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Obama´s Quest To Increase Income
Inequality--Starting With The Minimum
Wage And Obamacare
Forbes Magazine, by Merrill Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 11:02:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is on a death march to increase income inequality in America—as if it hadn’t already increased enough during his presidential tenure. Forget all of the president’s prattle about the middle class. Every economic policy he has imposed on the country, including Obamacare, will exacerbate income inequality. This time his preferred weapon of mass income destruction is the minimum wage. Democrats are suggesting a rise in the minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10. That’s even more than Obama’s $9.00 proposal, but significantly less that the $15.00 minimum wage recently passed by SeaTac, the small town by

Polling reveals even
worse news for Obama
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/16/2013 10:44:07 AM     Post Reply
The extent of the Obamacare disaster is coming into focus with a new poll by Associated Press-GfK. Democrat hopes that the much-touted "fixes" to the healthcare.gov website would begin to turn around public perceptions of Obamacare are being dashed. The real problem is that the Pottery Barn Rule ("You break it, you own it") is being applied to America´s health insurance system (snip) Employers trying to control their health insurance bills have been shifting costs to workers for years, but now those changes are blamed increasingly on "Obamacare" instead of the economy or insurance companies. This is the key. In

FBI disrupts shootings
through interventions
Associated Press, by Eileen Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 10:42:26 AM     Post Reply
The FBI has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals.(snip) In the past year, this unit has received about three new cases a week referred by federal, state, local and campus law enforcement, schools, businesses and houses of worship, Simmons said. The Behavioral Threat Assessment Center gets involved when someone notifies law enforcement, for example, about some troubling behavior, and law enforcement reaches out to the center to help assess the situation. "The people around that subject often become fearful that that outcome is catastrophic act of



Photographer Who Took Obama
‘Selfie’ Shot Now Says
He’s ‘Ashamed of Mankind’
Newsbusters, by Randy Hall    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 10:42:09 AM     Post Reply
Right now, the White House press corps is in a shouting match with the Obama Administration over the White House´s refusal to allow media photographers to take pictures of various presidential events. While the left-leaning journalists are tossing around words like "propaganda" to describe the official photos which are being released, the recent trip President Obama took to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela illustrates that the media elite really isn´t interested in news so much as it is in preserving its institutional power. Perhaps the most-discussed news item out of the Mandela funeral trip was a picture that

A Formula for Happiness
American Enterprise*, by Arthur C. Brooks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 10:21:41 AM     Post Reply
HAPPINESS has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing. To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility. It has been said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Social scientists have caught the butterfly. After 40 years of research, they attribute happiness to three major sources: genes, events and values. Armed with this knowledge and a few simple rules, we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us. We can even construct a

The Unmaking of Santa,
United Nations style
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/16/2013 10:13:26 AM     Post Reply
The puffed up rage that followed Megyn Kelly’s tongue-in-cheek assertion that Santa Claus is a white man’s got nothing on the new battle being floated out of Germany, which has moved to claim that their Father Christmas is “under threat”. Before you clue in your small fry, Father Christmas is not being held for ransom by kidnappers, or in any other clear and present danger other than being “under threat” of being upstaged by that jolly old elf world famous for clamoring down chimneys. Just 10 days before Christmas 2013, a German museum has applied for Father Christmas to be added to

FDA Raises Safety Concerns
On Antibacterial Soaps
Associated Press, by Matthew Perrone    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 10:12:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. The agency said it is revisiting the safety of chemicals like triclosan in light of recent studies suggesting they can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The government´s preliminary ruling lends new credence to longstanding warnings from researchers who say the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health. Under its proposed rule released Monday, the



Progressive wing waves
Elizabeth Warren banner
Boston Globe (MA), by Noah Bierman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 10:10:28 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren has pledged she will not seek the White House in 2016, but that has not stopped diehard Warren boosters from promoting her political profile in presidential primary states, saying she is best positioned to push the Democratic Party to the left. A group called Progressive Change Campaign Committee is waging the most visible of these pro-Warren crusades, training volunteers, meeting with labor leaders in New Hampshire, and handing out stickers with Warren’s name.(snip)On that issue, and for her strident efforts to curb the power of Wall Street’s big banks, she was recently criticized by a centrist think

Harvard Buildings Evacuated
Over Explosives Report
Assoc. Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: cThree- 12/16/2013 10:08:06 AM     Post Reply
Harvard University says four buildings on its campus outside Boston are being evacuated because of unconfirmed reports of explosives. The school tweeted that there have been no reports of any explosions. (snip) Harvard says in a statement that its university police department received the unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in the four buildings and they were evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Final exams have begun at the Ivy League school.

