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UK faces 47 lawsuits for
breaching EU´s rules:
Britain is being pursued
over items ranging from
tractors to toys and garlic
Daily Mail [UK], by Tamara Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 7:06:33 AM     Post Reply
Britain is accused of breaching almost 50 EU rules over items ranging from tractors to toys--and even garlic. In what will be seen as more meddling from Brussels, the Government is being pursued for failing to follow dozens of European Commission directives and other legal agreements. If ministers fail to address the allegations, lawsuits could end up in crippling fines at the European Court of Justice. [Snip] Other complaints, about which few details have been disclosed, concern toy safety, the cleanliness of beaches, the energy performance of buildings and vehicles nearing their ‘end of life’. Details of the 47 legal

An unlikely reunion for
man with dementia, son
Arizona Republic [Phoenix,AZ], by Kristina Goetz    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/24/2013 7:05:30 AM     Post Reply
When Candice Kochis-Dutton found him, he was staying in a former motel in Mesa where convicts live after they’re released from prison. His room, with its twin bed and lamp with no shade, was unfamiliar. He hadn’t showered or changed clothes in a week. And he was out of his blood-pressure medicine. He knew his name: Douglas Musick. Advanced dementia hadn’t yet robbed him of that. But he couldn’t remember how he got there or why. Stains covered the linoleum, and scuff marks nicked the walls. There was no phone. Neighbors banged on his door in the middle of the night.

Encouraging Lessons from the
"Duck Dynasty" Imbroglio
Creators Syndicate, by David Limbauhgh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/24/2013 7:04:02 AM     Post Reply
A&E´s suspension of Phil Robertson for expressing his politically incorrect, Bible-based opinion on homosexual behavior has turned out to be a blessing in disguise and serves as an object lesson for Christian and other social conservatives, as well as other lovers of liberty. The politically correct left has built a culture and network of intimidation against all who refuse to accept their views and especially those who are vocal in standing their ground. Among the encouraging lessons from this brouhaha are that people are waking up to the tyranny of uncompromising leftist groups and realizing that they don´t have to cower before

  


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Department of "the more things change..."
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
We hear plenty of talk these days about the rise of excessive partisanship and the decline of civil political discourse. Supposedly, things were so much more genial in the good old days. That may actually be true at some level if we’re talking about politicians. If we’re talking about liberal pundits, probably not so much. In researching my baseball article about the December 5, 1963 trade that sent Jim Bunning from Detroit to Philadelphia, I came across plenty of commentary about the assassination of JFK. The disappointment among liberal columnists that the assassin turned out to be a Communist was palpable, and

Proof That Every Country Song
In 2013 Sounded Exactly Like
Every Other Country Song In 2013
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/24/2013 5:29:20 AM     Post Reply
Trucks. Dirt Roads. Girls in tight jeans. Girls in tight jeans jumping into trucks. Sunset and moonlight, of course. As far as one music critic is concerned, that’s all you needed to know about country music lyrics in 2013. Via Gawker: When country music critic Grady Smith sat down to write his list of the top 10 Best Country Albums of 2013 he made a startling revelation: All the chart-topping country songs of 2013 sounded exactly the same. Yep, according to Smith, the lyrics of all of country music’s top hits in 2013 were carbon copies of one another. In the hopes that

The Anthem of Joy
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:26:34 AM     Post Reply
In a season of joy, it is worth dwelling on and marveling at the world’s anthem of joy, arguably the best piece of music ever written, which hasn’t lost its power to astound after nearly 200 years and, as long as there is such a thing as civilization, never will. It is, of course, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Everyone knows the unforgettable melody of its “Ode to Joy,” the fourth movement that sets a poem by Friedrich Schiller. Performances of the symphony always feel like an event. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was natural that Leonard Bernstein turned to the Ninth

Twitter blocking petition
supporting Phil Robertson
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:23:56 AM     Post Reply
Twitter is blocking links to a website set up in support of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, who was suspended by the A&E network last week following an interview in which he was critical of homosexuality. The petition, which is directed at A&E and has gathered nearly 200,000 signatures after four days online, says “I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview.” “Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of

  


  

A Case of Naughty v. Nice?
Wall Street Journal, by Joanne Kaufman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/24/2013 5:19:41 AM     Post Reply
Troy, N.Y. ´Twas the week before Christmas and 500 spectators packed the Rensselaer County Courthouse for a mock trial to establish who really wrote "´Twas the Night Before Christmas." First published anonymously in a local newspaper, the Troy Sentinel, in 1823, the 56 buoyant lines of anapestic tetrameter also known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas" have long been attributed to Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), a dour biblical scholar. The matter seemed settled when, in his 1844 collection "Poems," Moore included those extraordinarily popular verses about stockings hung with care and children tucked snug in their beds. There´s even a bronze plaque

Can this patient be saved?
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/24/2013 5:10:19 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s health reform law limps past its biggest milestone in critical condition. Monday was supposed to be the deadline to sign up for Obamacare insurance that would start on Jan. 1. Obama then granted a signup extension to midnight Tuesday — the latest in a series of desperate, short-term fixes. And with enrollment way short of projections, the President’s promise of near-universal coverage recedes into a doubtful future. According to the White House’s no-doubt optimistic count, the first half of December saw an enrollment surge of 1 million, on top of the 1.2 million in October and November.

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

  


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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

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

  


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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

  



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

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