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NSA Lawsuit Attorney: Ignore
White House Panel
US News & World Report, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 11:27:16 AM     Post Reply
Larry Klayman, the former Reagan administration prosecutor who won a preliminary injunction Dec. 16 against the government´s collection of all American phone records, says the White House´s surveillance review panel should be ignored. The five-member panel released a 303-page report Dec. 18 containing 46 recommended changes to intelligence practices. "It´s a ruse," Klayman tells U.S. News. "This is an age-old government practice: When caught with their hand in the cookie jar, they come up with a ´solution.´" The practice is somewhat similar to advocating a law outlawing murder after killing someone, he says. Klayman expects Department of Justice attorneys to

NFL Christmas-Tree Power Rankings
Wall Street Journal, by Ryan Wallerson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 11:03:53 AM     Post Reply
The Kansas City Chiefs are playoff-bound, but no matter how the team performs in that arena, its fans can rest assured of one thing: Someone in the front office has an excellent eye for team-appropriate Christmas-tree ornamentation. With the holiday season upon us—and the playoffs right round the corner—The Wall Street Journal contacted all 32 of the NFL´s teams and asked them to send photos of the Christmas trees located at their facilities. All but three teams submitted entries. And since this is the NFL, there has to be a winner: Hence, our first-annual NFL Christmas-tree power rankings. To compile

IU to leave group over
boycott of Israel
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: hoosier observer- 12/24/2013 11:02:52 AM     Post Reply
The president of Indiana University is criticizing a decision by the American Studies Association to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities. Michael McRobbie says the university plans to withdraw immediately as an ASA institutional member, saying such boycotts have a profound chilling effect on academic freedom. He says universities must be clear and unequivocal in rejecting them.

  


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Upstart Groups Challenge
Rove for G.O.P. Cash
New York Times, by Nicholas Confessore    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/24/2013 10:25:45 AM     Post Reply
A quiet but intense struggle over money and influence is roiling the Republican Party just as the 2014 election season is getting underway. At least a dozen “super PACs” are setting up to back individual Republican candidates for the United States Senate, challenging the strategic and financial dominance that Karl Rove and the group he co-founded, American Crossroads, have enjoyed ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 cleared the way for unlimited independent spending. In wooing donors, the new groups — in states like Texas, Iowa, West Virginia and Louisiana — are exploiting Crossroads’ poor showing in 2012,

Why We´re Raising
´Duck Dynasty´ Boys,
and Not ´Pajama Boys´
American Thinker, by Trevor Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/24/2013 9:57:41 AM     Post Reply
After Phil Robertson told the truth to GQ Magazine (though in a rather colorful way) about homosexuality, liberals went into their predictable hypocritical hyperventilation. While slamming Robertson´s (and essentially the Bible´s) views on homosexuality and sin (which are shared by tens of millions of Americans), liberals completely ignored (read: had absolutely no problem with) what were by far the most offensive things in the GQ interview. Authored by Drew Magary, the column is replete with dripping sarcasm along with plenty of vulgar and foul language. In the very first paragraph, referring to Mr. Robertson´s large crossbow, Magary says "It looks like

AP: Military Personnel Make Enough
Money to Survive Pension Cuts
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/24/2013 9:56:02 AM     Post Reply
With veterans´ groups fighting against cuts in military pensions, the Associated Press (AP) is out with a story suggesting that in light of active duty military pay, healthcare, and "quality of life" benefits, retiring military personnel should be able to the weather the cuts that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has pushed through. According to the AP, "compensation" for active duty military "is competitive with the private sector." They try to bolster this point by showing that "an Army private with fewer than two years of service and no dependents earns on average about $40,000 annually." Later in the paragraph they clarify that

The Next Ronald Reagan Is The
Leader Who Rediscovers
Something Very Basic
Forbes Magazine, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 9:46:08 AM     Post Reply
So let’s see where we are with a large and crucial sector of the American economy. Costs in this sector have been soaring for most of the previous decade, depressing income growth and significantly harming the overall economy. (snip)But most of the public are not careful students of these matters, and the media was only too happy to promote the “progressive” line that these “market failures” required new large scale government intervention. To borrow a basketball analogy, the events of the last decade shifted the “possession arrow” of public opinion away from favorable attitudes toward de-regulated markets. This opened the

  


  

Powerful bomb hits Egypt
police station, kills 14
Associated Press, by Maggie Michael    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 9:19:49 AM     Post Reply
CAIRO — A powerful explosion believed to be caused by a car bomb rocked a police headquarters in a Nile Delta city north of Cairo early on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, according to the state news agency and a security official. The interim government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attack, branding it a "terrorist organization." The Middle East News Agency quoted Cabinet spokesman Sherif Shawki as saying that the Muslim Brotherhood showed its "ugly face as a terrorist organization, shedding blood and messing with Egypt´s security."

