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Nigella Lawson trial: Personal
assistants ACQUITTED
of defrauding Charles Saatchi
New York Daily News, by Stephen Rex Brown    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 12:00:42 PM     Post Reply
A London jury acquitted Nigella Lawson’s two personal assistants Friday of screwing the celebrity chef’s ex-husband out of over $1 million. Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo broke down in tears as the verdict was read after nearly nine hours of deliberations. They had faced one count each of defrauding high-flying art dealer ..

Security Risks at Obamacare
Site Ahead of Sign-Up Deadline
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 11:56:09 AM     Post Reply
Nearly three months after its launch and as millions of Americans log on to shop for health plans, HealthCare.gov has still had serious security vulnerabilities, according to documents and testimony obtained by ABC News. There have been "two high findings" of risk - the most serious level of concern - in testing over the past few weeks, the top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cybersecurity official told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday in a private transcribed interview. It´s a "vulnerability in the system," CMS chief information security officer Teresa Fryer told the committee of one of the issues. "They

Obama to hold year-end news conference
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 11:56:08 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday at the White House as he wraps up a turbulent year. The news conference, to be held in the press briefing room, will be the president’s first since Nov. 14. It comes amid continued problems with the rollout of Obamacare, plunging job-approval ratings for Mr. Obama and a near-rebellion among the White House press corps about the lack of access to the president. Shortly after the news conference, Mr. Obama will fly with his family on Air Force One for a 17-day holiday vacation in Hawaii.



John McCain says he would
‘think about’ registering as an
independent if a young man
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 11:46:32 AM     Post Reply
If John McCain was young and registering to vote for the first time, he would “think about” registering as an independent instead of as a Republican. At least, that’s what the Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee told the New York Times Magazine’s Mark Leibovich during an extensive profile. “To pass the time on the drive back, I engage McCain in a game of hypothetical-question roulette,” Leibovich writes. “If he were a young man living in Arizona today, not a politician, would he register to vote as an Independent? ‘I would think about it,’ he says, but then catches

´Duck Dynasty´ backlash spotlights
an uneasy reality in TV industry
Los Angeles Times, by Scott Collins    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/20/2013 11:15:44 AM     Post Reply
A&E´s "Duck Dynasty" is not just the most popular reality show on cable TV. It´s a rallying point for middle America, proof that down-home folks from the backcountry can make good and become mega-stars. And now it´s become the latest battleground in America´s culture wars. (Snip) But the particular problem for the TV industry is that it´s trying to profit off the same cultural tensions it´s exploiting. That inevitably leads to problems such as the current one engulfing "Duck Dynasty." The reality programming trend in recent years has made stars out of everyone from bakers to pawnbrokers to catfish-wranglers. That

Peyton Manning is Absolutely, Positively,
Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt the
Best Quarterback Ever to Play the Game*
GQ Magazine, by Andrew Corsello    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/20/2013 11:04:16 AM     Post Reply
It is resolved: Football begets more oafish and pretentious sermonizing than any other sport. 1 It is, after all, the Sunday game—America´s religion, Howard Cosell once suggested—with warriors who don “the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11) and complete Hail Marys and Immaculate Receptions as they battle over holy ground. It is also resolved: Football fans attain the acme of oafishness when they quibble—interminably, in the hyperbolic, testosterone-fueled tone that is the bread and butter of men´s magazines—about who deserves to be called the greatest quarterback ever to set foot on the gridiron. We know better. We know that gainful best-ever

Man named NOEL arrested
for climbing CHRISTMAS TREE
and yelling incoherently
Daily Mirror [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/20/2013 10:28:34 AM     Post Reply
A man with the festive name Noel has been arrested in America after climbing a huge Christmas tree and yelling incoherently. Noel Delgado, 42, climbed three-quarters of the way up the tree on New Haven Green in Connecticut just before noon on Wednesday with a pair of banners which could not be read after they became tangled in the branches. Police ordered the tree´s 30,000 LED lights to be switched off and kept the crowds away to ensure his safety - and managed to talk him down around 12.30pm. Delgado was then arrested and charged with second-degree breach of peace.



Alabama Tea Party leader delivers epic
comparison of ObamaCare and
‘Lord of the Rings’
Yellowhammer News(ALA), by Cliff Sims    Original Article
Posted By: Common Sense Girl- 12/20/2013 10:26:38 AM     Post Reply
Wetumpka Tea Party president Becky Gerritson was one of the speakers at Monday’s launch of the 60 Plus Association’s Alabama chapter. The title of the event was “Alabamians Share Their ObamaCare Stories,” and boy did Gerritson have a story to share. Gerritson said she was asked to explain in five minutes or less how ObamaCare will affect the people in the audience. She said she could do it in less than one minute by using “Lord of the Rings” as a metaphor.

