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Twitter Apologizes for ´Mistakenly´
Blocking Pro-´Duck Dynasty´ Site
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 2:46:56 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Twitter apologized for "mistakenly" blocking the iStandWithPhil.com website, which meant users who supported the Duck Dynasty patriarch who was suspended from A&E for supposedly "anti-gay" remarks could not link to the site in their tweets. The petition demands the reinstatement of Phil Robertson and has nearly 250,000 signatures. “The URL IStandWithPhil.com was mistakenly flagged as spam tonight, by an outside organization that tracks spam sources. We have restored access and apologize for the error,” Twitter told Marketing Land on Tuesday. Twitters users expressed outrage when they discovered that the site was blocked and demanded that it be reinstated

Mass., Vt. halt payments
to firm behind health sites
Boston Globe, by Tracy Jan*    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/26/2013 2:18:21 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Even as President Obama’s health insurance website limps to recovery, at least two states that used the same contractor and are still plagued with malfunctions — Massachusetts and Vermont — are taking preliminary steps to recoup taxpayer dollars. Massachusetts officials are reviewing legal options against CGI Group, a Montreal-based information technology company, and will make recommendations on how to seek financial redress at a Jan. 9 meeting. So far, the state has paid $11 million of its $69 million contract with CGI. It will not pay a penny more until a functioning website has been delivered, said Jason

Report: States withholding payments
to ObamaCare contractor
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/26/2013 2:11:22 PM     Post Reply
Officials in Massachusetts and Vermont are withholding payments to a primary ObamaCare contractor over the problem-plagued healthcare rollout. The Boston Globe reported on Thursday that, in addition to halting new payments to the CGI Group, officials in both states are weighing their legal options against the company in a potential effort to recoup taxpayer dollars. CGI is the largest ObamaCare contractor and was primarily responsible for developing HealthCare.gov. Massachusetts has so far paid $11 million of its $69 million contract, according to the Globe report, while Vermont owes the company $5 million and is disputing an additional $1 million. In



Be prepared: Wall Street advisor
recommends guns, ammo for
protection in collapse
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 1:18:34 PM     Post Reply
A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive. David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a note to investors, “Firearms are the last item on the list, but they are on the list. There are some terrible people in this world. And you are safer when your trusted neighbors have firearms.” His memo is part

The End of Italian Opera: Will
They Wait for the Fat Lady to Sing?
Newsweek, by Elisabeth Braw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/26/2013 12:50:54 PM     Post Reply
Last month, staff at Catania’s opera house staged a funeral in suitably operatic fashion, carrying a coffin through the center of the packed auditorium. The performance wasn’t a dramatic staging idea: it was a funeral for the opera house itself. That’s because this stunning house, where opera has been performed since the late 1800s, is in deep financial trouble. The Teatro Massimo Bellini – named after the Sicilian city’s most famous son, the bel canto opera composer Vincenzo Bellini – can’t afford to pay visiting artists or even its own musicians. At a recent international opera competition, the orchestra went on strike

The President Who Lost Iraq
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/26/2013 12:45:59 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times reports that the United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq “to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.” This happens in the context of the deaths of more than 8,000 Iraqis in 2013, the highest level of violence since 2008. The Times’s Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt write, “Al Qaeda’s regional affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has become a potent force in northern and western Iraq… The surge in violence

The Art of the Escape
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 12:43:57 PM     Post Reply
In the great tradition of American civil disobedience, President Barack Obama is defying a law. It’s just one that he himself lobbied for, signed, and lost a house of Congress over. Even Henry David Thoreau would be hard-pressed to understand this one. The famous dissenter refused to pay a tax because of his opposition to the Mexican-American War and slavery; presumably, though, he would have been willing to comply with the provisions of something called ThoreauCare. President Obama is in a much more awkward spot. At every turn, he is confronted by the irrationalities and inconveniences of his own health-care law. Not



A very nervous New
Year’s for Obamacare
Politico, by David Nather    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 12:37:13 PM     Post Reply
So January has finally arrived, maybe New Year’s Eve didn’t end so well for you, and you’ve decided to take your brand-new Obamacare coverage out for a test drive. Except — oops — maybe your new health insurer doesn’t have any record of you. Or you didn’t get the coverage you thought you were getting.The arrival of Jan. 1 will be a big event for President Barack Obama’s health care law — the day when Americans across the country can use their new health insurance for the first time. It could be a day of badly needed success stories, if people

