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Police Training Instructor Who
Shot Recruit During Exercise
To Serve 60 Days In Jail
CBS Baltimore, by Mike Hellgren    Original Article
Posted By: holding my nose again- 12/18/2013 8:17:49 AM     Post Reply
A Baltimore City police officer will spend time in jail for shooting a University of Maryland police recruit during a training exercise. Mike Hellgren spoke to the victim’s family about whether they feel justice has been served. Baltimore City police officer William Kern apologized for accidentally grabbing his service weapon and shooting police recruit Raymond Gray in the head during a training exercise.

British volunteer surgeon Abbas Khan
´in effect, murdered´ by Assad in Syria
Telegraph (U.K.), by Ruth Sherlock, and Claire Duffi    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/18/2013 8:11:59 AM     Post Reply
The Government has accused the Syrian regime of effectively “murdering” a British doctor who had travelled to the country to help injured children on the war-torn streets of Aleppo. Dr Abbas Khan, 32, a hand and nerve surgeon from Streatham, south London, was found dead in his Damascus jail cell this week after allegedly being subjected to months of torture and appalling treatment by Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Hugh Robertson, the Foreign Office minister, said that Dr Khan had been “in effect, murdered” by the Syrian government. His death came days before he was due to be released. The Syrian authorities

Harvard Student Charged In Bomb Hoax
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/18/2013 8:06:15 AM     Post Reply
BOSTON (CBS) — A Harvard student has been charged in connection with Monday’s bomb threats which shut down four Harvard buildings and canceled finals for many students. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper. Kim will be in US District Court Wednesday.

  


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Merkel compared NSA to Stasi
in heated encounter with Obama
The Guardian, by Ian Traynor    Original Article
Posted By: MattMusson- 12/18/2013 8:01:01 AM     Post Reply
In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up. The German chancellor also told the US president that America´s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.

A Powerful Rebuke of Mass Surveillance
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/18/2013 7:46:56 AM     Post Reply
For the first time since the revelation of the National Security Agency’s vast dragnet of all Americans’ telephone records, a federal court has ruled that such surveillance is “significantly likely” to be unconstitutional.In a scathing 68-page opinion peppered with exclamations of incredulity, United States District Judge Richard Leon, of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia, found that the seven-year-old phone-data collection program — which was established under the Patriot Act and has been repeatedly reauthorized by a secret intelligence court — “almost certainly” violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches.

Incompetence
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/18/2013 7:37:03 AM     Post Reply
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White

Two and a Half Cheers for Ryan-Murray
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 6:50:17 AM     Post Reply
My life’s work is devoted to cutting the federal government in half.(Snip)In fact, I’m probably the only person in Washington who thinks the legislation that would have that effect over the long run can and quite possibly will be enacted within the next 10 years (politics operates in cycles, like a pendulum, thank you Barack Obama). And I have worked directly on that project with Paul Ryan — he is one of the few people in America who understands that if these reforms are done right, the poor, seniors, those in need of health care, working people, America, and the

  


  

Obama mocks Putin, picks gay
athletes for Sochi delegation
Associated Press, by Eddie Pells    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/18/2013 6:33:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address

Obama´s legacy: The end of
the great American Dream
Bucks County Courier-Times (PA), by Fred Hass    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/18/2013 6:29:11 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and congressional Democrats passed Obamacare behind closed doors, using back room deals and political/budget payoffs and manipulation. Not a single Republican was included in the structuring of this legislation. (snip)The progressive/left philosophy that Mr. Obama, with Democrat control of the Senate, is imposing on our country has turned the fictional “Clear and Present Danger” into a frightening reality. The liberal Democrat party of Harry Truman and JFK is gone. It no longer exists. Instead, it is controlled by far left, progressive radicals. This American political tragedy, with a domestic and foreign agenda that leans heavily to a socialist

The Faithful Sheriffs
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:56:07 AM     Post Reply
The refusal of sheriffs to enforce laws on gun control is at the top of page one of the New York Times this morning. Nice to see it there, as this is one of our favorite stories, trans-combining all the conflicting elements of federalism and constitutionalism. The Times focuses on the decision of the sheriff of Weld County, Colorado, to hang back from enforcing a law banning the possession, sale, or transfer of so-called large=capacity magazines. It describes the sheriff, John Cooke, holding up two magazines, one with a large capacity and the other not, and declaring that he can’t

