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13 reasons Santa Claus
is definitely a conservative
Fox News, by Adam Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 3:57:56 PM     Post Reply
I’ve been making a list and checking it twice, and although I can’t tell you who’s been naughty or nice, I can say that Santa Claus has all the hallmarks of being a conservative. Could it be true? Could everyone’s favorite Christmas figure be a right-winger? Well, let’s see the evidence: 1. Did you ever hear Santa wishing someone a “Happy Holidays?” No, for the man in red, it’s always “Merry Christmas” – no matter who it offends. 2. He lives in the North Pole – a tax haven with a zero percent tax rate – hardly a sign of someone who believes

21st century bird watching: Drone
guide lets sky gazers spot flying
military robots using their silhouettes
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:53:33 PM     Post Reply
These days drones are used for everything from farming to surveying remote regions to waging war. So it makes sense that one Dutch designer has penned the Drone Survival Guide, which like bird watching charts, shows the various shapes and sizes of flying objects by their silhouettes. Ruben Pater’s guide, however, details the differing kinds of flying robots used at war, as well as survival tips of how to hide from them. The majority of the drones selected for the chart are from NATO member countries, including the UK, France, Germany, U.S. and Canada. This is because these countries have used drones in wars

The God of No God
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:50:27 PM     Post Reply
It’s Christmas. Our atheist friends are out there doing their thing. No to a crèche here, take down that cross over there, absolutely not to the Ten Commandments display somewhere else. And, of course, as the folks at GLAAD have just recently reminded us in the Duck Dynasty contretemps, there’s nothing like being out of the closet as Christophobes. Christophobes being defined here as those with fear or contempt of Christians or those who believe in God, not to mention those who exhibit behavior based on that feeling of fear and contempt for Christians and believing in God. It’s time. Time to

  


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´A child born today will grow up with
no conception of privacy at all´: US
whistleblower Edward Snowden set to
deliver ´alternative´ Christmas message
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Emma Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:48:40 PM     Post Reply
US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was behind the leak of documents revealing mass surveillance programmes, is to give the Channel 4 Alternative Christmas Message tomorrow. He follows figures such as Ali G, Sharon Osbourne and Baroness Lawrence in giving the festive address which is the station´s answer to the Queen´s message to the nation. The channel said it will be his first recorded TV film since Snowden arrived in Moscow, where he has been given asylum. Computer analyst Snowden became a wanted man more than seven months ago when his leaks brought to light secret National Security Agency documents which revealed widespread US

Accounts of Petty Retribution
Reinforce Christie’s Bullying Image
New York Times, by Kate Zernike    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 3:42:07 PM     Post Reply
In 2010, John F. McKeon, a New Jersey assemblyman, made what he thought was a mild comment on a radio program: Some of the public employees that Gov. Chris Christie was then vilifying had been some of the governor’s biggest supporters. He was surprised to receive a handwritten note from Mr. Christie, telling him he had heard the comments, and that he didn’t like them. “I thought it was a joke,” Mr. McKeon recalled. “What governor would take the time to write a personal note over a relatively innocuous comment?” But the gesture would come to seem genteel compared with

Defender of Biblical and Natural Law
American Spectator, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:37:20 PM     Post Reply
As the American left puzzles and prattles over the “homophobic” remarks of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, what’s remarkable is how unremarkable the remarks actually are; that is, once you remove the vivid vernacular by which they were expressed. At their essence, the thrust of Robertson’s remarks are merely a defense of Biblical and Natural Law—albeit inelegantly expressed. Even carefully trained secular progressives will sense a flicker of familiarity in Phil’s observations. There are two core elements to Phil Robertson’s unpolished exposition. “Don’t be deceived,” he admonished GQ. “Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards,

Snowden to Give UK Channel
4 ´Alternative Christmas Address´
Breitbart´s The Conversation, by Elizabeth Sheld    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:11:18 PM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden will deliver the "Alternative Christmas Address" on Britain´s Channel 4. In the past, the address was given by figures such as Ali G and Sharon Osborne. The "Alternative Christmas Address" is the channel´s answer to the Queen´s message to the country. Snowden will say "Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this

  


  

Obama Couldn’t Use Website
To Sign Up For Obamacare
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:08:21 PM     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. White House officials noted

Reagan and Obama: The difference
between a hero and a zero
Washington Times, by Judson Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 2:56:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan is without a doubt a hero to the conservative movement. He is the only truly conservative Republican we have had as President in the last fifty years.(snip) Comparing the two men is an excellent study in the difference between a public servant and someone who thinks he is a public master. When Ronald Reagan was President, he spent his Christmases in Washington. The reason was simple and it spoke profoundly about the man’s character. The White House, even in the 1980s was a 24/7 operation. The President’s staff worked around the clock. This was true of his Secret Service

Best, worst years in Washington
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 2:52:55 PM     Post Reply
Few elected officials in Washington had a particularly good 2013. A divided Congress bickered for most of the year, shut down the government in October and saw its approval rating hover near record lows. President Obama, fresh off his reelection, failed to win passage of either of his major domestic priorities — gun control and immigration — and his own popularity sank with the botched rollout of his signature healthcare law. Only a year-end budget agreement saved the capital from complete gridlock. So, who had the best and worst years on Capitol Hill? The two lead budget negotiators took top

Special African-American
Santa Holds Court At Macy’s
CBS 2 (New York), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 2:43:28 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Crowds in the know have been drawn to Macy’s to see the “special Santa,” an African-American Santa Claus tucked away in Santaland at the Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the special Santa only appears by request. But he was the sole reason Elizabeth Kittles and her family made the trip from the Bronx Monday night. [Video] “I could have gone anywhere,” Kittles said, “but I came right here to Macy’s because I knew they had an African-American Santa.” When they reach the front of the line, parents must ask to

  


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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

  


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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

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