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Duck Dynasty´s $400m empire booms
despite gay sex row: Walmart
SELLS OUT of show merchandise
as fans flock to support Phil
Daily Mail (UK), by Sara Nathan & Will Payne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 7:51:18 PM     Post Reply
West Monroe, Louisiana -As the future of their show lies in doubt, the Duck Dynasty clan are still making millions thanks to their megabucks Walmart merchandising deal, MailOnline can today reveal.The Robertson family has a merchandise empire that is estimated by Forbes to be worth about $400million - and their deal with Walmart makes up around half of this. And today, as Walmart refused to comment on the future of their relationship with the TV family, just one glimpse at the chainstore´s website shows fans are flocking to buy Duck Dynasty merchandise amid the furor over patriach Phil Robertson´s homophobic

Federal Judge: The Obama Administration
Aids and Abets Human Trafficking
National Review, by Hans A. von Spakovsky    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/20/2013 7:48:00 PM     Post Reply
A federal judge in Texas has issued a searing indictment of the Obama administration’s immigration policy. He accuses the government of “completing the criminal mission” of human traffickers “who are violating the border security of the United States” and assisting a “criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals.” The judge calls the administration’s behavior “dangerous and unconscionable” and says that “DHS should cease telling the citizens of the United States that it is enforcing our border security laws because it is clearly not. Even worse, it is helping those who violate these laws.” On December 13, federal district court Judge Andrew

DHS Complicit In Drug
Cartel Human Trafficking
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 7:47:01 PM     Post Reply
Border: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions. Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano once proclaimed the U.S. border to be as secure as it has ever been. Yet her department has been found by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to have actively undermined that security by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children. The case before Judge Hanen — United States of

  


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GOP congressman: Immigration
reform can happen in 2014
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 7:46:13 PM     Post Reply
A key House Republican said that if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) secures several legislative wins early next year, an immigration bill could clear the lower chamber by next summer. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) was careful to say that the battles ahead for Congress and the White House — such as raising the debt ceiling — could shape whether the House acts on immigration reform in early 2014. Cole serves as a deputy whip on Boehner´s leadership team. With the caveat that the House will not vote on the Senate-passed bill, Cole envisions a situation where Boehner allows a vote on

The Congressman Who Says ‘No’
Weekly Standard, by Maria Santos    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 7:43:11 PM     Post Reply
"Tables turn on the Michigan tea party”; “Business to tea party: Get out of our way”; “Donors Plot Against GOP Rebel”: Judging by the headlines, next year’s Republican primary in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is shaping up as a referendum on the conservative incumbent’s dogged adherence to his limited-government principles—and a sign of gathering mainstream mobilization against the Tea Party.

Putin Celebrates Birth Of KGB,
USSR´s Hated Spy Service
Investor´s Business Daily, by J. Michael Waller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 7:39:17 PM     Post Reply
The bloody birth of the most murderous secret police in history occurred 96 years ago and is being celebrated across Vladimir Putin´s Russia. Always feared, the KGB is now revered. "In the past, the services worked for the Communist Party and the party ran the state," says Michelle Van Cleave, former head of U.S. counterintelligence. "Now, the intelligence services are the state. That´s a very different government structure than we´re accustomed to." Nicknamed Cheka, the All-Russian Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage existed to smash any and all opposition to Vladimir Lenin´s creation of a utopian socialist society. "We represent in ourselves

Obama Repeals ObamaCare
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 7:38:10 PM     Post Reply
It seems Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said "we have to pass" ObamaCare to "find out what´s in it." No one may ever know because the White House keeps treating the Affordable Care Act´s text as a mere suggestion subject to day-to-day revision. Its latest political retrofit is the most brazen: President Obama is partly suspending the individual mandate. The White House argued at the Supreme Court that the insurance-purchase mandate was not only constitutional but essential to the law´s success, while refusing Republican demands to delay or repeal it. But late on Thursday, with only four days to go

  


  

On Religious Liberty, Crickets
National Review, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/20/2013 7:37:44 PM     Post Reply
The president of the United States just held his final press conference of 2013 (all the “tough,” “worst year” talk is best left to the Friday afternoon before Christmas). During it, President Obama got a pressing question from NBC’s Chuck Todd on his mess of a health-care law, and tried to talk his way out of it by blaming contractors and bad I.T. decisions of White House years past. But as we know, there are substantive problems with the law way beyond a bad internet rollout. Meanwhile, this week, the Obama administration was struck a substantial blow by a federal

Federal Court: Obama’s Partnership
With Mexican Drug Cartels
Goes Far Beyond Guns
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/20/2013 7:37:38 PM     Post Reply
Last Friday, an opinion by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen opened a window onto the sheer lawlessness of the Obama administration–in particular, the Department of Homeland Security. The case was United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez. (snip) The child’s mother, an illegal alien, paid a smuggler $8,500 to bring the girl from El Salvador to Virginia, but the smuggler was caught by DHS agents at a border checkpoint near Brownsville, Texas. Good, you might think: the Obama administration says it wants secure borders, so the human trafficker was turned back. Right? Wrong.

