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Fury and frustration over
Target data breach
Associated Press, by Anne D´Innocenzio    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/21/2013 10:12:58 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target’s security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers. Angry Target customers expressed their displeasure in comments on the company’s Facebook page. Some even threatened to stop shopping at the store. Target’s CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized through a statement issued on Friday. The retailer also said it’s working hard to resolve the problem and is adding more workers to field calls and help solve website issues. And the discounter began offering 10 percent off for customers who shop in its stores on Saturday and

Target Customer Information
Shows Up on the Black Market
New York Times, by Nicole Perlroth    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/21/2013 9:57:14 AM     Post Reply
The nightmare before Christmas continues for Target. Stolen Target customer information from a security breach involving its in-store point-of-sale systems has already begun flooding the black market, according to numerous people in the fraud industry tracking the situation. On Dec. 11, one week after hackers breached Target’s systems, Easy Solutions, a company that tracks fraud, noticed a ten- to twentyfold increase in the number of high-value stolen cards on black market web sites, from nearly every bank and credit union. The black market for credit card and debit card numbers is highly sophisticated, with numerous card-selling sites that are indistinguishable from

Authorities identify 4 men
arrested in connection with
deadly Short Hills carjacking
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Ted Sherman and James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/21/2013 9:53:15 AM     Post Reply
Newark — Nearly a week after 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland was gunned down in a deadly carjacking while returning to his vehicle in an upper level parking deck of the Mall at Short Hills, police this morning arrested four men on charges of murder. The four, all from Newark, were identified as Karif Ford, 31, Besim Henry, 32, Kevin Roberts, 35, and Hanif Thompson, 29. All were being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $2 million bail each. Thompson was taken into custody in Irvington. Ford and Roberts were arrested in Newark. Henry was arrested at a



GOP: ObamaCare rips off young people
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/21/2013 9:50:33 AM     Post Reply
Good morning from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois — the proud alma mater of Ronald Reagan. On campuses like this, young people are just beginning to make choices that will shape their future. Right now — even in the middle of finals week — they’re being told that to make the future better, they should rush out and get covered under the president’s health care law. Not only that, they’re being told to “spread the word” about what a great deal it is.

Tea party candidate selling
Obama ‘barf bags’
MSNBC, by Traci G. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/21/2013 9:27:34 AM     Post Reply
Texas Republican Senate candidate Steve Stockman has nowhere near the millions of dollars his GOP opponent Sen. John Cornyn has, but the tea party congressman has a novel fundraising ploy: selling Obama “barf bags.” Stockman unveiled the bags Tuesday on his website alongside a letter that touts the candidate as a “proud, principled conservative Tea Party Republican” who has spent “the last few years defeating liberals by helping train and launch the Tea Party.” Every $10 donation comes with one bag printed with an image of the president and a tagline that reads, “Socialism Makes Me SICK!” “If I win this race, you

There is a Better Way
American Thinker, by Sam C. Holliday    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/21/2013 9:11:30 AM     Post Reply
The criticism by John Boehner and Paul Ryan of conservative groups who opposed their bipartisan budget deal should cause all Americans who want smaller government, more freedom, less control, and lower taxes to seek a better way. All of those involved are using the adversarial approach to decision-making. The foundation of this approach is the dialectic, which requires continual debate, struggle, and conflict between competing theses. Since the outcome, under the adversarial approach, must be a specific solution, that is, a synthesis of deep-seated disagreements, it requires individuals to compromise on principles and to reject those who stand firm on their

Didn´t Want to Diss Gay Employees
TMZ.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 9:08:53 AM     Post Reply
Phil Robertson disrespected gay employees at A&E ... and THAT´S why he was sacked from "Duck Dynasty" ... sources connected with the network tell TMZ. We´re told A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not in good conscience ask gay employees to kill themselves for a show when he disrespected them by calling them sinners. Our sources say ... gay employees involved in the production -- and there are a number of them -- were outraged by Phil´s comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to give him the ax. We´re told Dubuc felt this way ... If Phil had made



Obama: Next year I´ll work
on growing jobs
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/21/2013 9:08:34 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. This week, Congress finished up some important work before heading home for the holidays. For the first time in years, both parties came together in the spirit of compromise to pass a budget — one that helps chart our economic course for the next two years. This budget will unwind some of the damaging cuts that have threatened students and seniors and held back our businesses. It clears the path for critical investments in the things that grow our economy and strengthen our middle class.

Pajama Boy Vs. Duck Dynasty
New York Times, by Juliet Lapidos    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 8:54:24 AM     Post Reply
Senator John Cornyn’s longshot challenger in the 2014 Texas Republican primary, Rep. Steve Stockman, is milking the Phil Robertson controversy for all it’s worth. As anyone who’s dipped into the maw of the Internet this week surely knows, Mr. Robertson is the “Duck Dynasty” star who said in a GQ interview that “homosexual behavior” could easily “morph” into “bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.” After GLAAD complained, the network that airs “Duck Dynasty,” A&E, suspended Mr. Robertson for an indefinite period of time—setting up a predictable conservative backlash. Sarah Palin, as well as

Analysis: How the White House
is rebranding Obamacare for
´young invincibles´
Reuters, by Caren Bohan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 8:53:27 AM     Post Reply
Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout. So the administration, scrambling to create a publicity "buzz" that would ripple across social media, turned to Hollywood. Stars such as pop singer Lady Gaga - a Twitter icon with nearly 41 million followers - singer John Legend (5 million followers) and actress Olivia Wilde (1.2 million followers) tweeted

Obama: ´I Beat Myself
Up´ Worse Than Anyone
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 8:51:58 AM     Post Reply
On Friday at the White House, President Obama lashed out at ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl and Fox News’ Ed Henry, explaining that he was self-critical enough that he did not need to hear critical questions from the two of them. “It’s not that I don’t engage in a lot of self-reflection here,” he said in response to a question from Karl. “I promise I beat myself up even worse than you or Ed Henry does, on any given day, but I’ve also got to wake up in the morning and make sure that I do better the next day.” Obama’s



4 arrested in deadly New
Jersey mall carjacking
Fox News, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/21/2013 8:50:59 AM     Post Reply
Four people are in custody in connection with a deadly carjacking outside an upscale mall in northern New Jersey that left a lawyer dead after two men shot him as he reportedly tried to protect his wife, authorities said early Saturday. Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County prosecutor´s office, did not provide details or elaborate on the arrests, but said additional information will be released at a news conference Saturday morning, according to The New York Post. Dustin Friedland, 30, was shot in the head Sunday night in front of his wife in the parking garage of The Mall at

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



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,

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.

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