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Delta Will Ban Calls On Planes
Even If Feds Approve Them
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 12/19/2013 8:57:33 AM     Post Reply
Delta Air Lines won’t let passengers make voice calls from its planes, even if regulators allow them, it said Wednesday. The airline’s frequent fliers believe that calls in the cabin would disrupt the travel experience, CEO Richard Anderson told employees in a memo. A majority of its customers in a survey last year said the ability to make calls would make their experience worse, not better, Delta said.

Christianity on trial in
Duck Dynasty controversy
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2013 8:56:27 AM     Post Reply
America may be on the verge of a long-needed discussion over the limits of discourse on homosexual acts. Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family that stars in Duck Dynasty, the most popular program in the history of cable television, was interviewed by GQ Magazine, and was asked what in his mind is sinful: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there." (snip) Robertson spoke of homosexual behavior - i.e., acts. He took care not to characterize homosexuality per se as sinful. This is quite consistent with Christian doctrine of loving the sinner while hating the sin. That crucial point

The Decline and Fall
of Political Discourse
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2013 8:53:38 AM     Post Reply
As the easily predicable disaster that is ObamaCare continues to evolve, two things are certain: one, Barack Obama and his minions will never admit failure and reverse course; and two, the vitriol emanating from the Left aimed at obliterating their political opposition will intensify during the upcoming year far beyond what has been experienced during the Obama term to date. (snip)This nation can no longer harbor an opposition party unwilling to fight for the heart and soul of a country rapidly descending into second class status. Those in the Republican Establishment and the American people should heed the words attributed to

  


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Uninsured Skeptical of Health
Care Law in Poll
New York Times, by Abby Goodnough and Allison Kopicki    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/19/2013 8:50:40 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.Fifty-three percent of the uninsured disapprove of the law, the poll found, compared with 51 percent of those who have health coverage. A third of the uninsured say the law will help them personally, but about the same number think it will hurt them, with cost a leading concern.

Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting
American Magazine, by Richard E. Redding    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/19/2013 8:38:56 AM     Post Reply
University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’s study, “How Different Are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,” published in the academic journal Social Science Research last year, caused a firestorm in the scientific community. Unlike most previous studies, Regnerus found that children of parents who had experienced a same-sex relationship fared worse than children of heterosexual parents on measures of social, emotional, and psychological adjustment as well as educational attainment, employment history, need for public assistance, substance abuse, and criminal justice system involvement. The reaction to the Regnerus study was

NYT Mag Offers Inexplicable 2006
John McCain Cover Profile in 2013
American Prospect, by Paul Waldman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/19/2013 8:23:07 AM     Post Reply
Did we need 6,600 words about the utterly irrelevant John McCain? Somebody thought we did. In the last couple of years, every time something John McCain says makes "news," my immediate reaction—sometimes on Twitter, sometimes just in my head—is, "Remind me again why anybody should give a crap what John McCain thinks about anything?" I´ve never been able to get a satisfactory answer to this question. And here comes star reporter Mark Leibovich, author of the well-received This Town, with a 6,634-word cover profile of McCain for next week´s New York Times Magazine. Do we need another one of these?

Elie Wiesel’s Warning
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 8:22:22 AM     Post Reply
Congratulations are in order for Elie Wisel for his advertisement calling on Congress to strengthen sanctions on Iran. The ad doesn’t go as far as the Sun would go, in that it wants President Obama and Congress to demand “as a condition of continued talks” the “total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the regime’s public and complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel.” We oppose negotiations with the mullahs outright, preferring instead a strategic aim of regime change and democratization. But the statement by Mr. Wiesel, and the highly public way in which he is making it, are

  


  

How John McCain Turned His
Clichés Into Meaning
New York Times Magazine, by Mark Leibovich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 8:03:54 AM     Post Reply
When I walk into John McCain’s office a week before Thanksgiving, he is not at all happy — and seems to be enjoying it quite a bit. He is sampling none of the usual flavors of upset we tend to associate with the Arizona senator: not the “McCain is bitter” or “get off my yard” varieties, not even the “deeply troubled” umbrage that politicians of all stripes love to assume. Here is a man, instead, who is gleefully seizing an opportunity for outrage. “I am very angry,” McCain says through a smiling grimace. He hands me a photocopied compilation of

