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Diversity prompts increased
racial isolation
Associated Press, by Martha Mendoza    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/28/2013 12:11:09 PM     Post Reply
WATSONVILLE, Calif. - In a grassy downtown plaza, strolling musicians wearing glitzy cowboy outfits blast a mariachi song, while Spanish-speaking shoppers bustle between farm stands, sampling tart cactus leaves, sniffing roasting chilies and buying bundles of warm pork tamales. The scene is an increasingly typical one in towns across California, where Hispanics are on pace to become the largest ethnic group next year. And Watsonville is but one of dozens of California communities where Hispanics outnumber whites. The town of 52,000 on the picturesque Central Coast, where good soil and pleasant weather enrich crops of strawberries and lettuce, and a

In quest for Obama library,
Hawaii plays underdog
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 12:09:49 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — On these sun-bathed shores, Barack Obama was born and spent his formative years, soaking in an island sensibility that his wife and friends say is indispensable to understanding who he is as president. Yet in the search for a home for his future presidential library, Hawaii has become the underdog, stuck in Chicago´s perpetual shadow. It´s not for lack of trying. A high-level campaign has been underway here since Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 — before it was even clear he´d win his party´s nomination, much less the presidency. From the governor to the state´s congressional

Merck recalls HPV vaccine Gardasil
because shots may contain broken glass
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Kathleen O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2013 11:35:59 AM     Post Reply
The pharmaceutical company Merck is recalling nearly 750,000 doses of its HPV vaccine because a handful may be contaminated with broken glass. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the origin of the glass breakage as "an isolated problem in the vaccine manufacturing process." Merck notified the CDC on Dec. 16 that it was voluntarily recalling the vials. The suspect vaccines were distributed to 40 states — including New Jersey — and Puerto Rico, according to a Merck spokesman. The company emphasized it isn’t certain the specks of glass would be small enough to fit through any needle injecting the vaccine.

  


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Health law to put calorie info
on vending machines
Associated Press, by Holly Ramer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 11:11:15 AM     Post Reply
CONCORD, N.H.- Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama´s health care overhaul law. Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, says the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year. It estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories

If You’re ’Appy and You Know It
New York Times, by Pamela Druckerman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 11:05:23 AM     Post Reply
PARIS — Recently my daughter’s teacher asked if I would talk about America to her second-grade class, in a French public school. The teacher does an hour of English each week, and I’d be the guest speaker. I readily agreed. Easy peasy! I’ve been on TV. I can tell 7-year-olds about my own country. But the day before the talk, it suddenly doesn’t seem so simple. How do I sum up a country in an hour? What if the children ask questions that go beyond my Wikipedia-level knowledge of American history? My daughter is anxious, too. Speaking English is the

Excedrin headache No. 2013:
2-in-3 call it a ´bad year,´
4-in-10 a disaster for their family
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: MattMusson- 12/28/2013 11:03:51 AM     Post Reply
Overshadowed by the bungled debut of Obamacare and congressional gridlock, most Americans in a new poll dubbed 2013 a bad year that will be quickly forgotten. For more than four-in-10, the perils of 2013 hit home hard.“Put simply, most Americans are happy to see 2013 go,” said the latest Economist/YouGov Poll.— 54 percent called 2013 a “bad year” for the world. Another 15 percent called it a “very bad year,” with just 3 percent calling it a “very good year” and 29 percent a “good year.”— Only 13 percent of Republicans say 2013 has been a good year for the world. Obamacare is a failure. “There are almost no issues where a majority of Americans have seen improvement.
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And the budget winner is ...
the defense sector
Santa Maria Times (CA), by Andrew Cockburn    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/28/2013 10:57:19 AM     Post Reply
Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan,” said Harry Truman, “I know he is going to vote against me.” The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the recent budget deal should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost this vote. True, politicians and commentators vied to hail the sacrifices that had been made on both sides of the aisle for the greater cause of “restoring public faith in the budget process” and thereby bolster Congress’ poll ratings. In reality, there was one clear winner: the bipartisan defense lobby, a category that does not apparently include

