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Death of 17-year-old boy who
was shot in the head as he sat
HANDCUFFED in the back of
police car sparks angry riots
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:35:29 AM     Post Reply
A vigil for a 17-year-old who died in police custody in North Carolina ended in violence on Thursday. The march was intended as a peaceful memorial for Jesus Huerta, who died in the back of a police car of a gunshot wound to the head last month. Police, some dressed in riot gear, used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd of about 150 friends, family and supporters as they marched towards Durham Police Department. The supporters began at Durham City Hall and marched towards Durham Police Department, shadowed by police. According to the News Observer, as the crowd surged towards the

Are we having fun yet? President Obama
takes the First Family to a Christmas
basketball game in Hawaii (but Michelle
and the girls look a little bored!)
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:24:38 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family skipped the beach in Hawaii on Sunday to take in a college basketball game. [Snip] The game held particular interest for the Obamas, as Oregon State is coached by Michelle´s brother, Craig Robinson, although at times the first lady and the girls didn´t look as excited to be watching the game as the president did. The president had every reason to smile as he received a much warmer welcome in his home state than he did the last time he took his family to a basketball game back in November. Then he

More than 100 police injured
in Hamburg riots:
Officers hit with petrol bombs
and bricks during clashes over
closure of culture centre
Daily Mail [UK], by Allan Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:15:42 AM     Post Reply
German police suffered 117 casualties during the country’s worst night of rioting for a decade near the infamous Reeperbahn in Hamburg. Officials said police officers were pelted with petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and stones on Saturday night. They were then attacked on the ground when they fell and 16 were hospitalised for their injuries. More than 80 rioters were injured and needed medical treatment in running battles. [Snip] Some 2,600 police were on duty in the port city battling 7,300 demonstrators protesting against the impending closure of a leftist culture centre called Rote Flora that has been occupied by squatters

  


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Has A&E Awakened a Sleeping Giant?
American Thinker, by Robert Arvay    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/23/2013 6:09:27 AM     Post Reply
While the Japanese were celebrating the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the mastermind of that attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, had a sobering message for his countrymen. "We have awakened a sleeping giant," he said. Even before the war began, the admiral had warned his emperor that Japan would enjoy early victories in any war with the United States, but that winning streak would last only six months to a year, after which American industrial might would inevitably overwhelm the small island nation. He was right. For the first few months of World War II, the Japanese war machine steamrolled

Iran and Obama´s
´Lie of the Year´
Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 12/23/2013 5:59:07 AM     Post Reply
Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” as 2013´s “Lie of the Year.” Repelled by Obamacare´s deceptive sales tactics, Americans dread its fallout, but know our system allows us to think again. We can repeal and replace bad laws. But we can´t reverse the fallout from Iranian nukes, which explains President Kennedy´s warning that while “domestic policy can defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.” Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! It also explains the backlash from allies and

Obama´s Misguided Obsession With Inequality
Wall Street Journal, by Robert E. Grady    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/23/2013 5:18:33 AM     Post Reply
In his widely noted speech, President Obama said that "a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" is "the defining challenge of our time." This belief makes Mr. Obama unique: Unlike the other presidents since World War II, he places inequality above economic growth as the organizing principle of U.S. economic policy. The president´s Dec. 4 speech, at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress, also stressed that increasing inequality is a "decades-long trend"—which carries with it the strong implication that the country needs to reverse the direction it has taken for the last three decades.

Wyoming to fight U.S. over
Indian reservation land grant
Reuters, by Laura Zuckerman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/23/2013 5:14:44 AM     Post Reply
Wyoming will challenge a U.S. government ruling that more than one million acres of the western state´s land still legally belongs to two Native American tribes, Governor Matt Mead said on Friday. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week, Mead said he has directed the Wyoming attorney general to take aggressive action to overturn the agency´s decision, which he said would adversely affect the state. The land ruling was in response to an application from two sovereign native American tribes living on the Wind River Indian Reservation to the EPA seeking the same status afforded to U.S. states

  


  

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

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

  


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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

  


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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

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

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.

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