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TLC’s New Show Might Make
You Reconsider Having Sex
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:47:49 AM     Post Reply
Just in time to ruin any of that post-holiday frisky cheer, TLC will debut its new show on Saturday, entitled “Sex Sent Me to the ER.” The documentary show will feature real-life stories of people who’ve been sent to the hospital as a result of injuries sustained during or immediately following sexual intercourse. That’s right, the network that brought you Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Cake Boss is now going after the SpikeTV crowd with goofy PG-13 re-enactments of awkward sex scenes that resulted in bodily harm. Of the featured stories being teased so far, one includes that of 440-lb. virgin who

H1N1 Flu Virus Surfaces In Chicago
CBS News [Chicago], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 10:36:17 AM     Post Reply
Nearly two dozen cases of the potentially deadly H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in the Chicago area, CBS 2 has learned. Finding the flu virus among patients at Loyola University Medical Center is keeping special machines working overtime right now. They’ve detected a sudden burst of the 2009 swine flu spreading right here in the Chicago area. Microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger says last week alone, 21 patients tested positive for Influenza A. All but one of those cases were the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.

New York Times Editorial Rails
Against Rand Paul - for Daring to
Suggest Jobs are Better than Welfare
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:33:05 AM     Post Reply
Whatever one might think about the dropping unemployment rate, it’s not coming because of job creation. While the Democratic-led government’s avarice for spending has grown, there are actually fewer people working than seven years ago – 1,148,000 fewer than in Nov. 2006, to be precise. So when Rand Paul suggests that something is amiss in Welfaretopia, leave it to Charles Blow to publish a scathing rebuff in the New York Times. The editorial “The Appalling Stance of Rand Paul” is well-written, and has a veneer of persuasion draped in the blunt “how dare you, sir?” moralism the left long ago

  


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President Obama´s
Hawaii Vacation: Day 6
Associated Press, by Marco Garcia & Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:31:51 AM     Post Reply
How President Barack Obama spent the sixth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday: — GYM: The president woke up early for a morning workout at a gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. After about an hour, Obama returned to his vacation home. As his motorcade passed by, people on the side of the road waved and one jogger danced in joy. Construction workers wearing white helmets and lime green shirts stopped their work to watch the line of about 11 vehicles, not including Honolulu police escorts. — BILL SIGNINGS: Obama signed several bills in private, without reporters present, including a

Why Gold Would Be Useless
in an Economic Apocalypse
Atlantic, by Jordan Weissman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:24:53 AM     Post Reply
Since November, financial advisor David Marotta has been publishing a series of blog posts on how to manage your money in the event of a financial apocalypse—as in a world of hyperinflation, governmental collapse, and anarachic mobs. You know, the standard stuff of a doomsday prepper´s fever dreams. While Marotta admits he has some fears about the direction of the country (the man´s not an Obamacare fan, to say the least) most of it seems to be fairly tongue-in-cheek material aimed at talking potential clients down from investing in some of the crazy, survivalist scams advertised on conservative talk radio.

Family wants brain-dead
California girl moved
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 10:22:31 AM     Post Reply
OAKLAND — The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to transfer her to a nursing home that is willing to keep caring for her even though doctors have said she is beyond recovery, a lawyer said Thursday. Before the nursing home can accept the 13-year-old as a patient, however, doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland need to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes into Jahi McMath that would allow the new facility to keep her body functioning, the lawyer, Christopher Dolan, told The Associated Press. David Durand, the hospital’s chief of pediatrics,

U.S. Diplomat Says Washington’s
Egypt Policy Sounds “Insane”
Buzzfeed, by Sheera Frenkel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:20:51 AM     Post Reply
A U.S. diplomat has said that Egypt is moving “in a direction that would not seem democratic” and that the U.S. had “no policy” on how to deal with it, following Cairo’s decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. “Officially our policy is to encourage the Egyptian government to stick to a democratic roadmap,” said the diplomat, who is based in the region and requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the press. “And yes, I know how insane that sounds considering what happened this month.” The diplomat’s remarks came one day after Egypt’s military-backed government declared

  


  

Five Tea Party Challengers:
The Ted Cruz Wannabes
Daily Beast, by Patricia Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:17:31 AM     Post Reply
Come 2014, these five ambitious Senate hopefuls might storm their way onto Capitol Hill and change the Republican Party, with Ted Cruz as their hero. If Ted Cruz seems like a one-of-a-kind, give it time. A slew of young, hard-charging, Tea Party-endorsed Senate wannabes is looking to knock off the Republican establishment again in 2014. Some have better chances than others, but all have the unmistakable Cruzian commitment to refusing to toe the Republican Party line and make headlines while doing it. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you will.

