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Caught on CCTV: Moment gunman opens
fire in the street during ´big fat gypsy
feud´ between rival travelling families
Daily Mail [UK], by Harriet Arkell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2013 8:20:04 AM     Post Reply
This grainy image shows the terrifying moment a gunman fired his weapon at a house in a quiet residential street. The shooting occurred during a vicious, eight-month vendetta waged by gypsy crimelord Eugene Price, 34, and his family against a rival clan in St Helen´s, Merseyside. In another incident, Price´s hitmen shot at a caravan as two small children slept inside, and there were four firebomb attacks against the Maughan family which brought ´fear and misery´ to the streets of the town, a court heard. Today Price, who made an estimated £1million a year from organised crime rackets, was jailed for 25 years

Surprise Military Homecomings for
Christmas That Will Make You Smile
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 8:17:55 AM     Post Reply
Welcome Home Blog did a wonderful job with this video of military homecomings. Perfect music, emotional families reuniting with their loved ones – just what we need to see to remind us of the sacrifices our troops make on Americans’ behalf.

Lots of atheists, more Muslims,
fewer Christians and Jews:
this is the new America
Telegraph [UK], by Damian Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2013 8:10:22 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post has produced six massively detailed maps showing the religious make-up of America. The main map is above--if you want to enlarge it you´ll have to click through to the Post´s report here. The author/analyst, Niraj Chokshi, has uncovered some fascinating material--most of it lurking in the 2010 US Religion Census (data submitted by congregations, not the official US Census) but so much more surprising set out in map form. [Snip] Did you know there are--possibly--now more religious Muslims than religious Jews in Florida? I know, it seems incredible. Miami Beach has had 15 Jewish mayors, there are



Christie´s Right Hand
National Review Online, by ElianaJohnson    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 8:09:20 AM     Post Reply
‘You can teach everything else, but you can’t teach smart, and you can’t teach loyal.” That’s how Chris Christie praised his chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd, earlier this month, but he could just as easily have been talking about his friend and adviser Bill Palatucci. He does not often make headlines, but Palatucci is widely considered to be Christie’s closest counselor and most trusted confidant. If the Garden State governor makes a run for the White House in 2016, Palatucci will play a unique part in the Christie operation as gatekeeper, fundraiser, adviser, and friend. Palatucci’s role in the Christie administration is

Australia withdraws last combat
troops from Afghanistan after
12-year involvement in conflict
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 7:59:34 AM     Post Reply
SYDNEY - The last remaining Australian combat troops in Afghanistan were headed home on Monday, as Australia´s military involvement in the 12-year-old conflict draws to a close. The final group of Australia´s combat soldiers in Afghanistan pulled out on Sunday, coinciding with the closure of the international military base at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Australia´s main base in the country, Defense Minister David Johnston said. Around 400 of the 1,550 Australian military personnel in Afghanistan will remain through next year to train the Afghan military in Kabul and Kandahar. "This war is ending, not with victory, not with defeat,

Israeli soldier dead and two Lebanese
troops shot as border tensions escalate
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2013 7:54:01 AM     Post Reply
Israel said it had shot two Lebanese soldiers early on Monday just hours after a sniper in Lebanon´s army had killed one of its troops, leading to fears of escalating cycles of retaliation on the tense border between the two countries. Lieutenant Libby Weiss, an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson, said the shootings happened shortly after midnight after Israeli troops had identified "suspicious movement"along the frontier. The conditions of soldiers was unclear and there was no immediate response from the Lebanese military. The incident followed the death of Master Sergeant Shlomi Cohen, 31, after he was hit by sniper fire as

Will the Government Shutdown
Hurt the GOP in the Long Term?
American Spectator, by Wlady Pleszczynski & Daniel McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 7:08:06 AM     Post Reply
"What Shutdown?” That was going to be my opening line, but without the quotation marks. But now that the Wall Street Journal has asked the question in a headline, credit must be shared, but only up to a point. The Journal was reacting to October job numbers, which showed unexpected growth in private sector employment—despite ominous warnings that an October shutdown would slow the economy. It didn’t happen. What’s more, and this is my larger point, what has universally been called a “shutdown” was at best a partial shutdown, affecting no more than 17 percent of government employees—“nonessential” employees, as



House Report: Ill-Trained
Obamacare Navigators Encouraging
Fraud, Jeopardizing Private Info
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 7:02:04 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration decided that Obamacare Navigators, tasked with helping Americans enroll in a health insurance plan, would not undergo mandatory background checks. Now, in the ten weeks since the launch of Healthcare.gov, the ill-trained Navigators have put Americans´ sensitive health and tax information at risk. Breitbart News has obtained a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report on the Obamacare Navigators that will be released Monday. It has found that Obamacare Navigators have been giving Americans misinformation and, in some cases, actively encouraging enrollees to commit fraud in order to raise their subsidies. To complicate matters further, there is

Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About
the Rising U.S.-China Tension?
Daily Beast, by Peter Beinart    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 6:42:10 AM     Post Reply
I read something terrifying Sunday. Turns out that 10 days ago, amid the rising tension provoked by China’s establishment of an air defense identification zone over territory also claimed by Japan, a Chinese aircraft carrier came within 200 yards of hitting an American cruiser. Had the two warships collided and sailors from both sides died, the two most powerful countries on earth would have found themselves contemplating war. But that’s not the scariest part. The scariest part is that I read about the incident on page A21 of The New York Times. As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the story wasn’t visible

The Land is not the Issue
American Thinker, by Mike Konrad    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/16/2013 6:34:12 AM     Post Reply
Kerry is in the Mideast trying to impose a solution. Pro-Zionists sites are producing maps and trying to dissuade the powers that be from dividing the land, as if that were a real possibility. But the issue is not the land, but the Arabs on it. Call them Arab-Israelis, Palestinians, Fakistinians, whatever. The Arabs are the issue, not the real estate. Can anyone doubt that if in 1967 Israel conquered an empty -- or even sparsely populated -- Judea and Samaria that Israel would have annexed it in five minutes? Can anyone doubt that had Israel annexed such an empty Judea and

Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce
Laws on Gun Control
New York Times, by Erica Goode    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 6:27:30 AM     Post Reply
GREELEY, Colo. — When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward. He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference. “How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks. Colorado’s package of gun laws, enacted this year after mass



DSCC posts best off-year November
ever with $5.1 million haul
Washington Examiner (DC), by Rebecca Berg    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 6:23:39 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce Monday its best fundraising numbers ever for an off-year November, after bringing in $5.1 million for the month. The committee, the campaign arm for Senate Democrats, raised $48.6 million so far this year and ended November with $12 million in the bank. “The reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda remains wildly unpopular, and Democrats across the country are energized," DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a statement. "The Koch brothers are aggressively blanketing the airwaves in a few key battleground races, but we are raising the resources to fight back." The Koch-backed group Americans

Did Rush Limbaugh Just
Endorse iCongress?
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/16/2013 6:16:41 AM     Post Reply
Last Thursday, Rush Limbaugh gave tacit approval of a stunning idea: a virtual Congress. To start, Rush spent the better part of two hours brilliantly explaining why even the best people we send to Washington will never rein in the federal government. Simply put, once in Washington, the vast majority of our elected officials become of Washington, and their limited-government instincts die. There are many reasons for this, but all fall under the general heading of irresistible human nature.

Our Bored President
American Thinker, by Ed Lasky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 5:58:24 AM     Post Reply
Valerie Jarrett, Obama´s Rasputin, unwittingly provided us an answer to the question of why the Obama Presidency is such a man-caused disaster. There are few people who are close to the notoriously insular Barack Obama (a former aide, Neera Tanden, said that "Obama doesn´t call anyone, and he´s not close to almost anyone. It´s stunning that he´s in politics, because he really doesn´t like people") but Valerie Jarrett is among the select few. They have been friends for decades; she introduced Barack to Michelle; she is a constant presence in the White House, and highly unusual for a White House

Rand Paul Won´t Be
Able To Save Detroit
Reason Magazine, by Shikha Dalmia    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 5:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Like yesterday’s fashions, old policies never die, they simply return with new accessories. So it is with Rand Paul’s proposal to create Economic Freedom Zones for Detroit and other depressed cities—a recycled version of the Enterprise Zones of 1980s. But if past is prelude, this idea won’t work not because it doesn’t make sense—but because Washington won’t allow a sensible version to pass its august chambers. Freedom Zones is Paul’s answer to Obama’s bailout—oops, aid—package for Detroit and a way to show minorities that the GOP cares. Unlike Obama’s plan, Paul won’t offer federal handouts for housing, brownfield cleanup, highways and



The Age of Envy
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 5:24:49 AM     Post Reply
Of the seven deadly sins, envy may not be the wickedest, but it is the most embarrassing. To be possessed by envy is to admit a humiliating personal inadequacy: We do not envy others those attainments that we think we too might achieve, but those we despair of ever possessing. Wrath, greed, pride, lust — all assume a certain self-possession. Sloth and gluttony are practically standard issue in times of plenty such as these. Wrath and pride are the sins of great (but not good) men. Envy is the affliction of the insignificant. It is the small man’s sin. Which brings

´Affluenza teen lived in his OWN mansion´:
Drunk-driver let off for killing four in crash
had ´wild parties at home given to him by
millionaire father where he lived unsupervised´
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Payne    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2013 5:22:02 AM     Post Reply
The drunk driving teen who killed four people but was spared jail because he was too rich to know any better, regularly had wild, booze-fuelled parties in his OWN mansion, claims one of the troubled teenager´s friends. Ethan Couch, 16, was three times over the limit and high on Valium when he mounted a curb in Burleson, Texas earlier this year and plowed into a broken down car, taking four lives and injuring more. And MailOnline can reveal the horror crash happened just a few hundred yards from a sprawling property where Couch boasted he was allowed to live alone and unsupervised.

