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Bobby Jindal Backs Phil Robertson:
I Remember When TV networks
believed in the First Amendment
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:57:10 AM     Post Reply
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has released a statement in response to A&E´s decision to indefinitely suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for religious comments he made about homosexuality in GQ Magazine. The Robertson family lives in Monroe, Louisiana. “Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV," Jindal said. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive.

5 die from gunshot wounds
in 18 hours in Chicago
Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:50:41 AM     Post Reply
Three people, including a 74-year-old man, were shot to death within three hours on the South and Southwest sides in Chicago overnight, according to authorities. Adding to the toll are two teens who died Wednesday after being shot earlier in the week. The 74-year-old man was found dead inside a car around 4:45 a.m. today. He suffered several gunshot wounds and died at the scene in the 7000 block of South East End Avenue, police said. Not long afterward, another man, 41, was found dead in a car about three blocks north, in the 6700 block of South East End

N.J. Politics Roundup: DNC
attacks Christie over GWB;
poll shows governor had best 2013
Star-Ledger [NJ], by Brent Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:43:58 AM     Post Reply
[Video] TRENTON — The Democratic National Committee released a video Wednesday accusing Gov. Chris Christie of dodging questions about the George Washington Bridge controversy. Meanwhile, lawyers for two officials who resigned amid the scandal have asked for more time to respond to subpoenas from a state Assembly panel investigating the matter, according to e-mails obtained by The Star-Ledger. A spokesman for the Port Authority declined to comment on who would foot the bill for outside counsel hired by the two former executives. (Snip) And New Jersey´s two U.S. Senators — Robert Menendez and Cory Booker — have remained silent on



Mandela memorial service interpreter
admitted to psychiatric hospital
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:34:54 AM     Post Reply
The man who sparked an international furor by offering bogus sign language interpretation at a major memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. The Star newspaper reported that Thamsanqa Jantjie was admitted to the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital on Tuesday after being taken for a check-up by his wife, Siziwe. The paper reported that doctors suggested that Thamsanqa be admitted immediately. "The past few days have been hard. We have been supportive because he might have had a breakdown," Siziwe said. Thamsanqa Jantjie gained international infamy overnight when he

Forget The Da Vinci Code:
this is the real mystery
of the Knights Templar
Telegraph [UK], by Dominic Selwood    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 11:32:30 AM     Post Reply
Not so long ago, casually throwing the Knights Templar into polite conversation was a litmus test of mental health. One of Umberto Eco’s characters in Foucault’s Pendulum summed it up perfectly. He declared that you could recognise a lunatic "by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars". But all good things come to an end. The enigmatic medieval monk-knights are no longer a fringe interest for obsessives. They are now squarely mainstream. And as 18 March 2014 draws closer, Templarmania is going

A smile... then a kiss of the
Koran: Lee Rigby´s distraught family
leave court in tears after his
Muslim killers show no remorse as
they are found GUILTY of hacking*
Daily Mail (UK), by Martin Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 11:25:40 AM     Post Reply
The distraught family of Lee Rigby have today paid a tearful tribute to the ´brave´ soldier after two British Muslim fanatics were found guilty of his murder. Fusilier Rigby, 25, was ´mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered´ by Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, who ambushed him outside his military barracks in Woolwich, South East London on May 22. During their trial Lee Rigby´s bereft family were forced to watch footage and hear gruesome accounts of the soldier being run down at 40mph and hacked to death in the street. The jury, who will be offered counselling, took just 90

A&E declares war on ´Duck
Dynasty´s´ Christian values
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 12/19/2013 11:20:34 AM     Post Reply
Duck Dynasty has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. By now you probably know that A&E indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, for following the teachings of the Holy Bible. Nothing says tolerance and diversity by silencing the Christians and shoving them in a closet. Between you and me, I think Duck Dynasty ought to indefinitely suspend A&E. Phil ran afoul of intolerant leftwing bullies after making comments about homosexuality to GQ magazine. When the writer asked Phil what he considered to be sinful behavior, he replied:



Some Parents Upset After
L.I. School Removes Religious
References From ‘Silent Night’
CBS [New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/19/2013 11:16:54 AM     Post Reply
The song “Silent Night” is at the heart of a concert controversy on Long Island. Kings Park schools officials removed several religious references, including “Holy infant” and “Christ the Savior,” from the popular Christmas carol before a student concert last week, WCBS 880's Mike Xirinachs reported. The intent was not to offend non-Christians, but the change upset others. (Snip) The school superintendent and principal of the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School have since apologized. They admit it was a mistake to edit the song and promise it won’t happen again, Xirinachs reported.