Neal Boortz: Social Conservatives Will
Keep Republicans from Taking Senate
Big Government, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 12/27/2013 10:16:23 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, semi-retired radio talker Neal Boortz predicted the republican party will not win control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, despite all the pitfalls the democrats and president Barack Obama are facing, particularly with regards to ObamaCare. The reason, Boortz said, would be the GOP’s tendency to run on issues related to social conservatism. Boortz explained the importance to the republic for a GOP win next year while guest hosting Sean Hannity’s Thursday radio show: this whole thing about Phil Robertson and what have you – it speaks a lot to what we have

Senator calls for accountability
in Target breach
Associated Press, by Katie Zezima    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:04:29 AM     Post Reply
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Sen. Robert Menendez wants the federal government to hold companies accountable when their customers´ financial information is stolen. The New Jersey Democrat is taking on the topic after last week´s revelation that information about 40 million Target customer accounts had been stolen. At a news conference Thursday outside a Target store in Jersey City, Menendez said he wants to make sure retailers are "putting their customers ahead of profits." He announced that he had requested details from the Federal Trade Commission on whether it can fine firms for security breaches and whether laws should be changed to protect

White Teacher Tells Black Student
‘We Don’t Need Another Black President’
CBS Cleveland, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 12/27/2013 9:58:04 AM     Post Reply
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — A high school teacher has been suspended without pay for allegedly telling a black student “we do not need another black president” after the student said he would like to become president. Gil Voigt, a Fairfield Freshman School teacher, is facing dismissal from the school since the Fairfield Board of Education suspended him after allegedly making the racially insensitive statement to a student earlier in December. A report from Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin stated that the incident happened Dec. 3 in front of several students according to Cincinatti.com. Martin said that four students were interviewed

  


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UK Army head in
Taliban attacks warning
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 9:36:13 AM     Post Reply
The head of the British army has warned the Taliban could retake lost territory after troops leave Afghanistan. General Sir Peter Wall said, with UK combat forces due to withdraw by the end of next year, it would be "quite bad news" if some areas changed hands. The Taliban would fight for land which forces had "suffered significantly" to capture, he told the Daily Telegraph. David Cameron said last week that UK troops had accomplished their mission of making Afghanistan more secure. The Afghanistan mission began in 2001, with 447 personnel losing their lives since then. On Friday, Nato confirmed that three services members had

Low premiums may mean high
out-of-pocket health costs
McClatchy News, by Julie Appleby    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 9:29:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the new health law’s marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise: Some plans won’t pay for doctor visits before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars. “This could be the next shoe to drop, as people don’t realize that if they’re buying a bronze plan, they may have to pay $5,000 out of pocket before it contributes a penny,” said Carl McDonald, senior analyst with Citi Investment Research, speaking at a conference last month in Washington. Experts are worrying that some new enrollees

ObamaCare sank Democrat
approval ratings: poll
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 9:27:42 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — ObamaCare is giving Democrats a heart attack — with the party suffering a dramatic drop in a congressional ballot test since the disastrous rollout of the federal Web site to sign up for health insurance. The latest CNN/ORC poll gives Republicans a 49-44 advantage over Democrats on the “generic” congressional ballot, when respondents are asked which party they favor in the 2014 midterm elections. (Snip)“The latest Republican assault on ObamaCare has proven to be dangerously effective. If we don’t respond to Republican smears with the facts right now, the damage to the Affordable Care Act AND our chances in

Chamber of Commerce to Spend $50
Million to Crush Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/27/2013 9:26:37 AM     Post Reply
On Christmas Day, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it plans to spend at least $50 million to "support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority." "Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates," said U.S. Chamber of Commerce top political strategist Scott Reed. "That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket." GOP establishment officials hope to elide Tea Party challenges by shrinking the nomination process down to a

  


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Karl Rove´s Crossroads Reloading
Against Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/27/2013 9:15:24 AM     Post Reply
Even though Karl Rove´s American Crossroads brand has been damaged after the group declared war against conservative candidates, the group will reportedly try to influence the 2014 midterm elections by bullying campaigns and creating groups that, on the surface, do not seem to be affiliated with them. According to the New York Times, Crossroads "appears to be testing" its "new approach" in Kentucky. The Conservative Victory Project, the group formed to take on conservative candidates, has stayed out of Kentucky´s Senate primary between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin. Instead, a group called "Kentuckians

