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Bill O’Reilly: Duck Dynasty’s
Phil Robertson ‘made a mistake’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:48:38 PM     Post Reply
Fox News Channel’s Bill O´Reilly, host of “The O´Reilly Factor,” said Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame actually erred with some of his biblically-based comments about the sinfulness of homosexuality. Mr. O´Reilly, a self-proclaimed Christian, honed in on one specific part of Mr. Robertson’s much-publicized quotes in GQ magazine – the condemnation aspect. “Mr. Robertson, I believe, made a mistake by the condemnation line,” he said, Politico reported. “It’s not about the Bible, or believing or not believing in the Bible. It’s singling out a group, it could be any group, and saying to that group, ‘Hey … you are not worthy

PETA: Ignore Sarah Palin´s
Defense, Cancel Duck Dynasty
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:46:38 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, PETA called for the cancellation of Duck Dynasty, one of the most highly-rated shows ever, a day after A&E suspended patriarch Phil Robertson for comments that were deemed to be "anti-gay." PETA, which has a history of slamming the show´s cast members for hunting, accused the Duck Dynasty cast of "hating people and animals" and called on A&E to ignore former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin´s Facebook post that said Robertson´s suspension was an attack on "all of us" because "free speech is an endangered species." "PETA wants A&E to do more than suspend one of the characters on Duck Dynasty

Obama looking for "sleep
and sun" after challenging year
Reuters, by Steve Holland    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 11:44:58 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama declined to engage in a bout of political soul-searching on Friday and said that despite a botched health care rollout and stalled legislative initiatives, his year had not been all that bad. He acknowledged setbacks but declined to dwell on them at a year-end news conference in the White House briefing room hours before escaping Washington for two weeks of what he described as "sleep and sun" in Hawaii. Asked if this was "the worst year" of his presidency, he conceded that "we have had ups and we have had downs." Even so, he said, "I think this room has

  


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2014 can only be better: Obama promises
´breakthrough´ year as he reveals 1million
have signed up for Obamacare
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/20/2013 11:38:26 PM     Post Reply
On a day when his signature health care program suffered the latest in a series of website outages, President Barack Obama made one last 2013 pitch to a standing-room-only thong of journalists who have engaged lately in more knife-sharpening than hero-worship. He tried to tee up a series of economic achievements, noting the addition of ´another 2 million jobs, adding up to 8 million in just over the past 45 months.´ We head into next year with an economy that is stronger than it was when we started the year,´ he insisted,´ with unemployment ´the lowest in 5 years´ and

´Duck Dynasty´s´ Phil Robertson
Has Made Other Anti-Gay
Comments in the Past
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 12/20/2013 10:46:58 PM     Post Reply
Phil Robertson is in hot water again. A video of the "Duck Dynasty" star (and Duck Commander inventer) making a speech in 2010 has angered his critics. In the video, Robertson called same-sex sexual activities "shameful" and "perversions." He also implied that homosexuality was a result of people who "suppress the truth about God," therefore, causing God´s wrath. "Women with women, men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions," Robertson said. "They´re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred.

Federal officials seek more time
for people to enroll in health care
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/20/2013 10:46:50 PM     Post Reply
President Obama expressed confidence Friday that “a couple million” Americans will have new health coverage as of New Year’s Day. But behind the scenes, federal health officials have been pressing the insurance industry to give people more time to sign up. According to insurance industry executives, federal officials have been asking health plans to provide insurance starting Jan. 1 even for customers who sign up after a looming deadline on Monday. While some plans have agreed, many are rebuffing the request because they cannot logistically accommodate it or out of frustration with a series of late-breaking rule changes

These HealthCare.gov files
could aid hackers. And Darrell
Issa may release them.
Washington Post, by Brian Fung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/20/2013 10:43:49 PM     Post Reply
Significant security vulnerabilities are still being uncovered in the Obama administration´s health-insurance Web site, nearly three months after the launch of HealthCare.gov. Officials discovered two such vulnerabilities, known as "high findings," within the last month, including one this week, Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the House Oversight Committee this week in an interview. Fryer said that both issues were being addressed. The debate over the security of HealthCare.gov has raised questions about whether similar vulnerabilities exist in systems across the federal government. Because the Internal Revenue Service, the Social

  


  

Gov. Chris Christie to sign law
giving illegals in-state tuition rates
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 10:11:45 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is poised to sign a bill that will give illegal immigrants the ability to pay the same lower college tuition rates as state residents. That would make New Jersey the 18th state in the nation to give illegal immigrants the lower tuition benefit, Newsmax reported. The bill that’s headed to Mr. Christie has been altered a bit from the version that was debated by state politicos over the past few weeks. The New York Times reported that a provision that was approved by the legislature to make financial aid available to illegal immigrants was removed. That removal

Obama Took More Vacation
on Average Than Private-
Sector Workers 20 Yrs on Job
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 10:02:29 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama, who is departing Friday for a vacation in Hawaii that will reportedly last until Jan. 5, took more annual vacation days on average in his first term than the average private-sector worker gets after 20 years on the job. Obama took an average of 21.5 vacations days per year in his first four years as president. By comparison, private-industry workers in the United States who have at least 20 years on the job get an average of 19 days of paid vacation per year.