The underachievers of 2013
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/20/2013 10:12:20 AM     Post Reply
Even liberals can agree that President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had their annus horribilis. There were, however, many, shall we say, underachievers who spectacularly fell short and grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory. Here are 10: 1. The anti-gay marriage forces. They lost at the Supreme Court and in the court of public opinion. Even among conservatives, the attack on gay marriage has failed. 2. The Virginia Republican Party. Virginia Republicans lost the governorship and two other statewide races. They don’t have a viable opponent for Sen. Mark Warner. The party insiders may continue their political

18 Layout Disasters From 2013
That Will Make You Wince
Buzzfeed, by Patrick Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/20/2013 10:07:49 AM     Post Reply
1. “But it looked fine on the screen!” 2. Ewan McGregor has a lot to answer for. 3. Drugs? Drums? Anyway it was a good night. 4. Nova Scotia’s Chronicle Herald was right to celebrate its own success. Or is it Chroinicle? 5. It was a good idea at the time. 6. We should stress that Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw has not been convicted of anything.7. Better out than in. 8. The UK’s criminal justice system has gone to the dogs. 9. So royal. Much voodoo. 10. We think they meant “hot shot”. 12. Denise Van Outen was dragged into

6 Offensive Things Said
by Other Reality TV Stars
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 10:07:27 AM     Post Reply
If you haven’t heard by now, A&E’s Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended from his show after throwing down some particularly crass, illogical “logic” about homosexuality (and bestiality). Immediately following the news of his suspension, I wrote that A&E made the wrong decision, especially given how no one should be surprised that a deeply conservative Christian man who lives in a swamp has an unflattering view of consenting adults who engage in homosexual activity. In fact, no one should really ever be surprised when a reality TV star says something offensive or outrageous. Don’t believe us? Check out these other instances



White House warns Americans of
GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/20/2013 10:07:07 AM     Post Reply
Making a year-end pitch to preserve the health care law, the White House said Thursday that GOP efforts to repeal it could force millions of Americans to forfeit affordable health coverage. Democratic lawmakers joined in the fight, saying that by next year the “reality will overtake the propaganda” when it comes to Obamacare. “We’re hoping Republicans will come to their senses and realize how valuable the Affordable Care Act is to the American people,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, Texas Democrat. The public-relations blitz is an attempt to put momentum behind Mr. Obama’s law ahead of Jan. 1. An estimated 5

Utter Chaos: White House Exempts
Millions From Obamacare´s Insurance
Mandate, ´Unaffordable´ Exchanges
Forbes, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/20/2013 9:52:12 AM     Post Reply
It’s hard to come up with new ways to describe the Obama administration’s improvisational approach to the Affordable Care Act’s troubled health insurance exchanges. But last night, the White House made its most consequential announcement yet. The administration will grant a “hardship exemption” from the law’s individual mandate, requiring the purchase of health insurance, to anyone who has had their prior coverage canceled and who “believes” that Obamacare’s offerings “are unaffordable.” These exemptions will substantially alter the architecture of the law’s insurance marketplaces. Insurers are at their wits’ end, trying to make sense of what to do next. Here’s how

Eff Yourself
American Spectator, by Scott Mayer    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 9:45:28 AM     Post Reply
After pushing Thanksgiving dinner indoctrination sessions that obviously proved less than copious, Obama´s Organizing for Action has now released a new video in an attempt to get parents talking health care with their kids (those essential young and healthy) during Christmas.{SNIP} As for the Republican Party, I´m sure Tea Party members, taxpayers, and wounded veterans will be having many a conversation over Christmas dinner about some of the things that have been said and done by members of Congress as of late. I think certain congressional Republicans would´ve gotten a much warmer reception had they just told America to go

Brian Boitano comes out as
gay ahead of Sochi Olympics
New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/20/2013 9:41:32 AM     Post Reply
Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has announced he is gay. Boitano´s personal news comes two days after the figure skater was named to the official United States 2014 Sochi Olympics delegation by President Obama. "While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so," Boitano, 50, said in an official statement. (Snip) Boitano joins tennis player Billie Jean King and Olympic ice hockey bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow as the third openly gay athlete



Obama Frees 21 Jailed On
‘Unfair’ Drug Laws
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 12/20/2013 9:24:12 AM     Post Reply
President Obama commuted the sentences of eight drug offenders and pardoned 13 others — blasting the system that sent them away for lengthy terms as “unfair.” “Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness,” Obama said in a statement. Each of the eight inmates whose sentences are being shortened has served at least 15 years, many after receiving mandatory minimum sentences. Obama signed a law in 2010 that brought increased parity to sentences handed out for crack-cocaine compared to powdered cocaine.

