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If I can fake it there,
I’ll fake it anywhere
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/14/2013 10:48:36 PM     Post Reply
Professionals, artists and intellectuals in New York City, after years of struggling to obtain favorable terms from the health insurance industry, now find their efforts negated by Obamacare. They’ve been canceled by Obama. (Snip) “Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.” Had she but known? But she must have known. People at this level of talent must have suspected the reality from the first though some part of their psychology prevented them from

Efforts to enroll young in
ObamaCare heads to Air Jordan
debuts, late-night haunts
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 10:48:31 PM     Post Reply
District of Columbia officials are recruiting young residents this weekend to enroll in ObamaCare by showing up where they “party by night and shop by day.” Officials on Saturday visited two Footlocker stores where Nike’s exclusive Air Jordan 12 “Taxi” sneakers were going on sale. And they are scheduled to visit two Denny’s restaurants from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. “My motto is ‘Get them health care while you get them Jordans,” DC Health Links representative Vanessa Brooks told Fox News outside a Footlocker in the city’s downtown. “Get some health care to go along with them taxis, OK?” Brooks told

How One Airline Convinced 42
Swedes to Change Their Names
Atlantic, by Uri Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 10:31:41 PM     Post Reply
Would you change your name for a chance to move to Berlin, all expenses paid? That´s the question at the heart of a strikingly bold—and utterly bizarre—marketing campaign by the German airline Lufthansa, which in October made a rather unconventional proposition to Swedes: Legally change your name to Klaus-Heidi, tell us why you did it, and put yourself in the running to win "a new life" in Berlin—in the form of a free one-way ticket to the German capital and a prepaid apartment for a year on the border of the city´s trendy Kreuzberg and Neukolln neighborhoods. Did I mention

  


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Sheriff: Colorado gunman
wanted to hurt many more
Associated Press, by Dan Elliott and Solomon Banda    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/14/2013 10:09:29 PM     Post Reply
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A teenager who wounded a fellow student before killing himself at a suburban Denver high school entered the building with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails and ammunition strapped to his body, likely intending to track down a librarian who had disciplined him, authorities said Saturday. After firing a round down a hallway, Karl Pierson, 18, shot a fellow student who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as he headed toward the library. Claire Davis, 17, was shot in the head at point-blank range and remained hospitalized Saturday in critical condition. Pierson set

Amazing Grace in Newtown
National Review, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 10:07:11 PM     Post Reply
Easily a thousand people packed a church too small for such a crowd. And another thousand massed outside. Father John Peter Cameron, O.P., describes the scene as he arrived at St. Rose of Lima, the Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., nearest to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Although they could not get inside the church, people did not opt to leave, Father Cameron writes in the monthly devotional magazine Magnificat, where he is editor-in-chief. “They stayed because they had to be there,” he recalls. “The atrocity had incited an instant Advent: the urgent need for God amidst the pain of human

Obama: Everybody Hates Me!!!
National Enquirer, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/14/2013 9:30:52 PM     Post Reply
AS his popularity plummets to historic lows and his presidential legacy is in tatters, BARACK OBAMA has suffered a shocking secret meltdown. White House insiders say the deeply depressed Commander-in-Chief is hardly eating or sleeping, hasn’t talked to First Lady Michelle, 49, in weeks and is convinced everyone hates him! “Barack is shattered that his presidency and his life are in free-fall,” says a source. “He can’t believe the American public has turned on him so viciously, mainly because of the Obamacare disaster. No one has been able to help him. “Michelle has tried everything she can to comfort him, but he just snaps,

White House delayed
enacting rules ahead of 2012 election
to avoid controversy
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: grayjay- 12/14/2013 9:19:52 PM     Post Reply
The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials. Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.

  


  

Surprising Study: Older Adults Less
Fatigued Than Younger Generations
CBS [Philadelphia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/14/2013 9:05:13 PM     Post Reply
After Thursday’s revelation that adults seem to be texting and driving more often than teens, here’s another study that might surprise you. According to research from the London School of Economics, older adults are actually less tired than their younger counterparts. The data, which came from the 2010 American Time Use Survey of 13,000 adults, shows that fatigue actually appears to decrease with age. People over the age of 65 reported being almost one full point on the 0-6 scale (with 6 being “very tired”) less tired than people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Islamists threaten British shop
owners with 40 lashes
for selling alcohol
Breitbart Big Peace, by Mary Chastain    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/14/2013 8:40:46 PM     Post Reply
Whitechapel is on the outskirts of London, but it is an area where Muslims enforce Sharia law without any interference from British officials. On Saturday, they took it a step further and told shop owners in the area they will face 40 lashes if they continue to sell alcohol. The protesters, including Anjem Choudary, the former leader of the Al-Muhajiroun group which was banned under terrorism laws, delivered warning letters to Muslim-owned businesses. “The shops are run by Muslims and they know they are selling alcohol and they know the sale and consumption of alcohol is completely prohibited,” he said. “We cannot