All I want for Christmas,
Mariah, is you to stop
performing for dictators, says
human rights group
Washington Post, by Alexandra Petri    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 9:51:41 PM     Post Reply
More news on the Celebrities Who Perform For Dictators Beat! I wish this beat did not exist, but as long as celebrities insist on performing for dictators and plutocrat presidents-for-life, we are stuck. Please, celebrities, stop doing this! Latest on the list? Mariah Carey. In 2009, she serenaded Col. Moammar Gaddafi of Libya. More recently, she was in Angola, performing at what must have been one of the less cost-effective Red Cross benefit concerts ever, when you contrast her performance fee with the amount of funds it raised. Mariah Carey performed at a benefit last weekend for the Angolan Red Cross — raising

Germany is angry at Tajikistan
because the president’s
friends are all driving stolen German cars
Washington Post, by Max Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 9:47:55 PM     Post Reply
Friends, relatives and business associates of Tajikistan´s president are driving around in cars stolen off Germany´s streets, according to the German government. German authorities have been attempting to raise the issue with Tajik officials since at least May, they confirmed Thursday after a German tabloid broke the story. It is unclear from reports whether President Imomali Rakhmon is suspected of personally driving a stolen German car. But German investigators have reportedly traced about 200 stolen luxury cars, including 93 BMWs, to members of Rakhmon´s inner circle and associates of his family. Berlin´s regional justice minister raised the issue with the German foreign

  


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Reports: Mariah Carey Paid $1M
to Perform for African Dictator
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 9:39:32 PM     Post Reply
Mariah Carey is under fire amid reports that she was paid $1 million last weekend to perform for Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has been labeled a dictator by human rights groups. Dos Santos is accused of ordering executions of his political opponents and journalists and exploiting the impoverished country´s resources. “Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time," said the Human Rights Foundation´s Thor Halvorssen, according to Reuters. "It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that

PETA Under Fire for Telling Teenager
Mauled by Bear She Should Stop Hunting
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 9:31:11 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes if an incident related to your particular cause is in the news, you might want to release a statement or make public comment to draw attention to your cause. This backfired on PETA in a major way this past week when, following news of a Pennsylvania teenager who was mauled by a black bear during a deer hunt, they sent out a letter to Camille Bomboy and asked her to stop hunting altogether. The letter, sent out last Friday, asks her to consider violence from the animal’s perspective. I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than

Year-End Awards: Obamagasms
and Fluffing the President’s Pillow
Newsbusters, by Rich Noyes    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 9:16:00 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, the Media Research Center announced our “Best Notable Quotables of 2013,” as selected by a distinguished panel of 42 expert judges who reviewed dozens of quotes to select the worst examples of media bias in 2013. Over the next few days, we’ll present these Notable Quotables as a way to review the worst media bias of 2013. Today, the best quotes in our “Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award, for Obsequious Obama Interviews,” and our “Obamagasm Award,” a title which should need no further explanation. First, the "Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award" ABC’s Barbara Walters “won” this category

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes May Soon Find
Out that the First Amendment Doesn’t
Guarantee Anyone Their Own Show on Cable
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 9:15:01 PM     Post Reply
So, leftist religious broadcaster MSNBC is taking A&E’s side in the Duck war. That’s their right, although, like the network’s unyielding support for Barack Obama, it’s a minority position. But when the Nation’s Richard Kim suggested today that if Phil Robertson and Bobby Jindal tried anal sex, they might like it, and host Chris Hayes giggled and said he wished Kim had gotten to do the GQ interview so he could ask them that question, well, honestly I don’t even know what to say. For an ideology that talks a great deal about keeping everyone out of everyone else’s bedroom,

  


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How much did NSA pay to
put backdoors in RSA crypto?
Try $10m – report
The Register [UK], by Neil McAllister    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/20/2013 9:10:46 PM     Post Reply
The mystery of why RSA would use a flawed, NSA-championed algorithm as the default random number generator for several of its encryption products appears to be solved, and the answer is utterly banal, if true: the NSA paid it to. Reuters reports that RSA received $10m from the NSA in exchange for making the agency-backed Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator (Dual EC DRBG) its preferred random number algorithm, according to newly disclosed documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. If that figure sounds small, that´s because it is. Tech giant EMC acquired RSA for $2.1bn in 2006 – around the same

Obama renews call for
Senate immigration bill
Politico, by Reid J. Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2013 8:58:15 PM     Post Reply
When President Barack Obama had hopes the House might pass an immigration reform package, he said he was supportive of a piecemeal series of bills. That support may have been short-lived. Obama on Friday urged the House to back the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, describing it as a settled matter that the legislation would benefit the country and is politically popular — without mentioning the option of slicing the measure into a series of smaller provisions. While the question of piecemeal bills wasn’t directly raised Friday, Obama praised the Senate bill — as Vice President Joe Biden did last week — and

