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Election Of Socialist Is Bad
Omen For Free-Market Chile
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 1:47:04 PM     Post Reply
Leftism: Chile has long been a global model of free-market economics. But on Sunday, it elected socialist Michelle Bachelet, who ran on a platform of tax hikes and "free" education. What drives a country to reject success? Bachelet took an astonishing 62% of the vote against her more conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei, who drew just 38%. It wasn´t entirely surprising: Bachelet projected a cheery, confident, maternal demeanor and made few gaffes, quite unlike the less polished Matthei. She also had a good record: As president from 2006 to 2010, she left office with a phenomenal 84% popularity rating — in part, because she

Duck Dynasty Star Ducks Barbara
Walters Interview--to Go Hunting
Cybercast News service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 1:27:07 PM     Post Reply
Many celebrities look forward to a Barbara Walters interview. Not so with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. He skipped the interview to go duck hunting. Radar Online is reporting that Robertson bailed on Walter’s ‘Most Fascinating People’ interview last month for the ABC network. Walters talked with other members of the Robertson family, and Phil’s wife, Miss Kay, reportedly told her that the 67-year old founder of Duck Commander would rather shoot ducks than do the interview. Walters says on-air that she has, “never been superseded by a duck before.”

Jaclyn Smith breaks down
over ‘Angel’ Farrah Fawcett
New York Post, by Helen Kumari    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 1:23:10 PM     Post Reply
“Charlie’s Angels” icon Jac­lyn Smith broke down in tears outside a Los Angeles court on Monday, still mourning the 2009 death of her pal Farrah Fawcett. Smith was in court to support Farrah’s ex Ryan O’Neal, who’s defending himself in a lawsuit filed by the University of Texas over a Warhol painting of Fawcett. Smith was spotted hugging O’Neal and Fawcett’s son, Redmond, before bursting into tears. Moments later, asked why she was crying, Smith told The Post’s Helen ­Kumari that she broke down “seeing Redmond, and I miss Farrah.” The university wants Ryan to fork over two pieces of

  


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You talking to me? Prankster
trolls noisy phone callers during
their (not so) private conversations
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 1:14:59 PM     Post Reply
A professional prankster has set his sights on chatty talkers by beating them at their own game. Greg Benson, one of the funny-men behind the Youtube video production company Mediocre Films, startled people in an airport waiting lounge by creeping up to them while they were on the phone. Many people wouldn´t bat an eyelash if someone just happened to sit next to you in a crowded airport, but it was Benson´s next move that had the talkers startled. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE -Benson pretended like he was talking on his own phone, but the only things he would say

Family: Ryan Freel was suffering
from brain disease CTE
Florida Times Union [Jacksonville], by Justin Barney    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2013 1:14:24 PM     Post Reply
Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a private mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute was presented to Freel´s mother and stepfather, Norma and Clark Vargas, and to representatives from Major League Baseball on Dec. 11 at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista.

Texas congressmen take aim at
Affordable Care Act’s navigators
Dallas Morning News, by Sherry Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:52:03 PM     Post Reply
RICHARDSON — Four Texas congressmen took aim Monday at the federally paid navigators who are helping Texans access insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Their criticism came during an unusual “field hearing” by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing focused on required navigator training and the lack of background checks and fingerprinting for those on the job. “There are many problems with the Affordable Care Act, but I don’t think we ever expected it would be this bad,” said committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The committee’s other member at the hearing, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus

Motorist checkpoint in
Reading draws questions
Reading Eagle (PA), by Don Spatz    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 12/17/2013 12:49:48 PM     Post Reply
A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth. "I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday. He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their

  


  

Report: Syrian Rebels Throw
Civilians in Ovens
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 12:46:17 PM     Post Reply
ALEPPO, Syria, Dec. 16 -- Both sides accused each other of slaughter as an opposition group said Syrian troops bombed Aleppo and the government said Islamic rebels executed civilians. Syrian military officials said more than 80 civilians in Adra were executed by Islamic rebels and other civilians were kidnapped for use as human shields, RT reported Monday. Government forces were conducting a large-scale operation against Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa Al-Islam fighters, who recently captured the town. Syria´s official news agency said about 1,000 militants were Adra when government-backed forces entered the town Friday. The opposition group Local Coordination Committees said

Chelsea Clinton´s mother-in-law
under fire for ´overpaying herself´
from women´s empowerment charity
Daily Mail (UK), by Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:40:07 PM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton´s mother-in-law has been earning a six-figure salary from her role heading a charity intended to help women in political campaigns abroad. Marjorie Margolies, the mother of Chelsea´s husband Marc Mezvinsky, is a Democrat currently running for Congress in Pennsylvania and the financial statements for her charity, Women´s Campaign International (WCI), have come under scrutiny as such. As the charity has grown over the past decade, so has her salary as The Huffington Post reports it has steadily increased from $54,962 in 2002 to the highest point in 2011 when she took home $164,159.