The U.S. Asks:
What About the Maid?
Wall Street Journal, by Joanna Bugden    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 7:56:59 AM     Post Reply
As India continues to bristle over allegations of mistreatment of one of its diplomats in the U.S., American authorities prosecuting the case are asking a different question: Why is no one bothered about the maid who brought the case and alleged she was underpaid and overworked? Devyani Khobragade is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a U.S. visa for her domestic help, Sangeeta Richard, before starting her job as a deputy consul general at the Indian Embassy in New York in November 2012. Ms. Khobragade was arrested last week after her help alleged she was paid below the minimum wage

The Death of Little Nell
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 7:54:04 AM     Post Reply
Has there been a more heart-rending story recently than this piece from the New York Times? Oh, the humanity: Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it. They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able

Journalist Panel, Including CNN’s
Tapper, Agrees Media Has ‘Liberal Bias’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 7:48:54 AM     Post Reply
Today’s POLITICO Breakfast panel featured four journalists (CNN anchor Jake Tapper, NY Times Magazine‘s Mark Leibovich, NY Times reporter Peter Baker, and NBC political reporter Kelly O’Donnell), all of whom agreed that the mainstream media and the DC reporting class harbors a liberal bias. Leibovich said there are “clues” you witness at the media’s “leftward lean,” while Tapper was more careful in explaining what he believes to be the real issue of bias in the press. After acknowledging that Brent Bozell, president of the watchdog group Media Research Center, would tout this consensus from the rooftops, Tapper argued it’s not

  


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A Conversation with Mike Lee
American Thinker, by Elise Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 7:44:19 AM     Post Reply
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is the new maverick of the Republican Party. He is a straight talker who was elected in the 2010 wave of the Republican comeback. Senator Lee has distinguished himself in speaking out on issues such as ObamaCare, using his experience as a Constitutional lawyer to explain this disastrous law. American Thinker had the pleasure of interviewing this up and coming Republican. American Thinker: Recently Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has formed an anti-Tea Party PAC targeting Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Is this an example of Republicans shooting themselves in the foot? Senator Mike Lee: No political

American National Interest Recedes
as Obama Retrenches
New York Sun, by Conrad Black    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 7:35:12 AM     Post Reply
As this confusing year wends to an end, it is hard not to wonder what has happened to the underlying, continuous, almost immutable national interest of the United States. When George Washington declined the advice of his aides and supporters to seize the government of the country, and instead handed over control of the Continental Army in 1783, he charged the Continental Congress with the task of preserving an “indissoluble Union,” of protecting the independence and territorial integrity the new country had just achieved after seven years of struggle, and of endowing it with a trustworthy currency. Washington had no confidence

Baucus’ departure throws
wrinkle into U.S. Senate race
Montana Standard [Butte, MT], by Mike Dennison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 7:22:32 AM     Post Reply
HELENA — The news that Sen. Max Baucus may resign his seat to become U.S. ambassador to China could throw a new wrinkle into the 2014 race for his Senate seat, as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock would appoint Baucus’s successor. Would Bullock appoint his own lieutenant governor, John Walsh, who’s already a top Democratic candidate for the seat that Baucus planned to vacate anyway, through retirement? Neither Walsh nor Bullock would comment Wednesday evening. Appointing Walsh would make him an incumbent U.S. senator, immediately upping his profile in a race that already includes Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and four

White House task force recommends
curbs to NSA surveillance
Telegraph (UK), by Philip Sherwell    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/19/2013 6:53:29 AM     Post Reply
America´s spy chiefs should hand control of the country´s sweeping telephone data record collection to private telecommunications companies, according to a task force set up by President Barack Obama to review the controversial surveillance programme. The panel of five experts also recommended that future eavesdropping of foreign leaders should only be approved by a president, not intelligence officials, if "rigorous" tests were passed. The revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting "metadata" from millions of telephone calls and monitoring the communications of allies such as Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, prompted widespread criticism in the US and abroad.

  


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AP Interview: Obama´s
brother writes about abuse
Associated Press, by Kelvin Chan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/19/2013 6:49:28 AM     Post Reply
HONG KONG — President Barack Obama´s half brother is publishing an autobiography that details the domestic abuse that served as the theme for his earlier semiautobiographical novel, which featured an abusive parent patterned on their late father. Related Stories Obama´s Kenyan-born uncle allowed to remain in US Associated Press Onyango Obama Immigration Hearing Set For Tuesday Huffington Post Mark Obama Ndesandjo also recounts his sporadic but intense encounters with his brother over the years in "Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery." The self-published book, to be released in February, also tries to set the record straight on some points in

