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Why I Cannot Blame
Russia and India for
Taking on the Gays
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/22/2013 8:09:29 AM     Post Reply
Russia remains stalwart in its laws that aim to curb the influence of the West´s gay-friendly culture on Russian youth. Meanwhile, last week, in a stunning turn of events, India´s high court reinstituted a nineteenth-century law against sodomy. On cue, the ligbitist kibitzers are going crazy in such homophile haunts as the New Yorker and the Guardian, expressing total outrage that there should exist, anywhere on the globe, nations that do not think it´s normal or appropriate to subsidize and celebrate men sodomizing boys. I cannot blame Russia, India, or any nation for reacting to what they see in the West

´Hung out to dry´: Duck Dynasty star
and family hit out at A&E
Mail On Line (UK), by Will Paine    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/22/2013 7:37:31 AM     Post Reply
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and his family believe they have been ‘hung out to dry’ by TV network A&E after he was suspended for homophobic comments made in a magazine interview, MailOnline can reveal. Sources within the close-knit Louisiana clan say they are convinced A&E are manipulating the controversial situation to bring them – and particularly Robertson – back into line after Television executives grew tired of the family pushing their deeply-held, Christian beliefs. They also think the network could have done something to stop the controversial GQ article being made public, because an A&E representative was present during the interview

‘Duck Dynasty’ star:
‘Them gays’ make life hard in NYC
New York Post, by Michael Gartland    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/22/2013 7:29:15 AM     Post Reply
Those who know “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson — or have listened to him speak — shouldn’t be surprised by his recent anti-gay statements. Earlier this year, during a candid moment with a female Post reporter, he asked whether she was seeing anyone. When she said no, he responded, “Must be hard in New York — what with all them gays.” Robertson’s opinions about gays and religion were so widely known, in fact, that members of his family are accusing the A&E network of “hanging him out to dry” — setting up an inflammatory interview with GQ magazine just so they could punish him. Sick of the Robertsons and



Iceland´s Hidden Elves
Delay Road Projects
Associated Press, by Jenna Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/22/2013 7:15:31 AM     Post Reply
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — In this land of fire and ice, where the fog-shrouded lava fields offer a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the "hidden folk" — thousands of elves, making their homes in Iceland´s wilderness.So perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century elves got political representation. Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer.

NY Times admits Obamacare will
cause middle class suffering more
than a year after election
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/22/2013 6:57:43 AM     Post Reply
The mainstream media follows the New York Times´ lead in deciding what is and isn´t news. Hardly an editor or news director anywhere in the country lacks a subscription to the Gray Lady. So, when the Times practiced omerta about the downsides of Obamacare for most people, the media followed its lead, quite willingly. However, now that Obama is safely re-elected and the disaster is apparent to all who will see, the Times is informing its readers that the middle class is taking a hit. Katie Thomas, Reed Abelson and Jo Craven Mcginty report: An analysis by The New York Times shows the cost of premiums for people who just miss

The 2,000 mile storm: Freezing rain,
tornadoes, ice and snow threaten
Christmas travelers from Texas to
Nova Scotia as weather system claims*
Sunday Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2013 6:51:21 AM     Post Reply
Residents of several upper Midwest states are expected to awaken to a new layer of snow, while northern New England could find a world frozen over in more than a half-inch of ice brought by a sloppy storm that already has claimed at least two lives. [Snip] A line of thunderstorms stretching from southern Louisiana to Indiana began wreaking havoc, causing rivers and creeks to swell, flooding roads and spawning winds strong enough to force cars and trucks off of highways. At least two suspected tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, injuring a total of five people and damaging nearly two-dozen homes in or near the towns of

Mixed Messages Add Anxiety
as Deadline Nears in Health Act
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/22/2013 6:40:19 AM     Post Reply
Washington — For most Americans, Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance that takes effect on Jan. 1. It was supposed to be a turning point in the troubled history of the new health care law, the moment when the spotlight would shift from the federal government’s online marketplace to the insurance companies providing coverage to hundreds of thousands and eventually millions of people.But as the date approaches, a series of decisions by the Obama administration to delay some of the law’s most important provisions and to extend some deadlines has caused uncertainty among insurers and confusion among



