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Lawmaker on African trip:
Cruz ´was on the spot´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Peter Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 4:07:43 PM     Post Reply
Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus were curious why Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) decided to join them on a 20-hour flight to South Africa, but Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said today that she thinks the time together was productive. Cruz was the only senator, and one of two Republicans, to join the 22-member congressional delegation to Nelson Mandela´s memorial service last week. Moore noted today on MSNBC´s "Jansing & Co." that many of the other members, such as Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), had personal connections to the issues from working against apartheid. "He was on

Poll: Americans Blame
Obamacare for Inferior
Coverage, Higher Costs
Town Hall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 4:01:49 PM     Post Reply
Note well, Democrats: These complaints are unrelated to Obamacare´s failed roll-out, and are being driven by the vast majority of Americans covered on the employer-based market -- whom the White House has falsely claimed will not be affected by the law´s changes: Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year´s congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished HealthCare.gov website

Short Hills mall fatal shooting
victim ID'd as Hoboken lawyer
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Matthew McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/16/2013 3:49:24 PM     Post Reply
Newark — Dustin Friedland, 30, has been identified as the man shot Sunday night after shopping with his wife. Friedland, an attorney from Hoboken, and his wife were going to their vehicle in the parking deck at The Mall at Short Hills when two men confronted them, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber in a joint statement. Murray says Friedland was shot in the head before the men took off in the couple’s silver 2012 Range Rover. She didn´t immediately know how many times the man had been shot. Friedland, a 2009



Terry Lee Loewen,
the Mellow Kansas Man
Who Dreamed of Jihad
Daily Beast, by Michael Daly    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/16/2013 3:14:26 PM     Post Reply
Terry Lee Loewen was just a laid-back, warmhearted avionics technician—or so his family thought. But in a farewell letter, he said he wanted to inflict ‘maximum carnage’ in Wichita. The supposed truck bomb contained no explosives, but the 58-year-old Kansas man arrested in an FBI sting at the Wichita airport on Friday was potentially the most dangerous kind of homegrown terrorist. Others such as the alleged Boston Marathon bombers and the would-be Times Square bomber tailored their attacks to allow them to avoid capture. The Kansas man, Terry Lee Loewen, allegedly was not simply willing but anxious to take his own life in

Vice President Joe Biden gropes
White House reporter
Daily Caller, by Betsy Rothstein    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 2:42:53 PM     Post Reply
Sure, he likely didn’t mean anything overtly sexual by it. But Vice President Joe Biden is a folksy kind of guy who has officially entered dirty old man territory and done something sure to elicit laughs within the White House Press Corps. Look how he’s manhandling The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Aime Parnes for this photograph taken at a recent holiday party that she posted on her Facebook page. For most people’s tastes he’s grazing way too close to the vicinity of her abdomen. And watch her reaction. Is it shock, awe, utter disbelief? Whatever the expression, she appeared to

Did you know North Korea has nuclear
weapons? Then you’re one up on John Kerry
Daily Caller, by Jim Treacher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 2:42:44 PM     Post Reply
Well, he probably knows they do now. But he didn’t when ABC’s Martha Raddatz interviewed him for This Week. Which happened, confusingly enough, last week. Emphasis mine: “Um, this is the nature of this ruthless, horrendous dictatorship and of his insecurities. And — and I think we — we need to factor that into the urgency of getting China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, all of us, uh, to stay on the same page and to put as much effort into the denuclearization as possible. To have a nuclear weapon, potentially, in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong In —

It’s a Man’s World, And It Always Will Be
Time Magazine, by Camille Paglia    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/16/2013 2:40:20 PM     Post Reply
If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct—unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where females will clone themselves by parthenogenesis, as famously do Komodo dragons, hammerhead sharks, and pit vipers. A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.



Sons of Divorce, School Shooters
National Review Online, by W. Bradford Wilcox    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 2:34:53 PM     Post Reply
Another shooting, another son of divorce. From Adam Lanza, who killed 26 children and adults a year ago at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., to Karl Pierson, who shot a teenage girl and killed himself this past Friday at Arapahoe High in Centennial, Colo., one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father. From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery

Walker: Ryan ´acting
more like a governor´
The Hill [Washington, D.C.], by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 2:30:06 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Sunday voiced support for the budget agreement negotiated by his fellow Wisconsin Republican, Rep. Paul Ryan, but he said the GOP would have to win more elections to enact more significant spending reforms. Walker, a potential Republican president hopeful in 2016, praised Ryan for his leadership during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” (Snip)“If you’re going to bring conservative activists to the table, they have to see this for what it is, and it’s really a big wake-up call for the fact that if Republicans, in particular grassroots activists, want to see a stronger

