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´Duck Dynasty´ Star Phil
Robertson Also Under Fire for
African-American Statements
Yahoo! TV, by Suzy Byrne    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 3:40:06 PM     Post Reply
Phil Robertson´s anti-gay comments aren´t the only part of his interview with GQ causing controversy. The 67-year-old "Duck Dynasty" star was suspended by A&E Wednesday for calling homosexuality sinful — and putting gay people in same category as terrorists. While those quotes quickly went viral, it wasn´t his only brow-raising statement in the interview; he also implied that African Americans were happier living under Jim Crow laws. "I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once," the reality star said of growing up in pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana. "Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked

Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal
immigrant children into the U.S.
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 3:29:52 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge in Texas late last week accused the Obama administration of aiding drug cartels, saying that instead of enforcing immigration laws, agents knowingly helped smuggle an illegal immigrant girl into the U.S. to live with her mother, also an illegal immigrant, in Virginia. In a 10-page order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen said the case was the fourth such case he’s seen over the last month, and in each instance Customs and Border Protection agents have helped to locate and deliver the children to their illegal immigrant parents. A federal judge in Texas late last week accused the Obama administration

4 Reasons Why the Duck
Dynasty Brouhaha Matters
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 3:25:33 PM     Post Reply
A&E TV’s decision to suspend Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty is still lighting up social media. The network probably had some idea that any decision impacting its most popular show would generate a backlash, but probably underestimated just how large the reaction would be. Whether it had any idea of just how important a battle it was opening is something only the network execs really know. If they’re the typical broadcast execs, they probably have very little contact with the kind of people who watch Duck Dynasty, and have no idea why the show is as popular as it is. Wittingly

  


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The Roots of the Ukraine
Protests: Stalin’s Genocide
National Review Online, by AlecTorres    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 3:23:51 PM     Post Reply
As hundreds of thousands continue to occupy Kiev’s Maidan square, and protests rage across Ukraine, plenty of explanations have been offered for the unrest, which was triggered by the Ukrainian president’s considering a closer relationship with Russia. It’s about a clash of economic interests, some say, or the divide between the western and eastern halves of the country, the latter Russian-speaking and much more industrial. While those issues are important, Walter Zaryckyj, executive director for the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR), argues that the mass protests have deeper roots: in Stalin’s great genocide by famine of the Ukrainian people in

The Obamacare 10 Percent Club
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 3:23:11 PM     Post Reply
Attention, last-minute insurance shoppers: There are only four days before P-Day, Dec. 23. That´s the deadline for choosing a plan on an Obamacare insurance exchange to ensure that coverage begins on Jan. 1. If you´re scrambling to make last-minute arrangements, or waiting to hear if your insurer has actually received and approved your application, we know this is not your fault. For weeks, the government´s HealthCare.gov website repelled customers with the brutal efficiency of a nightclub bouncer. Even if you thought you completed the process, chances were good that your application information wasn´t accurately sent to insurers. If you´re among the millions

´Duck Dynasty´ Sponsor
We Stand Behind Phil
TMZ, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 3:21:15 PM     Post Reply
If "Duck Dynasty" network A&E feared advertisers would scatter like waterfowl after a shotgun blast because of Phil Robertson´s anti-gay comments ... it´s not happening. A company called Skyjacker -- which builds truck suspensions -- tells us it stands solidly behind Phil and the show ... saying it´s a matter of God and country -- it´s a free country and Phil has a right to his opinions. Company brass tells us it goes beyond the Constitution ... to the Creator: "We are a Christian- based company and actively share our faith so standing with Phil Robertson is an easy choice for us." Robertson

New Mexico Supreme Court:
Same-sex marriage legal
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 12/19/2013 3:20:47 PM     Post Reply
The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage. Eight of the state´s 33 counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the unions. County officials asked the high court to clarify the law and establish a uniform state policy on gay marriage. State statutes don´t explicitly prohibit or authorize gay

  


  