  


  

Son held in brutal stabbing
death of mom said he was ´looking
for a baby´, Connecticut police say
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 10:54:16 AM     Post Reply
A Connecticut man held in the brutal stabbing death of his mother has been placed on suicide watch after police said he confessed to the murder and showed no remorse. Prosecutors allege Robert Owen Rankin, 22, used a fire poker, buck knife and his hands to kill his mother, 45-year-old Margaret Rohner. Rankin was arrested Thursday after his father called 911 telling dispatchers “my son killed my ex-wife.” Rank allegedly cut open his mother’s abdomen and began removing organs, saying he was “looking for a baby.” When police arrived Rankin raised his hands and surrendered reportedly telling troopers he had

Oklahoma Bill Would Require
Pledge of Allegiance in Schools
Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 10:50:06 AM     Post Reply
Oklahoma legislators, fighting against political correctness and initiating a battle for traditional American values, will consider various bills implementing a shift toward those traditional values when they return to the Capitol on Feb. 3. One bill offered by Republican Sen. Rob Standridge of Norman, would require Oklahoma’s public elementary schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. The bill would also allow students opposed to doing so to be exempted. Another requirement of Standridge’s bill would be the requirement that every public school own and display a U.S. flag. Another bill, from Sen. Eddie Fields, (R-Wynona), would allow the

Don´t Let Death Stop your Social Security
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/28/2013 10:18:43 AM     Post Reply
Uncle Sam, always generous to a fault with taxpayers´ money, doled out about $108 billion in Social Security benefits to the dead in 2012. Give or take a few billion, over a decade that´s about $1 trillion going to folks who crossed the River Styx. Or more likely their kin, who may or may not take portions of the proceeds to decorate their loved ones´ graves. The Washington Times reported on Friday that the Social Security Administration does a spotty job tracking Social Security recipients´ deaths, hence the dollars for the dead. Reports the Times: "Because SSA does not verify death reports from

Why One Twitter Investor Jumped Ship
Wall Street Journal, by Steven Russolillo    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/28/2013 10:14:23 AM     Post Reply
Reuben Kressel lived up to his word. The 66-year-old investor, who bought 500 shares of Twitter Inc.TWTR -13.04% earlier this month when the stock was priced at $52, sold his position Friday morning, just as he said he would. Mr. Kressel, of Rego Park in the New York borough of Queens, told the Journal Thursday that he would dump his Twitter shares when the price dropped by a couple of dollars. At that time, the stock had risen five days in a row and had been up 76% for the month. Sure enough, shares dropped as much as $5.91, or 8%, on Friday,

  


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Montgomery VA refuses to let woman
give ´Christmas´ gifts to veterans
WSFA-TV [Montgomery, AL], by Bryan Henry    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2013 10:00:51 AM     Post Reply
Montgomery, AL - Jordan McLendon simply wanted to honor her late grandfather who was a Vietnam veteran. "I made over a hundred goodie bags. I put candy in the goodie bags and I wrote out over a hundred Christmas cards," McClendon explained. McLendon spent two days making the gifts which she wanted to deliver to all the veterans at the VA Hospital on Perry Hill Road in Montgomery. She said she did it because many veterans don´t get visits from their family on Christmas. When McLendon arrived on Christmas Eve morning, a VA official told her she couldn´t deliver all of them

Five booze myths busted
News Limited [AU], by Sarah Marinos    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 9:40:20 AM     Post Reply
Think you can avoid a hangover this holiday season by using a few old tricks? Think again. While the statistics suggest that we’re drinking a little less than we used to, average out the figures and they still equate to each Australian over the age of 15 drinking more than 10 litres of pure alcohol every year. Beer is our preferred tipple, followed by wine, spirits, pre-mixed drinks and cider, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Christmas and New Year holiday is often a time when we indulge in more booze than usual. But when you’re deciding whether to have one more for the road, keep these myths in mind.

