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Reality Bites Gays
American Thinker, by Rosslyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/24/2013 4:28:55 AM     Post Reply
At the heart of the Duck Dynasty controversy is a modern paradox: those who most loudly celebrate the gay lifestyle seem to go into a Victorian swoon whenever anyone even obliquely mentions actual gay sex practices such as anal sex. As we watch the corporate clusterduck swirl around the alleged wrongs of reality TV star Phil Robertson concerning homosexuality, it may be instructive to take a step back. Image control has been crucial to gay activists. In 1980 Hollywood produced, Cruising, a big budget film that showed the seamier side of gay life. It got pretty good reviews because it

Army: Don’t say Christmas
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 4:27:58 AM     Post Reply
Don’t say Christmas. That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing. “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier. Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected

Vets Return to Streets
to Reach the Homeless
Associated Press, by Kevin Freking    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 4:18:13 AM     Post Reply
CONCORD, Mass.-- Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he´d score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he´d sleep some nights. Now, he has a family, a home and a job - helping homeless veterans get off the streets, like he did. Dyer is part of a team of veterans, some formerly homeless themselves, that the state of Massachusetts has hired to get veterans off the streets in the Boston area. Typically, they spend one day a week roaming the city´s storefronts, alleys and



Obama Enrolls for Health
Coverage, Won´t Use It
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 4:15:46 AM     Post Reply
HONOLULU -- He won´t use it, and he didn´t actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Announcing his enrollment Monday, the White House called it a symbolic show of Obama´s support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty. Ironically, it also served as a reminder of just how complex and sometimes daunting the process can be. Obama, like so many other Americans, couldn´t use the website. "The complicated nature of the president´s case required an in-person sign-up," the White House said.

Van Susteren Tells Palin Why Duck
Dynasty Controversy Has Nothing
to Do with Free Speech
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/23/2013 11:13:15 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin was one of the first conservative voices to defend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s controversial comments about homosexual sex. In a Facebook post, Palin declared that “free speech is an endangered species.” Monday night on Fox News, Greta Van Susteren attempted to explain why invoking the First Amendment in this case does not actually make any sense. Palin said she would leave it to the lawyers to decide whether it’s a “free speech rule of law or not,” and would herself focus on the larger question of “whether we’re allowed to express our personal opinions without threats of

Edward Snowden, after months
of NSA revelations, says
his mission’s accomplished
Washington Post, by Barton Gellman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2013 11:09:31 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words. “What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked. He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet. “I’ll see you there,” he said. Edward Joseph Snowden emerged at the appointed hour, alone, blending into a light crowd of locals and tourists. He cocked his arm for a handshake, then turned his shoulder to indicate a path. Before long he had guided his visitor to a secure space out of public view. During more than 14 hours of interviews, the first he

Alan Turing granted Royal
pardon by the Queen
The Telegraph [UK], by Steven Swinford    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 12/23/2013 10:53:20 PM     Post Reply
Alan Turing, the wartime codebreaker, has been granted a posthumous pardon by the Queen for his criminal conviction for homosexuality. Dr Turing, who helped Britain to win World War II, killed himself after receiving the conviction in 1952. He has now been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy after a high-profile campaign supported by tens of thousands of people including Professor Stephen Hawking. David Cameron said: "Alan Turing was a remarkable man who played a key role in saving this country in World War Two by cracking the German Enigma code.



White Christmas
Steyn´s Song of the Week
SteynOnline, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/23/2013 10:30:36 PM     Post Reply
Throughout December we´ve been celebrating the big hits of the American Christmas songbook. We started the season with "Santa Baby", continued on to "I´ll Be Home For Christmas", and then dusted off Steyn´s obituary tribute to Hugh Martin, composer of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", in which Hugh tells Mark the story behind his famous standard and gives him a unique live performance. (snip) In this Christmas podcast, Mark visits the home of Mary Ellin Barrett, daughter of the man who gave us "White Christmas", "God Bless America", "Blue Skies" and much more.

