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Ducks, Gays, and Steyn
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: stjohnswood- 12/26/2013 10:00:51 AM     Post Reply
John has mentioned the controversy between Mark Steyn and his National Review editor, Jason Lee Steorts. The matter centered around Steyn’s column of last Friday called “The Age of Intolerance.” Citing the experience of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who came under attack from gay rights activists for expressing his view of homosexuality, Steyn argued that the forces of “tolerance” are so intolerant that they threaten to make ours a decidedly illiberal society. Steyn led off his column with two old jokes about gays. The first, from Bob Hope, was, as Steyn said, ´´oddly profound´´ because it somehow foresaw the intolerance

Cross-dressing man
caught on Newark runways
New York Post, by Philip Messing    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/26/2013 9:32:54 AM     Post Reply
The Port Authority’s pricy perimeter-protection system failed again Wednesday when it failed to detect that a man — dressed as woman — had hopped a fence at Newark Airport and wandered across two runways, sources told The Post. Siyah Bryant, 24, of Jersey City, was wearing women’s red pants and a smart brown sweater as he allegedly walked onto the tarmac at about 4:20 a.m. after tryst in a car near the airport went bad. Newark’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System should have alerted officials to Bryant’s presence long before he took his turn on the runway — but the $300 million-plus

Patchwork of ObamaCare insurance
deadlines adds to confusion
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/26/2013 8:43:09 AM     Post Reply
So you´ve signed up for health care on the ObamaCare exchanges. Think you´re covered? Not quite. As with any insurance plan, new enrollees still have to pay their first month´s premium to lock in coverage. But the deadlines for that task are different all over the country, adding to the confusion over an already-perplexing sign-up process. "It makes an already kind of chaotic situation even more chaotic," Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers said. The deadlines in the ObamaCare enrollment process have been a moving target. For those seeking coverage for the start of the new year, the deadline to sign up was originally



‘You Have a Right to Be Stupid’:
The Top D.C. Soundbites of 2013
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/26/2013 8:29:38 AM     Post Reply
Talk is hardly cheap in the nation’s capital, where a slip of the tongue can be a faux pas forever on the history books or a well-placed soundbite can leave more of a positive legacy. From lawmakers famous for their fiery speech, politicians who stepped in it deep, and a president who played catchup with his veep in the race for eyebrow-raising quotes, here are some soundbites that reverberated around Washington and beyond the Beltway in 2013. The clear champion Strategic profanity has a glorious history on the Hill, from Dick Cheney telling Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) “go f*@k yourself” to House

Britain becomes statins capital
of Europe according to study
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 8:28:30 AM     Post Reply
Britain has become the “statins capital” of Europe--and has the second highest prescribing levels in the Western world for the drugs to protect against strokes and heart attacks, an international study has found. Last night, the former heart tsar said doctors in this country were handing out too many pills to the “worried well” and those living “indolent” lifestyles who were not prepared to take steps to improve their own health. Increasing numbers of patients in this country have been put on statins in the last decade, amid spiralling obesity and more aggressive prescribing of the medications by family doctors,

Radiant orchid, the hue of 2014:
Purply-pink set to be the
dominant colour of next year
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 8:17:44 AM     Post Reply
If you want to know what to paint your house or how to dress next year, a leading colour forecaster has the answer: radiant orchid. Pantone said that in 2014 the dominant hue will be the shade of purple because it can ‘intrigue the eye and spark the imagination’. The company said that it drew you in with its ‘beguiling charm’ and that when worn by either men or women it was a ‘dazzling attention-getter’.[Snip] And since Pantone’s prediction is watched by everyone from designers to furniture makers, the chances are that you will be seeing a lot more of

World Wide Web founder backs Snowden,
saying the world needs whistleblowers
and that they should be protected
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 8:05:01 AM     Post Reply
The inventor of the World Wide Web has spoken in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden and said he should be protected. Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that the former US intelligence contractor and others like him play an essential role in exposing abuses of power, and should not be punished. The computer scientist also claimed that checks and balances in the US and around the world had failed, and that even with reforms, the system was unlikely to get better. Sir Tim made his comments to the BBC after Channel Four broadcast Mr Snowden´s alternative Christmas message yesterday.



Do Democrats really need to
promote religious persecution?
American Thinker, by Karin McQuillan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 7:23:28 AM     Post Reply
Democrat politicians do not want respectful disagreement between Evangelicals and gays. War between homosexuals and evangelicals is important for them. The Democratic Party, in order to raise money from gays and lock in millennial votes, is attacking freedom of thought, speech and religion. This is a basic community organizing tactic: encourage grievance, divide the community, fan the flames of conflict, and inject government power into social problems. By putting their own political interests before every other value, Democrats have pushed our country into a culture clash that is becoming unresolvable. It is time to take a deep breath and reaffirm

Crowds relive Washington´s
1776 river crossing
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 7:16:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. - George Washington has made his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River. Washington´s daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. The 61st reenactment of it was staged Wednesday. Hundreds of people gather each year to hear Washington´s stand-in deliver stirring words to the troops and watch three boats make the crossing from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. During the original crossing, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river. The troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton.

