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The EU is in denial over the
euro - its failed currency
Telegraph [UK], by Jeremy Warner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2013 8:46:57 PM     Post Reply
Rarely has the economic gulf that separates the English-speaking world and continental Europe looked quite as wide as it does today. While much of the eurozone remains mired in an economic funk, Britain and America are recovering fast, with rising demand and near record levels of private-sector job creation. As if the last, crisis-ridden three years haven’t already given Europe’s policy elite enough to think about, this juxtaposition in fortunes must surely have awoken them to the truth: monetary union isn’t working. Unfortunately, the reality is that euroland continues to stumble blindly from one botched response to another, neither able

Obamacare’s ‘Pajama Boy’ was
accused of racism, anti-Semitism
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 8:46:04 PM     Post Reply
Ethan Krupp, the little man who played “Pajama Boy” in a widely-mocked Obamacare ad, was accused in college of racism and anti-Semitism. Krupp, an Organizing for Action (OFA) content writer who became the face of progressive America when he sipped cocoa and smirked while wearing a onesie pajama suit in a recent Obamacare ad, is also a failed comedy writer whose work was not appreciated in his own time. Krupp was the editor of Wisconsin’s college-town “Madison Misnomer” as recently as 2010, noting that “Nothing is ever accomplished” at editorial meetings and “It probably won’t last more than another year.” But while

Nativity scenes removed from
Guantanamo dining halls after complaints
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 8:45:09 PM     Post Reply
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – The commander of the Guantanamo Bay naval base decided Wednesday to move Nativity scenes from two dining halls following complaints that the decorations improperly promoted Christianity. Both Nativity scenes will be moved to the courtyard of the base chapel, said Kelly Wirfel, a spokeswoman for Capt. John Nettleton, commander of the base in southeastern Cuba. The displays were set up by foreign contractors who manage the two dining facilities and were "not intended to endorse any religion," Wirfel said in response to concerns raised by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The group, which advocates

  


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´Pajama Boy´ Makes Obama
a Laughingstock Online
Fox Nation, by Peter Grier    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 8:44:40 PM     Post Reply
Have you heard about “Pajama Boy”? He’s in an ad tweeted yesterday by a political nonprofit associated with President Obama, wearing what appears to be a plaid onesie while cradling a hot beverage and looking to one side through arched eyebrows. The point of the ad is to promote Obamacare among young adults. “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance,” says the ad copy.

VIP Hotel and Vehicles for Mandela
Funeral Trip More Than $11M
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 8:15:36 PM     Post Reply
State Department contract awards were posted this week for "Transportation services in support of Mandela Funeral" and "Accommodation in support of the Nelson Mandela funeral in South Africa." The accompanying Justification and Approval documents estimated the cost of transportation at a maximum of $8,286,194.74. The transportation contract covers only ground transportation in South Africa. Costs for Air Force One and other air travel are not included. Two contracts were listed for the cost of lodging: one for $2,042,850 for an estimated "3,240 lodging room nights" and another for $1,190,573 for an estimated "2,490 lodging room nights" stretching from December 6,

Democrats Preempt GOP Obamacare
Repeal Efforts, Suggest Congress
´Fix´ the Law
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2013 8:11:42 PM     Post Reply
The White House and congressional Democrats say Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare will take away the benefits Americans are experiencing because of the health care law. In a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon, White House advisor David Simas praised Obamacare´s provisions allowing America to remain on their parents´ health insurance plans until age 26 and outlawing the denial of coverage because of preexisting conditions. If Obamacare were repealed, Simas said, "all of these benefits across the board will be taken away." The conference call coincides with a new political effort by the White House to document the "cost of repeal." Simas added

Reid Protects Obama, Iranian
Nuclear Threat Be Damned
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 7:39:34 PM     Post Reply
Iran: Protecting President Obama from embarrassment precludes protecting America from nuclear terror. That´s why Harry Reid is blocking a bipartisan coalition of senators from voting to increase sanctions on Iran. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hit the detonator on the head Wednesday when he pointed out on the Senate floor that his Democratic counterpart "can´t stomach a vote on Iran sanctions" because "he knows the administration would lose that vote decisively, and he knows that many members of his own caucus would vote alongside Republicans to strengthen those sanctions." Reid was pushing through a defense spending bill under floor rules that

