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How political correctness
humiliated Navy SEALs who
caught Qaeda killer
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 5:42:31 AM     Post Reply
The night of Sept. 1, 2009, Echo Platoon of Navy SEAL Team 10 headed out into the Fallujah night. Their goal: concluding a five-year search for the al Qaeda killer who had been responsible for the shocking 2004 murders of four American military contractors — one of them an ex-SEAL — whose bodies were then burned, dragged through the streets and hanged from a bridge. This night the SEALs departed with these words from their commanding officer: “Gents, stay sharp, and expect a firefight.” In the event, no shots were fired, but the SEALs faced another kind of ambush: a humiliating,

Pedal power helps fuel New
Year´s Eve ball lights
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 5:26:54 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — The 30,000 LED lights on the New Year´s Eve ball at Times Square are being fueled in part by pedal power, CBS New York reported Saturday. As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, six stationary Citi Bikes were have been set up to supply the electricity for the lights. April Campo of Maryland was spinning away on one of them. "I´m loving this," Campo said. "Isn’t this a great idea? This is so fun." The bikes pump out about 75 watts per hour, according to Citi spokesman Ed Skyler. "If everybody does their job, that ball is going

A mother’s love trumps medical know-it-alls
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/29/2013 3:12:40 AM     Post Reply
One of the most heart-breaking medical tragedies of recent years occurred earlier this month when a 13-year-old girl woke up from surgery for a tonsillectomy,asked for a popsicle,and then started bleeding profusely from her mouth and nose, leading to a heart attack as a result of loss of blood[SNIP] When we see trained medical professionals reacting so coldly to the pleas and needs of a family in a medical crisis,it can only remind me of the warning of Sarah Palin and others of the danger of turning our most personal life-and-death decisions over to bureaucrats and functionaries.

  


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The West has lost control of
the world and disaster awaits
Telegraph [UK], by Bruce Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 12:58:47 AM     Post Reply
As we look forward to the First World War commemorations, three stark conclusions are hard to refute. First, that in the course of this century we will need a great deal of luck to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. Second, that the Enlightenment has failed. Third, that this can all be traced back to the Great War. As a result of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, it seemed that mankind might make a decisive break with the scarcity and oppression that had characterised previous eras. [Snip] The French Revolution proved that a radical reconstruction of society on abstract principles was

Mad World
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/29/2013 12:00:58 AM     Post Reply
Lost in the global outrage over the NSA’s spying program is a surprising fact: the most sought-after item of US aid isn’t relief goods or money. It’s intelligence assistance. (Snip) The power of signals intelligence was demonstrated to Colombian leaders when it was used to find and kill mega drug-lord Pablo Escobar, a saga which was dramatically recounted by Mark Bowden in his book Killing Pablo. Escobar killed practically the entire Colombian Supreme court in a single hit, destroyed a commercial airliner, ordered the deaths of top ranking police and military officials. Nothing could withstand him, except the Colossus of

Afghanistan gains will be lost
quickly after drawdown, U.S.
intelligence estimate warns
Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/28/2013 10:03:59 PM     Post Reply
A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation, according to officials familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate, which includes input from the country’s 16 intelligence agencies, predicts that the Taliban and other power brokers will become increasingly influential as the United States winds down its longest war in history, according to officials who have read the

Dave Barry’s Review of 2013,
the Year of the Zombies
Washington Post, by Dave Barry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/28/2013 7:08:21 PM     Post Reply
It was the Year of the Zombies. Not in the sense of most of humanity dying from a horrible plague and then reanimating as mindless flesh-eating ghouls. No, it was much worse than that. Because as bad as a zombie apocalypse would be, at least it wouldn’t involve the resurrection of Anthony Weiner’s most private part. We thought that thing was out of our lives forever, but suddenly there it was again, all over the Internet, as Weiner came back from the political grave like the phoenix, the mythical bird that arose from the ashes to run for mayor of

  


  

Obama faces smattering of
protests on Hawaiian vacation
Reuters, by Ros Krasny, Suzanne Roig, *    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/28/2013 6:41:49 PM     Post Reply
The serenity of President Barack Obama´s Hawaiian vacation was rattled a little on Saturday when demonstrators aired grievances against unmanned aircraft and other issues in a small protest zone near the first family´s upscale rented house. Returning from an early morning gym visit at nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Obama´s motorcade passed a few dozen protesters holding signs with slogans including "Drones: Unethical and Illegal," "U.S. Bases Out" and "Close Guantanamo Now." Others expressed their opposition to genetically modified foods. It marked a second day of peaceful protest surrounding Obama, who is spending a two-week vacation in Kailua with wife

Bristol Palin: ´Warning: You Might
Lose IQ Points By Watching
This MSNBC Clip´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 6:36:52 PM     Post Reply
As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC´s Joy Reid on Thursday badly misinterpreted an Old Testament passage to ridicule former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for having a Christmas tree on Christmas. On Saturday, Palin´s daughter Bristol took to her blog to respond to Reid in a piece she marvelously titled "Warning: You Might Lose IQ Points by Watching this MSNBC Clip":I’m happy that channel is now so concerned with the Bible though. But isn’t it amazing that the host believes there’s a passage in Jeremiah that is talking about CHRISTMAS trees? That is soo funny. Is that next to the verses in

Clintons to Boost Bill de Blasio’s
Swearing-In Ceremony
New York Observer, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/28/2013 6:30:28 PM     Post Reply
Bill de Blasio’s swearing-in event will feature two of the biggest names in Democratic politics: former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mr. Clinton himself will officially swear in Mr. de Blasio next Wednesday afternoon, the mayor-elect’s transition team announced Saturday. Ms. Clinton is widely viewed as a front-running presidential contender in 2016–although she hasn’t declared her intent to run–and every move she makes is watched closely by political observers. During the election, Ms. Clinton held a prominent fund-raiser for Mr. de Blasio, who was the campaign manager for her U.S. Senate race in