The Death of Obama´s "Noble Lie"
Reason Magazine, by Matt Welch    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/16/2013 2:26:41 PM     Post Reply
Back in 2009, to accuse President Barack Obama of lying about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was to crawl onto a pretty lonely branch. In December of that year, when I leveled the charge in response to the president´s knowing mischaracterization of the Congressional Budget Office´s scoring of his signature piece of legislation, I was called "flagrantly dishonest" by none other than the (rightly respected) civil liberties blogger/reporter Glenn Greenwald. As recently as November 2012-more than two years after the administration published grandfathering regulations as part of its health care legislation, rendering ludicrous the president´s frequently repeated pledge

Man whose hand was severed
has it attached to his ANKLE
for a month to keep it alive
before being reattached
Daily Mail (UK), by Anna Hodgekiss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 2:07:05 PM     Post Reply
Doctors have successfully reattached a man´s severed hand after it was attached to his ankle for a month. On November 10, Xiao Wei´s right hand was severed due to an accident at work. He said: ´I was just shocked and frozen at the spot, until co-workers unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital.´ At his local hospital in Changde, in China´s Hunan province, doctors said they were unable to save his hand. But they suggested that doctors at the larger regional hospital may be able to help.



Judge: NSA phone program
likely unconstitutional
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 2:02:26 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely to be unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to run afoul of the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the so-called metadata had helped to head off terrorist attacks. Acting on a lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from collecting metadata

Are we living in a HOLOGRAM?
Physicists believe our universe
could just be a projection of another cosmos
Daily Mail [UK], by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/16/2013 1:51:48 PM     Post Reply
The universe is a hologram and everything you can see - including this article and the device you are reading it on - is a mere projection. This is according to a controversial model proposed in 1997 by theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena. Until now the bizarre theory had never been tested, but recent mathematical models suggest that the mind-boggling principle could be true. According to the theory, gravity in the universe comes from thin, vibrating strings. These strings are holograms of events that take place in a simpler, flatter cosmos. Professor Maldacena´s model suggests that the universe exists in nine

British Christmas dinner ranked
unhealthiest in the whole of
Europe (and French oyster and foie
gras offering is the healthiest)
Daily Mail (UK), by Bianca London    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 1:50:31 PM     Post Reply
With the average Brit set to consume 7,000 calories on Christmas day, it comes as no surprise that the traditional British Christmas dinner has been ranked the fattiest and unhealthiest in Europe. A new survey has revealed that our typical festive lunch on December 25 contains 69g fat and 211g of carbohydrates, that´s 42 per cent saturated fat and 30 per cent sugar. On the other end of the spectrum is France, which tops the healthy league table with its menu full of unprocessed foods.A typical French Christmas dinner may be packed with roast chicken, foie gras and thirteen desserts,

Workers at Brazil World
Cup stadium walk off job
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 1:42:44 PM     Post Reply
RIO DE JANEIRO — News reports say construction workers have walked off the job at the World Cup stadium in Brazil´s jungle city of Manaus after a worker fell 115 feet to his death. The G1 Internet portal said the stoppage has brought all work on the stadium to a halt. The G1 report cited a labor union representing construction workers as saying the stadium´s estimated 1,800 workers walked off the job early Monday to protest safety conditions and what they described as pressure to speed up the project. Amazonas state government officials have denied applying pressure to accelerate the work. The work



Global warming? Satellite data shows Arctic
sea ice coverage up 50 percent!
Daily Caller, by Michael Batasch    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/16/2013 1:35:24 PM     Post Reply
It was only five years ago in December that Al Gore claimed that the polar ice caps would be completely melted by now. But he might be surprised to find out that Arctic ice coverage is up 50 percent this year from 2012 levels. “Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” Gore said in 2008. The North Pole is still there, and growing. BBC News reports that data from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft shows

Climate change expert´s fraud was ´crime
of massive proportion,´ say feds
NBC News, by Michael Isikoff    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 12/16/2013 1:25:36 PM     Post Reply
The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors. John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who

I Want to Be the Next
Texas Football Coach
Wall Street Journal, by Jason Gay    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 1:23:01 PM     Post Reply
I want to be the next head coach of the University of Texas football team. I´m not saying I will be. I just want to be. Seriously. Start the hype-wagon. Type my name on that little breaking-news ticker at the bottom of the screen. I want to be a rumor. I need to be considered. I believe I am prepared. OK, let me rephrase that: I am not prepared. Not even close. But I am enthusiastic. I really am. What is not to like? You get to live in Austin, one of America´s greatest cities, home to some of the