ICE director defends transport
of illegal immigrant children as
´appropriate and legal´
Fox News, by Judson Berger    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 9:50:13 PM     Post Reply
The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the role of federal agents in transporting illegal immigrant children after a federal judge complained they were hand-delivering smuggled kids to parents in the United States. “While the court’s comments did not relate specifically to ICE, it is clear that the transportation of unaccompanied children (UAC) by ICE personnel is appropriate and legal,” acting Director John Sandweg wrote in a brief email obtained by FoxNews.com. The email was sent Monday and addressed to “all ICE employees.” Sandweg noted that “recent media reports” on the judge’s order had “prompted discussion about whether ICE

1 percent pay raise latest pinch
for troops, veterans struggling to pay bills
Fox News, by Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 9:46:34 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Monday signed an executive order giving military personnel and civilian federal workers a 1 percent pay raise, the first raise for civilians in four years. But for military families, it was another hit. Military members had been receiving an annual pay increase of 1.8 percent, and ther order comes as more benefit cuts loom on the horizon for military families due to tightening budgets. For active-duty troops and veterans, making financial ends meet has gotten increasingly difficult in the past four years, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit think tank, which estimates

A Year of Inspiring Democratic Quotes
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by David Rutz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 9:08:12 PM     Post Reply
As in any other year, 2013 provided countless Democratic pearls of inanity and incoherence as President Obama’s administration and colleagues found themselves engulfed by multiple scandals, the horrific rollout of Obamacare and a near-disaster abroad with the Syrian crisis. It was a 2013 that saw one top White House adviser call the law “irrelevant” in the wake of the IRS targeting fiasco, many Democrats and the president himself spin the “Lie of the Year” about Obamacare as being totally true, and one congresswoman seek to give unemployment insurance to “working men and women.” It was a year that saw Jen



Man known for elaborate Christmas
display found dead in his home
CNN, by Felicia Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 9:02:47 PM     Post Reply
A man known for his grand 6 million-light Christmas display was found shot and killed in his home on Friday morning. A family member found John Chakalos, 87, in his home in Windsor, Connecticut, according a Windsor police department press release. The medical examiner´s office ruled that Chakalos died of a gunshot wound to the head. The police are conducting an active homicide investigation, based on the condition of the body when it was found and because police did not recover a weapon at the scene, Windsor police Capt. Tom Lepore said. Windsor police were first to arrive on scene,

U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan
CNN, by Marie-Louise Gumuchian. Barbara Star    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 8:50:36 PM     Post Reply
About 150 U.S. Marines are poised to enter turbulent South Sudan to help evacuate Americans and provide security for the U.S. Embassy, if ordered to do so, two U.S. military officials said Monday. The troops are moving from Moron, Spain, to the Navy´s Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. An estimated 100 U.S. citizens are believed to be in South Sudan, where steady violence is stoking fears of an all-out civil war in the world´s newest country. "By positioning these forces forward, we are able to more quickly respond to crisis in the region, if required," read a statement from U.S. Africa

We’re Not Mad as Hell, but We’re Not
Going to Take it Anymore!
Canada Free Press, by A.J. Cameron    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 8:47:21 PM     Post Reply
We need to thank John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and all of their lemming button men and women within the House and Senate for exposing who they truly are.{SNIP}A question needs to be asked of conservative politicians and voters; how upset are you with the continual abuse, backstabbing and verbal attacks by Baby Doc Boehner and Zipper-lip McConnell, and their respective thugs? Do you realize that just voting Republican extends the insanity that you profess to disdain? Unless and until enough principled Representatives and Senators within the GOP are sent to recapture the District of Corruption for the citizens of our

Obamacare’s First Deadline
Already a Public Relations Disaster
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 8:33:12 PM     Post Reply
The White House announced on Monday that it had “successfully” signed up President Barack Obama for a “bronze plan” through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. The administration admitted that the move was largely “symbolic,” but they wanted to demonstrate a “show of support” for users attempting to navigate the insurance exchange marketplaces. And those marketplaces are in dire need of a show of support. Earlier, the White House — quietly and without announcement — delayed the deadline to purchase insurance in order to receive coverage by January 1 from December 23 to December 24. Within hours of that



UN´s Ban Ki-moon seeks to
boost South Sudan force
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 8:22:43 PM     Post Reply
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to add 5,500 UN troops to the 7,000-strong force in South Sudan, amid escalating fighting there. His plea comes as new details emerge of alleged mass killings committed during more than a week of violence. Mr Ban warned that anyone responsible for abuse would be held to account. Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting, as rebels thought to support sacked former vice-president Riek Machar have seized major towns. A journalist in the capital Juba, Hannah McNeish, said witnesses had told her about a massacre in which more than 200

Sen. Manchin: ´Just Not in the
President´s Nature to Pal Around´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 8:06:40 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he relates to President Barack Obama the same way most Democratic senators do:"Everybody has a different style, again, as we´ve said, and that´s just not in the president´s nature to pal around and, you know, the gregarious type of personality that a Bill Clinton -- two different people."Manchin told CNN´s "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley that Obama´s distance from his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill makes it "more difficult" to get things done."You know, it´s just hard to say no to a friend. When you build that relationship and that friendship, you´re looking