Remembering Hitchens: 5 Great
Christopher Hitchens takedowns
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2013 5:10:25 AM     Post Reply
Sunday marked the second anniversary of the death of Christopher Hitchens, the celebrated British-born essayist who started his career on the hard-left only to end it as the most articulate supporter of the Iraq War. Hitchens, who died of esophageal cancer at age 62, was a beautiful writer, a fierce debater and a legendary bon vivant. Over the next week, The Daily Caller will post memorable Hitchens interviews and debates that continue to live on online. Below are five great Hitchens takedowns. Enjoy. 1.) Hitchens defends Western values: “So unless you are willing to commit suicide for yourself and for this culture, get

‘Big Love’ Vindicated:
Polygamy and Privacy
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/16/2013 5:03:42 AM     Post Reply
Once you blow up a societal consensus it cannot be easily reconstructed to protect only those practices or beliefs you like while still banning those you think ought to be kept beyond the pale. That’s the upshot of a case decided late on Friday in a Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah that essentially decriminalized polygamy. The case, Brown v. Buhman, which was brought by the stars of Sister Wives, a TLC cable channel reality show depicting the life of a man with four wives and 17 children, who challenged the Utah statute that not only prohibited marriage

The art of stealing elections
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:59:43 AM     Post Reply
Stealing elections is an old game politicians play. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, got to the U.S. Senate in 1948 by “winning” the closest race in Texas history by a margin of 87 votes out of more than a million cast. An election judge in tiny Alice, Texas, said he counted more than 200 names on the voting roll for Box 13 that were written in alphabetic succession in the same hand, same color of ink. When a federal court subpoenaed Box 13, it was discovered to be “lost.” LBJ took his seat in the Senate. Voting machines were


Why Steve Stockman Doesn’t
Scare the Establishment
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:54:37 AM     Post Reply
Steve Stockman’s surprise Senate campaign almost seems like a “Colbert Report” send-up of the Tea Party. The unconventionally two-term Republican congressman from Texas—he was elected once in 1994 and again in 2012—is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the GOP primary. “If liberal John Cornyn loves being a senator he can move to Massachusetts,” Stockman said in a statement using the phrase “liberal John Cornyn”—lifetime American Conservative Union rating 93—27 times. “I’m sick and tired of being bayoneted in the back by someone in my own foxhole,” Stockman wrote in his declaration of candidacy. “When freedom is threatened Texans have always mounted up

Ex-Scientology leader sues
Church for harassment
New York Post, by Page Six Team    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:49:51 AM     Post Reply
Scientology members allegedly set up high-tech surveillance cameras to spy on the family of a disillusioned former leader, a bombshell harassment lawsuit against the church claims. Monique Rathbun, wife of former church bigwig turned critic Marty Rathbun, filed a suit in Comal County, Texas, saying she has been “harassed, insulted, surveilled, photographed, videotaped, defamed and humiliated” by church members, including a group called the “squirrel busters” who allegedly rented a home near the couple to spy on them. Marty was inspector general of Scientology’s Religious Technology Center but left the church in 2004, while Monique was never a member. Marty says his

Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole
Daily Beast, by Malcolm Jones    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:43:50 AM     Post Reply
The actor who became a star overnight with ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was unforgettable, even if you only met him once—ten years before his death Sunday at 81. I met Peter O’Toole just once. We spent the better part of a day together in London about 10 years ago, when he had just learned Hollywood was going to give him an honorary Oscar. He’d been nominated seven times without winning, so it seemed like the least they could do. Hearing Sunday that he had died made me more bereft than I might have imagined—after all, I only met him the one time. But

The lucrative secret behind infomercials
The Week, by Jon Nathanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:39:33 AM     Post Reply
N OTHING GOOD IS on TV between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., and for good reason. Nobody´s trying. It´s the time period known euphemistically in the media business as the "Post Late Fringe," and less euphemistically as the "Graveyard Slot." It´s when networks and local TV affiliates sign off. They give up. They stop pretending that anyone important is watching and sell off their airtime — not just 30-second commercial spots, but entire 30-minute programming blocks — to sponsors. Those sponsors fill the left-for-dead airwaves with direct-response television (DRTV), better known as infomercials. For certain companies — the kinds of companies that

A Civil War with Two Winners
PJ Media, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 4:34:41 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, December 12, 2013, something remarkable happened in the history of current American politics. To be more accurate, two remarkable things happened. The first — and most obvious — was that the United States House of Representatives came dangerously close to passing a budget for the first time in recent memory, though precisely how recent is up for debate as well. There was a rather large, multipart omnibus bill in 2009 which certainly resembled a budget in many regards, but it wasn’t really a budget per se. In the opinion of others, you might have to go all the

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