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What Makes a Good Party: Advice From 1950
Atlantic, by Katherine Wells    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 9:54:49 PM     Post Reply
If you are planning a New Year´s Eve party, or planning on attending one, you may be asking yourself: what makes a good party? This 1950 instructional film from the Prelinger Archive answers that question and more. It follows a young woman planning festivities in honor of her older brother´s return from college while a narrator delivers helpful hints along the way. Tips for hosts: Plan your party around a purpose. Choose your guests carefully. Plan for entertainment and refreshments. Practice to be a skillful host. Make sure the party is fun for everyone. Tips for guests: Be on time,

Official: 4 U.S. military
personnel detained by Libya
CNN, by Barbara Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 9:41:37 PM     Post Reply
Four U.S. military personnel are being held by the Libyan government, a senior U.S. Defense Department official told CNN on Friday. The four are believed to have been detained by the ministry of the interior, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately known why the American personnel were being held. "We are seeking to further ascertain the facts and ensure their release," said the official. The four were in Libya "augmenting security at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli," the official said.

TSA Offers ´Transgender
Travelers´ an Advice Page
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 9:22:21 PM     Post Reply
The TSA is well-known for being too aggressive in its body searches, so it shouldn’t be surprising in the Obama years that the TSA has a web page titled “Transgender Travelers: Special Considerations.” “TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner,” they promise. First, they reasonably suggest that your birth date, name, and gender on your reservation match your government ID (“Cisgender oppressors!”) Making Reservations: Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a traveler’s full name,



Marc Lamont Hill Denounces A&E’s
‘Morally Reprehensible’ Decision
to Keep Phil Robertson
Mediaite, by Matt Wllstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 9:02:02 PM     Post Reply
CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill spoke out loudly against A&E’s decision to effectively lift it’s “suspension” of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. While he said he’s not “surprised” they made the decision to keep filming with the whole Robertson family, Hill found that decision “morally reprehensible.” “They had to make some sort of gesture to make people happy,” Hill said of the network, “and they did that with the suspension which essentially meant nothing.” Just a Bible network wouldn’t want a “card-carrying atheist” to represent them, he continued, A&E should be able to keep a “card-carrying homophobe” off its air

NY Times Ready to Cover Chris
Christie Exactly How They Covered
Mitt Romney: Badly
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 8:58:51 PM     Post Reply
If you thought the political press was taking stock of its 2012 election year coverage of Mitt Romney’s campaign and was preparing to make some course corrections in order to ensure fairer coverage of the GOP candidates ahead of 2016, you would be mistaken. Indeed, the New York Times appears to view 2012 not as an aberration but as a model for how to cover future Republican presidential campaigns. The first indication that the Times is gearing up to make a Mitt Romney out of Chris Christie came in early December as “bridge-gate,” the allegation that New Jersey’s governor sought

UN members order staff and budget cut
Agence France Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 8:55:49 PM     Post Reply
UNITED NATIONS (United States)- The UN General Assembly ordered a staff and the budget cut for the world body under pressure from the United States and other austerity-stricken industrialized powers. After protracted negotiations, the 193 nation assembly on Friday agreed to cut 221 staff at the UN headquarters and ordered a one-year pay freeze for the more than 10,000 workers in New York. members also voted to cut the UN´s general budget to $5.5 billion for 2014-15, $50 million below the final spending level for the previous two years. Joe Torsella, the US diplomat in charge of UN management affairs,

Krauthammer: Obama ´supine´ on Iran
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 8:51:58 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is “simply not serious” about nuclear negotiations with Iran and “the Iranians know it,” Charles Krauthammer said Friday following Tehran’s announcement of a new generation of equipment to enrich uranium. “The only surprising thing here is that the Iranians are so confident about how supine Obama is on this that they stick a finger in his eye and announce it publicly,” Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” The syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said that as for Iran’s six-month nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers, “there is nothing in the agreement that



Report: Man falsified police
report in alleged anti-gay attack
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/27/2013 8:36:18 PM     Post Reply
A Tennessee health food store owner who claimed that three men beat him and robbed his store in an anti-gay attack was arrested for filing a false police report, according to The Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer. Joe Williams claimed that days before Thanksgiving he was beaten by the three men outside of his store. The men, who he claimed were wearing ski masks during the attack, also allegedly robbed the store of $1,500, and doused it in gasoline. They also scrawled an anti-gay message on Williams’ forehead,and yelled anti-gay slurs at during the attack. As is protocol