Four US servicemen hurt after
their helicopter was shot at on an
evacuation mission in South Sudan
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2013 6:34:24 AM     Post Reply
Four US servicemen have been wounded after their helicopter was shot at during an evacuation mission in South Sudan. The men had been trying to rescue American citizens following outbreaks of violence in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei, today. But their mission was hindered when they were hit by incoming gunfire--leaving one critically injured and three others wounded. The aircraft turned around after being fired at, before heading to Kampala in Uganda, according to US officials. From there, the wounded servicemen were flown to Nairobi in Kenya for medical treatment. It is believed to be the second

Dems use new filibuster rules to approve DHS
nominee Mayorkas under investigation
Washington Times, by Stephan Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/22/2013 6:07:09 AM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats used the new filibuster rules Friday to win confirmation of a controversial top Homeland Security official, approving a new deputy secretary who is still under investigation of wrongdoing in his current post as head of one of the immigration agencies.The vote was the latest sign of how bitter the partisanship has become in the Senate, with each party saying there’s a total lack of trust with the other side, and questioning whether that can be rebuilt next year. Republicans said it’s the first time the Senate has ever knowingly confirmed such a high official who is currently being investigated

Christian freedoms are worth fighting for
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2013 5:36:34 AM     Post Reply
In today’s paper we carry a welcome and, frankly, remarkable commentary by Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary. It stands out not just as a passionate plea for the human rights of Christians living overseas but also because it comes from a leading member of the Labour Party. It would seem that Labour has decided that it does “do God” after all. [Snip] And some political analysts will doubtless say Mr Alexander’s intervention is a canny effort to attract votes from the Conservatives, to tap into the communitarian impulse that some people around Ed Miliband calculate to be the best guarantee of victory in 2015.

Christians left by the world to suffer
Telegraph [UK], by Douglas Alexander    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2013 5:36:08 AM     Post Reply
Across the world this week, hundreds of millions of us will be singing of that “silent night, holy night” in the town of Bethlehem. But as Christmas approaches, with its beguiling promise of “peace on earth and mercy mild”, how many of us will reflect on the words of our great Christmas carols and be reminded that Christianity was a faith born in the East? How many of us are aware that, while the first Christmas took place in the Middle East, there today that same faith is under threat? Last week, the leader of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis, chose to cast light on this dark story of persecution by taking to Twitter



Two Years After She Passed
Away, A Woman Gives Her Family
An Unforgettable Christmas
Buzzfeed, by Rachel Zarrell    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/22/2013 5:00:47 AM     Post Reply
Brenda Schmitz, a wife and mother of four boys, passed away from ovarian cancer in September 2011. A month before she died, Brenda wrote a letter to the Des Moines, Iowa, radio station “Star” 102.5. She asked a friend to wait to mail it until her husband, David, had fallen in love again. Every year, the station takes submissions for Christmas wishes, granting a select few. The station brought in David and surprised him by saying they had received a letter from his wife. “When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian

Advertising in the Age of Obama
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/22/2013 4:25:31 AM     Post Reply
Obama was sold to the American voters twice on the strength of shrewd marketing, but as the truth of his unsuitability for this high office becomes increasingly obvious to all but his most uninformed base, even advertising cannot help him pull out of his nosedive. People who know a thing or two about medical care, insurance, and simple math warned about the doom embedded in the very heart of ObamaCare, warnings the media ignored or made fun of. Yes, I know predictions of dire consequences often prove false. Tom Gelsthorpe, commenting on the death this week of a broadcast preacher who was

Obama on friendly confines of golf
course as vacation starts
Reuters, by Ikaika Hussey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 3:02:33 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU- President Barack Obama, hopeful of some rest and relaxation after a bruising year in politics, wasted little time getting his golf game in gear on the first full day of a two-week end-of-year family vacation to his home state of Hawaii. The first golfer hit the links early Saturday afternoon at a Marine Base course on the Mokapu Peninsula, a golf-club shaped piece of land jutting into the Pacific Ocean not far from the Obamas´ rented holiday house. Onlookers lined up along the road to catch a glimpse of the president´s motorcade en route to the links. A smiling

The crossword puzzle at 100:
A talk with Merl Reagle, puzzle man
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Tirdad Derakhshani    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 2:08:21 AM     Post Reply
One hundred candles for the crossword puzzle! One hundred cheers! The crossword, which has delighted, stimulated, exhausted, and frustrated millions of men and women, turns 100 years old Saturday. To commemorate, we thought we´d ask - how does the mind of a crossword maker work? We picked the brain of one of the country´s better-known puzzle-masters, Merl Reagle, whose Sunday crossword is syndicated in more than 50 newspapers, including The Inquirer. How does the mind of a Merl Reagle work? "You have to love words and a playful turn of mind," said Reagle, 63, who was born and raised in