The Republican National Committee´s
Stupid Kwanzaa Statement
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Jerome Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 8:41:58 AM     Post Reply
The Republican National Committee released a statement Friday, commemorating Kwanzaa. There´s just one problem, the entire holiday is a fake and was invented out of thin air by a radical ex-con named Ron Karenga. Karenga invented Kwanzaa in 1966 and fashioned the phony holiday as a black alternative to Christmas. Karenga wanted a holiday that was less Eurocentric than Christmas which he considered the commercial exploitation of African Americans. There´s absolutely nothing authentic about the seven-day feast. Even the name "Kwanzaa," which is Swahili for "matunda yakwanza," has next to no historical connection

Welfare Queen Probed,
Krugman Hardest Hit
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 8:28:33 AM     Post Reply
I put off reading Josh Levin’s piece about Linda Taylor, the famous Chicago “welfare queen” of the ’70s, in part because I feared it would be so engrossing and revealing I’d be consumed with professional jealousy. I’ve now read it. It’s engrossing and revealing and I’m jealous. (Also, Slate‘s new format mysteriously makes reading a long article easier. You should go there immediately.) But Dave Weigel’s idea that Levin’s piece somehow “vaporizes” Ronald Reagan’s use of the Taylor case in his campaigns is silly.** Levin doesn’t vaporize Reagan’s story. He confirms Reagan’s story, as Powerline notes. Cadillac included. Here’s Levin: “Though Reagan

John Miller, CBS Correspondent, to
Join New York Police Dept. Again
New York Times, by Vivian Yee    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 8:26:24 AM     Post Reply
John Miller, a prominent CBS News correspondent who drew both praise and scrutiny for his ability to leverage his law-enforcement and national security contacts for big news stories, is leaving the network to work in counterterrorism for the New York Police Department, CBS announced on Thursday. After a career spent toggling between television and law enforcement, Mr. Miller will be rejoining an old friend and boss, William J. Bratton, the incoming police commissioner. Mr. Miller’s close relationship with government agencies has troubled some media watchers, who criticized Mr. Miller’s recent “60 Minutes” special report on the National Security Agency for

Iran Says It Is Developing
New Centrifuges
Associated Press, by Ali Akbar Salehi    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/27/2013 8:24:14 AM     Post Reply
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran´s nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word powers. Under a landmark nuclear deal reached last month in Geneva, Iran promised not to bring new centrifuges into operation for six months, part of temporary limitations on its uranium enrichment program in return for the easing of some sanctions. But the deal does not stop it from developing centrifuges.

  



Snoop and John Kerry
meet, magic ensues
Washington Post, by Clinton Yates    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 8:11:54 AM     Post Reply
I have no idea who taped this video, but when it came across my timeline this evening, I was floored. Mind you, I don’t do a whole lot of writing about the White House, but this is Washington, so I will. To be clear, I have no idea what this party is about or for, and I don’t care. Let’s break this down. First off, note the vertical alignment of the video. This is always a no-no if it can be helped. In this case, it appears it can. Nobody watches videos on vertically aligned devices, so it just doesn’t make

Life on GLAAD´s Blacklist
American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/27/2013 7:33:43 AM     Post Reply
Readers will have to forgive me for sounding angry, but the recent news involving GLAAD has enraged me. (snip) In case you don´t know the full extent of GLAAD´s fascism, let me tell you what GLAAD did to me. I won´t hyperlink this, but if you go to GLAAD´s website and seek out their "commentator accountability project," you will find my name. This is GLAAD´s blacklist. Within hours of GLAAD´s publication of my addition to the list, which amounts to an excommunication from polite society, an e-mail was sent to the president of my university, along with dozens of other high

2013 oil boom is biggest
ever, data shows
Houston Chronicle, by Simone Sebastian    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/27/2013 7:28:18 AM     Post Reply
HOUSTON — The United States’ average daily oil production is on track to surge by 1 million barrels per day this year, the biggest one-year jump in the nation’s history, according to federal data. The country has pumped an average of 7.5 million barrels of crude per day in 2013, up from 6.5 million barrels per day in 2012. That breaks last year’s record, when oil production jumped by 837,000 barrels per day between 2011 and 2012. Feds: US oil boom’s end in sight The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that oil production will jump by another 1 million barrels

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