Obama Finally Calls It As It Is
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 7:34:48 PM     Post Reply
Health Reform: The latest panicky "fix" from the White House grants the millions whose policies were canceled a "hardship" exemption from ObamaCare. If the law´s such a hardship, why must the rest of us suffer with it? After getting caught in his blatant "keep your plan" lie, President Obama first tried to dismiss the problem, saying the cancellations affected only a tiny percentage of Americans. When that didn´t work, he said he´d waive enforcement of part of the law so these people could keep their plans, if their state regulators allowed it. It was a phony fix designed only to spare Obama

Obama wants John Boehner to take
lead on immigration reform, open
to piecemeal plan
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 7:10:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama wants House Speaker John Boehner to take the lead on immigration reform, even if that means a piecemeal approach, believing that a more comprehensive White House plan would die in the GOP-controlled Congress, according to sources informed of the strategy. “The president is giving Boehner wide latitude,” said a business leader who has attended several White House meetings where the president´s team has laid out their strategy. “They believe that the only chance of passage in the House is to let Boehner write the plan and for the White House to offer support from the sidelines.” The White House

  


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Tea party has rescued
ailing and inert GOP
Nevada Appeal [Carson City, NV], by Chuck Muth    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 6:58:45 PM     Post Reply
The Republican Empire, led by Lord McConnell and Darth Boehner, isn’t taking primary challenges by tea party insurgents lying down, and an all-out intra-GOP war is breaking out. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pressuring business interests to get off the sidelines and start backing Republican incumbents who are being challenged by conservative candidates in next year’s GOP primaries. Meanwhile, in the House, “Speaker John Boehner also has moved to undermine the power of the tea party.” McConnell is especially putting the strong arm

Conservatives must own
their place in the GOP
Santa Clarita Valley Signal, by Alice Khosravy    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 6:35:31 PM     Post Reply
As we look back on 2013, it will likely be remembered as the year the rubber began hitting the road with regards to Obamacare. The failure of the website was epic, but it is minutia compared to the flaws in the law. This year we learned “whatever you had, you probably can’t keep it.” There is a resounding fear in the air that the worst is yet to come. As the year drew to a close, the establishment in the GOP decided it was time to declare open warfare on the conservative wing of the party. The establishment disdain for the grassroots is

Mass. police find heroin stamped
with ´Obamacare´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 6:32:44 PM     Post Reply
HATFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts state police say they´ve stopped a car carrying 1,250 packets of heroin stamped "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain" and arrested the four people inside it. Police say a trooper was making a traffic stop in Northampton when another car passed and he noticed several violations. He stopped the car a short time later in nearby Hatfield and found the driver wasn´t licensed to drive it. A state police dog found the bags of heroin. The four arrested people have been charged with heroin trafficking. State police Lt. Daniel Richard says it´s not unusual for heroin to be

Obama Claims He Met Regularly
with Website Team Before Obamacare Launch
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 6:28:19 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama told reporters Friday that he met as frequently as biweekly with employees responsible for the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, in the time leading up to its October 1st launch. "There´s no doubt that when it came to the health care rollout, I was meeting every other week or every three weeks with folks and emphasizing how important it was that consumers had a good experience, an easy experience in getting the information they need and knowing what the choices and options were for them to be able to get high-quality, affordable health care," Obama said during his final press

  


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Marriage licenses being
issued to gay couples in Utah
Deseret News (UT), by Emiley Morgan    Original Article
Posted By: merrijane- 12/20/2013 6:23:01 PM     Post Reply
Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah´s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment. Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Utah Attorney General's Office said it would seek an "emergency stay pending the filing of an appeal." "The federal district court’s ruling that same-sex marriage

First case of malaria in 25 years
reported north Venezuela
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 6:19:57 PM     Post Reply
The health secretary of the state of Miranda, Gustavo Villasmil, reported on Friday on the first case of malaria in 25 years in Barlovento. "It is a 31-year-old female patient residing in a community called Brión Avanza in the municipality of Brión." Villasmil claimed that the case has no direct relation with the outbreak in the rest of the country. "We are aware of the malaria cases in the states of Sucre, Bolívar, Anzoátegui, southern Monagas, Zulia, and Táchira. However, this patient has not come out of the state. So we may say that the disease was contracted in the community..."