American held by al-Qaeda makes
video appeal to Barack Obama
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 6:44:37 AM     Post Reply
An American held by al-Qaeda in Pakistan has recorded a video message saying he feels “totally abandoned” by his country and asking President Barack Obama to open negotiations for his release. Warren Weinstein, who is now 72, was snatched from his home in the city of Lahore in 2011, where he had worked as a development contractor. He wore a black woollen hat and spoke in a tired monotone in the 13-minute video, which was apparently made by as-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s media arm, and sent to The Telegraph along with other media houses. “I am now over 72 years of age. I am

President Obama breaks from family
Christmas and golf to visit military
families with wife Michelle
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 6:32:43 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama and wife Michelle stepped away from the seclusion of their quiet Hawaii vacation for what´s become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make during the holidays and throughout the year. After a morning of presents and carols with their two daughters, the exhausted-looking president and sunburned first lady Michelle Obama took a short drive to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where nearly 600 troops and their families gathered in a mess hall, half-eaten pieces of cake still on the table from Christmas dinner. [Snip] ´The least we can do is just let



The man who´s taught the world the
meaning of humility: He lives in a B&B
and makes sandwiches for his guards.
Could Francis be the greatest Pope ever?
Daily Mail [UK], by Guy Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 6:19:21 AM     Post Reply
Question: Who was the most talked about person in the world this year? Answer: Not Justin Bieber, Prince George or even Nelson Mandela, but a small, grey-haired man from Argentina called Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Known since March 13 as Pope Francis, the spectacle-wearing 77-year-old was 2013’s most discussed human being, according to the Global Language Monitor’s annual survey of the internet. The accolade lays bare his astounding ability--unique among modern religious leaders--to shape the news agenda and capture hearts and minds with a succession of charismatic speeches and colourful public gestures. Yesterday, Francis drew a near record crowd estimated at

Britain´s littlest shepherd, aged two, a lamb
called Twinkle - and a bond between boy
and sheep that will melt your heart
Daily Mail [UK], by Frances Hardy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 6:07:36 AM     Post Reply
Boxing Day morning is traditionally a time for long sleeps and leisurely breakfasts. But while most of Britain takes it easy after yesterday’s festivities, little Arthur Jones will be out in the Dorset countryside mending fences. [Snip] He also feeds the sheep, rattling a tiny pail containing a handful of pellets. ‘Come on Twinkle!’ he calls to a ewe with a dense white fleece and a calm demeanour, who dutifully trots across to him. His mum Sarah--Nicky’s daughter--has many reasons to be proud of him; not least because he was born two-and-a-half months prematurely and has cerebral palsy.

Anarchy in Detroit
Reason Magazine, by Zach Weismuller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 5:49:29 AM     Post Reply
Tom Nardone is the founder and president of the thriving e-commerce site, PriveCo, which specializes in products that customers don´t want their friends and neighbors to know they´re buying—vibrators, enema bags, hair loss treatments, etc. Three years ago, Nardone started applying his entrepreneurial expertise to a different problem: the dreadfully maintained parks in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Weeds and trash have transformed Detroit´s playground jungle gyms into actual jungles. Nardone knew it was no use approaching the city´s hapless Department of Recreation, so he brought his ride-on lawnmower down to a public park and got to work. Then he

A&E’s Duck Dynasty Dilemma
National Review Online, by Lee Habeeb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 5:45:28 AM     Post Reply
It had never happened before. When big, powerful TV executives ask a star to apologize for what they deem inappropriate comments or behavior, the star simply complies. A team of publicists is assembled, the star does the obligatory apology tour for the press and promises never to do or say what he did or said again. Ever. But the TV gods never met a man like Phil Robertson. Or his family. When they decided to place the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan on a non-suspension suspension for his comments to a GQ magazine writer about homosexuality, the executives at A&E



Christmas with the GIs: How American
soldiers proved a huge hit with British
families during WWII as they ´filled the
chairs left empty by British fighting men´
Daily Mail [UK], by Lucy Crossley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/26/2013 5:40:43 AM     Post Reply
Bearing gifts of extra rations, Coca Cola and nylon stockings it is no wonder that American GIs were popular house guests among British families during the Second World War. With British soldiers away in Europe, war-hit families were issued with an urgent plea to invite their US colleagues to share their Christmas celebrations. Faced with the prospect of their guests bringing extra food with them, families jumped at the chance to welcome the Americans into their homes, with some 50 invitations being offered for every GI, or Government Issue. For troops serving in a foreign land, far away from home, Christmas was

The 2013 ´Pantsuit Patrol Award´ For
Blind Devotion To Hillary Goes To...
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/26/2013 5:35:25 AM     Post Reply
Media Research Center presents its annual Pantsuit Patrol Award to the person its distinguished panel judges believe best blew Hillary Clinton’s horn during the year. It’s recipients are notable. And…the envelope goes to…Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, who slobbered all over “Her Magnificence” in a January 2 article: “The idea of losing Hillary has seemed especially unbearable at this political moment. It’s as if she has become, literally, the ship of state. She stands for maturity, tenacity, and self-discipline at a time when everyone else in Washington seems to be, in more senses than one, going off a cliff — a parade