Sarah Palin Defends ´Duck
Dynasty´ Star: ´Free Speech
Is an Endangered Species´
Hollywood Reporter, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 6:47:58 AM     Post Reply
Phil Robertson came under fire after making anti-gay comments, causing the former Alaska Governor to tweet those "taking on" the reality star are taking "on us all." Sarah Palin has come to the defense of embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. After A&E placed Robertson on indefinite hiatus for making anti-gay remarks, Palin tweeted her support of the reality star. our editor recommends ´Duck Dynasty´ Star´s Anti-Gay Remarks: Hollywood Reacts´Duck Dynasty´s´ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay RemarksGLAAD Slams ´Duck Dynasty´ Star Phil Robertson for ´Vile´ Comments About Homosexuality"Free speech is endangered species; those ´intolerants´ hatin´ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch

‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Pajama
Boy’: Two Americas?
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 6:43:16 AM     Post Reply
As you’ve probably heard, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been suspended by A&E over what many are describing as “anti-gay” comments he made to GQ. So what did he say that was so bad? Here’s an excerpt, via E!: “‘Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,’ he tells the magazine. Paraphrasing Corinthians, he says, ‘Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t

Duck Dynasty´ star suspended
after anti-gay remarks
CNN, by Holly Yen and Dana Ford    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/19/2013 6:38:03 AM     Post Reply
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know

Max Baucus to be nominated for
ambassador to China
Columbus Dispatch, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 12/19/2013 6:33:47 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who has taken a tough stance against some of China’s trade practices, will be nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next ambassador to Beijing, according to Senate aides. Baucus, who has announced his intention to retire from the Senate at the end of next year, currently chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax and trade policy. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978. Obama’s choice of the 72-year-old Baucus to be ambassador to China must be confirmed by the Senate.

  



A Presidential Museum of the Absurd
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:49:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It has been a grim Christmas around the White House. Frankly I think President Barack Obama must be wondering why. Has anyone on the White House staff seen him tee off lately? He is really walloping the old ball, and his putting game has improved too. Moreover, he has been taking many not-to-be-forgotten trips on Air Force One, most recently his trip to South Africa to solemnize the expiry of Nelson Mandela, which was only marred by the sign-language interpretations of Mr. Thamsanqa Jantjie. Mr. Jantjie stood to Mr. Obama’s immediate left gesticulating sheer gibberish to the world’s

Tea Party Candidates
Shunned by Senate Idols
National Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:38:35 AM     Post Reply
Chris McDaniel sits atop a wave of conservative Republicans challenging sitting U.S senators from their own party, wielding a tea-party trifecta of endorsements from the Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, and FreedomWorks. Yet McDaniel is unlikely to receive support from any of his tea party idols in the Senate who, in part, owe their own elections to those same groups. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida won´t take sides in GOP incumbent primaries because of his own experience of running against the establishment´s pick. Neither will Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who rode tea party support to take down a three-term incumbent.

How America is a Nation of Whiners: First
World Problems Read by Third World People
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:23:25 AM     Post Reply
This video “First world problems read by Third World people” demonstrates to the American people that poverty in the richest nation in the world is a different ballgame around the globe. People who continuously ask for government to keep giving them the fruits of others’ labor should bear in mind that the entire reason we have had prosperity in America is because everyone was expected to do his fair share to pay his or her own way through life. Thanks to free market economy, poverty around the world is reducing dramatically, as Harvard and Oxford studies note. Freer economies are more equal

Three ways GOP can teach Harry
Reid that what goes around
really does come around
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/19/2013 5:16:54 AM     Post Reply
Small details tell big stories in the political world and Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York has a master´s eye for detecting them. Take his column today on how Jeh Johnson, President Obama´s new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, thumbed his nose at Senate Republicans. In Harry Reid´s nuked Senate, only 51 votes are required to confirm — or deny — presidential nominees for cabinet posts. That fact changes everything about the Senate. No more compromises For example, as York notes, "If Johnson could be confident that he had at least 51 of the Senate´s 55 Democratic votes

‘Massive Seizure of Power´:
Climate scientists, economists challenge EPA
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastash    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 5:10:44 AM     Post Reply
A group of climate scientists and economists are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other stationary sources. These critics see a “massive seizure of power” by the agency. The scientists and economists, including the former chair of the EPA’s Science Advisory Committee, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, arguing that the agency does not have the authority to permit greenhouse gases from stationary sources. According to the group, such a permitting scheme is a “naked power grab of the most cynical sort.” “There is no avoiding that this rule is a massive

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