House GOP Doesn’t Listen Any
Better than Walmart
Canada Free Press, by Michael R. Shanno    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 5:47:27 PM     Post Reply
Occasionally the wrong person takes a column to heart. Earlier this month I wrote that Walmart doesn’t help its PR efforts when the company acts in a manner that only serves to reinforce its reputation as the Simon Legree of retail. (Details here .) In this instance an Ohio store had a display in the employee break room asking for donations to help other Walmart employees that had fallen on hard times during the Thanksgiving & Christmas season. Asking employees who earn an average of $12.83/hour to contribute to other employees is a touching testimony to the innate decency of the Walmart workforce,

The Tea Party is the only thing
worth a damn about the GOP
Daily Caller, by Jack Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 5:29:33 PM     Post Reply
The Tea Party has had one major legislative achievement: the sequester. By 2011, the movement was able to exert enough pressure on Republicans to ensure spending cuts would be a part of the budget deal.{SNIP}For as long as Republicans have been promising to cut spending, those cuts have never come. In 2011, thanks to the Tea Party and the sequester, Republicans’ small government rhetoric finally got real. The entire episode of the Budget Control Act, from 2011 to this week, should make clear to everyone that the only way Congress is ever going to cut spending is to put a

Judge strikes down Utah´s
same-sex marriage ban
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/20/2013 5:28:53 PM     Post Reply
Salt Lake City — A federal judge has struck down Utah´s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah´s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples´ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state´s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages. Attorneys for the state argued that Utah´s law promotes the state´s

  



A Lockerbie Widow´s
Twenty-Five-Year Crusade
Newsweek, by Abigail Jones    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 5:24:25 PM     Post Reply
It was four days before Christmas, 1988, and the day started out like any other. Victoria Cummock, a 35-year-old interior designer in Coral Gables, Fla., dropped her three young children at preschool, picked up her mother from the airport, then headed to work. She had a thriving business and was in the midst of remodeling a house. The workmen were on site when she arrived, wielding sledgehammers and listening to the radio. “Suddenly, the announcer said a plane had gone off the radar and crashed into a town in Scotland called Lockerbie. I said, ‘Oh, Mom, that is right near the town

Obamacare Initiates Self-
Destruction Sequence
Bloomberg News, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 5:13:07 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown reported that the administration was saying fewer than 500,000 people had actually lost insurance due to Obamacare-induced cancellations. This struck me as a strange leak: Half a million is a lot less than many people (including me) have been estimating, but it is still not a small number, and the administration has tended to sit on negative information until the last possible moment. Yesterday, we had a more official announcement from the administration: Anyone who has had their policies cancelled will be exempt from the individual mandate next year. The administration is also allowing those

The GOP vs. the right
Boston Globe, by Scot Lehigh    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 5:10:01 PM     Post Reply
It was the shot heard ’round the conservative world. Last week, in defending the new, bipartisan budget agreement, House Speaker John Boehner took aim at the right-wing advocacy groups that vehemently opposed the deal. His language wasn’t just blunt. It was shockingly sharp for an exchange between supposed ideological allies. First, he called their opposition “ridiculous,” charging they were “using the American people for their own goals.” And then he upped the ante. “I think they are misleading their followers,” Boehner added a day later. “Frankly, I think they’ve lost all credibility.” This is as open a fissure among conservatives as we’ve seen in Tea

´Food fraud´ a growing
problem in grocery stores
KHOU (Houston), by King5    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 4:57:15 PM     Post Reply
If you are what you eat, you could be having an identity crisis. Foods we eat every day could include ingredients that aren´t supposed to be the there. It´s called "food fraud" and its a growing problem. Fish, honey, milk, orange juice, and olive oil - what do they all have in common? They top the list when it comes to food fraud. Cheap imitations are filling up grocery store shelves. "One of the ways that happens is by substituting one ingredient for another. It´s hard for consumers," said Dr. Mark Stoeckle, a Senior Research Associate in the Program for

Phil Robertson´s suspension
creates firestorm
Ouachita Citizen [West Monroe, LA], by Zack Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 4:53:04 PM     Post Reply
The Robertson family of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” say they “cannot imagine the show going forward” without Phil Robertson who the network suspended following a firestorm around the patriarch calling homosexuality a sin. In an interview for the January issue of GQ Magazine, Robertson made several comments on immorality, describing as sinful several sexual practices including homosexuality, bestiality and adultery. Robertson´s comments provoked a storm of responses from the national media and gay rights organizations denouncing West Monroe’s Duck Commander for “anti-gay remarks.” On Wednesday, A&E suspended Phil Robertson indefinitely from appearing on “Duck Dynasty.” Robertson’s suspension from “Duck Dynasty” drew

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