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The phrase is ‘Merry Christmas’
Tampa Tribune [FL], by Joe Henderson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 2:28:21 PM     Post Reply
I have something to say and some of you may find it offensive: Merry Christmas. I’m not trying to insult anyone, please understand. But the fact is, Wednesday is Christmas and I hope your day is merry. Is it so wrong to wish that for all, or share that sentiment? I surely don’t believe it is. Yes, I understand Christmas is considered a Christian holiday because, well, it is. That makes some people uncomfortable. I’m not trying to exclude anyone who might share different beliefs, or those who have no beliefs, but I’m also not going to compromise mine.

Christmas Day: A&E Runs ´Duck
Dynasty´ Super Marathon
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 2:24:02 PM     Post Reply
Starting at 3:30pm Christmas Day, A&E will broadcast a super marathon of 25 "Duck Dynasty" episodes. The marathon will run until 4am. This will be the second "Duck Dynasty" marathon the network has broadcast after indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson, the series´ star, for the crime of discussing Biblical sin, including homosexuality, with GQ Magazine. The anti-Christian A&E apparently wants to have it both ways. If it brings in viewers, the network has no problem broadcasting marathons filled with Phil Robertson. At the same time, though, the network is punishing this very same star whose "offending" persona is all over its

Department of Labor Gives $5
Million Dollar Grant. . . to Morocco
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:17:50 PM     Post Reply
The United States Department of Labor has made a $5,000,000 grant of U.S. taxpayer dollars to Morocco. From the Department of Labor press release: The project aims to reduce child labor in the Marrakesh-Tensift-Al-Haouz region of Morocco by promoting children’s participation in educational programs and delivering vocational training focused on sectors, such as farming and ecotourism. Additionally, it will offer support to youth of legal working age to secure quality employment opportunities. The press release further states U.S. taxpayer dollars will be used in Morocco ”to promote access to social services for families and help them improve their livelihoods by providing access to



Legalizing prostitution
doesn’t make it safer
Washington Post, by Charles Lane    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:15:15 PM     Post Reply
In 2001, the German parliament almost totally deregulated prostitution. The majority, left-wing coalition of Social Democrats and the Green Party trumpeted the new law as a reform that would end prudishness about “sex work” and bring the business into the open so prostitutes could bargain for higher pay and claim social insurance. Things haven’t quite gone according to plan. Large brothels have popped up in various cities, packed with women and girls lured by human traffickers from poverty-stricken Eastern Europe and handed over to pimps upon arrival. Sex tourists from around the globe flock to German establishments that offer unlimited

The New Blacklist
National Review Online, by John O´Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: stjohnswood- 12/24/2013 12:13:57 PM     Post Reply
I’m sorry to arrive late to this controversy--explanation forthcoming in a later posting--but my impression is that the word “blacklist” has not been mentioned much in the debate over the Robertson family, GLAAD, and the A&E channel. Or if it has been mentioned, it certainly hasn’t had the central role that it should have had in this row. For what GLAAD has been operating is a classic blacklist operation. Its object is not to persuade those who disagree with it over the morality of same-sex relationships to change their minds. Nor is it principally intended to prevent such views

States lag far behind on
ObamaCare enrollment
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:12:42 PM     Post Reply
States running their own ObamaCare exchanges are lagging far behind their enrollment targets, even as scrutiny centers on the federally run HealthCare.gov. The Obama administration had set a Monday deadline for people to sign up if they want coverage by Jan. 1, though ended up pushing it back until Tuesday amid concerns about the federal website. HealthCare.gov, despite surpassing one million visits, continued to exhibit problems, with the site sending would-be applicants into a virtual waiting line whenever it was overloaded with visitors. But while President Obama claims the federal site is steadily increasing its enrollment traffic, many states are struggling. Perhaps the

Mike Huckabee’s Bully Pulpit:
Economic Populism
Daily Beast, by Lloyd Green    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:10:56 PM     Post Reply
How can the pious candidate pivot when polls show voters shifting away from religion? The ex-governor and Baptist minister should look at Republicans’ real base—working Americans. These days, Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, Baptist minister, and current Florida resident, has among the highest favorability ratings among GOP presidential contenders. He is a natural fit for a party that has grown ever more Southern, and one which has become the political venue for White America at Prayer. As a reminder, in 2012 evangelicals cast half of all votes in contested Republican presidential primaries, up from 44 percent in 2008. Yet the



The Counter-Revolution Begins
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:03:46 PM     Post Reply
As 2013 comes to a close, two important developments have the potential to turn the tide against Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the United States. First is the public rejection of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” due to its cancellation of health care plans for millions of Americans. Second is the public backlash against the suspension of a character in the “Duck Dynasty” television show, over his critical comments about gay rights. These two seemingly unrelated developments were dramatic indications that the American people are beginning to understand that their country is being transformed in ways that run directly contrary to their best

Former Head Of Airport Security:
´The TSA Couldn´t Save You From A
6-Year-Old With A Water Balloon´
Business Insider, by Alyson Shontell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/24/2013 12:02:09 PM     Post Reply
Airport security is "all bullshit," according to the former head of security at an Israel airport, Rafi Sela. "The TSA couldn´t protect you from a 6-year-old with a water balloon," he writes on Cracked.com. Sela has seven major issues with the TSA. First, the TSA "essentially makes its own rules," according to Sela. It´s both a regulatory agency and a security agency. Not even the CIA is allowed to be both. That means, the TSA is supposed to regulate itself. Politics can significantly effect the TSA too. For example, Sela claims one of the reasons there used to be full-body

Planned Parenthood Pens ´Twelve Days of
Contraception´ Christmas Carol
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 12/24/2013 11:34:24 AM     Post Reply
Staff members of the Arizona affiliate of Planned Parenthood are celebrating the season by changing the lyrics of the traditional Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” to accommodate the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood Arizona says it "wants to wish everyone happy holidays and a wonderful 2014!" They add, "We hope you will enjoy this original song written by staff and performed by volunteers. And, if you want to know more about the different types of birth control mentioned in the song, visit www.ppaz.org."

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.

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

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

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

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