Court deals new blow to
birth-control mandate
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ben Goad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 8:57:17 PM     Post Reply
A federal court on Friday granted almost 200 evangelical ministries relief from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called birth control mandate. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma is the latest in a series of legal blows to the healthcare law’s requirement that workers be offered contraception as part of their employers´ insurance coverage. Under the ruling, 187 non-exempt religious groups that offer insurance through GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention are now protected from the mandate while their case proceeds. “This is an overwhelming victory for GuideStone and the nearly 200 plaintiffs in this class-action

2013, A Year MSNBC Would
Like to Forget
Newsbusters, by Randy Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 8:48:19 PM     Post Reply
During the past 12 months, NewsBusters has chronicled the downward fall of the liberal cable television network known as MSNBC. Not only has the channel dropped by double digits in prime-time and daily ratings, but the network also lost two of its most prominent hosts in very public, very embarrassing ways. As a result, L. A. Ross of thewrap.com noted in an article that the people in the “Lean Forward” channel "might rather forget 2013," which he noted is when MSNBC will end the year in third place among the cable news networks in total day viewers, due to a loss

Here’s That Steve Harvey Interview
You Missed During President Obama’s
Press Conference
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 8:45:39 PM     Post Reply
Stand-up comedy pioneer, film and television star, and best-selling author Steve Harvey scored a big interview with President Obama last week, sitting down for a “man-on-man” interview with the leader of the free world, and crashing a White House tour for good measure. That huge interview for Harvey, though, aired in most markets, today, at the same time President Obama was delivering his end-of-year press conference, a case of Grand Theft Thunder, if ever there was one. As promised, the interview steered largely clear of politics, save a brief portion on the progress with Healthcare.gov, and focused mainly on personal

  



The 14th Fix
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/20/2013 8:22:14 PM     Post Reply
The people in charge of the Obamacare rollout have may their difficult position even worse. The root of the latest self-inflicted catastrophe is their determination to forge ahead with an flawed product by simply papering over the cracks. These bands aids eventually come off and they find themselves worse off than before. Having attained the dubious achievement of canceling millions of policies in America, including practically all the health care insurance in Guam without providing a working replacement system, the administration has decided to temporarily allow people to buy the “bare-bones” insurance policies formerly allowed only to people under 30.

Duck Hunt: The Phil Robertson ´GQ´
Quote the Media Refuse to Report
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 8:21:51 PM     Post Reply
By extrapolating quotes and just plain old lying, the elite media are using a GQ interview with "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson as an excuse to go on an anti-Christian rampage that they hope will further their longstanding goal of toxifying Biblical beliefs as bigoted and anti-gay. If you read the full GQ interview, though, it is glaringly obvious that Robertson is anti-sin, not anti-gay, and that he believes we should all love one another. To begin with, the Duck Commander did not single out homosexual behavior; he listed over a half-dozen sins, including adultery, greed, bestiality, drunkenness, idolatry, etc.

CNN Reporter Asks Obama About
His New Year’s Resolution
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 8:13:52 PM     Post Reply
During President Barack Obama’s final press conference of 2013, the president took a question from CNN’s Brianna Keilar about how much progress has been made toward enacting the second term agenda he outlined in January’s inaugural address. At the end of that question, however, the tone of the press conference shifted from adversarial to adorable when Obama was asked about something more “personal.” “If I may just, quickly, on a more personal note, what is your New Year’s resolution,” Keiler asked amid polite laughs from the White House press corps. “My New Year’s resolution is to be nicer to the White House

Source: Obama Watches ´Duck
Dynasty´ on Air Force One
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 8:04:01 PM     Post Reply
Two members of the Duck Dynasty reality show received a surprise request during April´s White House Correspondents Dinner. Jennifer Wishon of the CBN Beltway Buzz blog says she attended the Dinner along with Willie and Korie Robertson from the hit A&E show. Wishon says the pair were called away by a White House representative at one point during the night and didn´t reappear for 45 minutes. Turns out they were getting a personal greeting from President Barack Obama. Wow, that´s great!" I said. "What did you talk to him about?" "He said he loves the show and watches it on

James Carville, Mary Matalin
recall finding ‘Love’
Politico, by Patrick Gavin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 7:59:29 PM     Post Reply
The political world’s odd couple — conservative Mary Matalin and liberal James Carville — have talked plenty about politics but their latest book — “Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home” — focuses on how they resolve their differences at home, from moving to New Orleans to sex to cats to Carville’s frustrating ADHD. “I knew Mary was nuts a long time ago,” Carville writes. “But I loved her in spite of it — and probably because of it.” Later he writes, “I’d rather stay happily married than pick a fight with my wife

Ally to pay $98M to settle auto
lending discrimination case
Detroit News, by David Shepardson and Robert Snell    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/20/2013 7:58:01 PM     Post Reply
Ally Financial Inc. agreed Friday to pay $98 million to settle claims that the Detroit-based lender discriminated against more than 235,000 minority auto buyers, marking the federal government’s largest auto loan discrimination settlement in history. In a 13-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the Justice Department said since April 2011, about 100,000 African-American car buyers, 125,000 Hispanic borrowers and 10,000 Asian/Pacific Islander borrowers paid Ally higher interest rates than white borrowers “because of their race or national origin and not based on their credit worthiness or other objective criteria related to borrower risk.”

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