Safeguarding Obama Throughout 2013
Creators Syndicate, by Brent Bozell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:52:03 AM     Post Reply
Liberal journalists were glowing and full of hope after President Barack Obama won a second term. As 2012 drew to a close, there was the traditional hour of ABC´s Barbara Walters fawning: "Mr. President, Mrs. Obama. There is a photograph of you (hugging) that went viral, became the most shared photograph in the history of Twitter. How do you keep the fire going?" As the second inauguration neared, Newsweek put out a cover image even though it had stopped printing magazines. Over a picture of Obama, it read: "The Second Coming. America Expects. Can He Deliver?" He laid an egg. These are

  


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They´re Still Finding Fossils
at L.A.´s La Brea Tar Pits
Wall Street Journal, by Arnie Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:47:35 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles ´You see that stick there with the bird at the end of it? Try pulling it up for yourself and you´ll get an idea of how sticky this is." John Harris, chief curator of the George C. Page Museum, is referring to an asphalt seep in Pit No. 4, one of several sources for the museum´s extensive fossil collection, at the surrounding La Brea Tar Pits. "Tar," for the record, is a misnomer. The sticky material is technically asphalt, the lowest grade of crude oil. No matter. The smelly, gunky land we´re standing on is home to one of the

Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone
New York Times, by Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 5:39:09 AM     Post Reply
London — Saudi Arabia has been friends with our Western partners for decades; for some, like the United Kingdom where I serve as ambassador, for almost a century. These are strategic alliances that benefit us both. Recently, these relationships have been tested — principally because of differences over Iran and Syria. We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by. The crisis in Syria continues unabated. There have been over 100,000

Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks
removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:21:48 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States,

Obamacare’s Silent Insurers
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:19:17 AM     Post Reply
When will the insurers revolt? It’s a question that’s popping up more and more. On the surface, the question answers itself. We’re talking about pinstriped insurance-company executives, not Hells Angels. One doesn’t want to paint with too broad a brush, but if you were going to guess which vocations lend themselves least to revolutionary zeal, actuaries rank slightly behind embalmers. Still, it’s hard not to wonder how much more these people are willing to take. Even an obedient dog will bite if you kick it enough. Since Obamacare’s passage, the administration has constantly moved the goalposts on the industry. For instance, when

  


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Religious Liberty Triumphs Over OCare
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/18/2013 5:16:49 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s effort to force religious organizations and employers to pay for services that violate their beliefs largely provided the basis for the presidential reelection campaign’s faux “war on women” talking point. As such, it must be considered a success as it turned a debate on the constitutionality of the ObamaCare mandate forcing all employers to pay for contraception and abortion drugs into one about the supposed indifference to the rights of women on the part of conservatives. But the legal battle over the fate of the Health and Human Services Department mandate in the courts is not going

This is the ad every Democrat
should be scared of in 2014
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:10:47 AM     Post Reply
Ending Spending, a conservative outside group dedicated to, well, ending (government)spending, is running an ad in New Hampshire that will be replicated endlessly by Republican candidates and groups in the 2014 midterm election.(Snip for video)The ad, which was produced by GOP media consultant Larry McCarthy, hits all of the high notes. It uses footage of Shaheen using the “if you like your insurance you can keep it” line while noting on screen that President Obama was given the “lie of the year” by PolitiFact for saying the same thing. A narrator points out that 20,000 New Hampshire residents have had

How the Calendar Will Influence
GOP Senate Primaries
Roll Call, by Nathan L. Gonzalez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
Stories about Republican primaries are all the rage, and we’re still nearly three months from the first actual election. But in all of the analysis of vulnerable senators, voting scorecards and outside groups, it’s important to remember the calendar and how primary results could affect subsequent races. It’s possible that a snowball effect could work for or against tea-party-aligned groups next year, depending on the outcomes. The first Senate primary contest will be March 4 in Texas. Rep. Steve Stockman’s last-minute challenge to GOP Sen. John Cornyn got plenty of media attention. But unless Stockman can find a pot of gold (worth

The Year in Preview:
Obama´s Last Stand
American Prospect, by Walter Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:00:26 AM     Post Reply
Margaret Chase Smith, the pioneering Republican moderate senator from Maine, was asked by a reporter in the early 1950s what she would do if she awoke to find herself in the White House. She replied, “I’d go straight to Mrs. Truman and apologize. Then I’d go home.” Anyone trying to concoct an agenda for Barack Obama during his remaining 37 months in office should approach the task with similar modesty. The rocky terrain of 2013 is a reminder that life in the Oval Office usually becomes more dispiriting even as the furnishings grow more familiar. After five years, every two-term

