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White House Tries to Prevent
Judge From Ruling on
Surveillance Efforts
New York Times, by Charlie Savage, David Sanger    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/21/2013 8:25:08 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets. In a set of filings in the two long-running cases in the Northern District of California, the government acknowledged for the first time that the N.S.A. started systematically collecting data about Americans’ emails and phone calls in 2001, alongside its program of wiretapping certain calls

Spike in Harm to Liver
Is Tied to Dietary Aids
New York Times, by ANAHAD O’CONNOR    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/21/2013 8:19:33 PM     Post Reply
When Christopher Herrera, 17, walked into the emergency room at Texas Children’s Hospital one morning last year, his chest, face and eyes were bright yellow — “almost highlighter yellow,” recalled Dr. Shreena S. Patel, the pediatric resident who treated him. About 55,000 dietary supplements, largely unregulated, are sold in the United States. Christopher, a high school student from Katy, Tex., suffered severe liver damage after using a concentrated green tea extract he bought at a nutrition store as a “fat burning” supplement. The damage was so extensive that he was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant. “It was terrifying,” he

Scott Rasmussen Slams WaPo for
Calling Congressional Critics ‘Haters’
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 7:51:01 PM     Post Reply
Scott Rasmussen, the prolific pollster, criticized the Washington Post´s characterization of Americans unhappy with both Republican and Democrat performances in government as “haters.” Rasmussen said, “Tens of millions of Americans disapprove of the way both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are doing their jobs. According to the hometown paper for America´s political class, this makes them ´Haters.´" In a recent poll conducted by the Washington Post, there are three teams in America: the Democrat team, the Republican team, and the Haters Team. Rasmussen says that “This wasn´t just a casual reference by a lazy journalist. Not only did the paper

  


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Al Sharpton´s Chicago Town
Hall Erupts into Revolt
Against Machine Politics
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Rebel Pundit    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/21/2013 7:37:11 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials. One 82-year-old preacher even called for “Tea Party” style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park. “This was a historic event,” Paul McKinley of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender) and former 2nd Congressional District GOP nominee to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. told Breitbart News.

Judi Dench felt a tremendous
responsibility toward Philomena Lee
Los Angeles Times, by Rebecca Keegan    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 12/21/2013 7:16:04 PM     Post Reply
LONDON — The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. (Snip) Dench´s latest performance — for which she has so far received Screen Actor Guild and Golden Globe nominations — is as a more ordinary but just as dignified woman in the drama “Philomena,” in which she plays a working-class Irish mother who enlists a jaded journalist (Steve Coogan) to help her find the son whom nuns forced her to give up decades earlier.

Feds declassify Bush-era surveillance docs
The Hill (Washington DC), by Julian Hattem    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 6:51:02 PM     Post Reply
Federal intelligence officials are declassifying eight documents about the origins of controversial surveillance systems created under former President George W. Bush. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced on Saturday that it had declassified the court documents dating from 2007 to this year, which the federal government had used to justify keeping the surveillance program secret. Details about the data collection unveiled by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden have raised alarms about the practice. The new disclosures are part of a long-running lawsuit from a civil liberties group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They were ordered

Meet The Press Reportedly in
Jeopardy as NBC Looks to Cut
Back DC Bureau
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 6:46:51 PM     Post Reply
As we head into 2014, the fate of the longest-running news program on television is starting to look uncertain. According to a new report from the New York Post’s Claire Atkinson, NBC News chief Deborah Turness is looking to make some major cutbacks at the network’s Washington D.C. bureau, where Meet The Press is produced. Atkinson quotes one unnamed executive as saying, “Instead of getting better, NBC News has been getting worse [since Turness arrived earlier this year.] It’s a mess.” In October, the reporter cited rumors about Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski adding Meet The Press hosting

  


  

3 US military aircraft hit
in S. Sudan, 4 wounded
Associated Press, by Rodney Muhumuza & Jason Straziuso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 6:36:52 PM     Post Reply
NAIROBI, Kenya— Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country´s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before. The U.S. military aircraft were about to land in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation´s worst violence over the last week, when they were hit. The military said the four wounded troops were in

Vatican´s Consultant Firm Warned
WH of Obamacare Rollout Flop
Breitart´s Big Peace, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 12/21/2013 6:18:25 PM     Post Reply
The private U.S. management consultancy firm hired by the Vatican to advise it on its media operations is the same firm that warned the White House of serious problems with the Obamacare rollout. (snip) The White House requested that McKinsey assess possible Obamacare rollout scenarios. The company ended up finding a range of problems with the healthcare exchanges and warned the Obama administration as far back as March that the federal website for enrollment into Obamacare, Healthcare.gov, could very well fail. Reuters had reported in November that McKinsey, in its 14-part slide presentation, told the White House that the tight window

Short Hills mall carjacking
suspects had criminal records
ranging from bank robbery to burglary
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Ted Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/21/2013 4:27:12 PM     Post Reply
Newark — When Basim Henry robbed a Union Township bank in November 2003, it was not hard to connect him to the crime. He had driven his white Pontiac to the bank on Morris Avenue, authorities said, and left it parked illegally on an adjacent side street with the keys in the ignition. At least three of the four men charged this morning in the fatal carjacking of a Hoboken lawyer at a The Mall at Short Hills last Sunday evening have been arrested before, according to state and federal records, for crimes ranging from burglary to bank robbery.

