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Susan Rice Calls Benghazi
´A False Controversy´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/23/2013 1:08:43 PM     Post Reply
"I don´t have time to think about a false controversy," National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CBS´ "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday. Rice was talking about the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and her insistence five days later -- on all five Sunday talk shows -- that the attack was a spontaneous event arising from a little-known anti-Muslim video. "In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration´s been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security

Obamacare deadline secretly pushed
back to tomorrow night rather than
tonight as Americans scramble
to sign up for insurance... but
the website is still crashing
Daily Mail (UK)/Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 1:08:24 PM     Post Reply
Americans had been told that they would have to sign up for health insurance through the ever-breaking healthcare.gov site by the end of Monday night but now it has been revealed that the deadline has been covertly pushed back one more day to try to give more people a chance. Two anonymous officials announced that the 11.59pm deadline that had been set for tonight was pushed back to Tuesday- Christmas Eve- over the weekend, according to The Washington Post. The White House has insisted that it is doing all it can to make sure people who miss the deadline can still

From Costa Rica´s Great Balls
to Death Valley´s wandering rocks:
The 10 bizarre phenomenon that
still have scientists baffled
Daily Mail (UK)/Science Uncovered, by Hayley Birch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 1:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Scientists have spent centuries uncovering the many mysteries of the natural world, yet some phenomenon still baffle even the sharpest of scientific minds. From strange lights in the sky following earthquakes to rocks that spontaneously glide across the ground, these naturally-occurring events from around the world seem to have no purpose or meaning. Science Uncovered´s Hayley Birch has compiled a list of the top 10 most strange, cryptic and incredible naturally-occurring events from around the world. Scroll down for video



Top economic adviser to Chris
Christie challenges President Obama´s
comments on inequality
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 12:50:27 PM     Post Reply
A top economic adviser to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie challenged President Obama´s assertion that inequality is the "defining challenge of our time" in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, writing that "like so many of his other pronouncements, the assumptions behind his defining challenge are misleading." Robert Grady, a managing director at the private equity fund Cheyenne Capital Fund and the chairman of Christie´s Council of Economic Advisers, also sketched out an alternative economic agenda to the one Obama mentioned in his Dec. 4 speech on the economy and inequality at an event in Washington

Burglar reveals coach’s abuse tapes
Irish Examiner (Ireland), by Kieran Donovan    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 12/23/2013 12:45:54 PM     Post Reply
Spanish police say a burglar has helped them arrest a soccer coach in southern Spain who they believe sexually abused some boys he trained. Police said the burglar, who hid his identity from the police, called to say that he had found videotapes during a robbery showing the abuse. He said he would leave the evidence under a parked car. The burglar put three tapes in a brown envelope, hid them under a parked car. Inside the envelope, police found a note with the home address of the suspected paedophile and a message from the burglar: “I’ve had the misfortune that these tapes

Lights go out as storm drags on
Kennebec Journal (Maine), by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 12:37:57 PM     Post Reply
As the ice storm entered a unanticipated third day, the number of outages reported by the state’s power companies grew to tens of thousands.At about 10:30 a.m., Central Maine power reported that nearly 12,000 people were without power, while Bangor Hydro Electric reported about another 10,000 outages. In central Maine, most of the outages were reported in Kennebec County, where about 2,000 of 69,000 customers were without power, and in Waldo County, where nearly 5,000 of about 24,000 customers were without power. There were also nearly 2,000 customers without power in Lincoln County, and about 1,000 apiece in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties.

The other Bay of Pigs story
American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 12:27:41 PM     Post Reply
Mention "The Bay of Pigs" and most people will remember the failed invasion of Cuba and President Kennedy taking responsibility a few days later. Most people do not know that most of the men of Brigade 2506 were captured and sentenced to prison in Cuba. They were eventually released 50 years ago today: "In the days before Christmas 50 years ago this weekend, 1,113 Bay of Pigs fighters captured by Fidel Castro´s forces and imprisoned for 20 months were finally released to a heroes´ welcome in Miami. The first planeload of POWs arrived at Homestead Air Force Base on Dec. 23, 1962. Gaunt and



Obama administration secretly
extends health care enrollment
deadline by a day
Washington Post, by Juliet Elperin and Amy Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/23/2013 12:06:38 PM     Post Reply
At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1. But, without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch. Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplace’s computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their new coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas

Dynasties and Orthodoxies
American Thinker, by Doug Mainwaring    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 12:00:57 PM     Post Reply
When the A&E / Duck Dynasty brouhaha erupted a few days ago, this gay author´s first response was: I don´t view the Robertson men as "hot" sexually. That would never cross my mind, for a multitude of reasons. But I sure do find them to be smoking hot in a much more important way: their humanity. This very public conflict cannot be reduced to first amendment rights. It is about how we view and treat each other as human beings. Writing on his blog at The Dish, Andrew Sullivan had this to say about one of the Bible-based quotes from

CNN’s Christmas Present for Obama:
Record Low Obamacare Poll Numbers
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 11:56:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s days-old Christmas vacation in Hawaii will not be the jolliest if CNN has anything to say about it. On Monday, CNN/ORC released new polling data showing that the Affordable Care Act has reached a record low approval rating in that survey. The anchors of CNN’s New Day added salt to that wound in a segment about those poll numbers on Monday by debating the politics of a delay of the individual mandate. A new survey found that 62 percent of those surveyed told pollsters they did not approve of the ACA while just 35 percent expressed approval.

