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Waterbury, CT Works To Erect
New 52-Foot Cross By Christmas
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/22/2013 10:41:42 AM     Post Reply
An organization of business owners, tradesmen, and citizens of Waterbury, Connecticut have volunteered their time and talents to present a Christmas gift to their community: a 16-ton, 52-foot tall illuminated cross. The cross, which was put into place on Friday, replaces a similar one that rose high above the Holy Land U.S.A. religious attraction, which closed in 1984, and served as a landmark to motorists on Interstate 84. According to the Hartford Courant, construction crews have worked feverishly to complete assembling the pieces of the cross and move them into position on Pine Hill for Sunday’s 6:00 p.m. lighting ceremony.

If it talks like a duck:
Is America at war with itself?
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/22/2013 10:32:24 AM     Post Reply
I can honestly say that the last thing I wanted to write about on the Sunday before Christmas was “Duck Dynasty.”Nonetheless, as I read about the continuing controversy over the comments made by “Dynasty” star Phil Robertson regarding homosexuality, I started to feel like it might be a topic worth exploring.[SNIP]All that really matters is that America is at war with itself.The fight between A&E and Robertson is actually a fight between traditional values and secular humanism, and what it reveals is the deep divide that exists between those two world views that inhabit the same political body.

Gibbs: ´This Is the Worst Year
of the Presidency´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/22/2013 10:24:47 AM     Post Reply
Robert Gibbs, President Obama´s former press secretary, declared 2013 the worst year (so far!) of the Obama presidency: "This is the test, Robert, of big progressive government solving a big societal problem," said NBC host David Gregory. "That´s what he took on. That is the big project of his presidency." "No doubt about it," Gibbs responded on Meet the Press. "I would say this is the worst year of the presidency. It does beat out 2011. But -- well, and especially given sort of where he started, the fact that the first year of the second term is historically the



Size does matter: ´Micro-apartments´
linked to psychological problems,
domestic violence and drug abuse
Daily Mail [UK], by Zoe Szathmary    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/22/2013 10:24:38 AM     Post Reply
A housing shortage in New York has spurred a ´micro-apartment´ development project -- but experts warn that these tiny apartments may be linked to psychological issues for their tenants. The backlash is in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s 2012 real estate competition to build a residence building of mico-units on East 27th Street, The Atlantic reports. The apartments would be between 250 and 370 square feet. Dak Kopec, director of design of human health at Boston Architectural College said the micro-apartments ´can definitely be unhealthy for older people, say in their 30s or 40s, who face different stress factors

Douglas County sheriff will
no longer cooperate with A&E
in filming ´Duck Dynasty´
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/22/2013 9:08:19 AM     Post Reply
The county sheriff who helped facilitate the shooting of several episodes of "Duck Dynasty" announced that his office would no longer cooperate with A&E network in filming the show. Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller wrote on his Facebook page that because the network suspended Phil Robertson, he would no longer enjoy the assistance of his office in making the show. Douglas County Sentinel: A&E has suspended Phil Robertson for talking about his conservative Christian beliefs," Miller wrote." None of us are without sin and I am not judging anyone. I am sure A&E made what they believe is a good business decision.

Log Cabin Republicans blasts
ObamaCare enrollment video
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Kyle Balluck    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/22/2013 8:56:10 AM     Post Reply
Log Cabin Republicans is blasting a new video the advocacy organization says exploits stereotypes to encourage gay men to enroll in ObamaCare. “This cynical ad betrays the depths Obamacare advocates will sink to in order to pad their pathetic enrollment numbers,” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said in a statement released Sunday. “As a self-proclaimed ‘fierce advocate’ of gay equality, President Obama would do well to distance himself from this nonsense and denounce it immediately.” Log Cabin Republicans, which represents gay conservatives and allies, is targeting an ad posted on YouTube last week

´I love you whoever you are´:
Wife gives her husband´s new
fiancee an incredible Christmas
surprise with an emotional seal
of approval... two years after she DIED
Daily Mail (UK), by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 8:48:33 AM     Post Reply
For more than 20 years, KSTZ radio station in Des Moines, Iowa has been granting Christmas wishes for listeners, but this year they received a request unlike any other. Brenda Schmitz wrote into the station, asking them to fulfill three wishes, but there was a catch: Brenda isn´t alive. The wife and mother to four died in August 2011, after losing a battle with ovarian cancer. Her youngest son, Max, was just two at the time. She wrote the letter one month before she passed away and entrusted it with a friend, giving specific instructions not to send it until



Obama, top Dems now appear to
be pushing for comprehensive
immigration reform
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 8:39:35 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and his top Democrats on Capitol Hill appear to have reset their sights on the Republican-controlled House passing comprehensive immigration reform, instead of a step-by-step process, as lawmakers leave Washington for the Christmas holiday break. The president on Friday appeared to urge the House to back the comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed this summer -- a departure from recent comments that suggested Obama was OK with the lower chamber’s apparent piecemeal plan. “The Senate bill has the main components of comprehensive immigration reform that would boost our

Is Arkansas Still Friendly to Bill?
Clinton Tests It
New York Times, by Jonathan Martin*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 8:27:23 AM     Post Reply
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — When it came time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of a dam on the Little Red River this fall, former President Bill Clinton came running. But once he arrived in the state, he had more on his mind than just public works. He summoned Mike Ross, who had driven him around rural Arkansas during his race for governor in 1982 and is now running for governor himself, to his presidential library for a visit. “I thought I was going over for a 15-minute meeting with him, and I left two hours later,” said Mr. Ross, recalling a conversation during which Mr. Clinton spoke about everything

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

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