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Does Phil Robertson
get the Bible wrong?
CNN, by Daniel Burke    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 8:48:56 AM     Post Reply
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse. A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin." Here´s what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around

A dazzling bright future
dawns in New Jersey
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 8:48:16 AM     Post Reply
PRINCETON, N.J. -In a scientific complex on 88 bucolic acres near here, some astonishingly talented people are advancing a decades-long project to create a sun on Earth. When — not if; when — decades hence they and collaborators around the world succeed, their achievement will be more transformative of human life than any prior scientific achievement. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) focus — magnetic fusion research — began at the university in 1951. It was grounded in the earlier work of a European scientist then living in Princeton. Einstein’s theory that mass could be converted into energy had been

S Sudan evacuation planes ´fired on´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 8:47:27 AM     Post Reply
At least two US evacuation flights from South Sudan have been fired on, causing some injuries, say reports from Uganda, where the planes landed. The aircraft were attacked near Bor, which is occupied by forces loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar, Ugandan officials say. [Snip] Details of the plane incident are still sketchy, but it appears at least one of them was hit, and several US personnel were injured. The aircraft returned to Uganda´s Entebbe airport near the capital Kampala. The South Sudanese army is trying to retake Bor, the capital of eastern Jonglei state, one of the most volatile

  


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Pro-gun crowd to Scott Brown:
Stay away from New Hampshire
Politico, by James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/21/2013 8:47:11 AM     Post Reply
Scott Brown attracted more than 125 pro-gun conservatives to a GOP holiday party here Thursday night — but they came to protest his appearance, not to hear him speak. The spectacle — protesters outnumbered activists who coughed up $50 to see Brown — was a stark illustration of the treacherous political terrain facing the 54-year-old New Hampshire transplant if he launches a Senate bid that’s looking more likely by the day.Brown, who pulled up to the old Nashua Public Library in his iconic GMC truck, which still bears Massachusetts plates, is being courted by Washington Republicans as their best and probably

This Is a Fine Kettle of…Viagra:
Salvation Army´s Very Odd Catch
Wall Street Journal, by Melanie Grayce West    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 8:42:06 AM     Post Reply
Mixed with the dollar bills and loose change dropped in the Salvation Army´s red kettles this Christmastime are less obvious tokens of generosity: gold coins, $50,000 from a "Secret Santa," lottery tickets and Viagra. Every holiday season, sure as Santa mounts his sleigh at the mall, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in force, stationed along the harried pathways of holiday shoppers across the country. Less certain is how many diamond rings or South African Krugerrands will be found in those kettles, but such things happen every year. Already, outside a Wal-Mart store in Colorado Springs, Colo., one kettle got

Major gay media figure says
gays should practice toleration
for Duck Dynasty´s Robertson
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/21/2013 8:36:58 AM     Post Reply
Kudos to Harvey Levin, founder of TMZ, and therefore a major media figure. Speaking with Greta Van Susteren last night on Fox News Channel, he came out against GLAAD´s pressure to get Phil Robertson suspended from A&E´s Duck Dynasty. In an earlier tweet, and then with Greta, he porefaced his comments by saying that he is gay. He notes that "our country was founded on freedom of religion" and that you have to come out for freedom of expression, even for things that are "abhorrent" to you. (snip) his even-handedness in preaching tolerance is highly admirable. In addition, he is

Senate passes $607B Defense bill
The Hill, by Jeremy Herb and Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/21/2013 8:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The Senate on Thursday evening passed the $607 billion Defense authorization bill that will reform the way the military handles sexual assault cases and loosen the restrictions on transferring Guantánamo Bay detainees to foreign countries.{SNIP}The bill also allows the annual raise for service members to be lowered to 1 percent in 2014, by not taking a position on it. The House-passed bill had included a 1.8 percent raise. Congress blocked a number of cost-cutting proposals the Pentagon had requested, including a new round of base closures or increases to TRICARE, the military’s health program. The Defense bill also prevents the

  


  

Reagan´s would-be assassin to have
more time away from hospital
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 8:32:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will get to spend more time outside a mental hospital where he has been confined for most of the past three decades, a judge ruled Friday. John Hinckley will be allowed to visit his mother´s home in Williamsburg, Va., for up to 17 days at a time. Hinckley has been allowed to spend increasing amounts of time at his mother´s house in recent years, but previous visits were capped at 10 days. Hinckley must make at least eight successful 17-day visits away from the hospital before any requests to

