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Sen. Inhofe reflects on the death of
his son in November plane crash
Washington Times (D.C), by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 12:44:25 PM     Post Reply
Sen. James Inhofe opened up on Sunday about the loss of his son, Perry, who died in a plane crash Nov. 10 outside Tulsa just shy of his 52nd birthday. Mr. Inhofe, a 79-year-old Oklahoma Republican, said his son knew his plane was going down and avoided any areas with homes before crashing in a wooded area. Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon, and grew up sharing a love of flying with his senator father and the rest of the family. In an interview with NBC’s David Gregory, James Inhofe talked about the impact of losing a child. “It’s something you

Pol sent staff video of ‘oral sex’
New York Post, by Laura Italiano    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/22/2013 12:39:15 PM     Post Reply
Move over, Vito “Gropez” — yet another Albany politician has been accused of outlandish sexual harassment by young female staffers. Married-with-children Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, 62, tormented three workers with lewd antics such as sending a video of himself supposedly receiving oral sex, suggesting they shack up with him in hotels and talking about a tattoo on his penis, new court documents charge. “I got a boner when I walked into the office today when I saw you,” the seven-year assemblyman allegedly drooled to his then-director of communications, Anna­lise C. Freling, 28, last year at a governor’s event, according to court

Democratic U.S. senator says Obamacare
could have ´meltdown,´ hurt party
Reuters, by Susan Cornwell    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/22/2013 12:33:47 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work. "If it´s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not



Cracker Barrel puts ´Duck Dynasty´
items back on shelves
USA Today, by Brian Wilson, The Tennessean    Original Article
Posted By: Summernite- 12/22/2013 12:26:49 PM     Post Reply
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store reversed course Sunday, putting back on its shelves the products it had removed because they were tied to a star of the cable hit "Duck Dynasty." In a statement on its Facebook page, Cracker Barrel said, "When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that´s just what we´ve done.

Duck Off
Town Hall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/22/2013 12:01:02 PM     Post Reply
I’m not a fan of Duck Dynasty. There, I said it. I know that’s not something a conservative is supposed to say because we’re all stereotypes in the eyes of progressives, but I had to unburden myself of that. It’s nothing personal, it’s just, to steal a line from Bob Dylan, not my cup of meat. So when I first heard the story that Robertson patriarch Phil made “anti-gay remarks,” I didn’t really care. Most Americans didn’t care either. But, as my friend Erick Erickson says, “You will be made to care.” The Robertsons are Christians, like most Americans. But unlike

Harry Reid and John Boehner:
Washington persons of the year
The Hill, by Brent Budowsky    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/22/2013 11:36:24 AM     Post Reply
Since I am on a roll with Time magazine choosing Pope Francis as Person of the Year, after watching President Obama in his farewell press conference for the year, it occurred to me to suggest my first annual Washington Person of the Year. This year the result is a tie. The co-winners are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) who closed the year very strongly by crushing the Tea Party and saving Republicans from another shutdown fiasco. Reid and Boehner both learned from their mistakes and became champions and winners of Person of the

Schumer sees job creation and middle-class
income growth as defining issues for 2014
ABC News, by Tom Curry    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/22/2013 11:31:38 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate leadership, said Sunday that “the number one issue in the 2014 election is not going to be Obamacare or the deficit. It is going to be who can get the middle class going again, who can expand middle-class incomes, who can create jobs.”(snip) Schumer is honing the Democrats’ message for 2014, when they face mid-term elections that look to be challenging due to the waning popularity of President Barack Obama,...



Boehner eats his young
High Plains Daily Leader & Times, by Dick Morris    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/22/2013 11:25:04 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner would not be House Speaker John Boehner if it were not for the tea party and the other conservative groups he now criticizes. He says that they “lack all credibility” and accuses them of “using our members [Congressmen] and the American people for their own goals.” Asked about the criticism leveled at the budget deal by conservative groups, the said “Are you kidding me? I don’t care what they do.” His comments immediately drew admiring praise from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who said his comments were “a breath of fresh air.” Has the world

Other networks eager
to air ´Duck Dynasty´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/22/2013 11:22:02 AM     Post Reply
If A&E decides to ax "Duck Dynasty" at least two other networks are eager to snap up the hugely popular reality show according to TMZ. Merrill Sport, owner of the Christian-affiliated Hunt Channel told the website that he´d be thrilled to pick up the show. "We believe in the 2nd amendment and freedom of speech," he said. "...A&E needs to put on their big boy pants, and if they don´t like the programming, they need to either let ("Duck Dynasty") go or shut up and pay them."

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

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