Obama´s 17-day trip to Hawaii
costs taxpayers $4M
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 2:23:31 PM     Post Reply
After a rough fall spent trying to recover from the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, President Obama is no doubt looking forward to his annual year-end holiday escape to Hawaii. The Senate on Thursday approved the first budget deal in years that didn´t threaten to keep lawmakers working into Christmas week, leaving Obama, his family and a coterie of close friends free to depart for a 17-day trip to Hawaii as scheduled Friday evening. The vacation will cost taxpayers an estimated $4 million and fill the sleepy town of Kailua and its miles of beautiful beaches with street barricades and security

´Boycott A&E´ Facebook Support
Page for Phil Robertson Gets 500K+ Likes
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 2:16:25 PM     Post Reply
[Video] A Facebook page dedicated to defense of Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” has received well over 400,000 likes since it was launched just 14 hours ago. The page was created late on Wednesday evening, after news broke that A&E was suspending Robertson over his comments on homosexuality. Within 10 minutes, the “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back on Duck Dynasty” page had 100 likes; in 30 minutes, the page had 1,200 likes. It grew exponentially from there; in three and a half hours, the page had 162,000 likes. The page states: “This page is to show support

City to dealership: Take military flags down
Local News 8 (Idaho), by Ramon Bailey    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 12/19/2013 2:03:39 PM     Post Reply
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - The City of Idaho Falls told an auto sales company to take down its flags honoring the military. "We´re just here supporting the troops," said Autos 4 Less owner Jonathon Long. "We´re even doing a Christmas donation box for veterans." Long was told to take these flags down after the city apparently received complaints. "With that notice, I pulled the flags down, and after thinking about it overnight, I became more and more upset and decided to do something about it," Long said Wednesday. Long contacted the code enforcement officer and was told the flags are considered portable signs and do

Lesbian boss ‘fired
me for being straight’
New York Post, by Julia Marsh    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/19/2013 1:59:15 PM     Post Reply
A married, heterosexual gym teacher at a tony Upper West Side private school was fired because his lesbian supervisor disapproved of his “traditional family status,” the canned teacher claims in a new Manhattan lawsuit. Gregory Kenney, 50, taught gym at the Trinity School on W. 91st St. for 16 years before he was let go in June 2012. Kenney, who lives with his wife and three young children in LI, says he was a well-liked employee at the elite institution that counts Truman Capote, Ivanka Trump and Eric Schneiderman as alumni, until a gay athletic director named Pat Krieger took

  


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A Positive Step: Obama Commutes
Sentences for 8 Crack Cocaine Offenders
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 1:36:07 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times reports Thursday morning that President Obama will use his pardoning powers to commute the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted of crack cocaine offenses. Each of the inmates has reportedly been imprisoned for at least 15 years, with six of them being sentenced to life terms. This marks the first time Obama has used his powers of constitutional clemency of crack cocaine offenders who’d have seen reduced sentences anyhow under the 2011 law that significantly lowered the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. “If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would

Fisker won´t ever make cars at
former GM plant, Carper says
Bloomberg News, by Angela Greiling Keane    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/19/2013 1:29:00 PM     Post Reply
Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc., the bankrupt electric-car maker, won’t use the shuttered General Motors Co. plant it bought in Delaware even if its new owner resumes production, U.S. Senator Tom Carper said. Fisker, whose assets are being bought by a group led by Richard Li, son of Hong Kong’s richest man, is required under an agreement with the U.S. government to make its Karma luxury car in the U.S., Carper, a Delaware Democrat, said Thursday in an interview at Bloomberg’s Washington office. The company, supported by U.S. loans on which it defaulted at a $139 million loss to taxpayers, will

Fans Go Online to ´Bring
Back Phil Robertson´
Cybercast News service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 1:10:17 PM     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 networks to

The Obamacare ‘Shotgun Wedding’
—Marry or Lose Your Home
Fiscal Times, by Edward Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/19/2013 1:10:12 PM     Post Reply
The problem with solutions is that few of them tend to be perfect, even if they act in a mostly benign manner. Actions produce reactions, a principle as true in politics as it is in physics, and those tend to multiply when solutions increase in complexity. The nature of these unintended consequences changes dramatically when complex “solutions” turn out to be poorly designed and incompetently administered. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has provided many real-world examples of this, but perhaps none so “unintended” as the consequences discovered by the Seattle Times this weekend. Carol Ostrom, The Times’ health