Bachelet set to re-win
presidency, rule new Chile
Associated Press, by Luis Andres Henao    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/14/2013 8:06:23 PM     Post Reply
SANTIAGO, Chile — Michelle Bachelet seems almost certain to win the presidency on Sunday, but she´ll face a dramatically different Chile if she returns to power. The promise she made to keep her country´s economy stable while pursuing social justice when she took the oath for her first presidential term in 2006 will hardly satisfy citizens now. Millions of Chileans have marched in the streets after Bachelet left office and want more: electoral, educational and tax reforms, a new constitution, an end to the privatization of water — all vestiges of the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Bachelet is expected to easily

Pot fumes: Mujica calls UN
official, ´liar´, after he accused
Uruguay of ´pirate attitudes´
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/14/2013 7:29:40 PM     Post Reply
President Jose Mujica reacted furiously to the accusation of Uruguay as a ´pirate state´ from the UN official in charge of drugs´ control, who was protesting the legalization of marihuana and because allegedly he was never received by the Uruguayan leader. Mujica bluntly replied, leaving aside all nice talk, “tell that old man to stop lying and stop showing off to the stands”. Raymond Yans, head of the International Narcotics Control Board, which depends from the UN and some members are chosen by WHO, was very critical of Uruguay´s recent approval of the cannabis legalization bill, and described Uruguay´s attitude

  


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Undocumented immigrants to
strain safety-net hospitals in Connecticut
The Day [Connecticut], by Magaly Olivero    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/14/2013 7:24:39 PM     Post Reply
Undocumented immigrants are expected to make up a larger share of Connecticut´s uninsured population next year, putting "new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals" that provide emergency care to everyone, state and national health experts predict. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage options for legal immigrants, but those in the U.S. illegally cannot apply for Medicaid, even if they are poor, or buy coverage at Access Health CT (the new insurance marketplace), even if they have cash. That means undocumented residents without coverage will continue turning to local emergency departments for care at a time when Connecticut hospitals face the loss

Poll: Californians
gradually souring on unions
Associated Press, by Michael R. Blood    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/14/2013 7:05:16 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES -- California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested. The independent Field Poll said that by a narrow margin, more voters said unions do more harm than good, as opposed to those who see organized labor as generally beneficial. The figures represent a turnaround from a 2011 Field survey, when more voters said unions resulted in more good than harm. The shift comes at a time of ongoing labor conflicts in the state and nation, often involving

Thousands of Maine-made holiday
wreaths placed on vets´ graves
at Arlington National Cemetery
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 6:02:20 PM     Post Reply
ARLINGTON, Va. –Tens of thousands of wreaths made in Maine have been laid at graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Trucks carrying about 120,000 balsam wreaths began rolling toward the Washington, D.C.-area cemetery Dec. 8. They arrived Saturday. All told, the Columbia Falls-based nonprofit Wreaths Across America expects to ship 470,000 to 500,000 wreaths to adorn veterans´ graves across the country and overseas this holiday season. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine say the Senate has passed a resolution designating Saturday as "Wreaths Across America Day." The wreath-laying tradition began in 1992, when the owner of Worcester Wreath Co.

Obama’s ‘Selfie Presidency’ —
it’s all about me
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/14/2013 5:21:17 PM     Post Reply
This was the week the word of the year collided in slapstick hilarity with the picture of the year. Selfie! It’s the concept of the year. Maybe — given its accompanying connotations of technology, media, instantaneous global transmission, carelessness, solipsism, frivolity, youth, inappropriateness and ironic juxtaposition — it’s the concept of our age. Selfie was last month proclaimed word of the year by Oxford University Press (take that, “twerking”!), whose word-use metrics showed a 17,000% jump in usage since last year. Oxford defined the word as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or

  


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Paradise of Untouchable Assets
New York Times, by Leslie Wayne    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/14/2013 5:18:34 PM     Post Reply
Picture a paradise where you can be lawsuit-proof. A place to hide your hard-earned assets far from the grasp of former or soon-to-be-former spouses, angry business partners or, if you happen to be a doctor, patients who might sue you.A recent data leak revealed that R. Allen Stanford, who was convicted of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, held a Cook trust. Lawyers drumming up business say they have found just the place: the Cook Islands. And, thanks to a recently released trove of documents, it’s become clear that hundreds of wealthy people have stashed their money there, including a felon

Tea Party steps up war of words against
Boehner over budget vote
Fox News, by FoxNews staff with Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/14/2013 4:42:46 PM     Post Reply
Tea party activists are pushing back hard against Speaker John Boehner for attacking conservative groups that are opposed to bipartisan budget legislation approved this week by the House, claiming he has "declared war on the Tea Party" with his blunt criticism. In a fundraising email to supporters, Tea Party Patriots referred to the Ohio Republican as a "ruling class politician" who only pretends to be a conservative while remaining a "tax-and-spend liberal," The Hill reported Friday. The group, which supported efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, accused Boehner of passing a "back-room budget deal which increases discretionary spending, does

