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Super hoarders of Utah:
Inside the huge warehouses used to
store food as Mormon faith fuels state´s
insatiable desire for disaster preparation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 5:06:16 AM     Post Reply
Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church´s Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there´s a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives. And houses are equipped with special shelving for cans of beans, rice and wheat. Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is not just part of the fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it´s an idea that is increasingly catching on

Long waits for aid for Sandy victims
in New York and New Jersey
Washington Post, by David B. Caruso & Frank Eltman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/24/2013 5:05:28 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — As a second New Year since Hurricane Sandy approaches, many coastal residents are still waiting for New York, New Jersey and New York City to distribute billions of federal dollars that were intended to go directly to people struggling to rebuild their homes. Only a fraction of that money has been spent, leaving storm victims at the mercy of a frustrating maze of bureaucracy. Depending on where they live, the checks could be days to many more months away. “It’s enough to drive you crazy,” said Katie Fazekas, a teacher’s aide who has become so distraught over still being

Rolling Our Eyes at Obama
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:00:34 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is now in Hawaii–but before he departed Washington he gifted us a 62-minute press conference. In the past, I might have been inclined to show point-by-point why many of Mr. Obama’s statements qualified as ludicrous, unfair, misleading or outright false–including the president claiming Syria and Afghanistan as foreign-policy successes; impugning the motives of those who want stronger sanctions against Iran; insisting that the basic structure of his health-care law is working; referring to the sequester cuts his administration originally proposed as being “damaging” and which “created headwinds for our economy”; and declaring that 2014 can be a “breakthrough year

  


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Sarah Palin: MSM´s ´Bizarre´
Obsession with Santa´s Race
Reflects ´Skewed Priorities´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:59:56 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said the inordinate amount of discussion on mainstream media networks about what color Santa Claus should be sharply reflects the media´s "skewed priorities." This is especially so since it seems there will be more segments about Santa´s race than segments about MSNBC host Martin Bashir´s vile and threatening remarks against Palin. In an interview with Newsbusters, which first put up the video of Bashir´s comments in which he said someone should defecate and urinate in Palin´s mouth, Palin said she was out on her book tour for her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting

Obamacare´s War on Civil Society
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:55:58 AM     Post Reply
Washington offers many opportunities for Schadenfreude, that wonderful German word which means to enjoy the misery of others. The sudden realization of liberal professionals who voted for Barack Obama that they will be forced to spend thousands more on health insurance was one of those moments. It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people! Reported the New York Times: “Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and

Obama Hawaii Vacation: Day 3
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
How President Barack Obama spent the third day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Monday:— HEALTH EXCHANGE ENROLLMENT: White House officials announced that Obama signed up for health coverage through a new insurance exchange for the District of Columbia. The move is symbolic because the president won´t use it, but the White House says it´s a show of support for the new law and exchanges. — GYM, GOLF: After a morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Obama hit the links in Lanikai, a beachside neighborhood in Kailua a few miles from his vacation home. On the

Now Hear This: Big Brother Wants
to Talk to You. Right Now!
Time, by Mark Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:46:37 AM     Post Reply
It’s not like we don’t hear from our president often enough. But Uncle Sam—having failed to devise its own system that could put the president’s words out to all citizens within minutes—is reaching out to the private sector for help. His goal? So the “President of the United States can alert and warn the American people under all conditions.” How quickly? Within 10 minutes, and preferably within five. How reliably? Messages must get through 99.99% of the time, and ideally have a 99.999% “continuously operating availability performance level.”

  


  

Into Year 6, Obama admits he’s clueless
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:40:47 AM     Post Reply
What a depressing presidency Barack Obama has wrought. Waltzing into office five years ago with the media’s shameless aid on a high-school-style campaign pledge of “Hope and Change,” the former community organizer from Chicago spent his last press conference of the year apologizing for everything he’s done wrong — then announcing he’s “eager to skip town” to Hawaii for “a couple days of sleep and sun.” Well, 17, but who’s counting. One truly has to wonder how the vaunted White House staff of advisers and sycophants came up with the battle plan for Friday’s presser, the last of a terrible year:

The Battle Within the Democratic Party
Atlantic, by Molly Ball    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:38:42 AM     Post Reply
Things are not going well for Democrats. Riding high just weeks ago after Republicans shut down the government, the party now finds itself in a swoon: President Obama’s ratings have hit an all-time low. The implementation of healthcare reform remains a mess. Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to distance themselves from the White House, and the party is on track to lose seats in the House and Senate next year. Parties in distress tend to fall to bickering, and today’s Democrats are no exception. On one side, liberals calling for a muscular agenda of government expansion and progressive taxation; on the other,

How Sotomayor undermined Obama’s NSA
MSNBC, by Adam Serwer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 4:36:16 AM     Post Reply
If Edward Snowden gave federal courts the means to declare the National Security Agency’s data-gathering unconstitutional, Sonia Sotomayor showed them how. It was Sotomayor’s lonely concurrence in U.S. v Jones, a case involving warrantless use of a GPS tracker on a suspect’s car, that the George W. Bush-appointed Judge Richard Leon relied on when he ruled that the program was likely unconstitutional last week. It was that same concurrence the White House appointed review board on surveillance policy cited when it concluded government surveillance should be scaled back. “It may be necessary to reconsider the premise that an individual has no reasonable

Dubai sends American to max-security
prison for … a YouTube satire video
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 4:31:26 AM     Post Reply
Let this be a cautionary tale to Americans working abroad: not all countries appreciate a satirical sense of humor. Minnesotan Shezanne Cassim has lived and worked in Dubai for PricewaterhouseCoopers for seven years, but he’s now imprisoned in a maximum-security prison. His offense? Making a social satire about rich Dubai “gangstas” on YouTube last October: A UAE court jailed on Monday an American and four other men for one year after they made a YouTube video that mocked Dubai teenagers, The National daily reported. Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old from Minnesota, has been held since April after being charged with endangering the security

  


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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.

  


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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

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