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Prince Charles Comes
Through for Christians
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 5:11:25 AM     Post Reply
The persecution of Christians in predominantly Muslim countries is the great, unacknowledged human rights violation of our time. So kudos to Prince Charles–a decent guy, but often a bit of a goof when it comes to politics–for being willing to speak up. Last week, he addressed a group of Middle Eastern Christians at Clarence House: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East,” he said. “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are increasingly being deliberately targeted

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
New York Times, by Josh Katz & Wilson Andrews    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 5:07:00 AM     Post Reply
What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map.(Snip)Most of the questions used in this quiz are based on those in the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun in 2002 by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder. The original questions and results for that survey can be found on Dr. Vaux´s current website. The data for the quiz and maps shown here come from over 350,000 survey responses collected from August to October 2013 by Josh Katz, a graphics editor for the New York Times who developed this

The next Detroit? Atlantic City and
Las Vegas facing catastrophic collapse
MyFoxNY, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/23/2013 4:53:04 AM     Post Reply
With the closure of the recent Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, rumors of the bankrupt Revel being sold to Hard Rock, more than half of the mortgages in Las Vegas under water, casinos opening up all around the country and online gambling legislation underway in various states, it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City and Las Vegas are in serious jeopardy. Beginning in the late 1940s, Las Vegas became known as the ´adult playground of the world.´ Celebrities knew they made the big time when their names graced the billboards of ‘Sin City.’ Gamblers hoping to

  


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Huckabee surges, Cruz, Ryan
plummet in 2016 presidential poll
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:44:35 AM     Post Reply
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who suddenly entered the 2016 Republican presidential sweepstakes this month, has surged to the top of those most favored by GOP voters, costing support for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan in a new poll. Of eight potential presidential candidates listed by YouGov/Economist in the most recent survey, Huckabee won the highest favorable rating from Republicans, at 65 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was dead last with a favorable rating of 47 percent. But it is Christie who still leads the race. Some 18 percent of Republican voters chose Christie as their

New Orleans Sports Fans
Love the Mannings
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:39:45 AM     Post Reply
For Peyton Manning’s fellow native New Orleanians, Sports Illustrated’s wise selection of the famed NFL quarterback as its Sportsman of the Year was long overdue — but many in Peyton’s native city wished the magazine had expanded the honor to cover the whole Manning family. We all have Manning stories to tell, and at the risk of my sounding far too familiar with a family of good people who probably wouldn’t know me from Adam, please consider my own vignettes as fond supplements to the considerable mass of excellent prose SI just published. New Orleans loved Archie Manning even before he

Pancho Claus: A Tex-Mex
Santa from the South Pole
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:34:35 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer. Meet Pancho Claus, the Tex-Mex Santa. Amid all the talk about Santa Claus’ race, spawned by a Fox News commentator’s remarks that both Santa and Jesus were white, there is, in the Lone Star State,

Obama’s accidental lesson for America
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/23/2013 4:27:28 AM     Post Reply
As the fifth year of the Obama presidency draws to a close, it may be time to examine the unspoken but powerful assumption behind the policies of the president and his party. That is the assumption that in times of economic distress Americans would be, more than usual, supportive of or amenable to Big Government programs. The assumption was widely shared, and not just by Democrats. And it has pretty well been disproven, insofar as any abstract proposition can be disproven, in the five years of the Obama presidency. The Obama assumption has its origins in the 1930s, in the apparent political and

  


  

60 Minutes Report on Susan
Rice Misleads on Benghazi
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:23:38 AM     Post Reply
This evening 60 Minutes did yet another puff piece on a member of the Obama Administration. This time it was National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s turn. Lesley Stahl called Rice “the quarterback of American foreign policy.” If that is the case then Susan Rice is to the American foreign policy what Ryan Leaf was to the San Diego Chargers. However, the most egregious part of the segment concerned Benghazi. When discussing Rice’s infamous appearances (when she was then U.S. Ambassador to the UN) on five Sunday talk shows on September 16, 2012 in which she claimed that the attacks on Benghazi were

The Navy’s Amazing Ocean-
Powered Underwater Drone
Time, by Mark Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:14:58 AM     Post Reply
While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a fleet of “long endurance, transoceanic gliders harvesting all energy from the ocean thermocline.” And you thought Jules Verne died in 1905. Fact is, the Navy has been seeking—pretty much under the surface—a way to do underwater what the Air Force has been doing in the sky: prowl stealthily for long periods of time, and gather the kind of data that could turn the tide in war. The Navy’s goal is to send an underwater drone, which it calls