Harvard Evacuates 4 Buildings For
‘Unconfirmed Reports Of Explosives’
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/16/2013 10:06:35 AM     Post Reply
Cambridge - Harvard University is evacuating four buildings on campus after unconfirmed reports of explosives. Harvard tweeted this message just after 9 a.m: Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now. The university followed with another tweet saying, “There have been NO reports of explosions.” Students are still on campus for exams this week, the managing editor of the campus newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, told WBZ-TV. Several students were moved into a freshman dining hall. Employees were also alerted via automated

Relative: Mandela signer in
group that burned men
Associated Press, by TENDAI MUSIYA and ALAN CLENDENNING    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/16/2013 9:48:31 AM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG — The bogus sign language interpreter at last week´s Nelson Mandela memorial service was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks, one of the interpreter´s cousins and three of his friends told The Associated Press Monday. But Thamsanqa Jantjie never went to trial for the 2003 killings when other suspects did in 2006 because authorities determined he was not mentally fit to stand trial, said the four. They insisted on speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the



Schweitzer Takes Aim
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 9:39:04 AM     Post Reply
Brian Schweitzer sounds content with being a “former” pol. As we chat on the phone, he is looking out the window of his home on Georgetown Lake in western Montana. By mid-November, the lake is frozen, and the Pintler Mountains to the south are covered with snow. Schweitzer’s home sits at the end of a dirt road more than a mile long. “I’m 25 miles from groceries,” he says.

Orthodox Jews take a
swing at ‘knockout’ thugs
New York Post, by Frank Rosario and Aaron Feis    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 9:34:05 AM     Post Reply
Orthodox Jews took their best swing at would-be “knockout” thugs Sunday, in the basement of a Queens synagogue.(snip)The group of about 30 people, ranging in age from 16 to 62, were given basic instruction in the Israeli martial art of krav maga as part of a self-defense course taught at the Young Israel of Queens Valley Synagogue in Kew Gardens. The instructor, Avraham Avramcheyiv, also counseled students to pay attention to their surroundings — and spend less time texting on their smart phones or fussing with groceries. “The knockout game is a terrible thing, but not a lot of people know about

Obama schedule
for Monday, Dec. 16
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 9:20:22 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- President Obama has no public meetings Monday, the daily schedule indicated. The schedule says Obama will: -- Receive, with Vice President Joe Biden, the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. -- Meet with Biden and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in the Oval Office.

Police clear illegal camps
of Romanian migrants
Daily Express [UK], by Ollie Gillman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2013 9:20:08 AM     Post Reply
Romanian police joined forces with the Metropolitan Police to tackle one camp at the derelict former ground of Hendon football club in north London. There, 68 ­migrants were found in squalid conditions. Of those, 65 came from the same remote mountainous area of Apata, in northern Romania. The BBC’s Panorama programme followed a police mission to the rural area in eastern Europe. It targeted the low-skilled, warning them not to come to the UK without a job. [Snip] Last year, Romanians accounted for just under half of all arrests for begging in London and 34 percent of arrests for pick-pocketing.



White-washing Mandela´s Memory
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/16/2013 9:18:14 AM     Post Reply
After his mother was raped, and then murdered along with his father, sobbing 12-year-old Amaro was gagged and drowned in scalding bathwater. And that´s how the youngest member of the Viana family became a statistic: another in a long line of white South African victims of black violence. It´s an understatement to say that such crimes have a racial component, yet the government run by the African National Congress - Nelson Mandela´s party - denies even that. (snip) Mandela didn´t exhibit nearly the same passion when he sang a song about killing whites.