  


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Jonah Goldberg on Uninsured Turning
on Obamacare: ‘They’re Out for Free
Food’ but ‘Don’t Like the Menu’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 12:54:36 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online editor-at-large, joined Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer to discuss the White House announcing recently that a former Microsoft executive will take over as the person in charge of overseeing repairs to the Affordable Care Act’s federal health insurance exchange website. Goldberg observed that the roll-out of the ACA has been such a failure that, according to polls, even the uninsured are turning on the program. “It’s like people who go to a soup kitchen and they don’t like the soup,” he said. “The problem is that it’s a smart move after a very

Lockheed Martin ends Boy
Scouts gifts over gay ban
Associated Press, by Brett Zongker    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/19/2013 12:43:20 PM     Post Reply
Washington — Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization’s ban on gays serving as adult leaders after a review of the company’s philanthropy guidelines, the company said Thursday. Lockheed Martin spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the company decided it will not support nonprofit organizations that do not align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company did not disclose how much it has contributed to the Boy Scouts. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed follows UPS Inc., Merck & Co. and computer-chip maker Intel in withdrawing support for the Boy Scouts

Former Seahawk, Pastor
Ken Hutcherson, 61, dies
Seattle Times, by Christine Clarridge    Original Article
Posted By: bugger- 12/19/2013 12:39:15 PM     Post Reply
Ken “The Hutch” Hutcherson, 61, a former Seattle Seahawk and an outspoken pastor who championed racial equality but opposed gay marriage, died shortly before noon on Wednesday. He had battled prostate cancer for more than a decade. Pastor Hutcherson, who started the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, was not afraid to take on politically unpopular causes, such as his yearslong battle against same-sex marriage, or institutional inequities, such as the practice by adoption agencies of charging higher fees to adopt white babies. During his life, the husband and father of four was described by supporters as funny, happy and jovial even in the face of cancer, while detractors called him an egotistic bully.

Actor Morgan Freeman mistaken
for Nelson Mandela in billboard gaffe
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/19/2013 12:32:29 PM     Post Reply
New Delhi: An Indian owner of a billboard dedicated to Nelson Mandela was red-faced on Thursday after the discovery that a photo of actor Morgan Freeman was used instead of one of the anti-apartheid hero. The billboard was erected on the side of a road in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu as part of memorials across India and the world to Mandela, who died on December 5. But Freeman´s face loomed large in the billboard over small images of rights icons Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. "We should be proud that we were part of an era when

Goldstein, publisher of
Screw magazine, dies in NY
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/19/2013 12:31:34 PM     Post Reply
New York — Al Goldstein, the publisher of Screw magazine, has died in New York after a long illness. Attorney Charles C. DeStefano says Goldstein died early Thursday at a hospice in Brooklyn. The bird-flipping Goldstein helped break down legal barriers against pornography and raged against politicians, organized religion and anything that even suggested good taste. His angry humor, garish attire, numerous divorces and X-rated mind made him an infamous national figure. He took potshots at sacred cows in the magazine´s pages and placed an 11-foot-tall sculpture of an extended middle finger outside his former Florida home.

  



A&E fowls up ´Duck´ flap: Column
USA Today, by Steve Deace    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/19/2013 12:16:15 PM     Post Reply
A nation founded by pilgrims who came here to worship the God of the Bible freely without interference and persecution from ruling elites and those opposed to Christianity´s influence on the culture, has now come to the proverbial fork in the road. After years of attempting to balance traditional Americana with political correctness, those pushing the new "my way or the highway" definition of "tolerance" have decided accommodating our differences of opinion is defeat. Irrefutable history documents that the Bible and its teachings were the biggest influence on those that founded the freest and most prosperous nation in human history. Yet

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

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