Ryan Knew About, Ignored
Military Pension Cuts ´Mistake´
in Budget Deal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 9:23:30 AM     Post Reply
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan admitted on Wednesday evening that cutting the pensions of disabled and injured U.S. military veterans as part of the deal he forged with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was a mistake. Apparently, Ryan knew the mistake was in the legislation for at least two full days before the House vote. He has not, however, provided any explanation for why he did nothing to fix it. While interviewing him on Kudlow Report on CNBC Wednesday evening, Larry Kudlow asked Ryan if he agreed with a statement Murray made on the Senate floor

Reid hospitalized as ´precaution´
after feeling ill Friday
NBC News, by Carrie Dann    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 9:12:25 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today." The Senate is set to finish its business for the year on Friday.

Gun accidents in Florida are
double the national average.
Florida Times-Union, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: holding my nose again- 12/20/2013 8:51:04 AM     Post Reply
It’s not armed robbers or warring gangs who send the greatest percentage of gunshot survivors to Florida emergency rooms. It’s people who shoot someone, or themselves, accidentally. Four out of every 10 people who are rushed to a Florida hospital or emergency room with a nonfatal wound were shot by accident, according to hospital data collected by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and published by the Florida Department of HealthIt’s a far bigger problem in Florida than elsewhere — double the national average the past three years — according to numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Can We Talk About Impeachment?
American Thinker, by J.T. Hatter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/20/2013 8:43:39 AM     Post Reply
The United States of America was once a land of laws and not of men. Obama and the Democratic Party have changed all that, possibly forever. Millions of people, along with a few brave politicians, are now openly speaking of impeachment. Why? Because the Obama administration´s wanton and destructive disregard for the laws of the land have become so egregious that it can no longer be tolerated. The Attorneys General of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia have issued A Report on Obama Administration Violations of Law, which says in part, While the Patient Protection


Gansler: Maryland’s health exchange
reminds him of ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch
Washington Post, by John Wagner    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/20/2013 8:34:43 AM     Post Reply
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) on Thursday compared the state’s troubled rollout of its online health insurance exchange to “a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.” “It’s comical that it’s not working,” Gansler told reporters. “ It’s tragic for folks who don’t have access to health care.”Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor, has been highly critical of the role played by his rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), in overseeing the implementation of the federal health care law in Maryland. Brown co-chairs a council that has guided reforms in the state but has said he was not involved in the

Obamacare: A man-caused disaster
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/20/2013 8:24:58 AM     Post Reply
In the Obama administration’s continuing rule by decree, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that those whose health insurance policies were terminated (notwithstanding Obama’s vow to the contrary) will be allowed to buy catastrophic coverage and will be exempt from the statutory penalty if they choose to escape from Obamacare next year. Robert Pear reports in the Times that Sebelius “disclosed the sudden policy shift in a letter to Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, and five other senators.” Here’s the beauty part. The announcement falls under Obamacare’s hardship exemption applicable to those who “experienced financial or domestic circumstances, including

´The First Crack in
the Individual Mandate´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/20/2013 8:19:31 AM     Post Reply
Blogger Ezra Klein calls the sudden Obamacare rule change "the first crack in the individual mandate." "This puts the first crack in the individual mandate. The question is whether it´s the last. If Democratic members of Congress see this as solving their political problem with people whose plans have been canceled, it could help them stand against Republican efforts to delay the individual mandate. But if congressional Democrats use this ruling as an excuse to delay or otherwise de-fang the individual mandate for anyone who doesn´t want to pay for insurance under Obamacare, then it´ll be a very big problem

Mikhail Khodorkovsky freed after
Vladimir Putin signs pardon
Telegraph (U.K.), by Roland Oliphant    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 8:01:58 AM     Post Reply
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia´s richest man, has been freed from his prison camp after receiving a pardon from Vladimir Putin. "Around 12:20 pm (0820 GMT) Mikhail Khodorkovsky left the prison camp" in the town of Segezha in Karelia in northwestern Russian, a security source in Karelia told Interfax. The Federal Service for the Execution of Punishment (FSIN) which runs Russia´s prisons issued a statement confirming that Khodorkovsky´s sentence had been terminated but not explicitly confirming he had walked free from the camp. His lawyer Vadim Klyugvant confirmed that Khodorkovsky had indeed left prison - but said he still has no idea where his

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