeral? Fine: he won´t go at all, then. Tutu, the 82-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate (and a frequent critic of South Africa´s government), says he didn´t receive credentials from the government to attend Nelson Mandela´s funeral on Sunday, which will be attended by about 5,000 dignitaries. So despite plans to fly into Qunu, where Mandela will be interred, he´s decided to cancel his flight to the family funeral after he says he wasn´t told by the South African government that he was invited: Much as I would have loved to attend the

Speed Reading the Pope
Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/14/2013 11:44:42 AM     Post Reply
Everybody has an opinion about the pope these days and, what’s worse, feels compelled to express it. Rush Limbaugh has an opinion about the pope. He says he finds the pope “upsetting.” And he’s not even Catholic! It’s true that Rush Limbaugh finds nearly everything upsetting. Getting upset is what he gets paid to do. What has set him off this time is the papal exhortation released late last month, Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel. It is the kind of document, increasingly common, that is commented upon and argued over and tweeted about rather than read. It goes on



Utah federal judge strikes down
key part of anti-polygamy law
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 11:39:48 AM     Post Reply
Yes, this all was predicted long ago, and led to charges of fear mongering and false slippery slopes. The legalization of polygamy followed logically from the legal arguments against one man-one woman, as was predicted not just by me, but also by Professor Martha Nussbaum, one of the leading legal advocates for gay marriage, “Polygamy would have to be permitted.” And it’s coming true in a small step, as a federal court in Utah, while not holding that polygamists were entitled to state-sanctioned civil marriage, nonetheless struck portions of Utah’s anti-polygamy laws banning polygamous “cohabitation” and polygamous “purported” marriages. The full
Bad link corrected by Staff*

1 Arrested After Nun Hospitalized
Following Assault And Rape
KDKA-TV [Pittsburgh, PA], by Kym Gable    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 11:23:51 AM     Post Reply
BEAVER COUNTY – An 18-year-old has been charged in the brutal rape and beating of an elderly nun in Aliquippa. Andrew Bullock, of Orchard Street, faces at least 10 charges in the Friday morning attack. The nun serves at St. Titus Church on Franklin Avenue. She was walking in a parking lot behind the church when she was approached by a man who choked her, punched her, then threw her to the ground where she was assaulted and raped. Assistant Chief Dan Couch told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “The first thing you notice when you look up up where this horrific

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

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