Netroots vs. Tea Party:
Oppositons at Odds
Breitbart, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/16/2013 1:13:05 PM     Post Reply
I´m in transit from Los Angeles to Cape Town, and with a long layover in Paris, I´ve managed to push through an old opposition manual--from the far-left: Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics, the 2006 book by MyDD.com founder Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos. It is striking how similar the left´s criticisms of the Democratic Party establishment were to the criticisms that conservatives make of the GOP today: the dependence on consultants, the constant selection of moderates who go on to lose, the poverty of ideas, the lag in information technology, the accommodation

The biggest Pinocchios of 2013
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 12:23:28 PM     Post Reply
It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. This was not a presidential election year, so in some ways the subjects that needed to be fact checked were more substantive. In reviewing The Fact Checker’s more than 200 columns in the past year, we found an interesting evolution from statistics about gun violence to claims about President Obama’s health-care law. Our general rule of thumb held: the more complex a subject is, the more tempted politicians are to make misleading claims. President Obama ended up with three of the most misleading claims of the year. But,


Maidana-Broner bout returns
welterweights to the spotlight
Wall Street Journal, by Gordon Marino    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/16/2013 12:21:13 PM     Post Reply
Boxing finished the year with a bout for the ages on Saturday, when Marcos Maidana wrested the WBA welterweight title from the previously undefeated Adrian Broner at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The 24-year-old Broner (27-1), a brash, consummate fighter who has modeled both his life and boxing styles on Floyd "Money" Mayweather, entered the bout as the heavy favorite, but found himself on the canvas twice before losing a unanimous decision. Maidana, the 30-year-old Argentine, landed 231 of 663 power punches in the upset, improving his record to 35-3. More than a just captivating contest, Saturday´s fight made it

Mika Recruits Rattner To
´Root´ For Elizabeth Warren
Newsbusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 11:48:31 AM     Post Reply
In her continuing campaign to promote Elizabeth Warren´s presidential prospects, Mika Brzezinski has attempted to recruit an unlikely ally: Steve Rattner. Rattner--President Obama´s former "car czar"--is an investment manager and what passes for a moderate in the modern Dem party. The notion that he would support leftist Elizabeth Warren in a Dem primary is far-fetched to say the least. But Mika told Rattner he would "root" for Warren "because you will do that for me." A compliant Ratter replied that he would "do anything" for Mika. View the video after the jump. The panel had been discussing a poll showing Hillary

Evacuations ordered, final exams
canceled at Harvard University after
bogus bomb threat sent to school
New York Daily News, by Beverly Ford, Joe Kemp    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 11:43:19 AM     Post Reply
Harvard University issued an evacuation and canceled final exams for several students after someone emailed a bogus bomb threat to officials on Monday. Authorities with several agencies - including the Boston and Cambridge police departments, the Massachusetts State Police and the FBI - descended on the campus when the threat was made, shortly after 9 a.m., officials said. The anonymous note said that explosives were placed in four buildings at the Ivy League school´s campus that included its science center and three halls - Thayer, Sever and Emerson - which were all immediately evacuated. The threat was later determined to

Republican Senator Explains His
Wife´s ´Fiasco´ at Healthcare.gov
Cybercast News service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/16/2013 11:36:54 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to Obamacare, "many members of Congress are feeling the very same pain that the rest of America is feeling," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) told Americans in a radio address on Saturday. Toomey said he, his wife, and three children are among those "forced" to buy government-mandated health insurance on one of the new exchanges, and last week, his wife tried to sign up the family at healthcare.gov. "Now, my wife is a very sharp woman. She´s a former computer software consultant," Toomey said. After entering the family´s personal information, the website wouldn´t let her browse the various plans. "When

U. of C. president tops
national pay chart
Chicago Tribune, by Jodie S. Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/16/2013 11:34:17 AM     Post Reply
The president of the University of Chicago earned $3.4 million in 2011, making him the highest-paid private university president in the country that year, according to a survey released Sunday. The Chronicle of Higher Education´s annual study, which uses data from federal tax documents, found that Robert Zimmer was among 42 private college presidents earning more than $1 million in total compensation. Zimmer´s compensation in 2011 breaks down like this: $918,000 in base salary; $200,000 in bonus pay; $454,800 in deferred compensation to be paid at a later date; $147,452 in nontaxable benefits; and $1.6 million in other earnings, which

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