Four arrested for killing lawyer, 30, shot
dead protecting his wife in carjacking
at New Jersey mall
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 8:14:38 AM     Post Reply
Four people have been arrested in connection with death of a man shot in front of his wife outside an upscale mall in northern New Jersey last week, authorities said Saturday. Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County prosecutor´s office in Newark, said four males are in custody, suspected in the Sunday carjacking and killing of Dustin Friedland outside The Mall at Short Hills. More details about the arrests will be released at a news conference later Saturday morning, Carter said. Friedland, a 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken, was shot in the head in the mall parking garage after being confronted by

Obamas hit Hawaii for year-end vacation
Reuters, by Ros Krasny    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 7:41:37 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU- Barack Obama and family landed in Honolulu late Friday to kick off a two-week Hawaiian vacation, what the U.S. president earlier described as a chance for "sleep and sun" after a bruising year in Washington. Obama, with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, along with Marian Robinson, Mrs. Obama´s mother, emerged from Air Force One in casual garb after a 9 1/2 hour flight. First dogs Bo and Sunny were also present. The Obamas were welcomed by dignitaries including Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie. The first couple briefly

Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid released from hospital after
suffering exhaustion
New York Daily News, by Dan Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 7:24:40 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was released from the hospital Friday evening after being treated for what his office described as exhaustion. Reid, 74, “was not feeling well” early Friday and “as a precaution decided to go to the hospital,” his office said in a statement. “Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. The doctors diagnosed him as exhausted, not anything more serious, and have cleared him to go back to work.” Because of his hospitalization, Reid missed the Senate’s final session for the year. Reid, who recently said he plans to seek another six-year term in 2016,

  


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Was Pajama Boy a set-up?
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/21/2013 7:23:21 AM     Post Reply
Megan McArdle of Bloomberg thinks that opponents of ObamaCare are being played by Organizing for Action (aka America for Obama, aka barackobama.com). The goal of the tweet was, in her view, to rile up the right, in order to cause the left to rally around in defense, and ultimately donate to OFA (snip)This analysis, while amusing, ignores one of the major goals of much advertising: to get people to do what they already are inclined to do, but just don´t do soon enough or often enough -- buy insurance, drink another Coke, or send a Valentine´s Day box of chocolates.

President brushes off ‘Lie of
the Year’ award
The Hill (Washington DC), by Blake Neff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 7:20:36 AM     Post Reply
President Obama brushed off Politifact´s “Lie of the Year” designation Friday afternoon, insisting that “my intentions have been clear throughout” the healthcare reform process. The nonpartisan Politifact on Dec. 12 gave Obama its annual “Lie of the Year” award for his promise that if people liked their healthcare plans, they could keep them. That assurance proved false this year, as millions of people received cancellation notices from their healthcare providers amid the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges. The president linked the canceled plans to the broader struggles with the law´s rollout, and said his administration would work to improve the

Egypt sends Mursi
to trial in third case
Reuters, by Tom Perry, Omar Fahmy    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/21/2013 7:13:56 AM     Post Reply
Egypt referred to trial deposed President Mohamed Mursi and 129 others, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, on Saturday on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.These are the third set of charges brought against Mursi since he was ousted by the army in July amid street protests against his rule and they intensify the relentless repression of his Muslim Brotherhood group in the months that followed. Earlier this week, the prosecutor ordered Mursi and 35 other Brotherhood leaders to stand trial in a separate case that charges them with

Insurers show no backbone as White House
keeps moving ACA goalposts
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/21/2013 6:55:24 AM     Post Reply
When will the insurers revolt? It’s a question that’s been popping up more and more. On the surface, the question answers itself. We’re talking about pinstriped insurance-company executives, not Hells Angels. One doesn’t want to paint with too broad a brush, but if you were going to guess which vocations lend themselves least to revolutionary zeal, actuaries rank slightly behind embalmers. Still, it’s hard not to wonder how much more these people are willing to take. Even an obedient dog will bite if you kick it enough. Since Obamacare’s passage, the administration has constantly moved the goalposts on the industry.