  


  

John Beale´s EPA
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 7:38:21 PM     Post Reply
Last month we told you about John Beale, the Environmental Protection Agency employee who bilked taxpayers out of almost $900,000 by pretending to be a secret agent. Telling EPA colleagues that he was a CIA operative, Beale was paid for long absences while on imaginary missions for "Langley." Now there is a disturbing new question about John Beale that goes to the heart of the EPA´s mission. What was he doing when he actually showed up for work? In September, Beale pleaded guilty to theft of government property and agreed to pay $886,186 in restitution and to forfeit another $507,207. On

Chris Christie and N.J. Democrats
reach agreement on DREAM Act
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Matt Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/19/2013 7:38:11 PM     Post Reply
Trenton — Students who grew up in New Jersey but are in the country illegally will soon be able to pay in-state tuition at its public colleges and universities. After weeks of feuding between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats who control the Legislature over the so-called “DREAM Act,” the two sides reached a breakthrough today and agreed to a compromise. “I’m overwhelmed with joy,” said state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), the bill’s sponsor, as she fought back tears. Ruiz and state Senate leaders announced the deal at a press conference this morning, surrounded by students donning cap and

You Call This Tax Fairness?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 7:36:21 PM     Post Reply
Redistribution: Imagine lower-income families watching their incomes drop while their tax burden goes up. Patently unfair, right? Yet it actually happened under President Obama. According to a Tax Foundation analysis of new IRS data, the bottom half of income-tax filers paid 36% more in taxes in 2011 than they did in 2010 — even though their incomes barely budged. The top half, in contrast, saw their tax burden climb only 9%. The average tax rate paid by the bottom half has climbed every year under Obama, going from 2.35% in 2009 to 3.13% in 2011. Viewed another way, the share of "adjusted gross

Today´s Young Americans
Are From A Lost Generation
Investor´s Business Daily, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 7:32:44 PM     Post Reply
There are all sorts of time bombs embedded within ObamaCare. Will we force doctors to treat millions of new Medicaid patients who are signing up for services that can be only partially reimbursed? How will the IRS collect penalties from millions of off-the-books youth who choose not to buy coverage? For those who chose not to buy health insurance in the past, will these newly insured really follow through on their initial sign-ups with steady monthly premium payments? If not, how will we collect what they owe? Will all those who lost their coverage have enough money to buy the costlier

  


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Penalizing Those Who Hold
Biblical Views of Marriage
National Review Online, by Ryan T. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 6:20:11 PM     Post Reply
A&E enjoys rights to free contract and free speech in determining whom they employ and what they allow them to say. But just because you have a right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do. In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of civil society attack those who hold Biblical views about marriage and sexuality—Chick-fil-A, Barilla Pasta, Craig James who was fired from ESPN, and now Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. It is even worse, of course, when it is the government that penalizes those who hold Biblical views. That should be anathema in America.

Impeachment, 15 Years Later
National Review Online, by Quinn Hillter    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 6:16:51 PM     Post Reply
Fifteen years ago today, the House of Representatives impeached a president for only the second time in history — and the first in well over a century. At some point, some fair-minded historian should go back and publish a thorough account of that year-long controversy, just to set the record straight. Some may argue over whether Clinton’s perjury and obstruction of justice amounted to “high crimes or misdemeanors,” but the case needs to be established for the record that Clinton did, without a doubt, perjure himself and obstruct justice. (I believe he also suborned perjury, among other misdeeds.) Moreover, it

Toddler tests positive for meth,
dad arrested on felony charge
Baxter Bulletin (Mountain Home, AR), by Josh Dooley    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 12/19/2013 5:26:37 PM     Post Reply
A 41-year-old Gamaliel man, Wayne Motes, is in the Baxter County jail on a $15,000 bond after police say his 2-year-old son tested positive for methamphetamines. Mountain Home Police responded to 509 Ouachita for a disturbance call on Nov. 3. When they arrived, 39-year-old Stephanie Motes answered the door. Officers asked who was at the residence and Motes reportedly said she was there with a 2-year-old baby.