$50M Obamacare-Fix:
´Literally a Life-or-Death Situation´
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2013 12:34:59 PM     Post Reply
As the full breadth of the Healthcare.gov debacle became apparent, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) turned to the architect of the Federal Data Hub to lead the team of contractors to fix the woefully inadequate website that had disastrously launched just weeks before. As announced on October 25, Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), whose Data Hub turned out to be one of the better functioning systems of the Obamacare Marketplace, was named as the general contractor for the rescue effort. According to the Washington Post at the time, "details on the size of the contract were still

Federal authorities charge white
‘knockout’ suspect with hate crime
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/26/2013 12:02:57 PM     Post Reply
Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack. Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges. “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with

Killed Reuters Photographer
Tried to Join Al Qaeda
Arutz Sheva (Israel), by Ari Yashar    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/26/2013 11:59:59 AM     Post Reply
Among the roughly 300 killed during intense fighting in Aleppo was Molhem Barakat, a Reuters photographer. Barakat´s death last Friday, in the indiscriminate barrage on Aleppo that the White House criticized Monday, has raised serious questions about Reuters´ hiring practice. Hannah Lucinda Smith, a British freelance photojournalist and acquaintance of Barakat, writes that Barakat tried to join Al Qaeda. According to Smith, Barakat wanted to join the terrorist organization for the 11,000 Syrian lira monthly salary. "It is a pitiful wage for a potential suicide bomber, but enough to tempt an eighteen-year-old stuck in a war zone with no job." Barakat reportedly told



Koch group hits two House
Dems on ObamaCare
The Hill (Washington DC), by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 11:36:44 AM     Post Reply
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by the Koch brothers, is launching ads hitting Reps. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) and Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) for ObamaCare´s faults. Both ads seek to personalize bigger issues with the program. The ad against Nolan features a man from his district saying how the program ended his health insurance policy. "I received notice that my current insurance was no longer qualified. I´ve had three heart attacks in the last six years. Healthcare is something that´s essential, my life depends on it," says Randy Westby in the ad. "Congressman Nolan, ObamaCare needs to be repealed. It

RNC issue a statement
honoring Kwanzaa
North Dallas Gazette (TX), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/26/2013 11:27:48 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement commemorating Kwanzaa: “I want to extend my best wishes to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa,” said Chairman Priebus. “For families coming together to mark the occasion, I hope it is a joyous time of celebration with loved ones–and a time of meaningful reflection ahead of the New Year.” “From December 26 through January 1, many families will take time to celebrate African culture and history. Kwanzaa is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to honor the importance of family and community, and it

Obama Goes Bronze
American Thinker, by Jason Kissner    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/26/2013 11:22:47 AM     Post Reply
At this juncture, none but the most irretrievably deluded is going to confuse Barack Obama with a genius -- or even with someone who is possessed of anything beyond what amount to today´s standard allotment in regard to intellectual ability. (snip) The mathtard president has purchased one of his own mathtard policies! That´s right. Obama has, of a sudden, gone bronze. How do you like his new color? Are you as racist about this one as you were the previous two -- I mean one? Actually, I think he´s always been rather bronze, don´t you -- as in third rate?

Gov. Haley got a pistol for Christmas
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 11:20:07 AM     Post Reply
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) showed off a gun she got as a Christmas present on Thursday. “Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm,” she wrote on her Facebook page Thursday. She posted a photo of the pistol with that caption. According to the gun manufacturer’s website, that particular gun costs $575.00. One version can hold a magazine capacity of up to 17 rounds of bullets. In July, Haley, a rising star in the GOP, toured the manufacturing plant for gun company FN, which produces weapons for



Jimmy Stewart museum
rebounds from adversity
Associated Press, by Kevin Begos    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 11:14:18 AM     Post Reply
INDIANA, Pa. — For a time it looked like the Jimmy Stewart Museum wasn´t going to make it. It´s in the actor´s hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania — an hour´s drive from Pittsburgh and off the radar of many fans who might want to attend. And the pool of fans is shrinking as those who grew up during the era of Stewart´s films die out. The number of tour buses that made special trips to the museum began to decline in 2009 and 2010, said Timothy Harley, the museum´s director. "The situation became very dire. That caused some pretty considerable concern,