As Obama dithers, North Africa unravels
New York Daily News, by John Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 12/28/2013 9:36:55 AM     Post Reply
As South Sudan’s conflict escalates rapidly toward outright civil war, President Obama has shown precious little interest. He has rightly dispatched military forces to protect and extract U.S. citizens, but evacuation hardly constitutes a strategy. Isolated troop deployments, however justifiable, merely underline the broader U.S. retreat across North Africa. Indeed, the Benghazi terrorist murders opened a 15-month period in which rising violence threatens to drown the region in blood. The list of armed clashes and terrorist attacks is long and growing, as is the list of failed and failing states. White House expressions of humanitarian concern are

Reports of sexual assaults
in military on rise
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 9:18:57 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Heightened attention to the crime of sexual assault in the U.S. military may be causing more people to come forward and report problems. Defense officials cite the increased awareness as a possible reason the number of reported sexual assaults rose by more than 50% this year. More than 5,000 reports of sexual assault were filed during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared to the 3,374 in 2012, according to early data obtained by The Associated Press. About 10 percent of the 2013 reports involved incidents that occurred before the victim got into the military, up from just 4 percent only a year ago.

  


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Kleptomaniac cats in
Christmas stocking stash hunt
BBC News, by Helen Burchell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 8:51:19 AM     Post Reply
They may look innocent enough but these two felines are responsible for a mini crime spree in the east of England. Christmas is a gift for Theo, a three-year-old Siamese cross belonging to Rachael Drouet and Paul Edwards from Ipswich. He is a seasoned cat burglar, regularly bringing home "treasures" from neighbours´ houses. But this year, Theo has really got into the spirit of Christmas. He has forsaken his usual diet of clothing, phone chargers and other cats´ toys for a selection of Christmas decorations which his owners believe he is pilfering from their neighbours´ trees. Meanwhile, in Luton, Denis, a three-year-old moggy whose cat

Vulgarity invades entire culture;
few options for escape
Tribune Syndicate, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/28/2013 8:46:07 AM     Post Reply
Newspapers are among the last places in America that have close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted]. I could give you a hint about what word is between the brackets, but I’d best not for fear of arousing the ire of the editing Comstocks. About twice a year, I quote a profanity from a public figure, using just the first letter of the word and then some bowdlerizing asterisks for the rest. No dice, my editor tells me. You’re writing for a family newspaper. There was a time when such standards were the norm at major media institutions in America.

Pajama boy snapped the ultimate selfie
American Thinker, by Ethel C. Fenig    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/28/2013 8:43:25 AM     Post Reply
Arrogant. Rude. Smug. Wealthy. Isolated from reality. Bigot. Narrow minded. And oh, this content writer/pajama boy icon for President Barack Obama´s deceptive Organizing For America, is dangerous. Yep, your first impression upon gazing at pajama boy´s smirking face was correct according to this portrait by Patrick Howley in the Daily Caller. Proudly calling himself a "liberal f**k," pajama boy model and auteur, Ethan Krupp, described himself in his blog, which for, hmmm, some reason he deleted "I am a Liberal F**k," Krupp wrote in one post. "A Liberal F**k is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme

Flash Mob Of Teens Causes Disturbance
At Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza Mall
CBS News New York, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 12/28/2013 8:38:56 AM     Post Reply
A melee at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn the day after Christmas was captured on cellphone video. According to police, the flash mob involving as many as 300 teenagers, mostly 15 and 16 years old, began a short time before the Mill Basin mall closed at 9 p.m. on Thursday. Social media quickly erupted with all kinds of rumors, prompting an email from the 63rd Precinct Community Affairs office,

Egypt freezes assets of
132 Brotherhood leaders
Al-Ahram [Egypt], by Sayed Gamal El-Din    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 8:34:56 AM     Post Reply
Egypt´s government ordered a freeze on the assets of all members of the Muslim Brotherhood guidance bureau and its linked NGO, Hassan Saleh, the lawyer of the Islamist organisation, told Ahram Online on Friday. A total of 132 Brotherhood leaders saw their assets frozen in execution of a judicial ruling to ban all their activities and takeover their assets, Ezzat Khamis, assistant to the minister of justice, announced in a press conference on Thursday. Neither the exact value of the confiscated assets nor the names were declared in the conference. "We requested for the court to allow us to demand a statement showing the value of the money that