Phil Robertson Won´t Shut Up
And The Media Hates It
American Spectator, by Benjamin Brophy    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 11:11:14 AM     Post Reply
The A&E network has suspended Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, for perceived anti-gay remarks in a recent GQ interview. While discussing God, sin, and repentence, Robertson was asked what he found to be sinful: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," he says. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…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 deceive yourself. It´s not right. The reaction from

Fans Go Online to ´Bring Back
Phil Robertson´
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/19/2013 11:05:10 AM     Post Reply
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been suspended from the reality program but his fans are taking action. A&E suspended Robertson following remarks he made in the January issue of GQ magazine where he says homosexuality is a sin along with bestiality and promiscuity. Fans have turned to the social media to oppose the suspension, there are at least seven variations of “Bring Back Phil Robertson” pages on Facebook. The most popular among them had 300,000 likes as of early Thursday morning. The leading “Bring Back Phil Robertson” Facebook page features a link to a Change.org petition calling on A&E

Homosexuals Get Duck Dy-Nasty
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2013 10:39:15 AM     Post Reply
When I saw the headline yesterday about how "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson had commented on a certain sexuality-defined group, I wondered how long it would be before he got the "treatment." I saw the next headline no more than a few hours later. (snip) How´s that tolerance workin´ for ya´? "Tolerance," as it has been marketed, was always a con. Aristotle said that "[t]olerance is the last virtue of a dying society," but it´s also the vice that kills it. And it so often is a vice because it´s generally misunderstood. For one thing, tolerance always implies a negative, real or



Joe Manchin Gives Marco Rubio Elephant-
Shaped Coal for Secret Santa
Breitbart Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 10:32:39 AM     Post Reply
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin found a way to give Sen. Marco Rubio a lump of coal for Christmas and not have it be an insult. Rubio, who began the year giving cable news fodder for his demise by drinking water and ends it as a Tea Party member with an asterisk to his name, certainly spent the year causing enough waves to expect a lump of coal from someone out there. At least this time, his gift was not the usual Santa punishment for children who had a naughty year but a symbol of hard work and integrity from a

Cruz Blasts Budget Deal:
´Exemplifies What Is Wrong
with Washington´
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 10:30:54 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fired away at the budget deal cut by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) that passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday. “This budget bill exemplifies what is wrong with Washington,” Cruz said in a statement. “Nothing is getting fixed. No important reforms are being addressed. The people get little in return except more debt, more taxes, and no change to the Obamacare disaster." "The Senate majority voted to allow Sen. Reid to ignore all Republican amendments," he continued. "Over and over, this is the roughshod style

The political columnist you must read
The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 10:28:59 AM     Post Reply
Ron Fournier is on fire. Liberated (my word) from the responsibilities of editing National Journal, the 20-year-veteran writer has become Washington´s most trenchant, most compulsively readable political critic. Liberal or conservative, libertarian or other, you´d be wise to start reading him. (To dispense with the compulsory narcissism: I used to work for Fournier at National Journal, and I consider him a mentor, so, yeah, I´ve got skin in the game. (Snip)Specifically, Obama promised too much, overestimates how weak he is institutionally, overestimates how strong Republicans are, and retreats to the comfort of a small group of advisers who exacerbate his

Handcuffed man proposed
while being arrested
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/19/2013 10:09:25 AM     Post Reply
An Oklahoma woman whose boyfriend proposed to her while he was being arrested on outstanding warrants said the man, who is now her fiance, is misunderstood. Justin Harrel, 32, told Elk City police he was preparing to propose to girlfriend Elaina Rios at Elk City´s "Christmas In The Park" Friday when he was arrested on unspecified warrants from Washita and Greer Counties, KXTV, Oklahoma City, reported Wednesday. Police helped Harrel complete the proposal and retrieved the ring from the handcuffed man´s pocket before carting him away to jail. "We´re best friends. He completes me. He´s my rock and I´m his



Obamacare ´pajamas boy´
gets roundly mocked
Washington Times (D.C), by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 10:07:01 AM     Post Reply
It’s not unusual for President Obama to tweet out messages in support of his signature health care law, but a photo attached to one online missive is not getting the type of hype the White House had hoped for. The blogosphere and TV pundits are mocking the picture of a young “hipster”-type man in plaid pajamas and black-frame glasses who, while sipping a warm beverage, looks off camera with a slight grin. “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance,” the ad says. The photo got prominent play on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” eliciting laughter from its panel. “You are

