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With Friends Like Obama´s Strike Team,
Obamacare Doesn´t Need Enemies
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/24/2013 6:22:20 PM     Post Reply
ObamaCare: After a public relations blitz targeting America´s youth, the results are in: The kids aren´t signing up. It´s not just the bad deal on offer that´s keeping them away. It´s also the White House´s tone of contempt. At a Dec. 6 event, one of Obama´s staunchest allies, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., looked over a group of about 200 young, mostly Hispanic students at California State University, Los Angeles, and asked how many of them had signed up for ObamaCare. After no hands went up, he proceeded browbeat them about being potential burdens to "the rest of us taxpayers," adding: "You want to be invincible! And you're thinking you'll stay so.

This Day in Health-Care History
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: jpundit- 12/24/2013 5:50:58 PM     Post Reply
Lest we forget: exactly four years ago today, Senate Democrats rammed through what would later be called ObamaCare, on a purely partisan vote, ignoring warnings it would be a BFD (big future disaster). On Thursday, December 24, 2009, the New York Times reported on the week: The vote on Monday, in the dead of night, was 60 to 40. The vote on Tuesday, just after daybreak, was 60 to 39. And the vote on Wednesday afternoon, at a civil hour but after less-than-civil debate, was 60 to 39 again -- an immutable tally that showed Democrats unwavering in the march in the march to adopt a far-reaching overhaul of the health care in the

Obamacare May Make It
´Literally Impossible´ in US
Territories to Buy Insurance
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 5:12:58 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare was drafted so poorly that residents in America´s territories like the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam may literally be unable to purchase health insurance on the private market next year, even if they are healthy and want to voluntarily do so. Though Obamacare requires insurance companies in the territories to accept all applicants regardless of preexisting conditions, the law "does not mandate that all territorial residents buy plans nor does it provide subsidies to make coverage more affordable--as it does in the 50 states and the District of Columbia." The Washington Post simply noted that "this is, to put it

  


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They´ve called in the flying
squad! Police calm furious crowds
of Christmas travellers as 90
flights are cancelled at Gatwick
while 70,000 homes remain without*
Daily Mail (UK), by Rob Cooper and Wills Robinson**    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:49:32 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of passengers were stuck at Gatwick tonight as they battled to get home for Christmas after 90 flights to and from the airport were cancelled. EasyJet has been forced to cancel 53 flights while British Airways had to axe 22 services because of power cuts following last night´s storm. Problems at the North Terminal of the London airport caused by the failure of two substations also saw six easyJet flights postponed until tomorrow. Both airlines were scrambling to swap passengers onto alternative flights with empty seats to get as many people as possible to their destination.

´I want to get married again!´:
Dolly Parton reveals plans to
renew vows with her reclusive husband
Carl Dean on 50th wedding anniversary
Daily Mail [UK], by Bobbie Whiteman    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/24/2013 4:40:57 PM     Post Reply
It´s more than two years away, but Dolly Parton is already making plans to celebrate her 50th anniversary with husband Carl Dean. The huge milestone is likely to involve a second ´wedding´ to renew their vows. ´We’ve talked about that — we might do it all over again!´ the 67-year-old told Closer Weekly. ´Another big wedding.´ The country and western singing legend tied the knot with Carl, now 71, on May 30, 1966, at Ringgold, Ga., partly because he lived nearby in his youth and knew the town.

2017 and the End of Ethics
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:11:11 PM     Post Reply
Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? Will it say that he was shredding the Constitution, or that he found the terror threat too great to honor past promises? Will NPR run an exposé on our next president should she tap into Angela Merkel’s cell phone, or monitor the communications of Associated Press reporters — and their parents? Will investigative reporters go after the president should he

Interview: Dana Gioia on Christian
Retreat from the Culture
NewsBusters, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 4:03:34 PM     Post Reply
For decades, there has been a lot of discussion about a “cultural war,” primarily between people of traditional faith and those who see religion as something of little value. Whether war is quite the right metaphor to describe the phenomenon, there certainly is a lot of pressure on people who adhere to traditionalist opinions, as Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty can certainly attest. Yet while opponents of traditional beliefs and a politically unbalanced media have certainly proved harmful to faith in the public square, those two groups cannot be entirely blamed for the less prominent place that Christians now have in American culture.

  


  

Neshaminy student newspaper
to resume ´redskin´ ban
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Chris Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:02:56 PM     Post Reply
LANGHORNE- What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional. "The students will proceed in accordance with their published policy and, if disciplined for doing so, will take action to defend their rights," said the seven-page letter sent Friday by lawyers at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. The letter marked the latest volley in a battle unfolding across the country. Neshaminy's started in October,

MSNBC’s Dyson: Men Loving
Jesus More Than Women
‘Sounds Interestingly Homoerotic’
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:59:56 PM     Post Reply
Have you ever wondered what MSNBC president Phil Griffin uses as qualifications to hire on-air personalities for his so-called "news network?" Consider the case of perpetually race-baiting contributor Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson who on Monday’s Ed Show actually said that Christian men claiming to love Jesus more than they love women “sounds interestingly homoerotic” MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity and the rest of those folks ought to be ashamed of themselves. And gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people ought to speak up and link their own fate to African-American people

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

  


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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

´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,

  


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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

  



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

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