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Anti-Gay
Comments: Clay Aiken Weighs In
Yahoo! TV!, by Tim Kenneally    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/21/2013 4:05:52 PM     Post Reply
Former “American Idol” contestant Clay Aiken offered his thoughts on the scandal surrounding “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments on Thursday night, saying that such comments and attitudes are “built out of fear.” (Snip) “I think it certainly shows that we’ve got a long way to go when it comes to people being accepting and understanding,” Aiken, who came out as gay in 2008, said. “Homophobia, racism …. all of it’s built out of fear. All of it’s out of fear. And if you grow up in an area like Louisiana and you’re not exposed to diversity, then you

  


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Cracker Barrel Announces Removal
of Some Duck Dynasty Merchandise
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 2:41:44 PM     Post Reply
Restaurant chain Cracker Barrel posted Friday night on its Facebook page that it would no longer carry some Duck Dynasty merchandise after Phil Robertson, of the "Duck Commander" company and family, was suspended from the show. The statement reads: Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture. We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores. We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.

PICTURED: Four men arrested for
killing lawyer, 30, who was shot dead
while protecting his wife in carjacking
at New Jersey mall
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 2:01:04 PM     Post Reply
Four men have been arrested over the death of a lawyer shot in front of his wife during a carjacking outside a New Jersey mall last week, authorities said on Saturday. The suspects in the fatal carjacking on Sunday last week, in which Dustin Friedland was killed at The Mall, Short Hills, were arrested in a series of raids overnight. Three of the men were arrested in their homes in New Jersey and the fourth was arrested in a Pennsylvania hotel, between 9pm on Friday and 3am Saturday. The suspects were identified as Hanif Thompson, 29, Karif Ford, 31, Basim

´Duck Dynasty´: A&E warned Phil
Robertson about speaking out too much
Los Angeles Times, by Scott Collins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/21/2013 1:55:58 PM     Post Reply
Anyone looking at the "Duck Dynasty" uproar may wonder why A&E didn´t warn Phil Robertson about the dangers of talking too much to reporters. But it now looks like they did. (Snip)In essence, the network was asking Phil - a man of legendary individuality, who once passed up an opportunity to sign with the NFL because it might interfere with his hunting - to be somewhat less Phil-like. But that is the kind of wobbly bargain that reality TV producers have been forced to make. If they bought the show, they were getting a volatile personality in the mix. A&E could of

Obama and the terrible, horrible,
no good, very bad year
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/21/2013 1:48:35 PM     Post Reply
When Barack Obama sings “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve, he will have reason to think back, with a deep sense of nostalgia and not a small amount of regret, on the last time he sang the song. If he gets a lump in his throat as he recollects that glorious night one year ago, who would blame him? After all, he was riding about as high as a man can ride on New Year’s Eve 2012. There he was, almost literally the master of the universe — the canny victor of the 2012 election, having run what was instantly regarded

  


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It´s that time of year again -
time to debunk Kwanzaa
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Paul Mulshine    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/21/2013 1:26:38 PM     Post Reply
It´s that time of year again - the time when lazy journalists go out and write puff pieces about a fake African holiday created by a psychopath who tortured black women. If these characters would just do a Google search on Kwanzaa, they could find the truth about it in this link to a column I did debunking it. My in-depth article on this originally ran in FrontPage Magazine back in 2002. It´s easily found on the Internet by any journalist willing to do the tiniest bit of research into Kwanzaa. At the time I had to pore through a year´s worth

Obama and the terrible,
horrible, no good, very bad year
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 1:25:34 PM     Post Reply
When Barack Obama sings “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve, he will have reason to think back, with a deep sense of nostalgia and not a small amount of regret, on the last time he sang the song. If he gets a lump in his throat as he recollects that glorious night one year ago, who would blame him? After all, he was riding about as high as a man can ride on New Year’s Eve 2012. There he was, almost literally the master of the universe — the canny victor of the 2012 election, having run what was

Santa´s little miracles: The
70million-to-one twins who are
also quads (making it a VERY busy
Christmas for their mum and dad)
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 1:14:43 PM     Post Reply
Santa Claus is going to be busy in the Turner home this year... as there are four extra names on his ´good´ list. Nine-month-old 70million-to-one quads James, Joshua, Lauren and Emily will be celebrating their first Christmas. The two sets of identical twins will be at the centre of the special, if not a bit chaotic, festive period for proud parents Sharon and Julian Turner. The quads are thriving and full of smiles despite their early births at just 29 weeks in March this year and are set to have a magical Christmas surrounded by the family who wanted them

GLAAD Remains Mad,
Doubles Down on Being Bad
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/21/2013 1:09:50 PM     Post Reply
GLAAD says they have never gotten more angry phone calls and emails than they have since they decided to launch their attack on Phil Robertson, and escalated their speech and thought war against Christians at the same time. But Yahoo reports that they’re not apt to learn anything. The group still wants to re-educate Phil Robertson. After the meeting (between A&E executives and GLAAD), GLAAD issued its statement on Robertson’s comments. A&E initially released a statement from Robertson in which he said he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.” But the network declined

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)

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

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