  



Coercing Conformity
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/28/2013 8:08:14 AM     Post Reply
In “protecting the rights of all people to worship the way they choose,” then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed “to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.” Mrs. Clinton required translation into the language of truth, as she generally does when her lips are moving. By the “rights” of “all people” to “worship” as “they choose,” she meant the sharia-based desire of Muslim supremacists to foreclose critical examination of Islam. Madame Secretary, you see, was speechifying before her friends at the Organization of Islamic

Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu joins
battle against mafia in the media
Guardian [UK], by David McNeill    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 8:04:06 AM     Post Reply
A softly spoken, willowy beauty who weeps when she describes her ordeal, Ikumi Yoshimatsu seems an unlikely figure to lead a fight against one of Japan’s most powerful talent agencies. Yet she has become the heroine in a drama that her supporters say has exposed one of the nation’s dirtiest secrets: claims that the Yakuza helps to run the entertainment industry. Since she became the first Japanese woman to win the Miss International title, Ms Yoshimatsu says she has been blackballed by the industry, stalked and threatened for refusing to join a talent agency. She is now in hiding after filing a criminal complaint against a top executive with the

Khodorkovsky and the Freedom Agenda
Townhall, by Caroline Glick    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/28/2013 7:57:28 AM     Post Reply
Until his arrest in October 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oligarch and oil executive, was the richest man in Russia. He might have still been the richest man in Russia today if he hadn’t started thinking about politics, and objecting to the fact that under President Vladimir Putin, Russia had abandoned all prospects for democracy. With his billions, Khodorkovsky had the means to finance a challenge to Putin’s authoritarian rule. His arrest in 2003 and his 10-year imprisonment was ordered and orchestrated by Putin as a means of silencing and destroying the former KGB officer’s only potent challenger for power. After 10 years

Facebook ´dead and buried´ as teens
switch to Snapchat and Whatsapp
Guardian [UK], by Tomas Jivanda    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 7:51:02 AM     Post Reply
Teenagers are turning their back on Facebook ‘in their droves’ and switching to simpler social networks and messaging apps, new research has found. Not only are 16-18 year olds moving on to rivals such as Snapchat, Whatsapp and even Twitter, teens are embarrassed to be so much as associated with Facebook, as their parents adopt the network, researchers said. (Snip) “Parents have worked out how to use the site and see it as a way for the family to remain connected. In response, the young are moving on to cooler things. “What we’ve learned from working with 16-18 year olds in the UK is that Facebook is not just on the slide, it is basically

Hundreds of teens trash
mall in wild flash mob
New York Post, by Kevin Sheehan, Natasha Velez    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/28/2013 7:50:41 AM     Post Reply
A wild flash mob stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall, causing so much chaos that the shopping center was forced to close during post-Christmas sales, sources said Friday. More than 400 crazed teens — who mistakenly thought the rapper Fabolous would perform — erupted into brawls all over Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin on Thursday at 5 p.m., sources said. The troublemakers looted and ransacked several stores as panicked shoppers ran for the exits and clerks scrambled to pull down metal gates. “I was begging them to stop. There were a lot of kids, hundreds of kids .?.?. [Security] would chase

The first 3D printed organ -- a liver --
is expected in 2014
Computer World, by Lucas Mearian    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 12/28/2013 7:50:00 AM     Post Reply
Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. But that may change someday sooner than you think -- thanks to 3D printing. Advances in the 3D printing of human tissue have moved fast enough that San Diego-based bio-printing company Organovo now expects to unveil the world´s first printed organ -- a human liver -- next year. Like other forms of 3D printing, bio-printing lays down layer after layer of material -- in this case, live cells -- to form a solid physical entity -- in this case, human tissue.

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