Google search and destroy:
The internet giant (motto: ´Don´t
be evil´) has bought a pioneer
of scary robot animals. Can
its ethics survive?
Independent [UK], by Cahal Milmo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:31:18 PM     Post Reply
Big Dog is capable of many things of interest to its new owners at Google. What remains to be seen is whether the quadruped robot’s ability to pick up a breeze block and hurl it across a warehouse with impressive dexterity and speed is among them. The computer search giant has completed the purchase of Boston Dynamics, the maker of a cutting-edge menagerie of walking and crawling robots including Big Dog, which counts America’s Department of Defense (DoD) among its major sources of income. The robotics firm is the eighth company in the same field to be snapped up by

Pew: Liberal support for Obama
at all-time low, worse than
George W. Bush and conservatives
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:22:55 PM     Post Reply
Following on the heels of other political groups, President Obama´s liberal base is abandoning him, giving him an even lower level of support from his base than George W. Bush had from conservatives five years into his presidency, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Just 54 percent of liberal Democrats strongly approve of Obama in their new poll. For Bush at this stage of his presidency, 65 percent of conservatives strongly supported the Republican. Worse for Obama: Younger liberals have lost their thrill for Obama more than older liberals. Of those aged 18-49, just 46 percent strongly approve

  


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From the wacky to the infuriating,
Sen. Tom Coburn´s annual Wastebook
catalogs government waste in lean times
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:16:52 PM     Post Reply
The federal government this year made significant cuts to important services and programs while at the same time wasting $30 billion on frivolous expenditures like the "pillownauts" study NASA conducted to learn the effects of lying in bed all day, a new watchdog report shows. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Tuesday released his fourth annual "Wastebook," a catalog of questionable government spending that is, at best, pretty wacky (funding for "Popular Romance Project" -- $1 million) and, at its worst, infuriating (continuing pay for Army Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter -- $52,000).

Obama´s Christmas gift:
New workout clothes
The Hill (Washington DC), by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:12:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will be sporting new workout clothes come Christmas. First lady Michelle Obama revealed her Christmas gift for the president during a stop at the Children’s National Medical Center Monday afternoon. Every first lady since Bess Truman has visited the hospital during the holiday season. "He said that’s what he wanted. Don’t think — I’m not forcing my husband to work out," she said. She didn´t reveal any specifics about what Sasha and Malia will find under the tree, adding that the president already spoiled their oldest´s gift choice. "Malia wanted a cellphone, but then her father got it

Roger Waters: Israel is a
‘racist apartheid regime´
Cybercast News Service, by James Beattie    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/17/2013 12:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Roger Waters, formerly of 1970s rock giant Pink Floyd, told Counterpunch Magazine in an interview earlier this month that he maintains a cultural boycott of Israel because of their government’s “ethnic cleansing” and is a “racist apartheid ... regime.” Waters is a big proponent for pro-Palestinian causes. The man best known for Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall spoke last year at the United Nations General Assembly as Palestinians won recognition from the world body as a non-observer state. In an interview printed Dec. 6, Waters spoke with Frank Barat of Counterpunch magazine about his latest tour and

Afghanistan aircraft crash
kills six US soldiers - Isaf
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 11:33:34 AM     Post Reply
Six American soldiers have died in a crash involving an aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) says. The cause of the crash in Zabul is unknown and an investigation is under way, Isaf said. Initial reports indicated there was "no enemy activity in the area" at the time of the incident, a short statement said. US defence department officials confirmed the victims´ nationalities. The deputy governor of Zabul province told the Associated Press news agency that a Nato helicopter had crashed in the remote district of Shajau. It was not clear if he was referring to the same incident. The crash is

  


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Short Hills mall killing latest
turn in surge of carjackings
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Richard Cowen and Chris Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/17/2013 11:17:57 AM     Post Reply
A young Hoboken attorney who was shot to death during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills on Sunday night is the latest victim in a rising tide of violence being waged by thugs stealing cars at gunpoint, law enforcement officials said Monday. The fatal shooting of Dustin Friedland, 30, by two men after they rolled up on him and his wife in the parking deck on Sunday night is the latest — and deadliest — of the more than 400 carjackings reported in Essex County this year, officials said. It also may be a signal that the crime that has

Obama´s Current Approval Rating
Is The Ugliest Since Nixon
Business Insider, by Brett Logiurato    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 11:06:50 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office with the lowest approval ratings at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday. Obama´s approval rating in the poll stands at 43%. By comparison, President George W. Bush had a 47% approval rating at the end of the fifth year of his presidency. And all other Post-World War II presidents had approval ratings above 50% — with the exception of Nixon, who, amid the Watergate scandal, had a dreadful 29% approval rating.