Obama, Michelle ‘living apart’
The Nation (Pakistan), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/26/2013 11:11:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -Michelle Obama has had enough. According to a bombshell new report, the First Lady and Barack Obama are sleeping in separate White House bedrooms. Michelle is also preparing to boot her hubby of 21 years out of their ritzy Chicago home - and seriously discussing divorce. “The smart money says the marriage is doomed,” a source told the National Enquirer. “Barack and Michelle have had a rocky go for years and mainly stayed together for their daughters and his political career. “But now Michelle is mad AS hell. She feels violated in front of the whole world, and screamed at

Church Displays Bleeding
Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene
Breitbart's Instablog, by Elizabeth Sheld    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 11:06:01 AM     Post Reply
Outside the Claremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin. The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years. John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment. For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah. Zachary described that when looking for pictures

Average US 30-Year Mortgage
Rises to 4.48 Pct.
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 11:03:06 AM     Post Reply
Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent from 4.47 percent last week. The average on the 15-year fixed loan rose to 3.52 percent from 3.51 percent. Mortgage rates peaked at 4.6 percent in August on expectations that the Federal Reserve would reduce its $85 billion-a-month in bond purchases. Those purchases push mortgage and other long-term rates lower and encourage borrowing and spending. On Dec. 18, the Fed finally decided the economy was strong enough to allow

Report: Boehner Used Committee Posts
To Whip Support For Budget Deal
- Thread Closed
Talking Points Memo, by Catherine Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/26/2013 10:57:10 AM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wielded his caucus members´ committee posts as leverage in whipping up support for the bipartisan budget deal, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Anonymous sources familiar with the internal discussions told the Journal that "in the run-up to the budget vote, Mr. Boehner´s deputies warned chairmen who were tempted to oppose the deal that doing so could jeopardize their committee posts." The speaker´s effort was meant to reverse a trend of committee chairs bucking party leadership and voting against legislative priorities like a farm bill, according to the Journal. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told the Journal that "the


CNN Poll: GOP has edge
in early midterm indicator
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 10:52:27 AM     Post Reply
Washington- Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that President Barack Obama may be dragging down Democratic congressional candidates, and that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be a low-turnout event, with only three in 10 registered voters extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year. Two months ago, Democrats held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their

Santa Obama Gives Pay
Raise to Federal Workers
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 10:49:50 AM     Post Reply
Just in time for Christmas, President Obama signed an executive order on Monday giving a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees. The raise follows a four year hiatus from salary increases for federal workers, although most federal employees have apparently seen their pay increase via promotion or performance. The first increased paycheck will kick in on January 1. President Obama’s reward to the federal workforce follows his longstanding belief that government work ought to be a first option for Americans. Nonetheless, Obama’s decision to raise federal pay only widens the income inequality gap between federal workers and private sector employees;

Reports: Israel to defy US
with new settlements
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/26/2013 10:38:27 AM     Post Reply
Israel plans to announce construction plans for more Jewish settlements next week when it releases two dozen Palestinian prisoners, according to multiple reports. "Israel will declare new building in the settlements next week," an Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Wednesday. The announcement will likely draw sharp criticism from the United States, which recently warned Israel not to engage in such projects in the near future.(snip) During a visit to the West Bank in early November, Secretary of State John Kerry called the settlements “illegitimate,” and urged Israel to limit building more homes as they work toward a

Bill Would Strip Driver’s License
From Truant Kids
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/26/2013 10:28:18 AM     Post Reply
LANSING - Legislation in Lansing would take away driver’s licenses from students who are repeatedly absent from school. Democratic Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing introduced two bills last week in the Republican-controlled state House to combat the problem of truancy. Driving is a privilege and one that young people treasure, making it a good way to motivate them to stay in school, Schor said. “Children need to be in school learning,” Schor said in a statement. “If students aren’t in school, they can’t become educated and move on to become successful.” The legislation would compel judges to notify the secretary

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