De Blasio to be sworn in by Bill Clinton
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/28/2013 6:21:28 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio will be sworn in as mayor of New York City by former President Bill Clinton. The Democrat will be inaugurated as the 109th mayor of the nation’s largest city during a ceremony Wednesday on the City Hall steps. His transition team announced Saturday that he will be sworn in by the former president. De Blasio worked in Clinton’s administration in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Clinton will use a Bible once owned by another former president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The de Blasio transition team says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

  


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Christians Rejoice After ´Duck
Dynasty´ Victory over Cultural Bullies
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/28/2013 6:12:46 PM     Post Reply
The President of the Family Research Council (FRC) told Fox News that he was not completely surprised that A&E network made an “about face” and dropped its suspension of Duck Dynasty paterfamilias, Phil Robertson. But Tony Perkins confessed to Shannon Bream on Fox News’s The Kelly File on Friday that the turnaround for A&E did come quicker than he anticipated. Perkins said it is “good news for Christians who feel like they have to suppress their faith and their belief in the Bible.” According to Perkins, it shows that, if you stand up to these “cultural bullies,” eventually they have

Rural bliss... or despairing
desolation? Photographer captures
the beautiful vastness of farmlands
across America´s north-west
Daily Mail, by Kieran Corcoran    Original Article
Posted By: thelmalou- 12/28/2013 4:53:05 PM     Post Reply
These magnificent, undulating hills are reminiscent of a scene from a science fiction programme, but for the one or two traces of human influence. And indeed, the haunting landscapes are not entirely the work of nature, as they have been tweaked and overlaid to emphasise the stark vastness of the almost-uninhabited landscape. These images of the Palouse Grasslands, in rural Washington state, were painstakingly harvested over a period of days, then overlaid on one another to give the sharpest and most stunning quality to the whole area of the image.

´They thought I was easy pickins´:
Mayoral candidate beaten up by
two teenage girls with a billy club
at Mall of America Starbucks
after having iPhone stolen
Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/28/2013 4:50:32 PM     Post Reply
A former Minneapolis, Minnesota mayoral candidate was mercilessly beaten up by two teenage girls after having his cellphone stolen at a Mall of America Starbucks. Mark Andrew came in second to Betsy Hodges in the most competitive mayoral race Minneapolis has seen in a generation. The former Hennepin County Commissioner had just hung up the phone and was in the middle of writing his New Year´s resolutions Thursday evening when a young man came up and swiped his iPhone 4S off the cafe table. ´I was targeted because the phone was out and I´m 63 years old, and I´m sure

Father, son die while
cave diving in Hernando
Tampa Tribune, by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/28/2013 4:15:56 PM     Post Reply
HERNANDO COUNTY - A sign leading to Eagle Nest Sink compares it with the cave-diving equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. The enormous underground system reaches depths of more than 300 feet and has a main room the size of a football field. Warnings posted near a dock at the side of the sinkhole say the descent is dangerous and should only be attempted by certified and experienced cave divers using a combination of gas and air in their tanks. On Christmas Day, Darrin Spivey and his 15-year-old son Dillon Sanchez made it down 233 feet using air alone. They died on their way back up. Neither was a certified cave diver.

  


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´Military-Style´ Raid on California
Power Station Spooks U.S.
Foreign Policy, by Shane Harris    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/28/2013 3:34:24 PM     Post Reply
When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the

An Epidemic of
Carjackings Afflicts Newark
New York Times, by Marc Santora & Michael Schwirtz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/28/2013 2:38:51 PM     Post Reply
The grocery shop in Newark was crowded on Monday, as customers picked up last-minute supplies for Christmas. (Snip) “It is like a diseased town,” said the Newark store owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the assailants in the Mercedes case, who have not been caught. “There are a lot of predators.” Carjackings are nothing new to Newark, a city that was among the nation’s worst for such crimes in the 1990s. Like other cities, Newark saw the number of carjackings fall in subsequent years. But they have returned to Newark with a vengeance. In 2007, there were 208 reported carjackings in all of New Jersey.

A Deadly Mix in Benghazi
New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 12/28/2013 2:21:59 PM     Post Reply
Benghazi, Libya - A Boyish-Looking American Diplomat was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya’s most formidable militias. It was Sept. 9, 2012. Gathered on folding chairs in a banquet hall by the Mediterranean, the Libyans warned of rising threats against Americans from extremists in Benghazi. One militia leader, with a long beard and mismatched military fatigues, mentioned time in exile in Afghanistan. An American guard discreetly touched his gun. “Since Benghazi isn’t safe, it is better for you to leave now,” Mohamed al-Gharabi, the leader of the Rafallah al-Sehati Brigade, later recalled telling the

‘Duck Dynasty’ Reversal Shows
GLAAD Has an Expiration Date
Time Magazine, by Brandon Ambrosino    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/28/2013 12:45:19 PM     Post Reply
Phil v. The Gays. With which will we side? Or rather, against which will we side? This is the question that society demands we answer. Are we anti-Phil or anti-gay or anti-GLAAD or anti-A&E or anti- … ? Perhaps no other word sums up the Duck Dynasty fiasco as aptly as the word “anti.” Whenever I hear that someone is anti-this or that, I immediately think of the old quip about MADD – are there any mothers for drunk driving? – and ask myself if anyone is really in favor of the particular thing being protested. Since GLAAD has recently taken a hard-line stance against Phil Robertson’s “anti-gay” comments, I’ve been asking myself a

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.

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

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