In Hawaii, Obama tries
for uninterrupted vacation
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/21/2013 11:03:57 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — An ocean away from Washington worries, President Barack Obama opened his annual Hawaii vacation Saturday on a quiet note — and hoped it would stay that way for the next two weeks. (Snip) The president has no public events scheduled during his vacation, which is expected to last through Jan. 5. In previous years, frequent golf outings have accompanied trips to local restaurants and other island outings. A few weeks of low-key rest and relaxation would be a welcome change of pace for Obama, who reflected on a high-stakes year of brinkmanship and health care woes as he

Peter O´Toole´s devoted cat Sydney
says goodbye to a legend in wake
at Lawrence Of Arabia star´s home
Daily Mail [UK], by Philip Nolan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 10:21:05 PM     Post Reply
It was a touching farewell to one of Hollywood’s greatest hell-raisers. During Friday night’s wake--where Peter O’Toole’s body was laid out in an open coffin--the legendary actor’s cat Sydney climbed on to his chest and stayed there for the evening. And at his funeral yesterday there was waltzing in the aisle. Friends including rock star Sting and the band Alabama 3 attended the wake at O’Toole’s London home. O’Toole’s first wife Sian Phillips and his daughters Kate and Patricia, and his former partner Karen Somerville and their son Lorcan were among those who attended yesterday’s funeral at Golders Green crematorium

EU spoils David Cameron’s Christmas
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 10:05:58 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to “Europe”, David Cameron must feel like Brer Rabbit when he gets entangled with the Tar Baby. [Snip] He launches his great bid to renegotiate a “new relationship” for Britain with the EU, only to discover that his European colleagues are not remotely interested, because such a thing would be against all the rules of their club. He and Theresa May huff and puff about how they are going to stem the flood of immigration, only to be told that, under the EU’s “freedom of movement” rules, all their little ploys are out of the question.

Spain accused of blocking
Gibraltar aid to Philippines
Telegraph [UK], by Fergal MacErlean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/21/2013 10:00:39 PM     Post Reply
Spain has been accused of acting in a “hateful fashion” as it banned emergency food from Gibraltar destined for the typhoon-hit Philippines. Spain´s customs officials prohibited food donated in a charity drive on the Rock from entering Spain where it was due to be shipped from the port of Algeciras to the Red Cross in Manila, citing problems over issuing certificates. The departure of the 20-foot container packed with food, blankets, vitamins and drinking water will be delayed until after Christmas. MPs viewed the delay as being politically motivated in the tense dispute over Gibraltar´s sovereignty.

Company parts ways with PR
exec after AIDS in Africa tweet
CNN, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 8:59:29 PM     Post Reply
The "tweet heard round the world" was followed by the sound of a slamming door Saturday. Media company IAC has "parted ways" with the company PR executive who tweeted: "Going to Africa. Hope I don´t get AIDS. Just kidding. I´m white!" "The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC. We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question," an IAC spokesman said in a statement. "There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally," he said. "We hope, however, that time


Arapahoe High School update:
17-year-old Colorado shooting victim
Claire Davis dies
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2013 8:49:17 PM     Post Reply
LITTLETON, CO - A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said in a statement. Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for her medical care. "It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," the statement from Littleton Adventist Hospital. "Despite the best efforts of our physicians

Colorado high school
shooting victim dies at hospital
CNN, by Tom Watkins & Ralph Ellis    Original Article
Posted By: southernstench- 12/21/2013 8:49:16 PM     Post Reply
Claire Davis, the 17-year-old high school senior shot by a classmate at their Colorado school, died Saturday at the hospital where she was being treated. "It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13," her family said in a statement posted on the Facebook account of Littleton Adventist Hospital. "Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years -- we were truly blessed to be Claire's parents.

Judge Strikes Down Utah Traditional
Marriage Laws, Calls Them ´Irrational´
Breitbart Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: athina- 12/21/2013 8:48:40 PM     Post Reply
One week after a federal judge in Utah held laws against polygamy are unconstitutional, another Utah federal judge has held that the U.S. Constitution also contains a right to same-sex marriage, describing laws defining marriage as between men and women “irrational.” In his 53-page opinion for Kitchen v. Herbert on Dec. 20, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby—who was appointed by President Obama in 2011—compared marriage laws that do not include homosexual pairings to racist laws. He noted that in its 1967 case Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment a Virginia law

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

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