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi
film Nelson Mandela tributes
Politico, by Patric Gavin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 8:58:21 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid have added their voices in tribute to the late Nelson Mandela in association with the new movie, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” “There are very few people who existed in the history of the world who measure up to his standard,” says Pelosi in a video interview shot in cooperation with the Mandela Foundation and which will be donated to its archives in Johannesburg. “In a beautiful, spiritual way, he made strong political change and affected the lives of people in a very positive way.” Reid says that Mandela’s

North Korea´s Kim Jong Un
reportedly ´very drunk´
when ordering executions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 8:52:27 AM     Post Reply
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was reportedly “very drunk” when he ordered the recent execution of two aides close to his uncle Jang Song-thaek. The pair, according to a report in The Independent citing Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, questioned an order from the North Korean leader to transfer control of a business to the military. Kim was reportedly angered when they said they needed to check with “Director Jang” first before finalizing the switch. Kim’s once-powerful uncle, who was executed last week, was the former head of the ruling Workers’ Party administrative department. His close aides – first deputy Ri Ryong-ha

On Anniversary Of Apollo 8, How
The ´Earthrise´ Photo Was Made
WJCT-TV (Jacksonville, FL), by Scott Neuman    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 8:41:24 AM     Post Reply
The first humans to catch a glimpse of the Earth rising over the moon nearly missed seeing it at all, let alone capturing the snapshot that became one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century. NASA has released an animation commemorating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon. The famous "Earthrise" photo was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. "It really came about by accident," space author Andrew Chaikin, who narrates the video, tells NPR´s Morning Edition in an interview that will air Tuesday. Comparing new data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter probe, which has been circling

  


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Iran´s top leaders praise spirit of Christmas
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 8:34:51 AM     Post Reply
Iran President Hassan Rouhani is endorsing the spirit of Christmas. Rouhani on Tuesday retweeted two tweets, one by Iran’s supreme leader and one by its foreign minister, that were on the spirit of Christmas. The tweets appear to be a part of a continuing effort by Rouhani to put a friendlier face toward the west on his regime. The new Iranian president earlier this year became the first president of his country in decades to speak to a U.S. president on the phone, and the two sides in November agreed to an interim nuclear deal the Obama administration

A Man and His Gun
American Spectator, by Reid Smith    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/24/2013 8:24:34 AM     Post Reply
The inventor of the most successful killing machine in human history is dead. According to the AP, Mikhail Kalashnikov succumbed to unspecified health complications at the age of 94. He died in Izhevsk, the capital city of the Udmurtia Republic where he lived out his final, modest years. The AK-47 (literally, “Avtomat Kalashnikova” fixed to its first production year) is the world’s most popular assault rifle. It’s the first choice of “freedom fighters,” narco-gangs, and pirates. Those who wield it stifle development. They destabilize communities. They topple tyrants and fight foreign proxies. Of course, the AK-47 is much more than

Students, parents upset that
Christmas cards won´t go to
local veterans due to policy
KDFW-TV [Dallas, TX], by Calvert Collins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/24/2013 8:22:15 AM     Post Reply
They thought it was a kind holiday gesture, but dozens of Prosper students didn´t get to deliver the Christmas cards they made for local veterans because of a VA policy against specific religious cards and phrasing. The cards are still in North Texas, and the writers are disappointed their thank you´s won´t be seen by the people they were intended for. "I´m hoping that it might make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with and I´d like them to know they´ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank

Last-minute rush sees one
million go online to sign up to
Obamacare before deadline expires
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 8:16:44 AM     Post Reply
More than one million Americans have gone online in the past 24 hours to sign up for health insurance, it has been revealed. A last-minute rush of shoppers visited the the ever-breaking healthcare.gov yesterday--what was supposed to be the final day people could enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. However, the deadline has now been extended to tonight to give more people a chance to sign up. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Twitter the website had ´surpassed a million site visits´, according to ABC News. A staggering 850,000 of these visits happened before