Obama’s letter to Santa
begs for major magic
Boston Herald, by Holly Robichaud    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:07:32 AM     Post Reply
This is an exclusive. The NSA has leaked President Obama’s 2013 letter to Santa. Dear Santa, Thank you for last year’s gifts — Gov. Chris Christie’s hug and Mitt Romney’s debate failures. It helped me win another term. But since my second inaugural, I’ve been struggling. I need some Christmas magic to turn around my polling numbers — the worst since Richard Nixon! Can you believe it? I am more unpopular than George W. Bush. So here is my wish list for 2014: • I need a Republican to blame for the failure of Obamacare. The blame Bush and Congress strategy for all of my

Pajama Boy Nation
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 4:02:10 AM     Post Reply
Will Kane of High Noon Pajama Boy wasn’t. Somehow we as a nation went from the iconic Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy — from the noble individual with a bad habit to the ignoble without a good habit — without a blink in between. There are lots of revolting things in the Pajama Boy ad. After all, how can you top all at once a nerdy-looking child-man dressed in infantile pajamas while cradling a cup of hot chocolate with the smug assurance that he is running your life more than you his? The Liberal Body-Snatchers Still, there are one or

  


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Navy sailors have radiation
sickness after Japan rescue
New York Post, by Laura Italiano and Kerry Mutha    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/23/2013 3:59:54 AM     Post Reply
Navy sailor Lindsay Cooper knew something was wrong when billows of metallic-tasting snow began drifting over USS Ronald Reagan. “I was standing on the flight deck, and we felt this warm gust of air, and, suddenly, it was snowing,” Cooper recalled of the day in March 2011 when she and scores of crewmates watched a sudden storm blow toward them from the tsunami-torn coast of Fukushima, Japan. The tall 24-year-old with a winning smile didn’t know it then, but the snow was caused by the freezing Pacific air mixing with a plume of radioactive steam from the city’s shattered nuclear reactor. Now,

The peculiar history of
the Pledge of Allegiance
CNN, by Bob Greene    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/23/2013 3:58:42 AM     Post Reply
On this day 71 years ago -- December 22, 1942 -- Congress got the United States out of what had turned into an unexpectedly embarrassing situation. It concerned the Pledge of Allegiance -- specifically, something called the Bellamy Salute. Most people today have likely never heard of it, but the Bellamy Salute was once a constant part of the country´s life. Until 1892, there was no such thing as a Pledge of Allegiance. Daniel Sharp Ford, the owner of a magazine called Youth´s Companion, was on a crusade to put American flags in every school in the country. He sensed that the U.S.

Republicans find filibuster alternatives
to fight Obama nominees
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 3:51:15 AM     Post Reply
Democrats may have changed the rules on filibusters, but far from ending the intense battle over President Obama’s nominations, the move has pushed Republicans to fight harder — and to pioneer other tactics. The latest move was made late Friday, just as the Senate was preparing to adjourn for a two-week recess. Republicans refused to allow a courtesy request to keep the full slate of Obama nominees pending. As a result, the nomination process must restart early next year. It was a capstone of a year in which a deal on filibusters frayed and finally collapsed, leaving the Senate atmosphere

Monday deadline for ObamaCare is a
milestone and marker of uncertainty
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/23/2013 3:50:52 AM     Post Reply
The deadline for most Americans to have ObamaCare insurance starting January 1 is Monday, but a series of administration fixes and delays is turning the milestone into a day that for many Americans will underscore the uncertainty about the future of the law. The original plan was simple -- that Americans who by Dec. 23 enrolled in ObamaCare online or otherwise and pay in full will have insurance when coverage kicks in New Year’s Day. But the disastrous Oct. 1 start for the federal website and some state-run sites -- marked by crashes and the dissemination of incorrect information -- sent President

  


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Democrats Work to Raise
Number of Female Governors
Associated Press, by Steve Peoples    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/23/2013 3:43:45 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -- The Democratic Party claims to be the natural home for women. The numbers tell another story when it comes to the nation´s governors. Republicans, four women: Jan Brewer in Arizona, Susana Martinez in New Mexico, Mary Fallin in Oklahoma and Nikki Haley in South Carolina. Democrats: Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. For the GOP, often accused of waging a "war on women," this advantage offers a powerful tool in the competition for female voters. "We have to show the fact there is no war on women," said Haley, who is in her first term. "The more Republican women out there, the

Holy Land USA Landmark Lights
The Way Again
FoxCt Hartford, CT, by Crystal Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 3:39:36 AM     Post Reply
[Video] It’s a sight to see in Waterbury. The cross that sits atop Holy Land USA is finally lit up. The ceremony began at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterbury. After that, thousands poured onto a bridge to see the lighting. The cross stands 57 feet tall, 26 feet wide and weighs in at 22 tons. The third time is the charm for the cross that sits atop Pine Hill, that’s because it’s the third cross to rise above Holy Land. “It means a lot,” said Waterbury resident Henry Sage. “I remember when I was a kid I used

Obama attends Oregon State-
Akron game in Hawaii
Associated Press, by Oskar Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 3:26:32 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU— President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family momentarily skipped the beach in Hawaii on Sunday to take in a college basketball game. Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the Oregon State-Akron game Sunday at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu. Oregon State is coached by Michelle Obama´s brother, Craig Robinson. The Obamas sat just behind the Oregon State bench, with the president sitting in between his wife and friend Bobby Titcomb. The Obamas drew a standing ovation and loud cheers as they walked in to the small arena at the University of Hawaii.