Police File on Newtown
Yields Chilling Portrait
Associated Press, by John Christoffersen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 7:45:11 PM     Post Reply
Connecticut police released thousands of pages Friday from their investigation into the Newtown massacre, providing the most detailed and disturbing picture yet of the rampage and Adam Lanza´s fascination with murder, while also depicting school employees´ brave and clear-headed attempts to protect the children. Among the details: More than a dozen bodies, mostly children, were seen packed "like sardines" in a bathroom. And the horrors inside school were so terrible that when police sent in paramedics, they tried to select ones capable of handling what they were about to witness. "This will be the worst day of your life," police

2013’s lesson for conservatives
Washington Times, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/27/2013 7:33:47 PM     Post Reply
This report on the State of Conservatism comes at the end of an annus mirabilis for conservatives. In 2013, they learned that they may have been wasting much time and effort. Hitherto, they have thought that the most efficient way to evangelize the unconverted was to write and speak, exhorting those still shrouded in darkness to read conservatism’s most light-shedding texts. Now they know that a quicker, surer method is to have progressives wield power for a few years. This will validate the core conservative insight about the mischiefs that ensue when governments demonstrate their incapacity for supplanting with fiats

A Tribute To The People Who Invent
Things That Make Life Better
Investor´s Business Daily, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 7:32:44 PM     Post Reply
Hans Riegel recently died at age 90. He changed the world for the better. He brought us gummy bears, giving pleasure to millions of people. Politicians routinely crusade against wealth and inequality, but much of that occurs naturally when people create products and offer services benefiting the rest of us. Today people live on their cell phones. Once we didn´t even have telephones. Thank Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The internal combustion engine-powered auto came from Karl Benz. He was a design engineer who in 1886 won a patent for a "motor car." In 1903, Clarence Crane created a hard fruit candy,



A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues
Wall Street Journal, by Bari Weiss    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 7:31:30 PM     Post Reply
Philadelphia ´What you´re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," says Camille Paglia. This self-described "notorious Amazon feminist" isn´t telling anyone to Lean In or asking Why Women Still Can´t Have It All. No, her indictment may be as surprising as it is wide-ranging: The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead. And that´s just 20 minutes of our three-hour conversation. When Ms. Paglia, now 66, burst onto the national stage in 1990 with the publishing of "Sexual Personae," she immediately established

Edison Bulb Ban Means
Lights Out On Freedom
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 7:29:48 PM     Post Reply
Bulb Ban: As of Wednesday, the manufacture and import of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will be illegal — one more setback in the fight against government interference into the daily lives of the American people. First they came for our light bulbs. Before the onset of ObamaCare and its mandate to buy health insurance as a condition of citizenship, there was the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), one of the first things Democrats took up on retaking the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections. A well-intentioned President George W. Bush signed the incandescent bulb ban in

Pajama Boy: Obama´s
Smirking Commissar
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/27/2013 7:26:26 PM     Post Reply
Politics: The effete visage of the ObamaCare pitchman known as Pajama Boy already is a figure of fun. But now it comes to light that Ethan Krupp is more than just a smirking, turnoff face for an ad. He´s a leftist extremist. Krupp is more than just a hipster metrosexual cradling cocoa in his red onesie pajamas whose arch, supercilious expression is supposed to make young people want to run out and buy overpriced ObamaCare on government insurance exchanges. In reality, he´s a long-time Obama operative, one of the president´s leftover campaign shock troops active in The One´s permanent campaign organization known

2016 Dream Ticket:
Hillary and Michelle
North Dallas Gazette (TX), by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/27/2013 7:04:08 PM     Post Reply
The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to succeed President Barack Obama.(snip)Let’s be clear: they should not be elected because they are women; they should be elected because they are qualified to lead our nation. And those who profess to have a problem with electing two women didn’t complain when we’ve elected two men throughout the history of this nation. We all remember the tremendous surge in voter turnout in 2008 and again in



A century of black American Islam
Washington Times, by Daniel Pipes    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/27/2013 6:57:41 PM     Post Reply
The year 2013 marks the centenary of the reported founding of the Canaanite Temple in Newark, N.J. That was the very earliest form of an indigenous black American Islam, one completely distinct from normative Islam, the 1,400-year-old religion from Arabia founded by Muhammad. From this movement came Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan. The century divides into two main eras: inventing a new religion (1913-1975) and moving toward normative Islam (1975-2013). Timothy Drew (1886-1929), an American black who called himself Noble Drew Ali, founded the Newark temple and then, in 1925 another,