ObamaCare fibs make
Obama the year’s biggest liar
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 4:53:37 AM     Post Reply
Congratulations to President Obama. He keeps racking up victories, and now has been named winner of the Lie of the Year award. Oops, so sorry. Being No. 1 isn’t always a good thing. Then again, the sponsor of the award, PolitiFact, understated the president’s great skill at bending the arc of truth. The fact-checkers called Obama’s claim that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” the biggest whopper of 2013, and 59 percent of its mostly liberal readers agreed. But hold on, that’s discrimination. Think of all the other known ObamaCare lies that got overlooked. His promise that you can keep

  



Not Trying to Ban Guns –
Except When We Are
PJ Media, by Clayton E. Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:49:18 AM     Post Reply
I was invited to speak at a law school symposium in November at the University of Connecticut. I was there to speak about the connection between mental illness and mass murder. (If curious, my presentation starts at about 2:20:00 in this video stream.) It was an interesting experience, and a reminder of how much trouble the gun control movement is in, and of how dishonest their arguments really are. Richard Aborn, formerly chairman of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), spoke at the symposium. Aborn claimed that he supported reasonable gun control laws. Aborn even argued that the U.S. Supreme

Cover Oregon bans criticism
of Obamacare. Wait… what?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 4:43:54 AM     Post Reply
You folks should know by now that you don’t speak ill of your betters. (H/T to The Examiner.) The state most likely to be named the country’s worst Obamacare exchange is reportedly banning its partners from saying almost anything negative about it in a broad confidentiality agreement. Radio host Lars Larson and his show’s legal expert Bruce McCain report that in order to contract with Cover Oregon, so-called “community partners” are forced to sign a far-reaching non-disparagement agreement that could put the organizations at risk of losing all their grant money if Oregon state officials decide they disagree with any unfavorable statements

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Reason Magazine, by Cathy Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 4:40:06 AM     Post Reply
One evening in February 2012, Vassar College students Xialou "Peter" Yu and Mary Claire Walker, both members of the school´s rowing team, had a few drinks at a team gathering and left together as the party wound down. After a make-out session at a campus nightspot, they went to Yu´s dorm room, where, by his account, they had sex that was not only consensual but mainly initiated by Walker, who reassured her inexperienced partner that she knew what to do. At some point, Yu´s roommate walked in on them; after he was gone, Yu says, Walker decided she wanted to

Union official: Smoking, obesity,
other health issues could mean
paying more under ObamaCare
Fox News, by Jim Angle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:37:15 AM     Post Reply
Under ObamaCare, smoking, obesity and other health conditions sometimes penalized by wellness programs can force even those with employer-provided insurance to pay more, an officer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said Tuesday. "I run five miles a day, I don´t drink, I don´t smoke. And by the Kaiser wellness program that a number of employees we represent are covered by, I´m two pounds from being overweight," said John Borsos. Kaiser said in a statement late Tuesday that its program is voluntary and does not penalize those who don´t meet the program´s goals, although that is not true for other programs. Borsos

Soros claims broken leg, wants
delay in court tiff with ex
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 4:37:11 AM     Post Reply
Due to a broken leg, George Soros has asked for a delay in giving a deposition in his long-running legal battle with his former Brazilian girlfriend. The billionaire investor’s lawyers were in court Tuesday to seek a postponement in the case brought by Adriana Ferreyr, the former actress who is suing Soros for $50 million, claiming he reneged on a promise to buy her a $1.9 million apartment on the Upper East Side. ­Ferreyr said in her 2011 filing that they dated for five years and she was dumped in 2010. She was 27 at the time and Soros was

Look Who Made the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame
ABC News, by Luchina Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:33:35 AM     Post Reply
Nirvana, KISS and Peter Gabriel are among the music artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Also on the list, which was released today, are pop singer Linda Ronstadt, blue-eyed soul duo Hall and Oates and British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. The latter three might come as a surprise to some hard rock fans, but the Rock Hall, which has drawn controversy since it began inducting performers in 1986, includes not just the legends of rock, but soul and R&B artists, like Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight & the Pips, rap artists like Public Enemy

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