Judicial Watch Asks Court to
Invalidate Unconstitutional
Obamacare Power Grab
Breitbart Big Government, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 11:51:56 AM     Post Reply
Washington has become the Scrooge that ruins Christmas for those of us involved in public policy. Instead of being a quiet period to commemorate the birth of Christ, enjoy time with our families, and to pleasantly work to deal with end-of-year demands in business, the politicians in Washington have turned the Christmas holidays into a time to upend the Constitution, pass deplorable legislation, and leak stories designed to disappear as most Americans focus on things other than politics. True to this, our out of control president recently rewrote Obamacare for the 14th time by eviscerating, through sheer fiat, the individual



Veterans groups vow to fight cuts
in military pensions
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 11:27:50 AM     Post Reply
The Pentagon´s top civilian says it´s time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he´s facing a test of wills with the nation´s powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.Veterans groups are fighting curbs in annual pension increases for military retirees under age 62 that are part of the new budget deal passed by Congress last week and awaiting President Barack Obama´s signature. After a barrage of protests from the military community, lawmakers said they´ll review the cut next year and possibly reverse it. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that reform of military compensation can´t

´I want to be the best dad and husband.
Nothing is more important´: Chilling words of
father who threw his son, 3, off Manhattan
highrise before jumping after judge awarded
his ex-wife custody
- Thread Closed
Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman and Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 12/23/2013 11:17:19 AM     Post Reply
A 35-year-old threw his three-year-old son to his death from the roof of a 52-story skyscraper and then jumped killing himself, after a judge ordered him to hand over the boy to his estranged wife. The killer dad has been identified as Dmitriy Kanarikov, a systems analyst from Brooklyn. His son Kirill plunged 46 stories after being pushed from a ledge on the roof of the building. He landed on a sixth floor landing before crashing down onto a John Jay College building next door to the highrise. He was alive when paramedics arrived on scene, but died minutes later

Kid Rock on ´Duck Dynasty´ Suspension:
´Stop This Bull**** Ass PC Game´
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 11:05:00 AM     Post Reply
Kid Rock has a message for the cultural police who want to stop people from speaking their mind--or their faith. And it´s more than merely Merry Christmas. The rocker spoke out via his official web site on this week´s suspension of Duck Dynasty mainstay Phil Robertson. The singer´s subversive battle cry is much more than a defense of Robertson´s right to express his Christian beliefs. It´s a slam against the thought police mentality which he says has a choke hold on society.

The Genuine Conflict Being Ignored
in the Duck Dynasty Debate
The Atlantic, by Larry Alex Taunton    Original Article
Posted By: darnright- 12/23/2013 10:59:09 AM     Post Reply
Until recently, I had never seen A&E’s hit series Duck Dynasty. Given their long beards and “Sharp Dressed Man” opening theme song, I had mistakenly assumed it to be a reality show about ZZ Top. Judging from the headlines, however, I am in a minority. According to A&E, the series is the highest-rated nonfiction program in cable history. The series focuses on a Louisiana family, the Robertsons, who have made a fortune manufacturing and selling products marketed to duck hunters. Pro-God and guns, the Robertsons make no bones about what they believe. They are unashamedly Christian, are seen attending church in several episodes, and have openly indicated that they see the show as a vehiclewith religious tolerance.



Al-Qaeda Apologizes for Killing Muslims
Breitbart Big Peace, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/23/2013 10:55:04 AM     Post Reply
Al Qaeda, slowly realizing that its indiscriminate murder of civilians is counterproductive if the victims happen to be Muslims, apologized in a video for a hospital attack in Sanaa, Yemen that killed dozens of people on December 5. Qassim Al-Raimi, the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, released a video on Sunday in which he admitted that the attack was not meant to kill people in the hospital or the mosque that are part of the Yemeni Ministry of Defense compound. He asserted the cause was one al Qaeda fighter gone astray, saying, "We confess to this mistake

Paul Ryan Doubles Down on
Cutting Veteran Pensions
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 10:52:22 AM     Post Reply
House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has doubled down on his move to cut pensions for military veterans in a USA Today op-ed published Sunday.{SNIP} In fact, the deal raises the deficit by at least $15.5 billion because of a series of gimmicks that Ryan and Murray employed in the accounting of the deal -- namely, double counting of savings like the tactic which was employed in Obamacare, and the failure to include an estimate of the interest on the borrowed money for the first couple of years of increased spending. These are only a few among a