Can Muslim lands learn
to tolerate Christianity?
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 5:52:14 PM     Post Reply
In some parts of the world, Herod’s massacre of the innocents is a living tradition. On Christmas Day in Iraq, 37 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian districts of Baghdad. Radical Islamists mark — and stain — the season with brutality and intolerance. Across North Africa and the greater Middle East, anti-Christian pressure has grown during the past few decades, sometimes subtle, sometimes overt. This persecution has gained recent attention from the archbishop of Canterbury and the pope. “We won’t resign ourselves,” says Pope Francis, “to a Middle East without Christians.” The violence, of course, is not restricted

A&E Welcomes Phil Robertson
Back to ´Duck Dynasty´
Hollywood Reporter, by Michael O´Connell    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 5:39:20 PM     Post Reply
Less than two weeks after his anti-gay remarks prompted an "indefinite hiatus" for the reality patriarch — and a strong fan backlash — the network says he will remain on the series. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E´s Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people, won´t be put on hiatus after all. The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series -- and since he didn´t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the

´Duck Dynasty´ to resume filming
with Phil Robertson, A&E announces
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 5:34:16 PM     Post Reply
The A&E Network announced Friday it would resume filming “Duck Dynasty” with Phil Robertson and the rest of his family next spring. Robertson had been indefinitely suspended by the network for comments he made about homosexuality in an interview with GQ Magazine. In a statement released late Friday afternoon, A&E said, “While Phil´s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the "coarse language" he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also

Phil Robertson to Return to
‘Duck Dynasty’ in 2014
Variety, by Stuart Oldham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 5:30:38 PM     Post Reply
After a brief suspension following his remarks in GQ magazine, Phil Robertson will return to the “Duck Dynasty” show in 2014, A&E announced Friday. “After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family,” the network said in a statement. “We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because


The DOJ’s Curious Foray
into the ‘Knockout Game’ Fray
Canada Free Press, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/27/2013 5:29:38 PM     Post Reply
Twenty-seven-year-old Conrad Barrett of Katy, Texas, has been charged with a hate crime by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly targeting a 79-year-old black man as his “knockout game” victim. The victim suffered two jaw fractures in the November 24 assault. “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 the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.” According to the complaint filed by the DOJ, Barrett recorded a cell phone

Augusta man upset with Dunkin’
Donuts decision gets more toilets
Morning Sentinel [Waterville, ME], by Michael Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/27/2013 4:58:50 PM     Post Reply
Agusta - The toilets behind David Labbe’s home on the city’s east side were snow-filled last week, icicles hanging from their tanks. Mad over Augusta officials’ decision to reject a zoning change that would have enabled a Dunkin’ Donuts developer to buy his 1 Davenport St. property, Labbe, a plumber, got national headlines earlier this year by putting commodes behind his home to protest his neighbors’ opposition to the plan. The Kennebec Journal broke his story in October: Then, Labbe had a sign alongside five toilets saying he wanted between 60 and 70 more. In an interview then, he told a reporter he thought he could put 100 toilets on

Room with a view: NASA releases
the best photos of Earth taken
from space this year
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 4:50:21 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to a room with a view, one several hundred miles above earth is hard to beat. Satellites orbiting the planet and astronauts aboard the International Space Station often take pictures of volcano eruptions, hurricanes and other examples of nature’s fury. And now NASA has rounded up the most spectacular images taken from space all year. The images also include some of the most beautiful sights our planet has to offer – from Princess Charlotte Bay, in Australia, to the surprising beauty of Reno, Nevada’s city lights set against the mountains that surround it.

State Obamacare exchanges halt payments for
´substandard, messed-up´ websites – built by the
same contractor that botched healthcare.gov
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/27/2013 4:48:24 PM     Post Reply
Several Obamacare exchanges in states that didn´t participate in the healthcare.gov fiasco are now having so much trouble with their own health insurance websites that they´re withholding payments to their biggest IT contractor--and it´s the same company that botched the federal government´s insurance portal. CGI Group, the Montreal company behind the White House´s error-prone, $677 million online white elephant, is under fire in Massachusetts, Vermont and Hawaii after those states´ Affordable Care Act websites suffered from some of the same problems that first made Obamacare a late-night punchline in October. The Commonwealth Health Connector has paid just $11 million to CGI

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