Spinning White House Yarns
and Iranian Nukes
Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 12/19/2013 9:53:11 AM     Post Reply
Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” as their “Lie of the Year.” Reeling from Obamacare’s deceptive sales tactics, Americans dread its fallout but know that our system allows us to Think Again. We can repeal and replace bad laws. But we can’t reverse the fall-out from Iranian nukes, which explains President Kennedy’s warning that while “domestic policy can defeat us, foreign policy can kill us.” It also explains the backlash from allies and Congress against

Report: Kate Middleton´s
phone hacked, court told
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:44:43 AM     Post Reply
The British tabloid News of the World hacked Kate Middleton´s phone while she was dating Prince William, a prosecutor told a London court Thursday in a trial of the defunct newspaper´s executives, according to the British Press Association. In one voicemail message that William left Kate -- the transcript of which was read in court by the prosecutor -- the prince calls his future wife "Babykins" and says he was almost shot by blank rounds during a military training exercise, the PA reported. The date of the message wasn´t immediately clear, though the couple weren´t yet married at the time, the PA

Ted Cruz: Man Of The Year
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:34:44 AM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz stood on the floor of the Senate and answered his critics: “….do you expect me to remain here silent, or to shrink from the discharge of my duty?… I will speak in spite of all the intimidations, or threats, or discountenances that may be thrown upon me.” Actually, Ted Cruz did not say that. But the fact that it is so easily believable that he did say it says exactly why Ted Cruz, Time magazine’s selection of the Pope notwithstanding, is the real “Man of the Year.” In fact, while Cruz did make Time’s shortlist, he also popped up

Take This Town and Shove It
Politico, by Sam Youngman    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:31:36 AM     Post Reply
If you write about American politics for a living, stop right there. Get back to work, and don’t read another damn word. Sign out of Twitter, say “thanks but no thanks” to a dayside cable hit, get off your ass, go outside and listen to folks beyond the same 200 know-it-alls in Washington and New York who share your affinity for snark, views on Game of Thrones and predictions for next year’s Senate race in a state only a handful of you have ever set foot in. The 140-character slap-fight you’re in the middle of with another reporter who has never worked


Surprisingly Unanimous Journalist
Panel: Media Lean Left, Exist in
Socially Liberal Echo Chamber
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:14:10 AM     Post Reply
"Top journalists from The New York Times, NBC News and CNN acknowledged Wednesday that, generally speaking, the national media has a liberal bias," Politico´s media reporter Dylan Byers noted in a December 18 post recapping a Politico Playbook breakfast discussion held earlier on Wednesday morning. More than one panelist opined that it´s not just that journalists tend to be liberal on policy questions but that they live and work in environments which are socially liberal. "I live in northwest Washington, none of my neighbors are evangelical Christians [and] I don´t know a lot of people in my kid´s preschool who are

Where the U.S. saw rosy democratic
futures, ex-Soviet lands now see gloom
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/19/2013 9:08:57 AM     Post Reply
Yet another hectic day planned for the Obama-Biden administration. [Snip] A new Gallup Poll is about fallout from the collapse of the creaky old Soviet Union, the long-time superpower rival. Pushed by the aggressive "We Win, You Lose" policies of President Reagan, the aging Communist monolith flew apart 22 years ago next week. The Soviet breakup was seen as a grand strategic victory for the U.S. and for the global spread of democracy to unleash prosperity for those populations. So, you might be surprised to learn this survey finds the populations of 11 liberated lands very disappointed.

House of Cards? Obama and Democracy
Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/19/2013 9:08:29 AM     Post Reply
Nobody should blame President Obama for enjoying the Netflix political thriller House of Cards. Indeed, the show’s millions of fans (including me) probably sympathized with the commander in chief when he pleaded for access to advance copies of the series’ second season that is due out next year when high-tech execs (including the head of Netflix) came to the White House to discuss important issues, like how to build a functional website. But I wasn’t quite so amused by the president’s much-quoted remarks in which he purported to envy the ability of the show’s villain Frank Underwood

Target: 40 million credit
cards compromised
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:05:20 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -A breach of credit and debit card data at discount retailer Target may have affected as many as 40 million shoppers who went to the store in the three weeks after Thanksgiving, the retailer said Thursday. Late Wednesday, the Secret Service, which is charged with safeguard the nation´s financial infrastructure and payment systems, confirmed it was investigating the breach.

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.

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