Sheen Twitter Rants About
"Duck Dynasty" Star
NBC [Los Angeles], by Brandi Fowler    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 12/23/2013 10:45:09 AM     Post Reply
Charlie Sheen is sounding off about Phil Robertson´s recent anti-gay comments. Days after the Duck Dynasty star said homosexuality is illogical, among other things, Sheen went on a Twitter rant Saturday about the reality star´s sentiments."Hey Mallard brained Phil Robertso! you have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine, who DO NOT have the voice or the outreach that I do. well news flash shower-dodger, I will speak loudly and clearly for ALL of them. so, just when your desperately sub evolved ass thought the pressure was off, you are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style

The REAL Obama Christmas Card
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/23/2013 10:19:41 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to his signature epic health care failure, there’s nowhere to hide, not even Hawaii, for President Barack Obama. Perhaps that’s why Barack and Michelle are wearing such sour expressions and being told to “Cheer up, Mr. President, it’s Christmas!” on the cover of today’s Drudge Report. If you can believe the mainstream media, exhaustion trailed Obama all the way to Hawaii where he is taking a 17-day timeout in sunshine happy Lei Land. Not only crashing down to 37% in popularity polls trumping the legendarily loathed George W. Bush in popularity, more software foul-ups bedevil Obama, who is learning the

Merry Christmas from our
Muslim friends in Canada
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/23/2013 10:19:24 AM     Post Reply
Right at holiday time, a Muslim "charity" in Toronto has started a highly offensive advertising campaign in the Toronto subway declaring Jesus is no God. Just for a micro-second, imagine what hell would break loose if a Christian group on the eve of Ramadan (or heck, any day of the year), sponsored subway ads declaring Mohammed was no prophet. Actually, that´s a trick question because the Toronto Transit Commission would never permit such an ad to be posted. Rachel Ehrenfeld reports: "Is Jesus God?" A billboard posted at Dundas Subway Station in Toronto asks. The screaming poster´s words answer: "Bible & Quran


11 tough questions Obama
is happy he didn´t get
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/23/2013 9:38:49 AM     Post Reply
First the good news from President Obama´s final news conference of 2013: "I´ve run my last political race." Of course, Obama made no new news. If he´d wanted to make news, he would not have scheduled it on short notice and on a Friday, when politicians release news they want ignored. Obama has broken so many promises, claimed ignorance of so many of his responsibilities and underlings´ failures and violated protocols, not to mention the Constitution. [Snip] In the interests of accountability, we’ve drafted a few pressing unasked questions that Obama would have tried to dodge.

Weary Obama seeks Hawaii
sun´s waking touch
Agence France-Presse, by Stephen Collinson    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/23/2013 9:08:54 AM     Post Reply
Washington--A weary Barack Obama, eyelids heavy, predicted Friday that the restorative power of sleep and the sunshine of his native Hawaii would restore his wilting fortunes after a bleak year. The US president began 2013 with a soaring inaugural address laying out an ambitious second term agenda, sensing a mandate for liberal transformation despite a joyless re-election campaign. He ended it with a ponderous press conference, deflecting dire assessments of his prospects and gingerly testing an optimistic message for 2014: "We are poised to do really good things." Second term presidencies are always tough, as exhaustion, unmet promises and fading

The Most Underreported
Foreign News Stories of 2013
PJ Media, by Andrew McCarthy*    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/23/2013 8:52:19 AM     Post Reply
The most underreported foreign news story of 2013 is the pogrom against Christians in Islamic countries. It is doubtful that there is a close second place finisher. The story is gruesome and the rationale for both the killing and the silence about it lies in a mainstream interpretation of Islam – one that is far more prevalent in the Middle East than the West will admit. The pogrom is the inexorable result of Islamic teaching and Western indulgence. It is, after all, directed at Christians because there are no more Jews left to persecute. The latter have long made their exodus

Obama to ‘Sign Up’
for Insurance Today
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/23/2013 8:50:34 AM     Post Reply
Valerie Jarrett just announced to the press that President Obama will “sign up for for Health Insurance on the marketplace by the end of today to lead by example.” We can safely assume if the site is “down for maintenance” today, it is not planned. This is actually not necessary for the president, as “the President, while in office, has access to treatment by military hospitals and doctors as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. His family, as his dependents, also shares in this benefit. In the past, when Presidents have been sick or injured in office, they have almost always

Senate Democrat worries
about ObamaCare ‘meltdown’
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/23/2013 8:39:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Hours before the Monday deadline for Americans to sign up for ObamaCare in order to have coverage by Jan. 1, a Senate Democrat warned the plan could soon collapse of its own weight. “If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told CNN. After a series of delays and stopgap fixes by the administration, Manchin is pushing to delay the ObamaCare individual mandate — which the administration has refused to do across the board,

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