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Agent: FBI key in border agent
Terry slaying
Arizona Republic [Phoenix], by Dennis Wagner    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/28/2013 3:00:53 AM     Post Reply
A federal agent who exposed the Justice Department’s flawed gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious says the FBI played a key role in events leading to the 2010 murder near Nogales, Ariz., of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. John Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, contends that the bandits who killed Terry were working for FBI operatives and were sent to the border to do a drug rip-off (snip) “I don’t think the (FBI) assets were part of the rip-off crew,” Dodson said. “I think they were directing the rip crew.”

2013: Barack Obama’s year of defeats
Vancouver Sun, by William Marsden    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/28/2013 2:44:24 AM     Post Reply
Washington – U.S. President Barack Obama might wish he could take back 2013, although it’s doubtful he could change anything. He began the year promising to transform America into a more economically egalitarian and socially conscious society. He ended it with apologies and empty words. A modest gun control law, tax reform, immigration reform, a budget, all failed in 2013. (Snip) The most telling indication of Obama’s failure is the national income gap. A study by Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez shows that since the 2008 recession incomes of the top 1 per cent grew 31 per cent while the other 99 per

U.S. Marines WEAKEN fitness requirement for
women, won´t make them do three pull-ups
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/28/2013 2:24:14 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Marine Corps has quietly walked back a 2012 directive from the service´s highest-ranking officer that would have rejected female recruits and officer candidates who can´t perform three chin-ups as part of their physical fitness training. The reason – 55 per cent of the women attempting the test are failing. Just one per cent of men can´t complete the exercise. ´Women aren’t able to make the minimum standard of three pull-ups,´ Marine spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan told reporters on Friday. The startling admission, and the military´s course-correction, came after just three out of 15 females successfully graduated from the

  


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President Obama Didn´t Go
To Church For Christmas
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 10:17:34 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters did not go to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to press pool reports. The Obamas are in Kailua, Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation. Although the Obamas did not go to church for Christmas, President Obama did play golf during the afternoon of Dec. 24 and Mrs. Obama spoke with children by telephone on Christmas Eve for about 30 minutes concerning Santa’s whereabouts as tracked by NORAD. That same evening, the president also spoke with U.S. military personnel in different parts of the world by

A white mayor for ´the chocolate city´?
CNN, by Dan Merica    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 10:12:12 PM     Post Reply
Washington- An overriding question of "who is this guy" can be felt in the room when Tommy Wells stands to take the open microphone at an event about the racial disparities in Washington drug arrests. The council member is addressing an eclectic, racially diverse crowd: a mix of people personally affected by racial profiling and white 20-somethings with tight jeans and button-covered backpacks. Wells, a suit-clad, oval-faced, gray-haired, white politician stands out. "I am Council Member Tommy Wells," he said, before launching into a five-minute mellow talk about the effect of the district´s drug laws and the need to decriminalize

Al Franken Launches His Re-Election
Campaign on MoveOn.Org
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:05:22 PM     Post Reply
It is almost unbelievable that Al Franken, a washed-up former comedian and reformed (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt) coke-head with serious anger management issues, was elected to the Senate in 2008 from Minnesota, a state he hadn’t lived in for several decades. (“Elected” despite the fact that he almost certainly received fewer legal votes than Norm Coleman.) It is even more unbelievable that Franken stands an excellent chance of being re-elected next year, only because there is no strong Republican candidate on the horizon. Still, Franken isn’t taking any chances, given his mediocre approval ratings and the

Jeffrey Katzenberg Plots Another
Fundraiser to Unseat Mitch McConnell
Hollywood Reporter, by Tina Daunt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 9:58:52 PM     Post Reply
DreamWorks Animation chief and Democratic super donor Jeffrey Katzenberg and his political strategist Andy Spahn are spending at least part of the holiday season working their bottomless Rolodexes to pull together another fundraiser aimed at defeating the Senate Republicans’ minority leader, Mitch McConnell. Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, will be prominent among the cohosts when Kentucky’s Democratic senatorial candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes returns to Los Angeles for a Jan. 13 event at the home of CAA managing partner and head of television Steve Lafferty and his wife, Nikki, an animal protection activist.

  


  

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

  


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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

  


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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

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