What to Do When
ObamaCare Unravels
Wall Street Journal, by John H. Cochrane    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 5:31:46 AM     Post Reply
The unraveling of the Affordable Care Act presents a historic opportunity for change. Its proponents call it "settled law," but as Prohibition taught us, not even a constitutional amendment is settled law—if it is dysfunctional enough, and if Americans can see a clear alternative. This fall´s website fiasco and policy cancellations are only the beginning. Next spring the individual mandate is likely to unravel when we see how sick the people are who signed up on exchanges, and if our government really is going to penalize voters for not buying health insurance. The employer mandate and "accountable care organizations" will take

Local courts reviving ´debtors´
prison´ for overdue fines, fees
Fox News, by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 5:23:54 AM     Post Reply
As if out of a Charles Dickens novel, people struggling to pay overdue fines and fees associated with court costs for even the simplest traffic infractions are being thrown in jail across the United States. Critics are calling the practice the new "debtors´ prison" -- referring to the jails that flourished in the U.S. and Western Europe over 150 years ago. Before the time of bankruptcy laws and social safety nets, poor folks and ruined business owners were locked up until their debts were paid off. Reforms eventually outlawed the practice. But groups like the Brennan Center for Justice and the American

Obama has begun repealing Obamacare
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 5:14:15 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare as written is already gone, dismantled by its namesake. Obamacare itself has not, strictly speaking, collapsed of its own weight. Rather, it has been changed from its original, unworkable form first by Chief Justice John Roberts and then by the president into some new, unworkable mishmash. Obamacare per se is already gone. The question remains whether the law in some form will remain or whether the 2016 contest will be about what sort of plan replaces Obamacare. The latter is the odds-on favorite. David Brooks on “Meet the Press” yesterday predicted (correctly, in my view) further undoing of the


An Ode to Spam
New York Times, by Gail Collins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/26/2013 5:08:48 AM     Post Reply
I would like to take time now to thank everyone who sent me holiday messages via the Internet: The wishes of good cheer, the reports of family achievements in the year past, and the multiple requests for my email or bank password. Possibly that last group was not acting on its own volition. Just last week I got a note from the novelist Erica Jong, asking me for my email password, and another from the historian Carol Berkin, requesting my Bank of America account number. Thanks to my skills as a journalist, I instantly deduced that both were fraudulent. Also, I

Taking Tolerance Too Far
Creators Syndicate, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 5:03:55 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In a recent and very good book, John L. Allen comes to the judgment that “Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet,” and he concludes that “the transcendent human rights concern of our time is this rarely noted persecution.” (Snip)We see the intolerance against American Christians (and against American people of faith in general) on display every year during this “Holiday Season.” There are the great battles waged generally by a few nonbelievers against Christians across America for putting up Nativity Scenes. The nonbelievers generally win.

New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014
New York Post, by S.A. Miller & Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 4:58:30 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill. The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills. Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break. But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.” The new taxes on one customer’s bill added up to $23.14

Obama’s dangerous immigration
reform agenda and amnesty
Washington Times, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 4:54:39 AM     Post Reply
Before leaving on his 17-day vacation in Hawaii, President Obama declared that one of his top priorities for 2014 will be immigration reform, with amnesty. He knows that congressional Republicans feel pressure to do something to woo Hispanic voters. Mr. Obama will leverage those political forces for the midterm elections, even though he doesn’t even enforce the existing immigration laws. Mr. Obama held a rare press conference Friday before hopping on Air Force One for the direct flight to Honolulu. It was in an attempt to buck up his plummeting poll numbers after a year of failures. “Immigration reform, probably the biggest thing

Obama´s albatross: Transparency
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 4:46:21 AM     Post Reply
Five years into his presidency, Barack Obama might have been reaping kudos for ushering in a new era of transparency in government. Instead, he’s under fire for his administration’s secrecy. The White House has faced a fusillade of high-profile complaints in recent weeks from all corners of Washington. Reporters are in an uproar over their limited access to the president, most recently when the White House released pictures taken by official photographer Pete Souza of Obama and former President George W. Bush together on Air Force One during the lengthy journey to and from South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Russian Diplomats’ Medicaid Fraud
Raises Questions About Foreign
Officers Accessing Taxpayer Benefits
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 4:43:10 AM     Post Reply
Congress is digging into how foreign diplomats accessed — and reportedly defrauded — federal benefits programs. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) wrote Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday to say he’s “deeply troubled” by the reports that dozens of Russian diplomats and their families committed Medicaid fraud while in the U.S. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 25 current and former Russian diplomats and 24 of their spouses allegedly participated in a scheme to illegally obtain Medicaid benefits for prenatal care and related costs by underreporting their income or falsely claiming

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