  


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Chicago sandwich shop fires
all its staff in an EMAIL just
days before Christmas
Daily Mail [UK], by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 8:08:16 AM     Post Reply
A Chicago sandwich shop has fired all its employees over email just days before Christmas. Staff at Snarf´s Sub Shop in River North received the bad news on Sunday night in a group email notifying them that the drastic action was effective immediately. The company blamed ´increased competition and losses´ for the firings. Director of operations Doug Besant said in the email the restaurant will likely close for a month as they remodel and reconcept the business into a burger joint. But the move comes less than a month after Snarf´s workers rallied for higher wages. The email, obtained by

´Happy Holidays?´ But
I Only Celebrate One
American Thinker, by Brenda Zurita    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/24/2013 7:58:54 AM     Post Reply
Growing up in New York, I loved the week before Christmas vacation (yes, that is what it was called) in elementary school. We would make Christmas and Hanukkah decorations for our classrooms and then the day before vacation, all the classes would congregate in the main hallway, and we would sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. (snip)Fast forward to today where "Happy Holidays" is issued forth because we don´t want to offend anyone. That´s ironic because lumping everyone´s holy day in together actually denigrates them all. It sends the message that we don´t want to really know what other people

Daily Mail makes Google´s Zeitgeist
List after it´s revealed to be the UK´s
8th most searched for term of 2013
Daily Mail [UK], by Victoria Woollaston    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 7:58:15 AM     Post Reply
The Daily Mail has been named one of the UK´s most popular internet searches of 2013, according to Google´s most recent statistics. The news title was revealed to be the eighth most popular UK search term in Google´s 2013 Zeitgeist List, a who´s who of the year´s most relevant people and places on the web. The Daily Mail’s website, MailOnline, is the world’s biggest English language newspaper site, with 57.3 million monthly unique visitors globally. It was one of only two news sources to make the top 10 list, alongside BBC News. Facebook topped the list as the most popular

Dear Dr. Krauthammer
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/24/2013 7:56:28 AM     Post Reply
November 12th. As the O’Reilly Factor begins, host Bill O’Reilly gets the ball rolling with a talking points discussion about the divide in the Republican Party, saying that politics are getting “even more bitter ” and that “Tea Party conservatives, as well as the hard right, continue to reject the moderate wing of the party.” O’Reilly segues to a clip of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praising Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and saying among other things that the two were asking for debate and that “when you stand in the middle of the road you’re going to get

Give her the heave-ho, de Blasio
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/24/2013 7:46:39 AM     Post Reply
Enough! If Mayor-elect Bill de?Blasio has a lick of sense in his 6-foot-5 frame, he’ll cast out of his incoming administration Lis Smith — the randy Democratic operative who’s got a freaky fetish for the black knee socks and balding pate of married ex-Love Gov Eliot Spitzer. If de Blasio continues to stand by Eliot’s unsavory love interest, his credibility as this city’s righteous voice for those without money, power and sexual corruption is shot to hell. As one veteran public-relations expert said, “If I were de?Blasio, I wouldn’t want someone close to me sleeping with Eliot Spitzer.” This unappetizing duo makes me ashamed

  



I Stand with Phil: Twitter Reportedly
Blocking Links to Phil Robertson Petition Site
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/24/2013 7:44:55 AM     Post Reply
Plenty of Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty fans have flocked to Twitter to voice their support for the Duck Commander, but it appears that Twitter is now blocking users from posting links to the site IStandWithPhil.com. #IStandWithPhil has been trending on Twitter for days, but links to the actual site, run by Christian group Faith Driven Consumer, are being flagged for spam. You can see for yourself below what happens if you try to tweet out a link to the website (using the Twitter for Mac app).

The ‘Klan’: Republican Senate candidate
tangles with conservative activists
Daily Caller, by Christopher Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/24/2013 7:26:12 AM     Post Reply
Gabriel Gomez, the Massachusetts Republican who lost a special election to replace now-Secretary of State John Kerry, apologized Monday after a weekend-long social media saga that began when he labeled two state Republican activists part of the “Klan.”{SNIP}Gomez has raised conservative ire because he favors expanded gun regulation, an assault-weapons ban, amnesty for illegal immigrants and same-sex marriage. And although he says he is pro-life, he has said he wouldn’t challenge abortion laws.

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

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

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