Jeff Sessions: House GOP Didn´t
Understand Budget Deal Makes
It Easier to Spend, Tax
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/14/2013 3:33:39 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said House Republicans voted for a budget bill that made it easier for Senate Democrats to increase spending because they did not know the significance of a rule change, inserted into the bill, that allowed it. Appearing on Mark Levin´s radio show, Sessions, the ranking member on the Budget Committee, said he was "disappointed" that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) did not inform him or his staff of the rule change while they were brokering the deal. Sessions said that if they had known about the change, they could have informed

Rasmussen Reports Americans
Prefer Christ in Christmas
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 3:12:13 PM     Post Reply
More than two-thirds (67%) of Americans think that Christmas is more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus. The survey of 1000 American adults conducted on Dec. 9-10 by Rasmussen Reports demonstrates that Americans consider Christmas a day of religious significance more than a day of bustling consumerism. Despite public school trends of focusing more on a Winter Holiday than an active Christmas celebration, the survey also exposed that a whopping 75% of American adults believe that Christmas should be celebrated in public schools. Just 15% of those surveyed do not feel Christmas should be celebrated in public schools. The survey

Judge Cites Same-Sex Marriage
in Declaring Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/14/2013 2:52:18 PM     Post Reply
In a game-changer for the legal fight over same-sex marriage that gives credence to opponents’ “slippery slope” arguments, a federal judge has now ruled that the legal reasoning for same-sex marriage means that laws against polygamy are likewise unconstitutional. In his 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down Utah’s law making polygamy a crime. In so doing, he may have opened Pandora’s Box. As a condition for becoming a state in 1896, Congress required Utah to outlaw polygamy, which is marriage between three or more persons. This case involved a family of

  



The New World of Men´s Shoes
Wall Street Journal, by John Ortved    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 2:46:38 PM     Post Reply
FORMER BANKER Paul Grangaard recalls a time when most of his colleagues owned only a few pairs of shoes: two to alternate between for work, one for the weekend and a pair of running shoes or sandals. That, he has noticed recently, is no longer the case. "I have a friend who´s the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in Minnesota. He tells me this is the first time he´s had more than four pairs of shoes," said Mr. Grangaard, 55, now the president and CEO of American shoe brand Allen Edmonds. "He said he´s up to seven, and it´s

Campers help Amazon
keep up with holiday rush
AP - yahoo.com, by Bruce Schreiner    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 12/14/2013 2:43:54 PM     Post Reply
Twinkling lights, ornament-strewn trees and bustling campgrounds. Those are signs of the Christmas season in this Kentucky town, where the Amazon.com distribution center recruits an armada of RV owners as seasonal workers to help fill holiday orders. They´re dubbed the "CamperForce" by the world´s largest online retailer. Hundreds of campers are assigned packing, sorting and collection duties at Amazon warehouses in Kentucky, Kansas and Nevada — roles meant to keep orders flowing during the yuletide rush. Swarms of workers take up temporary residence in campgrounds. For many, it´s another short-term stint on a nonstop journey.

Snow closes roads in Israel,is
a source of wonder in Egypt
L.A.Times, by Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman    Original Article
Posted By: Jakester2344- 12/14/2013 2:20:47 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO -- Snow coated domes and minarets Friday as a record Middle East storm compounded the suffering of Syrian refugees, sent the Israeli army scrambling to dig out stranded motorists and gave Egyptians a rare glimpse of snow in their capital. Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in and out of Jerusalem, which is set in high hills, and thousands in and around the city were left without power. Israeli soldiers and police rescued hundreds trapped in their cars by snow and ice. In the West Bank, the branches of olive trees groaned under the weight of snow. In

Nelson Mandela memorial security scandal:
´There were no checks´
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/14/2013 2:07:48 PM     Post Reply
It´s becoming increasingly clear that when President Obama arrived at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday, he stepped into an atmosphere so chaotic, disorganized, and unsafe that under any other circumstances the White House and Secret Service might well have insisted the president not appear.FNB Stadium, where the memorial was held, seats 95,000 people. Even with a steady rain and thousands of empty seats in uncovered areas, there were tens of thousands of people in the area with the president. It appears most of them got in without going through any security. "There were no security checks

Racism Literally Costs America
$2 Trillion.. Ready To Stop Payment?
Yahoo! News, by Donnell Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/14/2013 1:55:58 PM     Post Reply
What we know: Racism has left a vast legacy of violence. Bigotry in America has marginalized a diverse range of minority culture. It dashes the hopes of children. What we didn´t know: Bias based on race costs the United States a shade under $2 trillion a year. (Snip) Addressing factors such as health care inequities, unjustified incarceration disparities, and lesser employment and education opportunities would generate 12 percent more annual U.S. earnings, the study found. Among the more striking findings cited are a U.S. Department of Commerce study estimating that minority purchasing power would increase from $4.3 trillion to $6.1

Cross-state presidential
rivalries building for 2016
Los Angeles Times, by Mark Z. Barabak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/14/2013 1:43:37 PM     Post Reply
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket. But when it comes to winning the White House, Walker has sounded less than supportive of a candidacy by his fellow Badger State lawmaker, suggesting someone more like himself. "There´s no doubt, as much as I love Paul and some other people mentioned, in my mind it´s almost a given that not only for the future of the party but for the future of

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