Sebelius Seeks Firm to Help HHS Not
Appear ´Ignorant and Unaware´
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/17/2013 10:58:22 AM     Post Reply
One week after a Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report created a media firestorm by revealing that the official White House calendar and Politico presidential calendar recorded only a single one-on-one meeting between President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS announced it is looking to hire a media firm to help the embattled agency not appear "ignorant and unaware." The HHS hiring notice states that it needs assistance in tracking and monitoring media stories so that HHS staff remain abreast of "how the department and its agencies are being cast in the public eye."

BREAKING: Budget deal
clears Senate filibuster
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 10:42:19 AM     Post Reply
The new budget agreement cleared a key test vote in the Senate on Tuesday, signaling that the deal, which is designed to head off the chance of another government shutdown early next year, will soon pass Congress. The 67-33 vote saw 12 Republicans join with all Democrats to head of a filibuster, setting up a final vote later Tuesday or Wednesday. Under the deal, lawmakers will raise spending in 2014 and 2015 on the promise of higher fees and more cuts later. Sen. Patty Murray, Democrats’ chief budget negotiator, said the deal wasn’t everything either side wanted, but it was a first step

Our World: Kerry forces
Israel’s moment of decision
- Thread Closed
Jerusalem Post, by CAROLINE B. GLICK    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/17/2013 10:38:32 AM     Post Reply
There was a ghoulish creepiness to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Israel last week. Here we were, beset by the greatest winter storm in a hundred years. All roads to Jerusalem were sealed off. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites and residents of surrounding areas were locked down in their houses, without power, heat, telephone service or water. And all of the sudden, out of nowhere, Kerry (snip) telling us that we’d better accept the deal he plans to present us next month, or face the wrath of the US and Europe, and suffer another Palestinian terror war.

  



Mexico’s Reforms: The Good,
the Bad, and the Ugly
American Magazine, by Roger F. Noriega*    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/17/2013 10:16:40 AM     Post Reply
The Mexican Congress has exceeded expectations and produced a reform package that could revitalize the country’s crucial energy sector, allaying concerns about the energy plans President Enrique Peña Nieto had earlier presented. This hopeful development is the most important achievement under thePacto por Mexico (Pact for Mexico) — an agreement among the leaders of the country’s three major political parties and the presidency to work together on shared priorities. That agreement also led to a fiscal reform plan that fell short of the critical goal of modernizing Mexico’s tax structure, and to an education package whose real impact depends entirely on

Man killed in upscale New Jersey mall
parking lot sacrificed himself to
protect his wife from armed carjackers,
source says
Daily Mail (U.K.), by ML Nestel, David Mccormack and Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 12/17/2013 10:07:31 AM     Post Reply
A source close to the investigation of the shooting death of a 30-year-old man in the parking lot of a New Jersey mall Sunday night says the victim died trying to protect his wife from harm. The New York Daily News reports that Dustin Friedland had just let his wife into the couple´s $80,000 Range Rover and was walking to the driver´s side when he was accosted by the carjackers who demanded his keys. Fearful for his wife´s safety, he resisted and four shots were fired, including one that killed the recently married lawyer.

"Layaway Angel" shows Christmas
spirit at Mesa Walmart store
KSAZ Fox 10 [Phoenix, AZ], by Linda Williams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 10:05:48 AM     Post Reply
MESA, Ariz. - The deadline for Walmart´s layaway plan had passed. If you hadn´t paid off the layaway, you lose your deposit. The items that you´d been paying on go back in stock -- unless, by chance there is a Christmas angel. It was emotional day at the Walmart on the U.S. 60 in Mesa Sunday -- a lot of tears from customers, Walmart associates, any one who witnessed what some are dubbing a Christmas layaway angel. She appeared quietly at this store in the layaway department two days after the layaway payment deadline -- an older lady with $5,000 and a surprising

The eloquence of the fake signing man
Mail & Guardian [South Africa], by Sarah Britten    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2013 10:03:57 AM     Post Reply
I won’t lie. A lot of this is bloody funny (read some of the best jokes about it here). The fake sign language interpreter is now a cultural phenomenon, featuring on major US comedy shows and catalysing a new meme. And yet, at the heart of this, is a terrible sadness. (Snip)In South Africa, the signing man told the world, you don’t actually have to know what you are doing in order to get a job. You don’t have to have any ability whatsoever, as long as it looks, to most, as though you can go through the motions —

The Air Boehner Tax
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/17/2013 10:03:10 AM     Post Reply
He is the new tax collector for the welfare state. And House Speaker John Boehner’s latest gift to the American people — a 124% tax increase on air travel — can aptly be called The Air Boehner Tax. But first…a short time travel trip. The date: Monday. January 11, 1982 The place: The White House Wrote President Ronald Reagan in his diary of this day: Repub. House Leaders came down to the W.H. —Except for Jack Kemp they are h—l bent on new taxes… Another date: Wednesday, August 4, 1982 The place: The White House. Another entry from Reagan’s diary:

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