Veterans betrayed
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 7:56:50 PM     Post Reply
In its rush to pass a budget deal, Congress voted to slice the benefits of veterans, even those who retire after suffering injuries while serving their country. This unconscionable sneak attack on former members of the armed services was evidently inserted into the legislation by GOP House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan during talks with lead Democratic negotiator, Sen. Patty Murray. He ought to be ashamed. The provision would cut veterans’ cost of living adjustments beginning in 2015 by $600 million a year — less than one-tenth of 1% of the $630 billion Pentagon budget. But the pain would be real. A senior

Pelosi: Obamacare will be ‘glorious’
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 7:55:49 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday defended Obamacare amid fellow Democrats’ concerns, saying that while the politics may be tricky right now, eventually having voted for the health care law will be a boon. “We’ll ride this out,” the California Democrat said on a conference call with reporters. Some Democrats, particularly in the Senate, are worried about facing voters having backed the health law, which has seen a rocky rollout and is costing millions of Americans their health plans — even as it is aided millions of others to sign up or get on their parents’ plans. “It’s worth the trouble, it’s

Looking Ahead to 2016,
Hillary Clinton’s State Problem
Washingtonian, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 7:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Take a minute to play communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. Your task: come up with a 30-second spot to run in the early primary states about your candidate’s four years as Secretary of State. What part of the world do you start with? Iran? John Kerry now owns, for better or worse, the effort to bar the mullahs from getting the bomb. The “pivot to Asia”? The pushback on China in the Pacific has yet to take any visible shape beyond President Obama’s patented phrase. The “reset” with Russia? Really? Putin’s a pal now? Anyone putting together a brag


Obamacare´s ´Orphans´ and ´Ghosts´
May Have Trouble Getting Care in January
Bloomberg Businessweek, by John Tozzi    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/23/2013 7:52:41 PM     Post Reply
Health insurance companies are spending the last week of the year searching for orphans and ghosts—the people who tried to buy health plans through healthcare.gov but have had their files mixed up or lost en route from the government website to the insurance company’s database. The insurance companies dub “orphans” the people who selected a health plan on healthcare.gov but whose enrollment never got transmitted. “Ghosts” are the opposite: Customers whom insurers have counted as enrolled but aren’t on the government’s list of people who chose that plan—perhaps because they cancelled their plans or switched to a

Politico: While Obama vacationed, his staff
signed him up for ObamaCare by visiting
the D.C. exchange in person
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 7:51:52 PM     Post Reply
The obligatory follow-up to Ed’s post earlier. When they said O was planning to enroll today, I thought they meant he’d take a break from the links for half an hour to punch in his info on the D.C. exchange website. Upon reflection, though, that was silly. Of course the president’s not going to entrust his vital info to one of these tinpot online exchanges. He knows better than anyone how vulnerable they are; the one he built himself was so grotesquely flawed, his own security team wouldn’t sign off on it. Special procedures would be needed. I think it’s fitting.

´Duck Dynasty´ Fans Are
Sending Me Ridiculous Hate Mail
Business Insider, by Josh Barro    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/23/2013 7:48:38 PM     Post Reply
Some people did not like my recent article about Phil Robertson, star of "Duck Dynasty." In the article, I noted problems with Robertson´s comments that go far beyond the idea that homosexuality is a sin. Robertson said blacks didn´t seem unhappy about oppression in the Jim Crow-era South; he blamed Pearl Harbor on the failure of the Japanese to accept Jesus; and contrary to his protestations, he hates gay people. I don´t think any of that is O.K. I got dozens of letters taking issue with my claims. Some of the letters are hilarious and some are sad, like the

Global Muslim Bloc Launches
War On Free Speech In West
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 7:42:06 PM     Post Reply
Islamofascism: An influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries demands that the West make it an international crime to criticize Islam. Then stop making it such an easy target. In its 94-page document on "Islamophobia," the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation lists as potential felonies: expressing "ideas that Muslims are inclined to violence" and "Islam is an inherently expansionist religion." Under those standards, however, the OIC would have to indict itself. Its charter espouses violent jihad and the global implementation of Shariah law. The OIC provides intellectual justification for terrorism, describing attacks on "occupiers and

The Air of Unreality in NSA Reform
Wall Street Journal, by Michael B. Mukasey    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 7:39:37 PM     Post Reply
Grope through the Styrofoam pellets of rhetoric that surround the 46 recommendations in the report issued last week by the president´s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, and you will discover that the authors "have not uncovered any official efforts to suppress dissent or any intent to intrude into people´s private lives without legal justification." The panel´s investigation of the National Security Agency found—as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found before them—that the occasional unintentional violations of guidelines were stopped once they were detected. Yet in a Dec. 20 White House news conference, President Obama vowed that next month he

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