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Atheist groups get cold shoulder
when offering holiday charity
SILive, (Staten Island, NY), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/21/2013 12:55:36 PM     Post Reply
´Tis the season for giving -- but not always for receiving. As the holiday season peaks, atheist and humanist groups around the country have seen their charitable impulses rebuffed by both Christian and secular organizations. Recent incidents of "thanks, but no thanks," include: *A group of Kansas City, Mo., nonbelievers was told their help was not needed after they volunteered to help a local Christian group distribute Thanksgiving meals. *A $3,000 donation to a Morton Grove, Ill., park, collected by a local atheist group, was returned. Park officials said they did not wish to "become embroiled in a First Amendment dispute." *A group of

Why Did BuzzFeed & Co. Target
Justine Sacco for Online Assassination
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 12:54:15 PM     Post Reply
Friday night, a young New York-based communications director had her life destroyed on social media while she was out of touch with the world and could not defend herself. Justine Sacco was on a flight to Africa and had no Internet access when BuzzFeed´s Andrew Kaczynski apparently got the ball rolling by tweeting out to his 100k-plus followers that Sacco was responsible for what "may be the worst tweet of all time." By the time she stepped off her flight, Sacco found herself a national pariah and fired from her job. Here´s the tweet that caused it all:

NY Times ‘Disappointed’
by Obama’s NSA Response
Mediate, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/21/2013 12:51:57 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times editorial board issued a sharp rebuke Saturday to the way President Barack Obama handled the issues of privacy, security and the NSA at his year-end press conference Friday. Under the headline, “Mr. Obama’s Disappointing Response,” the editorial criticized the president for failing to take the right course from an “ethical, moral, constitutional and even political point of view.” According to the Times, what Obama should have done was fully “embrace” the recommendations by his own presidential panel on reigning in the power of the NSA. “He could have started by suspending the constitutionally questionable (and evidently pointless)

  


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Mark Steyn on ´Duck Dynasty´ Controversy:
Gay Lobby Enforcing ´Ideological Compliance´
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 12:45:40 PM     Post Reply
On Hugh Hewitt’s Thursday radio show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn spoke out against the groups he said were behind the hostile reactions to the remarks made by “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson made to GQ magazine about homosexuality and sin. “I think in a strange way, this is the biggest story of the day, the week, the month,” Steyn told fill-in host Rep. John Campbell (R-CA). “I’m actually quite worried that we’re moving into an age of extremely heavy-handed ideological compliance. There was nothing this guy said in GQ that I think that should have rendered him banished from the airwaves.

DC staff irked as
NBC News eyes cuts
New York Post, by Page Six Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/21/2013 12:40:21 PM     Post Reply
NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned. Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where “Meet the Press” and “Today” had stumbled — is in the midst of a host of end-of -year buyouts and cost reductions, sources said. The current moves are not the first time Turness has irked journalists under her command. NBC veterans have complained privately that Turness is not serious enough, sources said. “Instead of getting better, NBC News has been

´Duck Dynasty´ Star Would Not Have
Been Fired If He Supported Gay
Marriage, Constitutional Lawyer Says
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 12:34:38 PM     Post Reply
What would A&E do if one of its stars told a national magazine that they supported same-sex marriage? Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, said they probably wouldn’t have faced the same fate as "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, who was “suspended indefinitely” from the cable channel’s hit show after he said in an interview with GQ magazine that he believes homosexuality is a sin. “It violates the whole principles underlying the First Amendment to say that a person, who just in their own plain spoken manner, that they quote the Bible

Cat Stevens Gets into
Hall of Fame After All
PJ Media, by Kathy Shaidle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 12:30:50 PM     Post Reply
Look, I tried, remember? But while the good news is that KISS finally got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the bad news is that Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) will also be a member of the “class of 2014.” KISS led the popular vote, while Stevens brought up the rear. However, the Hall has a sort of “electoral college” that gets to override the people’s choices. This leads to a frankly bizarre situation, in which bands like Yes (10.88% of the popular vote) and Deep Purple (11.93%) beat out Stevens (5.37%) but don’t get inducted. Look,

  


  

Cover Oregon: If you don´t
hear from us by Monday,
seek coverage elsewhere
Oregon Live [Portland,OR], by Brent Hunsberger    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/21/2013 12:27:48 PM     Post Reply
Oregon´s troubled health insurance exchange began robocalling applicants Friday, warning them that if they don´t receive enrollment confirmation by Monday, they should seek coverage elsewhere for Jan. 1. "If you haven´t heard from us by Dec. 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for Jan. 1 insurance coverage," a woman´s voice on the pre-recorded call from Cover Oregon says. "If you want to be sure you have insurance coverage starting Jan. 1, you have other options."It´s yet another sign that the health insurance exchange´s technological breakdowns will prevent some -- perhaps many -- Oregonians from getting subsidized coverage

Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex
Marriage Is ‘Deeply Rooted in This
Nation’s History and Tradition’
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 12:24:44 PM     Post Reply
Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday declaring that a right to same-sex marriage is “deeply rooted in this nation’s history and tradition.” Shelby was confirmed to the federal bench by a voice vote of the Senate on Sept. 21, 2012. There was no debate over his nomination, and no senator objected to his confirmation. He has now issued an opinion that could fundamentally alter American law and culture. “The State’s second argument is that the Plaintiffs are really seeking a new right, not access to an

Kerry and Co. Don’t Understand Why
Islamic Front Won’t Meet with Them
Frontpage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/21/2013 12:13:48 PM     Post Reply
A man works hard. He builds a reputation for appeasing every enemy. He puts down roots in the State Department. He lets Iran keep its nukes, Sudan keep its genocide and Israel keep only a square mile of land around the Tel Aviv bus station.And still… the Islamic Front refuses to meet with him. Why? The U.S. ambassador to Damascus has said a newly formed Islamist alliance in war-torn Syria has refused to meet with American officials, in an interview aired Wednesday on Al Arabiya News Channel. “The Islamic Front has refused to sit with us without giving any reason,”

Mom who baked cookies for
school bus riders for 15 years
shut down by complaint
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 12:05:36 PM     Post Reply
CHANHASSEN, Minn. – A Chanhassen mother who has been baking cookies for the kids on her children´s bus for 15 years has been shut down by an anonymous complaint. Every Friday, Anne Tabat has met the school bus in her subdivision with a basket of cookies. It began as a thank you to the bus driver. And, Tabat said, she couldn´t give the driver a cookie without giving one to every child on the bus. Tabat said the cookies were also a way to get to know her neighbors. "I didn´t live in the suburbs until I turned 40," she

  


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Veterans Rip Paul Ryan over
Budget´s Military Pension Cuts
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mary Chastain    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/21/2013 11:57:51 AM     Post Reply
Veterans and conservatives are expressing outrage toward House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The cuts to retired service members’ pensions embedded in the budget deal cut by him and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) elicited an overwhelming surge of social media responses.{SNIP} Ryan initially claimed that disabled and injured veterans’ pensions would be exempt from the cuts—a claim he then scrubbed from an official House Budget Committee document two days before the House vote on the budget deal last Thursday. Ryan and Murray now call the fact that wounded warriors are not exempt from pension

Widow gets remains of soldier
lost in Korean War
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 12/21/2013 11:50:12 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war 63 years ago, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return. On Friday, 94-year-old Clara Gantt stood up from her wheelchair and wept in the cold before the flag-draped casket. Sgt. Gantt was finally home. "He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife," she said at Los Angeles International Airport, where his remains were carried from a jetliner by military honor guard.Gantt was a field medic who

A monster off the British coast:
Rusting hulk of World War One German
U-boat emerges after almost a century
Daily Mail [UK], by Anna Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/21/2013 11:45:28 AM     Post Reply
They were the deadly weapon Germany deployed during World War One. But nearly a century later, all that remains of the former submarine that wreaked havoc on Britain´s defences is a crumbling, rusted wreck. This is the wreckage of a German World War One U-boat which has been marooned on mudflats off the Kent coast for nearly a century. Normally the tip of the boat can be seen surrounded by waves; but low tides following storm surges means that the husk can be seen more fully than usual. Experts say it is the only German submarine, which has lain in

ICE agent on transporting young
illegals to parents in US: ‘Our
officers are babysitters’
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 11:42:07 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Homeland Security is transporting illegal immigrant children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents living in the United States “every day,” according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. In an interview with The Daily Caller Thursday, the president of the union representing more than 7,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff, Chris Crane elaborated on a recent court order out of South Texas. In the Dec. 13 court order, a federal judge chastised the Department of Homeland Security for transporting illegal immigrant children smuggled to the U.S. and detained at the border

  


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New Health Law Frustrates
Many in Middle Class
New York Times, by Katie Thomas*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/21/2013 11:14:42 AM     Post Reply
Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff. The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month, 12 percent of their annual income of around $100,000 and more than they have ever paid before. Even more striking, for the Chapmans, is this fact: If they made just a few thousand dollars less a year — below $94,200 — their costs would be cut in half, because a family like theirs could qualify for federal subsidies. The Chapmans acknowledge that

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

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