Obama Falls to 41% in Fox Poll, Desperately
Tries to Rally the Pajama Boy Base
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 5:11:29 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The latest Fox News poll gives Obama a 41% approval rating among registered voters. But how about this. Only 37% of voters under 30 approve of the job the president´s doing. That´s a 17-point decline, folks, in one year among voters who represent what was once the core of the Obama coalition. These are the people to whom the president´s making an increasingly frantic plea to enroll in Obamacare, where that sick... Sorry. Yes, sick Pajama Boy ad. Do you know where you can get that? Somebody going through the Target, said you could actually buy that onesie that

  


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The Left´s Mock Outrage Over What Phil
Robertson Said Could be a Tipping Point
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 5:07:06 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, as you are undoubtedly aware by now, the A&E network, which stands for Arts & Entertainment, has put the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, on indefinite hiatus. I think they´ve essentially fired the guy, and in the process, they have thrown away the largest audience on cable television. They´ve just thrown it away. They´ve thrown away all that advertising. I want to get into that aspect of this as it relates to what a free market is in a moment. But first, it is obvious that Robertson´s goose is cooked. The Duck Dynasty goose is

N.J. public servant wants job No. 6
Asbury Park Press, by Kevin Pentón    Original Article
Posted By: Phosphene- 12/19/2013 4:57:23 PM     Post Reply
There are double dippers and then there is Patrick DeBlasio, a man with five public jobs in New Jersey. He now wants one more. DeBlasio wants to increase his workload by adding at least 10 hours a week as Highlands´ new chief financial officer. His annual compensation totaled $244,606 in 2012, according to state pension and payroll records. If hired in the new position, DeBlasio would be paid up to $65,000, a portion of which could be shared with an assistant, borough officials said.

The public still blames Bush.
And it celebrates the Clintons
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 4:13:01 PM     Post Reply
Being a Clinton sure beats being a Bush these days. At least according to the polls. Nearly five years after George W. Bush left office, half the public still blames the former president for the nation’s economic woes, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week. The survey comes as Republicans have continued to keep the 43rd president at arm’s length. Democrats, meanwhile, have warmly embraced the family that occupied the White House prior to Bush; polling data show the Clintons are riding high. Fifty percent of Americans say Bush is more responsible for the country’s current economic problems than

Woe Is Obama!
PJ Media, by Sarah Hoyt    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/19/2013 4:02:12 PM     Post Reply
The InvestmentWatch blog seems puzzled. They ask “Is Obama Depressed?” The health care website is a bomb. Immigration overhaul is looking more and more like a bust. The allies are aggrieved about surveillance issues. Israel feels betrayed on Iran. The first black president didn’t even bother to go to Gettysburg, where the 150th anniversary of the most important 270-word speech ever given — the 270 words that welded the nation forever to the all-men-are-created-equal doctrine of the Declaration of Independence — would have given him a respite, and maybe a reset. Puzzling issues indeed. The least-engaged, most ideologically ambitious president

BREAKING NEWS: Audience members
trapped after part of balcony in
Apollo Theatre collapses during performance
Daily Mail (UK), by Mark Duell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 3:54:03 PM     Post Reply
A rescue operation is under way after part of a balcony in the Apollo Theatre in Central London is thought to have collapsed during a performance, trapping people inside, according to eye-witnesses.

  



Meet Ethan Krupp: Pajamacare boy
and Organizing for Action employee
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/19/2013 3:46:07 PM     Post Reply
This is the Obamacare Pajama boy in the latest Organizing for Action ad. Pajamacare boy is Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for Action employee and the subject of ridicule after OFA created a social ad encouraging everyone to sign up for Obamacare. Krupp was featured in the first "Get Talking" video, which was released by Organizing for Action in November. He thought that was pretty cool and said as much on Twitter.

´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

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

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