A Preview of Congress´ Debt Ceiling Fight?
McClatchy Newspapers, by David Lightman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/23/2013 12:07:20 AM     Post Reply
Another fight coming on the debt ceiling? Could be. The deadline is February 7. Republicans have suggested they don´t want to simply raise the limit, but Democrats contend they aren´t about to attach strings. The debate on NBC´s "Meet the Press" Sunday was one that will probably be echoed often when Congress returns next month. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., looked at the two year budget deal Congress enacted before leaving last week and was not satisfied. "We´re in trouble on deficits and debts is not because we didn´t agree but because we did. We agreed to spend $740 billion we didn't have last year," he said.

Eagles to honor cheerleader
turned soldier
CNN, by Steve Almasy    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 12/22/2013 11:59:13 PM     Post Reply
Rachel Washburn once carried pompoms. Now she carries an M4 carbine. The military brat who became an NFL cheerleader is today a first lieutenant in the United States Army. On Sunday, she was to be honored as a Hometown Hero by the Philadelphia Eagles, the team she cheered for from 2007 to 2009. The Bronze Star recipient served two tours of duty with the Army in Afghanistan, including one as a member of the Army´s new Cultural Support Program. It was a dangerous and stressful job, where she would go on missions with special operations forces and help

  



The Yuletide battleground
of our Civil War
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2013 11:46:03 PM     Post Reply
Last week, an envelope in the seasonal pile that came through our letterbox caught my eye. “This is not a Christmas card”, it said. The contents were as good as the exterior word. “Wishing You a Hardworking and Productive 25th December & Truly Righteous Prosperous Sober New Year” was the printed legend. [Snip] On the front of his card, he reprinted, from “the Four and twentieth day of December, 1652”, the parliamentary proclamation abolishing Christmas. This edict, one of many that issued from Oliver Cromwell’s men, ordered that “the markets be kept to Morrow” (i.e. that shops should stay open)

Why Obama should pardon Snowden
Los Angeles Times, by Jonathan Turley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2013 11:39:09 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey weighed in last week on the subject of Edward Snowden. Asked about calls of clemency for the former National Security Agency contractor, Woolsey insisted that Snowden should be "hanged by the neck until he is dead." Woolsey reflects the current thinking in Washington: reform for the NSA and the rope for Snowden. However, it may be time for President Obama to show real leadership and acknowledge that Snowden is the reason for the current reform push. It may be time to pardon Edward Snowden. He has almost certainly committed criminal acts in removing and

M&S faces furious backlash from
customers over Muslim policy
Telegraph [UK], by Nicola Fifield    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/22/2013 11:29:31 PM     Post Reply
Marks & Spencer is facing a boycott from hundreds of customers furious at the store’s decision to allow Muslim staff to refuse to serve customers buying alcohol or pork products. The policy was revealed after customers trying to buy goods pork or alcohol from a Muslim shop assistant in central London were told they would have to use another till because of the cashier´s religion. The chain has admitted, however, that it has breached its own internal policy--by forcing its staff to choose between their beliefs and their responsibilities to the supermarket. A spokesperson for M&S said that it works

Obama warns of possible military
action in South Sudan
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 10:41:55 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU - President Barack Obama told Congress Sunday that he may take further military action to protect Americans in violence-plagued South Sudan. In a letter to Congress, Obama said that about 46 U.S. troops were deployed Saturday to help evacuate Americans. That´s in addition to another 45 troops deployed to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Juba. Four U.S. troops were injured in the evacuation mission Saturday when gunfire hit three military planes. All four are in stable condition, the White House said. Obama is on his annual vacation in Hawaii, but he said in the letter to congressional leaders that

Susan Rice: NSA Officials Didn’t Lie, They
‘Inadvertently Made False Representations’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2013 10:26:51 PM     Post Reply
National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl, and one of the issues she addressed was the continued fallout from the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. Rice argued that NSA officials didn’t lie about intel dragnets, they just “inadvertently made false representations.” This statement comes as House Republicans are demanding a criminal probe for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for his flat-out denial in March, three months before the Snowden leaks began, that the NSA collects data on hundreds of millions of Americans (a denial that Clapper later categorized as the

AP poll: Obama health care
overhaul top 2013 story
Associated Press, by David Crary    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/22/2013 10:20:09 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press´ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The saga of "Obamacare" - as the Affordable Care Act is widely known - received 45 first-place votes out of the 144 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The marathon bombing received 29 first-place votes and the papal transition 21. Other strong contenders were the bitter partisan conflict in Congress and the leaks

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