Esa´s Cryosat sees Arctic sea-ice
volume bounce back
BBC News [UK], by Jonathan Amos    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2013 9:14:23 AM     Post Reply
Data from Europe´s Cryosat spacecraft suggests there were almost 9,000 cu km of ice at the end of this year´s melt season. This is close to 50% more than in the corresponding period in 2012. It is a rare piece of good news for a region that has witnessed a rapid decline in both area cover and thickness in recent years. But scientists caution against reading too much into one year´s "recovery". "Although the recovery of Arctic sea ice is certainly welcome news, it has to be considered against the backdrop of changes that have occurred over the last few

Finally, the media revolt against
another empty Obama vow
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 9:14:08 AM     Post Reply
Two truths rule the relationship between a president and the White House media in modern times. 1) The media will always want more access, no matter how much they get. 2) Presidents and their image-makers, especially those chief executives in the most trouble with the least confidence, will always seek to control the flow of news. Particularly images of the chief executive, which last far longer than mere words. What makes the current festering feud between the press corps and Jay Carney of news interest is the now-familiar disparity between Obama´s over-blown promises and his chronically underwhelming delivery on those vows. Sentient Americans will

Have we all forgotten what Christmas
is really about?
Ottawa Sun (Canada), by Ron Corbett    Original Article
Posted By: Fledrmaus- 12/16/2013 9:10:03 AM     Post Reply
The first sales clerk wasn’t sure what I was asking about. “Nature scene?” she asked. “No, nativity scene.” “Ahhh, nativity scene,” she said, a quick look of comprehension coming to her face. Then she didn’t move or say anything and I realized she still didn’t have a clue. “You know, baby Jesus. A manger. Some animals gathered around.” “Ah, yes. I think we have some over here.”

Hillary Now More Than Ever
SCVTV, (Santa Clarita, CA), by Sen. Dianne Feinstein    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/16/2013 9:02:43 AM     Post Reply
In 2000, shortly after Hillary Clinton was elected to represent New York in the Senate, I was honored when she called seeking my advice.(snip)Hillary is a patriot who loves her country completely. Her deep commitment to public service and progressive causes runs through her veins. At the State Department, she proved to be an outstanding diplomat. She rolled up her sleeves and went to work repairing relationships with heads of state around the world. From the evolving conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to the turbulent Arab Spring, Hillary was always a steady hand on the foreign policy rudder. Over the years, Hillary and


Obamacare´s internal logic can´t be fixed
Orange County Register [CA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/16/2013 9:01:55 AM     Post Reply
It’s a good thing that President Obama has disavowed the idea of “death panels” as a mechanism of health care policy. Any humane observer, after all, would be tempted to put Obamacare out of its misery at this point. It didn’t take long after the administration rolled out fixes to the Obamacare insurance exchange website this month for the White House to start declaring triumphantly that the Affordable Care Act is now on the road to success. We’re skeptical of that claim even on the narrowest of grounds – there are still lingering questions about the security of data entered into

Peter O´Toole, R.I.P.
American Spectator, by Matthew Walther    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/16/2013 8:53:46 AM     Post Reply
Peter O’Toole, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was not an actor’s actor. He did not gain or lose weight for film roles or contract pneumonia wearing a shabby period overcoat on and off the set. He could not maintain his accent off-screen because he never adopted one on-screen. He did not crave acceptance from his fellows. Nor did he care about critics. He saw himself as a “professional,” a plier of a trade rather than an arbiter of high artistic standards: “I’ll accept anything—a poetry reading, television, cinema, anything that allows me to act.”

Fake Mandela signer ‘helped
burn 2 men to death in 2003’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 8:45:53 AM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG — A relative and three friends of the bogus sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service say he was among a group of people who accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death in 2003. They told The Associated Press that tires were placed around the men’s necks and set ablaze. Unlike two other suspects who went to trial in 2006 for the killings, the four said on Monday that Thamsanqa Jantjie never did because authorities determined he wasn’t mentally fit. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Jantjie said, “It was

Hell on wheels: The state with
America´s worst drivers revealed
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Grieg    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/16/2013 8:40:11 AM     Post Reply
Which states strike fear in the heart of every motorist for having the least skilled, most distracted drivers on the road? New data from CarInsuranceComparison.com used statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drink Driving to rank America´s drivers, state by state. And the winner of the dubious honor of America´s worst drivers? For the second year running, Louisiana took out the title, finishing in the top five for three of the five categories used as scoring criteria. The categories are: fatality rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, failure to obey

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.

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