  


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Anti-Semitic Stalinist Eunuchs
PJ Media, by Andrew Klavan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/21/2013 6:53:20 AM     Post Reply
Whatever horrifying condition deprived Pajama Boy of his genitals, I suppose we must be thankful he can’t pass it along to future generations. But the leftism represented by this genderless icon has been on full display recently — and it’s as awful to look upon as the poor, sad mutilated soul in the picture above. Take for instance, the American Studies Association‘s recent academic boycott of greedy, big-nosed Jews. Okay, they didn’t put it that way exactly — the modern leftist anti-semite doesn’t say “Jew,” he says “Israel,” or “Zionist.” But anti-semitism is what it is both pure and simple.

Don´t Tread on My Light Bulbs
National Review, by Robert Bryce    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/21/2013 6:42:52 AM     Post Reply
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 — one of the most pork-filled bits of federal energy legislation ever passed by Congress — continues to haunt us. That legislation, signed into law by George W. Bush, forced more ethanol into our motor-fuel supply. And come New Year’s Day, it will effectively eliminate a type of light bulb — the standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent — that consumers have been using since the days of Thomas Edison. (The January 1 ban on 40- and 60-watt bulbs follows the phase-out of the 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs that took effect at the

John Adams Begat the Selfie
American Thinker, by Marc Rudov    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/21/2013 6:37:07 AM     Post Reply
In his iconic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey explained that, according to his research, the first 50 years of success literature in America was predicated on the character ethic: integrity, humility, fidelity, modesty, etc. After World War I, he noticed, the basis of success had shifted to the personality ethic: public image, attitudes and behaviors, and skills and techniques that "lubricate the processes of human interaction." America was on the road to superficiality. Why did this character-personality shift occur? Perhaps because of something John Adams, our first vice president and second president, said: "I must

Massachusetts doctor sends her
teenage son to LONDON for meningitis
B vaccine after outbreak at his college
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 6:35:21 AM     Post Reply
A doctor is sending her teenage son to London for a bacterial meningitis vaccine due to her fears about an outbreak at his college. Dr Cristina Lete, who works in Newton, Massachusetts, is spending $4,000 to fly her 18-year-old son Jacob to Britain where he can receive a shot that protects against the B strain of the infection and is not on the market in the U.S. Dr Lete, 46, told NBC that she was deeply concerned about her son returning to the University of California in Santa Barbara after the holidays without the shot, where four students were diagnosed

You can sleep on the plane Mr President!
Tired-eyed Obama makes it through
grueling end-of-year presser to board
Air Force One for 17-day Hawaii vacation
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack, Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 6:26:37 AM     Post Reply
A visibly exhausted President Obama was pictured boarding Marine One with his daughters Malia and Sasha Friday night as the first family left Washington, DC for Hawaii. Every year the Obama family spends Christmas in the president´s home state, where he recharges with shaved ice, football on the beach and a few holes of golf. Like many of us, Mr Obama already seemed in a vacation state-of-mind when he gave his last press conference of the year earlier in the day. ´You know, the end of the year is always a good time to reflect and see what can you

  



The Minimum Wage Issue...Again
American Thinker, by W.A. Beatty    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/21/2013 6:23:43 AM     Post Reply
In his "State of the Union" show on February 12, 2013, Barack Hussein Obama said: Even with the tax relief we´ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That´s wrong. For once I agree with our Dear Leader -- kinda. Yes, it´s wrong, but it´s wrong because Obama is wrong. For two reasons. First, very few families with two kids earn the minimum wage. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we get these observations: Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of

Mr. Obama’s Disappointing Response
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 6:09:16 AM     Post Reply
By the time President Obama gave his news conference on Friday, there was really only one course to take on surveillance policy from an ethical, moral, constitutional and even political point of view. And that was to embrace the recommendations of his handpicked panel on government spying — and bills pending in Congress — to end the obvious excesses. He could have started by suspending the constitutionally questionable (and evidently pointless) collection of data on every phone call and email that Americans make.He did not do any of that. Sure, Mr. Obama thanked his panel for making 46 recommendations to restore

Duck Dynasty Major Part
of A&E´s Business Plan
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/21/2013 6:08:31 AM     Post Reply
Duck Dynasty is the most popular reality show on cable TV and it is a major part of A&E´s business plan. According to Nielsen, the Season 4 premiere was the most-watched nonfiction telecast ever on cable TV. More significantly, by suspending patriarch Phil Robertson for his comments made to GQ magazine that he believes homosexuality is a sin, Duck Dynasty has become a major battleground in the American culture war of progressives led by GLAAD and traditionalists led by… well Phil Robertson.

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